The Boundless Bean

Have you checked out a new small coffee shop in town with a big mission? Elena Hogan opened The Boundless Bean in Bridgewater last week and told me about the mission. “The Boundless Bean aims to change the way individuals with disabilities are viewed in the workplace. We provide fun, meaningful, and motivating employment for individuals with differing abilities in our cozy coffee shop. We work as teams, believing that we are all in need of the strengths that each team member has to offer. We have team members who love sorting change, weighing coffee beans, organizing, baking cookies and greeting customers; all essential tasks that we would be lacking if we chose to employ in a more traditional manner. Our team is so vibrant, because we are all so different, and that is such a beautiful thing. 

Each employee at The Boundless Bean starts with a basic set of tasks, but we quickly find where each employee shines and do our best to design the work day in such a way that they can rest in their strengths and slowly build new skills in an encouraging environment.”

Hogan, a resident of Bridgewater and mom of 4, goes on to say, “We have also partnered with other inclusive businesses through our merchandise sales and hope to bring awareness of the many wonderful businesses that are out there in need of our support.”

Go check out their great coffee, sweet baked goods, savory treats and of course their friendly service! They are located at 10 Summer St., Bridgewater and can be found on Facebook and Instagram as “ The Boundless Bean”. 

Story Credit: Jennifer Bellody, BuzzAround Writer
Photo & Source Credit: Jennifer Bellody and The Boundless Bean FB
Historical Tidbit: 
Bridgewater Christmas to Remember.
Christmas Eve was always an event to remember. My mother’s Portuguese family consisted of 12 brothers and sisters with strong ethnic traditions of family gatherings. The most memorable of all was Christmas. Preparations for the celebration would begin with our mother trying to get us to take a nap after lunch so we could stay up very late on Christmas Eve without getting too grumpy. As you would probably guess no kid can sleep on the day before Christmas Eve with all of that excitement to look forward to. Before going down to the “house” we would eat a light supper at home.

Around 5p we would travel to my grandmother’s and the other cousins would arrive one by one, until the whole gang was there. In the corner of the living room was a display that my Grandmother would set up each year. It was a manger scene but not your ordinary one. To call it ordinary would like calling a Newport mansion a summer cottage.

A month or so before Christmas Eve she would start little pots of ryegrass that were placed around a group of beautiful ceramic figurines. In the center was baby Jesus, bigger in scale than all of the other figures, but after all, he is what it’s all about. All around the display was a series of unique little lights. Many of the lights had a short, little glass tube on it, filled with a colored liquid that would have little bubbles coming up. She put hours into arranging it and it was quite a display. I am sure my description does not do the display justice but only because I saw through the eyes of a little boy. It was a lot bigger than me, unlike any manger scene, I had ever seen in anybody’s living room.

The aunts would be in the living room talking and the only room for kids was sitting on the floor. Sometime early in the evening we kids would all be gathered in the living room and we were told to listen for Santa. There would be the sound of sleigh bells out front on the lawn and he would then come through the front door. Failure to come down the chimney in the living room was never an entry issue because there was usually a fire in the fireplace during the holidays. With his appearance, he would have at least one present for everyone earlier in the evening. We would all be seated in front of him with his big bag of presents. He would then call out our names to come forward. This gift usually kept most of us busy until the great feast after midnight mass.

Story Shared by David Moore
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
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

St Vincent dePaul Food Pantry
@ St Thomas Aquinas Church
103 Center St
2 x month 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m
Evelyn DeLutis
You won a Summer Scent Village candle with Citronella
Whitman Center

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 free 1.5 hour class at
Bridgewater 4th of July Celebration! 
Parade * Arts Celebration * Midway * Fireworks!
Day - Long Festivities

Watercolor Painting Activity

Thursday July 6, 10:30a
10 Wally Krueger Way

Discover and paint with watercolors at the Bridgewater Senior Center. Participants will create a serene mountain landscape, learn about atmospheric perspective, and how to create a sense of the depth in their painting. During the activity, participants will produce 2 to 3 smaller watercolor paintings as a means for practice and building confidence with developing paintings wet on wet and wet on dry.

