Sunday, April 5, 2020

April & May 2020 Off the Common Coffeehouse Concerts Cancelled

The Off the Common Coffeehouse following the dictates of the state and federal governments and to protect our folk music audiences has cancelled April and May concerts.

Below is the upcoming schedule for next season.

Stay safe and wear appropriate protective gear when you're out and about and maintain proper social distancing to protect you and your friends & family members.

2020 - 2021 OFF THE COMMON COFFEEHOUSE SCHEDULE
Oct. 3rd Greg Greenway

Nov. 7th The Kennedys

Dec. 5th Music in the Round: Grace Morrison, Mark Stepakoff, Kristen Manville, and Dave Richardson

Jan. 2nd Kate Klim and Louise Mosrie

Feb. 6th The Bombadils
Mar. 6th Gathering Sparks & The Promise is Hope (split bill)

Apr. 3rd Don White

May 1st The Revenants

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Bridgewater Youth Soccer Association Scholarship

Bridgewater Youth Soccer Association gives out a number of scholarships per year to graduating seniors each year.

From past and current players, volunteers, referees to junior board members the BYSA scholarships help aid in defrying the cost of higher education. It is another way that BYSA loves to give back to the members of our organization!

Here is the link for the BYSA Scholarship Application:

https://www.bridgewateryouthsoccer.com/Default.aspx?tabid=589102

Please have all scholarship applications postmarked by April 8th.

Mail to:

Bridgewater Youth Soccer Association
PO Box 562
Bridgewater, MA 02324
Attn: Scholarship Committee

Holy Week Schedule for Central Square Congregational Church

Holy Week Info for Central Square Congregational Church

April 5Palm Sunday Worship (online only), 10am

April 9Maundy Thursday Worship, 7pm, on your own

A home liturgy to follow with your family will be available on our website. We also suggest you videochat (Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime, for example) with one or more other people or families, especially anyone you know who might live alone, for this self-led worship.

April 10Good Friday Music and Meditation with Julia Scott Carey (online only), 3pm

April 12Easter Sunday Worship (online only), 10am

The link to online worship service is available a day or two prior to broadcasting, on our website at www.csccucc.org

For updates and information, visit www.csccucc.org or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/csccuccbridgewaterma, or call 508-697-6016. Please note the church building is closed until at least May 4, except for use by the Bridgewater Food Pantry.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

University and Community Partnerships $1,000 Scholarships

To students who are residents of the Town of Bridgewater or graduating from Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School applying for undergraduate education, Bridgewater State University will award twenty-five University and Community Partnerships Scholarshipsof $1,000 each on a competitive basis each spring to successful applicants who demonstrate thefollowing:

Acceptance to Bridgewater State University for undergraduate study.

A desire to contribute to one’s community through public or charitable service as a vocation or in extracurricular activities.

Financial need



In selecting the University and Community Partnerships (UCP) 2019-2020Scholarshiprecipients, Bridgewater State University may also consider the academic achievement of applicants; however,this is not the only determining factor and should not dissuade applicants of average academic standing from seeking aBridgewater State University 2019-2020Scholarship.



Please fill out the following application along with a written essay (nolonger than one page) describing how you think you can make a difference in our worldthrough service, and how participating in community service will help you grow as anindividual. Also include proof of acceptance to Bridgewater State University by including a copy of your acceptance letter.Return the application, essay and proof of acceptance to: 

Susan McCombe, Director
University and Community Partnerships
40 Cedar St. Gates House
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA 02325
APPLICATION DEADLINE:  April 10, 2020


Saturday, March 21, 2020

Support local residents through Angels in America



Without question, the COVID 19 pandemic is going to have an impact upon our local community and residents here in Bridgewater.

Around the Common encourages you to check out Bridgewater 501(c)3 non-profit Angels in America whose mission is to, “Provide help in the community by volunteering with the public and providing financial support. Provide hope, encouragement, and assistance to those in need. To better the world one good deed at a time. Making America stronger through community spirit. Answering the Call.”

You can visit Angels in America's website by clicking here. Be sure to "Like" them on Facebook by clicking here and follow them on Twitter @AngelsInAmerica.

Even a small donation to Angels in America will go a long way here locally. Can you help support our neighbors with a donation today?

Friday, March 20, 2020

Coronavirus Care Shield Initiative


Save Lives by Providing Alzheimer's Caregivers Virus Protection Kits!


Caregivers all across the U.S. are in desperate need of protective equipment, such as masks, gloves, and sanitizer to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

Shortages and price-gouging have meant that many can’t find, access, or can’t afford these protective products.

To meet this need, the InvestAcure Foundation, the non-profit arm of InvestAcure, PBC has launched Operation CareShield. (The InvestAcure Foundation is a 501c3, tax-exempt organization.)

Over 16 million caregivers provide 18.4 billion hours of unpaid care to family members and friends with Alzheimer’s. COVID-19 poses a high mortality risk for both those living with Alzheimer’s and the caregivers they rely on. 


Join Around the Common in donating $10 today to help provide Care Shields for health care workers taking care of patients with Alzheimer's. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Announcing the Main Street Initiative: Phase 1


Small businesses are being hit hard by mandated closures due to the coronavirus, and we know that communities want to help.

