Friday, May 30, 2008

Bridgewater Lions Charity Poker Run

The Bridgewater Lion's Club Annual Charity Poker Run will be held June 13th.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the 49ers club at 161 High St. This motorcycle run will also include food, entertainment, raffles and other prizes. Proceeds will benefit the Bridgewater Lions Club charities.

For more information contact Bruce Maher at 508-697-3113 or Mike Tibert at 781-603-7546.

Pizza Fest to Benefit Bridgewater Public Library

PIZZA FEST, a fundraiser for the Bridgewater Public Library, is sponsored by the Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library.

Date: Saturday June 7th
Time: 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Knights of Columbus Hall, Route 18, Bridgewater.

Admission $7 adults; $3 children age 3-10; free for children under 3.

Come taste pizzas from around town at the first ever Bridgewater Pizza Fest.
Vote for your favorites-- winners announced at 2 p.m.

Those interested in attending should email the library by clicking here.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Best of Winners Now Located on Left Side Menu

Thanks to one of our reader's suggestions, there is now a list with all of the links to the winners of the Best of Bridgewater polls featured on Around the Common.

If there are additional polls that you would like considered for either Best of Bridgewater or simply a generic poll relative to something happening in or affecting Bridgewater, please email your suggestions to Kevin by clicking here.

American Sign Language Course

A five week ASL beginner level class will begin Monday June 9th from 6-8pm at the Conant Community Center in Bridgewater.

This program introduces the fundamentals of ASL while stressing the importance of cultural literacy. This program will prepare the students for conversational sign. Those working in our communities as first responders and those needing ASL instruction due to Autism, Downs Syndrome or Deafness will not be put on a waiting list.

To register, please contact Marianne Molinari 1-781-447-2470 or

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Tracy's Floral Designs Wins Best Florist in Bridgewater

Congratulations to Tracy's Floral Designs for winning Best Florist in Bridgewater. If you have never utilized Tracy's Floral Designs, or any of our other entrants, please make sure you support these local Bridgewater businesses and tell them you saw them on Around the Common.

Tracy's Floral Designs: 54%

Flowers & Gifts by Kerry Ann: 20%
Bridgewater Florist: 14%

Prescott's: 6%
Roche Brothers: 3%

A Message from Citizens for a Better Bridgewater

Dear CBB Members and Concerned Residents,

Please join us for an important Public Forum on the upcoming Override vote. The forum will take place Sunday, June 1 from 7-9 pm at the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Center.

Board of Selectmen members Herb Lemon, Mike Demos and Chris Flynn, along with Chairman of the Advisory Board, Michael Berolini, will present important facts about the Override vote as well as their long term plan for fiscal recovery. The panel will also field questions from the audience regarding these critical issues facing our town. (This event will not be aired on BTV due to graduations.)

We hope you will join us on June 1, and please remember to vote on June 14th at the old B-R High School.

CBB Steering Committee

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Bridgewater Girl Scout Troop #478 Bottle and Can Drive

Bridgewater Girl Scout Troop #478 is having a can and bottle drive this Saturday May 31st from 9 AM to 1 PM. Bottles and cans eligible for a 5 cent redemption can be dropped off at The Williams Middle School or directly at Bridgewater Redemption Center on Hale Street .

We thank you for your support!

Bridgewater Girl Scout Troop #478

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Preschool screening for kids with suspected learning needs

The Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District will offer a preschool screening for children ages 3 and 4 with suspected learning needs. The screening will address the areas of speech and language, gross and fine motor skills and general cognitive ability. The purpose of the screening is to identify and special learning needs of a preschool age child.

The screenings will be scheduled by appointment only on June 11th, 12th or 13th. Children must be 3 years of age by June 11th.

