Friday, June 16, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Music Alley Kicks Off Second Season



As the combined harmony of a fiddle and acoustic guitar drift out across Bridgewater’s Town Common, a passerby pauses to listen at the black arch alongside the historic Town Hall. Inside, a woman bounces her knee in time to the music, while others pull out their smartphones and hit Record. Nearby, children are dancing and skipping around the paved stones, in front of a makeshift pizza stand where Bruno’s Pizzeria is selling discounted slices.

It’s hard to believe Music Alley, so full of life and vitality, was once abandoned, overgrown, and littered with trash. Last year, a small group of visionaries spent over a month constructing and transforming the bleak landscape into a public space for the community to come together and appreciate music. The inaugural season was so successful that performers began requesting to book time for the following year.

I think it’s pretty wonderful to have a nice solid structure now that we’re into year two , says Christopher Frye, the President of Music Alley’s Board of Directors. I think that’s even better because we get to continue to do what we’re all passionate about for the community.”

Matt York opened and Sparrow Blue opened Music Alley’s second season on Thursday, June eighth. “We’ve never been here before, said Katy Boc of Sparrow Blue, but really love the idea of the community coming together in a space to show music.”

Now incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Friends of Music Alley exists to provide support and coordination of performers and others while using Music Alley. It works in partnership with the Town of Bridgewater which owns and maintains its infrastructure, and holds the entertainment license. Like many on the Board, Frye is a musician himself. “I just love music so much that any chance to bring it out of the woodwork to people I will just endorse that and do everything I can for it.”

Ann Cavanaugh and Billy Mulligan take the stage on Thursday, June 15. For more information visit bridgewatermusicalley.com


Schedule of Performers
June 15 Ann Cavanaugh (Celtic, Folk, Pop, Rock, Country, Indie, traditional) & Billy Mulligan (Singer/Songwriter) playing as a duo

June 22 Bag of Blues (Blues) & Gordon’s Law (Acoustic, Country, Folk Rock)

June 29 Unholy Mackerels (Pop, Classic Rock, Bluegrass, Contemporary Hits, & more)

July 6 Kristen Long (Singer & Piano infusing Soul, Jazz, Folk & Broadway)

July 13 Step Back Band (50s/60s/70s Rock Hits) & Henry The Juggler

July 20 Butch McCarthy & The Gentlemen of Leisure

July 27 First Act: Four in A Row (50's/60's era rock & roll band, wide range of covers & originals) Second Act: In Spirit (Classic rock)

August 3 The Just Two Trio (Banjo/Bass/Guitar) & In Spirit
August 10 Professor Harp (Blues/Soul/Rock & Roll)

August 17 First Act: The Basement Savers (Classic rock) Second Act: Radio Silence (Classic rock)

August 24 Male Bonding Band (Acoustic/Sax etc, wide range of music)

August 31 Andy & Judy (Folk) & Roxanne Pepe (Singer/Songwriter/Acoustic)

September 7 Whiskey in the Jar (Americana, folk, bluegrass, Celtic and rock covers and originals)

Bridgewater Raynham Special Olympics Volleyball


The Bridgewater Raynham Grizzlies Unified Special Olympics Volleyball Team won a silver medal at the Summer Games at Harvard University. 

The team practiced for two months developing and refining their skills. The progress that they made in such a short time was incredible. The BR Grizzlies demonstrated leadership, sportsmanship, and selfless play!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Civilianized: A Young Veteran’s Memoir



Local resident Michael Anthony presents his book “Civilianized: A Young Veteran’s Memoir” at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, June 27th @ 6:30 pm.

Michael spent six years in the army reserves, with a sixteen month deployment, and twelve months in Iraq, where he served as an operating room technician. After his service in the Iraq War, he earned a BA in English Literature from Bridgewater State University, and an MFA in Creative Writing at Lesley University.

In this dark humored War Memoir, Michael discusses his return from war and how he defeated his PTSD. It is a must read for any veteran, or anyone who knows a veteran, who has returned from war and suffered through Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). “Civilianized” has recently won the 2017 Massachusetts Bay One Book Award.

Books will be available for purchase and will include a signing.

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

Sunday, June 11, 2017

B-R Science Olympiad Fundraiser at Chipotle


Bridgewater-Raynham Regional HS's Science Olympiad team is raising money to buy kits for next year's competitions. Please help support them by going to Chipotle in Raynham on Rte. 44 Monday night. 

Bring the flyer, show it on your phone, or just mention the fundraiser when placing your order and they will donate 50% of your purchase! Thank you!

Summer Recreational Program



Monday, June 26, 2017 THRU Friday, August 18, 2017

3, 4, OR 5 DAY ENROLLMENT PER WEEK

Monday through Friday 8:30 - 12:30

LOCATION: Legion Field – Cottage Street Parking Lot

Program fees: $15.00 per day 1st child; $10.00 per day each child thereafter, with a $35.00 family maximum. A $ 5.00 NON-REFUNDABLE APPLICATION FEE PER FAMILY IS DUE WHEN REGISTERING FOR THE PROGRAM along with your 1st week payment. Registration may be made by mail or at the field after the program begins, as space allows. Registration forms are available at the Recreation Office, the Children’s Room of the Bridgewater Public Library, the Senior Center, or online at Bridgewaterma.org. Residents of all towns welcome.

