Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BR-SEPAC Meeting


The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a Family Special Education Night on Friday, October 23rd from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Parents can connect with other parents and gather information from representatives of local special education service providers. School age children can enjoy arts and crafts, gym activities, and a movie while being supervised by volunteers. A raffle will be held to raise funds for the BR-SEPAC. The event will be held at Laliberte Elementary School located at 777 Pleasant St. Raynham, 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: brsepac.org or email kwaskiel@hotmail.com.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger



Ghosts, Phantoms, Spirits and Author Jeff Belanger to Haunt the Bridgewater Public Library on October 13th at 6:30 p.m.

Emmy-nominated Host of New England Legends on PBS, Ghostvillage.com founder, and Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures writer to offer an evening of true ghost stories, research, and evidence from around the world. Jeff Belanger knows all about things that go bump in the night. For the last 17 years, he’s searched the world for monsters, ghosts, and other paranormal legends that have seeped into our culture, folklore, religion, and even our history books.

He is the author of over a dozen books on the paranormal (published in six languages) including the best sellers: The World's Most Haunted Places, Weird Massachusetts, Our Haunted Lives, and Who's Haunting the White House? (for children). He's the founder of Ghostvillage.com, the Web's most popular paranormal destination according to Google, and a noted speaker and media personality. In January of 2014 he was asked to give a prestigious TEDx talk in New York City. (www.jeffbelanger.com)

Belanger’s talk will include images, audio clips, and video from some of the world’s most infamous haunts plus a question and answer session for the audience. He will also have autographed books available for purchase.

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.

The Beatles: Band of the Sixties



Come join us on Monday, October 19 at the Bridgewater Public Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for
The Beatles: Band of the Sixties, presented by Beatle scholar, Aaron Krerowicz. Explore the music of The Beatles in this 60-minute multimedia presentation (part history and part musical analysis) spanning the full 1960's: beginning with the band's seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through Beatlemania, and concluding with Abbey Road. The program will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews with the band members.

The United States of America's only full-time professional Beatles scholar, Aaron Krerowicz graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor’s of Music in Theory & Composition in 2008, from Boston University in 2010 with a Master’s of Music in Composition, and from the Hartt School of the University of Hartford with a Graduate Artist Diploma in the same discipline in 2012.

In November 2011, Aaron won a research grant through the University of Hartford to study the Beatles. The results of this on-going venture have been presented through well more than one hundred analytic presentations at universities, libraries, continuing education programs, and community centers throughout the United States and England. Aaron's first Beatles book, The Beatles & The Avant-Garde, was published in late 2014; his second, The Beatles: Band of the Sixties, was released as a Kindle ebook in April 2015; and third, From The Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America, was released in early June 2015, with several more books planned for the next few years. For details, and to stay informed of his schedule, register for his free monthly email newsletters on his website: www.AaronKrerowicz.com.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Beautification of Cole-Yeaton Senior Center Grounds


The Cole- Yeaton Senior Center grounds as had a fall face lifting by the Bridgewater Garden Club. Members maintain the grounds and this week have removed the front shrubs which were planted when the building was built in 1995. Fall plants have been added to the other gardens to make it attractive. Those working on the grounds included, Daytime President, Donna Albro, her husband Carl, Carol Cleary Roberta Reynolds, Ann Wood, Sandra Alley, Pam Odom and Claire Freeman.

Garden Club meetings are held at the Senior Center. For more information call 508-697-7617 or Bridgewatermagardenclub@gmail.com. You can also visit the Bridgewater Garden Club's website by clicking here and be sure to "Like" them on Facebook by clicking here.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

St. Thomas Aquinas Rummage Sale


R U M M A G E S A L E

Saturday, October 3, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

(2:00-4:00 p.m. $2-a-bag special)
clothing*jewelry*domestics*books*
children’s*toys*small furniture*bric-a-brac

Come early for the best selections,
shop late for the best bargains!!!!!!!!

St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Center
103 Center Street

Bridgewater

Bridgewater Cultural Council Applications Available


The Bridgewater Cultural Council is now accepting grant applications from those interested in applying for grants to support their projects in the arts, music, humanities, and science in 2016. Application forms, instructions for applying, and guidelines can be found on the cultural council website: www.mass-culture.org/bridgewater.

Applications must be received by October 15, 2015 and should be mailed to: Bridgewater Cultural Council, PO Box 832, Bridgewater, MA 02324.

Please note that the Bridgewater Cultural Council will give preference to grant applications from Bridgewater residents or for projects benefiting the town of Bridgewater.


Any further questions should be directed to: Angela Dimisioris, Secretary, Bridgewater Cultural Council at angie@dimisioris.com

Friday, September 25, 2015

2015 Health & Public Safety Expo

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Salon Fusion

Around the Common is pleased to welcome Salon Fusion as our newest Bridgewater Business Listing. Please remember to keep your spending local.


