Saturday, March 23, 2019

Spring TOPS Program Registration Is Open!

Spring TOPS Program registration is open!

TOPS (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community based soccer program that is designed to meet the needs of children aged 4-14 years with physical and/or mental disabilities. The program is geared toward player development rather than competition. 

TOPS is open to any child with a disability, including but not limited to: A.D.D., Autism, Hearing Impaired, Sight Impaired, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cystic Fibrosis, Down's Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Seizure Disorder and Spinal Bifida. It may be necessary to provide a doctor's permission slip in order for your child to participate. Participants must be born on or after September 1, 2005 and on or before January 1, 2015. (U6-U14). Participants are not limited to the town of Bridgewater, and this is a no-cost program.

BYSA's TOPS spring season will begin on Tuesday, April 23rd and continue every Tuesday for six weeks. Each game/practice will be held at the Flagg Street fields from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. When registering your child, please select the program "TOPS Spring 2019". Players can be registered by clicking here.Any questions please contact Christine Berry at or Kendra Tansey at

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Trump Doctrine: America and the World

The Trump Doctrine: America and the World

Juliette Kayyem, Former Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of Homeland Security

Thursday, March 28, 3:30 PM-4:45 PM

Heritage Room, Maxwell Library at Bridgewater State University

Presented by: The Minnock Institute for Global Engagement. 

This event is open to the public.

Bridgewater DTC Memorial Scholarship Applications Now Available

The Bridgewater Democratic Town Committee Memorial Scholarship application is now available.

The Bridgewater DTC Memorial Scholarship this year will be for $500.00 and will be awarded to a Bridgewater student graduating from high school and looking to further their education. The scholarship application consists of a short essay and some background questions.

To obtain a copy of the scholarship application, please email the Scholarship Committee by clicking here.

Completed applications will be due back by May 1, 2019 so do not delay your opportunity to apply for this scholarship!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Understanding and Responding to White Nationalism in Bridgewater and Beyond

Understanding and Responding to White Nationalism in Bridgewater and Beyond

This presentation will be given at the Bridgewater Public Library on Monday, April 8th at 6:30 p.m.

Presentation given by Dr. Carolyn Petrosino, BSU Professor Emeritus, Criminal Justice; Robert McEvoy, Detective Sergeant, BSU Police and Jillian Orr, BSU Senior Criminal Justice Major.

This presentation is the fourth in a series titled “Being Neighborly, Finding Common Ground” sponsored by Bridgewater Citizens for Civility and Respect (BCCR) and the Bridgewater Public Library.

BCCR is a group of local citizens in Bridgewater that have formed an organization whose goal is to ensure that Bridgewater is a safe, inclusive community, one of civility and respect for all.

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

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Garden Tourist, 120 Destination Gardens and Nurseries in the Northeast

Local author, Jana Milbocker, will be speaking on her book “The Garden Tourist, 120 destination gardens and nurseries in the Northeast” at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, March 26th at 6:30 p.m.

Do you enjoy beautiful gardens? In this armchair tour of some the best public gardens and hidden gems of the Northeast you will learn about each garden’s history, horticultural highlights and special events that will inspire you to plan your own visit!

The Garden Tourist is a specialty travel book aimed at weekend gardeners, professional landscape designers and vacation travelers. The 256-page book profiles 120 botanical gardens, historic estates and destination nurseries. The book is richly illustrated with 665 color photos that entice the reader to hop in the car. The lecture will be followed by a book signing.

Jana Milbocker is an avid gardener, plant collector, garden designer and writer. She lectures on a variety of gardening topics and has presented at the Boston and Connecticut Flower Shows, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and at many garden clubs and organizations.

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

Monday, March 18, 2019

Refugee Crisis in Africa: Perspectives from Uganda

The Minnock Institute for Global Engagement will present a lecture by the Honorable Jacqueline Amongin, Member of Parliament, Uganda--REFUGEE CRISIS IN AFRICA: PERSPECTIVES FROM UGANDA--on March 21 from 12-1:45 pm in the Welcome Center, Room 202.

