May 15, 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. 
2022 BSU Alumni Spring Concert
Video Courtesy of BTV
2022 B-R Spring Concert
Video Courtesy of BTV
Historical Tidbit:

Education in 1647

Education for all was an early American ideal. As early as 1647 Massachusetts Bay Colony passed a law mandating that all towns with more than 50 families set up a school. If a town didn't comply with the law, they were fined five Pounds.

"That in whatsoever township in this government consist of 50 families or upwards. Where there were families of 100 or more, Latin must be offered in Grammar School to prepare for the University. The town was responsible for making a reasonable appropriation. The profits from the Cape Fisheries, hereto ordered to maintain a Grammar School, shall be distributed to such towns as to have such Grammar Schools, not exceeding five Pounds per annum to any one town." 

Before that time, small classes were held in private homes.

Respectfully submitted by Sue Basile

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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
Cathy Skoglund
won a $15 gift certificate to C & C Antiques
Open Wed - Sun, Rt 18 Elmwood (EB)

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
Free one hour of coaching
(value $80) with
Glee Works Holistic Personal Coaching
Learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and anxiety.
The Lions Auction for Eye Research

Please join in the bidding and help the Bridgewater Lions Club, the Bridgewater Academy Lions Club, and the Bridgewater Community Lions Club in our joint fundraising efforts on behalf of Mass. Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc (MLERFI).

There is one more week of bidding sessions online: Week C: May 15 - May 21, ending at noon

There will be a variety of items listed each week in a wide range of price values. Winning bidders will be notified of the pickup location in Bridgewater. As always, 100% of the total bid money collected for auction items will be sent to the Mass. Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. following the payment and pickup of all items sold.

If your business or organization has a gift certificate or item to donate, please email,, or to describe your donation and arrange for pickup. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

MLERFI is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing seed money to Massachusetts hospitals and laboratories to help their promising eye research. For 70 years, research funded by Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc., has helped people with a wide range of eye diseases.

Artist Meet & Greet: Jenny Rae Bailey
Tue, May 17th
6 - 7:30p
Bridgewater Public library

Jenny's show, Finestkind: Collages, will be on display in the Flora T. Little Gallery for the month of May. In Jenny's own words, "I make art that makes me smile." Come by for a smile, some snacks, and to view the collection.
Alice's Cafe & Craft
Thursday, May 19th
10a for coffee with BSU students for an intergenerational learning experience
10:30a for painting & glazing mugs, plates & more at Just Claying Around.
$5 fee applies for seniors & their friends. All are welcome!
Please RSVP 508-697-0929
Everything You Need for Gardening
Tools, Seeds, Soil & Fertilizers
Wide Selection & Helpful Service!
1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Governor Baker's proclamation designating May 2022 Massachusetts Small Business Month

A Proclamation
WHEREAS, small businesses are the backbone and life blood of local economies in communities throughout the Commonwealth, and serve as job creators and place-makers in our downtowns,
WHEREAS, shopping locally allows Massachusetts residents to invest in their own neighborhoods and grow the vibrancy of their communities, making the Commonwealth a great place to live, work, and play,
WHEREAS, small businesses demonstrated resilience, flexibility, and courage in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impacts, and were a driving force in the economic recovery of this Commonwealth,
WHEREAS, small businesses employ 1.5 million individuals, constituting nearly half of Massachusetts employees (45.7%),
WHEREAS, small businesses reach communities that have not always benefited from the Commonwealth’s overall robust economic vitality, and serve an important role in access to economic opportunity,
WHEREAS, small businesses and small business support organizations like Chambers of Commerce; small business associations; and Main Street and other nonprofit service organizations are key collaborators in advancing our agenda for equitable economic growth,
WHEREAS, the contributions of our small business sector should be recognized and celebrated by our Commonwealth,
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Charles D. Baker, Governor of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim May 2022, to be, 
And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.
Given at the Executive Chamber, this first day of May, in the year two thousand and twenty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America, two hundred and forty-fifth.
God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The Bridgewater public library is taking donations for The Wandering Heart Project
"For the month of May we have partnered with The Wandering Heart Project and are collecting brand new items to be donated to foster children.The following items are requested: Bathing Suits, Beach Towels, Water Bottles, and Water Shoes. Donations are due by May 31. Items can be dropped off during library hours."
Bridgewater Little League Day at Fenway

Join us for BLL Day at Fenway Park, May 22nd, 1:35p to see the Sox take on the Seattle Mariners.
Great tickets still remaining!

