Thursday, September 30, 2010

Vacancies on Zoning Board of Appeals

Volunteers are being sought to fill impending vacancies on the Bridgewater Town Zoning Board of Appeals.

The Zoning Board of Appeals consists of five appointed citizens and is a quasi-judicial administrative board that hears and decides zoning related matters pursuant to MGL Ch. 40A. The Zoning Bylaws of the Town of Bridgewater, upheld by the Zoning Board of Appeals, seek to, "...promote the health, safety, convenience and general welfare of its inhabitants, to lessen the danger from fire and congestion, and to improve the town under the provisions of the Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40A, the use, construction, repair, alteration and height of buildings and structures and the use of premises in the Town of Bridgewater are hereby restricted and regulated hereinafter provided."

The term will expire January 31, 2011.

Anyone interested in serving on the Zoning Board of Appeals should send a letter of application, including a brief resume to:

Town Manager
Memorial Building
25 South Street
Bridgewater, MA 02324

or email Town Manager Troy B.G. Clarkson at

Zoning Board of Appeals members cannot serve on any other elected or appointed board in Bridgewater, while serving with the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Applications for the current vacancies must be submitted by Monday, October 11, 201o. The vacancy will be filled on October 19, 2010.

Bridgewater Resident Ellie Bassick-Trovato Co-Authors a Book!

A message from Ellie Bassick-Trovato

Dear Friends and Family:

I wanted you to be the first to know that my name is officially in print today! Inspired Living Publishing releases an anthology today called A Juicy, Joyful Life. As many of you know, I created Uplifting Connections in honor of my husband, John Trovato, and my father who passed within two months of each other. In my chapter of A Juicy, Joyful Life (called "Chasing Nuns") I share the story of how my experience with John T. made me stronger and led me to a juicy, joyful life. My experiences have made me passionate about inspiring women to live their best lives now and am excited to announce that I am a contributing co-author in the much anticipated A Juicy, Joyful Life: Inspiration from Women who have Found the Sweetness in Every Day -BEING RELEASED TODAY!

We are hoping to soar to bestseller status today so we can help hundreds of thousands of women across the globe with the inspiring stories in this anthology, so if you're interested in purchasing it, please consider ordering today (but any day is good!).

When you order the book, you get access to over 100 free gifts from some amazingly gifted people (among them Shirley MacLaine and other luminaries) (oh, yeah, and yours truly).

A Juicy Joyful Life

About the Book:

A woman's trail guide to discovering her own authentic story!

Do you ever wonder why some women are able to live grounded in the now, cherish the small moments, and look back without regret? How, despite obstacles like anxiety, depression, addiction, abuse, or devastating loss, they are able to stand tall in their world and shed light on all those around them?

These women are living Juicy, Joyful lives-and now, for the first time, they have come together to share their inspirational, heartfelt stories with the collective intention to encourage ALL women to embrace the truth that "where you've been does not define where you will go. You can create a new personal story."

Readers looking to go beyond a passive reading experience and journey into the realms of self-discovery will not be disappointed. Each of their stories is followed by a journaling prompt page featuring three Juicy Questions to help you, the reader draw parallels between the lessons in the narrative and your own experience encouraging you to do the inner work so that you can start living your own Juicy, Joyful Life!

I am honored to be part of the collaborative intention behind this book and share my heart-felt story "Chasing Nuns" and inspire women around the world to believe that they too can overcome any obstacle to achieve their dreams.

What others are saying:

"... each story spurs you on to make the most invincible choices in your life. I love the stories, the honesty, the comfort and the brightness in these pages. I felt like I got to got to have dinner with a wise friend who had just chosen more for herself---and was going to make sure I did the same!" Tama J. Kieves, best-selling author of This Time I Dance! Creating the Work You Love

"In our insane quest for perfection, we women tend to dab makeup on our scars so that no one will see. These brave souls rip off their scabs and show us that bleeding has an upside -- it means we are alive. And for as long as we live, we can follow the example of the women featured in A Juicy, Joyful Life and choose love, joy, and healing." Sharon Roy, Woman, Mother, Author, Farmer, Life Coach and CEO

"A Juicy Joyful Life takes you into the minds, hearts, and stories of women who have felt their inner pain, moved through their healing, and expanded into their joy. Find guidance and inspiration for your journey in this insightful book."

