Monday, October 31, 2011

Holly Berry Fair at Stone Meadow

The Stone Meadow Residents' Association will hold their annual Holly Berry Fair on Saturday, November 5th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

There will be crafts, baked goods, Grandma's Attic, Victorian Tea Room, raffles, door prizes, and a food court.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Rotary Club to Honor Marilee Kenney Hunt

The Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters is honoring Marilee Kenney Hunt at their twelfth  annual Citizen of the Year event on November 21st. 

Since 2000, the Citizen of the Year award has been presented each year to one outstanding individual from each of the three Bridgewaters who have made significant contributions to improving the quality of life in the towns that the Rotary Club serves.

The presentation of awards will be on Monday, November 21st at 7PM at the Moakley Center at Bridgewater State University. A dessert reception will immediately follow the award ceremony. Laurie Kaufman Miller will provide the testimonial for Marilee.

Rotary Club International, of which the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters has been a proud member since 1970, has the motto "Service Above Self." Marilee Kenney Hunt has been selected to receive this award because she personifies that value.

Click the photo above for the event's sponsorship opportunities and ticket order form.

B-R Robotics Team

The BR/DePuy FIRST Robotics Team TJ2 competed in their final competition of the 2011 robot season this weekend at Memorial High School in Manchester, NH. 31 teams from Maine, NH, NY, MA, RI, CT, and VT met in Manchester met to play in the 15th River Rage Robotics Competition. Teams were dressed up in Halloween costumes that added to the fun of the day.
The team repaired and prepared their robot for the River Rage competition. Senior Matt Hart led a group of team members through the reconstruction and design of a new launch system for the minibot. The minibot is carried by the large robot and deployed by the large robot in the last 10 seconds of the game. The students were very excited to see their new design work.
The robot, driven by Steve Henriquez and Agamemnon Despopoulos were aided by Human Player Trevor Kelly and Drive coach Tom Calef. This was the first competition for this drive team, as they replaced Seniors that had graduated from the team. TJ2 went through the qualification matches with 3 wins and 2 losses. The new launch system proved itself and the students were proud of their design. TJ2 was the 2nd team picked to be an alliance partner. The alliance of team 20 from New York, team 2648 from Maine, and TJ2 was a strong one. TJ2 entered the double elimination finals with high hopes. Team 20 and 2648 were talented partners and the alliance easily made it to the semi final round. A close loss in the semifinals sent the TJ2 alliance to the losers bracket.

Two more wins brought them into the final round against Tea s 1519, 78, and team 1073. TJ2 lost to this alliance and finished the River Rage competition as Finalists.
The TJ2 team brought a lot of spirit and two very talented drummers; Jeremy Filteau and Ian Svagdis to the event. The TJ2 drums led our team and later many other teams in spirited cheers throughout the day. Team 2468 and team 20 joined in the fun and combined their voices with those of TJ2 to create a loud and enthusiastic event where a lot of fun was had by all. TJ2 was presented with the spirit award and an award for completing the competition as finalist (2nd place out of 31 teams).
The team is fundraising to raise money to travel to the 2012 FIRST events in Boston , Baltimore and hopefully the Championship in St. Louis, if the team qualifies. The team is training its members in how to use the build equipment, how to CAD, creating the team uniforms, and competing in the Savage Soccer competition held at WPI on November 12th. This competition uses the smaller VEX robotics kits to give the new members of the team a taste for what it is like to design and build a robot for competition in a short amount of time. These robots have an 8lb weight limit, much smaller than the 120 pound limit for the robot built for the FIRST Robotics Competitions.
The team is also readying for its major fund raiser of the year. The team is holding a Dinner/Auction at the Knights of Columbus in Bridgewater on Friday, December 2nd at 6:30pm. Tickets for the dinner and auction are $25 per person and can be purchased from Carla Souza-McGuire ( or 508-697-6902 x 25206) by November 18th. It will be a fun evening with a catered dinner by Raffael’s Restaurant and music by Boston Sound. The team appreciates all the support it receives from its communities and would love to see lots of people enjoying a great night out at the auction.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Book Sale at the Bridgewater Public Library

The Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library will sponsor a Book Sale on Saturday, November 5th in the Flora T. Little Meeting Room on the lower level.  The sale is from 11AM to 1PM with h a Friends Only Preview from 10AM to 11AM.