Program held inside school on rainy days.

Friday, June 9, 2017

GBWOT Lemonade Stand


When: Saturday, June 10

Time: 10 AM-12 PM

Where: Winter Place in front of Citizens Bank

The Greater Bridgewater Women of Today hope you will come out to Winter Place this Saturday, June 10th from 10-12 and enjoy a glass of lemonade and a sweet treat to benefit Cops for Kids with Cancer in Memory of Shannon Crowley.

GBWOT is a volunteer organization that performs community service, raises funds to support local and national charities, and fosters friendships. Please consider attending the group’s future events and help the group give back to Bridgewater and the surrounding communities. GBWOT meetings are open to the public and are held on the third Monday of the month. For information on future events and meeting location in Bridgewater email: greaterbridgewaterwot@yahoo.com or message them on Facebook.



Thursday, June 8, 2017

Bridgewater-Raynham Marching Band Car Wash


The Bridgewater-Raynham Marching Band is hosting a car wash Saturday, June 10 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Prisco's on Rte. 18.

$10.00 per car


The marching band has been invited to Washington, D.C. in November to play for several veteran's groups, your donations will help them get there!

Create a Seascape Window


Create a Seascape Window with Robyn Iarrobino from Blue Anchor Studio
Tuesday, July 11th @ 6:00 pm being held at the Bridgewater Public Library

Looking for a fun unique evening out? How about creating your own seascape window?

There is no age limit, it doesn’t matter what your level is this is all about fun. We provide all the supplies and the instructor. Fee is $40.00 per person, portion goes directly to Bridgewater Public Library to support future programs.

Registration and payment is required in advance at Blue Anchor Studio webstore, Party registration tab, scroll to July 11th. http://www.blueanchorstudio.net/apps/webstore/

Don’t wait, reserve your spot now. Come join the fun!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Intro to Bellydance Workshops & Classes


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Monday, June 5, 2017

Bridgewater Arts & Music Festival


Bridgewater Arts & Music Festival
July 4th, 2017
Location: Bridgewater State University
On "The Quad" at Boyden Hall
10:00AM-3:00PM (immediately after parade)
FESTIVAL LINE: (508) 443-4155

ORGANIZER: Nora Tarr – (617) 775-0868

The Bridgewater Arts & Music Festival ("BAMF") is now accepting registrations for the July 4, 2017 festival on the grounds of Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA. Please view our website and you may register online or by mail.

We invite artists to participate in our Art Contest/Show, Crafters interested in showing and selling their wares, and vendors. We are delighted to invited Writers, Authors and Poets to read their work, sell & sign their books and other associated items.

KID'S FESTIVAL
Fun Faces With A Twist - Face painting & More - Balloon Twists - (Prices Vary)

Harry's Sand Art - Create your own Sand Art - (Prices Vary)

All Hands Drumming Circle - Join a Drumming Circle - FREE!

The Art Experience & Commercial Screen Print - Screen-printing - FREE!

Wild Wood Creations, Roaming Puppet Show - FREE!

Animal Affair - Petting Zoo - FREE!

Roaming Railroad - Trackless Train Rides - $3.00

Hill Top Rocks - Rock-Climbing Wall - $5.00

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ART SHOW/CONTEST
Contest with cash prizes; daylong art display including paints, sketches, photography, pencils, charcoal, etc.

Artwork must be no larger than 36" x 36", wired and ready to hang. Pieces unable to be hung will be placed on (limited) table easels. Artist should remain with their work; you want to be present to speak to anyone interested in your work. All artists are welcome to enter the contest; there is no fee to enter. Please register your submissions early so we can ensure we have identification placards for your work ready for the day of the show. Prizes include cash/gift cards, plaque, ribbons.

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LIVE MUSIC & DANCE ART PERFORMANCES
Matt Putnam, Singer/Songwriter

Arts For Youth, Music & Dance Performance

Overdue Blues Band, Blues Band

Nancy Hewitt & The Hot Toddies, Trio

The Basement Savers - Rock Band

The Silver City Outlaws Band - Rock Band

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WRITERS, POETS & SPOKEN WORD
Writers, Authors, Poets and Spoken Word Artists can participate in events at the Authors tent this year. If you want to sell your books, comic books, chapbooks or other publications. When you register, please detail for us your work/product. You can sell & sign. We will group all word artists together.

If you are interested in doing a more formal presentation/talk/reading of your work, please indicate that when you register.

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CRAFTERS, ARTISANS, VENDORS
Crafters, Artisans, Artists all demonstrating, showing and selling their wares. Handmade, unique designs, clothing, jewelry, household décor, t-shirts, accessories, tasty treats, other nifty things. Whether you want to browse or shop, there will be something surely to catch your interest.

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For more information or to register for a space, please visit our website: www.bridgewater4th.com

Free admission – clean restrooms – fully accessible to all

Note: The Bridgewater Arts & Music Festival is not financially supported by the Town of Bridgewater or the 4th of July Committee (who organizes the parade and the fireworks – they need to keep every penny they raise for their events). Bridgewater State University donates the grounds and facilities for the day. We accept small sponsorship donations from businesses and vendors and fees from some participants.

Bridgewater Academy Lions Community Blood Drive


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Bridgewater Music Alley Looking for Volunteers


Bridgewater Music Alley is currently seeking weekly "hosts" to assist with setting up and breaking down Music Alley each Thursday from approximately 4pm to 8:30pm. 

