First Day of School for Grades 1 - 12
Have a great year WB Students and School Staff!

Historical Tidbit:
Why do we get the first Monday of September off every year? 
Labor Day began during the industrial revolution, while we transitioned to more modern and innovative manufacturing processes. New jobs in factories and railroads dramatically grew America's economy. As this new factory work life developed, workers demanded rights that we know are necessary; non-hazardous conditions, humane work hours, and fair wages. Some big businesses fought hard to combat the unionization of workers by breaking up protests with police and sometimes military force. 
Before it was a federal holiday, Labor Day was recognized by labor activists and individual states. Tens of thousands of labor union members - bricklayers, jewelers, typographers, dress and cloak makers attended a day of parade, picnic, and protest in Union Square in New York. This was the first Labor Day holiday on September 5, 1882.

New York was the first state to introduce a bill, but Oregon was the first to pass a law recognizing Labor Day, on February 21, 1887. During 1887, four more states – Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York – passed laws creating a Labor Day holiday. By the end of the decade, Connecticut, Nebraska and Pennsylvania had followed suit. 

The fight for workers rights continued. By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a federal holiday.

Despite the celebrations and protests, the rights that these workers fought for did not become law until during the Great Depression in 1938. At that time, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed laws for 8-hour work days, 5-day work weeks, and an end to child labor. The long fight for labor rights helps Americans be protected in the workplace, so happy Labor Day. A working day we rest.

Story credit: Ariel Milian, MassHire Trainee. Senior, Foxborough Regional Charter School - MHS
Town Hall

WB Public Library
Council on Aging

Proof of residency is the only requirement.
1st & 3rd Wednesday each month
1:45 - 3p & 5:30 - 6p
457 rear, South Main St., Suite #1
Jean Hatch
You won a $25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater
& Halifax

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose
cartoon girl running
Fridays, September 9th & 16th

“Build a Better You” FREE Mini Series led by Nancy Denman Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner.

Enhance wellness. Get your energy moving,
diminish pain and stress, boost your immune
system and increase joy.

Registration Required in advance 508-894-1262.

"This program is supported by a grant from the Trustees For The Home For Aged Men in the City of Brockton"
B-I-N-G-O at St. Ann’s is returning and we need volunteers!! 📣 🐾
You do not need to commit to joining the boosters or attending meetings, just a 2 hour commitment monthly (or less depending on response).
Bingo runs weekly on Thursday nights throughout the year (including summer months). The Boosters' BINGO shift runs from 6 - 8p.
Details: Volunteers work in pairs (sign up with a friend!) and are responsible for pull tab ticket sales. Bingo customers will ask you for a certain amount (they sell for 25/50 cents or $1) and you just count out their tickets and take the money/make change. Super easy!
Incentive: If you are able to commit to at least 10 shifts (not quite once a month), you will be eligible to receive a discount on your athletic fees for the 2022-2023 academic year. (Amount TBD.)
Please contact us ASAP if interested!
Jenn Gately & Stacy Raphel, Co-Presidents
Terry O’Neill-Kearton, Secretary
Lynda Hulme, Treasurer
FT or PT Local Drivers Needed
Retirees and Others - call or stop by

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater •
(508) 697-0357
Grab and Go Lunch
First Church, 29 Howard St
Every Friday
11a - 1p
No charge, everyone is invited to pick up a lunch. Please call the First Church at (508) 587-3118 by the Thursday before to let them know what you would like. All are welcome!
Meet and Greet with
Kyss the Therapy Dog
Saturday, September 10th
11a - 12p

(508) 894-1255
Register to read to Kyss the Therapy Dog.
Plastic Water Bottles
Single use disposable plastic water bottles are everywhere. Using them will be a very hard habit to break, but a really important one. Not only does individual bottled water cost more than any other water source, but the over-all health benefits are questionable & our planet suffers immensely from their use.

1) Plastic water bottles are made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a petroleum product. PET requires giant amounts of fossil fuels to produce and transport. 2) Scientists at Goethe University have found that water bottles made from PET plastic leach compounds that mimic the hormone estrogen into the bottled water. This raises questions about their safety. ( science) 3) Americans purchase about 50 billion water bottles per year, averaging about 13 bottles per month for every person in the U.S. ( 4) With such a small percentage being recycled, most of our single use plastic breaks down into tiny beads of plastic particles (nano and micro plastics) which infiltrate everything –our plants, our food, our fish, our air, our bodies.
For yourself & our planet, break the habit.
C&C Antiques
For That Perfect & Unusual Gift!
Wed 12 - 5 pm, Thurs & Fri 12 - 6 pm & Sat 11 am - 6 pm

Located in the Elmwood Post Office 
Rts 106 & 18, East Bridgewater 
KickOff Children's Program
Once / week dinnertime program for children grades 1-6 * FREE
Wednesdays 5 - 6:30p
•Starting Sept 14
• Sing songs & play games
• Activities & dinner included
Build positive relationships & do fun service projects

Union Congregational Church
An Open & Affirming Service Based Christian Congregation
105 Pleasant St (508) 378 - 2874
Be part of a
Venturing Crew

Venturing is a youth-led program all about building adventures with your friends. Choose to do activities that matter to you and develop essential skills like leadership, event-planning, organization, communication, and responsibility while having a blast!
It's co-ed for 14-20 year olds.

