Friday, January 29, 2016

Darwin Day at Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater State University's Darwin Day at celebration will take place on Friday, February 12th, 2016, in DMF Atrium, Auditorium, and 2nd floor hallway. Throughout the day, we will have information booths staffed by BSU students, student research posters, and a natural history display from Biology's collection. 

There will be three film screenings from the PBS series “Your Inner Fish" (beginning at 8:30 am, 10:30 am, and 3:00 pm) followed by moderated discussions with Biology faculty, staff, and students. We have invited Dr. Hopi Hoekstra of Harvard University as our keynote speaker; her lecture will begin at 7:00pm.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Kindergarten Registration Information

It's the dead of winter and you know what that means: It's  Kindergarten Registration Time! 

Please note that Online Kindergarten Registration will begin on Monday, February 8, 2016.  The link posted below will bring you to the formal letter of instruction issued by the school district.

As a PTO, GMSPA sponsors an orientation program called Road to Kindergarten (RTK).

RTK is a volunteer effort that organizes and hosts events for new K families to assist with the transition process to Kindergarten from preschool. The Kindergarten class in Bridgewater is typically 200-250 students, so as you can imagine, there are many new friends to be made!!

Chairing this years RTK committee are board members Kristen Jackson Clifford and Jenny Bratby Burr! Please watch for many more posts in the months to come so you can join us getting ready for Kindergarten! 

RTK committee members will be on hand at the registration events at the Mitchell and we look forward to meeting you and your student and on April 1, the RTK website will go live. It's designed to help answer all things K related that might start to pop into your head as the start of school draws near. 

We look forward to serving you all and especially meeting the new students! 

For more information, please visit:

Monday, January 25, 2016

Bridgewater Recreation Department Track & Field Program

The Bridgewater Recreation Commission will continue to sponsor a spring track and field program for Bridgewater youngsters currently in grades 5-8. The program will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., beginning on April 25 and continuing through June 15, and will take place at the Bridgewater State University track and field facility at Swenson Field. The program will be directed by Sam Baumgarten, Kim Larcom, and Joe Gillis.  
Sign up forms are being distributed through the schools, and completed applications should be returned to the Recreation Commission. The form will also posted on the Town website,

For additional information, call Sam at 508-697-6848. SIGN UP DEADLINE: APRIL 8.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Bridgewater Real Estate Listing

A breathtaking custom built home is coming soon to the market! This home sits on the end of a cul-de-sac and is over 3000 Square Feet and Features 4 bedroom/3.5 baths, Fireplace in Living Room, 2 Car Attached Garage, 2 Bay Custom Detached Barn, In ground Pool, Patio, Deck, Master Bath with a Claw Foot Tub, Huge Walk in Closet, Full Walk up Attic with enormous amounts of storage, Finished Basement. It also has a Beautiful In Law that Features Granite Counter Tops, Hardwood Floors, Fireplace, Full Bath with Laundry Set Up, Murphy Style Bed, Pockets Doors & a Private Entrance. The Custom Woodwork & Curved Wall Staircase are just two reasons this home is far from a cookie cut! This is an absolute must see!

This home is being offered by Nichole Sliney Realty Team. Please be sure to "Like" their Facebook page by clicking here.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Free Tax Preparation for Seniors

A tax expert will be available to do simple tax returns at no charge for seniors and low income individuals.

Appointments available every Tuesday beginning February 9th at the Bridgewater Senior Center.

Hours: from 9 am to 2:45 pm. Call 508-697-0929 to make your appointment.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Fundraiser for Paul Monti

Paul Monti's Raynham home recently sustained a fire and the house has significant amount of damage and the Monti's now need our help. We all know how important this family is to our community and we need to unite.

Anyone who is unaware of who Mr. Paul Monti is can listen to the song by Lee Brice "I drive your truck". This song was written about the loss of Jared Monti (his son). His son served our country in the most heroic way and was given the Medal of Honor by our president. Mr Monti has given so much back to our community & it is now our time to help him!

The Firefighters Wives Association, Nichole Sliney Realty Team and CAT COUNTRY 98.1 he partnered together and starting today, Wednesday, January 20th, there is a raffle where donors have the chance to win tickets to the upcoming Lee Brice show on 2/6/2016 at the Ryan Center!

Anyone who donates $100 or more to the cause through the youcaring campaign by Wednesday, February 3rd at Noon will be eligible to win a pair of tickets to the Lee Brice concert at the Ryan Center on Saturday, February 6th AND a Meet & Greet with Lee Brice. These are 200 level seats (section 202 and 203), Row “M” (tickets are valued at $49.25 each). We will pool all the names together, and Cat Country 98. 1 will randomly raffle off 20 pairs of tickets and Meet & Greet passes. A Cat Country representative will contact the winners on the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 3rd. Winners can pick up their tickets and passes at the Ryan Center’s Will Call Box Office on the night of the show (proper identification is required).

