Renowned Children's Author
Victoria J. Coe Visits
West Bridgewater 5th Graders!

This past week, children's author Victoria J. Coe travelled here to West Bridgewater to come and chat with fifth grade students. Coe is a local author, originally from Duxbury, and she is most known for her book series Fenway and Hattie, Victoria also stayed for lunch with some students as well!

Photo and story courtesy of West Bridgewater PTO
Historical Tidbit:
Tavern Required By Law
 
To serve the needs of those hardy souls who ventured on long journeys, The Great and General Court made a law in 1656 that all towns in the Bay Colony must provide a tavern or "ordinary". Places of great importance, ordinaries provided food and refreshing beverages, news was exchanged, gossip traded and social interaction provided. To keep prices honest, the amount charged for meals and drink were set by law, such as sixpence for a single dinner.

One New England traveler stated, "you meet with neatness, decency and dignity, neat chambers, the bed good, sheets clean, supper passable, cider tea punch and all for fourteen pence a head."

Throughout the 1700's, taverns flourished throughout the Bridgewater area. These taverns significantly increased road travel and this greater traffic prompted wider and smoother roads. Soon one could pass among most towns and cities with few problems. By the turn of the century, a new development appeared in travel: the advent of the turnpike/toll-road.  These well-laid out and well-kept roads would come to change the face of New England.
 
Information from: East Bridgewater Sesquicentennial Booklet 
Town Hall
  508-894-1200

WB Public Library
508-894-1255
 
Council on Aging
508-894-1262

Proof of residency is the only requirement.
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Bee sure to play our Historical Tidbit Trivia Game at the bottom of this newsletter.

Enter for this week's prize of
$25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax
West Bridgewater Kindergarten Registration NOW OPEN

As of March 1st, the registration for the upcoming 2023-2024 Kindergarten school year is now open. Students must be five years of age by August 31st. All registration is done through the Aspen Online Registration Procedure, which can be found on their website below.

For additional information and to register, visit WB Public School's Official Website.
Inclusion Matters SEPAC Meeting
Tuesday, March 14, 6 - 7p

Inclusion Matters' next webinar will be hosted by Tiffany Goffer-Fitz of As I Am Learning

The presentation is titled, Sexuality 101: How to Talk to Kids and Teens with Disabilities about Their Bodies, Healthy Relationships, and Safe Sex. Tiffany will talk with parents, guardians, and caregivers about what they need to know to get the conversations started. Come learn how to start--and continue--conversations we need to have with our kids and teens about privacy, healthy bodies, healthy relationships, and sex.

For more information visit the event page at FB Inclusion Matters Event .
1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater •
(508) 697-0357
Save your floors from the ravages of winter! 
Durable black 4 ft x 6 ft x 3/4-inch rubber mat. Grooved underside, slight honeycomb pattern on top. Good for covering any concrete floor. We use this rubber mat to cover concrete floors in several areas and even in one heavy traffic office area. Popular as a rubber mat to put under gym machines.
Wildcat News from Jan 17: the most recent Wildcat News upload.
Mr. Hanna, the new VP
Winter Sports
Ski Club
Crickets
Christmas in November
Holiday Celebrations
Spirit of Christmas
How to Give Back

Wildcat News is produced by Broadcast Journalism students at West Bridgewater Middle Senior High School.
Upcoming TRIAD Lunch Presentation!

Come join this month's TRIAD Lunch presentation on the history of the Sheriff's department as well as the history of the West Bridgewater Police Department. The event will be held at the West Bridgewater Council of Aging on Wednesday, March 15th, 11:30a. The presenters for the event will be Sheriff John D. McDonald Jr. and Sgt. Christopher Werner.

To reserve a seat, call the COA at 508-894-1262
General & Mrs. Tom Thumb:
The World's First Superstars
March 12th at 2p
OBHS Memorial Building, 3162 Howard Street
Looking for a Sunday afternoon focused on the historical roots of the Bridgewater area? Join the Old Bridgewater Historical Society for a lecture on Sunday, March 12th at 2p at the OBHS Memorial Building located at 162 Howard Street. The lecture, “General and Mrs. Tom Thumb: The World’s First Superstars” will be presented by Daniel Thompson, board member and current President of the Middleborough Historical Association. Admission is $5 at the door.

Charles Sherwood Stratton and Mercy Lavinia Warren Bump were employed as entertainers by Phineas Taylor Barnum. “Tom” from Bridgeport, CT, and “Lavinia” from Middleborough, MA, were married in February of 1863 and eventually traveled around the world on a three-year World Tour. Located in the historic downtown area of Middleborough, the Middleborough Historical Museum contains the largest collection of their artifacts along with many other exhibits of Middleborough history in its seven building village.

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society, a private organization, started in 1894, is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and publication of history relating to the original Bridgewater area, which includes the towns of Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, and the city of Brockton. For more information, visit the OBHS website at www.oldbridgewater.org.
Climate Can-Do:
Helping Our Community Reduce Plastic Bag Usage

When we go to the grocery store, we're not typically focused on how we're bringing our goods home. We browse the aisles, putting item after item into our cart, and eventually make our way to the checkout line. Placing groceries on the conveyor belt, we watch the cashier scan items, then place them into bags, often those thin plastic bags. When we get home, we put our purchases away, grab the plastic bags, and what happens next?

