Positive affirmations for mental health awareness
Positive Songs and Affirmations for Mental Health Awareness

This past Wednesday, students at West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School participated in Social Emotional Learning advisory activities for October Mental Health Awareness.

To shed light on this important cause, students learned what mental health is and what it isn’t. They also learned about things they can have in their “toolbox” to promote wellbeing and self-care. Students can use these positive coping mechanisms to help them through tough times.

For example, affirmations are one of these mental-wellness tools. After the lesson, Wildcat Leaders took the middle schoolers outside to write positive affirmations on the sidewalk. In this uplifting activity, students encouraged themselves with statements like, “I am cool” and “I am amazing.” They also left inspiring messages for others to see, including, “Be you. Don’t change” and “No one is an empty space.”

Listening to music can be another tool. As part of their activity, high school students worked together to compile a playlist of songs to help them think positively. The songs will be played in the cafeteria on Fridays to promote positive thinking!
These lessons, taught in honor of October being Mental Health Awareness Month, are ones that students can continue to use and carry with them beyond the classroom for ongoing well-being.

It's a good idea to consider creating your own toolbox that can assist you in times of need and improve your self-care. Some suggestions for coping mechanisms that you can use are on the Mental Health America website. It's ok to ask for help!

Story Source and Photo Credits: WBMSHS FB Page
Story written by Alexa Pennington, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
Historical Tidbit:
John Cary: The Plymouth-Pilgrim

John Cary was born around December 1610 near Bristol, Somersetshire, England. He was the first Cary to come to America, joining the Plymouth colony in 1634. John is said to have been the first Latin School teacher in the Plymouth Colony. In 1639 he settled in Duxbury, where he had a farm, but was one of the first to move from Duxbury to Bridgewater. He married Elizabeth Godfrey in June 1644 and had 12 children, six boys and six girls. His house was a quarter of a mile east of the meeting house in West Bridgewater. John was one of the proprietors of Bridgewater and one of the first settlers when the town was incorporated in 1656. He was the Constable of Bridgewater (1656), the 1st Town Clerk of Bridgewater (1657-1681) and was also a Selectman (1667-1679). John Cary was among the most respectable of the first settlers and his family one of the most influential in the town. He died on October 31, 1681, in Bridgewater, Plymouth Colony.
 
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The Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters' Annual Rubber Duck Drop was held at West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School, October 7, 2023. Over a thousand rubber ducks competed to hit the target. Duck #102 claimed the victory by landing closest to the center, securing the $250 cash prize. Duck #66 took the second spot, with duck #445 in third place. The most notable entry, duck #255, was showcased as the duck furtherest away from the mark.

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1st Annual Decorate a Door Contest
Oct 3 - Oct 28
All Over Town!

Applications are now available for the 1st Annual West Bridgewater Lions Club Fall Decorate a Door Contest! All West Bridgewater community non-profits, school groups, churches, businesses and residents are invited to create a “door décor” for display at their home or business location. The door décor can be made out of any material and any design desired.

Decorated “doors” are to be prepared, photos taken/submitted and displayed for the community to view on Facebook West Bridgewater Hub starting October 3rd and no later then October 28th, 2023. Votes can be cast on Facebook West Bridgewater Hub ”with a like or comment” for your favorite.

PRIZES
  • For family : 1st place $100 gift certificate, 2nd $75 certificate, 3rd $50 certificate
  • For Businesses: display plaques and bragging right for one year: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place
Entry fee is just $10 (per door) for a residential family to enter and $20 for a Business (per door); cash or check made payable to the West Bridgewater Lions Club (mailed to 54 Matfield Street, West Bridgewater, MA 02379). To register, the entry form and more info can be found on WB Lions Club website.
Dress a Girl Around the World
Volunteer Opportunities

Wed, October 25
6-7p
80 Howard Street
WBPL

Dress a Girl Around the World is a charity on a mission to make every young girl's dream come true—a brand new dress of her own. And the West Bridgewater Public Library is hosting two exciting events where you can be a part of this inspiring cause.

On Tuesday night, the event will be for measuring and packaging dresses, and on Wednesday, October 25th, we're going to create dress kits to donate. These opportunities are open to all ages and you can come to both or just one! Head down to the West Bridgewater Public Library and volunteer for a cause that truly matters.

For event updates and more information, please visit Dress A Girl WB/ BW FB Group, and explore Dress a Girl Around the World's work here.
Halloween Safety
We'd like to share some trick-or-treating safety tips from the West Bridgewater Police Department. Have a fun, safe, and happy Halloween!
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Family Feud Live
Thurs, Oct 26
12:30p
97 West Center Street

The West Bridgewater Council On Aging is having a lunch and Family Feud showing.
Make sure to register in order to attend. tickets are $6.

