Friday, December 30, 2016

Dooley Disposal Services

Around the Common would like to welcome Dooley Disposal Services as our newest local business listing. We remind you to always support local business whenever possible!

Have you noticed a ton of Dooley Disposal Services trash and recycle barrels across Bridgewater? You are not alone! Dooley Disposal offers curbside trash and recycle pickup here in town and also provides all trash removal services residents or businesses might need. 

With a strong focus on providing quality trash removal at reasonable prices, Dooley Disposal Services is a hallmark in the waste and recycling industry, serving thousands of customers daily. Their hands-on, customer-focused approach allows them to work directly with customers to create a simple solution for all of your recycling and disposal needs. Dooley specializes in the collection, transfer, and disposal of various types of waste with an emphasis on cost reduction for your home and business.

Dooley Disposal Services offers weekly curbside pickup in Bridgewater for both waste and recycles and utilizes a two-tote system to ensure your recycles are properly handled. Additionally, Dooley also offers dumpster services in Bridgewater with 10, 15 and 20 yard dumpsters available. These dumpsters are perfect for home renovation projects or for a decluttering project you promised to kick-off in the new year!

If you own a business in Bridgewater, Dooley can also handle your waste removal needs through their commercial waste management programs.

If you are interested in learning m more about how Dooley Disposal Services can help with your waste management needs, please visit their website by clicking here. Their easy to use website allows you to order services directly online but if you'd like to speak to a live representative to discuss your options, their trained staff of customer service representatives are there to assist. Please "Like" Dooley Disposal Services on Facebook by clicking here, as well.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

29th Annual Bridgewater 49ers Club Frosty Nut Run

Date: Sunday, January 1st
Time: 10AM to 5PM
Location: 49ers Club (161 High Street, Bridgewater)


No charge for the run!

Breakfast Served for $5.00 from 10 AM to 11:30 AM first come first served until its gone! Cash Bar

Run ends at the Upland Club. Plympton, Ma. Free food there until its gone! Cash Bar

Kick Stands Up at 12:00 noon

Both bars only accept CASH! No ATM's on site

Trivia Night at the VFW Post 2125

Date: Saturday, January 14th
Time: 7PM to 10PM

Location: VFW Post 2125 (Orange Street, Bridgewater)

Join us for a night of fun and friendly competition and help us support local veterans! 
$15 a person . Snacks provided. Beer and wine cash bar available. 

Team Trivia New England hosts live trivia shows at bars and restaurants throughout New England!

Doors open at 6:30

Tickets availble from by emailing

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Bridgewater Seniors First

Bridgewater Seniors First!!!!

A Partnership between Bridgewater Fire Dept. & Bridgewater Office of Elder Affairs. To schedule a free, confidential home safety visit, call the Fire Department at 508-697-0913

Safety Topics included in the home visit include:

  • Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detector checks and battery change
  • Kitchen and cooking safety
  • Electrical hazards
  • Heating units and combustibles
  • Bathroom safety
  • Trip and fall hazards
  • Proper lighting
  • Review of available services: Meals on Wheels, File of Life, AmbuPro pre-registration
  • Health and Well-Being Checks: blood pressure check, review of medication regimen

Decoding Dyslexia: “Learning to Read”

An informative program presented by Nancy Duggan of Decoding Dyslexia of Massachusetts on January 17th @ 6:30 pm at the Bridgewater Public Library.

What does scientific research of dyslexia tell us about all children struggling to read? Reading is a uniquely human adaptation and a relatively new skill for the human race. Few will question the advantages or even the necessity of being literate in our culture. But, why is this adaptation more difficult for some students? What is it about “nature” and genetics? What is it about “environment” and instructional methods? How do biology and experience combine in the best combination to facilitate learning to read? How and when should we recognize dyslexia, and what should we do about it?

Nancy Duggan is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Decoding Dyslexia of Massachusetts. Decoding Dyslexia – MA is a grassroots movement driven by parents, educators and professionals concerned with the limited access to research based interventions for dyslexia. They are inspired by and collaborating with other Decoding Dyslexia groups nationwide. They aim to raise awareness, to empower students with dyslexia and their families, and to inform policy makers on best practices to identify, re mediate, and support students with dyslexia in Massachusetts public schools and institutions of higher learning.

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

Monday, December 26, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

RJB Custom Furniture

Around the Common would like to welcome RJB Custom Furniture as our newest local business listing. We encourage you to always support local business!

RJB Custom Furniture is based out of Bridgewater, Massachusetts and is owned and operated by Robert J. Bodendorf.

