June 12, 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. 
UWGPC is celebrating 100 years caring for our communities in 2022!

On June 1st, over 250 guests gathered for United Way of Greater Plymouth County’s 100th Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration at Bridgewater State University. The premiere sponsor was UPS. Additional LIVE UNITED sponsors were Bluestone Bank, Good Samaritan Medical Center, HarborOne Bank, Lynch & Lynch, National Grid, Rockland Trust, and Bridgewater State University. We are thrilled to be celebrating 100 years caring for our communities in 2022!” Dennis Carman, President & CEO of United Way of Greater Plymouth County said. “It means a great deal to us to get to celebrate the outstanding organizations and companies in our community in our 100th year of uniting people, ideas, and resources to improve the lives of people and building a stronger community. We look forward to continuing to work together with our partners to tackle our community’s unmet needs. Here’s to the next 100 years!” www.uwgpc.org
Historical Tidbit:
Alden or Vernon St. Graveyard in Titicut
This yard is the oldest in Bridgewater aside from the old graveyard near the Unitarian church. It is in the north corner of Cross and Vernon streets, it contains one-half acre, all enclosed with a common balance wall, having an entrance for carriages on Vernon street, and another on Cross street, with a driveway from one to the other, as seen on the plan, which encloses the old part of this burying-ground, which was first buried upon, and now has many unmarked graves, and is much grown over to low bushes and wild grass.
The oldest gravestone in this yard is that of Ezekiel, son of Jesse Leach (No. 38), died May 6, 1751, aged 7. The next oldest are Zebedee Leach, 1754, aged 5; William Hooper, 1755, aged 53; and Lois Hooper, 1756, aged 49. Only eight gravestones in the whole yard previous to 1800. In 1850, 155 graves could be distinctly seen and counted.
This ground being part of the old Samuel Alden farm, late Zephaniah Fobes [Zephaniah Fobes Azel or Hazael Alden, son of Josiah, and grandson of said Samuel] farm, was probably given by said Samuel Alden, who was a son of Dea. Joseph Alden, and lived north of Cross Street and east of this yard, and died in 1785, aged 80. It was formerly called the Alden graveyard in Titicut.
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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
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Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

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2022 B-R Graduation
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(Bridgewater Cable Access)
Memorial Day 2022
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Everything You Need for Gardening
Tools, Seeds, Soil & Fertilizers
Wide Selection & Helpful Service!
1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Join Us for the last Community Dance of our 11th Season!
This dance, we will enjoy a mix of international folk dance, New England squares and contras, mixers and line dances. All dances are for ages 10 and up, no prior experience required, all dances are taught.
June 17; 7 - 9:30p
Cole - Yeaton Senior Center, 10 Wally Krueger Way (off 18)
Lake Nippenicket Action Focus Team
The Lake Nippenicket Action Focus Team is trying to get the word out that an Environmental Notification Form has been filed with the MEPA office by Claremont Companies and posted in the Environmental Monitor on May 25, 2022 with regard to Phase IV of the Lakeshore Center project. This project is located on Route 104 near Lake Nippenicket. 
There is a 20-day comment period that ends June 14. Comments can be added via the Environmental Monitor publication (link below).
For more info: Lakeshore Center Phase 4
Passport to History

June 1st - Sept 1st
62 Howard Street in West Bridgewater

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society is participating in Passport to History, a joint effort of local museums to share and explore the diverse history of southeastern Massachusetts. “Passports”, serve as admission for one free visit, and are available at any participating site. 

Participating museums include: the Alden House Historic Site in Duxbury; Attleboro Area Industrial Museum in Attleboro; Berkley Historical Society in Berkley; The Carpenter Museum/Rehoboth Antiquarian Society in Rehoboth; Duxbury Rural & Historical Society in Duxbury; Fall River Historical Society in Fall River; Fisher-Richardson House/Mansfield Historical Society in Mansfield; Historical Society of Santuit & Cotuit in Cotuit; The Oliver House and Middleborough Historical Museum in Middleborough; Old Colony History Museum in Taunton; Paragon Park Museum in Hull; The Robbins Museum/ Massachusetts Archaeological Society, Inc. in Middleborough; Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum in New Bedford; Captain John Kendrick Museum and Fearing Tavern in Wareham.