Lisa Michaels, President, Natural Rhythms Institute

To purchase the book, please click here.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bridgewater Cultural Council Grants Available

Got art? We've got money! The Bridgewater Cultural Council is now accepting grant applications from those interested in applying for grant monies to support their artistic endeavors. Completed applications must be postmarked no later than October 15, 2010.

Additional information is available at the Bridgewater Cultural Council's website by clicking here. On this site, you can review guidelines and instructions for applying, download the necessary forms and obtain helpful information. You may also view last year's grant awards on the website.

Please keep in mind that the Bridgewater Cultural Council will give preference to grant applications from Bridgewater residents or for programs and projects performed in the Town of Bridgewater.

Applications are also available at the Bridgewater Public Library.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library

The Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library will hold their Annual Open Meeting for all members on Tuesday, September 28 at 7:00 PM. The meeting will take place in the Jarvis Room, lower level. Light refreshments will be served.

The Bridgewater Public Library is located at 15 South Street. Parking is available in back of the library.

Tonight's Board of Selectmen Meeting Agenda

The Board of Selectmen will meet this evening in the Memorial Building. Here is the meeting agenda:

6:30 PM- Fire Station Update

7:00 PM- Public Hearing: Lodging House at 28 School Street

7:30 PM- Public Hearing: Lodging House at 57 Spring Hill

8:00 PM- Public Hearing: Lodging House at 288 Bedford Street

8:30 PM- Joint Meeting: Housing Authority Appointment

Items Requiring Board Action:

1. Lakeville Animal Shelter Contract
2. VFW (3) three one day alcohol licenses
3. Approval of August Minutes

Report of the Town Manager: Troy Clarkson

Board of Health: EEE Update

Open Forum

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Book Sale at Bridgewater Public Library Today!

Gently used books for sale at the Bridgewater Public Library today.

Date: Saturday, September 25h
Time: 11AM to 1PM
Friend of the BPL Preview: 10AM to 11AM

This is a fundraiser for the library and is sponsored by the Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

David Pottier Wins State Senator Poll

David Pottier has prevailed in the Around the Common poll that asked Around the Common readers to select who you will vote for as the next State Senator representing Bridgewater. Here are the results:

David Pottier: 76%
Marc Pacheco: 24%

It is interesting to note that the results basically flipped to the Republican candidate that Patty Lawton (Democratic candidate for State Representative) won in the State Representative ATC poll.

Explore Music with a Music Educator

Come and explore music with music educator Kerry Campbell at the Bridgewater Public Library.

Date: Thursday, September 30th.
Time: 10AM to 10:45 AM

Children ages 2-6 are welcome with an adult to partake in singing, rhythm games and creative music activities.

To register for this event, please stop by the Bridgewater Public Library to sign up. No phone or email registrations are accepted.

Bridgewater Soccer Event at the New England Revolution!

Bridgewater Soccer Fall Super Event!

New England Revolution v. Real Salt Lake
Date: Saturday, October 2nd
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Gillette Stadium

Bridgewater Soccer has made a special reservation for pre-game festivities in the Dana Farber Field House where the Revolution and Patriots practice. Any resident of Bridgewater can attend for $20.00.

Included in this package is a pre-game tailgate, FIFA video game competitions for HS students, marching bands, free bus and car parking and post game shots on goals for HS coaches and HS seniors.

To order tickets for the event including the pre-game sports and tailgate, please email Holly Ridge at Please include your contact information and the number of tickets needed.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Bridgewater-Raynham Football Fundraiser

The Bridgewater-Raynham football team is selling the Masspass coupon books through September 24th. You will see the team with their game shirts on Wednesday Sept. 22nd canvassing the towns of Bridgewater & Raynham.

Each athlete is asked to each sell twelve books at $20 each. The athletes will keep 50% of the proceeds to help pay for their shirts, uniforms, away game expenses and any other unfunded needs that come up during the football season.

The athletes will receive prizes for individual and team sales totals awarded by the Masspass organization. With more that $7,000 in discounts from over 300 area merchants. Masspass offers you more ways to save at your favorite local places in town. The best part is the high-value offers like Buy One, Get One and 50% off, the book pays for itself in just one or two uses.

Coupon books for the team may also be purchased by mail. For a Masspass book, please send a $20 check to BR Football Alumni Association, P.O. Box 424, Bridgewater, MA.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Gubernatorial Edition of Distinguished Speaker Series at BSU

The Center for Legislative Studies at Bridgewater State University is pleased to announce that Treasurer Timothy Cahill will appear at BSU this week. Treasurer and candidate for governor Tim Cahill will discuss major policy issues with which the state is struggling, as well as how he would address those issues if he were elected governor.

