Sunday, December 29, 2013

Bridgewater Baptist Church

Please visit the website for the new Bridgewater Baptist Church by clicking here.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

New Family Dance Series Planned

To complement the already successful Bridgewater Community Dance series, which caters primarily to adults, dance instructor Sam Baumgarten will be offering a family dance series on three Sunday afternoons this winter, January 26, February 23, and March 23, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., at the Bridgewater Senior Center.   

The series will include a mixture of circle dances, mixers, dances from other countries, and New England squares and contras. All dances will be instructed, suitable for all ages, and appropriate for adults and children dancing together.  The series is intended to provide enjoyable family fun and the opportunity to experience the joy of rhythmical movement in a community setting.   

Admission to the dances will be $3 per child, $5 per adult, and $10 per family (three or more individuals).  Contact Sam if you would like an information flyer or more information: 508-697-6848 or 774-208-2933, or by e-mail:

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Bridgewater Youth Lacrosse Registration Now Open

SPRING TRAVEL LACROSSEOpen to Boys & Girls- Grades 3-8 Program Runs: Feb-June
This program is part of Massachusetts Bay Youth Lacrosse League. Teams travel throughout the South Shore to play. Coaches have weekly or twice-weekly practices. Games are played on Sundays (TBD- some mid-week games may be possible).Price- $180 (50% discount for siblings)

Open to Boys grades K-8 & Girls Grades 3-8 Program Runs: Jan-Feb (7 Weeks)

Great opportunity to fine tune your skills and prepare for the Spring Lax season. The program is held on Friday Nights at the Bridgewater Sports Complex and includes practice drills & scrimmages. Each player also receives a FNL reversible pinnie.
Price- Boys fee is $85 per child & Girls fee is $85 per child(no sibling discounts)

Open to Boys K-2 & Girls- Grades 1-2 Program Runs: April-June

Great program for entry-level players. The Beginner program is held on Sunday mornings and includes a practice & scrimmage there may be 1-2 practices during the week as well. Kids will learn the basics of the game inc. ball handling, cradling, etc. This fun starter program will prepare new players for participation in the Spring Travel program.Price- $85 per child (no sibling discount)
To register online, please click here.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Trailblazers in Bridgewater this Saturday, 12/14!

You are invited to join the Wildlands Trailblazers this Saturday, December 14th! Lend a helping hand to a meaningful conservation project & have some fun!
Trailblazers at Great River Preserve in Bridgewater
To attend, you must RSVP to our Land Stewardship Coordinator, Mike Cerasaro. Please e-mail him at or call him at
781-934-9018 x117.

In the morning, we will be working on general trail clearing projects, conducting a trash patrol, marking trails, and installing trail signage . In the afternoon, we will work on identifying and marking the boundaries of the Great Neck Conservation Area and GPSing the trails and preserve features.

From the West: Take Rt. 28 heading southeast on Main Street towards Central Square, Bridgewater, take slight right onto Rt. 104E (Central Square) and continue on 104E 1.7 miles before turning right onto Walnut Street and then right again onto Auburn Street. Parking is 1/2 mile down on the right.
From the East: From Intersection of Routes 58 & 106 (Halifax) follow Rt. 106W turning left onto Rt. 105 South/Thompson Street. After 1.9 miles, turn right onto Summit St., slight right onto Walnut St., and 1st left onto Cherry St. Continue, taking right onto Short St., then left onto Auburn Street. Parking is 1/2 mile down on the right.
Please meet at the Auburn Street parking area at 9:00 am. Coffee & donuts will be provided at the morning briefing. You are encouraged to pack your own lunch and to bring a reusable water bottle. There will be a lunch break at 12:00 pm at the parking lot area.

Please come prepared wearing hiking boots, knee pads (if desired), long pants, and gloves (gloves will be available for those who don't have them).

What is Wildlands Trailblazers?
The Wildlands Trust Trailblazers program is designed to connect people who love the land to meaningful projects throughout our service area. With projects ranging from trail stabilization and erosion control to using GPS units to mark trails and preserve boundaries, the Trailblazers program offers an opportunity for everyone to contribute to the management of our shared natural resources.

