Friday, January 31, 2014

Scout Sunday Mass

Scout Sunday Mass; the annual Scout Sunday Mass will be celebrated Sunday, February 2, 2014 at St. Basil's Chapel, Bridgewater.

All current and former Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts are invited to participate. Please meet in the downstairs area of the Chapel no later than 9:30 a.m. in uniform.

For more details; please contact Kate Anderson at or by calling 508-353-9780

One Book One Community Announces Book for Spring 2014

By Bill Bryson
By Jennifer Pharr Davis

One Book One Community announces the book choice for Spring 2014. 

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. Join us in reading Bryson’s humor­ous account at his attempt to hiking the Appalachian Trail with his equally inexperienced and out-of-shape friend Katz. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way – and a couple of bears. 

Becoming Odyssa by Jennifer Pharr Davis is a great companion read. Many books have been written by thru-hikers, but none measure up to Jen­nifer Pharr Davis' epic. The Appalachian Trail speed record holder de­scribes her journey from college graduate to a student of the trail in stun­ningly beautiful detail. Her tales from the trail are full of adventure and inspiration, and her writing is as lyrical as her Odyssey-inspired trail name. She offers concrete, trail-tested advice for aspiring thru-hikers, and she candidly shares her failures and frustrations along with her successes.

For a brochure of events contact

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Heifer International Living Gift Market at Central Square Church

Since 1944, Heifer International has helped more than 18.5 million families in more than 125 countries move toward greater self-reliance through the gift of livestock and training in environmentally sound agriculture. The impact of each initial gift is multiplied as recipients agree to Pass on the Gift by giving one or more of their animal’s offspring to another in need. January was Heifer month in the Sunday School at Central Square Congregational Church, 71 Central Square (on the common) in Bridgewater. Each class had an opportunity to choose an animal they wish to sponsor, learn about the care and feeding of that animal, where it would best be placed in the world, and most importantly why we give to this project.

A celebration and fundraiser for Heifer, the Living Gift Market, is on Sunday, February, 2nd at 11:30am, in the church Fellowship Hall. All are cordially invited to help support the children’s efforts to raise money for each animal they are sponsoring and learn more about their individual Heifer projects. They will offer you delicious food to purchase, games to play, entertainment, and more. Come and enjoy the event that has become a tradition at Central Square Congregational Church, the Living Gift Market a Heifer International event), and see what creative ideas the youth have come up with to truly represent and celebrate their chosen animals!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Olde Scotland Links Golf Course Is Recertified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary

Olde Scotland Links Golf Course, 695 Pine Street, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, was recently recertified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Olde Scotland Links Golf Course has proudly held this designation since 2004 through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Tom Rioux, Golf Course Assistant Superintendent, has led the effort to obtain sanctuary status on this course and his environmental stewardship and practices represent a role model for the industry.

To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas including: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

Reviewers lauded that ”Olde Scotland Links can take pride in preserving the natural resources in its backyard.” They said, “they were impressed with continuing efforts to create naturalized areas on the golf course, which provide valuable water, food and habitat for local and migratory wildlife in the area.”

The reviewers recognized “efforts to use water more efficiently are enhanced by your careful attention to weather patterns, targeted irrigation heads, and routine irrigation system maintenance and use of hand watering and ongoing upgrades and maintenance to the irrigation system”. Reviewers noted that Olde Scotland’s pest and turf management methods were excellent, contributing to enhanced water quality, while maintaining the beauty of the course.

Town Manager, Michael Dutton, praised the efforts of the golf course maintenance team and the guidance of the Golf Commission.

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, and protect natural resources. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program.

In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities, and new developments. For more information, visit http:///

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Events at The Reiki Shoppe

Monday, January 27th, Spirit Medium Practice Group - 6:00 - 7:30pm, led by Lauren Bortolami of The Reiki Shoppe, 63 Main Street, Bridgewater, MA. All levels invited! Find out your own abilities. Please register by calling 508-697-3113 and prepaying at
Monday, January 27th, 2014 at 8:00pm - Lauren Bortolami a Featured Medium on The Best Psychic Directory,, and one of South Shore's Finest Mediums for the Healthy Living Magazine Events will be Live on Blog Talk Radio Mondays at 8pm EST until mid February. The show entitled "Journey Into the Light" will people to listen online to the show and have a possibility to call in and speak to Lauren Bortolami, owner of The Reiki Shoppe in Bridgewater, MA. Go to Journey Into the Light Blog Talk Radio by clicking here or call Lauren at 508-697-3113 for more information.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Party at Senior Center

