Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Education Career Fair at BSU


The Office of Career Services at Bridgewater State University will hold its annual Education Career Fair on Wednesday, May 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Rondileau Campus Center Ballroom.

This event provides teacher candidates with the opportunity to meet and network with more than 55 Massachusetts school districts, independent schools, charter schools and nonprofit educational organizations that are anticipating teacher openings in the 2018-2019 school year.

Candidates should bring plenty of resumes and dress in professional business attire. This event is free and open to current students, alumni and the public. Parking is available in the BSU Parking Garage, 451 Great Hill Drive.

Contact Katie Vagen in Career Services at 508.531.1328 or at kvagen@bridgew.edu for more information.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Detroit - Black Lives Matter Film Series


Come to a FREE viewing of the movie Detroit on Tuesday, April 24
in Bridgewater.
A fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots in which a group of rogue police officers response to a complaint with retribution rather than justice on their minds.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7:00 pm
in the Upper Parish Hall of the
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church,
50 School St., Bridgewater
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Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of the First Parish UU Church and the Bridgewater Citizens for Civility and Respect.
Third in our Black Lives Matter film series.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Women In Politics


Women in Politics - Tuesday, April 17th 11 am - 12:15 pm Heritage Room, Maxwell Library
Contemplating your future and the future of your community? What if your future would impact your community's future? Come learn about the career of elected politicians. Our panelists, Patricia Haddad, Speaker Pro Tempore of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Carole Fiola, Massachusetts State Representative, will share what the job is like day-to-day. Gain insight on the inner workings of the State House and the possibilities to draft laws, manage a committee, collaborate with colleagues, and impact the budgets and laws that keep the state going. 

Sponsored by Bridgewater State University's Center for Democratic Governance and Leadership, BSU's Women's and Gender Studies, and the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Association of University Women.



Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Bridgewater Garden Club April Meetings

The Bridgewater Garden Club will host two meetings in April at the Senior Center on Wally Krueger Way. All members and guests are welcome to attend one or both meetings.

The evening meeting will be on Monday, April 23rd at 6:30 pm. Chuck Doughty from Cochato Nursery will discuss “Hostas- the Funkia, the better” where he will discuss some of his favorites.


The day meeting will be on April 25th at 1 pm and will be President’s Day, where Presidents from neighboring Garden Clubs have been invited to attend .Ellen-Ecker Ogden, an award winning food and garden writer and kitchen garden designer will speak on “The Art on Growing Food”

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Library Long Range Planning


Library Long Range Planning meeting at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, April 24th at 6:30 pm.

The Board of Trustees of the Bridgewater Public Library invites Bridgewater residents to join them on Tuesday, April 24th at 6:30 pm in the Flora T. Little meeting room to discuss long-range plans for the Library. We will share the results of last year’s survey and be seeking input on how the Library can best serve the needs of our community.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Off the Common Coffeehouse April 2018 concert

The Off the Common Coffeehouse in Bridgewater concert on Saturday April 7th 2018 at 7:30 will feature The Monica Rizzio Band with Jake Bautista opening the concert. All for $15 and the doors open at 7:00pm. We are at the U. U. Church at 50 School Street in Bridgewater MA

Monica Rizzio Band
The locals call someone who moves to Cape Cod but was not born there a Washashore. In Texas, a young girl barrel-raced on Pleasant Valley Ranch and had never seen the ocean. So when Monica Rizzio crossed over the iconic bridges of Cape Cod in 2004, she instantly became the Washashore Cowgirl.

The former Tripping Lily front woman has left behind the acoustic, condenser mic style and has brought her East Texas roots up North for her debut album, fittingly named, “Washashore Cowgirl”. After leaving the band in 2013, she purchased a 1956 Martin O-18, named it Bo, and plugged in. For the next few years she started playing with a bunch of salty, accomplished Cape Cod musicians who helped bring back the cowgirl attitude and inspired her to write about her sometimes humorous, sometimes tear-jerking journey from Texas, love, and heartache.

Much of the album is like a stiff cocktail, deeply auto-biographical and mixed with a hint of fiction. Rizzio wanted to write a song about one of her musical idols and penned “Willie Nelson” while being snowed in during a Nor’Easter. After channeling her inner-willie for a couple of days, she found herself in a love affair with an older man, in a tale of two cities, with forgotten yesterdays. This ode to Willie Nelson won finalist in the 31st annual Songwriters of Washington (SAW) competition and will be the first single released in early 2016.

The title track, “Washashore Cowgirl” is the culmination of growing up with a mullet in the bible-heavy plains of Quitman, Texas and somehow winding up on the same shores as the Pilgrims.

Produced at Brick Hill Studios, with Jon Evans (bassist for Tori Amos & Sarah McLachlan) over the past 18 months, Monica & Jon have have sculpted her songs in what she likes to call AmeriCountryGrass, and that basically sums up her style.

Monica has become one of the most reliable supporting acts as well, having shared the stage with Chris Botti, Boz Scaggs, Diana Krall, Joan Osborne, and Slaid Cleaves this past year. She has played the Main Stage at Strawberry Park Bluegrass festival the past two years and is a frequent collaborator with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra. In December of 2014, she performed as part of Tom Rush’s band at his annual show at Symphony Hall in Boston. She played fiddle, guitar, ukulele and sang backups as well as performing her originals “Luckier Than You” & “Willie Nelson” with Red Molly backing her up.

