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

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

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!

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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

Call: 508-597-5800

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

Bridgewater State University Commencement Information

Graduate Commencement
Thursday, May 16, 2019
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
Boyden Quad

Undergraduate Ceremony for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Saturday, May 18, 2019
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

”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

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 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.