Thursday, January 31, 2008

Have Some Tea with Bridgewater Academy Lions

The Bridgewater Academy Lions will hold a meet and greet over tea on February 10, 2008 between 2 and 4 PM. This event is open to anyone looking to learn more about and possibly join the Bridgewater Academy Lions.

The Academy Lions, a women's group, will host tea and orientation about the club and the meeting is open to the entire community.

For more information and to reserve your cup of tea, please call Bev at 508.697.4919.

Berklee College and BSC Faculty Members to Perform at BSC

A. Douglas Wachope and Louis Stewart will perform a trombone recital Tuesday at 7:30 PM in Boyden Hall's Horace Mann Auditorium at Bridgewater State College. Wachope is a professor at BSC and Stewart teaches at Berklee College of Music.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 508.531.1377.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Citizens' Forum on the Use of Historic Town Buildings

The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) in collaboration with Newport Collaborative Architects (NCA) will offer a citizens forum to gather ideas for the uses for 4 municipal buildings. The forum, a “visioning session,” will take place at the Senior Center on Wally Kruger Way at 6:30 PM on Monday February 25, 2008. Light refreshments will be provided and craft/drawing activities for children will be available in the meeting room. Transportation can be provided by calling the contact information below.

The Community Preservation Act (CPA) was adopted by Bridgewater in 2006 to preserve and restore historical structures and documents, preserve open space and provide for affordable housing. The fund is supported through a 2% assessment on personal property tax in Bridgewater which is matched by state revenues collected from assessments on all real estate transactions. For the past two years, the state fund has matched the Bridgewater fund at 100%. In addition to awarding grants determined through a competitive process, the CPC is able to bond against future revenues for larger purchases or projects. CPA projects are presented to the town at the spring Town Meeting. CPA funds are spent only after receiving town meeting approval.

At the 2007 spring Town Meeting, the Bridgewater citizens voted for the CPC to select an architectural firm to study the use, preservation and restoration of the Academy Building, the former McElwain School building, the Memorial Building and the Town Hall. NCA was chosen in early December 2007 after a competitive bid process and has met with town department heads, boards and committees to determine their office and meeting space needs. Now it is an opportunity for residents to contribute on February 25th.

CPC chair, Marilee Kenney Hunt says, “We are thrilled to be working with NCA. They have a stellar portfolio of historical preservation and restoration projects. We are excited to receive their report and begin the real work of preserving and restoring Bridgewater’s treasured buildings. Resident feedback will play a critical role in determining how our central business district takes shape.”

Please contact the CPC with questions or to provide ideas if you cannot attend the February 25th session at or phone (508-697-3681).

Monday, January 28, 2008

3 Take Out Papers for Selectman

With the April town elections knocking on our doors, three people have decided to pull nomination papers for Board of Selectman to date. They include:

1. Mike S. Demos
2. Marilee Kenney Hunt
3. Mark L. Oliari (Candidate for Re-Election)

Post in the comment section who you plan on supporting and why. And look for next week's poll question about the Selectman's race!

The Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters Breakfast Meeting

The Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters announces their next meeting.

Date: Wednesday, January 30th

Time: 7:15 AM

Location: Good Days Restaurant (West Bridgewater)

To make a reservation to attend, call Bruce Marquis at 508.378.7890.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Adult and Child CPR and AED Course

Date: January 28, 2008 (Monday)
Time: 6 PM
Location: Conant Community Health Center

Class is taught by instructors from the American Heart Association and Healthcare Educational Resources.

To register, call 508-697-5800 or click here to visit Healthcare Educational Resources website. The cost of this training is $35.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Uplifting Connections Wins Best Coffee in Bridgewater

Congratulations to Uplifting Connections for winning the Best Coffee in Bridgewater competition. Uplifting Connections, located on Route 104, is a convenient stop for Fair Trade coffee provided by Equal Exchange.

Stop into Uplifting Connections this weekend for a cup of coffee and tell them that you saw their victory on Around the Common.

Bridgewater Presidents Party

Annual Presidents Party at the Bridgewater Vets Club.

Date: February 16, 2008

Time: Cocktail Hour 6-7 PM
Dinner followed by live band 7 PM

Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the Vets Club in advance.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Citizens for Better Bridgewater Meeting

The next Citizens for a Better Bridgewater meeting will be held this Sunday, January 27th from 7 to 9 pm at the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Center.

Among the topics of discussion will be: updates from CBB Committee Chairs, an overview from the BOS on the budget process, and discussion on the various Committees now underway (Government Study Committee, School Study Committee, etc.).

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Bridgewater Garden Club Meeting

The Bridgewater Garden Club announces their first meeting of the 2008 season.

On January 23, 2008, the Bridgewater Garden Club will meet at the Senior Center at 1 PM.

A demonstration on jams and jellies by Mary Beers from the Thornton Burgess Green Briar Jam Kitchen in Sandwich will take place.

Any residents of Bridgewater looking to join the Bridgewater Garden Club are welcome to attend. For more information about the club, please call 508.697.7617.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Estabrook Vending Expands Its Offerings

Estabrook Vending, owned and operated by Bridgewater resident Peter Estabrook, is proud to announce a business expansion to now include party supplies, jumpies and more!

Estabrook, who has run the vending business since 2005, states that by providing a new party supply business that he will be able to greater serve the Bridgewater area. "The vending business has been nothing but great," said Estabrook. "But now that we are able to service events like birthday parties, cookouts and community events we really think that our success will grow."

Estabrook Vending offers free delivery of party supplies to Bridgewater residents and businesses.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

B-R Music Boosters Meeting

The B-R Music Boosters will be having a meeting on Tuesday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m. at the new high school to discuss the ongoing music programs and ways to effectively support them. All parents and students involved with the music programs from both Bridgewater and Raynham are invited to attend.

Friday, January 18, 2008

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