Mainvest has announced that starting today, they are offering a $2,000 zero-interest cash infusion to small businesses affected by coronavirus closures, in conjunction with fundraising campaigns to help businesses receive investment from their supporting communities.

Learn more at mainvest.com/blog/MSI.

Social distancing is tough, but if we work together, we can strengthen Main Street businesses. Help us spread the word about the Main Street Initiative and the need to support local!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Old Bridgewater Historical Society: Temporarily Closed; Upcoming Lecture Cancelled



For the safety of our members, volunteers, and the public our buildings will be closed. We will re-open as soon as it is safe to due so.

Please visit our website, social media, and YouTube pages.

You will find an array of information including articles about how to research your Plymouth County historical home, past newsletters, points of interest, recorded lectures and more!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Bridgewater Garden Club Night Meeting


Town of Bridgewater Suspends Public Access to Municipal Buildings Due to COVID-19


Town Manager Michael Dutton, Health Agent Eric Badget, Police Chief Christopher Delmonte and Fire Chief Thomas D. Levy report that the Town of Bridgewater is suspending public access to municipal buildings in response to the COVID-19 crisis, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared to be a global pandemic and which as moved President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency.

There are no confirmed or presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Bridgewater at this time.

“There is no easy way to say it, but things are going to be different for a little while, and we all need to make sure we are doing our part to slow the progress of this dangerous and deadly disease,” Town Manager Dutton said. “But I am supremely confident that Bridgewater will do its part. We will check on our neighbors; we will work from home; we will put off our social engagements, parties and play dates, and together we will emerge as a stronger community than ever before.”

Bridgewater announces the following changes to normal business until further notice:

  • Bridgewater-Raynham Regional Schools are closed through at least March 27.
  • Town offices are closed to the public. Offices will be staffed, however, members of the public may experience longer lead times than normal in the processing of certain requests.
  • The Bridgewater Senior Center is closed to the public. However, the following services will continue: Meals on Wheels and medical appointment/grocery store transportation services.
  • Veterans Services will provide telephone support only.
  • The Bridgewater Public Library is closed to the public.
  • Olde Scotland Links Golf Course is closed to the public.
  • Town and school playgrounds, including Marathon Park, are closed
  • Organized athletic events on town fields are cancelled.
  • Public Works (Water Supply, Water Pollution Control and Roadways) administrative offices are closed to the public.)
  • The Transfer Station will remain operational during normal business hours.
Public Safety (Fire and Police) administrative offices are closed to the public, and members of the public are asked to call the department business lines (Fire: 508-697-0900 and Police: 508-697-6118) for all non-emergency requests.

As always, please call 911 for any emergency, but residents should NOT dial 911 for COVID-19 related questions.

The town recommending that residents practice social distancing (at least six feet away from others) and avoid large crowds and large-scale events. Families are urged not to hold “play dates” and those in need of childcare should limit the number of families involved as much as possible. Public health officials are seeking to slow the spread of the coronavirus to avoid a sudden overburdening of the region’s healthcare system.

Seniors and those with underlying health conditions are urged not to babysit or attend gatherings with children.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) recommends that residents continue with good hygiene practices including:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds including under your fingernails. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol content) can be used when soap and water are not available.

Keep your hands away from your face.

Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing with a tissue and discard it immediately. Cough into the sleeve over your elbow instead of your hand. Wash your hands often when coughing and sneezing.

Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.

As always, if anyone displays symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever, cough or shortness of breath, they should not go to work or school and are advised to contact their primary care physician and/or the Bridgewater Health Department.

DoorDash Discount Code



With all local restaurants and bars shut down for on-premises consumption, many of our local businesses will be turning to alternative means of delivering food to Bridgewater residents.

If you do not have DoorDash, we encourage you to download it today and support local businesses that will be delivering food via their app. 

To sign up for a DoorDash account and to receive $5 off your first three (3) orders, please click here.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Postponed Bridgewater Academy Lions Antiques-Craft Fair-Flea Market 3/28


The Bridgewater Academy Lions 32nd Indoor Antiques-Craft Fair-Flea Market planned for March 28, 2020 has been postponed due to the coronavirus situation. 

This was a difficult decision since it is currently our largest charity fundraiser, but we feel it is in the best interest for the health of everyone concerned. All reserved vendors have been notified and will receive refunds. 

We thank everyone for their past support and hope you will join us when we can resume this project.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Sign Up for Morning Brew



Around the Common is already your favorite place for all the news and events here in Bridgewater.

Sign up for the Morning Brew email newsletter for a daily email with all the important things happening nationally and globally. We love this email and highly recommend! This month they are running a contest for subscribers to win $5000, too!

Dining for a Cause


March is Music in our schools month. 

Please help support the BR Music Boosters by dining in or taking out at the Bridgewater 99 this Wednesday, March 11 between 5 - 9 p.m. 

15% of your meal purchase will be donated to our music program. 

BR Music Boosters supports the BRRHS Music program and Marching Band.

