Friday, August 31, 2012

Images from a New England Potter’s Field

Karen Callan will exhibit her photographs in the Bridgewater Public Library’s Flora T. Little Gallery during September and October. The selection is entitled “Images from a New England Potter’s Field”, photographs taken of the “free grounds” burial site at Mayflower Hill Cemetery in Taunton.

Karen was educated at the Massachusetts College of Art and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Her photographs have appeared in the following publications: Boston Globe, Bridgewater Independent, Bridgewater State University publications, Capron Park Zoo 2011 calendar, Brockton Enterprise, Patriot Ledger, Raynham Call, Sun Chronicle, Taunton Gazette, Taunton River Watershed Alliance 2012 calendar, and the Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education catalog.

The library’s gallery is open during regular library hours. Beginning after Labor Day, the library will be open Monday-Wednesday 9a.m.-8p.m.; Thursday 10a.m.-5p.m.; Friday-Saturday 10a.m.-2p.m. The gallery is accessible by elevator.

Municipal Building Committee Presents Findings of Academy Building Feasibility Study

Provided to Around the Common by Peter Colombotos, Precinct 5 Town Councilor; Chair, Bridgewater Town Council Community and Economic Development Committee.

On Wednesday the MBC reported the findings of the “Feasibility Study for the Academy Building Renovation and Town Hall and Memorial Building Reuse” to the Town Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee (CEDC). You can download the full 250+ page, 43 MB PDF here.

The MBC recommends “Option #1,” which calls for the consolidation of most government offices (the Highway Department will remain at its Stanley Iron Works location) into a fully renovated Academy Building.

The Council will begin to consider this recommendation at its meeting on September 11th when it begins work on the town’s capital plan.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

First Meeting of the 2012-2013 School Year

The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding their FIRST monthly informational meeting on Tuesday September 18th at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held at the Bridgewater-Raynham 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 support 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 our website: or email Stephen Benjamin.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Kay's Way 111

Tuesday, September 4th - Kay's Way -111- An introduction to families who struggle with or who have lost a family member to drug use - 7:00 to 8:30pm - Please join us for a introductory night for Kay's Way 111.

This group is in memory of Lauren's niece Kaylyn who died from a drug overdose. The Kay's Way program will cover different topics such as healing, prayer, support, and spiritual contact to your loved ones.

Proceeds from all Kay's Way programs will go to a local drug rehabilitation center. Led by Lauren Bortolami, owner of The Reiki Shoppe in Bridgewater, MA. Contact The Reiki Shoppe in Bridgewater, MA at 508-697-3113 or to register. Free admission

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Wear Your Town Continues Support of Bridgewater Groups

Bridgewater-based Wear Your Town continues their support of Bridgewater organizations and just recently donated $110.00 to the Bridgwater Public Library. This money is raised from the sale of Wear Your Town apparel that is available for sale at the Library.

In addition to the support of the library, Wear Your Town also donated tee-shirts to the Mitchell Elementary School Kindergarten group which were raffled off and raised funds for the group.

Bridgewater Cultural Council Seeks Treasurer

Would you like to be invested in the cultural life of our town?  Would you like to be part of an organization that supports our local artists, humanities, and interpretive science scholars, and brings outside productions and presentations to Bridgewater residents?

The Bridgewater Cultural Council is a local council and arbiter of grant funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. We are actively seeking new members to join our group of dedicated volunteers with backgrounds or strong interests in the arts, humanities or interpretive sciences.

We are particularly looking for someone with experience or interest in being our Treasurer.

If you are interested in joining the Bridgewater Cultural Council in any capacity, please contact Matt Putnam, BCC chairperson, at or Mary O’Connell, BCC secretary, at

We look forward to hearing from you!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Senior Center Welcomes Whist Party Volunteers

The Bridgewater Senior Center has been hosting monthly WHIST card parties at the Senior Center for over 15 years. Special Thanks goes out to the many dedicated volunteers, who include, Coordinator David Gonsalves. To date  $36,500.00 has been raised to fund our Senior Center Trust Fund. The WHIST card parties which generally run on the second and fourth and if so, fifth, Saturday night of every month, are enjoyed by so many people throughout the area.

