Saturday, May 31, 2014

Papa Gino's Fundraiser to Support Project Pack

Please help support Greater Bridgewater Women of Today as they raise funds for Project Pack. Project Pack is a non-pro fit that assembles and distributes Post-Assault Comfort Kits to victims of sexual assault throughout Massachusetts.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Viewing of Cabralista

On May 31st from 4 to 6:30pm, the Pedro Pires Institute for Cape Verdean Studies will be hosting Film Director Valerio Lopes in screening the film/documentary CABRALISTA

Bicycle Safety Rodeo

Bicycle Safety Rodeo 

Sponsored by Sullivan Tire & Auto Service

Date: Saturday, June 7th
Time: 8AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Sullivan Tire (300 Bedford Street, Bridgewater)

This is the 24th Annual Bridgewater Kiwanis Bicycle Safety Rodeo. Events include a safety course (including rock dodge, thread the needle and figure eights), bicycle safety inspection and prizes for all children. Bring your bike and your helmet!

For more information about the Bicycle Safety Rodeo, please call Paul Silvia at 508-559-1740.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day

Thank you to all of those who gave their life to protect our freedom.

Friday, May 23, 2014

D-Day Lecture

Prof. Gary L. Hylander will present a lecture at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, June 10th at 7:00 p.m. His topic is: D-Day June 6, 1944.

The month of June marks the 70th anniversary of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Europe. 

The greatest armada the world had ever seen began to assemble in the pre-dawn hours off the French coastline in preparation for the final assault upon Hitler’s Germany. In his General Order for the day Eisenhower called the attack a “great crusade” and assured the soldiers about to storm the Normandy beaches that the “hopes and prayers” of the free world “march with you”.

Gary L. Hylander earned his Ph.D. at Boston College. His advisor and dissertation director was the noted Boston historian, Thomas H. O’Connor. Dr. Hylander is currently an independent scholar who specializes as a Presidential Historian, pedagogical specialist for the NEH and an adjunct professor of history and education at Framingham State University and Stonehill College. Gary is a frequent presenter at library forums, historical societies, senior living centers, civic and professional organizations as well as a public affairs commentator on local cable news and radio.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Friends of the Library Membership Drive

The Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library are conducting their annual membership drive for fiscal year 2015, which runs from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. The Friends of the Library is an independently incorporated organization whose purpose is to enhance library services.

During the past year, the Friends have been instrumental in providing money for books, library supplies, and other materials. They funded programs for adults and children, including “The Declaration of Independence” presented by Prof. Gary Hylander, “Singing Bowls” presented by Stephanie Woods, “Downsizing” presented by Henry Callan, “Rescue of the Bounty” presented by Michael Tougias, “Cooking with Miss Debbie”, and “Gingerbread Houses”.

The Friends also paid for craft supplies for the Summer Reading Program, storytimes and other in-house events.

They are contributing to the purchase of eight new computers for the public which will offer access to the internet and Microsoft Office software.

Several museum passes, including the Boston Museum of Science, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the New England Aquarium, were also funded by the Friends.

The library is fortunate to have a solid group of board members who worked tirelessly to raise funds for the library. Events such as our miniature-golf tournament, sales of library-themed tote bags and fair-trade coffee, book sales and our Empties for Cash collections provide income for the Friends.

However, membership dues are a major source of income. Basic dues are $20 and senior citizens age 65+ may join for only $10. Other categories are available. Membership applications are available at the Bridgewater Public Library, located at 15 South Street, and on the Friend’s of the Library website at

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Olde Time Schools

Dave Downs will be at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, June 3rd to present: “Olde Time Schools”. His program begins at 7:00 p.m.

This is an enjoyable presentation, mixed with humor and is full of little known interesting historical facts. Do you know why pencils are painted yellow? Did you know that no students recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag in the public schools until 1892? Dave will discuss 19th century schoolhouses, slate pencils, the horn book, punishments and many other interesting topics.

Recipient of the “Best Exhibitor Award” at the New England History Festival, Dave is a retired school teacher with a Master’s Degree in Creative Arts in Education. He belongs to the Living History Association, the Olde Colony Civil War Round Table and the Rehoboth Minutemen.

This free program will be held in the Flora T. Little Meeting Room, which is accessible by elevator. There is parking in back of the library, located at 15 South Street, Bridgewater.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

BSU Summer Science Academy

The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University is offering a hands-on science Summer Science Academy focused on biotechnology, environmental biology and physics for middle school students entering grades 6-9.

The program allows students to work as scientists and is designed to provide the foundations necessary for further scientific exploration. Students conduct investigations in their selected class and participate in extracurricular activities.

Sessions still available include: “Whale of a Mystery,” July 7-11; “x-STREAM Adventures” or the new “Forensics Institute of Bridgewater,” July 14-18; “Up in the Air: The Physics of Flight,” July 21-25.
A fee of $400 for each session covers all course expenses including lab supplies and materials (lunch or transportation are not included). A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Deadline for registration is May 31.

In “Whale of a Mystery,” students will test tissue samples sent from a field agent to determine if they are of illegally hunted, endangered whale species. “x-STREAM Adventures” is about discovering how land use impacts the physical, biological and chemical composition of a local New England river.

Students, as new employees at the “Forensics Institute of Bridgewater” (FIB), receive training on crime scene investigations. “Up in the Air: The Physics of Flight” answers questions related to the physics of flight.

For more information and to register visit or contact Maura Whittemore at or 508.531.2575.

Friends of the BPL Book Sale

The Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library will sponsor a Book Sale on Saturday, May 31st, in the Flora T. Little Meeting Room on the lower level. The public is welcome to browse our huge selection of books including paperbacks, classics and children’s books. Come in and stock up for your summer reading!

The sale is from 11a.m. – 1p.m., with a Friends Only Preview from 10a.m. – 11a.m.

This is a “Name Your Own Price” Book Sale. For more information about the sale, call Mary O’Connell at the Bridgewater Public Library (508-697-3331).

The library will be open for business that day, from 10a.m. to 2p.m.

For more information about becoming a Friend of the Bridgewater Public Library to qualify for the Friends Only Preview visit us at

Bridgewater Police Department 5K

Registration is now open for the Bridgewater Police 5k and 1 mile Kids Fun Run! The race will be held on September 27th at 9AM.

The Bridgewater Police Department is pleased to announce its 1st Annual 5k and 1mi Kids Fun Run. Enjoy a scenic run through historic downtown Bridgewater, MA followed by awards and raffles. This is sure to be a fun time for families and runners of all ages. The race will start at the Bridgewater Police Station and end at the Crescent Street fields complete with a new playground!

Please note that there are no strollers allowed on this course but walkers are welcome. We are also welcoming team registrations for this event. Cost is the same at $25 per person and you are welcome to create a team and use this as a fundraising event for your charity.

Entry fee for the Kids 1mi Fun Run with be the donation of a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry. All participants in the fun run will receive a ribbon.

All participants in the 5k will receive a participation medal and trophies for the top 3 finishers in each age bracket. Special trophies will be given to the top 3 finishers that are in law enforcement.

To register for the Bridgewater Police 5k, please click here.