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

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

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. 


Also visit: the CDC website at:

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

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: /

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 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

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.

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 or contact Maura Whittemore at 508.531.2575.