Friday, December 31, 2010

A Wish Come True Soccer Jamboree

3rd Annual A Wish Come True Jamboree
U10-U14 Boys & Girls

The Bridgewater Sports Complex

MLK Day Monday, January 17, 2011

$60 per team
(4) 24 minute games guaranteed – no playoffs
6 players max per roster

100% of the proceeds will go to A Wish Come True

For more information, email us at or call (508) 697-8318

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Special Education Surrogate Parent Program

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Special Education Surrogate Parent Program needs volunteers from the greater Bridgewater area who are interested in supporting the special education needs of children in their community who are in state custody.

Volunteers, special education surrogate parents, become an important member of the Special Education Team for these children, helping them to promote positive outcomes and a more successful future.

The next Volunteer Orientation Training is in Middleborough at the library on January 10th from 11AM to 3PM.
For additional information on the volunteer job description, please click the image.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Regional Storm Shelter

A regional shelter is being opened at the Whitman-Hanson Regional High School for residents still without power. For a free ride to the shelter, call the Fire Department at 508-697-0900. BSU Campus Police will shuttle people to the shelter. The Bridgewater Senior Center will also be open until 9PM.

Prison Ministry Speaker in Bridgewater

Sr. Ruth Raichle, who is the Chaplain of the Norfolk Correctional Institute and the founder of Bethany House Ministries in Millis will be speaking about prison ministry and how to volunteer in the prisons in Bridgewater on January 21, 2011. The lecture will take place at St. Thomas Aquinas Church and will allow residents interested in prison ministry to learn about the opportunities that exist.

Sr. Raichle's presentation will take place at 7:30 PM in the Parish Center at St. Thomas Aquinas and should you be interested in attending, please call Penny at 508-697-9528.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

State of Emergency Declared in Bridgewater

Town Manager Troy Clarkson has declared a state of emergency for the Town of Bridgewater. Click the photo for a complete announcement.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Around the Common wishes all of our supporters a very Merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Bridgewater Lions Club to Sponsor Blood Drive

The Bridgewater Lions Club is sponsoring an American Red Cross Blood Drive on January 20, 2011 at the Conant Health Center located on Wally Kreuger Way. Appointments are currently open between 2:00 PM and 6:45 PM and everyone that donates blood will receive a free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee.

To sign up to give blood at this blood drive, please go to to register.

Grand Opening of The Welll

I am writing to you to let you know some exciting news. On January 30th, The Well will be celebrating our Grand Opening at our newly renovated home at 232 Broad Street in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. We will commemorate this day with an open house from 12-5 pm. We would love for you to join us as we celebrate all that God has done to bring our dream to a reality. As we move into 2011, we are expectant that we will see lives transformed through the work that will take place in our new home on Broad Street.

With the help of over 100 volunteers, we are near completion of a total renovation of our new home in Bridgewater. We are so excited for you to see our beautiful new space and begin to envision with us what God will do there. We will be offering a variety of services when we open, some of which will include spiritual direction, psychotherapeutic counseling, therapeutic mentoring for teens and young adults, spiritual formation groups, support groups, prayer and spiritual retreats. We also plan, as resources become available, to offer therapeutic massage, nutritional and fitness counseling, and psychopharmacology. We encourage you to visit our website at for more information about our services.

If you would like to join our team of donors, please visit our website at and click “support the well” or send your donation to “The Well” at 232 Broad Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324. The Well is a recognized 501c3 organization and all donations to The Well are tax deductible.

Please save the date for January 30, 2011 for the Grand Opening Celebration. God Bless you this Christmas season and throughout 2011.

Peace and love,

Katherine Forbes-Smith

Founder and Executive Director

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

American Sign Language Classes

A 5 week ASL program will begin at the Conant Community Center on Wednesday, January 5, 2011. Two levels of instruction are now being offered. Beginner ASL for those who have little or no signing experience will take place from 5:00-6:30pm. Advanced/voice off ASL classes for those who know and understand the fundamentals of ASL will take place at 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 1-781-447-2470 or

Operation American Soldier in Bridgewater

I was watching the news last night and saw a piece on a family that created this incredible “gift” for soldiers serving. They create gift boxes to send for those that have no family able to ship them items. I noticed that they have no one in this area that is a drop off and thought maybe we could all help. I am going to collect items over the next couple of days at my house located at 225 Main Street in Bridgewater. I am going to place two large Rubbermaid buckets close to the garage doors and if anyone would like to contribute that would be great.

If you go to the there is a link to an article on the Operation American Soldier.

Below is a list of items they are looking for and if anyone can help that would be awesome! Please feel free to forward as well.

