Congratulations to Nic & Congratulations to Caroline.
Introducing Troop 29's newest Eagle Scout,
Nic C!

Octogenarian Group Celebrates Caroline Madden. 
Caroline (Frahar) Madden, a former member of the weekly Octogenarian luncheon group at Standish Grille, celebrated her 87th birthday on April 19th. Caroline moved to Tennessee two years ago, so she was serenaded with a “Happy Birthday” by cell phone as the rest of the 8-member group enjoyed a slice of cake! The BuzzAround team sends Caroline birthday wishes!
Story & Photo Submitted by Betty Stirling
Historical Tidbit: EB's Youth Hostel

The Hostelling, International (HI) was founded in 1932. Today HI is the largest youth hostel network in the world with 61 Member Associations operating over 3,000 hostels in 59 countries.

EB's First Parish Unitarian Church opened a Youth Hostel, affiliated with the American Youth Hostel Association in 1970 when Reverend Rich brought the train car, The Rosemere, (a transcontinental Canadian Pullman car) to the church property.

The cost was $5 / night for travelers of any age. They could stay for up to 3 nights in the bunk rooms of the pullman car or on the second floor of the church, and have a shower in the church's bathroom.

A few weeks ago, I ran into Cyrus Comninos, who worked at the First Church's Hostel between October of 1980 and October of 1987. I was so enthralled with his experience, I HAD to share this with you'all.

Here is Part 1 : For the first 3 years Cyrus was the assistant manager of the hostel. At that time, he worked under the church secretary and hostel manager, Ruth Thayer. Cyrus said she was " a very nice and charming lady in her 80's." Then continued: " In my fourth year when Ruth Thayer's health was declining, I became the hostel manager. During the day, I served as a vocational counselor and later as a guidance counselor at Oliver Ames High School in Easton. Then from 5p on every weekday and on weekends, I ran the hostel, greeting the hostelers, signing them in, orienting them to the hostel and church facilities, providing for their needs, and answering their questions."

"It varied every night in terms of how many hostelers were provided accommodations." "The train car could hold 18 people, nine on each side of the car. The hostelers would use the top bunk as a bed and the bottom bunk below them as a place to hold their backpacks, panniers, (bicycle packs) and other possessions."

"The second floor of the church could accommodate 25 hostelers. In addition to young people and adults coming in large and small groups, we sometimes had families visit us. When large groups came, we would have as many as 36 to 43 visitors...we were often full."
Next week we will continue with a few stories that Cyrus shared.
~ Jacquie
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Pullman Sleeping Car on
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. 
Jen Giorgi
You won a Healthy Minds creative arts workshop
Any Tuesday 4-5:30p inside Westgate Mall (value $25)

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

Enter for this week's prize of
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!
Letter Carriers Annual Food Drive
Saturday, May 13th
Please Leave donation next to your mailbox by 8a

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will again hold their annual food drive to benefit Bridgewater food pantries! Simply leave your non-perishable food donations next to your mailbox by 8a on May 13th, and they will be collected and returned to the food pantry. Your kind contributions have helped many in need in the community, and thank you for your generosity.

For more information, visit theNational Association of Letter Carriers website.
Soulful Women's Circle - The Soul Project

Join us at 6:30p on 5/24 for Soulful Women's Circle with Bethany. Bethany will hold space and guide conversation to help you get to the core of whatever is holding you back or causing stress or resistance in your life. This is a FREE offering.

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2nd annual Evening of Champions for
Marvelous Martin Hagler Scholarships
May 13, 2023

Summer Classes at Massasoit!

Take advantage of our low tuition, transferable credits, and flexible summer schedule!

3rd Annual Celebration of Multiculturalism Essay Contest

What is your dream of a truly multicultural America? How do you hope to pursue that dream?

Community Coalition for Change is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Celebration of Multiculturalism Essay Contest. This contest invites students in grades 6-12 to share their dream of a truly multicultural America and how they hope to pursue that dream.
There will be two prizes awarded in the amount of $250, one for grades 6-8 and one for grades 9-12. All submissions must be original, unpublished work written by the submitter. Creativity is encouraged, and strict adherence to formal English writing is not required. Submissions must be 1-2 pages in Arial 11-point font or Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced. Don't forget to include your name, age, city/town, and grade in school with your submission, as well as an email address and phone number (parent/guardian contact may be listed). All submissions must be emailed to by May 25, 2023. Show off your creativity and share your dream for a truly multicultural America!
T-Shirt & Program Design Contest

The Community Coalition for Change is hosting a T-Shirt design contest to celebrate multiculturalism and diversity. All ages are welcome to submit their original design, which must work well on a yellow background by May 20. The winning design will have the event title, date, and location added to it. The designer will receive a $225 cash prize, a free event T-shirt, and have their design printed on the front of this year's T-shirts and program.

