Friday, October 24, 2014

Snowy Owl - Soul of the Arctic

Greg Lessard will present his latest portfolio “Snowy Owl - Soul of the Arctic” at the Bridgewater Public Library during the months of November and December.

The presentation will include nearly thirty images of snowy owls that were made during the record setting irruption of 2013-2014. In addition, the presentation will include the stories behind the images. One image will be a life sized panorama of a snowy owl in flight!

Mr. Lessard started this portfolio in November of 2013 on Thanksgiving weekend. “While everyone was standing in crowded lines, looking for the best deals on Black Friday, I quietly snuck out to a coastal park to look for my first owl of the season. Arriving at dawn, I was thrilled to locate a beautiful, darkly barred owl. The owl was perched on a fallen tree in some tall grasses. It was wary of me, so I kept my distance, making a beautiful landscape that included a snowy owl,” said Mr. Lessard.

Creating this portfolio was a challenge. Mr. Lessard spent countless hours in sub- freezing weather waiting for the owls to reveal themselves in a photogenic moment. He often walked more than five miles in the dark, with thirty pounds of gear to find the owls in remote locations. Not wanting to disturb the owls, Mr. Lessard would spend hours sitting patiently, observing these visitors from the arctic. His effort paid off with many outstanding images of truly magnificent creatures.

This is the second portfolio that Greg has featured snowy owls. His previous exhibit, “The Year of the Snowy Owl” was a resounding success. Mr. Lessard has been fascinated by snowy owls for more than a decade. Over the last four years, he has photographed dozens of owls and written numerous articles about his experiences.
Greg Lessard is a landscape artist with a passion for capturing profound moments in nature. Largely a self-taught photographer, Greg picked up a camera in his early twenties with the simple hope of sharing his discoveries with others. Through years of dedication and devotion to his craft, Greg has become an artist with a unique vision and talent. He is able to engage the viewer and evoke powerful emotional responses with his art.
Mr. Lessard is highly sought after as a teacher of photography. He is a photography tour leader with the Massachusetts Audubon North River Sanctuary and the South Shore Science Center. Mr. Lessard has recently become sponsored by Hunt’s Photo and Video.

In his photo classes, Mr. Lessard emphasizes the importance of ethical nature photography. He encourages all of his students to think of nature and wildlife first and the image second. Respecting the owls and their environment was more important to Mr. Lessard than making a great image. His approach of sitting quietly for hours at a time frequently resulted in fantastic images.
For more information on Greg Lessard and his photography, visit his website at or his blog at

Haunted Halls at BSU

Haunted Halls at BSU
Oct 31st, 5-7pm
Trick-or-Treating, Halloween Games and awesome prizes! Bring the kids - and join the fun!
Please see the attached flyer.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pop-A-Lock of Southeastern Massachusetts

Around the Common is pleased to welcome Pop-A-Lock of Southeastern Massachusetts as our newest Bridgewater Business Listing. Please remember to keep your spending local.
Pop-A-Lock of Southeastern Massachusetts is part of a nationwide franchise with a rich history of community service and professional locksmith services. The company was founded on quality service and customer service, and they are held to the same standard. Their strong dedication to community safety has been reflected in our services and their FREE emergency car door unlocking service that has been around since Pop-A-Lock was founded.
Pop-A-Lock is a mobile locksmith. This means they’ll go to you whether you’re stuck on the side of a road, locked out or lost your car keys at the mall, or need locksmith services at your home or business.
Their mobile locksmiths provide the following services:
  • Car Door Unlocking
  • Transponder Key Services
  • Automotive Rekeying
  • Automotive Key Duplication
  • Roadside Assistance (jump starts, tire changes, fuel deliveries)
  • Residential Door Unlocking
  • Residential Rekeying
  • Residential Key Duplication
  • Business Door Unlocking
  • Business Rekeying
  • Business Key Duplication
  • Security Audits
  • Emergency Door Unlocking (When a child or pet is locked inside a vehicle with the keys inside)
For more information about Pop-A-Lock of Southeastern Massachusetts, please visit their website by clicking here. Be sure to also "Like" them on Facebook by clicking here and Follow them on Twitter @PopALockSEMass.

Coffeland Connections: Local Values in a Global Product

Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan will speak at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. The topic of his talk will be: Coffeland Connections: Local Values in a Global Product.

