Tuesday, February 28, 2017

American Association of University Women

The AAUW Taunton Area Branch is offering a $500 Mary Anderson Memorial Scholarship for college students. Applicants must be graduates of a high school in Southeastern Massachusetts who will be entering the junior or senior year of college in the fall of 2017 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and a commitment to improving the lives of women and girls. 

For an application, download at http://aauw-ma.aauw.net/branches/Taunton/, or contact Louise Freeman, freemanlou@aol.com. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2017.

AAUW (The American Association of University Women) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day – educational, social, economic, and political.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Essential Oils 101 Workshop

Essential Oils 101 workshop given by doTERRA Wellness Advocate Chris Ventura on Tuesday, March 7th @ 6:30 pm.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
 More people are using essential oils today.  Essential oils are used for everything from pampering yourself to cleaning and helping with various ailments. An essential oil is a fragrant liquid extracted from leaves, twigs, berries, bark, wood, root, flowers, citrus peels, or other plant matter.
Essential oils are both exciting and promising when it comes to taking care of your own and your family’s health. Whether you’re applying essential oils topically, enjoying the aromatic benefits through diffusing, or taking essential oils internally, the positive effects of essential oils are boundless.
Join Chris Ventura, doTERRA Wellness Advocate to learn the basics of Essential Oils.  You will get to experience the oils with hands on activities and you will get to bring home an item as well.
The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.  Registration is required. Register at www.bridgewaterpubliclibrary.org under Events.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Easton Guitarist to Perform Concert in Bridgewater

The Peace Committee of First Parish Universalist Unitarian Church of Bridgewater is pleased to present a concert by two of America’s top solo guitarist Peter Janson and Aaron Larget-Caplan. A World of Guitar: Virtuoso Guitar Music from Six Continents features music for solo guitar, and duets, that display the rich variety of human culture as expressed in guitar music. The songs will include styles from americana to celtic, to classical and flamenco, and to world-jazz- fusion.

The program, which is in conjunction with the 300th anniversary of First Parish, will be held on Sunday, March 5 at 3:00 pm in the church sanctuary at 50 School St. Bridgewater, MA. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and children. Child care will be provided for very young children. There will be an intermission with free refreshments and an opportunity to buy CD’s.

Please visit the Facebook event page here for more details.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters Founders Nite & Rotarian of the Year

President Akee Parwaz of the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters announced today that the club is hosting its first annual “Founders Nite” on Saturday, April 1st at 6pm at the Commercial Club of East Bridgewater. In addition to honoring the 25 founders of the club in 1970, the event will recognize the past presidents of the club and others who have made significant contributions to the club’s success. The club, covering Bridgewater, East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater, was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Weymouth and was chartered by Rotary International on May 27, 1970.

As part Founders Nite the Rotary club will be naming its Rotarian of the Year, past club president Bruce Marquis, who is the owner of Salon Esprit in East Bridgewater. Bruce has been a Rotarian since 1974 and a member of the Bridgewaters club since 1998. Previous recipients of the Rotarian of the Year designation are: in 2013 the late Russell E. Ball and the late Robin “Red” Brittain; in 2014 past Rotary district governor Eldon “Terry” Humfryes and Dr. Edward J. Meaney; and in 2015 Beth Roll Smith.

Previous presidents of the club include: Edmund Godin, Basil Warren, Albert Greiner, Donn Burgess, Robin Brittain, Stanley Kravitz, Andrew Valvolotis, Robert Capen, Paul Lehtola, Russell Ball, John Rogers, V. James DiNardo, Eldon Humfryes, Edward Meaney, Michael Ward, Peter Tsafares, Robert McHale, G. Lawson Clark, Kenneth Bjorklund, John Swistak, Thomas Banks, Thomas McBride, Diane Pacheco, Robert Preston, Thomas Warren, Steven Kelly, Frances Jeffries, Beth Roll Smith, Bruce Marquis, Patricia Lee, Thomas Kazanowski, Kevin Inkley, Kevin Burley, Janet Dye and James Alfieri.

For tickets to the event and/or advertising and sponsorship opportunities contact Tom Kazanowski, event chair and Master of Ceremonies at   
phone:  781.837.0209   email: tkazanowski@coastalheritagebank.com

Founders Nite will include a cocktail reception at 6pm, buffet Italian dinner, raffles, and auctions, as well as special recognition for the club founders, past presidents, the Rotarian of the Year and others.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Spring Programs at The Well

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Japanese American Internment Executive Order 9066

“Japanese American Internment Executive Order 9066” an informative lecture at the Bridgewater Public Library
Presented by Historian and Professor Gary Hylander on February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Join us as we discuss EXECUTIVE ORDER 9066.