Annmarie Sullivan

Candy: Individually wrapped such as Twizzlers, Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Roll Pops, Bubble Gum, Skittles, Lollipops, Life Savers, Hard Candy
Snacks: Microwave Popcorn, Nuts, Pretzels, other type snack foods but be sure to send small packets, they go around much better, easier to distribute. Energy bars, healthy snacks, granola bars, fruit strips.
Cookies: Single serving size packs.
Food: Soups, Raman noodles, Tuna, any canned or packaged meals that can be microwaved.
Kool-aid, Gatorade: and other powdered drink mixes, individual serving size are preferred.
Dunkin Donuts: Flavored & Regular Coffee, Creamer, Tea bags, Cider Mix, hot chocolate.
Clothes items: T-shirts, white tube socks, sports bras, bath towels.
Toiletries items: Non-aerosol shaving cream, razors, toothbrush, toothpaste, shower gel, feminine items, hair product, moisturizer, body & foot powder, wet wipes, hand sanitizers. lip balm, shampoo SMALL SIZES SHIP BEST
Misc. items: Q-Tips,AA batteries, black pens, blank note cards, envelopes.
Letters & cards, they love to receive mail: notes of appreciation, drawings or a holiday cards.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Board of Selectmen Meeting Agenda 12/21/10

The Board of Selectmen have released their agenda for the 12/21/10 meeting. The meeting will take place at BTV Studios.

6:30 PM: Proclamation- Lions 30th Anniversary of Christmas on the Common
6:35 PM: Recognition- Officer Rae
6:45 PM: Continuation- Dog Hearing

Fire Station Update

Items Requiring Board Action:

1. Change of Manager: Bridgewater Veteran's Club, Inc.
2. Auto Dealer's License Renewals: Class I, II and III
3. Lodging House License Renewals
4. Auto Amusement License Renewals
5. SERSG Award of DPW Services
6. Lakeville Animal Shelter Agreement 2011
7. Sign Treasurer's Note

Report of the Town Manager
Open Forum
Selectmen's Comments
Executive Session

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Lego Club in Bridgewater

The Children's Department at the Bridgewater Public Library is planning to start a Lego Club. Mrs. Davis, Children's Room Supervisor, would be thrilled to accept your donation of used Legos- any size, any color (excluding Duplos).

If you have any questions, please call Cindy Davis at 508-697-3331.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Boy Scouts Will Pickup Christmas Trees

The Bridgewater Boy Scout Troop 88 is holding a fundraiser so that they can replace some outdated camping equipment. Scouts will come to your home or business and will take away real Christmas trees on Sunday, January 2nd or Sunday, January 9th. To schedule a tree pickup, please call 508.326.9409.

Senior Housing Applications Now Being Accepted

The Bridgewater Housing Authority is accepting applications for housing. Submitting an application is not a guarantee that you will be housed in the immediate future, but the wait may be shorter than it has been in the past.

Bridgewater veterans or spouses of veterans receive first preference followed by local residents. If you have any questions concerning the Bridgewater Housing Authority, please contact the main office there at 508.697.7405.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Highway Department Winter Message: Basketball Hoops

Message from Paul Hurley, Highway Superintendent

As winter is upon us, snow storms and icing conditions require the sanding and plowing of public ways by the Highway Department.

In years past this effort during snow storms has caused damage to several plow vehicles and put equipment operators in danger of personal injury when basketball hoops are left in driveways, on the side of roadways, attached to telephone poles or on tree lawns.

Keeping Bridgewater's streets in a passable and treated manner during snow and ice conditions is imperative for the safety of all Bridgewater residents.

Please remove any items, portable hoops, hanging baskets, or signage that might interfere with sanding and plowing activities. Should you have any questions regarding this issue, please call the Highway Department at 508-697-0931.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Library Mugs on Sale

The Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library are selling reading-themed mugs which make the perfect gift for your favorite teacher, neighbor or holiday party hostess. The mugs are available in both lavender and blue with a caption reading "Sit-Sip-Read-Relax-Repeat." The cost is $10 per mug and the proceeds go to benefit the Bridgewater Public Library.

Mugs can be purchased at the library during normal business hours.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Bridgewater Cultural Council Awards Grants

With the help of a $7,720 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council the Bridgewater Cultural Council recently awarded arts grants totaling $8,349 to 16 individuals, schools and organizations. The grants include programs in music, drama, art and promotion of literature.

