Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BR-SEPAC Meeting

The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a meeting for the 2014-2015 school year on Wednesday, December 10th at 6:30 pm. Following the meeting, at 7 pm there will be a lecture titled, How to Ensure you are Prepared for a Potential Crisis or Emergency Involving your Exceptional Child . This lecture will be given by Jay O'Brien. Exceptional Lives project summary: Exceptional Lives has developed a new online navigation tool for parents & caregivers of children with a disability. 

The free software tool is designed to walk parents step by step through the complex or overwhelming processes they face in caring for their child. The first process they are helping parents navigate: ensuring their families are prepared for a potential crisis or emergency involving their exceptional family member. Families will create individualized emergency preparedness plans using the software. With the assistance of Exceptional Lives and trained college volunteers, parents will walk away with an emergency preparedness plan by the end of the 45-to-60-minute session. They can then use and share their plan with other members of their child’s caregiving team, to make sure everyone is on the same page if/when a personal or public emergency occurs. The meeting will be held at The Bridge Center, 470 Pine St., Bridgewater, MA. 

The BR-SEPAC is made up of parents that represent about 850 children with special needs within the Bridgewater-Raynham School district. The BR-SEPAC works collaboratively with the Bridgewater-Raynham Public Schools and Bridgewater-Raynham School Committee to provide support and information for parents, school personnel, and the community about disabilities and the special education process. The Bridgewater-Raynham SEPAC accomplishes this through regular meetings, workshops, presentations, and special events. The meeting is free and open to all. For more information visit our website: or email

CHILDCARE: *Provided

ADMISSION: Free! All are welcome to attend.

This event is co-sponsored by the BRSEPAC and The Bridge Center.

*To assure adequate staffing, please RSVP 5 days in advance if you plan to access the childcare service. To do so, please create an account at

For registration help, please call The Bridge Center at 508-697-7557 ext. 17 

Questions about the presentation or BRSEPAC? Contact Kate Dyer at

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holly Day Artisan Faire

Friday, December 5   6pm – 9pm 
Ice Cream & Dessert with Santa Claus
Saturday, December 6  9am – 3pm
Famous Soup Lunch Buffet 
***Cookie Walk***** Local Artisans** 
Books **Antique Treasures*** Greens 
**Visit from Spirit of Mrs. Santa- Saturday** 

First Parish UU Church 
50 School St, Bridgewater

Monday, November 24, 2014

Leaves/Snow Removal Policy/ Parking Ban in Effect December 1st through April 1st

There is an all night on street parking ban in effect between the hours of 2 AM and 5AM from December 1through April 1st. Vehicles parked on the street or sidewalk will be ticketed by the Police Department. During snow plowing operations, they will be towed at the owner’s expense, regardless of time of day.

It is illegal to remove snow or ice from private property and place it in the roadway or sidewalk. This can create a hazardous condition where the homeowner may be held liable in the event of an accident caused by this.

It is illegal to pump water or other liquids onto any sidewalk, street, or public way during the months of November through April.

Residents should not rake leaves from their private property into the roadway. The Highway Department will pick up leaves that fall on the roadside only. We will not pick up leaves that have been raked from private property to the roadside.  Leaves that are raked onto the roadway can clog the street drainage catch basins and cause flooding problems. This creates an extremely dangerous condition for which residents may be held liable.

Bridgewater Garden Club Meeting

The Bridgewater Garden Club 's regular meetings will be held on Monday, December 1st at 7PM and Wednesday, December 3rd at 1:00PM at the Bridgewater Senior Center located at 10 Wally Krueger Way. 
Members will be working on arrangements and wreaths for the Holiday Greens Sale to be held on Saturday, December 6th from 9AM to Noon at the Bridgewater Senior Center. This is a rain or shine event.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

December AAUW Meeting

On Saturday, December 6th, the Taunton branch of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) will celebrate their annual Holiday Brunch at the home of Louise Freeman, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The guest speaker will be the current Taunton Area AAUW Education Foundation Graduate Fellow, Bizhao Zhang, an active proponent of gender equality. Zhang provides free legal services for underprivileged women fighting against sexual discrimination in the education sector of China. She has also volunteered on HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns in Africa and mentored migrant workers’ children in China. At Harvard Kennedy School, she plans to examine gender-motivated violence and develop policy-related skill sets to empower Chinese women.

The AAUW Education Foundation --- the world’s largest source of funding exclusively for graduate women – supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are under-represented.

AAUW membership is open to any graduate holding an Associate or equivalent, Baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. Undergraduates may become AAUW affiliate members.

For more information about joining the Taunton Area Branch of the AAUW, contact Rosemarie Buote, Vice President of Membership, at 508-669-5069. For more information about AAUW, visit the website at:

Toys for Tots Drive in Bridgewater

Date: Sunday, December 7th
Time: 12PM to 5PM
Location: VFW Post 2125 (Orange Street, Bridgewater)
Bring a new, unwrapped toy in support of Toys For Tots. A charity founded by the Marine Corps Reserve that collects and distributes toys to needy families during the holidays. 

Come visit your local VFW Post and donate a toy.

This is also a time where we fix the broken and unserviceable flags for Flags For Vets. The organization that places US flags for the 57,000 service men and women buried in Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. This is also an opportunity for you to drop off slightly used clothing to be donated to VA Brockton Medical Facility for veterans in need. You can also hang out and enjoy some light food and refreshments. 

