July 7, 2019 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Pictured: State Senator Michael D. Brady Teresa Capachione, Susan Silva, and State Senator Walter F. Timilty.
Image credit: Sen. Walter Timilty Facebook
Bench Dedication
On June 21st,Teresa Capachione and Susan Silva/EB HOPE were honored by the Anne Kenneally Hynes Scholarship Committee.
In addition, State Senators Michael Brady and Walter Timilty gave well deserved congratulatory citations to Teresa and Susan.
The event took place at Sachem Rock Community Center where attendees also celebrated Anne Hynes's birthday with a celebratory cake.

Congratulations to both of these wonderful women, and thank you for the service and dedication that they have provided for our community.
Information and photo credit: www.annehynesscholarship.org
Historical Tidbit: The Living Skeleton

Isaac W. Sprague - The Original Living Skeleton
Isaac W. Sprague was born on May 21, 1841 in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
He was a normal and active child until the age of twelve - when he began to rapidly lose weight. 

His concerned parents forbade young Isaac from high energy activities. Despite this, the boy continued to lose weight and his
now terrified parents took Isaac to the best doctors they could find. Unfortunately the doctors were also baffled.

As an adult, Isaac apprenticed under his father as a cobbler and later worked as a grocer. His low energy made it hard for Isaac to work.  It was then that the world of sideshow came calling.

In 1865, during a visit to a local carnival, a promoter spotted Isaac and offered him a job; Isaac accepted. He began touring as 'The Living Skeleton' and quickly rose in popularity. In less than a year he auditioned for P. T. Barnum and was hired on a salary of $80 a week.

Despite numerous medical exams during his lifetime, his condition was never officially identified. He was labeled as having 'an extreme case of progressive muscular atrophy'. As a result, Isaac was required to eat constantly. He was well-known to carry a flask of sweetened dairy milk around his neck - drinking from it from time-to-time to keep himself alive and conscious. 
He met and married a Miss Tamar Moore and had three healthy sons. He toured with Barnum and others. His financial problems ultimately resulted in Isaac dying in poverty on January 5, 1887, in Chicago.

At forty-four he had the height of five feet and six inches and weighed only forty-three pounds. 

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Town Hall
175 Central St 508-378-1601
Mon 8:30a - 8p
Tues - Thurs 8:30a - 4:30p; Fri 8:30a - noon

EB Public Library
32 Union St 508-378-1616
Mon & Tues 9 - 8 ; Wed, Thurs, Fri 9 - 5
Saturday 9 - 2 

Council on Aging 
355 Plymouth St 508-378-1610
Mon 8a - 6p
Tues - Thurs 8a - 4p
Fri 8a - noon  

Food Pantries
Union Congregational Church
105 Pleasant St
2nd Wednesday from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm and last Saturday from 9:30 am - 11:00 am

St Vincent dePaul Food Pantry
St. John's Catholic Church
210 Center St EB
(508) 378-3760
Distribution 1st & 3rd Monday of Each Month

Community Meal
Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:30pm open to all.
A donation is appreciated.
United Methodist Church 54 N. Central St EB
Mike Ciccolo
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  Jump Start Training Package including nutrition consultation & 6 free sessions from Get In Shape For Women at 180 Winter St, Bridgewater!

You should play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.

You could win a
$15 gift certificate to
Pinches & Pounds Candy Store
Rt 18, Whitman, MA
Introducing Members of the EB Historical Commission. Spotlight on Lois Nelson
Hi everyone! We are continuing our series of posts where we introduce you to each of the members currently serving on the Historical Commission. We hope you enjoy getting to know our team!
Lois Nelson has lived in East Bridgewater since 1970. She grew up in Brockton (formerly North Bridgewater), graduated from Bridgewater State College with a degree in history and did some teaching, including substitute work in East Bridgewater. Having a lifelong interest in genealogy and local history, she served as a researcher for the East Bridgewater Sesquicentennial Historical Book and on the 1970s Growth Policy Development Committee. She has been a poll worker for the town for over 40 years. Currently she is in her third term on the East Bridgewater Historical Commission and is serving as secretary.
Dog License

7/01/2019 thru 06/30/2020 licences are available now at the Town Clerk's office
Licenses cannot be issued without a current rabies vaccination on file with the Town Clerk. 
If your dog's rabies vaccination IS on file, use convenient on-line renewal through Aug 31st.

In its NOT on file, stop by the Town Clerk's office. For more info click here.
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Kids Yoga & Music Class
Every Monday in July from 10:00-11:00am at Pony Town Parties at 1194 Plymouth St. EB, will be an instructor-led class of yoga and music. Open to children from 4-8 years old, cost is $15 per a child. Each class is followed by a thirty minute free play period at Pony Town! Read More
Jump to Jupiter!
Stop by the East Bridgewater Public Library to jump between the planets from the sun to Jupiter!
See how far apart they are and see how big they are compared to each other - scaled down, of course! :)
Outside display will be set up 9:30am - 4 pm each day, weather permitting.
Runs from June 17-July 12.
Program is inspired by the Star Network activities/workshop.
Contact: Anne Vantran 508-378-1616 x2   avantran@sailsinc.org
EB Fire Dept in Bridgewater's 4th of July Parade
SALON Esprit

Lighten up and shorten up for Summer at
(508) 378-1530
225 Bedford St, East Bridgewater
Carriage Crossing

Treat Yourself to a YUMMY Breakfast or Lunch!