Rizzio is a founder and co-owner of the roots-based music school, West Bend Music, providing all-ages private instruction. In 2014 she founded and launched Vinegrass, a non-profit music production company, that raises money for scholarships, instruments, and grants through concerts and an annual roots-music festival.

“It’s time that I saddle on again and hit the road sharing my crazy washashore cowgirl story,” says Rizzio, who is probably most at home when she is on stage sharing her songs.

Jake Bautista
Jake Bautista is a singer/songwriter from Los Angeles, California. Jake attended Berklee College of Music from 2011-2012. During this time he formed Mad Blackbirds, a trio that played an eclectic brand of indie rock. In 2014, Bautista moved back to Los Angeles. There he spent a year playing as a solo artist, and in the folk-rock group Black Birch Dogs. In 2015, he moved to Harwich, Massachusetts. Since then, he has been gigging and teaching guitar around Cape Cod and the greater New England area.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Deadline to Register to Vote for the Annual Town Election

Bridgewater Town Clerk’s Office reminds residents that Monday, April 9, 2018 is the deadline to register to vote for the upcoming Annual Town Election to be held on April 28th.

The Voter Registration Session will be held at the Academy Building, 66 Central Square and will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 9th.

Persons who are United States Citizens, residents of Massachusetts, and who will be at least 18 years old on or before April 9th are eligible to register. Those meeting these qualifications who have a Massachusetts Driver’s License can submit their registration online atwww.RegisterToVoteMA.com.

For further information please contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-697-0921.

Flora T. Little Art Gallery


The Bridgewater Public Library will feature an exhibit of paintings by Susan Fornaro in the Flora T. Little Art Gallery during the month of April.

Susan Fornaro tells a story of the dance between light and shadow in her representational narrative style of painting. She sees a puzzle of architecture, an angled doorway, a shaded cottage at the seashore or perhaps a lacey curtain floating in the breeze as a conversation, an interaction between light and shade to be paintedand preserved. There is often a stillness to her paintings, a freeze frame moment containing the power of contrast.

Susan’s paintings have won numerous awards and prizes over the years. You can even find some of her paintings and murals in the corridors of Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Dental School and at the Anchor Inn in Provincetown, MA.

Susan currently is working as an Art Psychotherapist with a thriving private practice in Canton, MA. She uses her leisure time to paint. http://www.fornarofineart.com

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, April 4, 2018

Local Residents Open CrossCountry Mortgage in Bridgewater


Local resident Bill Driscoll and Bridgewater native Chuck Simonds have opened CrossCountry Mortgage here in Bridgewater. If you are in need of a mortgage or are looking to refinance your existing mortgage, please be sure to give Bill or Chuck a call!

CrossCountry Mortgage, Inc. is a growing nationwide mortgage lending and refinancing company with the Bridgewater branch located at 555 Bedford Street. 

With a keen interest in the local real estate market, Bill and Chuck begin the process by earning their customers' trust. They listen to you. They assess your financial situation and review your loan options to find the best solution. Then, they guide you through the process. At CrossCountry Mortgage, Inc., expect more than a mortgage.

The CrossCountry Mortgage team is ready to help you identify and obtain the right home loan or refinancing solution for your needs. Whatever your situation, they'll be by your side from start to finish, keeping you informed and getting your loan closed quickly. 

At CrossCountry Mortgage, Inc., you can meet with a licensed loan officer face-to-face in the Bedford Street branch or complete the entire process online or by phone. Call now at 508-659-9800 and CrossCountry Mortgage will get you pre-qualified or pre-approved and on your way to the home of your dreams.

For more information about CrossCountry Mortgage, please visit their website by clicking here and be sure to "Like" them on Facebook by clicking here.

Community Connections from Bridgewater State University


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Center for Middle East Spring 2018 Events

Spring 2018 Events Hosted and Organized by the Center for Middle East Studies CMES

Middle East Awareness Week
Tuesday, 4/10 at 2:00pm-4:00pm


THE (NEW?) SECTRIANISM AND POLITICAL TURBULENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Dr. Shaheen Mozaffar, Political Science Department

Room: Weygand South 1047
Refreshments will be served
Open to the public

Middle East Awareness Week
Wednesday, 4/11 at 12:30pm-1:45pm


Dr. Taha Hassan Alhashmi, Emeritus Professor and Writer
Baghdad University, Iraq
Room: Weygand South 1047
Refreshments will be served.

Open to the public

Middle East Awareness Week
Thursday, 4/ 12 at 12:30pm-1:45pm

Dr. Michael Kryzanek
The 25 Issues that Shape American Politics: Debates, Differences and Division: Are the Issues of the Middle East Still Alive? Dr. Michael Kryzanek< Special Advisor to BSU President

Room: The Maxwell Heritage Room

Refreshments will be served.
Open to the public

Middle East Awareness Week
Film Screening
Friday, 4/13 at 11:00am-1:00pm


Room: RCC119

Open to the public

Middle East Awareness Week
April, 4/26 at 12:30pm-2:30pm


Dr. Diana Fox, Professor and Chairperson, Anthropology Department
Too Many Girls are Not in School: Challenges to Gender Inequality from Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) feminists

Room: Weygand South 1047

Refreshments will be served

Open to the public

Saturday, March 31, 2018

St. Thomas Aquinas Spring Rummage Sale



The St. Thomas Aquinas Women’s Club will hold their Spring Rummage Sale on Saturday, April 7, 9PMAM-4 at 103 Center Street, Bridgewater. 