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.

At Salon Fusion, they pride themselves on providing customers with the highest quality service dedicated to each individual customer's unique tastes, desires and styles!

For more information about Salon Fusion and to see a list of their services, please visit their website by clicking here. Please also "Like" them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Outlaw Recreation Cheer


Arts for Youth: Fall Music Program


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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Tara Shuman at Bridgewater Public Library



Tara Shuman will visit on October 7 to discuss her recently released book Hope Is a Good Breakfast, and other humble thoughts on my cancer journey.

Hope Is a Good Breakfast offers a down-to-earth and even humorous account of a young mother's journey of self-doubt and self-discovery. It is not simply a book about cancer, but rather, a story about strength and struggle, fear and failure, life and love. Hope Is a Good Breakfast offers proof for all ages of how some people decide to not only hope but to dream big—really big—even when the odds are stacked against them.

Tara was the keynote speaker at Dana-Farber's 2014 Annual Young Adult Conference and she also led a workshop at the 2014 Friends of Mel Art of Living Conference.

Tara is the proud founder of Writing Saves Lives, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote writing as a way to cope and heal. While the organization is in its infant stages, Tara works with a dedicated board of directors who are as excited as she is about growing the organization in the coming years. http://www.tarabeatscancer.com

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.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Children's Eye Screening at Autumnfest


The Bridgewater Lions Club will be doing Children's Eye Screening at Autumnfest.

Ages 6 months to 22 years.

The Bridgewater Lions Club Eye Screenings will take place in Boyden Hall, next to the Masonic Child Identification Program.

Azorean Cooking, From My Table to Yours.



Maria Lawton will visit on October 6 to discuss her recently released book Azorean Cooking, From My Table to Yours.

Azorean Cooking will transport you to a kitchen as warm and fragrant as your grandmother’s. Traditional, homey dishes build an authentic, comforting bridge between generations. No matter your heritage, this charming cookbook is a pleasure to read and cook from.

Longing to recreate her grandmother and mothers recipes for her own family, Maria resolved to document the cooking that was a vital part of her childhood. With the help of her family Maria’s quest returned her to Sao Miguel. Maria will share her journey of writing her family recipes and publishing her cookbook. http://azoreangreenbean.com/

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.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Solar Power Presentation



Is Solar Power for You? An informational program on solar energy for the home on October 5 at 6:30 PM at the Bridgewater Public Library.

The basic operation will be explained through a visual presentation and terms will be clarified. You will find out if your home has the proper location to access solar energy.

This is something many homeowners are exploring, so it’s the perfect time to check it out and ask any questions you may have, including financial concerns.

A professional in the field will be doing the presentation. Pamphlets from his company as well as others will be available.

This program is endorsed by the Bridgewater Town Energy Committee Chairman.

Blood Drive in Memory of Shannon Crowley


Please join us for a a Blood Drive on Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 9:00 - 3:00 pm at Mitchell at the Middle. The blood drive is in memory of Shannon (Shea) Crowley.

To make an appointment please log onto www.halfpints.childrenshospital.org sponsor code for this drive is MITMID or call Sue Dooley at 508-279-2100 x1521.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Bridgewater Youth Basketball Signups


Bridgewater Youth Basketball registration is now open. Bridgewater Youth Basketball offers both travel and in-town leagues for both boys and girls and the program starts for kids in first grade going up through twelfth. 

For more information on how you can register your child for Bridgewater Youth Basketball, please click here.

Free Spanish Classes


Bridgewater State University’s Department of Foreign Languages and the Bridgewater Senior Center are pleased to offer free Spanish language and culture classes to area residents aged 50+.

·       The classes will meet every Wednesday, starting September 30 until December 2.

·       Class will be held at the Bridgewater Senior Center.

·       The classes will meet from 11:15am until 12:00pm.

·       All materials are provided free of charge.

·       Sign up at the Bridgewater Senior Center or call:

10 Wally Krueger Way   
(508) 697-0929

·       Class space is limited to the first 25 who register.


·        There may be a research component to this course; participation in it is completely voluntary.

Bridgewater Kids Road Race



The 36th edition of the Bridgewater Kids Road Race will take place on Sunday, October 4th, on the campus of Bridgewater State University. The race is open to Bridgewater children in grades K-8. The girls’ race begins at 2:00 p.m., and the boys’ race at 2:20. All runners should check in by 1:45 at Burnell Hall on Hooper Street. There is a $2 fee to enter. Entry forms have been distributed to the schools. 

For additional information, contact Sam Baumgarten, 508-697-6848.

