The East Bridgewater Special Town Meeting - Winter 2021
November 22, 2021
Video Courtesy of EBCAM
EBHS Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
November 27, 2021
Video Courtesy of EBCAM
The History of
Silly Putty

Beginning early in WW II, the Japanese attacked many of the rubber-producing countries in Asia, drastically affecting the supply route. United States consumers were asked to donate old rubber tires, rubber raincoats, rubber boots, and anything else that consisted at least in part of rubber so that rubber could be re-used.

With the rubber shortage threatening the US war effort, the government decided to ask U.S. companies to invent a synthetic rubber that had similar properties but that could be made with easy to find ingredients.
In 1943, engineer James Wright was attempting to discover a synthetic rubber while working in General Electric's laboratory in New Haven, Connecticut when he discovered something unusual. In a test tube, Wright had combined boric acid and silicone oil, producing an interesting gob of goo.
Wright conducted a multitude of tests on the substance and discovered it could bounce when dropped, stretch farther than regular rubber, didn't collect mold, and had a very high melting temperature.
The substance wasn't usable instead of rubber, but was entertaining. The "nutty putty" began to be passed around to family and friends.

Ruth Fallgatter was an owner of a toy store who regularly produced a catalog of toys. In 1949 Advertising consultant Peter Hodgson convinced Fallgatter to place globs of the goo in plastic cases and add it to her catalog. Selling for $2 each, the "bouncing putty" outsold everything else in the catalog except for a set of 50-cent Crayola crayons. Hodgson saw an opportunity. Hodgson bought a large quantity of the putty in 1950. He then had Yale students separate the putty into one-ounce balls and place them inside red plastic eggs. "Bouncing putty" didn't describe all of the putty's unusual and entertaining attributes, he decided to name the goo "Silly Putty" and to sell each egg for $1.
In February 1950, Hodgson took Silly Putty to the International Toy Fair in New York. He didnt do well, but convinced both Nieman-Marcus and Doubleday bookstores to stock the putty.

A few months later, a reporter for The New Yorker stumbled across Silly Putty at a Doubleday bookstore and took home an egg. Fascinated, the writer wrote an article in the "Talk of the Town" section that appeared on August 26, 1950. Immediately, orders for Silly Putty started pouring in.
Check out this fun video from for the first episode of : The Toys That Built America
Story credit : J. Rose
Town Hall
175 Central St

E. Bridgewater Public Library
32 Union St 508-378-1616

Council on Aging 
355 Plymouth St 508-378-1610
Email & phone contact only

Food Pantries
Union Congregational Church
105 Pleasant St
2nd Wednesday from 12:30 - 2p
& last Saturday from 9:30 - 11a
Pre-Packed bags for pick up only.

St Vincent dePaul Food Pantry
St. John's Catholic Church
210 Center St, EB
(508) 378-3760
Pre-packed bags for pick up only
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Jane Kilf
won a free class at
Bliss Through Yoga! ($18 value)

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
three private voice or piano lessons for
ages 5 to adults ($100 value) at
Good Day Metro South - Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Fri Dec 10th
11:45a - 1:30p
Massasoit Community College, Student Center
1 Massasoit Blvd, Brockton

Join the Metro South Chamber of Commerce for a Good Day Metro South event sponsored by Cambridge Savings Bank. Ted Reinstein, Chronicle Reporter, will discuss his new book Before Brooklyn.

“In a story spanning the six decades during which Black baseball players were banned from the major leagues, we meet the extraordinary Americans from all walks of life who never gave up the struggle to integrate our National Pastime and overturn its racist past.”

Questions? Contact Cathryn Schofield!

Registration is required for this event, so sign up now! Cost of attendance is $39 for members, and $49 for non-members.
The elves are hard at work, making this holiday great for East Bridgewater Families.
Please stop by to visit a HUGS tree and take a tag at: the Center at Sachem Rock, the Library, the Town Hall, Dewhurst Lumber, Union Congregational Church, Paula Coffee Dance Studio, Busy Bee pre-school, EBCTV office at the High School, Johnny Macaronis, St John's Church and Bridgewater Vineyard Church or on-line through this sign up genius.