In the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066.  The Order designated the Pacific West Coast as a war zone and resulted in the forced relocation of thousands of Japanese-Americans away from the coastline into detention centers for the duration of the war.  Over 100,000 native-born Japanese-American citizens (NISEI) and foreign-born Japanese nationals (ISSEI) were forced to leave their homes, sell their businesses and surrender their personal possessions.  Despite Roosevelt’s fears, not a single Japanese-American was found guilty of wartime sabotage or espionage. 

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 and is free and open tot he public.

Surviving the Holocaust and Racism

On Monday, February 27 at 2:00 Jack Trompetter will be at BSU to speak about the Holocaust.  Mr. Trompetter is a survivor who seeks to educate people of all ages about the Holocaust and to challenge us to think about the lessons to be learned from this horrific event.  Mr. Trompetter is presenting as part of SCWK/CRJU349: Perspectives on the Holocaust.

The talk will be held in Moakley 100 and last approximately 75 minutes.  Classes are welcome as are members of the community.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Juice Mill Grand Opening on Friday, February 24th!

Downtown Bridgewater is gearing up to welcome its newest local business to the area and local residents will have a great, healthy place to visit for all natural juices and other items! Juice Mill will be opening on Friday, February 24th!

Residents will want to mark the calendars for February 1st for the Grand Opening of Juice Mill, a juicery and cafe that will be located right in Central Square.

Juice Mill will feature all-natural fresh juices, smoothies, acai bowls, cleanses, salads and more!

For more information about Juice Mill, please "Like" their Facebook page by clicking here and "Follow" them on Twitter by clicking here.

Shaun Casey To Join BSU At Global Religions & Civic Culture Event

Shaun Casey, who served as the U.S. Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs for several years, will be the keynote speaker at a daylong conference by the Global Religions & Civic Culture program at Bridgewater State University on Friday, Feb. 24.

The former Obama administration official is on the faculty of Georgetown University. He has written on the ethics of war in Iraq as well as the role of religion in American presidential politics. His book, The Making of a Catholic President: Kennedy vs. Nixon 1960, was published in 2009.

“The goal of the conference is to consider ways to optimize the resources of Bridgewater State University and communities in Southeastern Massachusetts to lead to a better understanding of the various religions and spiritual expressions that are represented in the region,” said Dr. Margaret Lowe, professor of history at BSU.

Professor Lowe is the coordinator of the Global Religions & Civic Culture initiative, which encompasses faculty for a number of disciplines across the university. It began in the fall of 2014 to establish an academic setting for the study of global religions and spiritual expression and to provide a setting and resource for the application of that understanding to everyday situations.

During its first year, the initiative was focused on the academic study of religion, with special attention to fostering student success and addressing the broad aims of the university’s strategic plan.

In its second year, the focus broadened to the understanding of global religions and spiritual expression in public life, especially at BSU and the wider community by exploring various partnerships. The program has held events featuring speakers on religious pluralism, including a keynote lecture by Dr. Diana Eck, a member of the faculty of divinity at Harvard University.

The initiative has developed a new interdisciplinary minor for Bridgewater State University students in Global Religious & Civic Culture. Faculty from a variety of departments across the university’s schools have collaborated to provide course content for this program, which will start in the fall.

This year’s conference, which starts at 8:45 a.m. with invited community members, regional higher education leaders and BSU stakeholders, includes a teach-in hour with invited classes, a lunch with invited diversity, pluralism and interfaith leaders, a faculty seminar for invited BSU and regional higher education faculty, and Casey’s keynote address and reception.

Naomi Arenberg, a 26-year veteran of public radio at both WGBH and WCAI, will interview Casey during the interactive keynote, which will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. in Maxwell Library’s Heritage Room. The keynote is open to the public and the campus community.

Casey is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School with a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Theology in Religion and Society. He also earned a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard with a concentration in International Security. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Abilene Christian University and is a member of the American Academy of Religion.

He is working on two projects – co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Political Theology with Michael Kessler of Georgetown, and he is writing a book on ethics and international politics, which is tentatively titledNiebuhr’s Children.

While serving in the Office of Religion and Global Affairs, Casey worked to implement the National Strategy on Religious Leader and Faith Community Engagement.  The office advises the secretary on policy matters as they relate to religion, supports U.S. posts and bureaus in the efforts to assess religious dynamics and engage religious actors; and serves as a first point entry for individuals, both religious and secular, who would like to engage the State Department on matters of religion and global affairs.