Monday, March 9, 2020

COVID-19 Town Guidance Memo

TO: Bridgewater Residents 
FROM: Michael Dutton, Town Manager 
DATE: March 3, 2020 
RE: Coronavirus Guidance 

As you may know, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which has now been detected in over 50 locations internationally, including cases in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID19”). Some of the symptoms of this respiratory (lung) infection can include fever, cough and shortness of breath, and in severe cases, pneumonia (fluid in the lungs). Outbreaks of new virus among people are always of public health concern and we are providing you with this information to help you understand what is happening and how to protect yourself and your family. 

Many of the things you do to help prevent colds and the flu can help protect you against other respiratory viruses: • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, if unable to wash, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth • Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve (not with your hands) • Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you are sick 

We know that outbreaks of new virus infections are always of public health concern. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other federal agencies and our local Health Department to share the most up to date information available. 

The Town of Bridgewater will continue to carefully monitor the guidance from DPH and CDC and we will follow their recommendations. Your Bridgewater Police, Fire and Health Departments are working closely together and are ready to respond as appropriate. For the most up to date information, please see the information below: 

DPH has created a website updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages. 

Visit: 

https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

Also visit: the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Ask a Pastor Anything





We all have questions: why church? why Christian? why did you want to be a pastor? can you believe in God and believe in science? are pastors normal people? are dogs better than cats? Here is your chance!!

Pastor Alicia of Bridgewater UMC and Rev. Beth of Central Square Congregational Church, UCC at 7pm every 2nd Thursday at the Greyhound Tavern for a chance to ask a pastor anything - no question too out there, no topic too big!

Next event: Thursday, March 12.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Zumba Fundraiser for Raynwater Players

AAUW Meeting

On Saturday, March 14th, the Taunton branch of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) will meet at 12:00 noon at Hong Kong City on Broadway in Taunton.
This will be a luncheon/book discussion meeting. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, participants have chosen to discuss: Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers (2018) by Barbara F. Berenson. 

Barbara F. Berenson is also the author of Boston and the Civil War: Hub of the Second Revolution (The History Press 2014) and Walking Tours of Civil War Boston: Hub of Abolitionism (The Freedom Trail Foundation 2011, 2nd edition, 2014). She is the co-editor of Breaking Barriers: The Unfinished Story of Women Lawyers and Judges in Massachusetts (Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 2012). A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, she works as a senior attorney at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Please visit www.barbarafberenson.com.

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

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

The AAUW also maintains a website at: /aauw-ma.aauw.net/branches/Taunton/.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Off the Common Coffeehouse in Bridgewater will be hosting Shawna Caspi & The Lied To's

The Off the Common Coffeehouse concert on Saturday March 7th 2020 will be a split bill with Shawna Caspi and The Lied To’s performing 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.

Shawna Caspi
Toronto-based singer-songwriter Shawna Caspi performs solo but there’s a whole band under her fingertips. She believes in poetry and the power of one person and one instrument, accompanying herself with a remarkable lyrical fingerpicking guitar style. Her performances capture audiences with grace and intimacy, whether the setting is a living room, a festival stage, or the bar car of a passenger train. Shawna loves the landscapes of her travels, and while weaving them into her songs, she has also been portraying them on canvases, painting one-of-a-kind works of art inspired by the rich scenery she sees on tour. Shawna’s fourth album Forest Fire is a collection of songs about burning things down and building them up again. When the words get heavy, they are held up to the light of love and gratitude. Shawna strives to be unafraid, to embolden quieted voices, to tell the truth above all else.
The Lied To’s
The Lied To's are Susan Levine and Doug Kwartler, two Massachusetts-based singer-songwriters who joined musical forces in 2014, released their self-titled debut cd at the legendary Club Passim in February 2015, and have been playing together ever since.

Taking their name from the revered Everly Brothers song, "When Will I Be Loved," The Lied To's (Susan Levine and Doug Kwartler) collaborate to put the challenges of relationships squarely under their musical microscope with a formidable blend of folk, rock and country-tinged music.

Susan has been a finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, and the International Songwriting Competition, among others. She also was a Tri-Centric Showcase artist at the 2008 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA). Columnist, Joel Brown, in an article for The Boston Globe noted that Susan has "Some of the wistful knowledge of Dolly Parton at her best."

Doug has had his songs placed on television shows, including CSI , All My Children, The Young and The Restless, Dark Blue, and was an emerging artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Nick Noble, host of the "The Folk Revival" (WICN, Worcester, MA ) states, "Doug Kwartler brings to the 21st century the passion and perception of the great 20th century folk singers like Woody Guthrie and early Bob Dylan." Doug is also a respected music producer who owns and runs Hollow Body Recording Studios in Chelmsford, MA.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Bridgewater State University Response to Coronavirus

Bridgewater State University is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States and overseas and is working proactively to minimize any risk to the BSU community.

There have been no known cases of COVID-19 among our students, faculty and staff on campus or among those studying or working abroad. The University remains in close contact with state and federal public health officials. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) evaluates the current risk to Massachusetts residents as low.

The university had previously suspended all travel to China. Over the past few days, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued Level 3 Warnings, recommending the avoidance of all non-essential travel for South Korea, Italy and Iran. The university has been in close contact with students in Italy and South Korea (and their families) and is in the process of assisting them in returning home. We are working with these students and their families to assess and remedy the various educational and financial implications of this situation.

