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!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Black Lives Matter Movie Series at First Parish

Black Lives Matter Film Series at First Parish UU Church, Bridgewater

50 School Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324

First Parish Social Justice Committee and co-sponsored with 
Bridgewater Citizens for Civility and Respect

The fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm.

Feb. 27 - 13th: 13th is a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the "intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States;" it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery (unless as punishment for a crime).

March 27 -  42:  In 1947, Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era when he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and faces considerable racism in the process.

April 24 - Detroit: Fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots in which a group of rogue police officers respond to a complaint with retribution rather than justice on their minds.

May 22 -  I Am not Your Negro: Using the unfinished final manuscript of African-American writer and intellectual James Baldwin, this documentary from director Raoul Peck delves into the legacy of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evers, and explores their impact on what it means to be black in America.

AAUW Scholarship

The AAUW Taunton Area Branch is offering a $500.00 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 2018 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 freemanlou@aol.com. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2018.

The American Association of University Woman (AAUW) 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

Friday, February 9, 2018

TET Offensive Presentation

A presentation on the TET Offensive will be given by Historian and Professor Dr. Gary Hylander, PhD at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, February 27th at 6:30 p.m.

January 2018, marked the 50th anniversary of the TET Offensive. TET was the largest and most important campaign of the Vietnam War. Taking advantage of a cease-fire to celebrate the first day of the Vietnamese New Year, Vietcong fighters launched attacks against virtually every significant target in South Vietnam. Although General Westmoreland correctly judged the attack to be a complete military failure the more immediate impact of TET was political. TET re-energized the anti-war movement at home exploding all official assurances that America was winning in Vietnam and that the war would soon be over.

Dr. Gary Hylander, PhD 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.

2018 Bridgewater Democratic Nominating Convention Caucus

Date: Saturday, February 10th
Time: 10AM
Location: Bridgewater Academy Building

All registered Democrats residing in Bridgewater are invited to the 2018 Democratic Nominating Convention Caucus.

At this caucus, nominees will be accepted and voting will take place to elect the slate of Democrats that will represent Bridgewater at the 2018 Democratic State Convention in June.

Should you have any questions about the caucus process, please contact the Bridgewater DTC at bridgewaterdems@gmail.com.

You can RSVP on Facebook by clicking here. 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Justice Talk on 2/13

A panel of experts featuring Craig Andrade, director of health access for the Mass. Dept. of Public Health; Yvette Cozier, BU public health professor and investigator on the Black Women’s Health Study, and Sue Joss, CEO of the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center will share their answers to the BIG questions about why racial groups continue to experience such unequal health outcomes in our country, how racial injustice affects people’s health, and what we can do to ensure that all people are capable of achieving optimal health. 

Free and open to all! 

Sponsored by the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice @ BSU.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Children's Events at the Bridgewater Public Library in February

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

Thursday, February 8 @ 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, February 9 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: STEM with Miss Nicole for an 11 week program featuring stories, art, songs and more. This program is for children ages 3-5 and registration is required through Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 10.

Monday, February 12: Registration opens for Very Ready Reader with Miss Nicole on Mondays in March and April. Call Richard at Triumph, Inc. for more information 508-822-5388 ext. 208.

Monday, February 12: Register for the next session of Read Together, Grow Together with Miss Nicole offered by Triumph, Inc. on Fridays in March, April and May. Call Richard to register at 508-822-5388 ext. 208

Monday, February 12 @ 4:15 p.m.: Valentine Bingo! Join us for Valentine Bingo. Practice your reading skills– we play with words, not numbers. This program is for ages 6+ and registration is required.

Tuesday, February 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, February 14 @ 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, February 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, February 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, February 16 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: STEM with Miss Nicole for an 11 week program featuring stories, art, songs and more. This program is for children ages 3-5 and registration is required through Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 11.

Saturday, February 17 @ 10:30 a.m.: Movie: See website for details. (PG, 109 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Monday, February 19: Closed.

Tuesday, February 20 @ 3:00 p.m.: Animal World Experience presents “Winter Wonders”. All ages with adult.

Wednesday, February 21 @ 10:30 a.m.: Movie: See website for details. (PG, 90 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Wednesday, February 21 @ 1:00 p.m.: Movie: See website for details. (PG, 90 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Thursday, February 22 @ 10:30 a.m.: Movie: See website for details. (PG, 99 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Thursday, February 22 @ 1:00 p.m.: Movie: See website for details. (PG, 99 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Friday, February 23 @ 10:30 -11:30 a.m.: Join us for Legos! Ages 6+, no registration. Lego designs displayed in children’s room after complete!