This years recipients include:

  • 4th of July Committee of Bridgewater: $1,116
  • Attleboro Arts Museum (High Art 2011): $200
  • Bridgewater Middle School (Amazing Art Hero): $2030
  • Bridgewater United Methodist Church (Sacred Circle Dance): $228
  • Brockton Symphony (Accent on Youth Spring Concert): $190
  • Ed Cope (Ed the Wizard- Reading is Magic): $375
  • Fuller Craft Museum ([Sense]ation Day): $250
  • Jubilate Choral Group (Winter Concert): $750
  • Mark Cartier (Beatles: The Studio Years 1967-1970): $335
  • Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness (Annual National Native American Heritage Day Pow-wow): $1000
  • Natural Resources Trust of Easton (38th Annual Harvest and Craft Fair): $200
  • Pilgrim Society/Pilgrim Hall Museum (Treasure Hunts): $100
  • Richard Clark (Atticus from To Kill a Mockingbird): $375
  • Soule Homestead (20th Annual Harvest Fair & Joe Davies Folk Festival): $200
  • Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Choir (Holiday Concert): $450
  • Taunton City Band (Band Concert): $550

In addition, the Bridgewater Cultural Council through its own Local Council Originated Grant of $600 has received approval to sponsor the Senior Painters-Lessons in Art Project. This program, under the direction of local artist and resident Bill Pincolini, is taught by artist and instructor Sis Denson. The Senior Painters meet at the Bridgewater Senior center and all are welcome to participate. The Senior Painters' artwork is currently on display at the Bridgewater Public Library and is expected to be displayed in several art shows throughout the area.

"We are happy to be able to award these grants and fund these tremendous programs in Bridgewater," said Matt Putnam, Bridgewater Cultural Council Chairman. "At the same time we are slightly disappointed that such a small percentage of our grant applications came from Bridgewater artists/residents. We hope in 2012 to see a larger number of Bridgewater residents apply for funding through our council.

The mission of the Bridgewater Cultural Council is to promote 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 the community. Members of the Council include Matt Putnam, Aimee Manzoni, Mary O'Connell, Angela Dimisioris, Joanne Giannino, Rebecca Mugherini, Mark Oliver and Nora Tarr.

School District to Undergo Review

Dr. Forbes, superintendent of the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District was recently informed by the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Coordinated Program Review. As part of this Coordinated Program Review, Department staff will visit the district during the week of December 6.

The Departments Coordinated Program Review will address the following programs:

Special Education, English Learner Education, Civil Rights, and Records Review.

After reviewing school district procedures for these programs, a Department team will make its onsite visit, during which it will review individual student records, interviews of administrators, teachers, and parents and observe instructional sites.

After the onsite visit, prepare report for the superintendent and school committee with detailed findings for each program. Using a scale of ratings ranging from "Commendable" to "Not Implemented”. The report will rate the implementation of each requirement reviewed. Requirements found not Implemented or partially implemented, district must proposed to the Department corrective action to bring those areas into compliance with statutes and regulations. Both the Departments report and the corrective action plan are public information and will be available to the public upon request. Program review final reports are also available of the Departments website

Any member of the public may request to be interviewed by telephone by a member of the Department’s visiting team. Those wishing to be interviewed should call the superintendent’s office at 508-279-2140, ext 9, no later than Dec. 6, to leave their name and phone number. Or you may call the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at 781-338-3714 (number for onsite chairperson, Nancy Hicks)

A member of the visiting team will contact each person desiring an interview within two weeks after the completion of the onsite visit.

Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education

Program Quality Assurance Services

Coordinated Program Review System

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Decorations on the Common

A message from the Bridgewater Lions Club

It's a miracle each year that the Saturday after Thanksgiving the decorations on the Common appear. The question most asked is, "Why pay town employees to erect the decorations?" The least asked question is "Who is responsible for these great decorations?" The answer is the local Bridgewater Lions Club. There were 25 Lions who volunteered their time to set up the decorations this year. Approximately 150 man hours of labor went into this job. This tradition started 30 years ago when the town could not provide the manpower to decorate the common so the Bridgewater Lions Club stepped up and took it over.

Lion Lenny Wood started with raw plywood and paint. Lenny was an artist and sign maker by profession. He teamed up with fellow Lion Don Swarce, who had carpentry skills and was a closet artist by desire, and their helpers, Lions members.

The years went by and each year the handcrafted decorations grew. The tin soldiers, the gingerbread house and the gingerbread people, the carolers, the candy canes, the rustic New England church, the Nativity scene, the Hanukkah candles, Santa and his chair and mailbox, the sleigh and Santa's reindeer and the ever so popular train. Each decoration has its own story. Even before the train is completely set up there are children waiting to "drive the train" or "sit in one of the cars."

As the Common changed, because of the great work of the Bridgewater Improvement Association, do did the need for more decorations. Those great cast lamp posts that are throughout the center of town were added to the list of decorating and this year there are 8-9 new lamp posts. It costs approximately $65 to decorate each post and the garland has a life of approximately 8 years.

