Saturday, December 31, 2011

Massachusetts Animal Rights Coalition to Visit Bridgewater Church 1/8/12

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Massachusetts Animal Rights Coalition and the Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 50 School Street, Bridgewater, MA, 10:30 AM

"The question is not, can they reason? Nor, can they talk? But, can they suffer?" - Jeremy Bentham, 19th c. English philosopher and social reformer.

In next week's service we will take a gentle, compassionate look into the realities of animals and factory farming with the founders of MARC, Helen and Steve Rayshick. During this service for all ages, adults and children alike will explore the possibility of holding all sentient beings in our circle of compassion. The service will be followed by a vegan coffee hour. All are welcome.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Now Hear This: Navy opens a blimp base in New Jersey

Now Hear This is provided to Around the Common by Roderick Walsh, Bridgewater Director of Veterans Services

On 01 January 1942, the Navy Airship Patrol Group 1 and Air Ship Squadron 12 were established at Lakehurst, N.J. The U.S. Navy was the only military service in the world to use airships--also known as blimps--during the war.

The U.S. Navy was actually behind the times in the use of blimps; it didn't get around to ordering its first until 1915, at which time even the U.S. Army was using them. By the close of World War I, the Navy had recognized their value and was using several blimps for patrolling coastlines for enemy submarines. They proved extremely effective; in fact, no convoy supported by blimp surveillance ever lost a ship.

Between the wars, it was agreed that the Army would use nonrigid airships to patrol the coasts of the United States, while the Navy would use rigid airships which were aluminum-hulled and kept their shape whether or not they were filled with gas for long-range scouting and fleet support. The Navy ended its construction and employment of the rigid airships in the 1930s after two, the Akron and the Macon, crashed at sea. In 1937, the Army transferred all its remaining non-rigid blimps to the Navy.

Meanwhile, in the civilian world, the Hindenburg, a German commercial dirigible, burst into flames over Lakehurst, on 06 May 1937. Thirty-six of the 97 passengers aboard were killed. The explosion was caused by an electric discharge that ignited a hydrogen gas leak; the tragedy effectively ended the use of airships for commercial travel, but they were still used to great advantage in the U.S. military. The late Andrew Randall was a youngster living in the Lakehurst area and would go to the airfield to earn 50 cents to help with the blimp lines! He is in the picture that was taken during the explosion. He served in the United Sates Army, during World War II, married Antoinette Cormier of Bridgewater and raised, his three children, David, Donald and Kathy in Bridgewater. I have fond personal memories of Randy; he was always supportive of all his friends; he was a good and honorable man.

At the outbreak of World War II, the Navy had 10 blimps in service; that number expanded to 167 by the end of the war. The only U.S. blimp lost was the K-74, which, on 18 July 1943, spotted a German U-boat. The blimp opened fire on the submarine and damaged it, but only one of its two depth charges released. The submarine fired back and sent the blimp into the sea, but the crew was rescued. The only German blimp involved in the war was a passenger craft, Graf Zeppelin, which was used for electronic surveillance just before the outbreak of the war.

Director, Veterans’ Services
(508) 697-0908

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

SNAC Exhibit at Bridgewater Public Library

The Southern New England Artist Community (SNAC) will be exhibiting their art in the Bridgewater Public Library’s Flora T. Little Gallery from January 5th through February 24th.

The seven artists who will be shown are: Laurel Christie, Matt Tanner, Kat Cope, Charlie Robinson, Corey Ritch, Peter Flood, and Ryan Mehigan. 

Meet the artists at their Opening Reception in the library’s Flora T. Little Meeting Room on the lower level: Wednesday, January 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The gallery is open during regular library hours and is located on the second floor, which is accessible by elevator. The Bridgewater Public Library is open: Monday-Wednesday 9a.m.-8p.m.; Thursday 9a.m.-6p.m.; Friday 9a.m.-5p.m.; Saturday 10a.m.-2p.m.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Relay For Life of Greater Bridgewater Committee Looking for Volunteers

Bridgewater, MA – January 10 – The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Bridgewater is looking for interested individuals to volunteer their talents on this year’s committee. The next meeting will be on December 10th at 6:15pm, in St. Basil’s Catholic Center on the Bridgewater State College University campus.

Relay For Life is the signature event of the American Cancer Society. It is a fun-filled, overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones, commit to fight back through healthy lifestyle changes, and raise money for the fight against cancer. This year the Relay For Life of Greater Bridgewater will have an Olympic theme!

Teams gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest grassroots fundraising event in the nation. Relay For Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools and communities. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the Relay, all with the goal of eliminating cancer.

