Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Old Bridgewater Historical Society

Old Bridgewater Historical Society Lecture

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society will host a lecture at the Memorial Building in West Bridgewater on Sunday, June 9th entitled: Bridgewater’s Black Yankees. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Africans were forcibly brought into New England as well as into southern states. They began a journey of assimilation that would ultimately transform them into Americans. Bridgewater had a complex, and well-documented cluster of these Black Yankees (to use the words of scholar William Pierson.) Surviving documents allow us to view them not as a generic community, but to trace them through the 18th and into the 19th centuries, as they married, had children, went to war, and sued for their freedom. We will look at the colonial culture they navigated and hear some of their stories.

It will be presented by Rita Hutchinson, a public historian who has worked for over 30 years at Plimoth Plantation, the living history museum in Plymouth MA. She also teaches history and government at Quincy College. Rita received her M.A. in history from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she began her research and writing about slavery and the African American presence in colonial New England.

The event, which begins at 2 p.m., will take place at 162 Howard Street in West Bridgewater. Light refreshments will be available. Bridgewater’s Black Yankees is a free program; however, donations to OBHS will be gratefully accepted. For more information, visit the OBHS website at www.oldbridgewater.org

Monday, May 20, 2019

Old Bridgewater Historical Society Colonial Kids' Day


Old Bridgewater Historical Society Colonial Kids' Day


Please join us at Colonial Kids’ Day, hosted by the Old Bridgewater Historical Society on Saturday, June 8th from 1-3 p.m. Participants will have fun learning about a Colonial child’s life at home, school, and play through hands-on crafts, games and storytelling. This free event is best suited for children ages 5-10, and parents must stay on the property during the program.

Colonial Kids’ Day will be held at the OBHS Keith House, located at 199 River Street in West Bridgewater.

For more information about the Old Bridgewater Historical Society or about Colonial Kids’ Day, visit www.oldbridgewater.org

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Around the Common Readers Earn $50 When Joining Aspiration Bank!


Around the Common is happy to announce a new deal with online bank Aspiration Bank! When you join Aspiration Bank you will receive a $25 deposit into your account and a $25 donation will be made to the charity of your choice!

Aspiration offers socially-conscious and sustainable banking services and investment products, so you can make money while making the world a better place. And, unlike the Big Banks, they don’t use your deposits to fund oil pipelines or turn your fees into campaign contributions to the politicians that work against you.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Babysitter Bootcamp 2019


Dates: Thursday, June 20th and Friday, June 21st
Time: 8:00 AM - 2:3O PM (both days)

Course Fee: $75
Application Deadline: June l4th

Register: www.her-cpr.com
Call: 508-597-5800
Email: her-cpr@yahoo.com

Course Location:
Conant Community Health Center
5 Wally Krueger Way, Bridgewater

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

28th Annual Rudofsky Family Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit The Bridge Center

Monday July 15, 2019 

Registration & Breakfast starts at 9:00am
Shotgun start on the course at 11:00am
Reception, drinks, and dinner at 4:00pm at The Bridge Center.

Individual Player $300.00
Foursome $1,200.00

Register here!

The event has several different sponsorship opportunities for individuals or businesses that are interested in partnering with us! Click here for more information!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Free Concert May 19th in Central Square

A free concert of gospel, praise and contemporary music will be presented in Music Alley off the Central Square Common in Bridgewater on Sunday, May 19 from 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Musicians are Julia Scott Carey, pianist, and the band, Fox & Cox with Teresa Foley, Craig Hamilton and Tom Struzik.

The concert is sponsored by Central Square Congregational Church, UCC. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the Fellowship Hall, the lower level of the church at 71 Central Square.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Old Bridgewater Historical Society Announces Two New Board Members

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society announced the appointment of two new members of its Board of Directors, as well as a slate of officers and board members for the current year.

Joining the Board of Directors are Jeannie Cullati and Jackie Salvas. The full slate of Board Members is listed below:

Shellie Karol-Chik (President)
Jeannie Cullati (Vice-President)
Katherine Wolfe (Treasurer)
Jackie Salvas (Clerk)
Norma Callahan
Howard Hayward
Marlene Howell
Carlton Hunt
James Karol-Chik
Lisa Kern
Mary O’Connell
Robert B. Wood

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society is 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. Residents are encouraged to drop by the OBHS Memorial Building during open hours (Mon - 5 to 8 pm and Wed – 12 to 3 pm) to investigate all the treasures stored within!

