Hi everyone! Jason Korb here, the co-developer of The McElwain School Apartments!
The following is an update on the construction project:
The new rear building (38 apartments) is open and currently being occupied. It will be only the sixth multifamily building in Massachusetts to have received Phius certification ~ "The Phius standard is the smartest path to zero energy because it guarantees projects are built right, right from the start by reducing the energy requirements first. Phius standards provide a cost-effective path to reducing energy loads — the best foundation for zero-energy buildings." www.phius.org , A 43 kw solar array is currently being installed on the rooftop.

The playground out front is for the entire community to enjoy, we need to add a few more play pieces and set the benches, once we do, it will be open for use during daylight hours. We'll let you know when it's open!

Once the school (16 apartments) and house (3 apartments) are fully open (early-late March), our large community room in the new building can be reserved for local Bridgewater organizations (non-partisan organizations only since the project is partially publicly funded) to hold occasional meetings at no cost (just a refundable security deposit). More info to follow on how to schedule.
For the school building: The school was placed on the National Register of Historic Place and many of the distinctive architectural features have remained. We will be announcing an open house tour in the next few weeks so that the community can see the inside of the school before it is fully occupied.

Lastly, if you're wondering what's up with that flying shoe sculpture out front, watch this video for more detailed info. Feel free to visit the shoe at your leisure, just please don't touch it. A plaque will be installed shortly too for visitors that will provide information on the shoe and its relationship to McElwain and the school.
We're really proud of this public/private partnership that has been years in the making and look forward to seeing you at the community open house in March/April. I can be reached at jkorb@capstonecommunities.com and my partner Mathieu Zahler can be reached at mzahler@mpzdevelopment.com.
Historical Tidbit:
World War II Rationing Stamps
Back of booklet: "Rationing is a vital part of your country's war effort. Any attempt to violate the rules is an effort to deny someone his share and will create hardship and help the enemy. This book is your Government's assurance of your right to buy your fair share of certain goods made scarce by war. Price ceilings have also been established for your protection. Dealers must post these prices conspicuously. Don't pay more. Give your whole support to rationing and thereby conserve our vital goods. Be guided by the rule: If you don't need it, DON'T BUY IT." 
Items were rationed because of shortages in the rubber and metal industries. Because trucks using rubber tires delivered processed goods, anything processed was rationed. As of February 1942, all metal work was converted to producing tanks, aircraft, weapons, and other military products, with the United States government as the only customer and so there was no longer available: metal office furniture, typewriters, radios, phonographs, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, washing machines, and sewing machines.
Civilians first received ration books - War Ration Book Number One, 4 May 1942, through more than 100,000 school teachers, PTA groups, and other volunteers. A national speed limit of 35 miles per hour was imposed to save fuel and rubber for tires. Each person in a household received a ration book, including babies and small children who qualified for canned milk not available to others. To receive a gasoline ration, a person had to prove they owned no more than 5 tires, the extras would be confiscated.
April 1, 1942, anyone wishing to purchase a new toothpaste tube, then made from metal, had to turn in an empty one. On May 5, the US was rationed to 1/2 pound of sugar per person per week. Coffee was rationed nationally on 29 November 1942 to 1 pound every five weeks. By the end of 1942, rationing was in place for typewriters, gasoline, bicycles, footwear, silk, nylon, fuel oil, stoves, meat, lard, shortening and oils, cheese, butter, margarine, processed foods (canned, bottled, and frozen), dried fruits, canned milk, firewood, and coal, jams, jellies, and fruit butter.
image from the collection of Margaret Alexander
Information from ameshistory.org 
Life Magazine, 1941-1942
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
Services available through phone, email & website only
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 - 7:30p

St Vincent dePaul Food Pantry
@ St Thomas Aquinas Church
103 Center St
2 x month 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m
Cynthia Campbell
You won a free 1.5 hour class at

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
$5 Bag Sale
March 4–18
Central Closet Thrift Shop at Central Square Church
Buy a paper grocery bag from the Central Closet Thrift Shop and fill it up with qualifying merchandise while supplies last! Includes most winter wear for adults and children.
Visit CSCC FB for more info.
Writing Workshop
March 7th & 20th, 1p
Bridgewater Council on Aging

In this creative writing workshop, you will explore and unlock various memories of the past. Facilitated by Estelle Wenson. Please RSVP.