St. Patrick’s Day Party

Date: Monday, March 17th
Time: Noon
Enjoy a Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner 

Followed by Entertainer: Gary Leanues
$3.00 Donation

Tickets may be purchased at The Senior Center (10 Wally Kruger Way)

AAUW Meeting

On Saturday, February 8th, the Taunton branch of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) will meet at 12:00 noon at Hong Kong City in Taunton.

This will be a luncheon/book discussion meeting. Those attending will discuss:

The Lady and the Peacock: the life of Aung San Suu Kyi by Peter Popham. 

AAUW membership is open to any graduate holding an associate or equivalent, baccalaureate of higher degree from a qualified educational institution. Undergraduates may become AAUW affiliate members.

For more information about the Taunton Area Branch of the AAUW, contact Rosemarie Buote, Vice-President of Membership, at 508-669-5069. The AAUW also maintains a website at:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Health of Your Wealth

Nora Yousif will present a short seminar on “The Health of Your Wealth” at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tues., Jan. 28 at 7:00 p.m. Find out how to:
  • Address financial safeguards you can take today. Great for folks who have seen their loved ones needing long term care and the major financial impact it can have on a family.
  • Review fundamental steps to help ensure you don’t run out of money.
  • Learn how to create cash-flows.
  • Earn rising income in a low interest environment to assist elder loved ones and your retirement.
  • Discuss strategies to ensure your legacy plan is secure and properly planned.
  • Find out if you can retire today or at your desired age while factoring in any current long term care expenses.
Nora Yousif is a third generation financial advisor. She specializes in helping families map out an easy-to-understand financial plan and ensures folks transition smoothly into retirement. In doing so, she is passionate about providing our community with information to build confidence in people’s finances and future. In the past three years, her team has been voted “Five Star Wealth Manager” as noted in Boston Magazine.

Nora has had experience consulting for Fortune 500 companies, & conducts seminars in the greater Boston area on various financial topics & often works out of the RBC Wealth Management Boston office. Nora has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology & Mathematics from Providence College with Liberal Arts honors, & holds the Series 7 & 66 licenses as well as a CFP candidate. She is an avid volunteer assisting with the Easton Lion’s Club, Agricultural Commission, Children’s Museum, Providence College Alumni Leadership Council, and Boston’s Women on Board 20/20 Campaign.

“The Health of Your Wealth” will be held in the library’s Flora T. Little Meeting Room, which is accessible by elevator. It is free and open to all. There is parking in back of the library, located at 15 South Street.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Bridgewater Raynham to host Tri-County Choral Festival/Concert

The Bridgewater-Raynham High School music department is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the 2014 Tri-County Choral Festival on January 17 and 18th. One hundred choir students from area high schools will participate in the festival. Participating towns include East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, Attleboro, Dighton-Rehoboth, and Bridgewater-Raynham.

A concert will be presented on Saturday January 18th at 2pm in the BR High School auditorium. Guest conductors will work with the students for the two days to prepare for the concert. Tickets will be available at the door for $8.00. Children under 5 are free.

This event is a big fundraiser for the BRRHS music department.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Bridgewater Republican Caucus

The Massachusetts Republican Party will be gathering in Boston on March 22, 2014, to conduct its State Party Nominating Convention. Pursuant to the Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the By-Laws of the Massachusetts Republican Party, notice is hereby given that the Bridgewater Republican Town Committee will be holding its caucus as follows:

Wednesday January 29th, 7:30 PM at the Bridgewater Senior Center,
10 Wally Krueger Way, Bridgewater MA.

Snow date as follows: Thursday January 30th, 7:30 PM also at the Bridgewater Senior Center, 10 Wally Krueger Way, Bridgewater MA. (The caucus will be postponed if the Bridgewater Senior Center closes or because the executive board of the Bridgewater Republican Town Committee feels it is unsafe for members to attend the caucus)

We will be electing delegates to the State Convention at the caucus. All Registered Republicans, as of December 1, 2013, are eligible to be elected as a delegate or alternate to the convention.