Given the evolving nature of COVID-19, Bridgewater State University is doing everything it can to ensure the health and well-being of our community. With guidance from the CDC, the university is adopting the following measures:

Cancelling all study abroad trips and international travel courses planned for Spring Break (through March 17). We regret the need to make this decision but the health of our students and employees is paramount. We will work with students and families to address any financial or academic impact caused by this decision.

At this point, it would be premature to make decisions about study abroad or international travel courses planned for the summer. We will be in contact regarding summer international travel at a later date.

Through the Minnock Institute for Global Engagement, BSU is continuing to communicate and work with students already in countries that are at CDC Warning Level 2 or below to determine appropriate steps on a case-by-case basis.

Requiring that all BSU students or employees returning from a country designated by the CDC as Level 3 not return to any BSU campus for 14 days, even if you are symptom-free. Further, we are requesting that all such students and employees self-isolate for the 14 days before returning to campus (meaning that you remain at your residence, do not attend class, work or group gatherings and do not invite people to your residence).

Advising all members of the BSU community not to travel abroad at this time, including students who may have plans to travel internationally during Spring Break.

We are taking these measures out of an abundance of caution and will work with impacted students and faculty to remedy to the greatest extent possible any academic implications of these decisions.

The CDC continues to indicate that the risk to the U.S. public is low. It recommends that you use the same reasonable precautions you would employ to help prevent colds and the flu in order to maintain your health and prevent the spread of all respiratory conditions, including:

Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash.

Avoiding close contact with people who are sick and staying home when you are sick, and
Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

To further assist and educate the public concerning the virus, the CDC has established a coronavirus website that includes a wealth of information including: information about the transmission, symptoms, prevention and treatment of the virus; frequently asked questions and answers; and guidance for travelers.

While the Massachusetts Department of Public Health continues to rate the coronavirus risk level as low, I want to assure you that Bridgewater State University has strong protocols – guided by DPH – in place to manage any contagious disease outbreak on campus in the unlikely event that it were to occur.

A BSU COVID-19 planning and response team has been established and is meeting regularly to evaluate the situation and plan accordingly. If you have health concerns or questions, we recommend you contact Dr. Christopher Frazer, Executive Director of the Wellness Center, at 508-531-1252 or wellnesscenter@bridgew.edu. If you have any academic questions concerning study abroad, we recommend you contact Dr. Wing-kai To, Assistant Provost for Global Engagement, or Michael Sandy, Study Abroad Director, at 508-531-6195 or studyabroad@bridgew.edu.

We recognize that some members of our community have friends and family members who are directly impacted by this health concern and subsequent travel restrictions. We want each member of our community to know that they are in our thoughts at this time and can count on our support.

The university will continue to monitor the situation daily and provide regular updates with clear guidance for our students, faculty and staff as events unfold.

The Home Buyer’s Journey

“The Home Buyer’s Journey” workshop given by Patricia Fanning, Realtor from Jack Conway & Co., Inc. at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, March 10th at 6:30 pm.

If you are thinking of buying a home, it is smart to have a plan. At this workshop you will learn how to find your dream home, make an offer, negotiate the best deal, financing and much more. All your questions will be answered. 

No registration required.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

2020 Food Pantry Lenten Calendar




The Board of Christian Outreach at Central Square Congregational Church, UCC asks your help in making this a mindful Lenten season by participating in their “2020 Food Pantry Lenten Calendar”. Place a bag on a table or on the counter in your home; each day in March, place the designated item into the bag; then each Sunday (or any day M-F, 9-1), bring in your bag of donations and place it in the grocery cart inside the church’s side door, for the Bridgewater Food Pantry. 

Lent is often the season of giving something up; let’s also make it the season of giving. 

Thank you for your generosity.

Central Square Congregational Church, UCC, is located on the Bridgewater common at 71 Central Square. www.csccucc.org

Summer Science Academy at BSU

The Center for Advancement of STEM Education (CASE) at Bridgewater State University is offering a selection of programs during its four-day Summer Science Academy designed for students entering grades 6-12 in fall 2020.

Courses are held at the Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center (24 Park Ave.) and other locations on and off campus.

Programs offered July 6-10 include Create and Innovate: Make Your Mark at the BSU Makerspace and Forensics Institute at Bridgewater for students entering grades 6-8 and Pathways to Medicine for those entering grades 9-12.

Programs for the week of July 13 include A Whale of a Mystery for students entering grades 6-8 and Cancer in Context for 9-12.

Throughout the weeklong program, students work as scientists and conduct hands-on investigations in their selected class. All classes focus on the importance of science communication as students lead presentations on the last day of class. Middle school students also participate in extracurricular science activities.

Several discounts are available including early registration by March 20, sibling and multiple week discounts. Fees cover course expenses including lab supplies and materials. Lunch and transportation are not included. For more information, visit https://microsites.bridgew.edu/case/summer-science-programs or contact Maura Whittemore at 508.531.2575.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Peace by Piece (with Pie)



“Peace by Piece (with Pie)” puzzle workshop given by Sarah Jane Lapp at the Bridgewater Public Library on Saturday, March 14th (PI Day!) at 10:30 am. Registration is Required.
What happens when strangers commune with puzzle and pie? World Peace, Piece by Piece!

