Bridgewater's Accessible Youth Fishing Derby was A Reel Success!
On Saturday, May 4, about 100 attendees gathered at The Bridge Center for a fun and inclusive day of fishing! Everyone enjoyed the sun, prizes, traditional breakfast hotdogs, and got to spend time with friends!

Several incredible organizations came together to make this event possible. The Fishing Derby was sponsored by The Bridgewater Lions Club and Easterseals Massachusetts, which provides essential services to children and adults with disabilities throughout the state and operates the Bridge Center on Pine Street. In addition, the Massachusetts Office of Outdoor Recreation grant-funded the event.
A big thank you to the sponsors. Time spent as a community is so much more meaningful when accessibility is open to everyone; we are better together.

Written by Alexa Pennington
Story and Photo Credit: Bill Wood, Bridgewater Lions Club, Bridgewater Lions Club Public FB Group The Bridge Center FB
Historical Tidbit:
Life in the 1920's in Bridgewater

In every home they had a barrel of flour that would weight almost 200 pounds and was about 3½ feet tall. We don't see many barrels now a day.

There was also a barrel of sugar brought in the house in the fall and that was the same size as the flour barrel. Down cellar there would always be a pork barrel. In that would be the pork that would come from the slaughtering of the pigs.

That would be done in the fall. Usually when a pig was slaughtered the four hams, two forward shoulders and the two hind quarters would be carried to a smoke house nearby. The meat would be cured by being smoked. It would then be brought home and hung up down in the cellar where it would last all winter.

Also hanging down in the cellar would be two or three strings of herring that would be bought in the spring when the herring run was on. Those herring would be either smoked or salted. They kept very well hanging up in the cellar from a beam.

Usually up in the attic there would be a string of dried slices of apples that would have been pared, sliced up and put on a string. Hanging up away from any creature getting at them like the cat or any other creature that got in the house.

Another choice time would be when blueberries were ripe and mothers and the children would go to different places in the town where there were blueberry patches and families would have a grand blueberry feast afterward. What wasn't eaten in homemade pies and cakes was "put up" in jams to be used in the winter months.

In the early spring there would also be dandelion greens. One would go out into the fields and pluck off the stem and the blossom and bring home the greens. These would then be stew up. Some old-timers spoke of them being a delicious dish with vinegar for the sauce.
Respectfully Submitted, Sue Basile, 2017
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
508-697-0921
 
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street
508-697-3331
 
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
508-697-0929
 
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
 508-697-6016
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 - 7:30p

St Vincent dePaul Food Pantry
@ St Thomas Aquinas Church
103 Center St
2 x month 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m
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Enter for this week's prize of
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Grab and Go Craft
Thurs May 30
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South St

Drop in at the library and pick up a seed kit to grow your own vegetables! Available while supplies last. One per child please.
Notice of Bridgewater Conservation Commission Meeting
Thur May 23
5:30-6:30p
Virtual Zoom Meeting

The Lake Nippenicket Action Focus Team (www.lnaft.org) encourages residents to join the upcoming Bridgewater Conservation Commission meeting (held via video conference) on Thursday, May 23rd at 5:30 PM where the Lakeshore Center Hotel project will be discussed. Project site is within the Hockomock Swamp ACEC and across Route 104 from Lake Nippenicket. This area is habitat to extensive wildlife and includes wetlands and streams that serve as the headwaters of the Town River, a tributary and sub watershed of the Taunton River.

LNAFT concerns include acres of tree cutting; significant work within wetland buffer zones; disruption of the delicate balance of nature and wildlife. Residents of Bridgewater and the surrounding towns enjoy Lake Nippenicket for fishing, boating and sunsets. Meeting information and agenda can be found at bridgewaterma.org/calendar.

Source Credit: Melissa Ramondetta via email
Image: Lake Nippenicket - Joseph Silva
Annual Bridgewater-Raynham Special Olympics Yard Sale
Sat May 25
8a-3p
585 Locust St., Raynham

It's time for the Annual Special Olympics Yard Sale! Come by for a wide selection of treasures, including furniture, household items, toys, appliances, clothes, and more!
All of the proceeds raised will go to the Bridgewater-Raynham Special Olympics teams! Your support will help purchase uniforms, sports, equipment, etc.

Story Credit: Kate Dyer, Raynham Rec, via email
Historical Commission Meeting
May 15th, 2024
Video Courtesy of the Town of Bridgewater
Planning Board Meeting
May 15, 2024
Video Courtesy of Town of Bridgewater
Good morning Bridgewater residents! I would like to introduce myself as the new Veteran’s Service Officer for the town of Bridgewater. I am very excited for the opportunity to serve the veterans and their family members of this great community. As a 25 year resident of Bridgewater and raising 4 children here, I am fully vested in Bridgewater’s success. One of my top priorities in this role is community outreach in order to raise awareness of veteran benefits and to increase awareness and respectful participation of events that surround holidays like Memorial Day, 4th of July, Flag Day and Veteran’s Day. According to recent federal census records, there are 1,748 veterans in Bridgewater, which represents 7.4% of the adult population. For reference, when we look across the adult population in all of Massachusetts, this figure is 4.7%. The density of Bridgewater’s veteran population is 57% greater than the state average! We are clearly a patriotic community who understands the sacrifices of freedom.