Date: Wednesday, September 22nd
Time: 2:00-3:00 PM
Location: Rondileau Campus Center at BSU

This event is open to the public.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

24-Hour Celebration for Peace in Bridgewater

The 6th Annual Celebration for Peace will take place on September 18th and 19th at the First Parish Unitarian-Universalist Church located at 50 Church Street in Bridgewater. Held in concert with the United Nations International Peace Day, this hour community event includes children's programs, music, discussion, yoga and services from Native American, Buddhist and Unitarian-Universalist traditions. Acoustic guitarist Peter Janson will be featured on Sunday morning.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, please click here.

This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sewer Rate Increase Information

Based on a 2005 Sewer Rate Study, the Bridgewater Sewer Department is providing notice of sewer rate increases that will be effective in the Fall 2010 billing cycle. This study was prepared in accordance with applicable guidelines established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Water Works Association by an engineering firm Stantec Consulting Services Inc, specializing in sewer rate structures. These increases are due to increased costs associated with the purchase of chemicals and fuel. The Bridgewater Sewer Department has not increased its sewer rates since August 2005. This is the second phase of a two part rate increase. The first part was performed in 2005.

The Town of Bridgewater, like 90% of the cities and towns in Massachusetts, is very fortunate to have an Enterprise Funding Account. This allows the Bridgewater Sewer Department to keep the sewer rates down as the revenues generated through sewer usage can only be applied to the cost of running the Bridgewater Sewer Department.

The new sewer rate structure is as follows:

Semi-Annual Bills

Sewer Rates: Mm rate $98.00 per half for 3,000 cu. ft. or less, 3,001 cu. ft. to 6,000 cu. ft $4.30 per 100 cu ft.; 6,001 cu. ft. and over $6.30 per 100 cu. ft.

Quarterly Bills

Sewer Rates: Mm rate $49.00 per quarter for 3,000 cu. ft. or less, 3,001 cu. ft. to 6,000 cu. ft $2.15 per 100 cu ft.; 6,001 cu. ft. and over $3.15 per 100 cu. ft.

Late Payments: 1.2% interest per month (14% per annum) and demand will be charged on accounts unpaid after 30 days.

To accommodate Bridgewater residents who want the convenience of paying water and sewer bills online, have your checkbook or credit card in hand and then:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on UniPay Online
  3. Complete each screen to process your payment

B-R Class of 1965 Reunion

Bridgewater-Raynham Class of 1965 45th Reunion

Date: October 9, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Columbia Cultural Center
775 John Quincy Adams Road
Taunton Industrial Park
Taunton, MA 02780

For tickets, please call 508-776-4117 or 508-747-1064

Monday, September 13, 2010

22nd Annual Autumnfest 2010

On Saturday, September 25, from 10-4, the 22nd Annual Autumnfest 2010 will be held on the campus of Bridgewater State University on the Boyden Hall Quad (formally Bridgewater State College). Bring the whole family for a fun day filled with crafts, games, food, and music. Local Bridgewater Business Association (BBA) businesses will be showcasing their fantastic products and services. Autumnfest is a longstanding tradition in the Town of Bridgewater and is attended annually by over 5000 people. Come enjoy the day with your friends and neighbors of the community.

This event is sponsored by the Bridgewater Business Association with the generous help and support of the Bridgewater business community. Visit for information.

There will be a better then ever Food Court, Live DJ and music, Crafts & Face Painting, Live Demonstrations, Train Rides, Moon Bounce, Barn Babies Petting Zoo, Rock Climbing Wall, Bridgewater, MA Fire Department Smoke House, Child ID Digital Photo & Fingerprinting (with the Fellowship Lodge A.F. & A.M.), ...and much, much more!

Admission is free. Select activities the day of the event do cost money to participate. There is parking around the BSU campus and the event is within walking distance from the center of town.

The money raised by the BBA through their annual events support Town of Bridgewater charities which assists resident families throughout the year, especially during the holidays and winter season. Since 2006, the BBA has donated over $50,000 and helped more than 200 Bridgewater residents. By supporting Autumnfest 2010, the BBA can continue to raise funds for the community, especially in these tough economic times.

If you are unable to volunteer or attend in any way, but would still like to help the Bridgewater Business Association, donations are always appreciated. There are numerous costs that go into producing a large event like Autumnfest. As they are a non-profit organization and this is their biggest fundraiser of the year, they would welcome any and all donations.