Volunteers are desperately needed to continue this endeavor. If you would like to spend a few hours a month to assist. Please contact us at The Senior Center at 508-697-0929.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Giving Tree Consignment, LLC

Around the Common would like to welcome The Giving Tree Consignment, LLC as our newest Bridgewater Business Listing!

The Giving Tree Consignment, LLC is a twice yearly sales event where families have the opportunity to BUY and SELL gently used and new baby and kids toys, clothing, equipment, furniture, sporting goods, as well as maternity clothes. The Giving Tree Consignment inspects every item that comes through the door to ensure you are shopping the highest quality available. Selling your items is easy! 

To sell, simply register as a consignor at, enter and tag your items online, and bring your items to the sale site. The Giving Tree does the rest--advertises the sale, sets everything up, and sells your items! Registration for consignors is now open!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Bridgewater Youth Soccer Night at the Revs

Bridgewater Youth Soccer Night at the New England Revolution!

Date: Saturday, September 22nd
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Gillette Stadium

See the New England Revolution take on the New York Red Bulls. Special pricing is available with ticket prices of just $20/each. Parking is free!

Join your family, friends and Bridgewater Youth Soccer teammates and fans and enjoy Bridgewater Youth Soccer Night at the Revs!
To purchase tickets, please mail a check for $20/ticket payable to Bridgewater Youth Soccer to:

Holly Ridge
Attn: Revs Night
38 Flaggstone Place
Bridgewater, MA 02324

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Table Tipping Night

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 – Table Tipping Night – 7:00 to 9:00pm – Get messages from your loved ones through the old ancient art of table tipping. Table tipping is an old form of spiritual communication using a round table and the energy of several recipients. The table is run and led by Lauren Bortolami, Psychic Medium, who will deliver words of healing from your loved ones. Space is limited. 

Contact The Reiki Shoppe in Bridgewater, MA at 508-697-3113 or to register. Cost is $35.00 per person.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

End of Summer Reading Program

The Children’s Room of the Bridgewater Public Library celebrated the end of their Summer Reading Program on August 10th. An ice cream party was held in the Flora T. Little Meeting Room.

Winners of the bicycle raffle were announced: Jane Hackett, Owen King, Derek Cashman, Koan Risko, Dean Mason, James Nichols, Jack Gavin and Chloe Hackett. Four children guessed the exact number of candies in the “Guess How Many” jar: Faith Tranfaglia, Haylie Fortune, Jack Wilczewski, and Brendan Crowley.

The library trustees and staff would like to congratulate the 370 “Dream Big: Read!” program participants who read a total of 2,398 books. The bike raffle and ice cream party were sponsored by Estabrook & Chamberlain Insurance Agency of Bridgewater.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Additional Aerial Spraying for Bridgewater

The Department of Public Health has announced a mistake was made in raising the alert level for the Town of Bridgewater to Critical. The Town of Bridgewater's alert level is currently listed as HIGH.

The Department of Public Health will be aerial spraying Bridgewater, as well as surrounding communities, on Monday, August 13th at dusk. Please check the Mass. Dept. of Public Health website at for further updates as they become available.

Please note as of today there have been NO positive tests for EEE mosquitoes in Bridgewater.

The Board of Health and Health Agent, Eric Badger have announced that all town parks and recreation fields are to be closed as of 7:00 PM effective immediately. Town parks and recreation fields closing at 7 PM will remain in effect until the first frost.

Please call the Board of Health office at 508-697-0903 if you have any questions.

Sky Hawks Sports Program

Bridgewater Recreation will be offering the Sky Hawks Sports programs (Mini-Hawks and Multi-Sport) starting Monday, August 13th for children ages four to ten. The program will be held at Legion Field from 9:00 - noon, and the cost is $125 for the week.

