The U.S. Secretary of Interior
Comes to Town

On Thursday, June 15, the Bridgewater community’s goals regarding the removal of the High Street Dam and the replacement of the High Street Bridge were discussed and viewed with Debra Haaland, the United States Secretary of the Interior. She spoke with agency representatives about the town’s impactful conservation efforts for the environment.
From the FB post "Bridgewater received over $8 million in funding for the project through our partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, Division of Ecological Restoration, and other state and federal partners.  

The Secretary's visit was in recognition of the Town of Bridgewater's 'transformational efforts to advance nature based solutions, restoring rivers and opening up miles of stream for fish passage'.

Story Credit: Angel Benjamin, Brown University, BuzzAround Writing Intern
Photo & Story Source: Town of Bridgewater, MA FB
Historical Tidbit: 
The Bridgewater Iron Works District
Just by the side of High Street and along the Town River, a person may catch a glance of one of Bridgewater’s relics from its long contribution to the nation’s iron industry; The Bridgewater Iron Works District.

In 1707, the Town of Bridgewater began manufacturing iron in the Titicut area before moving to the Iron Works District part in 1785. It was here where David Perkins soon established two slitting mills, thus expanding the town’s manufacturing process. By 1795, 445 tons of iron were handled and molded into hoop iron and nails. By 1826, the business was incorporated under Perkins’ name before later becoming the Bridgewater Iron Works Co.

With the arrival of the Old Colony Railroad and its need for train construction materials, the Bridgewater Iron Works Co. experienced a lot of prosperity and development. In fact, by the 1850s, the company’s success catapulted it to the rank of the United States’ leading iron concerns as a producer of ocean steamer shafts, yellow metal tubing, horse nails, and a variety of other heavy machinery. The enterprise even produced the iron plating for the first Union gunboat “Monitor” when the country was plunged into civil war. Thus, Bridgewater has had its iron hand in all sorts of historical events throughout the nation’s history.

While many of the district’s buildings have been lost over the years, one can still view and imagine the breadth of the company’s reach in size and impact today. Back in 1885, the company’s operations was the second largest rolling mill in the country. Though the extant storehouse, tube works structures, pattern shops, blacksmith shops, machine shops, barns, and small office spaces can no longer be seen, they are present in the legacy of the iron district and the identity of the Town of Bridgewater. 

Story Credit: Angel Benjamin, Brown University, BuzzAround Writing Intern
Photo & Information Source:
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
Kayla Foye
You won a $25 gift certificate to 
gifts * tea * vintage clothing * reflexology
626 Bedford St (Rt 18) EB

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

Enter for this week's prize of
 a Summer Scent Village candle with Citronella
Whitman Center
Bridgewater 4th of July Celebration! 
Parade * Arts Celebration * Midway * Fireworks!
Day - Long Festivities

The Taunton River Stewardship Council (TRSC) is seeking contractors with environmental planning and tree work experience to address several locations of instream wood within the Taunton River Watershed. This long-term project will focus on the communities of Halifax, Bridgewater, Middleboro, Raynham, Taunton, Dighton, Berkley,
Freetown, Somerset, and Fall River. Our first project for your consideration is the Town River in Bridgewater, MA.

" ... several areas along the Town River that is inundated with channel spanning wood that prevents safe recreational passage and may impair fish passage. We acknowledge that instream wood is ultimately a benefit for the river ecosystem, providing habitat, bank stability, and river-channel stability. We also recognize that recreation and fish passage are important values within the Taunton River system. This fragile
balance is why we are seeking proposals from qualified consultants to help us evaluate and assess these areas of channel spanning wood.
The Taunton River and its tributaries were federally designated by Congress as Wild and Scenic in 2009. With this formal designation, a local coordinating body called the Taunton River Stewardship Council (TRSC) was empowered
with the responsibility to manage, protect, and enhance the Taunton River & tributaries. The TRSC is guided by a formal Taunton River Stewardship Plan, which identifies the major tenets on which the River was designated:
Ecology & Biodiversity, Estuary, Fisheries, History & Archaeology, Agriculture, Recreation, and Scenery. The TRSC is comprised of members from local municipalities and nonprofit entities that agree to promote long-term protection
of the Taunton River and tributaries. The TRSC also receives technical and financial resources from the National Park Service, the federal agency that administers Wild and Scenic Rivers in New England.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about our needs and approach. You may also forward this to others who may be a good fit.