Now the $64,000 question is, "How are the Lions able to pay for these decorations?" The answer is simple, we fund raise all year round. We rely on the generous support of the people of Bridgewater. Though our main focus is to prevent blindness by raising funds to further Mass Lions Eye Research., Lions also purchase eyeglasses for both school children and others unable to pay for sight (with the cooperation of Dr. Geller here in Bridgewater for at least 20 years), sponsor youth sports, scholarships, hearing aids, etc. The monies collected go 100% into our charity account. No one in the Bridgewater Lions Club is paid, no percentage goes into administering the charity fund.

We have not decorated the additional lamp posts this year because we are short the $600 to purchase the material, also we are short the cost of bulbs (75 cents each). Each year the Lions Club has set aside approximately $300 to maintain the decorations. This does not include the off season labor time, which begins when the decorations are removed the first Saturday after New Year's Day. Notes are taken which items need repair or replacement and then during the good weather a crew of volunteers spend many hours preparing for next year.

Has anyone asked how do the lights on the large 55' spruce tree get installed? The answer is Rich Pretorius Electric and Proffety Electric. They each donated time and the use of their equipment to decorate the trees.

How does the sleigh make its way to the Academy Building or the decorations to the common? The answer is Ben Ellis Towing.

The angels were donated by a local resident whose dad had made them and passed away. The nativity scene was donated by a local artist and the train was built by inmates at Bridgewater Correctional Institute many years ago.

Carl Hanson, Membership Bridgewater Lions Club
P.O. Box 169
Bridgewater, MA 02324

Friday, December 3, 2010

Rachel's Challenge in Bridgewater

On Wednesday, December 8th from 7PM-8PM, Rachel's Challenge will present at the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional Auditorium. Rachel Scott was the first student killed at the Columbine High School tragedy. Her message was that through kindness and compassion, a chain reaction will start.

This inspiring program is free of charge and all are welcome. See for more information

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Bridgewater Senior Santa Program

Please see below for a message from Pam Lewis, coordinator of the Senior Santa Program:

The Senior Santa project is now in its 12th year. It is a community based project which bridges the school aged children of Bridgewater with the Senior Citizens in town. I work in conjunction with Kathy Hayes , the community outreach worker in town, who provides me with the names of any Senior in town who is either alone for the holidays, in crisis of some kind, or is home bound or has no way of physically joining in the Holiday festivities held at the Senior Center. We are 100% donation supported, so any kind of donation of items or funds are very needed and welcome. Last year we had over 300 children who donated, 150 children who volunteered for the wrapping party, and we were able to make dozens of baskets for the seniors.

Basically, each participating class at the Williams Intermediate School sponsors one of the Seniors in town. Beginning December 8th, they children bring in donations for their Senior. Prior to the project, Kathy notifies each senior who agrees to participate that they will be receiving a basket and has them fill out a wish list of items they would like or be in need of. Surprisingly, most of the items are things we all take for granted such as:

Lap blankets, hats, gloves, socks, envelopes, stamps, small gift cards to CVS, Walgreens, or Roche Brothers, teas, magnifying glasses, books, magazines, hard candy, holiday gift items, toiletries are some of the things that are always requested. Any money that is donated goes to supplies for the wrapping party which is to be held at the Williams Intermediate School Cafeteria on Tuesday, December 21. During the wrapping party, children and many families come to wrap items, put together baskets, listen to holiday music and have snacks. Once the baskets are complete, a group of parent volunteers and children will then deliver the basket's to the Seniors. This provides an opportunity for the kids to meet the seniors and vice-versa. Many wonderful and lasting friendships have come from this project and I don't know who enjoys it more, the kids or the seniors. Last year we had a few of the seniors who continued their involvement with their class by volunteering in the school and at school functions.

If anyone in the community is interested in making any kind of a donation, that would be greatly appreciated. For more information, you can call Pam Lewis at 774.259.4442 or email her at

Greens Workshop for Children

A Greens Workshop for Children will be presented by the Bridgewater Garden Club and is free to children. Children will learn about greens, hollies and cones and will design and make their own greens arrangements to take home.

Pre-registration is required by December 10 and registration forms are available at the library or by calling 508-697-7617. Completed forms can be mailed to 60 Forest Drive in Bridgewater.

Kindergarten through Grade 2: Monday, December 13
Grade 3 and up: Tuesday, December 14
Time: 4:15 to 5:00 PM
Location: Cole-Yeaton Senior Center (15 Wally Kreuger Way)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rotary 2010 Citizens of the Year

Photo: Bridgewater Recipient Bob Wood Accepting His Award

Yesterday, the eleventh annual Citizen of the Year awards for the three Bridgewaters were awarded by the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters at a dessert reception at Bridgewater State University.

