Monday, October 16, 2017

GBWOT Touch-a-Truck Event

When: Sunday, October 29 (weather Permitting)

Where: Sullivan Tire-Rte. 18 Bridgewater (Please park across the street at HarborOne Bank-295 Bedford St.)

Time: 11-2 PM

Cost: $5 per person

Join Greater Bridgewater Women of Today for their annual Touch-A-Truck event hosted at Sullivan Tire in Bridgewater on Sunday, October 29 from 11-2 PM weather permitting. The cost will be $5 per person. There will be tons of trucks for the children to touch and explore! Children are encouraged to wear their costumes and there will be candy to collect at each truck. 

There will be face painting by Noodle Doodle FacePainting by Lisa, burgers and hot dogs for sale at concession stand! DJ Jeff Fowler will be spinning the tunes and you can come meet Big League Brian who will be appearing from 11-2. He's the one on stilts outside Yawkey Way at all the Red Sox games. New this year! Big Foot the Monster Truck!!

GBWOT would like to thank the sponsors of this event: Sullivan Tire, Crocetti's Market, Prisco's Market, and Wheel House Real Estate.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Jenny Foxtrot Ballroom Dancing

Jennifer Kravitz has been teaching Ballroom Dancing for over 18 years. She formed a love for dancing in the late 90's when swing had made a major resurgence on the dance scene and spent 4 years teaching and competing professionally for the the Arthur Murray Dance Studio Franchise.

Jenn has been teaching independently on and off ever since with a short break to have her two children but is glad to be back on the dance floor sharing her passion for Ballroom Dance. She now offers group, private and semi-private Ballroom, Swing and Latin dance lessons at Dance Theater of New England, 25 Scotland Boulevard in Bridgewater.

For information on the latest Group Class Series starting October 23, 2017 please click here.

American Heart Association Heartsaver Classes

Healthcare Educational Resources is offering an American Heart Association Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid and CPR Combo course on Saturday, October 21; 9 AM-4 PM. 

This course is approved by the Department of Early Education and Care [EEC] for Group and Family Day Care providers in the state of Massachusetts.

You may take just First Aid: $50
or just CPR: $40
or the Combo course: $85

Other dates are available as well. The courses will be held at the:

Conant Community Health Center
5 Wally Krueger Way, [off Rt 18/28] Bridgewater.

Pre-registration is required. All interested are welcome to attend.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Central Square Congregational Church Seeks Donations for Annual Fair

Each year, Central Square Congregational Church hosts our annual fair that includes baked goods, rummage, crafts, gifts, silent auction baskets, Christmas-themed items, and more. It also includes a turkey supper at the end of the day, in two seatings.

The fair is a fundraiser for our operating fund. Our operating fund helps to pay expenses such as heat, electricity, and staff to keep the building open. We are proud to say that our building is home to girl scouts, boy scouts, twelve-step support groups, community music groups, the Bridgewater Food Pantry, Mommy and Me programs, and more. The date of this year’s event is Friday/Saturday, November 10-11.

We would like to invite you to support this community fundraiser by donating a gift basket, item, service, or gift certificate for our Silent Auction and Pick-a-Prize Raffle, to be held during our fair at our church on November 10-11, 2017. We also accept cash donations. We encourage you to include a business card and brochure with your donation so that our attendees can appreciate your gift. And we try to support and thank our generous donors through Facebook posts, mentions in our weekly blast emails and monthly church newsletter, and the like.

We thank you for the consideration of supporting our event. If you would like to donate or discuss it further, please email us at

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Flora T. Little Art Gallery

The Bridgewater Public Library will feature an exhibit of paintings titled “From Light to Life” by Robert Weinstein in the Flora T. Little Art Gallery. The exhibition will be on display during the months of October and November.

