Monday, June 26, 2017

BSU Observatory Open For The Summer

The observatory at Bridgewater State University has scheduled a series of free public viewing nights for people of all ages during the summer.
The facility will be open Wednesdays from 9 to 10:30 p.m. on June 28, July 12 and July 26. The time shifts to 8:30 to 10 p.m. on August 9 and Aug. 16. Staff will show viewers constellations, planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and star clusters and are always responsive to questions about astronomy.
For more information, contact Jamie Kern at 508.531.2093 or email For weather cancellations, call the hotline at 508.531.DARK or check the observatory’s Facebook page or Twitter @BSUObservatory.

Saturday, June 24, 2017


WHEN: July 24-28, 9a.m.—12p.m. 
WHO: Preschool-entering Grade 6 
WHERE: St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Center, 103 Center Street, Bridgewater 
COST: $40.00 per camper. Checks should be made out to St. Thomas Aquinas. 

Forms available at church and online at

Bridgewater State Aquatics Summer Youth Swimming Lessons

The BSU Aquatics Department will be hosting our annual Swim America Youth Swimming Lesson Program and registrations are now taking place for all summer sessions.
Session 1 (July 10 -- July 21, 2017)
Session 2 (July 24 -- August 4, 2017)
Session 3 (August 7 -- August 18, 2017)
Please follow this link for registration information: 
Or please feel free to contact the BSU Aquatics Department at 508-531-2327 or email our program director (Michael Caruso) at:

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Well: We're Hiring

Dear Friend of The Well,
Here at The Well, the start of summer has brought joy and excitement as the view out of our big picture window in our waiting room displays the beauty of summer foliage and blue skies.  Our waiting room continues to be bustling throughout the summer months with kids, teens, adults and families who visit us for support and care.  
We have entered a season of transition as we have begun a search for a new Executive Director of The Well.  We are excited by the possibilities of finding a new Director that will continue to lead The Well toward growth and expansion of services to allow us to serve the many clients who walk through our doors in need of help.  The Director is charged with the role of overseeing day to day operations at The Well as well as working with the Board of Directors to oversee the strategies for growth and development.
We are looking to our friends of The Well to help us find the right person for this important role. Would you consider helping us in this search?  Go to to view the job description.  All interested and qualified candidates can send their resume and cover letter to my email
We appreciate your prayers and support during this time of transition as we expect this season to bring The Well more opportunities to serve those in need.
Katherine Forbes-Smith, FNP-BC
Founder and President of The Well: A Center for Hope and Healing

Friday, June 16, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Music Alley Kicks Off Second Season

As the combined harmony of a fiddle and acoustic guitar drift out across Bridgewater’s Town Common, a passerby pauses to listen at the black arch alongside the historic Town Hall. Inside, a woman bounces her knee in time to the music, while others pull out their smartphones and hit Record. Nearby, children are dancing and skipping around the paved stones, in front of a makeshift pizza stand where Bruno’s Pizzeria is selling discounted slices.

It’s hard to believe Music Alley, so full of life and vitality, was once abandoned, overgrown, and littered with trash. Last year, a small group of visionaries spent over a month constructing and transforming the bleak landscape into a public space for the community to come together and appreciate music. The inaugural season was so successful that performers began requesting to book time for the following year.

I think it’s pretty wonderful to have a nice solid structure now that we’re into year two , says Christopher Frye, the President of Music Alley’s Board of Directors. I think that’s even better because we get to continue to do what we’re all passionate about for the community.”

Matt York opened and Sparrow Blue opened Music Alley’s second season on Thursday, June eighth. “We’ve never been here before, said Katy Boc of Sparrow Blue, but really love the idea of the community coming together in a space to show music.”

Now incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Friends of Music Alley exists to provide support and coordination of performers and others while using Music Alley. It works in partnership with the Town of Bridgewater which owns and maintains its infrastructure, and holds the entertainment license. Like many on the Board, Frye is a musician himself. “I just love music so much that any chance to bring it out of the woodwork to people I will just endorse that and do everything I can for it.”

Ann Cavanaugh and Billy Mulligan take the stage on Thursday, June 15. For more information visit

Schedule of Performers
June 15 Ann Cavanaugh (Celtic, Folk, Pop, Rock, Country, Indie, traditional) & Billy Mulligan (Singer/Songwriter) playing as a duo

June 22 Bag of Blues (Blues) & Gordon’s Law (Acoustic, Country, Folk Rock)

June 29 Unholy Mackerels (Pop, Classic Rock, Bluegrass, Contemporary Hits, & more)

July 6 Kristen Long (Singer & Piano infusing Soul, Jazz, Folk & Broadway)

July 13 Step Back Band (50s/60s/70s Rock Hits) & Henry The Juggler

July 20 Butch McCarthy & The Gentlemen of Leisure

July 27 First Act: Four in A Row (50's/60's era rock & roll band, wide range of covers & originals) Second Act: In Spirit (Classic rock)

August 3 The Just Two Trio (Banjo/Bass/Guitar) & In Spirit
August 10 Professor Harp (Blues/Soul/Rock & Roll)

August 17 First Act: The Basement Savers (Classic rock) Second Act: Radio Silence (Classic rock)

August 24 Male Bonding Band (Acoustic/Sax etc, wide range of music)

August 31 Andy & Judy (Folk) & Roxanne Pepe (Singer/Songwriter/Acoustic)

September 7 Whiskey in the Jar (Americana, folk, bluegrass, Celtic and rock covers and originals)

Bridgewater Raynham Special Olympics Volleyball

The Bridgewater Raynham Grizzlies Unified Special Olympics Volleyball Team won a silver medal at the Summer Games at Harvard University. 

The team practiced for two months developing and refining their skills. The progress that they made in such a short time was incredible. The BR Grizzlies demonstrated leadership, sportsmanship, and selfless play!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Civilianized: A Young Veteran’s Memoir

Local resident Michael Anthony presents his book “Civilianized: A Young Veteran’s Memoir” at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, June 27th @ 6:30 pm.

Michael spent six years in the army reserves, with a sixteen month deployment, and twelve months in Iraq, where he served as an operating room technician. After his service in the Iraq War, he earned a BA in English Literature from Bridgewater State University, and an MFA in Creative Writing at Lesley University.

In this dark humored War Memoir, Michael discusses his return from war and how he defeated his PTSD. It is a must read for any veteran, or anyone who knows a veteran, who has returned from war and suffered through Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). “Civilianized” has recently won the 2017 Massachusetts Bay One Book Award.

Books will be available for purchase and will include a signing.

The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

B-R Science Olympiad Fundraiser at Chipotle

Bridgewater-Raynham Regional HS's Science Olympiad team is raising money to buy kits for next year's competitions. Please help support them by going to Chipotle in Raynham on Rte. 44 Monday night. 

Bring the flyer, show it on your phone, or just mention the fundraiser when placing your order and they will donate 50% of your purchase! Thank you!