Monday, August 24, 2009

Outdoor Cleanup at the Bridgewater Public Library

Volunteers Needed for “Outdoor Clean Up" at the Bridgewater Public Library.

Saturday Morning - September 12th (9:00 - 12:00)

The outdoor area of the Public Library needs extensive weeding. Please bring rake and shovel!

Please contact Library trustee Jim Kirkcaldy if you are able to donate your time!

phone: (508) 697-2958

e-mail :

The volunteers also need someone with a truck to cart the waste away and a place to dispose it.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Golf Tournament to Benefit B-R Baseball

There will be a golf tournament to benefit the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School baseball team that will take place on October 17th at River Bend Country Club in West Bridgewater.

The tournament will begin at 1PM and is a shotgun start format. The tournament costs $130 per person which includes a cart and steak dinner.

For more information, please call John Kearney at 508.697.6902 x. 13120 or email John at

Thursday, August 20, 2009

ATC Readers: Keep Meetings Open!

By the largest landslide victory in the history of Around the Common, Bridgewater residents want the Board of Selectmen to retain the Open Forum portion of Selectmen meetings.

Yes, keep meetings open: 95%
No, limit open forum: 5%

The residents have clearly spoken! Let's hope the elected officials listen.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

2009 Dog Licensing

The 2009 Dog Licensing Period runs from July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010. The new 2009 licenses are now available for sale in the Town Clerk's Office.

The cost for licenses is as follows:

Male/Female: $15.00
Neutered Male/Spayed Female: $10.00
Late Fee: $25.00

Dogs not registered by September 1st will be charged a fine in the amount of $25.00 in addition to the cost of the license as required by the Dog By-Law.

Town Clerk's hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Licenses may also be obtained by mailing a request to Town Clerk's Office, Town Hall, 64 Central Square, Bridgewater, MA 02324 along with the proper fee, self addressed stamped envelope and a copy of current rabies certificate.

If you have additional questions please call 508-697-0921.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

End of Summer Celebration Held at Library

The Children's Room of the Bridgewater Public Library celebrated the end of their Summer Reading Program on August 6th. An ice cream party was held in the Flora T. Little Meeting Room with 99 attendees.

Winners of the bike raffle were announced: Max Dube, TJ Mulcahey, Kailyn Demos, Jenna Schlosser, Alyssa Kirk, Louis Brechter, Lauren Dion and Jacob Schlosser. The winner of the "Guess How Many Jar" was Alison Whittaker, who was very close with a guess of 1400 (the true number was 1421).

The Library Trustees would like to congratulate the 234 Starship Adventure program participants who read a total of 1,753 books from July 7th through August 6th.

The bike raffle and ice cream party were sponsored by Estabrook and Chamberlain Insurance Agency of Bridgewater.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

This Week's Poll: Open Forum at Selectmen's Meetings?

There has been a lot of discussion relative to the Open Forum section at each Selectmen's meeting. Proponents of the Open Forum (including Selectman Chris Flynn and Selectman Mike Demos) feel as though Open Forum is essential to preserve democracy and the freedom of speech that residents should be allowed to exhibit within their own local government. Opponents (including Selectman Stan Kravitz) feel as though Open Forum at times detracts from the regular agenda and the discussion at Open Forum often becomes personal.

For more information about the debate, please click here.

This week's poll question addresses the issue. Please vote!

ATC Readers Agree: Wait Until April

The results are in and Around the Common readers agree that any effort to fill the elected positions of former Selectman Herb Lemon and Treasurer/Collector Doug Dorr should wait until the next election in April.

Wait until April: 71%
Special Election Now: 28%

Maura: At Your Service

Monk O'Phile Cleaning, Odd Jobs & Pet Care has changed its name and is now:

Maura At Your Service

Services offered included house/church/small business cleaning, pet care, odd jobs and driving needs. For more information, check out the new blog by clicking here.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Globe Article Touches on Bridgewater Town Buildings

Sunday's Boston Globe discussed town buildings across the state and Bridgewater's own historic buildings were discussed. Click here to read the article. Community Preservation Chair Marilee Kenney Hunt has drafted the following letter to the editor relative to the article.

Dear Editor:

I applaud your spotlight on the deplorable condition of many Massachusetts Town Halls. Certainly, in New England, preserving the historic integrity of our cities, towns and villages often begins with municipal buildings.

I wonder, then, why you did not mention the incredible advantage the Community Preservation Act (CPA) affords 142 Massachusetts communities. In Bridgewater, which is cited extensively in the article, two town employees describe the deplorable state of the Town Hall and Academy Building including a lack of accessibility. Full disclosure: A reporter also spoke with me about those buildings since I chair the Community Preservation Committee.

While I am not surprised by the apt description of our unmaintained buildings, I was incredulous to read not one word noting the active intervention of the Community Preservation Committee. At Bridgewater's 2007's Spring Town Meeting, the town appropriated $60,000 from the CPA for a comprehensive, architectural, condition and use report on all four municipal buildings to serve as a road map for their preservation and restoration. Based on that report, at the Spring Town Meeting in 2008, $15,000 from the CPA was appropriated for accessibility upgrades to the Academy Building and the Fall Town Meeting appropriated an additional $622,356 from the CPA "…for the purpose of partially restoring and preserving the Bridgewater Town Hall...and the Bridgewater Academy Building…"

Although revenues are down and Bridgewater struggles to maintain basic services, its citizens had the great good sense to pass the Community Preservation Act in 2005. Far from being a complete panacea, it can and is being used to preserve and restore our historical buildings, retain and create open space and ensure affordable housing—keeping irreplaceable, precious assets of our towns intact through these difficult times. Those facts are as true as the dilapidation and disrepair. They were relevant and should have been noted in your article about our decaying town treasures.


