May 12, 2019 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Getting involved? Here's videos of:
Bridgewater Town Council Meeting May 7, 2019
The George H. Mitchell School Building Committe meeting from April 22nd, 2019
Thanks, BTV
Historical Tidbit:

Where is the Centre of Old Bridgewater?

For some inexplicable reason, the settlement of Bridgewater had failed to fix and establish a centre, despite frequent and pressing admonitions by the court of New Plymouth.

In 1656, Bridgewater had incorporated into a distinct township, without a center or definite borders, when a grant of 300 acres was made to Capt Miles Standish. He was given the land, provided it came not within the court's grant of Bridgewater.

Because of this, it became urgently necessary the centre of Bridgewater should be fixed in order to ascertain its limits and extent. When Southworth knew where Bridgewater ended, then he could claim his land.

Finally in 1659, the centre was marked by a White Oak Tree, small in stature, standing on high ground. This location now has a stone marker on the East and West Bridgewater line along the south side of East Center Street. The tree also bore the initials C.S. This stood for Constant Southworth of the New Plymouth court committee.

The Plymouth Court shows no entry recorded until 1695 regarding the marking of the centre. In the end, it was the Court of New Plymouth not Bridgewater itself establishing the centre of Bridgewater township!
Respectfully submitted, Robert Lundquist

Resource books: Old Bridgewater Tercentenary, 1656-1956. History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater by Nahum Mitchell.
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
Mon - Thurs 8a - 4p, Fri 8a - 1p
Public Library
15 South Street
Mon - Wed 9a - 8p 
Thurs 10a - 5p, Fri & Sat 10a - 2p
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
Mon - Thurs 9a - 3p, Fri 9a - noon 
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
Thursdays - 10a - 1pm
1st Monday of each month from 6 to 8 pm
Michelle Avilla
 won a
A Flowering Mother's Day Basket
(value $21) from
Nessralla Farm, Rt 106, Halifax

You should play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.

You could win a
$15 gift certificate to
Pinches & Pounds Candy Store
Rt 18, Whitman, MA
 “Did that really happen in Bridgewater?”

A presentation given by David Moore from the Bridgewater Historical Commission at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, May 14th at 6:30 p.m.

This presentation will consist of approximately 40 pictures of Bridgewater, taken over the last 150 years and a brief discussion of little-known events and activities in our town’s past.
Graduate Commencement Thursday, May 16, 2019 6:30pm
Undergraduate Ceremony for the Louis M. Ricciardi College of Business, College of Education and
Allied Studies, Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics Saturday, May 18, 2019 9a
Undergraduate Ceremony for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Sat May 18, 2019 3pm
Paint On Board Party with Robyn Iarrobino from Blue Anchor Studio
Saturday, May 18th @ 10:00 am being held at the Bridgewater Public Library
Join us for a Paint Party!  There is no age limit, it doesn’t matter what your level is this is all about fun.  Project will be completed on a 11x17 wood board.  All supplies and instructor provided.  Fee is $45.00 per artist; portion goes directly to Bridgewater Public Library to support future programs.   Registration and payment are required  in advance at Blue Anchor Studio webstore, Party registration tab, scroll to May 18th.
Don’t wait, reserve your spot now.
The Honey Tree Nursery School

645 Locust St • Raynham
(508) 823-5611

Now accepting applications for September 2019. Several spots still available.
Call to schedule a visit.
Free Concert May 19 in Central Square, Bridgewater

A free concert of gospel, praise and contemporary music
Music Alley off the Central Square Common in Bridgewater
Sunday, May 19 from 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Musicians are Julia Scott Carey, pianist, and the band, Fox & Cox with Teresa Foley, Craig Hamilton and Tom Struzik.

The concert is sponsored by Central Square Congregational Church, UCC. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the Fellowship Hall, the lower level of the church at 71 Central Square.
Brockton Symphony Orchestra

Premieres a Chamber Pops Concert on Sat May 18 th  at 2:00 pm
Sanctuary of the Christ Congregational Church, 1350 Pleasant Street, Brockton. 

You won't want to miss this fun, upbeat concert, featuring popular music, show tunes, film music, lighter classics, and American favorites, such as West Side Story, Disney classics, Ashokan Farewell, and I Got Rhythm.

$25 General Admission/FREE for 18 and under! For more information, visit  or call 508.588.3841.
Bridgewater Farm Supply – Your Complete Garden, Farm &
Pet Store!
Farmers and pet parents alike, we have all the supplies you need to keep your animals, happy, healthy and comfortable!
1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104)
Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
The Bridgewater 4th of JULY Contests

There is a small group (5 people) that raises the money and organizes the events, this day is not otherwise funded. We are currently looking for donations - they can be made on our website  or mailed to P.O. Box 390 - NO amount is too small.

Check out our contests: Design our annual 4th of July t-shirt ! Or
Sing the National Anthem!

WE are also still looking for food trucks to participate at the fireworks. the event has 15,000-18,000 people.

We are also looking for businesses that will allow a donation canister. 

Thanks for all the help - much appreciated. 

Remember to keep your spine happy by stretching before gardening!

Be aware of your body technique, body form and correct posture while gardening. Kneel, don't bend, and alternate your stance and movements as often as possible to keep the muscles and body balanced. Get a kink, give us a call!

63 Main Street, Bridgewater • (508) 697-0050
Now taking nominations for the 2019 Bridgewater Rotary Citizen of the Year award.

This will be the 20th consecutive year that three awards have been presented to citizens of the Bridgewaters who have made substantial contributions to the quality of life in their town.

The event has been sponsored for the past nine years by Bridgewater Savings Bank, helping to provide $2,500 per year for Community Service Awards (scholarships) to graduating seniors from the Bridgewaters. There will be a special ceremony this year as the club invites all past recipients to be in attendance in addition to this year's award recipients. Find a copy of the nomination form here .