To enter, email your design as an attachment to, along with your name, address, phone number, and email contact. If you are under 18, include your age and a parent/guardian contact. The winner will be contacted before June 1st and announced on the Community Coalition for Change Facebook page.

The prize will be awarded at the 3rd Annual Celebration of Multiculturalism on June 25, 2023, from 12–3p at East Bridgewater Town Common.
Sooo much 200th Anniversary FUN!!!

Trolley Tours May 20: Join us for a delightful trolley tour of the charming town of East Bridgewater! Hop aboard our vintage-style trolley and relax as we take you on a tour of the town's picturesque streets and historical landmarks.

As we make our way through town, our knowledgeable guides will share fascinating stories and anecdotes about EB’s rich history. Learn about the town's founding and early settlers, and discover how we've grown and evolved.

Our trolley tour is the perfect way to see East Bridgewater, whether you're a first-time visitor or a long-time resident. So join us for a relaxing and informative tour of our town!

Old Bridgewater Historical Society Cemetery Tour Planned Saturday, May 20th, 1p
153 Central St
OBHS invites you to a docent-led tour of a local cemetery. Rev. Diane Badger, a board member of OBHS and an experienced amateur genealogist, will conduct the tour. The Old Cemetery was founded by the earliest settlers of the town and was in use between 1682 – 1889. It will take place in the Old Cemetery in East Bridgewater on Saturday, May 20. The tour begins at 1p. The cost is $5/ per person. No registration required.

East Bridgewater Alumni Concert -
Wednesday, May 24 at 7p
Hey EB former students and EB alumni!
We are hosting an Alumni Concert in East Bridgewater on May 24th, to celebrate the Bicentennial of EB!

LOVE to have you come sing and/or play! Mr. Ray Ponte will be conducting the alumni band, and Ms. Sheri Fernandes will be conducting the alumni chorus. With special guest band Four in a Row and there *could* be an appearance by a band called Dale and the Duds. Please consider filling out this Google Form even if you cannot attend, as there are a few questions about your favorite EB memories! Livestreamed.

Spread the word, and ask your friends to fill out the Google Form. Thanks friends!
Annual Town Election - Saturday, May 13th

On the Ballot
• (1) Moderator - 3 year term
• (1) Selectman - 3 year term
• (1) Assessor - 3 year term
• (1) Board of Health - 3 year term
• (2) Library Trustees - 3 year term
• (3) Planning Board Members - 3 year term 
• (2) School Committee - 3 year term
There is less than two weeks to get your team for the
EB Lions 45th Annual Golf Tournament.
Monday May 15
Tee off 8:30 am
Ridder Farm Golf Course 
390 Oak St EB

Make a 3 day weekend and play golf on Monday.  Please reach out to us to secure your team.  Thanks, Lion Paul
781 -956 - 6116
Swag available at Happy Frog
Sign your team up for our Bicentennial Softball Tournament
by May 17.
Tourny is June 17 at the EBHS Softball Fields
An old-fashioned candy store with a TWIST
Fulfill everyone's deepest desires at Pinches & Pounds. Choose from hundreds of products like chocolates, fudge, Jelly Bellies, just to name a few.

Stop by today!
Mon - Sat: Open til 8p • Sunday 'til 6p
Online orders!
(781) 447-2639 • 785 Bedford St, Rt 18
Grants Rental
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Try our John Deere 318G Skid Steer Loader, with 72" Bucket, 1,945 lb Capacity, Air Conditioning / Heat, Joy Stick Controls.

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(508) 279-0950
Bicentennial Committee Presents
Author Michael Tougias on King Philips War
East Bridgewater Board of Selectmen Meeting
Mold Guys Restoration
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Newest Additions!

The East Bridgewater Fire Department welcomed its newest members on April 24th, during a special swearing-in ceremony presided over by the Town Clerk, Sue Gillpatrick. The four new firefighters/EMTs and paramedics are Ryan Caccavo, Christopher Brigham, Thomas Roche, and Jacqueline Giroux; they were welcomed into the department with open arms. For more information, please visit the EB Fire Dept FB.
[OPEN NOMINATIONS] Small Business & Entrepreneur of the...

Join us Friday, May 19th from 12 - 1:30p at Thorny Lea Golf Club (159 Torrey St, Brockton) for the 32nd Annual Small Business & Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

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Climate Can-Do: Bay State Bike Month

From the Berkshires to the Cape, and everywhere around and in between, riders across Massachusetts are celebrating Bay State Bike Month this May! Today, Sunday, May 7th, is National Ride a Bike Day, and May 15th–19th is Bike to Work Week. Visit Bay State Bike Month website to find an event or register your bike - friendly event.

