Thursday, February 23, 2017

Japanese American Internment Executive Order 9066

“Japanese American Internment Executive Order 9066” an informative lecture at the Bridgewater Public Library
Presented by Historian and Professor Gary Hylander on February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Join us as we discuss EXECUTIVE ORDER 9066.

In the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066.  The Order designated the Pacific West Coast as a war zone and resulted in the forced relocation of thousands of Japanese-Americans away from the coastline into detention centers for the duration of the war.  Over 100,000 native-born Japanese-American citizens (NISEI) and foreign-born Japanese nationals (ISSEI) were forced to leave their homes, sell their businesses and surrender their personal possessions.  Despite Roosevelt’s fears, not a single Japanese-American was found guilty of wartime sabotage or espionage. 

Dr. Gary Hylander is currently an independent scholar who specializes as a presidential historian, a pedagogical specialist for the National Endowment for the Humanities and professor of history.

The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library and is free and open tot he public.

Surviving the Holocaust and Racism

On Monday, February 27 at 2:00 Jack Trompetter will be at BSU to speak about the Holocaust.  Mr. Trompetter is a survivor who seeks to educate people of all ages about the Holocaust and to challenge us to think about the lessons to be learned from this horrific event.  Mr. Trompetter is presenting as part of SCWK/CRJU349: Perspectives on the Holocaust.

The talk will be held in Moakley 100 and last approximately 75 minutes.  Classes are welcome as are members of the community.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Juice Mill Grand Opening on Friday, February 24th!

Downtown Bridgewater is gearing up to welcome its newest local business to the area and local residents will have a great, healthy place to visit for all natural juices and other items! Juice Mill will be opening on Friday, February 24th!

Residents will want to mark the calendars for February 1st for the Grand Opening of Juice Mill, a juicery and cafe that will be located right in Central Square.

Juice Mill will feature all-natural fresh juices, smoothies, acai bowls, cleanses, salads and more!

For more information about Juice Mill, please "Like" their Facebook page by clicking here and "Follow" them on Twitter by clicking here.

Shaun Casey To Join BSU At Global Religions & Civic Culture Event

Shaun Casey, who served as the U.S. Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs for several years, will be the keynote speaker at a daylong conference by the Global Religions & Civic Culture program at Bridgewater State University on Friday, Feb. 24.

The former Obama administration official is on the faculty of Georgetown University. He has written on the ethics of war in Iraq as well as the role of religion in American presidential politics. His book, The Making of a Catholic President: Kennedy vs. Nixon 1960, was published in 2009.

“The goal of the conference is to consider ways to optimize the resources of Bridgewater State University and communities in Southeastern Massachusetts to lead to a better understanding of the various religions and spiritual expressions that are represented in the region,” said Dr. Margaret Lowe, professor of history at BSU.

Professor Lowe is the coordinator of the Global Religions & Civic Culture initiative, which encompasses faculty for a number of disciplines across the university. It began in the fall of 2014 to establish an academic setting for the study of global religions and spiritual expression and to provide a setting and resource for the application of that understanding to everyday situations.

During its first year, the initiative was focused on the academic study of religion, with special attention to fostering student success and addressing the broad aims of the university’s strategic plan.

In its second year, the focus broadened to the understanding of global religions and spiritual expression in public life, especially at BSU and the wider community by exploring various partnerships. The program has held events featuring speakers on religious pluralism, including a keynote lecture by Dr. Diana Eck, a member of the faculty of divinity at Harvard University.

The initiative has developed a new interdisciplinary minor for Bridgewater State University students in Global Religious & Civic Culture. Faculty from a variety of departments across the university’s schools have collaborated to provide course content for this program, which will start in the fall.

This year’s conference, which starts at 8:45 a.m. with invited community members, regional higher education leaders and BSU stakeholders, includes a teach-in hour with invited classes, a lunch with invited diversity, pluralism and interfaith leaders, a faculty seminar for invited BSU and regional higher education faculty, and Casey’s keynote address and reception.

Naomi Arenberg, a 26-year veteran of public radio at both WGBH and WCAI, will interview Casey during the interactive keynote, which will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. in Maxwell Library’s Heritage Room. The keynote is open to the public and the campus community.

Casey is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School with a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Theology in Religion and Society. He also earned a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard with a concentration in International Security. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Abilene Christian University and is a member of the American Academy of Religion.

He is working on two projects – co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Political Theology with Michael Kessler of Georgetown, and he is writing a book on ethics and international politics, which is tentatively titledNiebuhr’s Children.

While serving in the Office of Religion and Global Affairs, Casey worked to implement the National Strategy on Religious Leader and Faith Community Engagement.  The office advises the secretary on policy matters as they relate to religion, supports U.S. posts and bureaus in the efforts to assess religious dynamics and engage religious actors; and serves as a first point entry for individuals, both religious and secular, who would like to engage the State Department on matters of religion and global affairs.

For more information about the event, contact Professor Lowe at or call 508.531.2406.

February Meetings of the Bridgewater Garden Club

The Bridgewater Garden's Club Day meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 22nd at 1 p.m. Michael Tallbott will discuss the effects of non-invasive and invasive plants on our environment. 

The Evening meeting will be held on Monday, February 27th at 6:45 p.m. Yvette Vivard, of Charlotte Designs, will share her knowledge from the finest schools in France and her event business.  She will show simple, but elegant design techniques to brighten your home. 

Meetings will be held at the Senior Center, Wally Krueger Way, where refreshments will be served. Members and guests are welcome at both meetings.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

300 Years of History

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Registration Open for Bridgewater Little League Baseball

Calling all players ages 4-8! Registration is open for Bridgewater Little League!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Building Creativity One Block At A Time

Come see a really cool creative building block exhibit during school vacation!  View the amazing building block creations, have a bite to eat, then use your own imagination to play and create something new.   Baked goods, snacks, prepared foods, and raffle tickets will also be available.

Friday February 24:  4pm - 8pm
Saturday February 25: 10am - 4pm

$5 per person, children under 2 are free

Trinity Episcopal Church
91 Main Street
Bridgewater, MA 02324

Monday, February 13, 2017

BR-SEPAC Presentation on Collaborative Problem Solving

The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a presentation for the 2016-2017 school year on Monday, February 27th at 6:00 pm titled, Collaborative Problem Solving. The Collaborative Problem Solving model sets forth two major tenets: first, that social, emotional, and behavioral challenges are best understood as the byproduct of lagging thinking skills and second, that these challenges are best addressed by teaching children the skills they lack. The teaching of these skills may be accomplished in a variety of ways, but primarily through helping challenging children and their adult caretakers learn to resolve problems in a collaborative, mutually satisfactory manner. Come learn more about this model!

The meeting will be held at The Bridge Center located at 470 Pine St., Bridgewater, MA. Please register online in advance for free childcare at: http://

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Munchkin Soccer Clinic

The Munchkin Soccer Clinic utilizes a curriculum which is designed with an understanding of appropriate child development. The program is designed to bring children through various stages of development and make sure they both grow their athletic skills and at the same time create an interest and love for the game of soccer!

This fun, game-based curriculum has been designed to develop gross motor skills, promote physical fitness and create confidence and positive self-esteem in younger children.

Each class is 45 minutes long. Players need to bring a size 3 soccer ball and water and children must wear sneakers or soccer shoes.

Day & Time: Wednesdays 4 PM-4:45 PM
Ages: 4 and 5
Session 3: 3/,1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29 and 4/5
Cost: $65
Location: Bridgewater Dome

Register online by clicking here.