Since its inception in 1970 the members of the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters have stayed true to their motto of "Service Above Self" as it has carried out club, vocational, community, international and youth services. Rotary, an organization of 1.2 men and women in 34,000 clubs in 165 countries strives to help create a healthier, peaceful and sustainable world. Meetings are Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast at Good Days Restaurant in West Bridgewater. Visitors are always welcome. For more information please contact Membership Chair Mike Kryzanek, 617.922.0453.
Here is a listing of previous years awards for Bridgewater: James “Ken” Moore, 2000, Geoffrey A. Domenico, 2001, Dr. Adrian Tinsley, 2002, Robert J. Stearns, 2003, Thomas Arrighi, 2004, Brian Tatro, 2005, Matthew Striggles, 2006, William Callahan, 2007, Katherine M. Doherty, 2008, Betty Gilson, 2009, Bob Wood, 2010, Marilee Kenney Hunt 2011, Shirley Krasinski 2012, Evelyn Delutis 2013, Patricia Oliari 2014, Carlton Hunt 2015, Sam Baumgarten 2016, Jim Quinn & Lisa Troy 2017, Peter Kelleher 2018
Please join us on Sunday, May 19th, at the Old Bridgewater Historical Society for an afternoon of creativity and fun. Robyn Iarrobino of Blue Anchor Studio in Middleboro will be on hand to teach participants how to make Seascape Windows. The program begins at 2:00 p.m. at the Memorial Building, located at 162 Howard Street, West Bridgewater.
This program is for adults and teenagers age 10 and up. All supplies and a step by step lesson will be provided and no experience is necessary
We will design our windows on an 11x14” frame and participants can choose their own materials and color scheme. Templates for mermaids, anchors, octopi, etc. will be available for those who want to create something special. Participants will be working with resin, which doesn’t come out of clothing, so those attending should dress accordingly.
This is a fundraiser for OBHS; cost of participation is $45 and signup is on the OBHS website at
”Seascape Windows” is sponsored by the Old Bridgewater Historical Society, whose mission is to promote education and research relating to the original township of Bridgewater, its inhabitants, and its history by collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting materials, artifacts, and information pertaining to “Old Bridgewater”.  For more information about the event, contact Jeannie at
First day of summer is June 21st - This is your last chance to get ready!

8 week Summer Jump start for $399  
New members only Expires 5/31/19

180 Winter St., Bridgewater 
(across from Chatta Box)
 Contact Stephanie at 508-697-2900    
Email us:  getinshapeforwomen
It's time to party!
Call us to rent all your tables chairs, canopies and party games!

Reserve yours today!

10 Bedford Park
(508) 279-0950


Ousamequin Club invites you to a fundraiser at The Ninety Nine Restaurant in Bridgewater on Monday May 20th, 2019 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.
 15% of the guest check will be awarded to the Club for distribution to their various charities. In addition two drawings featuring a Red Sox/Toronto game basket and a lottery scratch ticket basket will be held at the end of the evening. $5.00 a chance, 3 for $10.00 or 7 for $20.00. You must present a Voucher at the time of your dinner. They can be obtained at the Bridgewater Town Hall, Bridgewater Library, Bridgewater Senior Center and from any member of the Club.
What will you find at the farm today?

 We have strawberry starter plants!

Ready to go in the ground today, for yummy fruit in July! $3.99 for a 4 pack

318 Plymouth St. Halifax
(781) 294-1767
Rooted, Revived,Reinvented: Basketry in America
The exhibit will be at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton from May 18th-August 11th .
The Rooted,Revived,Reinvented is a traveling exhibition organized by the National Basketry Organization in partnership with the University of Missouri to visually chronicle the history of American basketry— from its origins in Native American, immigrant, and slave communities, to its presence within the contemporary fine art world. Divided into five sections—Cultural Origins, New Basketry, Living Traditions, Basket as Vessel, and Beyond the Basket—the baskets in this exhibition convey meaning and interpret American life through the artists’ choices of materials; the techniques and forms they select; and the colors, designs, patterns, and textures they employ. 
Join us, Saturday, May 18, 4:00 – 7:00 pm, for the Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America reception. Space is limited. Click here to register for the reception today
The West Bridgewater Open Space and Recreation Commission would like to inform the residents of of Bridgewater that their annual Riverwalk 2019 will take place on Sunday, June 2, 10 am - 2 pm.

This will entail closing River Street in West Bridgewater to all traffic.

When traveling on Aldrich Road and North Streets in Bridgewater, South Street, Forest Street, Cross Street and Bryant Street in West Bridgewater, please keep in mind that there will be detours on Sunday, June 2. Please seek an alternate route on that date.
 Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
$15 gift certificate to
Pinches & Pounds Candy Store
Rt 18, Whitman, MA

Historical Tidbit Question :
What initials were carved in the white oak tree? 
Email us your answer at: 
Please include your name, phone number with your answer.
By entering, you give us permission to announce your name in next week's
Buzz Around Bridgewater.
On May 15, 2019 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by Taylor Fruzzetti,Theresa McNulty, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Gregory Venezia
Taking care of ourselves!

Hey Moms: here is your in- flight lesson... in order to care, heal & nurture in the ways Mothers are called to do, we need to put on our own oxygen mask first.

“Lighten up on yourself. No one is perfect. Gently accept your humanness.”
~ Deborah Day

"Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it."~ Dorothy M. Neddermeyer

“Self-care is how you take your power back.”
~ Lalah Delia
Make Mother's Day about self care.. mind, body & soul. You deserve it! ~ Jacquie
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