Sunday, March 26, 2017

Meditative Coloring at The Bridgewater Public Library

Meditative Coloring for all at the Bridgewater Public Library offered every first Monday of the Month.
The popular activity Coloring will now be offered every first Monday of the Month at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm for any age.  Coloring is a great way to inspire one’s creativity, relaxation, reduce mind and body tension.  Come join the fun! All supplies will be provided.  This is a self directed program.
Program begins Monday, April 3rd at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm.
The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Shawn George: Why I Am Running


My name is Shawn George and I am running for Town Councilor in Precinct 3 here in Bridgewater.

Please let me give you a little background on myself as well as the things I see as important topics and issues impacting our town.

I have been a resident of Bridgewater since 1998 and lived here from 1986-1989 while attending Bridgewater State University (College). Though not a lifelong resident of the town, I do have a pretty lengthy history in Bridgewater and am proud to call it home. My wife Ellen and I have very much appreciated raising our two daughters in this terrific community and look forward to our future here.

I currently serve of the Citizens Advisory Committee and have been active in other town activities in an unofficial capacity. Over the years, I have enjoyed everything that I have participated in here in town and want to take the opportunity to give more back to the residents of Bridgewater.

So I guess the natural question then would be why do I want to become a Town Councilor? First and foremost, I want to give back to a community that my family and I have benefited from immensely over the almost 20 years that we have been residents of Bridgewater. Local civic duty can have the biggest impact on a community and I hope to be a part of that positive impact.

More residents need to get involved in town positions, be it elected or appointed, and we cannot allow the status quo of a government that is “good enough” to be what leads us. We need to expect more from our elected officials and I pledge to bring a fresh perspective to the Town Council. As I was out gathering signatures, I could not help but notice how diverse (be it political, professional, cultural, etc.) the resident are in their backgrounds and how their involvement would benefit our town. I will be active in recruiting residents to become more involved and be part of changing Bridgewater’s future and will be a voice for all of the residents in Precinct 3 and across all of Bridgewater.

My focus will be on proactively addressing our town’s fiscal future. Many leaders have done a lot of great work improving our financial health over the years but we have some headwinds coming our way that should be met with a strength and leadership drive matched to the tasks at hand. The need to look at town service levels in relation to the accelerated residential growth over the last year and in future years is a critical path that must be taken to ensure the long-term viability of our town. A simple increase in real estate taxes may not produce the revenue needed to increase town services to appropriate levels and looking at today’s fiscal disciplines will help us craft what we will have to do in the future to sustain the level of services our residents deserve.

Another area of focus for Bridgewater will be the Mitchell School Project. As most know, we need to bring the school back online but what exactly needs to be done is still to be determined. The town and the BRRSD have worked well together getting us to a point where will are eligible for state assistance but now the ‘real work” starts. Making sure residents are well informed and involved in the process is a significant priority for me and ensuring the children of our town have a safe and appropriate learning environment is critical. I look forward to working with the elected members of the School Committee on this project.

Lastly, as the Town Councilor for Precinct 3 I will constantly seek the feedback from the residents of Precinct 3 to ensure the Town Council is focused on the “important stuff”. As Town Councilor, I will have an open ear and mind to the issues impacting the precinct ranging from the power issues along Walnut Street to other residential developments that may be proposed for our neighborhoods. I will look for the feedback and guidance of those who elected me to ensure resolutions are found and answers are gathered; that is a benefit of having a Town Councilor dedicated to the issues of our precinct.

In closing, I ask for two main things from each of you:

1. Be prepared for me to constantly ask for feedback from all of you. I will have my initial views on many things but gaining feedback from you will help me come to a final decision of what actions to take on issues that affect Bridgewater.

2. “Many Hands Make Light Work” as the saying goes so as I have the opportunity to meet with you please be receptive to the idea of becoming more involved with our town. More citizens’ involvement will be very beneficial to our community.

I look forward to meeting all of you in the upcoming weeks before the April 22nd Town Election and hope I can count on your vote.

Please be sure to "Like" Shawn George's campaign page on Facebook by clicking here.

