Friday, November 30, 2018

Bridgewater Citizens for Civility and Respect Meeting

Bridgewater Citizens for Civility and Respect Meeting

AGENDA for December 4, 2018 6:30 PM

Location: Senior Center

NOTE: Pizza and salad will be served at 6:30 PM, before the start of the meeting. Cost per person, $4.00. Guests are welcome.

  • Welcome new members/visitors 2 minutes
  • Approval of minutes of prior meeting 2 minutes
  • Treasurer’s report/Dues 2 minutes 
  • Giving thanks 10 minutes
Old Business 
  • Committee Reports 3 – 5 minutes each
  • Stretch committee/ discussion forums 
  • Communications committee 
  • Outreach committee 
  • School Outreach committee 
  • Executive committee 
New Business
  • Feedback on Gun Safety prompts for upcoming forum 10 minutes
  • Review attached article: How to Talk to Someone You Can’t Stand 5 minutes 
  • Goals for 2019: see discussion points attached 10 minutes
Announcements, stories 2 minutes

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Breakfast with Santa on Sunday


Off the Common Coffeehouse December 2018 Concert


The Off the Common Coffeehouse in Bridgewater concert on Saturday December 1st 2018 at 7:30 will feature Greg Greenway. All for $15 and the doors open at 7:00pm. We are at the U. U. Church at 50 School Street in Bridgewater MA

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

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

Musically, his guitar, piano, and ukulele reflect inspiration from all over the map–gospel, rock, blues, Jazz, and world music. But his center is in the singer/songwriter tradition that traces it roots all the way back to the social awareness of Woody Guthrie. His central appeal is that it all comes through the singular lens of Greenway’s own humanity and affinity for the audience.

He has legendary energy, couched in a presentation of high spirited give and take of such good humor that audiences unfailingly walk away uplifted.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

2019 Dog Licenses Available for Sale Now!



Dog owners in Bridgewater are reminded that the Dog Licenses are valid from January 1st through December 31st

A dog licensing form to register dogs for the calendar year 2019 will be sent to all residents with the 2019 Annual Town Census.

The 2019 Dog License costs are:

Male/Female: $20.00

Neutered Male/Spayed Female: $15.00

Late Fee (after March 1, 2019): $10.00

Dogs not registered by March 1st will be charged a fine of $10.00 in addition to the cost of the license as required by the Canine Control Ordinance.

Licenses may be purchased in person at the Town Clerk’s Office, located at 66 Central Square in the Academy Building. Office hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Licenses also may be purchased by mailing a request, the proper fee, self-addressed stamped envelope and copy of current rabies certificate to Town Clerk’s Office, 66 Central Square, Bridgewater, MA 02324.

Additionally, licenses may be purchased online through the Town’s Website: www.bridgewaterma.org by clicking on “Make a Payment” to access the ONLINE PAYMENT CENTER.

Residents with questions are welcome to contact the Town Clerk’s Office (508-697-0921)

Monday, November 26, 2018

Winter Parking Restrictions Start December 1st, 2018

Residents are advised that starting December 1st, 2018 and continuing until April 1st, 2018, the Town of Bridgewater's annual fall/winter parking restrictions will be in effect. Please review the following document from the Town Manager's Office regarding the Town's winter policies.

Click here for more information.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Holiday Services at Bridgewater New Jerusalem Church

Bridgewater New Jerusalem Church 2 Bedford Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324Sunday School & Choir Practice 9:30-10:15am Worship 10:30am fellowship following.
www.bridgewaternewchurch.org 508-697-3068

Holiday Services
How the Lord Comes! This special time of year is an opportunity to explore the many ways in which ‘the Lord is in EVERYTHING!’ It is simply our understanding that needs to open, and our hearts to welcome, for the Lord to work within us, now and eternally! 

