Saturday, June 30, 2012

Now Hear This!

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

Two Bridgewater sailors, brothers John Manley Pierpont, age 23, and Robert Atwill Pierpont, age 24, were killed aboard USS Jarvis, in the Pacific Theater of Operations, on 7 August 1942. They resided at 1163 Summer Street and were the sons of Myron Atwill and Helen Pierpont.

USS Jarvis (DD-393), 1937-1942

USS Jarvis, a 1500-ton Bagley class destroyer built at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, was commissioned in October 1937. After shakedown and alterations, she spent the next two years operating in the eastern Pacific and the Caribbean. Jarvis was based in Hawaii after April 1940, taking part in the U.S. Fleet's preparations for the increasingly likely outbreak of war with Japan. She was tied up at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard when the Japanese attacked and used her guns in the efforts to repel the Japanese aircraft.

During the next seven months, Jarvis participated in several operations, including the abortive Wake Island Relief expedition in December 1941, anti-submarine patrols and aircraft carrier screening duties in January 1942 and escorting convoy to Australia, in February-March and May-June 1942. Jarvis was then employed on patrol and escort work in the south Pacific until mid-July, when she joined the task force that was preparing for the U.S. Navy's first major Pacific War offensive undertaking, the invasion of Guadalcanal and Tulagi.

Arriving in the invasion area on 7 August 1942, Jarvis covered the landing forces as they put U.S. Marines ashore. The next day, she was hit by a torpedo when Japanese aircraft counter-attacked. Though badly damaged and down at the bow, she was still seaworthy enough to proceed independently to Australia for repairs. While steaming past the northeastern end of Guadalcanal during the night of 9 August, she was briefly and ineffectively engaged by Japanese ships during the Battle of Savo Island. Shortly after noon on that day, USS Jarvis was attacked by an overwhelming force of Japanese land-based bombers. Hit repeatedly, she was lost with her entire crew.

Director, Veterans’ Services
(508) 697-0908

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Greater Bridgewater Women of Today Meeting

July 16
7:00 pm

Monthly meeting of Greater Bridgewater Women of Today. A civic volunteer group organizing events and fundraisers to help the community. Meeting location changes monthly. For meeting location in Bridgewater please email:

Monday, June 25, 2012

Library Closed on 4th of July

The Bridgewater Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day. The Library will reopen at 9a.m. on Thursday, July 5th.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Yoga for Children

The Children’s Room of the Bridgewater Public Library is presenting a Yoga program for children age 6 and up on Tuesday, July 10th at 11:30a.m.-12:15p.m. Maha Yoga instructor, Kendra Tansey, will be presenting the program.

Registration is required and begins June 25th. To register, stop by the Children’s Room or call 508-697-3331.

This program is funded by the Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Delicious Heritage Food at the Bridgewater 4th of July

In conjunction with the 4th of July Parade and Festival on the Quad in Bridgewater, the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church will once again be providing delicious heritage summer food for the festivities. The menu features home-made lemonade, hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, veggie wraps, baked items, soda, and home-made strawberry shortcake. Seating is provided in our lane under beautiful shade trees, and bathrooms are available. A rummage and book sale will be going on concurrently. Please visit us just across from the BSU's quad at 50 School Street from 10 AM to 3 PM.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

From Rounders to Baseball: A History

Anne Barrett will present “From Rounders to Baseball: A History” at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, June 26th at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free program.

From Opening Day to last “out” at the World Series, baseball has excited and exasperated generations of its fans. When were the rules of play standardized, where were games played before Fenway Park, who won the first World Series and WHY was Babe Ruth sold to the Yankees? These and more questions will be answered as we trace the game’s evolution from the 19th century’s local “townball” teams to the formation of professional leagues and the emergence of early baseball’s greats, with a focus on New England’s own home team, the Boston Pilgrims (a.k.a. the Boston Red Sox).

Anne is Vice-President of the Topsfield Historical Society, publishes its newsletter “Local Lore,” is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a former Mrs. Essex County. She has held lead roles in several community theater and musical shows. She has been researching, creating and presenting programs on a variety of historical topics for several years, speaking at libraries, historical societies, museums and other organizations. She holds a B.S. from Colby-Sawyer College and an M.S. from Boston University.

Anne was awarded Storyteller of the Year by the North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau for her central role in developing the Spotlight on History series for the North Shore Music Theater, where she researched, scripted and delivered presentations on historical subjects related to the theater’s shows.

This program is funded by the Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library. It will be held in the Flora T. Little Meeting Room, which is accessible by elevator. There is parking in back of the library, located at 15 South Street.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Nilz Studio: Custom and Art Jewelry

Around the Common would like to welcome Nilz Studio as our newest Bridgewater Business Listing.

Nilz Studio is owned by Shannan Nilz and is located right here in Bridgewater!  Shannan dreamed of starting her own jewelry business since 2004, after making her first bracelet at Simply Charmed in Hays, KS. Something about the colors, textures, materials, and artistic process really spoke to Nilz, and she is finally seeing that dream come to life!

Although Shannan is a trained biologist, she grew up around art. Her grandfather is a sculpture artist who, at one time, specialized in bronze casting. Shannan remembers spending much of her time in his studio sweeping, chasing wax, and generally getting in the way. Nilz's art jewelry collection is strongly influenced by her training in biology and her love of all things natural.  Shannan primarily works in sterling silver and often incorporates gemstones into her pieces.

Nilz is a proud member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America, and the Bridgewater Business Association.  She frequently take classes at Metalwerx in Waltham, MA to expand her skills as a jewelry maker, and is working toward her gemologist diploma with the Gemological Institute of America.

From her private studio in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Nilz offers Custom and Art Jewelry, Repair and Restoration Services, and Private Lessons.  She is also happy to offer Private Showings if you are not able to make it to one of her shows and her hours are by appointment.  Please call to get a spot on her calendar today at 785.656.1418.

Nilz Studio will have a tent at the Bridgewater 4th of July Arts & Music Festival where you will be able to view more of Nilz's works.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Children’s Storytimes

The Children’s Department at the Bridgewater Public Library has announced its summer schedule for Children’s Storytimes.

Baby Storytime, for infants through 24 months of age with an adult, will be offered on June 28, July 19, and August 9 from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. 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.

Drop-in Storytime, recommended for children age 2-6 years old, will be offered on June 21, July 12, and August 2 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This program will include stories, songs and rhymes based on a weekly theme.

Registration is not required. For more information, call the Children’s Room at 508-697-3331.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Blood Drive in Memory of Donald Delutis, Sr.

The American Red Cross will host a Bridgewater Community Blood Drive in memory of Donald Delutis, Sr. on Sunday, June 17th from 9AM to 2PM at the Conant Community Health Center located at 5 Wally Kreuger Way in Bridgewater.

The family of Don Delutis has made this an annual memorial. Don received more than 40 pints of blood and platelets during his last months battling Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

For an appointment, please visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Register Today for the Lego Club!

The Children’s Room of the Bridgewater Public Library will hold a Lego Club program for children age 6 and older on Wednesday, June 27 from 10 a.m. – 11a.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. Call the Children’s Room the day before to reserve your slot. The library is located at 15 South Street and is open the following hours: Monday and Tuesday from 11a.m. to 8p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday from 9a.m.- 6p.m.

For more information about Lego Club, call Mrs. Davis in the Children’s Room at 508-697-3331.

Cub Scout Pack 35 Open House

Cub Scout Pack 35 is having an Open House tonight (6/13/12) from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M at the Central Square Congregational Church located at 71 Central Square.

So if you are interested in having fun please stop by. We are always looking for new recruits to join the world of Scouting.

Some of the fun things Cub Scouts do are:

Pinewood derby
Community Service

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Greater Bridgewater Women of Today Meeting

June 18 at 7:00 pm

Monthly meeting of Greater Bridgewater Women of Today. A civic volunteer group organizing events and fundraisers to help the community. Meeting location changes monthly. For meeting location in Bridgewater please email:

Monday, June 11, 2012

Mass Department of Transportation/Registry of Motor Vehicles Program for Seniors

Michele Ellicks, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Mass DOT/Registry of Motor Vehicles will be at the Bridgewater Cole-Yeaton Senior Center on June 12, 2012 at 12:45p.m. to present “Road Scholar Program.” She will discuss issues facing senior drivers, the Commonwealth’s rules of the road, recent changes that have taken place at the RMV, as well as the warning signs of safe driving. This program is sponsored by TRIAD. For further information please contact the senior center at 508 697-0929.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

5th Annual Bridgewater Pizza Fest Was a Great Success

5th Annual Bridgewater Pizza Fest Was a Great Success
Almost $1,000 raised to support the Bridgewater Public Library

June 7, 2012 - Bridgewater MA – The 5th Annual Bridgewater Pizzafest was held Saturday June 2nd at the St. Thomas Aquinas parish center. The Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library would like to thank everyone who attended the event for their overwhelming support and generosity. The Friends were able to raise just under $1,000! All money raised by the Friends is used to support the library through the funding of children and adult programs, a variety of museum passes and the purchase of books and materials.

The winners this year:
Best Cheese Pizza: Papa Gino's
2nd Place: Chessmen's Pizza
3rd Place: Tie between Campus Pizza and Cape Cod Cafe

Best Specialty Pizza: Cape Cod Cafe
2nd Place: Chessmen's Pizza 
3rd Place: Baldie's Pizzeria

Thank you to all the pizza shops for their generous donations. And a special thank you to John Sylvia at Bridgewater Trophy for the donation of our award trophies.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Academy Building Feasibility Study Public Meeting

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Summer Reading Program

The Bridgewater Public Library will sponsor a free, non-competitive Summer Reading Program for children from June 20 through August 10. This year’s theme is: Dream Big: Read!

Children age 3 to 12 are invited to register. Participants are encouraged to read books of their own choice at their own pace. Pre-readers may have parents, caregivers or siblings read to them. Sign-up begins on June 20th and ends on August 2nd.

All reading participants are eligible to win a bike donated by Estabrook and Chamberlain Insurance Agency of Bridgewater.

A closing ice cream party and bike raffle for participants will be held on Thursday, August 11th. Registration will be required.

Dream Big: Read! is sponsored by the Bridgewater Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Estabrook & Chamberlain Insurance Agency and The Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library are also sponsors.

For more information, call 508-697-3331.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Garden Club Garden Tour

On Saturday, June 9 the Bridgewater Garden Club is hosting a tour of 5 local gardens from 10 A. M. until 3 P.M. Tickets are available at Bridgewater Florist, Kerry Ann's Flowers and Spillane's Nursery for $20 per ticket. The day of the tour they will be available at the Cole-Yeaton Senior Center where the refreshments will be served. The ticket includes a map and descriptions of each garden. 

Proceeds from the tour go toward the scholarship fund. The club awards three $1500.00 scholarships each year to deserving students entering environmental, agricultural or other related fields. 

For further information call 508-697-7617.