Library Thanksgiving Food Drive

Since October 30th, the Bridgewater Public Library has been holding a Thanksgiving food drive. The library accepted non-perishable goods which were collected and given to the Food Pantry at Central Square Congregational Church, UCC. Huge thanks to everyone that donated. These foods will be distributed during the holidays and to help feed families.

Story by Queenie Chen, Tufts University BuzzAround Intern
Historical Tidbit:

Macy's
Macy's was founded by Rowland Hussey Macy, who between 1843 and 1855 opened four retail dry goods stores, including the original Macy's store in downtown Haverhill, Massachusetts, established in 1851 to serve the mill industry employees of the area. They all failed, but he learned from his mistakes.

Andy the Alligator, 1933 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Bettmann Archive / Getty Images
Macy moved to New York City in 1858 and established a new store named "R. H. Macy & Co." on Sixth Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets. On the company's first day of business on October 28, 1858 sales totaled $11.08, equal to $312.83 today.

As the United States prospered during the Roaring Twenties, so did New York City’s iconic department store—Macy’s. After going public in 1922, R. H. Macy & Co. started to acquire competitors.Macy’s flagship store in Manhattan’s Herald Square expanded in 1924 to cover an entire city block stretching from Broadway to Seventh Avenue along 34th Street.

To showcase the opening of the “World’s Largest Store” and its 1 million square feet of retail space at the start of the busy holiday shopping season, Macy’s decided to throw New York a parade on Thanksgiving morning. In spite of its timing, the parade was not actually about Thanksgiving at all but Christmas.
Which was the beginning of rolling out Christmas right after Thanksgiving. Macy's small business dream became big.
Shop your hometown small businesses. You'll be supporting dreams!

Story credit: J. Rose
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
508-697-0921
 
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street
508-697-3331
 
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
508-697-0929
 
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
 508-697-6016
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
Congratulations!
Sharon Tozier
won
a 16 oz Village Candle of your choice
~ many scents to choose from
(Value $18.99)
Duval's Pharmacy, Whitman Center


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

Enter for this week's prize of
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!
Volunteer Days at North Fork Preserve
Tuesday Nov 28
10a-1p
Wyman Meadows Conservation Area
1715 Plymouth St

Join us every Tuesday from now until December for Wildlands' volunteer drop-in days! Help us reestablish a historic trail system at Wyman Meadow Conservation Area and North Fork Preserve. All experience levels are welcome, and no registration is required. Tasks include raking, lopping, hand sawing, and more. Feel free to come and go as you please.

Parking is available at the Wyman Meadow Conservation Area, 1715 Plymouth St. An unmarked road off the south side of Plymouth Street will take you to the parking area. Be sure to bring snacks, water bottles, and if you have them, work gloves (though they will be provided). This activity is for ages 12 and up. Lace up your sneakers and join us for a rewarding day of conservation work!

If you have any questions please contact Stewardship Coordinator Zoë Smiarowski via email:zsmiarowski@wildlandstrust.org.
Christmas on the Common
Sunday Dec. 3
9a - 1p
Bridgewater Town Common

Save the date for a Bridgewater tradition! The southbound side of the rotary will be closed to traffic as we will have over 50 vendors, food trucks, pony rides, pictures with Santa, crafts, a beer garden, music and so much more!! Get ready to kick off the holiday season with an amazing afternoon of fun on our beautiful town common! Meet up with friends and family to have lunch, do some shopping, and get in the holiday spirit. 
All ages event. ID required for alcohol.
This event is Free to attend but some activities will have fees. ATMs nearby, cash and cards welcome. 

For more info, check out the FB event page
Ousamequin Club Events!

-Tree Drawing
Through early December
The Ousamequin Club will have their annual Tree Drawing. All proceeds will support a local animal shelter. The tree can be viewed at the Cole-Yeaton Senior Center.

Tickets are $5 for one, $10 for five, $20 for fifteen. Tickets can be purchased from a club member, at Christmas on the Common or by calling Jean Guarino at 508-279-1466. The drawing will be held in early December.

