Thursday, December 31, 2015

Practical Printing Joins Around the Common


Around the Common is pleased to welcome our newest business listing Practical Printing! We encourage all of our readers to support local business! 

Practical Printing is offering all new customers 10% off their first order!

Practical Printing is a full service screen printing and embroidery business located on the South Shore. With over 15 years of experience in this industry, Practical Printing is a family owned business that has perfected their craft and produce nothing but the best! At Practical Printing, quality is of utmost importance whether we're printing hundreds of pieces for a large event or a few pieces for a family reunion. They pride themselves on providing meticulous work product to ensure the final product meets your expectations!

Practical Printing offers very competitive pricing and fast turn around. At Practical Printing, rhey value your time and offer 1 week turn around (some restrictions apply with back ordered goods or very complex orders) at no additional cost and can also arrange personal delivery of your goods to your home or place of business. As a small business, Practical Printing enjoys working with other local businesses on providing quality printing and embroidery services at a fair and reasonable price.

For more information about Practical Printing, please "Like" them on Facebook by clicking here

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Clutter Control, Downsizing Your Stuff


“Clutter Control, Downsizing your STUFF” at the Bridgewater Public Library presented by Dave Downs on January 12th.

We all have STUFF! Why do we acquire and save more possessions than we need? What happens when our stuff starts to own us? Why can’t we just throw things away?

With his upbeat and unique approach, Dave Downs explores the many reasons that our draws, closets and garages get filled with STUFF. Downs offers helpful hints for managing this difficult problem. Dave uses colorful stories throughout the talk to engage as well as inform the audience. You may recognize a part of yourself in these stories.

Participants will leave knowing that if we are thoughtful about what we acquire; what we keep and what we discard, we will start to reverse the tendency to bury ourselves in “treasures!”

The event, which is funded by the Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library, begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Workshop: Understanding Learning Disabilities


The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) and The Bridge Center will be holding a presentation for the 2015-2016 school year on Tuesday, January 12th at 6 pm titled, How Difficult Can This Be? F.A.T City Workshop: Understanding Learning Disabilities. Through striking simulations emulating daily experiences of children with learning disabilities, Richard Lavoie’s video lets viewers experience their frustration, anxiety, and tension. After watching the video, Deb Westell, Principal of Merrill Elementary School, will reflect with the audience on how to change our approach with children who have these challenges. 

The presentation will be held at The Bridge Center, 470 Pine St, Bridgewater, MA. Please register online in advance for free childcare at: http://www.thebrigectr.org. 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: brsepac.org or email kwaskiel@hotmail.com.

Annual Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest


Annual K of C Free Throw Contest

The Bridgewater Knights of Columbus Council #488 will be sponsoring the Annual Basketball Free Throw Championship Competition.

Date: Monday, January 18th

Location: St. Thomas Aquinas
Parish Center, Gymnasium
103 Center Street, Bridgewater

Registration: Begins at 5:00 PM

All Boys and Girls ages 9 - 14 are eligible to participate.
Light refreshments will be served.
Council Champions will receive a champions certificate and plaque.
All participants receive a certificate of participation.
Parent/Guardian signature and proof of age are required; a copy of birth certificate is preferred.

Questions can be answered by Mr. Aime Vacher at 508-697-7002.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Events in January at the Bridgewater Public Library


Join the B-R Art Students for a "super" time. Create your own superhero comics in this four week session. Class dates are: Wednesday, January 6; Wednesday, January 13; Wednesday, January 27 and Wednesday, February 3. All classes are 4:00-5:00 p.m., for ages 7+, and registration is required.  To register, visit our website at www.bridgewaterpubliclibrary.org or call 508-697-3331.

Read Together, Grow Together: Free playgroup for preschool children and caregivers.  This is a school readiness program for children ages 3-5.  Registration for Read Together, Grow Together with Miss Nicole is through Triumph, Inc.  Call Nicole to register at 508-822-5388 ext. 201

Tuesday, January 5:  Registration opens for “Do you want to build a snowman?” craft on January 19 @ 1:00 p.m., ages 3-5 with adult.

