October 23, 2022 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Register to vote by October 29 for the November 8, 2022 elections.
or check in with Bridgewater's Town Clerk before Oct 29.
Fall Greetings!
The Bridgewater Improvement Association (BIA) learned the Bridgewater Lions Club, after untold years of dedicated, difficult work, always undertaken over Thanksgiving weekend, using unique structures, locally crafted by their membership and lights personally strung by Club membership assisted by scout troops and others, voted to transfer the responsibility for Common decorating to the BIA. The BIA honors the work done so faithfully by the Lions Club. They hope to help continue the community-wide pride in Bridgewater’s Common begun and carried out for so many years by the Bridgewater Lions Club and their assistants.
The BIA decided the winter decoration of the Common might be a collaborative, community endeavor---similar to the Fourth of July celebration. Thus, many Bridgewater Non-profits, including Bridgewater State University and the Bridgewater Business Association have agreed to help. Designs are being planned to turn the Common into a "Winter Wonderful" from the end of November through the end of January using as many white lights as possible----a project proposing support by the entire community of Bridgewater. 
We are seeking donations to ensure we can turn the Common into our Winter Wonderful---the pride of our whole Town. Donating is simple and tax deductible. The BIA offers a special link to their bank account----one earmarked solely for Bridgewater's Winter Wonderful lights. It is available through the link below. Large donations or small, if you are part of the Bridgewater Community, we want you to own a part of the beauty. The goal is to have decorating completed in time for the BBA's Christmas on the Common so mark it on your calendar: December 4, 2022 Noon - 4p. 
Donate now to the Winter Wonderful Common Lights Project www.givebutter.com/bridgewaterlights

Respectfully Submitted Marilee Hunt, President BIA
Historical Tidbit:

Bridgewater Firefighters
Bridgewater Firefighters proudly protect the twenty-eight thousand residents living in an area of twenty-eight square miles.  

"The organization of the Bridgewater Fire Department dates back to 1844 as a volunteer fire brigade. 

In 1923, after a devastating fire at the former Normal School, presently Bridgewater State University, the fire department was reorganized. 

The original station was constructed in the 1860's and additions were made to the building in 1951, 1960, and 1972."

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Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
Services available through phone, email & website only
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 - 7:30p
Jane Riley
You Won a $15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

Bee sure to play our Historical Tidbit Trivia Game at the bottom of this newsletter.

Enter for this week's prize of a
free 1.5 hour class at
Bliss Through Yoga, 516 N. Bedford St,
East Bridgewater. $20 value.  
One Book One Community
Voyage of Mercy: The USS Jamestown, the Irish Famine, and the Remarkable Story of America's First Humanitarian Mission
by Stephen Puleo

Wednesday, October 26th
2p (in person event)
BW Senior Center, 10 Wally Kruger Way
Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan from Bridgewater State University will speak on "The Geography of Potatoes". Potato snacks will be featured.

COA Landscape Listening Session Regarding the Master Plan Expansion Project
Thur, Oct 27, 5:30p
Landscape Architect Melissa Desjardin will gather feedback from Bridgewater residents of all ages on additional site and building improvements as well as walking paths behind the pickleball courts.

Please RSVP 508-697-0929 or seniorcenter@bridgewaterma.org
Harvest Recipe Contest!
Calling All Our Local HomeGrown Chefs! ~

Submit your Recipe in our Garden Harvest Recipe Contest. Submit your favorite harvest recipe below from October 21 - November 13, 2022. Rosa loves to hear about how you make your fresh veggies!

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Epic Proportions at BSU
Rondileau Student Union
19 Park Ave
October 27th - 29th
Tickets are available at www.BSUtix.com.
Bridgewater State University’s Department of Theater is proud to present the hilarious Epic Proportions! performance. From writers Larry Coen and David Crane of NBC’s Friends, comes a show that follows two brothers with big Hollywood dreams in the 1930s who work as extras in a Biblical Epic. The brothers climb the ranks all the way up to top, falling in love with the assistant director along the way. But before long, the production is plagued with locusts, raining frogs, reclusive directors, and more... Epic Proportions is a madcap comedy that will leave audiences delighted!
Epic Proportions’ talented cast comes from all parts of the Commonwealth: Meet the cast here! This production is under the guidance of Jim Quinn, BSU Professor of Theater and founder of BSU’s Arts for Youth programs and Family Performing Arts Center.
Tri-Town Parade Committee Invites You To Be A Part of the Veterans' Day Parade

