Monday, July 30, 2012

Astrogeek at the Library

Have you ever wondered what else can be seen in the nighttime sky besides the moon and a few twinkling stars? Local amateur astronomer, Stephen “AstroGeek” LaFlamme, will be speaking at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, August 7th at 7:00 p.m.

Mr. LaFlamme will be sharing anecdotes and photographs that he has collected over the past 30 years. The audience will see backyard images of craters on the moon, distant spiral galaxies, starbirth regions, comets, exploded stars and more.

Watch a video of Jupiter’s rotation and its orbiting moons, as captured with an off-the-shelf webcam. Hear about the discovery of a “moving star” that went undetected by professionals. Hold a meteorite that is 4.6 billion years old. See the universe like you never thought possible as it is explored from a local backyard observatory.

This free program is suitable for adults, teens and children age 6 and up. Bring your questions about the nighttime sky and our universe. “The Nighttime Sky” will be held in the Flora T. Little Meeting Room on the library’s lower level, accessible by stairs and elevator. Parking is available in back of the library, located at 15 South Street.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bridgewater Community Dance Series

The Bridgewater Community Dance Series will be starting its second year this coming September, featuring a mix of international folk dance and New England squares and contras.  For 2012/2013, dancers may sign up for a seven session fall series, a ten session winter/spring series, or both.  No prior experience is required and all dances are taught. Dances are held on alternating Fridays, from 7:30-9:00 p.m., at the Bridgewater Senior Center.   

Dates for the fall are September 7 and 21, October 5 and 19, November 2 and 16, and December 7.  

Dates for the winter/spring series are: January 4 and 18, February 1 and 15, March 1, 15, and 29, April 5 and 19, and May 3.   

Session fees, per person, are $42 for the fall, $60 for the winter/spring, or $90 ($12 savings) to sign up for both.  Single night attendees will be charged $8 per dance.   

Dance leader, Sam Baumgarten, professor emeritus at Bridgewater State University, has over 40 years of teaching experience and continues to teach classes at BSU in folk, square, and contra dance.  To obtain a registration form or for more information, contact Sam at 508-697-6848, or 774-208-2933, or

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Old Bridgewater Lecture

Stop by the library on Tuesday, July 24th at 7p.m. for Dave Moore's lecture about Old Bridgewater. David's program will focus on photos collected over the years by his father, the late Ken Moore, former Town Historian. This is a free program.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Artists, Inventors & Entrepreneurs

Date: August 4th and 5th
Time: 10AM to 4PM
Location: St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Hall (103 Center Street, Bridgewater)

Artists, Inventors & Entrepreneurs is a 2 day family event which explores the creativity and ingenuity of the human mind.

Join the event for a fun inventor's contest, over $1000 worth of prizes will be given away to participants. 


*Robotics * Invention show *Small business booths * Sustainable living displays

For more information contact: Events@BuzzAround.Info or call (774) 274-8923

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Summer Programs by Bridgewater Recreation Department

Summer fun for the children! Bridgewater Recreation is now accepting registrations for ALL its summer programs. Information and forms are available on the recreation website: or in the mornings at the Recreation Office, 90 Cottage Street. Questions? Call the Bridgewater Recreation Office: 508-697-8020.


This is an eight week program for children ages 5 through 14. It runs through August 17th, weekdays from 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. The program is held at Legion Field, Bridgewater. Children may attend 5, 4, or 3 days per week, and may attend any number of weeks.

The program is designed with a wide range of activities and events planned each day. The program offers a variety of sports, games, arts and crafts, guest presentations and field trips. A schedule of events will be available the first week of the program with daily updates at drop off and pick-up. Children have the opportunity to be active, explore their community, and meet new friends.

Boys & Girls ages 4 - 6 $125.00

Finally - something for the youngest ones! This fun program is geared for non-competitive sports fun for younger children. It introduces soccer, baseball, and basketball to children ages 4 - 6. The program promotes a philosophy of fun while teaching basic sports skills and team strategies. We will offer two, one-week sessions from 9:00 AM to noon at Legion Field. The cost is $125.00 per session; must register in advance.