A BSU Mandela Fellow in 2017, Ms. Amongin was awarded the Mandela Women Leadership Prize that same year for her "actions towards social justice and valuable achievements in community change." She is a founder of the Jacqueline Amongin Development Foundation (formerly the Hope Foundation). JADEF is a non-governmental organization targeting educational, health, and agricultural improvements in the social economic status of vulnerable groups, especially women and needy children in Uganda.

Ms. Amongin will deliver a second lecture, AFRICAN UNION AND UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS, on March 26 from 9:30-11 am in the Heritage Room.

The events are open to the BSU community and the public.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Book Crafting Spring Flowers

Book Crafting Spring Flowers workshop at the Bridgewater Public Library on Wednesday, March 20th at 6:00 p.m.

This is a creative way to give old books new life. We will be making spring flowers and the best part is these flowers don’t wilt. This program is open to ages 12 and up. Supplies provided however we are asking you to bring a glue gun if you own one as our supply is limited. No registration required. Come join the fun!

The event begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Regional AAUW Meeting Scheduled

On Saturday, March 16th, the Taunton branch of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) will meet at 12:00 noon at Hong Kong City on Broadway in Taunton.

This will be a luncheon/book discussion meeting. Those attending will discuss: Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World, by author Linda Hirshman (2016). Hirshman’s dual biography includes revealing stories of how these trailblazers fought for their own recognition in a male-dominated profession—battles that would ultimately benefit every American woman. She also makes clear how these two justices have shaped the legal framework of modern feminism, including employment discrimination, abortion, affirmative action, sexual harassment, and many other issues crucial to women’s lives.

AAUW membership is open to any graduate holding an associate or equivalent, baccalaureate of higher degree from a qualified educational institution. Undergraduates may become AAUW affiliate members. For more information about the Taunton Area Branch of the AAUW, contact Rosemarie Buote, Vice-President of Membership, at 508-669-5069. The AAUW also maintains a website at:

Friday, March 8, 2019

Miles for MSA

Hey, Around the Common friends! It's Kevin from Around the Common with somewhat of a personal posting today.

On Saturday, May 18th I will be heading to Fargo, North Dakota to run the Fargo Half-Marathon. Having run a number of half-marathons in the past this one is going to be different. Here's why.

My father, Mike, has been diagnosed with MSA, also known as Multiple System Atrophy. If you are like me, prior to my dad's diagnosis I had never heard of MSA and so as we began the intial journey into the world of MSA I wander through the confusion as to what the disease is and have begun exploring the nuanced facets of a disease so few people know about. When talking with medical professionals, the initial response is often times, "Is that a form of MS" or an even simpler, "I have never heard of that" so as someone newly impacted by what MSA truly is the road ahead is an unsure and confusing one but just like running a half-marathon we'll take things one step at a time.

So what is MSA? Multiple system atrophy is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by a combination of symptoms that affect both the autonomic nervous system (the part of the nervous system that controls involuntary action such as blood pressure or digestion) and movement. The number of Americans affected by the disease is less than 50,000. It's a wildly unknown disease, one without a playbook for how to wade through it and one without a cure as of this time.

Let's change that. The MSA Coalition has a primary purpose of assisting researchers to find a cure. In the meantime, The Coalition also provides much needed patient and caregiver support, educational resources, and advocacy to create awareness and to fight for issues important to the MSA community.

My dad has always been there for me and now it's time to do my part and I ask you to join me in trying to find a cure for MSA. I wish there was a simple answer with this disease; that with "x" treatment or with "y" pill he would be better but I understand it's just not this simple. So my pledge then is to do what I can do to help. Running a half-marathon is easy, particularly when compared to what my dad and all of those with MSA face so as I am pounding the pavement of Fargo, I'll carry with me the immense honor and responsibility of knowing that each step I am taking is hopefully one step closer to finding a cure for MSA.

So, will you join me in helping work to find a cure for MSA? To donate in support of my run, please click here:

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

B-R SEPAC Meeting

The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a presentation for the 2018-2019 school year on Tuesday, March 12th at 6:30 pm titled, MassHealth Presentation.   Lauren Almedia of CCBC, Laura Conrad-Laberinto of MassHealth, and Cathy Hickey of Brockton ARC will educate parents/guardians on the pathways to eligibility to Mass Health/ Commonhealth, Accessing Benefits and Services, and Explaining Associated Costs. 

Gather information on 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://