Another Amazing Multicultural Celebration in EB

The 3rd Annual Multicultural Celebration was a ton of fun! On Sunday, June 25, people came together to celebrate the richness of diversity within the East Bridgewater community. The event was engaging, fun, and beautiful as always and couldn't have happened without the Community Coalition for Change and the multiple volunteers who helped organize everything together. Town members had a delicious selection of all sorts of food from Caribbean cuisine to vegan meals from the food truck line-up and were able to look around at the variety of vendors present. There were even a number of raffle prizes to win with the items being locally provided by organizations around town. There were amazing performances from Yiddish dance music and traditional lion dance and drum performers, as well as Arabian belly dances and other styles of movement. To top it all off, there was two speech readings given by the two student essay contest winners, Savannah Hopkins (8th grader) and Aubrey Sylvia (9th grader), where they spoke about their goals and perspectives regarding multiculturalism in the United States.

Story Credit: Angel Benjamin, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Brown University
Photo & Source Credit: Jai Fields, Jacquelyn Rose, and Community Coalition for Change FB
Historical Tidbit:

The First Church of East Bridgewater
All across New England, many churches can be seen sporting the colonial meetinghouse style, which is an architecture structure that provides space for both religious services and town business. The church was regarded as the center of various townships with many being founded in the early days of the colonies. 

The East Parish of Bridgewater was founded on December 14, 1723 in which it changed its name to the First Parish of East Bridgewater once the town was officially incorporated about one hundred years later. A year later after its birth, the church received its first minister and meetinghouse where town members gathered together for community sermon and worship. While the congregation’s members have spread out to practice elsewhere, the most recent construction of the original church has been standing tall since 1850 and can still be seen today. 

Still, while there have been many remodelings and reconstructions, the First Parish of East Bridgewater has never shed its architectural roots. Back then, town meetinghouses were not created with the goal of fanciness but rather possessed a modest style. One element that definitely connected many New England churches was their use of three doors, which was a decision that reflected the various ideas and beliefs of the society at the time. The three doors were reserved for respective groups of the congregation. Generally, the center door was exclusively for the reverend or minister and their family members, as well as any honorable guests who were visiting the town. The other two doors were restricted to men and women. Some churches had side or alternative entrances out of the way for use by enslaved people or hired servants of the community. 

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. 
Mark Coplin
You won a Summer Scent Village candle with Citronella
Whitman Center

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

Enter for this week's prize of
free 1.5 hour class at
Baby’s Morning Out

Tuesdays July 11, 18, & 25
Children's Room
32 Union St

Come meet other families, explore with early literacy, toys/games/books, music and instruments.  Located in the children’s room, 
Join the fun! (self-directed) Best for ages 0-1–11 months.

Matt Heaton Performance

Wednesday July 5
11a - 12p
Front Lawn

Come sing and dance with Matt Heaton at the East Bridgewater Public Library! Join us for what Matt calls children’s music and family music. All are welcome and listeners should bring seating for the outdoors. If you can, register online. Drop ins are also welcome.

To register, click here.
To learn more, visit the East Bridgewater Public Library website.
Photo Credit: Matt Heaton
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
Leave a Lasting Legacy at Union Congregational Church
Buy a Brick On the Path to the
Front Doors
As part of Union Congregational Church's Steeple Fundraiser to fix the structural integrity of their steeple, bricks are being sold to place in the entry walkway.

If you would like to buy an engraved brick that will be displayed in front walkway of the church, please fill out this form. Bricks are $100. Fundraising committee reserves right to approve any submissions.

Cash and checks can be brought to the church during service or during office hours or mailed to:

Union Congregational Church
105 Pleasant St, East Bridgewater, Ma. 508-378-2874

Compass Medical Website

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has established a page on its web site in connection with the closure of Compass Medical. If you are a patient at a Compass Medical office, there are resources available for you to access your medical records, seek new care, or to continue your care with your primary provider. Providers, pharmacists, and former Compass Medical employees can find resources under Notices and Complaints.

To view the new page, visit here.
Meat Raffle

Sunday July 16
2 - 5p
436 Oak Street East

Come participate in our Meat Raffle in order to raise funds to help save the steeple of the Union Congregational Church! There will be 8 chances to win and 50/50 raffles. All money raised will go towards supporting the church in this mission. The event will take place at Adria Restaurant.

To learn more, click here.
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!
8th Grade Graduation 2023
Courtesy of EBCAM
Grandparent Safe Sitter Course

Monday, July 10
355 Plymouth Street

Participants will learn how to provide the best and safest care for their grandchildren. They will also learn the latest information on how to safely care for infants and children and how to manage the behavior of children of all ages, in addition to life-saving skills such as choking rescue, first aid, and injury management. The course is medically accurate and will be facilitated by Heather Doucette, a RN/BSN, Town of East Bridgewater Public Health Nurse.

To sign up, call the Council of Aging at (508)-378-1610.
East Bridgewater Bicentennial Fireworks 2023
Courtesy of EBCAM
be; where your feet are
Original & Unique Gifts * Tea * Vintage Clothing * Reflexology

Open: Wed -Thurs: 10a - 6p | Fri 10a - 4p
Sat: 9a - 4p | Sun: 10a - 2p
Additional Hours for Reflexology
by Appointment

626 Bedford St (Rt 18) EB

An old-fashioned candy store
with a TWIST

Mini Candy Bouquets perfect for Teacher Gifts!
Shop early for best selection!

Mon - Sat:
Open til 8pm • Sunday 'til 6pm
Come check us out!

Online orders!

(781) 447-2639
785 Bedford St, Rt 18, Whitman
The Del Fuegos Reunion Concert

Saturday, July 15
East Bridgewater Commercial Club

Come watch the original Del Fuegos, Boston Rock Legends, perform at their reunion concert for 1 night only! There will be a meet and greet available, as well as VIP seating. Food and beverage purchases will be offered with waitstaff service as the EBCC will have the grill going all night. Tickets range from $45 - $75. Doors will open at 4p. This is a 21+ event.

To buy tickets, click here.
To learn more, visit the event’s Eventbrite.
Photo Credit: AllMusic
Congratulations to the EBJSHS
Music Department Students

The EBJSHS Music Department had their awards ceremony for 7th and 8th grader students, where many were recognized for a variety of honors in celebration of their participation and achievements.

Reposted from June 20: The EBJSHS Music Department’s 7th and 8th grade awards!

Students were recognized for selection to District/SEMSBA/Tri-County music festivals and the music dept’s 8th grade awards were revealed. Students’ names will be permanently displayed on plaques.

Elizabeth Goldman-Goulston Award for Musical Excellence: Salmata Gabasi - Chorus
Wyatt Francis, Nick Pino, Lily Turner - Band
The Director’s Award for Chorus - Ainsley Hyde
The Director’s Award for Band - Madison Araujo, Sophie Coates, Aliyah Quintana

The future is BRIGHT! Can’t wait to hear you playing/singing over the next four years!

Story Credit: Angel Benjamin, Brown University, BuzzAround Writing Intern
Photo & Source Credit: East Bridgewater Public Schools FB
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free 1.5 hour class at

Historical Tidbit Question:
Where did enslaved people and servants
enter the church?

Email us your answer at: 
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By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.
 On July 5, 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, Angel Benjamin, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Meghan Lotti, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
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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