Monday, June 28, 2010

First Parish UU Church 4th of July Concession Stand

First Parish UU Church 4th of July Concession Stand
50 School Street, just across from The BSC Quad

10 AM to 2 PM Sunday, July 4th. Featuring hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, healthy wraps, baked goods, home-made lemonade and strawberry shortcake! Book sale, seating, free water! 10% of the profits will be donated to local charities. A Bridgewater 4th of July tradition. Hope to see you there.

Welcome to Cairo: Bridgewater blogger lands in Egypt - Hanson, MA - Hanson Town Crier

Welcome to Cairo: Bridgewater blogger lands in Egypt

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Bridgewater 4th of July Committee Looking for Volunteers

The Bridgewater 4th of July Committee is looking for volunteers for the festivities and in particular the fireworks celebration. If you are able to volunteer, please contact Lisa Buzzell-Curley at or at 774.259.9173.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Join the Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library

The Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library are conducting their annual membership drive for fiscal year 2011 which runs from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2010. The Friends is an independently incorporated organization whose purpose is to enhance library services.

During the past year, the Friends have provided funding for books for children, teens and adults, library supplies and other building necessities. They also funded a new Book Return Box to replace the older, damaged unit.

The Friends have sponsored book sales and sales of coffee, hot chocolate, tote bags and mugs. They have sponsored a pizza fest, ink-jet cartridge project and a very successful e-junk event. Because of their commitment and energy, they were able to donate a total of $21,960 in FY 2010 which was a key element in keeping the library open during what can only be described as an impossible budget year.

Membership dues are another major source of income for the Friends. Basic dues are $15 with other sponsorship levels available. Membership applications are available at the Bridgewater Public Library and on the library's website.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Silver Sachem Lacrosse Club in Bridgewater

Bridgewater is home to a great lacrosse club. Click the link below for more information on the Silver Sachem Lacrosse Club who play their home games at B-R Regional High School.

Silver Sachem Lacrosse Club

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Bridgewater Recreation Summer Programs Announced


The Bridgewater Recreation Summer Program is offering an eight week program running from June 28th - August 20th, weekdays from 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. The program will be held at Legion Field on Routes 18/28 in Bridgewater. There will be no program Monday, July 5th.

The program is for children ages 5 – 14 and offers a wide variety of activities to suit all ages: sports, arts and crafts, special events, games, and field trips. Each day is different, but always fun. The cost is $15.00 per day per child, with a discount for additional children in the same family and a family maximum of $35.00.

Children may attend 5, 4, or 3 days per week, and may attend any number of weeks.

Contact Bridgewater Recreation for additional information: 508-697-8020.

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Bridge Center Annual Golf Tournament at Olde Scotland Links

The Bridge Center, a non-profit (501)(c)( 3) recreation center that serves children with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities, will host its 19th annual Golf Classic on Monday, July 19, 2010 at the Olde Scotland Links in Bridgewater, Mass. and the Lakeville Country Club in Lakeville, Mass.

A scramble format will be in play for the Classic. Entry fee is $250 per person and includes golf fees, cart, prizes, lunch and buffet dinner. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to The Bridge Center. Of the $250 entree fee, $175 is tax deductible.

"The Golf Classic is the largest fundraiser we hold every year and is always well attended, which is why we're holding it on two courses," said Jenn Harber, The Bridge Center's Executive Director. "In the past, this event has sold out, so anybody interested in playing for a great cause should sign up by June 30."

Interested golfers can register for the Classic online on The Bridge Center's Web site at If you can't make the golf tournament, you can attend the dinner for $75, including cocktails. Registration for dinner is also done via The Bridge Center's Web site.

In addition to the golf tournament, a live auction will be held during dinner. Channel 5's Susan Wornick, a longtime supporter of The Bridge Center, will be the guest auctioneer.

If you own a business and are interested in sponsoring the Golf Classic, you can get more information by clicking on the Golf Classic link on The Bridge Center's home page.

The Bridge Center, which is the new name for Handi Kids, was founded by the Knights of Pythias in 1963. The Bridge Center's beautiful 20-acre campus is located in Bridgewater, MA and provides accessible play and skill-building activities for all children regardless of the nature or severity of their disability. Year-round activities include nine weeks of summer camp, therapeutic horseback riding, school vacation camps, holiday parties, Saturday programs, teen programs, vocational training, after-school activities and family support groups.