A little bit more about me, I served in the US Army for 21 years, including 3 years of active duty in the 82nd Airborne Division, 18 years in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, with 2 combat tours in Iraq and numerous domestic responses. I retired in 2012 as First Sergeant of the 772nd Military Police Company in Taunton. I am a lifetime member of the local VFW post 2125. In parallel with my military service I also worked at Dell Technologies (previously EMC) for 24 years, with my most recent role as global director of supply chain technology. I intend to leverage my experience to provide the best possible service to the veterans and their families of Bridgewater.

... I am very excited for what’s to come. The town manager, town council, veteran’s council and all of the municipal employees I’ve met so far have expressed tremendous support to me and my goals. With Memorial Day just weeks away, stay tuned for events that you can participate in. I am excited to announce that we are bringing back the Memorial Day Parade this year and would love to see the town come together to memorialize the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom as well as those who have served and have since passed. Please stay tuned for more details for this and future events.

Lastly, if you are a veteran or the family member of a veteran please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or assistance.
~ Greg Martin via FB

Office: 508-697-0908
Climate Can Do:
Green on the Go

One of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas and carbon emissions in our atmosphere is the use of vehicles: according to Fuel Economy, “Highway vehicles release about 1.5 billion tons of greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere each year—mostly in the form of carbon dioxide (CO2)—contributing to global climate change. Each gallon of gasoline you burn creates 20 pounds of GHG. That's roughly 5 to 9 tons of GHG each year for a typical vehicle.”

How we get from one location to another can have a massive impact on our carbon footprints, and our first goal should be to transition into the use of public transportation whenever possible. The type of vehicle we drive is also incredibly important. The use of gasoline has major implications for the climate because of greenhouse gases associated with crude oil and other petroleum liquids. Another environmentally-friendly option would be electric vehicles. Finally, consider making the switch to bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters to help reduce your carbon footprint (and help you reach your health and fitness goals!).

Ways to Transition to Sustainable Transportation

  • The MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities offer a range of services to help riders travel locally and regionally. 
  • Fixed route services (like the bus and subway) have a reliable regular schedule you can count on and offer discounted fares for seniors and people with disabilities.
  • Learn more about public transport services near you

  • Electric vehicles (EV) are a great way to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and reduce the cost of owning a vehicle. 
  • Incentives and financing options may be available to assist you in purchasing an electric vehicle and installing an EV charger at home.
  • Learn about electric vehicles 

  • Reducing our use of gas-powered vehicles is a key step in tackling climate change. Bikes, E-bikes, and E-scooters produce zero emissions and are much less expensive than cars
  • Learn about e-bike benefits 

Written by Noshin Saiyaara, Buzz Around Intern and Wellesley College student.

Together, we can make a difference by taking action to live sustainably. Let's empower ourselves to create a better future for our planet, one step at a time.
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Standing on Ceremony ~
First Parish Players Community Theater
Thr, May 30 at 7p
Fri, May 31 at 7p
Sat, June 1 at 7p
Sun, June 2 at 4p
50 School St, Bridgewater

Written by Mo Gaffney, Jordan Harrison, Moises Kaufman, Neil LaBute, Wendy MacLeod, Jose Rivera, Paul Rudnick, and Doug Wright and conceived by Brian Shnipper.

Disclaimer: This show deals with adult themes and content and may not be appropriate for young audiences.

For more information: www.firstparishplayers.com
Read & Draw Art Class
Fri, May 24
10a
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South St

Join Ms. Laurie for a fun multi-week program designed for children ages 3-6. This class is creative, social, and skill-building!
To register, email or call Nancy at 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Space is limited.

Source Credit: Christine Stefani via email
The Well 5K
Sat, June 1
9a
BW State University

Awards will be given to the overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd place male and female as well as 1st place in the following age groups/categories:
10 & under, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+

The Well is a non-profit organization whose mission to help individuals, families and the community experience spiritual, emotional and physical wellness through holistic care of the mind, body, soul and spirit.

Learn more at: www.visitthewell.org
Business Expo & Networking Night
Wed, Jun 5
5:30p-7:30p
Black Hat Brew Works
15 Scotland Blvd

The Bridgewater Business Association invites you to network, eat, drink, and enjoy! There will be 15 local vendors, live music by John Balutis, raffles, and more!

For more information, see Bridgewater Business Association's FB event.
Join Bridgewater Community for Civil Rights for two uplifting ceremonies that will bring everyone together and celebrate diversity!

Pride Flag Raising
Mon, Jun 3
3:30p
The Academy Building in Bridgewater Center

Ceremony includes: Raising of the Pride Flag, reading of the Pride Flag Resolution, student and adult speakers from the LGBTQ+ community, a musical performance, and resources from local LGBTQ+ groups.
Juneteenth Flag Raising
Mon, Jun 17
3:30p
The Academy Building in Bridgewater Center

Ceremony includes: Raising of the Juneteenth Flag, reading of the Flag Resolution, student and adult speakers from the African American community, a musical performance, and resources from local groups.

For more info about BCCR: bccrcivilrights.org
Source Credit: Laurene Powers via email
Brockton Bruisers Spring Fling

The Brockton Bruisers hosted their Spring Fling Roller Derby on Saturday, April 27th. The derby took place in Kelly Gymnasium on the campus of Bridgewater State University. The gym filled up quickly with excited spectators as the skaters got ready for the action. More than 20 athletes filled the gym as the white and black teams began skating.
Pushing, shoving, and more made this event one of the most entertaining to hit the Kelly Gymnasium. With an electric crowd and good ticket sales, the skaters deemed this event to be a success!

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What would be made with the dandilions?
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