Sermon Titles
12/2 Preparing a Way for the Lord: John the Baptist
12/9 How the Lord Enters Our Hearts: Mary and the Angel Gabriel
12/16 How the Lord Enters Our Minds: Joseph and his Dreams
12/23 How the Lord Enters the World: The Shepherds and the Angels
12/24 7pm How the Lord Enters Humanity: The Birth of Jesus
12/30 NO WORSHIP SERVICE ~ Have a prayerful New Year!
1/6 Epiphany: How the Lord Inspires Our Lives: The Three Wise Men

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Bridgewater Cultural Council Meeting


Free Showing of Remember the Titans


Town Council Invites Residents to the Next Council Meeting

Council President Edward Haley and the Bridgewater Town Council cordially invite residents to attend their next scheduled meeting on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 in the Town Council Chambers, 66 Central Square, Room 203. The Town Council will be hosting a special guest, State Representative Angelo D'Emilia as part of their proceedings. All residents are welcome to attend this meeting.

To view the invitation, please click here: Town Council Meeting Public Invite

Monday, November 19, 2018

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

Wednesday, November 21- Wednesday, December 12: Mail your letter to Santa at the library!

Tuesday, November 27: Registration opens for decorate an edible Christmas tree. This program will be held on Tuesday, December 11 @ 10:30 a.m. and is open to ages 3-5 with an adult helper.

Thursday, November 29: Registration opens for Christmas Bingo. For school aged children (6+). Will be held at 4:15 p.m. on December 12.

Friday, November 30 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Fun with STEM with Ms. Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult. Sponsored by Triumph, Inc. Registration is required for this 7 week program. Week 4. Registration for Registration for Triumph, Inc. programs with Miss Nicole can be completed by calling Nancy at 508-822-5388 ext. 208.

Monday, December 3 @ 10:30 a.m.: Christmas Movie: See website for details. (24 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Tuesday, December 4 @ 4:00 p.m.: “Mom & Me Gingerbread House Decorating”. Registration required. Ages 5-9 with adult. Limited spaces.

Tuesday, December 4 @ 5:30 p.m.: Christmas Movie: See website for details. (131 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Wednesday, December 5 @ 9:00-11:00 a.m.: Create a Holiday Card. We’ll have supplies out to create a holiday card– what will you design? Drop in program, all ages welcome, adult helper required.

Thursday, December 6 @ 10:30 a.m.: Christmas Movie: See website for details. (26 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Friday, December 7 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Fun with STEM with Ms. Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult. Sponsored by Triumph, Inc. Registration is required for this 7 week program. Week 5. Registration for Registration for Triumph, Inc. programs with Miss Nicole can be completed by calling Nancy at 508-822-5388 ext. 208.

Monday, December 10 @ 10:30 a.m.: Christmas Movie: See website for details. (26 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Tuesday, December 11 @ 10:30 a.m.: Decorate an edible Christmas tree. Registration is required for this program and is open to ages 3-5 with an adult helper.

Wednesday, December 12 @ 10:00 a.m.: Christmas Storytime and Craft with Mrs. Davis. For ages 2+, no registration.

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

Friday, December 14 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Fun with STEM with Ms. Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult. Sponsored by Triumph, Inc. Registration is required for this 7 week program. Week 6. Registration for Registration for Triumph, Inc. programs with Miss Nicole can be completed by calling Nancy at 508-822-5388 ext. 208.

Saturday, December 15 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Read to a Dog! Come meet Duncan, a registered therapy dog! Read him a story or just visit with him! All ages welcome, no registration.

Monday, December 17 @ 10:30 a.m.: Christmas Movie: See website for details. (26 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Friday, December 21 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Fun with STEM with Ms. Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult. Sponsored by Triumph, Inc. Registration is required for this 7 week program. Week 7. Registration for Registration for Triumph, Inc. programs with Miss Nicole can be completed by calling Nancy at 508-822-5388 ext. 208.

Tuesday, December 25: Closed for Christmas Day.

Thursday, December 27 @10:30-11:30 a.m.: Lego Mania: Ages 5+ are welcome to join us for this drop in program. We provide the Legos, you bring the imagination. Legos displayed in the children’s room after the program, as space permits. No registration.

Friday, December 28 @ 10:30 a.m.: Movie: See website for details. (PG, 118 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Celebration of Thanksgiving



Bridgewater Council of Churches presents

Celebration of Thanksgiving 
Tuesday, November 20th at 7 PM
Bridgewater New Jerusalem Church, 2 Bedford Street

Everyone is welcome as we gather together and share our blessings with one another. The title of the sermon is Unity not Uniformity: So often we speak of being "one", but what does that really mean? As a people of faith in such a polarizing time, are we being called to be a uniform people or are we called to be united as beloveds with God, with creation, and with one another? how does our faith lead us to be unified in love while still celebrating our differences and gifts? The service will be led by the Reverend Alicia Velez-Stewart of the Bridgewater United Methodist Church.