We're Open: Mon - Sat: 8am - 4pm  
Sunday: 8am - 2pm

12 Temple St. * Whitman
(781) 447-1064

Cave Adventures
July 8th-12th from 9-11:30am at the Community Covenant Church of East Bridgewater. Children from ages 4-entering 5th grade are invited to join the Community Covenant Church in their VBS program that will include bible lessons, crafts, music and snacks. Click here to register
Business After Hours
Please join the Metro South Chamber of Commerce for a Business After Hours at Connemara Senior Living Campello (25 E. Nilsson Street, Brockton) on Thurs, July 18th from 4:30-6:30pm.
Come and kick off your summer with delicious food while connecting with potential customers, existing chamber members, and friends of the Metro South Community. Tickets are complimentary, but do not forget to RSVP Here.
Nessralla Farm
What will you find at the farm today?
Strawberry season is nearly over but have no fear, we froze a bunch for your smoothies, baking, and strawberry shortcakes!
Stop by today! 

318 Plymouth St. Halifax
(781) 294-1767
Yoga for the rest of us!

Learn how to open your spine & find YOUR bliss…

New classes forming NOW!
Space is limited. Call & register today!
More movement, less stress!

484 Bedford St, E. Bridgewater
(508) 331-3564
Thrift Store Hours & Community Meal

The East Bridgewater United Methodist Church Thrift Shop, located at 54 N Central St, will be open Wednesdays from 2:15-5:15pm and on Saturdays from 10-1pm.

Community meals held by the church are offered every Wednesday at 5:30pm. The meal is free but donations are gratefully accepted to keep them going!

Respectfully Submitted, Toni Finlay
"The Wizard of Oz" Production by FPAC
Beginning July 19th, the FPAC at BSU will have their first summer performance. This year they'll be taking a stroll down the yellow brick road and performing the classic "The Wizard of Oz." Tickets can be found at the following link: Buy Tickets! There are several dates and times for performances to choose from and it's always a great summer show.

Of particular importance and highlight this year is the inclusion of a Sensory-Friendly Performance scheduled for July 25th at 7:00pm. A breakdown of what this performance will include and accommodate for can be found here Sensory-Friendly Performance. Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a welcoming experience for families with children with autism or with other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities. Photo from FPAC and BSUti
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Flags for Sale from Annual Field of Flags
The Kiwanis Club of East Bridgewater hosts the Field of Flags event each Veteran’s Day. We are proud to announce that retired flags from these events are being framed, complete with a certificate of authenticity, and are now available for sale.The funds from the sale of these flags mainly go toward replacing old and/or damaged flags.
If you are interested in purchasing a flag or flags, we have posted an order form on our Forms Page.
Flags can be purchased: “In Memory of,” “In Honor of,” or simply “In Honor of Those Who Have Served.” EB Kiwanis Facebook Page
4th Annual Tutu Run and SparkleFest
"Where the thanks begins and where it ends are understandably hard to identify. The thanks in between is both the most important and most extensive. As we reflect on the magic of Saturday’s SparkleFest and Tutu Run and the sea of pink that blanketed the Common and the race route surrounding it, we are reminded of the integral role community plays in this little seed idea that sprouted four short years ago. We could not dream of the success we have experienced over the these last four years if we did not have the passion, strength, dedication, and devotion of a community both near and far.
From the Sparklers and their husbands setting up tables, tents, and chairs into the late evening Friday to the runners, walkers, and four-legged friends who crossed the finish line. From the local companies and sponsors who brought with them bubble machines, water tables, prize wheels, hair spray, magic tricks, slithering snakes and rare reptiles, digital photo booths, and decorated cupcakes by the dozen. From the men and women of the East Bridgewater Police Department who, for the past eight months, worked with us to create and execute both a safe race route and smooth and safe event for all who participated.
Without a shadow of a doubt, our event, this tradition, Sydney’s legacy, and the countless scholarships we have been fortunate enough to provide, would not be possible without the participation, passion, generosity and dedication of this community, and for that we thank you."

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$15 gift certificate to
Pinches & Pounds Candy Store
Rt 18, Whitman, MA

  Historical Tidbit Question:
What did Isaac carry around his neck?

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On July 10, 2019 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Taylor Fruzzetti, Christina Montana, Theresa McNulty, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Gregory Venezia
Living Democracy.

"If we desire a society of peace, then we cannot achieve such a society through violence. If we desire a society without discrimination, then we must not discriminate against anyone in the process of building this society. If we desire a society that is democratic, then democracy must become a means as well as an end." ~ Bayard Rustin

"The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous. " ~ Frederick Douglass

"It's a relief to hear the rain. It's the sound of billions of drops, all equal, all equally committed to falling, like a sudden outbreak of democracy. Water, when it hits the ground, instantly becomes a puddle or rivulet or flood." ~ Alice Oswald
I am excited about the political re-birth we are experiencing this election year. Why? I am hearing concepts and ideas. People are imagining, brainstorming. People are dedicated to creating solutions, instead of bickering and backstabbing. I hope we can keep this up.
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