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.