The awards are given to individuals "who have made an outstanding contribution to the quality of life in the respective community." A selection committee of five Rotary members reviewed nominations and made its recommendations to the club for approval. This years recipients are Alicia Boucher of East Bridgewater, Bruce Holmquist of West Bridgewater, and historian Bob Wood of Bridgewater. Jo-Ann Coles presented the testimonial for Mrs. Boucher; Richard Warmington did the same for Mr. Holmqust; and David Moore was the presenter for Mr. Wood. Also, West Bridgewater Selectwoman Nancy Maloney read a proclamation from the Board of Selectmen for Bruce Holmquist.

The Grand Sponsor for the event was Bridgewater Savings Bank. Its President and CEO, James Lively,welcomed those present and emphasized the important of community leaders giving back to their communities and their residents. The Community Bank sponsored the Bridgewater recipient and Salon Esprit was the sponsor for the East Bridgewater Citizen of the Year.

Kevin Inkley, president of the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters, served as the master of ceremonies.

Former recipients of the award (since 2000) are:

Bridgewater: the late James "Ken' Moore; Geoffrey A. Domenico; Dr. Adrian Tinsley; Robert J. Stearns; Thomas Arrighi; Brian Tatro; the late Matthew Striggles; William Callahan; Katherine M. Doherty; and Betty Gilson.

East Bridgewater: Dr. Judith Riordan; Robert E. McCarthy; Margaret Alexander; Peter P. Spagone; Beth Hayes; Joseph M. Smith; Kris Resendes; Julie Whitmore; the late Jane Haines; and Charles Muise.

West Bridgewater: David Meade, Jr.; Robert L. Smith; Edmund Stewart; Eldon F. Moreira; Frank & Pearl Nelson; Joyce Francis; Steve Barrett; Jerry Lawrence; Marilyn Raleigh; and Matthew Albanese.

There follows biographical statements about each of the 2010 recipients:

Alicia Boucher

Alicia Boucher was born in Poland to Jan and C. Jessie (Kozlowska) Andruk. When she was 6 years old the family moved to the United States before the onset of World War II, originally living in a “Polish community” in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Mrs. Boucher has four brothers - George, Edwin, Bohdan and Tadeusz and a sister – Krystyna Leroe. The family moved to a small farm in the Scotland area of Bridgewater. She attended junior and senior high school in Bridgewater and with the encouragement of an eighth grade teacher, Alicia Boucher decided to pursue a career as a teacher, graduating from Bridgewater State College (now University).

After her college graduation she married Roger Boucher, who had been a classmate at Bridgewater High School, now the Academy Building. The Bouchers, who have been married for more than 56 years, have two sons – David and Daniel, and three daughters – Karen Batti, Paula Wilder and Ellen Wagner. They have been blessed with twelve “amazing” grandchildren and a “darling new grandson.”

Interwoven with the raising of her family Alicia taught primarily 6th grade for 30 years in the Brockton Public School system, enjoying classes as large as 45 and as few as 25. She is still involved as the Parliamentarian of the Retired Educators of Plymouth County.

Alicia Boucher is and has been a significant community volunteer, including 16 years as a member of the Kiwanis Club of East Bridgewater; Treasurer of the Catholic Women’s Club of St. John’s parish; a charter member of the Friends of the East Bridgewater Public Library and a trustee for 20+ years; Sachem Nursing facility in East Bridgewater; and the Arbors Nursing Facility in Taunton.

In addition, Alicia is a long-time member of the Ousamquin Women’s Club of Bridgewater and has been a committed volunteer at Kiwanis’ Pediatric Trauma Center at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston.

Bruce Holmquest

Bruce Holmquist was born in Brockton, Massachusetts as the only child of Florence (Burrill) and Robert Holmquist. When he was quite young, his parents built a home in West Bridgewater and Bruce remained here as a proud resident, and has served the community in many capacities.

Bruce attended West Bridgewater High School and loved sports, especially football. He earned a full college scholarship with his football skills, but his father passed away during the final week of his senior year in high school and he made a promise to his dad to care for his mother and two grandmothers. True to his word, he gave up his scholarship and remained in West Bridgewater caring for his mother and grandmothers, Myrtle Holmquist and Martha Perkins. Bruce went on to play semi-pro football for many years.

Although he had no children, he has nieces and Goddaughters who are very special to him; namely Kara (Humphreys) Jennings, Christine (Ginn) Cronin, Jennifer Ginn, and Renee Matthews. He looks forward to spending time with them and their families in his retirement.

Bruce’s fiancĂ©e, Pamela Humfryes, assisted with this biographical statement about him.

Mr. Holmquist joined the hometown fire department in 1966 until an opening became available on the police department the next year. At that time, the police served as first responders to all emergencies, including the birth of several children and he received a letter of commendation from the Selectmen for providing emergency medical care and saving a life.

