August 21, 2022 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time

Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings,
is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies. 
Captain Robert J. Mancinelli, Jr.!

Captain Robert J. Mancinelli, Jr. of the Bridgewater Fire Department recently retired, celebrating on August 14th. Thank you for 35 years of service to the Bridgewater Fire Department and our community! We wish you and your family the very best!

Images and story courtesy of RSS photography and the Bridgewater Fire Department
Historical Tidbit:
Bridgewater First Town Hall &
First Home of BSU

The first home of Bridgewater State University was in the first Town Hall located on the lot where the New Jerusalem Church is today.

This picture was probably taken from the Congregational Church steeple, about 1870. The building is somewhat of a mystery in that it was never owned by the town and was the Town Hall for only about 10 years. There was an apartment in the basement and it is said that the women's cooking was very distracting to the college students trying to study in the hall upstairs. After the college moved out, it was used as a furniture shop and eventually taken down to make room for the church in the early 1870's.
Respectfully submitted,
David Moore

Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
Services available through phone, email & website only
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
Tina Ouellette
You Won One hour of coaching. (value $80)
with Glee Works Holistic Personal Coaching
Learn mindful techniques to reduce stress
and anxiety.

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
$15 gift certificate to C & C Antiques
Open Wed - Sun, Rt 18, Elmwood (EB)
Bridgewater Academy Lions Ice Cream Social
Tuesday, Aug 23rd
6:30 - 7:30p
Prisco's Country Creamery

Before or after buying your favorite ice cream treat, stop by our group seated behind the Ice Cream Stand and say hello. Ask us about Lions, our charities, and our club's activities. Pull up a chair and tell us about your interests, too.

One of our ongoing service projects again this year is collecting needed school supplies for area schools. We will have a collection box at this Ice Cream Social to continue accepting donations of school supplies from our members and from the general public as well.

For more information, check out the Bridgewater Academy Lions website.
Senior College
Fall 2022
Registration is Open
This is the biggest semester yet! BSU has 34 courses available in senior college. (11 in-person and 23 via Zoom). Please take some time to review the Quick Glance schedule and the full course catalog. They have many BRAND NEW courses and have also brought back some of your favorite instructors (who will be offering NEW courses). Also, you can enroll in as many courses as you like. You can take 1 course or 10! It's totally up to you!

To register:
Please follow this link to register for the Senior College and pay the registration fee ($85) online: Click Here

Once you complete your payment we will send you another link to a form that you will use to select your actual courses. Once we have that information we will share the Zoom links with you at the beginning of September.
Upcoming Events at the Senior Center

Line Dancing
Wednesdays, August 24th & 31st, 9a

Friday, August 26th, 10:30a

Sassy Stitchers
Monday, August 29th, 6:30p

View the full calendar of events for August 2022
FT or PT Local Drivers Needed
Retirees and Others - call or stop by

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

Try the Bay Circuit Trail 

The Bay Circuit Trail (BCT) is a 230-mile long green trail in a semi-circle around Boston; between Routes 128 and 495; where people can hike, bike, ski, horseback ride, or traverse the trail however they like. The BCT is an amazing resource for the community - in essence, it allows us to explore our home. 

The idea for the BCT began in 1929, a vision was proposed as an “outer Emerald Necklace,”— a greenbelt that would mirror the famous string of Frederick Law Olmsted-designed parks throughout Boston. While the Emerald Necklace grew over the next few decades, it could not keep up with development. Then in 1990, the Bay Circuit Alliance was formed and in the next few years the alliance cleared more space and linked segments of the trail, the Bay Circuit Trail was born.

Protection, enhancement, and encouragement of the public to use the trail has been a priority of those involved in maintaining the trail. The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), known for it’s work taking care of the Appalachian Trail, has been working with the BCT since 2012. Due to their work, final gaps of the trail have been closed. In addition, the AMC guides local communities in identifying and maintaining their portion of the trail. Essentially, the AMC acts as a guide and mentor in preserving the BCT. 

A large part of the trail’s success comes from the work of the vision and persistence of Al French and so many, many volunteers. Now hundreds of volunteers from thirty-seven towns are responsible for the trail’s impressive state. Reading the history of the trail, it stands out how one human can make a difference, reading Al French’s part in making it happen. 

In the midst of a climate crisis, the natural beauty around us is more appreciated than ever. Thanks to the Bay Circuit Trail, everyone who worked on it, and everyone who continues to work on it, we can enjoy this beauty. We encourage you to venture out onto the trail and see it for yourself. In our area, The trail runs through Easton, West Bridgewater, Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, and Hanson; on the website check out sections 12 and 13.

