Sunday, February 14, 2016

Vendor Space Available for Lions 28th Annual Antiques/Craft Fair/ Flea Market


Plans are being finalized for the Bridgewater Academy Lions Club’s 28th Indoor Antiques/Craft Fair/Flea Market, under the direction of Lions Peg Dunford and Cheryl Finch, co-chairs. This popular event will be held on Saturday, April 2 from

9 AM – 2 PM in the large gymnasium and lobby of the Bridgewater Middle School (former B/R Regional High School). Bridgewater Middle School is located at 166 Mount Prospect Street, Bridgewater, off Route 104. Its large parking area is accessible from both Center Street and Mount Prospect Street. More than 450 people attended this Lions fundraiser last year.

More than 60% of the 56 vendor spaces have already been booked. For more information about renting one of the remaining 12’ x 8’ spaces at this event, interested vendors, crafters, householders, and fundraising groups should e-mail as soon as possible. You must provide your own tables, chairs, etc. Spaces are $30.00 each and they sell out quickly.

Net proceeds from the $1.00 admission fee, vendor rents, and the various Bridgewater Academy Lions tables in the lobby, including café, attic treasures, books, videos, baked goods, cutlery, and prize drawing, will benefit local scholarships, community programs, and other Lions charities.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Beth Basler, Realtor at Keller Williams

Around the Common is pleased to welcome Beth Basler, Realtor at Keller Williams as our newest local business listing. We encourage you to always support local business first!

Beth Basler provides professional and dedicated service before, during and after the sale or purchase of your home because your move matters! Beth has worked in real estate for over 15 years and has an extensive customer service background and expertise in marketing using all the latest real estate software tools and social networking sites. Beth is certified by the Massachusetts Association of Realtors in Loss Mitigation.

Beth is partnered with Keller Williams Realty and has extensive real estate experience across the South Shore and works with both buyers and sellers alike to help them achieve their real estate needs.

For more information on how Beth Basler can help you with your real estate transactions, please visit her website by clicking here. You can also "Like" her page on Facebook by clicking here.

Bridgewater State University to host Mandela Washington Fellows

Bridgewater State University has been selected as a partner with the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in 2016. Beginning in mid-June, Bridgewater will host 25 of Africa’s brightest emerging public management leaders for a six-week academic and leadership institute.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities and support for activities in their communities.

Fellows are young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa who have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities and countries.

“It is an amazing opportunity for us,” said Dr. Karim Ismaili, vice provost and senior international officer at Bridgewater. “It’s an honor to be selected for an initiative that is so important to the president, to the nation but also for our own outreach and understanding of Africa.”

Mandela Fellows hosted by Bridgewater are part of a larger group of 1,000 hosted at 41 institutions across the United States this summer. These emerging leaders will meet with President Obama at a Town Hall during the Presidential Summit in Washington, D.C. at the conclusion of the institutes.

The Public Management Institute at Bridgewater, under the direction of Dr. Michael Kryzanek, professor emeritus of the Department of Political Science, is tailored to Fellows who work, or aspire to work, in all levels of government, regional or international organizations, or other publicly minded groups and think tanks.

Public Management Institutes are designed to introduce Fellows to U.S. models and best practices while building technical and leadership capacity in areas such as citizen engagement, human resource management, public financial management, and the intersection of government with business and civil society.

Bridgewater has brought together a team of six leaders, each of whom will address a particular topic during each of week of the program as follows: Dr. Wendy Haynes, interim dean of the College of Graduate Studies and former coordinator of the Master of Public Administration program, introduction to public management; Dr. Uma Shama, professor and graduate coordinator for mathematics and computer science, public works and transportation; Dr. George Serra, professor of political science and director of legislative studies, elected officials and elections; Dr. Carolyn Petrosino, professor of criminal justice, criminal justice; Dr. Kevin Donnelly, assistant professor of political science and service learning coordinator, governance and civic involvement; Dr. David Almeida, professor and chair of special education and communication disorders, education.

Morning classroom sessions will also include meetings with practitioners while afternoons will feature site visits associated with an interest in that week’s topic, Dr. Kryzanek said. Each Fellow will have a peer collaborator who works in the region and will act as a mentor.

“Fellows also have a leadership plan – how they are going to use what they’ve learned and take it back to their home country,” Dr. Kryzanek said. Saturdays and Sundays are free, but Bridgewater is arranging a whole range of activities for the Fellows.

In addition to Bridgewater, universities hosting Mandela Fellows at Public Management Institutes include: Arizona State University, Florida International University, Georgia State University, Howard University, Syracuse University, The Ohio State University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Maine, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin Madison and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Mandela Fellows will also attend institutes in business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership and energy. Bridgewater is one of four higher education institutions from New England running institutes. The others are the University of Maine, Dartmouth College and Cambridge College.

Working closely with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational Affairs and its implementing partner, IREX, host institutions have designed academic programs that will challenge, inspire and empower these inspiring young leaders from Africa.

“There will be a very focused attention to the afterlife of this fellowship,” said Dr. Ismaili. “We believe this will be a major strategic foray into how we engage in Africa and other parts of the world in the future. It’s a great example of the future of this university and the kind of work we can do to advance the understanding of the U.S. in the world – and of the world in the U.S.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a U.S. government program that is supported in its implementation by IREX. For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit or join the conversation with #YALI2016.

Friday, February 12, 2016

2016 Mission Supper

Please join us Saturday, March 12th at 6:00 PM for the 14th Annual Mission Supper at Central Square Congregational Church, to raise money for the youth and their chaperones to do a week of service in West Virginia this summer. 

Seating is limited and by reservation only call 508-697-6016. When you make your reservation you must choose your entree selection. Thanks in advance!!!

Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square

Bridgewater MA

Darwin Day Keynote Lecture is Tonight

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Chimney Chap

Around the Common would like to welcome The Chimney Chap as our newest Bridgewater Business Listing. Please remember to always support local business first!

Owned and operated by local resident Scott Saras, The Chimney Chap is your trusted partner for jobs ranging from relining a chimney to rebuilding a chimney, The Chimney Chap can help you solve any issue or problem you might encounter. While you may think all you are getting is a “chimney cleaner”, we can assure you, you will be getting so much more with The Chimney Chap services.

Employees of The Chimney Chap are CSIA certified, go through an extensive background check and participate in mandatory industry training to stay on top of the latest technical advances to maintain our reputation as a premium chimney sweep company.

All Chimney Chap Services are conducted by certified technicians in the field. Sweeps, sometimes called chimney cleaners, are highly trained individuals who know how to come into your home, clean and inspect your fireplace and chimney and leave everything as clean or better when they leave. The Chimney Chap prides themselves on providing customers with quality work and the highest level of customer service!

For more information about The Chimney Chap, please check out their website by clicking here. Be sure to also “Like” them on Facebook by clicking here.