Info from: Top of the Hill COA newsletter
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.
B-R Educational Foundation's
2nd Annual Gala

Saturday, March 18th
7 – 11p
Barrett's Olde Scotland Links
695 Pine St.

The Bridgewater–Raynham Educational Foundation Corporation presents its 2nd Annual Gala! Come help its mission to promote, sponsor, and enhance the quality of the educational experience for our public school students and their community. Their annual grants will be awarded this night, along with the Judy MacDougall Staff award! There will be dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and live music.
Bubbles Story Time with Apryl
Tuesday, March 21, 10:30–11:30a

Join Apryl for stories, movement, music, and a bubbly good time! Recommended for children ages 1.5 to 4 years old. No registration required.

For more information, visit: BWPL.org
Book Discussion: Project Hail Mary
Thursday, March 16, 10a
Bridgewater Senior Center

Join a One Book One Community discussion event. One Book One Community is a community of readers who come together twice yearly to discuss the same book, and participate in events together. A community that opens the same book together closes it in greater harmony.
Info submitted by WBPL.
An Evening with Julia Scott Carey
Friday, March 24, 7p
Central Square Congregational Church

It will be a lovely evening with Julia at the piano for many favorite tunes. Bring your friends and neighbors, too -- this is a community event!

A reception with light hors d'oeuvres will follow the performance. Free parking available in the Bridgewater Public Library parking lot (15 South St.), all along Church Street, and on the Bridgewater Common. Tickets are $30 per person in advance ($20 Student/Senior). Use Promo Code "Senior" or "Student" at checkout for discount. All advance tickets include a commemorative wine glass. Tickets will be $35 at the door, subject to availability, and will not include the commemorative wine glass.
All proceeds benefit the ministries of Central Square Congregational Church, UCC.
Visit csccucc.org/concert-3-24-23 for more info or to buy tickets.
General & Mrs. Tom Thumb:
The World's First Superstars
March 12th at 2p
OBHS Memorial Building, 3162 Howard St, West Bridgewater
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:
Help Your 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.

A 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 are represented in this number, including 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 source: Massachusetts Sierra Club.

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by intern Tess Fiumefreddo of Franklin & Marshall College. We focus on actions which will help mitigate the environmental changes of our climate emergency. We can do!
Green Team for Peace

Congratulation to Violet Berman from Bridgewater Middle School’s 8th grade Green Team on her winning Peace Poster! She even received a $50 gift card for her hard work. Congratulations and great job!

Williams Intermediate School Nutrition

Eric DeLisle, Food Service Director for Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District, met with 3rd-grade Williams Intermediate students to discuss nutrition! They talked about the different food groups, types of fruits and vegetables, and ways to make healthy choices. Thank you to Eric for meeting with the Williams Intermediate students!

Info & photo credit: bridge-rayn.org
Don't let shorter and colder days get you down! Level up and get stronger this Winter at PTU!

In Massachusetts, you don't need to see your doc first, just give us a call!

Physical Therapy U

(508) 697-2000

75 Scotland Blvd, Unit A,

Find YOUR Bliss with
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

Disability Commission - Feb 28, 2023
Video provided by the Town of Bridgewater
FinCom Meeting - Feb 27, 2023
Video provided by the Town of Bridgewater
BCCR Stands Out for Black History

Each month in Bridgewater Center, BCCR ( Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights) stand out in the center of town to raise social awareness. February's theme was Black History. All are welcome to join them Saturday March 11, from 10-11a, with a focus on anti-Semitism.
Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights is a community-based organization dedicated to defending the rights of all persons, while fostering open communication, providing opportunities to examine issues of social justice, and advocating for the elimination of bias and racism.

For more info on how to get involved, visit: BCCR FB.

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

Historical Tidbit Question:
In the 1940s, a national speed limit of how many miles per hour was imposed to save fuel and rubber for tires?

Email us your answer at: 
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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: Sean Fitzgerald, Tess Fiumefreddo, Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Sam Isom, 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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