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:

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:

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:

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

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

The link to sign up is:

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:

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.


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, 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.

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