Catapult Competition at Bridgewater Middle School!
Sixth graders of the Blue Team at the Bridgewater Middle School hosted a catapult competition right before they left for Thanksgiving break! Their catapult and cabin designs were influenced by their reading of Rick Riordan's book, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. The students had a blast in this competition where they tried to destroy other team's cabins with their catapults. Congratulations to the winning team of the catapult competition!

Story by Queenie Chen, Tufts University BuzzAround Intern
Historical Tidbit:
Home Made Ice Cream

In the early 1900s, Ice Cream "Parlors" were rare. If you wanted ice cream, you had to make it yourself with a Hand-Crank Ice Cream Maker. In 1843, Nancy Johnson got a patent on a machine to make ice cream by hand. This device provided a real treat to just about everyone.
My great grandparents had one that was a little keg about 18 inches tall and 1 foot across with a metal cylinder in the middle that was run by a hand crank (handle). The cylinder was placed in the wooden keg and ice from the iceman or from an icehouse and salt would be placed between the cylinder and keg. Milk, sugar and flavoring, such as vanilla, would be placed in the cylinder and as this was turned and cooled, a thin layer of milk would start to freeze. The rotating paddles scraped off the frozen milk and left a new layer. As the milk became stiff it turned into the eagerly awaited ice cream. This process took from 20 to 30 minutes, depending upon the amount of salt used.
sue and her plant 2011
When the process was completed and the paddles lifted out there was a little ice cream sticking on them and if you were quick enough you got to lick them to get the first taste of the awaited treat.
~ Respectfully submitted, Sue Basile
Holiday Ads Made Easy
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
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

St Vincent dePaul Food Pantry
@ St Thomas Aquinas Church
103 Center St
2 x month 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m
Louise Dombrowski
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

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

Enter for this week's prize of
A Decorated 12” Wreath (value $34)
Bridgewater COA Wreath Event
Wed, Dec 6
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 or (508) 697-0929.

Clothing Donation
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square

As the weather begins to get colder, the need to help others stay warm in our community grows. Please consider donating new or very gently used hats, gloves, socks, sweat shirts, base layers and coats (winter items only). Cash donations are greatly appreciated and will go towards the purchase of needed items. Checks can be mailed to the church at 71 Central Square, Bridgewater MA 02324, and online donations may be made at

Please bring all items to donate to Central Square Congregational Church, and place in the receptacle container marked "Warmth in Cold Places" found in the shelving unit inside the side entrance (Church St. entrance). We will be collecting until further notice.

Questions? 508-697-6016 or email The church is open Tue, Thu, and Fri 9-1; Wed 11-3; and Sun 9-11.
Open Mic
Fri, Dec 8
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Sq

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, (508-279-4903). Please provide your song selection and the instrument you'll be playing. Today is the last day for signups!
More details are available on the CCCUCC FB page and The Music Loft FB page.
Queer Open Mic
Featuring Jack McGrath
Sat, Dec 9
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Sq

Join a night of creativity and community at Queer Open Mic featuring Jack McGrath, a special event hosted by be; where your feet are, at their new location. Whether you want to share a song, tell a story, recite a poem, or simply enjoy the artistic vibes, Queer Open Mic is the place to be!

This inclusive space is dedicated to diversity, founded by LGBTQ+ leaders fostering a safe and affirming environment for the LGBTQ+ community. Committed to creating inclusive spaces for Adults with Differing Abilities, the event is not just a celebration of talent but also a good cause. Admission is $5, BYOB is encouraged, and the event is handicap accessible. For more info, please visit
Source Credit: FB Event Page
BW Little League
Majors Tryouts

Fri, Dec 8, 5 - 7p
Fri, Dec 22, 6 - 8p
Bridgewater Sports Complex
350 Bedford St

Bridgewater Little League will be hosting its Majors tryouts/evaluations for all players league aged 10-12 on Friday, December 8th from 5-7 and Friday December 22nd from 6-8 pm at The Bridgewater Sports Complex located at 350 Bedford St.

For more information about tryouts and to sign up to reserve your spot, please visit the BLL website
BCCR Standout
Sat, Dec 9
Meet at Walgreens Parking Lot , Central Sq

The Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights invites you to participate in a standout advocating for peace worldwide. Join this event to promote a message of global harmony!

For questions, email BCCR at
Social Justice Choir
Wed, Dec 13
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South St

Experience an uplifting evening with the Bridgewater State University's Social Justice Choir as they present songs of peace. Your presence is warmly welcomed! Source Credit: BWPL FB
Climate Can Do: Recycling Trees & Electronics
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.

Recycling Christmas Trees
If you are buying a real Christmas tree this year, please remove the tree of all decorations like tinsels, ornaments, metal rings and do not cover the tree in plastic bags when throwing them out. Some towns recycle natural Christmas trees into mulch that can be used for municipal landscaping projects. So please take a moment to clear your trees before tossing them out!
In Bridgewater, our Boy Scouts will pick up Christmas trees. More information to come.

Recycling Electronics
Did you received a new phone or tablet during the holidays? Consider recycling your old electronics instead of throwing it out. Any Staples store accept old electronics everyday. Check out the Staples website for the list of electronics they accept. Below are some Staples locations in the area:
  • 600 S ST W, Raynham
  • 500 Westgate Dr, Brockton

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 it!
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!


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.

Members Receive a 10% Shop Discount

Giving Tree for
Foster Teens
From Now 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
Town Council Meeting
November 21, 2023
Video Courtesy of the Town of Bridgewater
Budget and Finance Committee Meeting
November 21, 2023
Video Courtesy of The Town of Bridgewater
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
Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
A Decorated 12” Wreath (value $34)
From Nessralla Farm, Halifax

Historical Tidbit Question:
What ingredients are used to make homemade ice cream?

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 December 6, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Queenie Chen, Alexa Pennington, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.”~ Maya Angelou

“It’s probably not just by chance that I’m alone. It would be very hard for a man to live with me, unless he’s terribly strong. And if he’s stronger than I, I’m the one who can’t live with him. … I’m neither smart nor stupid, but I don’t think I’m a run-of-the-mill person. I’ve been in business without being a businesswoman, I’ve loved without being a woman made only for love ... I’ve done my best, in regard to people and to life, without precepts, but with a taste for justice.”~ Coco Chanel

“Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte
New England winters are not for the faint of heart. Have courage, together we will face the cold, the Nor'easters and the snow; then celebrate together when Spring comes. 
For now, let's keep the light on and the flame burning. As the darkness encompasses, we will keep each other warm, our strength multiplying with each smile. Have a strong week. ~ Jacquie
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