Friday, January 31, 2020

John Flynn Performing at the Off the Common Coffeehouse



The Off the Common Coffeehouse concert on Saturday February 1st 2020 will see John Flynn 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 MA

John Flynn is an American singer-songwriter and activist known for his powerful music and tireless efforts on behalf of the lost and the lonely, the shackled and scarred. His career has embodied an authentic troubadour odyssey that moved legendary folk DJ Gene Shay to call Flynn "the most quintessential folk singer in my life", and Deana McCloud, Executive Director of the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma to write, "John Flynn is the real deal. His work follows in the footsteps of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Kris Kristofferson, and other social justice troubadours as he speaks the truth and gives a voice to society's disenfranchised. His work fills your heart and opens your eyes as he continues to walk the walk of a true advocate for equality, justice, and peace."

Over three and a half decades, John Flynn's music has carried him from Jersey shore bars to Nashville's Music Row; from home plate performances in major league ballparks to concerts in maximum-security prisons; from star-studded benefit shows at Tipitina's in New Orleans to appearances at the Walter Reed Military Hospital and the Dover Air Force Base. Along the way Flynn has continued to make new friends and fans as he has given of his defiantly unguarded heart and optimistic spirit from large and small stages, living rooms, pulpits and schools across this country.

Although Philadelphia's Main Line Times calls Flynn a folk icon, his work has often reached beyond the conventional boundaries of the genre. A wordsmith of rare facility, Flynn's songs are laced with keenly observed and soul-resonant scraps of irony, humor, stumbled-on wisdom, and streetwise compassion. Reflecting on some of this music, long-time friend and Flynn champion Kris Kristofferson has called John "an important artist whose work in prisons, rehabs, and half-way houses is distilled into the truth and the beauty of heartfelt and heartwarming slices of life". In 2007 Kris cited Flynn to TV Guide Magazine as one of his favorite country artists, saying, "He's got a great heart and I like the way he thinks".

In 2005, Arlo Guthrie invited John to join musical legends like Willie Nelson and Ramblin' Jack Elliott on the historic "Train to New Orleans" tour following Hurricane Katrina. It was on that trip that Ramblin' Jack generously dubbed Flynn "the John Lennon of the plasma generation".

Flynn has regularly appeared at Philadelphia Phillies games where he's performed both the American and Canadian national anthems. John was the first artist the Phillies called upon when Major League Baseball resumed play following the attacks of September 11, 2001. His emotional seventh-inning stretch performance of "God Bless America" was broadcast by ESPN. The sound of 45,000 voices singing along with him that evening prompted John to write his acclaimed ode to defiant courage, "I Will Not Fear".

Although an anti-war activist and former member of the Board of Directors of Delaware's oldest peace and social justice organization, Pacem in Terris, Flynn's deep concern for, and appreciation of, those who have served in the military afforded him unique opportunities to share his music in places where most folk singers would not necessarily have been welcomed. Rejecting the "support the troops by supporting the war" mentality, Flynn reasoned, "You can be against house fires, and still support firefighters". Flynn's powerful, anthemic songs, "Dover", about those who've made the ultimate sacrifice, and "Semper Fi", about the terrible and largely ignored cost of post traumatic stress disorder, have won Flynn numerous invitations to perform for men and women in uniform, as well as their families, across this country. John's CD release concert for America"s Waiting was a benefit for the Eric Hall Foundation, an organization aiding combat veterans who have suffered PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Testing of BSU's Emergency Notification Systems

Bridgewater State University will be testing its emergency notification systems Tuesday, February 4th at approximately 11:00 a.m. and again at 6:00 p.m.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department will initiate a “Code Red” notification to the Town of Bridgewater to be sent on Monday, February 3, 2020, at or around, 6:00 p.m. The message will say: Good evening, Bridgewater State University will be testing its emergency notification systems tomorrow Tuesday, February 4th at approximately 11:00 a.m. and again at 6:00 p.m.

People on campus and in surrounding areas can expect to hear repeated siren sounds and a series of loudspeaker test instructions. A text alert and voice message will also be sent to everyone who registered a phone number with Bridgewater State University.

Thank you for your cooperation as we work to maintain a safe community at Bridgewater State University.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Transition Opportunities Presentation


The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC), West Bridgewater SEPAC, and East Bridgewater SEPAC will be holding a presentation for the 2019-2020 school year on Monday, February 3rd at 6:30 pm titled, Transition Opportunities.

Presentations will be given on Nonotuck Resource Associates, Community Autism Resources/Gottschall Access Program, BSU's ICEI/Excel Program, and Massasoit's ICEI Program. 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, January 25, 2020

Events at the Bridgewater Public Library for February

In the Flora T. Little Art Gallery:  Local artist Ray Harris.

February 1- April 1: Library Logo Contest.  The Bridgewater Public Library seeks an original logo that visually brands and identifies the Library and its work in serving the needs of our community. The winning entry will win a cash prize of $100, recognition in the media, a certificate commemorating the award, the right to be identified as the logo’s designer(s), and the right to include the logo design in their portfolio. See our website for more details at http://www.bridgewaterpubliclibrary.org/logo/

 Monday, February 3 @ 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, February 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, February 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, February 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.
 
Thursday, February 6 @ 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, February 7 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  The Learning Tree with Miss Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult.  Sponsored by Triumph, Inc.  Registration is required for this 8 week program. To register, call Nancy at Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 6.
 
Saturday, February 8 @ 10:00-11:00 a.m.:   Join us for a Make and Take Craft! Stop in between 10:00-11:00 a.m.
joining us to for a Make and Take Craft! Stop in between 10:00-11:00 a.m. to create a “Valentine Wreath” Ages 3+ with adult helper. No registration, while supplies last. 
 
Monday, February 10 @ 1:30 p.m.:  Movie: Goldfinch (R, 149 minutes). No registration.
 
Monday, February 10 @ 5:00 p.m.:  Movie: Goldfinch (R, 149 minutes). No registration.
 
Monday, February 10 @ 4:00-5:00 p.m.:   Join us for a Make and Take Craft! Stop in between 4:00-5:00 p.m.
to create “Bee My Valentine” Ages 3+ with adult helper. No registration, while supplies last. 
 
Tuesday, February 11 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily.  Stories, games, a craft and FUN!  All ages with adult, no registration. 
 
Tuesday, February 11 @ 5:00 p.m.: This month there are 2 cookbooks to choose from "New England Invite" by Kate Bowler or "Together: our community cookbook".   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.
 
Wednesday, February 12 @ 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, February 12 @ 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, February 13 @ 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, February 14 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  The Learning Tree with Miss Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult.  Sponsored by Triumph, Inc.  Registration is required for this 8 week program. To register, call Nancy at Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 7.
 
Saturday, February 15 @ 10:30 a.m.:  Belle from Beauty and the Beast visits. Belle will read a story and then will be available to take pictures with the children. No registration.  This program is sponsored by Massasoit Theatre Company.
 
Monday, February 17: Closed.
 
Tuesday, February 18 @ 1:30-2:30 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.
 
Wednesday, February 19 @ 10:30 a.m.:  Dog Safety Program.  Children will listen to a story, do an activity and learn dog safety tips!  This program is sponsored by Canine Company.
 
Wednesday, February 19 @ 6:30 p.m.:  Passion Project.  Local resident, Cynthia White will be presenting her current Passion Project, "Floor Cloths"!
 
Thursday, February 20 @ 10:30 a.m.:  Movie: Addams Family. (PG, 87 min.) All ages with adult, no registration. 
 
Friday, February 21 @ 10:30 a.m.:  Movie: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. (PG, 139 min.) All ages with adult, no registration. 
 
Saturday, February 22 @ 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.:   Join us for a Make and Take Craft! Stop in to create a bracelet using pony beads and colored floss in multiple colors.  Recommended for school age children– parents may need to assist. While supplies last, no registration required.  
 
Monday, February 24 @ 1:30 p.m.:  Movie: Judy (PG-13, 118 minutes). No registration.
 
Monday, February 24 @ 5:00 p.m.:  Movie: Judy (PG-13, 118 minutes). No registration.
 
Tuesday, February 25 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.:   Join us for a Make and Take Craft! Stop in to create a “Mardi Gras Mask” Ages 3+ with adult helper. No registration, while supplies last. 

Tuesday, February 25 @ 6:30 p.m.:  The Upside of Depression Presentation given by Marcy Venezia from Glee Works.  The Upside of Depression looks at the different stages and mindsets of depression. The workshop provides tools to manage depression including mindfulness techniques, visualizations and engaging games which lift the mood.

Friday, February 28 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  The Learning Tree with Miss Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult.  Sponsored by Triumph, Inc.  Registration is required for this 8 week program. To register, call Nancy at Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 8.

 

AAUW Knit-In



The public is invited to join the AAUW Knit-In for Scholarships on Saturday, February 1, at the Bridgewater Senior Center. The Knit-In begins at 1p.m. and ends at 5p.m.

Crafters who enjoy knitting and/or crocheting will spend a pleasant afternoon of comradery creating one or more 7 x 9 inch blocks which will be assembled into lap robes and donated to a local charity. Participants should bring size 7 needles or J/K crochet hooks and acrylic worsted (#4) yarn. For beginners, supplies will be provided. This will be a good opportunity to clean out your yarn stash – yarn color is not important! The donation to participate is $10 for the afternoon. Light refreshments will be served.

The Bridgewater Senior Center is located at 10 Wally Kreuger Way (off Route 18) in Bridgewater.