2021 Virtual EB HUGS Tags

Provide Christmas for an East Bridgewater Child!

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Support The Brockton Library Foundation!

  • Literacy + Empowerment = Dreams Come True
  • Diverse Artistic Creative Expression
  • ESL & Nationalization Support
  • Increased Access to Technology & STEAM Programs 
  • Local Living History Displays & Presentations
  • Meeting spaces & community building

Brockton Public Library is making all this happen & more,
close to home! 
Community Coalition for Change, Inc.

Is focused on creating and implementing programs in East Bridgewater using awareness of cultural differences making our community more welcoming and inclusive to all.

Please consider shopping at their FB Store to support their work.
East Bridgewater Kiwanis Club
Tree Fundraiser

Don’t forget about the Kiwanis Club Christmas Tree sales this year! Fresh beautiful trees and wreaths. Remember, 100% of proceeds go to support charity! Get your tree at the Town Hall parking lot.

For more information, visit their Facebook page!
Ousamequin Club Meeting
Monday, Dec 6
Bridgewater Senior Center

Following a short business meeting and light refreshments, Mr. David Moore, a life long resident of our beautiful town of Bridgewater and our town historian will give a presentation entitled "All About Bridgewater". For our older members he will bring back some recollections of our younger days and for the younger members stories of a past Bridgewater and what shaped our town as it is today. Maybe some of us can even add to his collection of memories and stories.

Please join us as a member or as our guest. We welcome all. Visit their Facebook page.
Holiday Chamber Pops
Sunday, December 12, 2021
2 and 4p

This December, the BrSO premieres a new holiday format - our FREE one-hour Holiday Chamber Concert. Revel in holiday tunes and joyous music from around the world, with diverse instruments and musical colors! Featuring four BrSO Chamber Ensembles: Bailey Street Brass, Blue Shades Clarinet Ensemble, Duo Anhelante (Venezuelan holiday music duo), and the Sonic Triplet mixed trio with violin, oboe, and bassoon!
Work around your busy schedule ~ Choose to attend either the 2p concert or the 4p concert. (Or check our virtual viewing options). Donations gratefully accepted at the door.
Seating is Limited ~ Reserve your (free) tickets early!

Visit the Brockton Symphony Orchestra website for more information on upcoming concerts!

Rain, snow, thaw, mud…these boots will handle everything this time of year may throw at you.
Make sure you're prepared for the winter!

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The Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Chorus announces plans to return with a 2021 Holiday Concert!
December 11, 7p
December 12, 2p
Taunton High School

The Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Chorus will present a holiday concert titled “The Most Wonderful Time”. The 80+ fully-vaccinated members will perform a carefully curated collection of seasonal favorites including “Let it Snow”, “Merry Christmas, Darling”, “Winter Wonderland”, “Mistletoe and Holly”, “Mele Kalikimaka”, “Marshmallow World/Candy Man”, and much more!

Artistic Director Eric Brown says, “After a year and a half hiatus, I wanted to create a program that was fun to sing, and that the audience would embrace with much enthusiasm and nostalgia.  The concert will feature some of the most whimsical arrangements the chorus has ever performed.”  The performances will feature the usual dose of SMFC’s unique brand of choral performance and will be accompanied by a live, 14-piece orchestra.

SMFC Bronze, the newest addition to the SMFC franchise, will perform several handbell arrangements. Charlie Baird, Assistant Music Director and member of SMFC Bronze, says, “Our bell ringers add a distinctive sound to the production and there are so many ways to incorporate handbells into the program”.

For tickets or more information please visit their website.

Masks are required for all audience members, regardless of vaccination status, to enter the auditorium and must be worn at times during the performance.
South Shore Bargaineer
Shop Local. Help People. 
South Shore Bargaineer is a charity thrift store that brings people together for good. “Thrift Shopping with Purpose”.

 As you shop, you are
  • helping the environment
  • buying local
  • helping the targets of our fundraising

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1000 Main St, Unit 107, Hanson
Mold Guys Restoration
Mold Guys Restoration services both residential and commercial buildings. If you ever need mold remediation services, water damage repair, air duct cleaning etc., contact Mold Guys today!

