Monday, December 11, 2017

Winter Parking Restrictions Now in Effect

There is an all night on-street parking ban in effect between the hours of 2 AM and 5 AM from December 1st through April 1st. Vehicles parked on the street or sidewalk will be ticketed by the Police Department. During sanding and snow plowing operations, they will be towed at the owner’s expense, regardless of time of day. 

It is illegal to remove snow or ice from private property and place it in the roadway or sidewalk. This can create a hazardous condition where the business or homeowner may be held liable in the event of an accident. 

It is illegal to pump water or other liquids onto any sidewalk, street, or public way during the months of November through April. 

Residents and businesses should not rake leaves from their private property into the roadway or sidewalk. The Highway Department will pick up leaves that fall on the roadside only. We will not pick up leaves that have been raked from private property to the roadside. Leaves that are raked onto the roadway can clog the street drainage catch basins and cause flooding problems. This creates an extremely dangerous condition for which residents and businesses may be held liable. 

Please remove any personal items that are left in the public way, sidewalk, at the end of your driveway, or extend into the public way when mounted on trees or utility poles, including but not limited to: trash cans, signage, potted plants, hanging baskets, portable hoops, skateboard ramps and hockey nets, equipment, or signage that might interfere with sanding and plowing activities of public ways and sidewalks. These items can cause significant damage to plow vehicles and put equipment operators in danger of personal injury. 

Should you have any questions regarding this issue, please call the Highway Department at 508-697-0931

Friday, December 8, 2017

McElwain School Informational Session

The Town of Bridgewater will be hosting an information session on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 at 6PM in the Town Council Chambers, 66 Central Square regarding the sole response on the McElwain School Request for Proposal (RFP). 

Representatives of the respondent will be in attendance to provide information and take questions relative to their response and proposal to the Town.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Flora T. Little Art Gallery

The Bridgewater Public Library will feature an exhibit of paintings entitled “Searching for Brightness” by Dawn M. DeCosta in the Flora T. Little Art Gallery. The exhibition will be on display during the months of December and January.

Bold colors, textures, and originality compose Dawn’s paintings filled with graffiti-like marks, scrapes, layers, and noise against vivid planes. Dawn’s work evolved from her first exhibit in 2013, entitled Poppy Pressure, where she deconstructed the poppy flower yielding spontaneous and unexpected results. Recently, Dawn has been working on a series of paintings entitled Searching for Brightness, featuring abstract landscapes. Dawn is typically working on several pieces, simultaneously arranging them into new conceptually layered works filled with robust doses of positive energy.

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, December 6, 2017

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Baystate Mold Advisors

Around the Common would like to welcome Baystate Mold Advisors as our newest local business listing. We encourage you to support our local sponsors! 

Baystate Mold Advisors LLC is a mold inspection company operating across the South Shore and Cape Cod and serving Bridgewater residents. Since 2006, they have devoted their time and expertise to helping homeowners in the community improve their indoor air quality by removing mold and testing for other pollutants. To keep up with industry standards and to help you keep your home as healthy as possible, Bay State Mold Advisors is trained every year for indoor air quality testing. They are members of the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI) and are BBB accredited.

Baystate Mold Advisors will inspect your future or current home for mold and, if found, remove the dangerous mold to protect your family!

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"Just Policing" with Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans

"Just Policing" with Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans, Dec 6, 4:30-5:30pm,
DMF Mathematics & Science Center at Bridgewater State University, Room 120

Should police use traffic stops as a pretext for investigating people for other crimes? Should local police enforce immigration laws? Do body and dash cameras help ensure ethical conduct by police officers? What can be done to strengthen trust and legitimacy between police departments and people of color?

Come hear our experienced panel -- Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans, Brockton Police Lieutenant Richard Linehan, and BSU criminal justice professor Mitch Librett -- discuss these and other questions, followed by audience Q&A!
Sponsored by the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice

Free and Open to the Public!

Holiday Jazz Concert with Paul Speidel

Holiday Jazz Concert with Paul Speidel

At the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, December 12th at 6:30 p.m.

Come enjoy a special holiday concert performed by Paul Speidel. Guitarist and composer Paul Speidel is well-known in the Boston music scene as an accomplished blues-funk- jazz musician. He has appeared with an impressive list of performers, including Toni Lynn Washington, Jay Geils, Duke Robillard, James Montgomery, Michelle Willson, Shirley Lewis, Taylor Made, Bruce Gertz, Gerry Beaudoin, John Lockwood, and many others.