This is an unpaid volunteer community service opportunity for any Thursday(s) between June 8th and running though September 7th. Any hours completed count as community service hours that can be signed off on at completion of each night. 

If interested, please email bwmusicalley@gmail.com for more information and/or to sign up!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Flora T. Little Art Gallery



The Bridgewater Public Library will feature an exhibit of Paintings by local artist Robyn Iarrobino owner of Blue Anchor Studio in the Flora T. Little Gallery.  The exhibition will be on display during the months of June and July.
Robyn has studied in several mediums including oil, sculpture and graphite, but finds herself continuously drawn back to the magic of watercolor. She has studied at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, ME,  The Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA and at The Hunakai School of Art, in Foxboro, MA. 
Robyn’s art has taken her to such incredible places!  She has stood 30 feet in the air painting the inside dome of a church, been to celebrities homes and even done commission work designing a headstone!  Yes, a headstone for a grave site!  
Robyn owns Blue Anchor Studio in Middleboro, MA and teaches privately and also conducts events like paint parties and sea glass window creations at the studio or she will come to you!  Art exposure at any age and any level is important!! www.blueanchorstudio.net
 
An Artist Meet and Greet will be held on Monday, June 19th at 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Beautifully Delicious


Liz Barbour presents her new cookbook “Beautifully Delicious” at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, June 6th @ 6:30 pm.

Liz’s book signing event will include a 20-minute slide presentation with photos from Liz's cookbook. Liz will speak about the writing, photographing, and self-publishing of her cookbook. She'll also take questions from the audience, and spend time meeting, greeting, and signing copies of her long-awaited cookbook Beautifully Delicious: Cooking with Herbs & Edible Flowers.

Liz Barbour has been cooking professionally in the Boston area since 1992. Liz’s cooking demonstrations and recipes have been featured on New Hampshire Chronicle, Channel 9’s “Cooks Corner” and in various publications including New Hampshire Magazine.

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

The Majesty and Mystery of Crop Circles



“The Majesty and Mystery of Crop Circles” with Naturalist John Root at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, June 13th @ 6:30 pm.

A presentation featuring designs that have been appearing with increasing sophistication during the past three decades in farmers’ fields and other locations all over the world. Layered weaving of plants in the fields as well as anatomical changes observed in these plants is presented as evidence of powerful and mysterious energies at work. Effects on electronic equipment, soils, animals, and human visitors are also described. Interpretations of these intricate and exquisite formations, many of which occur near sacred sites and refer to mystical traditions, are discussed as well.

Audiences are invited to share their reactions to these images and to speculate about how and why they are manifesting on our landscape.

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

Supported in part by a grant from the Bridgewater Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Make a Patriotic Wreath


Friday, June 16 ~ 10:30-11:30 am

Bridgewater Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way, Bridgewater, MA

Light Refreshments

RSVP by June 14 ~ 508-697-0929
(space is limited)

Sponsored by Marian Manor in Taunton, a skilled nursing & rehab facility

Friday, May 26, 2017

Opioid Awareness Session at Bridgewater State University

Answering a growing need in the region, Bridgewater State University and its athletic training faculty will host a symposium devoted to issues surrounding the opioid epidemic on Thursday, June 22.

The daylong event will include a session dedicated to opioid awareness and Narcan training, while another session will be devoted to facilitating the collaborative efforts of emergency service workers and athletic trainers while helping victims of overdose.

The creation of the event came at the direction of President Frederick W. Clark Jr. He got College of Education and Allied Studies Dean Lisa Battaglino onboard, who reached out to athletic training faculty. Professor Kimberly Wise, ATC, picked up the gauntlet, saying that these days evidence-based training in the areas of opioid addiction and overdose protocols are high priorities for emergency workers and athletic trainers.

“After speaking with Dr. Dan Muse (of Signature Healthcare) I saw a connection between doctors, EMTs, police and athletic trainers and the type of training they all need,” she said. “Evidence-based practice or training in the areas of opioid addiction and overdose protocol is desperately needed.”

BSU has hosted panel discussions on addiction and opioids in the past. Mary Waldron, director of BSU’s Institute for Policy Analysis and Regional Engagement, said many organizations around the region are interested in the topic. “They’re looking to BSU to lead the way,” she said. The symposium may be a first step toward other certificate programs being offered at BSU in the area of opioid prevention and addiction.

This event will not just examine the topic of addiction, but will also look at interventions to help those in the direst of need, and will demonstrate how to treat someone who is overdosing. At mid-day, a mock overdose will be staged, allowing participants to witness how medical professionals deal with such a crisis.

Those attending the event will receive a professional development certificate and a sample of Narcan.

Presenting at the event and/or participating in the panel discussion will be: Steve Marciano, whose brother died of a drug overdose; Dr. Dan Muse, Signature Healthcare emergency department and SportSmart program director; Keith Wilson, CCEMT- P, I/C - chief operations officer; Jen Dowd, ATC, LAT, NREMT-B, WEMT; Tim Cruz, Plymouth County district attorney; Ed Jacoubs, MSW, director of Grants & Sponsored Projects; and Sgt. Robert McEvoy, BSU Police and a drug recognition expert.

