Monday, February 29, 2016

Upcoming Programs at Bridgewater Public Library in the Children’s Room

Wednesday, March 2 @ 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, March 2 @ 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.

Thursday, March 3 @ 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, March 7 @ 1:00 p.m.:  Drop in for an exciting story time with Miss Emily. Ages 3+ with adult.  No registration required.

Tuesday, March 8 @ 1:00 p.m.: Zumba for Kids!  Ages 3-5 with adult.  No registration required.  Offered by the Y of East Bridgewater.

Wednesday, March 9 @ 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, March 9 @ 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.

Thursday, March 10 @ 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.

Tuesday, March 15 @ 1:00 p.m.: St. Patrick’s Day Cookie Decorating Craft. Come decorate cookies with sprinkles, frosting and more!  Ages 3+ with adult.  No registration required, while supplies last.

Tuesday, March 22 @ 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m..:  Drop in craft: edible necklaces.  Come create edible necklaces with Froot Loops.  Ages 3+ with adult.  No registration required, while supplies last. 

Saturday, March 26 @ 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.

Tuesday, March 29 @ 1:00 p.m.:  Drop in for an exciting story time with Miss Emily. Ages 3+ with adult.  No registration required.

Wednesday, March 30 @ 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, March 30 @ 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.

Thursday, March 31 @ 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.

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

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Fundraising Piano Concert

Aaron Wonson, 16, a junior at BR and pianist for St. Basil's church will be performing a fundraising concert at St. Basil's on Sunday, March 6th from 1-3 PM.

Aaron has been selected to go on a piano tour to Germany this summer with the New England Conservatory. There is no cost to attend the concert, any contribution to help Aaron on his musical journey to Germany would be greatly appreciated. Aaron will be playing a variety of classical pieces by Chopin, Beethoven, DeBussy and many more.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Father Seminar

Every Saturday, from 03/05/2016 to 03/26/2016, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Location: South Shore Community Church Office, 100 Laurel Street, 2nd Floor, East Bridgewater, MA US 02333

Cost: $20.00


Download: Download Event

What: Father Seminar: 4 distinct teaching times with Dr. Rob Reimer, Dr. Geoff Gilson, Dr. Fred Kern, and Carl Lubbe.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Mary Anderson Memorial Scholarship

The AAUW Taunton Area Branch is offering a $500 Mary Anderson Memorial Scholarship for college students. Applicants must be graduates of a high school in Southeastern Massachusetts who will be entering the junior or senior year of college in the fall of 2016 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and a commitment to improving the lives of women and girls.

For an application, contact Louise Freeman, 606 Pleasant Street, Raynham, MA 02767, 508-824-8452 or The deadline to apply is April 1, 2016

AAUW (The American Association of University Women) advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Boston Irish Presentation

Bill Brett to Speak at Bridgewater Public Library on March 8th @ 6:30 p.m. to discuss his book “Boston Irish”.

Award-winning photojournalist, Bill Brett is well known for his career at The Boston Globe where he has recently marked his 50th anniversary. He was the photography-member of the Globe team nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism in 1978 and 1979. Under Bill’s leadership, staff photographer Stan Grossfeld won the only two Pulitzer Prizes ever awarded to the Globe photo staff. In 1999, Bill became Director of Photography, a position from which he retired in 2001.

Boston Irish by Bill Brett with the forward written by Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author and Historian David McCullough, is Bill’s fifth book; all of his titles feature the city and its people. A collection of more than 260 black-and-white photographs of the people and the city he loves. It is his most personal book yet. Building on his four previous books, Boston, Irish turns the lens on Bill's own community, the city's Irish Americans. Boston, Irish chronicles and crystallizes a unique period in the city's history. A time that won't be seen again, inhabited by newly-arrived immigrants and second- and third-generation Irish-Americans. Boston Irish covers every aspect of the region’ s Irish-American community with portraits and stories ranging from a 99-year-old nun to a colorful funeral home director to an Irish tenor to a New York Times best-selling novelist. It also explores the full breadth of the Irish immigrant experience, representing those from the Republic and Northern Ireland and both Roman Catholics and Protestants alike. When the world thinks of Boston, they think of the Irish as the city's bulwark community. What Bill Brett thinks of Boston runs much deeper and can be found on each and every page of Boston Irish.

