Thursday, March 31, 2016

Bridgewater Family Dance Series



On Sunday, April 3rd , from 2:00-4:00, at the Bridgewater Senior Center, the final family dance of the winter/spring series will be held. The dance is open to all ages and features circle dances, folk dances, squares and contras. Come and experience the joy of rhythmical movement and traditional dancing in a community setting.

Admission: $3 per child, $5 per adult, $10 max per family—three or more.
Contact Sam Baumgarten for further info: sbaumgarten@verizon.net or 508-697-6848.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

American Association of University Women

American Association of University Women 

On Wednesday, April 13th, the Taunton branch of the American Association of University Women will meet at the Arbors in Taunton, located at 763 County Street. The meeting, which is open to the public, begins at 6:30p.m. Guest speaker is Dr. Barbara Balboni, Anthropology Department, Bridgewater State University. Her topic is Around The World Adventure.

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. Members of this local branch include women from Bridgewater, Taunton, Raynham and other South Shore towns.

For more information about joining the Taunton Area Branch of the AAUW, contact Rosemarie Buote, Vice President of Membership, at 508-669-5069. For more information about AAUW, visit http://aauw-ma.aauw.net/branches/taunton/.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Lion's Club Indoor Antiques, Craft and Flea Market

LIONS 28th INDOOR ANTIQUES-CRAFT FAIR-FLEA MARKET on APRIL 2




The Bridgewater Academy Lions Club’s 28th Indoor Antiques-Craft Fair-Flea Market will be held in the lobby and gymnasium of the Bridgewater Middle School (the former B/R Regional High School) on Saturday, April 2. It will be open to the public from 9 AM – 2 PM. The school is located at 166 Mt. Prospect Street, near the corner of Center Street, in Bridgewater.

There will be 56 vendor spaces plus Bridgewater Academy Lions Club tables. The venue is handicap accessible from the large main parking area.

The wide range of items offered for sale in the gym will include vintage, collectible and new glassware, china, jewelry and bric-a-brac; also, fashion accessories, scrollwork wood, afghans, candles, birdhouses and other crafts, collectible dolls, toys, matchbox trucks, tools, all-natural dog biscuits, and new & used household items. Catalog representatives will be selling beauty products, candles, and fashion/home accessories. The local VFW Post 2125 will have T-shirts, Buddy Poppies, and VFW info.

The Lions tables in the lobby will include a “home-cookin” cafĂ©, baked goods, attic treasures, books-music-videos-games, commemorative Bridgewater bells by Fenton, Rada cutlery, and Lions membership information. There will be a drawing for a BBQ grill with accessories. Lions will also be accepting paid reservations for the club’s Spirit Medium fundraiser with Tiffany Rice on April 10.

The Bridgewater Academy Lions are delighted to welcome Bridgewater Town Clerk Marilee Hunt to this year’s event. Since this is a presidential election year, the Town Clerk will be giving demonstrations of a special Low Vision Voting Machine for visually-impaired voters. Come and see how it works.
There will be a drop-off box to collect any prescription eye glasses and hearing aids that you no longer need.

Lions also will be collecting donations of non-perishable food for the Bridgewater Food Pantry.
There will be a modest admission fee of $1.00 per person. Children under 12 will be admitted free if accompanied by a paid adult. Net proceeds from the admission fee, vendor rents, and Bridgewater Academy Lions tables will benefit local programs, scholarships, and other Lions charities.
For general information call 508-697-9443 or 781-447-1570. For vendor info call (508) 697-3765 or email Lionsflea@BridgewaterAcademyLions.org

Bridgewater Girls Softball League - Comedy Night


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Meet Town Councilor Sandra Wright


Mon April 4, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
VFW 40 Orange Street, Bridgewater



Meeting with Town Councilor Sandra Wright. Bring your questions and concerns. Come support Sandra plus meet your neighbors!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast




The Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters will be hosting its 5th "Exotic Pancake Breakfast" on Sunday, April 24 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Bridgewater Senior Center, 10 Wally Krueger Way,
Bridgewater.

Tickets to the event are free, although contributions in any amount will be accepted.