Robert's interest in woodworking began when he was in high school when he took wood shop courses and built simple projects. Rob also enjoyed watching his father tinker with small projects around the house in his spare time. After graduating high school, Bodendorf started classes at North Bennett Street School in Boston and majored in furniture construction. The experience there helped Rob learn the many aspects of furniture construction and wood working including how to prepare wood for construction, the various grain orientations in different types of wood, hand planing, sanding, creating dove tails, creating mortise and tenon construction and learning how to do complex carvings and inlays.

While at the North Bennett Street School, Bodendorf receives his Associates Degree in Business from Bunker Hill Community College and upon graduating from North Bennett Street School he began working in two different wood shops where he was able to learn new skills and perfect his craft. After spending a few years working in shops, Bob decided to start RJB Custom Furniture in 2001.

At RJB Custom Furniture, they approach each new project with the highest level of personalized service our customers deserve. Often times the customer has an idea of what they are looking for but if not RJB Custom Furniture is happy to make recommendations to their customers based upon general themes that they would like to see. All wood used by RJB Custom Furniture is hand selected resulting in the highest quality, premium boards being used for all our jobs. Pieces are built individually allowing us to give special attention to each project. Significant hand work goes into each project ranging from hand cut dove tails to hand planing and hand carving.

For more information about RJB Custom Furniture, please click here to visit their website. You can also "Like" RJB Custom Furniture on Facebook by clicking here.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas "Eve Eve" Candlelight Service

Christmas Eve Eve Candlelight Service with the Reverend Paul Sprecher. A traditional service of stories and carols on the First Parish Church's 300th birthday!

: Friday, December 23rd
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: First Parish Church (50 School Street, Bridgewater)

Friday, December 16, 2016

Bernier's Liquors Joins Around the Common

Around the Common would like to welcome Bernier's Liquors as our newest Bridgewater Business Listing. We remind you to always shop local!

If you have yet to check out the newly reconstructed Bernier's Liquors you are really missing out! The Bernier family has taken significant strides to expand their business footprint and product offering and has invested significant dollars back into the Bridgewater economy! Bernier's has been in business here in Bridgewater for 65 years and prides themselves on providing quality customer experience and offering a huge selection of liquors and other items here in the Bridgewater community.

Since 1951, Bernier's Liquors has been serving Bridgewater and the surrounding community a wide selection of beers, wines and liquors at reasonable prices. Bernier's also carries a variety of fine cigars, lottery tickets, snacks, milk and more.

If you are a craft beer fan, you are going to want to check out Bernier's huge selection of microbrews rangiyng from local favorites to others from across the country. If you are looking for a selection you don't see in the coolers or on the shelves, ask the friendly staff at Bernier's and they will locate it for you and bring it into the store for you!

As expansive as the craft beer selection is, the wine and liquor selection is one of the largest in the region and features something for every connoisseur. With offerings ranging from both discount offerings to the highest end spirits, Bernier's selection of wine and liquor will leave you pacing the aisles checking out the selection for quite some time.

For more information about Bernier's Liquors, please be sure to check out their website by clicking here. You can also "Like" them on Facebook by clicking here.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Winter Science Academy for Middle School Students

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Central Square Congregational Church, UCC Living Nativity

Join Central Square Congregational Church, UCC for its Living Nativity this Sunday, December 18th from 4-7pm. 

Everyone is invited to stop by. Come and take part, or just enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and a beautiful sight. This will occur on the front lawn at 71 Central Square, Bridgewater.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Friday, December 9, 2016

Fortin Co. Joins Around the Common

Around the Common would like to welcome Fortin Co. as our newest Local Business Listing. We remind you to always support local business first!

Fortin Co. is an American home improvement company that has been in business since 1935 and prides themselves on handling your home improvement needs ranging from roofs to foundations and everything in between. Having served more than 10,000 customers in their history, Fortin Co. is owned by Peter Fortin and handles roofing, carpentry, kitchen/bath remodels and more!

Fortin Co. would like to share a special holiday thank you to customers across Southeastern Massachusetts for business over the years. "The support of the local area has given my family the opportunity to live the American dream," said owner Peter Fortin. "Because of the business, I have been able to send my children to college; first generation college students for our family!"

In gratitude, Fortin Co. would like to give back this holiday season to disabled, members of the military and all needy, retired, and struggling homeowners with a roof leak problem. Fortin Co. will repair a roof leak FREE OF CHARGE (Value of $299.00) on homes up to two stories.