The event is free for emergency workers and select BSU athletic training students. For more information log on to bsu.ticketleap.com/bsu-atp-symposium. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Burnell Hall, Room 132A and the Moakley Atrium.

The event is being sponsored by BSU, Signature Healthcare, Office of the District Attorney-Plymouth County and Brockton Area Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Armenian Genocide

“The Armenian Genocide In History and Politics” an informative lecture and presentation at the Bridgewater Public Library presented by Bridgewater resident, Raymond Ajemian on Tuesday, May 30th at 6:30 pm.
On the eve of World War I, there were two million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. By 1922, there were fewer than 400,000.  Roughly 1.5 million were killed in what the vast majority of historians consider genocide.  Despite pressure from governments around the world, historians, social justice groups, and Armenians themselves, the Turkish government today, as in the past, refuses to admit that the Armenians were victims of genocide.
Bridgewater resident, Ray Ajemian’s parents are both of Armenian decent and immigrated to the United States.  Ray’s mother was a survivor of the genocide. Ray has degrees in history specializing in Middle East history.  Come listen to this time in history and make sure the world does not forget.
The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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

June 1- July 31:  Enter our raffle to win a handmade Minion cornhole game is perfect for your backyard summer fun!  Cornhole game latches to contain (included) beanbags when not in use.  Must see– displayed at the circulation desk where tickets will be sold. Tickets will be sold June 1 thru July 31.  Tickets can be purchased at the circulation desk for $1.00 each or 6/$5.00.  Winning ticket drawn on August 1– you do not need to be present to win.

Thursday, June 1@ 10:30-11:00 a.m.:  Book Babies.  Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver.  Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime.  No registration.

Thursday, June 1 @ 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.:  Book Babies.  Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver.  Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime.  No registration.

Friday, June 2 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  Join Miss Nicole from Triumph, Inc. for a 12 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, June 3 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  Read to Jasper, our lovable therapy dog. The “Read to a Dog” program provides children the opportunity to visit with a dog while building reading skills in a non-judgmental environment.  No registration, all ages welcome.

Tuesday, June 6 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily.  Stories, songs, a craft and FUN!  All ages, no registration. 

Wednesday, June 7 @ 9:30-10:00 a.m.:  Book Babies.  Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver.  Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime.  No registration.

Wednesday, June 7 @ 10:30-11:15 a.m.: Story time and craft. Drop in story time for all ages with adult.  Join Mrs. Davis for stories, songs, rhymes and a craft.  All ages, no registration.

Thursday, June 8 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.:  Book Babies.  Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver.  Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime.  No registration.

Thursday, June 8 @ 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.:  Book Babies.  Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver.  Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime.  No registration.

Tuesday, June 20 thru Wednesday, August 9:  Crazy summer savings at the Bridgewater Used Book Store!  Children’s Books are half off from June 20 thru August 9!  Take them to the beach or on vacation– no need to worry about late fees or damage!  Finish off your collection or start a new one—new arrivals weekly.

Tuesday, June 20 @ 6:30 p.m.: Summer Reading Kickoff!  Bryson Lang performs his popular juggling and comedy show. Surprise Door Prizes! All ages, no registration. Supported from a grant from the Bridgewater Cultural Council.

Tuesday, June 27 @ 1:00-2:00 p.m.:  Drop in craft- Fourth of July Noisemaker.  Ages 3+ with adult.  No registration, while supplies last.

Wednesday, June 28:  Registration opens for Construction Bingo, held on July 12 @ 1:00 p.m.  Practice your reading skills while having fun- we play with words not numbers!  Ages 6+.


Thursday, June 29 @ 1:00-2:00 p.m.:  Drop in craft- Newspaper Sunflowers.  Ages 3+ with adult.  No registration, while supplies last.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Anna Shaff Memorial Book Award

Congratulations to Nicole Driscoll of Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, one of six exceptional students chosen by the Taunton Branch of the American Association of University Women, to receive their annual Anna Shaff Memorial Book Award. 

This year’s book is: In Their Shoes: Extraordinary Women Describe Their Amazing Careers, by Deborah Reber.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Short Stories Of The Civil War


“Short Stories of the Civil War” an informative program to be held at the Bridgewater Public Library given by Dana Zaiser on Tuesday, May 23rdat 6:30 pm.
 In this fact based program you will learn about Army Sutlers, Love Tokens (jewelry) and unusual unknown stories of ordinary but heroic soldiers just doing their duty.
Dana, currently holds the position of Vice President of the Old Colony Civil War Round Table of Dedham, MA (www.occwrt.org).  Over the years, he has traveled to several battlefields including Antietam and Gettysburg.  He also has been fortunate enough to have had two award winning articles published on the War. 
The program begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Songs of World War II

The Bridgewater Council on Aging and the Bridgewater Cultural Council have come together and are pleased to announce the forthcoming appearance of singing star Ruth Harcovitz, Ms. Massachusetts USA 2017, in her program, SONGS OF WORLD WAR II.

The show commemorates the end of the Second World War in May 1945, a time when the world was new, hearts were young, and life was free once again.