The district will also offer diagnostic evaluations for students pre-K to 12th grade who are enrolled in private schools if there is a suspected learning need. Appointments for the screenings and diagnostic evaluations can be arranged and scheduled by calling the Pupil Personnel Office at 508.659.1110 x. 2.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Memorial Day Parade in Bridgewater

Make sure you come out to support our troops and thank our veterans at Bridgewater's Memorial Day Parade. The parade will take place on Monday at 10:30 AM and leaves Stetson Street and heads up Broad Street with the final ceremony to be held at the War Memorial on the Common.

Please wear your patriotic colors, bring your flags to wave and ask your friends and family to help line the parade route on this important holiday.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Burnell Campus School Commemorative Ornaments

In order to pay tribute to the closing of the Burnell Campus School, the Parents Advisory Council (PAC) is selling commemorative ornaments. The ornaments are approximately 3” round, brass colored with a red ribbon in the design. A picture of the school, along with the dates of the school appears on the front. The ornament comes in a gold foil box and a brief history of the school is included. Proceeds of this fund raiser will go towards year end activities.

Ornaments cost $12 each and are available in the school office or by contacting Ellen at (508)279-6292 or by emailing her
by clicking here.
Checks can be made out to Burnell PAC. Get your piece of Bridgewater history before it is too late!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

3 Way Tie for Best Gas Station in Bridgewater!

Although none of us probably enjoy heading to the gas station right about now, of course it is an inevitable event in many of our lives. In our poll of the week for last week, there was a three way tie for Best Gas Station in Bridgewater!

Congratulations to Cumberland Farms on Route 104, Lucky Star and Joe's Service Station for tying for first place. Each garnered 14% of the vote.

Here are the full results:

Cumberland Farms (Route 104): 14%
Joe's Service Station: 14%
Lucky Star: 14%
Getty: 12%
A1 Prime: 10%
Mobil: 10%
A&A Gasoline: 9%
Cumberland Farms (Main Street): 7%
Bridgewater Muffler: 3%
Rapid Refill: 1%

Monday, May 19, 2008

Bridgewater Youth Soccer Recycling Fundraiser

A recycling fundraiser to benefit Bridgewater Youth Soccer, will take place at the Flagg Street concession stand from Monday through Thursday from 6-7PM until June 9th. A collection box for printer cartridges, electronic equipment, video games, jewelry, and musical instruments will be present to accept your donations.

For more information contact Holly Ridge
by clicking here.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Fourth of July Fundraiser

Come support the Bridgewater 4th of July!

Comedy Night
Food and Fun

Date: Friday May 30th
Time: 7:00 - 11:00 PM
Location: Commercial Club (1 Neilson Ave, East Bridgewater)

A variety of foods will be served from local businesses prior to show
$20.00 per person (Tax Deductible donation)

For tickets call
Donna White 508-846-0484

Pizza Fest to Benefit Bridgewater Public Library

The inaugural Bridgewater Pizza Fest will be held June 7 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Route 18 in Bridgewater. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-10. All proceeds will benefit the Bridgewater Public Library.

For more information contact Rebecca McGrath at 508-697-5193 or

Friday, May 16, 2008

Fishing Trip Raffle to Benefit Lions Club's Charities

A day of fishing with Nautical Yachts Inc. is being raffled to benefit Bridgewater Lions Club's charities. The 6 – 8 hour fishing trip for bass and blue fish for up to 4 people must be taken in July or August of this year. Imagine winning this prize and bringing clients, family members or friends on a remarkable fishing trip. Value of this trip exceeds $850.00.

Tickets for this amazing raffle are only $5 each. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, please email Kevin
by clicking here.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Government Study Committee Forums

The Bridgewater Town Government Study Committee has scheduled several upcoming informational forums that will be open to the public. The purpose of these forums is to share with the citizens of Bridgewater the work that the committee is doing as well as to solicit feedback on potential town government improvements. The forums will be held at the Senior Center.

