Thursday, January 31, 2013

Relay For Life of Greater Bridgewater Kickoff Rally

American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Bridgewater Will Hold Kickoff Rally on Tuesday, February 5 at the American Cancer Society Office

Bridgewater: On Tuesday, February 5 at 6:30pm the American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Greater Bridgewater will officially get underway as event volunteers and participants gather at the American Cancer Society office (at 5 Manley Street in West Bridgewater), for a kickoff rally to launch their fundraising efforts for the year. The rally will be the first opportunity to register a team for the overnight event to be held on June 14-15 at Bridgewater Raynham Regional High School.

WHEN – Tuesday, February 5, 2013 from 6:30-8pm

WHERE – American Cancer Society Office, 5 Manley Street, West Bridgewater

The world’s largest grassroots fundraising movement, Relay For Life mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life – all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s vision of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Relay For Life began in 1985 with one man who walked and ran around a track for 24 hours and raised $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. This year, Relay For Life will take place in nearly 5,100 communities in the United States and 20 other countries and raise funds to support the Society’s mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and fighting back.

HOW – To join a Relay For Life in your community, call 1-800-227-2345, or visit

Open House at America's Little Angels

America's Little Angels will be having an Open House on Monday - February 11 from 5:30 - 7:30. We have a wonderful 4 hour program with fun, educational activities. We offer sibling, multiples, and deployed military discounts. We are currently enrolling for September 2013

American Sign Language Classes

A 5 week ASL program will begin at the Conant Community Center on Wed evenings Feb. 13th- March 13th. Two levels of instruction are now offered. Beginner ASL for those who have little or no signing experience 5:00-6:30pm. Advanced/voice off ASL classes for those who know and understand the fundamentals of ASL 6:30-8:00pm. Each class will include cultural content. Students can attend one or both classes however registration is required as space is limited. The cost is $60.00 which includes all materials. EMT/Paramedic hours as well as Professional Development Points will be awarded according to state guidelines.

A NEW MORNING CLASS will also be offered Thursdays March 7th- April 11th. This 6 week beginner ASL program will run from 10:00-11:30 am. The cost for this program is $75.00 which includes all materials.

Those needing ASL instruction due to reasons pertaining to Deaf, hard of hearing, or non verbal family members will not be placed on a waiting list. To register please contact:
Marianne Molinari 1-781-447-2470 or

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Support Bridgewater Resident Running Boston Marathon for Dana-Farber

Bridgewater resident Joseph Enriquez is running the Boston Marathon to raise funds for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Joe will be running the 26.2 miles on April 15th and can use your support in raising funds for this worthy cause. Please click here to donate to Joe's marathon run!

Lions Plan 25th Indoor Antiques/Crafts/Flea Market

Plans for the Bridgewater Academy Lions Club’s 25th Indoor Antiques/Crafts/Flea Market are now in progress under the direction of Lion Peg Dunford. This year’s event, which will be held on Saturday, March 23 (storm date March 30) from 9 AM – 2 PM, returns to the large gymnasium of the Bridgewater Middle School, which is the former B/R Regional High School. The school is located near the corner of Center & Mt.Prospect Streets, at 166 Mt. Prospect Street, Bridgewater. This location has a large parking area and is handicap accessible.

The public is invited, with a modest admission fee of $1.00 per person (children under age 12 admitted free with adult.) Net proceeds from the admission fee, vendor rents, and Bridgewater Academy Lions sales tables will benefit local scholarships, community programs, and other Lions charities.

The majority of the 56 vendor spaces have been booked by returning sellers, but some vendor spaces are still available for antiques, crafts, collectibles & memorabilia, toys, gift ware or new/used household items. For more information about renting a 12x8 space at this event, prospective sellers should send an e-mail to or call 508-697-3765 as soon as possible.

Valentine's Day Luncheon at Senior Center

A Valentine’s Day Luncheon will be held on February 13, 2013, 12:00p.m. at the Bridgewater Cole-Yeaton Senior Center. Entertainment will be provided by Jerry Gottschalk. 

To sign up please call the Bridgewater Cole-Yeaton Senior Center at 508 697-0929.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

BR-SEPAC Meeting

The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a meeting for the 2012-2013 school year on Tuesday, February 12th at 6:30 pm. The meeting will consist of a quick update, followed by a lecture at 7 pm titled, All Roads Lead to Self-Regulation: Understanding How Medication Can Work With Parents, Schools, and Therapy to Help Children Succeed. The lecture will be done by Dr. Roger Pottanat. This talk will focus on when and how medications can be incorporated into mental health treatment to enable children to overcome their psychiatric challenges, thus steering them towards a more positive developmental path. 

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

Monday, January 28, 2013

Chinese New Year Story Time

The Children’s Room at the Bridgewater Public Library will be holding a Chinese New Year Story Time and Craft on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.  This program is for ages 5+ and registration is required, as spaces are limited.  Registration begins on January 25, 2013 and can be done in person or by calling 508-697-3331.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Winter Trunk Show

This is a great opportunity to shop with two local businesses at the same time and get a jump on Valentine's Day gifting. Christian of Fleur-tatious Floral Designs will be available to take orders for Valentine's Day flower deliveries and Shannan of Nilz Studio will have jewelry ready for purchase. 

