Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Old Bridgewater Historical Society

Old Bridgewater Historical Society Lecture

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society will host a lecture at the Memorial Building in West Bridgewater on Sunday, June 9th entitled: Bridgewater’s Black Yankees. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Africans were forcibly brought into New England as well as into southern states. They began a journey of assimilation that would ultimately transform them into Americans. Bridgewater had a complex, and well-documented cluster of these Black Yankees (to use the words of scholar William Pierson.) Surviving documents allow us to view them not as a generic community, but to trace them through the 18th and into the 19th centuries, as they married, had children, went to war, and sued for their freedom. We will look at the colonial culture they navigated and hear some of their stories.

It will be presented by Rita Hutchinson, a public historian who has worked for over 30 years at Plimoth Plantation, the living history museum in Plymouth MA. She also teaches history and government at Quincy College. Rita received her M.A. in history from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she began her research and writing about slavery and the African American presence in colonial New England.

The event, which begins at 2 p.m., will take place at 162 Howard Street in West Bridgewater. Light refreshments will be available. Bridgewater’s Black Yankees is a free program; however, donations to OBHS will be gratefully accepted. For more information, visit the OBHS website at

Monday, May 20, 2019

Old Bridgewater Historical Society Colonial Kids' Day

Old Bridgewater Historical Society Colonial Kids' Day

Please join us at Colonial Kids’ Day, hosted by the Old Bridgewater Historical Society on Saturday, June 8th from 1-3 p.m. Participants will have fun learning about a Colonial child’s life at home, school, and play through hands-on crafts, games and storytelling. This free event is best suited for children ages 5-10, and parents must stay on the property during the program.

Colonial Kids’ Day will be held at the OBHS Keith House, located at 199 River Street in West Bridgewater.

For more information about the Old Bridgewater Historical Society or about Colonial Kids’ Day, visit

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Around the Common Readers Earn $50 When Joining Aspiration Bank!

Around the Common is happy to announce a new deal with online bank Aspiration Bank! When you join Aspiration Bank you will receive a $25 deposit into your account and a $25 donation will be made to the charity of your choice!

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Babysitter Bootcamp 2019

Dates: Thursday, June 20th and Friday, June 21st
Time: 8:00 AM - 2:3O PM (both days)

Course Fee: $75
Application Deadline: June l4th

Call: 508-597-5800

Course Location:
Conant Community Health Center
5 Wally Krueger Way, Bridgewater

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

28th Annual Rudofsky Family Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit The Bridge Center

Monday July 15, 2019 

Registration & Breakfast starts at 9:00am
Shotgun start on the course at 11:00am
Reception, drinks, and dinner at 4:00pm at The Bridge Center.

Individual Player $300.00
Foursome $1,200.00

Register here!

The event has several different sponsorship opportunities for individuals or businesses that are interested in partnering with us! Click here for more information!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Free Concert May 19th in Central Square

A free concert of gospel, praise and contemporary music will be presented in Music Alley off the Central Square Common in Bridgewater on Sunday, May 19 from 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Musicians are Julia Scott Carey, pianist, and the band, Fox & Cox with Teresa Foley, Craig Hamilton and Tom Struzik.

The concert is sponsored by Central Square Congregational Church, UCC. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the Fellowship Hall, the lower level of the church at 71 Central Square.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Old Bridgewater Historical Society Announces Two New Board Members

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society announced the appointment of two new members of its Board of Directors, as well as a slate of officers and board members for the current year.

Joining the Board of Directors are Jeannie Cullati and Jackie Salvas. The full slate of Board Members is listed below:

Shellie Karol-Chik (President)
Jeannie Cullati (Vice-President)
Katherine Wolfe (Treasurer)
Jackie Salvas (Clerk)
Norma Callahan
Howard Hayward
Marlene Howell
Carlton Hunt
James Karol-Chik
Lisa Kern
Mary O’Connell
Robert B. Wood

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society is a private organization, started in 1894, dedicated to the collection, preservation, and publication of history relating to the original Bridgewater area, which includes the towns of East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, Bridgewater and the city of Brockton. Residents are encouraged to drop by the OBHS Memorial Building during open hours (Mon - 5 to 8 pm and Wed – 12 to 3 pm) to investigate all the treasures stored within!

The Society also maintains the Keith House, or Keith Parsonage, located at 199 River Street in West Bridgewater. Built in 1662 as a parsonage, this was the home of Bridgewater’s first minister, Reverend James Keith. It was his home from 1664 until his death in 1719. It is operated as a colonial home museum and is open to the public on Sunday afternoons during the warmer months of the year.

OBHS currently has 325 members living in 27 states. Membership applications are available on the OBHS website, at

Bridgewater State University Commencement Information

Graduate Commencement
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Boyden Quad

Undergraduate Ceremony for the Louis M. Ricciardi College of Business, College of Education and Allied Studies, Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Boyden Quad

Undergraduate Ceremony for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Boyden Quad

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Rabies Clinic

Saturday, May 11, 2019
Location: Highway Dept. Town Barn, 151 High Street

Fees: $12.00 per vaccine (checks or cash accepted) (We are unable to make change for cash)

9:00 – 11:00 AM DOGS - Dogs 6 months & older must be on a leash
11:00 – 12:00 CATS - Cats must be confined in carriers

If you would like a 3-year rabies vaccine please bring your last rabies documentation

Licenses will also be available from the Town Clerk

Special thanks to Bridgewater Veterinary Clinic, Animal Control Officer Lisa McKay & the Town Clerk’s office for their assistance.

Please call Laurie Keane at the Health Department at 508-697-0903 if you have questions.See Full Document