Tuesday, June 3d: 6:30-8:00 PM

Saturday, June 14th: 9:00 AM-10:30 AM

Don Sweetman's Retirement Party and Roast

Don Sweetman, the plumbing and gas inspector for Bridgewater, is retiring next month. There will be a retirement party and roast held in his honor on June 6 from 7 p.m. to 12 midnight at the Bridgewater Polish Club. Tickets are $20/person. This event includes an Italian buffet, D.J. and a gift. Tickets can be purchased at the Building Inspectors Office.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Simple Wizardry: Bridgewater's Premier Virtual Assistant

Bridgewater resident and businesswoman Monica Bentley is owner and founder of Simple Wizardry. Monica is able to serve your business as a Virtual Assistant and specializes in web design and development and has worked on behalf of several Bridgewater area businesses. Other services offered are desktop publishing (brochures, flyers, postcards, etc.) and Realtor support.

Virtual Assistants are part of a unique and emerging business trend that work with small businesses and solo entrepreneurs to reduce their stress and workload without the hassle of hiring an employee or a temp.

Simple Wizardry has a portfolio that includes Bridgewater businesses such as:

College Town Siding & Glass

Lorenco's Pizzeria

Murphy's Transport

For more about what Simple Wizardry can do for your business and/or web design needs, please email Monica by
clicking here.

Brianna's Wins Best Bridgewater Breakfast Joint

Congratulations to Brianna's for winning Best Bridgewater Breakfast Joint! If you have never been to Brianna's make sure you go and check them out and tell them you saw their win on Around the Common.


Brianna's: 60%
My Sister & I: 27%
Scramblers: 12%
Burger King: 1%

Mid-East Panel at B-R

Bridgewater-Raynham High School will host The Two State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict tomorrow at 7 PM. This event is sponsored by the social studies department at B-R.

To attend, a $5 donation to benefit the Bridgewater-Raynham High School student activities fund is asked. Refreshments will be served.

Bridgewater resident Attorney Steven Elliott
will speak about the history of the Palestinians and their quest for justice.

MOMS Club Rummage Sale

A rummage sale will be held on May 17, 2008 from 9am to 2pm at the Central Square Congregational Church located at 71 Central Square, Bridgewater, MA. The rummage sale is a charitable event hosted by the Bridgewater MOMS Club to raise money for a local toddler fighting cancer.

The rummage sale consists of items donated by Bridgewater families with a wide selection of children's clothes, toys, games, household items and much more! Other events at the rummage sale include several raffle prizes, face painting, bake sales, and balloon animals. Come join us for a great time for a great cause!

Bridgewater Girls Softball night at the Rox

The Brockton Rox will be holding a Bridgewater Girls Softball night on June 13th. Ticket prices are $5.00 of which $1.00 will go back to BGSL to help with the building of the new softball fields in Bridgewater.

Anyone interested in tickets can log onto the Bridgewater Girls Softball League site by
clicking here.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Cape Wind Initiative

The Bridgewater Democratic Town Committee and the Plymouth County Democratic League are co-sponsoring their monthly meeting which will be held on Thursday May 15, 2008 at 7 p.m. at the Polish Club on Spring Street. Mark Rodgers, Communications Director for Cape Wind, will be the guest speaker. Food will be served and a cash bar will be available. Fee is $10.

Technology Training Workshop

A Technology Training Workshop is scheduled for Wednesday May 14, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the John Joseph Moakley Center at Bridgewater State College. There will be an Introduction to Power Point workshop offered by Bridgewater State College's Institute for Regional Development. The fee for the workshop is $65. For more information please call 508-531-2725.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day from Around the Common

On behalf of Around the Common, we wish a Happy Mother's Day to all celebrating this special day!

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.
~Irish Proverb

Friday, May 9, 2008

BWTR Stickers to Benefit Bridgewater Girls Softball Field Project

Around the Common is pleased to announce that this month we will donate all profits from the sale of the popular BWTR oval stickers to the Bridgewater Girls Softball League Fields Project. The price of the stickers remains $5.00 per sticker and all proceeds go to planned softball fields behind the police station. If you are interested in purchasing a sticker, please email Kevin by clicking here.