Come find treasures from a wide selection of clothing, jewelry, domestics, furniture, bric-a-brac and much more. $2.00 –a-bag from 2:00-4:00. 

There’s something for everyone!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Paint Party with Robyn Iarrobino


Paint Party with Robyn Iarrobino from Blue Anchor Studio on Monday, April 9th @ 6:30 pm being held at the Bridgewater Public Library

Looking for a fun unique evening out? How about creating your own masterpiece? Join us for a Paint Party! There is no age limit, it doesn’t matter what your level is this is all about fun. We provide paint, canvas, brushes and instructor. Fee is $35.00 per artist, 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 April 9th.http://www.blueanchorstudio.net/apps/webstore/
Don’t wait, reserve your easel now.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Essential Oils 101


Essential Oils 101 workshop given by doTERRA wellness advocate Chris Ventura on Tuesday, April 3rd @ 6:30 pm.

More people are using essential oils today. Essential oils are used for everything from pampering yourself to cleaning and helping with various ailments.

Join Chris Ventura, doTERRA Wellness Advocate to learn the basics of Essential Oils. 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.

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

BR-SEPAC Nominations Now Open


MassHealth Presentation at The Bridge Center


Chipotle Fundraiser for B-R Special Olympics


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

Tuesday, April 3 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily. Stories, games, a craft and FUN! All ages with adult, no registration.

Wednesday, April 4 @ 9:30-10:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for children up to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Wednesday, April 4 @ 10:30-11:00 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, April 5 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for children up to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Friday, April 6 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Read Together, Grow Together with Miss Nicole for a 10 week free play group for preschool children and caregivers. This caregiver and child literacy program is for children ages 3-5 and registration is required through Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 4.

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

Wednesday, April 11 @ 9:30-10:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for children up to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Wednesday, April 11 @ 10:30-11:00 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, April 12 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for children up to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Friday, April 13 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Read Together, Grow Together with Miss Nicole for a 10 week free play group for preschool children and caregivers. This caregiver and child literacy program is for children ages 3-5 and registration is required through Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 5.

Saturday, April 14 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for children up to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Monday, April 16: Closed for Patriots Day.

Tuesday, April 17 @ 10:30 a.m.: Movie: See website for details. (PG, 90 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Tuesday, April 17 @ 1:00 p.m.: Movie: See website for details. (PG, 90 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Wednesday, April 18 @ 10:30 a.m.: “The Cookie Loved ‘Round The World” Author Kathleen Teahan discusses the history of chocolate chip cookies. Cookies served while supplies last. All ages welcome, adult must remain with child. No registration.

Wednesday, April 18 @ 6:30 p.m.: The Animal World Experience presents Animal Adventures Variety Show. Do you love animals and want to learn more about them? This is the program for you!!! All ages welcome, adult must accompany children. No registration required.

Thursday, April 19 @ 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m..: Read to a Dog! Come meet Izzy, a registered therapy dog. Izzy will be here to visit and would love to be read to. Come see her at the Bridgewater Public Library! All ages welcome, no registration.

Friday, April 20 @ 10:30 -11:30 a.m.: Join us for Legos! Ages 5+, no registration. Lego designs displayed in children’s room after complete!

Saturday, April 21 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Read to a Dog! Come meet Duncan, a registered therapy dog. Duncan will be here to visit and would love to be read to. Visit with him at the Bridgewater Public Library! All ages welcome, no registration.

Friday, April 27 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Read Together, Grow Together with Miss Nicole for a 10 week free play group for preschool children and caregivers. This caregiver and child literacy program is for children ages 3-5 and registration is required through Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 6.

** CANCELLATIONS DUE TO WEATHER/ILLNESS for library run programs will be posted on our website and our Facebook page.

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








Biodiversity for a Living Climate


You are cordially invited to a FREE presentation by Biodiversity for a Livable Climate, a non-profit organization dedicated to reversing global warming by restoring the earth’s ecosystems. Bio4climate believes you too are concerned about the planet’s health and want to make a meaningful contribution to its rescue.

There are many low tech, low cost ways to work with nature on large and small scales – all contributing to building healthy soil, growing nutritious food, preventing floods, droughts and severe weather events. Find out about this big picture of eco-restoration and what you can do that will make a significant contribution in your yards, neighborhoods and town.

TUESDAY APRIL 3, 2018 7:30 PM
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church Bridgewater
50 School Street Bridgewater MA

Come learn about a powerful and growing global ecosystem restoration movement that needs us all.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Easter Sunrise Service



Easter Sunrise ServiceApril 1, 2018
6:30 AM 

Hanson Farm
600 Pleasant Street
Bridgewater, MA 02324

A free will offering will be received, blessed and given to those in need in our community.

UPDATE: Central Square Congregational Church, UCC will be serving breakfast following the service, opening doors at 7:30 AM. All are welcome!!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Light Up BSU Benefits Light Foundation and Supports BSU Students


Light Up BSU, a fundraising initiative organized by former New England Patriot Matt Light’s foundation through its Lighthouse Raffles, is offering high-end access to top Boston sports events in April.

