Sunday, November 10, 2019

New England Witchcraft Tales


The Old Bridgewater Historical Society and New England Curiosities will host a lecture at the Bridgewater Senior Center at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 17th , entitled New England Witchcraft Tales.

Everyone knows the stories of the Salem witches, but have you ever heard the tales of the others accused of witchcraft in New England? The public is invited to hear the stories that may not be so familiar, including tales from Maine to New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Some of Roxie’s stories even pre-date the Salem hysteria. The presentation will also highlight the correlation of some New England place names to old witchcraft tales, and the evolution of superstitions and customs relating to New England witchcraft.

The lecture will be presented by Roxie Zwicker, who has been sharing history and folklore of the New England states since 1994. Her tour and event company, New England Curiosities, has brought her all over the northeast. She is the author of seven books on New England folklore and she has been featured on the Travel Channel and the History Channel.

The event will take place at the Bridgewater Senior Center, 10 Wally Krueger Way, Bridgewater. Free parking is available.

Light refreshments will be served. Event is free; $5 donation to OBHS is suggested. Tickets will also be available for the evening’s raffles.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the West Bridgewater Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

New England Witchcraft Tales is sponsored by the Old Bridgewater Historical Society, a private organization, started in 1894, dedicated to the collection, preservation, and publication of history relating to the original Bridgewater area, which includes the towns of East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, Bridgewater and the city of Brockton. For more information, visit the OBHS website at www.oldbridgewater.org.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The Visiting Authors Series will host novelist Rajia Hassib

The Visiting Authors Series will host novelist Rajia Hassib
Wednesday, November 13 at 5:00 p.m. 
Moakley 100  - Auditorium.

Hassib will read from her new novel, A Pure Heart (Viking, August 2019). A Pure Heart has been recently reviewed by The New York Times, Boston Globe, Kirkus Reviews, NPR, and more.

Rajia Hassib was born and raised in Egypt and moved to the United States when she was twenty-three. Her first novel, In the Language of Miracles, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and received an honorable mention from the Arab American Book Award. Q&A and book-signing to follow. Free and open to the public. 


Any questions, please email: coeding@bridgew.edu

Old Bridgewater Historical Society Lecture Announced

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society and New England Curiosities will host a lecture at the Bridgewater Senior Center on Sunday, November 17 th , entitled New England Witchcraft Tales.
Everyone knows the stories of the Salem witches, but have you ever heard the tales of the
others accused of witchcraft in New England? The public is invited to hear the stories that may not be so familiar, including tales from Maine to New Hampshire and Massachusetts. 

Some of Roxie’s stories even pre-date the Salem hysteria. The presentation will also highlight the correlation of some New England place names to old witchcraft tales, and the evolution of superstitions and customs relating to New England witchcraft.

The lecture will be presented by Roxie Zwicker, who has been sharing history and folklore of the New England states since 1994. Her tour and event company, New England Curiosities, has brought her all over the northeast. She is the author of seven books on New England folklore and she has been featured on the Travel Channel and the History Channel.

The event will take place at the Bridgewater Senior Center, 10 Wally Krueger Way, Bridgewater. Free parking is available.

Light refreshments will be served. Event is free; although a $5 donation to OBHS is suggested. Tickets will also be available for the evening’s raffles.

New England Witchcraft Tales is sponsored by the Old Bridgewater Historical Society, a private organization, started in 1894, dedicated to the collection, preservation, and publication of history relating to the original Bridgewater area, which includes the towns of East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, Bridgewater and the city of Brockton. For more information, visit the OBHS website at www.oldbridgewater.org.

Taste a Book Club!



Next gathering is being held on Tuesday, November 12th @ 5:00 pm.

Do you love to cook and love looking at cookbooks?
This month’s selection is the cookbook "Martha Stewart’s Appetizers”.

Stop by the library and borrow a copy located at the front desk. Notify the library with the page number of the recipe you would like to reserve. Cook the recipe. Bring your dish to the meeting to share. After eating discuss the book.

The Library will supply the paper products.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Library Book Author To Present At One Book Event

Author Susan Orlean reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history in her novel The Library Book, the One Book One Community selection in Bridgewater this fall.

