Monday, November 30, 2009

A Second Chance at Life

An entertaining evening of spirit reading with Sandy Alemian in honor of transplant patient Ilene McBride will take place this Friday, December 4th. The event will take place at the Bridgewater Knights of Columbus located at 582 Bedford Street in Bridgewater and will take begin at 7PM through 10PM.

Admission to the event is $35.00 for adults and tables of 8 may be reserved for $240.00 with pre-payment. Please call 508.353.9780 for advance tickets.

The event will feature a cash bar, but please bring your own light snack. A 50/50 raffle will take place with 50% going to the winner and 50% going to the McBride family. 50% of all ticket sales also go toward Ilene's transplant expenses.

Sandy Alemian is a local, well-known author, spirit medium, angel messenger and inspirational speaker. She co-founded Seeds of Hope and is offering her services to assist Ilene and her family through their unimaginable journey. Ilene has been battling Hodgkin's lymphoma since 2007 and doctors say a stem cell transplant is essential to her survival. She and her husband Tom have two young children in the B-R School System.

If you cannot attend but would like to make an online donation, please click here.

Offer from Cake by Paula

As a thank you to all of the former customers of Cake by Paula in 2009 and for any new customer living in Bridgewater looking to place an order , if you order a cake in 2010 you will save $10 of your custom order cake! Remember to book early so you are not left out in the cold. Cake by Paula creates the finest custom cakes for all occasions and each cake is baked fresh using only the highest quality ingredients.

Make your next function even more special with a cake from Cake by Paula located right here in Bridgewater. Call 508.415.9890 or email

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Bridgewater Black Friday Sales

No need to rush out of town this Black Friday. Stay right here in Bridgewater and find some great sales at local businesses!

Uplifting Connections: 20% off all retail purchases when you spend $25 or more.

Central Square Boutique: $10 off any purchase of $50 or more of $5 off any purchase over $25.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Bridgewater Art & Custom Framing Open House

There will be an open house at Bridgewater Art & Custom Framing on December 6th from noon to 4PM. The open house will be at Bridgewater Art & Custom Framing's new location at 50 Central Square in Bridgewater.

Bring the kiddies to decorate homemade gingerbread ornaments. Take a break from the cold and enjoy mulled cider and chocolate covered caramel apples.

Stop in and get a $10 off coupon.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Holly Day Artisan Faire

Holly Day Artisan Faire, Saturday, December 5th from 9 AM to 3 PM. Handcrafted items from local artisans, cookie walk, holiday greens, white elephant sale, book sale, soup and bread lunch, and visits from Santa at 12 and 2.

Admission free. First Parish Unitarian-Universalist Church, 50 School Street. 508-697-2525.

BSC Opera Group Peformance

The Bridgewater State College Opera Group, under the direction of Donna Ames, will be performing their semester-end recital at Horace Mann Auditorium on Monday the 23rd at 7:30 PM.

Works will include a variety of offerings including many of the works of Gilbert and Sullivan.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Board of Selectmen 11/17/09 Agenda

The Board of Selectmen will meet this Tuesday (November 17th) in the Memorial Building. The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

6:00 PM: Executive Session (AFSME)

6:30 PM: Open Meeting Starts

  1. Annual Audit
  2. Report of the Municipal Administrator
  3. Items Requiring Board Action (Special Town Meeting Warrant 12/14/09)
  4. Open Forum
  5. Board of Selectmen Comments/Reports


Community Organizing for Social Justice in Africa

Bridgewater State College's newly-established African Studies Program will host a Kick-Off event featuring Mr. E. Dovi Abbey, Community Organizer from West Africa, who now works in Roxbury, MA. Mr. Abbey will talk about "Community Organizing for Social Justice in Africa."

Mr. Abbey manages African international educational exchange programs and serves on several community-based organizations in Boston and Africa. He is a member of the New England delegation to the National Summit on Africa and the Pan African Forum. He received the Crispus Attucks Community Service Award from the Boston Equal Rights League and other awards for his community service.

This International Education Week event is Sponsored by the African Studies Program, the Social Justice League, and the Anthropology Department. Classes are encouraged to attend. This event is open to the public. Refreshments Served
Tue, Nov 17, Dunn Conference B, Crimson Hall.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Textures Music Ensemble Concert

The "Textures" Music Ensemble in Concert presented by the BSC Music Department Sunday, November 15 at 2 pm.

An afternoon of exhilarating music including a world premiere original arrangement for Taiwanese ocarina by BSC student, Matt Ahrens. Also on the program: Pantomima and Cancion by Maneul de Falla arranged for trombone and piano and Le Chant du Veilleur by Joquin Nin for mezzo-soprano, saxophone and piano.

Admission is absolutely free and a funky reception follows. For more information please email

Friday, November 13, 2009

Craft Fair

The New Jerusalem Church in Bridgewater Center will be holding a craft fail on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a luncheon of chowder and sandwiches beginning at 11:30 a.m. Crafts will include jewelry, painted glass, quilts and much more. For additional details please call 508-697-3068.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Holiday Fair

The annual holiday fair at the Bridgewater United Methodist Church will be held this weekend. The fair will take place on Friday from 5 to 8PM and on Saturday from 9AM to 3PM.

Bridgewater United Methodist Church is located at 35 School Street.

Retirement Reception for Betty Gregg

The public is invited to a reception honoring Elizabeth Gregg who will retire from her position as Director of the Bridgewater Public Library on November 19th. Betty has worked at the Bridgewater Public Library for 47 years.

The reception will be held on Tuesday, December 1st at the Bridgewater Public Library. Please drop in between the hours of 4PM and 6:30PM to say good-bye and to extend your best wishes.