Ms. Harcovitz’s presentation will include favorites from the era, such as “Accentuate the Positive” “White Cliffs of Dover,” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

The program will take place at the Bridgewater Senior Center on Wednesday, June 7 at 12:45 following a special luncheon at 12 noon. The donation for the luncheon is $4. Reservations are required and may be made by signing up at the senior center or calling them at (508) 697-0929. All senior citizens and veterans are all cordially invited to attend

As Ms. Massachusetts USA, Ms. Harcovitz will be traveling to Las Vegas in mid-May to compete for the title of Ms. Senior USA. We wish her well. Ruth is in constant demand throughout the country for her beautiful voice, warm personality, and wide variety of exciting programs.

This performance is supported in part by a grant from the Bridgewater Cultural Council, a local agency, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and the Bridgewater Council on Aging. (This full credit and its wording are mandatory in all publicity, per the Massachusetts Cultural Council.)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Songs of World War II


Mom & Me Belly Dance Class with Amar Gamal


Come celebrate” being you” as we explore the expressive art of bellydance.

This workshop is for mothers and daughters (any family member and child) to enjoy a special time together dancing, laughing and creating sparkles of fun. Let’s celebrate our bodies that come in all shapes, and sizes and represent an array of ages and cultural backgrounds. Wear comfortable workout clothing and bare feet.

No previous dance experience needed. Kids ages 5 and up.

May 27th 1:00-3:00pm
Maha Yoga Center
992 Bedford Street
Bridgewater, MA
Pre-Registration required contact 508-697-3273 / www.mahayogacenter.com /

For more information about Amar Gamal Bellydance and additional classes & workshops offered please click here

Friday, May 12, 2017

Summer Science Academy at BSU

The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University is offering its annual Summer Science Academy of weeklong programs throughout the month of July for students entering high school and middle school in the fall.

The program allows students to work as scientists and is designed to inspire students about science while providing them with the foundations necessary for further scientific exploration.

Programs offered for students entering grades 9-12 include: So, You Want to be What? Exploring Careers in Medical Sciences, July 10-14; Biotech Career Rotations I: Real-world Techniques to Answer Real-world Problems, July 17-21; and Biotech Career Rotations II: Real-world Techniques to Answer Real-world Problems, July 24-28.

Classes run Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Fridays, the program runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. followed by final presentations to which family and friends are invited.

The program fee of $490 a week covers all course expenses including lab supplies and materials. The fee does not include lunch or transportation. A limited number of needs-based scholarships are available.

For students entering grades 6-8 in the fall, programs are: Enduring Everest: An Engineering Challenge, July 10-14; Shipwrecked: Exploring the STEM of Marine Archaeology, July 17-21; and Forensics Institute at Bridgewater, July 24-28.

Classes for middle school students run Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., followed by final presentations. A program fee of $400 a week covers all courses expenses including lab supplies and materials, but does not include lunch or transportation.

For more information, visit http://microsites.bridgew.edu/case/summer-science-programs or contact Maura Whittemore at mwhittemore@bridgew.edu or 508.531.2575.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

St. Thomas Aquinas Women’s Club Annual Banquet

The St. Thomas Aquinas Women’s Club will hold its annual banquet on Wednesday, May 24th, 6:30 at T.J. Smith’s Victorian House, 13 Cross Street, East Bridgewater. The speaker will be WCVB news reporter, Rhondella Richardson. Dinner choice: turkey or baked haddock, $32.00.

RSVP to Nancy Querzoli at 508-697-6626 or Marianne Giovanoni at 508-697-9238. New members are welcome!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bridgewater Lions Youth Fishing Derby


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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

SunAWARE for Life


SunAWARE for Life is an informative program for children and adults to be held at the Bridgewater Public Library. The program will be presented by a trained SunAWARE Educator, Martin Touhey, from the Children’s Melanoma Foundation on Tuesday, May 16th at 6:30 pm.

Come learn about UV intensity, skin sensitivity, and proper sun protection. There will also be a UV camera on hand to help you recognize your own sun damage and learn about proper sunscreen application. Be Safe, Be SunAWARE.

Avoid unprotected exposure to sunlight.

Wear sun protective clothing.

Apply recommended amounts of broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Routinely examine your whole body for changes in your skin.

Educate your family about the need to be SunAWARE.

Did you know that the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend is “Don’t Fry Day”!

The Children's Melanoma Prevention Foundation is a non-profit educational foundation established in 2003 to deliver a comprehensive sun safety and melanoma awareness program, free of charge, to school children in Massachusetts.

www.melanomaprevention.org

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

BR-SEPAC Meeting

The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a presentation for the 2016-2017 school year on Tuesday, May 16th at 6:00 pm titled, Basic Rights in Special Education. Learn how special education law can support your child and understand your rights so you can effectively collaborate with your professional partners.

The meeting will be held at The Bridge Center located at 470 Pine St., Bridgewater, MA. Please register online in advance for free childcare at: http:// www.thebridgectr.org

Monday, May 8, 2017

Portraits of BSU Students


PORTRAITS OF BSU STUDENTS
Students Drawing Students
Better Bean Coffee Company 23 Central Square Bridgewater, MA.

May 3- May 31, 2017
Reception: May 9, 4-6pm

At the Women’s March in Washington in January 17 this year, the chant that most struck me was:

“Tell me what America looks like” and its’ response; “This is what America looks like”.
Each drawing student in my current Drawing II classes have contributed a drawing to this exhibition.

This exhibition is a celebration of the great, diverse students at Bridgewater State University! 

