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.