Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"Bag It" Screening at Bridgewater Public Library

The public is invited to attend a viewing of the environmental documentary Bag It on Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m.  The film will be shown in the Flora T. Little Meeting Room on the lower level of the Bridgewater Public Library.

Bag It has been winning awards at film festivals across the country. What started as a documentary about plastic bags has evolved into an investigation into plastics and their effect on our rivers, oceans, and our bodies. Join the Bag It movement and decide for yourself how plastic your life will be.

For more information about the Bag It movement, go to

The Bag It screening is sponsored by the Bridgewater Green Committee and the Bridgewater Public Library.  The library is located at 15 South Street.  Parking is available in back of the library.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bicycle, Electronic & Appliance Recycling Day on September 3rd

Trinity Covenant Church, located at 1095 South Street, will be hosting a bicycle, electronic and appliance recycling day on September 3rd from 9AM to 2PM.

Old and unwanted bicycles can be donated for free and will be recycled and reused again. Again, there is no cost for recycling old bikes.

Electronic and appliance recycling will also take place at this time. Electronics such as monitors, computers, stereos, radios all cost $5 each to recycle. Appliances such as dishwashers, stoves, washing machines, water heaters, microwaved, refrigerators, lawn mowers, snow blowers, exercise equipment, air conditioning units, dehumidifier and small engine items cost $10 each. 

Televisions less than 19 inches are $10 and over 19 inches are $15.

For more information about the event, please contact Dennis Wood at 508-277-7513.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

15th Citizens Police Academy Class

15th Citizens Police Academy Class

14 Week Program Starting:
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 @ 6:30pm

Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm - 9:30pm at the Bridgewater Police Station. This program is designed to familiarize residents with the daily operations of the Bridgewater Police Department. Classes are held at the police station and are taught by Bridgewater Police officers. Topics include Domestic Violence, Use of Force, Patrol Procedures, Constitutional & Motor Vehicle Law, the Sex Offender Registry, Narcotics Enforcement, Drunk Driving, Canine Patrol, Self Defense, Courtroom Procedure and Criminal Investigation. 

Participants will also be given the opportunity to ride-along with officers on patrol, tour the Old Colony Correctional Institution at Bridgewater, as well as observe the judicial process at Brockton District Court.

Applications may be obtained by clicking here.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

American Red Cross to Open Shelter in Bridgewater

The American Red Cross will be opening a regional shelter at the Bridgewater Raynham Regional High School at 6 pm on Saturday. If you need assistance to get to the shelter please contact the fire department at 508-697-0900.

Bridgewater Resident Stars on Food Network Challenge

Rebecca Bosque of BosCakes and Bridgewater's own Paula Surrette from competed on a Food Network Challenge in March featuring LEGO Cakes. The air date for this show is set for November 6, 20011 at 9PM. 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Town Council Meeting Notice Pursuant to Chapter 61A

Pursuant to MGL Chapter 61A Section 14, notice is hereby given that the Bridgewater Town Council will hold a public hearing on the Chapter 61A Notice of Intent to Sell the Property owned by the Calthrop Trust (Cherry Street; assessors map 67 lot 3) on September 6, 2011 beginning at 8:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Memorial Building, 25 South Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324. 

A copy of the Notice of Intent may be viewed on the Town’s website at and is on file with the Town Manager's Office.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Dog License Reminder

The Bridgewater Town Clerk would like to remind dog owners that Dog Licenses are due. Dogs licensed after September 1st will owe a late fee in addition to cost of the license.

Male/Female: $15.00
Neuterd/Spayed: $10.00
Late Fee (After SEPT. 1ST): $25.00
Over 70: Free
**The Town Clerk’s Office will be open late on Monday, August 22nd until 7:00 PM.**
Mail payment to:
Town Clerk, Town Hall, 64 Central Square, Bridgewater, MA 02324

Checks payable to: Town of Bridgewater
(If requesting license by mail please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for tag return)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

State Rep. Angelo D'Emilia Pig Roast This Saturday

You and your entire family are invited to the Pig Roast to benefit State Representative Angelo D'Emilia. This fun, family friendly event will feature live music, special guests and great food!