ARTISTS: Valerie Anselme Delaney Barger Mamie- Hawa Bawoh Patricia Bowen Patrick Brady Jessica Bullock
Jonah Carson Rachel Connors Emily Coutu Samantha Cushman David Ferraro Melissa Katcharian
Carly Keaveney Cady Parker Emily Philbin Nancy Pope Margaret Redmond Sophia Rustemever
Lucas Schneiderhan Angela Segall Amanda Torigian Colleen Townsend Sam Warren Christina Williams
Lily Young
MODELS: Karen Ozuna-Vargas Georgina Duffy-Hetzel Pierre Dumoulin-Minguet Jen Feng Li Kyle Gotham
Tuveya Kirnon-Davis Hailey Mulvey Edmund Oppong Rupert Simpson Amanda Torigian Matthew Tribble Lily Young

Instructor: Joan Mullen

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Flora T. Little Art Gallery

The Bridgewater Public Library will feature an exhibit of photographs created by Bridging L.I.V.E.S. youth, in partnership with the Brockton Area Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative. The PhotoVoice Project will be on display in the Flora T. Little Art Gallery for the month of May.

In 2016, Bridging L.I.V.E.S. facilitated a PhotoVoice Project with youth from Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School (BR). Bridging L.I.V.E.S. is a community substance use prevention coalition in the towns of Bridgewater and Raynham. The coalition is part of a larger regional substance use prevention effort, the Brockton Area Opioid Overdose Prevention Collaborative. www.opioidoverdoseprevention.org

PhotoVoice is a form of qualitative research that gives cameras to participants in order to respond to broad based questioning around a specific topic. During this time, BR students focused on the issue of substance use (including drugs and alcohol) in the local area. These pictures are documentation of the final results of this project. We hope that you observe and reflect on each photograph and written statement by the participants.











The Flora T. Little Gallery is open during regular library hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9a.m.-8p.m.; Thursday 10a.m.-5p.m., Friday, Saturday 10a.m.-2p.m.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Bridgewater Lions Youth Fishing Derby


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Monday, May 1, 2017

Bridgewater Academy Lions Dining for a Cause



Bridgewater Academy Lions "DINING FOR A CAUSE" at BRIDGEWATER 99. It's this Tuesday night from 5-9 PM. If you present a copy of this voucher at the Bridgewater 99 Restaurant on May 2 between 5 PM and 9 PM, the 99 will donate 15% of your guest check (excluding tax and gratuity) to Mass. Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. The voucher applies for dine-in or take-out. Enjoy a good meal and support a good cause at no additional cost to you. Printed vouchers are available at Bridgewater Public Library and Senior Center.

There also will be prize drawings in the restaurant foyer to benefit local scholarships, community programs, and other Bridgewater Academy Lions charities.

A Whale of a Family Night!


Please join us on May 17 from 4 -7 PM for A Whale of a Family Night! The event is FREE and open to the public.

The event will be held in the Dana Mohler-Faria Science & Mathematics Center

Fun hands-on activities from 4-6:30 PM
Viewing of Salt, the inflatable whale is from 4 -6 PM (Kelly Gym)
Whale presentation by Krill Carson begins at 6:30 PM

Registration for the event is required.

To register, please visit https://goo.gl/forms/MjI50iOFbkqpdalU2

This event is sponsored by:

Bridgewater State University Offi­ce of University & Community Partnerships
Bridgewater State University, Department of Biological Sciences
Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (CASE)
Youth Environmental & Social Society of Middleboro and Bridgewater-Raynham (Y.E.S.S.)
New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA)

**All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Medicaid Asset Protection Presentation


The Bridgewater Senior Center is pleased to have Elder Law Attorney Eric Oalican return to the Senior Center on May 16th at 12:45 pm. Attorney Oalican will give a presentation on Medicaid Asset Protection and will discuss common strategies to protect assets from catastrophic costs of long-term care. He will also address other legal questions. A complimentary light lunch will be served at 12:00, prior to the program. If you plan to join the presentation and lunch you must sign up by calling the Senior Center at 508-697-0929. 

This program is sponsored by TRIAD. 

LinkedIn Profile Workshop Part 1



LinkedIn Profile Workshop Part 1

Presented by Russ Ventura on Monday, May 15th @ 6:00 pm.

Space is limited. Registration is required.

Learn the importance of LinkedIn and how to construct your foundational profile information. Understand what is important to recruiters and how to approach personal branding on social media. Please note you will need to bring your own laptop to the workshop. You must have an established LinkedIn account and know your password.

Russ Ventura is a retired career advisor from Boston College with 16 years experience. Russ continues to volunteer his time teaching LinkedIn at the MA One-Stop Career Office in Plymouth, MA.