Boys & Girls ages 7 - 10 $125.00

This program continues where the Mini-Hawks program left off. Designed for slightly older children, it is tailored to build knowledge and enjoyment of organized sports for children from ages 7-10, while still having fun. The focus remains on teaching the fundamentals through creative and constant participation. We will offer two, one-week sessions from 9:00 AM to noon at Legion Field. The cost is $125.00 per session; must register in advance.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Now Hear This: Coast Guard History

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

Coast Guard History…World War II

The U.S. Coast Guard, long one of the nation's armed forces, has seen combat in virtually every conflict fought by the United States since 1790.  World War II saw the Coast Guard come to grips with the empire of Japan as well as the armed might of Nazi Germany.  This included going into action against Adolf Hitler's vaunted submarine fleet, nicknamed "hearses" by the Coast Guardsmen who fought them to the death on the open seas.  During the war the U.S. Navy credited Coast Guard forces with sinking or assisting in the sinking of thirteen of Hitler's U-boats, although the number was probably only eleven.  In the Pacific Theatre the Navy credited Coast Guard warships with sinking one Japanese submarine but they probably sank two.  Coast Guardsmen also captured two Nazi surface vessels and they can take pride in knowing that they were the only United States' service to do so during World War II.  Additionally two U-boats surrendered to Coast Guard-manned warships at the end of hostilities, including one, U-234, that was bound for Japan transporting a cargo of uranium and the latest German rocket and jet technology.  

The campaign was not all one-sided as a number of cutters and Coast Guard-manned Navy warships were damaged or sunk by the enemy in both theatres of operation.  Some of the losses were heavy, including all hands of the weather ship U.S.S. Muskeget, all but two of the crew of U.S.S. Escanaba, C.G., and 158 out of 186 of the crew of U.S.S. Leopold.  The U.S.S. Alexander Hamilton, C.G., torpedoed and sunk in January, 1942, was the first U.S. naval vessel lost in combat after the tragic day at Pearl Harbor.  Other vessels were damaged in combat with U-boats, including the U.S.S. Campbell, C.G., and the U.S.S. Menges, but were salvaged and returned to duty.

Director, Veterans’ Services             

Friday, July 13, 2012

B-R High School Class of 1982 Reunion

Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School Class of '82 30th Reunion
Saturday August 18th
6:00 PM - Midnight
Holiday Inn, Taunton


Discount rooms $104.95/nite using promo code BRR
Rate good thru 8/3

For additional info/questions contact

Imagine That: A Story & Song Celebration

The Children’s Room of the Bridgewater Public Library will present “Imagine That: A Story & Song Celebration” with Davis Bates and Roger Tincknell on Wednesday, July 18th at 2:00 p.m. No registration is required.

Davis Bates
and Roger Tincknell have over four decades of performing experience, providing hundreds of performances in schools and community settings throughout the northeast. Their warm and participatory programs involve audiences in a wide variety of cultural heritages. Davis and Roger have both received Parents Choice awards for their most recent recordings. Davis won a Gold Award for Family Stories (which was named one of the year's ten best audio recordings by Booklist Magazine), and Roger an Honor Award for Earth Rhythms, an environmental album.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Bridgewater Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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

Monday, July 9, 2012

Fleur-Tatious Floral Design

Around the Common would like to welcome Fleur-Tatious Floral Design as our newest Bridgewater Business Listing. 

Fleur-tatious Floral Design, (formerly Flowers and Gifts by Kerry Ann) opened on June 1st, under new ownership. The Flower and gift shop, which is still located at 985 Pleasant Street in Bridgewater offers a wide selection of fresh cut flowers, roses, dish gardens, orchids and gifts.  The shop offers floral design services for every occasion including flowers for everyday, weddings, funerals and other life events.