Paul Speidel is a recognized name in the Boston area both as a professional musician and a respected guitar instructor. He performs most often fronting his own group, the Paul Speidel Band, mixing a variety of styles from blues and rock to jazz and Latin music. Paul also appears frequently as a solo jazz guitarist, in addition to working in jazz duos, trios and quartets. Paul has been playing guitar twenty-eight years and has also performed professionally on bass, piano and as a vocalist. His award-winning compositions have been used in soundtracks for industry and training videos.

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

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Lions Breakfast with Santa

Plymouth County Outreach Reminds Residents of Good Samaritan Law

Plymouth County Outreach Reminds Residents of Good Samaritan Law

PCO was Recently Referenced on a National Level in a Report by Drug-Free Communities

Click here to view a video from police chiefs throughout Plymouth County.

This holiday season, Plymouth County Outreach (PCO) and police chiefs throughout Plymouth County are reminding citizens of the state's Good Samaritan Law.

“With many family members and friends getting together and coming home for the holidays, we want to again make citizens aware of this crucial tool that will help save lives,” East Bridgewater Police Chief Scott Allen said. “Losing anyone to a drug overdose is heartbreaking. Because this is supposed to be such a special time of year, some of the saddest cases we’ve dealt with are the ones that occur during the holidays."

The Good Samaritan Law (M.G.L. 94C §34A) states that a person experiencing a drug-related overdose (or someone with the overdosing party) who seeks medical assistance will not be charged or prosecuted for possession of a controlled substance.

In addition, the law allows for a person to possess, administer and receive a prescription for the overdose-reversing drug Narcan.

It should be noted, the law does not prevent anyone from being criminally charged with trafficking, distribution or possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

"While the holidays are a great time of year, it can be a time when some people are at their most vulnerable. If you are with someone who has overdosed, we urge you to call 911 to get that person help immediately," said Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri. "Even if you have Narcan, overdose victims need professional medical assistance. Calling for help can and does save lives."

Plymouth County Outreach is an opioid prevention and recovery coalition made up of 27 municipal police departments in Plymouth County, along with the Bridgewater State University Police.

PCO has partnered with healthcare, treatment and recovery agencies, along with local coalitions, faith-based organizations and four of the five hospitals in the county, to help overcome the opioid epidemic in Plymouth County.

Program initiatives such as drop-in centers, Narcan training, proactive outreach efforts, in-person overdose follow-up visits and real-time overdose data collection, were recently recognized on a national level.

As part of the Brockton Area Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative, the program was referenced as a key strategy at the local level in the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program National Evaluation end-of-year report. The report was released in September by the Executive Office of the President and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

"While no one strategy is likely to fully address opioids across communities, several promising practices from a DFC coalition in Massachusetts provide further evidence of the central role that DFC coalitions can play," the report reads. "These practices are innovative and result from the cross-sector collaboration that is at the core of the DFC program."

"Being recognized on a national level for the work we have been doing right here in Plymouth County shows that our combined efforts can make a difference in battling this epidemic," Chief Allen said. "Our newly formed advisory group, made up of 12 chiefs in the county, will only serve to strengthen our approach."

The PCO Administrative Advisory Board consists of:

Abington Chief David Majenski
Brockton Chief John Crowley and Lt. Richard Linehan
Carver Chief Marc Duphily
East Bridgewater Chief Scott Allen
Hanover Chief Walter Sweeney
Hingham Chief Glenn Olsson
Middleboro Chief Joseph Perkins
Pembroke Chief Richard Wall
Plymouth Chief Michael Botieri
Rockland Chief John Lewelyn
Scituate Chief Michael Stewart
Wareham Chief Kevin Walsh

Saturday, December 2, 2017

AAUW Meeting

On Saturday, December 9, the Taunton branch of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) will celebrate their annual Holiday Brunch at the home of Louise Freeman in Raynham, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Two guest speakers are scheduled.

Sheila Winborne, Ph.D., is an interdisciplinary scholar who analyzes religious and racial themes in American visual culture of the late 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Her forthcoming book sheds new light on the fine art photographer F. Holland Day’s understanding of the artistic process in relation to spirituality and social responsibility while uncovering the theological significance of his representations of people of African descent. Sheila has been awarded the AAUW American Fellowship for 2017-2018.

Cassandra Devine is an Australian labor rights advocate who has worked in research, policy, and advocacy roles in her home country for Industrial Relations Victoria, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, and the Fair Work Ombudsman. She is also a human rights activist, having worked with Amnesty International Australia, the Centre for Australian Progress, EMILY’s List, and Zonta. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Melbourne University. Cassandra was awarded the AAUW International Fellowship for 2017- 2018.

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.

