Friday, March 7, 2014
The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a meeting for the 2013-2014 school year on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at 6:30 pm. Following the meeting, at 7 pm there will be a lecture titled, Kindergarten Transition. This lecture will address the process of Bridgewater-Raynham students transitioning from preschool to kindergarten, as well as full day kindergarten. The lecture will be given by Rebecca Johnson, the Early Childhood Coordinator for the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District. The meeting will be held at the Bridgewater-Raynham High School Lecture Hall (second floor) located at 415 Center Street, 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: brsepac.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters distributed 240 thesauruses to 4th grade students at the Williams Intermediate School in Bridgewater this past week. Committed to improving literacy at home and around the world, Rotary gives dictionaries to third graders in Bridgewater and West Bridgewater but thesauruses to fourth graders in Bridgewater, because another community group provides dictionaries to them in the third grade.
Led by club President-Elect Janet Dye, a Bridgewater resident, the event was also attended by past Rotary club presidents Bruce Marquis, also of Bridgewater, and Beth Roll Smith, a resident of West Bridgewater and the director of the West Bridgewater Public Library.
In addition to the distribution of the books to the students, Rotary encouraged the fourth grade students to submit essays about how they had been of service to others. Fifty-five essays were submitted and a panel of Rotary volunteers read all of them, choosing three of them for special recognition and gift certificates to Salon Esprit in East Bridgewater. The winners were: 1st Place - Kathryn Papasodoro; 2nd Place - Kaylee Price; and 3rd Place - Dylan Hayward.
About 450 dictionaries will be distributed to 3rd grade students in East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater over the next two months.
Rotary is an organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders, women and men, in more than 165 countries. Rotary provides humanitarian service and builds good will and promotes peace and understanding throughout the world.
The most important part of Rotary is the local club. The Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters meets every Wednesday (except for the second Wednesday when it meets for lunch) for breakfast from 7:30 A.M. until 8:30 A.M. at Good Days Restaurant, 99 South Main Street/Route 28, West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Each meeting features fellowship, networking, patriotic exercises, a meeting of cheer, often followed by a significant speaker from business and/or the professions.
The members of the club carry out local service, primarily funding: Scholarships to graduating seniors at East Bridgewater High School, Bridgewater-Raynham High School, West Bridgewater High School, Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School and Bristol-Plymouth Regional High School; Dictionaries or thesauri for third graders; Books for Kids at Public Libraries; Boy Scouts; Girl Scouts; East Bridgewater Family YMCA; Natural Resources Trust of Bridgewater; Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA); West Bridgewater Gazebo Concerts on the Common. It carries out International Service: Working for Peace - Working to Eliminate Polio in the World - Supporting Literacy in South Africa - Working to teach reading where there are no schools - Working to provide clean water for every living person - Providing wheelchairs where they are needed - Providing Shelter Boxes for people affected by natural disasters.
For more information go to the club's web site www.clubrunner.ca/bridgewaters.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
The Bridgewater Community Preservation Committee (CPC) released the draft Community Preservation Plan for public review. Please review and send me your comments by 3/19. The CPC will review your comments at a public hearing on Thursday 3/20/14 at 6:30pm at the Senior Center.
The draft plan can be downloaded from this link: http://www.bridgewatercommunitypreservation.org/cp-plan.html
We look forward to your thoughts on the draft!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Every lap counts at the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Greater Bridgewater. Join a Relay For Life team and take part in a celebration of cancer survivorship. Local residents are encouraged to join with their community and take steps to raise the vital funds needed to help find a cure for cancer. The next Team Captain's meeting is set for 6:30 pm on Monday, March tenth at St. Basil’s Chapel (122 Park Ave), on the Bridgewater State University Campus. The American Cancer Society's annual Relay For Life of Greater Bridgewater is set for June 13-14 at Bridgewater Raynham Regional High School.
The Relay For Life of Greater Bridgewater is currently seeking local residents to serve as team captains and/or team members. Relay For Life teams raise money by gathering sponsors to support their participation in the Relay. Teams of walkers keep a continuous presence on a local school track throughout the overnight event, walking in shifts to raise funds for the American Cancer Society programs. Anyone interested in finding out more about Relay For Life is welcome to attend the meeting.
The Relay For Life of Greater Bridgewater is a community event bringing together teams of families, friends, religious groups, neighborhoods, and businesses, all with the goal of celebrating progress in the fight against cancer, remembering those lost to cancer, and helping fund research for the future. Residents from all surrounding towns are also encouraged to attend.
For more information about Relay For Life, contact Monica Querzoli at email@example.com, or contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or online at www.cancer.org.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Greater Bridgewater Women of Today have stuffed over 5,000 eggs with yummy candy! GBWOT invite children ages 0-10 years old to hop on down to their 2nd Annual Free Community Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 30th at the Bridgewater-Raynham High School Soccer Field. This is a rain or shine event. Games, Face Painting, Raffles, Photos with the Easter Bunny ($2 donation) begin at 1:00 PM. Gates open for the Easter Egg Hunt at 2:00 PM. Children should bring their own basket or bag. The event is free but a non-perishable donation for the Bridgewater Food Pantry is requested. Enter raffles to win a ride to a Bridgewater school in a Fire Truck, a weekend getaway at a Quechee, Vermont Condo (courtesy of Jane McCarthy/Wheel House Real Estate), Brockton Rox tickets, gift cards for Prisco’s Market, 99 Restaurant, Salon Fusion and many more!