Wednesday, January 6 @ 4:00-5:00 p.m.:   Art Club:  Week 1.  Join the B-R Art Students for a "super" time. Create your own superhero comics in this four week session. Ages 7 and up.  Registration required. 

Saturday, January 9 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Read to a dog.  Come read to Jasper, a registered therapy dog. Jasper loves to be read to or told stories to.  Show him a book, sit down, and share a book with this friendly dog.  No registration, all ages.

Wednesday, January 13 @ 4:00-5:00 p.m.:   Art Club.  Week 2.  Join the B-R Art Students for a "super" time. Create your own superhero comics in this four week session.   Ages 7 and up.  Registration required. 

Tuesday, January 19 @ 1:00 p.m.:  “Do you want to build a snowman?” craft, ages 3-5 with adult. Registration required.

Monday, January 25 @ 1:00 p.m.:  Drop in for an exciting story time with Miss Emily. Ages 3+ with adult.  No registration required.

Wednesday, January 27 @ 9:30-10:00 a.m.: Book Babies lapsit program for ages infant to 24 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime.  No registration required.

Wednesday, January 27 @ 11:00-11:30 a.m.:  Drop-in Story for all ages children must be accompanied by an adult.  Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, and stories based on a weekly theme.  No registration required.

Wednesday, January 27 @ 4:00-5:00 p.m.:   Art Club.  Week 3.  Join the B-R Art Students for a "super" time. Create your own superhero comics in this four week session. Ages 7 and up.  Registration required. 

Thursday, January 28 @ 11:00-11:30 a.m.: Book Babies lapsit program for ages infant to 24 months with caregiver.  Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime.  No registration required.

Monday, February 1 @ 1:00 p.m.:  Drop in for an exciting story time with Miss Emily. Ages 3+ with adult.  No registration required.

Wednesday, February 3 @ 9:30-10:00 a.m.: Book Babies lapsit program for ages infant to 24 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime.  No registration required.

Wednesday, February 3 @ 11:00-11:30 a.m.:  Drop-in Story for all ages children must be accompanied by an adult.  Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, and stories based on a weekly theme.  No registration required.

Wednesday, February 3 @ 4:00-5:00 p.m.:  Art Club.  Week 4.  Join the B-R Art Students for a "super" time. Create your own superhero comics in this four week session. Ages 7 and up.  Registration required.


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

Ralton Law Group Joins Around the Common


Around the Common is pleased to welcome Ralton Law Group, P.C. as our newest Bridgewater Business Listing. Please remember to keep your spending local.

The complication of today's real estate processes coupled with a more scrutinized lending process can leave both buyers and sellers frustrated, confused and anxious. The need for a qualified and capable attorney to represent you in real estate transactions is greater today than ever before. Ralton Law Group, P.C. is your trusted partner when it comes to all aspects of the real estate transaction process. 

With more than a decade of experience representing our clients throughout various stages of real estate transactions, you can focus on your family, your business and what matters most to you instead of finding yourself overwhelmed and worried about your property law issues.

Ralton Law Group, P.C. has experienced attorneys working day in and day out helping individuals and businesses navigate through real estate transactions. Contact Ralton Law Group, P.C. for your property law and real estate transaction needs.

For more information about Ralton Law Group, P.C., check out their website by clicking here and be sure to "Like" them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Create Your Own Superhero Comics



Coming in January 2016!  Join the B-R Art Students for a "super" time. Create your own superhero comics in this four week session. Class dates are: Wednesday, January 6; Wednesday, January 13; Wednesday, January 27 and Wednesday, February 3. All classes are 4:00-5:00 p.m., for ages 7+, and registration is required.  

To register, visit y the Bridgewater Public Library website at www.bridgewaterpubliclibrary.org or call 508-697-3331.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Tribute to Frances Moore Jeffries


Possible by the grand sponsorship of North Easton Savings Bank the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters honored long-time Rotarian Frances Moore Jeffries last evening at a reception at the Center at Sachem Rock, East Bridgewater.