Friday, March 24, 2017

American Association of University Women Taunton Area Branch

On Wednesday, April 5th, the Taunton branch of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) will meet at the Arbors in Taunton, located at 763 County Street. The meeting, which is open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m.

The topic of discussion will be Title IX, presented by Dr. Jennifer Mead, Assistant Professor, Education and Allied Studies Department, Bridgewater State University.
AAUW membership is open to all women holding an associate or equivalent, Baccalaureate or 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:

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters Founders Nite & Rotarian of the Year

President Akee Parwaz of the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters announced recently that the club is hosting its first annual “Founders Nite” on Saturday, April 1st at 6 pm at the Commercial Club of East Bridgewater. In addition to honoring the 23 founders of the club in 1970, the event will recognize the past presidents of the club and others who have made significant contributions to the club’s success. The club, covering Bridgewater, East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater, was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Weymouth and was chartered by Rotary International on May 27, 1970.
As part of Founders Nite the Rotary club will be naming its 2017 Rotarian of the Year, past club president Bruce Marquis, who is the owner of Salon Esprit in East Bridgewater. Bruce has been a Rotarian since 1974 and a member of the Bridgewaters club since 1998. Previous recipients of the Rotarian of the Year designation are: in 2013 the late Russell E. Ball and the late Robin “Red” Brittain; in 2014 past Rotary district governor Eldon “Terry” Humfryes and Dr. Edward J. Meaney; and in 2015 Beth Roll Smith. Past President Thomas Kazanowski of the Coastal Heritage Bank is Chair of the event and Master of Ceremonies.
The twenty-three "Founders" (Charter Members) of the club with their vocational employment at that time were: Charles E. Adams, Agent - Farm Bureau Insurance Services; 
Graham Arnold, Manager - Bridgewater Equipment Co.;;
Jay Asack, Owner – Jay’s Playland; 
Dana Asworth, Staff Assistant – Foxboro Company; 
John Berry, Superintendent – Brockton Edison Co.; 
Richard Bettencourt, Owner & President – Bettencourt Machine Co.; 
Robin Brittain*, President – Toll Road Equipment, Inc.; 
Freeman I. Davison, Jr., Davison Real Estate; 
V. James DiNardo*, Executive Vice President - Bridgewater State College; 
Harold M. Estabrook, Treasurer – Charleton Insurance Agency; 
Everett L. Estabrook,Cattle Dealer – Windy Ridge Farm; 
Jerome H. Fletcher, Attorney; 
Edmund J. Godin**,President – Pyro Products Inc.; 
Gregory D. Godin, Director – International Pyrotechnics; 
Albert M. Greiner*, Inspector of Wires – City of Brockton; 
Paul S. Lehtola*, Farmer – Worlds End Farm; 
Robert W. Mayhew,Northeast Director – Heifer Project Inc.; 
James E. Rogers, Postmaster; Andrew C. Vavolotis*, Business Owner; Dwight W. Ware,President – Beauty Form Plasters Inc.; 
Basil S. Warren*, Inspector – Farm Bureau; 
Henry F. Werner, Administrative Assistant, Bridgewater State College; 
Howard W. Worsham, Owner – Valet Cleaners       *Served as President - **Served as Initial Presid

Previous presidents of the club include: Edmund Godin, Basil Warren, Albert Greiner, Donn Burgess, Robin Brittain, Stanley Kravitz, Andrew Valvolotis, Robert Capen, Paul Lehtola, Russell Ball, John Rogers, V. James DiNardo, Eldon "Terry" Humfryes, Edward Meaney, Michael Ward, Peter Tsafares, Robert McHale, G. Lawson Clark, Kenneth Bjorklund, John Swistak, Thomas Banks, Thomas McBride, Diane Pacheco, Robert Preston, Thomas Warren, Steven Kelly, Frances Jeffries, Beth Roll Smith, Bruce Marquis, Paul Gendreau, Patricia Lee, Thomas Kazanowski, Kevin Inkley, Kevin Burley, Janet Dye and James Alfieri.
A biographical statement about Rotarian of the Year Bruce Marquis follows:
Bruce Edward Marquis was born to Gladys Leydon Marquis and Robert James Marquis in Boston, Massachusetts in 1944. His siblings include Diane Currier (1940-2014); Tom, living with his wife Shari in Plymouth, MA and Ft. Myers; FL.; and Aline Cullen, living with her husband Frank in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Growing up in Newton, MA, Bruce graduated from Newton High School in 1961. After attending Newton Junior College, he migrated to Denton, Texas, graduating from North Texas State University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in History. In 1971 Mr. Marquis received his Master of Arts in History from Boston University.