The Sky Hawks program offers top quality sports instruction based upon three things: Safety, Fun, and Skill. The program is non-competitive, it promotes sports in a positive and enthusiastic manner, it teaches players all aspects of sports, and it is FUN.

To find out more information, please call the Bridgewater Recreation at (508) 697-8020 or check us out at

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Yard Sale at CSCC

Central Square Congregational Church announces an all-church, family yard sale! Saturday, August 18, 9am-2pm. Come see what you can’t live without! Lots of bargains and treasures to be found. 71 Central Square, Bridgewater. Interested in selling your own treasures? A simple 10% of your proceeds is all they ask, and a table is yours! Call or email for more info. 508-697-6016, M-F, 9am-12noon, or

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Fleur-tatious Floral Design Grand Re-Opening

Fleur-tatious Floral Design is hosting their grand re-opening this weekend! The re-opening will include a sidewalk sale and will take place on both 8/11 and 8/12 from 9AM-2PM. Be sure to stop in for some great buys and to support a local business!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Annual Grandparents Day BBQ at the Senior Center


With special guest Blinkie the Clown !!!
Join us at The Senior Center
Wednesday, August 22nd @ 11:30

Hot Dogs, ice cream, Wii, Hula hoop followed by entertainment !!

$3.00 donation, Kids are Free

***Grandchildren are not required for you to come and have a Great Time!!!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Movie at the Senior Center

Free Movie Fridays
Now Playing At The Senior Center 10:00 a.m.

August 10th ~ The Big Miracle w/ Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski

Based on the true story of a small town news reporter and a Greenpeace volunteer who are joined by rival world superpowers to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. Local newsman Adam Carlson can't wait to escape the northern tip of Alaska for a bigger market. But just when the story of his career breaks, the world comes chasing it, too. With an oil tycoon, heads of state and hungry journalists descending upon the frigid outpost, the one who worries Adam the most is Rachel Kramer. Not only is she an outspoken environmentalist, she's also his ex-girlfriend. With time running out, Rachel and Adam must rally an unlikely coalition of Inuit natives, oil companies and Russian and
American military to set aside their differences and free the whales. As the world's attention turns to the top of the globe, saving these endangered animals becomes a shared cause for nations entrenched against one another and leads to a momentary thaw in the Cold War

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Nominations for 13th Annual Citizen of the Year Award

President Kevin Burley of the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters announced today the opening of nominations for the club's 13th year of the Citizen of the Year program recognizing one individual from each of the 3 Bridgewaters for their contributions to the quality of life in their communities.

Last year's recipients were John Cowan, East Bridgewater; Marilee Kenney Hunt, Bridgewater; and Dr. Patricia Oakley, West Bridgewater.

The awards are presented at a dessert reception at Bridgewater State University at a date to be announced in late October or early November.

Nomination forms can be requested by telephone (508.378.7890), mail (P.O. Box 266, East Bridgewater, MA 02333), or via email to

The deadline for receipt of nominations in August 31, 2012.

For more information about Rotary and its local club please go to

Greater Bridgewater Women of Today Meeting

Date: August 20th
Time: 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:

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Blood Drive Scheduled

Join the American Red Cross for a blood drive in Bridgewater. 

Date: August 20, 2012
Time: 2PM to 7PM
Location: Conant Community Health Center (5 Wally Kreuger Way, Bridgewater

All donors will receive a coupon for a free container of Sun Brew Iced Tea.

Call 800.733.2767 to schedule your appointment to give blood!

Friday, August 3, 2012

GBWOT Domestic Violence Awareness Dinner

Greater Bridgewater Women of Today invite you to attend a Domestic Violence Awareness Dinner on Thursday, August 30th at the Fireside Grill in Middleboro at 7:00 PM. Guest speakers include Marilee Kenney Hunt, a Bridgewater resident and former Executive Director of the Governor’s Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence as well as Lenira Peters, Director of Penelope’s Place, Domestic Violence shelter in Brockton. 