The Society also maintains the Keith House, or Keith Parsonage, located at 199 River Street in West Bridgewater. Built in 1662 as a parsonage, this was the home of Bridgewater’s first minister, Reverend James Keith. It was his home from 1664 until his death in 1719. It is operated as a colonial home museum and is open to the public on Sunday afternoons during the warmer months of the year.

OBHS currently has 325 members living in 27 states. Membership applications are available on the OBHS website, at www.oldbridgewater.org.

Bridgewater State University Commencement Information

Graduate Commencement
Thursday, May 16, 2019
6:30pm
Boyden Quad

Undergraduate Ceremony for the Louis M. Ricciardi College of Business, College of Education and Allied Studies, Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics
Saturday, May 18, 2019
9am
Boyden Quad

Undergraduate Ceremony for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Saturday, May 18, 2019
3pm
Boyden Quad

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Rabies Clinic



Saturday, May 11, 2019
Location: Highway Dept. Town Barn, 151 High Street

Fees: $12.00 per vaccine (checks or cash accepted) (We are unable to make change for cash)

9:00 – 11:00 AM DOGS - Dogs 6 months & older must be on a leash
11:00 – 12:00 CATS - Cats must be confined in carriers

If you would like a 3-year rabies vaccine please bring your last rabies documentation

Licenses will also be available from the Town Clerk

Special thanks to Bridgewater Veterinary Clinic, Animal Control Officer Lisa McKay & the Town Clerk’s office for their assistance.

Please call Laurie Keane at the Health Department at 508-697-0903 if you have questions.See Full Document

Monday, May 6, 2019

BALC Dining for a Cause at 99 Restaurant on May 7th


Bridgewater Academy Lions Semi-Annual DINING FOR A CAUSE (Mass. Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc.) at the BRIDGEWATER 99 RESTAURANT from 5PM - 9PM. Click on flyer and print it out, or pick one or more up at the Bridgewater Senior Center, Town Clerk's counter, or Bridgewater Public Library. If you bring it with you this Tuesday evening and give it to your server, 15% of your guest check (excluding tax and gratuity) will be sent by the 99 parent company directly to Mass. Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. at no added cost to you. The flyer is valid for Dine-In or Take-Out at the Bridgewater 99 Restaurant, Campus Plaza. Enjoy good food and drink and help a good cause.

Bridgewater Academy Lions will have prize drawings in the foyer. Take a chance on a Stonewall Kitchen BBQ products basket, a Star Wars Power of the Force Luke T-16 Skyhopper (still factory-sealed 1996), a Polished Image Hair Salon Gift Certificate, Cuisinart Ceramic 10 pc Knife Set, Dahlia Grow Kit, and Bead Jewelry Set handcrafted and donated by Timeless Beads. Prize ticket proceeds will benefit Bridgewater Academy Lions local scholarships, community programs, and other BALC charities.

Did That Really Happen in Bridgewater?

“Did that really happen in Bridgewater?” A presentation given by David Moore from the Bridgewater Historical Commission at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, May 14th at 6:30 p.m.

This presentation will consist of approximately 40 pictures of Bridgewater, taken over the last 150 years and a brief discussion of little-known events and activities in our town’s past.

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

American Association of University Women Meeting






On Wednesday, May 15, the Taunton branch of the AAUW (American Association of
University Women) will hold their annual pot luck supper at the home of Veronica Casey, East Taunton. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.

This meeting will feature a Mystery Auction to benefit the local scholarship fund, and officers for the coming year will be elected.

AAUW membership is open to any graduate holding an associate or equivalent,
baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. Undergraduates may
become AAUW affiliate members. Members of this local branch include women from
Bridgewater, Taunton, Raynham, Lakeville, and other South Shore towns.

For more information about the Taunton Area Branch of the AAUW, contact Rosemarie
Buote, Vice-President of Membership, at 508-669-5069. 

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Old Bridgewater Historical Society Fundraiser

Please join us on Sunday, May 19th, at the Old Bridgewater Historical Society for an afternoon of creativity and fun. Robyn Iarrobino of Blue Anchor Studio in Middleboro will be on hand to teach participants how to make Seascape Windows. The program begins at 2:00 p.m. at the Memorial Building, located at 162 Howard Street, West Bridgewater.

This program is for adults and teenagers age 10 and up. All supplies and a step by step lesson will be provided and no experience is necessary.

We will design our windows on an 11”x14” frame and participants can choose their own materials and color scheme. Templates for mermaids, anchors, octopi, etc. will be available for those who want to create something special. Participants will be working with resin, which doesn’t come out of clothing, so those attending should dress accordingly.