Robert Weinstein found his passion for painting while producing and directing films and television musical specials. He found the transition to paint totally natural. He studied at the New York Museum of Modern Art and with artists in the Hudson Valley of New York. He was also deeply influenced by the spontaneity and vibrancy of Canada’s Group of Seven artists.
His first public exhibit in the United States was in1981 at the  Plymouth Juried Arts Show. He has since been shown in galleries in Toronto, Cape Cod,  Boston, western Massachusetts and Nashville and his native New York, where he mounted a solo exhibit in Soho.

His works can be found with private collectors across North America and as far away as England, Poland and Israel. Many of his patrons hold multiple pieces. He has been commissioned in the U.S. and Canada

A New York University graduate, Weinstein taught communications at Emerson College and Northeastern University. He lives with his wife in North Easton where he has his studio.

An Artist Meet and Greet will be held on Wednesday, October 18th at 4:00pm.

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.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Off the Common Coffee House: Susie Burke & David Surett

The Off the Common Coffeehouse in Bridgewater concert on Saturday October 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM will feature Susie Burke and David Surett

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 7:00 PM with the performers going on stage starting at 7:30 PM. The cost is $15.

Susie Burke & David Surett

Susie Burke and David Surette have made a name for themselves as one of the finest acts on the lively New England folk scene. Together since 1988, Susie and David have built a steady following for their own blend of contemporary, traditional, and original folk and acoustic music. Burke's vocal style is at once stunning and heartfelt, and is matched by Surette's fluid fretwork. Both are well-respected within the folk music community, as is demonstrated by the fact that they have appeared as backing musicians on numerous recordings. Many of these have come out of the New Hampshire Seacoast area, where Susie and David are based, and which has a well-deserved reputation as a haven for folk and acoustic music. 

Susie Burke has been singing on Seacoast stages since the early 80s, as a soloist, a member of several local bands, and in several duos, including one with guitar whiz Harvey Reid. Her musical tastes and influences are varied and many, encompassing contemporary and traditional folk, swing, country, topical songs, and acapella singing, with detours along the way for Broadway showtunes and classic ballads. "She possesses one of the finest, purest ballad sopranos heard in folk music today" writes Scott Alarik in the Boston Globe, noting that "her phrasing is unerringly devoted to the lyric" and that "Burke displays a gift for pulling honest emotional chords - all too rare in these clever and cynical times." Before devoting her energies to music full-time, Burke worked as a day-care teacher, and her love of kids is evident in her wonderful participatory children's concerts. 

David Surette has been performing in the Seacoast area since the mid-80s, both with Susie and with a number of other groups and musicians. He is well-known as a top-notch accompanist in New England's contra dance and Celtic music circles, and is also in demand as a studio musician. As a multi-instrumentalist, David brings a variety of stringed sounds to the duo; Folk Roots magazine notes that his "bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin playing is exemplary." In addition to performing and recording, Surette maintains an active teaching schedule, and is head of the folk department at the Concord (NH) Community Music School. He was awarded an NEA travel grant in 1994 to study the traditional music of Brittany, France, and has written a book of Celtic guitar arrangements for Mel Bay Music. Recipients of Individual Artist Fellowship awards from the NH State Council on the Arts in 1993, Susie and David are also on the Council's Touring Arts roster. They have released five albums since 1990 on the Madrina Music label, to positive response from both critics and audiences. 

Their latest recording, a duo effort titled Waiting for the Sun, was released in 2015. Together, they bring skill, taste, feeling, and pure enjoyment to their music, and are bringing their music to an ever-widening circle of listeners.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

North Korea Specialist at BSU

Professor Sung-Yoon Lee of the Fletcher School of Diplomacy at Tufts University will discuss the topic “How to Contain North Korea” during a special presentation at Bridgewater State University.

The Dr. Edward W. Minnock Institute for Global Engagement is presenting the talk on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room in Maxwell Library, 10 Shaw Road. The event is open to the public.

Joining Dr. Lee will be Dr. Inkyoung Kim, assistant professor of political science, at Bridgewater. The program is part of the John Quincy Adams Foreign Affairs Distinguished Speaker Series and is supported by the Asian Student Union and the Korean Student Association.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

BSU Aviation Schedules Open House

Recruiters from more than a dozen airlines and the Massachusetts National Guard will talk to Bridgewater State University students – current and future – about careers in aviation during BSU Aviation’s annual Open House.