Join us for this intergenerational, interactive and inspiring workshop. In this community-building workshop participants play and problem-solve in a mindful, social practice, using Sarah Jane’s own artisan jigsaw puzzles. Apple pies were donated by a CN Smith Farm gift card given from BuzzAround.

Seekonk artist, Sarah Jane Lapp makes images for stage, page, screen and began producing essay-films, hand-drawn animations, short plays, jigsaw puzzles, music videos, greeting cards and much more. Sarah Jane created this activity not only to foster a creative way to solve problems in everyday life through puzzle assembly, but also to foster dialogue between people who would not have otherwise met each other.

The event, which begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public. Registration is limited and required. You can register directly on our website under events scroll to March 14th or by calling the library at (508) 697-3331.

American Heart Association Pediatric and Basic First Aid Course


AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
Pediatric and Basic First Aid Course

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:30 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

Friday, February 28, 2020

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

March 1- March 31: Enter our “Why I love the Library Contest” Pick up entry forms at the library or download from our website. See website or library for more details.

Monday, March 2 @ 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, March 3 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily. Stories, games, a craft and FUN! All ages with adult, no registration.

Tuesday, March 3 @ 1:00-2:00 p.m.: Join us for a Make and Take Craft We’re making a “Shamrock Wreath” Ages 3+ with adult helper. No registration, while supplies last.

Tuesday, March 3 @ 2:00-3:00 p.m.: Join us for a Make and Take Craft! We’re making a green and gold beaded “St. Patrick’s Day Bracelet” Ages 5+ with adult helper. No registration, while supplies last.

Wednesday, March 4 @ 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, March 4 @ 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, March 5 @ 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, March 6 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: The Learning Tree with Miss Nicole. Ages 3-5 with adult. Sponsored by Triumph, Inc. Registration is required for this 6 week program. To register, call Nancy at Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 1.

Saturday, March 7 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Join us for a Make and Take Craft! We’re making a green and gold beaded “St. Patrick’s Day Bracelet” Ages 5+ with adult helper. No registration, while supplies last.

Monday, March 9 @ 4:00-5:00 p.m.: Join us for a Make and Take Craft! We’re making a “Hanging Rainbow Craft”. Ages 3+ with adult helper. No registration, while supplies last.

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

Wednesday, March 11 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Join us for a Make and Take Craft! We’re making a “Hanging Rainbow Craft”. Ages 3+ with adult helper. No registration, while supplies last.

Friday, March 13 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: The Learning Tree with Miss Nicole. Ages 3-5 with adult. Sponsored by Triumph, Inc. Registration is required for this 6 week program. To register, call Nancy at Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 2.

Saturday, March 14 @ 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Join us for a Make and Take Craft! We’re making a “Shamrock Wreath”. Ages 3+ with adult helper. No registration, while supplies last.

Tuesday, March 17 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily. Stories, games, a craft and FUN! All ages with adult, no registration.

Wednesday, March 18 @ 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, March 18 @ 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, March 19 @ 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, March 20 @ 10:30 a.m.: Movie: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. PG, 109 minutes. Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Lloyd Vogel, starring Tom Hanks.

Tuesday, March 24 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily. Stories, games, a craft and FUN! All ages with adult, no registration.

Wednesday, March 25 @ 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, March 25 @ 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, March 26 @ 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, March 27 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: The Learning Tree with Miss Nicole. Ages 3-5 with adult. Sponsored by Triumph, Inc. Registration is required for this 6 week program. To register, call Nancy at Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 3.

Tuesday, March 31 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily. Stories, games, a craft and FUN! All ages with adult, no registration.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Home Seller Solutions

“Home Seller Solutions” workshop given by Patricia Fanning, Realtor from Jack Conway & Co., Inc. at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:30 pm.

If you are thinking of selling your home, it is smart to have a plan. At this workshop you will learn how to prepare your home for sale, value and pricing, timing, market conditions and much more. 

 All your questions will be answered. No registration required.

Monday, February 24, 2020

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 Monday, March 9th at 6:30 pm titled, Crisis Prevention Institute. Paul Tzovolos and Dina Medeiros will discuss Non-violent Crisis Intervention. This is a methodology used by trained staff in the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District to help students and the school community work through crisis situations. 

This workshop will share information regarding this methodology with families that includes de-escalation, communication, and debriefing skills that are put to use in our buildings.

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

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020

BSU to Celebrate Darwin Day

The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (CASE) at Bridgewater State University will observe Darwin Day 2020 in the Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center on Friday, Feb. 28.

The daylong event starts at 8 a.m. by following the success of last year’s BSU faculty lectures. Ms. Maria Armour and Dr. Caitlin Fisher-Reid will give informal talks followed by Q&A panels with attendees.

Dr. Fisher-Reid's talk (8 a.m. in DMF 120) will be on the science of Darwinian Medicine: How Evolution Impacts our Health, and Ms. Armour's talk (10 a.m. in DMF 120) is about the importance of functional morphology and its relevance in modern evolutionary biology.