This is a “Name Your Own Price” Book Sale.  For more information about the sale, call Mary O’Connell at the Bridgewater Public Library (508-697-3331).

The library will be open for business that day from 10AM to 2PM.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Bridgewater Pack 35 Meat Raffle on Saturday

Bridgewater Pack 35 is having a Meat Raffle Fundraiser this coming Saturday, October 29 from 1-3 p.m. It is at the Bridgewater Knights of Columbus Hall, 583 Bedford St., Bridgewater. Come and have fun, bring friends! 
Besides lots of great meat packages to win, there is a 50/50 cash raffle!! Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Call Caylor Kitchen for your Halloween Treats!

It’s not too late to get your spook on! Add a creepy skull cake as the centerpiece to your Halloween celebration. Call Caylor Kitchen today and place your order, 508-443-1747. many good things to eat...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Rape Aggression Defense [RAD] Program

The Bridgewater State University Police Department will be conducting a Basic Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) course beginning on Wednesday November 2nd. RAD is a basic sexual assault defense course for women. This course is taught in five 3-hour sessions and is free to all participants. One course is all five classes so you must attend all classes to complete the course.

The schedule for the upcoming class is as follows:

Wednesday November 2nd @ 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday November 9th @ 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday November 16th @ 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday November 30th @ 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday December 7th @ 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The first night of class on Wednesday November 2nd. Please go to the Burnell Hall Café on the first night of class. All other classes will be held in Burnell Hall Café. Hart Hall and Burnell Hall are located on Hooper Street and is connected to the back of Hart Hall. Class size is limited, so those interested should register as soon as possible.

To register, contact BSU Police, Captain Michael Froio via email to Please leave your name, address, phone number, and email address when sending an email or leaving a phone message. Course enrollment is limited and is based on a first come first serve basis.

We hope to see you on November 2nd!

Captain Michael A. Froio
Staff Adjutant
Police Department
Bridgewater State University
200 Great Hill Drive
Bridgewater, MA 02324
Office: (508) 531-1735

BSU Theater Department Presents Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls
Directed by Joel O. Thayer

Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, this oddball comedy-considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy- soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight "mission doll." out to reform the evildoers of Times Square, Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she's been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiance desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.

Friday, October 28 at 8PM; Saturday, October 29 at 8PM; Sunday, October 30 at 2PM

Friday, November 4 at 8PM, Saturday, November 5 at 8PM ; Sunday, November 6 at 2PM

All shows in the Rondileau Campus Center Auditorium, parking in the chapel lot.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Golden Agers Chicken Dinner

The Bridgewater Golden Agers will hold a stuffed chicken breast dinner on Saturday, November 5th at 6PM at the Cole-Yeaton Senior Center located on Wally Kreuger Way in Bridgewater.

In addition to the dinner, there will also be raffles and a 50/50.

Admission is $10 per person. For tickets, please call Mildred Hasson at 508.697.6497. Tickets must be ordered prior to October 28th.

Grant Writing Workshop

The Bridgewater Public Library will be hosting an Introduction to Grant Writing Workshop on Tuesday October 25, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.  The program will be presented by Denise Sheppard who is a Development Consultant at the library.  The program will teach the participant how to write their first grant.  It will also provide grant searching resources and walk the participant through a grant proposal.  This is a free program offered by an expert.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Congress on Your Corner

Congressman Lynch to Hold “Congress on Your Corner” Series 

Congressman Stephen F. Lynch will be visiting towns throughout the Ninth District to meet with constituents.   Congressman Lynch will be available to take your questions and listen to your concerns.

Congressman Lynch will be in Bridgewater on Friday, October 21st from 9AM to 10:30 AM at the Bridgewater Academy Building located at 66 Central Square in Bridgewater. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Congressman's Boston Office at 617-428-2000. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

GuiHangTar in Concert

GuiHANGtar performs compositions inspired by traditional Vietnamese music and cultural influences. Traditional folk songs and melodic and rhythmic idioms from various regions of Vietnam are brought to life with a new voice through Lê-Tuyên Nguyêñ's guitar compositions. To this, Salil Sachdev adds an array of percussive sounds through instruments from various parts of the world. 

Compositions depict the mystical landscape of the Vietnamese highlands, tone color of Vietnamese gongs, traditional folk songs, the sounds and activities of the highland harvesters, and the ritual rhythms of a highland festival.