For more information about Fortin Co. and to take advantage of this offering, please check out Fortin Co.'s website by clicking here. You can also "Like" them on Facebook by clicking here.

BR Music Boosters Cookie Grams

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Bridgewater Police Foundation Blood Drive

Bridgewater Police Foundation and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.

Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!

Drive Details:
Site: Bridgewater Fitness Center
Address: 620 Bedford Street - Route 18/28, Bridgewater, MA, 02324
Room Name: Aerobics Room
Date: Tue Jan 31, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00: PM
Coordinator Name: Rebekah Caylor
Coordinator Phone Number: 617-30-43425
Click here to make an appointment

The Bridgewater Police Foundation, the Bridgewater Police 5k and the Bridgewater Fitness Center is please to announce it's kick off blood drive in support of first responders. Please contact Rebekah at 617-304-3425 or Walk-in's are welcome but appointments recommended.

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Bridgewater Senior Center Holiday Party

Bridgewater Senior Center Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 14th at 12:00

$5.00 Donation

Luncheon and Entertainment with Laura James

Please join in on the fun!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday/Winter Coloring

Holiday/Winter Coloring at the Bridgewater Public Library on December 20th at 1:00 pm

The 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. All supplies will be provided. This is a self directed program.

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

Monday, December 5, 2016

American Association of University Women

On Saturday, December 10, the Taunton branch of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) will celebrate their annual Holiday Brunch at the home of Louise Freeman, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The guest speaker will be Cady Landa, an American Fellow at Brandeis University, who will speak about Immigrant Integration, Education, and Organizational Theory. Cady received one of AAUW’s International Fellowships, which have been awarded to some 3,300 women from more than 130 nations since the program’s inception in 1917.

A second speaker is Dane Lao, an international exchange student from Cambodia who is currently studying at Bridgewater State University.

The AAUW Education Foundation is the world’s largest source of funding exclusively for graduate women students. The Scholarships support aspiring scholars around the world, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.

AAUW membership is open to any graduate holding an associate or equivalent, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. Undergraduates may become AAUW affiliate members.

Events at the Library in December

Now thru Wednesday, December 14: Mail your letter to Santa at the library!

Now: Register for Christmas Bingo (held on Wednesday, December 14 @ 4:15 p.m.). Open to school age children (kindergarten and up).

Monday, December 5: Registration opens for decorate an edible Christmas tree. This program will be held on Tuesday, December 13 @ 1:30 p.m. and is open to ages 3-5 with an adult.

Tuesday, December 6 @ 6:30 p.m.: Author Steven Manchester lecture and book signing.

Wednesday, December 7 @ 10:00-10:45 a.m.: Christmas story time with Mrs. Davis. Stories, songs and a craft. For ages 2+, no registration.

Wednesday, December 7 @ 4:15 p.m..: Mom and Me Gingerbread House decorating. Registration required. (This program is full).

Friday, December 9 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Join Miss Nicole from Triumph, Inc. for a 9 week program featuring stories, art, songs and more. This program is for children ages 3-5 and registration is required through Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208.

Tuesday, December 13 @ 1:30 p.m.: Decorate an edible Christmas tree. Registration is required for this program and is open to ages 3-5 with an adult.

Tuesday, December 13 @ 6:30 p.m.: Healthy Holiday Entertaining” Registration is required for this program. Join cooking instructor Liz Barbour and learn how to plan a healthy menu that can include recipes that are prepared ahead of time and recipes that can be put together last minute with very little fuss. Liz’s discussion is followed by a cooking demonstration of two of her favorite entertaining recipes. Each recipe is designed to make your holiday party prep simple so you can enjoy feasting with your guests. Enjoy a cooking demonstration of two delicious recipes and samples.

Wednesday, December 14: Last day to mail your letter to Santa at the library.

Wednesday, December 14 @ 4:15 p.m.: Christmas bingo. Open to school age children, Kindergarten and up. Registration required, begins December 1. Fun prizes!

Friday, December 16 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Join Miss Nicole from Triumph, Inc. for a 9 week program featuring stories, art, songs and more. This program is for children ages 3-5 and registration is required through Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208.

Saturday, December 17 @ 11:00 a.m.: Join us for a classic movie, coffee and donuts. We’re showing “An American in Paris”.

Tuesday, December 20 @ 1:00 p.m.: Come on in and color your holiday stress away! Winter/Holiday theme pages. All supplies provided.