Dr. Patricia Brennan will speak to biology majors during FISH (12:30-1:30 p.m. in DMF 120), and again at 7 p.m. for an open-to-the-public keynote talk, which is free of charge.

Throughout the day until 4 p.m. CASE we will have several natural history and evolution exhibits on display in DMF Atrium, as well as undergraduate ecology and evolution-related research posters on display in the second floor Park Avenue. hallway.

Dr. Brennan, a faculty member at Mount Holyoke College and active science communicator, is best known for her research on duck reproduction and comparative reproductive morphology. The topic of her talk is “Time to step up! Defending ‘oddball’ science.”

Last June, she spoke at the Annual Evolution Meetings, and she gave a talk about how she got into science communication when anti-science news media picked up her research as a “waste of funding.” Dr. Brennan will be speaking about her research on duck reproductive morphology during FISH, and about the importance of defending basic science during her evening keynote lecture.

Additional information about the program, which is sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences, CASE and the Bartlett College of Science & Mathematics, can be found at https://microsites.bridgew.edu/case/case-darwin-day-community.

The 5th Annual Darwin Day at Bridgewater State University

The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (CASE) is pleased to announce Darwin Day 2020. The event will be held in the Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Math Center on Friday, February 28, 2020 starting at 8:00 AM.

Our invited speaker for Darwin Day 2020 is Dr. Patty Brennan, a faculty member at Mount Holyoke College and active science communicator. Dr. Brennan is best known for her research on duck reproduction and comparative reproductive morphology. This past June, she spoke at the Annual Evolution Meetings, and she gave a fabulous talk (https://soundcloud.com/sse-communications/patty-brennan-story-collider-evolution-2019) about how she got into science communication when anti-science news media picked up her research as a “waste of funding". Dr. Brennan will be speaking about her research on duck reproductive morphology during FISH, and about the importance of defending basic science during her evening keynote lecture.

Following the success of last year’s BSU faculty lectures, Ms. Maria Armour and Dr. Fisher-Reid will be giving informal talks and Question & Answer panels with the attendees. Dr. Fisher-Reid's talk (8:00 AM DMF 120) will be on the science of Darwinian Medicine: How Evolution Impacts our Health, and Ms. Armour's talk (10:00 AM DMF 120) will be on the importance of functional morphology and its relevance in modern evolutionary biology. After each talk, together with BSU students, we will take questions from the audience. Dr. Brennan will speak to the Biology majors during FISH (12:30-1:30 PM, DMF 120), and again in the evening for an open-to-the-public keynote talk (7:00 PM, DMF 120). Throughout the day (8:00 AM - 4:00 PM) we will have several natural history and evolution exhibits on display in DMF Atrium, as well as undergraduate ecology and evolution-related research posters on display in the 2nd floor Park Ave. hallway.

Additional information about the program can be found on our website https://microsites.bridgew.edu/case/case-darwin-day-community

BSU English Department Spring 2020 Colloquium


Thursday, February 20, 2020

BSU Summer Science Academy

Summer Science Academy

Registration for the Summer Science Academy is now open! The Summer Science Academy offers one-week science courses for students entering grades 6 - 12 in the fall of 2020.

For an earlier registration discount of $50 off - register by March 20, 2020

For a 5% discount on each class when registering siblings or one student for multiple weeks in a single transaction, please use promotional code “Multi” at checkout. Discounts are not applicable to scholarship or partnership registrations. Only one 5% discount will apply.

Course descriptions and additional information about the program may be found on the website https://microsites.bridgew.edu/case/summer-science-programs


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Not Your Grandmother's Hostas


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Community Preservation Plan Hearing

The Bridgewater CPC will host a public hearing on their 2020 plan update. The hearing will be held Wednesday February 26, 2020 at 6PM at the Bridgewater Senior Center (10 Wally Kruger Way). 

Food will be provided and there will be activities for kids! The draft plan can be found here:

https://www.bridgewaterma.org/DocumentCenter/View/2928/2020-Draft-CP-Plan

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Town Council Public Hearing - 02/25/2020

At their meeting to be held in the Academy Building, 66 Central Square on 02/25/2020, 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.

Click here for details and full order.

The Upside of Depression

“The Upside of Depression” workshop given by Marcy Venezia of Glee Works on Tuesday, February 25th at 6:30 pm.

A mind, body spirit perspective reveals important opportunities to reduce the severity of depression, help individuals develop resilience and practical skills for managing their depression.

Within the context of discussing the stages of depression, we will look at how mindsets, physiology and spiritual practice can reduce the negative aspects of depression. Through mindfulness practices, you will learn to cultivate hope, relax and find joy in this interactive engaging experience.

Marcy began developing SocioSomatic Dynamics (Mind, Body Spirit integrated practice) in the 1980s. Her thesis, Counseling Gifted and Talented children using Body Awareness, helped children learn to cope with the stress of being gifted and having learning differences by teaching them to manage their physiology. She currently coaches’ individuals and groups, and conducts seminars to help people understand the mind, body and spirit connection and how it impacts their world so that they can reach their goals.

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

Monday, February 17, 2020

Early Voting at the Academy Building to Begin on February 24th

EARLY VOTING TO BE HELD AT ACADEMY BUILDING 

(For March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election)

Monday, February 24, 2020 through Friday, February 28, 2020

Early Voting is open to all voters!