Scheduled for Saturday, Oct 14 at BSU Aviation in the New Bedford Municipal Airport, the event will also include tours of the facility at 1852 Shawmut Ave., the university’s 11 aircraft and hands-on flight simulators. The open house runs from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

Domenic Lafauci, staff assistant for records and compliance at BSU Aviation, said 14 airlines with pilot recruiters will be in attendance in addition to a recruiter from the state’s National Guard and personnel from the regional airport.

Representatives from the Jet Blue University Gateway Program, Expressjet AP3 Program, the Endeavor STEP-to-Delta Program and the exclusive Cape Air Co-Op Program – all of which partner with BSU Aviation to offer students a direct pathway into pilot positions at the major airlines – will discuss their programs.

In these programs, student pilots begin their careers working as certified flight instructors for BSU Aviation before moving into positions with CapeAir, ExpressJet or Endeavor Airlines. The employment pathway could lead to positions at JetBlue or Delta.

“Demand for pilots is overwhelming for us to meet the national need,” said Lafauci.

In addition to the flight track, BSU Aviation also offers a track in management, where graduates qualify for positions in airport management at sites both large and small as well as the Federal Aviation Administration.

“Every aspect of our industry is always hiring,” said Lafauci. “Unemployment shortages have been effectively closing down companies because they are unable to keep up with demand.”

BSU Aviation owns and flies 11 planes out of New Bedford – eight Cessna Skyhawks, two Piper Arrows and a Piper Seneca. The university’s CFIs and staff at the facility will be on hand to answer questions. The Precision Bears Flight Team comprised of BSU Aviation majors and Alpha Eta Rho, an aviation fraternity, will be attending.

Both the flight and management tracks in the bachelor’s degree program are designed to be completed in four years. BSU Aviation is a Restricted ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) Program, which means that graduates can get into an airline position six to nine months faster than through other programs.

Presentations from BSU Aviation and the airlines will be ongoing throughout the morning. Two door prizes for those attending the event include one-hour flights aboard the BSU fleet.

The event is not only for first-time students who plan to enter Bridgewater State University in fall 2018, but for transfer students and current aviation students, Lafauci said.

For more information visit or email Lisa Shaw at BSU Aviation is AABI (Aviation Accreditation Board International) accredited.

Living a Tax Free Retirement

“Living a Tax Free Retirement” workshop at the Bridgewater Public Library presented by Michael Graff on October 10th at 6:00 p.m.

Michael Graff of the American Financial Education Alliance will teach you strategies for those who are preparing for retirement or are already retired.

Looking for ways to save on income taxes? Join Michael and learn how to properly allocate your assets using IRS guidelines to save on income taxes. You will also learn how to generate predictable and reliable income for life and understand the IRA ticking time bomb. By the end of the workshop you will have a better understanding of asset allocation options and income distribution strategies that will enhance your tax advantaged retirement income and cash flow.

The event, which begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Health and Public Safety Expo

From the Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America

“From the Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America” lecture at the Bridgewater Public Library presented by Aaron Krerowicz on October 17th at 6:30 p.m.

Many Beatles authors have cited John F. Kennedy's assassination in November 1963 as a cause of the Beatles' sudden popularity in the United States in early 1964. Their logic: Kennedy's assassination made America sad, and then the Beatles made America happy again. But this commonly accepted answer is overly simplistic. America has suffered numerous tragedies and rebounded each time, but the popularity and staying power of the Beatles remains unmatched in American history. Krerowicz believes that Kennedy’s life and death inadvertently primed the nation for the Beatles’ arrival and success. Join Aaron for a multi-media program that will explore the post-Kennedy Beatlemania phenomenon in the U. S.

Aaron Krerowicz is the United States of America's only full-time professional Beatles music scholar. ​The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.