Monday, November 24, 2014

Bridgewater Garden Club Meeting

The Bridgewater Garden Club 's regular meetings will be held on Monday, December 1st at 7PM and Wednesday, December 3rd at 1:00PM at the Bridgewater Senior Center located at 10 Wally Krueger Way. 
Members will be working on arrangements and wreaths for the Holiday Greens Sale to be held on Saturday, December 6th from 9AM to Noon at the Bridgewater Senior Center. This is a rain or shine event.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

December AAUW Meeting

On Saturday, December 6th, the Taunton branch of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) will celebrate their annual Holiday Brunch at the home of Louise Freeman, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The guest speaker will be the current Taunton Area AAUW Education Foundation Graduate Fellow, Bizhao Zhang, an active proponent of gender equality. Zhang provides free legal services for underprivileged women fighting against sexual discrimination in the education sector of China. She has also volunteered on HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns in Africa and mentored migrant workers’ children in China. At Harvard Kennedy School, she plans to examine gender-motivated violence and develop policy-related skill sets to empower Chinese women.

The AAUW Education Foundation --- the world’s largest source of funding exclusively for graduate women – supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are under-represented.

AAUW membership is open to any graduate holding an Associate or equivalent, Baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. Undergraduates may become AAUW affiliate members.

For more information about joining the Taunton Area Branch of the AAUW, contact Rosemarie Buote, Vice President of Membership, at 508-669-5069. For more information about AAUW, visit the website at:

Toys for Tots Drive in Bridgewater

Date: Sunday, December 7th
Time: 12PM to 5PM
Location: VFW Post 2125 (Orange Street, Bridgewater)
Bring a new, unwrapped toy in support of Toys For Tots. A charity founded by the Marine Corps Reserve that collects and distributes toys to needy families during the holidays. 

Come visit your local VFW Post and donate a toy.

This is also a time where we fix the broken and unserviceable flags for Flags For Vets. The organization that places US flags for the 57,000 service men and women buried in Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. This is also an opportunity for you to drop off slightly used clothing to be donated to VA Brockton Medical Facility for veterans in need. You can also hang out and enjoy some light food and refreshments. 

You can also contact me if you want to donate food for this event.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Holiday Extravaganza

Holiday Extravaganza
Featuring: Flute Choir, Wind Ensemble, Student Soloists
Chamber Singers, Chorale, Brass Choir, Percussion Ensemble
Audience Sing-Along

Friday, December 12, 2014
7:30 PM
Rondileau Campus Center Auditorium

*There is a suggested donation of $10.00.
Proceeds of this event support the Friends of Music Scholarships

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bridgewater Triangle Documentary Screening

The Bridgewater Public Library will offer a screening of “The Bridgewater Triangle Documentary” on Tues., Nov. 25th at 6:30p.m. The 91-minute documentary will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the co-directors, Aaron Cadieux and Manny Famolare. The public is invited to attend this free program, which is funded by the Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library.

The Bridgewater Triangle sits within the Southeastern portion of Massachusetts. It includes a number of locations known for unexplained occurrences, including the Hockomock Swamp and the Freetown-Fall River State Forest. The Triangle’s borders are revealed by drawing a line between the town of Abington to the north, the town of Freetown to the southeast, and the town of Rehoboth to the southwest. The area hosts an extraordinarily high number of reports involving strange happenings, unexplained mysteries and sinister activities. Ghostly hauntings, UFO encounters and evidence of satanic ritual sacrifice have been reported. The Triangle is one of the country’s most diverse locations for paranormal activities.

Aaron Cadieux is an award-winning documentary filmmaker from Dartmouth. He owns and operates Bristol County Media LLS, a company specializing in video production services.

Manny Famolare is a lifelong Bridgewater Triangle area resident. He has always had an interest in the paranormal and has been investigating the Bridgewater Triangle for over 25 years. He has been featured on radio shows such as Visions of the Past, Voices of the Unknown, Ghost Chronicles, and Spooky Southcoast.

The Bridgewater Public Library is located at 15 South Street. Parking is available in back of the library.

For more information, call Mary O’Connell at 508-697-3331.