The event, which begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Register at www.bridgewaterpubliclibrary.org under Events.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Sinking Of The Lusitania Lecture


“Sinking of the Lusitania” is an informative lecture at the Bridgewater Public Library presented by Historian and Professor Dr. Gary Hylander on Tuesday, May 9th at 6:30 pm.
May marks the anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, one of the most luxurious and impressive passenger liners ever built.  Although Britain was at war with Germany, Captain Charles Turner bragged, “A torpedo can’t get the Lusitania.  She runs too fast.”  He was wrong.  Join us as we discuss how the disaster of the Lusitania sinking affected American public opinion and President Wilson’s view as to whether or not America should enter the Great War of 1914-1918.
Dr. Gary Hylander is currently an independent scholar who specializes as a presidential historian, a pedagogical specialist for the National Endowment for the Humanities and professor of history.
The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Upcoming programs at Bridgewater Public Library in the Children’s room

Upcoming programs at Bridgewater Public Library in the Children’s room:

Friday, May 5 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Join Miss Nicole from Triumph, Inc. for a 12 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, May 6 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Read to Jasper, our lovable therapy dog. The “Read to a Dog” program provides children the opportunity to visit with a dog while building reading skills in a non-judgmental environment. No registration, all ages welcome.

Tuesday, May 9 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily. Stories, songs, a craft and FUN! All ages, no registration.

Wednesday, May 10 @ 9:30-10:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Wednesday, May 10 @ 10:30-11:15 a.m.: Story time and craft. Drop in story time for all ages with adult. Join Mrs. Davis for stories, songs, rhymes and a craft. All ages, no registration.

Thursday, May 11 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Thursday, May 11 @ 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Friday, May 12 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Join Miss Nicole from Triumph, Inc. for a 12 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, May 16 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily. Stories, songs, a craft and FUN! All ages, no registration.

Wednesday, May 17 @ 9:30-10:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Wednesday, May 17 @ 10:30-11:15 a.m.: Story time and craft. Drop in story time for all ages with adult. Join Mrs. Davis for stories, songs, rhymes and a craft. All ages, no registration.

Thursday, May 18 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Thursday, May 18 @ 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Friday, May 19 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Join Miss Nicole from Triumph, Inc. for a 12 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, May 24 @ 9:30-10:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Wednesday, May 24 @ 10:30-11:15 a.m.: Story time and craft. Drop in story time for all ages with adult. Join Mrs. Davis for stories, songs, rhymes and a craft. All ages, no registration.

Thursday, May 25 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Thursday, May 25 @ 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Friday, May 26 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Join Miss Nicole from Triumph, Inc. for a 12 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, May 30 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily. Stories, songs, a craft and FUN! All ages, no registration.

Wednesday, May 31 @ 9:30-10:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Wednesday, May 31 @ 10:30-11:15 a.m.: Story time and craft. Drop in story time for all ages with adult. Join Mrs. Davis for stories, songs, rhymes and a craft. All ages, no registration.

Thursday, June 1@ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Thursday, June 1 @ 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Friday, June 2 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Join Miss Nicole from Triumph, Inc. for a 12 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.

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


Free Metal Recycling To Benefit Food Pantry




On Saturday, May 6, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Bridgewater will hold a FREE metal recycling drive. Scrap metal may be brought to the church parking lot adjacent to the CVS on Route 104 in Bridgewater Center. All types of metal, including stoves, pipe, file cabinets, bikes, shelving, and grills will be accepted. Please do not include items containing Freon, gas, propane, glass, etc. Friendly volunteers will be on hand to unload your metal. The metal recycling drive will be held rain or shine and is open to residents and non-residents.


The metal drive is sponsored by the church’s Green Sanctuary Committee, in conjunction with Bridgewater Recycling Inc. Green Sanctuary churches are committed to promoting sustainable lifestyles for their members, both as individuals and as a faith community. A portion of the profits from the metal collection will be donated to the Bridgewater Food Pantry. In the past seven years, the one-day drive has netted over $1650 for the food pantry. For more information, please call 774-240-1307 or visit the church website at www.firstparishbridgewater.org.

Zoo New England Passes


The Bridgewater Public Library now has a membership to Zoo New England, Boston’s premier zoos! 
The membership offers patrons discounted admission for a group of up to 6 individuals per ticket to the Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoos.
·        Franklin Park Zoo is a 72 acre site nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park, long considered the “crown jewel”.
·        Stone Zoo is a 26 acre site near the sparkling Spot Pond reservoir.
Reserve your discounted pass directly on our website atwww.bridgewaterpubliclibrary.org click on Museum Passes, locate the date you want and reserve with your library card number. 
Franklin Park Zoo is located at 1 Franklin Park Rd., Boston, MA
Stone Zoo is located at 149 Pond St., Stoneham, MA
There is so much to do at the zoo!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

McSheffrey Corner Dedication


American Association of University Women


On Wednesday, May 3, the Taunton branch of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) will hold their annual pot luck supper at the home of Veronica Casey, East Taunton. 

The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Officers for the coming year will be elected.

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, Lakeville, and other South Shore towns.

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

Liisa Budge-Johnson Elephant Ambassador April 26th at BSU


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bridgewater Garden Club Spring Plant Sale

Bridgewater Garden Club Annual Plant Sale (Rain or shine. Indoors at Bridgewater Senior Center. 10 Wally Krueger Way)

Saturday, May 13, 2017 9AM-Noon

Herbs, heirloom tomato plants, annuals, perennials, geraniums, hanging plants, trees and bushes, select day lilies


Proceeds to Scholarships and Civic Beautification Projects

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Memory Cafe

Alzheimer's disease and other disorders that cause Dementia know no boundaries. They are well documented as diseases that are not a normal part of aging. They do not discriminate between rich or poor, educated or uneducated. No one is immune, and your loved one or beloved could be next.

