January 16, 2022 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings,
is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies. 
Paying Tribute to Jay Saccocia

The unfortunate, unexpected passing of Jay Saccocia, owner of the beloved Jason's Bridgewater Barbershop, shocked and saddened the Bridgewater community. Upon hearing the terrible news, several of Jay's friends organized a GoFundMe in support of the family, and the community has since responded with immense amounts of love and respect for both Jay and his family. The following is the message on the GoFundMe page:

"Jay Saccocia unexpectedly passed away on January 7th, 2022, leaving behind his two young daughters Avery and Payton and his wife Heather. Anyone who knew Jay understood what a kind and joyful person he was.

He touched the lives of so many and now it’s our turn to give back to his family in their time of need. Please consider helping out his loved ones as they deal with this sudden and tragic loss. All donations will go directly to Heather his children."

To support the Saccocia family during this time, visit the GoFundMe organized by friends of Jay's from UMASS. Any and all donations are appreciated, and our sincerest sympathies to the Saccocia family.

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Historical Tidbit: 
The Murray Farm

The Murray Farm was established in 1906 by James Murray from Freeman Kaizer, and has since survived though multiple generations of the Murray family who lived and worked on the land. 

The farm originated as a working dairy farm, and the family would deliver milk throughout the Bridgewater's until 1986 when the cows were sold. 

These images are of some of the Murray family haying on the farm.  Images and information compiled using The Historic Murray Farm Facebook
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
Barbara Robbins
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 a
three private voice or piano lessons for
ages 5 to adults ($100 value) at
Winter Reading Program
Reading is SNOW much fun!
Read every week in January for a chance to win a signed Bruins hockey stick and tons of other cool prizes.

The Winter Reading Program runs January 1 - 31. Register now and log your reading on Beanstack. Need help learning how to use Beanstack? Learn how to use Beanstack online or on the app here!
Everyone who completes the Winter Reading Challenge (read 2 hours for all four weeks in January) will be eligible to enter tickets for a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE: a signed Bruins hockey stick.

Support The Brockton Library Foundation!

  • Literacy + Empowerment = Dreams Come True
  • Diverse Artistic Creative Expression
  • ESL & Nationalization Support
  • Increased Access to Technology & STEAM Programs 
  • Local Living History Displays & Presentations
  • Meeting spaces & community building

Brockton Public Library is making all this happen & more,
close to home! 
Softball Clinic for The Bridgewaters
Sundays, Jan 16, & 23
4 - 5p
The Fieldhouse Arena
83 Eastman St. (Rt 106), So. Easton
Bridgewater Youth Softball will be running a softball clinic for 10U & 12U and have extended an invite to both West Bridgewater & East Bridgewater. There is pitching, catcher position and hitting sessions offered each week.

The cost is $25 each session. More information as well as the registration link can be found at www.bridgewatergirlssoftball.com.
Origami Club
Tue, January 18th
3 - 4p
Flora T. Little Meeting Room
Learn to fold a new design, practice what you've learned, and hang with friends.
No experience necessary, supplies provided.
Ages 10+ are welcome. 508-697-3331
St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry
January 20th
8 - 10a
103 Center Street
The St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry is here to assist anyone in the Bridgewater community who is in need of food. Distribution will be curbside, and there is no registration required.

If you or someone you know is in need of food when the pantry is not open, please contact Gail at 508-697-6084. For more information, visit their website!
Virtual Story Time: Using Your Voice

Monday, January 17th
6:30 - 7p will focus on books for preschoolers and feature the book, Little Leaders
7 - 7:30p will focus on books for school-aged readers

The Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice (MRISJ) at Bridgewater State University invites you to join us for our 2022 MLK Series honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Joint Jumpstart Bridgewater and Raising Multicultural Kids are hosting a virtual children's story time. This event will feature live readings and discussions of children’s books that amplify messages of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Additional story times:
Tuesday, January 25th
10 - 10:30a - preK
6:30 - 7:30p - school age
Transfer Station Stickers

1-year sticker: $30
2-year sticker: $50
Additional stickers: $10 (same household)
1 day pass: $5
Senior (Over 65) 1-year sticker: $15

Stickers must be affixed to driver's side back window of vehicle. No hazardous waste, brush or leaves accepted.
Please Note: Prices are subject to change without notice! For more information: Transfer Station, Health Department 508-697-0903.
Brain Builders Senior Center

Wed, January 26th
Bridgewater Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
Offered virtually as well

Learn tips and techniques to improve your thinking and socialization skills in a fun and educational format! Classes through Brain Builders focus on topics like short term memory, remembering names, word-finding, thinking skills, and socialization.