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.

Troop 31 Fundraising Night at the 99 Restaurant

Hungry? Don't feel like cooking? Want someone to wait on you? Bring the family to the Bridgewater 99 on Wednesday night! Your meal purchase will help support Bridgewater Troop 31 Boy Scouts. 

Funds raised will help Scouts go to camp, replenish needed supplies, and much more! Please bring the attached flyer or we will have some there for you if you're not able to print it out!

Presentation Sponsored by BR-SEPAC

The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a presentation for the 2015-2016 school year titled, BASIC RIGHTS In Special Education, A Workshop for Parents and Professionals on Tuesday, March 8th at 9 am. A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will provide families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under:

• Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
• Massachusetts Special Education Law
This workshop is designed to help parents learn to be effective partners with their child’s school to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child’s progress in school.

The presentation will be held at the Bridgewater-Raynham Central Office Conference Room located at 166 Mt Prospect St, Bridgewater, 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: or email

Monday, February 22, 2016

Dr. Diana Eck to Discuss Religious Pluralism

Dr. Diana Eck will discuss “Critical for a Common Future: Religious Pluralism in Today’s World,” on Monday, Feb. 29 at Bridgewater State University. Her talk, sponsored by Global Religious Studies at BSU, will be presented at 12:30 p.m. in the Dana Mohler-Faria Center for Science & Mathematics, Room 120.

Dr. Eck is professor of comparative religion and Indian studies and is a member of the faculty of divinity at Harvard University. Her academic work has a dual focus – India and America – and in both cases she is interested in the challenges of religious pluralism in a multi-religious society.

Since 1991, she has headed the Pluralism Project, which explores the religious dimensions of America’s new immigration; the growth of Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain and Zoroastrian communities in the U.S.; and new issues of religious pluralism and American civil society. Her book, A New Religious American: How a “Christian Country” Has Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation, was published in 2001.

In 2005-06, she served as president of the American Academy of Religion and in 2009, she delivered the Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh, a series of six lectures titled “The Age of Pluralism.”

She received the National Humanities Medal from President Clinton and the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1996, the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award in 2003, and the Melcher Lifetime Achievement Award from the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2003.

Dr. Eck’s keynote lecture and campus conversation is open to the public.

Bringing an Awareness to the Opioid Crisis and Addiction

Bringing an Awareness to the Opioid Crisis and Addiction

Made possible by the University Community Initiatives Partnership Grant at Bridgewater State University

March 7, 2016
The Opioid Crisis Part 1

District Attorney Tim Cruz
Bridgewater -  Raynham Regional High School Auditorium
7-8 p.m.
BRRSD and BSU Students, BRRSD and BSU Faculty, Parents, and Community Members Invited

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Finest Hours: From Book to Movie

The Finest Hours:

From Book to Movie

Featuring Michael Tougias, co-author of The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue

Bridgewater State University

Thursday, February 18th at 7 p.m.

Free lecture and light refreshments

Social Security Benefits at the Bridgewater Public Library

Social Security Benefits at the Bridgewater Public Library presented by Michael Graff on March 1st at 6:00 p.m.

Join Michael Graff of the American Financial Education Alliance to discuss Social Security Benefits.

As you near retirement, one of the biggest financial decisions you'll need to make is when to begin receiving your Social Security retirement benefits. With pensions disappearing, Social Security remains the major source of guaranteed lifetime retirement income for most Americans, so it's important to take the time to explore your options and make an informed, well-reasoned decision.

This is strictly educational; no products will be sold or endorsed. The American Financial Education Alliance (AFEA) is not associated with the Social Security Administration or any other government agency.

The event, which begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

American Association of University Women

Taunton Area Branch

On Saturday, March 5th, the Taunton branch of the AAUW will meet at 12:00 noon at Hong Kong City in Taunton.  This will be a luncheon/book discussion meeting.  Those attending will discuss:

Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande and Our Souls at Night, by Kent Haruf.

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.

For more information about the Taunton Area Branch of the AAUW, contact Rosemarie Buote, Vice-President of Membership at 508-669-5069.  The AAUW also maintans a website at


Monday, February 15, 2016

Scholarships For High School Seniors

The St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Women's Club will be awarding two $500 scholarships for high school seniors.  Applications are available at Bridgewater Raynham Regional High School, Cardinal Spellman, Coyle & Cassidy, West Bridgewater High School, Boston College High School and Sacred Heart High School.  They are also available at the Rectory and CCD offices.  Deadline is April 14, 2016.  Any questions, please contact Helen Cleary, Scholarship Chairperson at 508-697-9175.

Bridgewater Garden Club

The evening meeting for the Bridgewater Garden Club will be held on Monday, February 22nd at 6:30 PM at the Cole-Yeaton Bridgewater Senior Center. Andi Ross of "It's Nature's Way" will show how to creating a rain garden in a beautiful and effective way to mitigate run-off in wet low-lying areas.

The day time meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 24th at 1:00PM. "Crazy for Coleus" will be the topic as Deborah Trickett from "The Captured Garden" will have you looking at coleus in a whole new way.

The public is invited to these meetings. For information call 508-697-7617.

Relay for Life Kickoff Meeting

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Vendor Space Available for Lions 28th Annual Antiques/Craft Fair/ Flea Market


Plans are being finalized for the Bridgewater Academy Lions Club’s 28th Indoor Antiques/Craft Fair/Flea Market, under the direction of Lions Peg Dunford and Cheryl Finch, co-chairs. This popular event will be held on Saturday, April 2 from

9 AM – 2 PM in the large gymnasium and lobby of the Bridgewater Middle School (former B/R Regional High School). Bridgewater Middle School is located at 166 Mount Prospect Street, Bridgewater, off Route 104. Its large parking area is accessible from both Center Street and Mount Prospect Street. More than 450 people attended this Lions fundraiser last year.

More than 60% of the 56 vendor spaces have already been booked. For more information about renting one of the remaining 12’ x 8’ spaces at this event, interested vendors, crafters, householders, and fundraising groups should e-mail as soon as possible. You must provide your own tables, chairs, etc. Spaces are $30.00 each and they sell out quickly.

Net proceeds from the $1.00 admission fee, vendor rents, and the various Bridgewater Academy Lions tables in the lobby, including café, attic treasures, books, videos, baked goods, cutlery, and prize drawing, will benefit local scholarships, community programs, and other Lions charities.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Beth Basler, Realtor at Keller Williams

Around the Common is pleased to welcome Beth Basler, Realtor at Keller Williams as our newest local business listing. We encourage you to always support local business first!

Beth Basler provides professional and dedicated service before, during and after the sale or purchase of your home because your move matters! Beth has worked in real estate for over 15 years and has an extensive customer service background and expertise in marketing using all the latest real estate software tools and social networking sites. Beth is certified by the Massachusetts Association of Realtors in Loss Mitigation.

Beth is partnered with Keller Williams Realty and has extensive real estate experience across the South Shore and works with both buyers and sellers alike to help them achieve their real estate needs.

For more information on how Beth Basler can help you with your real estate transactions, please visit her website by clicking here. You can also "Like" her page on Facebook by clicking here.

Bridgewater State University to host Mandela Washington Fellows

Bridgewater State University has been selected as a partner with the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in 2016. Beginning in mid-June, Bridgewater will host 25 of Africa’s brightest emerging public management leaders for a six-week academic and leadership institute.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities and support for activities in their communities.

Fellows are young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa who have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities and countries.

“It is an amazing opportunity for us,” said Dr. Karim Ismaili, vice provost and senior international officer at Bridgewater. “It’s an honor to be selected for an initiative that is so important to the president, to the nation but also for our own outreach and understanding of Africa.”

Mandela Fellows hosted by Bridgewater are part of a larger group of 1,000 hosted at 41 institutions across the United States this summer. These emerging leaders will meet with President Obama at a Town Hall during the Presidential Summit in Washington, D.C. at the conclusion of the institutes.

The Public Management Institute at Bridgewater, under the direction of Dr. Michael Kryzanek, professor emeritus of the Department of Political Science, is tailored to Fellows who work, or aspire to work, in all levels of government, regional or international organizations, or other publicly minded groups and think tanks.

Public Management Institutes are designed to introduce Fellows to U.S. models and best practices while building technical and leadership capacity in areas such as citizen engagement, human resource management, public financial management, and the intersection of government with business and civil society.

Bridgewater has brought together a team of six leaders, each of whom will address a particular topic during each of week of the program as follows: Dr. Wendy Haynes, interim dean of the College of Graduate Studies and former coordinator of the Master of Public Administration program, introduction to public management; Dr. Uma Shama, professor and graduate coordinator for mathematics and computer science, public works and transportation; Dr. George Serra, professor of political science and director of legislative studies, elected officials and elections; Dr. Carolyn Petrosino, professor of criminal justice, criminal justice; Dr. Kevin Donnelly, assistant professor of political science and service learning coordinator, governance and civic involvement; Dr. David Almeida, professor and chair of special education and communication disorders, education.

Morning classroom sessions will also include meetings with practitioners while afternoons will feature site visits associated with an interest in that week’s topic, Dr. Kryzanek said. Each Fellow will have a peer collaborator who works in the region and will act as a mentor.

“Fellows also have a leadership plan – how they are going to use what they’ve learned and take it back to their home country,” Dr. Kryzanek said. Saturdays and Sundays are free, but Bridgewater is arranging a whole range of activities for the Fellows.

In addition to Bridgewater, universities hosting Mandela Fellows at Public Management Institutes include: Arizona State University, Florida International University, Georgia State University, Howard University, Syracuse University, The Ohio State University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Maine, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin Madison and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Mandela Fellows will also attend institutes in business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership and energy. Bridgewater is one of four higher education institutions from New England running institutes. The others are the University of Maine, Dartmouth College and Cambridge College.

Working closely with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational Affairs and its implementing partner, IREX, host institutions have designed academic programs that will challenge, inspire and empower these inspiring young leaders from Africa.

“There will be a very focused attention to the afterlife of this fellowship,” said Dr. Ismaili. “We believe this will be a major strategic foray into how we engage in Africa and other parts of the world in the future. It’s a great example of the future of this university and the kind of work we can do to advance the understanding of the U.S. in the world – and of the world in the U.S.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a U.S. government program that is supported in its implementation by IREX. For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit or join the conversation with #YALI2016.

Friday, February 12, 2016

2016 Mission Supper

Please join us Saturday, March 12th at 6:00 PM for the 14th Annual Mission Supper at Central Square Congregational Church, to raise money for the youth and their chaperones to do a week of service in West Virginia this summer. 

Seating is limited and by reservation only call 508-697-6016. When you make your reservation you must choose your entree selection. Thanks in advance!!!

Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square

Bridgewater MA

Darwin Day Keynote Lecture is Tonight

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Chimney Chap

Around the Common would like to welcome The Chimney Chap as our newest Bridgewater Business Listing. Please remember to always support local business first!

Owned and operated by local resident Scott Saras, The Chimney Chap is your trusted partner for jobs ranging from relining a chimney to rebuilding a chimney, The Chimney Chap can help you solve any issue or problem you might encounter. While you may think all you are getting is a “chimney cleaner”, we can assure you, you will be getting so much more with The Chimney Chap services.

Employees of The Chimney Chap are CSIA certified, go through an extensive background check and participate in mandatory industry training to stay on top of the latest technical advances to maintain our reputation as a premium chimney sweep company.

All Chimney Chap Services are conducted by certified technicians in the field. Sweeps, sometimes called chimney cleaners, are highly trained individuals who know how to come into your home, clean and inspect your fireplace and chimney and leave everything as clean or better when they leave. The Chimney Chap prides themselves on providing customers with quality work and the highest level of customer service!

For more information about The Chimney Chap, please check out their website by clicking here. Be sure to also “Like” them on Facebook by clicking here.