January 17, 2021 ~
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. 
Stella Wagner, lifelong resident of Bridgewater is celebrating her 100th Birthday this month.
Stella's Drive By & Card Shower
The family of Stella A. Wagner invites you to join a 100th Birthday drive by greeting on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 2:00p.
Meeting on Jennifer Circle in Bridgewater and drive by to extend our wishes to her.

Stella is a lifelong resident of Bridgewater, raising three children here and working at the Independent Nail for many years and then retiring from the Graduate Dept. of BSU. After retirement, she volunteered many hours to different groups here in town.

We are looking forward to celebrating this milestone for Stella with all of you.

In addition to the drive by, the COA is collecting 100 cards to give to her family for her birthday. Please send your cards by Friday January 22. Please leave them in the mailbox out front at the Cole- Yeaton Senior Center, 10 Wally Krueger Way, Bridgewater.

Thank you in advance for your help celebrating a wonderful person in our Bridgewater Community.
Historical Tidbit:
Early Fire Fighting
We've had a Fire Station since the 1850's, starting out with a hand drawn pump and then later advancing to horse drawn steam pumpers in the early 1900's. All of these devices required some form of notification of the fire; usually a church bell or steam whistle. The steam pumper had to be moved by horses, which were often being used by a road gang. The horses were gathered and brought back to the station to pull the equipment out of the station. Workers then lit the fire in the boiler and then traveled to the fire. Obviously, they weren't able to save a lot of buildings, but they were able to control the spread to adjoining buildings and fields.
Before fire brigades, buildings were smaller and not as close together. There were also fewer trees which helped control the spread of fires. If a building caught on fire, there was little that could be done. Clear cutting of forests was not only done to provide building materials, fuel for homes and foundries, but also as means to control the spread of forest fires. Can you imagine a forest fire today with no fire department or hydrants available?
Respectfully submitted,
David Moore
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 - 7:30 p
Lisa Boudreau
won a
45 minute horseback riding lesson at Stonecroft Farm's Indoor Riding Ring (value $55).

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. mypinchesandpounds.com
Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters started off the new year raising funds to alleviate hunger and homelessness locally and globally.      
On the morning of First Day, January 1, 2021, four Club members – Margarida Baganha, Janet Dye, Frances Jeffries, Nick McCummings and Lou Ricciardi were joined by two friends, Addison Alder and Debbie Baumgarten. They were cheered on by other Club members, friends and family who were socially distanced at the beach.  

This lively event, now in its third year, has a serious purpose. Many of our neighbors in this region and around the world live without food and shelter. This Rotary Club distributes 100% of the funds raised to local food pantries, to homeless shelters and to ShelterBox, an international organization providing shelter to communities stricken by natural disasters and conflicts (shelterboxusa.org). 

Help us meet (and even exceed!) our goal of $10,000. The Rotary Club of The Bridgewaters is continuing to accept donations through this month. Sponsorship levels are Platinum ($1000+), Diamond ($700-999), Good ($300-699), Silver ($100-299), Bronze ($50-99), and Friends of Rotary, (less than $50). Online contributions can be made here or by sending checks payable to Rotary Club of The Bridgewaters, PO Box 266, East Bridgewater MA 02333.  

The Club meets via Zoom on Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30a. All are welcome to attend. For additional information, contact Club President Deb Tennant at daz9250@gmail.com.
BSU's MLK 2021 Virtual Engagement Series

January 18th - 29th a range of programming including activist artwork, panel discussions, small group dialogues and youth-focused racial justice storytelling. You can now register for each event here

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Working hard to make patients comfortable & healthy!

Physical distancing • spaced appointments
• bacterial cleaning between patients. 

Take care of yourself – See your chiropractor today!
63 Main Street, Bridgewater (508) 697-0050
Senior College Information Session: Meet the Instructors
During this event, you will learn about our offerings, meet and talk with current participants, meet staff and our instructors! This semester we will offer 33 stimulating, fun, and engaging non-credit courses for mature learners (50+).
The Senior College has something to offer for every interest including courses that will focus on birdwatching, becoming anti-racist, American Sign Language, America in 2021, anxiety and anxiety disorders, memoir writing, even a course on this history of the modern dog and MUCH MUCH MORE!
Course run from 4 to 8 weeks and start on January 25th and run until the end of May.
Please share this notice with your friends, loved ones, and in your own community forums.
RSVP HERE and we will email you the Zoom link. More INFO on Senior College
Covid Vaccine Phases - When can you get yours?

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Bridgewater Community Listening Initiative
In collaboration, three local organizations focused on creating a more equitable and inclusive community, are collecting stories of impact as part of a larger effort to promote awareness and support surrounding incidents of discrimination in the Bridgewater-Raynham community.

These stories will be shared with town leaders in an upcoming community listening session. We encourage respondents to share their own candid and personal stories or experiences they have witnessed directly of identity-based discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identification, sexual orientation, neurodiversity, disability, mental health and sizism. The collective impact of these personal reflections is aimed to accomplish two goals: to empower those who have experienced and/or witnessed discrimination and to promote healthy lines of communication with those in positions of authority to make a difference.