The Bridge Center also offers carefully designed summer programs and social skills groups designed to meet the social and behavioral needs of children with Asperger's Syndrome, High Functioning Autism and related challenges.

If you'd like to learn more about The Bridge Center's programs or are interested in becoming a supporter, please call (508) 697-7557 or send an e-mail to

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Override Vote is This Saturday!

Regardless of how you plan on voting on the override, please make sure you head to the polls to vote. The vote will take place at the Bridgewater Middle School [old high school] and polls will be open from 7AM to 8PM.

For a copy of the actual ballot question, please click here.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

ATC Readers Agree: Pass the Override!

After more than 2 weeks of voting, Around the Common readers overwhelmingly agree that a YES vote should be given to the override ballot question on June 19th!

Here are the results:

Yes: 75%
No: 17%
Undecided: 8%

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Cape Wind Event in Bridgewater

The Department of Public Utilities is holding three public hearings to take comments on the Cape Wind project's contract with National Grid. Wednesday, June 16th at 6:00pm is the first of these three hearings at Bridgewater State College. Cape Wind is reaching out to ask you to attend this hearing and voice your support. Approval of this contract is critical for the project to receive financing. Because of supporters like you the project has made it this far and we are again calling on supporters to speak up! Cape Wind has put together a comprehensive page with information on the dates and times of hearings, facts about the contract and why you should attend. Link:

Bridgewater, Wednesday, June 16, at 6:00 p.m.
Bridgewater State College, Horace Mann Auditorium, 100 Burrill Avenue

Please contact Sarah Cote of Cape Wind by email at or phone (508-775-7796) if you can attend. Cape Wind is encouraging members to arrive as early as 5:00 to sign up to speak and to hold signs to show support. Speakers will be called in the order of sign-up so it is important to get on the list early! Bring your friends, family and colleagues and forward this message far and wide!

Facts about the contract:

  • National Grid customers will receive a portion of their electricity in the form of a long term (15-year) stable price contract from Cape Wind, which will provide greater price stability from a clean source of electricity.
  • There will be no impact on electric bills until 2013, the first year that Cape Wind is expected to be in full service. National Grid has forecast a bill impact of a $1.59 increase per month for a typical residential customer. It is important to consider that this is based on National Grid’s forecast of stable fossil fuel prices – when fossil fuel prices rise again the rate impact will be reduced or even eliminated.
  • Included in the contract price of 20.7 cents per kilowatt hour, Cape Wind is providing National Grid with energy, Renewable Energy Credits, and 15-year stable pricing, makes this a good long term value for consumers.
  • For this modest bill impact, National Grid customers will make Massachusetts a global leader in offshore renewable energy and enable the benefits of new jobs, cleaner air and greater energy independence that Cape Wind will bring.
  • Cape Wind will also place downward pressure on wholesale electric prices in New England, saving electric consumers over $4 Billion dollars over the life of the project according to a study by Charles River Associates.
  • When we depend on coal, oil and gas to make electricity we don’t just pay with our electric bill; we pay with polluted air and higher health care costs, we pay with an environment degraded by oil spills, we pay with having to defend global energy supply lines, and we pay with a changing climate. Cape Wind opens up and harnesses our abundant offshore wind resource to meet our electricity needs from a clean, stable and inexhaustible source of energy that also provides a safer and more hopeful energy future.

Please bring your passion and support and speak out at one of the three public hearings!

If you can not attend but want to comment, instruction on the commenting process can be found on Cape Wind's web site:

Friday, June 11, 2010

Book Sale at Bridgewater Public Library

There will be a book sale at the Bridgewater Public Library this weekend.

Date: Saturday, June 12th
Time: 10AM to noon
Location: Flora T. Little Room in the Bridgewater Public Library

This book sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Solar Party in Bridgewater

Come and learn all about how a photovoltaic (PV) system operates and how you can have one installed on your home without any upfront costs. You will help the environment and help yourself. A groSolar consultant will be on hand at a Bridgewater home that has a current PV system installed!

Date: June 26, 2010

Time: 2:00 PM

Location: 555 Cross Street in Bridgewater

Refreshments including hot dogs, burgers and soda will be served. Please RSVP to Mary Pendleton at either or 508-697-8669.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Pizzafest Winners Announced

The Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library are happy to announce the winners of the 3rd Annual Bridgewater Pizzafest!

Best Cheese Pizza:
1. College Pizza
3. Bruno's Pizzeria

Best Specialty Pizza:
It's a tie!
1. Bogart's Pub & Pizza (for the 2nd year in a row!)
Bruno's Pizzeria
3. Cape Cod Cafe

The Friends would like to congratulate the winners and thank all of the contestants for their contributions. Honorable mentions and big thank you's go out to Baldies Pizza, Barrett's Ale House and Campus Pizza for their donations of pizza and staff to our event. We would also like to thank all our volunteers for their time and efforts and all those who came and supported the event today. Without you, Pizzafest would not happen. Thank you to Fr. Raeke and the staff at St. Thomas Aquinas who generously donated the use of the parish center hall and their custodians. Finally, a tremendous thank you to John Sylvia from Bridgewater Trophy & Modern Marking for the donation of the trophies for our first place winners.

All proceeds of Pizzafest go to the Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library and will be used to purchase new books, CDs, DVDs, books on tape, library supplies and other materials. Thank you to all for your continued support of the Bridgewater Public Library.

Art Lock In at Bridgewater Art & Custom Framing

Bridgewater, Massachusetts (May 25, 2010) –Local Artists, Candace Cotterman, Sean Brady, & Scott Francoeur are hosting a 24 hour art lock in. The lock in will begin on Friday, June 11th at 5pm and will end Saturday, June 12th at 5pm. The Artists will be hosting a reception on June 12th, 7-10pm. This event is open to the public and will take place at 50 Central Square, Bridgewater Ma, 02324 (Above Bridgewater Art & Custom Framing, in Bridgewater Center)

On a typical Thursday morning, Cotterman woke up feeling a creative itch. "We are not apathetic individuals", says Cotterman. "I feel that opportunity exists for people who are willing to seek it out". A few phone calls later the art lock in was created. "When Candace approached me with the idea I was immediately excited. I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to bring artists together in Bridgewater and expose the creativity that we have to offer,” says Brady.

Though their styles may differ significantly, there's one thing these artists have in common. "We are all creatively driven...creating work is not an option, it is a way of absolute necessity. The relationship an artists has with his/her process is intense...especially when you nurture it as often as we do," says Cotterman. Indeed, these artists do nurture their gifts, spending any extra time they have experimenting and creating new work.

For more information about this event, visit

Cotterman has been painting since her early teens. She spent her summers painting massive residential and corporate murals in South Carolina, and moved to Massachusetts 6 years ago. "I went to visit my parents after work and told them I was moving to Boston within the week. I had maybe $200 to my name and a long drive ahead of me, but I knew I had a huge support system and things would work out,” says Cotterman. She now owns an art gallery of her own and her work is sought after by collectors along the east coast.

Sean Brady is an artist that resides in Bridgewater. After graduating with a BA in fine art Sean has been creating works of art that challenge people's perceptions of art and it's role in our lives. As an Artist he is interested in the desire for novelty and our contradictory attraction to the familiarity of everyday objects and images. His main objective is to explore ideas about the Human Condition through the recreation and presentation of these familiar “things”. His artwork is an attempt to establish a connection and discussion with the viewer by producing “things” that look like other “things”.

Francoeur’s work is fueled by a spark of inspiration, that then takes on a life all its own. Conflicts resolve themselves as if the painting has a vision of its own. The art is a complex relationship between texture, color and line. A piece begins by creating texture and adding color intuitively. He paints while riding high on emotion, which influences the various marks on the canvas. His ultimate goal is to evoke an emotional response.

Lock In artists hope this event will inspire others to try something new, take some risks, and push themselves to his/her creative limits!

If you would like to experience the arts for yourself, contact Candace Cotterman at Bridgewater Art and Custom Framing for a full list of children's summer art camps, teen workshops and open studios for adults.

Contact Information:
Bridgewater Art & Custom Framing
Candace Cotterman
50 Central Square, Bridgewater MA

Thursday, June 3, 2010

MOMS Club of Bridgewater

Calling all Bridgewater mothers! Check out the website for The MOMS Club of Bridgewater by clicking the link here:

The MOMS Club of Bridgewater