Monday, June 10, 2019

Old Bridgewater Historical Society Lecture Announced

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society will host a lecture at the Memorial Building on Wednesday, July 24th entitled The Radium Girls: the ghosts with glowing halos. Shellie Karol-Chik, president of OBHS, will present the lecture.

Beginning in 1916, girls as young as 11 were hired to paint watch faces and aircraft dials for WWI airplanes with glow-in-the-dark paint. Unknowingly, the girls were subjected regularly to the radioactive radium contained in the paint they used, and within years would become victims to its lethal effects. Dying young, these women would leave behind more than their young children and winnowed husbands – they would leave an enduring legacy and save thousands, if not millions, of lives.

The program, which begins at 7 p.m., will focus on the “Radium Craze” of the early 1900’s, the struggle of these women to be recognized as victims of industrial poisoning, and the companies’ attempts to discredit them.

Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to all. A $5 donation is suggested.

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. The OBHS Memorial Building is located at 162 Howard Street, West Bridgewater. For more information, visit the OBHS website at

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Well Art Show

The Well: A Center for Hope and Healing has partnered with the community to raise awareness about Mental Health through an art project titled “Art + Healing”. Over 50 brave and talented artists of all ages have come together to create unique 10 x 10 inch paintings which will be on display at The Better Bean in Bridgewater for the month of June. 

This art exhibit was created through art therapy groups for children and teens as well as community paint nights hosted at The Well and led by Art Therapist, Jenny Murphy, LMHC, ATR-BC. Individual paintings are available for purchase at $25 each proceeds go to the Tana Keating Fund which provides financial assistance to those in need of services offered at The Well. 

“We’re incredibly proud to have joined so many in our community to be a combined voice in speaking out to raise awareness for mental health and wellness,” said Katherine Forbes-Smith, President and Founder of The Well. “It’s important that our friends and neighbors know that there is help available and the more we talk about it, the more people will hear.” 

There will be an Art Show Opening Celebration on Friday, June 7th at The Better Bean from 4pm-6pm, free for all to attend. Art work will also be on display and available for purchase at

Bridgewater's Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony.

There are many ways to properly retire the American Flag and this is a great opportunity for scouts to learn one of them.

The Vet's Club of Bridgewater, 85 Cottage St., will hold it's annual Flag Retirement ceremony on Saturday, June 15, beginning at 10:00 a.m. They encourage Girl Scouts, BSA Scouts, and the community to attend and participate.

If you have any flags that need retiring, please either bring them that morning, or drop them off at the Vet's Club beforehand. They have a "mailbox" for flags needing retiring next to their "member's entrance" on the Rte. 18/28 side of the building. If you have a large number of flags to retire, you may leave them in a box or bag.

The Vet's Club provides cold drinks and hot dogs for attendees.

Scouts should wear their uniforms (Class A for BSA) for the ceremony but may want something more casual (Class B for BSA) for after the ceremony.

Please remember to apply/bring sunblock! You do not have to stay until all of the flags are retired, but you are welcome to stay as long as you like. You may also want to bring a camp chair as there is no outdoor seating.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Social Security Workshop at the Bridgewater Public Library

Social Security Workshop at the Bridgewater Public Library presented by Michael Graff on June 11th at 6:30 p.m.

Join Michael Graff of SOFA-The Society for Financial Awareness to discuss Social Security Benefits.

The Social Security Benefits course offers information for people nearing retirement and interested in learning more about Social Security claiming options and when to file for benefits. Social Security represents the foundation of retirement income, and properly coordinating it with other income and asset sources is critical to establishing a retirement cash flow that will be enough to last throughout retirement. We will also review the changes to Social Security enacted as part of the Bi-Partisan Budget Act. This law made sweeping changes to claiming options and strategies that need to be understood before filing for benefits.

The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Bridgewater Democratic Caucus on Saturday

The Bridgewater Democratic Caucus will take place this Saturday, June 1st, at 9AM.

Date: Saturday, June 1st
Time: 9AM
Location: Bridgewater Academy Building (66 Central Square)

Candidate for US Senate Shannon Liss-Riordan is scheduled to join us for the caucus. The Democratic caucus is open to all registered Democrats living in Bridgewater and caucus attendees will be voting on delegates and alternates to attend this year's Democratic Convention.

Please RSVP on Facebook by clicking here.

The Bridgewater Kids Road Race is Back

After a three year hiatus, the one mile, Bridgewater Kids Road Race, open to Bridgewater children in grades K-8, will be staged again this coming fall, on Sunday afternoon October 6 th , at 2:00 p.m., on the campus of Bridgewater State University. 

The race was a fixture in Town from 1980 through 2015, a 36 consecutive year run. The 37th edition is being conducted under the aegis of Bridgewater State Athletics (track and cross country teams), with support from Northeast Race Management, Colonial Road Runners, and the Bridgewater Police Foundation.

Be on the lookout for on-line sign-ups in late summer and early fall.