Saturday, August 27th, 2011
American Legion Hall Post 405
291 Mill St., Raynham, MA

Prior to the Pig Roast, you can also join Angelo on a motorcycle run in and around the 8th Plymouth District. The run will leave at 10:30am and, after making a few stops along the way, will end at the American Legion at 12:30pm for the Pig Roast. They will start assembling for the motorcycle run at 10:00am in the parking lot at Barrett's Alehouse (425 Bedford St., Bridgewater, MA).

Suggested Donation: $25 per person | $50 per family. Please RSVP here.

Monday, August 22, 2011

AAUW Chapter Open to Bridgewater Residents

On Tuesday, September 13th, the Taunton branch of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) will meet at the Holiday Inn, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton. A dinner will be served to members, followed by an after-dinner speaker, State Representative Shaunna O’Connell, who will talk about her personal journey into activism and legislation affecting women.  The public is invited to come and hear Representative O’Connell, who is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

Membership is open to anyone holding an associate or equivalent (RN), baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Undergraduates may become AAUW affiliate members.

The AAUW, founded in 1881, advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Additional information about the AAUW can be found on their website at

More information about Rep. Shaunna O’Connell can be found at:

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Knights of Columbus Meat Raffle

The Bridgewater Knights of Columbus Council 488 will host their monthly meat raffle next Saturday, August 27th, from 1PM to 3PM. The raffle will take place at the K of C Hall at 582 Bedford Street in Bridgewater. Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Summer Reading Wrap-Up

The Children’s Room of the Bridgewater Public Library celebrated the end of their Summer Reading Program on August 11th.

An ice cream party was held in the Flora T. Little Meeting Room.Winners of the bicycle raffle were announced: Devon Scott, Sarah Power, Nina Savino, Domenic Sarro, Patrick Kearns, Anaia Risko, Abby Morris and Andrew Power.

The winner of the “Guess How Many Jar” was Meghan Gentile, who guessed the exact number of candies in the jar --- 94.

The Library Trustees would like to congratulate the 332 “One World, Many Stories” program participants who read a total of 3,013 books from June 27 through August 11th. The bike raffle and ice cream party were sponsored by Estabrook & Chamberlain Insurance Agency of Bridgewater.

Big Ryan's Tall Tales

On Saturday, September 10th, Big Ryan, a popular children’s storyteller, will visit the Bridgewater Public Library. His program, which begins at 10:30 a.m., will focus on autumn and back to school stories, music, movement and a whole lot of fun! Big Ryan’s Tall Tales is appropriate for children of every age. No registration is necessary.

This free program, which begins at 10:30 a.m., is funded by the Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library. Parking is available in back of the library, located at 15 South Street. For more information, call the library at 508-697-3331.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Town Councilor Scott Pitta to Host Precinct Meeting

The Town Council Acting-President Scott Pitta of Precinct 1 is hosting an informational meeting for the residents of Precinct 1. The meeting will take place in the Memorial Building on August 16th from 5:30 PM to 7 PM.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Now Hear This: B29 Superfortress

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

On 21 September 1942, the U.S. B-29 Superfortress made its debut flight in Seattle, Washington. It was the largest bomber used in the war by any nation.

The B-29 was conceived in 1939 by Gen. Hap Arnold, who was afraid a German victory in Europe would mean the United States would be devoid of bases on the eastern side of the Atlantic from which to counterattack. A plane was needed that would travel faster, farther, and higher than any then available, so Boeing set to creating the four-engine heavy bomber. The plane was extraordinary, able to carry loads almost equal to its own weight at altitudes of 30,000 to 40,000 feet. It contained a pilot console in the rear of the plane, in the event the front pilot was knocked out of commission. It also sported the first radar bombing system of any U.S. bomber.

The Superfortress made its test run over the continental United States on 21 September, but would not make its bombing-run debut until 05 June 1944, against Bangkok, in preparation for the Allied liberation of Burma from Japanese hands. A little more than a week later, the B-29 made its first run against the Japanese mainland. On 14 June, 60 B-29s based in Chengtu, China, bombed an iron and steel works factory on Honshu Island. While the raid was less than successful, it proved to be a morale booster to Americans, who were now on the offensive.