Fred Clark Recommended as 12th President of BSU


A son of Bridgewater State University has been unanimously selected to become its 12th president.
The university’s Board of Trustees unanimously and enthusiastically recommended Frederick W. Clark Jr., Esq. of Easton to the position, contingent upon ratification by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education at a special meeting on Dec. 2.
Louis M. Ricciardi, ’81, chairman of the BSU board, polled each board member for a decision among the three finalists who visited campus for extensive interviews earlier this month – Mr. Clark, Dr. Bradley Cook and Dr. Ashish Vaidya.
An audience of more than a hundred faculty, staff, students and external visitors gathered in Crimson Hall’s Dunn Conference Suite for the special meeting burst into spontaneous applause after all 10 trustees in attendance – starting with Vice Chairman Eugene J. Durgin who also chaired the Presidential Search Committee – named Mr. Clark.

Monday night’s vote by the board brought the six-month-long search to an apparent successful conclusion.

The search committee reviewed more than 80 applications and conducted eight airport interviews to whittle the field of finalists down to four.

One of the finalists, Dr. Cathy Sandeen, accepted a position with the University of Wisconsin system prior to her interview at Bridgewater.
“The goal of the search committee was to choose the best candidate to become the next president of Bridgewater State University,” Mr. Durgin said.

“We set the expectations of our next president and defined how this person would take the university to the next level of achievement.”
Mr. Clark, who was returning from a trip to South America when the vote was taken, had told the campus community at an open forum during his interview that the presidency at Bridgewater was his ultimate goal.

A 1983 graduate of Bridgewater where he majored in political science, Mr. Clark has been Executive Vice President and Vice President for External Affairs since coming to Bridgewater in 2011.
In that position, he created hundreds of paid internships for Bridgewater students, expanded international engagement by the university leading to 43 partnerships, reinvigorated regional business and educational partnerships, and co-led the establishment of BSU Cape Cod, a satellite campus in Yarmouth that will begin offering courses in January.
A lawyer by profession, and a 1986 graduate of Suffolk University School of Law, Mr. Clark had served for a decade as Executive Officer of the Massachusetts State Universities’ Council of Presidents, where he represented the Commonwealth’s nine state universities in governmental, legislative and public policy issues.
He has been on public higher education governing boards as well, most recently with the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (2007-2008) and, prior to his career in public higher education, on the BSU Board of Trustees and the Bridgewater State University Foundation.
For two decades, he was chief aid to the late Congressman John Joseph Moakey and since 2001 he has presided over the Moakley Charitable Foundation, which has allocated $2 million to assist public service-oriented scholarship recipients who seek to pursue education beyond high school.
Pending BHE approval, Mr. Clark will succeed Dr. Dana Mohler-Faria, who has served as Bridgewater’s president since 2002. President Mohler-Faria will retire next June 30. Compensation issues will be addressed between the board and Mr. Clark prior to the Dec. 2 BHE meeting.
Mr. Clark will begin his presidency during the institution’s 175th anniversary year and following more than a quarter century of historic growth, during which he has played a direct role as either COP executive or in a leadership role on one of the university’s governing boards, or as a member of the president’s Cabinet.
Prior to Dr. Mohler-Faria, Bridgewater presidents were: Adrian Tinsley, 1989-2002; Gerard T. Indelicato, 1986-1987; Adrian Rondileau, 1962-1986, 1987-1989; Clement C. Maxwell, 1952-1962; John J. Kelly, 1937-1951; Zenos Scott, 1933-1937; Arthur C. Boyden, 1906-1933; Albert G. Boyden, 1860-1906; Marshall Conant, 1853-1860; and Nicholas Tillinghast, 1840-1853.
Bridgewater has grown to become the flagship of the state university system. It is the 10th largest higher education institution (public or private) in the Commonwealth and serves a student population of 11,500, of which 95 percent hail from Massachusetts.
Like Mr. Clark himself, more than half of Bridgewater’s undergraduate student body represents the first members of their families to go to college.

Of the six children in his family, five attended Bridgewater and it was at Bridgewater where Mr. Clark met his wife, Carrie M. Kulick, who would go on to become president of the Alumni Association.

Their sons have also attended Bridgewater.

Elder Law Planning Event

The Bridgewater Public Library will host Melissa R. Victor on Tuesday, December 2nd, at 7:00 p.m. She is a well-respected attorney who is an expert in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration, Elder Law and Medicaid.