The author will present a talk on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Bridgewater State University’s Horace Mann Auditorium in Boyden Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. The fire reached 2000 degrees as it raged through the stacks and burned for more than seven hours – becoming the largest library fire in the history of the U.S. It destroyed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more and shut down the library for seven years.

In her book, Orlean pays homage to a beloved institution, our libraries, while delving into the Los Angeles fire, which remains a mystery today.

The One Book One Community program has brought local residents and the university community together for more than a dozen years to read and discuss a single book. The program, which began in the 2005-2006 academic year, featured Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

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

Friday, November 1 @ 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. To register, call Nancy at Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 1.

Tuesday, November 5 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily. Stories, games, a craft and FUN! All ages with adult, no registration.

Wednesday, November 6 @ 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, November 6 @ 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, November 7 @ 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, November 8 @ 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. To register, call Nancy at Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 2.

Monday, November 11: Closed.

Tuesday, November 12 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily. Stories, games, a craft and FUN! All ages with adult, no registration.

Wednesday, November 13 @ 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, November 13 @ 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, November 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.

Friday, November 15 @ 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. To register, call Nancy at Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 3.

Saturday, November 16 @ 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, November 18 @ 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Celebrate National Princess Day by joining us for a Make and Take craft: Drop in and make a “Unicorn Mask”! Ages 3+ with adult helper. While supplies last, no registration required.

Wednesday, November 20- Wednesday, December 11: Mail your letter to Santa at the library! (Bring the letter to the library by December 11 for a reply!)

Friday, November 22 @ 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. To register, call Nancy at Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 4.

Monday, November 25 @ 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Lego Mania: Ages 5+ are welcome to join us for this drop in program. We provide the Legos, you bring the imagination. Legos creations displayed in the children’s room after the program, as space permits. No registration.

Tuesday, November 26: Registration opens for decorate an edible Christmas tree. This program will be held on Tuesday, December 10 @ 10:30 a.m. and is open to ages 3-5 with an adult helper.

Wednesday, November 27: Registration for “Mom & Me Gingerbread House Decorating” opens. Program will be Monday, December 9 @ 4:00 p.m., ages 5-9 with adult. Limited spaces.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Author Susan Orlean at BSU in November!


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Music In The Round at Off the Common Coffeehouse

The Off the Common Coffeehouse concert on Saturday November 2nd will see Kim Moberg, Tom Smith, Rachel Marie, and Julia Mark sharing the stage for an amazing evening of Music in the Round at 7:30. The $15 tickets will be available only at the door when they open at 7:00pm. The Coffeehouse is at the U. U. Church at 50 School Street in Bridgewater MA

Kim Moberg
Kim Moberg is an award winning singer, songwriter and musician in the Folk/Americana genre.

A self taught, finger pick style acoustic guitarist, Kim's passionate and heartfelt vocals mesmerize listeners
while her compositions tug at feelings of melancholy, heartbreak, healing and social consciousness.

“Kim Moberg combines a lovely voice with a deep insight into the human experience. Her songs evoke genuine emotional responses in the listener, as she carries on the acoustic folk tradition in the 21st century. ” — Nick Noble, host of THE FOLK REVIVAL, WICN (Worcester Public Radio)

Tom Smith
Tom Smith’s songs are in turns humorous, touching, thought provoking, and inspiring. Deeply rooted in the old-school folk tradition, his timeless stories are told with a voice that is honest and sincere with melodies that you will remember forever. In the words of noted singer/songwriter Barbara Kessler, “Tom Smith will make you laugh and cry (maybe even in the same song) – a very captivating songwriter and performer.” Tom grew up in rural Pennsylvania in a family where music was part of the fabric of everyday life. As a young man living at the epicenter of the folk-quake that was Cambridge, MA in the 1960’s, Tom solidified what has become a life-long love of self-made music. Now a folk veteran of over forty years, Tom performs at festivals, coffeehouses, schools, and concerts throughout the Northeastern United States to audiences large and small, young and old. Tom’s monthly folk music blog, “The Kitchen Musician” can be viewed at TomSmithMusic.com.