There will be a time of fellowship and food following the service. Please bring a donation of a non-perishable food item to be shared with the Bridgewater Food Pantry.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Online Neighborhood Watch in Bridgewater



Ring now offers Bridgewater residents a connected neighborhood watch and you don’t need a Ring doorbell to be a part of the network.

For real-time crime and safety alerts in your area, download the Neighbors app. Click here to download the app!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

FY19 Public Disclosure Notice for Proposed Assessments

The town has received notification from the Bureau of Local Assessments that preliminary certification was issued. The Town of Bridgewater Board of Assessors is conducting a Public Disclosure of values as part of the Fiscal 2019 Re-Certification program as required by statute.

Values were calculated at "Full and Fair Cash Value" using sales data between 1/1/2016 and 12/31/2017. The valuation date for Fiscal Year 2019 is January 1, 2018. The Revaluation resulted in percent increases in value from 4% to 8% for most Residential properties and 2% to 5% for Commercial properties.

The Assessors completed the revaluation project with the assistance of Consultants from
pk Valuation Group. The public disclosure period where the proposed values will be available for review will commence November 16, 2018 and continue through November 26, 2018. The proposed values will be posted in the Library and on the Town of Bridgewater’s website as well as the Assessor’s office located at 66 Central Square, Bridgewater, Ma 02324.

As part of the Public Disclosure process, inquiries can be made at the Assessors Office, by telephone, or by visiting the Towns' Web Site: www.bridgewaterma.org.

Office Hours as follows:
Monday through Thursday: 8:00-4:00
Friday: 8:00-1:00

Please note: The Town of Bridgewater will be closed Wednesday November 21,2018 at 12:00 PM to Friday, November 23, 2018 at 8:00 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Telephone: 508-659-1272 or 508-659-1273.
The Board of Assessors

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Celebration of Thanksgiving


Celebration of Thanksgiving


Bridgewater Council of Churches presents

Celebration of Thanksgiving
Tuesday, November 20th at 7 PM
Bridgewater New Jerusalem Church, 2 Bedford Street

Everyone is welcome as we gather together and share our blessings with one another. The title of the sermon is Unity not Uniformity: So often we speak of being "one", but what does that really mean? As a people of faith in such a polarizing time, are we being called to be a uniform people or are we called to be united as beloveds with God, with creation, and with one another? how does our faith lead us to be unified in love while still celebrating our differences and gifts? The service will be led by the Reverend Alicia Velez-Stewart of the Bridgewater United Methodist Church.


There will be a time of fellowship and food following the service. Please bring a donation of a non-perishable food item to be shared with the Bridgewater Food Pantry.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Cranberries 101



“Cranberries 101” presentation given by The Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, November 13th at 6:30 p.m.

Come learn the basics of the Massachusetts cranberry industry; understand what is happening on the bogs (and why) during the four seasons.

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

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Learn to Curl this December & January!


The South Shore Curling Club will be having two Learn to Curl sessions before we start our Winter Season: 

Monday, December 17, 2018 from 8:15 to 10:15PM
Friday, January 4, 2019 from 8:45 to 10:45PM 

Each session includes on-ice training followed by a real game, and all equipment is provided. The cost is $40 per person and will be held at the Bridgewater Ice Arena.

Register now!Visit our website to sign up:
southshorecurling.com/ltc-dec2018-jan2019

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Join the South Shore Curling ClubWe've started a second night of curling — if you've wanted to join our club, we now have room for you! Curl for 10 weeks in our Monday night Winter Season (January–March) for just $235 ($85 membership dues + $150 for the half season). The season starts January 7, 2019.

To answer some frequently asked questions:
the only prerequisite to join is that you've participated in a Learn to Curl
no equipment is necessary (you can use the club's brooms and sliders)
you don't need to join as a team (we'll assign teams)
it's OK if you can't make it to every night 

You can sign up now on our website:
southshorecurling.com/payment

Friday, November 9, 2018

Mitchell Elementary School Informational Session


Holiday Sip & Shop to Benefit Girl Scout Troop of Bridgewater


































Interested in attending? Please click here to RSVP on Facebook! 

Song and Story Hour

Come join us at 7 on Friday night, November 16th at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 50 School Street, Bridgewater, MA. Remember how much you used to like being read to? Be part of that magic again. Bring along a favorite passage you’ve enjoyed or maybe something that you’ve written yourself. Those with a musical bent are welcomed as well. You do know that music soothes the savage beast, so your talents would be greatly appreciated, I’m sure. Enjoy a “screen-free” time with others who are enamored of the written word. Who knows ~ maybe you’ll be enlightened or even amazed! Maybe you’ll be doing the enlightening and amazing! If you’d like to bring a snack to share that would be lovely, however, it’s totally optional.

Hoping to see you there! If you have any questions or comments, please email bobbe@goddesspcs.com.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Henry David Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul


In an era of climate change, social injustice, toxic politics and all the forces that threaten us with quiet desperation, Henry Thoreau's message of simplicity, connection and principle can help save us all.


Please join us for the Southeastern Massachusetts premier of a new film:

Henry David Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul

Wednesday, November 14, from 7-9 pm
Maxwell Library, 013 Lecture Hall
(Lowest Level – Park Ave Entrance)


A discussion with the film-maker will follow.

Holiday Stress Free Workshop


The holidays are HERE! This can be a stressful time and there are moments where it feels as though someone’s stepping on your very last nerve! The struggle is real my friend!

During the holidays do you often feel like:

· You have no time for yourself?

· You don’t have the peace within your soul that the holidays should bring?

· You’re not able to embrace the hustle and bustle and let your inner child come out and play?

It’s time to break the cycle and start making the holidays fun again! I’ve got some tips on how to survive the season that I’d like to share with you. 

Join Bev Giuffre of To Rise Above It All on Tuesday, November 27th at 6:30 PM for a Holiday Stress-free Workshop. You’ll come away that night with tools that will get you ready to face the holidays with excitement and childlike wonder again! You’ll be armed with some new and helpful ideas on how to host and not hate it; shop without losing your mind; and still have time to relax, eat cookies, drink hot cocoa, and watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!! Let’s have some fun my friends!

Where: Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
Bridgewater, MA

Cost: $35

Host: Bev Giuffre
508-521-3593

The link to sign up is:
https://www.schedulicity.com/scheduling/TRA7S6/workshops

AAUW Meeting

On Wednesday, November 14th, the Taunton branch of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) will meet at the Arbors in Taunton, located at 763 County Street. The meeting, which is open to the public, begins at 7:00p.m.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Mary Shorey, a professor in the College of Education and Allied Sturdies at Bridgewater State University. She will speak about Children’s Literature with Emphasis on Strong Role Models.

AAUW membership is open to all women holding an associate or equivalent, Baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. Undergraduates may become AAUW affiliate members.

For more information about the Taunton Area Branch of the AAUW, contact Rosemarie Buote, Vice-President of Membership, at 508-669-5069. The AAUW also maintains a website at: www.aauw.org

Monday, November 5, 2018

To Rise Above It All

Around the Common would like to welcome To Rise Above It All as our newest local business listing! We encourage you to always support local businesses here in our community!


Are you feeling in a rut and in need of someone to chat to? Are you harboring feelings or emotions and want to talk to someone about what you are going through? You are not alone. To Rise Above It All is a small business located here in Bridgewater and operated by Bridgewater resident Bev Giuffre. Bev is a Certified Life Coach and helps her clients discover their true self and live the life they have always dreamed of. Available for one-on-one coaching sessions either in person or on the phone, Bev also provides group coaching sessions, as well.

Bev brings the experiences and emotions from her own life to her sessions. She has experienced the death of a sister, the loss of her dad, along with going through a painful divorce a few years ago. These were painful life events but Bev survived. The divorce was especially hard as she had children to take care of and though she put on a happy face in front of them every on the inside the pain and fear she felt was unbearable. But one day she woke up and looked at her two boys and knew it was time to stop wallowing in self-pity and sadness. It was time to regain her confidence and strength and be the mother they deserved. From then on, Bev changed her whole attitude and took positive steps to find her “happy place” again.

In a sixty minute one-on-one coaching session, you and Bev will talk about the key issues that you identify in which you need clarity and help in figuring out how to get unstuck and move forward in your life. Bev will provide you with the tools that will help you determine where you are in your journey and where you want to be as collaboratively you and Bev work through each issue. Then you will begin to set goals and work on accomplishing them during your sessions together. As you achieve each goal, you will come closer to living the life that you have only dared to dream of. Are you ready? Then it's time to contact To Rise Above It All and book your consultation today!

To Rise Above It All also runs a Facebook group called Mama G's Girl Talk that you can join and gather information, seek inspirational, receive tips and more. For more information about the To Rise Above It All Facebook group, please click here.

For more information about all of the services Bev and To Rise Above It All offers, please click here to visit the website. You can also "Like" To Rise Above It All on Facebook by clicking here. If you are interested in booking a session with Bev, you can book your appointment securely online by clicking here.

Regain your confidence and strength! Rise Above It All!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Bridgewater Hometown Heroes

Bridgewater Hometown Heroes is a military tribute program that salutes Bridgewater residents that have served or are currently serving in all branches of the armed forces. Each banner will be unique and will honor a specific veteran who lived in or is related to someone in our community, past or present. Measuring 24" wide by 48" long, the banners will display his/her photo, name, and branch of service. They will be displayed on street utility poles and other locations throughout Bridgewater for a pre-determined period of time set by our community. The display of these banners will start at the Vet’s Club, then continue along Bedford Street and into the center of town, to the War Memorials, and down Broad Street.

How do you purchase a banner?

The applicant will submit a photograph and text to the committee along with the fee for the banner. The committee will forward the information to the banner firm. When completed the banner will be hung for the “events.” The banner will be returned to the owners upon their request at the completion of the program. We hope that the program will become an annual event.

How much will a banner cost?

The costs vary at this point due to different suppliers and choice and locations of brackets. A double-faced banner with brackets will cost $175. The banner brackets can be used for other programs in town. Individuals can apply for financial assistance by contacting David Moore at 508-294-4216 after completing an application.

Schedule

The program was formally announced in the summer, with a kickoff on Veterans’ Day in November. Display of all the banners will begin prior to Memorial Day 2019.

We suggest that you visit Google “Hometown Heroes” and YouTube under “Hometown Heroes” to view other towns with Hometown Hero programs. Mendon, Holyoke, Bolton, Dartmouth, and Leominster, Massachusetts and Sanford, Maine have similar programs.

For more information visit our Facebook site “Bridgewater Hometown Heroes” or email David R. Moore, bhhbanners@gmail.com or call 508-294-4216 for an application. 

Donations may be mailed to Bridgewater Hometown Heroes, PO Box 644, Bridgewater, MA 02324. Applications are also available at several locations around town including the Town Clerk’s Office.

Bridgewater New Jerusalem Church – November Services

11/4 The Eightfold Path and Regeneration
Learn more about how the Buddhist Eightfold Path resonates with the Christian path to regeneration that Swedenborg outlines.

11/11 Living Lives of Usefulness ~ Celebrating All Who Serve!
Celebrate with us the lives of those who serve our country and communities, now and in the past. Veterans, military personnel, firefighters, police officers and all public servants welcome!

11/18 Gratitude for Our Blessings and Our Challenges
All that comes our way can be used for our spiritual growth if we can appreciate what we have learned, from both blessings and challenges. Let's look at our experiences in a new way!

11/25 Peacefulness & Calmness ~ Preparing for Advent
The last Sunday of each month is our Sharing Sunday. Join us as we share experiences and methods for keeping 'the peace' as we prepare to enter the advent season.

SPECIAL EVENT:
Bridgewater Council of Churches Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service
Tuesday 11/20 Celebration of Thanksgiving - Unity not Uniformity!

"One bread, one body." So often we speak of being "one," but what does that really mean? As a people of faith in such a polarizing time, are we being called to be a uniform people or are we called to be united as beloveds with God, with creation, and with one another? How does our faith lead us to be unified in love while still celebrating our differences and gifts?
Preacher ~ Rev. Alicia Velez-Stewart ~ United Methodist Church
Choir practices 10/24 & 11/14 from 5-6pm