To RSVP, call (508) - 697 - 0929.
Bridgewater Conservation Commission
June 22, 2023
Video courtesy of Town of Bridgewater
Bridgewater Town Council
June 21, 2023
Video courtesy of Town of Bridgewater
COA Charles Riverboat Cruise
and Casino
Enter the lottery
by July 7
Cruise is on July 17

Enter the seat lottery for a chance to secure a spot on a Charles Riverboat Cruise and Encore Casino, which is being organized by the Bridgewater Council on Aging. There will be a 90 minute tour that departs from the CambridgeSide Mall and will cruise along the Charles River out through the locks and into the Boston Harbor. Participants will be dropped off at the Encore Casino and given $15 in free slot pay. People will have to provide their own lunch. For $30 per person, the riverboat tour, COA van transportation, and $15 slot play card is included.
To learn more details, call the senior center at (508)-697-0929.
BBQ season has arrived!! 
Take a look at some of the products we have to make your grilling and smoking time great. We even have a fire pit with a grilling rack to put above it for cooking.

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Women Leaders' Conference

On Thursday, June 22, the Town of Bridgewater hosted the MA Municipal Association’s Women Leading Government conference, where women in appointed municipal leadership positions across Massachusetts gathered together for an opportunity to share knowledge and connections. In addition to the many female leaders present at the event, former Governor Jane Swift was brought as the featured speaker. Swift engaged with the other inspiring participants and spoke about her experiences in her field of work. The event served to help build community and provide perspective about the current work atmosphere facing aspiring and present women leaders today.

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Bark in the Park

Saturday, July 8th
1 - 6p
80 Spring Street

The Craftpreneur and Fire for Effect Foundation Inc are hosting a dog friendly event! There will be tons of dog-friendly vendors and opportunities for dogs to make friends and play together! Meet local shelters, vets, register your pet, and grab a new leash & bandana while supporting local businesses & veterans. All dogs are welcome, but PLEASE be aware of your pet's needs! If your pup has a tendency to be overwhelmed or reactive around other animals, this may not be the place for them. All dogs must be leashed, so everyone can enjoy the outdoor space at this event.

At Fire For Effect Foundation Inc, we believe in community and bringing everyone together as a means to making the biggest impact. Maximum impact, maximum change. 
For more information visit Bark in the Park FB
New Bridgewater
Transit System

Service Hours are Mon - Fri
8:30a - 5:30p

Bridgewater Cares Transit now offers a new on demand, same day, and affordable public transit service. Available to qualified residents, the service also expands into West Bridgewater and some areas of East Bridgewater. The transit now offers rides to Trucchis, Ocean State Job Lot Plaza, and Market Basket. Users can download an app or call (508)-697-0929 to schedule their rides at $3 each way.

To learn more or see if you qualify, call (508)-697-0929.
The evenings are getting shorter but the weather is marvelous!
Enjoy your next meal out on the patio at our
Plymouth Street location.

Climate Can-Do: Hydration in the Heat and Refillable Water Bottles

Summer is finally here! Warmer weather, more time outside, and an increase in physical activity…all of which lead to us being thirstier. Drinking enough water throughout the day is always important – our bodies are 50% to 70% water (Mayo Clinic) – and with the hot weather in the coming months, it is especially crucial to avoid dehydration. However, our hydration doesn’t need to come at the expense of our environment. According to Ban the Bottle, Americans throw away 35 billion plastic bottles every year. Additionally, only 5% of our plastics (Greenpeace) get recycled; the rest end up in trash heaps, or are litter and many end up in the ocean.

