WB Resident Shares Juneteenth Thoughts

As I prepare to celebrate Juneteenth, I cannot help but reflect on the evolution of this country and where we are today. As a member of Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights (BCCR), I join others in drawing attention to the importance of individual civil rights and the ongoing efforts to ensure them. Juneteenth marks the date: June 19,1865, when all enslaved people were emancipated across the nation.
BCCR Standout for MLK Day 2023
(Eileen is to the right in a red hat)
BCCR Standout for Black History Month 2023
(Eileen stands in the center in a white hat)
Certainly, there is still much to be corrected in a country that embraced the institution of slavery for more than two centuries. The large gap in wealth between white and Black American households reflects a history of discrimination and repression.

I like to think, however, that enough Americans care to correct the wrongs of this history. This can begin small, as when a handful of individuals work together to make a Juneteenth event take place in a relatively small community like Bridgewater. As a West Bridgewater resident who attended a previous Juneteenth event and began to reflect on what Juneteenth means to the African American community, I was drawn to helping out this year.

Those who attend this event are helping to right wrongs also, by participating in Juneteenth activities, absorbing the cultural traditions, and recognizing that Juneteenth is part of American history.

Speaking of festivities, there will be speakers, entertainment, vendors, and arts and crafts for children. We are hoping that the celebration of Juneteenth in Bridgewater will be shared by many.

By the way, a pre-Juneteenth event will be hosted by the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Bridgewater on June 16th at 2 pm. At this time, we can enjoy Gospel music and begin celebrating the freedom that Juneteenth symbolizes.
~ Eileen Musto
Historical Tidbit:
Canoe Club

For many years the Nunckatesett River played an important part in the social life of West Bridgewater people. 
Holidays and weekends brought people from miles around to the Canoe Club for canoeing, dancing and cracker-barrel conversation. (pictured: Opening Day)

For a mere 25 cents, you could rent a canoe for the entire day and paddle the beautiful Nunckatesett. A six-mile trip up river to the "Nip" was the usual excursion and took most of the day. The paddle up the river was long and tiring, but the journey back was rather restful as the current would carry the canoes back down the river to the Canoe Club.

(pictured below: many canoers at Fourth of July celebration)
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Council on Aging
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WB Youth Athletic Association
Movie Night 
Fri, Jun 14 
6p
WB Youth Baseball Fields 

The West Bridgewater Youth Athletic Association is hosting an outdoor movie night on Friday, June 14! This movie night is a great way to have fun, kick off summer, and support West Bridgewater athletics. 

Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a fun evening under the stars with our community. The snack shack will be open, and we’ll have merchandise for sale.

Don’t miss out on this fun night under the stars!

Source: WBYAA FB 
West Bridgewater Public Library
 Summer Events

The West Bridgewater Public Library has released their June event calendar, with fun for everyone of all ages. From crafts, to author talks, to Pokemon Club, the library has something for everyone this June.
These are great events to kick off the summer and stay cool on the upcoming warmer days!

For more information on these events and more visit: WB Public Library
Old Bridgewater Historical Society 
Passport To History 

June 1 - September 1 

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society are hosting the Passport to History again this year! Passport to History is a great way to visit and learn about southeastern Massachusetts. Participating museums are available to be explored with the admission “passport,” which includes one free admission for up to four people and available at any participating site. 

In addition to the Old Bridgewater Historical Society, participating museums include: the Alden House Historic Site in Duxbury; Attleboro Area Industrial Museum in Attleboro; Berkley Historical Society in Berkley; The Carpenter Museum/Rehoboth Antiquarian Society in Rehoboth; Dighton Rock Museum; Fisher-Richardson House in Mansfield; Fort Taber- Fort Rodman Military Museum in New Bedford; Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton; Historical Society of Santuit & Cotuit in Cotuit; Middleborough Historical Museum; Norton Historical Society; Old Colony History Museum in Taunton; The Robbins Museum/ Massachusetts Archaeological Society Inc. in Middleborough; Fearing Tavern in Wareham; Veteran’s Memorial Museum of RI.

All of the museums participating in the program reside within the boundaries of what was known as the Old Colony, an area of southeastern Massachusetts that was once Plymouth Colony. This is a great event to learn about historic sites and explore!

