Saturday, July 20, 2019

Daytime CPR Course for Healthcare Professionals


Attention Nurses, Physical Therapists and all healthcare professionals!

American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers: Renewal CPR Course

Dates: Thursday, July 25, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Course Fee: $60

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

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Exciting News From the Producer of FPAC!



As we get closer to our opening night of The Wizard of Oz, I want to share some exciting news about the production. For the first time ever, FPAC will be offering a Sensory Friendly performance in the middle of our run, on Thursday night, July 25, beginning at 7:00pm. This particular performance will have modifications that serve to create a welcoming theatrical experience for children and adults who have autism or other sensory-related sensitivities.

Modifications for the performance include: Lower Sound Levels; House Lights Remains On (at a low level); Designated Quiet Areas in the building; Fewer Seats Sold to allow for standing & movement; Visual Cues given to prepare audience members for sudden/dramatic/surprising moments.

We are so pleased to be offering this special performance, and if right for you, we welcome your attendance on Thursday night, July 25. If you know of other families or friends who would love the opportunity to attend our sensory friendly performance, please help to spread the word. FPAC strives to offer high quality, wonderfully entertaining musical theater to all members of our community!

Our second piece of exciting news! On Saturday night, July 27, immediately following our performance, FPAC will host Boston-based, acclaimed cabaret performer John O’Neil, in a tribute performance to Judy Garland - “You Made Me Love You!” John will perform a short selection of iconic Judy Garland songs that we all know and love so well, including a moment or two of audience participation, as we honor the life and talent of one of the greatest musical theater performers our country has ever seen.

Lastly, The Wizard of Oz promises to be one of FPAC’s most exciting productions yet, as the audience enters the fantastical world of Oz complete with Falling Snow, Floating Bubbles, Creeping Fog, Flying Monkeys, Puppets, and a spectacular set! The world of Kansas is seen in grey and black hues, with startling, bold silhouettes, and after the cyclone? You’ll marvel at the hundreds of hand-painted poppies, charming munchkin houses, huge green and gold Emerald City Walls, and a “flaming” Wizard’s Head.

So tell your friends about FPAC’s upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz, mention our sensory friendly production, don’t forget about the tribute performance to Judy Garland following our performance on Saturday night, July 27, and I look forward to seeing you at the theater in just a week or two!

Yours,

Lisa Troy
Producing Artistic Director, BSU’s Family Performing Arts Center

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Handy Now Available in Bridgewater



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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Bugs As A Sustainable Alternative To Meat



Nasty, but nutritious? Bugs as a Sustainable Alternative to Meat at the Bridgewater Public Library presented by Blake Dinius on July 23rd at 6:30 p.m.




Join Blake Dinius, Entomologist Extension Educator from the Plymouth County Extension Program.

-Nutritive comparison of insects’ vs our common food staples (beef, chicken, fish)

-Practical applications? Insects as feed for chickens? Insects as cheap protein source for malnourished communities?

-Around the world different cultures consume insects. Why do cultural barriers exist in the United States and Europe?

-What is the future economic outlook of eating insects? Is there money in this?

(Hint: Millions)


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

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Save The Date!


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Aspiration Bank: Changing the Way Bridgewater Banks


Aspiration Bank is changing the way Bridgewater residents can think about banking. With a full suite of products including checking, savings, investments and retirement accounts, Aspiration is an online banking solution aimed at providing customers with banking solutions the traditional banks cannot support. 

In addition to their core banking solutions, Aspiration also has a business ethic focused on doing well and giving bank and makes it easy for banking members to have their favorite charities supported by Aspiration.

To learn more about Aspiration bank and to sign up for your own account, please click here. When you establish your own account through this link, Aspiration will also deposit $25 into your account thanks to your friends at Around the Common!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Bridgewater COA Presents: A Special Trip to The Cape Playhouse



Bridgewater COA Presents: A Special Trip to The Cape Playhouse Presenting: A Chorus Line

Thursday, August 1st

Enjoy dinner at The Mezza Luna Restaurant following the 2:00 Matinee.

Bus leaves the Senior Center at 12:00 p.m.

$15.00 Donation

This trip is being offered to Bridgewater Seniors. Please call 508-697-0929 for your name to be entered into the lottery on or after July 10th.

Names will be drawn Weds., July 24th at 10:00 a.m.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Free Lemonade!