IN ADDITION, the TOP (4) donations on the site (by Wednesday, February 3rd at Noon) will each receive a pair of FLOOR seats (valued at $61 each) to the Lee Brice concert at the Ryan Center on Saturday, February 6th AND a Meet & Greet with Lee Brice AND a Meet & Greet with Tyler Farr. A Cat Country representative will contact the (4) highest bidders on the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 3rd. Winners can pick up their tickets and passes at the Ryan Center’s Will Call Box Office on the night of the show (proper identification is required).

Everyone who has made a donation on the page in the amounts mentioned above for Paul Monti is eligible to win. This includes donations made previous to January 20th. Anonymous donors will be contacted privately, if they win.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ideal Protein Weight Loss Workshop

Barley Family Healthcare & Weight Loss is holding an Ideal Protein Weight Loss Workshop with Dr. Barley on February 13th at 12PM. Dr. Barley will explain the ideal protein diet and answer any questions.

Ideal Protein has been evolving for over 20 years. The medically developed weight loss protocol and smarter lifestyle choices education offers dieters what they really want...a structured program that can put an end to constant dieting. Your personal weight loss coach will empower you with the knowledge to develop better lifestyle choices and smarter eating habits after the program ends.

Dr. Dennis Barley has been practicing family chiropractic and sports rehabilitation for over 25 years in East Fairhaven. His life mission has always been to help others. Dr Barley received his Bachelors degree in Biology from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania and received his doctorate from Life University in Marietta, Georgia where he graduated cum laude with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He received a specialized degree in sports medicine from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians and is designated as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician.

This worskhop will take place at Barley Wellness located at 25 Central Street in East Bridgewater. If you are interested in attending this event, please call 508-456-4052 to register for the event.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Bridgewater Garden Club Meetings

The Bridgewater Garden Club will hold the evening meeting on Monday, January 25th at 6:30PM at the Cole-Yeaton Senior Center.

Dawn Gates-Allen from the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association will present a brief overview of all things cranberry. The daytime meeting will be on Wednesday January 27th at 1:00 PM also at the Senior Center. A member of the Plymouth County Beekeepers Association will discuss how gardeners can feed and help the honey bees to sustain the dwindling populations in beehives.

The public is welcome. For more information call: 508-697-7617.

Bridgewater Academy Lions Winter Blood Drive for Red Cross

Bridgewater Academy Lions Winter Blood Drive for Red Cross
Monday, January 18 (Martin Luther King Day)  2 PM to 7 PM
Conant Community Health Center, 5 Wally Krueger Way, Bridgewater

Walk-ins welcome but you can save time by making an appointment:  Call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or Use code "Academy Lions" when making appointment. You can also save time at the Conant Health Center by filling out your information online at on Monday, January 18 any time after midnight. Just fill in the information, print it out and bring it with you to the blood drive. 

All donors will receive a $5.00 Dunkin Donuts Gift Card while supplies last.

If you have questions, call Elaine Sweetman at 508-697-8154.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Long Way Home Lecture

Bo McIntyre will visit on January 26 to discuss his book The Long Way Home, A journey from South Boston to redemption.

“Southie was much more than a mere dot on a map; it was a state of mind.” So begins McIntyre’s memoir, an insightful book that chronicles his journey from the streets of South Boston to the cross. In 1985 McIntyre purchased an ill-fated liquor store from Whitey Bulger. Twenty tough, tenuous years followed filled with Grand Jury appearances, a raid on the liquor store by the DEA, and ongoing investigations. During this arduous time, McIntyre knew Bulger personally. The book depicts Whitey Bulger in a slightly different light because their relationship wasn’t dependent on crime. In a surprising twist McIntyre was “born again” at 60 years old in a spiritual experience that resolved much of life’s early anguish and renewed hope.

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, January 11, 2016

Science Academy Offered During February Vacation

The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University is offering its CASE Science Academy, a four-day program for students in grades 6-8 during the February and April vacation weeks.

The Winter Science Academy featuring the Forensics Institute of Bridgewater will run Tuesday, Feb. 16 through Friday, Feb. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center.

The Forensics Institute of Bridgewater (FIB) is a hands-on class in which students act as crime scene analysts. As new employees at FIB, students expect training on crime scene investigations to be exciting, but never this exciting as only a day into training a senior scientist employed by FIB mysteriously disappears, and it is up to the student to determine what happened.

Working with senior scientists, students will learn how to collect and analyze fingerprints from a simulated crime scene, perform blood type analysis and get closer to solving the mystery using DNA fingerprinting.

The Spring Science Academy will feature Enduring Everest: An Engineering Challenge on Tuesday, April 19 through Friday, April 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Students will image themselves as climbers preparing to summit Mt. Everest. What kind of obstacles will they face? How will they overcome them and survive this journey? During this weeklong program, students will design materials necessary to overcome the challenges of conquering the mountain. Hypothermia, carrying the necessary supplies to camps, and altitude sickness stand in the way.

