Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Bag Swap



The plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance begins in September here in Bridgewater and The Bridgewater Green Committee and the Green Sanctuary Committee of the First Parish Unitarian Church of Bridgewater are planning a Reusable Shopping "Bag Swap". 

Many of us have excess reusable shopping bags from events so we would like to collect those excess bags and give them away to folks that need them at Autumnfest on September 24th to be held at the BSU campus.

We have placed a collection bin near the Parish Hall door so that you can conveniently leave your extra REUSABLE Shopping bags at 50 School Street OR if you know any of us, just give them to us! Thanks!

If you'd like to learn more about the Bridgewater Green Committee, be sure to check out their Facebook page by clicking here.

Monday, August 22, 2016

“Planning for Long Term Care” at the Bridgewater Public Library


Join Michael Graff of the American Financial Education Alliance to discuss Planning for Long Term Care. 

As you near retirement, one of the biggest challenges you'll face is addressing the need for long term care.  Being knowledgeable and prepared is the key to having sufficient resources to cover the costs and receiving the best possible care.

This workshop is for anyone concerned with their own care and adult children concerned about a parent or other loved one.  Key points of the workshop will include strategies to cover costs while protecting your retirement assets, government incentives for insurance and how Medicare and Medicaid factor into planning.

The event, which begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

**This is strictly educational; no products will be sold or endorsed. The American Financial Education Alliance (AFEA) is not associated with the Social Security Administration or any other government agency.

BYSA TOPS Program


BYSA is proud to announce that we are bringing back the TOPS soccer program this fall. The TOPS program will cater to the disabled athletes that have had very few options to play soccer in our community. TOPS will allow BYSA to open a door that provides a FREE opportunity for these Bridgewater athletes.
• Community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities organized by youth soccer association volunteers.
• Program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a cognitive or physical disability.
• Goal is to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the US Youth Soccer family.
• Registration is open until 8/21/2016 on our website at:bridgewateryouthsoccer.com
• If you have any questions please contact Jim Frazier at : coachjfrazier@comcast.net

Friday, August 19, 2016

BYSA Youth Referees


Anyone who is interested in becoming a junior referee for the fall season, please contact Ron Barron at ronbarron@comcast.net

-You must be 12 years old
-You will ref U8 games on Saturdays
-You will receive a ref shirt from BYSA
-You will ref each game with another junior ref
-Each ref receives $5 and a ticket for lunch. 

You will need to have your own whistle!

A junior referee meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 7th at 5:00 p.m. at the Flagg Street fields.  Games begin on Saturday, September 10th.  

Parents...this is a great way for your child to get their feet wet and see if they are interested in the world of reffing.  This is very casual and a great way to be introduced into officiating.  If you have any questions or would like to have your child become a ref, please shoot me an email so that I can put them on the list. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Ahearn Pump & Well

Around the Common would like to welcome Ahearn Pump & Well as our newest Bridgewater Business Listing. We remind you to always support local business!

Ahearn Pump & Well is a name that stands for quality, service, and reliability.

Your family's water supply is important to them. With over 30 years of combined experience, the staff at Ahearn Pump & Well is committed to maintaining that water supply for many years to come.

Conveniently located on the South Shore of Massachusetts and serving the Greater Boston and Cape Cod areas since 1991, Ahearn Pump & Well looks forward to assisting you with your irrigation or domestic water needs.

For a full listing of the services offered by Ahearn Pump & Well, please click here. Be sure to also "Like" them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter!

Henry the Juggler in Music Alley 8/18


Henry the Juggler is believed to be in your area! The Music Alley presents his hilarious show on Thursday, August 18, at 5 PM, with generous funding from the Bridgewater Cultural Council.


Henry the Juggler is considered armed (and legged) and dangerous. He is known to cause spontaneous outbursts of laughter. He speaks little, but says a great deal through his expression and body language (and road signs!). He has in his possession BALLS, CLUBS, RINGS, TORCHES and other apparatus of his trade. He is capable of changing his height through the use of stilts, and walking on a thin wire high above the ground.


WARNING: Henry involves innocent bystanders in his act.


Henry the Juggler is a professional. He has been performing for over thirty year and has brought laughter to tens of thousands of people up and down the East Coast - at theaters, libraries, schools and festivals. He studied physical comedy at California's Dell'Arte School. He is an active member of the International Jugglers' Association.


