April 12, 2020
Bridgewater State University Students 3D Printing Face Shields

BSU students are printing face shields to donate to local hospitals in Massachusetts to help combat the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Daniel Borden, ’22, was up late recently, but not to study for an exam in one of his Bridgewater State University classes. Instead, he was brainstorming about how to save lives during the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
Daniel is part of a group based at BSU’s makerspace working to make face shields and masks for hospital and nursing home staff.
“I really feel that I’m in a position where I can help and it just comes naturally to want to be able to help,” said Daniel, a professional physics major and math minor from Tiverton, Rhode Island. “Bridgewater has given me a chance to be able to do this.”
The plastic face shields will be made using 3D printers and donated to Massachusetts hospitals. The group hopes to assemble a new machine to make thousands of masks for a nursing home using a fabric-like material common in surgical masks.

The team includes Rob Monteith, a BSU analytical instrumentation engineer, and student staff of the makerspace - Kevin Monteith, Joe Matta, Keith Phelan and Andrew DeFino. The makerspace offers a collaborative working environment as well as access to and training on specialized equipment.
These community-minded Bears, with support from the Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics and the Information Technology and Operations divisions, brought together 3D printers from across campus and asked medical professionals what they need.
Monteith also worked with IT staff to give COVID-19 researchers access remotely to BSU computer processing power.
“We have the capability to help, so I think it’s our obligation to provide assistance if we can,” Monteith said. “We want to make sure our university as a whole is safe and make sure our community is as well.”
Daniel connects people within and outside BSU who have relevant expertise. The orientation leader is using leadership skills developed as a student at BSU and Bristol Community College and participant in a NASA academy. He’s also learning software that can design personal protective equipment.
“The university seems very interested in wanting to help any way we can,” he said. “We’re more than just a BSU community. We’re a community to everyone.”
The  makerspace website  features information on donating to the project.
Historical Tidbit: 
1918 Dog License
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Town Clerks' Office, May 14 , 1918.
In accordance with the provisions of the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' license is hereby issued to
Lester W. Wood 426 Summer Street
to keep the DOG described in the margin until the first day of April, 1919. Said dog is numbered and registered as required by said law, for which           two~           dollars have been paid.
This license is granted subject to the condition that the dog which is the subject of this license shall be controlled and restrained from killing, chasing or harassing sheep, lambs, fowls or other domestic animals.

E. A. Hewett Town Clerk N. B.

The owner or keeper of every dog so licensed shall cause it to wear around its neck a collar distinctly marked with its owner's name and its registered number.
Dogs three months old or over must be licensed.
This item and others are on display at the Bridgewater Town Clerks' Office now located in the Academy Building at 66 Central Square.
Send us pix, video & stories -
What are you doing with
your free time?
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
Mon - Thur 8a - 4p, Fri 8a - 1p Services available through phone, email & website only
Check Town website for needed updates
Public Library
15 South Street
Mon - Wed 9a - 8p 
Thurs 10a - 5p, Fri & Sat 10a - 2p
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
The Bridgewater Senior Center is closed to the public. However, the following services will continue: Meals on Wheels and medical appointment/grocery store transportation services.
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 - 8 p
Mary L Stowe
won a
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman, MA!

You should play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.

You could win
6 weeks of training (value $279) at
Get In Shape for Women, Bridgewater
for use after they re-open in May
Dancing Around Your Living Room?
Hope all you dancers are doing well and keeping your distance!
In case you’d like to maintain some focus on dancing during the shutdown, here are some items for you:
1.       To learn more about square dance, check out the link to the Square Dance History project:  squaredancehistory.org
2.       To keep up your folk dance skills, move that furniture again and try some of the dances presented this past week by my colleague, Stacy Rose, from Oregon, the third in her series of dance evenings. Again, her list for the evening includes some dances we have done, plus many new ones. If you do tune in, note that the music is turned off for some dances because of copyright concerns.  facebook.com/stacy.rose.796/videos
3.       And, a little bit of traditional, New England contra dance—up in New Hampshire—called by contra dance legend, Dudley Laufman, who is now in his late 80’s. See if you can follow the progression of calls, even though the video screen is a bit narrow.  youtube.com/watch?v=7gs7XjMes2E
Take care everyone!
Sam Baumgarten
Bridgewater-Raynham High School is now selling lawn signs to fund there 2020 Senior Lock In.

Fill out this form to get your sign.
Facebook Live update from Town Manager Michael Dutton April 10, 2020
Free Breakfast & Lunch available to all children in the school district.
Thanks to the collective efforts of the BRRSD and Chartwells Food Services, we are happy to inform you that beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, both breakfast and lunch grab & go bags will be made available to all BRRSD students and children under the age of 18 within our communities of Bridgewater & Raynham. Upon its commencement on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, this meal service program will continue Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the front entrance way of the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School located at 415 Center St. in Bridgewater. There is no registration, ID, address, or name required. All meals are free and you may stop by anytime during the service hours.
Do you like to write? Do you have a good story to share? Could you use $75?
Enter our short story contest.
Write an original non-fiction short story related to one of the BuzzAround Hives: Bridgewater, Brockton, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Raynham, West Bridgewater or Whitman.

