Friday, December 30, 2016

Dooley Disposal Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, December 29, 2016

29th Annual Bridgewater 49ers Club Frosty Nut Run

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


No charge for the run!

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

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

Kick Stands Up at 12:00 noon

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

Trivia Night at the VFW Post 2125

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

Location: VFW Post 2125 (Orange Street, Bridgewater)

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

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

Doors open at 6:30

Tickets availble from by emailing

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Bridgewater Seniors First

Bridgewater Seniors First!!!!

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

Safety Topics included in the home visit include:

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

Decoding Dyslexia: “Learning to Read”

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

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

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

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

Monday, December 26, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

RJB Custom Furniture

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas "Eve Eve" Candlelight Service

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

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

Friday, December 16, 2016

Bernier's Liquors Joins Around the Common

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Winter Science Academy for Middle School Students

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Central Square Congregational Church, UCC Living Nativity

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

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

Monday, December 12, 2016

Friday, December 9, 2016

Fortin Co. Joins Around the Common

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

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

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

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

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

BR Music Boosters Cookie Grams

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Bridgewater Police Foundation Blood Drive

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

Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Bridgewater Senior Center Holiday Party

Bridgewater Senior Center Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 14th at 12:00

$5.00 Donation

Luncheon and Entertainment with Laura James

Please join in on the fun!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday/Winter Coloring

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

The popular adult activity Coloring with a Holiday/Winter theme. Use a multicolor array of pencils to color in Snowflake Mandalas, Winter Scapes or Winter Scenes of your choice. All supplies will be provided. This is a self directed program.

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

Monday, December 5, 2016

American Association of University Women

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

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

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

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

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

Events at the Library in December

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Owling Dog Art Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Holly Day Faire