Greater Bridgewater Women of Today is a civic volunteer group that organizes events and fundraisers to help the community. Meetings are open to the public, and are held on the third Monday of each month. All are welcome to attend. Meeting location changes monthly. For the meeting location in Bridgewater, email firstname.lastname@example.org For more information on the group, visit their website at www.mawt.org/gbwot or find them on Facebook!
The Bridgewater Public Library will host Don Wilding on Tuesday, March 11th at 6:30 p.m.. Don will present “Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: Inspiration for a National Seashore”.
Wilding is the co-founder of the non-profit Henry Beston Society on Cape Cod and author of the book, Henry Beston’s Cape Cod. The book was published in 2003, shortly after co-founding the nonprofit Beston Society with his wife, Nita, and published in a new edition in July 2013.
Henry Beston’s book, The Outermost House, was written in 1927 after Beston spent a solitary year in a 20 X 16 foot cottage on Eastham’s outer beach. The Outermost House is now considered an American classic on the level of the works of Thoreau, Muir and other noted nature writers, and was cited as a major influence on the establishment of the Cape Cod National Seashore in 1961.
Wilding’s presentation includes over 100 slides of Beston and his famous cottage, along with footage from the documentary film project. The program tells how the Quincy native, still shaken by his experiences as an ambulance driver in France during WWI, took to writing fairy tales and eventually found the peace of mind he was looking for on Cape Cod’s outer beach. In doing so, he not only found himself as a writer, but the National Park Service later used The Outermost House to cite why the Outer Beach of Cape Cod should be preserved as a National Seashore.
Wilding will be available to sign copies of his book, along with copies of the DVD, Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: Meditations of the Outer Beach. The DVD, a fundraiser for the documentary film project, includes samples of interviews and scenic footage that have been gathered so far.
For more information on the Beston Society, visit www.henrybeston.org.
This program, which is funded by the Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library, will be held in the library’s Flora T. Little Meeting Room on the lower level. Parking is available in back of the library, located at 15 South Street.
Wednesday, March 26 (snow date April 2) at 7pm there will be a showing of the important film "The House I Live In". It is a thoughtful video about mass incarceration and its repercussions in society to a wider audience. First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 50 School Street, Bridgewater is inviting the community - especially people in law enforcement, public service, and social agencies, and students - to join us for this event. After the one hour film there will be discussion of ways to address the problems of mass incarceration. One of the chief leaders in the discussion will be Jack Cole, the founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).
Two of the members of First Parish have heard him speak about the War on Drugs, prison reform, and related concerns. They were very impressed by his message. Invite friends, family and colleagues (above the age of 18) to join us for this evening.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Reservations are now being accepted for the “Capital Café”! You may sign up by contacting Marlene Jacobs at email@example.com or 508-378-8326 to reserve your seats at this FABULOUS food event (oh yeah, and to help out our mission youth!). Just provide your name, # in your party, your entree choices (see the menu -- roast beef, chicken, or stuffed cabbage), and whether it's for dine in or take out. SEE YOU THERE! TELL YOUR FRIENDS!
This is a fundraiser for the youth of Central Square Congregational Church to go on their mission trip to Washington DC in June. And, frankly, the food that is served every year at this event is PHENOMENAL! And it's for a great cause.
Event will be held Saturday, March 15 at Central Square Congregational Church, 71 Central Square, Bridgewater.
Around the Common is pleased to announce Bridgewater Bones as our newest Bridgewater Business Listing.
Bridgewater Bones is dedicated to creating freshly baked, natural, tasty and above all healthy treats for your pet. Allergies are such a common problem with so many dogs, that responsible pet owners need to have options available to choose from. Bridgewater Bones offers these choices to you! If you do not see a flavor on their website that you're interested in, you can contact them directly to bake your pet his/her own personal treats.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Bridgewater’s One Book One Community Committee will sponsor a Kickoff event at the Bridgewater Public Library on Saturday, March 15th. “Take a Hike: Tales of Life on the Appalachian Trail” will take place from 11a.m. to 1p.m. in the library’s Flora T. Little Room on the lower level. This will be a panel discussion led by through hikers from the Appalachian Trail. Gorp (a.k.a. trail mix) will be served.
The One Book One Community committee has chosen two selections this spring. One is Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods and the companion title is Jennifer Pharr Davis’ Becoming Odyssa. Both books are memoirs written by people who have hiked the Appalachian Trail.
For more information about A Walk in the Woods visit: http://billbrysonbooks.com. For information about Becoming Odyssa, visit http://blueridgehikingco.com. For a resource guide including a bibliography of titles about hiking and the Appalachian Trail, visit http://maxguides.bridgew.edu/walkinwoods. Bridgewater’s One Book One Community Committee also has a presence on Facebook, and a blog at http://obocbw.blogspot.com/
This semester’s One Book One Community program is a partnership of Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, Mitchell Elementary School, Williams Intermediate School, Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library, Bridgewater Public Library, Bridgewater Senior Center, Bridgewater State University Bookstore, and the Nunckatessett Greenway. For more information about OBOC, contact Susan McCombe at firstname.lastname@example.org