This is a fundraiser for OBHS; cost of participation is $45 and signup is on the OBHS website at www.oldbridgewater.org.

”Seascape Windows” is sponsored by the Old Bridgewater Historical Society, whose mission is to promote education and research relating to the original township of Bridgewater, its inhabitants, and its history by collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting materials, artifacts, and information pertaining to “Old Bridgewater”. For more information about the event, contact Jeannie at Jeannie@oldbridgewater.org.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Lions Club Youth Fishing Derby


Join the Bridgewater Lions Club for their annual Youth Fishing Derby!

Date: Saturday, May 11th
Time: 7AM to 11AM
Location: Skeeter Mill Pond (Water Street, Bridgewater)

Come down to the Annual Bridgewater Lions Club Fishing Derby and bring the family! Novice anglers welcome! Night Crawlers will be supplied upon registration while they last.

Prizes for all children. All you need is fishing gear! There is NO COST or fishing license required for this event.

Contact Carl Hanson at chanson565@yahoo.com for information or sponsorship for Derby.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Off the Common Coffeehouse May 2019 Concert

The Off the Common Coffeehouse in Bridgewater concert on Saturday May 4th 2019 at 7:30 will feature Grace Morrison with Rachel Marie as her opener. All for $15 and the doors open at 7:00pm. We are at the U. U. Church at 50 School Street in Bridgewater

Grace Morrison

In a world where we are urged to limit descriptions to hashtags and sound bites it is tempting to describe Grace Morrison as simply: singer-songwriter. But she is so much more. She is pop; she is folk; she is roots; she is country. Hear her music and you’ll be hooked. See her live and you’ll be left wanting more. It has been said that her storytelling “can make you cry; it can make you sing.” With a career that began as a backup singer for rock icons like Eddie Money and Joey Molland (of the band Badfinger), Grace has become a regular on the national festival and touring circuit. She has won a number of prestigious awards including the Grand Prize of the Eventide Arts Songwriting Competition and the Big Break contest where her music video was played on the season finale of American Idol.

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.

Boston-based and Pennsylvania-raised, Rachel has played at prestigious folk venues including the me & thee (MA), Club Passim (MA), the Burren (MA), and Godfrey Daniels (PA) and has shared stages with Cheryl Wheeler, Antje Duvekot, Michelle Lewis, Grace Morrison, and the Kennedys. Rachel's latest full-length album, False Foundations, was released in May 2018. Her November 2018 single “Looking for Light” was featured on an officially curated Spotify playlist the week of its release.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

May & June Services at Bridgewater New Jerusalem Church

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

Sermon Titles for May & June
5/5 - Why I am a Swedenborgian!
5/12 - Mother’s Day
5/19- Remembering Our Ancestors
5/26 - NO WORSHIP ~ Enjoy Memorial Day Weekend!
6/2 - Children's Sunday
6/9 - Planting Spiritual Seeds
6/16 - Father’s Day - Last Service of the Church Year

Ecofriendly Laundry Detergent Shipping to Bridgewater



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Dropps is committed to delivering superior cleaning in the safest, most sustainable, and most convenient way possible. They have a great corporate philosophy where Dropps sources ingredients and packaging from suppliers that meet high quality standards and share our responsible, ethical, and sustainable vision. Dropps boxes are corrugated packaging contains recycled material, and is recyclable, repulpable, and compostable.

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Paint Party with Robyn Iarrobino from Blue Anchor Studio


Paint Party with Robyn Iarrobino from Blue Anchor Studio on Saturday, May 18th @ 10:00 am being held at the Bridgewater Public Library

Join us for a Paint Party! There is no age limit, it doesn’t matter what your level is this is all about fun. Project will be completed on a 11x17 wood board. All supplies and instructor provided. Fee is $45.00 per artist; portion goes directly to Bridgewater Public Library to support future programs. Registration and payment are required in advance at Blue Anchor Studio webstore, Party registration tab, scroll to May 18th. 

http://www.blueanchorstudio.net/apps/webstore/

Don’t wait, reserve your spot now.

Last Call for Bridgewater DTC Scholarship Applications

The Bridgewater Democratic Town Committee Memorial Scholarship application is now available.

The Bridgewater DTC Memorial Scholarship this year will be for $500.00 and will be awarded to a Bridgewater student graduating from high school and looking to further their education. The scholarship application consists of a short essay and some background questions.

To obtain a copy of the scholarship application, please email the Scholarship Committee by clicking here.