The morning shift will be a Project Work Day. Project work days can be physically demanding, requiring hiking into a project site and performing a variety of physical tasks. The afternoon shift will be a Venture Day. Venture days are based more on opportunities for education and are not as physically demanding.
All Trailblazers events are open to the public. All required tools and equipment are provided by Wildlands Trust. All skill levels, abilities, and interests are encouraged and welcomed! No experience is necessary, but you are encouraged to read through the event description to ensure that you feel comfortable with the day's goals.

Click here for more information.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Snow Removal Policy/ Parking Ban in Effect

Snow Removal Policy/ Parking Ban in Effect December 1st through April


1. There is an all night on street parking ban in effect between the hours of 2 AM and 5AM from December 1st through April 1st. Vehicles parked on the street or sidewalk will be ticketed by the Police Department. During snow plowing operations, they will be towed at the owner’s expense, regardless of time of day.

2. It is illegal to remove snow or ice from private property and place it in the roadway or sidewalk. This can create a hazardous condition where the homeowner may be held liable in the event of an accident caused by this.

3. It is illegal to pump water or other liquids onto any sidewalk, street, or public way during the months of November through April.

Tickets for Musical Journey Through the Years

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If you are looking for different stocking-stuffer gifts, you can purchase tickets now for singer/entertainer Tommy Rull’s “Musical Journey Through the Years” show, which will take place on Sunday afternoon, April 27, 2014 at the Bridgewater Senior Center. This event will be open to all ages and is being sponsored by the Bridgewater Academy Lions Club as a fundraiser to benefit the Bridgewater Senior Center. Complimentary beverages and pastries will be served by the Lions Club beginning at 2:30 pm. The Tommy Rull show will run from 3:00to 4:00 PM.

Tommy Rull’s“Musical Journey Through The Years” consists of songs originally made famous by many different artists . . . Barry Manilow, McCartney, Sinatra, Lou Rawls,Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Paul Anka, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Elvis, John Lennon, Barry White, Lionel Richie, Englebert, Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder,Jimmy Buffet and others.

Tickets are priced at $10.00 each for adults, $8.00 each for seniors and students. They will be available for purchase starting Monday, December 9, at the Bridgewater Senior Center, or by emailing may also call Lion Diane at 508-697-3765, or Lion Vale at 508-697-6663, or any other Bridgewater Academy Lion.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Well 2013 Annual Appeal -- You Are Needed!

YOU ARE NEEDED! Increasing numbers of people are finding The Well a center for hope and healing. In one year, the number of visits and appointments has increased over 70%. The demand for our services is greater than ever.

One client said:
“Our family is thankful for the many services we have received from The Well. In therapy and in spiritual direction, we have received healing, guidance, and care; we have experienced the love of God again and again, and we are grateful.”

And another person wrote:
“I had never been to The Well before. I was nervous about what to expect. But as soon as I opened the door, I felt an overwhelming sense of peace. I hear many others who come to The Well speak about the same sense of peace that I felt . It’s not coincidence.”

Now more than ever, The Well needs your financial and prayerful support in order to continue to offer holistic hope and healing opportunities to individuals and families, children and adults.

Your support can mean:
--Financial support for therapy for an anxious child
--Spiritual direction and soul care at a reduced cost for a single
--Therapeutic mentoring for a teen dealing with academic, emotional,
and spiritual issues
--Healing for an individual recovering from alcohol or drugs
--Hope for a family
--Staff to lift up, encourage, bless and support those who come through
our doors

Please consider a year-end donation. Our annual fundraising brochure is at

You may send a check to The Well or donate on-line at

Thank you!

Bruce H Palmer, Executive Director
The Well, A Center for Hope and Healing
232 Broad St
Bridgewater MA 02324
508-697-1070 Fax: 508-697-1020

Friday, December 6, 2013

State of the Town Address

December 10, 2013
6:30 pm
Hosted by Bridgewater State University
Conant Science and Math Auditorium
All are welcome to attend!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

December Events at the Library

In the Gallery:  “The Glory of Massachusetts”, photographs by Greg Lessard, through the end of December.

Glass Case:  Vintage holiday postcards through end of December (1907-1913).

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Monday, December 9 @ 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Homework help for ages K-7.  Join the B-R National Honor Society students at the Bridgewater Public Library for free homework help.  Drop in.

Monday, December 9 @ 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Gingerbread House making for ages 5-9. Registration required limited space.

Wednesday, December 11 @ 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Homework help for ages K-7.  Join the B-R National Honor Society students at the Bridgewater Public Library for free homework help.  Drop in.

