Thursday, April 30, 2015

Taking Control of Your Future: A Legal Checkup

The Bridgewater Cole-Yeaton Senior Center, 10 Wally Krueger Way will host guest speaker Attorney Eric Oalican from the Elder Law Firm of Oalican Law Group on Tuesday, May 12 at 12:30p.m. This program is part of the statewide Elder Law Education Program presented by the Massachusetts Bar Association. 

This year's topic is "Taking Control of Your Future: A Legal Checkup." A complimentary lunch will be served at 12:00. 

To sign up for this program please contact the Bridgewater Senior Center at 508 697-0929.

Emma's Pub & Pizza

Around the Common welcomes Emma's Pub & Pizza as our newest Bridgewater Business Listing. Please remember to support local small business whenever possible!

Emma’s Pub & Pizza is where FOOD, FUN and VALUE meet!! 

For the last 26 years Emma's has served their customers the most delicious meals with enormous portions for very little money. Emma's features Daily Specials that are sure to fill you and leave your wallet full as well. It is a great spot to watch the game on one of their many big screen
televisions or have dinner with your family in their spacious dining room.

There is always something happening at Emma’s Pub & Pizza and with the original location located on Route 104 in Bridgewater along with the downtown location located on Broad Street, Emma's Pub & Pizza offers diners in Bridgewater two unique options both focused on providing great meals at low prices.

Emma's offers an expansive menu ranging from their famous pizzas to salad, steak tips to lobster rolls and everything in between. Feel like staying in for the night? Emma's also has frozen pizzas available in grocery stores across the region that offers diners the same quality pizza in the comfort of their own home.

Be sure to check out Emma's Pub & Pizza the next time you are looking for somewhere to eat and be sure to tell them you saw their posting on Around the Common!

Outdoor Destinations and Country Inns

The Bridgewater Public Library will host Michael J. Tougias and Alison O’Leary on Tuesday, May 12th. They will give a power point presentation about their favorite outdoor destinations and country inns located in Vermont, New Hampshire and the Berkshires. Tougias and O’Leary are the authors of Inns and Adventures of Vermont, New Hampshire and the Berkshires: A History and Explorers Guide.

Adventures include such activities as white-water kayaking, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, hidden swimming spots and the thrill of discovering lesser-known countryside. “We love finding new, hard to find spots and sharing them with people who have an appreciation of the outdoor world,” says Tougias. “And for history buffs, we also weave in unusual events from the regions you will be exploring, with several stops for roadside history.”

O’Leary, a former reporter for the Boston Globe, adds, “Our favorite inns are also profiled, where readers can “meet” the innkeepers and learn why we found these inns the perfect destination after a day outdoors. Enjoy our personal and often humorous accounts of tackling high peaks, finding waterfalls deep in the woods, river-rambles and encounters with wildlife – then go make your own memories.”

Tougias, known for his fast paced writing style and character-driven stories, has written several outdoor guidebooks as well as true survival thrillers, including The Finest Hours, which is currently being made into a major motion picture by the Disney Corporation. On a lighter note, the author penned the award-winning memoir There’s a Porcupine In My Outhouse: Misadventures of a Mountain-man Wannabe. Visit for more information.

This program is funded by the Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library. It will be held in the library’s Flora T. Little Meeting Room, on the lower level. Parking is available in back of the library, located at 15 South Street.

MARC's 10th Anniversary Birthday Bash

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Reminder: MARC's 10th Anniversary Birthday Bash

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The Giving Tree Consignment Spring Sale

This weekend is The Giving Tree Consignment's Spring Sale at St Thomas Aquinas Parish Hall in Bridgewater. You will find many GREAT deals on children's clothes, toys, sports equipment, accessories and so much more! Shop Saturday from 8-4pm and Sunday from 9-1. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bridgewater Lions Youth Fishing Derby

The Bridgewater Lions Club will be sponsoring its ANNUAL YOUTH FISHING DERBY,
May 9, 2015, at SKEETER MILL POND, Bridgewater, 7am - 10:30 AM., for Youth ages 2-16 .
Prizes , refreshments and Bait is Free 
The Event is sponsored by Donations from Local Businesses, Police and Fire. 
The Lions goal is to prevent BLINDNESS and Cure Eye Disease.
Anyone wishing to support the Event and Lions Charities may send donations to below.
The Bridgewater Lions Club Foundation, inc is a 501C3 corporation.No one in Lions is paid and 100% of donations go to cover event costs.
Carl Hanson , Chairperson
Bridgewater Lions Club Foundation, inc
PO BOX 169
Bridgewater, MA 02324
508-697-5733 fax

Troop 31 Fundraiser at the 99

Tired of cooking by Thursday night? Want to help support a great group of kids and eat a delicious meal? Come to the Bridgewater 99 Restaurant Thursday between 5 - 10 p.m. with the attached coupon and you can help support Troop 31 Boy Scouts. 