For more information please visit: OCHM Site
WB River Walk

A big thank you to the WB Open Space Committee for organizing and all of the sponsors and volunteers for their contributions to the River Walk last weekend. It was a great community event on a beautiful day. It was perfect for enjoying scenic views, meeting folks, learning about WB and enjoying entertainment!
Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant


Psst.... Dad told us to tell you he loves Johnny Mac's.

Eat -In
East Bridgewater & Take -Out from Halifax

eat well * laugh often * love much
W B School Building Committee Meeting
Recorded May 28th 2024
Video Courtesy of WB Community Access TV
My Family's Immigration Story (documentary) by Jayla Borey
Ever wanted to know more about immigration? Well here is an insight of one family that faced adversity, worked hard and made a life for themselves.

Produced by Jayla Borey a senior at West Bridgewater Middle Senior High School. This film was produced as her final project in Documentary Filmmaking class.
Video Courtesy of wbtvpro
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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Strawberry Shortcake Festival
Sat, Jun 15
1-3p
WB COA

Mark your calendars! It's that delicious time of year again. Don’t miss out on this exciting event! Tickets are now on sale at the West Bridgewater Council on Aging.

For more information or to purchase your tickets, call 508-894-1262.
Be sure to secure your spot for a fantastic time!

Source: WB COA FB
WB Youth Football Camp
Jul 29 - Aug 1 
6 - 8p
WB High School 

Register Today for WB Youth Football Camp, hosted by Coach Kogler of the West Bridgewater Wildcats High School Football Team.
This Camp is designed for youth football players entering grades 5-8.

This is a moderate contact camp, players will be required to wear Helmet, Shoulder Pads, Practice Jersey, and Mouthpiece. Please contact your home programs Equipment Manager for all equipment arrangements.

Register Today: Google form
For any questions please reach out to coachkogler@yahoo.com
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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Sign up for our 8-week Summer Special for $199 including 2 semi-private introductory courses + a uniform for the first 10 inquirers!

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WB Public Library 
Bad Art Night 
Tue, Jun 18, 2024 
6 - 7p

Bad Art Night is an evening of fun for community members to be creative without the pressure of having to flex any artistic skills. This library event will be held on Tue, June 18 starting at 6 pm. 

Paint, brushes, and general supplies will be provided to create something imperfect. Participants are permitted to bring additional supplies to enrich their bad art experience. This program is open to all ages and registration is required. The theme for this Bad Art Night is "Tiny Art."

Register on the WB Library Site and contact Kati Benoit with any questions by phone at: 508-894-1255 and by email at : kbenoit@westbpl.org

Source: WB Library Site
WBMSHS Class of 2024 Lip Dub
May 13, 2024
Video Courtesy of WBTVPro
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WB Council on Aging 
Lunch and Luau 
Thurs, June 27
11:30 am
West Bridgewater Council on Aging are hosting a luncheon and luau on June 27 at 11:30 am. The event is $8 to attend, and special guest Roger Tinknell will be in attendance. This event will be a great way to support and have fun dancing hula!

To reserve your spot for the luau please call: 508-894-1262  


Old Colony Hospice
Annual Memorial Walk & Run 
Sat, June 23
10a
321 Manley St

Old Colony Hospice are hosting their 26th Annual Memorial Walk and Run on Sat, June 23! Check in for the event begins from 10 - 10:30 am and the walk/run officially starts at 11 am. There will be a lunch and party following the event. 

They are also looking for crafters and vendors for the walk and run. We believe that your unique craftwork would be a fantastic addition to walk and we would love to showcase your talent to our attendees.
For any questions regarding the walk & run or to become a vendor, please contact Anna Kelley by phone at: 781-858-9600 or by email: akelley@oldcolonyhospice.com

To register for the Walk & Run visit the OC Hospice Site 
Class of 2024 West Bridgewater Middle/Senior High School Graduation Ceremony
West Bridgewater Middle - Senior High School Graduation 

Recently, the class of 2024 at the West Bridgewater Middle - Senior High School walked across the stage and into a new chapter of their lives. The ceremony took place on Friday May 24 and was a beautiful night for the celebration. Congratulations to the West Bridgewater Middle - Senior High School Class of 2024!

Source: WBMSHS FB
Video Courtesy of WB Community Access TV
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME
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Historical Tidbit Question:
How far apart are West Bridgewater and East Bridgewater, as indicated by the marker?

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Prize Box Rules By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around. On June 12, 2024, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose, Greg Venezia, Tiana Frias and Vasilia Yordanova.
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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