River Walk and Safety Day

On Sunday, June 11th, West Bridgewater's River Walk 2023 and Safety Day was held on River Street! There were bounce houses, yard games, face painting, family photo taking, live music, raffles, and much more! There were also many volunteers that helped run activities. Jill Roman guided walks through Beaverton Woods, Julie Diedrichsen ran a yoga class, and Eric Diedrichsen taught people how to make maple syrup. The live music consisted of Acoustic Idiots, Ric Allendorf, Massachusetts Walking Tour, and Dennis & Dennis. There were also many food options such as lobster rolls and ice cream, Sunshine Lady Coffee Truck and the 2 Jerks Kitchen & Bar Food Truck!

The West Bridgewater Police Department also hosted a Safety Day during the event at the Police Station. Officers educated kids and families on how to stay safe and utilize the tools and services available to them.

The weather was beautiful and the event this year was a total success! Thank you to all volunteers and participants who visited and contributed to the fun, and we can't wait until next year!

Story by Meghan Lotti, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Bridgewater State University
Historical Tidbit:

War Memorial Park
War Memorial Park on River Street is five acre park that contains remnants of some of West Bridgewater's earliest industry including the progenitor of the Ames Shovel Factory. Canals, dams, and foundations still exist in the park some supposedly dating from the late 1690s. The area was re-landscaped into a community park in 1936 by Eveline D. Johnson, a local landscape architect, and the WPA. The design followed standards of landscape design established in the 1920s by Daniel Ray Hull which tries to maintain existing historic and natural fabric as part of the park. Numerous monuments, markers, buildings and other structures are included in the park dating from the 1690s to the present day, including two stone bridges from the early to mid 1700s. Most seem to date from the 1936 redesign of the property into a park.

Source: Peter Petrisko on mhc-macris.net
Town Hall

WB Public Library
Council on Aging

Proof of residency is the only requirement.
1st & 3rd Wednesday each month
1:45 - 3p & 5:30 - 6p
457 rear, South Main St., Suite #1
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Adult Paint Night

Wednesday, June 21st
5:30 - 7:30p
West Bridgewater Public Library

Sandy Churchill will be hosting another fun and creative paint night at the Public Library! Sandy will be showing participants how to paint sandy flip flops on their canvas.

For more information visit WB Public Library Website
COA Flower Arranging

Friday, June 23rd
Council On Aging

Come join Steve in making your own spring flower arrangement that you get to bring home! Please register by Tuesday, June 20th. No walk-ins.
For more information visit WB COA Newsletter
Rainbow Soap Making Workshop

Tuesday, June 27th
5:30 - 6:30p
West Bridgewater Public Library

Have you ever wondered how to make soap? Stop by the Public Library on June 27th to learn! Artist Garine Arakelian of Kulina Folk Art will be teaching kids ages 13 and up how to create rainbow soap that you will get to bring home and use! Garine will also teach participants the ins and outs of soap making. The program limit is 22 participants, so please sign up at WBPL Website ASAP!
Overdue Dog Licenses

The Town Clerk announced that a $25 late fee will be added to all dog licenses on July 1st if your dog is not already licensed through the town. If you no longer have a dog, please contact the Clerk's Office. Licenses are available at the Town Clerk's Office. Licensing may also be issued by mail. Please send a copy of an updated rabies certificate along with a check made out to the town of West Bridgewater to the Town Clerk's Office at 65 N. Main Street, West Bridgewater, MA 02379.

For more information visit Town of West Bridgewater FB or call 508-894-1167
Gazebo Concerts and
Children's Fun Nights

Tuesdays June 27th - August 22nd
Town Hall Gazebo and Friendship Park

There will be multiple outdoor concerts and children's fun nights almost every Tuesday evening this summer! The location will vary between the Town Hall Gazebo and Friendship Park. There will be food available at each event. Tuesday, June 27th at the Town Hall Gazebo from 6 - 7:30p., check out Tower Hill's music. Make sure you stop by to enjoy the music and fun! For more information visit WB Cultural Council FB
Joey Voices
Friday, June 30th, 1p
West Bridgewater Council On Aging
Joey, comedic impersonator, is back at the COA by popular demand! Come join us for a fun event full of laughs!
For more information visit WB COA Newsletter
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 factsheets 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!
The evenings are getting longer and the weather is marvelous!
Enjoy your next meal out on the patio at our
Plymouth Street location.

WBMSHS Athletic Awards Ceremony
June 5, 2023
Video courtesy of: WBCAM
WB Water Commissioners Meeting
June 6, 2023
Video courtesy of: WBCAM
WB Firefighters Memorial Ceremony
June 11, 2023
Video courtesy of: WBCAM
WB School Committee Meeting
June 6, 2023
Video courtesy of: WBCAM
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Scavenger Hunt

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society will be organizing a scavenger hunt for Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, and Brockton residents! Your family team or team of friends will have 2 months (July and August) to complete the hunt. 12 clues will lead you to various locations in East Bridgewater where you will take a group selfie to prove you found it. Only 20 teams will be accepted, so email admin@oldbridgewater.org ASAP if interested for a registration form and instructions.

For more information visit Old Bridgewater Historical Society FB
Keith Parsonage
Open House

Sunday, July 9th
12p - 3p
199 Howard Street

Stop by the Keith Parsonage for an open house on Sunday, July 9th! This house was the home of Reverend James Keith. It was built by the town in 1662 and is believed to be the oldest existing parsonage in the United States. Members of the Board of the Old Bridgewater Historical Society will be conducting tours so come and learn about a little West Bridgewater history!

Wildcat Wellness

On Monday, June 5th, Officer Pope had the chance to meet with the 2023 6th grade class. He spoke with them on wellness topics to prepare them for their transition to the Middle/Senior High School next year.

Officer Pope covered student empowerment, mental health, situational awareness, CPR/First Aid, the dangers of illegal drugs, bullying, the role of law enforcement within our community, and social pressures. All important topics to be educated on in order for students to be aware and prepared to make the best decisions in difficult positions they may find themselves in.

The WB Police Department stated, "This was an excellent and engaging group of students who are very eager to learn! We hope you all have an incredible summer break! Great job, Wildcats!" Thank you Officer Pope for your time and knowledge!

Story by Meghan Lotti, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Bridgewater State University
Information and photo gathered from WB Police Department

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Historical Tidbit Question:
What year was the area re-landscaped into a community park?

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 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, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Meghan Lotti, Fatina Mulumba, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & 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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