For more information about the event, contact Professor Lowe at mlowe@bridgew.edu or call 508.531.2406.

February Meetings of the Bridgewater Garden Club

The Bridgewater Garden's Club Day meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 22nd at 1 p.m. Michael Tallbott will discuss the effects of non-invasive and invasive plants on our environment. 

The Evening meeting will be held on Monday, February 27th at 6:45 p.m. Yvette Vivard, of Charlotte Designs, will share her knowledge from the finest schools in France and her event business.  She will show simple, but elegant design techniques to brighten your home. 

Meetings will be held at the Senior Center, Wally Krueger Way, where refreshments will be served. Members and guests are welcome at both meetings.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

300 Years of History

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Registration Open for Bridgewater Little League Baseball

Calling all players ages 4-8! Registration is open for Bridgewater Little League!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Building Creativity One Block At A Time

Come see a really cool creative building block exhibit during school vacation!  View the amazing building block creations, have a bite to eat, then use your own imagination to play and create something new.   Baked goods, snacks, prepared foods, and raffle tickets will also be available.

Friday February 24:  4pm - 8pm
Saturday February 25: 10am - 4pm

$5 per person, children under 2 are free

Trinity Episcopal Church
91 Main Street
Bridgewater, MA 02324

Monday, February 13, 2017

BR-SEPAC Presentation on Collaborative Problem Solving

The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a presentation for the 2016-2017 school year on Monday, February 27th at 6:00 pm titled, Collaborative Problem Solving. The Collaborative Problem Solving model sets forth two major tenets: first, that social, emotional, and behavioral challenges are best understood as the byproduct of lagging thinking skills and second, that these challenges are best addressed by teaching children the skills they lack. The teaching of these skills may be accomplished in a variety of ways, but primarily through helping challenging children and their adult caretakers learn to resolve problems in a collaborative, mutually satisfactory manner. Come learn more about this model!

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

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Munchkin Soccer Clinic

The Munchkin Soccer Clinic utilizes a curriculum which is designed with an understanding of appropriate child development. The program is designed to bring children through various stages of development and make sure they both grow their athletic skills and at the same time create an interest and love for the game of soccer!

This fun, game-based curriculum has been designed to develop gross motor skills, promote physical fitness and create confidence and positive self-esteem in younger children.

Each class is 45 minutes long. Players need to bring a size 3 soccer ball and water and children must wear sneakers or soccer shoes.

Day & Time: Wednesdays 4 PM-4:45 PM
Ages: 4 and 5
Session 3: 3/,1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29 and 4/5
Cost: $65
Location: Bridgewater Dome

Register online by clicking here.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Scout Sunday Mass

Scout Sunday Mass

The annual Scout Sunday Mass will take place at Saint Basil’s Chapel, 122 Park Ave. (on the BSU campus) during the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday February 12th.  All present and past Scouts are invited to attend, present Scouts should be in uniform. Scouts will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the lower level of the chapel.

We encourage Girl Scouts (Daisies through Ambassadors) to participate as well. If you are a Girl Scout/Brownie/Daisy parent/leader please contact Kate Anderson at cnjanderson@comcast.net or at (508-353-9780).  

Please park behind the Kelly Gymnasium in the BSU parking lot.  The Religious Emblems program is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Council #488.  Units are encouraged to bring their Pack/Troop/Unit/Crew flag & stand.  Please stay for donuts/coffee/ juice and conversation after Mass.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Bridgewater Democratic Caucus

The Bridgewater Democratic Caucus will take place at the Bridgewater Academy Building on Saturday, February 11th at 9 a.m.  The caucus will take place in the Town Council Chambers, Room 203.

The caucus is open to all registered Democrats residing in Bridgewater.  The caucus attendees can run for an will vote for candidates who will attend the Massachusetts Democratic Convention to be held in Lowell in June.

Should you have any questions, please email bridgewaterdems@gmail.com

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Poetry Reading by David Oprava

The English Department at Bridgewater State University is pleased announce a reading by Dr. David Oprava of Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 3:15 in the Heritage Room in the Maxwell Library. All are welcome to attend. 

Dr. Oprava is an award winning writer of experimental prose and poetry. He has published six collections of poems and most recently, an illustrated novel that crosses the boundaries of prose, poetry, art, and philosophy. He holds a PhD from Swansea University and although American by birth, has been living and working in the UK for the past twenty years, the last seven of which he has been at Cardiff Metropolitan University in Wales where he is the Subject Leader for Creative Writing. 