The concert will be held on Tuesday, October 18, at 8pm in the Horace Mann Auditorium, Boyden Hall.   The concert is a free event.  For additional information please call 508-531-1377.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

New York City Bus Trip to Benefit Bridgewater Fire Department

Join Bridgewater residents on a bus trip to New York City!

On Saturday, October 29th a bus will be leaving the St. Thomas Aquinas parking lot in Bridgewater and will drop off at both Times Square and Chinatown in New York City. You will have the day to shop, eat, go to a show or museum, etc. The bus will leave New York City at 6PM for the trip back to Bridgewater.

Catholic Financial Life Chapter 278 of Bridgewater will match the profit for this fundraiser with all proceeds going to benefit the Bridgewater Fire Department Fund. 

For more information or to purchase tickets to ensure your spot on the bus, please call Joan at 508.697.3425 or email her at

Gospel Showcase to Benefit Breast Cancer Tonight!

The Catholic Center will host the Second Bi-Annual Gospel Showcase fundraiser on October 15th to benefit Breast Cancer. Over ten area choirs and dance ensembles will perform in a two-hour concert at St. Basil's Chapel beginning at 5pm. The BSU Khakatay African Drumming group will open the program. 

A Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation's first Black Women's sorority, is the main sponsor of this event. 

Adult and student tickets are on sale through Barbara Henault at the Catholic Center, please call Barbara at 508-531-1346. The tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Registration for Bridgewater Biddy Basketball

Walk-in Registration for Bridgewater Biddy League will be held on Friday, October 14, 2011 from 6 PM to 9 PM and Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 9 AM to Noon. 
The walk-in registration will be held at the Recreation Department building on Cottage Street.

Pho for Lunch

John Shors' Dragon House is the current One Book One Community choice. Dragon House, a novel,  focuses on the plight of Vietnamese street children.

A kickoff event is planned for Saturday, October 15th from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library:

Pho for Lunch
*Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese noodle dish
*Learn about life in Vietnam from Anh Nguyen
*Receive a Pho punchbowl made by Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School students

The public is invited.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

St. Thomas Women's Club Rummage Sale

The St. Thomas Aquinas Women's Club will hold their Fall Rummage Sale on Saturday, October 22nd from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the Parish Center on Center Street in Bridgewater.

The buck-a-bag will begin at 3:00 PM. There will be clothing, shoes, domestics, jewelry, books, bric-a-brac, small furniture, and more. There will be something for everyone.

Concert For East Africa

The Departments of Physics, Art, Music, Dance and Theatre present:


Featuring performances and works by several faculty members and students. The event will include art displays, slideshows, dance, music, and theatrical presentations.
The evening will conclude with live jazz and star gazing through telescopes set up outside the auditorium!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
7:30pm, Rondileau Campus Center Auditorium
Tickets: Students $5, General Admission $10 

World Music Festival CDs will be available for sale ($10)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Haunting Afternoon Art Party

Bridgewater Art & Custom Framing invites you to join them for a haunting afternoon of games, crafts, food and fun!

Date: Saturday, October 15th
Time: 3PM to 6PM

Small children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Finger foods, create your own specimen jar, zombie eyeball, crayon necklaces, games, music and other fun crafts and events will take place. 

The event is $20/child but if you mention you saw this on Around the Common then you save $5 per child. Pre-registration is required and more information can be found here.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Around the Common Welcomes Tupperware by Denise

Around the Common would like to welcome Tupperware by Denise to our Bridgewater Business Listings. Please support this local business!

Here's a message from Denise

In October of 2002, I left the professional world to become a full-time stay-at-home mom. While these have been the most rewarding years of my life, anxiety began building as I have begun to think about what am I going to-do as my children get older. In early 2011, I was presented with an opportunity that allows me to have fun, mingle with adults once again while making money for my family and still be a full-time mom.
The vast majority of us grew up with Tupperware® in our homes. Throughout the generations which these products have been around, this company has not reduced quality and always takes care of its clients. Do you have pieces which are broken? Did you know that all Tupperware® comes with a lifetime warranty? How about hosting a customized home gathering? Add to your existing collection on-line from my web site
Are you looking for a business opportunity which respects your family values, offers as much flexibility as you need while providing you with support? Please contact me via email at
To visit the website for Tupperware by Denise, please click here.


