Sunday, November 30, 2008

A Winter Frolic

Date: December 6, 2008

Time: Greens sale and cookie walk at 9AM at the Senior Center. At 10AM you are invited to view five houses decorated by the Bridgewater Garden Club.

Tickets available at Bridgewater Florist, Matta Dance and Forever More Country Store. Tickets cost $20.00 in advance and are available for $25.00 at the door.

Snow Plow Positions Available

Snow Plow And Sander Contractors Needed

Rates $70 To $125 Per Hour - 4 Hour Minimum Per Storm
Call 508-697-0931 for more details

Part-Time Temporary CDL Drivers Needed For Snow Plow Operations

The Bridgewater Highway Department has openings for part-time seasonal truck drivers to assist with snow and ice operations. A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class A or B is required.The hourly rate is $25.00 per hour. These are temporary part-time positions and do not include benefits. Actual working hours will be on an as-needed basis.Interested persons should apply in person to the Bridgewater Highway Department, 151 High Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Fundraising Message from Bridgewater Little League

Bridgewater Little League would like to invite you to fundraising meeting for the new concession stand being held on Monday December 1st at 7:00PM upstairs at the Vets Club. We are looking for people with fundraising ideas that would like to get involved with this favor important project.

Bridgewater Little League is expanding and we need your help. We have undertaken the major task of building a brand new concession stand. We have received a generous donation of $20,000 from Mechanics Cooperative Bank of Bridgewater but that is only a portion of what is needed. The rough estimate for a fully operational concession stand is $60 to $70K.

The concession stand is the lifeline of our organization. Most, if not all, of the money raised goes to paying our umpires, awards, field maintenance and 12 yr old graduate sweatshirts. Without these monies we could not supply our children with the quality of a program that they have grown accustomed to and that we demand of ourselves.

While we definitely understand these are trying times that none of us have ever seen, BLL has decided that this is the time that we need to go out to the community to secure the future of our league. What you might consider a small donation could mean the world to us.

Thanks in advance, and hope to see you at the meeting.

BLL Board of Directors

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Around the Common wishes you and your family a very happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Bridgewater Residents Agree: Keep Selectmen Election Cycle The Same

Based upon last week's poll results, Bridgewater residents agree that the election cycle for the office of Board of Selectmen should remain as it is and all five Selectmen should not be elected at the same time.

The results:

66% voted against having all five Selectmen elected at once
30% voted to have all five Selectmen elected at once
3% were undecided

Thanks to all those who voted!

Meat Raffle

The Bridgewater Knights of Columbus will be hosting a Meat Raffle on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 582 Bedford Street behind the National Guard Armory.

Monday, November 24, 2008

BSC Jazz Festival

Date: Tuesday, November 25th
Time: 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Afternoon jazz sessions will feature performances by local public school students as well as other guest artists. The festival concludes with an evening performance in the Horace Mann Auditorium located in Boyden Hall at 7:30 PM.

The jazz festival is free and is open to the public. For more information about the Bridgewater State College Jazz Festival, please
click here.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Holiday Party & Reach Out & Read Fundraiser

The Bridgewater Democratic Town committee will hold its annual holiday party at Barrett's Ale House, Route 18 in Bridgewater on Tuesday, December 9th at 7PM. The party will benefit the Reach Out and Read Program, which provides free books to children in need. The program has been ongoing for some time and the books are donated to MA General and over 200 hospitals and clinics in MA. Reach Out and Read trains doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and to give books to children at pediatric check-ups from 6 months to 5 years of age, with special focus on children growing up in poverty.

The cost for the holiday party, which includes pizza, is $15 with all proceeds going to Reach Out and Read.

For every $2 donation that the Reach Out and Read Program raises an age appropriate and developmental book is given to a child in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. By purchasing a ticket for the holiday party you will help provide books to children and at the same time enjoy an evening out with friends.

If you are interested in attending this great fundraiser to help provide children with books and increase literacy here in Massachusetts, please RSVP by clicking here. If you cannot attend the fundraiser/holiday party, please feel free to send a donation payable to Reach Out and Read to Attn: Kevin Bligh 6 Heather Lane in Bridgewater.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Christmas on the Common

Christmas on the Common will be
Sunday December 7th, 2008 from 1-4 PM

This annual holiday event is held on the Bridgewater Common (even in the snow!). Bring the family to meet Santa, listen to music, ride ponies, and drink hot chocolate.

Donations for Toys For Tots, with help from the US Marines, are welcome.