Early Voting will take place at the Academy Building, 66 Central Square

Container Gardening


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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Vendor space - Bridgewater Academy Lions Antiques-Craft Fair-Flea Market 3/28

Plans are underway for the Bridgewater Academy Lions Club’s 32nd Indoor Antiques-Craft Fair-Flea Market. This popular annual event will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020 (storm date April 4, 2020) from 9 AM – 2 PM in the large gymnasium and lobby of the former B/R Regional High School, currently known as Mitchell Elementary School. The school’s address is 166 Mount Prospect Street, Bridgewater, off Route 104. Its large parking area is accessible from both Center Street and Mount Prospect Street. The event is handicap-accessible.

A majority of the 56 vendor spaces have already been booked by returning vendors; however, a couple of 12'x7' wall spaces and some 12'x8' center floor spaces are still available. You must provide your own tables, chairs, etc. Spaces are $32.00 each prepaid.

Interested vendors, crafters, households and fundraising groups should send an e-mail to lionsflea@BridgewaterAcademyLions.org or call 774-501-3813 as soon as possible. Spaces sell out quickly.

Net proceeds from the $1.00 admission fee, vendor rents, and the various Bridgewater Academy Lions tables and café in the lobby will benefit local scholarships, community programs, and other Bridgewater Academy Lions charities.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Mother Son Dance


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Passion Project’s First Presentation on Floor Cloths

New program series called Passion Project’s first presentation on Floor Cloths given by local resident Cynthia White on Wednesday, February 19th at 6:30 pm.

What are Floor Cloths? According Wikipedia “Floor Cloths is a medium of expression. Most modern floor cloths are made of heavy, unstretched canvas with two or more coats of gesso. They are then painted and varnished to make them waterproof. In the past few decades, the desire to decorate homes in a more personal way has stimulated their popularity. Unique designs are made in a variety of styles and colors, using many techniques. This gives today's floor cloths the ability to be created for any style interior.”

Cynthia is new to her current hobby but is happy to share her knowledge and passion with everyone. There will be on display the various stages of the process. We hope you join us and learn something new!

What is your passion? The Bridgewater Public Library is looking for volunteer presenters for a new program series at the library: Passion Projects. What hobby or vocation do you have that you are passionate about and want to share with others? Maybe you are a taxidermist, or a woodworker, a stamp collector, or an herbalist. Maybe you know a lot about wine or cheese or tea. Possibly you can talk about yoga or meditation. Do you keep chickens? Have you built your own Tiny Home? Everyone's an expert in something. What's your expertise? Share your interests and knowledge with your fellow residents here at the library. Interested persons can contact us by email at rmamakos@bridgewaterma.org with your name and your Passion Project!

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

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Calling All Cooks


To celebrate the St. Thomas Aquinas Women's Club 100th Anniversary the club is looking for recipes from parishioners in order to create a Commemorative Cookbook.

The deadline for recipe submissions is March 15th. 


Recipes can be dropped off at the Parish Office Monday to Friday from 9AM to 5PM or can be emailed to Helen Cleary at clearyh85@gmail.com.

Should you have any questions, please call Helen Cleary at 508-697-9175.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Bridgewater Democratic Caucus

The Bridgewater Democratic Caucus will take place on Saturday, February 15th at 9 AM. The caucus is open to all registered Democrats living in Bridgewater and will take place at the Bridgewater Academy Building located at 66 Central Square.

The purpose of the caucus is to elect delegates and alternates to attend the 2020 Massachusetts Democratic Convention.

We look forward to having you join us!

Please RSVP on Facebook by clicking here or email the committee at bridgewaterdems@gmail.com.

Standout for Climate Action


This Tuesday, February 11th, members of First Parish UU Church Green Sanctuary Committee will be standing out in Bridgewater Center from 11:00-noon to call attention to the climate crisis. This is part of the "11th Hour Campaign". 

We will provide bells to ring and have a few extra signs to lend, or bring your own if you can. 

We plan to stand out on the 11th day of each month through April. 

We hope you can join us on Tuesday!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Lyft Drivers and Riders Sought in Bridgewater Area


Ride-sharing company Lyft is currently looking for more drivers an riders in the Bridgewater area! As Lyft looks to continue to compete against Uber, Lyft is offering new drivers a great incentive program to start driving and riders are eligible for a $5 credit when downloading the Lyft app.

To start using Lyft as either a rider or a driver, please click here and complete this quick registration process!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

AAUW Scholarship for College Students

The AAUW Taunton Area Branch is offering a $500.00 Mary Anderson Memorial Scholarship for college students. Applicants must be graduates of a high school in Southeastern Massachusetts who will be entering the junior or senior year of college in the fall of 2020 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applicants must show a commitment to advance equity and education for women and girls.

For an application, download at http://aauw-ma.aauw.net/branches/Taunton/ or contact Louise Freeman at freemanlou@aol.com. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2020.

The American Association of University Woman (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day – educational, social, economic, and political.