This fundraiser for local college scholarships is sponsored by the Taunton Branch of the American Association of University Women, a non-profit organization advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Additional information about the AAUW can be found on their website at aauw-ma.aauw.net/branches/Taunton.

For more information about the Knit-In, contact Cris Ajemian at cmajemian@aol.com/

Friday, January 24, 2020

Absentee Ballots Now Available for the March 3rd Presidential Primary Election

Absentee ballots for the Presidential Primary Election are available in the Town Clerk’s Office. Voters may vote by absentee ballot if they are unable to vote at the polls on Election Day because of the following reasons:

Absence from Town during the hours the polls are open
Physical disability
Observing religious beliefs

The Presidential Primary Election is Tuesday, March 3, 2020 and the voting will be held at the Bridgewater Mitchell Middle School located at 166 Mount Prospect Street, Bridgewater from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Town Clerk’s Office is open the following hours for voting absentee:

Monday thru Thursday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Late Night: Feb. 12th Open until 8 p.m.

Deadline to apply for absentee ballot: Monday, March 2, 2020 at Noon

To request an application be mailed to you please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-697-0921.

Absentee Ballot Applications can be downloaded from the Town’s website at:

https://www.bridgewaterma.org/DocumentCenter/View/304

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Old Bridgewater Historical Society Program Announced

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society will present a lecture entitled “Native American Constructions of the Eastern Seaboard” on Sunday, January 26th beginning at 1p.m. Dr. Curtiss Hoffman will be the speaker.

Scattered throughout the woodlands and fields of the eastern seaboard of the United States and Canada are tens of thousands of stone monuments. These stone constructions have been the subject of debate among archaeologists and antiquarians for the past seventy-five years. Regional descendent indigenous communities for the preservation of these monuments call them “stone prayers”. They help to protect the monuments from encroachment and desecration by development interests. This talk will provide strong evidence that many of these structures are indeed indigenous sacred sites as the Native people claim.

Dr. Curtiss Hoffman holds a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from Yale University. Since 1973 he has directed field operations at archaeological sites in southern New England. He is a Full Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Bridgewater State University, a position he has held since 1978. He is past president of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society and currently serves as the editor of its bulletin.

The lecture will be held at the OBHS Memorial Building, located at 162 Howard Street, West Bridgewater. A $5 donation to the Old Bridgewater Historical Society is suggested, but not required. Light refreshments will be served.

Native American Constructions 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 Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, and the city of Brockton. For more information, visit the OBHS website at www.oldbridgewater.org.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Creating and Sustaining MLK's Beloved Community

Please join us on Monday, January 27, 2020 in the Bridgewater State University Rondileau Campus Center Large Ballroom.


You may join us for any portion of this event.

3:20-4:35pm: Faculty Panel
Dr. Kevin McGowan, Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education; Dr. Kevin Curry, Professor of Biological Sciences; Dr. Emily Field, Assistant Professor of English; and Dr. Wendy Champagnie Williams, Assistant Professor School of Social Work.

4:35-5pm: Music interludeVocalist/ Entertainer Candida Rose Baptista

5:00-6:30pm: Complimentary Dinner and Keynote:Trustee Davede Alexander (Bio available in the registration)

Click on the link in the invite and register today. Creating and Sustaining MLK’s Beloved Community

Please contact Donna Wood dwood@bridgew.edu 508-531-1429 with your questions.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Essential Oils Workshop at the Library



Essential Oils workshop given by doTERRA wellness advocate Chris Ventura on Tuesday, January 14th at 6:30 pm.

More people are using essential oils today. Essential oils are used for everything from pampering yourself to cleaning and helping with various ailments. An essential oil is a fragrant liquid extracted from leaves, twigs, berries, bark, wood, roots, flowers, citrus peels, or other plant matter.

Essential oils are both exciting and promising when it comes to taking care of your own and your family’s health. Whether you’re applying essential oils topically, enjoying the aromatic benefits through diffusing, or taking essential oils internally, the positive effects of essential oils are boundless.

Join Chris Ventura, doTERRA Wellness Advocate to learn about Essential Oils.

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

Annual Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest

Annual Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest
The Bridgewater Knights of Columbus Council will be sponsoring the Annual Basketball Free Throw Championship Competition

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020

Location: St. Thomas Aquinas
Parish Center, Gymnasium
103 Center Street, Bridgewater

Registration: Begins at 5:00 PM

Contest Begins at 6:00 PM

Proof of age and parent/ guardian signature required and there is no registration fee. All Boys and girls ages 9-14 (age as of January 1st) are invited to participate.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Old Bridgewater Historical Society

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society will present a lecture entitled “Native American Constructions of the Eastern Seaboard” on Sunday, January 26th beginning at 1p.m. Dr. Curtiss Hoffman will be the speaker.