The drive will benefit the Light Foundation, its annual Leadership Conference for youth that’s held at BSU, and the BSU Foundation, which supports scholarships, paid internships, undergraduate research and study abroad opportunities for BSU students.

Prizes offered in the Amazing April raffle include first-round playoff tickets to the Celtics and Bruins, tickets to the first Red Sox/Yankees series of the season, and finish line passes to the Boston Marathon. All sports packages include access to special amenities.

Light Up BSU is running through the month of March. For more information, visit www.lightupbsuraffle.com.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Bridgewater Garden Club Day Meeting: "Green City Growers"


Day Garden Club Meeting "Green City Growers"

Date: March 28, 2018
Time: 1PM to 3PM
Location: Bridgewater Senior Center

"Green City Growers" You will not want to miss this!

The people responsible for the "Green" BEHIND the Green Monster! They proudly work with the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park to bring Fenway Farms to Red Sox Nation, helping to make America's most beloved and oldest ballpark also one of America's greenest. Learn from them how to transform any available unused space into thriving urban "farms", providing people with immediate access to nutritious food, while revitalizing city landscapes and inspiring self-sufficiency.

Come see what we're all about!

All are welcome - we hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Lawrence of Arabia Presentation


A presentation on T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) given by Bridgewater resident, Raymond Ajemian at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, March 27th at 6:30 pm.

Lawrence was a brilliant but complicated person who helped shape events in the Middle East during World War I. He still fascinates us today with numerous articles and books about him being published.

Bridgewater resident, Ray Ajemian has degrees in history specializing in the Middle East.

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

Monday, March 19, 2018

Bridgewater Families For Safe Schools


As the recent storm revealed, we are an amazing community! We watched neighbor helping neighbor; teachers waiting until the last students had left the building; strangers offering cash at the gas station! These are the moments when we are reminded of the greatness with which we are capable.

Unfortunately, with tragic and horrific events like Sandy Hook and Parkland, we are devastatingly reminded of the horror too. This group is not suggesting we know the right answers to prevent tragedies like Las Vegas, Parkland, or Newtown. We are simply parents motivated by a desire to do something and inspired by the student-survivors from Parkland who implore the adults for change.

Again, while we don’t know the right answers, one of our main goals is to act as a source for information. As such, we wanted to share the following with you:

1. Bridgewater Raynham High School’s student council planned to honor Parkland’s victims on March 12th and 14th. If you have or know a student at BR, ask him or her about the amazing events our young people planned!

2. Also, as you are probably aware, the Woman’s March Youth group EMPOWER is organizing a National Event on March 14th. Schools nationwide may choose to walkout of school for 17 minutes, or like BR, pay tribute in other ways.

3. Our organization, Bridgewater Families For Safe Schools has Tee-shirts available for $10 and proceeds will be donated to support the Parkland victims’ families. The tee-shirts may be worn on the 14th, 24th for the National March, or just as a show of support for the importance of school and community safety. Please email: bridewaterffs2@gmail.com for more information about ordering.

4. On March 24th, there will be marches across the nation, called March for Our lives. We have specific information available athttps://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2018/02/22/boston-march-for-our-lives

5. Money Available! A local resident has graciously donated $500 for a BR student (or to be split among two) who are planning to attend the March for our Lives in Washington DC on March 24th. We are honored to be asked to assist with this effort and to help support our local youth. Please email: bridewaterffs2@gmail.com for more information about ordering.

6. We hope to share recommendations about how to talk to children about tragic events shortly. Again, we understand and fully respect that some families choose not to discuss the events in Parkland with their kids. We just want to make available resources for those looking for ways to talk to theirs.

7. At all levels of K-12 schooling students participate in “Lock-down” drills. We encourage you to reach out to your child’s school to find out specifics, but these do happen at all levels.

Bridgewater Academy Lions 30th Indoor Antiques-Crafts-Flea Market


Evening Garden Club Meeting "Garden Potpourri"


Evening Garden Club Meeting "Garden Potpourri"


Date: March 26, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM to 9PM
Location: Bridgewater Senior Center

Garden club members will discuss their garden knowledge and successes with us. Bring your questions and notebooks! Then we will create a small cement leaf casting to use as a garden ornament for you to take home.

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Annual Greater Bridgewater Women of Today Easter Egg Hunt


Greater Bridgewater Women of Today have stuffed over 10,000 eggs with delicious candy! GBWOT invites all children, to their Annual Easter Egg Hunt On Friday, March 30th (Good Friday) from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM inside the Bridgewater Sports Complex (The Dome). Advanced payment and registration is required due to limited space. To Register, please visit: https://sites.google.com/view/easteregghunt The cost is $5 per child which includes, the Egg Hunt and 2 game tickets. Doors will open at 11:00 AM for games, photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny (Bring your own phone/camera) and Face Painting ($2). Additional Game Tickets for Purchase 5 for $1. The Egg hunt begins at noon. Please be sure to bring your own basket or bag. There will be great raffles and gift cards you can enter to win!

GBWOT is a volunteer organization that performs community service, raises funds to support local charities and community members, and foster friendships. GBWOT has established a Family in Need Fund to assist local families experiencing hardships. To date, GBWOT has helped more than 50 families in various ways, including supplying gift cards to families with an immediate family member in the hospital, providing photography services to families with a terminally ill parent, providing meals and Christmas gifts to families with a recently deceased parent, donating gift cards to family who lost their home in a fire, and much more.