-Island Grove Sweet Adeline Ensemble
Mon, Dec 4
1 - 3p
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
The Ousamequin Club is hosting a Christmas-Season-Program with the singers of Island Grove Chorus (IGC) of Abington, MA. All are welcome!

For questions, contact the club at 508-378-4261.
Giving Tree for
Foster Teens
Through December 15
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South St

The Bridgewater Public Library is collaborating with South Shore Foster to collect unwrapped gifts for foster teens. This is a great opportunity to give back during the holiday season! You can stop by the library to take a tag or two from the giving trees located there. Let's work together to make a difference!
Source Credit: BWPL FB
Tree Committee
November 14, 2023
Video Courtesy of the Town of Bridgewater
Planning Board Meeting
November 15, 2023
Video Courtesy of The Town of Bridgewater
Taunton River Watershed Alliance 2024 Tide Calendar Winners!

Congratulations to all the winners of the Taunton River Watershed Alliance (TRWA) 2024 Calendar Contest!! A big congratulations to Bridgewater's very own Mike McLaughlin; and from Halifax: Laura FitzGerald-Kemmett and Bart Devine!

Calendars are available for purchase at TRWA's Watershed Center located at Sweets Knoll State Park in Dighton. Each calendar is $20. Half of the purchase price supports TRWA and it's mission to, "protect and restore the Taunton River watershed, its tributaries, wetlands, floodplains, river corridors and wildlife." The watershed involves 42 communities including Bridgewater. Please make sure to call ahead at 508-828-1101 for times on when the center will be open. To purchase a calendar online visit Calendar Link Website.
For more info: TRWA Website, TRWA FB post
Johnny Macaroni's Restaurants.

East Bridgewater & Halifax

Make Holiday Dinner Reservations Now.

So much scrumptiousness, so little time!
Eat in our take out.

2023 Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Chorus
Sun, Dec 3
2:30p-3:45p
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish 
103 Center St, Bridgewater

The Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Chorus is hosting concert to benefit St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. A choir of 90 vocalists and accompanying musicians will sing beautiful Christmas hymns for you to enjoy. Adult tickets are $20. Children's tickets (ages 2-17) are $10. You can purchase your tickets on the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish website.
Source Credit: St. Thomas Aquinas Parish website
BCCR Standout
Saturday Dec. 9
10a
Meet in Walgreens Parking Lot Central Sq

The Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights is holding a standout on December 9th to advocate for PEACE for the world. Come join!
For questions, email BCCR at BridgewaterCommForCivilRights@gmail.com
Bridgewater Ice Arena Food Collection
20 Bedford Park 

The Jr. Bandits are giving back to the community! Join in the effort and make a difference this Thanksgiving by bringing a non-perishable food item to the rink. There will be a bin where you can drop off your items. The Jr. Bandits will take all the donations to a local food pantry to help community members in need. Your help is greatly appreciated!
Source Credit: BW Ice Arena FB
Climate Can Do: How to be Sustainable During the Holidays

Our beloved holidays - Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years - are fast approaching. There is so much to celebrate but there is also so much more trash generated during these times than usual. With the holiday season soon upon us, let’s take a moment to consider all the ways we can be more environmentally friendly.

Gift Giving: When you plan what to gift for your loved ones, consider a handmade gift instead of buying new items. These thoughtful gifts will be sure to make your loved ones happy. Check out some ideas for handmade gifts below:
  • Bake a dessert!
  • Crochet something! There are so many easy to follow tutorials. Check out this Youtube video!

Gift Wrapping: Please be mindful when wrapping your gifts. Wrapping paper with any metallics, foil, glitter, texture are not recyclable. Instead of using store brought wrapping papers, you can use any brown paper bag, newspapers, or even magazines to wrap your gift together beautifully. Check out Treehugger's website for some eco-friendly wrapping alternatives with examples.