Rachel Marie

Rachel Marie follows in a tradition of unapologetically forthright women folksingers, with songs that hearken to "overstuffed lines of Tori Amos, philosophical turn of Indigo Girls, and lilting vocals like Joni Mitchell." The social awareness of folk meets the introspection of the singer-songwriter tradition with a moderate dose of snark. Rachel takes a straightforward and honest approach to songwriting in an effort to foster genuine human connection and encourage empathy through music. Passion for using the power of her voice to shed light on injustice gives rise to poignant poetic statements on subjects from heartbreak and death to police brutality and immigration. An endearingly quirky stage presence as honest as her songs keeps audiences charmed.

Julia Mark
Julia Mark’s endearing warmth and charm has quickly made her a favorite in the Boston music scene and beyond. As a singer-songwriter and pianist, her music explores the duality of emotions, pairing wordplay and wit with the weight of being human. Julia Mark's jazz-inflected album "Gemini" (2018) contains lyrically rich songs about life on the moon, heartbreak on Earth, shifting homes, and palindromes. Julia Mark was a 2016 Iguana Music Fund grantee, spurring the creation of her first full-length album, “Gemini". In 2018, she was nominated for a New England Music Award for Songwriter of the Year and a Boston Music Award for Singer-Songwriter of the Year. In 2019, Julia was nominated for a New England Music Award for Female Performer of the Year.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Bridgewater Youth Basketball Registration Now Open



Bridgewater Youth Basketball Registration is Now Open
Season Begins December 2nd

What is Biddy Basketball: Town recreational basketball designed to be a fun, learning experience for all! No experience is necessary. We work on basic fundamentals, teamwork and sportsmanship.

Who can register: Boys grades 1-10 and Girls grades 1-8

When: Girls play on Saturday mornings/afternoons. Boys will play Monday, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays depending upon grade level. Season runs December through March.

Cost: $65 for girls grade 1-8; $95 for boys grades 1-10

Coaches are needed for all grade levels. All coaches must be CORI checked through BYB. 

Friday, October 25, 2019

Annual Church Fair and Turkey Supper


Central Square Congregational Church, UCC, 71 Central Square, Bridgewater (on the common)

FAIR:
Friday, November 1, 6:30pm-8:30pm (featuring pie & coffee night!)
Saturday, November 2, 9:00am-2:00pm, including lunch service

All of your favorites will be there: Pie Night! (Friday evening pie & coffee) * The cookie walk (how many different cookies can you fit in your bag?) and other baked goods * Homemade candy and goodies * Holiday items * Jewelry * Attic treasures rummage * Silent auction & raffle * Beth Basler’s amazing luncheon offerings * WALKING TACOS! * Hanson Farm harvest table * Vendor tables

Special this year: Framed sports photos silent auction, featuring Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, David Ortiz, the Red Sox, Jordan Spieth, and more. Preview the auction items now at www.csccucc.org/events

TURKEY SUPPER:
Saturday, November 9, 4:30 seating; 6:30 seating; or takeout
Thanksgiving-style turkey supper fundraiser! Turkey and all the “fixins”, including dessert and beverage (dine-in only). Adults, $12; senior/student, $10. Reservations required. For online reservations, visit www.csccucc.org/fall-fair, or call 508-697-6016. (Pay at the door.)  

Visit www.csccucc.org for full details, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/csccuccbridgewaterma, or contact us at office@csccucc.com or 508-697-6016 with questions.

MADEIRA Real Estate


Around the Common would like to welcome MADEIRA Real Estate as our newest local business supporter. We encourage you to always support local businesses!

Introducing Tiffany McCombe, REALTOR with MADEIRA Real Estate -   Discover the MADEIRA Difference!

MADEIRA Real Estate is a boutique real estate brokerage, proudly serving Massachusetts and Rhode Island for over 15 years.

At MADEIRA Real Estate, we sincerely value our clients' needs throughout the home purchasing and selling processes. We work our hardest to ensure the best interest of all our clients. Let our energy and experience work for you!

• We believe in honesty and respect for clients. We do not play games with numbers or emotions. Our style is straightforward and simple.

• In consideration for everyone's time, we believe in actively listening to our clients, so that we can best guide them in a direction that will lead to their desired end result.

• We believe in being a proactive agency. We vow to give you the most options to fully prepare your home for the market to help it sell faster.

• We respect and embrace all cultures. We believe language should never be a barrier to working together. We are able to accommodate clients who speak Cape Verdean Criolu, Portuguese, and others upon request.