GBWOT meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month. For meeting location in Bridgewater or membership information visit the groups Facebook page and send them a private Facebook message.

BR-SEPAC - MassHealth Presentation


The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a presentation for the 2017-2018 school year on Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:30 pm titled, MassHealth Presentation. This will presented by Lauren Almedia of CCBC and Laura Conrad-Laberinto of MassHealth.  Have you been told you should apply for Mass Health but aren’t sure if your family is eligible or what it can provide beyond your current insurance? Lauren and Laura will discuss how MassHealth can help your family and child with special needs access behavioral services such as Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and other Community based behavioral health services. 

The meeting will be held at The Bridge Center located at 470 Pine St., Bridgewater, MA. The BR-SEPAC will hold a meeting at 6:15 pm and then the presentation will follow at 6:30 pm. Please register online in advance for free childcare at: http:// www.thebridgectr.org 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Bridgewater DTC Memorial Scholarship


The Bridgewater Democratic Town Committee is proud to announce that the application for the Bridgewater DTC Memorial Scholarship is now available.

The Bridgewater DTC Memorial Scholarship awards a graduating senior with a $500 scholarship good for their first year of college.

For a copy of the application, please email bridgewaterdems@gmail.com.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Supporting Transgender Rights: A Family’s Journey



“Supporting transgender rights: a family’s journey” an informative discussion at the Bridgewater Public Library presented by Bridgewater residents, Beryl and Vernon Domingo on Monday, March 19th at 6:30 pm.

Gender identity, transgender rights, and the discrimination that transgender people face in their daily lives will be discussed. This presentation will also include steps that transgender allies can take to advance social and legal rights for transgender people. Beryl and Vernon as parents of a transgender son will share their own personal story and their family’s journey from acceptance to advocacy.

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

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Bridgewater Garden Club Scholarship


The Bridgewater Garden Club Spring plant sale and Holiday Greens sale help us raise money to allow the Garden Club to give scholarships to students residing in Bridgewater or Raynham that are planning to major in one of the following areas: Agriculture, Botany, Civil Engineering, Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Environmental, Environmental Engineering, Forestry, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Marine Biology or Urban Planning.

Deadline is April 2nd, 2018.

Do you know any graduating high school student who may qualify? Please give them our scholarship application form above!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Library Long Range Planning


The Board of Trustees of the Bridgewater Public Library invites Bridgewater residents to join us on Wednesday, March 14th at 6:30 pm in the Flora T. Little meeting room to discuss long-range plans for the Library. We will share the results of last year’s survey and be seeking input on how the Library can best serve the needs of our community.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Join BSU for #edjustice! Sponsored by MRISJ

From March 12-23, the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice at Bridgewater State University will be sponsoring an exciting series of events on justice and injustice in the American educational system (https://www.facebook.com/pg/BSUInstituteforSocialJustice/events/). Everyone is welcome at all events in the series, which are free and open to the public, although we are asking people to register for some events which include meals. Please help us promote these events to students as well! Share/forward widely. Details at the link/URL above, and also copied below, and a flyer listing all the events is attached. Follow/like MRISJ on Facebook and Twitter for details and updates!

Monday, March 12, 12:00-2:00 pm
Lunch & talk by Monique Morris, Ed.D.

“Countering the Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools”

Heritage Room, Maxwell Library

Registration free but required at http://bit.ly/edjustice312
The first 20 people to arrive will receive a free copy of Dr. Morris’ acclaimed book Pushout

Tuesday, March 13, 4:00-5:30 pm
Town Hall on Standardized Testing – Friend or Foe of #edjustice?

DMF Auditorium

Featuring Lisa Guisbond from Citizens for Public Schools, Monty Neill from fairtest.org, and Keri Rodrigues of Massachusetts Parents United

Free and open to all, refreshments provided  

Wednesday, March 14, 5:00-7:00 pm
Dinner & talk by Linda Nathan, Ed.D.

“When Grit Isn’t Enough”

RCC Small Ballroom

Registration free but required at http://bit.ly/edjustice314
The first 20 people to arrive will receive a free copy of Dr. Nathan’s recent book about how poverty and inequality thwart the college-for-all promise

Thursday, March 15, 12:00-2:00 pm
Lunch & talk by Stefanie DeLuca & Susan Lundquist

“If You Can Weather the Storm: Urban Inequality and the Transition to Adulthood”

Rondileau Campus Center, Small Ballroom

Registration free but required at http://bit.ly/edjustice315

The first 20 people to arrive will receive a free copy of Stefane & Susan’s book (with Kathryn Edin) Coming of Age in the Other America

Monday, March 19, 12:00-2:00 pm
Lunch & talk by Jack Schneider, Ph.D.

“How GreatSchools.org is Making Segregation Worse”

Heritage Room, Maxwell Library

Registration free but required at http://bit.ly/edjustice319

Tuesday, March 20, 4:30-6:30 pm
Film Screening: Bully
Weygand 1047

Co-sponsored with Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC)

Post-film discussion on how to reduce peer bullying in schools
Free and open to all, pizza and snacks will be provided 

Wednesday, March 21, 4:00-6:30 pm
Film Screening: Starving the Beast – The Defunding of Public Higher Education
Heritage Room, Maxwell Library

Co-sponsored with the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts (PHENOM)
Post-film discussion and social media advocacy with legislators
Free and open to all, pizza and snacks will be provided

Thursday, March 22, 12:00-2:00 pm
Lunch & talk by Richard Kahlenberg

“Saving Democracy By Having Rich & Poor Children Go To School Together”

Weygand 1047

Registration free but required at http://bit.ly/edjustice322

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Off the Common Coffeehouse March 2018 concert

Off the Common Coffeehouse March 2018 concert

The Off the Common Coffeehouse in Bridgewater concert on Saturday March 3, 2018 at 7:30 will feature the David Roth and his guest performer and good friend Ann Hills

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 the performers going on stage starting at 7:30pm.