Volunteers are needed to organize and recruit teams, seek community support, coordinate logistics, find refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment, and lend their support in any way.

To learn more about Relay For Life, visit For information on the January 10 meeting, or if you would like to volunteer on the Relay For Life committee, please contact Monica Querzoli at

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Tree Pickup Fundraiser

Have a Real Christmas Tree? Need us to take it away for you?

Bridgewater Boy Scout Troop
Will come and take away your Tree!
Jan 2ndor Jan 8th

Suggested Donation $7.00.

We are raising money to replace some of our very old Camping Equipment.

Please call or text Dan Moriarty at 508 326-9409 to schedule your Pick Up.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

From us at Around the Common, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lego Club at the Library

The Children’s Room of the Bridgewater Public Library will hold a Lego Club program for children age 6 and older on Saturday, January 14th from10:30-11:30a.m. The library will supply the blocks --- children should bring their imagination and creative building skills. All creations will be displayed at the library until the next meeting.

Registration is required. To register, drop by the Children’s Room or call 508-697-3331 beginning Saturday, January 7th.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Bridgewater Cultural Council Awards Grants

With the help of a $7420 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Bridgewater Cultural Council recently awarded grants totaling $7210 to 17 individuals, schools and organizations. The Committee received 27 grant applications for programs including music, drama, art, and promotion of literature.

This year’s recipients include:

· Bates and Tincknell, Imagine That: Celebrating Reading, $550

· Bridgewater Antiphonal Brass Society, Band Concert 4th of July, $550.

· Bridgewater Arts & Music Festival, 4th of July in Bridgewater, $200.

· Bridgewater Middle School, Blues for Schools, $650.

· Bridgewater Senior Center, Art Program, $600.

· Brockton Symphony, Seniors to Orchestra Production, $190.

· Fuller Craft Museum, Tour for Seniors, $350.

· George Mitchell Elementary School, Big Ryan (storyteller), $1000,

· Gregory Maichack, Painting Workshop, $445.

· John Root, Edible Wild Plants of New England lecture, $350.

· Jubilate Chorale, Inc., Winter Concert, $500.

· The Marble Collection, Literary Magazine for students, $150.

· Natural Resources Trust of Easton, Harvest Fair, $300.

· Pilgrim Society, Treasure Hunt for children, $100.

· Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, Concert, $150.

· Scott Tooker, Piano Recitals (Ragtime & Romance), $300.

· Williams Elementary School, The Brain Show, $825

“Once again, we are pleased to be able to award these grants and support these excellent programs which are available to Bridgewater citizens”, said Matt Putnam, Bridgewater Cultural Council Chairman.

Members of the Bridgewater Cultural Council include Matt Putnam, Chairman; Mary O’Connell, Secretary; and members Angela Dimisioris, Mark Oliver, and Kathryn Golden.

At the present time, the Bridgewater Cultural Council has multiple vacancies and would welcome new members. The Cultural Council supports community-based projects and activities in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences to benefit the residents of Bridgewater, through dispensing public funding allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The Council is responsible for informing the public about the availability of public funding for cultural projects and for reviewing and approving applications. The budget of the Massachusetts Cultural Council is determined annually by the State Legislature.

Residents who have experience or an interest in the arts, event planning, fund raising, marketing, record keeping and public relations are urged to apply. Also needed is someone to assume the role of Treasurer next year and volunteers who want to take on leadership roles.

Interested persons should contact Matt Putnam or Mary O’Connell. The Council Secretary’s email address is:

The Bridgewater Cultural Council maintains a post office box and correspondence should be addressed to: Bridgewater Cultural Council, Box #832, Bridgewater, MA 02324.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

WEARYOURTOWN Supports the Bridgewater Public Library

Gina Monahan and Kristin Morris (not in photo) of  wearyourtown made a donation to the Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library today!  Received by Ann Gerald, Curculation Librarian.
Thanks to all of the Bridgewater citizens who purchased 02324 tees at the library, wearyourtown was able to make a 20% donation of profits from tees sold at this location.  The funds will be put towards future Children Events held at the library.  We will continue to keep wearyourtown products at the library.  As a thank you for their support we will increase our donation to 25% on all library sales! 

Our public library is such a wonderful resource for children and families.  Personally, when my children were not yet school age, we spent a lot of time there!  The staff is amazing!  They put on fantastic programs for young children.  My children and I were regulars at Story Hour and have enjoyed several other special events at the library over the years!  

wearyourtown is proud to be partnering with the Bridgewater Public Library.  We hope we can continue to make donations to the Friends of Bridgewater Public Library

Monday, December 12, 2011

Boston Masspass Books Available

The popular 2012 Boston Masspass books are now available and this is a great way to support the Bridgewater-based Boston Masspass as well as charity. Funds from the sale of the books Around the Common is selling will go to support the Ace Bailey Children's Foundation in support of Bridgewater resident Beth Ann Bligh, who is running the Boston Marathon in support of the charity. You can read more about Beth Ann by clicking here.