For more info, contact race director, Sam Baumgarten, at 774-208-2933, or

Sunday, May 26, 2019

2019 Central Square Congregational Church UCC Golf Tournament

Each year, Central Square Congregational Church, UCC hosts its annual golf tournament that includes golfing, various contests and raffles, a silent auction, and a catered luncheon. This year, the event is at The Back Nine Club in Lakeville, on Friday, June 21.

The tournament is a fundraiser for the Bridgewater Food Pantry as well as the support costs of our community outreach. Our church pays expenses such as heat, electricity, and minimal staff to keep the building open, and our building supports community outreach in creating a home for many local groups. We are proud to say that girl scouts, boy scouts, twelve-step support groups (AA/NA/Al-Anon), the BSU Alumni Chamber Choir, the Bridgewater Food Pantry, “The Soupman”, an annual youth mission trip, and mother and child programs are among the many groups that we call family.

We ask your support of this community fundraiser by:
* signing up to golf in the tournament
* sponsoring a hole for $100
* donating a raffle item
* making a cash donation
* spreading the word to your friends and family

If we could get each of you reading this to contribute one raffle item, or one $100 donation or sponsorship, it would mean so much to the work that we do and the Bridgewater community programs we support.

Full information and signup sheets are available at

Remember that we do not receive any financial support from the town, state, or federal governments for these programs. We rely on the generosity of our community to help us support our neighbors in need.

We thank you for the consideration of supporting our event, at any level. Please feel free to contact our church if you have any questions at 508-697-6016, or

The 2019 Golf Tournament Committee

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Upcoming programs at Bridgewater Public Library in the Children’s Room

Tuesday, June 4 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily. Stories, games, a craft and FUN! All ages with adult, no registration.

Wednesday, June 5 @ 9:30-10:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for children up to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Wednesday, June 5 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story time and craft. Drop in story time for all ages with adult. Join Mrs. Davis for stories, songs, rhymes and a craft. All ages, no registration.

Monday, June 10: Registration opens for Family Yoga Series held at the Bridgewater Public Library. Program will be Fridays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9 and August 16. Caregivers and children will learn basic yoga postures through storytelling and songs. Families will practice mindfulness and relaxation as well as have fun! Everyone will come away with social and play skills in addition to learning how to be a mindful, less stressed family. For children ages 3-7. To register, call Nancy at Triumph. 508-822-5388 EXT. 208

Tuesday, June 18 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Uno, Dos, Tres Spanish Story Hour with Maureen Holbrook

Join us for Spanish Story Hour! This Spanish-language program consists of stories, music, movement, games and is recommended for ages 3-7. This six week program begins on Tuesday, June 18 at 10:00-11:00 a.m. (Other dates will be on Tuesdays: June 25, July 2, July 9, July 30 and August 6). There is NO registration for this program. Week 1.

Friday, June 21: Summer Reading Sale! Our summer reading sale in the Used Book Store
begins with all children's books, CDs, and DVDs half off. All children’s items are now 50¢, today thru August 13, 2019.

Saturday, June 22: Registration begins for Summer Reading. Open to ages 0-12, sign up for Summer Reading 2019, the theme this year is “A Universe of Stories”! Registration for Summer Reading must be done in person at the Bridgewater Public Library.

Saturday, June 22 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Read to Duncan, our lovable therapy dog. The “Read to a Dog” program provides children the opportunity to visit with a dog while building reading skills in a non-judgmental environment. No registration, all ages welcome.

Monday, June 24 @ 6:30 p.m.: Summer Reading Kickoff! Join us for a family friendly event as we kickoff Summer Reading 2019 with a program by Mike Bent, of AbraKidabra!™. He will perform his family friendly program for our Kickoff! Mike Bent has been voted Boston’s Best Children’s Entertainer by Nickelodeon, and “Best of Boston” by Boston Magazine. Join us for his “Blast off with Books!” Magic Show. Comedy, storytelling, music and some amazing magic combine to inspire kids to read all summer long! All ages! No registration!

Tuesday, June 25 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Uno, Dos, Tres Spanish Story Hour with Maureen Holbrook

Join us for Spanish Story Hour! This Spanish-language program consists of stories, music, movement, games and is recommended for ages 3-7. There is NO registration for this program. Week 2.

Wednesday, June 26 @ 1:00-2:00 p.m.: Make and Take craft: Drop in to make a Fourth of July wreath. This program is for ages 3+ with adult helper. No registration, while supplies last!

Thursday, June 27 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Lego Mania: Ages 5+ are welcome to join us for this drop in program. We provide the Legos, you bring the imagination. Legos creations displayed in the children’s room after the program, as space permits. No registration.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Around the Common Readers Can Receive $7 from DoorDash

If you are anything like us here at Around the Common you are probably busy and might not always have time to cook a homemade meal or have the time to go to a restaurant and sit down for supper. Now, thanks to DoorDash Bridgewater residents are able to have their favorite food delivered to them at home or work from some of your favorite local businesses!

One of the benefits of DoorDash is that delivery is available from businesses that don't otherwise offer delivery. Interested in a couple of subs from Prisco's? Looking for some Thai food from SugarCane? Hankering for the Cape Cod Cafe, the Greyhound Tavern or nearby Atina, Colletti's Market or more? Have no fear, DoorDash has you covered!

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