Sunday, August 31, 2014

Mele Landscaping Helps Sponsor Downtown Bridgewater Cleanup

Mele Landscaping is helping to sponsor the Downtown Bridgewater Cleanup which will be held on Saturday, September 6th beginning at 9AM. For more information about the event, please click here.

Since 1998, Mele Landscaping has been providing complete landscaping, hardscaping and fall/spring clean up services to Bridgewater Massachusetts and all the surrounding areas. They have more than 15 years of experience handling all types of landscaping projects. From custom sprinkler systems to the design and installation of new yards, they have the equipment and expertise to get the job done right the first time. All you have to do is sit back and watch it grow. Leave the sweating in the sun to the professionals. Kick back in your lawn chair and call Mele Landscaping today!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Papa Ginos Fundraiser

Papa Gino's Fundraiser
When: Thursday, September 4, 2014
Time: 4-9 PM
Where: Papa Gino's, Broad Street, Campus Plaza
Phone: (508) 697-8137 

Come enjoy some delicious pizza at Papa Gino's Bridgewater, on Thursday, September 4th between 4-9 PM, present the attached flyer, and 20% of your pre-tax sale will be donated to our Family in Need Fund. The GBWOT Family in Need Fund has been established to help assist local families experiencing hardships. To date, GBWOT has helped more than 30 families in various ways, including supplying gift cards to families with an immediate family member in the hospital, providing photography services to families with a terminally ill parent, providing meals and Christmas gifts to families with a parent who’s recently passed away, donating gift cards to family who lost their home in a fire, and much more.

GBWOT meetings are open to the public and are held on the third Monday of the month. For meeting location in Bridgewater email: 

To access event flyers and for more information on the group visit: or find them on Facebook. You'll enjoy a delicious meal and you'll be helping us to raise funds to help local families within our community. The fundraiser is valid for all dine-in and carry-out orders. Sorry, it is not valid for delivery orders.

Friday, August 29, 2014

New Minister for First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Bridgewater

First Parish UU Church in Bridgewater, known for its social justice action such as the Empty Bowls fundraiser last winter, has a new Minister. The Reverend Paul Sprecher, from Scituate, Massachusetts, will be preaching his first sermon in Bridgewater at 10:30 AM on September 7th, 2014.
Raised on a farm in Wisconsin, the Reverend Sprecher has led a varied and interesting life. His adventures include being a middle school teacher in New York City, working on computer technology for the American Stock Exchange, and participating in political theater at the Fourth Wall Repertory Company. He was educated at Harvard College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the New York Theological Seminary. 
He most recently served as the sabbatical minister at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse in Chatham. His full biography can be read here.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Everyone Has a Right to Peace

September 16, 2014 4:30pm
Ballroom, Rondileau Campus Center

Too often we think about peace as something ideal that that can never be attained. We can achieve peace through the choices we make in our daily lives. This evening will focus on community-building as we share a meal, imagine what our lives would be like as we deepen our commitment and actions for diversity, and create a lasting vision for peace. Also enjoy peace events Sept. 20, 1pm-4pm and Sept. 21, 10:30am-12pm at the First Parish Church in celebration of the International Day of Peace. 

These events are free and open to the public.

For information contact Susan McCombe at or Betty Gilson at

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Register for the Bridgewater Police Department 5K

There is still time to register for the Bridgewater Police Department 5K! To register for the race which will be held on Saturday, September 27th, please click here.

You can also keep up to date with information about the race by "Liking" the race's Facebook page here.

As an added bonus, the race is also now offering a "Couch to 5K" running program using the route for the Bridgewater Police Department 5K. Those interested in joining can meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6:30pm at the police station. People who wish to join for the training runs should park at Marathon Park or the middle school and walk over to the police station. All levels of runners and all ages are welcome.

One Book One Community

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells, taken without her knowledge in 1951, became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for devel­oping the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance. 

