October 30, 2022 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
State elections are November 8, 2022, 7a - 8p at
The Middle School, 166 Mt. Prospect Street.
Town Manager Minute:
Town Manager Michael Dutton Explains How The City Known as the Town of Bridgewater is Run

A Short, Informative Video on Our local Government Organization & Decision Making
For local governmental information: bridgewaterma.org

Video courtesy of BTV Access Corporation
Historical Tidbit: Halloween's Mix of Remembrance, Spiritual Connection, Community & Seasonal Celebration make it the second most popular American holiday.
Halloween is celebrated October 31 and for weeks before. A popular FB group question during covid: "Will Halloween be cancelled?" A worry since everything else was impacted. But it is impossible to cancel Halloween. It does not belong to any one organization or person, having grown from its roots to plant in our collective psyche. If we are to believe Americans rate approval with their dollars: "Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday after Christmas."
(History.com)

Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, (pronounced SAH-win) marking the harvest and the new year. Believed to be the point in the year when the threshold between the physical world and the spirit realm was at its thinnest. Observance of Samhain with bonfires and costumes would ward off creatures from the spirit world. As Catholicism spread in Ireland, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 to honor all saints. Incorporating some of the Samhain traditions, the All Saints’ Day celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints’ Day) and the night before it, the traditional night of Samhain in the Celtic religion, began to be called All-Hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.

Halloween in America
As the beliefs and customs of different European ethnic groups and the Native American slowly meshed, a distinctly American version of Halloween began to emerge. Celebrations were public events held to celebrate the harvest in costume. Neighbors would share stories of the dead, tell each other’s fortunes, dance and sing.

Borrowing from European traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition. Young women believed that on Halloween they could divine the name or appearance of their future husband by doing tricks with yarn, apple parings or mirrors. It was also understood that people could avoid the tricks of revelers by offering candy.

Submitted by J. Rose
Information from www.history.com
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
508-697-0921
Services available through phone, email & website only
 
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street
508-697-3331
 
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
508-697-0929
 
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
 508-697-6016
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 - 7:30p
We were all too busy to enter last week!

Bee sure to play our Historical Tidbit Trivia Game at the bottom of this newsletter.

Enter for this week's prize of a
$10 gift certificate toward a yummy & nutritional smoothie or meal at
603 Centre St, Brockton 
Central Square Congregational Church, UCC in Bridgewater Annual Church Fair
71 Central Square
Fri, Nov 4, 6:30 - 8:30p: Pie & Coffee Night!
Come enjoy a nice slice of pie (or two!) and a cup of coffee, while catching up with old friends and making new ones.Several of the fair tables will also be available for shopping -- jewelry, the bake table, and handmade crafts and gifts; and take a chance on a raffle basket or two.

Sat, Nov 5, 9a - 1p
Shop all your favorites... the bake table, harvest table, handmade crafts & gifts, attic treasures rummage, raffle baskets, and jewelry. Homemade soups and walking tacos available 11a - 1p. At the fair, come for the food, come to shop, come to take a chance on a raffle item! The CSCC fair features: Homemade cookies, pies, breads, and candy; Jewelry, Christmas and Holiday Crafts and Gifts; Attic Treasures Rummage, Harvest Table sponsored by Hanson Farm, Raffle baskets
Questions? 508-697-6016 office@csccucc.com, or visit www.csccucc.org/fallfair.
We’re entering that time of year where words like “grateful”, “together”, “merry”, “jolly”, and “celebrate” swirl all around us.  And while it’s vital to experience all of that, sometimes we’re just not feeling it.  The holidays may actually bring on a sadness that we don’t know what to do with.   
One of the blessings of community is knowing that we’re not alone.  Starting November 1st, we will be hosting an 8 week Grief & the Holidays Care Circle.  Each Tuesday at 10a we’ll meet to share our stories and support one another during this holiday season.   
All are welcome.  Join us Tuesday at 10a in the Fireplace Room at Central Square Church, UCC, 71 Central Square
Voices of Diversity, Voices of America
10 Poets! 10 Languages!
Saturday November 5. 6:30pm
Brockton Public Library 304 Main St, Brockton
1 - Wompanoag. Opening Prayer. Melissa Ferretti and Toodie Jackson Coombs
2 - Youth. Brockton Youth Poet Laureate.
Hannah Baptiste 
3 - Greek. Theodora Stratis 
4 - Cantonese. Christina Liu 
5 - Spanish. Leonardo Nim 
Rose Music Conservatory. musical interlude
6 - Ukrainian. Dzvinia Orlowsky 
7 - Haitian Creole. Jean-Dany Joachim 
8 - Hebrew - Matthew Rosenthal 
9 - Cape Verdean Creole. Charlene Cabral                      
10 - Urdu - Professor. Karim A Shariff  brocktonpubliclibrary.org
Calling All Our Local,
HomeGrown Chefs!
Submit your Recipe in our Garden Harvest Recipe Contest From October 18 – November 13, 2022 Rosa loves to hear about how you make your fresh veggies! All valid entries* will be published in your BuzzAround. Grand prize winner will be invited to Rosa’s Kitchen in South Easton to film our annual cooking show, preparing your dish and be featured in 2023’s Harvest Edition of edible Southeastern MA magazine. Enter HERE
Open Lab Night
CASE will host in-person Open Lab Night again this year! 

