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.