Friday, December 23 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Join Miss Nicole from Triumph, Inc. for a 9 week program featuring stories, art, songs and more. This program is for children ages 3-5 and registration is required through Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208.

Wednesday, December 28 @ 6:00 p.m.: Chess Club.

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

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Owling Dog Art Gallery

Around the Common would like to welcome Owling Dog Art Gallery as our newest Bridgewater Business Listing. We encourage you to support local business!

Owling Dog Art Gallery is a brand new gallery located at 11 Central Square, Suites 2 and 3 in downtown Bridgewater right on the common!

Find fine art, gallery-wrapped, museum-quality canvas prints and other unusual originals in this amazing Bridgewater art gallery. Owling Dog Art Gallery works daily to enhance your visual pleasure via scents, sounds and libations! Sit on the sofa by the fireplace or chat with a friend over coffee in the café. 

Owling Dog Art Gallery is housed in a former bank of an antique (c. 1840) structure right on the common among many other shopping venues. Shoppers are welcome to come and browse for that special piece or consider a unique gift for someone important in your life. All products are made in the United States with the finest archival pigment inks, papers and processes and each print is provided to you with a Certificate of Authenticity and is signed by the artist. 

The various styles on display at Owling Dog Art Gallery include architectural, landscape, macro, portrait, street scene and still life. Owling Dog also enjoys featuring local artists and artisans who create unique items. 

For more information about Owling Dog Art Gallery, please browse their website at and please stop by and browse the gallery to see if something speaks to you. You can also "Like" Owling Dog Art Gallery by clicking here and "Follow" them on Twitter by clicking here.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Holly Day Faire

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Newtown Documentary

December 14, 2016 

Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center
DMF Auditorium, Room 120

24 Park Avenue, Bridgewater, MA 
Bridgewater State University

Academy Building Grand Opening

The Town of Bridgewater wishes to invite the community and local press to attend a grand opening of the newly renovated Bridgewater Academy Building. The grand opening, on Sunday, December 4th at 11:30 AM caps off a major three-year renovation project to rehabilitate the historic structure into usable work spaces for the Town’s administrative offices. The project was funded through capital bonding and with funds approved by the Bridgewater Community Preservation Committee. The total cost of the project was $7.5 million.

The Academy Building renovation project was conducted by Town of Bridgewater in cooperation with Tappe Architects, Bargmann, Hendrie & Archetype, Inc., and M. O’Connor Contracting, Inc. The furnishings of the interior were selected by the Town in cooperation with Workplace Management and Creative Office Pavilion. The new, modern Academy Building fountain and seating area was the collaborative effort of the Town and the Bridgewater Improvement Association. Of the new amenities within the building, chief among them are the Town Council Chambers, meeting spaces, and a state of the art energy efficient climate control system.

The Academy Building has served the community in various capacities over the last century, as a privately owned preparatory school, a high school, Bridgewater Police Department and most recently as town offices.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Healthy Holiday Entertaining

Liz Barbour’s Creative Feast presents “Healthy Holiday Entertaining” Tuesday, December 13th at 6:30 PM.

Space is limited. Registration is required.

Holiday entertaining can be stressful and calorie laden…but it doesn’t need to be. Join cooking instructor Liz Barbour and learn how to plan a healthy menu that can include recipes that are prepared ahead of time and recipes that can be put together last minute with very little fuss.

Liz’s discussion is followed by a cooking demonstration of two of her favorite entertaining recipes. Each recipe is designed to make your holiday party prep simple so you can enjoy feasting with your guests. Enjoy a cooking demonstration of two delicious recipes and samples.

Liz Barbour has been cooking professionally in the Boston area since 1992. Liz’s cooking demonstrations and recipes have been featured on New Hampshire Chronicle, Channel 9’s “Cooks Corner” and in various publications including New Hampshire Magazine.

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

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Bridgewater Church to Hold Hanging of the Greens Celebration

The "Hangings of the Greens" with the Rev. Susannah Currie will be held at 10:30 AM on Sunday at Bridgewater New Jerusalem Church located at 2 Bedford Street in Bridgewater.

The public is invited to decorate the church together, sing, worship and hear stories of where Advent and Christmas traditions come from.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Put it Down Campaign

Nearly 25% of all car accidents are due to cell phone use and that number is on the rise. Many in our town no longer feel safe to be behind the wheel or for our kids to be riding bikes or crossing the street. It has to stop.

We as citizens of Bridgewater have the power to bring change. Our police department can't solve this alone and we can't sit idle while people continue to get hurt.