BBA Members are encouraged to participate.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

B-R to host fundraising theater show

On Saturday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m Theaterworks USA, a New York-based children's theater company, will perform "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe." It's a musical based on C.S. Lewis' adventure of four children transported to the fabled land of Narnia. The production is considered suitable for kids in grades 1-7. Proceeds from the $10 general admission ticket sales will be used to buy books for the high school library. For tickets call 508-697-6902 x21204 and they will also be available at the door.

Holiday Bazaar

St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Bridgewater will hold its holiday bazaar on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. As part of the event they will raffle a set of numbered, large, Seraphim ceramic angels and a number of dolls, including four Wendy Lawton Little Women dolls, in a silent auction. For more information, call the rectory at 508-697-9528 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The event will also feature a toy room, a children's craft room, pictures with Santa, home baked goods and candy, assorted home sewn and knit items, plants, and an extensive holiday craft room along with vintage jewelry and a white elephant room.

Coffee Fundraiser for the Library

The Friends of the Library are sponsoring a coffee sale to raise money for the library. Bridgewater Brew is both a Fair-Trade and organic coffee.

The medium roast is $9.00/lb and the dark roast is $10.00/lb. There is also organic hot cocoa mix available for $6.00/12 ounce package.

Order forms available at the library's Circulation Desk.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Open Position on the Board of Assessors

The Board of Assessors is accepting applications for a member until 1PM on this Friday, November 21st to fill a vacancy due to a resignation. The term runs until the 2009 Town Election when the interested individual can seek re-election. The Assessors are responsible for the evaluation of real and personal property.

The vacancy will be filled by a joint meeting of the Board of Assessors and the Board of Selectmen on November 25th at 6:30 PM.

A letter of interest along with qualifications should be sent to the Board of Selectmen at 25 South Street in Bridgewater or can be sent via email to

Monday, November 17, 2008

Public Shade Trees in Bridgewater

Click each photo for an enlarged version.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Holly Day Artisan Fair

Holly Day Artisan Fair
Saturday, December 6th, 9 AM to 3 PM

Handcrafted items, gifts, cookie walk, homemade soups and breads, and visits with Santa at 12 and 2 PM!

Just one block off the Bridgewater Common at First Parish Unitarian-Universalist Church, 50 School Street. For more information, call 508-697-2525.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Arts for Everyone Festival

The Bridgewater Community Lions Club will host the Arts for Everyone Festival tomorrow from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Bridgewater Middle School located at 166 Mt. Prospect Street.

The festival will include an arts and crafts fair, an art exhibit featuring the work of 11 to 13 year old contestants to the Lions International Peace Poster contest as well as the Bridgewater Senior Painters, and performing arts such as dance, instrument and voice.

Admission to the Arts for Everyone Festival is $2.50 per person with children 6 years and under being free.

This Week's Poll Question

Following up on last week's election related poll question, this week's poll question deals with the election of Selectmen. Should all five selectmen be elected at the same time? Proponents would look to many other cities and towns that elect an entire body of Selectmen or City Councilors all at the same time and would argue that rather than holding a possible election race each year holding one ever few years would allow for more consistency on the board. Opponents would argue that the town could run the risk of having all five Selectmen voted out of office leaving an experience void on the Board.

Make sure you vote and tell us your thoughts by emailing Around the Common..

Bridgewater Residents Support Changing Elections

Around the Common readers have spoken and overwhelmingly endorse moving all elections in town to the standard November election date. From a cost perspective, this would help to alleviate holding potentially two elections in the same year and would allow for election continuity. Furthermore, if the town elections coincided with a state or national election, voter turnout would increase for the local ballot races.

Yes: 87%
No: 10%
Undecided: 3%

Thanks to all those who voted!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Elm Street Sewer Service Construction

Phase II of the Elm Street sewer extension and sewer service construction has begun. The project is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2009. Any questions please call the Sewer Department at 508-697-0937 Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Remember to please drive with caution.

Monday, November 10, 2008

"Winter Frolic" Holiday House Tour

The Bridgewater Garden Club will be holding “Winter Frolic”, a house tour including 5 beautifully decorated homes for the holidays on Saturday, December 6 from 10 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 the day of the tour. Tickets are available in Bridgewater at Bridgewater Florist, ForeverMore Country Store, Matta Dance Studio or, in East Bridgewater at MS. Bee Haven.