For more information, see the Capen Caller Newsletter.
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Climate Can Do: Updating Massachusetts' Bottle Bill
for a Greener Future
In 1983, Massachusetts launched the Bottle Bill, encouraging recycling with a $0.05 deposit on soda and beer containers. It worked well, cutting litter and boosting aluminum, plastic, and glass recycling. But times have changed, and this old bottle bill needs a modern makeover.

Two new bills, H.3676 and H.3690/SB2104, now before the Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy, aim to refresh the Massachusetts Bottle Bill, addressing the challenges posed by today's beverage consumption habits and recycling issues.

The Proposed Expansion
Bill H.3676: An Act to Update the Bottle Bill Presented by Representative Michelle L. Ciccolo of Lexington, this bill seeks to modernize the Bottle Bill to meet current needs. 

Bill H.3690/SB2104: An Act to Expand the Bottle Bill Presented by Representative Marjorie C. Decker of Cambridge, this bill aims to broaden the Bottle Bill's coverage to include any drinkable liquid intended for human consumption. 

Why the Expansion Matters
Expanding the Bottle Bill aligns with today's beverage choices. The original law covered soft drinks, mineral water, beer, and malt beverages—products of a bygone era. Today, our options include bottled water, flavored waters, coffee-based drinks, juices, and sports drinks, which the outdated bill doesn't include. This gap has led to more litter and waste.

Updating the definition of "beverages" in the Bottle Bill removes this confusion. It's simple: water, flavored waters, iced teas, coffee-based drinks, and sports drinks should now have a $0.05 deposit. This expansion is expected to generate about $20 million in new revenue, with $5 million going to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). EEA will use these funds for various initiatives, such as municipal recycling incentives, recycling transfer stations, source reduction, and public education.

How To Support The Bottle Bill Expansion
To support the expansion of the Bottle Bill for the sake of our environment and the long-term sustainability of our state, contact your elected officials and let them know you want to see Massachusetts' Bottle Bill improved by House Bill 3676 and House Bill 3690/SB2104. The Conservation Law Foundation has made it even easier to reach out with a prewritten letter available for the public’s use here.

Your actions can help Massachusetts move towards a cleaner, more sustainable future. Join the movement and be part of positive change!

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Jamie Puhi, BuzzAround Writing Intern at Southern New Hampshire University. Focusing on actions that individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do it!
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Halloween Costume Party & Singo
Tues, October 31
11:30a
97 West Center Street
You’re in for a treat—the West Bridgewater Council On Aging is having a Halloween Luncheon! Come by for food, prizes, and music from special guest Jim the DJ Guy. There will also be a costume contest with categories like Most Original, Scariest, Funniest, and best Group Theme. So be sure to brew up your most creative costume ideas. Tickets are $5. Reserve by Thursday, October 26, We can’t wait to see you there! For more info: Capen Caller Newsletter.
Annual River Walk '24 Planning Meeting

Thurs, November 2
7p
65 N Main St

The West Bridgewater Open Space Committee & Conservation Commission is beginning to plan the 2024 River Walk. Take part in the upcoming meeting at Town Hall if you want to be a part of the team!

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West Bridgewater Athletic Boosters Comedy Night
Fri, Nov 3
Doors open at 7p Show starts at 8p
Portuguese Holy Ghost Society
352 Broad Street, Bridgewater

The West Bridgewater Athletic Boosters is having a Comedy Fundraiser! Come see the show, featuring top local comedians. There will also be raffles, a cash bar, and 50/50 drawing. Not only will you be in for a lot of laughs, but proceeds from the event are going to a great cause. Your participation will help support Wildcat athletic programs for West Bridgewater middle school and high school students. We hope to see you there!

To purchase tickets ($25), make a donation, or become a sponsor, visit the Funny 4 Funds website. Contact Jen Morash at (978) 853-9818 for more information.
 
Distilled in Boston:
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Sun, Nov 5
1p
162 Howard St
OBHS Memorial Building
 
Join author Zachary Lamothe for an eye-opening discussion about Boston's long history with distilled spirits, spanning from colonial times all the way to the Prohibition. Presented by the Old Bridgewater Historical society, this lecture is an opportunity to gain insight into the evolution of the craft spirit movement in Boston.

This event welcomes anyone and everyone to expand their knowledge about this captivating part of Boston's history and culture. There will be a $5 admission charge at the door for non OBHS members. For more information, please visit the FB event page.
Cyber Safety Empowerment at West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School

In a move to empower our community's youth and enhance their digital well-being, the West Bridgewater Police Department and the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office hosted a cybersecurity awareness session at West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School on October 4th.

"Cyber Sense" led by Assistant District Attorney Liz Marvel and digital safety expert Jen Cantwell inspired 8th and 9th grade students, equipping them with the tools and understanding needed to navigate digital landscapes safely.

The BuzzAround would like to thank the West Bridgewater Police Department and the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office for their commitment to empowering our students and enhancing their digital literacy. For more information about this event, please visit the WBPD's facebook page.

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Story Source & Photo Credit: The WBPD FB
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