Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Become a Friend of the Bridgewater Public Library

The Friends of the Library (FoL) is a group that supplements the budget of the library by fundraising with an annual membership drive, book sales, tote bag and cookbook sales, and other events. In the past, when the town funding was better for the library, the Friends supported children, teen, and adult programs and purchased new equipment, storage units, and museum passes. In the past year, when the budget was decreased, the Friends found it necessary to fund the purchase of new books, subscription renewals, library supplies, and other materials.

We hope that there will be a great interest in helping to support the Friends and the library -- a very important asset to any town. Please consider becoming a member of the Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library.


Wendi LaCivita, Membership Chairperson

Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library – Membership 2008-2009
(Membership runs July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2009)





Preferred Method of Communication:

___ E-mail ___ U.S. Mail ___ Library Website / Blog ___ Other: _____________________________________

Volunteer Opportunities:

___ I would be interested in serving on the fundraising committee.

___ I would be interested in helping with Saturday morning book sales.

Membership Categories:

___ Senior (65+) or F/T Student $8 - $14 _________

___ Basic $15 - $20 _________

___ Patron $25 - $45 _________

___ Sponsor $50 - $75 _________

___ Benefactor $100 - $200 _________

___ 1882 Club $250+ _________

Please make checks payable to: Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library, 15 South Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324

Please attach your check to this form and mail it or drop it off at the library. Your contribution is tax deductible.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Bridgewater 10 Year Old Cochrane All-Stars

The Bridgewater 10 Year Old Cochrane All-Stars will be playing in the first round of the Hockomock League playoffs at Hayes Field in Bridgewater, Monday July 28th at 7:00pm.

Come out and root on the team that won the regular season title in the Hockomock League with an undefeated season.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Meat Raffle This Saturday (July 26th)

Meat raffle to be held tomorrow from 1PM to 3PM at the Bridgewater Knights of Columbus Hall located at 582 Bedford Street in Bridgewater.

Bring your appetites and your wallets!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

This Week's Poll: Sports Complex on Elm Street

There is a plan before the town to create a sports complex on 30 acres of cornfields off of Elm Street here in Bridgewater. The project, estimated at $34 to $38 million dollars could generate $300,000 in revenue for the town.

To read the article about this project, click here.

For more about the company behind the project, click here.

Let your voice be heard this week: Do you support this project?

Mike Demos Voted Best Politician in Bridgewater

Congratulations to the newest member of the Board of Selectman Mike Demos for winning the poll question this week for Best Politician in Bridgewater. It seems that after just a few months on the job Demos has maintained a consistent level of support amongst Bridgewater residents.

Here are the results:

Mike Demos: 31%
Joe Gillis: 13%
Dennis Gallagher: 11%
Rep. Dave Flynn: 11%
Stan Kravitz: 11%
Herb Lemon: 11%
Chris Flynn: 4%
Sen. Marc Pacheco: 2%
Patricia Leighton: 2%

Bridgewater Cultural Committee Seeks Your Input

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually. The program promotes the availability of rich cultural experiences for every Massachusetts citizen.

Administered by 2,500 municipally appointed volunteers, the LCC network consists of 329 councils serving all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns. Each year, local councils award more than $2 million in grants to more than 5,000 cultural programs statewide.

The Bridgewater Cultural Council (BCC) promotes excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences in order to improve the quality of life for all Bridgewater residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our community. Last year, BCC awarded $9,200 to 11 recipients. The next deadline for grant applications is Oct. 15. BCC is required to seek community input regarding its funding priorities. Please visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=0nYSk9cOsWfZ4QbCIw_2bkRw_3d_3d to take the survey.

Please respond by July 31.

Monk O'Phile Cleaning & Odd Jobs is now offering Gift Certificates

Monk O'Phile Cleaning & Odd Jobs is now offering Gift Certificates

  • Baby Shower? Have the new Mom's home cleaned while she's in the hospital
  • A loved one in the hospital with an illness? All the better to get rid of all the germs before they come home
  • Friends adopting a child? Welcome them to a clean home
  • Birthday? Such an easy thing to wrap (and mail if you need to)
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Clean up before and after the party
  • Your anniversary? C'mon, give her the gift she truly wants-- someone else to clean the bathrooms!
  • Wedding Shower? Hire Monk O'Phile to clean the house the bride gets dressed at so it looks spectacular or the new couple's home while their on their honeymoon
  • Hosting a shower? Why should you have to make it look nice for the event and clean up after it?

http://monkophile.blogspot.com to learn more

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters Breakfast Meeting

The Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters will hold a breakfast meeting at Good Days Restaurant at 99 South Main Street in West Bridgewater.

To make a reservation, please call Bruce Marquis at 508-378-7890.

Open House at America's Little Angels Preschool

America's Little Angels will host an informational Open House this Friday from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

America's Little Angels is located at 340 Pleasant Street in Bridgewater.

Monday, July 21, 2008

World War II Honor Roll…Bridgewater Servicemen Interred Overseas

A search of the American Battle Monuments Commission has found the following information on Bridgewater Servicemen who were killed in action and interred overseas or lost at sea during World War II.