The new owner, Christian Young of East Bridgewater, took a significant change in direction after having worked in the financial services industry in Boston over the past 12 years. Design has always been a passion of Christian’s but in the past has always been a hobby or involved small jobs for family and friends. A small sampling of Christian’s work in designing interiors, holiday decorating and event planning can be found at

Currently, Christian is in the process of giving the flower shop a new look and feel by adding new signage and giving the walls and fixtures a fresh coat of paint. In addition to some of the items currently offered in the shop, Christian is looking into adding new plants, exotic orchids and different gift and home d├ęcor lines in addition to what has been offered previously. In addition to offering a wide array of Meadowbrooke Gourds just in time for the fall decorating season, Christian has also refreshed the shop’s supply of Bridgewater Candles, a clean-burning soy based fragranced candle line.

Once all the new items are in place and the painting is finished, Christian plans to have a grand re-opening sometime during August. 

Please support Fleur-Tatious Floral Design today for your floral needs. 

You can also "Like" them on Facebook by clicking here.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Brown Bag Lunch with Pharmacist Rich Cannizzo

What’s in your medicine cabinet? Join the Bridgewater Senior Center and learn about medication safety, interactions and how to dispose of unwanted medications that are in your home.

Monday, July 23rd at 12:00 @ The Senior Center

Feel free to bring your lunch Or take advantage of our lunch program.

If you decide to join the Senior Center for their home cooked meal, a $3.00 donation and SIGN UP IS REQUIRED. Please call in advance to pre-register at 508-697-0929.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Music with Children

The Children’s Room of the Bridgewater Public Library will offer a music themed program on Tuesday, July 17th.

Local resident and music educator, Kerry Campbell, will present “Exploring Music”. The program, scheduled for 11:15 a.m., is for children ages 2-6, accompanied by an adult.

Exploring Music will incorporate singing, rhythm games and creative music activities from around the world and will get your child thinking about music in a whole new way.

Registration is required and will begin on Monday, July 2nd. Call Mrs. Davis in the Children’s Room at 508-697-3331 or come into the library. No e-mail registrations will be accepted. This program is funded by the Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Greater Bridgewater Women of Today Announce 2012-13 Officers-

Greater Bridgewater Women of Today are proud to announce their new 2012-2013 Officers: President-Jill Hopkins, Vice President of Membership-Shanna Rossi, Secretary-Jessica Wainwright Doucette, Treasurer-Bernadette Reed, Chairwomen of the Board-Carrie Sheehan & Jennifer Jule-Willis, Public Relations-Alison Calnan & Leigh Sullivan-Fontneau, Historian-Rosa Evora, Newsletter Editor-Anne Gorham and Sunshine Manager-Nicole Gray.

Among the newly elected Officers, President, Jill Hopkins is excited and optimistic for the year ahead and for the opportunity to lead such a dynamic group of women.

Greater Bridgewater Women of Today is a volunteer organization which raises funds to support needs of individuals, the community, local and national charities. The group also performs community service, encourages individual talents, and builds friendships.

Formed in May of 2011, GBWOT has collected school supplies and made a $200 donation to Supply Sacks in East Bridgewater, volunteered at My Brother’s Keeper in Easton during the holidays, collected birthday items for the Birthday Wishes organization, and donated funds to local Bridgewater families in need.

Meetings are open to the public and are held on the third Monday of the month. All are welcome to attend. GBWOT hopes that you will consider joining them at their next meeting on July 16 at 7:00 pm. For meeting location in Bridgewater please email:

For more information on the group, visit: or visit them on Facebook.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

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, July 11th 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.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Bridgewater 4th of July

The 4th of July celebration in Bridgewater will start with a parade at 10 AM. The parade leaves Bridgewater State and makes its way toward Route 18 and into Central Square.

If you are participating please assemble at Harrington Hall (Grove St.) between 9-9:30. Please remember that there is NO throwing of anything from the floats! Also parking will be tough and the 4th Committee is suggesting that you car pool and/or drop off. There is parking at Spring St. 

After the parade be sure to go to the Quad (in front of Boyden Hall) and check out the Bridgewater Arts & Music Festival which runs from 10AM to 3PM. In the evening, the fun doesn't stop as there will be a small carnival at Legion Field from 5-9:30 followed by fireworks!

Parking for the fireworks will be available at Sullivan Tire for a small fee of $5.00 which will go towards the 4th of July Committee !!