Meanwhile, the Marianas Islands in the South Pacific were being recaptured by the United States, primarily to provide air bases for their new B-29s—a perfect position from which to strike the Japanese mainland on a consistent basis. Once the bases were ready, the B-29s were employed in a long series of bombing raids against Tokyo. Although capable of precision bombing at high altitudes, the Superfortresses began dropping incendiary devices from a mere 5,000 feet, firebombing the Japanese capital in an attempt to break the will of the Axis power. One raid, in March 1945, killed more than 80,000 people. But the most famous use of the B-29 would come in August, as it was the only plane capable of delivering a 10,000-pound bomb—the atomic bomb. The Enola Gay and the Bock's Car took off from the Marianas, on 06 and 09 August, respectively, and flew into history.


Director, Veterans’ Services

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Thorson Restoration & Construction

Around the Common is pleased to welcome Thorson Restoration & Construction as our newest Bridgewater Business Listing.

In 1991, Bridgewater resident Eric Thorson founded Thorson Restoration & Construction intent on providing a quality product & unmatched services. Initially the company focused predominantly on the restoration of historical homes but their humble beginnings quickly grew to include a broad range of services including custom cabinetry, renovations, new construction and commercial projects.

The company is now considered one of the premier builders and remodelers on the South Shore. Their high quality craftsmanship and attention to detail has earned them numerous industry awards. Most recently they were named one of Qualified Remodeler Magazine’s Top 500 Remodelers nationwide and were awarded the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s 2010 Contractor of the year Award in multiple categories. This, in addition to a Contractor of the Year award in 2009 and Customer Service Award in 2008 are some of the many reasons why they’ve also earned a loyal customer base. Owners Eric & Stacy Thorson continue to endeavor to make customer satisfaction their main priority. They employ a number of full time, professional, field and office personnel that aide in expertly managing any project from concept to completion.

To learn more about Thorson’s services visit their website or contact them directly at 508-279-0656.

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Precinct 2 Meeting This Evening

Town Councillor Tim Fitzgibbons of Precinct 2 is hosting a meeting this evening for all residents of Precinct 2 to meet with him and discuss issues relating to the town in general or specific concerns of the Precinct.

The meeting will take place from 6PM to 8PM at the Memorial Building. The meeting is open to the public.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Bridgewater Community Emergency Response Team Training

Bridgewater Community Response Informational Session: Monday, September 12th at 7PM 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.

BCERT Training Classes start on Monday, September 26th from 6:30 PM to 9PM and each Monday thereafter (with Columbus Day and Halloween as exceptions)- all classes are in the BPD Community Room.

If you are interested in attending the BCERT sessions, please email with your name and contact information.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Thirty-One Gifts: 10% Savings for Around the Common!

Around the Common would like to welcome Thirty-One Gifts as our newest Bridgewater Business Listing! Lisa Ghelfi is the local consultant for Thirty-One Gifts.

A Bridgewater resident, Ghelfi's Thirty-One Gifts is a great business to support. Their products are both stylish and functional—from beautiful handbags and purses to handy storage totes, baskets, stationery and more, there is something for everyone. And most of our products can be personalized to make your own unique statement.

Thirty-One is more than just a company. They are people who believe in celebrating, encouraging and rewarding women for who they are. Through God's strength, they've built a family of individuals who feel women deserve to treat themselves to something special. Their commitment is to provide women with a fulfilling, enjoyable and rewarding experience.

The Fall/Winter catalog just started and everything in the catalog is 15% off this month. Contact Lisa to place your order or book a party today. Mention that you heard about Thirty-One Gifts on Around the Common and save an additional 10%!

Lisa can be reached by visiting her
website by clicking here or at 508-697-5873.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Now Hear This!

On 04 May 1945, German U-boat Headquarters sent a signal to all U-boats ordering the end of attacks on Allied shipping effective 0800 hrs 05 May 1945.

At 1740 hrs on 05 May 1945, the lookout at the Coast Guard Station at Point Judith, Rhode Island noted the SS Black Point as she passed the lighthouse while carrying coal to Boston. He was about to enter his sighting in a logbook when he heard an explosion and saw the SS Black Point had stopped.

A torpedo had blown off the last 50 feet of the 396 foot ship. Within one minute the water was waist deep in the engine room and Captain Charles Prior gave the order to "Abandon Ship." The Captain was the last one in the lifeboats at 1805 hrs. Within minutes the SS Black Point rolled over.

Twelve men, including one Naval Armed Guard, went down with the ship; four of them were killed instantly when the ship was hit. Thirty four men were saved.