There will be a 50/50% raffle as well. Bring the family to this FREE EVENT!

The event helps to fund $2,500 in scholarships that the club presents each year from graduating
high school seniors from the Bridgewaters.

Breakfast includes pancakes with 9 varied toppings, scrambled eggs, turkey sausage, juice, coffee and tea. Reservations are not required.

For more information contact Kevin Burley, chair of the event, at 508.801.0773.

The Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters has been serving the local communities since 1970. As one of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in virtually every nation on earth, Rotary is committed to "Service above Self" and world understanding and peace. Go to www.rotary.com for more information.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Relay for Life of Greater Bridgewater


Spring Science Academy



The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University is excited to offer a Spring Science Academy, Enduring Everest: An Engineering Challenge. During this weeklong program, participating middle school 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 the students to use their creativity and problem solving skills in order to achieve this ambitious goal to summit Everest.

Dates & Times: April 19 - 22, 2016 (Tuesday—Friday), 8:30am – 2:30pm Location: Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center, Bridgewater State University Program Fee: $325.00, covers all course expenses for Spring Science Academy, including lab supplies and materials.

The fee does not include lunch or transportation. Students must bring their own lunches. Limited scholarships are available to students who demonstrate significant financial need and academic merit.

This program is designed for students who are currently in grades 6 – 8. Students who have already completed the Enduring Everest Class in the Summer Science Academy are not eligible to participate.

For more information, please contact Maura Whittemore at (508) 531-2575 or Visit our website at http://microsites.bridgew.edu/case/prek-12-students

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Autism Speaks National Autism Day on April 2


Tiny House Planning



Isa Bauer presents Tiny House Planning at Bridgewater Public Library on April 12th @ 6:30 pm. 

Tiny Houses: A Different Approach to Home Ownership

The presentation focuses on the basics of planning for and owning a tiny house on wheels; both its challenges and advantages, offering insights unique from the currently popular tiny house themed TV shows. From approximately "how much" to "where to live", it addresses options for their general design, and heat, hot water and electricity choices, among other components. Living in a tiny house year-round is a topic of rapidly developing debate. Learn why something so "cute" and compact could cause so much discussion!


Isa Bauer is the Project Manager and lead designer from Tiny House Northeast, a New England and upper NY State tiny house design-build business. Isa earned a M.A. in Regional Economic and Social Development with a concentration in Sustainable Development, including green building materials and construction methods research. Isa has owned a tiny house since she was 19-years old, as does several of the Tiny House Northeast team.

For more information, please visit http://www.tinyhousenortheast.com.









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

Free Chair Yoga Classes at The Senior Center




Free Chair Yoga Classes Being Offered

Beginning APRIL 11

A free Chair Yoga class for Bridgewater Seniors will be offered on Mondays at 1:00 at the Senior Center and will run every Monday beginning April 11 (No class on April 18th due to the holiday) for 5 weeks.

Instructor Dr. Carl Swanson currently teaches yoga at Yoga Light Studio in Wareham. He has just finished most of his work to become a certified yoga teacher. This work was done here in Bridgewater at the Maha Yoga Center on Bedford St.
This chair yoga class is offered at no cost to any Bridgewater senior who wishes to keep young by maintaining physical flexibility and balance, as well as a calm mind.

Medium Maureen Hancock at Bridgewater Public Library

Maureen Hancock’s “Postcards from Heaven” at Bridgewater Public Library on May 12, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m.
Using her light-hearted humor, Maureen takes the edge off of the overwhelming subject matter of death. Combining her gift of spirit communication with her witty sense of humor, Maureen’s mind-blowing connections bring her audience members from tears to laughter. Come see why shows are selling out all across the country!

Registration is required in advance and is not finalized until payment has been received.  Register online at www.bridgewaterpubliclibrary.org or call (508) 697-3331.  The cost is $75.00 per ticket and payment needs to be cash or check payable to Bridgewater Public Library and needs to be received no later than May 2nd (no refunds will be issued), tickets will not be sold at the door.  Advance ticket purchase is required for admittance.  Thanks to the generous donation of Maureen, 100% of the cost of your ticket will go directly to the library.  Light refreshments donated by Roche Brothers.
Only 100 seats are available. All seating is first come first served for this event, seating is theater style and ticket needs to be presented for admittance (there is NO VIP for this event).  7:00 pm- 9:00 pm.  Event doors open at 6:00 pm.
Sorry, no infants or children under 12 years of age. Not everyone receives a reading.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016


Straight from BB Kings in New York City and Las Vegas !!

Bridgewater's Junior Music Boosters Present:

An Evening with " Michael Dutra and Strictly Sinatra "

With our own - Tom Kirinsky - on Trumpet

A fundraising event to help support our Students and their Music Programs

Bridgewater Vets Club 

Thursday April 21st, 2016 from 6pm until 9pm

Come and enjoy an Evening of Great Music and Dancing !!
A Great Event for The Entire Family - Don't Miss Out
Seating Only $35.00 Per Person
* Open to Adults & Students 4th Grade and above
DINNER INCLUDED - CASH BAR
Payment / Registration Due by Friday April 15th
** Contact Kate for Seats Online: JRMusicBoosters@gmai/.com
Or A Limited Number of Seats Available at Eventbrite
(Price Subject to Change After April 8th!!) 

*Seat Name Holder Please Bring ID for Seating - No Paper Tickets Issued for Event *

Career Fair for Educators


The Office of Career Services at Bridgewater State University will hold its annual Education Career Fair on Wednesday, April 6. This event provides teacher candidates with the opportunity to meet and network with more than 50 Massachusetts school districts in advance of the typical hiring cycle.

An employer panel will offer expertise on the job search process starting at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Dana Mohler-Faria Center for Science & Mathematics, Room 120. This year’s panel, moderated by Mary Ann McKinnon, associate dean of the College of Education & Allied Studies at Bridgewater, will include: Robert Perkins, associate principal, Brockton High School; Lisa O’Keefe Trainor, human resources director, Franklin Public Schools; and Celeste Hoeg, principal, Carlos Pacheco Elementary School, New Bedford Public Schools.

The Networking Fair will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Rondileau Campus Center Ballroom. Candidates should bring plenty of resumes and dress in professional business attire. This event is free and open to current students, alumni and the public. The event concludes at 7 o’clock.

Participating schools include:

Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School, Alma del Mar Charter School, Atlantis Charter School, Avon Public Schools, Beacon ABA Services, Belmont Public Schools, Boston Preparatory Charter Public School, Boston Public Schools, Boston Renaissance Charter Public School, Bright Horizons.

Brookline Public Schools, Canton Public Schools, Cardinal Cushing Centers, Chamberlain International School, City On A Hill Charter Schools, City Year, Inc., Collaborative For Educational Services, Coyle and Cassidy High School and Middle School, Dedham Public Schools, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District, East Bridgewater Public Schools.

Easton Public Schools, Education, Inc., Everett Public Schools, Evergreen Center, Inc., Fairhaven Public Schools, Fall River Public Schools, Framingham Public Schools, Franklin Public Schools, Horizons for Homeless Children, Hugs Plus Learning Center, Landmark School, Lawrence Public Schools, Lowell Community Charter Public School, Mansfield Public Schools, May Institute.

The Massachusetts Partnership for Diversity in Education (MPDE), Natick Public Schools, New Bedford Public Schools District, Newton Public Schools, Norton Public Schools, Plymouth Public Schools, Randolph Public Schools, Riverview School, Somerset Public Schools, South Bay Mental Health.

Southeastern Regional Technical High School, Taunton Public Schools, The New England Center for Children, The Whitney Academy, Inc., Waltham Public Schools, Wellesley Public Schools, Weymouth Public Schools, Whitman-Hanson Regional School District, Worcester Public Schools, YMCA of Greater Boston

Registration for current students, alumni and the public will take place on site the day of the fair. Contact Blair Sylvia in Career Services at 508.531.1328. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

In My Footsteps: A Traveler's Guide to Martha's Vineyard



Christopher Setterlund to speak on his recently released book In My Footsteps: A Traveler's Guide to Martha's Vineyard at the Bridgewater Public Library on April 11th at 6:30 p.m.

For centuries, Martha's Vineyard, the Massachusetts island off the coast of Cape Cod, has attracted everyone from celebrities and presidents to everyday folks seeking a respite from the busier pace of the mainland.  This travel guide takes you on a complete tour around the island, showcasing more than 75 locations.  A mix of quaint charm and stunning natural beauty gives the Vineyard a truly unique allure. Historic homes, lighthouses, renowned restaurants, and miles of pristine beaches are only the starting points for the wonders that have made this island of not quite 100 square miles a coveted vacation spot.  

Chris is a 12th generation Cape Codder with some famous names from the area decorating his family tree.  His vivid descriptions and crisp photos help paint pictures for the reader, making them feel as if they are walking in his footsteps.  

The event is free and open to the public.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Support Bridgewater Raynham Special Olympics

Around the Common promotes community fundraising whenever possible! Help support local resident Kate Dyer as she raises funds for the Bridgewater Raynham Special Olympics!


This July, I’ll be braving the heights by going "Over the Edge" to raise funds for the amazing Bridgewater Raynham Special Olympics Athletes. I will be rappelling down the 22 stories of the Hyatt Regency, Boston.

There are many reasons why I, have been involved in Special Olympics since 1997. As the years have passed and my life has evolved so too have the reasons why I continue to participate.

When I originally volunteered to coach Special Olympics, I was a senior in college, majoring in Elementary Education, and volunteering at a clinic for children with special needs. I had a passion for working with people and really enjoyed playing sports. Special Olympics assigned me to be an assistant coach to an adult basketball team in New Bedford. I left the first practice with sore cheeks from smiling so much and a determination to be the best coach I could be. It was then that I knew that I would be receiving as much from volunteering at Special Olympics as the Olympians would be from me.

The Olympians gain independence, a sense of accomplishment, friendship with peers, and confidence in themselves. I gain an appreciation for each of my athletes struggles, patience, and skill at organizing a team with athletes of many differing abilities. As a Unified Partner, I develop more physical fitness, experience joy in watching athletes be successful, and community involvement.

Within a few years of coaching, I also gained a husband :) I fell in love with Jon, the gentleman Special Olympics originally paired me with to help coach. Our two children have attended Special Olympics events since they were infants. Observing and participating in practice, my children gained an early understanding of people with different disabilities, had opportunities to develop tolerance and acceptance, and developed friendships with families of athletes. We soon discovered Jordan, our son had challenges of his own. Over the years our involvement in Special Olympics has evolved. I am no longer a volunteer coach, I am also now a parent/coach of a child on a Special Olympics team. From this I gain friendships with other families with children with similar struggles, an organization that fits Jordan’s needs, and joy at watching him score a goal or basket and celebrate with his teammates. As a Unified Partner/Volunteer, his sister, Sariah gains a better understanding of her brother, helps her brother feel successful at sports, and develops compassion for the people around her.

Hence my Special Olympics journey as come full circle. Special Olympics is a community, we all gain from each other. Please help me raise money to support our Bridgewater Raynham Special Olympics Teams!

To donate to the Bridgewater Raynham Special Olympics team please visit my Over the Edge fundraising page at:

https://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1155121&supId=434512290

Bridgewater Garden Club Scholarship


Three, one thousand dollar scholarships are available from the Bridgewater Garden Club to students, residents of Bridgewater, in either high school or college, majoring in the following fields: Agriculture, Botany, Civil Engineering, Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Environment, Environmental Engineering, Forestry, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Marine Biology and Urban Planning.

Please attach a personal letter and copy of your grades. Letter should discuss background, career goals, financial need and commitment to chosen field of study. Further, please attach 2 letters of recommendation (one scholastic and one character reference) Forms are available in the guidance office at Bridgewater- Raynham regional High School and applications must be returned by Friday, April 1, 2016 to: Mrs. Judith Gentile, 30 Laurie Circle, Bridgewater, MA 02324

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Bridgewater-Raynham Special Olympics Basketball

The Bridgewater Raynham Special Olympics basketball teams had very successful seasons. Weekly, the athletes trained, developing their basketball game through drills, gained confidence in their skills, and worked on team communication. The teams participated and competed in Community Games and Special Olympics Tournaments and received bronze medals in their final tournaments.



BR Grizzlies Special Olympics Traditional Seniors Basketball Team


BR Wildcats Special Olympics Unified Juniors Basketball Team



BR Trojans Special Olympics Unified Masters Basketball Team

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Behavior Fundamentals Presentation

The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a presentation for the 2015-2016 school year on Tuesday, April 5th at 6 pm. Behavior Fundamentals presented by Jeanine Fitzgerald, will discuss behavior as a symptom of an unsolved problem and a form of communication. Jeanine will examine the principles that govern behaviors and strategies of positive guidance from prevention to crisis intervention. 

 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.thebridgectr.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.

Easter Sunrise Service


Date
: Sunday, March 27th

Time: 6:30 AM
Location: Hanson Farm

Community Ecumenical Worship, Hanson Farm, 600 Pleasant Street, Bridgewater. Shine or Rain.

A free will offering will be received and dedicated during the service. All are welcome!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Drone Conference at BSU


“Welcome to the Drone Age and a Drone is … What, Exactly?” a conference for experts and novices, teachers and students, as well as the curious and the cautious, will be held at Bridgewater State University on Friday, April 1.

The daylong conference will explore drone technology, uses, accessories and the growing number of drone applications. New England’s pre-eminent drone expert, Frank J. Serna, director of system engineering at Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, is the keynote speaker.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Dana Mohler-Faria Center for Science & Mathematics, sessions include “Know Before You Fly – Beginners Guide to Drones,” “Drones on Campus” and “Drone Apps – Explore the Latest Must-Have Accessories.”

An indoor drone demonstration will take place during a pizza party lunch sponsored by the College of Continuing Studies. A representative of the Federal Aviation Administration will be on hand during lunch for a question-and-answer session.

Weather permitting, drone demonstrations will move outdoors to Alumni Park, the university’s baseball field, where they will run from 1 to 4 p.m.

Limited seating is available. For more information and to register, visit www.bridgew.edu/drone/ or email Dr. Diana E. Jennings, director of regional partnerships, at diana.jennings@bridgew.edu, or call at 508.531.6189.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

BRRHS Robotics Team


The Bridgewater Raychem Robotics Team, TJ2, has done very well this year. It is looking favorable that we will be invited to the district championship in Hartford, Ct. and if so, we will have a very good chance of qualifying to go to the world championship in St. Louis. Although our students and families have worked very hard to raise money, it has been very difficult to sustain our team without a corporate sponsor. 

A group of current parents & alumni students & parents have established a non-profit group, Friends of TJ2 Robotics, Inc. At this point we still have not been able to attract any major contributors. As a result, a GoFundMe has been set up: gofundme.com/tj2frcteam88 

If you can donate, your donation will be tax deductible and will certainly help us reach our goal. We will be most appreciative of any help!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Bridgewater Garden Club Meetings

The daytime meeting of the Bridgewater Garden Club will be on Wed. March 23 at 1:00 PM at the Cole-Yeaton Bridgewater Senior Center, Wally Kruger Way.

The topic will be "Right -Size Flower Garden". Kerry Ann Mendez will present her ideas for exceptional plants and design solutions for aging and time- pressed gardeners and low-maintenance flower gardens.


The evening meeting will be held on March 28, at 6:30 PM. The meeting will be about "Yard Birds" and Geoff Dennis, commercial fisherman and published bird photographer, will discuss the ways and means of attracting birds to our backyards. 

Meetings are open to the public. For more information call 508-697 7617.

Bag It! to Be Shown at Bridgewater State University


Students for Sustainability will present Bag it! The movie that revolutionized our understanding of plastic and its impact to environmental and human health! A great learning, empowering and activist platform for community members of all ages! Sustainability is the cultural reality of the present and future!

March 21, 2016
Dunn A and B
Starting at 7:00 pm
Refreshments will be served.

Value of Old and Rare Books



Ken Gloss of the Brattle Book Shop to Speak on the Value of Old and Rare Books at the Bridgewater Public Library on March 29th @ 6:30 p.m.

Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, will give a free and open talk on the value of old and rare books. Ken will talk in part about the history of his historic bookshop (www.brattlebookshop.com), which goes back to around 1825. He is the second-generation owner.

Ken will talk about and show some of his favorite finds and describe some of the joys of the "hunt," as well as explain what makes a book go up in value. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection. There will be a Q&A session at the conclusion of his talk followed by free verbal appraisals of all books that attendees have brought with them.

Yankee Magazine Editor's Choice Award for Best of New England 2015, the Brattle Book

Shop is one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores. The Brattle Book Shop is proud to have been a contributor to the WGBH Annual Auction each year that the station has held this fund drive. Ken has appeared as a guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow numerous times over the years and has been a popular guest on WBZ Radio as well as other radio, TV, and cable stations numerous times.

For further information about this talk and more about book-collecting, appraisals, and future free and open talks, call the Brattle Book Shop toll-free at 800-447-9595, or visit their website, www.brattlebookshop.com.

The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public will also include free verbal appraisals of all books that attendees have brought with them.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Rebound: The Chris Herren Story


March 28, 2016

Rebound: The Chris Herren Story

Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School Auditorium
7-8:30 p.m.

BRRSD and BSU Students, BRRSD and BSU Faculty, Parents, and Community Members Invited

Hallie Ephron to Speak at Bridgewater Public Library on April 5th


Inspired by Hollywood and Hitchcock, Hallie Ephron comes to the Bridgewater Public Library on April 5 to talk about her new suspense novel, Night Night, Sleep Tight.

The New York Times bestselling author will talk about growing up in Beverly Hills in a family of writers. Her new book is inspired by an infamous murder that took place around the corner from her childhood home.

Set in 1960s Hollywood, her book draws on her parents’ experience in the movie business. Henry and Phoebe Ephron, wrote screenplays for classic movies like Carousel and Daddy Long Legs. Hallie was the last of their four daughters (Nora, Delia, Hallie, Amy) to start writing or, as she calls it, succumb to her genes.

Hallie is the author of nine novels. Night Night, Sleep Tight is her fourth novel to be named a finalist for the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award. It received a starred review in Publishers Weekly (“Old Hollywood glamour, scandals and lies infuse this captivating thriller”). Christina Baker Kline (The Orphan Train) calls it “Taut, tart and absorbing.”

Visit Hallie online at www.hallieephron.com on Twitter @HallieEphron and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hallie.ephron


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.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Remote Quality Bookkeeping Joins Around the Common

Around the Common welcomes Remote Quality Bookkeeping as our newest Bridgewater Business Listing. We encourage you to always support local business!


Remote Quality Bookkeeping is located at 12 Spring Terrace in Bridgewater and provides cost-effective, efficient and accurate outsourced bookkeeping and accounting services for small to medium sized businesses and franchisees across the country. RQB works with any industry and 60% of their 200+ clients are brick and mortar business establishments based here in Massachusetts. The other 40% are franchisees of various franchise systems including Edible Arrangements, Menchies Yogurts, Batteries Plus, Show Homes, US Lawns , Shelf Genie, 101 Mobility, Granit Transformations, and Outback GutterVac.

For one low monthly fee, RQB provides businesses a team made up of CPA’s, CFO’s, ProAdvisors, payroll specialists, banking specialists and data entry specialists. Though RQB is based in Bridgewater, they currently handle clients in 28 states and a variety of industries. Distance is never an issue as they can schedule remote sessions with your business to resolve any issues, questions or problems you may encounter. Businesses find these remote sessions are just as effective as having a full time bookkeeper on site, for a fraction of the cost.

Remote Quality Bookkeeping is passionate about accounting and bookkeeping but also prides themselves on being passionate about helping out the local community through their Toys for Tots Annual Gift Drive where they have collected well over 1000 toys each year for the past 6 years and their fundraising efforts for St. Jude’s.

For more information about Remote Quality Bookkeeping, please click here to visit their website. You can also "Like" Remote Quality Bookkeeping by clicking here.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Historical Room at the Bridgewater Public Library

Did you know The Historical Room at the Bridgewater Public Library is open on Tuesday evenings? Our dedicated volunteer, Bob Wood is here from 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm every week to assist any patrons that wish to visit the Historical Room. Come by and visit!

Bridgewater Public Library owns The Bridgewater Independent on microfilm from 1876. We have the Vital Records for most of the cities and towns in Massachusetts in either book or microfiche format.

The Historical Room has a collection of Bridgewater authors. Since Bridgewater is a college town, many notable authors have lived and worked here.

Below is a brief bibliography of just some of the work you will find in the historical room.
  • The Bridgewater Historical Collectors, Pictorial History: Bridgewater, Massachusetts Bridgewater, Mass.: The Bridgewater Historical Collectors, 1994.
This paperbound volume contains old photographs of various locations of interest around Bridgewater.
  • Doherty, Katherine M., History Highlights, Bridgewater Massachusetts: A Commemorative Journal., Taunton, Mass., W. S. Sullwold, 1976.
Published for the Bridgewater Bicentennial Commission, this volume provides a wealth of information on Bridgewater history. It is an excellent starting point for researchers who want to know about the town. It documents the early settlement of Bridgewater and highlights many fascinating facts.
  • Latham, Williams, Epitaphs in old Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Bowie, MD, Heritage Books, 1986.
A complete list of epitaphs in the graveyards of West Bridgewater, Bridgewater and East Bridgewater. All of the public graveyards and most of the private graveyards are included up to 1882. Family historians use this source when they visit Bridgewater for summer genealogy trips. It has a very useful index.
  • Mitchell, Nahum, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1970 (reprint of 1840 edition)
This book has a family register of the earliest settlers in Bridgewater and their descendants. Genealogists often consult this book first before they explore other sources when they visit us.


http://www.bridgewaterpubliclibrary.org/reference/historical-room/

Friday, March 11, 2016

GBWOT Easter Egg Hunt


Greater Bridgewater Women of Today have stuffed thousands of eggs with delicious candy! GBWOT invites all children, to their Annual Easter Egg Hunt On Friday, March 25th (Good Friday) from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM inside the Bridgewater Sports Complex (The Dome). Advanced registration is required due to limited space. To Register, please email GBWOT member, Danielle Bovill at daniellebovill@gmail.com The cost is $5 per child with a max of $10 per family which includes, the Egg Hunt and 4 game tickets. Doors will open at 11:00 AM for games, photos with the Easter Bunny ($1) and Face Painting ($1). The Egg hunt begins at noon. Please be sure to bring your own basket or bag. There will be great raffles including a ride to a Bridgewater School in a Police Car, tickets to a Maureen Hancock Show, and gift cards for Salon Fusion, Just Desserts and many more!

GBWOT is a volunteer organization that performs community service, raises funds to support local charities and community members, and foster friendships. GBWOT has established a Family in Need Fund to assist local families experiencing hardships. To date, GBWOT has helped more than 50 families in various ways, including supplying gift cards to families with an immediate family member in the hospital, providing photography services to families with a terminally ill parent, providing meals and Christmas gifts to families with a recently deceased parent, donating gift cards to family who lost their home in a fire, and much more.

GBWOT meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month. For meeting location in Bridgewater or membership information visit the groups Facebook page and send them a private Facebook message.

Spring Science Academy at BSU


The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University is offering a Spring Science Academy titled “Enduring Everest: An Engineering Challenge.”

During the week-long program, participating middle school 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 the students to use their creativity and problem-solving skills to achieve the ambitious goal to summit Everest.

The academy will be held during April school vacation week – April 19-22, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily – in the Dana Mohler-Faria Center for Science & Mathematics. A $325 program fee covers course expenses including lab supplies and materials, but does not cover lunch or transportation. A limited number of scholarships are available to students who demonstrate significant financial need and academic merit.

This program is designed for students who are in grades six through eight. Students who have already completed this class during the summer academy are not eligible to participate.

For more information, contact Maura Whittemore at 508.531.2575 or visit http://microsites.bridgew.edu/case/prek-12-students.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Coloring for Adults



“Coloring for Adults” at the Bridgewater Public Library on March 23rd @ 1:00 p.m.

Come join the fun! Coloring is a great way to inspire one’s creativity, relaxation, reduce mind and body tension. This program is for adults only. All supplies will be provided. No registration is required.

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

BSU on 2016 list of Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs


The Center for Higher Education Enterprise at The Ohio State University has announced that Bridgewater State University has been included on its 2016 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs study, which is done in collaboration with Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and the American College Personal Association.

Now it in its third year, the 2016 Most Promising Places to work in Student Affairs study highlights 19 divisions of student affairs at colleges and universities across the country. The findings were released in the latest edition of Diverse magazine.

“Congratulation to our dedicated staff of student affairs and enrollment management professionals for being selected,” said Dr. Jason B. Pina, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at Bridgewater. “Our nationally recognized student success is testament to each and every one our staff members.”

The Center for Higher Education Enterprise was selected to conduct the study under the leadership of Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, professor and director, who served as director of research and scholarship at American College Personal Association College from 2009-2012.

Conceptualized in fall 2011, the study was commissioned to examine the administrative structures, commitment to diversity and workplace staffing practices at various divisions/departments of student affairs at participating ACPA member institutions. Prior to its launch in 2013, the survey was developed by researchers at The Ohio State University in consultation with a national advisory board of researchers, practitioners and experts on student affairs worklife.

The Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Bridgewater encompasses undergraduate admissions, athletics and recreation, children’s center, community standards, financial aid, new student and family programs, residence life and housing, Rondileau Campus Center, student involvement and leadership, transfer central and the Wellness Center.

“It is a true honor to serve alongside as a colleague in our ongoing commitment to student success at Bridgewater State University,” Dr. Pina said.

Bridgewater was among 19 institutions on the 2016 list, which include: Arkansas State University, Beebe, Beebe, AR; Bryant University, Smithfield, RI; California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA; Centre College, Danville, KY; Hamline University, St. Paul, MN; Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY; Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN; Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, IN.

Also, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO; Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL; Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, TX; Texas State University, San Marcos, TX; University of Denver, Denver, CO; University of Maine at Machias, Machias, ME; University of Vermont, Burlington, VT; University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA; and Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Clutter Control II



“Clutter Control II, Several BIG Reasons Why We Buy So Much STUFF!” at the Bridgewater Public Library presented by Dave Downs on March 22nd.

Due to the overwhelming response to the first Clutter Control program we have asked Dave Downs back for his follow up program Clutter Control II.

“We can’t resist bargains, sales, yard sales; we buy and receive gifts we don’t want”, are just a few reasons why we consume twice as much as we did just forty years ago! Americans spend four times as much shopping as Western Europeans! You will learn how advertisers use many techniques such as developing shopping habits, planned obsolescence, slogans, and the use of credit, to motivate people to purchase, purchase, and purchase! You will leave the library recognizing if you are thoughtful about what and why you acquire items, you will start to reverse the tendency to bury yourself in “treasures!”

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.

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

Friday, March 4, 2016

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Joy of Birding



The Joy of Birding: Amazing birds and how to start looking for them. An informative program presented by President of the South Shore Bird Club, Christine Whitebread and local resident and bird club trip leader, Peter Jacobson on March 15th @ 6:30 pm at the Bridgewater Public Library.

Start a new hobby in your own back yard! Come learn about a hobby that lasts all season long, has an element of surprise and is educational. Young or old, male or female there is something for everyone in birding. In fact, birding is one of the fastest growing outdoor activities today and more people watch birds than any other outdoor pastime. The South Shore Bird Club will offer a series of walks near Bridgewater for this upcoming spring/early summer for those who would like to start bird watching.

The South Shore Bird Club (SSBC) was founded in 1946 and the first members set out to explore the birds and birding habitats of the South Shore of Massachusetts. They concentrate on field trips for both members and non members. Most trips involve car-pooling with occasional canoe trips or beach hikes. Non-members are always welcome.

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

Informational Session on ATM Skimming