Hosted by DICE (Diversity & Inclusion for Community Empowerment), BCCR (Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights) and Stand Up for Justice
New Virtual Programs!
Origami (above)
Join Jenny this week as she shows you the ox head fold in celebration of the New Year.

Art with Rose, Split Cup Pour (below)

We have what you need!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357

Join a Virtual Panel Discussion on Healthy Lifestyle: How to Cope with Anxiety, Stress for Better Physical and Mental Health
Wednesday, February 3rd
1:00 - 2:30p
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many members of our community to experience stress, anxiety, loneliness, and in some cases a depression. This is why BSU has expanded its services and made necessary adjustments to provide counseling and health care to our community.

Dr. Maria DePina, Brigham and Women Harbor Medical Associates, South Weymouth
Dr. Jacquelyn Murphy, Director of Public Health, Milford
Dr. Christopher Frazer, Executive Director, Wellness Center, BSU
Moderator: Dr. Jabbar Al-Obaidi, the Minnock Institute for Global Engagement, BSU

Here is the link to join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 984 3647 8148
No Passcode.

Panel discussion sponsored by The BSU Wellness Center, and the Pedro Pires Institute for Cape Verdean Studies, the Global Programs of the Minnock Institute for Global Engagement
Stay safe and well.
Jabbar Al-Obaidi
Ousamequin Club: "Fashions of the First Ladies of America"
The Ousamequin Club is pleased to offer a presentation by Karen Antonowicz
Monday, Feb. 1st
She will provide us with a look at the "Fashions of the First Ladies of America".
Please join us via zoom for a look at the clothing and accessories worn by our president's wives. We will examine the ladies who changed the course of fashion as well as those who had little or no effect whatsoever.
A short business meeting will begin our program followed by the presentation. Please join us on Zoom. It is easy and fun and a great way to stay connected. We look forward to seeing you.
Meeting ID: 891 1859 1515
Passcode: 597405
Rebecca Mugherini
Bridgewater Public Library is Holding an Interactive Zoom Group Arctic Animal Fun for Ages 3-5

Register by Jan. 20th
Join Miss Nicole for this interactive
Zoom group.  
Email ntilbe@triumphinc.org or  
Call 508-822-5399 x208
A healthy body starts with education: learn about strains and sprains here.
When you get either, come see us at Physical Therapy U

75 Scotland Boulevard, Unit A
(508) 697-2000

Town Council Regular Meeting 01/05/2021 on
FB live via Zoom
COA - Tri-Town TV Guide
Cable 98 - Bridgewater, East Bridgewater & West Bridgewater COA's collaborated to present you with these quality programs. Enjoy!
Dear Neighbors and Friends!
Happy New Year! We hope this new year finds you well. We have certainly learned a lot and had our patience tested this past year because of the COVID virus. That being said, BSU has some exciting news to share.  Within the next month or so, you will see small Robots around campus and crossing town streets within campus to make food deliveries. Please click on the link below to get a look at these dynamic little Robots. We have worked in collaboration with the proper Town of Bridgewater inspectional entities on implementation to ensure safety. These robots are designed to sense objects to avoid collision; but for us humans, they may be a little surprising to see for the first time, so please keep an eye out. We are the first university in New England to utilize these neat little delivery Robots!
BSU tries to stay ahead of the curve and do whatever we can to always keep our students, staff and faculty healthy and safe. While the robots had been planned for the past two years for implementation, their arrival during the pandemic provides one more tool in our toolbox in developing ways to deal with the COVID virus and the restrictions it has rendered to our campus.
While we are not exploring “Space, the final frontier…” (am I dating myself?) we are certainly embarking on a new mission that includes Starship Robots and food delivery. Please check out this link. www.starship.xyz.
If you have any questions about the Robots please contact Staci DeSimone, Dining General Manager, Staci.DeSimone@sodexo.com
Best Wishes for a Healthy and Happy New Year!
Susan McCombe, BS ’01 MPA ‘06
Director, University and Community Partnerships
Gates House, 40 Cedar St. Room 201
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA 02325

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 did the steam pumper have to be moved by?

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On January 20, 2021 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Ridge Kelly, Janice O'Brien & Jacquelyn Rose
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

As a child, I learned a little about him, and I thought he must have been pretty important that everyone gets a day off. I learned quotes, and that he was instrumental in forwarding the Civil Rights movement.

But it wasn't until my masters studies in Interfaith Leadership that I really studied his works and his life. 

How he motivated an interfaith coalition to peacefully make change happen in our laws and institutions. How he withstood death threats and direct abuse to stand up for human dignity and racial equality. How he trained others to do the same, leaning on their deep spiritual understanding. And how the movement was grounded in a moral imperative. 

The quotes we have and share are supported by actions he took in his lifetime, and was finally killed for. His resistance to our systemic brutality eventually caused his death.

When I read "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." I cannot nicely tuck it into my feel good quote pile. It is a call to action. Our America and our world call all of us to drive out hate. To learn what we need to learn, to read and listen to the stories of people of color.

Martin Luther King, Jr, his actions and his life, have had a profound effect on me, and motivate me daily as he modeled how peaceful resistance and love overcome hatred and injustice.
So happy MLK Day, folks, we have a long way to go. Thanks for joining us here. ~ Jacquie
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