Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pop-A-Lock of Southeastern Massachusetts

Around the Common is pleased to welcome Pop-A-Lock of Southeastern Massachusetts as our newest Bridgewater Business Listing. Please remember to keep your spending local.
Pop-A-Lock of Southeastern Massachusetts is part of a nationwide franchise with a rich history of community service and professional locksmith services. The company was founded on quality service and customer service, and they are held to the same standard. Their strong dedication to community safety has been reflected in our services and their FREE emergency car door unlocking service that has been around since Pop-A-Lock was founded.
Pop-A-Lock is a mobile locksmith. This means they’ll go to you whether you’re stuck on the side of a road, locked out or lost your car keys at the mall, or need locksmith services at your home or business.
Their mobile locksmiths provide the following services:
  • Car Door Unlocking
  • Transponder Key Services
  • Automotive Rekeying
  • Automotive Key Duplication
  • Roadside Assistance (jump starts, tire changes, fuel deliveries)
  • Residential Door Unlocking
  • Residential Rekeying
  • Residential Key Duplication
  • Business Door Unlocking
  • Business Rekeying
  • Business Key Duplication
  • Security Audits
  • Emergency Door Unlocking (When a child or pet is locked inside a vehicle with the keys inside)
For more information about Pop-A-Lock of Southeastern Massachusetts, please visit their website by clicking here. Be sure to also "Like" them on Facebook by clicking here and Follow them on Twitter @PopALockSEMass.

Coffeland Connections: Local Values in a Global Product

Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan will speak at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. The topic of his talk will be: Coffeland Connections: Local Values in a Global Product.

Dr. Hayes-Bohanan is a faculty member in the Geography Department at Bridgewater State University. Bring your questions about coffee and bring a mug for the delicious coffee that will be served.

For more information about Dr. Hayes-Bohanan, visit his web page at: http://webhost.bridgew.edu/jhayesboh/.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bridgewater Garden Club Meetings

The Bridgewater Garden Club Day meeting will be held on Wed. Oct. 22, at the Bridgewater Cole-Yeaton Senior Center,10 Wally Kruger Way, Bridgewater Ma. at 1:00 pm. BGC member Eileen Pratti will demonstrate design with supermarket flowers purchased by members. 
The evening meeting will be held on Monday Oct. 27 at 7:00pm.Mary Arnberg, expert on Hosta Plants will speak and share her knowledge about growing these popular perennials. 
All meetings are open to the public. For information call 508-697-7617.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

How HeLa Cells Have Advanced Medical Research

The Bridgewater Public Library will host Dr. Jennifer Mendell on Saturday, October 25 at 11a.m. for a One Book One Community Program. Dr. Mendell will speak about “How HeLa Cells Have Advanced Medical Research: An Historical Perspective”. HeLa refers to the cells of Henrietta Lacks, the subject of Bridgewater’s current OBOC selection: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

Dr. Mendell is a faculty member in the Biology Department at Bridgewater State University. She received her BA from Wheaton College and her PhD from Cornell University.

Bridgewater’s One Book One Community program is a partnership which includes Bridgewater State University, the Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (CASE), the Bridgewater Public Library, Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library and the Bridgewater Senior Center.

The current semester’s selection, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never know. It is a story connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bio-ethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.

BR-SEPAC and GMSPA Presentation

The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a meeting for the 2014-2015 school year on October 21,2014 at 6:30 pm. Following the meeting, at 7 pm there will be a lecture titled, Don’t Pop Your Cork. 

This lecture will be given by Jeanine Fitzgerald. No matter how much we love children or how fulfilling we find caring for and educating them, it is difficult and demanding work at times. There are no instruction manuals or cookbook recipes, nor are there mandates that require us to take care of ourselves. However, your success as a caregiver is determined in part, by your ability to renew your energy and meet your own needs. This session explores ways to nurture the nurturer. It is about creating wellness in your life which is much more than stress management and reduction. 

The meeting will be held at the Bridgewater-Raynham High School Auditorium located at 415 Center Street, Bridgewater, MA. The BR-SEPAC is made up of parents that represent about 850 children with special needs within the Bridgewater-Raynham School district. The BR-SEPAC works collaboratively with the Bridgewater-Raynham Public Schools and Bridgewater-Raynham School Committee to provide support and information for parents, school personnel, and the community about disabilities and the special education process. 

The Bridgewater-Raynham SEPAC accomplishes this through regular meetings, workshops, presentations, and special events. The meeting is free and open to all. For more information visit our website: brsepac.org or email kwaskiel@hotmail.com.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Candy Lab Open to the Public

The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University is hosting “Candy Lab! The Sweet Chemistry of Candy,” on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the Science and Mathematics Center, Room 265. The talk is part of the Project GreenLab Discussion Series.

