Let's Have A Great Cheer For The Team & The Turkeys!
"EBJSHS won another state title. Congrats to the EBJSHS Cheerleaders who won the Division 3 State title on Sunday at Worcester State College, with a score of 93.4! This was their 9th state title lead by Coach Matt Monteiro and his assistant Ava Royal. The team also qualified for Nationals in Orlando. Coach Monteiro also just happens to be an EB alumni as well as a police officer on our Police Department!"

"In the pouring rain and wind, SRO Connor and K9 Morgan, Sgt. Voisine, Detective Cacciatore and K9 Officer DeJesus and K9 Thor along with the help of 6 EBJRSRHS students delivered 29 Thanksgiving meals to families in need. These meals were paid for by the Guns N' Hoses and other donations from the Police and Fire Departments."

Great work All!

Photo Credits: East Bridgewater PD FB
Reposted from East Bridgewater PD FB
Historical Tidbit:
Toll Houses in East Bridgewater
The Boston and New Bedford Turnpike was chartered in 1804 and in use by 1806. The toll keeper in Joppa, Josiah Edson, charged 25 cents for every "coach, phaeton, chariot or other 4-wheel carriage for the conveyance of persons, drawn by 2 horses." 

There was an additional charge of 4 cents each horse above 2. For sleds & carts, drawn by 2 oxen or horses, the price was 12 1/2 cents.
There were 2 toll houses in East Parish (north on Bedford St) and one at Joppa. To travel straight through East Bridgewater, a person had to pay at 3 tolls!

~ Information from the East Bridgewater Sesquicentennial Booklet
Holiday Advertising Made Easy
an Ad Blitz in Bridgewater, Brockton, EB, Halifax, Raynham, WB and Whitman.
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
Pantry days will be the first Monday of the month, except for holidays, 3 - 5:30p, and the third Monday, 3p - 4:30p, except for holidays. 

Free Community Meal
EBUMC 54 N. Central St.
Every Wednesday 5:30 - 6:30.
Donations welcome.
Laurie Turner-Curran
won a $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)
From Nessralla Farm, Halifax
EB HUGS Community Christmas Program
Tags can be picked up and donations dropped off at any of the giving trees.

East Bridgewater Public Library, EBCTV office at the East Bridgewater Jr/Sr High School, Center at Sachem Rock, East Bridgewater Town Hall, Happy Frog Copy Center, Paula Coffey Dance, Johnnie Macaroni's both Plymouth St and West St locations, Dewhurst Lumber, Paul Wolfe Motors, Busy Bee Preschool both East Bridgewater and Whitman locations, St John's Parish, Bridgewater Vineyard Church, Union Congregational Church.

If you have any questions, or wish to volunteer or get involved, please email wishes@ebhugs.org or call Theresa at 508-350-9811.

If you wish to make a donation, we accept cash, checks, Paypal on the EBHUGS website or Venmo @East Bridgewater Hugs.

In addition, donations can be mailed to HUGS, 100 Lorraine Drive, East Bridgewater. There will also be a giving tree at Christmas on the Common.
Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale
Until Wed, Dec 20
EB Town Hall Parking Lot
Shop great deals for a great cause! Proceeds will go to local charities.
Add a Little Color to your Christmas:
Photo Opp with Santa
Sun, Dec 10
Sachem Rock Farm

Join the free Family Christmas Experience hosted by Community Coalition for Change, Inc. Meet Santa, receive complimentary professional digital pictures from Crystal Clear Photography, and enjoy light refreshments. There will also be a craft table, raffled items, and merchandise available for purchase! Don't miss this festive and joyful event. Information found at Add a Little Color to Your Christmas.

Community Take-Home Craft Bag

Registration is open for the East Bridgewater Public Library's December Community Craft! There will step-by-step directions on how to make macrame gnomes. Pick up starts on December 11, so be sure to register now on the EBPL online calendar!