At 1920 hrs the Coast Guard frigate USGC Moberly and two Navy destroyer escorts USS Amick and USS Atherton arrived in the area and began a systematic search using their sonar equipment. Keeping in mind the U-boat's limited speed and range while submerged, they guessed the German submarine would likely hide in a steeply rising shoal known as East Ground, about 9 miles from the sinking. The USS Amick was ordered away to escort another merchant ship, but the destroyer USS Ericsson joined the search, and 7 other ships arrived to box in the U-boat.

At 2343 hrs the Atherton and Moberly made sonar contact at a depth of 100 feet. Depth charges brought up some air, oil, pieces of wood, and eventually life jackets. In spite of that, sonar operators saw the submarine moving at 5 knots across their path. More depth charges reduced her speed to 2 knots. In the morning two Navy blimps spotted an oil slick. The three ships dropped more depth charge and the blimps used rocket bombs in order to crack the pressure hull.

At 1045 hrs the commander of the Ericsson declared the U-boat sunk. A diver was sent to check the wreck and identified her as U-853. She had holes in the bow and bodies were strewn about inside.

U.S. authorities wondered why veteran Captain Helmut Fromsdorf risked an attack in shallow water, close to shore, and why he remained in the area for 90 minutes before arrival of the search boats. At no time did the German sub attempt to surface, abandon ship, or try to torpedo her attackers.

It is not known whether Captain Fromsdorf received the message to cease fire. Germany surrendered on 07 May 1945.


Director, Veterans’ Services

(508) 697-0908

EEE in Bridgewater Update

Update: Ongoing Land Spraying Continues Through 08/05

There will be no aerial spraying in Bridgewater

As of 8/2/2011 all wetlands, parks and recreational facilities have been sprayed with land based vehicles using approved pesticides through the MDPH. Schools and all school fields have not been sprayed as of 8/2/2011 and are in the planning stages of being sprayed between 8/5/2011-8/8/2011 during early morning hours.

The Olde Scotland Links Golf Club is scheduled for spraying as well. Please be aware all Parks & Fields in Bridgewater are closed at 7:00p.m. as of 8/1/2011 through the month of August per Order of Bridgewater Board of Health.

While the Board of Health continues to work closely with the MDPH and other agencies, locally we are actively undertaking all necessary steps to insure monitoring and reporting of any further testing.

Please feel free to contact Board of Health or Plymouth County Mosquito Control at for information.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Motor Cars International

Around the Common would like to welcome our newest Bridgewater Business Listing! Motor Cars International carries an exceptional selection of pre-owned vehicles and a staff of highly knowledgeable professional sales people. They are committed to helping you get the most value and best experience out of your vehicle.

They are building their business one customer and one fair deal at a time. Motor Cars International provides a casual no-pressure buying experience. You can buy with confidence knowing that your hand picked, pre-owned vehicle has been put through our thorough pre-delivery service, before the day of delivery. Best of all, now you can have your purchase well maintained in the future. Trade-ins gladly accepted!

In addition, Motor Cars International provides high quality automotive services and maintenance for both foreign and domestic vehicles. They use the best parts and equipment to give your repairs the longest life and their technicians are ASE Certified, which means they are experts in their field.

If you are in the market to purchase a great vehicle, make sure you check out Motor Cars International and support this local Bridgewater business!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Plymouth County Corrections: Then and Now

The Bridgewater Public Library will present a program entitled Plymouth County Corrections: Then and Now on Tuesday, August 23 at 7:00 p.m.Deputy Liisa C. Budge-Johnson, Program Service Outreach Coordinator of the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department, will be speaking.

This program will cover the history of Plymouth County Corrections, from Pilgrim Law to the modern facility in Plymouth.The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department, led by Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald, Jr. Is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the nation.It traces its origins to the arrival of the Mayflower in 1620, when Myles Standish assumed responsibility of maintaining civil law and order as Plymouth Colony’s military leader.

The three primary responsibilities of the sheriff are to operate the Plymouth County Correctional Facility; assist in public safety throughout the county; and oversee delivery of legal documents needed to support the operation of the courts.

This free program focusing on corrections history will be held in the Flora T. Little Meeting Room on the lower level of the library. Parking is available in back of the library, located at 15 South Street.

Bridgewater 4th of July Meeting Tonight

The Bridgewater 4th of July Committee will meet tonight at 5PM at BTV Studios to start planning for the 2012 festivities. If you are interested in helping out with this great organization, please stop by this meeting.