Tuesday, December 31, 2019

2020 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Billing

2020 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Billing Info:

3rd and 4th quarter tax bills were mailed on December 30, 2019 with due dates of February 3rd and May 2nd.

Real Estate Abatement Applications are due by February 3 and applications are available online by clicking here or in the Assessor's Office.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Remembering Pearl Harbor: A Day of Infamy



A presentation titled “Remembering Pearl Harbor: A Day of Infamy” will be given by Historian and Professor Dr. Gary Hylander, PhD at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, January 7th at 6:30 p.m.

Last Last month marked the anniversary of Japan’s attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. It was one of the most momentous events of the twentieth century. Admiral Yamamoto achieved a major tactical victory at Pearl Harbor but not the strategic knockout blow he had hoped for. Japan’s attack on the Hawaiian Islands globalized the Second World War.

Dr. Gary Hylander, PhD is currently an independent scholar who specializes as a presidential historian, a pedagogical specialist for the National Endowment for the Humanities and professor of history.

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

Friday, December 20, 2019

Hometown Heroes Banners In The Flora T. Little Art Gallery


    
The Bridgewater Public Library will feature the “Hometown Heroes” banners in the Flora T. Little Art Gallery. The exhibition will be on display during the months of December and January.

Banners featuring the names and faces of nearly 100 local veterans are now adorning the walls and hanging from above, as part of a community project honoring their service.

The banners, measuring 24 inches by 48 inches, are part of the “Hometown Heroes” project, started by a committee made up of members of the Bridgewater Historical Commission, veterans and Bridgewater residents. Each banner (purchased by the veteran’s loved ones) features an image of the veteran, his or her name, the branch of service, the era of service if applicable and a sponsor’s name or message if desired.

The project is spearheaded by resident David Moore, who also serves as chair of the historical commission. The project was a way of saying “Thank you for your service” to the thousands of veterans from Bridgewater. There also is a book of stories corresponding with each veteran banner on display. The book recognizes the individual story and remembers that “War is hell and we must never forget that”. The book is available for purchase.
A reception will be held on Saturday, January 11th at 11:00 a.m. in the Flora T. Little Art Gallery at the Bridgewater Public Library.

If you are interested in supporting the Bridgewater Hometown Heroes Program, please email BHHbanners@gmail.com.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Events at the Bridgewater Public Library in January

In the Flora T. Little Art Gallery:  On Exhibit during the months of December and January is Bridgewater Hometown Heroes Banners.
 
ALL MONTH in December:  Food Drive to benefit the Bridgewater Food Pantry.  The Bridgewater Public Library is collecting nonperishable food for the Bridgewater Food Pantry, located at 71 Central Square, in Bridgewater, during the month of December. Collection boxes can be found near the circulation desk on the first floor and in the children’s room. Help us help a neighbor this winter. Thank you for your support!
 
ALL MONTH in December:  Fill a bag with books from our Used Book Store for $5.00– during the month of December!
 
Wednesday, January 1: Closed.
 
Friday, January 3 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  The Learning Tree with Miss 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.
 
Monday, January 6 @ 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, January 7 @ 10:30 a.m.:  Bird Feeder Craft. We’re building this feeder out of edible materials (using sun butter as “glue” for the bird seed). Ages 3+ with adult helper.  Registration required. http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/ekform.cfm?curOrg=BWPL&curID=420406
 
Tuesday, January 7 @ 6:30 p.m.:  Dr. Gary Hylander, PhD. Lecture: Remembering Pearl Harbor:  A Day of Infamy.
 
Friday, January 10 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  The Learning Tree with Miss 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.
 
Saturday, January 11@ 11:00 a.m.:  Bridgewater Hometown Hero Reception.
 
Monday, January 13 @ 10:00-11:00 a.m.:   Join us for a Make and Take Craft! Stop in between 10:00-11:00 a.m.
joining us to for a Make and Take Craft! Stop in between 10:00-11:00 a.m.to create a “Snowman Wreath” Ages 3+ with adult helper. No registration, while supplies last. 
 
Monday, January 13 @ 1:30 p.m.:  Movie: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (R, 160 minutes). No registration.
 
Monday, January 13 @ 5:00 p.m.:  Movie: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (R, 160 minutes). No registration.
 
Tuesday, January 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, January 14 @ 6:30 p.m.: Learn about Essential Oils with doTerra associate Chris Ventura.
 
Wednesday, January 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, January 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, January 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, January 17 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  The Learning Tree with Miss 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.
 