Wednesday, November 9th, 5 – 8p
Dana Mohler-Faria Science & Mathematics Center

The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (CASE) invites you to Open Lab Night 2022, an event for the entire community, especially K-12 students. Open Lab Night features STEM activities and demonstrations. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Parking is available in the Bridgewater State University Parking Garage. The BSU Observatory may be open past the time of Open Lab Night (weather permitting).

Please note: BSU requires participants to wear masks in educational spaces (classrooms and labs). All participants in a group must follow these guidelines.
Fight Climate Change & Live Better by Eating Locally Sourced Foods!

Local Foods Are Fresher and Taste Better:
Fresher is more flavorful and more nutritious than food from farther away & uses less fossil fuels to get to you. Enjoying foods in peak season when they are the most abundant, means they are more affordable. 
Local Foods Help to Preserve Farmland and Green Space: Purchasing locally grown helps maintain and preserve the green space and farmland in our local communities, providing for cleaner air and water. 
Local Foods Support the Local Economy & Community: Buying from local farmers and restaurants keeps your money close to home. This builds the economy in your community. Since food travels through fewer hands, more of your money spent actually gets to those who grew it. Knowing where your food is from unites you to those who grew and raised it. A strong local economy is better for the earth & our health. 

For more about our local foods read: edible Southeastern MA

Our Climate Can-Do Articles from Jacquie focus on life changes that we can make which will help mitigate the environmental changes of our climate emergency. Our goal is to keep the Earth's temperature from rising 1.5 degrees C to lessen the sea rise. There are things we can do.
Chicken Autumn is here and well worth the wait!
Grilled chicken with caramelized Granny Smith apples, dried cranberries, fresh sage, and walnuts in a sherry butter sauce served over butternut squash raviolis.

Tri-Town Parade Committee Invites You To Be A Part of the Veterans' Day Parade
On behalf of the Tri-Town Veterans’ Day Committee, I would like to invite you to participate in the Veterans’ Day Parade on Friday, November 11, 2022, rain or shine. The parade will be in West Bridgewater this year.
West Bridgewater is also celebrating its 200th year as a Town. The theme for the parade is "200 Years of Honoring our Veterans". Trophies will be awarded to the Best Marching Unit, Best Float/Theme and Judges’ Choice.
All marching units will assemble on Stepping Stone Lane, in West Bridgewater at 9a. Step-off time will be promptly at 9:45a, and there will be no stopping except for a traffic situation or an actual emergency.
Exercises will follow at the conclusion of the parade at the Town Hall Gazebo, 65 N. Main St. in West Bridgewater. The collation will be afterward at St Ann’s Parish Center next door to the Town Hall.
We are looking forward to your participation. Please contact the Town Clerk’s office at (508) 894-1167 or townclerk@wbridgewater.com as soon as possible to let us know if you would like to participate.
Sincerely, Anne G. Iannitelli
West Bridgewater Town Clerk
Tri-Town Parade Committee:
Eldon Moreira, Anne G. Iannitelli, Michael Perez, Ava Cibotti, Gerard Gill, Peter McPhail,
Patrick Galligan, Walter Thayer, Deborah Cauley.
Veterans Festival at the Launch
Courtesy of BTV
B-R Girls Varsity Volleyball v. Holliston 2022
Courtesy of BTV
Town Council Mtg
Oct 25, 2022
Video courtesy of Town of Bridgewater
Community Preservation Committee (CPC)
Oct 26, 2022
Video courtesy of Town of Bridgewater
MassHire Greater Brockton
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Fall Greetings!
 
The Bridgewater Improvement Association (BIA), working to make the winter decoration of the Common a collaborative, community endeavor---similar to the Fourth of July celebration, has engaged many Bridgewater Non-profits, including Bridgewater State University and the Bridgewater Business Association to help. Designs are being planned to turn the Common into a "Winter Wonderful" from the end of November through the end of January using as many white lights as possible----a project proposing support by the entire community of Bridgewater. 
 
We are seeking donations to ensure we can turn the Common into our Winter Wonderful---the pride of our whole Town. Donating is simple and tax deductible. The BIA offers a special link to their bank account----one earmarked solely for Bridgewater's Winter Wonderful lights. It is available through the link below. Large donations or small, if you are part of the Bridgewater Community, we want you to own a part of the beauty. The goal is to have decorating completed in time for the BBA's Christmas on the Common so mark it on your calendar: December 4, 2022 Noon - 4p. 
 
Donate now to the Winter Wonderful Common Lights Project www.givebutter.com/bridgewaterlights

Respectfully Submitted Marilee Hunt, President BIA
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME

Have fun with us and bee entered
to win a:
$10 gift certificate toward a yummy & nutritional smoothie or meal at
603 Centre St, Brockton

Historical Tidbit Question:
Who designated November 1 to honor all saints?

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 November 2, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Joy.

“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” ~ Mark Twain
 
“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” ~Tagore
 
“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”
~ Helen Keller, The Story of My Life
 
"Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it."
~ Greg Anderson
 
“If we can just let go and trust that things will work out the way they're supposed to, without trying to control the outcome, then we can begin to enjoy the moment more fully. The joy of the freedom it brings becomes more pleasurable than the experience itself.” ~ Goldie Hawn
Joy is in the moment. It's not planned. The best we can do is prepare ourselves for the moment by letting it in. Ahh, to relax, to enjoy....
~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.

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