Seventy-five enthusiastic supporters attended the event which provided testimony to Ms. Jeffries long and distinguished careers as a teacher, college and grants administrator, advocate for literacy and peace, and Rotary volunteer, as well as her most recent achievement of being selected for the Rotary Peace Scholars Professional Development Certificate program in Thailand this coming January through March.

Speaking on behalf of Jeffries' many and varied contributions to literacy and peace were: President Frederick Clark, Jr. of Bridgewater State University; Professor Vernon Domingo also of Bridgewater State University; Past Rotary District Governor and local club member Eldon "Terry" Humfryes; Herb Mansfield of the Rotary Club of Wakefield, Rhode Island; Dr. Edward Meaney of the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters; Beth Roll Smith also of the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters; and Rotary District Governor Kristine Musco David, who along with club president Jim Alfieri, presented Jeffries with a Rotary Humanitarian Award. Alfieri also served as master of ceremonies for the program.

A special presentation was made by Joan Gay, who graduated from Lake Erie College with Ms. Jeffries (photo below with Jeffries - needs resizing and reorientation).

In addition to many members of the Jeffries family and her friends there were other Rotary dignitaries including Assistant Governor Bill Tennant; Past District Governors Ann Williams, Dietrich Bilger, Joe Clancy, and Governor-Elect Russell Bertrand.

The Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters, devoted to "Service Above Self," meets most Wednesdays for breakfast at 7:15 a.m. at Good Days Restaurant, West Bridgewaters. All are welcome, no reservations are required.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Bridgewater Vice President Edits Book on Student Affairs Leadership


Dr. Jason B. Pina, vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Bridgewater State University, has co-edited and authored chapters in a book devoted to student affairs professionals.

AVP: Leading from the Unique Role of Associate/Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, co-edited with Amy Hecht, provides leadership strategies for new and veteran AVPs and midlevel managers who are considering an AVP position.

Dr. Pina, a student affairs and enrollment management professional with more than 20 years of experience, came to Bridgewater several years ago as vice president of a division that provides student services in housing, involvement and leadership, admissions and financial aid, health and wellness, athletics, new student and family programs.

“This book was an outgrowth of my work with NASPA’s AVP Steering Committee and as a founding faculty member of the AVP Institute,” Dr. Pina said “Very little literature existed that targeted the preparation and development needs of associate/assistant vice presidents.”

Dr. Pina co-authored a chapter on managing fiscal resources and authored another on developing work-life integration in addition to editing the remaining chapters.

Recognizing that AVP responsibilities vary widely based on institution type, the book offers a set of core competencies relevant to all AVP roles and structures. In addition, the book provides guidance for AVPs who have served in the role for a number of years. Worksheets and assessment tools are included to help readers in their professional journeys.

A resident of Rhode Island, Dr. Pina earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Occidental College. His master’s and educational specialist’s degrees are from the University of Northern Colorado and his doctoral degree from Johnson & Wales University.

He has been an active member of NASPA in regional and national capacities including Region 1 state director for Rhode Island as well as serving on the inaugural AVP Steering Committee, James F. Scott Academy Board, and the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies Task Force. His research interests include diversity and social justice, presidential leadership and leadership development.

AVP is scheduled for release in January and is available for preorder at http://www.naspa.org/publications/books/avp.


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Salon Fusion is Hiring!


In 2010, Kristine Machnig opened the doors of Salon Fusion in Bridgewater, MA. Located 30 minutes outside of Boston, Salon Fusion has grown to become the premier salon on the South Shore. With a team of the best stylists in the region, Salon Fusion offers clients top notch service in a relaxing and professional salon environment.

Salon Fusion is looking to add an experienced stylist to our team! Do you have a passion for style and are you focused on customer service? If so, we'd love to speak with you about joining our team. Complete this quick contact form here and we will be in touch!

Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol”



Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” an informative lecture at the Bridgewater Public Library
Presented by Historian and Professor Gary Hylander on December 22

Charles Dickens’s novella A Christmas Carol, published in 1843, has become one of the best loved Christmas tales of all time. You know the story, but do you know the history behind it? Join us as Gary Hylander sheds light on the history and vision of a most cherished work.

Hylander is currently an independent scholar who specializes as a presidential historian, a pedagogical specialist for the National Endowment for the Humanities and professor of history.

The event, which is funded by the Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library, begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Community Forum: “The Addiction Crisis”


Community Forum: “The Addiction Crisis”
December 8, 2015
at 7:00 PM
Hosted By
Central Square Congregational Church
within the Sanctuary
71 Central Square, Bridgewater, MA 02324
(508) 697-6016

This forum is open to EVERYONE in the community and we encourage you to attend this important event. The forum agenda will include discussions about:
· Community Awareness
· Signs Of Addiction
· Resources Available to Individuals and Families with Addictions

· Question and Answer time
· What Can We All Do To Fight This Problem

Guest Speakers:
Rich Barnes - Recovering Alcoholic and Addict
Mark Chapman - Funeral Director, Prophett, Chapman, Cole, & Gleason Funeral Home
Christopher Delmonte - Chief of Bridgewater Police
Derek Swenson - Superintendent of Bridgewater-Raynham School District
Rich Cannizzo - Pharmacist for Walgreens
Amanda Sandoval - Case Worker at Highpoint


Did you know that in Bridgewater in 2014 there were 246 admissions to Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services programs? Did you know that 50% of those admissions were for heroin use? In Raynham there were 129 and 51% were for heroin use? (source: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/substance-abuse/care-principles/state-and-city-town-admissions-fy14.pdf )

Saturday, December 5, 2015

BSU Holiday Music Extravaganza!


The Bridgewater State University Department of Music cordially invites you to attend our annual Gala Holiday Scholarship Fundraiser Extravaganza! Several of our best students and ensembles will be performing including Wind Ensemble, Chamber Singers, Brass Choir, Jazz Band, Guitar Ensemble, Flute Choir, plus student and faculty soloists. And an audience sing-a-long!! It is a great way to ring in the holiday season!

The concert will take place on Thursday, Dec. 10th at 7:30pm in the Rondileau Campus Center Auditorium. There is a $10 suggested donation for Friends of Music scholarships. All students can attend for free. For more information, please contact Dr. Donald Running (drunning@bridgew.edu).

Message from Superintendent Derek Swenson

This is the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District Superintendent, Derek Swenson, contacting you to inform parents and guardians of two very important meetings that will be held next week regarding the current status of the George H. Mitchell Elementary School. The Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District Building Sub-Committee will be meeting next Monday, December 7, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School Auditorium. 

A special Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School Committee Meeting is scheduled for next week as well on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School Auditorium. At both of these meetings, the architectural firm that has conducted the comprehensive structural assessment of the George H. Mitchell Elementary School, Raymond Design Associates, Inc., will be reporting out their findings and will be providing the District with construction options to consider moving forward. Both opportunities are open meetings and will include public comment. 

The Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District encourages parents/guardians and members of the community with any questions regarding the status of the George H. Mitchell Elementary School to please attend these meetings.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Bridgewater State University to Host Financial Literacy Day


More than 30 exhibitors – from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to investment firms – will offer advice and guidance at Bridgewater State University’s first Financial Literacy Day on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

The event, sponsored by the Bridgewater’s new Office of Financial Literacy Initiatives, will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Rondileau Campus Center Ballroom. While the primary audience is Bridgewater students from all majors, the event is open to the public and all members of the campus community, said Dr. Margaret Brooks, director of literacy initiatives.

Exhibitors will provide useful financial information and resources to educate those in attendance on topics such as budgeting, saving, investing and borrowing. In addition, some of the exhibits will showcase some of the financial literacy work being done on campus by administrative and academic offices as well as student clubs.

Leanne Martin Fay, executive director of the Massachusetts Financial Literacy Trust, Office of the Massachusetts General Treasury, is the opening speaker. She will discuss how the commonwealth is advancing the issue of financial literacy.

Other speakers, performances by various Bridgewater State University ensembles, open-mike time, contests and a collection for Food Bank 4U, an on-campus, non-perishable food bank for Bridgewater students, will also be featured.

Exhibitors include: Bridgewater Credit Union, Bridgewater Savings Bank, Bristol County Savings Bank, Eastern Bank, Harbor One Bank, Rockland Trust, South Shore Bank, the Massachusetts Treasurer’s Office, EmpowerYourself, Massachusetts Council on Economic Education, More than Wheels, Santander Universities, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Foundation/Stock Market Game, Equity Realty Plus, Wheelhouse Realty, Jack Conway Realty, Fidelity Investments, Travelers Insurance, and a dozen organizations and clubs from across the campus representing opportunities for students.

For more information, visit www.bsulife.com/bsu-financial-literacy-day/.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

2015 Christmas On The Common


Christmas on the Common will be Sunday, December 6th, 2015 from 12:00-4 PM on the Bridgewater Town Common.

*The Bridgewater Common will be closed to south-bound traffic (on the west side) from 10-5. We anticipate our BIGGEST Christmas on the Common event ever!!*
This annual holiday event is held directly on the Bridgewater Town Common (even in the snow!). Bring the family to meet Santa Claus  and get your photo taken by Avery Photographyand CVS Bridgewater, pony rides with Ponies For Parties, holiday music, food and hot drinks.
As you may know, Christmas on the Common will be hosting our annual Christmas Bazaar. We are pleased to announce the wonderful folks at the Central Square Congregational Church (next to the Common) have allowed us the use of their church for additional indoor vendor spaces. That has given the BBA the ability to host over 90 vendors for your holiday shopping this year, both outside and inside! We’ll also have vendors inside the Bridgewater Masonic Lodge and outside on the street and Common.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Bridgewater DTC Holiday Party


Bridgewater DTC Holiday Party

Date: Thursday, December 10th
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: VFW Post 2125 (Orange Street, Bridgewater)

Join the Bridgewater Democratic Town Committee for our annual holiday party! This event is free and open to all Democrats!

Pizza will be provided and the event is BYOB.

We hope you will join us as we discuss politics, enjoy some merriment and welcome in the holiday season!

Please RSVP either on Facebook by clicking here or by emailing bridgewaterdems@gmail.com.

Monday, November 30, 2015

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

Now thru December 9:  Write your letter to Santa and mail it at the library.

Tuesday, December 1: Registration opens for "Edible Christmas trees" opens. For ages 3-5 with adult. Program will be held on December 8 @ 1:00 p.m. Limited spaces, registration required.

Wednesday, December 2: Registration opens for "Christmas Bingo" opens. For ages 5+. Program will be held on December 14 @ 4:30 p.m. Limited spaces, registration required.

Saturday, December 5 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Read to a dog.  Come read to Jasper, a registered therapy dog. Jasper loves to be read to or told stories to.  Show him a book, sit down, and share a book with this friendly dog.  No registration, all ages.

Monday, December 7 @ 4:00 p.m.: “Mom & Me Gingerbread House Decorating”.  Ages 5-9 with adult.  Limited spaces, registration required

Tuesday, December 8 @ 1:00 p.m.: "Edible Christmas trees" opens. For ages 3-5 with adult. Limited spaces, registration required.

Monday, December 14 @ 4:30 p.m.: "Christmas Bingo" opens. For ages 5+. Limited spaces, registration required.


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

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Holly Day Artisan Faire at Bridgewater UU Church


Friday, December 4, 6pm - 8pm
Have a piece of Cheesecake or Decadent Chocolate Dessert while
visiting with Santa!

Saturday, December 5, 10am - 2pm
Our Famous Soup Lunch Buffet - try a bottomless cup!

**Both days take a Sweet Cookie Walk ; buy that special gift from a Local Artisan or find hidden antique treasures & books **

First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church  is located at 50 School Street in Bridgewater.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Suessical the Musical


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Learn to Curl in January!


First the good news: the South Shore Curling Club is doing another Learn to Curl session for new curlers in January!

Now the bad news: because of limited availability at the ice arena (i.e. hockey) this is most likely the only LTC we’re able to do this winter.

The Learn to Curl session will be Sunday, January 10 at 8PM and will be held at the Bridgewater Ice Arena. The cost is $40 per participant, and the session is limited to 40 people.

Registration will open on Monday, November 30 at noon. At that time check our website (southshorecurling.com) for the link to sign up. (And if you do sign up, please include the names of the people participating.)

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Thanks, have a happy Thanksgiving, and good curling!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Coloring for Adults

“Coloring for Adults” at the Bridgewater Public Library on December 9 and December 14.
The newly popular adult activity, coloring with a Holiday/Winter theme. Use a multicolor array of pencils to color in Snowflake Mandalas, Winter Scapes or Winter Scenes of your choice. An appealing and unique combination of patterns and organic imagery offers hours of imaginative coloring. There are no rules to this new, fun and therapeutic pastime. All supplies will be provided.




December 9 begins at 6:30 p.m. and December 14 begins at 1:00 p.m.


The events at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Host a BSU Student for Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is the time for us to be with our friends and families, to remember our good fortune and to be thankful for all we have. Bridgewater State University is blessed to have students from around the world at the university and many of them do not have family in the area. 

If you are interested in hosting a student for Thanksgiving, please contact Rita Garufi at 508-531-1346 or by email at rita.garufi@bridgew.edu.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

CSU Soccer Tryouts


CS United will be hosting winter tryouts in Bridgewater for U9-U12 girls and boys November 30 - December 8. A full schedule of times is listed below.

Bridgewater Dome (350 Bedford Street in Bridgewater, MA)

Monday, November 30
6:30-7:30pm U9-10, girls and boys
7:30-8:30pm U11-U12 girls and boys

Tuesday, December 8
6-7pm U9-10, girls and boys
7-8pm U11-U12 girls and boys

Register online by clicking here.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Needle Artwork of Embroidery Display



The Mayflower Chapter of the New England Region of Embroidery Guild of America (EGA) will be displaying some of their needle artwork of embroidery at The Bridgewater Public Library during the month of December.

EGA has approximately 20,000 members in 354 chapters in 13 Regions scattered across the United States, plus one chapter on-line.

The New England Region Inc., affectionately known by its members as NER, has approximately 875 members in 12 chapters. These chapters and their area groups are located in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

As a region, they offer Group Correspondence Courses, a Region Day educational program or tour and other educational opportunities. A multi-day seminar or stitch-in is held each year giving region members a chance to study with nationally recognized teachers.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Frances Jeffries Reception


North Easton Savings Bank has signed on to be the Grand Sponsor of the Testimonial Reception that the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters is conducting on December 10th to honor long-time Rotarian Frances Moore Jeffries

Dr. Jeffries, a past president of the club and a Rotary volunteer who has traveled overseas frequently to promote literacy and peace, has been selected by Rotary International to be enrolled in the Rotary Peace Scholars Professional Development Certificate program, helping to further develop her skills in conflict resolution and working toward peace, one of Rotary's most important goals. She will be attending the program at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand from January thru March in the coming year. A maximum of 50 such certificates are conferred each year.

This testimonial event, which has an admission fee of $20, will be held on Thursday, December 10th at 5:30 at the Center at Sachem Rock, 355 Plymouth Street/Route 106, East Bridgewater.

The reception will feature non-alcoholic drinks, cheese & crackers, veggies & dip, fruit and desserts. Several testimonials will be provided beginning at 6:15pm and there will be raffle and auction prizes.

For more information contact the testimonial chair, Bruce Marquis, at 508.378.7890 or bruce.marquis@comcast.net.

The Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters was founded in 1970 and features many local charitable efforts including the provision. of 5 scholarships annually to graduating seniors from the Bridgewaters, providing dictionaries to all third graders in the public schools, financial support to the YMCA, Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts, etc. The club meets most Wednesday mornings for breakfast at Good Days Restaurant in West Bridgewater. For the past 16 year's the club has been honoring "Citizens of the Year" from the 3 Bridgewaters.