Tickets may also be purchased by sending a stamped, self addressed business envelope to: Bridgewater Garden Club, 60 Forest Drive, Bridgewater with a check made payable to the garden club. For additional ticket information, call 508-697-7617.

The Christmas Green sale will be held at the Senior Center also on December 6 from 9A.M. until sold out. Wreaths, centerpieces, hollies, bags of greens and bows are available. The holiday baking can be done easily by buying at the Cookie Walk. Friends may buy an empty can for $4.00 and fill it with a variety of cookies of their choice. All profits benefit the scholarship fund, civic beautification and other programs.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Lions Club Annual TV Auction

The Bridgewater Lions Club annual television auction will be held tonight from 5 PM to 10PM on BTV Channel 9. Bidders can bid on great auction prizes like vacation getaways, gift certificates to restaurants, beauty, fitness home improvement and crafts and other collectibles.

Make sure you turn into BTV Channel 9 so you don't miss out on the amazing items up for bid. To place a bid, please call 508.697.9590. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

BSC Music Faculty Recital

The Bridgewater State College Music Faculty will host their faculty showcase on November 13th at 7:30 PM in Boyden Hall's Horace Mann Auditorium. All proceeds from the event will go toward music scholarships. Admission is open to the public and tickets are $5 with BSC students' admission being free.

For more information, please call 508.531.1377.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Fall Town Meeting on Monday

Date: Monday, November 10th

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School Auditorium

Click here for a copy of the warrant.

Bridgewater Girls Softball Registration

Registration for Bridgewater Girls Softball will be held on Saturday, November 15th at the Senior Center from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information, contact Jim Polk or at 508-807-0889.

Registering on the 15th guarantees a roster spot for the 2009 BGSL season.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

This Week's Poll Question

With a major turnout at this week's election, is it time to change the timing of local town races? Would you support changing the town elections to November rather than April to allow for a more regular election cycle? Would it allow for an easier budget process and or eliminate a new Selectman being thrown right into Town Meeting?

Cast your votes now and if you have comments on the topic please email Around the Common by clicking here. All comments will be kept without names or emails associated.

Country Bumpkins Fair

The Central Square Congregational Church will hold their annual Country Bumpkins Fair this weekend.

Dates and Times: Friday, November 7th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM and Saturday, November 8th starting at 9AM.

Both days you will be able to purchase homemade crafts, jewelry, baked goods as well as take your chances in the silent auction. Don't miss fresh pie and coffee on Friday night or a great lunch on Saturday.

Holiday Fair

Date: Friday, November 7th

Time: 5 PM to 8 PM

Bridgewater United Methodist Church (35 School Street)

Come enjoy arts and crafts, fresh baked goods, a silent auction and other items for sale. Food will also be served so bring your appetite.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sporadic Evolution Theatre to showcase an unconventional adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”

(Bridgewater , MA ) Betrayal, Power, Madness & Murder. The story of Hamlet has been told for centuries...but it's never been told like this! East Bridgewater native Don Sheehan puts his unique twist on this Shakespearean classic by adding a rock band and a female Hamlet.

Hamlet portrayed by Wendy Lippe, senses betrayal in her royal father's death and devises a plan designed to uncover the truth of his untimely demise. The cast including Artistic Director Don Sheehan, Lisa Tosti, Michael Pevzner and Dane Grigas unravels the story so well, that even if you aren’t a Shakespearean enthusiast you’ll be on the edge of your seat as this treacherous tale unfolds.

“Hamlet” will be presented Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm November 14th & 15th and 21st & 22nd at the Eldon T. Cole Parish House, 15 Cedar Street , Bridgewater , MA .

Admission is $25 per person, $20 for Seniors & Students... Tickets purchased in advance will be discounted $5 per ticket. Call 508-532-2738 for advance tickets and group rates.

A Silent Auction will be held at the opening night performance to aid in raising funds to support the development of theatre education programs, Sporadic Evolution Theatre’s 2008-2009 Season, and on going church ministry and mission projects.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Election Day is Here!

Tuesday November 4th is Election Day. Did you ever think it would arrive?

Polls are open from 7:00 AM. to 8:00 PM at the Middle School (Former Bridgewater Raynham Regional High School Building) at 166 Mount Prospect Street.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

BSC Basketball Clinic

The Bridgewater State College men's basketball team will hold a clinic at the Tinsley Center on November 11th. The pre-registration fee is $30 and the fee is $35 on the day of the clinic. For more information, call the basketball office at 508-531-2896.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

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