Only Town Committee members as shown on the records of the Town Clerk may vote for delegates. Members must be present to vote; however, a person who is not in attendance may be elected.

Greg Guimond Photography Exhibit

Greg Guimond will exhibit a selection of his photographs in the Bridgewater Public Library’s Flora T. Little Gallery during January and February. The collection focuses on locomotives.

Greg is Bridgewater’s Town Planner and also an avid photographer and collector of model trains. His gallery exhibit will include a collection of model trains in three of the library’s glass cases.

The gallery is open during regular library hours: Monday-Wednesday 10a.m.-8p.m.; Thursday 10a.m.-5p.m.; Friday-Saturday 10a.m.-2p.m.

The gallery is accessible by elevator.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Learn to Curl Event

The South Shore Curling Club is having a "Learn to Curl" session for new curlers on Sunday, February 23 from 8:00 to 10:30 PM at the Bridgewater Ice Arena (20 Bedford Park in Bridgewater, MA). This includes a video introduction and on-ice training, followed by a real game. 

All equipment is provided. More info + sign up at:

Monday, January 13, 2014

Local Businesses, Schools, and Community Members Team Up to Address Hunger

First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Bridgewater is making great use of their generous grant from the Bridgewater Cultural Council by conducting an "Empty Bowls" fundraiser that will benefit the food pantries of the Town of Bridgewater and the Messiah Baptist Church in Brockton.
From the Empty Bowls website: "Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. The basic premise is simple: craftspeople, educators, and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are invited to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity".
Painting parties, where people donate their time and artwork by painting a bowl, are underway. The public is invited to the next painting party, which will take place on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 20th, between 3 and 5 PM, at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 50 School Street, Bridgewater. This painting party is an opportunity for community members to participate in the MLK Day of Service. 
From the website " Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?' Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. The MLK Day of Service is a part of the United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our national problems."
Local businesses and schools are getting behind this worthy project. Bridgewater Art and Framing is donating kiln time, and provided all the paint and glaze for the project at a discount. Beaver Brook Farm in East Bridgewater, Bridgewater-Raynham Public Schools, and East Bridgewater Public Schools are all donating kiln time to the project.
The public is also invited to join together for a meal of soup and bread on Saturday, February 15th (snow date the 16th) at 5 PM at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church. For a donation of $10, people will not only receive a meal, but also will be able to bring home a handpainted bowl of their choice, a useful keepsake and reminder of the good work of Empty Bowls, wherein funds were raised to address and prevent hunger in Bridgewater and Brockton.

Relay For Life of Greater Bridgewater

On Monday, February 10, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Bridgewater will officially get underway as cancer survivors, caregivers, families, schools, companies, faith-based and civic organizations gather at the St. Basil’s Chapel (122 Park Ave) on the Bridgewater State University campus at 7pm for a kick-off rally to launch their fundraising efforts for the year.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. People from all walks of life come together with a shared mission of furthering the American Cancer Society’s vision of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay. This year, more than 95 Relay For Life events are happening across Massachusetts. For more information about Relay For Life in your community please call 1-800-227-2345 or visit

Mark your calendar for the 2014 Relay For Life of Greater Bridgewater scheduled for June 13-14 at Bridgewater-Raynham High School. Anyone interested in forming a team, volunteering for the event, joining the planning committee, or just learning more about Relay For Life is encouraged to attend.

Relay For Life events in Massachusetts help enable the American Cancer Society to impact the lives of those touched by cancer within the community by supporting vital, cutting-edge cancer research; providing cancer patients with services such as transportation to treatment, free lodging at our Hope Lodge, and round the clock support at our national cancer information center available at 1-800-227-2345 anytime, day or night; publishing lifesaving literature on cancer prevention, detection and tobacco control; and developing a new generation of medicines that help those battling cancer.

For more information about the Relay For Life of Greater Bridgewater, to find out how to volunteer, or to RSVP for the Relay Kick-off, please contact Monica Querzoli at, or Lisa Curley at More information can also be found at

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, the Society fights for every birthday threatened by every cancer in the community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.8 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 13.7 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about the American Cancer Society or to get help, call anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit