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