Bridgewater-Raynham Youth Road Race

This past Sunday, May 21st, hundreds of kindergarten to eighth grade B-R kids participated in the 1-mile Bridgewater-Raynham Youth Road Race. The children raced from the front of Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School down the roadway toward the North Street gate, then returned to the starting point. The first race consisted of 120 runners from grades K-4 (above photo of everyone at the starting line). This group raced from 2 - 2:20p. This was followed by the second race that consisted of 28 runners from grades 5-8, who raced from 2:20 - 2:40p. Each participant received a string backpack, a ribbon and a certificate with their time.

The BR Youth Road Race, formally called the Bridgewater Kids Road Race, has been a tradition within our community for many years since 1980; stopping after the 37th edition, during fall of 2019. After a four year break, the moxie behind the race, Sam Baumgarten, gave the tradition a makeover by enlisting the school system's support and inviting Raynham kids, launching the new Bridgewater-Raynham Youth Road Race with the help of Dan Lamoureux of Northeast Race Management. (Pictured above) Race Results can be found here.

This year's race was a total success! Great job , all involved! We hope to see this fun tradition continue in years to come.

Story by: Meghan Lotti, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Bridgewater State University
Sources and Photos: BR Youth Road Race FB, Sam Baumgarten, and Dan Lamoureux
Historical Tidbit: 
Literacy Box

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 fulfills the 15th Amendment's permanent guarantee that no person shall be denied the right to vote based on race or color. Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on August 6, 1965, it is considered to be the most effective piece of civil rights legislation ever enacted in our country. 

Until that time, Massachusetts required that all residents pass a literacy test when they registered to vote at town hall. The literacy box was spun and a random card was pulled from the box. 
Each literacy card contains an excerpt from the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The prospective voter was asked to read the entire card. If he or she was unable, they could not register and were not allowed to vote.
Literacy Card

Voting regulations have come a long way since this literacy box was last used in the mid 1960s. Not only is voting conducted in a constitutional manner, it's also free. That's right, some state and local governments would charge you a fee to cast your vote!

Respectfully submitted, Jill Silvia

This item and others are on display at the Bridgewater Town Clerks' Office. Now located in the Academy Building at 66 Central Square
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
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Bridgewater Community Dance

Friday, June 2nd
7p - 9p
Bridgewater Senior Center

All ages are welcome for this fun intergenerational night of dancing. All dances are taught. The evening will be full of dances such as international folk dance, squares, contras, mixers, and line dances.

For more information visit Bridgewater Community Dance FB
Yard Sale

Saturday, June 3rd
7a - 11a
Winter Place Parking Lot

The Bridgewater Lions Club will be hosting a yard sale. Come and shop for household goods and other useful items from Lions and other Bridgewater community members. All proceeds will go toward Lions charities, projects, scholarships, and community programs. Please don't stop by before the event begins at 7a!

For more information visit Bridgewater Lions Club FB
I Love the 80's to Death

Friday, June 2nd
Bridgewater Public Library

Bring your family and friends to help solve a murder mystery presented by The Murder Mystery Company. During this fun and interactive show, the audience will be broken up into two groups to see who can solve the mystery first! Don't forget to dress up in your 80s attire! Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the library.

For more information visit BW Public Library FB
Greg Greenway Concert

Saturday, June 3rd
7:30p - 10p
Off the Common Coffeehouse

Come listen to Greg Greenway perform some new songs, as well as his old, during his return to Off the Common Coffeehouse. Greg states on his website, "I’ve played at the Off the Common for so many years, it was almost like visiting family. When the pandemic forced it to close, I was very sad. But, I’m so happy to be the first artist back as the doors are reopening. It’ll be a fantastic night."

For more information visit Greg Greenway Website
Celebrate Metro South's
2nd Annual Regional Restaurant Week! 
June 4-8

Show your support for Metro South eateries, restaurants, and breweries. Eat out, enjoy discounts, post & tag selfies.
Be a part of the eat local revolution!

Metro South Chamber of Commerce's Restaurant Week

Sunday, June 4th - Thursday, June 8th

Support your local restaurants by participating in the 2nd annual Metro South Chamber of Commerce Restaurant week! Many regional favorites are taking part in this event, providing special offers to their customers. Make sure you snap a photo of yourself dining out or of your delicious food to help promote the event and restaurant through your social media.

All Metro South restaurants are welcome to participate in this event. Details can be found on the Restaurant Week 2023 Invitation

For more information and to view participating restaurants, visit or contact Cathryn Schofield at
Hand-Knitted Afghan Raffle

The Bridgewater Academy Lions Club is raffling of a fancy white afghan consisting of different patterns created by Irma Sankunas. All proceeds for raffle tickets will go towards Lions charities. Each individual ticket is $2 or you can purchase 3 tickets for $5. The winner will be drawn in early December 2023.

For more information, check out Bridgewater Lions Club FB Post
New Grocery Distribution Program

The Bridgewater Senior Center has partnered with the Greater Boston Food Bank and Central Square Food Pantry to create a new grocery distribution center in Bridgewater! This program is geared towards our seniors in our community, so one must be 60 years of age or older to qualify. Your household income also must be below $1,580 a month for a household of one, or $2,137 for a household of two. Program members will receive nutritious staple foods, fresh produce, and meats.

For more information or to join the program contact Kathy Hayes at
Cleonie Mainvielle Office Hours

Every 2nd Monday of the month
12 - 1p

Join Cleonie every 2nd Monday of every month to learn more about the school committee and express your thoughts and opinions on the school system. Cleonie is open to listen.

Let her know you will be attending each month by emailing her at
Pride and Juneteenth Flags Being Raised

The Academy Building in Bridgewater Center

Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights (BCCR) invite you to join your community for two flag raising events! The Pride flag will be flown from June 1st – 14th with its initial raising at 3:30p on June 1st, and the Juneteenth flag will be flown from June 15th – 30th with its initial raising at 3:30p on June 15th. Come take this opportunity to support members of your community and take part in these special moments.
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Climate Can-Do:
Bay State Bike Month

From the Berkshires to the Cape, and everywhere around and in between, riders across Massachusetts are celebrating Bay State Bike Month this May! Sunday, May 7th, was National Ride a Bike Day, and May 15th–19th was Bike to Work Week. Visit Bay State Bike Month website to find an event or register your bike - friendly event.

There are so many benefits to riding a bike, both for your health and the environment’s. Bicycles are a pollution-free mode of transport, use minimal fossil fuels, and reduce your carbon footprint! Cyclists decrease the need for the constant construction of roadways, allowing there to be more greenery than concrete. Riding a bike is also a great way to get in some exercise, giving you the serotonin boost you need to start your day! Let this be your inspiration to leave those car keys on the table, grab your bike, and enjoy a beautiful May day with the sun on your face, the wind in your hair, and your pedal to the metal.

Bay State Bike Month is supported by MassBike, a non-profit dedicated to making bicycling an integral part of human-centered communities, policies, culture, and infrastructure. Healthy, resilient communities embrace lifestyles consistent with safe and rewarding environments. To build and sustain these environments, MassBike advocates for policies that encourage and support community wellness, equity, and inclusion, enable sustainable growth, drive economic vitality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Information gathered from Bay State Bike Month and MassBike.

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Tess Fiumefreddo, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Franklin & Marshall College. We focus on actions which individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do!
Conversations on
Day-to-Day Racism

Tuesday, May 30, 1p
Taped Interview with authors of You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey
Bridgewater Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way

Saturday, June 3, 10a
Panel Discussion
Bridgewater Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way

Wednesday, June 7, 1p
Book Discussion
Bridgewater Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way

Friday, June 9, 7p
Reader's Theater
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
50 School St.

One Book One Community

Racism is an EXHAUSTING reality for people of color and different ethnicities in our society. By reading You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar, you’ll laugh and cry at the many mundane and frustrating injustices that Lacey endures. Check out the book from the Bridgewater Public Library and join one of many events to discuss and bring about awareness of racism. 

For more information and a list of upcoming events, visit the OBOC website.
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3rd Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Saturday, June 17th
2p - 6p
Bridgewater Middle School

Join us to celebrate, educate, and commemorate on Juneteenth! At this outdoor event, you will find food, crafts, and live entertainment!

For more information visit Bridgewater Juneteenth Celebration FB
Town Council
May 23, 2023
BTV Access Corporation
Father's Day Charity Event

Sunday, June 18th
12 - 4p
Black Hat Brew Works

Black Hat Brew Works will be holding a celebratory event for Father's Day! Enjoy food, drinks, raffles, and live music. Bring the kids to meet some of the members of the Bridgewater Fire Department and to have the opportunity to touch a fire truck! There will be a corn hole tournament at 12:30p as well. The cost for each player is $20 with a cash prize of $200.

All proceeds collected from raffles and corn hole will be donated to RIDE 22, an organization that strives to raise awareness for suicide in Veterans and First Responders. Even if you can't make it to the event, feel free to donate to this amazing cause. We hope to see you there!
For more information visit Black Hat Brew Works Website
BR National Honors Society Ceremony
May 17, 2023
BTV Access Corporation
Bridgewater State University 2023 Graduation

On Friday, May 12th, Bridgewater State University's Graduate Commencement Convocation was held at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. 470 students graduated and received their masters degrees.
Then on the following day, Saturday, May 13th, approximately 1,700 students received their bachelors degrees.

With the speeches given, songs sung, hands shook, and crowds cheering, many tears were shed. President Frederick W. Clark Jr. shared how proud he was of every student for persevering through thick and thin, including the way the pandemic that heavily impacted the school.

Congratulations to everyone who received their diplomas! May your futures be bright and successful!

Story by: Meghan Lotti, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Bridgewater State University
Sources and Photos: BSU FB and BSU News & Events
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What Amendment guarantees that no person shall be denied the right to vote based on race or color?

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The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Meghan Lotti, Fatina Mulumba, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
“If you are going through hell, keep going.”
~ Winston S. Churchill

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” ~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” ~ Maya Angelou

“It always seems impossible until it's done.”
~ Nelson Mandela

“Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher
Sometimes, at the end of a day, I feel spent, utterly tired, it all seems so overwhelming and ridiculous... "Why is the world so crazy?"

And then with the sunrise of a new day, it looks like a fun puzzle to be figured out. I am ready to get back at putting it together, especially when I see all the wonderful things you folks are doing. Thank you for inspiring me to continue Buzzing Around. ~ Jacquie
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