It is up to participants to use creativity and problem-solving skills to achieve this ambitious goal to summit Everest and experience the beauty and wonder of standing on top of the world.

A program fee of $325 covers all course expenses including lab supplies and materials. The fee does not include lunch or transportation. The registration deadline is one month prior to the start of the course. Seats are limited and filled on a rolling basis.A limited number of scholarships are available to students who demonstrate academic merit and significant financial need.

Please contact Maura Whittemore at or 508.531.2575 for more information.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Winter Family Dance Series Planned

To complement the already successful Bridgewater Community Dance series, which caters primarily to adults, dance instructor Sam Baumgarten will be offering a family dance series on three Sunday afternoons this winter, January 24, February 21, and April 3, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., at the Bridgewater Senior Center.  The series will include a mixture of circle dances, mixers, dances from other countries, and New England squares and contras. 

All dances will be instructed, suitable for all ages, and appropriate for adults and children dancing together.  The series is intended to provide enjoyable family fun and the opportunity to experience the joy of rhythmical movement and traditional dancing in a community setting.  

Admission to the dances will be $3 per child, $5 per adult, and $10 per family (three or more individuals).  Contact Sam if you would like an information flyer or more information: 508-697-6848 or 774-208-2933, or by e-mail:

Thank You Gift for the Troops

Lisa Ghelfi of Thirty-One is sponsoring a Thank You Gift for the Troops fundraiser. For more information, please click the flyer below.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Forum on Islam and Syrian Refugees

Date: Sunday, January 24th
Time: 12PM
Location: St. Basil's Chapel (10 Shaw Road, Bridgewater)

Members of all local religious congregations, community residents and campus organizations are encouraged to come learn more about Islam from an Imam, meet Syrian refugees who live among us, and gain a better understanding of the Syrian crisis. The hope is that by seeding understanding and goodwill, we can help foster a hospitable culture and a reasoned response to the question of whether Muslim are welcome in Bridgewater.

Some focus-issues will be:
(a) What is Islam; what does the current ISIS movement have to do with Islam?
(b) What is the civil war in Syria about? Who is fighting whom? What is at stake?
(c) Why are residents fleeing Syria?
(d) What is the U.S's refugee screening process--what precautions are taken to reduce likelihood of terrorists entering the U.S.
(e) How can we in this community help--in everyday life as neighbors; in town life as responsible citizens; in our communities as spokespeople, financial supporters, or hosts?

Muslim representative -- Imam Abdul Rahman – The value of human life and security, and the commonalities between religions.
Legal representative -- Legal official – explain the rigorous vetting process.
Refugee representatives -- Ahmad and his father, and another refugee family.
Nonprofit Organization Fundraiser -- Dr. Abdul Fattah Elshaar, Syrian American Medical Society.
Community representative- TBD

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Coloring for Adults

“Coloring for Adults” at the Bridgewater Public Library on January 20th at 1:00 p.m.

Besides being fun, coloring is a great way to reduce mind and body tension. According to a clinical psychologist “Coloring inside the lines, the left brain stays busy, freeing up the right brain’s intuitive curiosity. That combined with the physical sensation of coloring helps people stay in the moment longer.” Come join the fun! All supplies will be provided.

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

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Bridgewater Community Dance Series Continues in January

The yearlong Bridgewater Community Dance Series, now in its fifth season, will begin the winter-spring portion of the series on Friday, January 15.  Featuring a mix of international folk dance, and New England Squares and Contras, the sessions are held every other Friday night, from 7:30-9:15 p.m., at the Bridgewater Senior Center.  The dances are open to all, and beginners and singles are welcome!  

Participants may sign up for the entire 12 sessions (through June 3) for $72.  Single night attendees will be charged $8 per dance.  

For a registration form, or for more information, contact Sam Baumgarten at 508-697-6848 or 774-208-2933, or e-mail

Monday, January 4, 2016

Photographs by Fran Gomez Exhibit

The Bridgewater Public Library will feature an exhibit of Photographs by Fran Gomez in the Flora T. Little Gallery. The exhibition will be on display during the months of January, February and March. 

Fran considers himself very lucky to have photographed some of the most beautiful places in the United States. After growing up in Pympton, and attending Silver Lake High School, he later moved to Carver, MA. He became a welder/fabricator traveling all over New England for work. He got to see the beauty that surrounds us every day.

Fran has taken a few photography workshops. One of which was in upstate New York with the Sony corporation, another in Yosemite National Park with word class photographer Phil Hawkins. He has been published in a handful of publications and received many awards.

A few years ago Fran was lucky enough to take an eleven week trip across the United States. He spent most of his time in the more than 20 National Parks. He visited Yosemite, Yellowstone, Redwood and Badlands just to name a few. When asked if he would do it again? "Right now"

An Artist Meet and Greet will be held on Saturday, January 23rd from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm.
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.