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Encyclopedia > East Bridgewater, Massachusetts
East Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Location in Plymouth County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°02′00″N 70°57′35″W / 42.033333, -70.95972
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Plymouth County
Settled 1649
Incorporated 1823
Government
 - Type Open town meeting
Area
 - Town  17.5 sq mi (45.3 km²)
 - Land  17.2 sq mi (44.7 km²)
 - Water  0.3 sq mi (0.7 km²)
Elevation  84 ft (26 m)
Population (2000)
 - Town 12,974
 - Density 752.6/sq mi (290.6/km²)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 02333
Area code(s) 508 / 774
Website: http://www.eastbridgewaterma.org/

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History

The lands that would become East Bridgewater were first settled by Europeans in 1630 as an outgrowth of the Plymouth and Duxbury plantations. It was a part of Olde Bridgewater, as the "East Parish" founded in 1723, until it officially separated from Bridgewater and incorporated on June 14th, 1823. Events February 22 - Native American Quadequine introduces Popcorn to English colonists. ... 1823 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...


The town was located on the northern portion of the Taunton River system, and had an economy primarily based on agriculture, though industrial development followed. Iron works in the town provided muskets and cannon for the Colonial armies during the American Revolution. There was more residential development in the late 19th and early 20th centuries along the community's rail and trolley lines. The famous bank robber Jack Turner had a brother who owned a home in East Bridgewater during the mid 1800s. It is widely believed that Turner had left his fortune there before he was mistakenly shot by Union agents outside of Richmond, Virginia in 1864. Today, East Bridgewater is mostly known as a residential community.[1] The Taunton River, historically also called the Taunton Great River, is a river in southern Massachusetts in the United States. ... John Trumbulls Declaration of Independence, showing the five-man committee in charge of drafting the Declaration in 1776 as it presents its work to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia The American Revolution refers to the period during the last half of the 18th century in which the Thirteen... Nickname: Motto: Sic dic Itur Ad Astra (Thus do we reach the stars) Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: , Country State County Independent City Government  - Mayor L. Douglas Wilder (I) Area  - City 62. ...


Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 45.3 km² (17.5 mi²). 44.7 km² (17.2 mi²) of it is land and 0.7 km² (0.3 mi²) of it (1.49%) is water. East Bridgewater ranks 214th of 351 communities in the Commonwealth in terms of land area, and fifteenth of the twenty-seven communities of Plymouth County. The town is bordered by Whitman to the north, Hanson to the east, Halifax to the southeast, Bridgewater to the south, West Bridgewater to the west, and Brockton to the northwest. East Bridgewater's town center is approximately nine miles from downtown Kinners Mills, and the town is located twenty-seven miles north-west of Boston. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Whitman is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Plymouth County Settled 1632 Incorporated 1820 Government  - Type Open town meeting Area  - Town  15. ... Halifax is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Plymouth County Settled 1650 Incorporated 1656 Government  - Type Open town meeting Area  - Town  28. ...   West Bridgewater is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Nickname: Location in Plymouth County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Plymouth County Settled 1700 Incorporated 1821 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor James E. Harrington (D) Area  - City  21. ... “Boston” redirects here. ...


East Bridgewater is a typical community of Southeastern Massachusetts, with ponds, woods and rivers around the town. The Matfield River enters the town through Bridgewater, branching off to the Satucket River and Poor Meadow Brook. Robbins Pond, the largest body of water in the town, is located in the southeastern corner of town. The Beaver Brook Beagle Club, a large woodlands area, is located in the northwest corner of town, as is a small prison. The Matfield River is a small river in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... The Satucket River is a small river in southeastern Massachusetts. ...


Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 12,974 people, 4,344 households, and 3,392 families residing in the town. The population density was 290.6/km² (752.6/mi²). There were 4,427 housing units at an average density of 99.1/km² (256.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.91% White, 0.99% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.75% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 4,344 households out of which 39.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.7% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.9% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.35. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the town the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.7 males.


The median income for a household in the town was $60,311, and the median income for a family was $67,307. Males had a median income of $47,370 versus $30,602 for females. The per capita income for the town was $23,532. About 2.4% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over. An average house in East Bridgewater has 6.2 rooms and is 36 years old with a value of $172,200. 82% of the population owns its residence, 18% rents. 1% of housing space is vacant. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Statistically, East Bridgewater ranks 144th out of 351 communities in the Commonwealth in terms of population, and 134th in terms of population density. The population lies between the average and the median, and the density is just below average. Within Plymouth County, the town ranks fifteenth of 27 towns by population, and twelfth by population density.


Government

On the national level, East Bridgewater is a part of Massachusetts's 9th congressional district, and has been represented since 2001 by Stephen Lynch. The state's senior (Class I) member of the United States Senate, re-elected in 2006, is Ted Kennedy. The junior (Class II) Senator, up for re-election in 2008, is John Kerry. Massachusetts Congressional District 9 is a congessional district in eastern Massachusetts. ... Stephen F. Lynch (born March 31, 1955), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since he was elected to replace the late Congressman Joe Moakley, who died in office in 2001. ... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... Edward Moore Ted Kennedy (born February 22, 1932) is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. ... John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts, in his fourth term of office. ...