Monday, January 20: Closed.
 
Tuesday, January 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, January 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, January 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, January 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, January 24 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  The Learning Tree with Miss 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, January 27 @ 10:30 a.m.:  Movie: Abominable. (PG, 98 min.) All ages with adult, no registration. 
 
Monday, January 27 @ 1:30 p.m.:  Movie: Downton Abbey (PG, 123 minutes). No registration.
 
Monday, January 27 @ 5:00 p.m.:  Movie: Downton Abbey (PG, 123 minutes). No registration.
 
Tuesday, January 28 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily.  Stories, games, a craft and FUN!  All ages with adult, no registration. 
 
Wednesday, January 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, January 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, January 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, January 31@ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  The Learning Tree with Miss 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.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

2020 Dog Licenses Available for Sale Now!



Dog Licenses Available


Dog owners in Bridgewater are reminded that the Dog Licenses are valid from January 1st through December 31st .  A dog licensing form to register dogs for the calendar year 2020 will be sent to all residents with the 2020 Annual Town Census.

The 2020 Dog License costs are:

Male/Female: $20.00

Neutered Male/Spayed Female: $15.00

Late Fee (Begins March 1, 2020): $10.00

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

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

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

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

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

Bridgewater Garden Club Greens Workshop

Greens Workshop for Children

The Bridgewater Garden Club will hold a Greens Workshop:

For children ages 5-12.
Thursday, December 12
4:15 PM

At the Cole-Yeaton Senior Center.

The children will learn about greens and hollies and design their own arrangement to bring home. There is no fee. All materials are provided.
Parents should stay with their children although they will sit off to the side as this is the child's creation.

To register please send the name, age, phone number where you may be reached to:

Gardening74@yahoo.com

Please put “Children’s Greens” in the subject line. You will receive a reply.


Because this is in December, we have to account for snow, closings etc.
If your child is unable to attend do to sickness or other, please cancel before 12 that day.

THANK YOU

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Town Council Public Hearing - 12/17/2019

Town Council Public Hearing:

At their meeting to be held in the Academy Building, 66 Central Square on 12/17/2019, the Town Council will hold a public hearing at 7:40 p.m. on Order O-FY20-037: Order of Taking - Property on Elm Street.  This is for the portion of property located at 1233 Pleasant Street, Route 104, Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, which is more particularly described in a Deed recorded at the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds Book 3172, Page 364. 

The taking is for the purpose of laying out and widening the intersection of Elm Street and Pleasant Street. Copies of the full Order are available for inspection by the public on the following pages and on file with the Town Council Clerk.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Off the Common Coffeehouse Concert this Saturady

The Off the Common Coffeehouse concert on Saturday December 7th will see Genna & Jesse and Andy & Judy sharing the stage for an amazing evening of Music starting at 7:30pm. 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

Genna & Jesse
Genna & Jesse are defined by a unique alchemy born of the quirky chemistry, intricate vocal harmonies and ardent storytelling which infuse their songwriting and vibrant performances. With whispers (and sometimes roars) of folk, blue-eyed soul, jazz, blues, torch song, and popular music from the ‘60s and ‘70s, their self-chosen genre “retro soul pop” doesn’t fully encompass what they conjure up in their joyful live shows and sensual, deliberate albums. These two shrug off music industry conventions in favor of doing what feels good, and this genre-defying dedication to being current and free has an exciting and irresistible effect. Drawing inspiration from their romantic nomadic lifestyle, Genna & Jesse might best be described as modern troubadours, generously offering listeners glimpses of their always-moving world with something fresh, true and genuinely independent. Genna & Jesse are currently touring internationally to promote their newest release, "Say OK.” Their ongoing tour, which includes club venues, house concerts, restaurants, cafes, and festivals, is being done with as small a carbon footprint as possible.

Andy & Judy
Andy & Judy are a Boston area folk duo who perform regularly at libraries, coffeehouses and concert venues throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Great Lakes regions. Their original, lyric driven songs feature close harmonies blending Judy's evocative alto and Andy's rich baritone. Beginning instrumentally with a classic folk guitar base, Andy & Judy have deepened their sound through the addition of mandolin, banjo, piano, harmonica, ukulele, and percussion. Even though their songwriting style has its roots firmly planted in traditional and folk music, the influences of country, gospel, blues, and bluegrass can be heard in their songs. This duo has released 5 CDs of original music. - Riverbend (2012), Dragonfly (2014), Follow Your Dream (2015), This Old Town (2017), and Reflections (2018).