Completed applications will be due back by May 1, 2019 so do not delay your opportunity to apply for this scholarship!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Events at the Bridgewater Public Library in May

In the Art Gallery:  In the art gallery during the month of May is Senior Citizens Painters Group.
 
Friday, May 3 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  The Learning Tree with Ms. Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult.  Sponsored by Triumph, Inc.  Registration is required for this session. Registration for Triumph, Inc. programs with Miss Nicole can be completed by calling Nancy at 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 4.
 
Saturday, May 4 @ 10:30 a.m.:  Movie: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.  (PG, 117 min.) All ages with adult, no registration. 
 
Monday, May 6 @ 1:30 p.m.:  Movie: Vice (R, 133 min). No registration.
 
Monday, May 6 @ 5:00 p.m.:  Movie: Vice (R, 133 min). No registration.
 
Tuesday, May 7 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily.  Stories, games, a craft and FUN!  All ages with adult, no registration. 
 
Tuesday, May 7 @ 6:30 p.m.: Dr. Gary Hylander, PhD Lecture. Topic TBA.
 
Wednesday, May 8 @ 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, May 8 @ 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, May 9 @ 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, May 10 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  The Learning Tree with Ms. Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult.  Sponsored by Triumph, Inc.  Registration is required for this session.  Registration for Triumph, Inc. programs with Miss Nicole can be completed by calling Nancy at 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 5.
 
Tuesday, May 14 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily.  Stories, games, a craft and FUN!  All ages with adult, no registration. 
 
Tuesday, May 14 @ 5:00 p.m.: “Taste a Book Club” This month we have selected the cookbook "Bring It!: Tried and True Recipes for Potlucks and Casual Entertaining " by Ali Rosen.  Stop by and borrow a copy.  Call 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.
 
Tuesday, May 14 @ 6:30 p.m.:  Did that really happen in Bridgewater? This presentation will consist of approximately 40 pictures of Bridgewater, taken over the last 150 years and a brief discussion of little-known events and activities in our town’s past.  Presented by David Moore from the Bridgewater Historical Commission.
 
Wednesday, May 15 @ 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, May 15 @ 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, May 16 @ 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, May 17 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  The Learning Tree with Ms. Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult.  Sponsored by Triumph, Inc.  Registration is required for this session.  Registration for Triumph, Inc. programs with Miss Nicole can be completed by calling Nancy at 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 6.
 
Saturday, May 18 @ 10:00 a.m.: Paint Party! Join us for a Paint Party!  There is no age limit, it doesn’t matter what your level is this is all about fun.  Paint will be done on a 11x17 wood board.  All supplies provided.  Fee is $45.00 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 May 18th. https://www.blueanchorstudio.net/apps/webstore/  Don’t wait, reserve your spot now.
 
Saturday, May 18 @ 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, May 20 @ 1:30 p.m.:  Movie: On the basis of sex (PG-13, 120 min). No registration.
 
Monday, May 20 @ 5:00 p.m.:  Movie: On the basis of sex (PG-13, 120 min). No registration.
 
Tuesday, May 21 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily.  Stories, games, a craft and FUN!  All ages with adult, no registration. 
 
Wednesday, May 22 @ 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, May 22 @ 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, May 23 @ 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, May 24 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  The Learning Tree with Ms. Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult.  Sponsored by Triumph, Inc.  Registration is required for this session.  Registration for Triumph, Inc. programs with Miss Nicole can be completed by calling Nancy at 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 7.
 
Saturday, May 25 @10:30-11:30 a.m.: Drop in and create a “Patriotic Windsock”.  Recommended for ages 3+, adult may need to assist with craft.  No registration, while supplies last. 
 
Monday, May 27: Closed.
 
Wednesday, May 29 @ 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, May 29 @ 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, May 30 @ 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, May 31 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  The Learning Tree with Ms. Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult.  Sponsored by Triumph, Inc.  Registration is required for this session.  Registration for Triumph, Inc. programs with Miss Nicole can be completed by calling Nancy at 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 8.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Stormwater Management Plan at BSU

Stormwater Management Plan at BSU
Moakley Auditorium
Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 1:00 PM

How is BSU working to improve sustainability and resilience of the water resources surrounding the campus?  

Please join us in the Moakley Auditorium on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 1:00 PM for an opportunity to learn about the Stormwater Management Plan being developed to build on work by BSU faculty, staff, and students to meet federal permit requirements.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A Message of Solidarity: Social and Educational Gathering with the People of Sri Lanka

A Message of Solidarity: Social and Educational Gathering Dedicated to the victims of Sri Lanka Churches and hotels!