David Roth
David Roth strikes many chords, hearts, and minds with his unique songs, offbeat observations, moving stories, sense of the hilarious, and powerful singing and subject matter. As singer, songwriter, recording artist, keynote speaker, workshop leader, and instructor, David has earned top honors at premier songwriter competitions – Kerrville (TX) and Falcon Ridge (NY) – and taken his music, experience, and expertise to a wide variety of venues in this and other countries full-time for three decades.

David also taught singing, songwriting, and performance at the Augusta Heritage workshops, SummerSongs (NY – where he currently serves as Executive Director), Common Ground on the Hill (MD), the Woods Dance & Music Camp (Canada), WUMB’s Summer Acoustic Music Week (NH), Moab Folk Camp (UT), Rowe Center (MA), Pendle Hill (PA), Lamb’s Retreat (MI), the Swannanoa Gathering (NC), the National Wellness Institute (WI), and for many other songwriting groups and associations around the country. David is also founder/director of the Cape Cod Songwriters Retreat and creator/host of Cape Cod’s “Full Moon Open Mic” which, for the past 12 years has provided a forum for musicians to connect and be heard while at the same time collecting donations ($14,000 to date) for local non-profits to help neighbors in need.

Surprise Guest performer Ann Hills invited by David Roth

As a singer, actress, writer, and musician Anne Hills has continuously built a reputation of merit. During her career, she has received numerous honors and awards including, most recently, the 2012 Posi Music Award in Social Justice (for the song That Kind Of Grace – co-writer David Roth), the 2009 Pennsylvania Partner’s in the Arts Project Stream grant award (she received the same grant for her 2005 premiere of The Heartsongs of Opal Whiteley and in 2007 for An Evening of James Whitcomb Riley) and the 2009 – Bound for Glory live radio show favorite – Ithaca, NY. She was the recipient of the WFMA 2002 Kate Wolf Memorial Award, and The Kerrville Music Foundation’s Outstanding Female Vocalist of the Year Award (1997). Her duet children’s recording, Never Grow Up, released in 1998 with Cindy Mangsen on Flying Fish Records, was chosen for the coveted Parents’ Choice Award. Her poetic work won her Second Place in the Atlanta Review’s 1999 International Poetry Contest and her work as lyricist with jazz-artist Peter Erskine was featured in a performance by choirs from around the world at a Hilliard Ensemble workshop in Germany. In 2001 she reunited with long-time friend Tom Paxton to release a long-awaited duet recording Under American Skies for Appleseed Recordings, which won a WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Award) for “best traditional folk recording” that year. This was soon followed by another collaborative debut, Fourtold (with Michael Smith, Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen) in the spring of 2003. She has been an outstanding performed over so many years.

Upcoming BR-SEPAC Presentation


The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a presentation for the 2017-2018 school year on Thursday, March 8th at 6:30 pm titled, MassHealth Presentation. This will presented by Lauren Almedia of CCBC and Laura Conrad-Laberinto of MassHealth. Have you been told you should apply for Mass Health but aren’t sure if your family is eligible or what it can provide beyond your current insurance? Lauren and Laura will discuss how MassHealth can help your family and child with special needs access behavioral services such as Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and other Community based behavioral health services. 

The meeting will be held at The Bridge Center located at 470 Pine St., Bridgewater, MA. The BR-SEPAC will hold a meeting at 6:15 pm and then the presentation will follow at 6:30 pm. 

Please register online in advance for free childcare at: http:// www.thebridgectr.org

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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

Friday, March 2 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Read Together, Grow Together with Miss Nicole for a 10 week free play group for preschool children and caregivers. This caregiver and child literacy program is for children ages 3-5 and registration is required through Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 1.

Monday, March 5 @ 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Very Ready Reader with Miss Nicole. Open to ages 18 months to 3 years. Registration is required for this 6 week program through Triumph, Inc. Call Richard to register at 508-822-5388 ext. 208 Week 1.

Friday, March 9 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Read Together, Grow Together with Miss Nicole for a 10 week free play group for preschool children and caregivers. This caregiver and child literacy program is for children ages 3-5 and registration is required through Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 2.

Monday, March 12 @ 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Very Ready Reader with Miss Nicole. Open to ages 18 months to 3 years. Registration is required for this 6 week program through Triumph, Inc. Call Richard to register at 508-822-5388 ext. 208 Week 2.

Tuesday, March 13 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily. Stories, games, a craft and FUN! All ages with adult, no registration.

Wednesday, March14 @ 9:30-10:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for children up to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Wednesday, March 14 @ 10:30-11:00 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, March 15 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for children up to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Friday, March 16 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Read Together, Grow Together with Miss Nicole for a 10 week free play group for preschool children and caregivers. This caregiver and child literacy program is for children ages 3-5 and registration is required through Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 3.