Brain Builders is a new program offered through the Bridgewater Senior Center with Buzzards Bay Speech Therapy. To RSVP for this event, call 508-697-0929 or email seniorcenter@bridgewaterma.org.
Keep your feathered friends well fed this winter. We have a large selection of feeders and seeds!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357

The Ousamequin Woman's Club of the Bridgewaters is pleased to offer three $1,000. scholarships to graduating seniors who reside in any of the Bridgewaters, regardless of the high school they are graduating from.

Scholarships are awarded based on the criteria of academic achievement, community involvement and volunteerism.

Applications are available at their respective schools or by contacting Sharon Graves at 508-378-4261
Winter Wellness Programs at the Bridgewater Senior Center
Visit the Bridgewater Senior Center for all kinds of different classes including Zumba, Line Dancing, Chair Yoga, and more! Each class is $5 (excluding the walking group), or $25 for a Wellness Card to pick and choose 6 of your favorite classes. The Center is offering both Zoom and in person classes this winter season.
To register for different classes, call 508-697-0929 or email seniorcenter@bridgewaterma.org. View their newsletter for even more information on different events hosted by the Bridgewater Senior Center!
Good Day Metro South
Friday, Jan 28th
11:45a - 1:30p
Martin Institute at Stonehill College
320 Washington St, North Easton

The guest speaker for this event is President & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Kenneth Turner.

Questions? Contact Cathryn Schofield
cschofield@metrosouthchamber.com or call (508) 586-0500 x 231 for assistance.
Colorweave Solo Exhibit 2021 - Lisa G Bailey

In this solo exhibit I have thirty of my colorweave watercolor Giclee Prints on display. The exhibit is hosted on the second floor of the library in the Flora T. Little Art Gallery and is free and open to the public.

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Find YOUR Bliss with
In Person classes at The She Shed, every Saturday at
9 am!

Svaroopa yoga excels at releasing the deep tension in your body. While the benefits of this style of yoga are profound, it is very easy to do. We use the alignment of the body, rather than a lot of effort, along with blankets for propping to make the poses accessible, supportive and effective. 

Gift Certificates Available!
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Bridgewater- Raynham Spring Sports Registration Time
Registration open now and will CLOSE at midnight Monday, March 14th.
Baseball, Softball, Boys & Girls Outdoor Track
Boys & Girls Lacrosse, Boys & Girls Tennis
Per MA State Guideline, student-athletes can only participate in 1 sport per season.
The schedule for all 48 BR High School teams can be found HERE

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
three private voice or piano lessons for
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Historical Tidbit Question:
What kind of farm did the Murray Farm originate as?

Email us your answer at: 

Please include your name, phone number with your answer.

By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.
On January 19, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Amanda Guindon, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.

As NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter makes it's 19th flight, aiding the Perseverance rover in path planning and scientific discovery on Mars, let's take a moment to ponder the meaning of the word: " Ingenuity".

Ingenuity, noun, the quality of being clever, original, inventive.
In a sentence: "Arya used ingenuity in creating her solutions."

Let's hear some quotes:

“I see this as the central issue of our time: how to find a substitute for war in human ingenuity, imagination, courage, sacrifice, patience..." ~Howard Zinn

“If you remove adversity, you remove ingenuity and creativity with it. There is no need to strive to make something beautiful or better if it already is.”
~ Ilona Andrews, Magic Binds

“You won't change anything significant in the world if you try to be like it. Change comes when you do something different.”
~ Shannon L. Alder

"Ingenuity, plus courage, plus work, equals miracles." ~ Bob Richards

And my favorite: "Much ingenuity with a little money is vastly more profitable and amusing than much money without ingenuity." ~ Arnold Bennett
Ingenuity will help us piece together solutions using what we have. I am excited to hear your ideas. Have a great week.
~ Jacquie
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