Students, faculty, librarians, staff and the residents of the Bridgewater community are invited to attend a social gathering on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 1:00pm-2:00pm in the BSU Rondileau Campus Center Small Ballroom to show solidarity and to offer condolences and support for the Sri Lanka Christian Community and the people of Sri Lanka. 

Organized by MIGE Global Programs, Center for Middle East Studies & Global Religious Studies. 

Old Bridgewater Historical Society






On Wednesday, May 8th, Dr. Ian Saxine will present a lecture at the Old Bridgewater Historical Society, located at 162 Howard Street, West Bridgewater. The subject of his presentation is: Bad Deeds? Debating Indian Land Sales in Colonial Maine. The program begins at 7:00 p.m.

This presentation examines the extended struggle to re-litigate and define the meaning of early land sales on the Maine coast between the Indians and early colonists. It argues that Indians played a central role in driving colonial ideas about land use and title.

Presented by Dr. Ian Saxine, a visiting assistant professor at Bridgewater State University and current coordinator of the Maine Historical Society’s Historians’ Forum, Dr. Saxine received his PhD at Northwestern University in 2016. In his new book “Properties of Empire: Indians, Colonists, and Land Speculators on the New England Frontier” (NYU Press, April 2019), he explores how diverse early Americans understood land ownership and how that shaped the course of empire in New England.

This program is free and open to the public; Donations gratefully accepted.

Monday, April 22, 2019

2019 Street Lists For Sale

The 2019 Street List books are now available for sale at the Town Clerk’s Office, Academy Building, 66 Central Square, Bridgewater, MA 02324. An Electronic version of the Street List is also available upon request by emailing townclerk@bridgewaterma.org

Fees:Seniors: $10.00
Residents: $15.00
Non-Resident: $25.00

Town Clerk's Office Hours: Monday – Thursday: 8 AM – 4 PM
Friday: 8 AM – 1 PM

Questions please call 508-697-0921

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Bridgewater Savings Charitable Foundation Golf Classic


It's time to mark your calendar once again for the 17th Annual Bridgewater Savings Charitable Foundation Golf Classic. It's always a great tournament for a great cause!

Last year, the tournament raised over $40,000 for local charities.

This year's event will be held on Monday, June 10th at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville. For event details, including sponsorships, please call Diane Pereira at 508-994-3326 or email her by clicking here.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019

#Operation Unification at BSU

#Operation Unification, hosted by Bridgewater State University’s School of Social Work, will be held on Thursday, April 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the atrium of the Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center, 24 Park Ave.

Students from Community and Organization, an undergraduate social work class, have partnered with Strategies for Youth to organize #Operation Unification – an event designed to raise awareness and engage the community in bridging understanding and respect between youth and police officers.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact BSU’s School of Social Work at 508.531.2773

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Fascinating Georgia O’Keeffe

“The Fascinating Georgia O’Keeffe” presentation will be given by Jill Sanford owner of Art For Your Mind at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, April 23rd at 6:30 p.m.

 Experience O’Keeffe’s ever-evolving career.  From her early views of New York City, to her famous enlarged flowers, to her unique expressions of New Mexico’s natural beauty-enjoy the journey of one of America’s most innovative artists.

Art For Your Mind is an engaging, educational, art observation experience designed to broaden the minds of participants.  Come join us and take a visual journey!

Visit www.artforyourmind.com for more information.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Easter Sunrise Service


Easter Sunrise Service

April 21, 2019
6:30 AM

600 Pleasant Street,
Bridgewater, MA 02324

Hanson Farm/ Sugar Hill Dairy

A free will offering will be received, blessed and given in support of a need in our wider community.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Learn to Curl on April 19th and May 2nd






Learn to Curl with the South Shore Curling Club!

Learn to Curl on April 19th and May 2nd

We'll be teaching new curlers at Two Mini Learn to Curls on Friday, April 19, 2019 and Friday May, 2nd 2019 from 8:45 to 10:45PM 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 $40 per person. Sign up quick by sending an email to LTC@Southshorecurling.com before it sells out! Space is limited and will go fast!
















Sunday, April 7, 2019

18th Century Gravestones and Their Carvers in the Bridgewaters

On Sunday, April 14th, Vincent Luti will be at the Old Bridgewater Historical Society to lecture about “18th Century Gravestones and Their Carvers in the Bridgewaters”. The program begins at 2:00 p.m. at the Memorial Building, located at 162 Howard Street, West Bridgewater.

