Saturday, August 28, 2010

Swearing in of Chief Delmonte


You are cordially invited to attend

A ceremony and open house to induct


Christopher D. Delmonte

as Police Chief

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Bridgewater Police Headquarters

10:00 AM

Papa Gino's Night to Support Bridgewater Community Lions

The Bridgewater Community Lions in conjunction with Papa Gino's will be sponsoring a fundraiser on Wednesday, September 1st. Papa Gino's will donate 20% of the proceeds from all sales to the Bridgewater Community Lions. The only exclusion is that this offer cannot be used for deliveries, but take out is fine.

To obtain the flyer needed for this event and to ensure the 20% donation is given, please email aroundthecommon@gmail.com and we will send one right over to you.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Now Hear This: Column from Roderick Walsh

Now Hear This

by Roderick Walsh, Director of Veterans' Services


Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced a critical step forward in providing an easier process for Veterans seeking health care and disability compensation for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), with the publication of a final regulation in the Federal Register.


By publishing a final regulation in the Federal Register to simplify the process for a Veteran to claim service connection for PTSD, VA reduces the evidence needed if the trauma claimed by a Veteran is related to fear of hostile military or terrorist activity and is consistent with the places, types, and circumstances of the Veteran's service.


This science-based regulation relies on evidence that concluded that a Veteran's deployment to a war zone is linked to an increased risk of PTSD.


Under the new rule, VA would not require corroboration of a stressor related to fear of hostile military or terrorist activity if a VA doctor confirms that the stressful experience recalled by a Veteran adequately supports a diagnosis of PTSD and the Veteran's symptoms are related to the claimed stressor.


Previously, claims adjudicators were required to corroborate that a non-combat Veteran actually experienced a stressor related to hostile military activity. This final rule simplifies the development that is required for these cases.


VA expects this ruling to decrease the time it takes VA to decide access to care and claims falling under the revised criteria. More than 400,000 Veterans currently receiving compensation benefits are service connected for PTSD. Combined with VA's shorter claims form, VA's new streamlined, science-based regulation allows for faster and more accurate decisions that also expedite access to medical care and other benefits for Veterans.


PTSD is a medically recognized anxiety disorder that can develop from seeing or experiencing an event that involves actual or threatened death or serious injury to which a person responds with intense fear, helplessness or horror, and is not uncommon among war Veterans.


Disability compensation is a tax-free benefit paid to a Veteran for disabilities that are a result of -- or made worse by -- injuries or diseases associated with active service.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Board of Selectmen Meeting 08/31/2010

The next Board of Selectmen meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 31st at 6:30 PM will take place at the Senior Center. It is supposed to be quite hot in the beginning of the week and the Senior Center will allow for an air conditioned venue with availability for BTV filming access.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

State Representative: Who Will You Vote For?

Around the Common is pleased to announce that we have opened up a new poll question dealing with this fall's upcoming elections. There are several races in town that are sure to draw some interest and Around the Common will gauge the pulse of the town as it relates to these important races. This week's poll question is State Representative: Who Will You Vote For?

As you may or may not know, there is only a general election for the seat being vacated by current State Representative David Flynn. Angelo D'Emilia (R) will square off against Patty Lawton (D) for the vacancy. Below are the links for each candidate's website so you can read up if you need more information.

Angelo D'Emilia

Patty Lawton

Coffee Tasting and Talk

The Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library will sponsor a coffee tasting and talk on Saturday, September 11th at 11AM. Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan, a faculty member in the Geography Department at Bridgewater State University, will be sharing his extensive knowledge about organic, fair traded coffee. He will focus on the topic of "Coffee and Migration."

In conjunction with Dr. Hayes-Bohanan's presentation, the Friends of the Library will be selling coffees and cocoa with a Bridgewater Public Library label. Medium roast will be available at $9/pound and dark roast at $10/pound. Organic hot cocoa mix will be available at $6/12 oz. package.

Coffee samples and baked goods will be served to participants.

