Happy 200th Birthday to East Bridgewater!

In 1823, the town of East Bridgewater established itself from the larger Bridgewater area, resulting in the great community it is today. On Saturday, June 10, 2023, citizens came together to celebrate the town’s 200th celebration at the East Bridgewater Commercial Club, which was put together by the volunteer work of many people and vendors. Despite the varied weather, the community had a blast as they engaged in events, enjoyed food and refreshments, danced to music, and even gathered around a bonfire all in honor of their town’s birthday. 

Story Credit: Angel Benjamin, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Brown University
Photo Credits: J. Rose and EBCAM Youtube Channel
Historical Tidbit:

The Romantic Era of EB
Street Lamps
"In East Bridgewater, different men and boys were placed in charge of the lighting. In Satucket there were five street lamps between the Carver Cotton Gin Company and the corner of South and Plymouth Streets, with three-foot high ladders placed at each post or nearby. The lamps were filled in the morning with just enough oil to burn until midnight and were lighted at sundown. During the ten days a month when the moon shone brightly, the lamps were not lit unless, of course, it was stormy. The lamps were taken home on Saturdays to be cleaned and spare parts , such as wicks and chimneys, along with five gallon cans of oit, would be purchased at Amos Hunting's store, the old brick store. .."

In the central part of town, a man driving a horse -pulled express wagon would ride from post to post removing the burned out lamps and replacing them with newly filled and clean ones.

On March 6, 1893, it was voted "to see if the Town will appropriate a sum of money to maintain (electric) street lights." The electric street light replaced the oil street lamps in 1906, at which time the lamplighters lost their positions.  
Story By: J. Rose

Quotes & Source: The East Bridgewater Sesquicentennial Book
Pg 50- 51
Written & Edited by David K. Wilson
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. 
Deb Meredith
You won a 45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

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

Enter for this week's prize of
a $25 gift certificate to 
gifts * tea * vintage clothing * reflexology
626 Bedford St (Rt 18) EB
Outside Pre-K
Read & Play

Wednesday, June 21, 10:30a
32 Union Street

Are you in the mood for storytime? The East Bridgewater Public Library offers storytime events for children, aged 2-5, where they can enjoy stories, fingerplay, and music with fellow peers. The chosen stories for this Wednesday are books from the Maisy Series with a surprise visit from Maisy herself!

To see the flyer, visit the East Bridgewater Public Library FB.
Sip & Paint

Friday, June 30, 7p
484 Bedford Street

Come attend a soulful workshop hosted by The Soul Project! There will be wine and sparkling cider as we learn how to paint mandala stones. Jennie from Simple Graces Wellness and Liz from Soulful Girls are leading the workshop to teach the art of meditation and encourage connection for soulful women. Reservations cost $35 per person to attend.

To buy a ticket, visit The Soul Project.
Climate Can-Do: Start Your Own Garden

With summer and the warmer weather approaching, gardening is a fun project for your family and yourself to work on together. Whether you have a green thumb or not, gardening is a great and simple hobby to take up. It also has many benefits for yourself and the Earth.

All plants go through the process of photosynthesis, which is when plants intake water and the atmosphere's carbon dioxide. In return, the plant releases fresh oxygen for us to breath and enjoy. Therefore, more plants result in more oxygen, a crucial element our bodies need!

In addition to improving our environment, gardening is proven to improve your mental health as well. Gardening has been found to lower stress and anxiety levels, as well as increase mindfulness and gratification. The Mayo Clinic Health System Website states that "It's very gratifying to plant, tend, harvest and share your own food. Routines provide structure to our day and are linked to improved mental health. Gardening routines, like watering and weeding, can create a soothing rhythm to ease stress."

The National Agricultural Library Website has numerous resources from gardening tips to fact sheets about every vegetable or flower you may be interested in planting. The website highlights that, "A well-kept vegetable garden is a source not only of profit to the gardener but of pleasure to the entire family."

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Meghan Lotti, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Bridgewater State University. We focus on actions which individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do!
East Bridgewater Select Board Meeting
Courtesy of EBCAM
Second Grade Multicultural Concert
Courtesy of EBCAM
Are your chicks yearning for a new home?
Our LARGE PREMIUM CHICKEN COOP will fit the bill!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Baby’s Morning Out

Tuesdays June 20, July 11, 18, & 25
Children's Room
32 Union St

Come meet other families, explore with early literacy, toys/games/books, music and instruments. 
Located in the children’s room, 
Join the fun! (self-directed)
Best for ages 0-1–11 months 
For more information, visit East Bridgewater Public library
Multiculturalism Festival

Sunday June 25
12 - 3p
East Bridgewater Common

Come celebrate the diversity of East Bridgewater at the 3rd Annual Celebration of Multiculturalism! There will be something for everyone in the community to enjoy. Anyone is welcome to engage with various live performances, children’s crafts and activities, lawn games, and a story walk offered by the EBJSHS Student Activities organization and the East Bridgewater Public Library. There will also be plenty of food vendors and businesses to enjoy alongside the festivities.

To learn more or reserve a spot Event Brite info.
To volunteer, sign up here.
Save Our Steeple - Union Congregational Church EB,...

Our Steeple had to be removed for repair before it fell down. We are a small congregation and it will take a village to raise the funds. We are truly grateful for your contribution. Thank you! The church steeple reaches skyward toward the heavens.