For more information about joining the Taunton Area Branch of the AAUW, contact Rosemaire Buote, Vice-President of Membership, at 508-669-5069. For more information about AAUW, visit the website at:

Friends of the Williams Holiday Shopping Event

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Greg Greenway at Off the Common Coffeehouse

The Off the Common Coffeehouse in Bridgewater is celebrating their 48th year with a great lineup of folk musicians 

On Saturday December 2nd 2017 at 7:30pm the Off the Common Coffeehouse at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church at 50 School St. in Bridgewater, has its’ 3rd concert of their 48th year. Doors open at 7:00pm, the show starts at 7:30 and the price of admission is only $15.00.

Greg Greenway will be the featured performer

Beneath the radar of the corporate music world there are gems to be found. Greg Greenway is a multi-faceted one. A rare combination of instrumental expertise, a soulful and moving singer, powerful poet, and sparkling entertainer, Greenway is one of those difficult-to-categorize performers who has found a home in the modern acoustic genre. His collaboration with Joe Jencks and Pat Wictor as Brother Sun has taken him all over North America for the last five years. “Some Part of the Truth'” their second CD was the number one CD on the Folk DJ list for the year 2013. Both Brother Sun and Greg Greenway are planning new CDs for release in 2016.

Originally from Richmond, VA, Greg moved to Boston for its rich Folk Music tradition and has become one of its most unique and superlative emissaries. His “In the Name of Love,” a lead in to the U2 classic, “Pride,” was the #5 song on the Folk DJ list in 2013. It has become a defining piece on his journey to becoming an international artist capable of addressing sensitive topics like Race in a way that connects audiences to their humanity while entertaining them at the same time.

He has been described as “one of the strongest, and finest voices in folk music.” The Boston Globe wrote, “Confessional one moment, rambunctiously disarming the next, few modern folk singers can own a coffeehouse stage as completely as Greenway.” Another reviewer perhaps described it best, “A profoundly rich poet and musician. Folk Music is too narrow a description.”

Musically, his guitar, piano, and ukulele reflect inspiration from all over the map–gospel, rock, blues, Jazz, and world music. But his center is in the singer/songwriter tradition that traces it roots all the way back to the social awareness of Woody Guthrie. His central appeal is that it all comes through the singular lens of Greenway’s own humanity and affinity for the audience. He has legendary energy, couched in a presentation of high spirited give and take of such good humor that audiences unfailingly walk away uplifted.

From the end of 2010 to the present, Greenway has been one third of one of the most successful Folk trios in North America, Brother Sun. With Joe Jencks and Pat Wictor, Greenway has, as Brother Sun, produced two CDs, Brother Sun, and the aforementioned, Some Part of the Truth. “Brother Sun” remained on the Folk DJ charts for a year and a half, while 8 songs from SPOTT were in the top 100. Their remarkable three part harmony has brought them standing ovations from mainstages from Massachusetts to Vancouver Island.
Among Greenway’s solo highlights are a show at Carnegie Hall in the New York Singer / Songwriter Festival which was rebroadcast on NPR’s World Cafe, an appearance on nationally syndicated Mountain Stage, and a show at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honoring Phil Ochs. Greenway was seen world wide on CNN’s World Beat in a segment on socially conscious artists. He was filmed at the Clearwater Hudson River Revival Festival performing along with Folk legend Pete Seeger and others. Greenway has been featured on the weekend edition of NPR’s All Things Considered, and his dreams were fulfilled when “Driving in Massachusetts” was played on Car Talk.

Greenway now has eight critically acclaimed solo releases:

A Road Worth Walking Down (nominated for two Boston Music Awards)
Singing For the Landlord (top five CDs for 1995 on the Internet Folk DJ list)
Mussolini’s Head(1998)
Something Worth Doing (2001)
Greg Greenway: Live (2003)
Weightless (2005)
Standing On The Side of Love (2008)
20,000 Versions of the Sun (2016)

Even as Brother Sun tours internationally, Greenway has found new avenues through which to channel his art. He has become a producer and a teacher of workshops on song writing, performance, and his beloved C9 tuning. He originated a class entitled Music and Social Change, illuminating the history that bore songs and the songs that bore history. He continues to study piano and voice.

Gala Holiday Concert

The Department of Music at Bridgewater State University will hold its annual Gala Holiday Extravaganza Concert on Friday, Dec. 15 in the Rondileau Campus Center Auditorium.

The evening, which starts at 7:30 p.m., will include a festive mix of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites performed by the following BSU groups: Wind Ensemble, Chorale, Chamber Singers, Jazz Band, student soloists and more.

A donation of $10 per ticket is suggested, with donations designated to the BSU Friends of Music Scholarship Fund. Admission is free for BSU students.

For more information, contact Dr. Donald Running, associate professor and chair of music, at or 508.531.2054.