Rotary, whose motto is "Service Above Self," celebrated its 110 birthday this year. It is an organization of business and professional men and women worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and helps to build goodwill and peace in the word. The world's first service club, Rotary has some 1.2 millions members belonging to 27,000 virtually in every nation.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Bridgewater Garden Club Greens Sale


The Bridgewater Garden Club will hold a Greens Sale and Cookie Walk on Saturday, December 5 from 9:00am -12:00 noon. This will be at the Bridgewater Cole-Yeaton Senior Center, Wally Kruger Way in Bridgewater

Event will be held rain, shine or snow. 

Come early to get a good choice. For information call 508-697-7617    

Saturday, November 14, 2015

St. Thomas Aquinas Annual Holiday Bazaar


St. Thomas Aquinas Annual Holiday Bazaar
Date: Saturday, November 21st
Time: 9 AM to 3 PM

Please join us for a fun-filled day. Christmas Crafts, Plants, Baked Goods, Candy, Jewelry, Knitting & Sewing, Toys, Basket Raffle Table, White Elephant and more!

50/50 raffle!

A light lunch will be served between 11 AM and 2 PM.

Visit Santa from 10 AM to 1 PM. Please bring your own camera for photos.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Testimonial Reception for Frances Jeffries


Jim Alfieri, president of the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters, announced today that the club is honoring Rotarian Frances Moore Jeffries at a Testimonial Reception on December 10th. Dr. Jeffries, a past president of the club and a Rotary volunteer who has traveled overseas frequently to promote literacy and peace, has been selected by Rotary International to be enrolled in the Rotary Peace Scholars Professional Development Certificate program, helping to further develop her skills in conflict resolution and working toward peace, one of Rotary's most important goals. She will be attending the program at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand from January thru March in the coming year. A maximum of 50 such certificates are conferred each year.

This testimonial event, which has an admission fee of $20, will be held on Thursday, December 10th at 5:30 at the Center at Sachem Rock, 355 Plymouth Street/Route 106, East Bridgewater.

The reception will feature non-alcoholic drinks, cheese & crackers, veggies & dip, fruit and desserts. Several testimonials will be provided beginning at 6:15pm and there will be raffle and auction prizes.

For more information contact the testimonial chair, Bruce Marquis, at 508.378.7890 or bruce.marquis@comcast.net.

The Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters was founded in 1970 and features many local charitable efforts including the provision. of 5 scholarships annually to graduating seniors from the Bridgewaters, providing dictionaries to all third graders in the public schools, financial support to the YMCA, Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts, etc. The club meets most Wednesday mornings for breakfast at Good Days Restaurant in West Bridgewater. For the past 16 year's the club has been honoring "Citizens of the Year" from the 3 Bridgewaters.


Rotary, whose motto is "Service Above Self," celebrated its 110 birthday this year. It is an organization of business and professional men and women worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and helps to build goodwill and peace in the word. The world's first service club, Rotary has some 1.2 millions members belonging to 27,000 virtually in every nation.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Celebration of Thanksgiving


Celebration of Thanksgiving
Tuesday, Nov. 24 @ 7:30
Central Square
Congregational Church, UCC
71 Central Square, Bridgewater

The Bridgewater Council of churches welcomes everyone as we gather together and share our blessings with one another.

We’re celebrating the support, nurture, love, and sharing of resources that makes us
BRIDGEWATER STRONG

Thanksgiving Message will be delivered by Rev. Paul Sprecher from First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church


  • Participation by many in the Bridgewater Community
  • Time of Fellowship and food following the service
  • Join the Community Choir – rehearsal, Tuesdays, November 17 & 24 @ 6:00 PM @ Central Square Congregational Church
  • Circle Dance Rehearsal, Sunday, November 22 @ Central Square Congregational church @ 11:45
  • Donations to be shared with local food pantries
  • Please bring a donation of a non-perishable food.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Christmas Gifts Collection


Christmas Gifts Collection for Bridgewater State Hospital

Items Needed:

Stick deodorant
Pads of lined paper (8 1/2 x. 11, no wires)
Plain white socks
Pocket calendars (no wires)

Collection will be accepted between November 15th and November 23rd at St. Thomas Aquinas Church and St. Basil Chapel. Bins will be available at the entrances.