Passport to History is funded, in part, by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism and the Southeastern Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is also funded in part by the Attleboro, Berkley, Duxbury, Easton, Fall River, Freetown, Hull, Mansfield, Mid-Cape, Middleborough, New Bedford, Plymouth, Rehoboth, Rochester, and Wareham Cultural Councils.
For more information about the Passport program, visit: oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org 
Additional information about the Old Bridgewater Historical Society can be found at www.oldbridgewater.org
Upcoming children’s programs at the Bridgewater Public Library! 

Registration opens for Summer Reading 2022. Join us for “Read Beyond the Beaten Path”, the theme of 2022 Summer Reading at the Bridgewater Public Library. All ages are welcome to join us.
Program runs from June 27 - August 15.

Thursday, June 16: Doodlebots available. Pick up your kit for Doodlebots starting today– virtual program offered by the Easton Children’s Museum. Doodlebots explores concept of prototypes and solutions to design challenges. Kit includes parts to create your own doodling machine. For kids age 6+. No registration.

Thursday, June 23: Grab and Go Craft. This month we are making Fourth of July beaded bracelets. Get ready to celebrate the 4th with beaded bracelets. While supplies last, one per person please.

Monday, June 27 @ 1p: Register for “Read Beyond the Beaten Path”. Our Summer Reader program for 2022, with Bridgewater Public Library! Log your reading minutes to earn badges & the chance to win prizes. This program is open to all ages- parents can read to their children, you can listen to audiobooks or read the newspaper. Just remember to log your time with Beanstack.

Tuesday, June 28 @ 1p: Reptiles Rock with Rainforest Reptiles Shows. Come meet some reptiles and learn about them from a herpetologist in this fun, educational, 1-hour program. See tropical and semi-tropical animals such as bugs, frogs, snakes and lizards and larger animals including alligators and tortoises. Volunteers may be able to assist during the presentation. Recommended for 3+, no registration.

For more information visit bridgewaterpubliclibrary.org
or call 508-697-3331 
Just next to the Common, you'll find Music Alley
5 and 8p on Thursdays, family centered entertainment, and food vendors each week for our community to gather and share in live music!

Upcoming Events

June 16th
10:30a - 1p: March Against Elder Abuse. 1- mile walk along Water Street.

June 16th @ 10:30a: Alice's Cafe, Juneteenth Event with Ammaya Drums. Please RSVP.

Friday June 24th @ 8:30a - 3p: Intergenerational Conference, LGBTQ Elders in a Changing World.

July 26th @ 9a - 7p: Isles of Shoals Curise and Foster's Clambake. $120 per person, reserve and pay by July 11th.

To RSVP for any event, call 508-697-0929 or
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Juneteenth Day
Saturday, June 18
2 - 6p
50 School Street
BCCR and First Parish UU 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration. There will be food, speakers, vendors, and performers. Bring your chairs.

Visit BCCR FB Page for more information.
Celebrate Pride with the Library!

Celebrate Pride Month with the Library by reading the rainbow with us!

For ages 14 – 24

Get Paid while Earning Certification! 

A wide variety of fields.

Meet with our career counselor & take assessment 

on Tuesdays at 3:30-4:30p and 
Fridays 11:30a - 12:30p

MassHire Greater Brockton 
Career Center
34 School St, 2nd Floor, Brockton

C&C Antiques
For That Perfect Unusual Gift!
Wed 12 - 5 pm, Thurs & Fri 12 - 6 pm & Sat 11 am - 6 pm

Located in the Elmwood Post Office 
Rts 106 & 18, East Bridgewater 
Memorial Day 2022

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Town Council Meeting
May 24th
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Historical Tidbit Question:
Who does the oldest gravestone belong to?

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On June 15, 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, Olivia Machakos, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Rohail Spear & Greg Venezia.
Purchasing Power
“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you.”
~ Susan Polis Schutz

The most power we have to change our lives and help ourselves, the environment, and society is close to home. It is within our families and our community.

Think about our purchase power.

Who are we supporting with our dollar? Why am I purchasing this product? What kind of environmental damage was done by making this shirt, those pants? Am I damaging my health by eating this food?

To re-think our purchasing decisions is to take control of our lives.

For more on using the power of spending to help yourself, society & the environment while achieving Financial Independence, check out: Your Money or Your Life. I followed this book, step by step, about 25 years ago, and it had a profound effect on my decision making. This led to the creation of your BuzzAround. I linked to the Good Reads page on it. If you decide to read it, for goodness sake, go to an independent bookseller or local library, NOT Amazon!
Leading a thoughtful lifestyle brings us all to a brighter future. Enjoy your week ~ Jacquie
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