The contact information for Fleur-tatious Floral Desing can be found at:
The contact information for Nilz Studio can be found at:
Questions about the event should be directed to Shannan Nilz at or by phone 508.807.0825.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Town Accountant, Town of Bridgewater

The town of Bridgewater is seeking a highly qualified professional to fill the full-time position of Town Accountant. Appointed by and serving under the direction of the Town Manager, with ratification of appointment by the Town Council, the Town Accountant acts as the chief financial officer for the town and is responsible for maintaining and controlling all town expenditures and financial records, as well as revenue forecasting and documentation. The position requires extensive knowledge of municipal accounting, Massachusetts municipal finance laws, and thorough understanding of the Uniform Municipal Accounting System (UMAS), GAAP and GASB regulations. The position also requires a customer service oriented individual with excellent communication skills. CGA certification and experience with WTI Financial Software System preferred. The position requires a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or related fields; five to seven years of responsible experience in accounting or financial management, preferably in a municipal setting; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Starting salary is $74,589, plus competitive benefit package. 

Please send resume, cover letter and three professional references to: Office of the Town Manager, 66 Central Square, Bridgewater, MA 02324. Email responses and requests for the position description will be received at Deadline for submission is Friday, Feb. 22. The town of Bridgewater is an equal opportunity employer. (posted 1/23 exp. 2/22)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Local Bridgewater Resident to Walk 39.3 Miles to End Breast Cancer

Bridgewater, MA 1/22/13 – She is IN IT TO END IT!  Debra Cahill of Bridgewater, MA will join thousands of women and men in the upcoming  Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Boston,  raising funds and awareness that will help defeat breast cancer and support those facing the disease.  Cahill will participate in the non-competitive event, which offers the option of walking a marathon (26.2 miles) or a marathon and a half (39.3 miles) over the weekend of May 18 & 19.  This is her fourth time participating in the Avon Walk, and she is training hard and raising funds in preparation for the event.

Debra Cahill was inspired to take part in the Avon Walk Boston because no one should ever be alone in the fight against breast cancer. The funds from the walk stay in the Boston area to help treat, prevent, and take care of those going through the process.

“Thanks to thousands of people like Debra Cahill, we are able to save lives by providing significant funds for vital breast cancer research as well as access to care, screening, support services and education,” said Carol Kurzig, president of the Avon Foundation for Women, the public charity that produces the events.  “The Avon Foundation for Women is ‘in it to end it’ for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer’s 2013 season. For the past decade, tens of thousands of dedicated women and men took personal action to help others through the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. We are truly inspired by our participants’ passion and enthusiasm.”

The Avon Walk Boston is one of eight weekend walks taking place in 2013.  The complete 2013 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer schedule includes: Houston (April 20-21), Washington, DC (May 4-5), Boston (May 18-19), Chicago (June 1-2),  Santa Barbara (September 7-8), San Francisco (September 28-29), New York City,  (October 20-21), and Charlotte, NC (October 27-28).

Debra Cahill has set a fundraising goal of $5000.00 To support Debra’s fundraising campaign, donations can be sent to Funds raised by Debra and the thousands of other Avon Walk participants are awarded by the Avon Foundation for Women, a 501(c)(3) public charity, to help ensure anyone facing a breast cancer diagnosis gets the care they need regardless of their ability to pay, and to help fund breast cancer research.  For a complete list of Avon Foundation for Women funding, visit

The Avon Walk series, the Avon Foundation’s largest fund-raising event, comprises eight non-competitive weekend fund-raising walks for all fitness levels that require a significant commitment from participants. Each walker is required to raise at least $1,800 in donations and to prepare physically for the event, which offers the option of walking a marathon (26.2 miles) or a marathon and a half (39.3 miles) over a weekend. Among the walkers’ ranks in 2012 were men and women of all ages, from nearly every state and several countries, including more than 1,600 breast cancer survivors.  This large, diverse group was united by their shared desire to eradicate breast cancer and help those touched by the disease.

Debra Cahill will start her Walk weekend with an opening ceremony early Saturday morning, and then spend most of the day walking. Both walkers and volunteer Crew spend Saturday night at the “Wellness Village,” featuring two-person sleeping tents, hot showers, prepared meals and support services.  On Sunday, all walkers set out on the route again, with their final miles culminating in an impactful closing ceremony, including the presentation of local grants so funds immediately benefit deserving medical centers and breast cancer organizations in the community.

For more information or to register for an Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, visit or call 888-541-WALK.

How much of your life is on a cloud?

How much of your life is on a cloud? Have you ever considered what happens to a virtual life after someone dies?

More and more we are replacing our handwritten journals with blogs, photo albums with Picasa, and love letters with emails or a post on Facebook. Many of us bank online and have chosen paperless statements to make our lives less cluttered. Our virtual world also includes a complicated array of logins and passwords designed to keep others out. Regulations governing the fate of our digital afterlives have been vague or nonexistent and estate laws have only just begun to consider the topic. Popular email providers like Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail have notably different policies on privacy and access after death.

In today’s virtual world we need to update our vision of advance planning.

On Tuesday, January 29th, Heather Ahern will present “Advance Planning for Your Virtual Afterlife” at the Bridgewater Public Library. Her program will focus on what comprises your digital assets, the need for digital estate planning and a digital executor. She will also address afterlife services for your virtual world and the ever changing policies of popular online services and social media that affect your digital legacy.

Heather is the owner of The Functional Home in Bridgewater, a professional organizing service working with people struggling with disorganization or seniors wishing to downsize. Since 2004 Heather has been helping people clear clutter and discover the space to do what they love. A Golden Circle member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM), she has also studied with the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD).

This free program will be held in the Flora T. Little Meeting Room on the lower level. There is parking in back of the library, located at 15 South Street.