Source Credit: EBPL FB
EBPL Teen Anime Party
Mon, Dec 18
East Bridgewater Public Library

Registration is now open for East Bridgewater Library's upcoming Teen Anime Party! There will be plenty of activities: anime to watch, snacks, making ninja stars and more! This event is ideal for children grade 7-12.
To sign up, visit: https://tinyurl.com/ebyaanime
Find more information at EB Library Facebook
Friends of the East Bridgewater Library Membership Drive

The Friends play a big role in enhancing our library experience by funding programming, purchasing materials, and contributing to the library's infrastructure. Their support even extends to the development of the new Connie Ryan Love Teen Zone on the second floor. And your support is vital to these endeavors, and any amount is truly appreciated. For a tax-deductible donation of $20.00 or more, you'll receive a FREE Friends of the East Bridgewater Library snappy Cooler Bag, available for pick-up at the Library Circulation Desk. The library will also be selling ornaments, and the proceeds will further benefit library programming. Thank you for being a Friend of the East Bridgewater Library! Find more Information at Friends Member Drive.
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. Please take a moment to clear your trees before tossing them out!
In East Bridgewater, Residents can bring trees to the Recycle Center or have your trees picked up by BSA Troop 29. (Details from the Scouts in the coming weeks) The Recycle Center, at 877 Bridge St, is open the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 8:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.. Residents need a green recycle center sticker to enter – they can be picked up at the DPW office at 49 Dean Place or call at 508-378-1620 to have one mailed out to you. The Recycle Center is available to all residents enrolled in our trash and recycling program. It is also available to residents who are not in the program for a fee of $150.00 per year.

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!
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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

Route 18 Corridor Study

The Old Colony Planning Council has concluded its work on the Route 18 Corridor Study. The study examines current and possible future traffic issues on Route 18 (North Bedford Street and Bedford Street) in East Bridgewater and Bridgewater with an emphasis on these intersections: Highland Street, Compass/Signature Way, Union Street, Central Street/Maple Avenue, entrance/exit to East Bridgewater Jr/Sr High School, Whitman Street (Route 106), and East/West Street (Route 106). The study includes recommendations for possible changes.

Route 18 in East Bridgewater is under the jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), not the Town. Any work on Route 18 must be authorized by MassDOT no matter the source of funding for the project. The agency has limited funding. Because of the length of their project list, it may be ten to fifteen years before those projects reach the construction stage. The Town plans to work with MassDOT to determine if incremental improvements can be that will improve access and safety for all users (motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians) of Route 18. For more info, see the Route 18 Report.
Additional Free COVID Tests Available!

The U.S. government is offering to send another round of four at-home virus tests ahead of the typical surge in cases during the winter holiday season.

Anyone who did not order a batch of four COVID-19 tests in September can secure up to eight of them this time here at COVIDtests.gov. Those who received four of them earlier this year can order another four. The U.S. Postal Service will deliver them for free. Find more info at Free COVID Tests.
Select Board Meeting
November 27, 2023
Video Courtesy of EBCAM
E. Bridgewater High School Athletic Hall of Fame...

The 4th Annual Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Read more
Massachusetts Internet for All Plan
Information & Comment Period

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has drafted the Massachusetts Internet for All Plan and is accepting public comments until December 15, 2023.

MBI is dedicated to bringing affordable, high-speed internet to every person in Massachusetts. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has already allocated $145 million to Massachusetts to expand high-speed internet access and digital equity programming across the state. The first step to deploying these funds is developing a strong plan, informed by stakeholders and residents of the Commonwealth.

Over the last year, MBI has led a planning effort that has resulted in the development of two guiding planning documents – a Statewide Digital Equity Plan and what is known as the Initial Proposal for the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program. These two documents create the Massachusetts Internet for All Plan.

EB Schools
11th Annual Food Drive!
Over 6,000 items were collected from the three schools: Central, Middle and the Jr/Sr High School. Then the collected items were delivered and donated to the St Vincent dePaul Food Pantry at St John's Church and the EB Food Pantry at Union Congregational Church. Great job, everyone!
Thank you everyone that donated and a special shout out to Rich Moretti, EB DP, EB Insurance Agency and Tony Lepine who helped coordinate the Middle School's collections in memory of his wife, Sara Eldridge Lepine.

Photos and Source info from EBIA FB page
Written by: J Rose & Bailey Henschen, BuzzAround Intern, Bridgewater State University

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
A Decorated 12” Wreath (value $34)
From Nessralla Farm, Halifax

Historical Tidbit Question:
What year was the Boston and New Bedford Turnpike chartered?

Email us your answer at: Prizes@buzzaround.info
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: Queenie Chen, Bailey Henschen, 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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