Please donate to help create the "Put It Down" campaign. The money raised will be used to create lawn signs, car window decals and banners. It will be a constant reminder to those driving in Bridgewater that texting and driving is not tolerated in our town.

The goal is to go way beyond signage though, we want Bridgewater to set an example to other communities.

The campaign already has the support of Chief Delmonte and the Bridgewater Police Department now needs residents to help fund the creation of this campaign. In addition, the campaign is also in need of homeowners on major roads to volunteer to host a sign.

Together we can make an impact.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Canton Hospital Party Benefit

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Learn to Curl in January!

Have you wanted to try curling?

Are you looking for an original holiday gift?

The South Shore Curling Club will be hosting a Learn to Curl session on Friday, January 6, 2017 from 8:40–11:00pm at the Bridgewater Ice Arena.

Registration will open on Monday, November 28 at noon EST and is $40 per person. These Learn to Curls fill up quickly, so register early! Just visit on Monday and sign up — we hope to see you on the ice in January!

Local Author Steven Manchester to Speak at Bridgewater Public Library

Local Author Steven Manchester to Speak at Bridgewater Public Library on December 6th @ 6:30 p.m. to discuss his books.

Steven is the author of four #1 national bestsellers: Twelve Months, The Rockin' Chair, Pressed Pennies and Gooseberry Island. His long-anticipated, critically-acclaimed novel, The Changing Season, has won at this year Beach Book Festival.

Stevens work has appeared on NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Early Show, CNN's American Morning and BET's Nightly News. Three of his short stories were selected in the "101 Best" for Chicken Soup for the Soul series and he has produced the playwright Three Shoeboxes.

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, November 19, 2016

Christmas Greens Sale & Cookie Walk

Saturday, December 3rd
9 AM to Noon

Join the Bridgewater Garden Club for the Annual Christmas Greens Sale and Cookie Walk at the Cole-Yeaton Senior Center. Wreaths, swags, kissing balls and bags of greens as well as centerpieces, decorated mugs, narcissus bulbs, gloves and other gardening items will be available. The proceeds from this event benefits the Bridgewater Garden Club Scholarship and town beautification funds.

Bridgewater Youth Basketball Launches Online Store

Bridgewater Youth Basketball is happy to announce a partnership with Under Armor and Piesco's. Please note that the online store will only be open from now until NOVEMBER 27th. Don't miss out on some new Bridgewater Youth Basketball gear for the Holiday season!

Click on the link below to see what's available:

Friday, November 18, 2016

Fireside Chat Features Cape Verde Leaders

The Pedro Pires Institute for Cape Verdean Studies at Bridgewater State University has added a second event to celebrate its official launch the first weekend in December.

A fireside chat entitled “Leadership and Democracy in Cape Verde: The Road Traveled – The Destiny Set,” will be held Friday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. in BSU’s Horace Mann Auditorium, Boyden Hall.

The historic event will feature Cape Verde Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves former Prime Minister Carlos Veiga, and the institute’s namesake, Honorable Pedro Pires, former President of the Republic and Cape Verde’s first Prime Minister.

The launch of the institute represents the culmination of a decade-long effort to position Bridgewater State University as the global hub for Cape Verdean Studies as the institute is the only academic center in the world exclusively devoted to the study of the diaspora.

While there is no cost to attend the fireside chat, registration is requested by visiting A gala celebration is planned for Saturday, Dec. 3.

Angels in America Disney Park Pass Raffle

Angels in America is a 501c3 whose mission statement is "Making America stronger, providing hope and good deed at at time." 

Angels in America supports their mission by assisting people in need and delivering random acts of kindness. 

Angels in America is currently selling raffle tickets for a chance to win 4 One -Day Disney Park Hopper tickets - valued at $620.00. They are $10.00 per chance and Angels in America is ONLY selling 150 !!! ALL money raised will assist in their mission! 

Checks can be made out to Angels in America and sent to:

Angels in America
91 Atkinson Dr. 
Bridgewater, MA 02324

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Bridgewater Garden Club Meeting

The Bridgewater Garden Club will hold their evening and on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 6:30 pm, to begin designing items for the Greens Sale. 

The workshops will continue on Tuesday, November 29, Wednesday, November 30 and Thursday, December 1 from 3PM to 9PM, with set up to begin at noon on Friday, December 2. 

The Greens Sale and Cookie Walk will be held Saturday, December 3, from 9-noon indoors at the Bridgewater Senior Center on 10 Wally Krueger Way. 