Refillable water bottles make a real difference close to home; in our drinking water; in our rivers; and right down to the ocean. By switching to refillables instead of buying single-use bottles, you are: cutting down on oil usage needed to manufacture the plastic water bottles; decreasing CO2 put out into the atmosphere through production; reducing landfill waste (University of Colorado Boulder); and decreasing the likelihood of nanoplastics in our tap. You’re also saving money and time by not buying a plastic water bottle every time you’re out and about -$1.25 may not seem like much, but it definitely adds up! If tap water isn’t for you, a filtered water dispenser and a reusable water bottle will soon pay for themselves as you consider the cost of bottled water. Most importantly: Refillable water bottles can decrease pollution in our oceans – the same ones we love to swim in over the summer. It’s an important Climate Can Do to reduce personal plastic waste; opt for refillable bottles instead of single-use plastic ones so we and our environment can flourish! 

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Miriam Heath, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Bridgewater State University. We focus on actions which individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do!
Writing Workshop

Saturday July 8,
10a - 1p
15 South Street

Do you want to write a story (book, series, or screenplay) but don’t know how to start? Come attend this 3 hour writing workshop for 18+ in the Judith Gabriel Room at the Bridgewater Public Library.

Participants will learn how to come up with ideas that inspire them to write, and they will leave the workshop with at least 3 unique story ideas they can choose to expand and work on. Chris Vigneau, a local Bridgewater teacher, cartoonist, and writer, will be teaching the class. Participants are encouraged to bring a list of their top 5 stories to class for discussion. The class is limited to 10 people so please register for a spot.

To learn more or register, visit the Bridgewater Public Library website.
Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights (BCCR)
will be hosting a stand out
July 8th- 10-11 
to bring attention to
Environmental Awareness
 in front of Walgreens parking lot in Bridgewater Center. All are welcome to join!
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Sat: 9a - 4p | Sun: 10a - 2p
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Jerry Pallotta
Author Visit

July 11
15 South Street

Join us for a visit with Jerry Pallotta, author of the Who Would Win series, in the Flora T. Little Meeting room! He will talk about his background, his inspiration for writing, how he comes up with ideas and how that idea is turned into a full book. Learn about the process of writing start to finish. Jerry will be coming with books to sell/sign after the show and will accept cash, checks, and credit cards.

To register, click here.
2023 Bridgewater
Music Alley

Thursdays, Through September 14th

This Summer at Black Hat Brew Works.
Thursday July 6, Male Bonding Band and & Friends are performing.
The Bridgewater Music Alley Season is kicking off right! There is a vast lineup for this year! Concerts will be held at Black Hat Brew Works due to construction at Music Alley.
Each week, there will be one or several performers, as well as a food truck. Food will also be served at Black Hat Brew Works during the events. Be sure to stop by for free live music.
A big thank you to Bridgewater State University for sponsoring, and Black Hat Brew Works for helping make this year's events possible!
For more information about this year's lineup, visit BW Music Alley website.
The U.S. Secretary of Interior
Comes to Town

On Thursday, June 15, the Bridgewater community’s goals regarding the removal of the High Street Dam and the replacement of the High Street Bridge were discussed and viewed with Debra Haaland, the United States Secretary of the Interior. She spoke with agency representatives about the town’s impactful conservation efforts for the environment.
From the FB post "Bridgewater received over $8 million in funding for the project through our partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, Division of Ecological Restoration, and other state and federal partners.

The Secretary's visit was in recognition of the Town of Bridgewater's 'transformational efforts to advance nature based solutions, restoring rivers and opening up miles of stream for fish passage'.

Story Credit: Angel Benjamin, Brown University, BuzzAround Writing Intern
Photo & Story Source: Town of Bridgewater, MA FB
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Music to My Ears.
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” ~ Bob Marley

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
~ Aldous Huxley

“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” ~ Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy

“Where words leave off, music begins.” ~ Heinrich Heine

“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. ” ~ Maya Angelou

“Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” ~ Leonard Bernstein
It's in the air... listen. ~ Jacquie
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