Message from Citizens for a Better Bridgewater

Dear CBB Members and Concerned Residents,

As most of you probably know, Town Meeting authorized for a Contingency Budget to be put to a Special Election. This means a $1.3M override will be on the ballot on June 14.

We are calling a special meeting to discuss this override. The meeting will take place at the Senior Center on Wednesday May 14th at 7:30 pm.

The CBB Steering Committee is in favor of the contingency budget as was presented. We feel it is a step in the right direction for our town. We will work with the Board of Selectmen and the Advisory Board to support it over the next few weeks. Should we decide to move forward we will be asking you, our members, to come prepared to volunteer your time, your area of expertise and any financial support you can give to ensure we have the support we need to get this passed at the ballot box.
We invite all members to attend this meeting if you wish your voice to be heard.
Also, the next regular meeting will be June 1st at 7 pm at the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Center. We have invited the BOS and AB to attend and discuss their recovery plan and the contingency budget.

CBB Steering committee

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Update on Bridgewater Veteran Sailors

The two Bridgewater sailors, brothers John Manley Pierpont, age 23, and Robert Atwill Pierpont, age 24, were killed aboard USS Jarvis, in the Pacific Theater of Operations, on 7 August 1942. They resided at 1163 Summer Street and were the sons of Myron Atwill and Helen Pierpont.

Through the efforts and diligence of Madelyn Kubiak of Bridgewater and Lawrence Noonan of West Bridgewater, the sister of the bothers was located and the information obtained. It now brings to a close a tragic chapter in the history of Bridgewater. “The fallen, gone but never forgotten.”

USS Jarvis (DD-393), 1937-1942

USS Jarvis, a 1500-ton Bagley class destroyer built at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, was commissioned in October 1937. After shakedown and alterations, she spent the next two years operating in the eastern Pacific and the Caribbean. Jarvis was based in HawaiiJapan. She was tied up at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard when the Japanese attacked and used her guns in the efforts to repel the Japanese aircraft. after April 1940, taking part in the U.S. Fleet's preparations for the increasingly likely outbreak of war with

During the next seven months, Jarvis participated in several operations, including the abortive Wake Island Relief expedition in December 1941, anti-submarine patrols and aircraft carrier screening duties in January 1942 and escorting convoy to Australia, in February-March and May-June 1942. Jarvis was then employed on patrol and escort work in the south Pacific until mid-July, when she joined the task force that was preparing for the U.S. Navy's first major Pacific War offensive undertaking, the invasion of Guadalcanal and Tulagi.

Arriving in the invasion area on 7 August 1942, Jarvis covered the landing forces as they put U.S. Marines ashore. The next day, she was hit by a torpedo when Japanese aircraft counter-attacked. Though badly damaged and down at the bow, she was still seaworthy enough to proceed independently to Australia for repairs. While steaming past the northeastern end of Guadalcanal Jarvis was attacked by an overwhelming force of Japanese land-based bombers. Hit repeatedly, she was lost with her entire crew. during the night of 9 August, she was briefly and ineffectively engaged by Japanese ships during the Battle of Savo Island. Shortly after noon on that day, USS was attacked by an overwhelming force of Japanese land-based bombers. Hit repeatedly, she was lost with her entire crew.


Veterans’ Services
(508) 697-0908

Mark Your Calendar: 4 Building Study Meeting

Newport Collaborative Architects, Inc. will present its completed 4 Building Study Plan (on the Academy, Memorial, and former McElwain School buildings and the Town Hall) at the Senior Center on June 4that 6:30 PM. The Community Preservation Committee encourages the entire public to attend to hear about potential uses for and preservation/restoration work recommended for our precious town buildings.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Dinner Dance To Benefit 4th of July Committee

The Bridgewater 4th of July Committee will be hosting a Dinner and Dance on May 17th from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. There will be a buffet dinner catered by Jason's, a DJ for the entire evening, 50/50 raffles and belly dance performances by Sabrina. Tickets are on sale on the Bridgewater 4th of July Committee's website or by calling 508-279-1989. Tickets will only be sold in advance and are $25 for the dinner and the show.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Around the Common Readers Support an Override

Thanks to everyone for logging in this week and voting in our poll question for the week. Overwhelmingly, Around the Common readers agree that the time has come for Bridgewater residents to pass an override.


