Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Risk High in Bridgewater

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) announced today that the risk for eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in people has increased in a large part of southeastern Massachusetts, including Bridgewater. Due to EEE positive mosquito samples and the death of a horse from EEE in Middleborough, Lakeville and Middleborough were already considered to be at high risk for human disease. Today, the high risk area is being expanded to include the towns of Acushnet, Berkley, Bridgewater, Carver, Duxbury, Fairhaven, Freetown Halifax, Kingston, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Plympton, Raynham, Rochester and Taunton. The towns immediately surrounding that area are at moderate risk.

EEE is a rare but serious illness spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. While EEE can infect people of all ages, people under 15 years of age or over 50 years of age are at greatest risk for serious illness.

By taking a few, common-sense precautions, people can help to protect themselves and their loved ones:

Avoid Mosquito Bites

· Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours - The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. Otherwise, take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing.

· Clothing Can Help reduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

· Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

· Drain Standing Water - Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.

· Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

While Bridgewater continues to work closely with the MDPH and other agencies, locally we are actively notifying all citizens through public relations efforts utilizing local cable, newspapers and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department public information system. Fact sheets on EEE and on reducing exposure to mosquitoes are available at In addition, the Town plans to undertake larviciding efforts.

Information about EEE and reports of EEE virus activity in Massachusetts during 2010 can be found on the MDPH website at under A for arbovirus in the Health Topics A to Z index. Recorded information about EEE is also available by calling the MDPH Public Health Information Line at 1-866-MASS-WNV (1-866-627-7968).

Bridgewater Community Emergency Response Training

The Bridgewater Community Emergency Response Training (BCERT) is recruiting Bridgewater residents for our next Training Session starting in September.

BCERT Informational Session: Monday, September 20th at 7:00 pm in the Community Room, located in the lower level in the Bridgewater Police Department. Parking and entrance to the Community Room is at the rear of the Police Station only.

BCERT Training Classes start on Monday, September 27th from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm and each Monday thereafter - all classes are in the BPD Community Room.

The Bridgewater Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), as part of Bridgewater;s Emergency Management Department, is recruiting community based volunteers who can serve during local or regional emergencies and/or assist with public health and safety needs during the year. CERT training teaches you to prepare yourself, your neighbors and your community to be ready in the event of an emergency and to act on that training if the need arises. Because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately in a natural or man-made disaster, you can make a difference by using the training to save lives and protect property.

We're encouraging residents to email with their name and contact info to inform us of their interest in attending the Info Session on 9/20 in order for us to have an idea of how many people to expect.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Signup Now for Good Neighbors Day

Bridgewater State College will be hosting a Good Neighbors Day on August 30, 2010. For more information about the day and to sign up, please click here.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Go Green Story Hour at Bridgewater Public Library

The Children's Room at the Bridgewater Public Library will offer a Go Green Story Hour and Craft Activity on Wednesday, July 28th at 10:45 AM for children ages 3-8. Registration is required and you can call the library at 508-697-3331 to register.

This program is sponsored by the "Warm Cookies and Milk" class from Bridgewater State College's PCC (Project Contemporary Competitiveness) program.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Water Restriction in Bridgewater

There is currently a water restriction in Bridgewater. Please click the link below for more information.

Information on water restriction

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Bridgewater 2020: Focusing on Solutions

You are cordially invited to a follow-up meeting of Bridgewater 2020: Focusing on Solutions to be held on Tuesday, July 27th from 9:30am – 12:00 noon at the Dunn Conference Suite in Crimson Hall at Bridgewater State College. Registration will begin at 9:30am coffee and snacks will be served.

Attached you will find a presentation of the Bridgewater 2020 discussion that was held on June 3rd. The overall topics that came out of our initial discussion include:

* Improving the Downtown * Defining, developing and revitalizing the downtown area

* Land Use * Planning, zoning and managing town owned land

* Communication * Improving publicity and communication with the public through various media

Please come prepared with ideas to support these broad themes or suggest other themes.