Be Fire Safe Quiz to benefit Bridgewater Fire Department

Bridgewater residents are asked to take an online fire safety and prevention quiz and help our Fire Department win a $10,000 grant. Ten departments nationwide, who score the most points, will be eligible to win the grant money. Residents will score 1 point each for their department, by simply taking the 10-question quiz and entering Bridgewater's zip code upon completion. Along with helping your department, you can also obtain some helpful Fire Safety tips.

Liberty Mutual is the sponsor of the program. For more information, and to take the quiz, please log onto:

Local Builder/Remodeler Gets National Recognition

 Thorson Restoration & Construction, out of Bridgewater MA is proud to announce their two latest industry distinctions as a Top Remodeler Nationwide for 2011.  They were named one of this year’s Top 500 Full Service Remodelers Nationwide by Qualified Remodeler Magazine as well as one of the Top 550 Full Service Remodelers by Remodeling Magazine. The Top 500 and Top 550 lists are the subject of highly anticipated cover stories for both industry magazines.

All companies in the running were painstakingly certified and evaluated to ensure they meet all of the Top 500 and Top 550 requirements including the size and operation of the company. Big companies are a standout in the remodeling business because they’re comparatively few. More than half a million business entities in the U.S. engage in some kind of residential renovation work, ranging from home maintenance and repair projects to full-scale additions and whole house remodels. But economists say the industry itself is one of the most fragmented. Most home improvement and remodeling companies are sole proprietorships. Only about 10% operate with a payroll. The Top 500 and Top 550 distinctions help homeowners and industry insiders to know who is a leader in their field so they can begin to decipher the truly qualified professionals from the so-called professionals that lend little credibility to the industry as a whole and tend to give remodelers a bad name.

The elite group of companies achieving this prestigious honor will be recognized at the Qualified Remodeler Top 500 Awards Reception in Chicago on Wednesday October 12, 2011. 

Bridgewater Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council

The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding their second monthly informational meeting on Tuesday, October 18 at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be held at the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School Lecture Hall (second floor) located at 415 Center Street, Bridgewater, MA. The BR-SEPAC is made up of parents that represent about 850 children with special needs within the Bridgewater-Raynham School district. 
The BR-SEPAC works collaboratively with the Bridgewater-Raynham Public Schools and Bridgewater-Raynham School Committee to provide resources and information for parents, school personnel, and the community about disabilities and the special education process. The Bridgewater-Raynham SEPAC accomplishes this through regular meetings, workshops, presentations, and special events. 
The meeting is free and open to all. For more information visit their website or email

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Monster Mini-Golf to Support Bridgewater Youth Soccer Friday

No school in Bridgewater on October 7th....Looking for something fun for the kids?

Monster Mini Golf in Norwood between 2PM and 9PM, just mention the word Bridgewater and admission will only be $7.00 pp. A portion of the admission will benefit Bridgewater Youth Soccer. 18 holes of indoor glow in the dark golf, on course DJ and an arcade. Loads of FUN! Don't miss out!! Even if your not from Bridgewater, stop by after school and have some fun while supporting the league.

Monster Mini Golf is located at 1560 Boston Providence Highway (Rt 1 North), Norwood, MA 02062,

Monday, October 3, 2011

Story Hours at the Bridgewater Public Library

There are still a few slots available in the following story hour programs:

Baby Story Time: Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:15a.m. (for infants to 24 months, with a parent)

Preschool Story Time:
Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:00a.m. (for children age 4-5 years)

For more information, call Mrs. Davis, our Children's Room Supervisor, at 508-697-3331.

Registration is required.

Aging With Dignity Workshop

is sponsoring two public presentations on

The Five Wishes

Thursday, October 27 at 7pm

First Parish Unitarian Church 50 School Street 

Saturday, October 29 at 10:30am

Bridgewater Public Library 15 South Street

Bridgewater, MA

Five Wishes Lets Your Family and Doctors Know:

• Who you want to make health care decisions for you

when you can't make them.

• The kind of medical treatment you want or don't want.

• How comfortable you want to be.

• How you want people to treat you.

• What you want your loved ones to know.

Each attendee will receive a copy of the “Five Wishes” booklet. For details on Five Wishes see

For more information, call Council Pres. Susannah Currie at

508-443-1688 or email