Profit from this sale funds our scholarships.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Help Support The Well: A Center for Hope and Healing

Help support The Well: A Center for Hope and Healing by getting a start on your Christmas shopping on Thursday, November 17th!

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Full Election Results from Bridgewater

Here are the full results from contested races held in Bridgewater for the November 8th election.

President/Vice President
Clinton/Kaine: 5670
Johnson/Weld: 619
Stein/Baraka: 167
Trump/Pence: 6244

US Congress
Stephen Lynch: 7726
William Burke: 4575

State Senator
Marc Pacheco: 7187
Sandra Wright: 4891

Joseph McDonald: 7335
Scott Vecchi: 4486

County Commissioner
Greg Hanley: 6272
Daniel Pallotta: 6199
Lincoln Heineman: 3019

Thursday, November 10, 2016

2017 Boston Masspass Books Available

Around the Common is pleased to announce that freshly printed 2017 Boston Masspass books are now available. These coupon books are good for restaurants, movies, stores and more.

The Masspass book costs $25 and all proceeds from the sales of these books benefits the Ace Bailey Children's Foundation. Boston Masspass and Around the Common have partnered for the past several years in raising funds for this great charity! Funds raised for the Ace Bailey Children's Foundation supports The Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.

To request your 2017 Boston Masspass, please email

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Joy of Maple Sugaring

The Joy of Maple Sugaring An informative program presented by Bruce Hopper of Pure BS Maple Shack a member of the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association on November 16th at 6:30 pm at the Bridgewater Public Library.

Bruce Hopper and Ed “Sully” Sullivan are friends that share a love of nature, adventure, hearty laughs. You won’t mistake the Pure BS Maple Shack for a traditional maple farm. Instead, it captures the sweetness of the Massachusetts town of Auburn, a welcoming old New England village. Utilizing a unique blend of individually selected Sugar, Norwegian and Red Maple trees, Sapmasters Bruce and Sully have hand tapped into the best of Massachusetts. That’s Pure BS. Free maple product samples will be served.

Massachusetts Maple Producers Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of maple sugaring in Massachusetts. Regular members are actively producing maple products or directly related to the maple industry. They support ongoing research into the many factors affecting our member farms, including production practices, quality control, environmental concerns, land development pressures and long term tree health.

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

Monday, November 7, 2016

Bridgewater Senior Center Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 14th at 12:00 at the Bridgewater Senior Center

$5.00 Donation
Luncheon and Entertainment with Laura James

Please join us! Sign-ups at the Senior Center will begin the week of November 14th

The 2016 Nobel Prizes Explained

Sunday, November 6, 2016

1st Parish Bridgewater Theater Production Press Release

On the heels of its 300th anniversary, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church will be premiering a musical entitled “Fireflies,” a heartfelt show for all ages about life, death, memories, and the enduring power of love set to music from the 60’s to the present. The show will take place at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church on Friday, November 11th, or Saturday, November 12th, at 7:00 PM. Tickets are available at the door, and are $15 for adults, $10 for students, and $5 for guests ages 12 and under.

“Fireflies” is the directorial debut of playwright Tony Winters, member of First Parish and alumnus of Bridgewater State University. Winters has written several non-musical plays, and this production is his first musical endeavor.

“‘Fireflies’ tells the story of a family crisis 13 years in the making,” Winters says, “and will bring the audience on a musical and emotional journey.” Winters selected music that audience members of any generation could enjoy. The show will feature songs from The Beatles, Florence and the Machine, James Taylor, and Muse, among many more.

In addition to being Winter’s premiere stage production, “Fireflies” is also the first performance of the First Parish Players. This new theater company consists of 13 members of the church, many of whom have been First Parish members for over 20 years. Winters added that, “Our cast is talented, hardworking, and excited to give the audience a night to remember while giving back to their church community.”

All proceeds from the show will benefit the First Parish 300th anniversary fund.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Heidi CAN! Home Staging & Redesign

Around the Common would like to welcome Heidi CAN! Home Staging & Redesign as our newest Bridgewater Business Listing! We always encourage you to support local business! 

Owned and operated by Accredited Staging Professional Heidi Bernier, Heidi CAN! stage your house, office or even just one room. I own a large inventory of furniture, art and accessories and more available for rent. Only one month rental term required. If you are thinking of selling your house and don't know where to start? Heidi CAN! help you every step of the way from decluttering to packing to staging. I can even help you set up and decorate your new home! Heidi CAN! Is a full service staging company. Together we can get your home ready for the market and showing its best.