On the state level, East Bridgewater is represented in the Massachusetts House of Representatives as a part of the Seventh Plymouth district, which includes the towns of Abington and Whitman. The town is represented in the Massachusetts Senate as a part of two districts: the Second Plymouth and Bristol district, which includes Brockton, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Whitman and portions of Easton; and the Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth district, which includes all or parts of Avon, Braintree, Canton, Easton, Milton, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton, and West Bridgewater.[2] The town is patrolled by the Fourth (Middleborough) Barracks of Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police.[3] The Massachusetts House of Representatives is the lower house of the Massachusetts General Court, the bicameral state legislature of Massachusetts. ... The Massachusetts Senate is the upper house of the Massachusetts General Court, the bicameral state legislature of Massachusetts. ... The Massachusetts State Police (MSP) is an agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety responsible for criminal law enforcement and traffic vehicle regulation across the state. ...


East Bridgewater is governed on the local level by the open town meeting form of government, led by an executive secretary and a board of selectmen. The town operates its own police and fire departments; the police department is headquartered adjacent to the town hall, at the center of town, and the fire headquarters are just south on Route 18. The fire department has an ambulance service which brings patients to nearby Brockton Hospital. The town's post office is located west of the town center, and handles the entire town. East Bridgewater Public Library is located in a historic building along Route 18 at the center of town; it is a part of the Southeastern Area Internet Library Services (SAILS) network. The town also operates two parks near the town center, and has its own highway department. An Open Town Meeting is a form of municipal legislature, typical in the New England region of the United States. ... The Board of Selectmen is commonly the executive arm of town government in New England. ...


Education

East Bridgewater has its own school system for the town's approximately 2,500 students. The Central School (which, as its name suggests, is just west of the town hall at the town center) serves students from pre-kindergarten through third grade. The Gordon W. Mitchell Midle School, located to the east of the town center, serves fourth through eighth grade students. East Bridgewater High School is located just east of the town hall, and serves ninth through twelfth grade students. EB's athletics teams are known as the Vikings, using the Minnesota Vikings logo, and their school colors are blue and gold. East Bridgewater has established a new Thanksgiving Day football rivalry with the newly created Pembroke High. The high school also was known in recent years for its small but successful music program, having won several New England Scholastic Band Association (NESBA) championships in Division I (Small Schools). East Bridgewater High School is a secondary school located at 11 Plymouth Street in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts; its principal is Anthony J. Sarno. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969... Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated in much of North America, generally observed as an expression of gratitude, usually to God. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ...


In addition to public schools, high school students may attend Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School in South Easton free of charge. There are also private schools in the neighboring communities to the north and south, and the town is the site of the Metro South Academy School, a special needs middle and high school. The town is located near both Massasoit Community College in Brockton and Bridgewater State College. Massasoit Community College is a two-year community college in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Bridgewater State College is a public liberal arts college located in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. ...


Transportation

Route 18 is the major north-south route through town, passing through the town center. Route 106 also passes from east to west through the southern part of town, and Route 104 clips the southern corner of the town before ending at Route 106 near the Halifax line. Route 27 also clips the northeastern corner of town, and Route 14 passes through this part of town as well. There is no freeway in the town; Route 24 passes through the neighboring towns to the west. Massachusetts Route 18, is a south-north state highway in Massachusetts. ... Route 106 is a west-east state highway in Massachusetts. ... Route 104 is a (short) east-west state highway in Massachusetts. ... Route 27 is a north-south Massachusetts state route that runs from Kingston to Chelmsford. ... Massachusetts Route 14 // Routing Eastern Terminus: Duxbury, Massachusetts Western Terminus: Brockton, Massachusetts Communities along the route Duxbury Brockton History In 1933, the western terminus of MA Route 14 was at MA Route 3. ... Massachusetts State Highway 24 (Route 24) is a freeway (though not up to Interstate Highway standards north of I-495) in Southeastern Massachusetts, linking Fall River with the Boston metropolitan area. ...


A short stretch of the Middleborough-Lakeville line of the MBTA's commuter rail passes through the western section of town. There are stops in neighboring Bridgewater and Brockton, as well as stops along the Kingston-Route 3 line in Hanson and Halifax. There is no airport in town; the nearest national air service is Logan International Airport in Boston...sadly. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a body politic and corporate, and a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts [2] formed in 1964 to finance and operate most bus, subway, commuter rail and ferry systems in the greater Boston, Massachusetts area. ... For the Logan airport in Billings, Montana, see Billings Logan International Airport. ...


Notable residents

Manuel (Manny) Delcarmen (born February 16, 1982 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States) is a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who plays for the Boston Red Sox. ... Thomas Everett Scott (born September 7, 1970 in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts) is an American actor. ... Victoria Torie Snelgrove (Family Photo) Victoria Snelgrove (October 29, 1982 - October 21, 2004) was an American who, while celebrating the Boston Red Sox victory over the New York Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series, was killed by police near Fenway Park when a FN 303 blunt trauma / pepper... The Boston Red Sox are a Major League Baseball team located in Boston, Massachusetts. ...

References

  1. ^ A History of East Bridgewater
  2. ^ Index of Legislative Representation by City and Town, from Mass.gov
  3. ^ Station D-4, SP Middleborough

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