Gloria Bancroft
Coordinator, Taunton River Stewardship Council
c/o TRWA P.O. Box 1116
Taunton, MA 02780
Ph: 508-828-1101
Family Yoga

Saturday, July 1st
Bridgewater Public Library

Marybeth from Maha Yoga Center will be offering a free yoga class for families and kids ages 8+! Space is limited, so sign up ASAP! Make sure you register each individual that will be attending. Please bring your own yoga mat. If the event is full before you register, don't worry! There will be free classes every Saturday in July so keep your eye out for another!

For more information or to register visit BW Public Library Website
Bridgewater Town Council
June 21, 2023
Video courtesy of Town of Bridgewater
Bridgewater Walking Tour

Learn about the architecture and history of the buildings and landmarks in and around Central Square. Audio is available for the entire tour or you can read along. This tour was created by one of our librarians.

For more information visit BW Public Library Website
Bridgewater Now: June 22nd, 2023
Video Courtesy of BTV
Bark in the Park
Saturday, July 8th
1 - 6p
80 Spring Street

The Craftpreneur and Fire for Effect Foundation Inc are hosting a dog friendly event! There will be tons of dog-friendly vendors and opportunities for dogs to make friends and play together! Meet local shelters, vets, register your pet, and grab a new leash & bandana while supporting local businesses & veterans. All dogs are welcome, but PLEASE be aware of your pet's needs! If your pup has a tendency to be overwhelmed or reactive around other animals, this may not be the place for them. All dogs must be leashed, so everyone can enjoy the outdoor space at this event.

At Fire For Effect Foundation Inc, we believe in community and bringing everyone together as a means to making the biggest impact. Maximum impact, maximum change. 
For more information visit Bark in the Park FB
The evenings are getting longer and the weather is marvelous!
Enjoy your next meal out on the patio at our
Plymouth Street location.

Summer Reading
Beginning June 26th, the Bridgewater Public Library will be running a summer reading opportunity where the amount you read could result in winning cool prizes! There will be two age brackets which will be ages 0-12 and 13+. Using Beanstack, readers can track reading minutes to earn badges and the chance to win prizes. All types of books count. If you read 2+ hours in one week, you will be entered in a weekly drawing for a bag of books. There will also be a weekly word hidden in the children's room, which will result in additional ticket entries when entering the keyword in Beanstack. Prize winners will be notified Tuesday, August 15. Prize winners will have 10 business days to pick up the prize before another winner is chosen. Get your read on this summer and win some prizes! For more information contact the Bridgewater Public Library at 508-697-3331.
Watercolor Painting Activity

Thursday July 6, 10:30a
10 Wally Krueger Way

Discover and paint with watercolors at the Bridgewater Senior Center. Participants will create a serene mountain landscape, learn about atmospheric perspective, and how to create a sense of the depth in their painting. During the activity, participants will produce 2 to 3 smaller watercolor paintings as a means for practice and building confidence with developing paintings wet on wet and wet on dry.

To RSVP, call (508) - 697 - 0929.
2023 Bridgewater Music Alley
Thursdays, Through - September 14th
This Summer at Black Hat Brew Works
  • Thursday June 29, artists ilyAIMY and Ash & Eric are performing.
  • Thursday July 6, Male Bonding Band and & Friends are performing.
The Bridgewater Music Alley Season is kicking off right! There is a vast lineup for this year! Concerts will be held at Black Hat Brew Works due to construction at Music Alley.

Each week, there will be one or several performers, as well as a food truck. Food will also be served at Black Hat Brew Works during the events. Be sure to stop by for free live music.
A big thank you to Bridgewater State University for sponsoring, and Black Hat Brew Works for helping make this year's events possible!
For more information about this year's lineup, visit BW Music Alley website.
Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights (BCCR)
will be hosting a stand out
July 8th- 10-11 
to bring attention to
Environmental Awareness
 in front of Walgreens parking lot in Bridgewater Center. All are welcome to join!
Are your chicks yearning for a new home?
Our LARGE PREMIUM CHICKEN COOP will fit the bill!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Climate Can-Do: Hydration in the Heat and Refillable Water Bottles

Summer is finally here! Warmer weather, more time outside, and an increase in physical activity…all of which lead to us being thirstier. Drinking enough water throughout the day is always important – our bodies are 50% to 70% water (Mayo Clinic) – and with the hot weather in the coming months, it is especially crucial to avoid dehydration. However, our hydration doesn’t need to come at the expense of our environment. According to Ban the Bottle, Americans throw away 35 billion plastic bottles every year. Additionally, only 5% of our plastics (Greenpeace) get recycled; the rest end up in trash heaps, or are litter and many end up in the ocean.