Henrietta’s family will be speaking at Horace Mann Auditorium, October 4, at 11:00am. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information and a copy of the event brochure contact Susan McCombe at

2015 Boston MassPass Books Now Available

Around the Common is pleased to announce that freshly printed 2015 Boston MassPass books are now available. These coupon books are good for restaurants, movies, stores and more and when you purchase your 2015 Boston MassPass through Around the Common you will also receive a 2014 Boston MassPass book good through the end of the year.

The MassPass book costs $25 and all proceeds from the sales of these books benefits the Ace Bailey Children's Foundation. Boston MassPass and Around the Common have partnered for the past several years in raising funds for this great charity!

To request your 2015 Boston MassPass, please email

Friday, August 22, 2014

GBWOT to Host Hot Mess Concert!

The Greater Bridgewater Women of Today will be hosting a concert with Boston area favorites Hot Mess! Hot Mess is a seven-piece party band with roots that run deep into the Boston Music scene. Boasting drums, keyboards, guitar, bass & both male & female vocalists, Hot Mess can serve up a wide range of “OMG, they sound JUST like the original band” & “Oooooh I love this song”!

Date: November 22, 2014
Time: 7PM to 11PM
Location: Bridgewater Vets Club
Ticket Price: $25 (all proceeds benefit the GBWOT Family in Need Fund)

For tickets, please click here to email your contact information and we will respond with more details about how you can obtain tickets.

Bridgewater Food Pantry

The Bridgewater Food Pantry, hosted by Central Square Congregational Church, has had an unusually large number of patrons this summer and as a result, the shelves in the pantry are critically low on products.

They could use any and all donations that you could make, including food and money.

The most critical items include tuna fish, soups, baked beans, pasta sauce, pasta, cereal, instant potatoes, fruit juices, soda, rice, canned fruit, baking mixes, crackers, paper towels and toilet paper.

Several people have run "neighborhood food drives" in the past and had good success. Please consider doing this if you have the time and energy! 

Donations can be dropped off at the church, at 71 Central Square (right on the common, next to College Town Siding & Glass) M-F, 9am-12noon, and Sundays 9am-11:30am, just inside the side door.

Thank you,

Jack Melcher
Co-chair, Board of Outreach
Central Square Congregational Church

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mark Your Calendar for Events at the Library

Upcoming programs at Bridgewater Public Library in the Children’s room:

Tuesday, September 2:  Registration for Fall session of story hour begin. Preschool story time,

Toddler Time and Book Babies are registration only programs and last for six weeks.

Story times offered:

* Preschool story time and craft* (ages 4-6) ….Tuesdays @ 1:30-2:15 p.m. 

* Toddler Time* (ages 2-3 with adult) ….Wednesdays @ 9:30-10:00 a.m. OR Thursdays @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.

* Book Babies (up to 24 months with adult) … Wednesdays @ 10:30-11:00 a.m. OR Thursdays @ 11:15-11:45 a.m.

 To register, call the library or go online

Drop in story times for all ages with Mrs. Davis are offered on Fridays beginning September 26-October 31.

Thursday, September 4 @ 1:00-5:00 p.m.:  Drop in to make a card for your grandparents. 

Saturday, September 6 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Children of all ages are welcome to read to Jasper, a registered therapy dog. Children are invited to bring their favorite book to read (or share pictures from) or choose one from the library. The Read to a Dog program provides a non-judgmental reading environment. This is a drop-in event.

Monday, September 8 @ 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Lego Club.  For ages 6+.  No registration, parent must remain in building.

Monday, September 15 @ 4:30-6:30 p.m.: Make a hat day!  Come to the library and decorate a newspaper hat to wear!  Ages 3+, no registration required.

Friday, September 26 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.:  Drop in story time with Mrs. Davis.  All ages welcome.  Stories, songs and finger plays. No registration required.

For more information, call the library at 508-697-3331.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Register for the Frances Morast 5K Run/Walk in Bridgewater

Registration is now available for the Frances Morast 5k Run/Walk which will be held in Bridgewater on September 13th in Bridgewater. The event kicks off from the Williams Elementary School and raises funds for Ovations for the Cure and a scholarship in Morast's name.