The event is open to the public but an RSVP is required to:  Guests are responsible for their own dinner tabs. GBWOT asks that all attendees bring a donation for Penelope’s Place.  

We hope you’ll join us for a great evening and help spread awareness of domestic violence and the mission of Greater Bridgewater Women of Today. For more information on the event, as well as a suggested donation list visit: or visit GBWOT on Facebook. For more information on Penelope’s Place Domestic Violence Shelter visit:

Closure of East Campus Drive

Please be aware that starting on Monday, August 6th, East Campus Drive at Bridgewater State University will be permanently closed to vehicular traffic, except for emergency vehicles.

The closure of East Campus Drive is part of our Campus Master Plan and the development of University Park. It is necessary as we continue to move forward in shaping our growing campus.

Access to the MBTA Lot will be through Great Hill Drive. Police details and detour signs will be in place to assist with traffic movement.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Facilities Management and Planning at ext. 2750 or ext. 1296.

End of Summer Reading Ice Cream Party

The Bridgewater Public Library will hold its “End of Summer Reading” Ice Cream Party and Bike Raffle on Friday, August 10th at 2:00 p.m. Participants in the library’s Summer Reading Program, “Dream Big: Read!, are eligible to attend and to enter the bike raffle. The last day to register for the bike raffle is Friday, August 9th.

At least one book must have been completed during the duration of the program.

The winner of the “Guess How Many” contest will also be announced at the party. Whoever comes closest to guessing the exact number of candy pieces in the jar will win the candy. Stop in the Children’s Room between now and August 9th to make your best guess.

Registration is required, beginning on July 23rd and ending on August 8th. To sign up, call 508-697-3331 or drop by the Children’s Room.

The library will ONLY be open for the Summer Reading Program party that day. Visitors will not be able to check out books or other materials. As always, borrowed items may be returned in the book drop. 

The Summer Reading Bike Raffle and Ice Cream Party is sponsored by Estabrook & Chamberlain Insurance Agency of Bridgewater.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Artists’ Reception for Jalane and Jack Phaneuf

There will be an Artists’ Reception for Jalane and Jack Phaneuf on Monday, August 13th from 5-7 PM at the Bridgewater Public Library. The reception will be held in the Flora T. Little Art Gallery, located on the 2nd floor. Light refreshments will be served.

The Phaneuf father and daughter team is showing a selection of their work through the end of August. The show is entitled: A Celebration of Color and Collaborations. The library’s gallery is open during regular library hours: Monday and Tuesday 11 AM-8 PM; Wednesday and Thursday 9 AM-6 PM.

Wednesday, August 1, 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, August 8th 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.

GBWOT Celebrates Birthday Wishes

This past Sunday, July 29th, Greater Bridgewater Women of Today held a pool party for members and friends in honor of the Birthday Wishes Foundation. Birthday Wishes is a non-profit foundation that provides birthday parties for homeless children.

One goal of GBWOT is to inspire future generations to give back to the community. In keeping with that goal, children of GBWOT members were invited to participate and each child brought a children’s craft and/or birthday present to donate to the children helped by the birthday wishes foundation. Members also brought packages of juice boxes, a staple in constant need by the foundation.

GBWOT member Kerri Ross hosted the party at her home and helped to organize the event along with members, Anne Gorham, Donna Trapp and Carrie Sheehan. Donations will be delivered to Birthday Wishes Foxboro location  this week. For more information on the Birthday Wishes foundation visit:

GBWOT is a volunteer organization which performs community service, raises funds to support local and national charities, and fosters friendships. Meetings are open to the public and are held on the third Monday of the month. The next meeting is Monday, August 20th at 7:00 PM. For meeting location in Bridgewater please email:

For more information on the group visit or visit GBWOT on Facebook.