Holiday Decor: Decorative lights are such a big part of home decor during the holidays. This year, try using LED lights instead of traditional incandescent lights. LEDs can use up to 90% less energy than traditional lights and there are many options on the market, making them very affordable.

Let's all do our part to have a fun and eco-friendly holiday season this year!

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Queenie Chen, Tufts University BuzzAround Intern. BuzzAround focuses on actions we can do to live more sustainably. We can do!
Physical Therapy University
Bridgewater * Middleboro * Buzzards Bay
This December, gift yourself strength, confidence, and community!
Join our 4-week Ladies Only Strength Class on Wednesdays at 8:40, starting on December 6th.
Classes are just $25 and run through December 27th.
Invest in yourself and join the empowering community of women reaching their fitness goals together!

📞508-697-2000


HolidayHandmade
The Shop at Fuller Craft Museum
Expanded Shop Open til January 7, 2024
Your destination for all gift-giving needs this holiday season!
Find unique and one-of-a-kind pieces from Artists both local and international.

Find sales on our Programs & Events page and our social media

Bridgewater Council on Aging One Wreath Event
Wed, Dec 6
1p
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way

Local individuals and organizations have made beautiful holiday wreaths that will be on display at the One Wreath Festival! You'll be able to vote for your favorite wreaths to receive awards such as People's Choice, Most Charming, Most Festive, Most Creative, and Best in Show. This will be a fun event centered around giving, as every wreath will be raffled to a Bridgewater Senior!

For more information, contact Emily Williams at ewilliams@bridgewaterma.org or (508) 697-0929.

Holiday Open Mic
Fri, Dec 8
6p-7:30p

Calling all performers! Central Square Congregational Church and The Music Loft are sponsoring a Holiday Open Mic on Friday, December 8. All are welcome to participate and perform their favorite holiday song! Along with great music from our talented locals, there will be a singalong, cookies, hot cocoa, and the Grinch! The event will also be livestreamed on BTV!

For more information or to sign up, contact the church office at (508) 697-6016 or The Music Loft at musicloftbridgewater@gmail.com, (508-279-4903). Please provide your song selection and the instrument you'll be playing. Signups will close on December 3.

More details are also available on the CCCUCC FB page and The Music Loft FB page.
BMS Students Collect Candy for Troops

In support of deployed soldiers, Bridgewater Middle School students came together and donated 360 pounds of candy to Treats for Troops! Treats for Troops is a charitable program by Soldiers’ Angels that collects excess Halloween candy once the Trick-or-Treating season is over and sends it to military troops. This includes VA hospitals and bases, as well as guard and reserve units.

Bridgewater National Honor Society members organized this weeklong event and collected students' donations. The candy was then given to the Veterans Division at Bridgewater State University, who will ship everything to Soldiers Angels. We'd like to thank BMS students for their generosity and work to uplift those serving in the military. They've done great work for a great cause!
You can also make a difference! To learn more about how you can support troops and veterans or volunteer, visit the Soldiers' Angels website.

Photo & Source Credits: Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District FB, Soldiers' Angels website
Story written by Alexa Pennington, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME
Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
$15 gift certificate to
Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

Historical Tidbit Question:
What was Macy's total sales on its first day of business?

Email us your answer at: 
Please include your name and phone number with your answer.

By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.

On November 29, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Shopping Local is S.M.A.R.T.

Smart use of your time. You'll drive around less. Time crunched? Call ahead: small businesses can often prepare your purchase in advance - Now that's service!

Maximum effective use of your money. More control over the quality of what you purchase & who you are supporting.

A+ customer service

Return benefit to your community; funding your local emergency services, schools, DPW, COA & Library.

Tangible benefits to you, your community & the shop owner.

Be a SMART consumer, make a difference, Shop near home!
TIP: When you look up a product, type your town next to the item in your search...that will provide businesses close to home.

Make a difference, Shop Local! ~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Queenie Chen, Alexa Pennington, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings, is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies. 
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