Saturday, October 31, 2009

Town Goverment Study Committee Needs Your Help

The TGSC is currently looking for volunteers to help the citizens of Bridgewater become educated on the two forms of Charter Government that the committee has developed.

There will be a Special Town Meeting on December 14, 2009 asking the citizens to vote in favor of putting the two Charter options on a ballot to be voted on in April 2010.

The committee is looking for people to distribute informational flyers throughout your neighborhood, host a coffee and invite all your neighbors or participate in a BTV live panel audience event.

We are trying to reach and educate as many citizens as possible before the STM in December.

If you are interested in helping us out please email me your name, address, phone number and what area you would be interested in helping out with at . Either I or one of the other committee members will contact you with information regarding dates, times, materials, etc. for the area that you have volunteered for.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Bridgewater Housing Authority Launches New Website

The Bridgewater Housing Authority is pleased to announce the launch of its new website. Please click here to review the website.

Bridgewater business Your Design Studio created the new website.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Test of Emergency Broadcast Warning System - TOMORROW (Wednesday, October 28th)

Bridgewater State College will conduct a test of its outdoor warning siren on Wednesday, October 28 between 12:05 and 12:20 p.m.

The siren is installed atop the college’s Maxwell Library on Shaw Road. The siren will sound a loud warning tone, followed by a brief audio message noting that the broadcast is a test.

The siren is part of BSC’s campus alert system, which has been developed for the purpose of notifying the Bridgewater State College community in case of an imminent threat or danger on the campus or in the immediate vicinity. The test is being conducted to ensure that the audio warning system is in proper working order.

Campus community members and neighbors in the surrounding area who may hear the siren on October 28 should not be alarmed by the siren, as it is only a test.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Tomorrow Night's Selectmen's Meeting Agenda

The Board of Selectmen will meet on Tuesday, October 27th beginning at 6:30 PM. Here is the agenda for tomorrow night's meeting:

1. Brad Dzierzak, Information Technology

2. Chief Bois & Chief Rogers: Overtime Reports

3. Tree Warden Interviews:

  • Peter Dubee
  • Bill Maltby

4. Report of the Municipal Administrator

5. Public Hearing: Verizon Pole Location

6. Items Requiring Board Action

  • Affirmative Action Policy (Adoption)
  • Sexual Harassment Policy (Adoption)

7. Open Forum

8. Board of Selectmen Comments/Reports

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Around the Common Clean-Up a Success!

Thanks to those who showed up for the Around the Common clean-up. We hauled 15 large bags of trash and leaves out of downtown. Cups, cigarette packs, candy wrappers, food wrappers and more have been taken off the street!

Special thanks to Bridgewater resident Tracy Hunt of Tracy's Floral Designs for donating the trash bags for the event!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Around the Common Clean Up on Rain or Shine

The Around the Common Clean Up will be held tomorrow rain or shine from 8 AM to 10AM. If you plan on attending, please try to bring trash bags, rakes, brooms, etc.

If you plan on attending, please email

Monday, October 19, 2009

Art Reception in Bridgewater This Weekend

Mark you calendar for an exciting art reception to be held at Bridgewater Art & Custom Framing this Saturday from 6 to 9PM. The event will feature free refreshments and will feature some of the finest local artwork around.

For more information, check out Bridgewater Art & Custom Framing's website by clicking here.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Block Party Fundraiser

The residents of Concetta Drive will be hosting a block party fundraiser to benefit Laurie Scott, who is battling breast cancer. The event will take place October 17th. There will be food, live entertainment by Right Turn Clyde, two moonwalks, face painting, a 50/50 raffle and a fishbowl raffle. Raffle prizes include Red Sox tickets, Bruins tickets, a Pandora bracelet and golf passes. All proceeds will go directly to the Scott family and help them with expenses during Laurie's treatment. Tickets for the event are $20 each with kids 16 and under admitted free. Tickets can be purchased by calling Susan Hearn at 508-279-6325 or Ann Doherty at 508-807-0158 or upon entering the street on the day of the event.

Quilt Show

The Thimbles and Friends Quilt Guild will be sponsoring a Quilt Show on October 17th and 18th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cole Yeaton Senior Center. There will be quilts, vendors, raffles and a quilter's boutique. Admission is $5 or $3 with a canned good for the food pantry. Children under age 12 are admitted free.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Transfer Station Looking for Volunteers

The transfer station is looking for additional volunteers to help out there. If you have any time that you would like to volunteer, please contact Board of Health member Brian Penney at 774.259.0301.

Message from Town Government Study Committee

Back in May of this past year, town meeting voted to accept the Town Government Study Committee's final report, and granted the TGSC a 12 month extension during which time they would prepare several charters which reflected the 2 recommended form of government options: Council/Manager and Modified Open Town Meeting.

Other recommendations would also be included in these charters.

There is a 3 step process for moving forward with these charters: approval of the charters at a Special Town Meeting scheduled for December 14, approval by the state Legislation and Governor, and finally approval in a town election.

Our overall goal in moving to a charter, as the preferred solution over our existing Bylaw structure, was to give the town maximum flexibility in planning for the future. The charter has 3 major benefits:

1. Would give the town increased autonomy from the state.
2. Would position the town for a strong town manager
3. Would serve as the basic framework for the future essentially creating a general plan of municipal government that is responsive to the electorate and community while at the same time capable of doing the work of the town effectively translating the voters’ intentions into efficient administration as promptly and economically as possible. It is critical that the citizens of Bridgewater begin to educate themselves on these charters. A key component of the Public Education program will be a series of forums that have been scheduled by the TGSC over the next 2 months. Currently, 4 have already been scheduled. All educational forums are to be held at the Senior Center.