Music Alley and the Bridgewater Cultural Council are believed to be in cahoots with Henry. They have sponsored his appearance. For more information, please look up www.HenryLappen.com, or contact Marilee Kenney Hunt at 508-659-1220 or mkhunt@bridgewaterma.org.


Don't miss Henry the Juggler!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Bee Charmed Gift Shop

Around the Common would like to welcome our newest business community member, Bee Charmed Gift Shop

Owned and operated by Evelyn St. Germaine, Bee Charmed Gift Shop is located on Spring Street in Bridgewater and is a great, quintessential New England gift shop perfect for gifts for all occasions. 
The business sells town signs and ceramic containers featuring Bridgewater and surrounding cities and towns, greeting cards, handmade crafts, knit items and more! Whether you are shopping for a birthday, anniversary or special event there is something for everyone at Bee Charmed! Bee Charmed also allows local crafters to consign their crafts at the store so there is a great rotation of local crafts available for purchase.
One of the unique specialties of the shop is the fact that Evelyn and her daughter Sabrina make their own candles which are one of the top sellers in the store. Bee Charmed has started a Frequent Candle Club and where shoppers receive a stamp on the Candle Club card and when purchasing one (1) 16oz candle or two (2) 8oz candle. When shoppers receive (ten) 10 stamps they receive a free candle. 

Please be sure to “Like” Bee Charmed Gift Shop on Facebook by clicking here.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Pastel Paint Stunning Still Life’s Like the Masters


Stunning Still Life’s like the Masters Pastel Paint Workshop Tuesday, September 6th @ 5:30 pm.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
Gregory Maichack, twice nominated for the MCC Gold Star Award, and award-winning pastelist, presents his all-new “Pastel Paint Stunning Still Life’s Like the Masters” workshop: instruction, demo, and hands-on work by sheer beginners to advance who keep their pastel painting. He demonstrates how beginners to accomplished artists can easily pastel paint a still life while applying techniques applied by masters such as van Gogh, O’Keeffe, Monet & daVinci. He shares humorous and insightful anecdotes on the artists in this fun workshop. Essential techniques of pastel painting will be clearly demonstrated as participants follow along. He provides hundreds of professional grade pastels, paper, & pencils.

The event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.  Registration is required.  Register at www.bridgewaterpubliclibrary.org under events.

Supported in part by a grant from the Bridgewater Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Custom Succulent Plants


Be Love is excited to co-host an event at Better Bean Coffee in Bridgewater! We offer a casual environment to hang out with friends, laugh a lot, and bring home a LOW maintenance succulent planter made with your very own hands! 

Be Love Succulents is located in Bridgewater, Massachusetts providing unique succulent arrangements in the Massachusetts area. Succulents are low maintenance plants that add a variety of looks to a container garden. 

For more information, check out Be Love’s FB page by clicking here. You can also find Be Love products at Bee Charmed Gift Shop, also in Bridgewater.


Tickets for this event are $10 and can be purchased in advance at The Better Bean. This event will be limited to 20 people.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Bridgewater Community Dance Series Starting Sixth Season


The Bridgewater Community Dance Series will be starting its sixth year this coming September, featuring a mix of international folk dance and New England squares and contras. We have a steady group of 20-30 dancers, who not only enjoy the dancing (it’s great exercise!), but also enjoy the opportunity for joyful interaction with others. 

 For 2016/2017, dancers may sign up for an eight session fall series, a twelve session winter/spring series, all 20 sessions, OR may attend any dance without committing to the series. No prior experience is required, all dances are taught, and first time attendees get a free night! Dances are held on alternating Fridays—with some exceptions—from 7:30-9:30 p.m., at the Bridgewater Senior Center. (Note: This is not a seniors’ only event.) 

 Dates for the fall are September 2, 16, and 30, October 7 and 21, November 4 and 18, and December 16. Dates for the winter/spring series are: January 6 and 20, February 3 and 17, March 3, 17, and 31, April 7 and 21, May 19, and June 2 and 16. Session fees, per person, are $48 for the fall, $72 for the winter/spring, or $105 ($15 savings) to sign up for both. Single night attendees will be charged $8 per dance. 

Dance leader, Sam Baumgarten, professor emeritus at Bridgewater State University, has over 40 years of teaching experience and continues to teach classes at BSU in folk, square, and contra dance. To obtain a registration form or for more information, contact Sam at 508-697-6848, or 774-208-2933, or sbaumgarten@verizon.net. Don’t be afraid to try it out, maybe get out of your comfort zone. You won’t be disappointed!