Dr. Hayes-Bohanan is a faculty member in the Geography Department at Bridgewater State University. Bring your questions about coffee and bring a mug for the delicious coffee that will be served.

For more information about Dr. Hayes-Bohanan, visit his web page at:

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bridgewater Garden Club Meetings

The Bridgewater Garden Club Day meeting will be held on Wed. Oct. 22, at the Bridgewater Cole-Yeaton Senior Center,10 Wally Kruger Way, Bridgewater Ma. at 1:00 pm. BGC member Eileen Pratti will demonstrate design with supermarket flowers purchased by members. 
The evening meeting will be held on Monday Oct. 27 at 7:00pm.Mary Arnberg, expert on Hosta Plants will speak and share her knowledge about growing these popular perennials. 
All meetings are open to the public. For information call 508-697-7617.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

How HeLa Cells Have Advanced Medical Research

The Bridgewater Public Library will host Dr. Jennifer Mendell on Saturday, October 25 at 11a.m. for a One Book One Community Program. Dr. Mendell will speak about “How HeLa Cells Have Advanced Medical Research: An Historical Perspective”. HeLa refers to the cells of Henrietta Lacks, the subject of Bridgewater’s current OBOC selection: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

Dr. Mendell is a faculty member in the Biology Department at Bridgewater State University. She received her BA from Wheaton College and her PhD from Cornell University.

Bridgewater’s One Book One Community program is a partnership which includes Bridgewater State University, the Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (CASE), the Bridgewater Public Library, Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library and the Bridgewater Senior Center.

The current semester’s selection, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never know. It is a story connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bio-ethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.

BR-SEPAC and GMSPA Presentation

The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a meeting for the 2014-2015 school year on October 21,2014 at 6:30 pm. Following the meeting, at 7 pm there will be a lecture titled, Don’t Pop Your Cork. 

This lecture will be given by Jeanine Fitzgerald. No matter how much we love children or how fulfilling we find caring for and educating them, it is difficult and demanding work at times. There are no instruction manuals or cookbook recipes, nor are there mandates that require us to take care of ourselves. However, your success as a caregiver is determined in part, by your ability to renew your energy and meet your own needs. This session explores ways to nurture the nurturer. It is about creating wellness in your life which is much more than stress management and reduction. 

The meeting will be held at the Bridgewater-Raynham High School Auditorium 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: or email

Friday, October 17, 2014

Candy Lab Open to the Public

The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University is hosting “Candy Lab! The Sweet Chemistry of Candy,” on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the Science and Mathematics Center, Room 265. The talk is part of the Project GreenLab Discussion Series.

Gummy bears, Life Savers, chewing gum, cotton candy – a lot can be done with sugar. This discussion focuses on the science and chemical reactions that occur in making some favorite sugary treats.

In celebration of National Chemistry Week (October 20-24), join the scientists from the BSU Project GreenLab and discover the wonders of chemistry through candy. This fun, interactive discussion will offer hands-on activities. Participants will whip up edible gummy capsules, run M&M reactions, try a little candy chromatography, and put some sour candies through an acid and base test.

The Project GreenLab discussion series focuses on developing a better understanding of the role of chemicals in our daily lives. Following the GreenLab discussion, participants are invited to visit the BSU Observatory for their weekly viewing of the night skies.

The mission of Project GreenLab is to bring the Principles of Green Chemistry into research, curriculum development and outreach education. Project GreenLab is an outreach initiative of the Bridgewater State University Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (CASE).

Pizza, soft drinks and cookies will be provided. This GreenLab event is open to the campus community and to the general public, and is appropriate for children and adults.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Way of All Flesh Film Showing

Bridgewater’s One Book One Community Committee invites you to attend a showing of the BBC award winning documentary “The Way of All Flesh” at the Bridgewater Public Library. The film will be shown at 6:30p.m. on Monday, October 20th in the library’s Flora T. Little Meeting Room.

The documentary focuses on Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown. This documentary tells her story, explaining the controversy surrounding use of the cells, and how the cells affected medical and political history.

Bridgewater’s One Book One Community committee has chosen “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot as its autumn selection.

For more information about One Book One Community, pick up a brochure at the Bridgewater Public Library or visit the OBOC Facebook page at: OBOC chooses two books every year, one in the spring and a second in the fall. All Bridgewater residents are invited to participate in a series of activities focusing on the selected book’s theme.