By Rohail Spear
Writing Intern, Franklin & Marshall College
Movie Showing:
The Bad Guys
Flora T. Little Meeting Room, Bridgewater Public Library
Tuesday, August 30th
10:30a and 1p

Come watch The Bad Guys (2022), rated PG, for 1 hour and 40 minutes. Several reformed yet misunderstood criminal animals attempt to become good, with some disastrous results along the way.
Intentionally Shopping
Here is another win/win. Intentionally Shopping is a healthy lifestyle choice that helps your pocketbook & future plans AND the planet. Here are 6 simple questions to ask yourself before making a purchase.
  • Does this purchase fit in my budget?
  • Do I need this item or do I WANT it?
  • Do I have an immediate plan for this item?
  • Do I already have a reasonable substitute?
  • Can I borrow this item from someone or the library?
  • Can I live without it?
Decluttering, helping your budget and creating less waste. Give it a try.
By J. Rose
Bridgewater Water Department PFAS Testing Results

Going forward, PFAS results will be posted to the Bridgewater website monthly. Please note, PFAS levels for all Wells have been below the DEP mandated level of 20 parts per trillion since mid-May. Although you primarily receive your water from the well closest to you, water is blended from all Wells.

In order to receive accurate information for any questions or concerns you may have, please contact the Water Supply Dept at 508-697-0910.
Golfing for Good
Aug 26th
4 - 8p
Prisco's Market and Deli

Come play mini golf with us and help us raise some funds....As many of you know, Denise was diagnosed with breast cancer almost 5 years ago. She fought so hard and came out on top. She was able to stay healthy for close to the 5 yr mark when she learned the cancer had returned.

Unfortunately, she now has to fight this fight all over again. This time, it will be more extensive as she will be undergoing chemo, surgeries, and radiation therapy. She works as a paramedic, helping others daily. Now it's her turn to be helped by others. Her job is very demanding and physical, and she will not be able to continue working during her treatments. She will be out of work for 6 months, maybe more. Denise is someone that would do anything for anyone. In her own words, she is going to "put up one hell of a fight". Please help Denise and her family with that fight by taking some of the burden and worry away and show your support as she continues her courageous battle. Thank you in advance for your kindness. 

A Life of Learning

One day, while driving past Cape Cod Community College, a thought popped into Viviane Almeida's head. "Maybe I can take some classes," she said to herself. Little did she know that eventually this decision would result in her walking across the...

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Overdose Vigil by Candlelight
Tuesday, August 30th, 6p
Massasoit Community College, Massasoit Blvd, Brockton

Join us at our Annual Overdose Vigil by Candlelight to heal through honoring those we have lost.
Learn more about this event by visiting the Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative on Facebook.
Find YOUR Bliss with
Try a Blissful class this Summer.
Register Today!

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.

516 N. Bedford St, East Bridgewater
(508) 331-3564

Healing Starts Here ~ Reiki Treatments

Reiki is an energy healing technique that promotes relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety through gentle touch. Reiki practitioners use their hands to deliver energy to your body, improving the flow and...

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Planning Board
August 10th, 2022
Video courtesy of Town of Bridgewater
Historical Commission
August 9th, 2022
Video courtesy of Town of Bridgewater
Bridgewater Youth Basketball

Bridgewater Youth Basketball using the Prisco Pavilion as the home court for our 1st & 2nd grade girls and boys summer programs!!

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a:
$15 gift certificate to C & C Antiques
Open Wed - Sun, Rt 18, Elmwood (EB)

Historical Tidbit Question:
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Email us your answer at: 
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On August 24, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Amanda Manoogian, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Preparation: the action or process of making something ready

I prepare for each day with a list goals I want to achieve. Inevitably, a monkey wrench gets thrown in; an important conversation or spontaneous priority will side track me. I can use that list to re-focus.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

"Success is when persistence meets preparation."~ Sherrilyn Kenyon

“Opportunity does not waste time with those who are unprepared.”
~ Idowu Koyenikan

“I believe luck is preparation meeting opportunity. If you hadn’t been prepared when the opportunity came along, you wouldn’t have been lucky.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” ~ Colin Powell
Inching forward, slowly improving my quality of life came from preparation, gaining knowledge and making mindful spending choices. We must prepare for the life we want, and recognize, sometimes it's done in baby steps. ~ Jacquie
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