As a former accountant and office manager, Heidi knows the importance of being organized, neat and cost-conscious? Heidi CAN! bring new ideas on how to organize and refresh your home even if you are not in the process of moving. With my redesign service we can discuss how to change things up, see what's working and what's not.

We can upgrade your homes decor in a cost-effective way. Heidi CAN! help you transform your living space in a real way!

To see some of the great work Heidi CAN! has completed in the local area, please click here to check out some before and after photos.

For more information about Heidi CAN! Home Staging & Redesign, please check out the website by clicking here.You can also "Like" Heidi CAN! Home Staging & Redesign on Facebook by clicking here.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Scratch Ticket Raffle to Benefit Canton Hospital School Christmas Party

The VFW Post 2125 is running a fundraiser for the Canton Hospital School Christmas Party. Every year the Department of Massachusetts VFW runs a Christmas party for the children of the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton. All the kids get a toy from Santa and there is music and a show. Additionally, a couple children win the chance to head down to Disney World!

The VFW Post 2125 is sponsoring a Scratch Ticket Raffle as a fundraiser that would help fund that trip.

If you are interested in purchasing a raffle ticket, please send a check payable to VFW Post 2125 for $10. The check memo should not Scratch Ticket Raffle and can be mailed to:

VFW Post 2125
40 Orange Street
Bridgewater, MA 02324

Bridgewater State University to Celebrate Universal Children’s Day with Brockton Students

The College of Education & Allied Studies at Bridgewater State University is conducting a daylong celebration of the United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day on Friday, Nov. 18.

More than 200 second- and third-grade schoolchildren from Brockton’s Huntington Elementary School will come to campus for inspirational readings by renown children’s authors and FableVision co-founders Paul and Peter H. Reynolds from their books, The Dot and Going Places.

All of the afternoon’s activities starting at 1 pm. with the keynote speaker, Dr. Bob Sylvester, professor of global literacies, are open to the public. A series of discussions entitled “All Children Matter: The Plight of Children from Across the World,” will be held in the Dana Mohler-Faria Center for Science & Mathematics.

Concurrently, a number of panels on the goals of Universal Children’s Day and social justice, led by members of the BSU faculty and students, will be held throughout the afternoon in the Moakley Center. Topics include children refugees and child trafficking.

Afternoon sessions will conclude with a global dance performance by Urban Renegades at 4:10 p.m. in the Moakley Center, Room 100.

For more information about Universal Children’s Day, which has been celebrated annually by the UN on Nov. 20 since its creation in 1954 to promote awareness among children worldwide, visit

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Pedro Pires Institute Gala At BSU Open To The Public

The official launch of the Pedro Pires Institute for Cape Verdean Studies at Bridgewater State University will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 3, and feature the institute’s namesake, the Honorable Pedro Pires, former President of the Republic and Cape Verde’s first Prime Minister.

Starting with a reception/silent auction at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and a full program, the evening will also feature a number of governmental and business leaders from Cape Verde and the Cape Verdean community across the region.

The launch of the institute represents the culmination of a decade-long effort to position Bridgewater State University as the global hub for Cape Verdean Studies as the institute is the only academic center in the world exclusively devoted to the study of the diaspora.

The event, which will be held in East Campus Commons, 125 Burrill Ave., is open to the public. For tickets and more information visit or contact Luisa Goncalves at 508.531.2622 Deadline for tickets is Thursday, Nov. 10.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Flora T. Little Art Gallery

The Bridgewater Public Library will feature an exhibit of Quilts by Coastal Quilt Artists in the Flora T. Little Gallery. The exhibition will be on display during the months of November and December.

Coastal Quilt Artists (CQA) is a group of artists who come together twice a month to share their love of making art. These artists individually have produced an eclectic range of art quilts featuring a variety of techniques. Using fabric as their medium, the group promotes critical feedback for its members resulting in an excellent support system for each members work. Six of the founding members of CQA were students of Kathleen Weinheimer (1940-1996) who encouraged them to be creative and follow their own path as artists.

Current members of Coastal Quilt Artists are: 

Jane Ashbrook, Plymouth, MA
Lynne Conover, Abington, MA
Janet Dye, Bridgewater, MA
Sandy Gregg, Cambridge, MA
Anne Marcin, Scituate, MA
Penny Myles, Hingham, MA
Graciela Piccolo, Pembroke, MA
Joan Randall, Hillsborough, NH
Mary Lou Schwinn, Cotuit, MA
Pat Smith, Marshfield, MA
Bobbie Sullivan, Scituate, MA
Diana Svahn, Plymouth, MA
Marge Tucker, Scituate, MA

The Flora T. Little Gallery is open during regular library hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9a.m.-8p.m.; Thursday 10a.m.-5p.m., Friday, Saturday 10a.m.-2p.m.

