Town Council Meeting
May 21st, 2024
Video Courtesy of the Town of Bridgewater
Historical Commission Meeting
May 21st, 2024
Video Courtesy of Town of Bridgewater
Historical Tidbit:
Michael T. Grady House

This is a relatively rare Bridgewater example of the Queen Anne style. #460 Broad St. is composed of a long rectangular main block with an encircling verandah (turned porch posts, balusters ) and a southwest-facing octatonic tower with a steeply pitched pyramidal roof.

Built between 1880 and 1887, this house was originally occupied by Michael T. Grady, "Box toe maker." Broad Street was part of the old Boston and New Bedford turnpike which was laid out in 1805-1806—this thoroughfare also included Bedford St. (later Rte 18).

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

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Business Expo & Networking Night
Wed, Jun 5
Black Hat Brew Works
15 Scotland Blvd

The Bridgewater Business Association invites you to an exciting evening of networking, delicious food, refreshing drinks, and good company! Join for a night filled with opportunities to connect with fellow community members and local businesses. The event will feature 15 local vendors showcasing their products and services, live music by the talented John Balutis, and many raffles with fantastic prizes. Don't miss out on this chance to enjoy a vibrant atmosphere, support local businesses, and have a great time!

For more information, see Bridgewater Business Association's FB event.
The Taunton River: Talk with Dr. William Hanna
Wed, Jun 5

Dr. William Hanna will speak to us on "The Taunton River: A Journey Through Time". The Wild & Scenic Taunton River and its tributaries are ours.
Here's our chance to learn more, Dr. Hanna says,
"For centuries the Taunton River has sustained vital agriculture, trade, industry and recreation. Reaching back 9,000 years, this illustrated program will highlight the importance of the river to those who have lived beside it." Dr. Hanna is a noted speaker and historian who recenty, published, with co-author Katie MacDonald, Tetiquet to the Sea A History of the Taunton River.

Adult Drop-In Knitting Group
Sat, Jun 8
10a - 1p

Join this informal adult knitting group and be in the company of other fiber artists while you purl 1, knit 2.

This is not an instructional class but beginners are welcome to attend as experienced knitters are more than happy to share their wisdom. So, if you want to learn a new hobby, please join us!
Weather permitting, this special class will be held outdoors!

Drop-in any time from 10:00AM to 1:00PM and stay as long as you'd like. 
No registration required. All adults 18+ are welcome to attend.

Source: BWPL
United Way Annual Meeting
Wed, Jun 12
135 Burrill Ave

You're invited to join us in celebration 102nd Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration "Banking on a Strong Community" at Bridgewater State University on June 5th from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. We'll have a keynote address from Meg McIsaac, President and CEO of Bluestone Bank and Bluestone Financial MHC; and President of Bluestone Charitable Foundation. This is a time when we gather to recognize our corporate donors, partner agencies, and volunteers who allow us, through their continued support, to build a stronger community. 

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Premier Martial Arts Raynham
Martial Arts teaches kids a lot! Focus, respect, & self discipline!

Sign up for our 8-week Summer Special for $199 including 2 semi-private introductory courses + a uniform for the first 10 inquirers!

(508) 828-9797

Grants Rental
We have the equipment you need to get the job done...

and the tents, tables & chairs for the party afterward!

10 Bedford Park, Bridgewater

(508) 279-0950

Father's Day BBQ
Wed, Jun 12

Father's Day is important to celebrate because it helps to honor fatherhood, express gratitude, build stronger relationships, raise awareness, and provide emotional support for the whole family. Bridgewater Senior Men are invited to a fun celebration BBQ Burger Bar and music by Sigy Moller! RSVP by June 5th. $5PP

Music Alley: Air Traffic Controller & Total Strangers
Thu, Jun 13
Black Hat Brew Works

The Friends of Music Alley 501(c)(3) are proud to present Boston indie-folk-pop act Air Traffic Controller (ATC). ATC was created by singer/songwriter Dave Munro, who while serving in the US Navy as an air traffic controller, sent demos to family and friends back home, sparking a fanbase. This was the first chapter of Air Traffic Controller.

Over the next decade, Dave and ATC created timeless and classic music that is heartfelt, luscious, and authentic. Taking off from Boston, the band has released five critically applauded albums. The latest, called DASH, made with producers Dan Cardinal and Seth Kasper, is considered a whole new chapter for ATC as the family has expanded and solidified as Dave Munro, drummer Adam Salameh, bassist Joe Campbell, guitarist Bobby Borenstein, vocalist/keytarist Emi McSwain, (and multi-instrumentalist Steve Scott).

Total Strangers (TS), a five-piece pop-rock band that consistently delivers a live set of nonstop high energy original music. Drawing on a wide variety of musical influences, TS create a sound that is steeped in classic rock, soul, funk, reggae, and pop, but is unmistakably all their own.

Fronted by sibling duo Mal and Pat Fey, listeners are treated to powerful vocals and tight harmonies. TS just released their self-titled debut EP in May.

