Thank You, Beth Hayes, for Your 25 Years of Dedication!

"Well, this is it! It’s the final Our Town issue after 25 years and it’s time to say goodbye. In 1997, Jane Haines and I recognized how hard it was to find out what was happening in town and we wanted to change that, so Our Town was born. It soon became obvious to us that plenty was happening, more than would fit in our small publication. So, we decided to concentrate on municipal meetings, school and church events, and other activities that would be open to the public. Today, this information is everywhere and easily accessible." ~ Beth Hayes from December's Our Town.
In Our Town's last issue, Beth gives a short history of the evolution of it. From beginnings with Jane Haines to the communication changes over the past 25 years. Our Town has been a dependable and thoughtful resource for EB and will be missed!
For the full December newsletter:

Ed note: We have always thought of our work as an addendum to Our Town. We created BuzzAround as a weekly reminder to our inbox complementing the paper "OurTown" that was always prominently magneted to our fridge. We are honored to carry on the work of connecting EB, the town that inspired us, like Beth & Jane, 13 years ago.
Historical Tidbit:
School Building Issues
at the Turn of the Century
In 1897, young people attended one of ten schools in East Bridgewater. Each one in a separate district. Primary school was grades 1 through 3. Intermediate school was grades 4 through 6, followed by grammar school, which was grades 7 through 9. Those students who wished, could attend high school which had an option of a three or four year course of study. A problem not unfamiliar today was pressing at the turn of the century; overcrowding in the town's schools and the need for building repairs. 
In 1900, the tax rate was $15 per thousand, the total town budget for East Bridgewater was $31,940 and the school's portion amounted to over half of that figure. Among major costs, $3,000 was allocated to repair the High School and install a heating system.  The real problem in 1900 was a severe lack of space for the intermediate grades at that school. Through five special town meetings, the funds for a new school were alternately voted and then rescinded. Finally, a study committee was set up and students were accommodated at the Town Hall until new facilities could be built.  
Funds were at last voted at the 1901 town meeting for a new school on Central Street. This school was dedicated in 1902 as the Allen School.
~Information from The East Bridgewater Sesquicentennial Book
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Town Hall
175 Central St

E. Bridgewater Public Library
32 Union St 508-378-1616

Council on Aging 
355 Plymouth St 508-378-1610
Email & phone contact only

Food Pantries
Union Congregational Church
105 Pleasant St
2nd Wednesday from 12:30 - 2p
& last Saturday from 9:30 - 11a
Pre-Packed bags for pick up only.

St Vincent dePaul Food Pantry
St. John's Catholic Church
210 Center St, EB
(508) 378-3760
Pantry days will be the first Monday of the month, except for holidays, 3 - 5:30p, and the third Monday, 3p - 4:30p, except for holidays. 
Jen McCarthy
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Jacquelyn Rose

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

Enter for this week's prize of
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!
East Bridgewater's 200th Anniversary Year YAHOO!
It was here in 1649, at Sachem Rock, the site that Wampanoag Chieftain Massasoit (Ousamequin), signed a document deeding land to Myles Standish, Samuel Nash, and Constant Southworth, which became the basis for the area known as Olde Bridgewater. This historic document still exists and can be viewed at the Old Bridgewater Historical Society. East Bridgewater was known as the “East Parish” until its incorporation as a town on June 14, 1823.
While primarily agricultural, the town also developed various industries including an iron works that supplied cannon for the American Revolution and the Carver Cotton Gin Company. A Carver gin can still be seen at the original Slater Mill site in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. During the Civil War Abraham Lincoln signed a document establishing a Post Office in Elmwood, so that locally manufactured shoes could more easily be shipped to Union soldiers.
While we continue to remember our long history, which was highlighted in the publication of David Wilson’s The East Bridgewater Sesquicentennial, 1823-1973, we plan during the Bicentennial, to place particular emphasis on the past 50 years of our history.
Kick Off Celebration
January 10th
Grace Bible Church,
the 1st Parish,
234 Center St
The Bicentennial Committee is planning a yearlong celebration and we encourage any local groups that wish to be part of the commemoration to contact the Committee so we might incorporate their events into the commemoration. Incorporating the widest possible participation of our citizens into this event will make it a truly memorable historical celebration. Committee Members: David Sheedy & Dale R. Julius, Co-Chairman Noreen Cahill, Treasurer; Kathleen Cavanagh, Secretary
Tom Turner, Paul L. Connell, John Haines, Nancy Hill, Dee Dee Rogers & Beth Hayes

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Corporate and Community Education
MLK Virtual Story Time: It Starts with Me!
Monday, January 16
6:45 - 7:30p
Virtual via Zoom

The Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice and Raising Multicultural Kids invites you to virtual story time to honor Martin Luther King. This event will feature a live reading and discussion of the children’s book; It Starts with Me. A story that introduces youth to the concept of MLK's Beloved Community. This book was written by Dr. Bernice A. King and Dr. Kimberly P. Johnson and illustrated by Zoe Ranucci. This story session will be for school-aged children. You can register here MLK Virtual Story Time: It Starts with Me.
East Bridgewater Finance Committee Meeting 1-4-23
Video Courtesy of EBCAM
World Language Honor Society Induction 2022
Video Courtesy of EBCAM
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.