Saturday, Match 17 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Read to a Dog! Come meet Duncan, a registered therapy dog. Duncan will be here to visit and would love to be read to- join us in welcoming him to the Bridgewater Public Library! All ages welcome, no registration.

Monday, March 19 @ 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Very Ready Reader with Miss Nicole. Open to ages 18 months to 3 years. Registration is required for this 6 week program through Triumph, Inc. Call Richard to register at 508-822-5388 ext. 208 Week 3.

Tuesday, March 20 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily. Stories, games, a craft and FUN! All ages with adult, no registration.

Wednesday, March 21 @ 9:30-10:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for children up to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Wednesday, March 21 @ 10:30-11:00 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, March 22 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for children up to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Saturday, March 24 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for children up to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Monday, March 26 @ 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Very Ready Reader with Miss Nicole. Open to ages 18 months to 3 years. Registration is required for this 6 week program through Triumph, Inc. Call Richard to register at 508-822-5388 ext. 208 Week 4.

Tuesday, March 27 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily. Stories, games, a craft and FUN! All ages with adult, no registration.

Wednesday, March 28 @ 9:30-10:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for children up to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Wednesday, March 28 @ 10:30-11:00 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, March 29 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for children up to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

** CANCELLATIONS DUE TO WEATHER/ILLNESS for library run programs will be posted on our website and our Facebook page.

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

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Discovering Scotland


“Discovering Scotland” A travelogue with Cindy and Ed Esposito at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, March 6th @ 6:30 pm. 

“Discovering Scotland" by Ed & Cindy Esposito is an amazing journey through Scotland, starting in Edinburgh and traveling to the Scottish Highlands, the Isle of Skye, and the many lochs of Scotland. It includes a myriad of castles, gardens and animals. And of course, there’s a bagpipe or two.

Ed & Cindy are prize-winning travel photographers doing travelogue presentations using multimedia slideshows. Their photography is spontaneous with well studied compositions that give a good representation of the places they visit. Their photography is perfectly synchronized with music resulting in beautifully unique presentations.

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

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Learn to Curl on St. Patrick's Day!


Learn to Curl on St. Patrick’s Day!
Register on Feb. 28

We hope you got to watch Team USA's gold medal curling match last night! It was an exciting game that's going to bring more people to want to try curling...perhaps you, too?

Our March 23 Learn to Curl session sold out in minutes so we can clearly see curling's popularity growing! The South Shore Curling Club is a small volunteer-run club and we work with the Bridgewater Ice Arena for ice time to curl. While we'd love to get everybody who wants to curl on the ice, we can only do our best.
Learn to Curl on March 17...and that now includes a second Learn to Curl on Saturday, March 17 from 4:30–7:00PM! No experience is necessary, and all equipment is provided. Cost is $40 per person (ages 18 & up).

Being St. Patrick's Day, you're welcome to wear your (warm) Irish gear — we'll give some prizes for the best ones!

Register this WednesdaySpace is limited to 40 participants and it will sell out quickly. Registration will open on Wednesday, February 28 at noon — visit southshorecurling.com at that time, scroll down a bit and click "St. Paddy's Day Learn to Curl" to register.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Rotary of the Bridgewaters District Scholarship Fund

The Bridgewater Rotary District has a $30,000 scholarship opportunity for an individual who is or going to be studying at the graduate level in another country. The money can be used over a period of 2 years, but there cannot be a partial award - the full $30,000 has to go to one person; and that person has to demonstrate that he/she needs at least that amount. The candidate has to have graduated from a high school or college within District 7950, (South of Boston - Quincy South and East of Route 95 and all of RI) and the candidate doesn't have to have backing from a local Rotary club.

Areas of study have to be in one of the following six areas: peace and conflict prevention/resolution; disease prevention and treatment; water and sanitation; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and economic and community development.

Applications are available on the RI website; and the deadline is March 1, with an in person, Face Time or Skype interview before April 1.

This is a great opportunity for someone pursuing a graduate degree overseas.

Regional Job Fair at Bridgewater State University

More than 120 employers representing a broad spectrum of professional fields will attend Bridgewater State University’s annual Job & Internship Fair on Thursday, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To accommodate demand, the fair will be staged at the Tinsley Center, 325 Plymouth St., with free parking nearby. Organized by the Office of Career Services for the past two decades, the fair is open to the general public, students at other college campuses in the region, current BSU students, alumni and the campus community.

Participants at the fair offer entry-level career opportunities as well as internships in accounting, aviation, banking/finance, human/social services, communications, technology, sales, customer service, retail, insurance, sciences and management. Most positions are looking for candidates with a four-year degree or a minimum two-year degree. Resume collection for several dozen additional companies not in attendance will be available.

For details about participating businesses and organizations, visit http://microsites.bridgew.edu/careerservices/upcoming-events. Professional dress is recommended. Attendees are encouraged to research organizations prior to the event and to bring plenty of resumes. Bridgewater students and alumni can have their resumes reviewed by career services staff.

While the fair’s primary audience is third- and fourth-year students, first- and second-year BSU students are also encouraged to attend to look for internships as well as gain experience at job fairs by inquiring about professional opportunities.

For more information, contact Laurent Troland at 508.531.1328.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Celebrate The Juice Mill's 1 Year Anniversary


The Juice Mill is celebrating its one year anniversary this weekend!