(781) 910-5029
Ousameqiun Club Christmas Tree Raffle

This is the Ousamequin Club Christmas tree designed by Paula Cantave that will be awarded to one very lucky person! The raffle tickets are $5.00 each or $10.00 for 5 or $20.00 for 15. You will be assigned a number and the appropriate number of tickets will be put in the drawing. Your check should be made out to the Ousamequin Club and sent to our PO Box 325, Bridgewater, MA 02324. The drawing will hopefully be live from the Senior Center on December 13th. All proceeds will go to support people in need in Bridgewater. The tree is approximately 5 feet tall, including the base.

For more information, visit their Facebook page!
Rotary Club 2021 Raises Funds For Much Needed Projects Through Their Citizen of The Year program.

The Rotary of the Bridgewaters held its 21st Citizen of the Year celebration at the East Bridgewater Commercial Club on Thursday, November 4th . At the event the Rotary honored Reverend Dr. Carol Ashton of West Bridgewater, Dr. Ben Carson of Bridgewater and Theresa McNulty of East Bridgewater for their volunteer efforts in their communities and their commitment to help those in need.

Theresa McNulty was awarded the Citizen of the Year from East Bridgewater for starting the H.U.G.S.- Help US Give Support – which provides Christmas gifts to over one hundred East Bridgewater families. Theresa is also a member of the Recreation Commission and the current president of the Council of Aging where she helps fundraise and develops programs for Seniors.

The Citizen of the Year event welcomed an overflow crowd and through the money raised from ticket sales and our event booklet our Club will be able to continue a range of programs from college financial assistance to community-minded high school seniors, support for local food pantries and libraries, the dictionary distribution program to 3 rd and 4 th graders, and our international programs to combat polio , provide emergency assistance to those affected by catastrophic disasters, and advance the cause of safe water, clear sanitation and expanded health care, peaceful resolution of disputes and social justice around the world. It is the ongoing commitment of the Rotary of the Bridgewaters to further our mission of “service above self.” To all those who have helped
us advance our mission of service, thank you.

Story provided by Michael Kryzanek, President of the Rotary of the Bridgewaters.
Find YOUR Bliss with
In Person classes at The She Shed, Saturdays,
9 am!

Svaroopa yoga excels at releasing the deep tension in your body. While the benefits of this style of yoga are profound, it is very easy to do. We use the alignment of the body, rather than a lot of effort, along with blankets for propping to make the poses accessible, supportive and effective. 

(508) 331-3564
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The Power of Kindness
Passages from Kylee Eagles, DO

"To bring more kindness into your life, I advise you to slow down and start noticing the world around you. You will start to notice opportunities to perform acts of kindness. No act is too small. However, the more kindness you spread, the larger impact your will have on your health and others. A patient of mine told me a beautiful story of how she had given extra boots, hats and mittens to neighbors after noticing them playing in the snow without any winter gear. Over the years, she gave what she could. Fifteen years later, one of the kids knocked on her door to thank her. My patient was pleasantly surprised to realize how much her act of kindness mattered.

Increasing how many kind acts you perform daily is like developing a good habit. The more you practice being kind, the easier it will be to be kind. You can grow your kindness muscles. Be patient with yourself as you make this positive change."

To read the article in it's entirety, visit the Youth Health Connection newsletter!
A great big Thank You for the canned goods and household items donated by the students and parents of the Central School and High School activities programs; delivered by staff and student representatives. We are so very grateful for your continued dedication to the Food Pantries of East Bridgewater. East Bridgewater Food Pantry Facebook Page
Have fun with us and bee entered to win a:
three private voice or piano lessons for
ages 5 to adults ($100 value) at

Historical Tidbit Question:
How much were the goo in plastic cases originally sold for?

Email us your answer at: 

Please include your name, phone number with your answer.

By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.
On December 8, 2021 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Positive Change

“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind” - CS Lewis

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” - Harriet Tubman

“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude” - Oprah Winfrey

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change” - Albert Einstein

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” - Maya Angelou
There's only one constant, that's change. We can choose to fight it or we can choose to shape it, either way it happens.
So let's keep our eye on the positive ways we can build our future, together. Bee Well,
~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Amanda Guindon, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Michelle Montella, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia
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