Please RSVP at

We are looking forward to your participation! If you have any questions please contact either Troy Clarkson, Town Manager at or Susan McCombe, Bridgewater State College at

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Friday Night Event at Diehl Art Gallery

This Friday evening, join Diehl Art Gallery from 7-10pm for the Featured Artist Exhibit: Eli Helman. Come and see his amazing "maximalist" pen and ink drawings and enjoy free food and wine! Bring family and friends as it will be a great evening. RSVP with the link below! See you this Friday Night at Diehl Art Gallery!

Click here to RSVP via Facebook.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Diehl Art Gallery

We'd like to welcome Diehl Art Gallery as the newest addition to downtown Bridgewater! Diehl Art Gallery specializes in contemporary art, original paintings and is owned and operated by Bridgewater resident and BSC graduate John Diehl. Located in the center of town John Diehl's original paintings are available for purchase and enjoyment for the viewing public Thursday - Saturday 1-5pm as well as Friday nights 7-10pm.

To stay up to date on the newest art and exhibits join the
Diehl Art Gallery Facebook page! Also be sure to visit the Diehl Art Gallery website and Diehl Art Gallery blog.

Diehl Art Gallery is located at 27 Central Square, Bridgewater, MA 02324

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Photos Taken in Bridgewater

Check out these great photos taken in Bridgewater over the 4th of July weekend. Bridgewater native Nicole Bedard has launched her own photography business and these photos highlight her talent quite well. Enjoy!

Nicole Bedard Photography

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Bridgewater Recreation Presents Skyhawks Sports Programs

August 2 - 6 and August 9 - 13

Register you child now! Make this your child's first sports experience
- Top quality sports instruction based upon three things: Safety, Fun, and Skill

- Non-competitive
- Promotes sports in a positive and enthusiastic manner
- Teaches youth all aspects of sports
- Each participant receives a t-shirt and a sport ball.

MINI HAWKS - Boys and girls, ages 4 - 6
- 9:00 AM - noon at Legion Field
- Emphasis on fun while teaching basic skills and team strategies for soccer,
baseball, and basketball

MIGHTY HAWKS - Boys and Girls, Ages 6-8
- 9:00 AM - noon at Legion Field
- Builds knowledge and enjoyment of organized sports
- Teaches fundamentals through creative and constant participation
- Increased emphasis on understanding the rules, etiquette and skills of the sport

* No pressure in either program - just lots of fun while these young athletes participate in all three sports through unique games.
* Participant-to-coach ratio is approximately 8:1, but varies by age group.
* Children should wear sunscreen, comfortable sports clothes, shin guards, and sneakers.
* Bring a snack and a plastic water bottle.
* Cost is $125.00.

To find out more information, please call the Bridgewater Recreation Commission at (508) 697-8020 or check us out at

Pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Senior Center Announces Expanded Hours

Effective Monday, July 12, 2010, the Bridgewater Cole-Yeaton Senior Center located at 10 Wally Krueger Way will be open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM until 3:30 PM and Fridays from 9:00 AM until 12:30 PM.

Congregate lunches will continue to be served on Mondays and Tuesdays. For further information and program schedule please call (508) 697-0929.

For more information please contact:

Lorraine D. Carrozza

Director of Elder Affairs

Town of Bridgewater

10 Wally Krueger Way

Bridgewater, MA 02324

(508) 697-0929

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Summer Reading Program

The Bridgewater Public Library will sponsor a free, non-competitive Summer Reading Program for children from July 13 through August 12. This year's theme is: Go Green at Your Library.

Children in pre-school through age 12 are invited to register. Participants are encouraged to read books of their own choice at their own rate. Pre-readers may have parents, caregivers or siblings read to them. Sign-ups begin on July 13 in the children's room.

All reading participants are eligible to win a bike donated by the Estabrook & Chamberlain Insurance Agency of Bridgewater, sponsor of the reading program.

Closing ceremonies for participants will be held on August 12.

The Summer Reading Program is sponsored by Estabrook & Chamberlain Insurance Agency in cooperation with the Bridgewater Public Library, the Massachusetts Regional Library System, the Boston Bruins and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.