EB's Rev. Rachel Tedesco talks about Juneteenth 2024

As a long-time resident of East Bridgewater, I have been involved with the Bridgewater Juneteenth Celebration since its inception in 2021. In fact, I am proud to say the idea for a local Juneteenth celebration began with me and other members of the social justice committee of the First Parish UU Church of Bridgewater. This is the church where, as a retired Unitarian Universalist minister, I’ve been a member since 2010.
The idea for a Juneteenth celebration began when my church hung a large Black Lives Matter banner in December 2020 on its outside wall facing School Street and the BSU Academic Quad in Bridgewater. We held a small ceremony where I blessed the newly hung banner. It was a cold winter day during the height of COVID, and few people attended. The church’s social justice committee wanted to rededicate the banner in the springtime, close to the Commonwealth’s newly-declared Juneteenth holiday.

In March 2021, I approached Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights (BCCR) and asked if they had plans for celebrating Juneteenth. They didn’t, but really liked the idea. This sparked the first local Juneteenth Freedom Day celebration. Co-hosted by my church and BCCR, it took place at the Bridgewater Ironworks Park on High Street. This event, with several speakers and performers, local vendors and craftspeople, was well attended and very successful. People came not only from Bridgewater, but from surrounding towns, including East Bridgewater.

Please come to this years family-friendly Juneteenth Celebration. There will be great food, lively entertainment and activities for children. Sat. 6/22/24 (6/23/24 rain date)1-6 pm, University Park at Bridgwater State University (free parking 351 Great Hill Drive) Check bccrcivilrights.org/juneteenth for ongoing updatesI Hope to see you there!
~ Rev. Rachel Tedesco
Historical Tidbit:
East Bridgewater Shoe Factory

Pictured is a loading step in a shoe factory in Elmwood (East Bridgewater). The man in the center with watch and chain is Allie Shaw. This shoe factory was located at the southwest corner of West and Bedford Streets.

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Town Hall
175 Central St
E. Bridgewater Public Library
32 Union St 508-378-1616

Council on Aging 
355 Plymouth St 508-378-1610

Food Pantries
Union Congregational Church. 105 Pleasant St
2nd Wednesday from 12:30 - 2p
& last Saturday from 9:30 - 11a

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. 

Free Community Meal
EBUMC 54 N. Central St.
Every Wednesday 5:30 - 6:30.
Donations welcome.
Diane Fernandes
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Sydney Craven Memorial Fund 
8th Annual 5k Tutu Run & Sparklefest 

Sat, June 15 
Run start 9a 
Sparklefest 9 - 12p

Meet at the East Bridgewater Commercial Club and the 5K Tutu Run runs the town of East Bridgewater. ‘SparkleFest,’ runs from 9am – 12:00pm.

SparkleFest will include a bounce house and interactive sports inflatables, arts & crafts, face painting, balloon twisting, interactive animal experiences, princess meet & greets, carnival games, bubble show, food truck, and other family friendly activities, while concurrently working to raise funds for our scholarship program and promoting local businesses.

The Sydney Craven Memorial Fund is a non-profit organization that helps provide financial support to children and families in Bridgewater, East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater, for activities that promote individuality, growth and self-discovery.

The annual scholarships given through this fund help children enhance their self-esteem and embrace their “inner-sparkle"!

For more information about this event & to register for the race; please visit the Sydney Craven Memorial Fund Site 
East Bridgewater United Methodist Church
Bag Sale 
Jun 1 - Jun 15 
54 North Central St

Wednesdays from 2-5 pm; Thursdays & Saturdays 10 - 12pm. For just $5, fill your bag with anything, from clothes to accessories. Items always being restocked, and a chance to find something new every trip. 

The bag sale supports EBUMC, and helps to fund events such as free community meal, and monthly free ladies tea nights! 
Pride Month & Immigrant Heritage Month 
Book Recommendations 

The East Bridgewater Community Coalition for Change (EBCC) offers this list of great books for Pride & Immigrant Heritage Month.

Books celebrating LGBTQ+ individuals:
- ‘The Prophets’ by Robert Jones Jr.
- ‘Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993’ by Sarah
- ‘Detransition, Baby’ by Torrey Peters
- ‘Fairest’ by Meredith Talusan
- ‘Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More’ by Janet
Books celebrating Immigrants:
- The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
- Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong
- Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
- Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
- The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You by Dina Nayeri
EB Memorial Day Service

On Monday, May 27 East Bridgewater had a Memorial Day service to honor those who served. This was the 41st Commemoration held on the town common, and conducted by the EB Patriotic Activities Committee. The EBHS band performed at the service, and there were speeches made by various people; including selectman David Sheedy, state representative Alysson Sullivan and salutes by American Legion Post 91. 