BRSEPAC November Presentation

The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a presentation for the 2016-2017 school year on Tuesday, November 15th at 6:00 pm titled, Planning for the Financial and Legal Future of Your Child.  Shelley Coelho will discuss: Negotiating the Social Security Maze, Preserving Eligibility for Government Benefits through Proper Estate Planning, and
Special Needs Trusts.

The meeting will be held at The Bridge Center located at 470 Pine St., Bridgewater, MA.   Please register online in advance for free childcare at: http:// 

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 presentations and special events. The meeting is free and open to all.  For more information visit our facebook or email

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Central Square Congregational Church Annual Fair

Central Square Congregational Church Annual Fair

71 Central Square (on the common)

Friday, November 11, 6:30pm-8:30pm (including Pie & coffee night!)
Saturday, November 12, 9:00am-2:00pm, including luncheon service
Saturday, November 12, 5pm & 6:30pm turkey supper seatings (plus takeout)


All of your favorites will be there: Pie! (Friday evening pie & coffee) * The cookie walk (how many different cookies can you fit in your tin?) and other baked goods * Homemade candy and goodies * Hand-made gift items * Holiday items * Jewelry * Attic treasures rummage * Silent auction gift baskets * Beth Basler’s amazing luncheon offerings * WALKING TACOS! * Hanson Farm harvest table * Turkey supper, to eat in or take out.

Bring your friends! Invite your neighbors! Tell them about the food items and they won’t be able to resist… “The cookie walk?" Chef Basler’s fabulous chowder? A turkey supper with generous portions? Walking tacos???

Turkey supper reservations can be made by calling the church office at 508-697-6016, or emailing Information required: 5pm/6:30pm/Takeout? Name, phone number, how many people in your party.

Please also note: we encourage anyone coming to the fair to bring one nonperishable food item to contribute to the Bridgewater Food Pantry if they are able. Spread the word!

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Bridgewater Cultural Council - Grant Review Meeting

The Bridgewater Cultural Council will be meeting on Wednesday November 16, 2016 at 6PM in the Lower Level Conference Room in the Bridgewater Public Library. The purpose of this meeting will be to review recently submitted Local Cultural Council grant applications.
The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested is welcomed to attend. 

Questions about the Bridgewater Cultural Council may be addressed to Co-Chairs Nora Tarr at or Kathryn Golden at

Monday, October 31, 2016

Friday, October 28, 2016

Trinity Church Fall Fair

Let over a dozen area craftspeople, as well as the tables sponsored by the parishioners of Trinity Church, help you get a jump on your holiday shopping. We have a nice selection of gift items, jewelry, glassware, and wood crafts for you to choose from this year with more categories on the way!

Join the fun with our Silent Auction, featuring antiques and vintage treasures, collectibles, jewelry, and more! Look for our raffle table to buy tickets to enter one of our drawings for some wonderful prizes, including our special raffle for a 7-Night Stay in the Berkshires.

Come by to get your own copy of the Trinity Cookbook, a collection recipes from our parish. And, while you are here, visit our home baked goodies table for some treats. We'll have a limited supply of Homemade Apple Pie Kits, frozen with all the ingredients you will need to make your Thanksgiving preparations a snap - come early and don't miss out!

Lunch will be served from 11am - 1pm. On the menu are burgers and dogs hot off the grill and delicious homemade chili and New England clam chowder fresh from the kitchen. Don't forget to add a slice of apple pie for dessert.

Look for the kids area - complete with games and activities. Among other fun and festive things we have planned for the kids, we'll be featuring our Kindness Rocks Garden where you can paint a rock to add to our garden or take with you.

We hope to see you there!

More information about the event can be found

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

2016 Holly Berry Craft Fair at Stone Meadow


The Stone Meadow Residents Association will hold their annual Holly Berry Fair on Saturday, November 5th, 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, hourly door prizes, and our Stone Meadow Café. Free admission and free parking.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Cub Scout Pack 35 Haunted House

Bridgewater Cub Scout Pack 35 is hosting a fun family friendly haunted house. 

The donation of admission will be $2 to experience the spooky Haunted House.

We will have allergy friendly snacks. Also drinks will be available for a small donation as well.

Please spread the word to family, friends in the community and beyond.