The Bridgewaters are a crossroad of 18th century gravestone carvers’ work. To the east, Plymouth County carvers and to the west, Bristol County carvers who took over from Newport carvers. During Professor Luti’s presentation, the audience will learn about the Bridgewater gravestone carver, Barney Leonard, and John & James New, Cephas Thompson, Nathan Hayward, and others whose work is found in the cemeteries of the Bridgewaters.

Vincent Luti is a Professor Emeritus at UMass Dartmouth, and author of the works “Mallet & Chisel”, “In Death Remember’d” and numerous published articles on the 18th century gravestone carvers of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Over the years, he has photographed more than 7000 gravestones in six northeastern states.

“18th Century Gravestones and Their Carvers in the Bridgewaters: A Treasury of Early American Folk Art in Stone”, is sponsored by the Old Bridgewater Historical Society, whose mission is to promote education and research relating to the original township of Bridgewater, its inhabitants, and its history by collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting materials, artifacts, and information pertaining to “Old Bridgewater”. For more information about OBHS, visit the website at https://www.oldbridgewater.org/

Deadline to Register to Vote for the April 27th Annual Town Election

Bridgewater Town Clerk’s Office reminds residents that Monday, April 8, 2019 is the deadline to register to vote for the upcoming Annual Town Election to be held on April 27th.

The Voter Registration Session will be held at the Town Clerk's Office, Academy Building, 66 Central Square and will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 8th.

Persons who are United States Citizens, residents of Bridgewater, and who will be at least 18 years old on or before April 27th are eligible to register. Those meeting these qualifications who have a Massachusetts Driver’s License can submit their registration online at www.RegisterToVoteMA.com.

For further information please contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-697-0921.

Bridgewater Academy Lions Craft Fair & Flea Market


Saturday, April 6, 2019

Sign Up for HomeZada Here in Bridgewater



HomeZada is an online and mobile solution to manage all the digital information about your home. It helps Bridgewater residents keep a home maintenance calendar with reminders, storage of home photos and documents for a home inventory and managing remodel projects along with all finances associated with your home.

If you are interested in signing up for your HomeZada account, please click here! There is a free version to get you started and various other options depending upon your home management needs!

Spring Rummage Sale


St. Thomas Aquinas Women’s Club will run their Fall Rummage Sale on Saturday, April 13th, 9AM to 3PM.

$2.00 a bag is from 2-3. 

Come early for a great selection, come later for a great bargain!

Friday, April 5, 2019

Bridgewater Senior Painters




The Bridgewater Public Library will feature an exhibit of a variety of works in different mediums by the Bridgewater Senior Painters in the Flora T. Little Art Gallery during the months of April and May.

Senior Painters participating are: J. Bernache, P. Arms, G. Bjorklund, C. Freeman, D. Jones, S. Puffer, R. Robinson, A.Smith, E. Williams. Art instructors offer bimonthly coaching to Senior Painters. For further information, contact Cole-Yeaton Senior Center, (508-697-0929)

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.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Annual Greater Bridgewater Women of Today Easter Egg Hunt



































**Pre-registration and pre-payment required for admittance**
To Purchase tickets click here

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Old Bridgewater HIstorical Society Meeting

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society will hold its annual 2019 members’ meeting and election of board members on Sunday, April 28 th at 2:00 p.m. The Society’s financial documents will be reviewed and refreshments will be served. Come early for a chance to meet the candidates.

The annual meeting will be held at the society’s Memorial Building, 162 Howard Street, West Bridgewater. For more information and directions, visit the webpage at www.oldbridgewater.org.

New members are always welcome.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Summer Science Academy at BSU

The Center for Advancement of STEM Education (CASE) is offering a four-day Summer Science Academy to area students entering grades 4-12. Courses will be held at the Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center (24 Park Ave.) and other locations, including outdoors.

I speak for the Trees will run from July 8-12, 2019 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1:30- 4:30 p.m., and is a program for students entering grades 4 and 5. In this program, students will examine climate change and create an outreach pamphlet that not only explains their research but suggests changes that everyone can make to better planet Earth. Registration deadline is June 25, 2019.

Forensics Institute of Bridgewater will run from July 8-12, 2019 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and is for students entering grades 6 through 8. In this program, students will work as crime scene analysts to solve a “case.” Students will gather evidence from a simulated crime scene and learn how to collect and analyze fingerprints, perform blood type analysis, and use DNA fingerprinting. Registration deadline is June 25, 2019.

Shipwrecked: Exploring the STEM of Maritime Archaeology will run from July 15-19, 2019 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and is for students entering grades 6 through 8. In this program, students will learn how scientists explore, study, and map shipwrecks and other artifacts by applying concepts, methods, and technology used in the field. Registration deadline is July 2, 2019.

A Whale of a Mystery will run from July 22-26, 2019 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and is for students entering grades 6 through 8. In this program, students will work in groups to solve a mystery related to the hunting of an endangered whale species. Students will learn about the natural history of whales and conduct laboratory research using state of the art technology and techniques used in the field. Registration deadline is July 9, 2019.

Cancer in Context will run from July 15-19, 2019 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and is for students entering grades 9 through 12. In this program, students will explore the many questions related to cancer and perform experiments such as microscopy, gene microarray, and gel electrophoresis. Registration deadline is July 2, 2019.

Biotech Career Rotation: Biotech, Health and the Environment will run from July 22-26, 2019 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and is for students entering grades 9 through 12. In this program, previously titled Biotech II, students will explore how biotechnology impacts our lives across a range of disciplines related to health and the environment. Registration deadline is July 9, 2019.

Program fees range from $200-$500 and cover course expenses including lab supplies and materials. Lunch and transportation are not included in fees. For more information and to register, visit https://microsites.bridgew.edu/case/summer-science-programs or contact Maura Whittemore at 508.531.2575.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

AAUW Meeting

On Saturday, April 13th, 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 1:00p.m.

This meeting will feature a Mystery Auction to benefit the local scholarship fund. Light refreshments will be served.

Members should contact Cris at 508-697-6653 for more information about the auction.

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

For more information about joining the Taunton Area Branch of the AAUW, contact Rosemaire Buote, Vice-President of Membership, at 508-669-5069. For more information about AAUW, visit the website at: http://aauw-ma.aauw.net/branches/taunton/

Events at the Bridgewater Public Library in April

In the Art Gallery:  In the art gallery during the month of April is Senior Citizens Painters Group.
 
Tuesday, April 2 @ 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 3 @ 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 3 @ 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 4 @ 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 5 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  The Learning Tree with Ms. Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult.  Sponsored by Triumph, Inc.  Registration is required for this session.  Registration for Triumph, Inc. programs with Miss Nicole can be completed by calling Nancy at 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 1.
 
Saturday, April 6 @ 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, April 8 @ 6:30 p.m.: “Understanding and Responding to White Nationalism in Bridgewater and Beyond” A Bridgewater Citizens for Civility and Respect event.
 
Tuesday, April 9 @ 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 10 @ 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 10 @ 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 11 @ 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 12 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  The Learning Tree with Ms. Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult.  Sponsored by Triumph, Inc.  Registration is required for this session.  Registration for Triumph, Inc. programs with Miss Nicole can be completed by calling Nancy at 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 2.
 
Saturday, April 13 @ 10:30 a.m.:  Movie: Ralph Breaks the Internet.  (PG, 112 min.) All ages with adult, no registration. 
 
Monday, April 15: Closed.
 
Tuesday, April 16 @ 10:30 a.m.:  Movie: Mary Poppins Returns (PG, 130 min.) All ages with adult, no registration. 
 
Tuesday, April 16 @ 1:00 p.m.:  Movie: Mary Poppins Returns (PG, 130 min.) All ages with adult, no registration. 
 
Wednesday, April 17 @ 1:00 p.m.:  “Be Our Guest” and meet Princess Beauty and Cinderella.  Join us for this special meet and greet event.  Princess Beauty and Cinderella, hear their stories, sing some songs and take a picture with them!  You can also create a princess ribbon crown (while supplies last, adult may need to assist with craft).  All ages welcome, no registration.
 
Thursday, April 18 @ 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, April 19 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Puppy Dog Tales.  Join Cathy Acampora and her certified pet therapy dog Merida and learn about dog safety, some training and read a story on pet care.  Sponsored by the Plymouth County Commissioners.  No registration. Open to all ages. 
 
Saturday, April 20 @10:30-11:30 a.m.: Drop in and create a “Bunny Mask”.  All ages welcome, adult may need to assist with craft.  No registration, while supplies last. 
 
Monday, April 22 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  Celebrate Earth Day with a Bird Feeder Craft! Ages 3-5, no registration, adult help required! While supplies last!
 
Monday, April 22 @ 1:30 p.m.:  Movie: Green Book (PG-13, 130 min). No registration.
 
Monday, April 22 @ 5:00 p.m.:  Movie: Green Book (PG-13, 130 min). No registration.
 