Gummy bears, Life Savers, chewing gum, cotton candy – a lot can be done with sugar. This discussion focuses on the science and chemical reactions that occur in making some favorite sugary treats.

In celebration of National Chemistry Week (October 20-24), join the scientists from the BSU Project GreenLab and discover the wonders of chemistry through candy. This fun, interactive discussion will offer hands-on activities. Participants will whip up edible gummy capsules, run M&M reactions, try a little candy chromatography, and put some sour candies through an acid and base test.

The Project GreenLab discussion series focuses on developing a better understanding of the role of chemicals in our daily lives. Following the GreenLab discussion, participants are invited to visit the BSU Observatory for their weekly viewing of the night skies.

The mission of Project GreenLab is to bring the Principles of Green Chemistry into research, curriculum development and outreach education. Project GreenLab is an outreach initiative of the Bridgewater State University Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (CASE).

Pizza, soft drinks and cookies will be provided. This GreenLab event is open to the campus community and to the general public, and is appropriate for children and adults.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Way of All Flesh Film Showing

Bridgewater’s One Book One Community Committee invites you to attend a showing of the BBC award winning documentary “The Way of All Flesh” at the Bridgewater Public Library. The film will be shown at 6:30p.m. on Monday, October 20th in the library’s Flora T. Little Meeting Room.

The documentary focuses on Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown. This documentary tells her story, explaining the controversy surrounding use of the cells, and how the cells affected medical and political history.

Bridgewater’s One Book One Community committee has chosen “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot as its autumn selection.

For more information about One Book One Community, pick up a brochure at the Bridgewater Public Library or visit the OBOC Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bridgewater-One-Book-One-Community/1409719439265716. OBOC chooses two books every year, one in the spring and a second in the fall. All Bridgewater residents are invited to participate in a series of activities focusing on the selected book’s theme.

Understanding Disabilities Fair

Friday, October 17th will be the Laliberte Elementary School Understanding Disabilities Fair. The children will be participating during the following time slots: 9:10 - 10:50,10:50 - 12:30, and 1:20 - 3:00. 

Understanding Disabilities Fair

To build disability awareness into school curricula through active learning experiences that facilitate including all children.
To increase knowledge about disabilities and foster positive attitudes about persons living with disabilities.
To promote acceptance of people with disabilities in all aspects of schools and community.
To facilitate community and school partnership.

Guided discussion will be used whenever possible. It’s a method used to change myths to facts, fears to confidence and negative feelings to positive attitudes. Discussion helps students gather needed information, express feelings, and work through any discomfort.
Activity Time
The Understanding Disabilities Fair will be for 3rd grade students. There will be three time slots of one hour and forty minutes a piece. Three classrooms at a time will attend the fair. The fair will consist of simulation activities and information about disabilities for students. The fair will begin with a five minute discussion of the disabilities we will be learning about and the expectations of the fair. The next eighty-five minutes will involve students in five, sixteen minute simulation activities. The last ten minutes will involve everyone and any final questions.

The stations will be run by volunteers. The volunteers will be provided with information about the disability they will be discussing, questions to ask students, and directions on how to run the stations.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Just Wait a Minute

The Bridgewater Public Library will host a musical performance: “Just Wait a Minute” on Saturday, October 18th at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to join us as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library with an evening of recorder music and light refreshments.

Those who associate the recorder only with the soprano size used in school music classes may be surprised to hear the tiny sopranino, the great bass (taller than any of us), and all sizes in between. Even the dreaded crumhorn, not a recorder at all but happy to hang out with recorders, will have its moments.

Selections will vary from renaissance dance music to Bach and Handel to English country dance tunes (sometimes with a washtub bass) to “golden oldies”.

The Capriol Consort, named for a character in a 16th century dance manual, has been in existence since the early ‘90’s. The group meets weekly, exploring music of many centuries and styles, and has performed at churches, schools, and King Richard’s Faire. Members of the group include Marcia Anderson (director), Judy Cicierega, Deb Giokas, Denise Haskins, Polly Jacobson, and Charlene Setzer.

Triple time (Marcia Anderson, John Dye, and Patty Simon) dates from 2006 when a group of friends met to explore the musical repertory of many centuries playable on recorders. They have played at Unitarian Universalist churches in Bridgewater, Middleboro, and Plymouth and at the Yarmouth Friends Meetinghouse, Bridgewater State University, and played and taught English Country Dancing for a conference of herbalists at Borderlands State Park.

Please join us at the Bridgewater Public Library on October 18th for some good music and refreshments.