You can also contact me if you want to donate food for this event.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Holiday Extravaganza

Holiday Extravaganza
Featuring: Flute Choir, Wind Ensemble, Student Soloists
Chamber Singers, Chorale, Brass Choir, Percussion Ensemble
Audience Sing-Along

Friday, December 12, 2014
7:30 PM
Rondileau Campus Center Auditorium

*There is a suggested donation of $10.00.
Proceeds of this event support the Friends of Music Scholarships

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bridgewater Triangle Documentary Screening

The Bridgewater Public Library will offer a screening of “The Bridgewater Triangle Documentary” on Tues., Nov. 25th at 6:30p.m. The 91-minute documentary will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the co-directors, Aaron Cadieux and Manny Famolare. The public is invited to attend this free program, which is funded by the Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library.

The Bridgewater Triangle sits within the Southeastern portion of Massachusetts. It includes a number of locations known for unexplained occurrences, including the Hockomock Swamp and the Freetown-Fall River State Forest. The Triangle’s borders are revealed by drawing a line between the town of Abington to the north, the town of Freetown to the southeast, and the town of Rehoboth to the southwest. The area hosts an extraordinarily high number of reports involving strange happenings, unexplained mysteries and sinister activities. Ghostly hauntings, UFO encounters and evidence of satanic ritual sacrifice have been reported. The Triangle is one of the country’s most diverse locations for paranormal activities.

Aaron Cadieux is an award-winning documentary filmmaker from Dartmouth. He owns and operates Bristol County Media LLS, a company specializing in video production services.

Manny Famolare is a lifelong Bridgewater Triangle area resident. He has always had an interest in the paranormal and has been investigating the Bridgewater Triangle for over 25 years. He has been featured on radio shows such as Visions of the Past, Voices of the Unknown, Ghost Chronicles, and Spooky Southcoast.

The Bridgewater Public Library is located at 15 South Street. Parking is available in back of the library.

For more information, call Mary O’Connell at 508-697-3331.

Fred Clark Recommended as 12th President of BSU


A son of Bridgewater State University has been unanimously selected to become its 12th president.
The university’s Board of Trustees unanimously and enthusiastically recommended Frederick W. Clark Jr., Esq. of Easton to the position, contingent upon ratification by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education at a special meeting on Dec. 2.
Louis M. Ricciardi, ’81, chairman of the BSU board, polled each board member for a decision among the three finalists who visited campus for extensive interviews earlier this month – Mr. Clark, Dr. Bradley Cook and Dr. Ashish Vaidya.
An audience of more than a hundred faculty, staff, students and external visitors gathered in Crimson Hall’s Dunn Conference Suite for the special meeting burst into spontaneous applause after all 10 trustees in attendance – starting with Vice Chairman Eugene J. Durgin who also chaired the Presidential Search Committee – named Mr. Clark.

Monday night’s vote by the board brought the six-month-long search to an apparent successful conclusion.

The search committee reviewed more than 80 applications and conducted eight airport interviews to whittle the field of finalists down to four.

One of the finalists, Dr. Cathy Sandeen, accepted a position with the University of Wisconsin system prior to her interview at Bridgewater.
“The goal of the search committee was to choose the best candidate to become the next president of Bridgewater State University,” Mr. Durgin said.

“We set the expectations of our next president and defined how this person would take the university to the next level of achievement.”
Mr. Clark, who was returning from a trip to South America when the vote was taken, had told the campus community at an open forum during his interview that the presidency at Bridgewater was his ultimate goal.

A 1983 graduate of Bridgewater where he majored in political science, Mr. Clark has been Executive Vice President and Vice President for External Affairs since coming to Bridgewater in 2011.
In that position, he created hundreds of paid internships for Bridgewater students, expanded international engagement by the university leading to 43 partnerships, reinvigorated regional business and educational partnerships, and co-led the establishment of BSU Cape Cod, a satellite campus in Yarmouth that will begin offering courses in January.
A lawyer by profession, and a 1986 graduate of Suffolk University School of Law, Mr. Clark had served for a decade as Executive Officer of the Massachusetts State Universities’ Council of Presidents, where he represented the Commonwealth’s nine state universities in governmental, legislative and public policy issues.
He has been on public higher education governing boards as well, most recently with the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (2007-2008) and, prior to his career in public higher education, on the BSU Board of Trustees and the Bridgewater State University Foundation.
For two decades, he was chief aid to the late Congressman John Joseph Moakey and since 2001 he has presided over the Moakley Charitable Foundation, which has allocated $2 million to assist public service-oriented scholarship recipients who seek to pursue education beyond high school.
Pending BHE approval, Mr. Clark will succeed Dr. Dana Mohler-Faria, who has served as Bridgewater’s president since 2002. President Mohler-Faria will retire next June 30. Compensation issues will be addressed between the board and Mr. Clark prior to the Dec. 2 BHE meeting.
Mr. Clark will begin his presidency during the institution’s 175th anniversary year and following more than a quarter century of historic growth, during which he has played a direct role as either COP executive or in a leadership role on one of the university’s governing boards, or as a member of the president’s Cabinet.
Prior to Dr. Mohler-Faria, Bridgewater presidents were: Adrian Tinsley, 1989-2002; Gerard T. Indelicato, 1986-1987; Adrian Rondileau, 1962-1986, 1987-1989; Clement C. Maxwell, 1952-1962; John J. Kelly, 1937-1951; Zenos Scott, 1933-1937; Arthur C. Boyden, 1906-1933; Albert G. Boyden, 1860-1906; Marshall Conant, 1853-1860; and Nicholas Tillinghast, 1840-1853.
Bridgewater has grown to become the flagship of the state university system. It is the 10th largest higher education institution (public or private) in the Commonwealth and serves a student population of 11,500, of which 95 percent hail from Massachusetts.
Like Mr. Clark himself, more than half of Bridgewater’s undergraduate student body represents the first members of their families to go to college.

Of the six children in his family, five attended Bridgewater and it was at Bridgewater where Mr. Clark met his wife, Carrie M. Kulick, who would go on to become president of the Alumni Association.

Their sons have also attended Bridgewater.