Read more
Crafts with
Kathy & Sue

Wednesday, June 21st
EB Council on Aging

Get your craft on and paint a sign that reads "Hello Summer" with Kathy & Sue! These craft classes are always a blast! To sign up, call the COA at 508-378-1610. Act fast because there is a limit of 15 participants! Payment was due Wednesday, June 14th.

For more information check out EB COA June Newsletter
be; where your feet are
Original & Unique Gifts * Tea * Vintage Clothing * Reflexology

Open: Wed -Thurs: 10a - 6p | Fri 10a - 4p
Sat: 9a - 4p | Sun: 10a - 2p
Additional Hours for Reflexology by Appointment

626 Bedford St (Rt 18) EB
Grants Rental
It's Party Time!

Giant Chess or Giant Checkers make a fun way for beginners to learn this traditional game of skill and cunning, and a totally new dimension to the game for established chess lovers.

Work smarter, not harder!

10 Bedford Park, Bridgewater
(508) 279-0950
Another Successful CoA Safety and Wellness Fair

In today’s day and age, the health and wellbeing of ourselves and loved ones remain an important priority. The East Bridgewater Council on Aging hosted their Safety and Wellness Fair for senior citizens on Thursday, June 8, where vendors and organizations provided a variety of tips and resources to boost safety for senior members in their residences and communities. Fairgoers came together to enjoy door prizes, free lunch, and demonstrations in this collective effort to prioritize senior safety.

Story: Angel Benjamin, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Brown University
TOPS Chapter #360

Friday, June 23
32 Union St

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) non-profit weight loss support and wellness education program is open to the public. Meetings are held every Friday morning. Weigh-in is at 9:30a and meetings begin at 10a.

For more information, visit East Bridgewater Public library
An old-fashioned candy store
with a TWIST

Mini Candy Bouquets perfect for Teacher Gifts!
Shop early for best selection!

Mon - Sat:
Open til 8pm • Sunday 'til 6pm
Come check us out!

Online orders!

(781) 447-2639
785 Bedford St, Rt 18, Whitman
Mold Guys Restoration
What To Know About Mushrooms Growing Inside A Home

There are mushrooms humans can eat, and mushrooms humans should stay away from…

Read more
Whitman Amateur Radio Field Day at the YMCA

Saturday, June 24th 12p
Sunday, June 25th 2p
Old Colony YMCA EB

Are you a fan of radio broadcasting? This upcoming event is perfect for you! The Old Colony YMCA welcomes radio lovers and anyone interested to gather together to celebrate the skill of radio communication. American Radio Relay League explains, "On the fourth weekend of June of each year, thousands of radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!"

For more information visit East Bridgewater Website
The 2nd Annual Soulful Girls Club Formal Ball

Friday, June 2nd, The Soulful Girls Club held their 2nd Annual Formal Ball! The ball was held at JPH Ferry Hill Center in Marshfield, MA. The evening began with the girls getting their hair, makeup, and nails done. This was followed by a night full of crafts, photos, dancing, singing, and so much fun! The event was superhero themed, so all that attended were invited to wear capes and masks. Crafts and snacks were also superhero inspired. The event was a huge success thanks to all of the volunteers that attended and the organizations that donated!

The Soulful Girls Club typically meets once a month on a Friday evening and is a safe space for girls with intellectual and developmental differences to get together to make crafts and dance at their location: 484 Bedford Street. Soulful Girls Club is just one of the many programs that is run by the Soul Project. They also host Soulful Girls workshops, which occur a few Sundays each month. These workshops are for young girls to connect with each other, make crafts, and learn techniques to empower themselves and grow as individuals. The next upcoming Soulful Girls workshop is Sunday, June 25th, where the girls will create vision boards with Brittany. For more information on this workshop visit Soulful Girls Workshops.

The Soul Project also hosts events for women, such as their Soulful Women's Circle. At this event, women dive deep into their emotions and find ways to empower themselves to move forward and thrive in life. The next upcoming Women's Circle is Wednesday, June 21st, where Bethany will create a safe space and guide women to help get to the core of what is causing them stress or resistance in their lives. For more information on this workshop visit Soulful Women Events.

Story by: Meghan Lotti, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Bridgewater State University
Sources and photos: The Soul Project Website, The Soul Project FB, and Meghan Lotti
Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
a $25 gift certificate to 

gifts * tea * vintage clothing * reflexology
626 Bedford St (Rt 18) EB

Historical Tidbit Question:
What time of the month were the lamps not lit?

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 June 21, 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, Angel Benjamin, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Meghan Lotti, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Fatina Mulumba & Greg Venezia.
Wisdom of Tolerance

Sometimes, the hardest thing we do is be tolerant. It helps me to remember that no one person or group has the keys to all the wisdom.

Human beings are complex. There is always something we can learn from one- another. If we shut ourselves down to receiving ideas from a person, we cut our selves off from their wisdom.

“Tolerance isn't about not having beliefs. It's about how your beliefs lead you to treat people who disagree with you.” ~ Timothy Keller

“I do not like what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” ~ attributed to Voltaire 

"If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships - the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these.” ~ George Washington Carver

“No boundary or barrier surrounds the heart of a person that loves their self and others.”
~ Shannon L. Alder
Tolerance does not imply acceptance. It means we proceed with our disagreement with respect. Enjoy your week, folks. ~ 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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