Friday, October 31, 2014

Holiday Fair at Bridgewater Methodist Church

The annual Holiday Fair at Bridgewater Methodist Church will be on Friday, November 7 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, November 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come on in and look at the handmade crafts; check out the jewelry and books; sign up for the Silent Auction; look in at the Bargain Basement and check out the Relay-for-Life table and so much more! Children will have fun at the Craft Activities table! Enjoy lunch of homemade soups and sandwiches.

The Methodist Church is located on the corner of School Street and Cedar Street in Bridgewater.

Bridgewater Downtown Revitalization Plan Released

On October 21, 2014, the Town Council approved a new vision for the revitalization of Downtown Bridgewater. The plan was prepared for Bridgewater’s Community Development Advisory Committee with urban planners from The Cecil Group and traffic planners and engineers from Nelson\Nygaard. The plan recommends a Façade Improvement Program, special signage and wayfinding, changes to Zoning bylaws, focus areas for investment, and off-street utilities. The design concept proposes an improved streetscape, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, enhanced parking, and a Central Square intersection redesign that reclaims the area for civic uses by restoring two-way traffic, making the center safer for bicycles and pedestrians, and introducing a shared-space, local street.
To read the full report, you can click here.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Business dean leads two regional organizations

Dr. Elmore R. Alexander, dean of the Ricciardi College of Business at Bridgewater State University, has been leading two of the six U.S. regional organizations for business school deans.

Alexander was elected president of the New England Business Deans’ Association for 2014-2015 at its annual meeting in Newport, RI, held earlier this fall while, at the same time, serving as president of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration (MAACBA).

His term as president of MAACBA expired this month at the annual meeting at Rutgers University in East Rutherford, NJ.

All six U.S. regional divisions are associated with AACSB-International, the premier organization for colleges of business worldwide.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BR-SEPAC Meeting

The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a meeting for the 2014-2015 school year on November 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm. Following the meeting, at 7 pm there will be a lecture titled, Behavior and Positive Support Plans. This lecture will be given by Amy Gordon. Everyone displays behaviors, or actions throughout their day. We all have challenges: avoiding anxiety provoking situations or trying to get a parent’s attention while they are on the phone….sometimes, when we don’t feel well, we can snap easily at people, or if a child really wants that pack of gum in the grocery aisle…the difference is, some of us display challenging behaviors that interfere with our quality of life. Amy Gordon, M.Ed., Executive Director from Second Nature Social Skills will share strategies and tips on how to help people to have expected actions during these challenging moments. Childcare will be provided

To assure adequate staffing, please RSVP five days in advance if you plan to access the childcare service. To do so, please create an account at or for registration help, please call The Bridge Center at 508-697-7557 ext. 17. The meeting will be held at The Bridge Center located at 470 Pine St., 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, October 27, 2014

Join the Bridgewater Post 2125 Ladies Auxiliary

Ladies - we are still looking for women to join the Bridgewater Post 2125 Ladies Auxiliary - You are eligible to join if you are on the list -

Foster and Stepmothers (who have performed the duties of a parent)
Foster and Stepdaughters (who attained that status prior to the age of sixteen and for whom the duties of parent were performed)
Sisters, Half-sisters, foster and Stepsisters (who attained that staus prior to the age of sixteen)

Of persons who were or are eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Members must be citizens of the United States and at least 16 years old.

Please email Lisa Buzzell-Curley by clicking here for more information. !! This is a great way to assist our Heroes and honor them !!!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Blues & Jazz Concert and Dance

Bridgewater’s One Book One Community Committee invites the public to attend “A Blues & Jazz Concert and Dance” event on Sunday, November 2nd from 2-4p.m. at Olde Scotland Links Golf Course, 695 Pine Street, Bridgewater.

The event will feature the music of The Bridgewater State University Jazz Combo.

“A Blues & Jazz Concert and Dance” is part of Bridgewater’s One Book One Community program focusing on Rebecca Skloot’s non-fiction story, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The book tells the fascinating story of 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.

Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available.

Current One Book One Community partners include: Bridgewater State University, Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (CASE), Bridgewater Public Library, Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library, and the Bridgewater Senior Center.

For more information about One Book One Community, visit the OBOC Facebook page at:

Saturday, October 25, 2014

President’s Distinguished Speaker Series

Bridgewater State University is pleased to announce that Shiza Shahid, social activist and co-founder of the Malala Fund, is this Fall’s Presidential Distinguished Speaker.

President’s Distinguished Speaker Series
featuring Shiza Shahid
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Bridgewater State University
Horace Mann Auditorium
Boyden Hall

Please see the attached flier for more information.
Reservations are required for this event. 

Please RSVP as soon as possible via:

2014 Holly Berry Fair

The Stone Meadow Resident’s Association will hold their annual Holly Berry Fair on Saturday, November 1st, from 9:00am to 2:00pm at Stone Meadow(off Plain Street, Bridgewater).