4 prizes of $75 each will be given out on May 1, 2020 to the best non-fiction short stories in these categories:
Popular vote: Vote on stories from April 17th till April 24th. The popular vote will include all short stories submitted that meet the above criteria.
Brockton:  3 Brockton librarians, Malice Veiga, Jennifer Belcher and Kevin Nascimento will judge stories submitted related to Brockton.
East Bridgewater, Halifax & Whitman: Michelle “Shel” Stephen (EB), Jean Gallant (Halifax) and Barbara Bryant (Whitman) from our public libraries will award a winner from stories submitted for Whitman, East Bridgewater and Halifax.
Bridgewater, Raynham, and West Bridgewater: Ann Gerald (Bridgewater),
Ellen Snoeyenbos (WB) , Jessie McKinney (Raynham) from our public libraries will award a winner from stories submitted for Bridgewater, Raynham and West Bridgewater.
What's Your Good News?

Let us know your good news! We are accepting original non-fiction short stories related to one of the BuzzAround Hives: Bridgewater, Brockton, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Raynham, West Bridgewater or Whitman. Entry Form to Fill out is at the...

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Entries must be 1000 words or less.
We are accepting one story per person until April 14th, 2020.
Bridgewater March Review
Courtesy of BTV
Bridgewater State University/College Alumni Deliver food to Seniors in the Community
"Cousins & fellow Bears, Paulo DeBarros, ’98, and Carla Monteiro, ’17, support local Dorchester restaurants & neighbors in need by delivering meals and food to seniors in the community. Along with volunteers, over 3000 bags of groceries have been delivered to date."

See our amazing disappearing chicks.
We have wood pellets, feed & grain and
we're open for essential items!
Please call with your order and drive up.

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

Town Manager Michael Dutton would like to
inform Bridgewater residents of a way they
can help their town while winning some
great prizes at the same time. 
Are you a Bridgewater resident and want to help your local firefighters, police officers, Senior Center staff and DPW, Water and Sewer and Roadways staff respond to the needs of the community? Are you sitting at home with nothing to do?
Did you know that $1.5 trillion was distributed to state and local governments in 2018 based on census data? Bridgewater’s share depends on you filling out the form. So fill out your census questionnaire today! 
Wednesday, April 1, was National Census day. By now, all households in Bridgewater should have already received a census form in the mail inviting residents to participate in the 2020 Census. To participate, either follow the instructions on the form to complete the census online , or mail the completed form back in the envelope provided. 
We want to hear from you! Let us know that you have completed the 2020 Census by liking our Facebook page  and sending us a short message. If you tell us you have completed the census, we will put your name in a drawing to win a $100 gift card and gift certificates to several Bridgewater restaurants, which Town staff have purchased to help our local businesses stay afloat during the stay-at-home order.
Fill out the form today, and let’s all look forward to greater days ahead!
Here is some additional information about the 2020 Census:
  • The Census counts every living person in the United States once.
  • Every ten years, the results are used to reapportion the seats in the House of Representatives.
  • The data provided by the census determines the allocation of about $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support for schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.
  • It’s against the law for the Census Bureau to publicly release your responses; your responses will only be used to create statistics.
  • After each decade’s census, state officials redraw congressional and state legislative district boundaries.
  • Completing the census exercises your right to participate in our democracy and make your voice count!
For further information regarding the 2020 Census and how to get involved visit 2020census.gov .

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Sweet Italian Sauce"

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Click here for retail locations, mobile food 
events, and pasta making class schedules .

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We're all in this together.

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Grocery Store Worker Priority Testing
The Baker-Polito Administration and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security today (4/10/20) expanded access to the free, priority COVID-19 testing sites for first responders to now include grocery store and supermarket workers.
Beginning Saturday, April 11, the men and women who provide critical access to food and other necessities (that is anyone selling groceries) may schedule an appointment to receive COVID-19 testing at the sites located at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro and the Big E fairgrounds in West Springfield.
All appointments must be made in advance by the worker’s supervisor or manager, and personnel do not need to be symptomatic to be eligible.
Details here.
Internet Essentials from Comcast

First 2 months free & $9.99/ mo. Internet Essentials brings affordable high-speed internet to low income homes.

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East Bridgewater
Virtual fitness workouts from Les Mills, MOSSA, and Y360 for the whole family! 

Download our app – Search for Old Colony YMCA to get started!