Scattered throughout the woodlands and fields of the eastern seaboard of the United States and Canada are tens of thousands of stone monuments. These stone constructions have been the subject of debate among archaeologists and antiquarians for the past seventy-five years. Regional descendent indigenous communities for the preservation of these monuments call them “stone prayers”. They help to protect the monuments from encroachment and desecration by development interests. This talk will provide strong evidence that many of these structures are indeed indigenous sacred sites as the Native people claim.

Dr. Curtiss Hoffman holds a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from Yale University. Since 1973 he has directed field operations at archaeological sites in southern New England. He is a Full Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Bridgewater State University, a position he has held since 1978. He is past president of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society and currently serves as the editor of its bulletin.

The lecture will be held at the OBHS Memorial Building, located at 162 Howard Street, West Bridgewater. This is a free event; $5 donation to the Old Bridgewater Historical Society is suggested, but not required. Light refreshments will be served.

Native American Constructions 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 Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, and the city of Brockton. For more information, visit the OBHS website at www.oldbridgewater.org.

Successful Transition Planning


The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a presentation for the 2019-2020 school year on Monday, January 13th at 7:00 pm titled, Successful Transition Planning. What will life after high school be like for your child with special needs? Join us for a Federation for Children with Special Needs workshop on transition planning with guest speaker Cathy Hickey of 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 6:45 pm and then the presentation will follow at 7:00 pm. 

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

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Annual Town Election to be held April 25, 2020

Annual Town Election - Saturday, April 25, 2020 -Important Dates to Remember
Nomination Papers:
**Please note:  It is necessary to have a minimum of 150 signatures for certification for Town Wide Nominations.** ** (100 signatures for Precinct/District Councilors)**
            Nomination Papers available:                                                                            Monday, January 6, 2020              
            Last day to obtain Nomination Papers:                                                       Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
            Last day to submit Nomination Papers to Board of Registrars:    Monday, March 9, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.                                   
            Last day to object or withdraw:                                                                        Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.                                                                                         
________________________________________________________________________
Statement of Financial Interest:                         Due on or before Monday, March 9, 2020
________________________________________________________________________
Campaign Finance Forms:
             Form CPF M102 Due                                             Friday, April 17, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
(Eight (8)Days preceding election)                                               
            Form CPF M102 Due                                              Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
(Thirty (30)Days after election)
Voting Registration Session:
The last day to register to vote for the Annual Town Election will be on Monday, April 6, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Town Clerk’s Office in the Academy Building.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Winter 2020 Church Service Themes at 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.

www.bridgewaternewchurch.org

1/5 -Epiphany - Bringing Your Gifts
1/12 - Simplify, Simplify, Simplify
1/19 - Prayer and Why WE need it!
1/26 - Swedenborg's 332nd Birthday - A Man Ahead of His Time!
2/2 - Ground Hog Day - Can I get a 'Do-Over'? with Kelly Milne
2/9 - What is Our Part, What is God's Part?
2/16 - How Science & Religion Can Work Together
2/23 - Bringing Heaven on Earth

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Greg Geenway at the Off the Common Coffeehouse

The Off the Common Coffeehouse concert on Saturday January 4th 2020 will see Greg Greenway performing an amazing evening of Music starting at 7:30 PM. The $15 tickets will be available only at the door when they open at 7 PM. The Coffeehouse is at the U. U. Church at 50 School Street in Bridgewater MA



Originally from Richmond, VA, Greg moved to Boston for its rich Folk Music tradition and has become one of its most unique and superlative emissaries. His “In the Name of Love,” a lead in to the U2 classic, “Pride,” was the #5 song on the Folk DJ list in 2013. It has become a defining piece on his journey to becoming an international artist capable of addressing sensitive topics like Race in a way that connects audiences to their humanity while entertaining them at the same time.

He has been described as “one of the strongest, and finest voices in folk music.” The Boston Globe wrote, “Confessional one moment, rambunctiously disarming the next, few modern folk singers can own a coffeehouse stage as completely as Greenway.” Another reviewer perhaps described it best, “A profoundly rich poet and musician. Folk Music is too narrow a description.”

Musically, his guitar, piano, and ukulele reflect inspiration from all over the map–gospel, rock, blues, Jazz, and world music. But his center is in the singer/songwriter tradition that traces it roots all the way back to the social awareness of Woody Guthrie. His central appeal is that it all comes through the singular lens of Greenway’s own humanity and affinity for the audience. He has legendary energy, couched in a presentation of high spirited give and take of such good humor that audiences unfailingly walk away uplifted.

“Greg Greenway is one of those artists who is so rich a talent that it is difficult to categorize him. He traverses, combines and mixes up musical genres, and manages to open a window on global events that bring us together as citizens of the world. Like other great performers before him, Greenway’s message is that we can all play a part and make a difference in the course of both our private and public lives. But few musicians can do just this with such style, passion and sheer musicality.”