They will have crafts, baked goods, Victorian Tea Room, Grandma’s Attic, Chinese raffle, door prizes, and our Stone Meadow Café. Free admission and free parking.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Snowy Owl - Soul of the Arctic

Greg Lessard will present his latest portfolio “Snowy Owl - Soul of the Arctic” at the Bridgewater Public Library during the months of November and December.

The presentation will include nearly thirty images of snowy owls that were made during the record setting irruption of 2013-2014. In addition, the presentation will include the stories behind the images. One image will be a life sized panorama of a snowy owl in flight!

Mr. Lessard started this portfolio in November of 2013 on Thanksgiving weekend. “While everyone was standing in crowded lines, looking for the best deals on Black Friday, I quietly snuck out to a coastal park to look for my first owl of the season. Arriving at dawn, I was thrilled to locate a beautiful, darkly barred owl. The owl was perched on a fallen tree in some tall grasses. It was wary of me, so I kept my distance, making a beautiful landscape that included a snowy owl,” said Mr. Lessard.

Creating this portfolio was a challenge. Mr. Lessard spent countless hours in sub- freezing weather waiting for the owls to reveal themselves in a photogenic moment. He often walked more than five miles in the dark, with thirty pounds of gear to find the owls in remote locations. Not wanting to disturb the owls, Mr. Lessard would spend hours sitting patiently, observing these visitors from the arctic. His effort paid off with many outstanding images of truly magnificent creatures.

This is the second portfolio that Greg has featured snowy owls. His previous exhibit, “The Year of the Snowy Owl” was a resounding success. Mr. Lessard has been fascinated by snowy owls for more than a decade. Over the last four years, he has photographed dozens of owls and written numerous articles about his experiences.
Greg Lessard is a landscape artist with a passion for capturing profound moments in nature. Largely a self-taught photographer, Greg picked up a camera in his early twenties with the simple hope of sharing his discoveries with others. Through years of dedication and devotion to his craft, Greg has become an artist with a unique vision and talent. He is able to engage the viewer and evoke powerful emotional responses with his art.
Mr. Lessard is highly sought after as a teacher of photography. He is a photography tour leader with the Massachusetts Audubon North River Sanctuary and the South Shore Science Center. Mr. Lessard has recently become sponsored by Hunt’s Photo and Video.

In his photo classes, Mr. Lessard emphasizes the importance of ethical nature photography. He encourages all of his students to think of nature and wildlife first and the image second. Respecting the owls and their environment was more important to Mr. Lessard than making a great image. His approach of sitting quietly for hours at a time frequently resulted in fantastic images.
For more information on Greg Lessard and his photography, visit his website at or his blog at

Haunted Halls at BSU

Haunted Halls at BSU
Oct 31st, 5-7pm
Trick-or-Treating, Halloween Games and awesome prizes! Bring the kids - and join the fun!
Please see the attached flyer.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Protecting the Environment: Greening Up the Bottom Line

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pop-A-Lock of Southeastern Massachusetts

Around the Common is pleased to welcome Pop-A-Lock of Southeastern Massachusetts as our newest Bridgewater Business Listing. Please remember to keep your spending local.
Pop-A-Lock of Southeastern Massachusetts is part of a nationwide franchise with a rich history of community service and professional locksmith services. The company was founded on quality service and customer service, and they are held to the same standard. Their strong dedication to community safety has been reflected in our services and their FREE emergency car door unlocking service that has been around since Pop-A-Lock was founded.
Pop-A-Lock is a mobile locksmith. This means they’ll go to you whether you’re stuck on the side of a road, locked out or lost your car keys at the mall, or need locksmith services at your home or business.
Their mobile locksmiths provide the following services:
  • Car Door Unlocking
  • Transponder Key Services
  • Automotive Rekeying
  • Automotive Key Duplication
  • Roadside Assistance (jump starts, tire changes, fuel deliveries)
  • Residential Door Unlocking
  • Residential Rekeying
  • Residential Key Duplication
  • Business Door Unlocking
  • Business Rekeying
  • Business Key Duplication
  • Security Audits
  • Emergency Door Unlocking (When a child or pet is locked inside a vehicle with the keys inside)
For more information about Pop-A-Lock of Southeastern Massachusetts, please visit their website by clicking here. Be sure to also "Like" them on Facebook by clicking here and Follow them on Twitter @PopALockSEMass.

Coffeland Connections: Local Values in a Global Product

Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan will speak at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. The topic of his talk will be: Coffeland Connections: Local Values in a Global Product.

Dr. Hayes-Bohanan is a faculty member in the Geography Department at Bridgewater State University. Bring your questions about coffee and bring a mug for the delicious coffee that will be served.

For more information about Dr. Hayes-Bohanan, visit his web page at: