Friday, September 30, 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Beatles: Band of the Sixties


“The Beatles: Band of the Sixties” lecture at the Bridgewater Public Library presented by Aaron Krerowicz on October 11th at 6:30 p.m.
Explore the music of The Beatles in this 60-minute multimedia presentation (part history and part musical analysis) spanning the full 1960's: beginning with the band's seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through Beatlemania, and concluding with Abbey Road. The program will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews with the band members.

Aaron Krerowicz is the United States of America's only full-time professional Beatles music scholar.  ​ In November 2011, Aaron won a research grant through the University of Hartford to study the band and since has presented his findings more than 250 times throughout the US and England. His full list and history of programs can be found in the document "Educational Presentation Repertoire" at the bottom of this webpage. www.AaronKrerowicz.com

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

Monday, September 26, 2016

BSU Partners With American Museum on Natural History in Graduate STEM Certification

A new, online graduate certificate in science education offered by Bridgewater State University in partnership with the American Museum on Natural History (AMNH) is enrolling for the fall II semester that starts Oct. 31.

Through its online Seminars on Science program, AMNH has been offering graduate courses on science education for the past 15 years. The BSU partnership has been created with the needs of Prek-12 educators in mind who want to update their pedagogical skills in science.

Educators taking the courses can be eligible for professional development points (PDPs). Participation in the classes offered by AMNH is not restricted to educators. However, to earn the graduate certificate from Bridgewater, participants need to have a bachelor’s degree.

Four courses will be required to complete the certificate and each course will count as a full three-credit course from Bridgewater. Anyone interested can sign up at learn.amnh.org. After taking the course, receiving a final grade and a certificate of completion, a participant can apply for graduate credit at Bridgewater.

For more information about the Bridgewater certificate, contact the College of Graduate Studies at 508.531.1300 or visit http://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/seminars-on-science.

GBWOT Community Yard Sale


When: Saturday, October 1, 2016

Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm

Where: Winter Place, in front of Gabriel Construction, 785 Bedford Street, Bridgewater
Clean out your closets and garages and make a little extra cash for the holidays! The Greater Bridgewater Women of Today are having a huge community yard sale on Saturday, October 1st from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM. The sale will be located behind Winter Place, in front of Gabriel Construction at 785 Bedford Street. The cost to set up a table and sell your items is $20.00. 

Please contact Danielle Bovill at daniellebovill@gmail.com to reserve a space. Each table is asked to donate one item to GBWOT's table. Most proceeds from the sale of those items and table fees will go towards the GBWOT Family in Need Fund. 

The Family in Need Fund has been established to help assist local families who are 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 parent s recently passed away, donating gift cards to family who lost their home in a fire, and much more.

GBWOT Community Yard Sale


When: Saturday, October 1, 2016

Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm

Where: Winter Place, in front of Gabriel Construction, 785 Bedford Street, Bridgewater
Clean out your closets and garages and make a little extra cash for the holidays! The Greater Bridgewater Women of Today are having a huge community yard sale on Saturday, October 1st from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM. The sale will be located behind Winter Place, in front of Gabriel Construction at 785 Bedford Street. The cost to set up a table and sell your items is $20.00. 

Please contact Danielle Bovill at daniellebovill@gmail.com to reserve a space. Each table is asked to donate one item to GBWOT's table. Most proceeds from the sale of those items and table fees will go towards the GBWOT Family in Need Fund. 

The Family in Need Fund has been established to help assist local families who are 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 parent s recently passed away, donating gift cards to family who lost their home in a fire, and much more.

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Dream in Islam from Qur’anic Tradition to Jihadist Inspiration


On Behalf of the Center for Middle East Studies (CMES), you are cordially invited to attend the following lecture:

Title: The Dream in Islam from Qur’anic Tradition to Jihadist Inspiration
Speaker: Prof.(Ph.D) Iain R. Edgar, University of Durham, United Kingdom
Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 6:00pm
Room: DMF Mathematics and Science Center Auditorium Room 120

Presented by the Center for Middle East Studies CMES, and co-sposored by the Anthropology Department.

Dr. Iain R. Edgar, Emeritus Reader in Anthropology, University of Durham, UK. Dr. Edgar is the author of ‘The Dream in Islam from Qur'anic Tradition to Jihadist Inspiration. He is an expert on the anthropology of the imagination and culture and dreaming. His recent study and research has been on the issue of the true dream tradition in Islam and beyond.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bridgewater Resident John Balutis To Play At Autumnfest


Bridgewater resident John Balutis will be playing at Autumnfest this Saturday at Bridgewater State University from 1:30 to 2:30 pm.  He will also be joined by his daughter Abby who will sing a few songs.  Please check out his Facebook page by clicking here.  

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

The FUNctional Home - School On Wheels Fundraising


The FUNctional Home will be collecting new school supplies for School on Wheels of Massachusetts on September 24th at the Bridgewater Business Association’s AUTUMN-FEST on Bridgewater State University’s Campus. All donated school supplies and backpacks must be new. (Event details – www.autumnfest.net )
MOST NEEDED ITEMS –  Quality new backpacks for boys and girls in grades K-12
ITEMS NEEDED TO FILL BACKPACKS
  • Colored Pencils
  • Boxes of Pens
  • Washable Markers (8 pack)
  • Crayons (24 pack)
  • Zipper Pencil Pouches
  • Square Root Calculators
  • Glossy Pocket Folders
  • Notebook Dividers
  • Rulers (soft touch or flexible)
  • Scientific Calculators
  • Three Ring binders – (1½ inch)
  • Wide Ruled Filler Paper
  • Flash Drives

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Flora T. Little Art Gallery


September, 1 - October 31, 2016 at the Bridgewater Public Library

An exhibit of Photographic Artwork by Joe Kennedy; "Bodie Ghost Town - State of Arrested Decay", is on display in the Flora T. Little Art Gallery at the Bridgewater Public Library. 

Bodie is an original mining town from the late 1800’s. What’s left today stands in a state of “arrested decay” which means the buildings are protected but not restored. The “town” was designated a state historic park in 1962, and is maintained by the California State Parks System.

We are proud to host this gorgeous collection of black-and-white photographs. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

BSU Family Performing Arts Center (FPAC) Presents: GROOVERSITY



Grooversity is a fun, interactive, and inclusive performance troupe, 
led by renowned Brazilian hand drummer Marcus Santos. 
Experience the joy of world music combined with Afro-Brazilian 
rhythms, that will have you dancing in the aisles!

TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY!
Saturday, September 17 at 2pm
Saturday, September 17 at 7pm
$10 Admission, all seats, all ages

Horace Mann Auditorium
Boyden Hall, 131 Summer Street, Bridgewater, MA
Parking Available behind the building, overflow parking in the Harrington Lot at 95 Grove St.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Arts For Youth - Guitar Greatness



The Saturday AfY Music Program at BSU will provide a fun and structured environment for kids who have a love for music and want to learn more!  Located in the Rondileau Campus Center at BSU, the program offers guitar classes for kids age 7 - 12.  Each class is one hour long, will focus on introductory techniques per instrument(s) and learning how to play & sing at the same time.
 

Class Meeting Times:  Guitar Greatness: 1:00 - 2:00pm        
        $110.00
        Guitar Greatness: 2:30 - 3:30pm                $110.00

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No previous experience needed - just a love for music and willingness to play!
Enrollment is limited - sign up now!

                                                                                                    


Bring or borrow a guitar and they will get you plucking away like a master!  In the guitar class, you will learn introductory techniques, including finger positions for various chords, how to pluck out a melody, and how to sing and play at the same time.  Starting with one note at a time, you will build your chords and once mastered, you will move forward together until you have a nice repertoire of guitar chords to strum and fun songs to sing.  You will also learn about notation of guitar tablature as the class masters their guitar chords!

The music classes will be taught by Austin DeAndrade.

On the final class (November 19th), AfY will host a musical showcase!  Families and friends will be invited to appreciate all that the kids have learned, listening as the youngsters share their newly-mastered chords, rhythms and songs!  As is the AfY tradition, each class will contribute an original composition or two to round out the celebration!

Run or Walk for the Alley!



On Sunday, October 23rd a 5K trail run/walk will take place at Bridgewater State University’s Great Hill to benefit The Friends of Music Alley.

Music Alley is a public park created last spring to bring live concert performances by local musicians to the heart of Bridgewater’s downtown.

Music Alley’s goals are to:

· bring vitality to the downtown business area,

· provide performance opportunities for local musicians and

· facilitate "community" for Bridgewater’s citizens.

Free concerts have taken place from 5-8PM on Thursday’s from June 2nd to the present. They will continue until September 29. A special “sign-up concert” will take place on Saturday September 25th in the Alley from 2-4 PM. Join us to experience the joy of the Alley and sign-up to run or walk the 5K on October 23rd.

One Hundred Percent (100%!) of the 5K proceeds will benefit The Friends of Music Alley allowing Music Alley to continue free entertainment for all ages for many seasons to come! Contributions to The Friends of Music Alley are tax deductible.

To join or to donate sign up at: https://racewire.com/register.php?id=6801

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Stephanie Oliari at soliari@cnt.us.

Come Run or Walk for the Alley!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Communications of War

On Tuesday, September 27, Bridgewater State University’s Maxwell Library will present the first speaker in its autumn events series. Katherine Grandjean, author and history professor, will talk on Publishing Terror: War and Communication on the New England Frontier. This event begins at 7 p.m. in the library’s Heritage Room on the first floor.

In early New England, particularly in Massachusetts, the rise of printing coincided with the rise of imperial war. Most colonists did not experience the violence of French and Indian raiding, but they heard and read about it—at length. This presentation explores communication as an important dimension of war, especially in rendering Massachusetts and the rest of New England more vulnerable to terror.

Katherine Grandjean is a Professor of History at Wellesley College and the author of American Passage: The Communications Frontier in Early New England. She holds a B.A. in History from Yale University and a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University. Her research explores early English colonization and the encounter with Native peoples, as well as the origins of American violence.

This free lecture/power-point presentation is sponsored by the Maxwell Library of Bridgewater State University. Members of the local community, students, faculty, and other BSU employees are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Meet Members of the Bridgewater Cultural Council


Members of the Bridgewater Cultural Council will be available to answer questions about the Local Cultural Council grant program during the Bridgewater Music Alley program Thursday September 15th from 5 to 8 PM.
Come drop by and enjoy the music of the Tom Kirinsky Septet in the Music Alley and learn more about the wide range of projects which can be eligible for grant support. The Bridgewater Cultural Council is also seeking additional members and information on how to join this important community effort will also be available.

Applications, procedures and information on guidelines for local cultural council grants can be found at: http://www.mass-culture.org/bridgewater.

The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692



“The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692” lecture at the Bridgewater Public Library presented by Historian and Professor Gary Hylander on October 4th at 6:30 p.m.

“An army of devils,” warned Reverend Cotton Mather, was on its way to afflict the men and women of the Massachusetts Bay Colony for their sinfulness and wicked ways. New Englanders believed in the “Old Deluder” and the malevolent powers of his “Invisible World”. When rumors of Tituba’s conjuring of spirits in the household of Reverend Parrish surfaced, powerful witchcraft hysteria seized Salem Village and neighboring towns. By the time the Salem witchcraft trials were suspended, nineteen of the accused, mostly women, had been hanged for the crime of witchcraft.

Come listen to this most complex time in our history so that we may understand the issues of that era with heightened awareness compared to modern day “witch hunting”.

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

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Law Offices of Daniel F. Clifford, Jr.

Around the Common would like to welcome the Law Offices of Daniel F. Clifford, Jr. as our newest local business listing. We encourage you to always support local businesses first!



Over the past 20 years, the Law Offices of Daniel F. Clifford, Jr. has proudly represented hundreds of employees and individuals injured in the scope of their employment and individuals harmed through the fault of someone else. They concentrate in the areas of workers compensation, personal injury, and social security law. In doing so, they not only look to maximize the monetary recovery for their injured clients, but work to reduce problems that clients endure as a result of being injured. It is important to the firm's client-centered philosophy to look at the whole picture.

As part of the efforts to provide quality representation for their clients, the Law Offices of Daniel F. Clifford, Jr. fully prepares cases by hiring quality medical and vocational experts, as well as economists, accident reconstruction experts and safety engineers. It is only through such preparation and investment that they are able achieve a fair and just result for clients.

Located at 20 Scotland Boulevard in Bridgewater, the Law Offices of Daniel F. Clifford, Jr. prides themselves on providing quality legal representation to local clients and is available for a consultation on any case where someone has been injured due to the negligence of another person.

For more information about the Law Offices of Daniel F. Clifford, Jr. please visit their website by clicking here. You can also "Like" the firm on Facebook by clicking here.




Friday, September 9, 2016

Two Guys Fossils

Around the Common is pleased to welcome Two Guys Fossils as our newest local business listing. We remind you to always shop local whenever possible!


Dinosaur fossils are the oldest antiques on Earth! Two Guys Fossils is a top supplier of authentic dinosaur fossils for sale online for fossil collectors, school teachers of all grades, colleges and universities, and kids of all ages. 

Two Guys Fossils carries the most comprehensive selection of quality dinosaur fossils for sale and minerals for sale that you can find on the internet today all at reasonable prices. They specialize in all varieties of dinosaur fossils for sale, such as dinosaur bones, dinosaur teeth, dinosaur eggs, ammonites and cephalopods, trilobites, amphibian fossils, fish fossils, mammal fossils, reptile and bird fossils, and much more!

If you are having a difficult time locating a specific fossil, Two Guys Fossils will try and locate your requested dinosaur fossil specimens and will ship anywhere on the planet. Contact them or e-mail them today.

Two Guys Fossils offers customers the ability to purchase online where customers can choose from purchasing dinosaur fossils, plant fossils, dinosaur art and much more!

The service that you will receive from Two Guys Fossils is second to none! They pride themselves on providing their customers with quality and satisfaction.

For more information about Two Guys Fossils, please check out their website by clicking here. You can also "Like" them on Facebook by clicking here.

Bridgewater Cultural Council Grants


The Bridgewater Cultural Council is currently accepting applications for grants for community projects and programs. The Massachusetts Cultural Council has allocated $10,300 to Bridgewater for the upcoming grant cycle. These projects can include school field trips, afterschool programs, concerts, festivals, lectures, theater, dance, music, and film. LCC projects can take place in schools, community centers, libraries, elder care facilities, town halls, parks and wherever communities come together. 

Individuals, schools, and cultural organizations are eligible to apply for project support from the Bridgewater Cultural Council.

Grant applications for projects scheduled from July 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017 must be submitted on-line to the Bridgewater Cultural Council by October 17, 2016. Applications, procedures and information on guidelines can be found at: http://www.mass-culture.org/bridgewater.


Additional questions on the process may be addressed to Nora Tarr at nora.tarr@comcast.net or Kathryn Golden at goldenk@dupage.edu

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Come Join The Fun Of Scouting in Bridgewater


Come join the fun! 

Pack 31: Meetings are on Mondays at the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Center, 103 Center Street from 6:45 to 8:00 pm.  Open Houses will take place during the Monday, September 12th pack meeting and on two Mondays, September 19th and 26th, during den meetings.  For more information please contact Jake Hackett, Cubmaster at pack31bridgewater@gmail.com.

Pack 35: Meetings are on Fridays at the Central Square Congregational Church, 71 Central Square at 7:00 pm.  Pack 35 will have their first open house on Friday, September 16th from 6-7 pm. The second open house will be a Halloween party on October 28th from 7pm to 8:15pm.  For more information please contact Andy Gibson, Cubmaster at mistahg@comcast.net

Pack 88: Pack meetings are held on the third Friday of th emonth at the Williams Intermediate School from 7 to 8:30 pm. Den meetings are held at the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Center.  An open house will be held on Friday, September 16th from 7-9pm at the Williams Intermediate School.  For more information pplease contact Erick Lynch, Cubmaster at bridgewaterpack88@gmail.com.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Behavioral Connections Joins Local Business Listings

Around the Common would like to welcome Behavioral Connections as our newest Bridgewater business listing! We encourage you to always support local business whenever possible!

In 2007, Behavioral Connections began providing home-based and center-based medically necessary applied behavior analysis (ABA) services to learners 0-21 years old with language and social deficits. They use Skinner’s functional analysis of language to identify and develop the individual needs of each learner and also offer educational ABA services through private pay and school contracts.

Located at 792 Plymouth Street in Bridgewater, Behavioral Connections is a provider of Applied Behavior Analysis services for children with Autism and/or other development disabilities.
Each of the therapists at Behavioral Connections has tremendous compassion, enthusiasm, and care for everyone they work with. Most are pursuing their BCBAs and all are dedicated to learning the science and skills needed to deliver the highest quality learning for the students they interact with on a daily basis.

As Behavioral Connections continues to grow, they are taking on additional clients and are also in the process of hiring additional staff. Check out the employment opportunities at Behavioral Connections by clicking here.

If you are interested in the services that Behavioral Connections has to offer, please fill out their intake form here.

For more information about Behavioral Connections, please check out their website by clicking here. You can also “Like” them on Facebook by clicking here and can follow them on Twitter here.


BSU's Family Performing Arts Center presents GROOVERSITY 9/17


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Well Masquerade Ball Tickets Now on Sale


Join The Well for an evening of revelry at the Indian Pond Country Club to celebrate The Well, raise money for the important work it is doing in our community, and to help “unmask” the stigma of mental illness.
Live music by Hot Mess, dancing, dinner, drinks, auctions, raffles, prizes, and surprises. You’d be amiss to be absent. Dress your best and wear a mask — if you’re in the best mask, you’ll win a prize!

Formal attire appreciated | Mask required | Fun mandatory

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For donations, sponsorships, and advertisement opportunities, visit our Sponsor Page

For more information about The Well, go to www.VisitTheWell.org