Tuesday, April 23 @ 6:30 p.m.:  The Fascinating Georgia O’Keeffe: An Art For Your Mind Presentation.  Experience O'Keeffe's ever-evolving career.  From her early views of New York City, to her famous enlarged flowers, to her unique expressions of New Mexico's natural beauty-enjoy the journey of one of America's most innovative artists.
 
Thursday, April 25 @ 3:00 p.m. TED Talks.
 
Friday, April 26 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  The Learning Tree with Ms. Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult.  Sponsored by Triumph, Inc.  Registration is required for this session.  Registration for Triumph, Inc. programs with Miss Nicole can be completed by calling Nancy at 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 3.
 
Tuesday, April 30 @ 6:30 p.m.: Yellowstone and the Grand Teton Travelog. Bison, deer, moose and pelicans. Mountains, waterfalls, lakes and rivers. Add in a few hot springs and geysers, including the iconic Old Faithful, and you have two of America’s most beautiful national parks - Yellowstone and the Grand Teton. You’ll see it all in this presentation by Ed and Cindy Esposito who spent 8 days from dawn to dusk photographing these neighboring national parks. This presentation includes a multimedia show with images synchronized to music to give you the feeling and mood that they experienced during their trip.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Spring TOPS Program Registration Is Open!



Spring TOPS Program registration is open!

TOPS (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community based soccer program that is designed to meet the needs of children aged 4-14 years with physical and/or mental disabilities. The program is geared toward player development rather than competition. 

TOPS is open to any child with a disability, including but not limited to: A.D.D., Autism, Hearing Impaired, Sight Impaired, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cystic Fibrosis, Down's Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Seizure Disorder and Spinal Bifida. It may be necessary to provide a doctor's permission slip in order for your child to participate. Participants must be born on or after September 1, 2005 and on or before January 1, 2015. (U6-U14). Participants are not limited to the town of Bridgewater, and this is a no-cost program.

BYSA's TOPS spring season will begin on Tuesday, April 23rd and continue every Tuesday for six weeks. Each game/practice will be held at the Flagg Street fields from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. When registering your child, please select the program "TOPS Spring 2019". Players can be registered by clicking here.Any questions please contact Christine Berry at ccostie@hotmail.com or Kendra Tansey at kendratanseyphoto@comcast.net

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Trump Doctrine: America and the World



The Trump Doctrine: America and the World

Juliette Kayyem, Former Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of Homeland Security

Thursday, March 28, 3:30 PM-4:45 PM

Heritage Room, Maxwell Library at Bridgewater State University

Presented by: The Minnock Institute for Global Engagement. 

This event is open to the public.

Bridgewater DTC Memorial Scholarship Applications Now Available

The Bridgewater Democratic Town Committee Memorial Scholarship application is now available.

The Bridgewater DTC Memorial Scholarship this year will be for $500.00 and will be awarded to a Bridgewater student graduating from high school and looking to further their education. The scholarship application consists of a short essay and some background questions.

To obtain a copy of the scholarship application, please email the Scholarship Committee by clicking here.

Completed applications will be due back by May 1, 2019 so do not delay your opportunity to apply for this scholarship!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Understanding and Responding to White Nationalism in Bridgewater and Beyond



Understanding and Responding to White Nationalism in Bridgewater and Beyond

This presentation will be given at the Bridgewater Public Library on Monday, April 8th at 6:30 p.m.

Presentation given by Dr. Carolyn Petrosino, BSU Professor Emeritus, Criminal Justice; Robert McEvoy, Detective Sergeant, BSU Police and Jillian Orr, BSU Senior Criminal Justice Major.

This presentation is the fourth 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, March 19, 2019

The Garden Tourist, 120 Destination Gardens and Nurseries in the Northeast



Local author, Jana Milbocker, will be speaking on her book “The Garden Tourist, 120 destination gardens and nurseries in the Northeast” at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, March 26th at 6:30 p.m.

Do you enjoy beautiful gardens? In this armchair tour of some the best public gardens and hidden gems of the Northeast you will learn about each garden’s history, horticultural highlights and special events that will inspire you to plan your own visit!

The Garden Tourist is a specialty travel book aimed at weekend gardeners, professional landscape designers and vacation travelers. The 256-page book profiles 120 botanical gardens, historic estates and destination nurseries. The book is richly illustrated with 665 color photos that entice the reader to hop in the car. The lecture will be followed by a book signing.

Jana Milbocker is an avid gardener, plant collector, garden designer and writer. She lectures on a variety of gardening topics and has presented at the Boston and Connecticut Flower Shows, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and at many garden clubs and organizations.

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