Monday, December 2, 2019

Forum on 2020 Election Issues

Bridgewater Citizens for Civility and Respect (BCCR), formed four 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, December 9th , for the second forum of the new season, the topic is:

ELECTIONS 2020: LET’S TALK
The discussion will be moderated by Prof. Michael Kryzanek, Prof. Emeritus, Bridgewater State University. There will no guest panelists, just an audience of townsfolk debating the issues.

We’ll talk about taxes, Medicare, foreign wars, climate change, abortion, and more.

The forum begins at 6:30 PM at the Bridgewater Public Library.

All are welcome.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Pancake Breakfast with Santa


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Friday, November 29, 2019

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Santander Extends Gift to Bridgewater State University for Bridge Partnership, Study Abroad




Santander Bank, N.A. (“Santander”) and Bridgewater State University (“BSU”) have announced an agreement where Santander Universities will continue its support of the university’s Bridge Partnership program and continue to fund the Santander Study Abroad Scholarship program. Through a $125,000 grant to BSU, the Bridge Partnership and Santander Student Abroad Scholarship programs will benefit more than 150 students annually.

“Santander recognizes the immense value of our partnership with Bridgewater State University through the Bridge Partnership Program,” said Seth Goodall, Executive Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Santander Bank, N.A. “We’re also grateful to work together to provide opportunities for students in Southern Massachusetts the chance to experience college immersion or the chance to take broaden their world view through study abroad programs.”

For the fourth consecutive summer, Santander will support the Bridgewater State University Foundation to broaden the base of educational outreach services provided by the university for the Bridge Partnership, a residential summer program for middle school students in the gateway cities of Brockton and New Bedford. Santander’s support has expanded the number of students participating in the program over the years.

The Bridge Partnership offers two two-week sessions in July that have brought more than a thousand middle school students to the BSU campus over the past six summers to experience college life. Students live in a university residence hall, take courses with BSU faculty and education majors as well as their own teachers; and tour educational, cultural and historic sites across Massachusetts.

Bridgewater State University students seeking to study abroad experiences are selected as Santander Scholars on a semi-annual basis with eligibility being weighed by the degree of their documented financial need. Depending on other available aid sources, each Santander Scholar will be awarded up to $2,500.

The BSU Study Abroad program offers more than a thousand courses in 50+ countries all over the world in countries as far away as China or as close as Canada. Students who study abroad can spend a week, a semester or a year abroad and still graduate on time.

“Our ongoing partnership with Santander has enabled Bridgewater State University to expand our outreach efforts to enable more students to experience life-changing educational opportunities,” said President Frederick W. Clark Jr., Esq. “Whether it’s a middle school student who never thought college education was attainable, or a BSU student who always wanted to travel and study abroad, our relationship with Santander makes those dreams possible.”

Through its Santander Universities Program which was founded in 1996, Santander advances its commitment to the communities it serves by supporting higher education. Santander has more than 1,100 agreements with universities and research centers worldwide, including 35 in the United States, funding efforts such as teaching and research, international cooperation, knowledge and technology transfer, entrepreneurial initiatives, student exchange and innovation.

In 2019, Santander Universities funded more than 800 scholarships and supported over 30 initiatives in the United States. For more information about Santander’s, global commitment to education, visit www.santander.com/universities.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

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

Now thru 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.

Thursday, November 28: Closed for Thanksgiving.

ALL MONTH in December: Food Drive to benefit the Bridgewater Food Pantry. The Bridgewater Public Library is collecting nonperishable food for the Bridgewater Food Pantry, located at 71 Central Square, in Bridgewater, during the month of December. Collection boxes can be found near the circulation desk on the first floor and in the children’s room. Help us help a neighbor this winter. Thank you for your support!

ALL MONTH in December: Fill a bag with books from our Used Book Store for $5.00– during the month of December!

Thursday, December 5 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Join us for a Make and Take Craft! Stop in between 10:30-11:30 a.m. to create a “Snowflake Ornament” with sequins. Ages 3+ with adult helper, uses small pieces. No registration, while supplies last.

Friday, December 6 @ 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 5.

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

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

Wednesday, December 11 @ 4:00-5:00 p.m.: Join us for a Make and Take Craft as we create Magic Reindeer Feed! Drop in to create this magical food that helps the reindeer find the way on Christmas Eve. All ages welcome with adult helper, while supplies last.

Thursday, December12 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Join us for a Make and Take Craft as we create Magic Reindeer Feed! Drop in to create this magical food that helps the reindeer find the way on Christmas Eve. All ages welcome with adult helper, while supplies last.

