BR Hockey Fights Cancer Fundraising Event

On January 28th, 2023 Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School held its first annual Hockey Fights Cancer event versus Falmouth. The event was a huge success and the BR Hockey team raised $6,000 for the American Cancer Society! The rink was full of students and community members!

A special thank you to the BR band, Red Nation, and Troy the Trojan for attending. Huge thank you to Richard Smith for the photos and to Mrs. Mussari and Mrs. Nasiff for helping with this event! Great job to the BR Hockey team for raising so much money for an incredible cause!
Reposted from: FB BRRSD
Historical Tidbit:
The Great Blizzard
of '78
Monday- Wednesday
 February 6- 8, 1978

February 6th, 1978, was a time of primitive satellite 
technology, and meteorologists did not have the tools they have today. Often their educated guess was pretty far off. On February 6, New Englanders were still sore about the January 21st forecaster prediction of only rain, which blanketed 21 inches of snow in Massachusetts and downed a record number of power lines in Rhode Island.

So when forecasters began predicting another big storm, people went to work and school and about their lives. The Blizzard of '78 originally formed as a weak, extra-tropical cyclone off the coast of South Carolina.  But soon it ran into an arctic cold front moving across the Appalachians.  When it combined with unusually strong high pressure over central Canada and very cold air, the mix created the blizzard. It stayed for 36 hours. 

A few snowflakes started at 10am, by 1pm there was a white-out. In some places 2 inches per hour stacked up. This caught many unaware and unprepared. The statistics were staggering: 27.1 inches of snow in Boston (40 inches in parts of Rhode Island), 99 deaths, 4,500 injuries, 350 federal troops, $520 million dollars in damages, and 3,000 cars and 500 trucks abandoned on just an 8-mile stretch of 128.  
Rt 128 was at a standstill. Before cell phones, people chose to either go out in 70-mile/hour winds, or stay in their car. Some who stayed in their car did not realize their tailpipes were covered & died of asphyxiation. 

People were also stranded in the strangest places waiting it out; movie theaters, churches, the Boston Garden. The clean-up took the help of the National Guard, a declaration of a State of Emergency, and many exhaustive hours. Schools were closed for at least a week, sometimes more. Coastal towns were hit the hardest, losing people and whole structures to the raging sea.

 As Mike Barnicle wrote in the Boston Globe: "Storms build a sense of community and sharing related directly to the number of inches on the ground. Two inches and people still snarl at each other, two feet and all men are brothers."
Written by J. Rose
Don Kent image: WBZ
Stranded cars image Boston Globe Archives
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
508-697-0921
Services available through phone, email & website only
 
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street
508-697-3331
 
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
508-697-0929
 
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
 508-697-6016
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 - 7:30p
Congratulations!
Diane Ribeiro
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
45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose
Knit-In For Scholarship
Sat. February 18 10a - 3p
Bridgewater Public Library

Bring your #7 Needles or J/K Crochet Hook and washable worsted weight (#4) yarn to the Bridgewater Public Library for a Knit-In sponsored by the Taunton Area AAUW. A donation of $10 is required to attend. Email cmajemian@aol.com with any questions.

Info submitted by: Mary O'Connell
Town Council Meeting - Feb 7, 2023
Video provided by the Town of Bridgewater
Bridgewater Fire Department Shares Scald Prevention Safety Tips During National Burn Awareness Week

Chief Michael P. MacDermott and the Bridgewater Fire Department would like to provide safety tips to residents as a part of National Burn Awareness Week.

Burn Awareness Week, organized by the American Burn Association (ABA), began this year on Sunday, Feb. 5 and ends on Saturday, Feb. 11. This annual campaign serves as an opportunity for fire officials to share common burn prevention messages with their communities.

This year’s Burn Awareness Week theme is “Hot Liquids Burn Like Fire!” in an effort to remind people of simple but important steps to take to prevent scald injuries.

According to the ABA, approximately every minute in the United States someone suffers a burn injury that needs treatment. Hot liquids are the leading cause of scald injuries and scald burns make up 35% of all burn injuries treated at U.S. burn centers. An estimated 9-30% of cooking-related burn injuries occur to young children while pulling hot food/liquids from microwave ovens.

For more information on fire safety and scald prevention, visit: www.bridgewaterfire.org.
Bridgewater Youth NFL Flag Football Spring Registration Now Open

The Spring registration for the Bridgewater Youth NFL Flag Football and YAWDA division is now open to the public. The Spring season runs from April 8th thru June 10th. Cost is $215 per player, and $185 per player for the YAWDA division. For additional information, visit the Bridgewater Youth NFL Flag Football FB page.
Diversity Committee Volunteers Needed

The mission of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee is to ensure that all town initiatives, policies, and procedures demonstrate a commitment to centering principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging while serving as a driver of social change in the Town of Bridgewater. The vision is to foster an environment where all the people who live, work and study in the Town of Bridgewater, experience a strong sense of belonging, feel empowered to enact change, and have equitable opportunities to thrive.