Contact Frank Ray with any questions.
(508) 456 - 1794

Sign up here to be a part of it!

31st Annual Park Day

Sunday, September 11
10a - 5p
War Memorial Park

Plenty of activities for the whole family!

Free Parking & Free Admission

September Book Club Reads

True Stories Book Club
Tuesday, September 13th; 5 - 6p
The Eagles of Heart Mountain by Bradford Pearson

Chapters Book Club
Tuesday, September 20th; 5p - 6p
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

WB Public Library - No registration necessary
Car Show Fundraiser Berwick Boy's Foundation
Sun, Sept 25th
10a - 3p
335 West Street

This event has been such a fun one for our organization and partners! Last year’s show was our BIGGEST YET! Over 130 vehicles entered the event. As always we hope to go BIGGER!
Along with great cars, trucks, motorcycles and music. We will have food, 50/50 raffle and a great assortment of gift baskets to win! Prizes have been donated by local favorites such as Johnny Macaroni's, Drivers Edge, Mopar's of Mass and many many more!
Over 30 trophies to win!

Registrations for spring travel soccer tryouts (U10, U12, U14, & U17) are
now open!  
Tryouts will be held on the below listed days. You are only required to attend on one date but it is strongly suggested that you attend both days for a more thorough evaluation. Times for each age group will be communicated as we get closer to the tryout dates.

Please note: registrations for age levels younger than U10 will be posted at a later date (there are no tryouts for those age groups).

   Day 1: Friday, Sept 9th, 4:45 - 7p (Howard Field)  
   Day 2: Saturday, Sept 10th, 3:45 - 6p (High School turf field)  
   Day 1: Saturday, Sept 10th, 5:45 - 8p (High School turf field)
  Day 2: Monday, Sept 12th, 4:45 - 7p (Howard Field)

*Required soccer tryout attire: soccer shirt, shorts, shin guards & cleats. Do not wear club or numbered attire.
*We will provide you with a tryout number.
*Bring your own ball.

Please feel free to contact Sam Lone with questions (
WB Water Commisioners Mtg
Recorded Aug 15
Video Courtesy of WBCAM
WB Board of Selectmen Meeting
Recorded Aug 3
Video Courtesy of WBCAM

The celebration of West Bridgewater's 200th Anniversary continued on Saturday, August 20th with lots of fun activities at the Town Hall area and softball fields.
"On behalf of the West Bridgewater Lions Club I would like to thank ALL the teams that played in the 200th Anniversary Softball Game. Each team played for a prize of $500 for their charity of choice. As an added bonus if either team hit the large "200" in the outfield during the final game, $200 would be awarded to their charity.

WB School Department played for the 2023 Scholarship Fund
WB Fire Department played for the Emergency Fund
WB Police Department played for the Food Pantry
WB Youth Athletes Association played for the Parent Teacher Organization.
GAME 1: WB Fire beat WBYAA
GAME 2: WB Police beat WB School Department
Game 3 (the playoff game) WB Police (20) beat the WB Fire (18)
The Lions Club made a $500 Donation to the Food Pantry on their behalf. Because no team hit the "200" we have decided $100 will be donated to each of the other charities in behalf of their teams!" ~Jerry Lawrence

Local organizations, vendors and restaurants were there all day. The softball games were followed by a live band.

"I would like to thank Dale Powers for working so hard for the Lion Club to bring the spectacular "Defenders Concert Corps" to the Bicentennial Fireworks Night. The 20+ members of the band were so wonderful playing to a huge crowd. They were such a great lead-in to the nights incredible fireworks. Thank you Dale and all your band members of the Defenders Concert Corps. Top Notch Performance, enjoyed by so many!" ~ Jerry Lawrence

The evening ended with an awesome fireworks display. Spectators described it as the best they have ever seen! Happy 200th WB!

Photo credits: Jerry Lawrence, Mark Bodwell, WBYAA

NEW: To view games and fireworks display please go to West Bridgewater Community Access Media YouTube Channel
Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

Historical Tidbit Question:
What laws did President Franklin D. Roosevelt sign in 1938?

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

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

On September 7, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The BuzzAround is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
That Einstein Sunday Afternoon Feeling
This Labor Day, I wish you an Einstein Sunday Afternoon. The kind of day that's full of drowsy warmth and a book on the hammock. A day where you imagine all that is possible while birds chirp overhead.

And then... we know we will be rested, ready to begin our next great adventure with open eyes and a rejuvenated soul.

"To say it was a beautiful day would not begin to explain it. It was that day when the end of summer intersects perfectly with the start of fall."
~ Ann Patchett

“When summer gathers up her robes of glory, And, like a dream, glides away.”
~ Sarah Helen Whitman

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” ~ Sam Keen
Enjoy the warm days & cool nights.
~ Jacquie
Pictured: Einstein Sunday Afternoon. Artist: Jacquelyn Rose Oil on Canvas. Brockton Public Library permanent Collection.
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