Bruce married Lucy Lombardi Marquis in Brighton, MA in 1967. They have two children: Kim Marie Dangora, who lives in iQuincy, MA with her two children, Zachary and Joshua, and Bruce E. Marquis, Jr.  (“Ted),” who lives in Jamaica Plain, MA. Lucy and Bruce will be celebrating their 50thwedding anniversary this coming August 26th.

Originally trained to be a secondary school social studies teacher, his career took a turn when he was employed as a program director at the Greater Boston YMCA in 1970 while a graduate student at B.U. Bruce later had other management and executive positions with the Massachusetts Easter Seal Society; New England Spinal Cord Injury Foundation; Boston Center for Independent Living; National Spinal Cord Injury Foundation; National Easter Seal Society; Massachusetts Head Injury Association; Boston Living Center; Northern Lights Alternatives New England; Cornerstone in Lynn, MA; and the Information Center for Persons with Disabilities. He also served on the faculty of Northeastern University’s University College from 1978-1998, teaching courses in health care delivery to evening students.

During his time working on behalf of persons with spinal cord injuries Bruce served with Bob Hall as co-founders of the National Wheelchair Marathon, run in conjunction with the Boston Marathon since its inception in 1977, and he managed the creation of 7 Independent Living Programs serving individuals with severe physical disabilities in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Independence Associates, an offshoot of the Foundation’s Southeastern Massachusetts Independent Living Program, now operates in East Bridgewater.
In the business world Mr. Marquis worked as General Manager of Sani-Tech, a division of Sid-Mar Enterprises in Holbrook, MA, from 1981 until he opened his first business – Results Service Co. in Norwell, MA in 1984. Then in 1988 he bought a beauty salon and over the years since has operated 11 different salons leading to just one operation today – Salon Esprit in East Bridgewater, which opened in 1990. He was one of four founders of the East Bridgewater Business Association in 1993 and Bruce served as its President from 2010-2011 and as its Treasurer for many years.

Bruce Marquis was first a Rotarian in 1974 as a member of the Boston club, the “Hub;”
then later a member of the Rockland-Hanson Club; and since 1998, the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters, serving as its President in the 2003-2004 Rotary year. As a member of the club he led the creation of its Citizen of the Year program and the club’s Endowment Fund. On the Rotary district level Bruce, has served as Vice Chair of the Visioning initiative from its beginnings; Vice Chair of the Membership Committee; as a facilitator at Presidents Elect Training Seminars; as an Assistant Governor; and for the past three years as District Treasurer.

During his several diverse careers Bruce Marquis, has found the time to be an active volunteer in many non-profit and human service organizations, including the Governor’s appointed chairperson of the Statewide Advisory Council to the Office for Children (1976-1978); President of the Massachusetts Health Council (1982-1984); Chair of the Board of Governors of the East Bridgewater Family YMCA (2001-2004); and Chair of the Board of the United Way of Greater Plymouth County (2004-2006). Also, he coached his son and daughter in youth sports in Newton, (baseball, basketball, soccer and softball) and he has coached his grandsons in Quincy youth sports (baseball, basketball and football), the highlight being his Squantum Storm winning the Quincy Youth Football League title in 2014, his last of 5 years as the team’s Franchise Holder.

As a young adult Mr. played semi-professional baseball and football in the Boston Park League. Then at age 68 he joined an Over-55 baseball league in Boston, playing for 3 seasons until a detached retina in his left eye made hitting futile and fielding dangerous.
Some of the awards and special recognitions Bruce has received are: YMCA Senior Director – 1972; Ten Outstanding Young Leaders of the Boston Jaycees – 1979; Emerging Entrepreneur from the Small Business Administration - 1986; Carolyn Darack Award from the Massachusetts Health Council – 1993; Paul Harris Fellow – 2003; Suzanne Deslongchamps Award for Service by the United Way of Greater Plymouth County – 2004; Community Hero Award from the American Red Cross – 2005; and Excellence in Volunteer Service Award from the Community Services of Greater Brockton – 2006. Bruce Edward Marquis was raised as a Master Mason in 1994 at the Wampatuck Lodge in Hanson, MA.