Staff Sergeant Alfred P. Bertelli, United States Army Air Forces, 831st Bomber Squadron, 485th Bomber Group, Heavy.

Killed in Action on 09 June 1944.

Buried at the Florence American Cemetery, Florence, France.

Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart

Machinist’s Mate Second Class, Joseph Chestna, United States Navy.

Missing in Action at Sea on 26 October 1944.

Tablet of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines

Awards: Purple Heart.

First Lieutenant Michael J. Curley, Jr., United States Army, 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division.

Killed in Action on 01 June 1944.

Buried at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy.

Awards: Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Private First Class Quentin L. Dunn, United States Army, 71st Infantry Regiment, 44th Infantry Division.

Killed in Action on 01 January 1945.

Buried at the Lorraine American Cemetery, Saint Avold, France.

Awards: Purple Heart.

Private First Class Howard A. Goff, United States Army, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division.

Killed in Action on 11 February 1945.

Buried at the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium

Awards: Purple Heart.

Private First Class Raymond J. Mason, United States Army, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division.

Killed in Action on 17 September 1944.

Buried at the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium.

Awards: Purple Heart.

Machinist Mate Third John M. Pierpont, United States Navy.

Missing in Action at Sea: 12 July 1945.

Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

Awards: Purple Heart.

Machinist Mate Second Class Robert A. Pierpont, United States Navy.

Missing in Action at Sea: 12 July 1945.

Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

Awards: Purple Heart.

Seaman First Class Robert A. Silva, United States Navy.

Missing in Action at Sea: 29 April 1944.

Tablets of the Missing at East Coast Memorial, New York City, New York.

Awards: Purple Heart.

If anyone has additional information these servicemen please contact me.



Veterans’ Services

(508) 697-0908

Saturday, July 19, 2008

American Sign Language for Families

A 5 week beginner ASL program will begin Thursday July 31st from 6-8pm at the Conant Community Center in Bridgewater. This beginner program introduces the fundamentals of ASL while emphasizing Deaf culture. Those needing ASL instruction due to interaction with Deaf, hard of hearing, non verbal, Autistic, Downs Syndrome will not be put on a waiting list.

PDP's will be awarded to educators and EMT/Paramedic hours will be awarded to first responders. Class space is limited.

The cost is adults $60.00 and kids under the age of 16 years $45.00. This cost includes all materials.

To register please contact Marianne Molinari by phone at (781)-447-2470 pr by email at manny66@msn.com

Friday, July 18, 2008

CPC Pre-Application Deadline Extended

The Community Preservation Committee has extended the period during which pre-applications for funding may be submitted. The new closing date for Fall Town Meeting pre-applications is Tuesday August 19, 2008 at 5 PM EDT. The pre-application form is available on the Bridgewater town website at http://bridgewaterma.org/CPA/index.shtml.

The time line for full application submission has also changed. If a pre-applicant is notified of permission to apply for funding, those applications must be received by Tuesday September 9, 2008 at 5 PM EDT.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Bridgewater Democrats Release New Site

The Bridgewater Democratic Town Committee is pleased to announce their new website.

If you are interested in learning more about the BDTC or would like to become involved with the committee please log into the site. Information about how to join or how to donate to the BDTC can be found on the site and there will be upcoming events and information posted to the site. Please make sure you bookmark this site.

Click here to log into the website for the Bridgewater Democratic Town Committee.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Run For The Twins

Bridgewater-Raynham School Committee Member Joe Gillis will be running the Falmouth Road Race this year to raise funds for the Alexia & Kailyn DeBoe Family Fund.

The money raised will help support twins Alexia & Kailyn DeBoe of Bridgewater who suffer from a blood disorder named Thalassemia.

To learn more about the project and/or to donate to the Run for the Twins IV, please click here.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

D'Angelo's Wins Best Subs in Bridgewater

Congratulations to D'Angelo's for winning the Best Subs in Bridgewater poll. D'Angelo's, with two locations in town, took home the first place honors in this week's poll.

The results are:

D'Angelo's: 39%
Subway: 17%
Baldie's: 10%
Bridgewater House of Pizza: 8%
Prisco's Market & Deli: 8%
College Pizza: 6%
Lorenco's: 4%
Campus Pizza: 2%
Emma's: 2%

Friday, July 11, 2008

Bay State Gas Project in Bridgewater

Bay State Gas will begin its Mount Prospect Street gas main replacement project on Tuesday, July 15th.

Other affected roads will be Church Street, Standish Road and Union Street. The project is expected to last approximately two weeks. Please anticipate delays in these areas.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Reminder: Sign Up Now for Wine Tasting to Benefit Library

The Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library are sponsoring a wine tasting:

Location: Wine Palace 793 West Center Street - Route 106
West Bridgewater, MA

Date: Tuesday, August 12th
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Tickets are only $10
(You must be 21 or older to purchase tickets and attend the event)

Come sample wines with complimentary food tasting and support your public library!

Contact Jean Guarino @ slgjeg4@gmail.com for tickets.