 The Central Square Congregational Church will be serving up FREE lemonade and they will also have access to restrooms during the Bridgewater Fourth of July Parade. This will be available at the UCC from 9:30 until noon-ish. Bottles of water and snacks will be sold for a nominal donation to benefit the church and its missions.  It’s going to be hot on the 4th so be sure top by to say hello and have a cool drink.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Support the Bridgewater 4th of July at this Week's Dining for a Cause




The Bridgewater 4th of July Committee is having a Dining for a Cause event on Wednesday, June 26th from 5-9 PM at the Bridgewater 99 Restaurant.  

Proceeds will benefit the parade and fireworks in Bridgewater on the 4th of July.  The fireworks are not paid for by the Town and is privately supported and here is a great opportunity to enjoy a nice meal and help support the 4th of July celebration.

Please be sure to bring the coupon above to the 99 to have your meal count toward the donation!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

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

June 21 thru August 13: Summer Reading Sale! Our summer reading sale in the Used Book Store- begins with all children's books, CDs, and DVDs half off. All children’s items are now 50¢, today thru August 8, 2018.

Monday, July 1@ 10:30 a.m.: Movie and Popcorn. ET. (PG, 104 min). All ages welcome, no registration. Adult must remain with child. Repeat showings at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Popcorn while supplies last.

Tuesday, July 2 @ 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Uno, Dos, Tres Spanish Story Hour with Maureen Holbrook

Join us for Spanish Story Hour! This Spanish-language program consists of stories, music, movement, games and is recommended for ages 3-7. There is NO registration for this program. Week 3.

Wednesday, July 3 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Make and Take craft: Drop in to make a Fourth of July bracelet with pony beads in festive colors. This program is for ages 3+ with adult helper. No registration, while supplies last!

Thursday, July 4: Closed for the holiday.

Saturday, July 6: Registration opens for Candy Bar Bingo. For school aged children (6+). Will be held at 1:00 p.m. on July 23.

Monday, July 8 @ 10:30 a.m.: Movie and Popcorn. Lego 2. (PG, 107 min). All ages welcome, no registration. Adult must remain with child. Popcorn while supplies last.

Tuesday, July 9 @ 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Uno, Dos, Tres Spanish Story Hour with Maureen Holbrook. Join us for Spanish Story Hour! This Spanish-language program consists of stories, music, movement, games and is recommended for ages 3-7. There is NO registration for this program. Week 4.

Wednesday, July 10 @ 6:30-7:00 p.m.: Pajama Story Time with Miss Dixie. Join us for stories and songs. All ages welcome, no registration. Sponsored by Triumph, Inc.

Thursday, July 11 @ 10:30 a.m.: Backyard Bugs with Entomologist Blake Dinius. An introduction to insects! Learn facts about the challenges insects face in great, big world! What insects can you find in your own backyard? All ages, no registration.

Friday, July 12 @ 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Family Yoga Series Program. Caregivers and children will learn basic yoga postures through storytelling and songs. Families will practice mindfulness and relaxation as well as have fun! Everyone will come away with social and play skills in addition to learning how to be a mindful, less stressed family. For children ages 3-7. To register, call Nancy at Triumph. 508-822-5388 EXT. 208 Week 1.

Monday, July 15 @ 10:30 a.m.: Movie and Popcorn. A Dog’s Way Home. (PG, 96 min). All ages welcome, no registration. Adult must remain with child. Popcorn while supplies last.

Monday, July 15 @ 1:30 p.m.: Movie and Popcorn. A Dog’s Way Home. (PG, 96 min). All ages welcome, no registration. Adult must remain with child. Popcorn while supplies last.

Tuesday, July 16 @ 3:00-5:00 p.m.: Animal Affair- petting zoo. Drop in anytime between 3:00-5:00 p.m. to meet live animals. Rain or shine in meeting room. No registration, all ages.

Wednesday, July 17 @ 6:30-7:00 p.m.: Pajama Story Time with Miss Dixie. Join us for stories and songs. All ages welcome, no registration. Sponsored by Triumph, Inc.

Thursday, July 18 @ 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, July 19 @ 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Family Yoga Series Program. Caregivers and children will learn basic yoga postures through storytelling and songs. Families will practice mindfulness and relaxation as well as have fun! Everyone will come away with social and play skills in addition to learning how to be a mindful, less stressed family. For children ages 3-7. To register, call Nancy at Triumph. 508-822-5388 EXT. 208 Week 2.

Saturday, July 20 @ 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, July 22 @ 10:30 a.m.: Movie and Popcorn. How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World. (PG, 104 min). All ages welcome, no registration. Adult must remain with child. Popcorn while supplies last.
Monday, July 23 @ 1:00 p.m.: Candy Bar Bingo. Join us for a game of Candy Bar Bingo; winners take home prizes including CANDY! Ages 6+, registration required. 