Marilee Kenney Hunt

Chair, Bridgewater Community Preservation Committee

Monday, August 10, 2009

Deadline Dates: Fall Town Meeting Articles

The Fall Town Meeting will be held on Monday, November 9, 2009 at 7:30 P.M in the Auditorium at the Bridgewater Raynham Regional High School.

At the Selectmen’s Meeting on August 4, 2009, the Board voted to set the deadline for submission of Articles.

In order to ensure adequate time for public hearings and proper preparation of the Fall Town Meeting Warrant, please be advised of the following deadline dates:

ZONING ARTICLES Must be received in the Office of the Selectmen, Memorial Building, 25 South Street, no later than 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2009.

ALL OTHER ARTICLES Must be received in the Office of the Selectmen, Memorial Building, 25 South Street, no later than 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2009.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Estabrook & Chamberlain Donate for Periodicals at Library

The Bridgewater Public Library has received a donation of $5,500 from Estabrook & Chamberlain Insurance Agency. The donation will fund periodical subscriptions including the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Wall Street Journal and other newspapers plus popular magazines such as Consumer Reports, People Weekly, Health, Newsweek, Time, US News & World Report, Psychology Today, Sports Illustrated and many more. Through their generosity, eighty eight subscriptions have been made available for the coming year.

This is the first year that the library's periodical subscriptions have not been paid for by the Town of Bridgewater. Without the support of Estabrook & Chamberlain, the library would have no magazines or newspapers in FY 2010.

Periodicals are located in the library's Browsing Area near the Circulation Desk. May of the library's magaznines may be borrowed, but newspapers remain in the library.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Baystate Marathon Run to Benefit Friends of the Bridgewater Public Libary

On October 18, 2009 Beth Ann and I will be running the Baystate Marathon in Lowell, Massachusetts. In addition to running the marathon, I have decided to raise money for the Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library and ask for any donations you might be able to make. I will do the hard work of running 26.2 miles and you can show your support of my run by donating to the Bridgewater Public Library.

Any donation is welcome!
Click below to donate.

Friday, August 7, 2009

CPA Funding Pre-Applications Due August 18, 2009

The Community Preservation Committee is accepting pre-applications for grants to fund projects that create affordable housing, preserve or restore historical resources, or create or preserve open space and/or land for recreational use. The deadline to submit pre-applications is Tuesday, August 18, 2009. The pre-application form can be accessed by clicking here. Complete pre-applications must be submitted on or before 3PM on August 18, 2009 to the Bridgewater CPC, Town Hall, Central Sqaure, Bridgewater, MA 02324 and by email to

The CPA application process is a two step process. The Coommunity Preservation Committee will review pre-applications on August 20, 209 and invite full applications from all pre-eligible pre-applications. Full applications are due September 15, 2009. The CPC will evaluate full applications and recommend projects to the Board of Selectmen to include on the warrant for the full town meeting for funding approval.

For more information or assistance with completing the pre-application, contact CPC Community Liaison Sharon Gay at 508.759.1294 or or CPC Chairperson Marilee Kenney Hunt at 508.697.3681 or

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Information from Bridgewater Board of Health

1. On July 27th the Board of Health officially accepted the resignation of William Nicolas. The Board of Health and the town of Bridgewater thank him for his 18 years of service.

2. Currently the Board is now searching for a new member to join in the interim until the April election.

According to Part I, Title VII, Chapter 41, Section 11. Appointment to fill vacancy in town office:

As used in this section, the term "vacancy" includes a failure to elect. If a vacancy occurs in any town office, other than the office of selectman, town clerk, treasurer, collector of taxes or auditor, the selectman shall in writing appoint a person to fill such vacancy. If there is a vacancy in a board consisting of two or more members, except a board whose members have been elected by proportional representation under chapter fifty-four A, the remaining members shall give written notice thereof, within one month of said vacancy, to the selectman, who, with the remaining member or members of such board, shall after one week's notice, fill such vacancy by roll call vote. The selectmen shall fill such vacancy if such board fails to give said notice within the time herein specified. A majority of the votes of the officers entitled to vote shall be necessary to such election. The person so appointed or elected shall be a registered voter of the town and shall perform the duties of office until the next annual meeting or until another is qualified.

American Sign Language Classes

A 5 week ASL program will begin at the Conant Community Center on Wed. Sept. 2nd. Two levels of instruction are now offered. Beginner ASL for those who have little or no signing experience 5:00-6:30pm. Advanced/voice off ASL classes for those who know and understand the fundamentals of ASL 6:30-8:00pm. Each class will include cultural content. Students can attend one or both classes however registration is required as space is limited. The cost is $60.00 which includes all materials. EMT/Paramedic hours as well as Professional Development Points will be awarded according to state guidelines. Donations to the community food pantry will be accepted before and after class.

Those needing ASL instruction due to reasons pertaining to deaf, hard of hearing, or non verbal family members will not be placed on a waiting list. To register please contact Marianne Molinari at 781-447-2470 or

Monday, August 3, 2009

Lemon & Dorr Vacancies: What to do?

This week's poll question deals with the recent vacancy created on the Board of Selectmen and the vacancy with the Treasurer/Collectors office by the resignations of Herb Lemon and Doug Dorr, respectively.

Do you support holding an immediate special election or should we wait until the April election cycle?