Wednesday, Jan 18

Bethany will hold space and guide conversation to help you get to the core of whatever is holding you back or causing stress or resistance in your life.
Town 200th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt 
Visit the library to find various town and library related people, places and things! When finishing this fun hunt, buttons will be given out as well as being entered into Town Business raffle prizes. This scavenger hunt will take place between January 9th and the 21st. 
CONTACT: 508-378-1616
LOCATION: Main Desk Check In

Climate Can-Do:
Help save the Earth and your wallet!

In Massachusetts, we have access to free energy services that help save money. With the winter weather getting fiercer each day, we’ve been turning on the heat.

“How can I save money managing my heating and cooling ?” You might ask. 

MassSave provides an assessment the of your house-hold or business energy use. In Massachusetts - we’ve already pre-paid for it through a surcharge on our electric bill.
Check out the MassSave website, to schedule a no cost virtual or in-person home energy assessment and an Energy Specialist will assess the status of your energy use. They will also provide solutions to lead a more energy efficient household. MassSave collaborates with NGRID, Berkshire Gas, Eversource, and Cape Light Compact. MassSave provides these services and energy assessments for any category of property here in Massachusetts, whether that be residential, multi-family, or business oriented. Check it out!

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by intern Sean Fitzgerald from Lasell University. We focus on actions which will help mitigate the environmental changes of our climate emergency. Our goal is to keep the Earth's temperature from rising 1.5˚ C to lessen the impact. We can do!
Central Elementary School Invited to Join MSBA's CORE Program

Invitation Launches Next Phase of Planned Central School Building Project

East Bridgewater Superintendent Elizabeth Legault and the East Bridgewater School Committee are excited to announce that Central Elementary School has been invited to join the eligibility period of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) CORE grant program. This invitation launches the dream of rebuilding or renovating Central School one step closer to reality.

Over the next two years, the district will work directly with the MSBA and the Town of East Bridgewater to conduct a feasibility study. During this time a project manager and design firm will determine the most cost-effective and educationally appropriate design for a new or completely renovated school building. 

Since its 2004 inception, the MSBA has made over 1,750 site visits to more than 250 school districts as part of its due diligence process and has made over $16.2 billion in reimbursements for school construction projects. This year, Central Elementary School was one of only 10 school districts invited to participate in the CORE Program.

“This is an exciting time for Central School and the entire East Bridgewater Public School Community”, said Superintendent Legault.

The East Bridgewater Public School District is committed to an open and transparent process and will provide multiple opportunities for public feedback. The District will provide regular updates on this project through ParentSquare and EBPS Website.
Genealogy Workshop with Rev. Diane Badger
Saturday, January 14
162 Howard Street,
West Bridgewater

We will cover the basics; starting with what you know and moving you back into your past. What are the sources available online; what are the sources to explore that are not online? Most of the workshop will concentrate on New England research, other areas will be covered. Bring a notebook to take notes, and any information you might have and we will try pointing you in new directions for your research. The cost is only $5 and starts at 1p.
For more information check out the events page on the Old Bridgewater website
Teen Book Club
Monday, January 23rd
6 - 7p
32 Union Street

Join the Teen Book Club in the Community Room to discuss January's book selection, a graphic novel called "Side Effects" by Ted Anderson. The Teen Book Club meets once per month for teens in grades 7-12 to discuss YA novels selected by library staff and fellow club members. Follow these steps to get ready.
1. Register for each meeting you plan to attend
2. Wait to receive an email from Angie indicating that your copy is available for pickup
3. Pick up your copy of this month's book from the Teen Desk (on the second floor)
4. Read the book (or don't, we won't judge)
5. Come to the meeting and have fun!
6. Remember to return your copy and sign up for our next book club meeting!
For more information, contact Angie Howes at 508-378-1616 or
Mold Guys Restoration
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Disorganized, Forgetful, Inflexible, Frustrated? Strategies to Grow Our Kids' Executive Functioning
January 23
7 - 8:30p
Online free webinar

Inclusion Matters is proud to welcome Dr. Anjali Palav, a clinical neuropsychologist and clinical assistant professor at Brown University, for a free webinar designed to support our kids' executive functioning.
As the owner of Executive Functioning Advantage, Dr. Palav coaches students of all ages to learn skills that help them:
- strengthen their abilities to pay attention at home and school
- become better organized
- more effectively plan and manage their time
- grow their emotional resilience, even when they feel anxious or stressed at school or at home

For more information check out the Inclusion Matters website
EB Council on Aging 
We had a wonderful New Year’s Eve Celebration on Thursday December 29th 2022!!! Champagne (ginger ale) toast and all!! Happy New Year to all!!!

Info from: FB EB COA

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a:
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

Historical Tidbit Question:
What was the tax rate in 1900?

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 On January 11, 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, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Leanna Silva, Maeve Stowe & Greg Venezia.

“Part of doing something is listening. We are listening. To the sun. To the stars. To the wind.”
~ Madeleine L'Engle, Swiftly Tilting Planet

“It takes two to speak the truth - one to speak and another to hear.”
Henry David Thoreau

“For a word to be spoken, there must be silence. Before, and after.”
~ Ursula K. Le GuinA Wizard of Earthsea

“The humble listen to their brothers and sisters because they assume they have something to learn. They are open to correction, and they become wiser through it.” ~ Fr. Thomas Dubay

“The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand.
We listen to reply.” ~ Stephen R. Covey
Shhhhh. I'm listening. Are you?
~ : ) Jacquie
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