Yes: 70%
No: 18%
Maybe: 10%

Time will tell if the Around the Common results will match the actual town ballot results!

Assessors Office Reminder About Cyclical Inspection Process

The Board of Assessors would like to inform the residents of Bridgewater that Paul S. Kapinos & Associates, Inc. are conducting a cyclical inspection (interior/exterior) of ALL properties in the town. State law requires all communities to perform these inspections in order to maintain full and fair market values.

All employees of Paul S. Kapinos have passed the background check with the Bridgewater Police Department and have been issued an identification card/badge. All vehicle registrations are recorded with the Bridgewater Police Department.

We realize that having someone go through your home may impose an inconvenience to you, but this is necessary in order to assure complete fairness in the assessment process. We therefore ask your cooperation as your property is listed and measured. Any inquiries should be directed to the Assessors' Deparment.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Annual Town Meeting Monday Night

Special Town Meeting - Monday, May 5, 2008

Location: Gymnasium, Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School
415 Center Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Click here for the Special Town Meeting warrant.

Annual Town Meeting - Monday, May 5, 2008
Location: Gymnasium, Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School
415 Center Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Click here for the Annual Town Meeting warrant.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Mother's Day Sales at Uplifting Connections

Uplifting Connections Announces Their Mother's Day Sales.

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 11th!

Show Mom You Love Her with a

Pamper-Mom Special!

(and get a free smoothie for yourself (the buyer) with purchase!)

#1: The "You're the Best!"

60-Minute Aromatherapy Massage

Free small smoothie to enjoy after the massage.

A $75 value for only $70

#2: The "You're the Best in the World!"

45-Minute Massage ~

30-Minute Facial Therapy ~

Free Smoothie ~

Thoughtful and inspiring Quotables Magnet of their choice to remind them of your love everyday.

A $90 value

for only $80.

#3: The "You're the Best in the Universe!"

90-Minute Hot Stone Massage ~

Free smoothie in a

beautiful ceramic mug of their choice

designed with a thoughtful and uplifting quote.

A $127 value for $105!

We also have great books and gift items to make Mom smile!

Complimentary gift wrapping available!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Beyond Chicken Fingers and Hot Dogs

Sometimes it can be almost impossible to feed children a healthy diet that they will enjoy. Learn to give your children the tools to make their own wise food choices and to have fun doing it! Teaching them the "power" that foods have in their bodies goes a long way. Receive tips, ideas and quick and easy recipes.

Location: Uplifting Connections
Date: Thursday May 8th
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $25 for one person or $40 for two.
Registration is required. Please call 508-697-2334 to join.

Rabies Clinic

A rabies clinic will be held at the town garage at 151 High Street on May 4th from 9-11 a.m. The cost is $5.00. More information is available at on the town's website.

Fishing Derby

Representative David Flynn, The Bridgewater Lions Club, the Police and Fire Departments are sponsoring a catch-and-release Fishing Derby at Skeeter Mill Pond on Water Street May 3rd. Participants may start turning in fish at 7:45 a.m. and the event will continue until noon. The event is open to all school-aged children and their families. There will be prizes for all children that participate.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Another $50.00 Donated to the Bridgewater Public Library

Thanks to everyone for buying the BWTR stickers, Around the Common brought another donation check of $50.00 to the Bridgewater Public Library this week!

We have now raised over $200.00 for the library thanks to everyone's purchasing of the BWTR stickers. Currently we are working on bringing another entity on board to help raise funds for. Stay tuned to Around the Common for more information.