Bruce continued his education with Massasoit Community College and graduated from the Massachusetts Police Academy. He continued to take police-related courses to keep up to date, including the Truck Enforcement team, the Attorney General’s Seminar course on drug abuse. , and was certified for the LEAPS system of the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

During his tenure as a police officer, he initiated programs for the protection of the community, including first Safe House programs and Bruce was he first bicycle patrolman on the force, working with the schools on bicycle safety programs. Mr. Holmquist’s professional and volunteer contributions to the community are too numerous to list is this space, however it is important to note that caring for his grandmothers gave him a protective sense for elderly citizens. He became a member of the Council on Aging and volunteered for a number of programs, including back up driver for meals-on-wheels, serving lunches, assisting with their annual health program and providing elderly counseling.

One of Bruce’s favorite volunteer positions is as assistant coach to the West Bridgewater high school football team. The first year he volunteered, there were only 17 young men on the team and they went all the way to the championship. He finds working with youth rewarding.

Bruce Holmquist retired from the police department in July 2010 and received citations from the Massachusetts Senate and the Massachusetts House of Representatives in appreciation of his 44 years of service. He also received a citation from the West Bridgewater Selectmen for his 44 years of community service and named August 4th as “Bruce Holmquist Day”.

Bob Wood

Robert (Bob) Wood was born in Methuen, Massachusetts to parents, Catherine and Dr. J. LeRoy Wood. During World War II his father was stationed in Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Hampton, Virginia and the family, Bob and his two sisters, lived there. After returning to the Bay State, Bob went to Methuen schools and then to Tilton School in Tilton, New Hampshire.

Bob became interested in history and airplanes and after graduating from Tilton entered Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, a military college. After graduation he was in the Army at Ft. Knox, Kentucky and after serving 6 months active duty, attended the Army Reserves for many years, finishing his service as a Captain. He later worked in New York City for American Airlines and then back to Lawrence at Sutton Travel. He had communication with a former Norwich professor who had become Director of the Air Museum at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. He was offered a position in the museum library. There were only a few employees at that time. He moved to DC in 1959.

Bob married a college friend of his sister, Ann Douglass of Bridgewater. They lived in Bethesda, Maryland for 24 years with their two children Bill and Nancy. The air museum grew to be the National Air and Space Museum. Bob had charge of the boxes of history in several locations that the museum managed. He left there in 1984, moved to Bridgewater, and started working at the National Archives in Waltham, MA, managing records acquisitions. He retired in 1999.

Bob served on the Town of Bridgewater Planning Board for ten years and become interested in local history and deeds of old properties. He is a member of the Historical Society in Bridgewater, the 2020 planning committee, the Old Bridgewater Historical Society and the Joint Transportation Commission. He has now researched the deeds and has drawn drawings for most of the area in the center of Bridgewater, Mt. Prospect Cemetery, Legion Field, the prison and the University. His deed research has resulted in a lot of interesting pieces of land, the great Cedar Swamp, the Common and Academy building. They all have their own stories. History is being preserved.

“I like to read the deed, draw it out and hope the points all match especially with neighboring plots. It keeps me busy and the mind active. I have a varied collection” said Bob Wood.

Bridgewater Garden Club Events This Weekend

The Bridgewater Garden Club is hosting its semi-annual HOUSE TOUR/GREENS SALE/COOKIE WALK Saturday, Dec 4th at 9:00am until 3:00pm.

Five beautiful houses around Bridgewater will be decorated using fresh greens by BGC members.

Also available to purchase will be embellished wreaths, swags, baskets, cups, bows, bags of greens and cookies all made by BGC members.

This event will take place at starting at 9:00 AM at The Senior Center, 10 Wally Krueger Way. This is a fundraiser event and the proceeds will benefit towards scholarships. For ticket information please call 508-697-7617.

Christmas on the Common

Christmas on the Common is Sunday, December 5th from 1 to 4PM. This annual holiday event is held on the Bridgewater Common in the center of town. Bring the family to meet Santa, get your picture taken, listen to the music of Oldies 103.3 and the Trinity Covenant Church and enjoy, pony rides, hot chocolate, a Christmas Bazaar and more!

Decorations on the Common are provided by the
Bridgewater Lions Club.

For additional information about Christmas on the Common and to see the local businesses that support this great event, check out the website by
clicking here.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Lions Club Auction This Weekend

Bridgewater Academy Lions Club 18th annual TV auction will be held on Sunday, December 5th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The auction will be televised live from BTV9. Bidders can bid by phone from the comfort of their own homes while watching the items and listening to the descriptions on TV. The donated items include gift certification for restaurants, airport transportation, beauty shops, and local retail stores.

Also available will be improvement and decorator items, food and gift baskets, hand-crafted items, collectibles, and more. All of the proceeds will benefit the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, which makes funds available to local medical research facilities in order to treat and/or cure preventable blindness. For further information, or to donate an item, call 508-577-6931.

Choir Members Sought at St. Thomas Aquinas

If you love to sing then you're just the person St. Thomas Aquinas is looking for! They are in the process of establishing a choir that will sing at the 10AM Mass on Sundays. Rehearsals will be on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9PM. Anyone 12 years old and up is welcome to join.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Nancy Steenbruggen at 339-469-1786 or email her at

Bullying and Cyberbullying Lecture

An educational presentation for parents of all students on bullying and cyberbullying will be presented by the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (Bridgewater State University) tomorrow evening, November 30th, at 7:00 PM. The lecture will take place at the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School Auditorium.

Come learn about recent research on how bullying happens and how parents can partner with schools to prepare and protect their own children. This presentation will also focus on research about how kids use the Internet and the types of cyberbullying that occur. The discussion will feature how school problems and cyber-issues impact friendships and what to discuss with your child to reduce the risk that he or she will become involved. Bullying and cyberbullying can impact growing teens emotionally, academically, and can result in long-standing problems. Education and awareness is the answer.

This lecture is free and open to all.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Bridgewater Lacrosse Signups

Sign Up On-Line by Dec. 1 to avoid a $25 late fee (

Bridgewater Youth Lacrosse is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing the talents of youth lacrosse players in Bridgewater. In our 7th year, we are happy to offer the following programs for the upcoming 2011 Season.


Open to Boys & Girls- Grades 3-8 Program Runs: March - June

This program is part of Massachusetts Bay Youth Lacrosse League. Teams travel throughout the South Shore to play. Coaches have weekly or twice-weekly practices. Games are played on Sundays (TBD- some mid-week games may be possible).

Price- $180 (50% discount for siblings)


Open to Boys grades 4-8 & Girls Grades 3-8 Program Runs: Jan-Feb (7 Weeks)

This 7-week program will take kids through skill drills and scrimmages to improve their Lacrosse skills in preparation for the Spring Travel season.

Price-$85 per child (no sibling discounts)


Open to Boys & Girls- Grades K-2 Program Runs: April-June

Great program for entry-level players. The Beginner program is held on Sunday mornings and includes a practice & scrimmage. Kids will learn the basics of the game inc. ball handling, cradling, etc. This fun starter program will prepare new players for participation in the Spring Travel program.

Price- $80 per child (no sibling discount)

Stars, Snowflakes and Song

Date: December 5, 2010
Time: 3PM
Location: Central Square Congregational Church (71 Central Square in Bridgewater)

The Bridgewater State University Alumni Choir will perform a holiday concert entitled "Stars, Snowflakes and Song." Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. For tickets or for additional information, please call 508.285.3125.

Book Sale at Bridgewater Public Library

The Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library will sponsor a Holiday Book Sale on Saturday, December 4th from 11AM to 1PM. A "Friends Only" preview will take place from 10-11 AM. Applications to join the Friends will be available.

The sale will feature gently used books on many topics, including a large selection of children's books. It will be held in the Flora T. Little Meeting Room on the lower level of the library and parking is available in the back of the library.

Bridgewater Brew, the library's own special brand of fair-trade organic coffee will be available for purchase with whole bean, ground, regular, dark roast and decaf all being available. The Friends will also be selling coffee mugs with a reading theme which would serve as an ideal holiday gift!

Story Time at the Bridgewater Public Library

The Children's Department at the Bridgewater Public Library has announced two, holiday-themed story times in December.

Toddle storytime, for children ages 2-3 with an adult will be offered on Thursday, December 9th from 9:15 to 9:45 am. This program will include stories, songs and rhymes. Preschool storytime, for children age 4-6 will be offered on Wednesday, December 8th from 1:30-2:00pm. Children must be able to sit without an adult. This program will include stories, songs and rhymes.

Registration is required and will begin November 22nd at the library. Drop by the Children's Room to register or call 508-697-3331. No email registrations will be accepted.

Off the Common Coffeehouse celebrates 41st year with line-up of folk musicians |

Off the Common Coffeehouse celebrates 41st year with line-up of folk musicians |

Friday, November 26, 2010

Holiday Music for Children at the Bridgewater Public Library

The Children's Room of the Bridgewater Public Library will offer a holiday program- Exploring Music- on Saturday, December 11th at 10:30 AM. Join music educator Kerry Campbell for singing, rhythm games and creative music activities that will get your child thinking of music in a whole new way.

This program is for children age 2-6 accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. To register, drop by the children's room or call 508.697.3331. No email registrations will be accepted.

Holly Day Artisan Faire

The Holly Day Artisan Faire will take place on Saturday, December 4th at the First Parish Unitarian-Universalist Church located at 50 School Street in Bridgewater.

This event will take place from 9AM to 3PM and will feature handcrafted items, 5-minute chair massages, gifts, a cookie walk, holiday cheesecakes, homemade soups and breads and a visit from Santa from 11AM to 1PM.

This is a free event for all to enjoy!

Bridgewater Art and Custom Framing "Virtual Tour"

Make sure this holiday season you support Bridgewater's local businesses. Here is a virtual tour of Bridgewater Art & Custom Framing which offers great gift ideas for anyone on your list!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Winter Parking Regulations for Bridgewater

With winter right around the corner, Around the Common wants to provide you with all of the winter parking regulations in Bridgewater:

1. There is an all night on street parking ban in effect between the hours of 2AM and 5AM from December 1st through April 1st. Vehicles parked on the street or sidewalk will be ticketed by the Police Department. During snow plowing operations, they will be towed at the owner's expense regardless of time of day.

2. It is illegal to remove snow or ice from private property and place it in the roadway or sidewalk. This can create a hazardous condition where the homeowner may be held liable in the event of an accident caused by this.

3. It is illegal to pump water or other liquids onto any sidewalk, street or public way during the months of November through April.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

World AIDS Day Event in Bridgewater

Date: Wednesday, December 1st
Time: 12:15PM
Location: Steps of Boyden Hall at Bridgewater State University

Join students, faculty and community members in an effort to raise awareness for HIV and AIDS. March to the Moakley Center to hear speakers talk about HIV and AIDS. Refreshments will be served.

Story Time at the Bridgewater Public Library

The Children's Department at the Bridgewater Public Library has announced two, holiday-themed story times in December.

Toddler story time for children age 2-3 with an adult will be offered on Thursday, December 9th from 9:15 to 9:45 AM. This program will include stories, songs and rhymes.

Preschool story time for children age 4-6 will be offered on Wednesday, December 8th from 1:30 to 2:00 PM. Children must be able to sit without an adult. This program will include stories, songs and rhymes.

Registration is required and to register please either drop by the Children's Room or call 508.697.3331. No email registrations will be accepted.

Bridgewater Schools Offer Santa's Workshop & Craft Festival

Saturday, December 4th, 9:00am – 2:00pm
Bridgewater Middle School (the old high school), 166 Mt. Prospect Street

The Friends of Williams and George Mitchell School Parents Association (GMSPA) are sponsoring Santa’s Workshop & Craft Festival. All proceeds from this event will directly benefit the students at the George Mitchell Elementary, Williams Intermediate, and Bridgewater Middle Schools.

This exciting annual event includes a “Just for Kids” Shop, photos with Santa, a bake sale, lots of raffles, and a vendor / craft fair with over two dozen crafters. The “Just for Kids” Shop offers hundreds of items priced at only $1.25 so children can purchase items for their family and friends.

Please join us for this fun-filled family event and help us make this day a success!!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Bridgewater Resident Sponsors Operation Shoebox

The Lions Clubs in District 33-S are planning our next OPERATION SHOEBOX event.

We need names and addresses of soldiers who are stationed outside our country. Please ask friends and neighbors if they know of anyone in the military. We would be honored to send them a package with our next shipment.

We also need supplies. If you are able to donate any supplies please consider donating items like AA batteries, Advil, antiobiotic cream, athlete's foot cream or spray, baby wipes, bacon bits, band-aids, bandanas, paperback books, breakfast bars, chap stick, CDs and DVDs, ground coffee, coffee mate, coffee mugs, dental floss, deodorant, duct tape, eye drops, hot sauce, hot chocolate, playing cards, Q-tips, soap, socks, tea bags, toothbrushes and more. For a complete list of information, email the contact information below.

I have also been asked by my brother-in-law, TC, who is stationed in Afghanistan if we could please send supplies to the elementary school that is near him. The school has 2,000 students and they are in desperate need of used or new back packs (the size for kids not for teens, if possible), pencils, erasers, notebooks and pens. I will be happy to arrange to pick up your donations but I am looking for a drop off spot to make it easy for everyone. Any school supplies that I receive will be sent to TC for this elementary school.

Here is part of TC's email:

"These children want to learn, the school wants to teach them, they are trying to better themselves and educate themselves, which in turn makes our Counterinsurgency jobs much easier, but they need help. So instead of sending me care packages just send the school supplies. Instead of sponsoring a soldier, sponsor a school for a soldier. If you had seen the school and children yourselves you would feel the same as I do. So specifically…send pencils, 8x11 notebooks or smaller, and backpacks. These children are small so keep in mind not to send large high school size backpacks. I’ll send you pictures of me distributing these items with the Afghan forces and you can see the smiling little faces. I attached a picture of one of the classrooms. It doesn’t really do it too much justice but you will see that it’s small, dirty, no desks, and few supplies."

Thank you for any help you can provide. Even if you don't support the war I hope you will support our troops and the people they are trying to help.

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