Bruce says he "feels honored" to join the outstanding group of past Rotarians of the Year from his club: the late Russell Ball and Red Brittain; Terry Humfryes; Ed Meaney and Beth Roll Smith.

Founders Nite will include a cocktail reception at 6 pm, buffet Italian dinner, raffles, and auctions, as well as special recognition for the club founders, past presidents, the Rotarian of the Year and others.
For tickets to the event and/or advertising and sponsorship opportunities contact Tom Kazanowski, event chair and Master of Ceremonies at   
phone:  781.837.0209   email:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

State of the Town Address

In accordance with Section 2-3 of the

Bridgewater Home Rule Charter,

The Honorable Dennis Gallagher


Town Manager, Michael Dutton, JD

Request your presence at the


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

At 6:30 PM

Academy Building, Council Chambers

66 Central Square

Bridgewater, MA 02324

Jump Ahead: The Simple System for Success

Local Author, Laurette Ryan to Speak at Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, March 28th @ 6:30 p.m. to discuss her book “Jump Ahead: The simple system for success”.

The Jump Ahead System is built on the premise, that most of us have more than enough time to accomplish our goals. The book is a simple actionable coaching course, designed to get you results.

Laurette Ryan is a dedicated and passionate wellness and movement practitioner for more than 30 years. She is the owner of Balancepoint Pilates Teacher Training Program and Balancepoint Online and Balancepoint Barre and Fitness. She studied at the Boston Conservatory of Dance, Boston MA and Bridgewater State College, MA. 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 will include a book signing.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

BALC Antiques-Crafts-Flea Market 3/25 Bridgewater Middle School

The Bridgewater Academy Lions Club Antiques-Crafts-Flea Market will be held on March 25th at the Bridgewater Middle School.

There are a few 12x8 vendor spaces available due to cancellations.Vendor spaces run just $30 and you keep all proceeds for your sales. 

Bring your own tables and chairs. Call 774-501-3813 or email if you are interested in space. Attendance usually 400+ people.

Friday, March 17, 2017

2017 Spring TOPS

TOPS (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community based soccer program that is designed to meet the needs of children aged 4-12 years with physical and/or mental disabilities. The program is geared toward player development rather than to competition. Athletes are placed on teams according to ability NOT by age.

TOPS furthers US Youth Soccer's mission of fostering the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America's youth through the sport of soccer at all levels. In short, TOPSoccer takes kids from the sidelines to participating in the game.

Who Can Sign Up?

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 August 1, 2004 and on or before July 31, 2012. (U6-U12). Participates are not limited to the town of Bridgewater!

What's The Schedule?

The season will begin on Thursday, April 27, 2017 and continue every Thursday for six weeks. Each game/practice will run from 5:45 pm to 7 pm.

What's the Cost?

This is a free program and participates are not limited to Bridgewater!

How Can I Register?

Registration is open from March 1 - April 15 by clicking here

What is the TOPS parent’s role?

You will need to provide transportation to and from all practices and games ensuring that the player is prompt not only in arriving but also in departure. Please also stay and watch practices and games and lend your support in a positive manner. Always ensure that your child is dressed and brings appropriate equipment to all games and practices. Parent’s should also provide necessary information to program administrator’s and coaches that will enhance your child’s experience and progression in the program.

What a parent should expect from the program?

  • It will be a fun and meaningful experience for you and your child.
  • The game and activities shall be adapted in ways that will ensure your child learns at his/her own pace.
  • Practices and games will be organized.
  • TOPS will improve the overall fitness, selfesteem and social skills of your child.

What are the benefits of TOPS for my child?

  • Your child will develop a sense of belonging to a community and will learn the value of being part of a team.
  • Improvement in self-esteem, fitness and social skills.
  • Success based on ability.
  • FUN!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

6th Annual Chili/Chowder Cookoff

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017