Discussion will include the differences between Wills and Trusts (revocable and irrevocable), how to protect your assets from a nursing home, how to avoid probate, how to minimize or eliminate Massachusetts estate taxes and how to plan for your family in the event that you become incapacitated.

This free program will be held in the Flora T. Little Meeting Room on the library’s lower level, accessible by stairs and elevator. Parking is available in back of the library, located at 15 South Street.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

BSU, Makepeace sign agreement

Bridgewater State University and the A.D. Makepeace Company have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote increased cooperation between their two organizations in serving the region and its workforce.

BSU President Dr. Dana Mohler-Faria and A.D. Makepeace Company President and CEO Michael Hogan signed the agreement on Nov. 12. The partnership will enhance internship and summer employment opportunities for Bridgewater students, develop paths to part- and full-time employment for students and graduates, and foster cooperation between staff of the two organizations.

“Bridgewater State University is committed to the success of our students and our region,” said President Mohler-Faria. “By building deep partnerships with employers, we can better provide a well-rounded education that helps prepare students to meet the challenges of working in our commonwealth and the world. Simultaneously, businesses like the A.D. Makepeace Company benefit from direct access to our talented, motivated and hard-working students.”

Michael Hogan, president and CEO of the Wareham-based A.D. Makepeace Company, said, “The university is a nucleus around which we should be able to build greater economic activity. We’re happy to finalize our relationship with Bridgewater State University.”

Frederick Clark Jr., executive vice president and vice president for External Affairs at Bridgewater, said, “The A.D. Makepeace Company has been repeatedly recognized for sound business practices and corporate philanthropy in the region. Like them, BSU is deeply committed to the economic, social and cultural health of Southeastern Massachusetts.”

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Weavings of Warrior Writers

The Weavings of Warrior Writers
October 27 - December 8, 2014
Maxwell Library

Veterans from Warrior Writers met for three sessions where veterans wrote about their military experience. Artists Cheyenne McCarter and Catherine Tutter showed them how their writing could be transformed into weaving by first spinning the paper into yarn and then weaving it onto a loom.
An art installation of drawing students’ work responding to letters written from war will be on exhibit in the Rondileau Campus Center, 2nd floor, during the month of November.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lions International Peace Poster Contest

Each year, Lions Clubs all over the world sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest for students ages 11, 12 and 13. This contest, which began 27 years ago, encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. The theme for the 2014-2015 Contest is “Peace, Love and Understanding”. Posters are judged on originality, artistic merit and expression of the theme.

The Bridgewater Public Library is currently displaying posters created by students from the 6th grade at Williams Intermediate School: Jack Estabrook, Jake Prisco, Niamh Costello, Alexa Cloutier, Kevin Phillips, Jenna Doherty, Casey Nelson, Belle Tatro, Ryan O’Gara, Nick Thibeault, Kyle Phillips, Emma Kroll, Eris Proffetty, Brian Rosher, Tommy Trabulsie, Danny Amirault, Matt Giurlea, Leah Possick, Thomas Krause, MaryKate Stewart, Olivia Orphanos, Justin Flores, Alisonh Whitaker, Emma Newman, Jordan Phelan, Nic Selgren, Brett Jackson, Julia Murray, Jake Moody, Dalton Moura, Olivia Earnshaw, Areta Odiah, Verena Giurguis, Abigail Sims, Tessa Devine, Meghan Melvin, Jordyn Stribbles, Jack fitzgerald, Craig Reimer, Truth Porter, Emily Scott, Mary Lysko, Nicholas Lambert, Julia Schmitchel,Aidan Brien, Samil Murphy, NJathan Lagerstedt, Ben Wallace, Ryan Macdermlott, Renata Palladino, Allyssa Washburn, Hailee Poole, Brandon Sinclair, Jack Moitoza, Liam McGrath, Katie Rennie, Riley Rushton, Trevor Thayer, Libby Sarro, Lexie Sarantopoulos, Chris Turner, Meghan Mungouan, Abigail Palmer, Emma Pacheco.

Ellyn Gaspardi is the adult coordinator.

This year’s winners are: 3rd place: Meghan Mungovan; 2nd place: Olivia Orphanos; 1st place: Erin Proffetty.
The local contest is sponsored by the Bridgewater Community Lions. The posters are currently available for viewing in the Flora T. Little Meeting Room on the lower level.