Saturday, February 24 @ 10:30 a.m.: Movie: See website for details. (PG, 113 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Monday, February 26 @ 5:00 p.m.: Movie: See website for details. (PG, 113 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Wednesday, February 28 @ 1:00-2:00 p.m.: Crafternoon! Come celebrate at the library by making your own Mardi Gras mask! Drop in craft for ages 3 and up with adult helper

** 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.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Flora T. Little Art Gallery

The Bridgewater Public Library will feature an exhibit of paintings by Matthew Macaluso in the Flora T. Little Art Gallery during the months of February and March.

Matthew is a mix-media, photography and digital artist. His art can be intriguing and at the same time mathematical. Matt got his start in graphic art as a musician. In high-school Matt started designing t-shirts and album art for the band he was in, and realized that he had a genuine interest in art.

A full appreciation for art developed when attending Northeastern Universities Art & Design School where he focused on video and film making while continuing to paint. Matthew also studied at Burren School of Art, Ballyvaughan Ireland. He is a current member of the 4th Floor Artists, Rockland Ma. matthewmacaluso.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.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Scout Sunday Announcements

2/4/18: Central Square Congregational Church, 71 Central Square
9:00 breakfast followed by 10:00 service

2/11/18: St. Basil's Chapel, 122 Park Ave. (please park in the BSU parking lot behind the Kelly Gym/Moriarty Pool); parking in the church parking lot is for staff & disabled only.
10:00 Mass; please meet in the lower church at 9:30 a.m.

Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venture Scouts, Boy Scouts are all welcome!

Please be sure to bring the Troop flag, US flag, and flag stands. All are welcome regardless of faith to each service.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Making Sense of Our Chaos Workshop

Off the Common Coffeehouse February 2018 concert

The Off the Common Coffeehouse in Bridgewater concert on Saturday February 3rd 2018 at 7:30 will feature the Bernice Lewis with Hugh O'Doherty opening for her. 

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.

Bernice LewisWith almost four decades of performing festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, colleges, and house concerts, along with a half dozen acclaimed CDs, Bernice Lewis has built a solid national fan base. She is also a published poet, a producer, and an educator extraordinaire. Lewis — who studied vocal improvisation with Bobby McFerrin, guitar technique with Alex DeGrassi and Guy van Duser, and songwriting with Rosanne Cash and Cris Williamson — has been a featured performer on NPR’s Mountain Stage program, as well as at the Kennedy Center. In 2008, she was awarded an Artist in Residence position by the National Park Service. In 1987, she was a finalist in the prestigious New Folk Songwriting Contest at the Kerrville (Texas) Folk Festival, where she continues to be a main stage favorite. Her ballad, “Bridges That Hold,” was included in Peter, Paul and Mary’s Lifelines video (PBS). She was featured in Yoga Journal for her work with sound and yoga, and has shared the stage with many renowned artists, including Dar Williams, Dixie Chicks, Patty Griffin, Pete Seeger, Ellis Paul, Rory Block, Livingston Taylor, Odetta, Christine Lavin, Marty Sexton, Patty Larkin, Catie Curtis, Mary Gauthier… it’s a long list. She has a forty-year old daily yoga practice, loves good coffee, and her religion is the Grand Canyon.

“For me, it’s about the songs, each different, each a well thought out message, each a labor of love,” says Bernice. Her seventh CD, Checks & Love Letters, was released in 2014 on Houston based Berkalin Records. Produced in Nashville by Mike T Lewis of The Twangtown Paramours, this collection of originals features guest appearances by Jimmy Van Cleve of Mountain Heart, Harris Paleltiner of Darlingside, and MaryBeth Zamer of The Twangtown Paramours.

Bernice is The Artist Associate in Songwriting at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. She also teaches at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO, Rock On Camp at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA, as well as at many schools and retreat centers. She has also been an Artist in Residence and workshop presenter at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, Kripalu Center for Yoga in Lenox, MA, and Esalen Institute in Big Sur.

Bernice is also becoming widely known for her History Alive presentation, a multi-media discussion of her family’s emigration from Nazi Germany, specifically designed for Junior and Senior High School classrooms. Her song, “Ways to Survive,” won an award from the American Zionist Movement in 1996.

Hugh O'DohertyA veteran of New England, Greenwich Village, and California songwriting communities. Hugh's live performances take the audience from romance to satire, and from riveting emotional issues to downright self-deprecating silliness. He lives in, and sings about, the real world. Hugh puts the frameworks of human connections into perspective with songs of: love, humor, childhood, friendship, marriage, blended families, justice, environmental issues, and other contemporary topics.