Women's Softball Registration

The Bridgewater Women's Summer Softball registration will be held tonight (Thursday) at 5:30 p.m. at Legion Field with a game to follow. For more information call Wayne Gobbi at 508-697-4135.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Friends of Bridgewater Seniors

Friends of Bridgewater Seniors is a community group established to raise funds to provide assistance to seniors in the Town of Bridgewater.

A non-profit organization incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the goal of Friends of Bridgewater Seniors is two-fold:

1. It aims to assist in emergency situations, such as but not limited to paying for prescriptions, fuel or other life-sustaining equipment, devices and materials.
2. It aims to assist in other ways, such as financing programs and opportunities for seniors for the purposes of learning, entertainment or enjoyment.

We would like your support and active participation in this local organization. To donate to the Friends of Bridgewater Seniors mail the postcard above with a donation to the Senior Center at 10 Wally Kreuger Way in Bridgewater.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Local Artist at Better Bean Coffee Co.

Local artist Karen Callan will have her photography displayed at Better Bean Coffee Co. Her work entitled Window Treatments will be shown throughout July at Better Bean Coffee Co.

A kickoff reception will take place at the coffee shop displaying Callan's work this Thursday from 5-8 PM.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Women's Nutritional Health Group

Feel Better and Get Healthy with

A Holistic and Realistic Plan for Better Health and Wellness

with Holistic Health Counselor Noelle Armstrong

This 3-month program will help you meet your individual goals when it comes to losing weight and feeling great. The Holistic and Realistic Wellness Group Program offers the opportunity for you to get the support, accountability, and encouragement you’ve been looking for. Achieve your goals, meet other women with similar challenges, and gain confidence in your life! You’ll learn how to create meaningful, permanent changes in your dietary and lifestyle habits, and you’ll have fun doing it!

This group is designed to help participants by:

  • Exploring which specific foods support or hinder you
  • Discovering new, healthy options
  • Teaching what your cravings really mean, and how to avert them
  • Learning how to naturally increase energy
  • Understanding how to lose weight without deprivation
  • Learning new techniques of self-nourishment
  • Teaching how to practice radical self-acceptance
  • Developing deeper connections with others

The program includes:

  • Two 30-minute individual consultations with Noelle
  • Two 2-hour interactive group workshops every month, which includes discussions of health and nutrition and support from Noelle and other women in the group
  • A binder with session notes and handouts
  • Fun challenges that will help you discover more about your individual needs
  • Recipes and cooking tips
  • A comfortable, safe environment to share your story with others
  • Discounted rate on monthly cooking classes

Investment in your health:

$135 per person per month, or $385 if paid-in-full. Join with a relative or friend and receive a discounted monthly rate of $125!

For more information please contact Noelle Armstrong by phone at 508-245-9716 or by email at HolisticandRealistic@gmail.com or contact Uplifting Connections at 508-697-2334. The health group is being held at Uplifting Connections starting Wednesday, August 20th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Bridgewater residents will be at the fireworks!

The poll results are in and the consensus is overwhelming: We will see you at the fireworks. Of the Bridgewater residents polled, most have agreed that they will be found at the fireworks tonight. Let's hope the rain holds off!


Yes: 64%
No: 20%
Maybe: 15%

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Memorial Fishing Derby to Benefit Jimmy Fund

A memorial fishing derby in honor of John Anthony Leary of Bridgewater will take place this Saturday at Mass. Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay.

John, who grew up in Bridgewater, lived with his parents Jack and Judy Leary and was a student at Mass. Maritime when he was diagnosed with cancer. He lost his battle with cancer on January 25, 2007.

Both his parents and sister, Kristen Lofstrom, still call Bridgewater home.

To make a donation to the Jimmy Fund in memory of John, please click here.

For more information about the fishing derby or to purchase tickets, please call Kristen at 508-697-2666 or Judy at 508-697-5993.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Recreation Department Summer Programs

Recreation Summer Program
Monday through Friday at Legion Field, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Fun-filled program for children ages 5 - 14. Sports, games, arts and crafts, guest speakers, field trips - something for everyone! $15.00 per day. Eliminate summer boredom and let the kids vacation with us.

Archery Program
July 14 - 18 and August 4 - 8 at Scotland Field, 9:00 -11:00 AM, Ages 8 and up, $95.00. Junior Olympic Development Program offering all the basics of archery. Equipment is provided. Students participate at their own level with individualized instruction. Size limit: 20.

Girls Basketball Clinic
July 21 - 25 at Legion Field Courts, 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM, $135.00, grades 4 - 8. The program focuses on the importance of learning the fundamentals: shooting, individual/team offense, rebounding, individual/team defense, fast-break execution and drills, and free throw instruction, all while having FUN. Free shirt and ball.

Skyhawks Programs: Mini and Mighty Hawks
August 4 - 8 and August 11 - 15 at Legion Field, 9:00 AM - noon, $125.00. Mini-Hawks: Ages 4 - 6. Mighty-Hawks: Ages 6 -8. Introduces children to soccer, basketball, and basketball using a philosophy of fun. Free shirt and ball.

For more information or to register, please call the Recreation Department at 508-697-8020.