Ask a Pastor Anything: Faith Uncorked

We all have questions: Why church? Why Christian? Why did you want to be a pastor? Can you believe in God and believe in science? Are pastors normal people? Are dogs better than cats?

Here is your chance!! Join Pastor Alicia of Bridgewater United Methodist Church and Rev. Beth of Central Square Congregational Church, UCC at 7pm every 2nd Thursday at the Greyhound Tavern for a chance to ask a pastor anything - no question too out there, no topic too big! Next meetup is Thursday, February 13, 7pm.

www.facebook.com/BridgewaterMAUMC

www.facebook.com/csccuccbridgewaterma

www.bridgewaterunitedmethodist.com

www.csccucc.org

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Exhibit by Local Artist Raymond Harris



The Bridgewater Public Library will feature an exhibit by local artist Raymond Harris in the Flora T. Little Art Gallery. The exhibition will be on display during the months of February and March.

Raymond is a twenty-one-year-old man with Autism who has many special talents one being his ability to paint.

Raymond always loved to draw and create things but in the last few years he developed a love of painting and started watching a great deal of Bob Ross television shows and recently started taking art lessons with his favorite teacher, Lilly.

What is most impressive about Raymond is his personality. If you know him, you'll never forget his smile, his hug and how he makes you feel and he will never forget you, your name, the day you were born and where you're from!

We hope you enjoy his art.

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.

Taste a Book Club!

Taste a Book Club! Next gathering is being held on Tuesday, February 11th at 5:00 pm.

Do you love to cook and love looking at cookbooks?

This month we have selected 2 cookbooks "New England Invite” by Kate Bowler and “Together: Our Community Cookbook”.

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.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Forum on Structural Racism in the Schools

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, also supported by the Bridgewater Public Library, are entitled “Being Neighborly: Building Common Ground,” and focus on respectful sharing of differing/diverging views on the topic at hand. 

On Monday, February 10th, the third forum of the season will take place, with co-sponsorship from Bridgewater State University and the National Association for Multicultural Education. The topic is: FROM ME TO WE: REFRAMING WHITE-CENTRIC POWER IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

Prof. Mary Earick, from Plymouth State University, will lecture, lead a panel discussion, and promote audience involvement as we look at the issues and challenges underlying racial inclusion and diversity in our communities, especially as they impact public schools.

The forum begins at 6:30, and will be held at the Moakley Center Auditorium, Bridgewater State University. All are welcome. 

For more information, contact Sam Baumgarten, sbaumgarten@verizon.net

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Old Bridgewater Historical Society Program Announced

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society will present a lecture entitled “Follow the Money: Go-to Records for Tracing Ancestors on the Move” on Sunday, February 9th beginning at 2 p.m. at the Memorial Building located at 162 Howard Street in West Bridgewater. Melanie McComb will be the speaker.

Our ancestors moved near and far seeking economic opportunities, religious freedom, and closeness to family. These mobile ancestors can be notoriously difficult to research. When this occurs, we follow the paper trail that our ancestors left behind in the form of deeds, probate records, tax rolls, pension files, and more. This talk will provide strategies on how to use these records to track your ancestors across America and overseas.

Presented by Melanie McComb, a staff genealogist for American Ancestors and the New England Historic Genealogical Society. She is also an international lecturer with expertise in Irish genealogy, New England, Prince Edward Island, Jewish genealogy, DNA, social media, and military records. Melanie is a blogger known as The Shamrock Genealogist.

Admission is free; a $5 donation is suggested. Light refreshments will be provided. In case of inclement weather, the program will be postponed to February 16th at 2 p.m.

This program has applied for support from the Bridgewater Cultural Council which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. (www.massculturalcouncil.org)

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society, a private organization, started in 1894, is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and publication of history relating to the original Bridgewater area, which includes the towns of Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, and the city of Brockton. For more information, visit the OBHS website at www.oldbridgewater.org.

Follow the Money: Go-to Records for Tracing Ancestors on the Move

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society will present a lecture entitled “Follow the Money: Go-to Records for Tracing Ancestors on the Move” on Sunday, February 9th beginning at 2 p.m. , at the Memorial Building located at 162 Howard Street in West Bridgewater. Melanie McComb will be the speaker.

Our ancestors moved near and far seeking economic opportunities, religious freedom, and closeness to family. These mobile ancestors can be notoriously difficult to research. When this occurs, we follow the paper trail that our ancestors left behind in the form of deeds, probate records, tax rolls, pension files, and more. This talk will provide strategies on how to use these records to track your ancestors across America and overseas.

Presented by Melanie McComb, a staff genealogist for American Ancestors and the New England Historic Genealogical Society. She is also an international lecturer with expertise in Irish genealogy, New

England, Prince Edward Island, Jewish genealogy, DNA, social media, and military records. Melanie is a blogger known as The Shamrock Genealogist.

Admission is free; a $5 donation is suggested. Light refreshments will be provided. In case of inclement weather, the program will be postponed to February 16th at 2 p.m.

This program has applied for support from the Bridgewater Cultural Council which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. (www.massculturalcouncil.org)

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society, a private organization, started in 1894, is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and publication of history relating to the original Bridgewater area, which includes the towns of Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, and the city of Brockton. For more information, visit the OBHS website at www.oldbridgewater.org.