Wednesday, July 24 @ 6:30-7:00 p.m.: Pajama Story Time with Miss Dixie. Join us for stories and songs. All ages welcome, no registration. Sponsored by Triumph, Inc.

Thursday, July 25 @ 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, July 26 @ 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Family Yoga Series Program. Caregivers and children will learn basic yoga postures through storytelling and songs. Families will practice mindfulness and relaxation as well as have fun! Everyone will come away with social and play skills in addition to learning how to be a mindful, less stressed family. For children ages 3-7. To register, call Nancy at Triumph. 508-822-5388 EXT. 208 Week 3.

Monday, July 29 @ 10:30 a.m.: Movie and Popcorn. Wall-E. (PG, 98 min). All ages welcome, no registration. Adult must remain with child. Popcorn while supplies last.

Tuesday, July 30 @ 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Uno, Dos, Tres Spanish Story Hour with Maureen Holbrook. Join us for Spanish Story Hour! This Spanish-language program consists of stories, music, movement, games and is recommended for ages 3-7. There is NO registration for this program. Week 5.

Wednesday, July 31 @ 6:30-7:00 p.m.: Pajama Story Time with Miss Dixie. Join us for stories and songs. All ages welcome, no registration. Sponsored by Triumph, Inc.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Quilts by Coastal Quilt Artists




The Bridgewater Public Library will feature an exhibit of Quilts by Coastal Quilt Artists in the Flora T. Little Gallery. The exhibition will be on display during the months of June and July.

Coastal Quilt Artists (CQA) is a group of artists who celebrate art quilting. They meet regularly to share ideas, techniques, and creative ways to the art of quilting. Using fabric as their medium, the group promotes critical feedback for its members resulting in an excellent support system for each member's original work.

Current members of Coastal Quilt Artists are:

· Jane Ashbrook, Hyannis, MA

· Lynne Conover, Abington, MA

· Janet Dye, Bridgewater, MA

· Kathleen Keenan, Taunton, MA

· Penny Myles, Hingham, MA

· Graciela Piccolo, Plymouth, MA

· Mary Lou Schwinn, Cotuit, MA

· Pat Smith, Marshfield, MA

· Bobbie Sullivan, Plymouth, MA

· Diana Svahn, Plymouth, MA

· Marge Tucker, Norwell, MA

The Flora T. Little Gallery is open during regular library hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9a.m.-8p.m.; Thursday 10a.m.-5p.m., Friday, Saturday 10a.m.-2p.m.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Taste A Book Club



Liz Barbour’s Creative Feast cooking demonstration at the next “Taste A Book” club meeting on Tuesday, June 25th @ 5:00 pm.

Space is limited. Registration is required which includes bringing a dish.

A very special Taste a Book Club!! We will be having Liz Barbour from the Creative Feast who will be giving a cooking demonstration! This month the selected cookbook is "Barefoot Contessa Foolproof" by Ina Garten. 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. You must register and bring an item from the cookbook in order to attend.

Liz will guide participants through a discussion and share her experiences with a variety of recipes featured in the cookbook. You are welcome to share your cooking experiences with the group and to ask Liz any cooking questions you may have. Following the discussion Liz will demonstrate 2 recipes from the cookbook and share the tasty ins and outs of each. Generous samples will be available for all.

Liz Barbour has been cooking professionally in the Boston area since 1992. Liz’s cooking demonstrations and recipes have been featured on New Hampshire Chronicle, Channel 9’s “Cooks Corner” and in various publications including New Hampshire Magazine.

The event, which begins at 5:00 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Register by calling the library at (508) 697-3331.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Old Bridgewater Historical Society Lecture Announced

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society will host a lecture at the Memorial Building on Wednesday, July 24th entitled The Radium Girls: the ghosts with glowing halos. Shellie Karol-Chik, president of OBHS, will present the lecture.

Beginning in 1916, girls as young as 11 were hired to paint watch faces and aircraft dials for WWI airplanes with glow-in-the-dark paint. Unknowingly, the girls were subjected regularly to the radioactive radium contained in the paint they used, and within years would become victims to its lethal effects. Dying young, these women would leave behind more than their young children and winnowed husbands – they would leave an enduring legacy and save thousands, if not millions, of lives.

The program, which begins at 7 p.m., will focus on the “Radium Craze” of the early 1900’s, the struggle of these women to be recognized as victims of industrial poisoning, and the companies’ attempts to discredit them.

Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to all. A $5 donation is suggested.