According to research, the latest facts show that the number of Americans living with Alzheimer's disease is growing. The current statistics are one in nine people aged 65 and over have Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease may nearly triple, from 5.2 million to a projected 13.8 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent or provide a cure for this disease.

Alzheimer’s can also affect people younger than age 65. Up to five percent of the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s have younger onset.

Given these statistics and the prevalence of memory loss in the general population, Cherished Memories, Inc in partnership with the Old Colony YMCA - East Bridgewater, and Stoughton is working to enrich the quality of life for those living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia-causing disorders by offering a Memory Café within the branch.

With roots in the Netherlands, a Dutch psychiatrist named Dr. Bere Miesen, introduced the Memory Café concept in 1997 as one of the ways to break the stigma associated with Dementia and its many forms. The concept spread throughout Europe, to Ireland England and Australia and the United States.

The first Memory Café in the United States was established by Dr. Jytte Lokvig in 2008 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The American version focuses very much on the individual with memory loss. The Memory Café will provide a break or respite from the daily routine of coping with Dementia and Dementia-related stress, as well as a place where individuals with memory loss and their caregivers can come together in a safe, supportive, and engaging environment. It is a time away from medical appointments and the disease, and a place where participants can explore art, music, form friendships, people can have fun, interact, socialize, laugh, cry, find support, share concerns, and celebrate without feeling embarrassed or misunderstood.

With a focus on abilities, not disabilities, and a commitment to improving quality of life for all, the Old Colony YMCA branch in East Bridgewater, and Stoughton are ideal location(s) for a neighborhood Memory Café where friendship, love and acceptance are encouraged. It is here that dementia caregivers and those with dementia can explore art, pet therapy, music, poetry, drum circle, and socialization while forming new friendships with other like-minded people.

The Memory Café will provide the chance to have fun and curb feelings of loneliness and isolation while living in the moment. Participants will reminisce about memories, perform light exercise, and, most importantly, laugh. Let go and let flow!! If we don’t enjoy ourselves, then this activity is not worth doing.

Current research related to Alzheimer’s and dementia indicates that in addition to socialization, engagement in the arts is both important and beneficial. Music, painting, a palette of water color paints and a blank sheet of paper, poetry, and other forms of art can have a profound impact on the brain.

Our first Memory Café was a great success in East Bridgewater. We are now branching out with the Memory Café to the Stoughton YMCA. The next meet of the Memory Cafe presented by Cherished Memories, Inc at the Old Colony YMCA - East Bridgewater and in Stoughton is held on May 27, 2017. Guests must be accompanied by a family member or caregiver. The event is free and open to the general public.

To register contact Mary McElligott 617 688 4555 and or email: AlznDementiaConnection@gmail.com.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Annual Easter Sunrise Service


The Annual Easter Sunrise Service, hosted by the Bridgewater Council of Churches, will be held on April 16, 2017,  6:30 AM at Hanson Farm, 600 Pleasant Street, Bridgewater, MA. 

Rev. Ken Mantler, pastor at Bridgewater United Methodist Church, will deliver the Easter message. A free-will offering will be received to support the Food Pantry at Central Square Congregational Church.  The Food Pantry is available to all Bridgewater residents, whether your need is great or small.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Summer Science Academy at BSU


The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University is offering its annual Summer Science Academy of weeklong programs throughout the month of July for students entering grades 9-12 in the fall.
The program allows students to work as scientists and is designed to inspire students about science while providing them with the foundations necessary for further scientific exploration.
Programs offered for students in grades 9-12 include: So, You Want to be What? Exploring Careers in Medical Sciences, July 10-14; Biotech Career Rotations I: Real-world Techniques to Answer Real-world Problems, July 17-21; and Biotech Career Rotations II: Real-world Techniques to Answer Real-world Problems, July 24-28.
Classes run Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Fridays, the program runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. followed by final presentations to which family and friends are invited.
The program fee of $490 a week covers all course expenses including lab supplies and materials. The fee does not include lunch or transportation. A limited number of needs-based scholarships are available.
For more information, visit http://microsites.bridgew.edu/case/summer-science-programs or contact Maura Whittemore at mwhittemore@bridgew.edu or 508.531.2575.
 

Nunckatessett Greenway Annual Rally


The Nunckatessett Greenway - where history and nature meet.

What is the Nunckatessett Greenway? The Nunckatessett Greenway is a network of land & water trails along the Town River that connects the towns of West Bridgewater and Bridgewater to the Bay Circuit Trail and Bridgewater State University. The Greenway enhances recreational, environmental, social, and educational opportunities, and also stimulates economic activity in West Bridgewater and Bridgewater, MA. The genesis of the project streams from a grassroots movement of local residents and public officials that wish to see a nature corridor that will elevate people's awareness of the Town River and of historical sites situated along that river, as well as promote outdoor classrooms, economic development and alternative means of travel.
The Nunckatessett Greenway is used for outdoor classrooms, hiking, bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and more.

Join us and discover the wonders of this awesome greenway right in your backyard!
This year's special guests are: 
-BSU Student Presentations 
-Michael Dutton, Bridgewater Town Manager 
-West Bridgewater Open Space Committee
The meeting will take place on April 13th at 6pm at Bridgewater State University, Burnell Hall, Room 132B located at 66 Hooper Street, Bridgewater.
Parking is located in the Burnell Parking Lot