Bridgewater Man Wins Lottery After Playing Same Numbers for 40 Years
Fredric Norian of Bridgewater has won the lottery, marking the first Megabucks win since the game was redesigned November 12th to bring more value to players. This included increased odds, a higher average jackpot, and double the winnings for all non-jackpot tiers.

The winning ticket was for a $1.74 million jackpot, with the cash option prize of $1.22 million.
The ticket was sold at Roche Bros. Supermarket located at Campus Plaza, Route 18 in Bridgewater. Congratulations, Fredric, that's amazing.

Source: Mass Lottery
Written By: Erin Payne, BuzzAround Intern, SNHU
Historical Tidbit:

Early Fire Fighting

Fire Stations started out with hand drawn pumps and then later advanced 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 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
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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
Christine Mcelhinney
a 45-minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

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

Enter for this week's prize of
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Bridgewater Community Dance
Jan 19, 7-9p
Cedar St Community Center
15 Cedar St
Feb 2, Feb 16, Mar 1,
Mar 15
10 Wally Krueger Way
Bridgewater Senior Center 

Bridgewater Community Dance invites all to dance! Held on the first and third Fridays of each month through June, promising a lively mix of mixers, international folk dance, squares, and contra. Suitable for ages 10 and up, the dances promise not only traditional rhythms but also a vibrant sense of community, joy, and camaraderie. Admission is $8 ($5 for youth), but savvy dancers can save $24 by signing up for the twelve-dance series at $72. Bring a water bottle and be ready for an evening of smiles and rhythmic fun. Let the dancing begin! For more information, contact Sam at 774-208-2933

Image & Story Credit: Sam Baumgarten Facebook Post
BSU Alumn Blends Software Engineering Career with Musical Passion

Brenner Campos, a Bridgewater State University graduate currently employed at xFact, a North Andover-based IT services company, excels in software engineering while also pursuing his passion for music. He contributes to the development of applications enhancing access to critical information for Massachusetts public safety agencies. Campos attributes his success to passionate professors at BSU, emphasizing the value of a well-rounded education. Reflecting on his time at the university, he appreciates the encouragement to learn and adapt, which proves essential in his ever-evolving field. Campos' diverse experiences, including leadership roles and musical performances, showcase the comprehensive education and opportunities offered at Bridgewater State University.

Image & Story Credit: BSU Alumni Profile
Bridgewater Communities For Civil Rights ( BCCR)
Educational Stand-Out in Bridgewater Center
Jan 20, 2024 10-11a
Focus-Stop Antisemitism and Islamophobia. 
Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights is a community-based organization dedicated to defending the rights of all persons, while fostering open communication, providing opportunities to examine issues of social justice, and advocating for the elimination of bias and racism.

​BCCR’s Four Pillars:
​Educate—Host and participate in forums, discussions, and lectures on a variety of civil rights topics
Mobilize—Engage in social justice and civil rights standouts and offer bystander training
Create Networks—Attract supporters by collaborating with individuals, institutions, and community groups to expand our mission
Influence all levels of government—Advocate for policy change by attending local government meetings, serving on committees, and contacting State and National representatives

For more information on BCCR Inicitives
Basics of Podcasting class
Fri, Jan 19
BTV 80 Spring St

Discover the exciting world of podcasting with BTV Access Corporation! Join in at BTV Community Access Television for an exclusive event where you can learn the fundamentals of running a podcast in our state-of-the-art podcast suite. BTV is offering expert guidance, an interactive experience, and use of their state of the art podcasting suite. You'll be taught how to prepare a show, and how to use all of the equipment.Don't miss this opportunity to unleash your creativity and become a podcasting pro with BTV!
Ousamequin Club Scholarships
The Ousamequin Club is extending its generosity once more by offering three $1,000.00 scholarships to graduating seniors residing in any of the three Bridgewaters, regardless of the school they attend. The scholarship criteria emphasize volunteerism, community involvement, and academic achievement. Future education can be at a two or four year college or training / technical school.

Applications are due by March 31st. For an application please seek one out at your high school guidance office or call Sharon Graves at 508-378-4261.
Rain Barrel Program

Save money on your water bill with the Great American Rain Barrel! Bridgewater residents can now purchase discounted rain barrels for just $89.00. Take advantage of an extra $25 off from the Town using coupon code Bridge24. Each household is eligible for up to 2 rain barrels.
To make a purchase or learn more, visit
and search for Bridgewater.

Pick up your rain barrels on Saturday, April 6, 2024, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Water Supply Maintenance Garage located at 1400 High St, Bridgewater, MA. The deadline for purchase is March 24, 2024, before midnight. For assistance with ordering, feel free to reach out to Don't miss this opportunity to conserve water and save on your utility bills!
Climate Can Do:
Climate Resolutions 
The new year is a time for fresh starts and new goals. Head into 2024 with climate resolutions.  