Visit The Juice Mill on Saturday for their 1 year anniversary celebration! The Juice Mill will be open from 9 AM-4 PM and guests are welcome to come see all the great things The Juice Mill has to offer!

For more information about The Juice Mill please visit their website by clicking here and check out their Facebook page here

Troop 31 Meat Raffle


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Parking Ordinance Hearing


On 02/27/18 the Town Council will consider for action Ordinance D-FY18-007: Parking Ordinance. Click here for Notification Document and Ordinance

Monday, February 19, 2018

Bridgewater Garden Club Meetings

The Bridgewater Garden Club will hold two meetings this month at the Senior Center, 10 Wally Kruger Way. The day meeting will be at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, February 28th. Dr. Rosemarie Caetano, D. C. And garden club member will speak on “Back Healthy Gardening.” Come and learn how to keep your back and joints healthy while still enjoying the pleasures of gardening. She will get everyone up to perform some easy exercises and movements that will benefit everyone, no matter your age or state of health. Come join the fun!

The evening meeting will be on “Carnivorous Plants” with Zachary Kashgagian from the Carnivorous Plant Society. He will introduce us to carnivorous plants of the world with emphasis on those native to New England. We will tour his garden at a later date. The meeting will be on Monday, February 26th at 7PM.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

RFP: Professional Community Preservation Consultant Services

The Town of Bridgewater invites proposals for the purchase of Professional Community Preservation Consultant Services. Proposals must be made in accordance with all applicable federal, state and Town laws and regulations and must comply in all respects with the instructions, conditions, specifications and other requirements in the Request for Proposals bid packages which can be obtained from the Office of the Town Manager, Municipal Office Building, 66 Central Square, Bridgewater, MA 02324 (508-697-0919), or Procurement@BridgewaterMA.org

Bids in sealed envelopes shall be marked “PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY PRESERVATION CONSULTANT SERVICES” and delivered to the above address by Friday, February 23, 2018, at noon. 

All bids must be submitted on official town bid forms when provided. No bidder may withdraw his/her bid for a period of forty-five (45) days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, after the actual date of opening of the bids. The Town reserves the right to reject any and all bids, to waive minor informalities or irregularities in any bid, and to make an award in any manner consistent with the law and deemed to be in the best interest of the Town of Bridgewater. 

The Town Manager will execute a contract with the successful proposer.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Mother Son Dance


New Added Event for Wacation Week at the Bridgewater Public Library

Thursday, February 22 @ 11:00 a.m.: Come and meet Izzy, a registered therapy dog. Visit with Izzy and read a story- therapy dogs love to be read to! 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.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sign up for South Shore Curling Club's March Learn to Curl


You're watching curling on the Winter Olympics, aren't you? You're saying to yourself: "That looks like fun, how hard can it be?" (The answers: it is a lot of fun, and it's easy to learn but difficult to become a great curler.) Now you can find out for yourself!

Our next Learn to Curl session will be held at the Bridgewater Ice Arena on Friday, March 23 from 8:40–11:00. Space is limited and this will sell out, so sign up quickly! The cost is $40 per person (ages 18 & up).

How to Sign Up

Registration opens on February 15 at noon — visit southshorecurling.com then and click "Learn to Curl in March" to go to the sign up page.

...and if you miss out on this one, we'll try to have more chances for you to try curling as the ice arena and club volunteer time allows!

Jenny Foxtrot Latin Dance Class Series

Jenny Foxtrot is launching a Latin Dance Class Series. Please see the flyer below for information and signup for the class series by clicking here.




Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Music Alley is Gearing up for Another Fabulous Season!


If you have enjoyed Music Alley and have been thinking of becoming more involved in your community perhaps one of the following will spark your interest…

Friends of Music Alley are seeking the following:

Music Alley Board Members: The Board meets a few times a year to make decisions about the direction of Music Alley. Board Members participate in various committees and promote Music Alley, among other duties. If you are interested in getting involved in steering Music Alley, please go on our website and download the FOMA Board Member Application (www.bridgewatermusicalley.com). If you know of someone who may be a perfect fit, please pass on our information.

Sound Engineer
: This may sound more technical than it is. We have the equipment (PA Head, Speakers, Cables, Stands, Stage Monitors). We just need someone who is able to commit to every Thursday late afternoon during our concert season (beginning June 7th) to get the equipment to Music Alley, set it up, stay during the performances, in case there is an issue, and take it down. You do not have to be a Sound Engineer, just demonstrate your knowledge of the equipment etc. This is a paid position. Please go on the website (www.bridgewatermusicalley.com) and email us your contact information with a note of your interest.

Volunteers: We are currently seeking volunteers for the following positions:

Performance Assistants during the season: possible duties include: collecting donations, selling products, making small announcements, setting out chairs etc., tidying up at the end of performances.

Fundraising Committee: We need people to serve on this committee and help us reach our financial goals. Music Alley, as you know, is a non-profit and relies solely on the generosity of our neighbors. We are seeking several people to help us in our fundraising efforts.

Programming: We are seeking volunteers who would like to participate in making sure the events that take place in Music Alley are ready to roll: Coordinating the Performance Assistants (mentioned above); making sure that each event has enough volunteers; procuring any drinks or snacks that we might sell and making sure there are volunteers to sell them; setting up and taking down. Basically we need a team at the ready to get us ready!