Friday, December 13 @ 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 6.

Monday, December 16 @ 10:30 a.m.: Christmas Movie: Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas. (58 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Tuesday, December 17 @ 10:30 a.m.: Christmas Movie: Barbie: A Christmas Carol. (76 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Wednesday, December 18 @ 10:00 a.m.: Christmas Story Time and Craft with Mrs. Davis. Geared towards ages 2+. No registration. 10:00 a.m.

Friday, December 20 @ 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 7.

Saturday, December 28 @ 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.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

BR-SEPAC Meeting





The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a presentation for the 2019-2020 school year on Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:30 pm titled, Making Sense of the Affordable Care Act and Mass Health/Commonhealth. Laura Conrad and Lauren Almedia will present on pathways to eligibility to Mass Health/Commonhealth, Accessing Benefits and Services, and Explaining Associated Costs. Cathy Hickey will explain eligibility for the Department of Developmental Services, DDS, as well as the Brockton Area ARC.

The meeting will be held at The Bridge Center located at 470 Pine St., Bridgewater, MA. The BR-SEPAC will hold a meeting at 6:15 pm and then the presentation will follow at 6:30 pm.

Please register online in advance for free childcare at: http:// www.thebridgectr.org

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Holiday Shopping Event

Join the Friends of Williams School for their Holiday Shopping Even! There will also be a bake sale and raffles available.


Date: November 23, 2019

Time: 9AM to 2PM

Location: Williams Intermediate School (200 South Street, Bridgewater, MA) 

Vendors Include:

Thirty-One My Friends Call Me Martha (Stampin Up) 

Homemade fudge and gifts BeautyCounter

DoTERRA Karee It

Life Expressions Astrosportswear

Sandi’s Sewing & Design Pampered Chef

Color Street Paparazzi

Decorative Glass Blocks Soy Bean Candles

Creative Corner Usborne Books

Touchstone Crystal Wooden Crafts

Dot Dot Smile Candy by Dawn

Soapcraeft Caps & Corks Bird Homes

Creations by Bonie United Paracord

Buh Bye to Dry Body Organic Body Butter Homestead Crafts & Wreaths

Green Compass and many more.....

Friday, November 15, 2019

2019 Decorated Christmas Tree Drawing

Ousamequin Club of The Bridgewaters 2019 Decorated Christmas Tree Drawing

All donations to support the BRRHS DECA Business Club.

The mission of DECA Club is to teach business skills and critical employment skills required in the 21st century workplace—leadership, public speaking and critical thinking. Money needs are for in-class instruction programs and competitive events regionally and nationally.

Ousamequin Club is a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. Clubwomen are the fabric that binds not only the Federation, but the communities in which they live and work. By Living the Volunteer Spirit, GFWC clubwomen transform lives each day, not simply with monetary donations, but with hands-on tangible projects that provide immediate impact. With a grassroots approach that often thinks locally but impacts globally, GFWC, its clubs and members remain committed to serving as a force for global good, as it has done since its formation 128 years ago. A mandate of Ousamequin Club is education of the children of Bridgewater. By supporting BRRHS DECA Club locally, who knows, as Dr. Seuss' words, how far they can go!

Donation: $1 for 1 opportunity; $5 for 6

For tickets contact: Jean 508-279-1466

Drawing will be on December 2, 2019 at 1 p.m.at our meeting at the Bridgewater Senior Center. All are welcome. Dr. Gary Hylander will tell about the time period of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.




Thursday, November 14, 2019

2020 Giving Drive at The Well


Grounded in faith, The Well exists to help all who are struggling with mental and spiritual health issues experience peace and wholeness through exploring the unique expressions of the mind, body, and soul. We want to see ALL who are struggling find peace and wholeness, but in order to offer our patients the best care, at the most affordable cost, we need your help. This month we are launching a sponsorship campaign to ensure that The Well continues to exist as a space where individuals can find peace and hope.

Would you consider partnering with us in becoming one of our recurring monthly sponsors and help us reach our goal of $5,000/month?

All Star Sponsor $50/month ($600 Annual)
Copay Sponsor $35/month ($420 Annual)
Sustaining Sponsor $20/month ($240 Annual)

You can set up your donation on our secure website at www.visitthewell.org/donation, mail it to 1029 Pleasant Street, Suite 101 Bridgewater, MA 02324 or call us at 508-697-1070.

Thank you in advance for your donation to The Well. Together we can continue providing care to all those in need.

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.