A guest book is available for signing at the library's Circulation Desk. If you are unable to attend the reception please stop in the sign the book ahead of time and share your memories and thoughts.

If you have any questions, please call Mary O'Connell at the library at 508.697.3331.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Relay for Life Committee Meeting

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Bridgewater/Lakeville/Middleboro committee is holding a meeting on November 16th at 7PM in the downstairs of St. Basil's Catholic Center on the Bridgewater State Campus to share with residents the importance of Relay for Life in saving lives from cancer.

Relay for Life is the signature event of the American Cancer Society. It is a funfilled, overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones, commit to fight back through healthy lifestyle changes and raise money for the fight against cancer.

"Relay for LIfe is as much an awareness raiser about the progress against cancer as it is a fundraiser," said Monica Querzoli, Co-Chair for the committee. "Individuals who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event as a volunteer or participant have made a commitment to fight back against this disease and let the community know that you can beat cancer."

Teams of eight to fifteen members gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest grassroots fundraising event in the nation. Relay for Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools and communities. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the Relay, all with the goal of eliminating cancer.

For more information on the November 16th meeting or if you would like to volunteer on the Relay for Life committee, please email Monica Querzoli at

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Town Government Study Committee Coffee Hours

On December 14th, there will be a Special Town Meeting where the Town Government Study Committee will be asking the citizens of Bridgewater to vote on an article which would result in placing two charter documents on the April ballot. The Charters are for 1) Modified Open Town Meeting/Town Manager form of government and 2) Modified Town Council/Town Manager form of government.

Creating Charters was the direction the committee was given last May at Town Meeting after presenting their final recommendations. The value of moving to a charter is to create a basic framework for our govt structure- it gives the town increased autonomy from the state and creates a more professionalized structure to town government operations with clear lines of authority and responsibilities for the legislative and executive branches.

The committee is working diligently to inform the public as to the details of these charters so they can make an informed decision and see the value of a charter-driven town as opposed to our current form under by-laws. So how can you help?

In addition to public forums and BTV taping, the committee is seeking volunteers willing to host a coffee hour at their house- inviting friends to learn more. If you are willing and able to host a coffee hour, please let the town government study committee know the of some potential dates and times that would work for you. You can contact the committee by emailing Sheila Whitaker at

Finally- mark your calendar and make plans now to attend this very important town meeting. Selectman Demos who is quoted below.

"The crisis Bridgewater faces goes well beyond finances. The crisis is not only financial, but also, of whom we are. Our current structure of local government is outdated, not functional, and no longer serves the townspeople well.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Bridgewater Center Neighborhood Association

The Bridgewater Center Neighborhood Association has been formed. From their website the association is, " of politically impartial and concerned citizens who through partnership with like minded local businesses and citizen groups, seek to work with each other through proper education, information and personal support in order to assess, improve and secure the vitality and quality of life of all residents of Bridgewater."

For more information about the Bridgewater Center Neighborhood Association please bookmark their blog at

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Emilia Dahlin Benfit Concert: Beyond Boundaries

Songstress Emilia Dahlin will perform a benefit concert tomorrow night (November 6, 2009) at Bridgewater First Parish Church located at 50 School Street.

The concert is at 8:00 PM with doors opening at 7:30 PM. Tickets are a donation of $8 to $15.

Fundraiser to Benefit the Laurie Scott Family

This Saturday (November 7, 2009), Central Square Boutique will donate 20% of all sales to the Laurie Scott Family. Laurie was diagnosed with breast cancer in July and has since undergone three surgeries and faces others. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments and due to this Laurie has been unable to continue working.

With the holiday season right around the corner you will be able to stock up on some presents and help support Laurie's family during her cancer treatment. The party room at Central Square Boutique will be set up to make stretch bracelets or bookmarks for $5.00 with 50% of those proceeds going to the family. These make great teacher gifts and stocking stuffers!

Holly Berry Craft Fair

The Holly Berry Craft Fair will take place at Stone Meadow located of Plain Street in Bridgewater this Saturday from 9AM to 2PM.

Hosted by the residents of Stone Meadow, the fair will feature crafts, jewelry, candles, baked goods, food court, Victorian tea room, Grandma's attic and raffles. Admission to the Holly Berry Craft Fair is free.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Bridgewater Art & Custom Framing Relocates

Bridgewater Art & Custom Framing has relocated to 50 Central Square in Bridgewater, right "Around the Common."

Make sure you stop in and see Candace and see the amazing art work that is available right here in Bridgewater!

Journey Through Grief

Beacon Hospice is offering a free grief education series and support group. It will be held on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church located at 91 Main Street. Pre-registration is required by calling 508-747-7222.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Rally for Libraries!

What: Rally for Libraries
When: Wed., Nov. 4th, 11a.m.-noon
Where: State House --- outside what's known as "The Well"

Message: Don't Close the Books on Libraries --- we keep taking budget cuts, but more cuts
beyond the next round of 17% and 28% to various library state line items will cripple our
infrastructure. We're there for people of all ages and livelihoods during tough times - please
don't shut us down.

Featured speakers at the rally: Mass. authors and library users whose lives have been
transformed by libraries.

The trustees and Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library are staging a rally in front of our own library to run simultaneously with the Boston Rally.

The public is invited to attend.

If you can stop by either rally, your library patrons and staff would greatly appreciate the support. Take your lunch hour Wednesday to support libraries. Please also contact Rep. Dave Flynn and Senator Marc Pacheco and demand that they stop the cuts. Public libraries are needed more than ever in these difficult times.