The Masspass books are good at hundreds of different local businesses and are on sale for $25 each. If you are interested in a book, please email and we would be glad to deliver one to you.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School Holiday Concert

The Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School Annual Holiday Concert will be held in the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District Auditorium on Thursday, December 15th at 7PM. 

Admission is free and there will be raffle prizes and baked goods on sale. The show choir, concert band and 64 person chorus will be performing.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Holly Day Artisan Faire

Holly Day Artisan Faire
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
50 School Street, Bridgewater, MA

Saturday, December 10th, 9 AM to 4 PM, and
Sunday, December 11th, Noon to 4 PM
Entry is Free!

Holiday greens, handcrafted gifts, cheesecakes, Cookie Walk, rummage and book sale, and a visit with Mrs. Claus! Homemade Soup and Bread Luncheon available to warm you up and give you energy to find just the right gift from our local artisans!

Minutes for the Bridgewater Municipal Building Committee

The minutes for the Bridgewater Municipal Building Committee have been posted online. To review them, please click here.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Authors to Speak in Bridgewater Tomorrow Evening


Authors Gina Gallagher & Patty Kojoian

Workshop with the Authors Gina Gallagher & Patty Konjoian
A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children
For Parents of Special Children

Patty and Gina will be giving a workshop at the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High school. This workshop will take place on Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 and will begin at 7:00 pm. The workshop will be presented in the Lecture Hall (2nd floor) at the BR-High School located at 415 Center St, Bridgewater, MA. This workshop is FREE and open to ALL.

Their 90-minute workshop shows attendees how to:
Leverage the healing power of laughter. Connect with other imperfect parents. Collaborate with schools to get your children the services they need. Let go of the expectations and learn to love the reality of raising special children.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Community Dance Series Starting January 6th

There is still time to sign up for the 10 week, community dance series, featuring instruction in international folk dance, as well as New England square and contra dance.  The series begins on Friday, January 6 and will take place every other Friday, from 7:30-9:00 p.m., at the Bridgewater Senior Center, Wally Krueger Way (off Route 18) in Bridgewater.   

The fee for the 10 week series is $60 per person.   

For more information or to obtain a registration form, please contact dance leader, Sam Baumgarten, at 508-697-6848, or

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Holiday Concert, "Welcome Winter"

The Bridgewater State University Alumni Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. Carol Nicholeris, will present their annual holiday concert on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 3 PM at the Central Square Congregational Church in Bridgewater center. The program, entitled "Welcome Winter," will include new and familiar songs celebrating the season and the holidays. All are invited and welcome to attend.

General Admission $10, Students/Seniors $5

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Now Hear This: Battle of the Bulge- Christmas 1944

Now Hear This is provided to Around the Common by Roderick Walsh, Bridgewater Director of Veterans Affairs

On 16 December 1944, the Germans launched the last major offensive of the war, Operation Mist, also known as the Ardennes Offensive and the Battle of the Bulge, an attempt to push the Allied front line west from northern France to northwestern Belgium. The Battle of the Bulge, so-called because the Germans created a "bulge" around the area of the Ardennes forest in pushing through the American defensive line, was the largest fought on the Western front.

The Germans threw 250,000 soldiers into the initial assault, 14 German infantry divisions guarded by five panzer divisions against a mere 80,000 Americans. Their assault came in early morning at the weakest part of the Allied line, an 80-mile poorly protected stretch of hilly, woody forest (the Allies simply believed the Ardennes too difficult to traverse, and therefore an unlikely location for a German offensive). Between the vulnerability of the thin, isolated American units and the thick fog that prevented Allied air cover from discovering German movement, the Germans were able to push the Americans into retreat.

One particularly effective German trick was the use of English-speaking German commandos who infiltrated American lines and, using captured U.S. uniforms, trucks, and jeeps, impersonated U.S. military and sabotaged communications. The ploy caused widespread chaos and suspicion among the American troops as to the identity of fellow soldiers--even after the ruse was discovered. Even General Omar Bradley himself had to prove his identity three times--by answering questions about football and Betty Grable--before being allowed to pass a sentry point.