Bigfoot: In the Shadow of the Red Eye
Mon, Jun 17
Bridgewater PL

Join Mike Familant, full-time producer and lead investigator of the show In the Shadow of Big Red Eye!

Mike has spent over 13 years researching and tracking down the truth behind North America’s most iconic cryptid, Bigfoot. He has captured some impressive evidence along the way, from the Florida Swamps to the North Country of Maine, and everywhere in between. Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Grassman, Skunk Ape, or Big Red Eye—whatever name you choose to call this large, bipedal hominid, Mike has probably tried to find it. He will share his stories at this event.

Registration is required on Eventkeeper.

Climate Can Do:
How Can I Help?

For those readers who would like to be actively involved in keeping our environment livable for future generations, here are a few suggestions: join or create a local working group for a just, equitable and clean energy economy in Massachusetts

Creation Care United Methodist Church or other initiative in your faith community

Mothers Out Front showing up to protect our children

Extinction Rebellion/ (XR) and / or the Boston Red Rebel Brigade: international nonviolent mobilization including civil disobedience and performance art to raise awareness and demand action.

As always, check in with your community's Trails, Open Space, Outdoor or Conservation Commissions or the Taunton River Watershed Alliance to have impact locally.

We are all in this together, we've only got one planet! Thank you for all you are doing. Keep up the good work!

Written by J. Rose
Together, we can make a difference by taking action to live sustainably. Let's empower ourselves to create a better future for our planet, one step at a time.
High Street Dam Removal - World Fish Migration Day Celebration
May 21st, 2024
Video Courtesy of BTV Access Corporation
Vintage Car Show
Mon, Jun 17

The AgeWave Social Club is having a car show and everyone is welcome to come! Bring a friend, talk to the owners, get your photo taken, and enjoy a great time outside.

Juneteenth Celebration
Family-Friendly Juneteenth Event in Bridgewater! Entertainment, food, vendors, and speakers.
Bring your chairs & enjoy the day!

Sat, June 22 (Rain date: June 23)
University Park at BSU, 1 to 6 PM
Free Parking: For GPS, use
351 Great Hill Drive

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Flag Raising
Mon, Jun 17
The Academy Building in Bridgewater Center

Join this event for a celebratory Juneteenth flag raising ceremony. It will include the official raising of the Juneteenth Flag and a reading of the Flag Resolution. We are honored to have both student and adult speakers from the African American community who will share their insights and experiences. There will also be a special musical performance to enrich the ceremony. Local groups will also be present to offer resources and information. Come and be a part of this important celebration of freedom and community.

For more info about BCCR:
Source: Laurene Powers via email
Local Artist Displays Work in Gallery

Jack Phaneuf displayed his exhibit in the Flora T. Little Art Gallery throughout the month of May. He is a former art teacher at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School and Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, and has been making art for the past 65 years. After three semesters at Mass College of Art, Jack felt a call to religious life. He joined the Discalced Carmelite Order during which time earned a bachelors degree in Philosophy and Art from the University of Santa Clara in Santa Clara, California. Leaving the Order after six years, Jack had many odd jobs while taking education courses at local colleges with an eye to teaching art in high school. He got a job at Whitman-Hanson. After two years he took the job at Bridgewater-Raynham where he remained for 31 years. He retired from B-R in 2004 and has worked in his studio, North Star until the present.

His exhibit was a retrospect of the many kinds of art he has done throughout his life, from pleine air oil sketches to hard edge paintings, and the acrylic wash paintings he continues to create.

Written by Vasilia Yordanova, BuzzAround Intern, Wesleyan University
Hometown Heroes

The tradition of honoring veterans continues with a fresh touch just in time for Memorial Day. Dedicated local resident Jim Bergeron has been busy putting up new banners as part of the town's Hometown Heroes program. These banners celebrate the brave men and women who have served in the armed forces, adding a new layer of recognition and appreciation. Jim's efforts not only maintain the town's tradition but also keep the stories of our veterans visible and honored by all.
Written by Jamie Puhi
Photo Credit: Karen Santilli

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Historical Tidbit Question:
What was Grady's profession?

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The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Alexa Pennington, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Permission to Daydream

The human brain is highest functioning when it has varied stimulus. Sometimes it's problem solving, sometimes task driven; and sometimes creative. We each have our own personal balance of physical movement and brain work, and let's not forget those emotional and spiritual needs that keep us connected and help us envision and imagine... getting the right cocktail to keeps us healthy, joyful, fulfilled and finding solutions.

When summer calls with its warm days, sunshine, flowers, birds chirping and breeze. I swear I can smell ocean spray mixed with the sweet florals on that breeze.

So... about 2 pm each day, I give myself permission to daydream, to take a break and take a walk; to smell the flowers and the breeze.

Be kind to yourself.

Life is not a sprint, it is a marathon. Doing things well takes continuous effort. But we are not machines, and need to give ourselves grace.
Permission to daydream... granted.
~ Jacquie
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