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. The OBHS Memorial Building is located at 162 Howard Street, West Bridgewater. For more information, visit the OBHS website at www.oldbridgewater.org.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Well Art Show


































The Well: A Center for Hope and Healing has partnered with the community to raise awareness about Mental Health through an art project titled “Art + Healing”. Over 50 brave and talented artists of all ages have come together to create unique 10 x 10 inch paintings which will be on display at The Better Bean in Bridgewater for the month of June. 

This art exhibit was created through art therapy groups for children and teens as well as community paint nights hosted at The Well and led by Art Therapist, Jenny Murphy, LMHC, ATR-BC. Individual paintings are available for purchase at $25 each proceeds go to the Tana Keating Fund which provides financial assistance to those in need of services offered at The Well. 

“We’re incredibly proud to have joined so many in our community to be a combined voice in speaking out to raise awareness for mental health and wellness,” said Katherine Forbes-Smith, President and Founder of The Well. “It’s important that our friends and neighbors know that there is help available and the more we talk about it, the more people will hear.” 

There will be an Art Show Opening Celebration on Friday, June 7th at The Better Bean from 4pm-6pm, free for all to attend. Art work will also be on display and available for purchase at http://www.visitthewell.org/art-show.

Bridgewater's Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony.



There are many ways to properly retire the American Flag and this is a great opportunity for scouts to learn one of them.

The Vet's Club of Bridgewater, 85 Cottage St., will hold it's annual Flag Retirement ceremony on Saturday, June 15, beginning at 10:00 a.m. They encourage Girl Scouts, BSA Scouts, and the community to attend and participate.

If you have any flags that need retiring, please either bring them that morning, or drop them off at the Vet's Club beforehand. They have a "mailbox" for flags needing retiring next to their "member's entrance" on the Rte. 18/28 side of the building. If you have a large number of flags to retire, you may leave them in a box or bag.

The Vet's Club provides cold drinks and hot dogs for attendees.

Scouts should wear their uniforms (Class A for BSA) for the ceremony but may want something more casual (Class B for BSA) for after the ceremony.

Please remember to apply/bring sunblock! You do not have to stay until all of the flags are retired, but you are welcome to stay as long as you like. You may also want to bring a camp chair as there is no outdoor seating.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Social Security Workshop at the Bridgewater Public Library

Social Security Workshop at the Bridgewater Public Library presented by Michael Graff on June 11th at 6:30 p.m.

Join Michael Graff of SOFA-The Society for Financial Awareness to discuss Social Security Benefits.

The Social Security Benefits course offers information for people nearing retirement and interested in learning more about Social Security claiming options and when to file for benefits. Social Security represents the foundation of retirement income, and properly coordinating it with other income and asset sources is critical to establishing a retirement cash flow that will be enough to last throughout retirement. We will also review the changes to Social Security enacted as part of the Bi-Partisan Budget Act. This law made sweeping changes to claiming options and strategies that need to be understood before filing for benefits.

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

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Bridgewater Democratic Caucus on Saturday


The Bridgewater Democratic Caucus will take place this Saturday, June 1st, at 9AM.

Date: Saturday, June 1st
Time: 9AM
Location: Bridgewater Academy Building (66 Central Square)

Candidate for US Senate Shannon Liss-Riordan is scheduled to join us for the caucus. The Democratic caucus is open to all registered Democrats living in Bridgewater and caucus attendees will be voting on delegates and alternates to attend this year's Democratic Convention.

Please RSVP on Facebook by clicking here.

The Bridgewater Kids Road Race is Back

After a three year hiatus, the one mile, Bridgewater Kids Road Race, open to Bridgewater children in grades K-8, will be staged again this coming fall, on Sunday afternoon October 6 th , at 2:00 p.m., on the campus of Bridgewater State University. 

The race was a fixture in Town from 1980 through 2015, a 36 consecutive year run. The 37th edition is being conducted under the aegis of Bridgewater State Athletics (track and cross country teams), with support from Northeast Race Management, Colonial Road Runners, and the Bridgewater Police Foundation.

Be on the lookout for on-line sign-ups in late summer and early fall.

For more info, contact race director, Sam Baumgarten, at 774-208-2933, or sbaumgarten@verizon.net.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

2019 Central Square Congregational Church UCC Golf Tournament



Each year, Central Square Congregational Church, UCC hosts its annual golf tournament that includes golfing, various contests and raffles, a silent auction, and a catered luncheon. This year, the event is at The Back Nine Club in Lakeville, on Friday, June 21.

