Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Town Council Public Hearing - 12/17/2019

Town Council Public Hearing:

At their meeting to be held in the Academy Building, 66 Central Square on 12/17/2019, the Town Council will hold a public hearing at 7:40 p.m. on Order O-FY20-037: Order of Taking - Property on Elm Street.  This is for the portion of property located at 1233 Pleasant Street, Route 104, Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, which is more particularly described in a Deed recorded at the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds Book 3172, Page 364. 

The taking is for the purpose of laying out and widening the intersection of Elm Street and Pleasant Street. Copies of the full Order are available for inspection by the public on the following pages and on file with the Town Council Clerk.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Off the Common Coffeehouse Concert this Saturady

The Off the Common Coffeehouse concert on Saturday December 7th will see Genna & Jesse and Andy & Judy sharing the stage for an amazing evening of Music starting at 7:30pm. The $15 tickets will be available only at the door when they open at 7:00pm. The Coffeehouse is at the U. U. Church at 50 School Street in Bridgewater MA

Genna & Jesse
Genna & Jesse are defined by a unique alchemy born of the quirky chemistry, intricate vocal harmonies and ardent storytelling which infuse their songwriting and vibrant performances. With whispers (and sometimes roars) of folk, blue-eyed soul, jazz, blues, torch song, and popular music from the ‘60s and ‘70s, their self-chosen genre “retro soul pop” doesn’t fully encompass what they conjure up in their joyful live shows and sensual, deliberate albums. These two shrug off music industry conventions in favor of doing what feels good, and this genre-defying dedication to being current and free has an exciting and irresistible effect. Drawing inspiration from their romantic nomadic lifestyle, Genna & Jesse might best be described as modern troubadours, generously offering listeners glimpses of their always-moving world with something fresh, true and genuinely independent. Genna & Jesse are currently touring internationally to promote their newest release, "Say OK.” Their ongoing tour, which includes club venues, house concerts, restaurants, cafes, and festivals, is being done with as small a carbon footprint as possible.

Andy & Judy
Andy & Judy are a Boston area folk duo who perform regularly at libraries, coffeehouses and concert venues throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Great Lakes regions. Their original, lyric driven songs feature close harmonies blending Judy's evocative alto and Andy's rich baritone. Beginning instrumentally with a classic folk guitar base, Andy & Judy have deepened their sound through the addition of mandolin, banjo, piano, harmonica, ukulele, and percussion. Even though their songwriting style has its roots firmly planted in traditional and folk music, the influences of country, gospel, blues, and bluegrass can be heard in their songs. This duo has released 5 CDs of original music. - Riverbend (2012), Dragonfly (2014), Follow Your Dream (2015), This Old Town (2017), and Reflections (2018).

Monday, December 2, 2019

Forum on 2020 Election Issues

Bridgewater Citizens for Civility and Respect (BCCR), formed four years ago to promote civil discourse and respectful behavior among all citizens, is sponsoring its second, yearly series of forums on relevant topics of widespread interest. The forums, entitled “Being Neighborly: Building Common Ground,” focus on respectful sharing of differing/diverging views on the topic at hand. 

On Monday, December 9th , for the second forum of the new season, the topic is:

ELECTIONS 2020: LET’S TALK
The discussion will be moderated by Prof. Michael Kryzanek, Prof. Emeritus, Bridgewater State University. There will no guest panelists, just an audience of townsfolk debating the issues.

We’ll talk about taxes, Medicare, foreign wars, climate change, abortion, and more.

The forum begins at 6:30 PM at the Bridgewater Public Library.

All are welcome.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Pancake Breakfast with Santa


(Click for a larger version)

Friday, November 29, 2019

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Santander Extends Gift to Bridgewater State University for Bridge Partnership, Study Abroad




Santander Bank, N.A. (“Santander”) and Bridgewater State University (“BSU”) have announced an agreement where Santander Universities will continue its support of the university’s Bridge Partnership program and continue to fund the Santander Study Abroad Scholarship program. Through a $125,000 grant to BSU, the Bridge Partnership and Santander Student Abroad Scholarship programs will benefit more than 150 students annually.

“Santander recognizes the immense value of our partnership with Bridgewater State University through the Bridge Partnership Program,” said Seth Goodall, Executive Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Santander Bank, N.A. “We’re also grateful to work together to provide opportunities for students in Southern Massachusetts the chance to experience college immersion or the chance to take broaden their world view through study abroad programs.”

For the fourth consecutive summer, Santander will support the Bridgewater State University Foundation to broaden the base of educational outreach services provided by the university for the Bridge Partnership, a residential summer program for middle school students in the gateway cities of Brockton and New Bedford. Santander’s support has expanded the number of students participating in the program over the years.

The Bridge Partnership offers two two-week sessions in July that have brought more than a thousand middle school students to the BSU campus over the past six summers to experience college life. Students live in a university residence hall, take courses with BSU faculty and education majors as well as their own teachers; and tour educational, cultural and historic sites across Massachusetts.

Bridgewater State University students seeking to study abroad experiences are selected as Santander Scholars on a semi-annual basis with eligibility being weighed by the degree of their documented financial need. Depending on other available aid sources, each Santander Scholar will be awarded up to $2,500.

The BSU Study Abroad program offers more than a thousand courses in 50+ countries all over the world in countries as far away as China or as close as Canada. Students who study abroad can spend a week, a semester or a year abroad and still graduate on time.