This event is held rain or shine. In case of bad weather, the event will be held in the BSU Ballroom, Campus Center.

The Bridgewater Business Association would like to thank the following sponsors and supporters:

Bridgewater State University

The Community Bank

Sovereign Bank

Clipper Magazine


Bridgewater Savings Bank

Grants Rental

Home Depot (Bridgewater)

Sign-A-Rama (Raynham)

Mechanics Cooperative Bank

A&A Metro Transportation

Chase Corporation

Coreagains Catalytic Converters

Please contact Pam Conant, The Community Bank, Bridgewater, 508-697-8800, Autumnfest Coordinator, or Steve Culp, Culp Design, 508-378-2854, Marketing Coordinator with any questions or more information.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Board of Selectmen Agenda for 09/14/2010

The Board of Selectmen has released the agenda for their meeting on September 14th.

6:30 PM: Herbert Wolfer Proclamation

6:40 PM: Public Hearing- Verizon Pole Relocation (Birch Street)

6:50 PM: Public Hearing- Verizon Pole Relocation (North Street)

7:00 PM: Special Town Meeting

7:15 PM: Sign Policy- Historic District Commission

Items Requiring Board Action:
  • Andrea Profetti Donation Request
  • The Literacy Place Donation Request
  • July and August Minutes
  • Housing Authority Vacancy- Discussion
Report of the Town Manager- Troy Clarkson

Open Forum

Selectmen's Comments

Confidential or Otherwise

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Bridgewater Public Library Now Open Saturdays!

The Bridgewater Public Library is pleased to announce that it is open on Saturdays again! Here are the new hours effective today:

Monday: 4-8 PM
Tuesday: 1-8 PM
Wednesday: 10AM-5PM
Thursday: 9AM-5PM
Saturday: 10AM-2PM

MA: "The Reform Proof Prison" and "Troubled Over Bridgewater - Why Massachusetts' correctional system hasn't gotten any better"

Here is a rather interesting and informative piece that includes a pretty in depth look at the Bridgewater Correctional Institute here in town.

New Bridgewater News Blog Launched

Former Brockton Enterprise reporter Theresa Knapp Enos has launched a new Bridgewater news blog called BridgewaterBlog697.

Click here to check it out!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Coffee & Migration: Human & Avian

Coffee and Migration: Human and Avian, presentation by Dr. James
Hayes-Bohanan, Department of Geography, Bridgewater State University

Flora T. Little Room
Bridgewater Public Library
September 11th at 11a.m.

Are you following the debate over legal and illegal immigration to the United
States? Do you love to watch migratory birds, such as the oriole? do you
know that coffee is connected to both human and avian migration?

Learn about the connections from BSU geography professor and coffee maven,
Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan, who has presented various programs on coffee and
tea at the Bridgewater Public Library in the past. His presentation will
focus on two distinct ways in which coffee connects us to its source areas
in Central America. Simply put, poor quality coffee promotes human
migration and disrupts the migration of songbirds.

Fairly traded, organic, bird-friendly coffee will be served, and Bridgewater
Brew will be available for sale, in support of the farmers, the birds , and
Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library.

This is a free program and no registration is necessary.

For more information about the topic, please visit For more information about the
Bridgewater Public Library, visit

Message from Patty Lawton: Candidate for State Rep.

Thank you for your support in the recent poll conducted by Around the Common. It is a privilege and an honor to hold public office and I would be proud to be your next State Representative. You have my commitment that your voices will be heard every day on Beacon Hill. Your concerns are my concerns.

We must change the way they do business on Beacon Hill. I want the power shifted to the rank and file members of the House so the House is more representative of what you want and expect from your elected officials.

I will file a proposed constitutional amendment which for the first time will impose term limits on those you elect. Let this revolutionary change turn the legislature into that branch of government that John Adams envisioned in 1780- a people's branch of government.

I'll continue the work to reform healthcare costs and to promote economic development in our communities.

The time for change has come. Let me be that voice of change.

I look forward to your continued support on Primary Day, Sept. 14th and Election Day, Nov. 2.

-Patty Lawton

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Fall Storytime at Bridgewater Public Library

The Children's Department at the Bridgewater Public Library has announced its fall schedule for children's storytime.

Baby storytime, for infants through 24 months of age with an adult, will be offered on Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:15 AM. This program will include stories, songs, rhymes, and a short period when children can play with toys and get acquainted with others in the group.