Takeout Dinner Fundraiser to
Support Central Square Congregational Church, UCC

Reservations due no later than MONDAY, MAY 16. Pickup is Sunday, May 22, 5:15 - 5:45p at Bridgewater Library parking lot.

Kick off the summer BBQ season with the feast-for-two from Boston Tavern/Middleboro!

BBQ chicken, pulled pork, potato salad, cole slaw, cornbread, and dessert. $35 for each dinner-for-two. Cash or check at pickup.

Visit to make your reservation, or call 508-697-6016 or click here.
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Cooking Class
Monday, May 23rd
Bridgewater Senior Center
Learn to make smoked salmon pasta salad for two with enough to take home for dinner.
$5pp, space is limited.
The Town of Bridgewater is accepting applications for a seasoned professional to join our team!

We're looking for an organized professional Executive Assistant for our Finance Department.

Please send letter of interest and resume via
e-mail to or submit to: Human Resources, REF: Finance-EA, 66 Central Square - 2nd floor, Bridgewater, MA 02324. Submissions are reviewed when received.

Save the Date!
BRRHS Academic Honors Night
Tuesday, May 24th
6:30 - 8:30p
Private Business Owners: 
We Are Looking for Board Nominations
Workforce Board of 24 oversees $3.4 million budget for regional training, consulting & programing

*learn about workforce development opportunities
*Be a voice in your industry 
Monthly & quarterly meetings

Contact Jason Hunter, Director of operations

MassHire Greater Brockton
Career Center
34 School St, 2nd Floor, Brockton
Treat your fingernails to Color Street temporary designs!
Tons of fun!

Independent Consultant Katie Ray
(774) 274-7492

*100% real nail polish strips
*Easy one step application
*No dry time/smudges/streaks
*Made in the USA

Bridgewater Now
May 10
Video Courtesy of BTV
BR Baseball vs Brockton
April 28
Video Courtesy of BTV
Congratulations to The Ousamequin Woman's Club of Bridgewater

President Les and Secretary Jean attended the GFWCMA Annual meeting in Natick this weekend (Apr30-May1). (shown left) Our club was recognized for outstanding achievements in arts and Culture, Environment, membership and Education. We also received special recognition for our raffle donation as being the most creative use of a container.

Congratulations to all the incoming officers and the past administration. There are 44 actives in the GFWCMA and 7 associate clubs. They had a total of 942 projects, 43,805 volunteer hours,$98,599 in-kind donations, $101,669 in monetary donations and fundraising money raised was $111,494.

The annual banquet and installation of officers took place May 2nd at Olde Scotland Links. (shown right) Terry Rouvalis, 2nd Vice President, of the GFWCMA, was the installing officer. Shown left, from left to right, are: Beccy Mugherini, Secretary; Irma Sankunas, Assistant Treasurer; Jean Guarino, President; Estelle Wenson, Vice President; Sharon Graves, Treasurer; and Alicia Boucher, Corresponding Secretary.

Send a message using link below to find out how to be a part of this great organization!

Story and photo credits: Ousamequin Club Facebook Page
Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
Free one hour of coaching
(value $80) with
Glee Works Holistic Personal Coaching
Learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and anxiety.

Historical Tidbit Question:
When did a town have to set up a school, as mandated by the Massachusetts Bay Colony?

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 May 18, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Governor Baker's Declaration of Small Business month spotlights the importance of our local businesses.

THE BEST way to support your community, is to keep your money close to home by shopping locally and if you have an idea for starting your own, there is no better time.

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.” ~ Dr. Seuss
Love your local, Buy & live local: where we live is where we have the most influence and can create real change. Make it happen at home. Share your local love.
~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Rohail Spear & Greg Venezia.
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