There will also be raffle baskets to try your luck on! Dining & take out are both eligible. Coupons and other promotions are not. 

Don't worry - if you can't print the coupon - we will "be prepared" with copies!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Trials and Tribulations: Examining the Borden Case with Judge Mark Lawton

Please join us at the Bridgewater Public Library on Monday, May 4th at 6:30p.m. for a One Book One Community program: Trials and Tribulations: Examining the Borden Case with Judge Mark Lawton. Judge Lawton is a retired juvenile courts judge for Suffolk County.

Bridgewater’s current OBOC selection is: Cold Case to Case Closed: Lizbeth Borden, a historical novel by Richard Little and Beverley Folstad. It focuses on the infamous double murder case in Fall River in 1892. Andrew Jackson Borden and his second wife, Abby Borden, were murdered in their own home. Their daughter, Lizzie, was the prime suspect. Eventually acquitted in the courtroom, she was condemned in the Court of Public Opinion. Many books have been written about the case.

This is the 10th anniversary of Bridgewater’s One Book One Community partnership. Additional information about Cold Case to Case Closed and the OBOC program can be found on their Facebook page at Community/1409719439265716

The Bridgewater Public Library is located at 15 South Street. Parking is available in back of the library. For more information call 508-697-3331.

Labor Movement Posters Exhibit

The Bridgewater Public Library will feature an exhibition of international labor movement posters from Stephen Lewis’ collection ( in the Flora T. Little Gallery. The exhibition will be on display through May and June.

The posters in this exhibition are from a collection of more than 4,500 of Stephen Lewis, a long-time activist in the labor movement and the former Treasurer of his union. Stephen has exhibited at a number of public libraries in Massachusetts, two of the state Heritage parks and at Boston City Hall. Lewis has presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Public History and on local cable television programs.

According to Lewis, the posters/photos were contributed by friends, collected at conferences, visits to some of the organizations, and from connections made through the internet.

The Flora T. Little Gallery is open to the public during regular library hours: Monday-Wednesday 9a.m.-8p.m.; Thursday 10a.m.-5p.m., Friday-Saturday 10a.m.-2p.m. Parking is available in back of the library.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Basic Rights In Special Education

The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council
Basic Rights In Special Education

Presented by The Federation for Children with Special Needs

The Basic Rights workshop will help you:

*  Learn how special education law can support your child as they learn
*  Learn the process- how special education law can open doors of support in your school
*  Understand your rights so you can effectively collaborate with your professional partners and become a more effective advocate for your child
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
BRSEPAC meeting 6:30 PM
Lecture 7:00 PM
Bridgewater Raynham Lecture Hall
Bridgewater Raynham Regional High School
 415 Center St.       Bridgewater, MA
Lectures are free and everyone is welcome!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

FREE Metal Recycling to benefit local food pantry

The Sixth Annual FREE Metal Recycling day will be held on Saturday, May 2 from 9:00 a.m. til noon at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, adjacent to the CVS in Bridgewater Center. All proceeds benefit the Bridgewater Food Pantry.
The metal drive is sponsored by the church’s Green Sanctuary Committee, in conjunction with KeyforHope, a local non-profit dedicated to providing food and support to those in need. Green Sanctuary churches are committed to promoting sustainable lifestyles for their members as individuals and as a faith community. In the past five years, the one-day drive has netted close to $1300 in food for the Bridgewater Food Pantry.
Bring your scrap metal, large or small, to the church parking lot!! All metal, including appliances, pipe, air conditioners, fencing, file cabinets, bikes, grills and more, will be accepted, minus any gas, propane, glass, etc. Friendly volunteers will help unload your metal. The metal recycling will be held rain or shine.
Please help get the word out!! Tell your friends, family, and neighbors to keep us in mind when doing spring cleaning! Residents and non-residents are welcome. Let’s fill up those roll-off containers and support those in need in our own community.