The tournament is a fundraiser for the Bridgewater Food Pantry as well as the support costs of our community outreach. Our church pays expenses such as heat, electricity, and minimal staff to keep the building open, and our building supports community outreach in creating a home for many local groups. We are proud to say that girl scouts, boy scouts, twelve-step support groups (AA/NA/Al-Anon), the BSU Alumni Chamber Choir, the Bridgewater Food Pantry, “The Soupman”, an annual youth mission trip, and mother and child programs are among the many groups that we call family.

We ask your support of this community fundraiser by:
* signing up to golf in the tournament
* sponsoring a hole for $100
* donating a raffle item
* making a cash donation
* spreading the word to your friends and family

If we could get each of you reading this to contribute one raffle item, or one $100 donation or sponsorship, it would mean so much to the work that we do and the Bridgewater community programs we support.

Full information and signup sheets are available at www.csccucc.org/events.

Remember that we do not receive any financial support from the town, state, or federal governments for these programs. We rely on the generosity of our community to help us support our neighbors in need.

We thank you for the consideration of supporting our event, at any level. Please feel free to contact our church if you have any questions at 508-697-6016, or office@csccucc.com.

Sincerely,
The 2019 Golf Tournament Committee

Saturday, May 25, 2019

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

Tuesday, June 4 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily. Stories, games, a craft and FUN! All ages with adult, no registration.

Wednesday, June 5 @ 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, June 5 @ 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.

Monday, June 10: Registration opens for Family Yoga Series held at the Bridgewater Public Library. Program will be Fridays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9 and August 16. Caregivers and children will learn basic yoga postures through storytelling and songs. Families will practice mindfulness and relaxation as well as have fun! Everyone will come away with social and play skills in addition to learning how to be a mindful, less stressed family. For children ages 3-7. To register, call Nancy at Triumph. 508-822-5388 EXT. 208

Tuesday, June 18 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Uno, Dos, Tres Spanish Story Hour with Maureen Holbrook

Join us for Spanish Story Hour! This Spanish-language program consists of stories, music, movement, games and is recommended for ages 3-7. This six week program begins on Tuesday, June 18 at 10:00-11:00 a.m. (Other dates will be on Tuesdays: June 25, July 2, July 9, July 30 and August 6). There is NO registration for this program. Week 1.

Friday, June 21: Summer Reading Sale! Our summer reading sale in the Used Book Store
begins with all children's books, CDs, and DVDs half off. All children’s items are now 50¢, today thru August 13, 2019.

Saturday, June 22: Registration begins for Summer Reading. Open to ages 0-12, sign up for Summer Reading 2019, the theme this year is “A Universe of Stories”! Registration for Summer Reading must be done in person at the Bridgewater Public Library.

Saturday, June 22 @ 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, June 24 @ 6:30 p.m.: Summer Reading Kickoff! Join us for a family friendly event as we kickoff Summer Reading 2019 with a program by Mike Bent, of AbraKidabra!™. He will perform his family friendly program for our Kickoff! Mike Bent has been voted Boston’s Best Children’s Entertainer by Nickelodeon, and “Best of Boston” by Boston Magazine. Join us for his “Blast off with Books!” Magic Show. Comedy, storytelling, music and some amazing magic combine to inspire kids to read all summer long! All ages! No registration!

Tuesday, June 25 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Uno, Dos, Tres Spanish Story Hour with Maureen Holbrook

Join us for Spanish Story Hour! This Spanish-language program consists of stories, music, movement, games and is recommended for ages 3-7. There is NO registration for this program. Week 2.

Wednesday, June 26 @ 1:00-2:00 p.m.: Make and Take craft: Drop in to make a Fourth of July wreath. This program is for ages 3+ with adult helper. No registration, while supplies last!

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

Friday, May 24, 2019

Around the Common Readers Can Receive $7 from DoorDash


If you are anything like us here at Around the Common you are probably busy and might not always have time to cook a homemade meal or have the time to go to a restaurant and sit down for supper. Now, thanks to DoorDash Bridgewater residents are able to have their favorite food delivered to them at home or work from some of your favorite local businesses!


One of the benefits of DoorDash is that delivery is available from businesses that don't otherwise offer delivery. Interested in a couple of subs from Prisco's? Looking for some Thai food from SugarCane? Hankering for the Cape Cod Cafe, the Greyhound Tavern or nearby Atina, Colletti's Market or more? Have no fear, DoorDash has you covered!




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



Thanks to Dropps there is now an ecofriendly solution to laundry detergent worth checking out.

Dropps offers effective, plant-based cleaning products by eliminating excess water, additives, artificial colors, and animal testing. They’re delivered direct to your door in eco-responsible compostable packaging. Good for you, good for the environment.

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.

For more information about Dropps and to order your shipment of drops to ship directly to your house, please click here.

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.