Kids - do the online sport challenges found on our Facebook Page !
Join the weekly challenges and earn rewards for staying active!

is NOW open in
Your OWN Home!
Now Live Streaming ALL Classes!

Tuesdays @ 5:30p; Wednesdays @ 10a; Thursdays @ 7p; Fridays @ 6:30p;
Saturdays @ 9a

Contact Janice to register

Find YOUR bliss at Bliss Through Yoga!
Yoga for the Rest of Us!

(508) 331-3564
Help for Businesses
Dear Metro South Business -
I’m writing to encourage you and every impacted business to complete this simple application to receive up to $10,000 toward strengthening your business and helping our regional economy recover from COVID-19.

To receive a $10,000 forgivable SBA loan advance to help your business and our regional economy recover from COVID-19, follow this link... covid19relief.sba.gov.

After completing, also check out how the SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loan can assist your business in recovery longer term with up to eight weeks of business and payroll expense forgiven.

Thank you for applying and spreading the word.
Chris Cooney,
President and CEO
Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Massachusetts Residents:
Check your symptoms for COVID-19 securely, online, for free.
Massachusetts residents can visit  Buoy.com/mass to get advice from an online health assistant safely at home, for free.
Buoy will connect you with the appropriate health care resource based on your symptoms and risk factors for COVID-19.
Here’s how it works:
  1. Tell Buoy about your symptoms and risk factors.
  2. Figure out if you should be tested for COVID-19.
  3. Get directed to the most appropriate health care resource.
  4. Learn about the virus, access prevention tips, and more.
Buoy's online tool is not to be used in place of emergency medical care. If this is an emergency, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
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Top 10 Tips and Resources from a Reluctant
(at first) Homeschool Mom
Cynthia Polakovic, M.S.   SouthShoreHealth.org /Youth Health Connection

“I’m not a teacher.” “I don’t have the educational background, the subject knowledge, nor the patience to homeschool my kids…”

Don’t worry! You’ve can do this. Let’s face it, your children will never forget this time spent in quarantine together. Learning will not only add normalcy and purpose to their lives, it can lead to a wonderful appreciation for each other. Experiential learning as a family has the power to inspire new interests and to create lifelong bonds among siblings.

Along with my tips and resources, I will share insights that will hopefully save you time and dispel any uncertainties you may have about your new job. You can do this! You have everything you need. At your fingertips. Literally. The internet offers a vast network of support for every academic subject imaginable.

• Be a student. When I first started homeschooling my kids, I spent many sleepless nights preparing lessons for the next day. You don’t need to plan extensively, and you don’t need to be an expert in any subject! You are a student right along side your children. We read the classics, learned (or relearned) Algebra 2, performed many chemistry experiments, and competed in an aerodynamic paper airplane contest together. (The teacher lost.) It’s ok to not know the answers. Your kids don’t need you to be perfect, just to be there for them. YouTube.com has thousands of videos to explain just about anything.

• Don’t underestimate your child. Kids are so smart! Some awesome online materials, such at the American Chemical Society’s curricula  acs.org/content/acs/en/education/educators; The Physics Classroom  physicsclassroom.com/about; Tom Henderson’s ebooks (available for $.99 each)  books.apple.com/us/author/tomhenderson; and CK-12 for science, math, English, social studies, and more!  ck12.org/teacher.

• Experiment! There are so many wonderful science experiments that you can perform with household items and minimal supplies. Our favorite science website is  sciencebob.com. His experiments on the Jimmy Fallon show are amazing and hysterical! There are wonderful chemistry and physics experiments available at:  stevespanglerscience.cominterestingengineering.com. Nothing beats experiential learning.

Have fun with us and bee entered to win
6 weeks of training (value $279) at
Get In Shape for Women, Bridgewater
for use after they re-open in May

Historical Tidbit Question :
At what age does a dog have to be licensed?

Please submit your answer through our website here . It's easier for us to run more contests & distribute prizes this way.
We are looking forward to giving you more opportunities to win!

By entering, you give us permission to announce your name in next week's
Buzz Around Bridgewater.
On April 15, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by  Deena Anzum, Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Megan Piche, Jacquelyn Rose, Gregory Venezia
April is Poetry Month
In honor of Maya Angelo, a poet and activist who served on two presidential committees: Gerald Ford in 1975 and Jimmy Carter in 1977. In 2000, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton. In 2010, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S., by President Barack Obama. More than thirty health care and medical facilities have been named after Angelou. She was awarded more than 50 honorary degrees. April 4th was her birthday.

Here are some of her quotes to ring your bell.
"When you know you are of worth, you don’t have to raise your voice, you don’t have to become rude, you don’t have to become vulgar; you just are. And you are like the sky is, as the air is, the same way water is wet. It doesn’t have to protest."

"I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass."

"Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option."

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."
Give it your all. You have everything you have ever needed to live life completely.
~ Jacquie
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