“Our ongoing partnership with Santander has enabled Bridgewater State University to expand our outreach efforts to enable more students to experience life-changing educational opportunities,” said President Frederick W. Clark Jr., Esq. “Whether it’s a middle school student who never thought college education was attainable, or a BSU student who always wanted to travel and study abroad, our relationship with Santander makes those dreams possible.”

Through its Santander Universities Program which was founded in 1996, Santander advances its commitment to the communities it serves by supporting higher education. Santander has more than 1,100 agreements with universities and research centers worldwide, including 35 in the United States, funding efforts such as teaching and research, international cooperation, knowledge and technology transfer, entrepreneurial initiatives, student exchange and innovation.

In 2019, Santander Universities funded more than 800 scholarships and supported over 30 initiatives in the United States. For more information about Santander’s, global commitment to education, visit www.santander.com/universities.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Upcoming programs at Bridgewater Public Library in the Children’s Room

Now thru Wednesday, December 11: Mail your letter to Santa at the library! (Bring the letter to the library by December 11 for a reply!)

Friday, November 22 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Fun with STEM with Ms. Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult. Sponsored by Triumph, Inc. Registration is required for this 7 week program. To register, call Nancy at Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 4.

Monday, November 25 @ 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Lego Mania: Ages 5+ are welcome to join us for this drop in program. We provide the Legos, you bring the imagination. Legos creations displayed in the children’s room after the program, as space permits. No registration.

Tuesday, November 26: Registration opens for decorate an edible Christmas tree. This program will be held on Tuesday, December 10 @ 10:30 a.m. and is open to ages 3-5 with an adult helper.

Wednesday, November 27: Registration for “Mom & Me Gingerbread House Decorating” opens. Program will be Monday, December 9 @ 4:00 p.m., ages 5-9 with adult. Limited spaces.

Thursday, November 28: Closed for Thanksgiving.

ALL MONTH in December: Food Drive to benefit the Bridgewater Food Pantry. The Bridgewater Public Library is collecting nonperishable food for the Bridgewater Food Pantry, located at 71 Central Square, in Bridgewater, during the month of December. Collection boxes can be found near the circulation desk on the first floor and in the children’s room. Help us help a neighbor this winter. Thank you for your support!

ALL MONTH in December: Fill a bag with books from our Used Book Store for $5.00– during the month of December!

Thursday, December 5 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Join us for a Make and Take Craft! Stop in between 10:30-11:30 a.m. to create a “Snowflake Ornament” with sequins. Ages 3+ with adult helper, uses small pieces. No registration, while supplies last.

Friday, December 6 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Fun with STEM with Ms. Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult. Sponsored by Triumph, Inc. Registration is required for this 7 week program. To register, call Nancy at Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 5.

Monday, December 9 @ 4:00 p.m.: “Mom & Me Gingerbread House Decorating”. Registration required. Ages 5-9 with adult. Limited spaces.

Tuesday, December 10 @ 10:30 a.m.: Decorate an edible Christmas tree. Registration is required for this program and is open to ages 3-5 with an adult helper.

Wednesday, December 11 @ 4:00-5:00 p.m.: Join us for a Make and Take Craft as we create Magic Reindeer Feed! Drop in to create this magical food that helps the reindeer find the way on Christmas Eve. All ages welcome with adult helper, while supplies last.

Thursday, December12 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Join us for a Make and Take Craft as we create Magic Reindeer Feed! Drop in to create this magical food that helps the reindeer find the way on Christmas Eve. All ages welcome with adult helper, while supplies last.

Friday, December 13 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Fun with STEM with Ms. Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult. Sponsored by Triumph, Inc. Registration is required for this 7 week program. To register, call Nancy at Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 6.

Monday, December 16 @ 10:30 a.m.: Christmas Movie: Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas. (58 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Tuesday, December 17 @ 10:30 a.m.: Christmas Movie: Barbie: A Christmas Carol. (76 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Wednesday, December 18 @ 10:00 a.m.: Christmas Story Time and Craft with Mrs. Davis. Geared towards ages 2+. No registration. 10:00 a.m.

Friday, December 20 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Fun with STEM with Ms. Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult. Sponsored by Triumph, Inc. Registration is required for this 7 week program. To register, call Nancy at Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 7.

Saturday, December 28 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Read to a Dog! Come meet Duncan, a registered therapy dog! Read him a story or just visit with him! All ages welcome, no registration.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

BR-SEPAC Meeting





The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a presentation for the 2019-2020 school year on Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:30 pm titled, Making Sense of the Affordable Care Act and Mass Health/Commonhealth. Laura Conrad and Lauren Almedia will present on pathways to eligibility to Mass Health/Commonhealth, Accessing Benefits and Services, and Explaining Associated Costs. Cathy Hickey will explain eligibility for the Department of Developmental Services, DDS, as well as the Brockton Area ARC.

The meeting will be held at The Bridge Center located at 470 Pine St., Bridgewater, MA. The BR-SEPAC will hold a meeting at 6:15 pm and then the presentation will follow at 6:30 pm.

Please register online in advance for free childcare at: http:// www.thebridgectr.org

Around the Common Recommends Morning Brew



Around the Common is already your favorite place for all the news and events here in Bridgewater.

Sign up for the Morning Brew email newsletter for a daily email with all the important things happening nationally and globally. We love this email and highly recommend!

Click here to signup today!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019