Dates are as follows:
  • October 19, 2009 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • October 24, 2009 from 9:00 to 11:00 am
  • November 14, 2009 from 9:00 to 11:00 am
  • November 16, 2009 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

The TGSC is also planning to present material at a pre-town meeting forum as well.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Around the Common 1st Annual Fall Clean-Up

Around the Common is pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring the Around the Common 1st Annual Fall Clean-Up!

This event will bring together the Bridgewater business community, residents and friends to spruce up the downtown area before the wintertime. If you taken a walk through downtown recently you will agree that this event is much needed and will be a great way for each of us to give back to our community.

Date: Saturday, October 24th

Time: 8AM to 10AM

Location: Around the Common, where else?

We will plan on meeting in the parking lot of the Academy Building and will work our way toward the railroad tracks.

What to bring: Gloves, trash bags, rakes, brooms, etc!

Business owners: Can you donate trash bags? Coffee and donuts? Case of water? Maybe dumpster space? If so, please contact me.

Please email if you plan on attending or confirm your attendance on Facebook by clicking here.

Kevin Bligh, Around the Common

The Strength Studio Offering First Class Free!

The Strength Studio, a newly opened women's workout facility located on Hale Street in Bridgewater, is offering one free workout class to all ladies in town! The Strength Studio features cardio classes, spinning classes, step classes and more all in a comfortable atmosphere.

Check out The Strength Studio's website for more information on classes.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Shannon Brownlee Lecture on Health Care Reform

Shannon Brownlee, an expert on American health care reform, is this years Bridgewater State College Distinguished Speaker Series presenter. The lecture will take place on October 22, 2009 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Boyden Hall at Bridgewater State College.

For more information about the event and to register for two free tickets per household, please click here.

10/13/09 Board of Selectmen Meeting Agenda

The Board of Selectmen has announced the agenda for their meeting on October 13, 2009. The meeting begins at 6:30 PM.

1. Chief Rogers: Donation of Fire Engine & EOPS Grant

2. John Kuzminski (Town Accountant): Warrant Review & FY 2011 Budget

3. Chief Bois: Freemont Street Update

4. Report of the Municipal Administrator

5. Items Requiring Board Action

  • Reserve Fund Transfer Request (Planning Board: $225.00)
  • Equal Opportunity- Affirmative Action Policy
  • Sexual Harassment Policy
  • Annual Tri-Town Veteran's Day Parade
  • Petition #2009-28 from Verizon for New Pole Location on Shirill Drive

6. Open Forum

7. Board of Selectmen Comments/Reports

Friday, October 9, 2009

Snow Plow and Sander Contractors Needed

The Town of Bridgewater is looking for snow plow and sander contractors for this weekend. Rates are from $70 to $125 per hour with a 4 hour minimum per storm.

For more information, please call 508.697.0931.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Patrick Administration Announces Funds for Additional Bridgewater Firefighters

It's no secret that cities and towns have been hit hard by the economic recession and many have been struggling to preserve jobs and protect essential services like public safety.

That's why Governor Patrick and I are providing immediate, critical relief to municipal fire departments impacted by budget cuts that have forced layoffs and vacancies.

Our Administration is releasing $8.1 million in federal stimulus funds to 13 municipal fire departments to rehire 127 firefighters who were laid off because of budget reductions.

As a former Mayor of Worcester, I know how important it is for cities and towns to protect critical priorities like public safety. These funds will help bring back lost jobs, retain public safety and stimulate the local economy.

The $8.1 million will be used to rehire a total of 127 laid off firefighters in Bridgewater, Easton, Fall River, Hull, Lakeville, Lawrence, Methuen, Monson, New Bedford, North Attleboro, Quincy, Walpole and Worcester.

This is just the first round of awards to municipal fire departments. Our Administration will be awarding another $11.9 million in federal recovery funds to communities that have seen their fire departments downsized as a result of budget cuts.

In total, $71 million in federal recovery funds are being directed to local public safety officials who continue to face difficult budget challenges caused by the unprecedented global economic downturn.

I thank President Obama and members of our congressional delegation for making these funds available to help cities and towns put people back to work and keep communities safe.


Timothy P. Murray
Lieutenant Governor

Monday, October 5, 2009

Recreation League Basketball Registration

Walk-in registration for both Boys and Girls Recreation League Basketball for the 2009-2010 season will be held on October 16th and October 17th. The hours are from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday the 16th and from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday the 17th.

Registration will take place at the Recreation Department building on Cottage Street.

Additional details can be found online at for boys programs and for girls programs.

Board of Selectmen 10/06/09 Agenda

The Board of Selectmen will meet tomorrow night (October 6, 2009). The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM and below is their agenda:

1. Karl & Bryan Hanson, Eagle Scout Recognitions

2. Board of Assessors, Staffing

3. Town Government Study Committee Update

4. Whispering Wood

5. Board of Health & Transfer Station Update

6. Report of the Municipal Administrator

7. Energy Assistance Program Donation from Charity Account

8. Open Forum

9. Selectmen's Comments

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Spooky Studio Day

Bridgewater Art & Custom Framing will be sponsoring a Spooky Studio Day on Saturday, October 17th! The event will take place from 10AM to 4PM and is complete with refreshments and fun. If you dress in a costume, you will receive 50% off Paint Your Own Pottery.

Make sure you mark your calendar for this great event!