Toddler storytime, for children age 2-3 years old with an adult, will be offered on Thursdays from 9:30-10AM. This program will include stories, songs and rhymes based on a weekly theme.

Preschool storytime, for children age 4-5, will be offered on Wednesdays from 1:45-2:15 PM. Children must be able to sit without an adult. This program will include stories, songs and rhymes based on a weekly theme.

All storytimes run for five weeks beginning the week of October 4th. Registration is required and will begin on Monday, September 13th at the library. No phone or email registrations will be accepted.

For more information call the Bridgewater Public Library at 508-697-3331 and ask for Mrs. Davis in the Children's Room.

State Senator: Who Will You Vote For

Bridgewater will have an election this November for the seat of State Senator. Will you vote for incumbent Marc Pacheco (D) or will David Pottier (R) receive your vote. Make sure you vote now!

Here are the websites for the candidates:

Marc Pacheco

David Pottier

Patty Lawton Wins State Representative Poll

Patty Lawton has prevailed in the Around the Common poll that asked Around the Common readers to select who you will vote for as the next State Representative of Bridgewater. Here are the results:

Patty Lawton: 71%
Angelo D'Emilia: 29%

Message from Keith Buohl: Candidate for At-Large Town Council

Dear friends and fellow Bridgewater residents:

It is with much enthusiasm and commitment that I announce my candidacy for the one-year Councilor At-Large seat on the soon-to-be formed Bridgewater Town Council. My "It's All About We" campaign begins now. I feel confident that I can be an asset to the Town Council and work with other town leaders and the citizens of Bridgewater to help our town move forward. I also feel it is a very important and exciting time as we transition to a new form of government. As one of the authors of the citizens' petition which formed the government study committee that led to this change, I am determined to help get the new Town Council/strong town manager form of government moving in the right direction.

I strongly feel that as leaders we must focus on two very importance aspects. One is finding a way to get everyone to work together in addressing the many challenges our town faces. Over the past ten years our town has become fractured in many ways. It is unrealistic to think that we will all agree on what direction to take in every instance, but I think it is important that we listen to each other with an open mind and with respect while trying to find some common ground. Secondly, we need to find a way to get more citizens involved. We have many talented people in Bridgewater who could provide vital services to our town boards and committees. We need to recruit these individuals to be part of the solution. I have said it before that no truer words have been spoken than "United we stand, divided we fall.". It is time for Bridgewater to be united. I want to try and make this happen.

I put my name on the ballot with only one agenda- to be part of the solution. I believe Bridgewater can prosper and once again become the community we all know it can be. There is no person who can make this happen. It will take each and every one of us, leaders and citizens, working together and it will not be easy.

I am hoping to gain your support between now and October 16th. Please do not hesitate to email me at or call me at 508.269.8827 with any questions you may have regarding my run for Town Council.

Remember: It's All About We!

Keith Buohl, 10 Fieldcrest Drive

(Around the Common is willing to post a message for candidates, but does not endorse any candidate)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Just Like 'Old Times'

Performances will be held in the Rondileau Campus Center Auditorium on September 8, 9, 10 and 11 at 8PM and Sept. 12 at 2PM. For reservations and ticket information, please call the box office at 508.531.1321. Tickets are $12 for general audience and $10 for seniors and students of BSU with ID. Seating is very limited, so reserve your tickets ahead of time.

Thomas Kee has no idea why Harold Pinter's "Old Times" is not performed as often as the Nobel Laureate's other plays "Betrayal" and "The Homecoming." But the assistant professor of theater says this turns out to be a good thing for it allows Bridgewater to offers as its first theater production as a university that will have a built-in audience of Pinter fans, lovers of great theater and the curious.

"This is a rare opportunity to see professional actors working with our own acting faculty on an extraordinary play right here on campus," he said.

In early September the Bridgewater Theater Guest Artist Series will be presenting Pinter's "Old Times" in part utilizing CART faculty and librarian research grant. The play features BSU professor Suzanne Ramczyk, Elliot Norton Award nominess Liz Hayes and American Repertory Theatre veteran Phil Atkins. Mr. Kee will direct. Rounding out the production design team are Dr. Arthur Dirks, professor of theater and dance, and facility technical director Mark Johnson, who serves as BSU assistant director of the newly renovated RCC auditorium.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Bridgewater Featured in Anali's First Amendment Blog

Around the Common came across this local blog that has a highlight spot on two local Bridgewater food businesses.

Anali's First Amendment