His interests include transgressive literature and experimentation, with a keen eye to pushing the boundaries of what writing can do with shape, form, and meaning.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Off the Common Coffeehouse Featuring Don White

The Off the Common Coffeehouse in Bridgewater concert on Saturday February 4th 2017 at 7:30pm will feature Don White

This coffeehouse features a mix of Americana and Folk music right in the downtown area of Bridgewater MA at the U. U. Church at 50 School St. The doors open at 7:00pm with Quentin Callewaert kicking off the evening of music at 7:30pm.

There is no one-word description for what Don White does. He has survived and thrived for twenty-five years, bringing his audiences to laughter and tears in his live performances, studio recordings, and on the printed page. He is a storyteller-comedian-author-troubadour-folk singer-songwriter.

Don’s approach to music is a weird, unique blend. It has brought him onto the stage with greats like Christine Lavin, Arlo Guthrie, Taj Mahal, Ritchie Havens, Patty Larkin, Bill Morrissey, Tom Rush, and Louden Wainright III. At every point, Don has been the ultimate observer, infusing his work with his experiences as a husband, a father, a seeker, and a joker.

I was born with the disease.” As a teenager, he would skip school to write. He took journalism courses. Things started to click when his parents bought him his first guitar at age 15, when White was absorbing music from John Prine, Arlo Guthrie, the Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, and Bob Dylan. He became a student of music.

It was the Grateful Dead that inspired Don White to leave his working class hometown after high school graduation in search of the strange, cool people with long hair he met at local shows. He spent three years hitchhiking across the country, building a foundation for his personality and writing.

Don White’s career took a whole new direction when he started hosting a music open mic at one of the country’s hottest comedy clubs, Catch A Rising Star in Harvard Square. After impressing Catch’s booker with his wit and storytelling abilities, White began to emcee comedy shows. Just as he had studied music as a teenager, Don White began to study comedy.

He now had the toolkit of both songwriter and club comedian – he was “comedian funny,” not “folk funny,” he says. But he quickly realized that the comedy club environment wouldn’t work for him. He wanted to take what he’d learned and bring it into an environment where he could be serious, too. That meant the folk world, where his abilities were unique. “I was bringing comedian sensibilities to a show, and then I had a couple of songs like ‘I Know What Love Is’ so now they’re laughing their head off, and now they’re crying, and that is my niche.”

Many songwriters use their real lives for inspiration, but few do it like Don White. He often draws inspiration from his family, whether it’s a touching song about the circle of life or an uproarious story about dealing with his daughter.

He played with Christine Lavin which gave him yet another career boost. That was also the year White released Live at the Somerville Theatre, a collection that produced his ode to his home town. Not long after that, Don opened for Arlo Guthrie. “The first time I opened for him, I had the feeling like I owed this guy a debt of gratitude, because when I was coming up, he made it seem normal,

White continued to evolve as a write. It allowed him to go take the stories he tells onstage and draw them out, to give a more complete picture of him as a performer and as a human being. “I think that writing the book is the most freedom that I’ve had as a writer, as a creative artist.”

In 2008, White released a compilation, The Best of Don White 1992-2008. He also recorded Winning Streak at Sadler’s Renoworld Studio in White’s hometown of Lynn, Massachusetts. The album contains eight new original songs. “I wasn’t intimidated by the process,” he says. “I know what I want each song to sound like. I’m not sure how the world will take it, but I’m confident it sounds exactly the way I want it to.”

What’s the next stage? White is currently in the studio working on a new album, but who knows where his talents will take him next. “As a writer, I’m interested in all kinds of things now. I have all these ideas now where I want to let the story tell the story, instead of coming out and saying, ‘This is how I feel.’ I want to write that way now.”

BSU to host ‘In Business with Canada’ Symposium

Bridgewater State University and its Canadian Studies Program will host a daylong Canada-Massachusetts Business Symposium on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Entitled “In Business with Canada,” the event will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Keynote addresses will be given by David Alward, Consul General of Canada, during the morning session with David Biette, senior advisor of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, providing the closing keynote.

All events will be held in the Rondileau Campus Center starting at 8 a.m. with registration and a light breakfast. The day will feature panels discussing views from business schools in the Northeast, local business perspectives, accessing the Canadian market and potentially renegotiating NAFTA.

Admission to the event is free. Those planning to attend should RSVP to Dr. Andrew C. Holman, director of the Canadian Studies Program, at a2holman@bridgew.edu.