Wednesday, December 11 @ 4:30 p.m.: Christmas story and craft, registration required. Ages 5+. Registration required.

Friday, December 13 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Triumph Inc.’s “Read Together, Grow Together” Drop in Story Time Ages 4-5. Siblings welcome!

Monday, December 16:  Art Club registration begins.  Choose one, two or all five classes offered in January and February.  Each week has a different theme and requires a separate sign up which can be done at

Monday, December 16 @ 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Homework help for ages K-7.  Join the B-R National Honor Society students at the Bridgewater Public Library for free homework help.  Drop in.

Wednesday, December 18 @ 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Homework help for ages K-7.  Join the B-R National Honor Society students at the Bridgewater Public Library for free homework help.  Drop in.

Friday, December 20 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Triumph Inc.’s “Read Together, Grow Together” Drop in Story Time Ages 4-5. Siblings welcome!

Saturday, December 21 @ 11:00 a.m.: Exploring Music: singing, rhythm games and creative music activities. Registration required, ages 2-6. (siblings welcome)

Sign up for Winter Story Times begin on January 6th and ends on January 18th.  More details can be found at, then click on Children’s Room.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Elements Therapeutic Massage Joins Around the Common

Around the Common welcomes Elements Therapeutic Massage to our Bridgewater Business Listings!

At Elements Therapeutic Massage, it's their philosophy to work with you to exceed your expectations by matching the right therapist to your desired outcome. Their Bridgewater massage therapists spend time with you to understand your body's problem areas and learn about any health conditions you may have, therefore customizing the experience to meet your needs.

Whether it is to provide relief from pain, release of tension, reduction of stress or simply to relax and feel your best, Elements Therapeutic Massage in Bridgewater is committed to promoting your well-being. Regular massage therapy has many health benefits such as boosting your immune system and raising mood-elevating brain chemicals.

If you are a new client at Elements Therapeutic Massage in Bridgewater you should click to check out their new client specials here today! To learn more about some of the great programs that Elements has to offer, please click here.

Elements Therapeutic Massage is located in the Roche Bros. Plaza located on Broad Street. You can "Like" their Facebook page by clicking here.

Annual Holiday Choral Concert

Join us for the annual Holiday Concert by the BSU Chorale and Chamber Singers
Friday, December 6, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
Horace Mann Auditorium 

The program, entitled "A Baroque Banquet" will feature music of Bach, Hammerschmidt, Telemann, and Zelenka. 

Student soloists Angela Maloney and Diane Card will be featured in the Zelenka "Magnificat."
The Chamber Singers will perform selections ranging from madrigals to spirituals, as well as some holiday pieces. 

The concert is free to all

Additional Information
Contact Phone: 508-531-2043
Contact Email:

Winter Dance Opens December 6th

Under the direction of Dr. Nancy Moses, Winterdance consists of advanced student choreographers that create their own pieces, develop them in the classroom, and stage them in this dance concert. 

This concert has been a long-standing tradition at Bridgewater State University,
delighting audiences for the past 26 years, with the philosophy: "dance is for every body".

The show runs Friday, Dec. 6th at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7th at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 8th at 2PM

Rondileau Auditorium, Campus Center
For Ticket Information and Reservations:
Contact Phone: 508-531-1321
Contact Email:

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The History of Santa Claus

The Bridgewater Public Library will host regional historian and author Gerald Beals on Tuesday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m. for a lecture on “The History of Santa Claus”. Mr. Beals, a retired high school teacher, lives in Easton and is known for his volunteer service at the Brockton Historical Society and at the Old Bridgewater Historical Society.

Mr. Beals will present an historical overview of the origin of Santa Claus. He will detail the fascinating story of how the world's first department store Santa Claus originated in North Bridgewater, now Brockton, in 1890. It is the tale of regional shopkeeper, James Edgar, who created and perfected the image and delightful role of the world’s first department store Santa, in Victorian Brockton.

James Edgar was famous for wearing costumes on public occasions, and in 1890 he began dressing up as Santa Claus for Christmas and greeting customers with a “ho, ho, ho” while they were shopping at his Main Street department store. He distributed small gifts and coins to children, and was copied by other department stores as time went by.

Mr. Beals’ talk will be held in the Flora T. Little Meeting Room on the lower level of the library, which is accessible by elevator. Parking is available in back of the library, located at 15 South Street.

“The History of Santa Claus” is funded by the Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library.