Thursday, April 2, 2020

Bridgewater Youth Soccer Association Scholarship

Bridgewater Youth Soccer Association gives out a number of scholarships per year to graduating seniors each year.

From past and current players, volunteers, referees to junior board members the BYSA scholarships help aid in defrying the cost of higher education. It is another way that BYSA loves to give back to the members of our organization!

Here is the link for the BYSA Scholarship Application:

Please have all scholarship applications postmarked by April 8th.

Mail to:

Bridgewater Youth Soccer Association
PO Box 562
Bridgewater, MA 02324
Attn: Scholarship Committee

Holy Week Schedule for Central Square Congregational Church

Holy Week Info for Central Square Congregational Church

April 5Palm Sunday Worship (online only), 10am

April 9Maundy Thursday Worship, 7pm, on your own

A home liturgy to follow with your family will be available on our website. We also suggest you videochat (Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime, for example) with one or more other people or families, especially anyone you know who might live alone, for this self-led worship.

April 10Good Friday Music and Meditation with Julia Scott Carey (online only), 3pm

April 12Easter Sunday Worship (online only), 10am

The link to online worship service is available a day or two prior to broadcasting, on our website at

For updates and information, visit or our Facebook page at, or call 508-697-6016. Please note the church building is closed until at least May 4, except for use by the Bridgewater Food Pantry.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

University and Community Partnerships $1,000 Scholarships

To students who are residents of the Town of Bridgewater or graduating from Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School applying for undergraduate education, Bridgewater State University will award twenty-five University and Community Partnerships Scholarshipsof $1,000 each on a competitive basis each spring to successful applicants who demonstrate thefollowing:

Acceptance to Bridgewater State University for undergraduate study.

A desire to contribute to one’s community through public or charitable service as a vocation or in extracurricular activities.

Financial need

In selecting the University and Community Partnerships (UCP) 2019-2020Scholarshiprecipients, Bridgewater State University may also consider the academic achievement of applicants; however,this is not the only determining factor and should not dissuade applicants of average academic standing from seeking aBridgewater State University 2019-2020Scholarship.

Please fill out the following application along with a written essay (nolonger than one page) describing how you think you can make a difference in our worldthrough service, and how participating in community service will help you grow as anindividual. Also include proof of acceptance to Bridgewater State University by including a copy of your acceptance letter.Return the application, essay and proof of acceptance to: 

Susan McCombe, Director
University and Community Partnerships
40 Cedar St. Gates House
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA 02325

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Support local residents through Angels in America

Without question, the COVID 19 pandemic is going to have an impact upon our local community and residents here in Bridgewater.

Around the Common encourages you to check out Bridgewater 501(c)3 non-profit Angels in America whose mission is to, “Provide help in the community by volunteering with the public and providing financial support. Provide hope, encouragement, and assistance to those in need. To better the world one good deed at a time. Making America stronger through community spirit. Answering the Call.”

You can visit Angels in America's website by clicking here. Be sure to "Like" them on Facebook by clicking here and follow them on Twitter @AngelsInAmerica.

Even a small donation to Angels in America will go a long way here locally. Can you help support our neighbors with a donation today?

Friday, March 20, 2020

Coronavirus Care Shield Initiative

Save Lives by Providing Alzheimer's Caregivers Virus Protection Kits!

Caregivers all across the U.S. are in desperate need of protective equipment, such as masks, gloves, and sanitizer to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

Shortages and price-gouging have meant that many can’t find, access, or can’t afford these protective products.

To meet this need, the InvestAcure Foundation, the non-profit arm of InvestAcure, PBC has launched Operation CareShield. (The InvestAcure Foundation is a 501c3, tax-exempt organization.)

Over 16 million caregivers provide 18.4 billion hours of unpaid care to family members and friends with Alzheimer’s. COVID-19 poses a high mortality risk for both those living with Alzheimer’s and the caregivers they rely on. 

Join Around the Common in donating $10 today to help provide Care Shields for health care workers taking care of patients with Alzheimer's. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Announcing the Main Street Initiative: Phase 1

Small businesses are being hit hard by mandated closures due to the coronavirus, and we know that communities want to help.

Mainvest has announced that starting today, they are offering a $2,000 zero-interest cash infusion to small businesses affected by coronavirus closures, in conjunction with fundraising campaigns to help businesses receive investment from their supporting communities.

Learn more at

Social distancing is tough, but if we work together, we can strengthen Main Street businesses. Help us spread the word about the Main Street Initiative and the need to support local!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Old Bridgewater Historical Society: Temporarily Closed; Upcoming Lecture Cancelled

For the safety of our members, volunteers, and the public our buildings will be closed. We will re-open as soon as it is safe to due so.

Please visit our website, social media, and YouTube pages.

You will find an array of information including articles about how to research your Plymouth County historical home, past newsletters, points of interest, recorded lectures and more!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Bridgewater Garden Club Night Meeting

Town of Bridgewater Suspends Public Access to Municipal Buildings Due to COVID-19

Town Manager Michael Dutton, Health Agent Eric Badget, Police Chief Christopher Delmonte and Fire Chief Thomas D. Levy report that the Town of Bridgewater is suspending public access to municipal buildings in response to the COVID-19 crisis, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared to be a global pandemic and which as moved President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency.

There are no confirmed or presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Bridgewater at this time.

“There is no easy way to say it, but things are going to be different for a little while, and we all need to make sure we are doing our part to slow the progress of this dangerous and deadly disease,” Town Manager Dutton said. “But I am supremely confident that Bridgewater will do its part. We will check on our neighbors; we will work from home; we will put off our social engagements, parties and play dates, and together we will emerge as a stronger community than ever before.”

Bridgewater announces the following changes to normal business until further notice:

  • Bridgewater-Raynham Regional Schools are closed through at least March 27.
  • Town offices are closed to the public. Offices will be staffed, however, members of the public may experience longer lead times than normal in the processing of certain requests.
  • The Bridgewater Senior Center is closed to the public. However, the following services will continue: Meals on Wheels and medical appointment/grocery store transportation services.
  • Veterans Services will provide telephone support only.
  • The Bridgewater Public Library is closed to the public.
  • Olde Scotland Links Golf Course is closed to the public.
  • Town and school playgrounds, including Marathon Park, are closed
  • Organized athletic events on town fields are cancelled.
  • Public Works (Water Supply, Water Pollution Control and Roadways) administrative offices are closed to the public.)
  • The Transfer Station will remain operational during normal business hours.
Public Safety (Fire and Police) administrative offices are closed to the public, and members of the public are asked to call the department business lines (Fire: 508-697-0900 and Police: 508-697-6118) for all non-emergency requests.

As always, please call 911 for any emergency, but residents should NOT dial 911 for COVID-19 related questions.

The town recommending that residents practice social distancing (at least six feet away from others) and avoid large crowds and large-scale events. Families are urged not to hold “play dates” and those in need of childcare should limit the number of families involved as much as possible. Public health officials are seeking to slow the spread of the coronavirus to avoid a sudden overburdening of the region’s healthcare system.

Seniors and those with underlying health conditions are urged not to babysit or attend gatherings with children.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) recommends that residents continue with good hygiene practices including:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds including under your fingernails. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol content) can be used when soap and water are not available.

Keep your hands away from your face.

Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing with a tissue and discard it immediately. Cough into the sleeve over your elbow instead of your hand. Wash your hands often when coughing and sneezing.

Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.

As always, if anyone displays symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever, cough or shortness of breath, they should not go to work or school and are advised to contact their primary care physician and/or the Bridgewater Health Department.