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center Comedy Night


Support bullying prevention at Bridgewater State University this weekend. The Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center will host a Comedy Night in the BSU Rondileau Campus Center Ballroom on Sat., Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Comedians include Dave Lamb, Abhishek Shah, Langston Kerman and Chris Pennie. Open to the public. Admission is $15 per person, and free for BSU students with valid student ID. Co-sponsored by BSU Weekends. To reserve tickets, call 508-531-1784. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Upcoming Bridgewater Garden Club Meetings


The Bridgewater Garden Club starts its season with September meetings. The daytime meeting will be on September 23rd at 1PM. Bring your favorite veggies or plant to swap or share and catch up on the summer.

The evening meeting is on Monday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m. Sit sip and share. Bring a plant, either garden or house plant and a notecard of plant ID and care. Workshops for December and spring will be discussed..

All meetings are held at the Cole Yeaton Senior Center in Bridgewater. New members are welcome. For information call 508-697-7617.    

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

27th Annual Autumn-Fest - September 26th, 2015


This year's event will be held on Saturday, September 26th, 2015 from 10-4 p.m. on the campus of Bridgewater State University in front of Boyden Hall on the quad. Autumn-Fest is a longstanding tradition in Bridgewater, MA, and is organized and presented exclusively by the Bridgewater Business Association (BBA) with the help of the University and Community Partnerships at BSU, Bridgewater Savings Bank, and the Bridgewater business community. It is attended annually by over 5000 people.

This FUN-tastic day includes over 120 vendors, where you can sample the wonderful products and services our BBA Members and other vendors have to offer, delicious food and treats from local eateries, music and MC by JAS Productions, music with Felix And The Jazz Cats and The Bridgewater Brass Antiphonal Society, BSU Arts for Youth, crafts and face painting, live demonstrations and performances, activities for the kids, pumpkin decorating, train rides, moon bounce from Grant's Rental, Barn Babies Traveling Petting Zoo, the Bridgewater Fire Department smoke house, Bridgewater Police Department K-9 demo, Poppee the Clown, child ID digital photo and fingerprinting (with the Fellowship Lodge A.F. & A.M.), Joe's Crazzy Critters, Stardust Gym, .and much, much more!

Admission is free. Select activities during the event do cost money to participate. There is parking around the BSU campus and the event is within walking distance from the center of town.

Money raised from our annual events such as Autumn-Fest and Christmas on the Common support the BBA Assistance Fund, helping local families throughout the year. Our Assistance Fund has been able to provide families with over $85,000.00 since 1985!

This event is held rain or shine.

This event is organized and run exclusively by the Bridgewater Business Association with the help of the Bridgewater State University - Office of University and Community Partnerships and Bridgewater business community. The BBA is not affiliated with the Town of Bridgewater.

The Bridgewater Business Association, Inc. is a non-profit corporation, originally formed in 1984, devoted to the interests of the business community in the Town of Bridgewater, MA. The BBA Promotes unity between Bridgewater and the business community and is committed to promoting goodwill among business owners, interacting with Town government, and encouraging growth of in-town business.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Bridgewater's Celebration of Peace


Bridgewater's Celebration for Peace, held in conjunction with the United Nation's International Day of Peace, will be held this Sunday, September 20th, in various locations around Bridgewater. Events will include the opportunity to make street art, go on a parade with a giant white dove, and listen to local musician Peter Janson's tranquil guitar. Children's activities will be conducted by Arts for Youth's Lisa Troy and Jim Quinn.

Details and a schedule can be found on the Facebook event page here.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Invitation to the Martin Richard Statue Dedication


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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Resume Writing Review Workshop



Join consultant Gary Gekow in a round table group discussion on resume writing including how to address key word search techniques. Chronological and functional resume samples will also be analyzed.

Participants are encouraged to bring their existing resume for confidential one-on-one analysis.
Gary Gekow, has over 25 years of employment consulting and recruiting experience in the Boston marketplace. He works closely with client companies in many industries as well as with job seekers in various specialties. He has presented his successful employment workshops at dozens of libraries throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island http://resumeyourcareer.com/.

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

Saturday, September 5, 2015

A Reading and Lecture by Margaret Regan


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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tickets for The Well's Masquerade Ball Now Available


Tickets are now available for The Well's Masquerade Ball. Join The Well for an evening of revelry at the Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston, MA on Friday, October 23rd to celebrate The Well, raise money for the important work it is doing in the community and to help unmask the stigma of mental illness. Music, dancing, food, drinks, auctions, raffles, prizes and surprises. 

Order tickets at www.visitthewell.org today as they're going fast!

BSU Observatory Fall Public Nights


The BSU Observatory will host public nights on Wednesdays during Fall 2015 beginning September 30th. Visit our website at http://microsites.bridgew.edu/observatory for exact dates and times. These events occur on the 5th floor patios of the Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center.

These events are weather-dependent. Please check a few hours prior to each event to see if the weather will allow it to go on. Call our hotline at 508-531-DARK, find us on Facebook (Bridgewater State University Observatory), or follow us on Twitter @BSUObservatory to check.

Bridgewater State University 175th Anniversary Celebration