Photos taken by Merri Walsh 
Old Colony Metropolitan Planning Organization
2025 Unified Planning Work Program 
Call for Comments (by 4p on June 14)

The Old Colony MPO has released the draft of the 2025 Unified Planning Work Program. The public is invited to review the Draft FFY 2025 UPWP and provide comments. Comments due by 4:00pm (EST) on June 14, 2024. 

The Old Colony Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) conducts and implements a federally certified, continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive transportation planning process (3C) that results in plans, programs, and projects that encompass all transportation modes and that support the region’s vision and goals that are articulated in the Old Colony Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The Old Colony MPO plans for the movement of both people and goods within the region by all modes of travel, including highways, rail, public transportation, bicycles, and foot, and plans for the connections linking these modes.

Comments may be submitted as follows:
Mail or Drop off: Charles Kilmer, OCPC, 70 School Street, Brockton MA 02301
Phone: 774-539-5126
Fax: 508-559-8768
Attend the Old Colony Joint Transportation Committee (JTC) Virtual Meeting scheduled for June 6, 2024 at 12 PM
Attend the Old Colony Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Virtual Meeting scheduled for June 18, 2024 at 10 AM
Central School Music Department
Kindergarten Patriotic Concert
May 23, 2024
EB Middle School Spring Concert
May 29, 2024
Video Courtesy of EBCAM
Celebrate Father's Day
@ Salon Esprit
Treat your dad to a Father's Day themed E-Gift Card today! With a variety of services available at Salon Esprit, they are the perfect gift for any dad who wants to look his best!

225 Bedford St * Carriage Crossing
East Bridgewater
Juneteenth Celebration
Family-Friendly Juneteenth Event in Bridgewater! Entertainment, food, vendors, and speakers.
Bring your chairs & enjoy the day!

Sat, June 22 (Rain date: June 23)
University Park at BSU, 1 to 6 PM
Free Parking: For GPS, use
351 Great Hill Drive

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Plymouth County LOSS Team 
LOSS Community 5k 

Sun, June 16 
9 am
1 Nielson Avenue

The Plymouth County LOSS (local outreach to suicide survivors) Team are hosting a community 5k. Registration for the race is now open. This is a great way to support the community and those who have felt the grief of suicide loss. Registration: southshorerace.com/loss-community-5k

Our LOSS team is a group of trained volunteers who provide hope, offer support, and share resources to those recently impacted by a death by suicide.
Climate Can Do:
How Can I Help?

For those readers who would like to be actively involved in keeping our environment livable for future generations, here are a few suggestions:

350Mass.org join or create a local working group for a just, equitable and clean energy economy in Massachusetts

Creation Care United Methodist Church or other initiative in your faith community

Mothers Out Front showing up to protect our children

Extinction Rebellion/ (XR) and / or the Boston Red Rebel Brigade: international nonviolent mobilization including civil disobedience and performance art to raise awareness and demand action.

As always, check in with your community's Trails, Open Space, Outdoor or Conservation Commissions or the Taunton River Watershed Alliance to have impact locally.
  We are all in this together, we've only got one planet! Thank you for all you are doing. Keep up the good work!

Written by J. Rose
Together, we can make a difference by taking action to live sustainably. Let's empower ourselves to create a better future for our planet, one step at a time.
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be; Community Open House 

Sat, June 22
2 - 8 pm 
36 North Bedford St. 

The be; Community are hosting an open house event on June 22, from 2 - 8 pm. This will be a fun event where perspective members can learn about the be; community and join. 

Refreshments will be provided by Barack’s Grille & Tap and The Girls Brewery. Beyond the Gate psychic medium will also be in attendance offering readings and reiki. There will also be swag bags for the first 30 attendees! 

Congratulations Seniors!

Recently, the class of 2024 at East Bridgewater High School seniors participated in a “senior stroll” where they walked the halls of EBHS for one final time before graduation. Seniors also had their graduation on Friday, May 31 and celebrated their accomplishments and their bright future ahead. 

Congratulations to the East Bridgewater High School Class of 2024! 

Videos courtesy of EBCAM
EBHS Senior Stroll
June 4, 2024
EBHS Graduation Ceremony
May 31, 2024
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Historical Tidbit Question:
Where was the shoe factory located?
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The Wild Adventurer in All of Us

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” ~ Helen Keller

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where –”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
~ Lewis Carroll

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
~ Andre Gide
Adventure looks different for all of us; for some it may be trying a new restaurant, museum, or park where we've never been; for others it's traveling to experience a whole new culture.
Whatever your adventure, our souls & minds are richer for the experience, and spring is the perfect season to get out and explore!
Enjoy your wild adventure! ~ Jacquie
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