There are so many benefits to riding a bike, both for your health and the environment’s. Bicycles are a pollution-free mode of transport, use minimal fossil fuels, and reduce your carbon footprint! Cyclists decrease the need for the constant construction of roadways, allowing there to be more greenery than concrete. Riding a bike is also a great way to get in some exercise, giving you the serotonin boost you need to start your day! Let this be your inspiration to leave those car keys on the table, grab your bike, and enjoy a beautiful May day with the sun on your face, the wind in your hair, and your pedal to the metal.

Bay State Bike Month is supported by MassBike, a non-profit dedicated to making bicycling an integral part of human-centered communities, policies, culture, and infrastructure. Healthy, resilient communities embrace lifestyles consistent with safe and rewarding environments. To build and sustain these environments, MassBike advocates for policies that encourage and support community wellness, equity, and inclusion, enable sustainable growth, drive economic vitality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Information gathered from Bay State Bike Month and MassBike.

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Tess Fiumefreddo, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Franklin & Marshall College. We focus on actions which individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do!
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2023 Bicentennial Veterans Expo
Saturday, May 20, 10a–2p
EB Town Common

Veterans & Families, come find resources! Free event!
Contact Christopher Buckley for more information, (508) 378-1603.
Great Updates from Viking Sports on 4/27/23!

Have you checked out the recent updates on Viking Spring Sports? There are some amazing performances by our local athletes that you wouldn't want to miss!

In the world of EB Baseball, they secured an impressive 6-2 victory against Apponequet on Wednesday. Sean Kenn's ground ball from Luke Parry broke the 2-2 tie in the 6th inning, and Parry himself later scored on a squeeze bunt by Joey Foley. Ryan Hunter's two-run single added to the Vikings lead to finish the inning. Ray and David McNaught delivered a fantastic pitching performance and led the Vikings to victory. EB is back at it again on Friday, this time against Mashpee.

Over on the track, the Girls Track team defeated Cohasset 83-53, moving them to 3-1 on the season. Grace Schnell and Emma Farrell shone, winning three events each. Grace won the long and triple jumps, as well as the 4x100 relay (with Calice Morton, Rachel Rinker, and Ari Cofran). Emma won the 400, javelin, and 4x400 relay (with Payton Chelmo, Lauren Dona, and Abby Barry). Other winners included Phoebe Katilus (high jump), Sash Feron (discus), Lily Deitz (shot put), Ella McCarthy (400 hurdles), and Bella Bright (100 hurdles).

In Rockland/EB boys tennis, they beat Middleboro in a S.S. League matchup 4-1 at Rockland. Senior Captain Peter Quinn won 6-0 6-0 at 2nd singles, and 8th grader Leo Monteiro won 7-6( 7-3 t.b.) 6-3 at 3rd singles. Senior Captain Logan Maguire and 8th grader Kaden Gerstel won 6-1 6-2 at 1st doubles, while freshman Will Cifrino and sophomore Mo Asad won 6-0 6-2 at 2nd doubles.

The Boys Track team defeated Cohasset 129-7 to improve their record to 4-0 on the season. Triple winner Chris Oman led the team to victory, winning the long jump, 200, and setting a new school record in the 100 at 10.9. Brennan Shea was a double winner in the high and 400 hurdles, Michel Mondesir was a double winner in the high jump and triple jump, and Nic Uzzo won the mile and placed second in the 800. Other winners included Mike Oman - javelin, Brad Walker - shot put, Mat Sebastyn - 800, Coleman McCarthy - 2 mile, and Sean Gurney - discus.

Lastly (and certainly not least), the Girl's Tennis Team started off strong against Randolph, with Captain Lindsay Maguire storming back to win the match with a strong performance at 1st singles. EB won 3-2 with wins from Julia Maguire and the doubles team of Ella Rix and Olivia Connors.

Keep an eye out for these talented athletes as they continue to impress and dominate in their respective sports!

Story by: Jamie Puhi
Source & Photo Credit: fb/EastBridgewaterPublicSchools

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

Historical Tidbit Question:
What was the name of the church secretary that was the original hostel manager?

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 May 10, 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, Tess Fiumefreddo, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Fatina Mulumba & Greg Venezia.
There's all sorts of people who like to share their wisdom. We can be overwhelmed, surrounded with voices. The tricky thing is not in finding answers, It's in deciding which source to listen to.
You will listen to what you value.
“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” ~ Albert Einstein

Our world values money, fame and often reacts in fear, calling out differences as dangerous.
“A highly developed values system is like a compass. It serves as a guide to point you in the right direction when you are lost.” ~ Idowu Koyenikan

However, a meaningful life is attainable and only costs your time. Understand what is truly valuable.
“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” ~ Kahlil Gibran
Compassion, forgiveness, love, nature, kindness. creativity, music. Every day I strive to value these things. What do you value? ~ Jacquie
Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings, is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies. 
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