Climate Can-Do:
Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles are a more sustainable way for people to get to where they are going. These vehicles offer less maintenance and repairs, less expensive when it comes to fueling, and most importantly cause less pollution.
In Massachusetts the Zero Emissions Vehicle commission, or ZEV, was established in 2015 and is working to help support the zero emission vehicle adoption in Massachusetts. Their overall goal is to promote zero emission vehicles, also known as ZEV’s. These vehicles include fuel cell, plug in, or battery electric cars, buses, and vans.
When it comes to making more charging stations for electric vehicles, companies like Chargepoint are offering funding in order to install more of them. This would help make it more accessible for those who want this sustainable transportation. It would make it easier to charge their cars with more available charging stations in Massachusetts.
If you want to find out more about ZEV commission or would like to see more about the funding going into electric vehicle charging stations, read the links provided.

Resources:

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by intern Maeve Stowe of Bridgewater State University. We focus on actions which will help mitigate the environmental changes of our climate emergency. Our goal is to keep our climate's temperature from rising 1.5˚ C to lessen the impact on our environment. We can do!
Bridgewater Citizens Advocate for Lake Nippenicket

Last week, after efforts from the citizens of the Town of Bridgewater, the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office (MEPA) rejected a proposed development on the shores of Lake Nippenicket. A group of southeastern Massachusetts real estate developers chose the area for a massive new development of undisclosed nature.

Because the proposed development was within the Hockomock Swamp, the largest freshwater wetland in Massachusetts and a state-designated Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), the project could not be approved. The direct alteration of over 25 acres, as well as development of any kind within an ACEC is prohibited.

For more information, visit: www.plymouthcountyobserver.com.

Photo credit: Joseph Silva
Story by: Sam Isom

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater •
(508) 697-0357
Save your floors from the ravages of winter! 
Durable black 4 ft x 6 ft x 3/4-inch rubber mat. Grooved underside, slight honeycomb pattern on top. Good for covering any concrete floor. We use this rubber mat to cover concrete floors in several areas and even in one heavy traffic office area. Popular as a rubber mat to put under gym machines.
Joint Meeting with Town Council, School Committee and Finance Committee -
Feb 7, 2023
Video provided by the Town of Bridgewater
Learn to Play Pokémon 
Tues. February 21,
1p
Bridgewater Public Library 

Players will learn about what is needed to make a deck, how the game is played and will be able to battle other trainers in some real-life matches! Recommended for ages 10+. Register online at www.bridgewaterpubliclibrary.org/events.
Find YOUR Bliss with
BLISS THROUGH YOGA!
New Classes Forming.
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Svaroopa yoga excels at releasing the deep tension in your body. While the benefits of this style of yoga are profound, it is very easy to do. We use the alignment of the body, rather than a lot of effort, along with blankets for propping to make the poses accessible, supportive and effective.

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(508) 331-3564

Don't let shorter and colder days get you down! Level up and get stronger this Winter at PTU!

In Massachusetts, you don't need to see your doc first, just give us a call!

Physical Therapy U

(508) 697-2000

75 Scotland Blvd, Unit A,
Bridgewater


Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper
February 21
5 - 6p
Central Square Congregational

All are welcome to the Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper at Central Square Church in Bridgewater (on the common) on February 21, 5 - 6p. Visit www.csccucc.org or call 508-697-6016 for info.
Submitted by: Diane Sheibley
Planning Board Meeting - Feb 1, 2023
Video provided by the Town of Bridgewater
A Thought-Provoking Structure
What is it?
Not far from the west end of the Park and Ride facility in Bridgewater is a mysterious chamber. It is only about 30 yards in but it is on private property. From my experience, it is not a chamber associated with temporary winter burials as there is no churchyard or cemetery nearby. Root cellars always had ventilation (there is none), and were often located under the house or barn for security of the contents and there is none. An east facing opening is meant for a warm sunrise.
I once connected it with the structure up Elm St. in West Bridgewater, near the town dump, excuse me the transfer station, and I was told it was not connected as that chamber is listed in old deeds as a burial chamber. It may have a domed roof as opposed to a slab roof, similar to Celtic structures. I contend that it may have been used as one (a burial chamber) but it was there before being used as one.
So, in my opinion, the Bridgewater structure is thought-provoking and was not built to store potatoes or bodies and should be documented.

Story & photo credit: David Moore, Bridgewater Historian
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a:
45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

Historical Tidbit Question:
How long did the Blizzard stay over Boston?

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 February 15, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Sean Fitzgerald, Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Sam Isom, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Unite.
“Someday, I hope that we will all be patriots of our planet and not just of our respective nations.”
Zoe Weil

"We need to eliminate the concept of division by class, skills, race, income, religion, and nationality. Every human requires food and water to survive and every human has a heart that bleeds, loves, and grieves.” ~ Suzy Kassem

“Take a look at the plants. They come together and thrive peacefully in the garden or park. They lean on each other without trying to outdo one another. They serve as a sign that we can see beyond our differences and embrace each other in love while allowing our uniqueness to add color to our world. If plants can live in harmony and show their beauty to the world, we as humans can do much more.”
Kemi Sogunle
"We will find another way,
to liberate children of this world.
I can hear their voices cry,
all of our children bound in chains
Everyone, we must unite
Politically and economically ..."
~ Playing for Change

I pray for the day we realize we are all humans, and we need each other. Have a lovely week. ~ Jacquie
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