• We believe in the value of sustainability efforts. We partner with local communities to implement public and private 'green' initiatives.

• We support local youth leadership, music and arts enrichment programs.

MADEIRA Real Estate is  fully invested in our clients, long after the transaction is completed. We can refer you to a number of highly-esteemed professionals for all of your home needs.

Are you ready to experience the MADEIRA difference? Contact me today!

Tiffany McCombe
781.974.4455

Bridgewater Citizens for Civility & Respect Pot Luck Dinner


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Monday, October 21, 2019

2019 Holly Berry Fair



2019 Holly Berry Fair
Sat., Nov. 2, 9 am-2 pm
  • Unique Arts & Crafts
  • Stone Meadow CafĂ©
  • Victorian Tea Room
  • Raffles       
  • Baked Goods
  • Grandma’s Attic
Free admission / Free Parking
Stone Meadow
(off Plain St)
Bridgewater

Fundraiser for Mass. Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc.

Bridgewater Academy Lions invite you to help the Lions of Massachusetts raise money for Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. (MLERF) at no extra cost to you beyond your guest check at Brockton Texas Roadhouse Restaurant. 

On October 30th, enjoy a good meal for this good cause. You can print out the flyer (above) and give to your server or show the flyer on your smartphone to qualify for the donation on October 30th.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Intruder Alert! Invasive Insects!


Intruder Alert!

Invasive Insects presentation at the Bridgewater Public Library given by Blake Dinius on Tuesday, October 29th at 6:30 p.m.

A program on real-life creepy critters that can give homeowners a scare this Halloween.

-Invasive insect update (Gypsy moths, winter moths, stink bugs). How are they spreading? Will they get worse?
-What’s new on the horizon? Are there any new insects to be aware of?
-What are the most effective ways to manage these insects?

Come join Blake Dinius, Entomologist Extension Educator from the Plymouth County Extension Program and learn about some creepy critters, and a few simple tips to prevent them from turning your home into a haunted house.

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

Monday, October 14, 2019

GBWOT Touch-a-Truck


The annual Greater Bridgewater Women of Today, Touch-A-Truck event will be held at Sullivan Tire & Auto Service located at 300 Bedford Street (Rte. 18), on Sunday, October 27th from 11-2 PM. The cost of the event is $5 per person. The event will feature tons of trucks for children to touch and explore! Even Monster Truck BIGFOOT will be among the vehicles! Children can wear their Halloween costumes and Trick-or-Treat at each vehicle. Noodle Doodle Facepainting by Lisa will be at the event and music will be provided by DJ Jeff Fowler Productions. There will be hot dogs, and hamburgers, and other concessions available for purchase. Come to this great event and meet Big League Brian (he’s the one on stilts on Yawkey Way before Red Sox Games), and much more! Please park at HarborOne Bank (diagonally across the street from Sullivan Tire) at 295 Bedford Street and there will also be a free shuttle service running from Legion Field to the event. This is a weather permitting event.

The Greater Bridgewater Women of Today would like to thank the sponsors of this event: Right Key Mortgage/ Jane McCarthy, Prisco’s Market & Deli, Crocetti’s, DJ Jeff Fowler Productions, LaBelle Sales & Service and especially Sullivan Tire & Auto Service, for co-hosting and allowing us to hold our event there every year.

Greater Bridgewater Women of Today 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 and offers scholarships to graduating local seniors. To date, GBWOT has helped more than 90 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.

Family Special Education Night


Sunday, October 13, 2019

Trunk or Treat at St. Thomas Aquinas



Halloween celebration for the whole family!
Date: Sunday, October 27th 
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 pm
Where: St. Thomas Aquinas, 103 Center Street

Trunk or treating, games, crafts, and concessions

If you would like to participate, volunteer or donate please contact Shanna Carlstrom at shanna.hammaker11@gmail.com or call/text 717-421-6100.

Prizes for the following three categories: 

-Spooktacular (Halloween/Fall Themed-not too scary), -Original/Creative, and
-Interactive (kids need to be able to interact/play in order to get the candy).

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Bridgewater Girls Softball League Trunk or Treat


When: Saturday, October 26th 

Where: Crescent Street Softball Fields in Bridgewater (next to the Marathon Park and behind the police station)

Time: 7PM

No entry fee for Trunks or Trick or Treaters. Those interested in decorating a trunk should contact fundraising@bridgewatergirlssoftball.com to reserve a spot.

Decorated trunks provide their own allergy conscious candy or treat to hand out to Trick or Treaters.

Suitable for all ages.

Prizes for the top two trunks.

The BGSL snack shack will be open!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Three Upcoming Learn to Curls!



Learn to Curl with the South Shore Curling Club!

Upcoming Learn to Curls

We'll be teaching new curlers at three Learn to Curls on Friday, November 1st, 2019 (space is extremely limited so don't wait!), Friday, January 3rd and Friday January 10th from 7:15PM to 9:15 PM at the Bridgewater Ice Arena. The session includes on-ice training followed by a real game, and all equipment is provided. More information is available on our website.

The cost is $45 per person. Sign up on our website before it sells out!

https://southshorecurling.com/ltc-2019-2020/




 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

23rd Citizens Police Academy



The Bridgewater Police Department will be holding their 23rd Citizens Police Academy starting on Wednesday January 8th, 2020. This is a FREE program to familiarize Bridgewater residences with the daily operations of the Police Department. Applications are available at bridgewaterpolice.org and can be dropped off at the station or emailed to roconnell@bridgewaterma.org 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Wicked Salem with author Sam Baltrusis at Bridgewater Public Library





“Wicked Salem with author Sam Baltrusis” lecture at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, October 22nd at 6:30 p.m.

Sam Baltrusis, author of "Wicked Salem: Exploring Lingering Lore and Legends" has penned a dozen historical-based ghost books including "Ghost Writers" and "Mass Murders." He has been featured on several national TV shows including Destination America's "Haunted Towns," the Travel Channel's "Haunted USA" on Salem and served as Boston's paranormal expert on the Biography Channel's "Haunted Encounters."

In 2019, he was featured on the one-hundredth episode of "A Haunting" that aired on the Travel Channel. Baltrusis is a sought-after lecturer who speaks at dozens of paranormal-related events scattered throughout New England, including an author discussion at the Massachusetts State House and paranormal conventions that he produced called the Plymouth ParaCon in 2018 and the Berkshire's MASS ParaCon in 2019. Visit SamBaltrusis.com for more information.

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

AAUW Meeting

On Wednesday, October 16th, the Taunton branch of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) will meet at the Holiday Inn, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton. A dinner will be served to members beginning at 6p.m., followed by an after-dinner lecture.

The speaker will be Adrienne Williams, an actor from the musical play, We Did It For You: Women’s Journey Through History, who portrays Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth. Her favorite role is to play Sojourner Truth, a former slave, abolitionist and suffragette. Truth is also known for her famous “Ain’t I a Woman” speech, which Williams performs. Williams retired in 2016 from a 45 year career in education, and has served as a special needs teacher, principal, trainer, and founding member of the New Bedford acapella group UMOJA.

Membership in AAUW is open to a graduate holding an associate or equivalent or a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution. Student affiliates are enrolled in an associate’s or a bachelor’s program at an accredited two or four year institution.

The AAUW, founded in 1881, advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Additional information about the AAUW can be found on their website at www.aauw.org.

BSU to hold STEM Expo

Bridgewater State University will host its annual STEM Career Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Dana Mohler-Faria Science & Mathematics Center atriums. The expo is open to the public.

More than 20 employers will be present, recruiting candidates from majors such as biology, chemistry, computer science, geological sciences, mathematics and physics. Recruiters will offer part- and full-time jobs, internships, research projects, job shadowing and volunteer opportunities.

Details on participating organizations are available on the Career Services site that can be found on bridgew.edu and clicking on the Upcoming Events tab. The DMF Science & Mathematics Center is located at 24 Park Ave. Free parking will be available on campus.

Professional dress is recommended and those attending should bring resumes to the event. For more information, contact Laurent Troland at 508.531.1328 or at ltroland@bridgew.edu.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

St. Thomas Aquinas Rummage Sale



St. Thomas Aquinas
103 Center Street, Bridgewater

Saturday October 12, 9:00AM—3:00PM

From 2PM-3PM $2.00 a bag

*Clothing*Books*Appliances*
*Small Furniture*Jewelry*
*Bric-a-Brac*Household Items*


Come early for a great selection or come later for a great bargain.

Something for everyone!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Hither and Yon



The Bridgewater Public Library will feature an exhibit titled “Hither and Yon” by Margaret Farrell Bruno in the Flora T. Little Art Gallery. The exhibition will be on display during the months of October and November.

Margaret Farrell Bruno lives and paints on the Massachusetts South Shore. Being a native of the area, she grew up surrounded by the splendid coastline and luscious cranberry bogs, which have inspired her landscapes. Margaret’s vibrant style is influenced by her sensitivity to the use of color, light, and composition.

Melding the ideals of realism and impressionism, her bold artwork responds to the energy and emotion of her subject matter. Margaret is a nationally award-winning artist who was formally educated at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and launched a three-pronged career as a fine artist, portraitist, and illustrator. Margaret’s landscapes are included in the permanent collection of the Ocean Spray Corporation, Perini Private Collection, New England Met Life, Massachusetts General Hospital, along with other public and private collections. Artist's Statement: “I am continually humbled and honored with the beauty of color and light whether it be on the soft face of a precious child or on a majestic landscape before me. I hope to always consider it a privilege, a blessing and a challenge to be inspired by that beauty.” Website: www.mfbruno.com

Blog: http://mfbruno.blogspot.com

Meet and Greet the Artist in the Flora T. Little Art Gallery on Wednesday, October 16th at 6:00 pm.

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, October 2, 2019

BCCR Potluck Social


Monday, September 30, 2019

Monica Rizzio at the Off the Common Coffeehouse


Monica Rizzio will be at the Off the Common Coffeehouse in Bridgewater on Saturday, October 5th 

Monica Rizzio will be the featured performer at the Off the Common Coffeehouse (OTC) in Bridgewater on Saturday October 5th 2019 at 7:30. The $15 tickets will be available only at the door when the doors open at 7:00pm. The OTC is at the U. U. Church at 50 School Street in Bridgewater MA

“It don’t cost no money, if your pockets are empty, sunshine is free.” It’s clear when speaking with singer-songwriter Monica Rizzio that she sees the bright side. Her new album, Sunshine Is Free, is all about doing just that: appreciating how the little things in life make it all worth it. A bonfire on a beach. A couple of days with the one you love. Simply doing...nothing.

“I approached this record entirely different than my first album,” Monica says. “Collaboration is really what connects these songs. I lived in Nashville in the early 2000s; it was at those iconic open mics at 12th & Porter, Douglas Corner and The Bluebird Cafe when I first heard songwriters like Mindy Smith, Hillary Lindsey, and Elizabeth Cook. I learned a lot about songwriting from these women, and I wanted to get back to Nashville to harness my creative spirit and start co-writing, something I have struggled with. Starting in October 2018, I would fly down to Nashville every few weeks for writing sessions. The only constant was me and my vision for the album, everything else was new.”

Monica returned to Nashville’s Skinny Elephant Studio to record Sunshine Is Free over a week in April, along with producer Michael Rinne (Kelsey Waldon, Erin Rae, Caroline Spence). The album includes a stacked lineup of guest musicians including Mindy Smith, Maya de Vitry, Joe Pisapia (Guster), Gwen Sebastian (Miranda Lambert), Will Kimbrough (Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell), Todd Lombardo, Spencer Cullum Jr. (Miranda Lambert), Danny Mitchell (Miranda Lambert) and Eamon McLoughlin (Emmylou Harris, the Grand Ole Opry) along with co-writers including Mindy Smith, Michael Rinne, Gwen Sebastian, Aaron Raitiere (A Star Is Born, Lori McKenna, Anderson East), Carl Anderson, Mark Erelli and Hayley Sabella.

Growing up about a hundred miles outside of Dallas, in a small town in East Texas, Monica did what many people do in rural Texas: she learned to sing gospel hymns in church and received an education in classic country music with exposure to greats like Willie Nelson, Buck Owens, Connie Francis and Dolly Parton. “Don’t Keep Me Up Waiting,” is a waltz inspired by years of spinning Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger album over and over, the infectious pedal steel highlights this tribute to her musical idols.

“My first instrument was my voice, because it was the cheapest and everyone sang in church,” she says.

With a perspective equally influenced by her Texas roots and her Cape Cod home, Monica has emerged as one of the finest talents in the East Coast music scene. After a decade with Tripping Lily, a folk acoustic-pop band, to which she added fiddle and vocals, she’s now embarked on a solo career that draws on her East Texas rust upbringing for a countrified Americana sound.

Bridgewater Kids Road Race


Bridgewater Kids Road Race

This is the final reminder for the Bridgewater Kids Road Race which is open to Bridgewater residents only in grades K through 8.  The race takes place Sunday, October 6th at 2:00 p.m. at Burnell Hall which is located on Hooper Street at Bridgewater State University.  

There is NO entry fee!!!

Online sign ups go through the end of the week at www.bridgewaterkidsroadrace.com

Day of race entries up until 1:45 p.m. 

Please contact Sam Baumgarten at 774-208-2933 with any questions.





Bridgewater Citizens for Civility & Respect Forum on Immigration Issues



Bridgewater Citizens for Civility and Respect (BCCR), formed three years ago to promote civil discourse and respectful behavior among all citizens, is sponsoring its second, yearly series of forums on relevant topics of widespread interest. The forums, entitled “Being Neighborly: Building Common Ground,” focus on respectful sharing of differing/diverging views on the topic at hand. 

On Monday, October 7th, for the first forum of the new season, the topic is:

Immigration:

 Understanding the laws—what are the facts?
 Clearing up misconceptions
 Sharing views, seeking compromise

Guest Presenters: Sarang Sekhavat, Mass. Immigrant and Refugee Advocate Coalition; Jean Bradley Derenoncourt, Brockton City Councilor; Helena DaSilva Hughes, New Bedford Immigrants’ Assistance Center, Inc., and others TBA.

The forum begins at 6:30, at the Bridgewater Public Library. All are welcome.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Getting the Most of Your DNA Test Results



Please join us at the Old Bridgewater Historical Society for a lecture on “Getting the Most of Your DNA Test Results” presented by Richard Reid. The program is scheduled for Sunday, October 6th at 2:00 p.m.

The speaker will provide an overview of what all the DNA tests seek to accomplish. The audience will learn how to read and utilize the results from many popular DNA testing companies. There are many tests out there, and each has partners that will help you match up with cousins and ancestors. Throughout the presentation Richard will use examples that are in his family tree and show how you can expand, verify and document your own tree.

Presented by Richard Reid, director of the Friends of Irish Research, which is based in Brockton, MA. The Friends provide training seminars, host a website full of research resources and provide consultations in the Brockton facility or via email. Richard has worked in the computer industry and taught in high schools, trade schools, and colleges for over 30 years. He has co-authored four computer books, and established several computer training centers in New England. He is an active member of AMG, MSOG, MGC, APG, NEAPD, PCGI, and the Cape Breton Genealogical and Historical Association. In addition to the computer and genealogical work, Richard also pastors a Baptist Church in Brockton.

Light refreshments will be provided. Event is free and open to all. Donations are appreciated.

“Getting the Most of Your DNA Test Results” will be held at the OBHS Memorial Building, located at 162 Howard Street in West Bridgewater. For more information, visit the website at www.oldbridgewater.org.


Friday, September 27, 2019

Events at Bridgewater Public Library in October

In the Flora T. Little Art Gallery:  On Exhibit during the months of October and November is pastel and oil artwork by Margaret Farrell Bruno titled "Hither and Yon". 
 
Monday, September 30 @ 4:30-5:30 p.m.:  Lego Mania:  Ages 5+ are welcome to join us for this drop in program.  We provide the Legos, you bring the imagination. Legos creations displayed in the children’s room after the program, as space permits. No registration.
 
Tuesday, October 1 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily.  Stories, games, a craft and FUN!  All ages with adult, no registration. 
 
Wednesday, October 2 @ 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, October 2 @ 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.
 
Wednesday, October 2 @ 6:00 p.m.: Book crafting pumpkins!  Ages 12 and up.  Supplies provided.  No registration required.
 
Thursday, October 3 @ 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, October 4 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  The Learning Tree: A Caregiver and Child Literacy Program 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. To register, call Nancy at Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 4.
 
Saturday, October 5:  Registration opens for Halloween Bingo.  For school aged children (6+).  Will be held at 4:15 p.m. on October 21.
 
Monday, October 7 @ 1:30 p.m.:  Movie: The Tomorrow Man (PG-13, 94 minutes). No registration.
 
Monday, October 7 @ 6:30 p.m.:  Being Neighborly Finding Common Ground, BCCR Forum on Immigration with guest speakers.
 
Tuesday, October 8 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily.  Stories, games, a craft and FUN!  All ages with adult, no registration. 
 
Wednesday, October 9 @ 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, October 9 @ 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, October 10 @ 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, October 11 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  The Learning Tree: A Caregiver and Child Literacy Program 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. To register, call Nancy at Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 5.
 
Monday, October 14: Closed.
 
Tuesday, October 15 @ 10:30 a.m.:  Movie: Mickey’s House of Villains (NR, 70 min). All ages welcome, no registration.  Adult must remain with child.
 
Wednesday, October 16 @ 1:00-2:00 p.m.:  Make and Take craft:  Drop in and make a “Candy Corn Monster” with real candy corn!  Ages 3+ with adult helper. While supplies last, no registration required. 

Wednesday, October 16 @ 6:00 p.m.: Artist meet and greet with Margaret Farrell Bruno.

Friday, October 18 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  The Learning Tree: A Caregiver and Child Literacy Program 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. To register, call Nancy at Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208.  Week 6.
 
Monday, October 21 @ 4:15 p.m.:  Halloween Bingo.   Join us for a game of Halloween Bingo, winners take home creepy prizes! Ages 6+, registration required.
 
Monday, October 21 @ 1:30 p.m.:  Movie: Yesterday (PG-13, 117 minutes). No registration.
 
Monday, October 21 @ 5:00 p.m.:  Movie: Yesterday (PG-13, 117 minutes). No registration.
 
Tuesday, October 22 @ 6:30 p.m.:  Author Event with Sam Baltrusis.  Author of “Ghosts of Boston”, “Ghosts of Salem” and eight other historical based ghost books.
 
Tuesday, October 22 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily.  Stories, games, a craft and FUN!  All ages with adult, no registration. 
 
Wednesday, October 23 @ 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, October 23 @ 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, October 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.
 
Friday, October 25 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  The Learning Tree: A Caregiver and Child Literacy Program 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. To register, call Nancy at Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 7.
 
Saturday, October 26 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  Read to Duncan, our lovable therapy dog. 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.
 
Monday, October 28 @ 4:30-5:30 p.m.:  Lego Mania:  Ages 5+ are welcome to join us for this drop in program.  We provide the Legos, you bring the imagination. Legos creations displayed in the children’s room after the program, as space permits. No registration.
 
Tuesday, October 29 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily.  Stories, games, a craft and FUN!  All ages with adult, no registration. 
 
Tuesday, October 29 @ 6:30 p.m.:  Intruder Alert: Invasive Insects with Blake Dinius, Entomologist.
 
Wednesday, October 30 @ 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, October 30 @ 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, October 31 @ 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.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Being Neighborly, Finding Common Ground

Being Neighborly, Finding Common Ground

“Immigration” presentation given at the Bridgewater Public Library on Monday, October 7th at 6:30 p.m.

Presentation given by Sarang Sekhavat, Mass. Immigrant and Refugee Advocate Coalition; Jean Bradley Derenoncourt, Brockton City Councilor and Helena DaSilva Hughs, New Bedford Immigrants’ Assistance Center, Inc.

This presentation is in a series titled “Being Neighborly, Finding Common Ground” sponsored by Bridgewater Citizens for Civility and Respect (BCCR) and the Bridgewater Public Library.

BCCR is a group of local citizens in Bridgewater that have formed an organization whose goal is to ensure that Bridgewater is a safe, inclusive community, one of civility and respect for all.

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

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Dance and Astrophysics Combine for a Memorable Evening


Discover Girl Scouts


Discover Girl Scouts at this upcoming event. Great opportunity to learn more about Girl Scouts and register your daughter to join!

Date: Tuesday, October 1st
Time: 6:30 PM- 7:30 PM
Location: Central Square Congregational Church (71 Central Square)


Questions? Contact Ginger Hook at 617-352-0143 or via email at ghook@gsema.org.