Frances Morast was a Bridgewater teacher who passed away due to ovarian cancer and her family has sponsored this annual event for the past several years.

To register for the event, please click here. You can also "Like" the event on Facebook by clicking here.

Be sure to read a full write up of last year's race on The Running Griffin's website.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Introduction to Power Point Course

The Bridgewater Public Library will offer a 2-part “Introduction to PowerPoint” workshop at 6:30p.m. on Monday, August 25 and Tuesday, August 26. The workshop will be taught by Jerry Muller.

This beginner’s course will cover the basics of creating a slide presentation. It will focus on entering text, basic charts, using photographs and clipart. Participants will learn how the toolbar can be used to help with slides. Sample slide presentations will be handed out at each class that highlight the topics covered. The focus will be on PowerPoint versions 2010 and 2013.

“Introduction to PowerPoint” will be held in the Flora T. Little Meeting Room on the lower level of the library. This is a hands-on workshop and participants will need to bring their own laptops.

Parking is available in back of the library, located at 15 South Street.

Sublime Sunflowers: How to Pastel Paint Like the Masters

The Bridgewater Public Library will host award-winning pastel Gregory John Maichack’s all new workshop: “Sublime Sunflowers: How to Pastel Paint Like the Masters,” on Tuesday, Sept. 9th from 6-8p.m. This workshop serves beginners to advanced adult artists and is free and open to the public. Seats may fill quickly, so please call 508-697-3331 to pre-register.

In this fun pastel painting workshop for adults (age 16 and up), Mr. Maichack will provide insights into the lives of the old masters who painted the sunflower: Vincent Van Gogh, Monet, and Georgia O’Keeffe. A beautifully structured sunflower drawing of one of O’Keeffe’s sunflower paintings will be the jumping off point for participants as they are coached to create their own sunflower pastel painting. The essentials of pastel painting will be demonstrated as participants follow along. Materials will be supplied.

Maichack lives in western Holyoke. He is a portraitist and painter working primarily in pastels and winner of the Award of Merit from the Bennngton Center for the Arts: Impressions of New England Show 2003, and Savoir-faire Pastel Award from the Great Lakes Pastel Society. Maichack, commissioned by Westfield State College, painted the pastel portrait of the past college president, Doctor Frederick Woodward,. He has been in many national juried shows and was awarded hundreds of Massachusetts Cultural Council grants. He is a faculty member at the Museum Studio School in the Fine Arts Museum Quadrangle in Springfield, and also teaches at Greenfield Community College in their adult continuing education department.

This workshop is supported in part from a grant from the Bridgewater Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library are also contributing towards the program.

For more information or to register for this workshop, call Mary O’Connell at the Bridgewater Public Library, 508-697-3331. Registration is required.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Bridgewater Community Dance Series

The Bridgewater Community Dance Series will be starting its fourth year this coming September, featuring a mix of international folk dance and New England squares and contras. We have a steady group of 20-30 dancers, who not only enjoy the dancing (it’s great exercise!), but also enjoy the opportunity for joyful interaction with others. For 2014/2015, dancers may sign up for an eight session fall series, a twelve session winter/spring series, or both.

No prior experience is required and all dances are taught. Dances are held on alternating Fridays—with some exceptions—from 7:30-9:00 p.m., at the Bridgewater Senior Center. Dates for the fall are September 5 and 19, October 3, 17, and 31, November 7 and 21, and December 12. Dates for the winter/spring series are: January 2, 16, and 30, February 6 and 20, March 6 and 20, April 3 and 17, and May 1, 15, and 29. Session fees, per person, are $48 for the fall, $72 for the winter/spring, or $105 ($15 savings) to sign up for both. Single night attendees will be charged $8 per dance.

Dance leader, Sam Baumgarten, professor emeritus at Bridgewater State University, has over 40 years of teaching experience and continues to teach classes at BSU in folk, square, and contra dance. To obtain a registration form or for more information, contact Sam at 508-697-6848, or 774-208-2933, or

Don’t be afraid to try it out, maybe get out of your comfort zone. You won’t be disappointed!