Refillable water bottles make a real difference close to home; in our drinking water; in our rivers; and right down to the ocean. By switching to refillables instead of buying single-use bottles, you are: cutting down on oil usage needed to manufacture the plastic water bottles; decreasing CO2 put out into the atmosphere through production; reducing landfill waste (University of Colorado Boulder); and decreasing the likelihood of nanoplastics in our tap. You’re also saving money and time by not buying a plastic water bottle every time you’re out and about -$1.25 may not seem like much, but it definitely adds up! If tap water isn’t for you, a filtered water dispenser and a reusable water bottle will soon pay for themselves as you consider the cost of bottled water. Most importantly: Refillable water bottles can decrease pollution in our oceans – the same ones we love to swim in over the summer. It’s an important Climate Can Do to reduce personal plastic waste; opt for refillable bottles instead of single-use plastic ones so we and our environment can flourish! 

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Miriam Heath, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Bridgewater State University. We focus on actions which individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do!
Writing Workshop

Saturday July 8,
10a - 1p
15 South Street

Do you want to write a story (book, series, or screenplay) but don’t know how to start? Come attend this 3 hour writing workshop for 18+ in the Judith Gabriel Room at the Bridgewater Public Library.

Participants will learn how to come up with ideas that inspire them to write, and they will leave the workshop with at least 3 unique story ideas they can choose to expand and work on. Chris Vigneau, a local Bridgewater teacher, cartoonist, and writer, will be teaching the class. Participants are encouraged to bring a list of their top 5 stories to class for discussion. The class is limited to 10 people so please register for a spot.
To learn more or register, visit the Bridgewater Public Library website.
Open House at the Keith Parsonage

199 River Street
West Bridgewater,
Sunday, July 9th
12 noon to 3p 

The Keith Parsonage was built in 1662 to house the town’s first minister, Rev. James Keith. During King Philip’s War, the town voted to use the parsonage as a garrison house for the protection of the town’s inhabitants.

Today, the home contains many examples of life in Colonial America including a hearth with a bee-hive oven and hand-hewn beams.

The parsonage is now owned by the Old Bridgewater Historical Society and several of the society’s board of directors will be there on July 9th to conduct tours. 

For more info:
be; where your feet are
Original & Unique Gifts * Tea * Vintage Clothing * Reflexology

Open: Wed -Thurs: 10a - 6p | Fri 10a - 4p
Sat: 9a - 4p | Sun: 10a - 2p
Additional Hours for Reflexology by Appointment

626 Bedford St (Rt 18) EB
Grants Rental
It's Party Time!

Giant Chess or Giant Checkers make a fun way for beginners to learn this traditional game of skill and cunning, and a totally new dimension to the game for established chess lovers.

Work smarter, not harder!

10 Bedford Park, Bridgewater
(508) 279-0950
80s Murder Mystery

On Friday, June 9th, The Murder Mystery Company held an event at the Bridgewater Public Library! All ages were welcome to this blast from the past murder mystery performance. Participants were encouraged to wear their 80s attire and were broken up into two teams to try to solve the murder mystery they were presented with. Everyone's outfits looked amazing, and the night was full of fun!

Thank you to Mike Shea's Coffee Roasting and Roche Brother's Supermarkets for donating to help put this event together. We look forward to seeing more events like these at our Public Library!

Story by Meghan Lotti, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Bridgewater State University
Source and photos from Bridgewater Public Library FB
Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
a Summer Scent Village candle with Citronella
from Duval's Pharmacy Whitman Center

Historical Tidbit Question:
Where is the Bridgewater Iron Works District located?

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 June 28, 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, Angel Benjamin, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Meghan Lotti, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Summer Afternoons

Theres adventure in the smell of blossoms as we ride our bikes .. taking in the cool evening air. My companion shifts his guitar case making it easier to pedal with. " We're almost there." He yells over his shoulder.
Another half a mile of watching the cracks in the road disappear under my front tire and wind in my face. I'm looking forward to sitting comfortably with a cool drink and listening to the folk music.

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.” ~ Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy-Tacy and Tib
Enjoy your summer afternoons. They are the spice of life.
~ Jacquie
Photo: An Einstein Sunday Afternoon, Oil on Canvas - J. Rose
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