Monday, November 9, 2015

National Native American Heritage Month Powwow


National Native American Heritage Month at the 7th BSU Powwow with the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness (MCNAA) 
November 15, 2015 at 11:00am-6:00pm in the Kelly Gymnasium.

This year's drums include Storm Boyz, Eastern Suns, and Iron River. Special events include an educational workshop for teachers and participants at 12:00 pm, Native art demonstrations, Eastern Native songs and dances, and Native food for purchase. Many vendors will be present. Grand Entry at 12:30. Five dollar admission which supports the event; free with BSU ID. Co-sponsored by BSU's Ethnic and Indigenous Studies Program and the Native American Cultural Association (student club).

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Open Lab Night: A BSU Event for the Community, Including K-12 Students

Open Lab Night: A BSU event for the community, including K-12 students
Thursday, November 19 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM

The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education and the Office of Community Partnerships at Bridgewater State University are excited to hold “Open Lab Night 2015” in the Dana Mohler- Faria Science and Mathematics Center!

Love science and mathematics? Love learning in a hands-on environment? Then please join us for Open Lab Night at BSU. You can chat with BSU faculty and students, hang out in our labs, and even do a few experiments. A wide variety of hands-on activities will be running throughout the night; anything from the “Virtual Reality Sandbox” to “Alien Substances." The Observatory will be open from 5:00-7:00 PM (weather permitting).



Snacks and refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Parking is available in the Bridgewater State University Parking Garage. To view the campus map, please click here.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

AAUW Meeting




On Wednesday, November 18th, the Taunton branch of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) will meet at the Arbors in Taunton, located at 763 County Street. The meeting, which is open to the public, begins at 6:00 p.m.

A silent auction for the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund and Education Foundation will take place.

AAUW membership is open to all women who hold an Associate or equivalent, Baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. Undergraduates may become AAUW affiliate members.

For more information about the local area branch of the AAUW, call Rosemarie Buote, Vice President of Membership, at 508-669-5069. The AAUW also maintains a website at: www.aauw.org/.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Christmas Bazaar 50/50 Raffle


St. Thomas Aquinas is hosting their annual Christmas Bazaar 50/50 Raffle! The drawing will be held at their Christmas Bazaar which is held on Saturday, November 21st. Tickets are $2 each, 3/$5 or a book of 6/$10.

If you are interested in raffle tickets, please email aroundthecommon@gmail.com for details.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hank Phillippi Ryan to Speak at Bridgewater Public Library



Hank Phillippi Ryan to Speak at Bridgewater Public Library on November 16 to discuss her recently released book What You See.

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate. She's won 33 EMMYs, 13 Edward R. Murrow awards and dozens of other honors for her groundbreaking journalism. A bestselling author of seven mystery novels, Ryan has won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction: five Agathas, the Anthony, Daphne, Macavity, and for The Other Woman, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her 2013 novel, The Wrong Girl, won both the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel and the Daphne Award for Mainstream Mystery/Suspense, and is a seven-week Boston Globe bestseller. 

Her novel, Truth Be Told, is the Agatha Award winner for Best Contemporary Novel and an Anthony Award nominee for Best Novel. Truth Be Told is also a Library Journal BEST BOOK OF 2014, with starred reviews from Booklist and from Library Journal. She also won a second Agatha Award in 2015 for Best Nonfiction, as editor of Writes of Passage, an anthology of essays by mystery authors. Ryan's next novel, What You See, will debut in October 2015.

Visit her online at HankPhillippiRyan.com, on Twitter @hankpryan and Facebook at HankPhillippiRyanAuthorPage.



The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public will include a book signing.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Holly Berry Fair




The Stone Meadow Residents Association will hold their annual Holly Berry Fair on Saturday, November 7th, from 9:00am to 2:00pm at Stone Meadow (off Plain Street, Bridgewater).

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