Dr. Hayes-Bohanan's program will be held on the lower level of the library. This is a free program and no registration is necessary.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Bridgewater Library Receives Gift of Forever Laced


Kathryn Smith Lockhard gifted her autobiography/memoir Forever Laced, A Journey Through Two Centuries to the Bridgewater Public Library. She is a former financial controller who has also spoken to large academic groups on career education and assisted in writing a manual for the state's Department of Education based on statewide surveys she conducted. Born in Florida, she has been a resident of Bridgewater for most of her life.

Kathryn explains, "We become who we are because of those who came before. There are so many factors that mold the choices that people make. It is the result of those decisions that lace one generation to the next."

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

$50,000 Grant Awarded for Restoration of Academy Building

Senator Marc Pacheco announced that Bridgewater has received a $50,000 grant from the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund (MPPF) administered by the Massachusetts Historical Commission. The grant will help restore the severely deteriorated portico of the town's Academy Building, an important component of the larger restoration project. The Academy Building, which was constructed in 1868 in the Italianate style and expanded in 1897 with the existing front wing in the Georgian Revival style, is a stately focal point overlooking the southern end of the town common.

Town Manager Troy Clarkson noted that the grant application was written by Jennifer Goldson of JM Goldson Community Preservation & Planning, the town's Preservation Planner/Grant Writer. Ms. Goldson was hired as a consultant to the town through a grant from the Community Preservation Act (CPA). She has been charged with, among other things, securing funds that will supplement and augment community preservation activities. With the receipt of the MPPF award, Ms. Goldson secured Bridgewater twice the amount of revenue appropriated for her contract.

The MHC grant was available to the town because matching funds were already designated for restoration at the Academy Building through an existing CPA appropriation. Both Senator Pacheco and Town Manager Clarkson expressed delight given these fiscally constrained times and Bridgewater's need to restore and preserve its historically significant buildings.

The Municipal Building Committee, chaired by John Gerrish, will oversee the work supported by both the MPPF and CPA grants. A Clerk of the Works and a construction company were hired by the Board of Selectmen last week. Work is expected to begin in late summer/early fall and be completed next spring.

Dr. Benjamin Spence Donation to Library

The Bridgewater Public Library is the beneficiary of a gift from Dr. Benjamin Spence, a retired Professor of History from Bridgewater State University. Dr. Spence has recently completed a fifth volume as part of his History of Bridgewater, Massachusetts: A Town in Transition series, and has donated a copy to the public library.

Volume 5 is entitled Fire Services 1844-1910. Earlier volumes include Manufacturing 1900-1910, Churches 1900-1910, Stores and Services 1900-1910 and Education 1900-1910.

All five volumes are now included in the library's archival collection housed in the Lorraine B. Daley Historical Room. They are available to all library visitors for their research projects or for local history enthusiasts.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Diehl Art Gallery Event


Diehl Art Gallery will be having its August Featured Artist Exhibit on Friday evening, August 20th, from 7PM until 10PM. This month's featured artist is Suzie Goodwin whose photography is printed on experimental materials such as metal. This is a free event, refreshments will be served and guests are encouraged! Diehl Art Gallery is located at 27 Central Square in Bridgewater.

To RSVP to the event, please click here.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Deadlines for Town Meeting Articles

Pursuant to Town Meeting By-Law, Article 1, Section 2, the fall session of the Town Meeting shall be held on the second Monday in November at 7:30 PM. The date for Fall Town Meeting will be Monday, November 8, 2010. Deadline for posting the Fall Town Meeting Warrant is Friday, October 22, 2010.

For your consideration, the following deadline dates are proposed for submission of articles:

Zoning Articles: Must be received in the Office of the Selectmen no later than 12PM on Friday, September 3, 2010.

All Other Articles: Must be received in the Office of the Selectmen no later than 12PM on Friday, September 24, 2010.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Mosquito Spraying in Bridgewater

Plymouth County Mosquito Control informed the Selectmen’s Office this morning at 11:45 AM that they are conducting ground spraying efforts today and tomorrow in Bridgewater.