Help your personal & our collective environment by disposing of unwanted items properly. To avoid sending to the landfill; schedule a home textile pickup with CMRK. This company collects clothing, shoes, and household items. For more information, visit

If you have unwanted, but still useable items, donate them to organizations or those in need. For example: 
  • My Brother’s Keeper: This organization accepts furniture donations and gives the items to underprivileged families. 
  • AMVETS: Schedule a pickup with AMVETS and help provide resources to veterans. 
  • Books: Donate to your local library 
  • Sports equipment: The Bench, located at 47 Broad St, Bridgewater, MA, is a sporting goods store that sells used sports equipment. also offers resources for disposal and donations that you can use. Here are some options to get you started: 
  • Beyond the Bin: This is a research tool that helps you find nearby drop off locations based on the type of material you’d like to recycle. This includes everything from electronics to clothing to toys! 
  • Cradles to Crayons: If you have goods suitable for children from ages newborn through 12, find a Cradles to Crayons drop-off location near you, and they will make care packages with the donations for local children in need. 
There are many ways to make a positive impact on both your community and the environment. Use these ideas to spark some of your own, and let’s make a resolution to bring sustainability into the new year!

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Alexa Pennington, Southern New Hampshire University, BuzzAround Intern. BuzzAround focuses on actions we can do to live more sustainably. We can do it!
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Dress-A-Girl Around The World Ships 130 Dresses
to Tanzania

In an update shared by Evelyn DeLutis on Friday, January 12th, Dress-A-Girl Around the World Bridgewater/West Bridgewater announced the delivery of 130 dresses to Tanzania. The boxes are heading to Tumani Mosha, a former Mandela Scholar and good friend of the organization. A big thank you to all the contributors who made this shipment possible!

This gesture not only reflects the group's commitment to global impact but also underscores the power of community involvement. Dress-A-Girl continues to make a positive difference, stitching kindness and compassion into every dress they send around the world! See more of their good works at

Caregiver Support Group
Thurs, Jan 25
BW Senior Center 
10 Wally Krueger Way

Join the Caregiver Support Group every 2nd and last Thursday at 10 AM for a supportive community dedicated to those caring for spouses, parents, or other older adult loved ones. This regular drop-in session offers a welcoming space where caregivers can connect, share experiences, and find solace in a community that understands the unique challenges they face. In addition to providing valuable information and advice, the group fosters emotional support, creating a strong network of connections.

For more in-person and virtual support group resources, visit
You can also contact the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline by calling (800) 272-3900.
Town Council Meeting
January 2, 2024
Video Courtesy of the Town of Bridgewater
Planning Board Special Meeting
January 10, 2024
Video Courtesy of The Town of Bridgewater
Greater Bridgewater Women of Today Comedy Fundraiser
Laugh for a Cause: Greater Bridgewater Women of Today Hosts Comedy Night Fundraiser
Fri, January 26
The Bridgewater Vets Club
85 Cottage Street

In an evening that promises laughter, camaraderie, and goodwill, the Greater Bridgewater Women of Today invite you to their Comedy Night Fundraiser.

For $30 per ticket, attendees will be treated to an unforgettable night of comedy featuring three stellar comedians and headlined by former NHL Referee, Mark Riley. The event is not just about laughter; it's about supporting a cause that empowers and uplifts the Greater Bridgewater community.

Doors open at 6:30 PM, allowing guests to settle in and enjoy a cash bar, as well as partake in a 50/50 raffle for the chance to win exciting prizes. For those seeking to attend in groups of 8-10, email Bernadette Reed at for a table.

The Bridgewater Veterans Club provides the perfect backdrop for an evening of merriment, with its historic charm and welcoming atmosphere. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own food and snacks .
Your attendance not only guarantees a night of laughter but also contributes to the Greater Bridgewater Women of Today's initiatives in making a positive impact on the community. Join us for an evening of humor, unity, and philanthropy – where every laugh is a step toward a brighter and more vibrant Bridgewater.

Story by Kendall Fletcher, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
Christmas Card Delivery at the Senior Center
Christmas Card Delivery at the Senior Center

Under the guidance of their dedicated teacher, Ms. Gendreau, some Bridgewater elementary students embarked on a special journey to the Bridgewater Senior Center before their winter break. The students brought joy and festive spirit as they personally delivered Christmas cards to the seniors, creating precious moments of intergenerational connection. A sincere thank you to the Bridgewater, MA - Senior Center for graciously welcoming the kids and fostering a sense of community and warmth during the holiday season.

Story by Kendall Fletcher, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University

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Historical Tidbit Question:
Steam pumpers had to be moved by what in the early 1900's?

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On January 17, 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, Kendall Fletcher, Erin Payne, Alexa Pennington, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Only Love Can Do That.

As children, we learn a little about him and think he must have been pretty important, everyone gets a day off. We learn quotes, and that he was instrumental in the Civil Rights movement. But it wasn't until my graduate studies in Interfaith 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 Civil Rights 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 different from us, whoever we are.

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.
Happy MLK Day, folks. Loving radically, we have a long way to go. One step forward at a time, you and I, together ~ Jacquie
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