Massachusetts residents are estimated to use more than 2 billion plastic bags every year. That means that on average, every Massachusetts person uses a plastic bag every single day! While plastic is versatile, lightweight, inexpensive, and waterproof, this has lead to overuse and the creation of serious problems. Plastic is a synthetic material that does not biodegrade; once it enters the environment, it stays there forever! Bringing reusable bags only cuts back our individual use. We are now dealing with microplastics in our drinking water. These bags are a problem.

The solution: as of May 2022, 154 of the 292 cities and towns in Massachusetts have cut back single use by regulating plastic shopping bags. This number represents over 4 million people, which is about two-thirds of the state’s population. A few of our hives have taken this step: Bridgewater, Halifax, and Whitman. If you want to get a plastic bag ban passed in your community, reach out to your local elected officials, and local trails, beautification, garden clubs, and conservation commissions to generate support. www.sierraclub.org/massachusetts/plastic-bags-0 has resources to help.

Information sourced from the Massachusetts Sierra Club.

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by intern Tess Fiumefreddo of Franklin & Marshall College. We focus on actions which individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do!
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Union Congregational Church, EB
Join Us for our Lenten Sermon Series
Rediscovering Jesus
with Rev. Gordon Crouch
Mar 5: “Rediscovering Jesus: As Teacher”
 Mar 12: “Rediscovering Jesus: As Savior”
 Mar 19: “Rediscovering Jesus: As Lord”
 Mar 26:“Rediscovering Jesus: As the Way”
 Apr 2: “Rediscovering Jesus: As Presence”
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 April 9: EASTER SUNDAY

An Open & Affirming UCC Congregation
508-378-2874
105 Pleasant St. East Bridgewater, MA
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United Way of Greater Plymouth County Offers Free Online Tax Filing Tool

MyFreeTaxes.com: For the 12th year, United Way is providing online tax filing software, to help taxpayers easily and accurately file their taxes from their computer or smartphone, FREE.
Key features of the online tool include:
  • Screens for credit and deduction eligibility such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit to ensure filers receive their maximum tax refund, and lets filers check for any missed stimulus payments
  • Shows filers how and why their refund amount is changing in real-time
  • Allows individuals to use their mobile phone, tablet or computer to file taxes
  • Help from a real person trained by the IRS via the MyFreeTaxes’ Helpline.
  • Access to additional financial products and resources, including free access to a student debt management tool that will help employees easily lower payments or find loan forgiveness.
MyFreeTaxes is FREE for all returns and includes schedule C options. A list of the tax forms included in this free offering is available by visiting MyFreeTaxes.com.
West Bridgewater COA Hosting St. Patrick's Luncheon!
Thursday, March 16th
11:30a
WB COA

Come join the West Bridgewater Council on Aging celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a corned beef and cabbage dinner! There will also be entertainment with a rollicking St. Patrick's Day show with Jackson Gillman. Seating is limited, so reserve early with the COA!

To reserve a table, or request more information reach out to the COA via phone at 508-894-1262
One Book One Community Upcoming Discussion on: Project Hail Mary
Thursday, March 16, 10a
Bridgewater Senior Center

West Bridgewater is participating in this upcoming One Book One Community discussion event for Andy Weir's Hail Mary. One Book One Community is a community of readers who come together twice yearly to discuss the same book, and participate in events together.

Info submitted by WBPL.
Fusion Dolls
Doll & Toy Store in WestGate Mall 
Looking for that Special Gift?
Stop by Fusion Dolls in Westgate Mall.
Locally owned & created!



Located inside WestGate Mall
across from Kay jewelers

Find YOUR Bliss with
BLISS THROUGH YOGA!
New!! Intro to Svaroopa® Yoga Workshop on March 6!

Have you wondered about Svaroopa yoga? Do you dislike being the only new person in class? Come to this introductory class where everyone is brand new! You'll learn about Svaroopa® and what this therapeutic style of yoga can do for you. Workshop includes a full spinal sequence, guided awareness and a basic understanding of Svaroopa® yoga.

516 N. Bedford St, East Bridgewater
(508) 331-3564

West Bridgewater Board of Water Commission Meeting 2-21-23

West Bridgewater Planning Board Meeting 2-15-23

WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
$25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax

Historical Tidbit Question:
What year did the general court require each town provide a tavern for travelers?
Email us your answer at: 
Please include your name and phone number with your answer.

By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.
 On March 8, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Tess Fiumefreddo, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Primrose Morrison, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, & Greg Venezia.
In Like a Lion...

"March is the month of expectation."
~ Emily Dickinson

"Every cold and dark phase ends and hence begins a beautiful phase of warmth and vibrance. Don’t believe? Just notice March."
~ Anamika MishraI

"I try not to limit my madness to March."
~ Maxine

"Happy March! May the luck of the Irish be with you all month long." ~ Some Irish Dude. : )
One of my favorite months, filled with wind, and mud, first flowers, lore and everything green. Few other months have so much... character!

While I won't beware the ides of March, I will check the weather forecast several times a day, keeping sweaters nearby and dressing in layers to be prepared.

Speaking of famous March lions, CS Lewis writes: "Aslan is not a tame lion", He is, however, full of wisdom from before time; and He, as the story goes, becomes a sacrificial lamb by the end, only to be re-born.

Enjoy your changeable month, bringing us the hope of new growth, of flowers pushing through the cracked earth, of re-birth.

In hope, Jacquie
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