The battle raged for three weeks, resulting in a massive loss of American and civilian life. Nazi atrocities abounded, including the murder of 72 American soldiers by SS soldiers in the Ardennes town of Malmedy. Historian Stephen Ambrose estimated that by war's end, "Of the 600,000 GIs involved, almost 20,000 were killed, another 20,000 were captured, and 40,000 were wounded." The United States also suffered its second-largest surrender of troops of the war: More than 7,500 members of the 106th Infantry Division capitulated at one time at Schnee Eifel. The devastating ferocity of the conflict also made desertion an issue for the American troops; General Eisenhower was forced to make an example of Private Eddie Slovik, the first American executed for desertion since the Civil War.

The war would not end until better weather enabled American aircraft to bomb and strafe German positions. Many residents from Bridgewater participated in this epic and decisive battle.

We enjoy our Holidays because of the sacrifices of the men and women of our armed forces – past, present and future. May you and yours have a Happy and Joyous Holiday Season. Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah!

Veterans’ Services

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Parking Ban in Effect December 1 through April 1

There is an all night on street parking ban in effect between the hours of 2 AM 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.
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. 

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

Friday, November 25, 2011

Christmas on the Common

On Sunday, December 4th. from 1-4pm, the Bridgewater Business Association, Inc., presents "Christmas on the Common 2011" - the longest running annual Holiday event held on the common in the center of Bridgewater. This event is sponsored by the Bridgewater Business Association with the generous help and support of the Bridgewater business community. Thank you to the event Grand Sponsor, Bridgewater
Credit Union.

Visit for more information. 

Bring the family to meet Santa Claus and Mrs Claus and get your photo taken courtesy of RSS Photography. Pick up your photos at CVS after the event. We will also have pony rides, holiday music, food and hot
drinks. Music provided by Oldies 103.3 and Bridgewater Antiphonal Brass Society. The Bridgewater Masons Hall, next to the Common, will be host to our 3rd Annual Christmas Bazaar. There will be many BBA member booths on the Common as well. Decorations on the Common provided by the Bridgewater Lions Club.

The BBA is proud that this event has consistently grown in popularity and attendance since 1998. The BBA is thankful for all the help and cooperation they have received over the years from local businesses and members. Without them, this event, along with our extremely popular AutumnFest, would not be possible.

Admission is free. Select activities at the event do cost money to participate. There is parking around the common and the event is within walking distance from many locations.

All the net proceeds from Christmas on the Common go towards the BBA Charity Fund. Through the Charity fund, the BBA has donated over $60,000 and helped more than 300 Bridgewater residents since 2006.
Through Christmas on the Common, the BBA can continue to assist residents of Bridgewater, especially in these tough economic times, by paying a gas, oil or electric bill to provide needed heat, buy toys for children, or purchase food during the holidays.

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

Grand Sponsor: Bridgewater Credit Union

A & A Metro/Bills Taxi
Bridgewater Savings Bank
CVS Bridgewater
Morse Insurance Agency
Mayflower Gold & Silver
Rockland Trust
Honey Dew Donuts
Fellowship Lodge A.F. & A.M.
Bridgewater Police Department
Bridgewater Fire

The Bridgewater Business Association, Inc. is a non-profit Corporation, originally formed in 1984, devoted to the interests of the business community in the Town of Bridgewater, MA. The BBA Promotes unity between Bridgewater and the business community and is committed to promoting goodwill among business owners, interacting with Town government, and encouraging growth of in-town business. Their website is

Bridgewater Youth Basketball Dinner/Dance

On Friday evening December 2, 2011 Bridgewater Youth Basketball (both Boys and Girls) will be jointly hosting a fundraising Dinner/Dance at the Bridgewater Vets Club on Cottage Street. We hope this dinner will become an annual event to raise funds for youth basketball and to celebrate the tip off the basketball season.

Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online by clicking here. Tickets purchased online will be available for pickup at the door on the night of the event.

The dinner/dance will run from 7:00 PM to midnight and features a buffet dinner catered by the 99 Restaurant. There will also be a live DJ, raffles and much more. This event promises to be a fun night out for all the basketball parents and a great way to support the Bridgewater Youth Basketball program. Please consider purchasing tickets today.

Message from The Highway Department

The Highway Department requests that residents do not rake leaves from their private property into the roadway. The Highway Department will pick up leaves that fall on the roadside only. We will not pick up leaves that have been raked from private property to the roadside.

Leaves that are raked onto the roadway can clog the street drainage catch basins and cause flooding problems. This creates an extremely dangerous condition for which residents may be held liable.

The Board of Health provides a free year-round leaf drop-off area for residents at the Transfer Station on Bedford Street, provided that you have a current vehicle sticker issued from the Board of Health.

Transfer Station hours of operation are Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays from 9 AM to 4 PM, Saturdays from 7 AM to 2 PM, and Sundays from 8 AM until Noon. Leaves must be emptied from plastic bags.