On behalf of the Tri-Town Veterans’ Day Committee, I would like to invite you to participate in the Veterans’ Day Parade on Friday, November 11, 2022, rain or shine. The parade will be in West Bridgewater this year.
West Bridgewater is also celebrating its 200th year as a Town. The theme for the parade is "200 Years of Honoring our Veterans". Trophies will be awarded to the Best Marching Unit, Best Float/Theme and Judges’ Choice.
All marching units will assemble on Stepping Stone Lane, in West Bridgewater at 9a. Step-off time will be promptly at 9:45a, and there will be no stopping except for a traffic situation or an actual emergency.
Exercises will follow at the conclusion of the parade at the Town Hall Gazebo, 65 N. Main St. in West Bridgewater. The collation will be afterward at St Ann’s Parish Center next door to the Town Hall.
We are looking forward to your participation. Please contact the Town Clerk’s office at (508) 894-1167 or townclerk@wbridgewater.com as soon as possible to let us know if you would like to participate.
Anne G. Iannitelli
West Bridgewater Town Clerk

Tri-Town Parade Committee:
Eldon Moreira, Anne G. Iannitelli, Michael Perez, Ava Cibotti, Gerard Gill, Peter McPhail,
Patrick Galligan, Walter Thayer, Deborah Cauley.

Veterans Festival at the Launch
Courtesy of BTV
As we near the holiday season, Bridgewater Nursing Home is in need of donations for Christmas gifts for our residents. Things such as blankets, socks, hats, craft supplies, individual care items, comfort items, etc.
If anybody has anything or plans on donating, please contact me (Cailin Sherman, Activities Director)!
Any questions can be emailed to me as well at csherman@rehabma.net!
Bridgewater Garden Club Program

Community Gardening
Wed, Oct 26th, 1p
Bridgewater Senior Center, Wally Krueger Way
Join the Bridgewater Garden Club for Betty Sanders Preparing for Community Gardening and Gardening with the Community.

These programs are supported in part by a grant from the Bridgewater Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the state agency.
Grants Rental
Our October 2022 Coupon is $10 off a day (7a - 5p) or $5 off a half day (4 hour)
rental of a Log Splitter.
Reserve yours today!

Work smarter, not harder!

10 Bedford Park, Bridgewater
(508) 279-0950
MassHire Greater Brockton
Let's help our 17- 24 year-olds get a jump start on their job search!

MassHire offers free:
*job coaching
*employment opportunities
*trades training & more

Business Summit
Wednesday, October 26th
9a - 12p
Thorny Lea Golf Club
159 Torrey St, Brockton

The Chamber is partnering with NEREJ to bring you a two-part event, featuring panel discussions focused on Opportunity Zones, new housing and redevelopment, transportation, improving infrastructure, and building the future of the Metro South region.

Regional leaders participating include Massachusetts Secretary of Housing & Economic Development Mike Kennealy, Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Jamey Tesler, Bridgewater State University, Cambridge Econometrics, Concord Square Planning & Development, Jack Conway Real Estate, Ellis Realty Advisors, Platinum Partners LLC, South Shore Property Management LLC, and more.

Registration is required for this event. In-person attendance is $95 and includes breakfast plus time for networking. Virtual attendance is $45. Register now, this event will sell out.

Questions? Contact Cathryn Schofield, or call (508) 586-0500 x231.
Annual Fall Fair
Saturday, October 29th
9a - 3p
Lunch: 11a - 1p
Trinity Episcopal Church, 91 Main St

Vendors, Raffles, Silent Auction, Theme Baskets, Jewelry, Giftware, Crafts, Baked Goods
Any questions contact Judy Guasconi (judyguasconi@gmail.com) or Darlene LaFrance (ddlmel@comcast.net)
Bridgewater Now: October 12th, 2022
Video courtesy of BTV Access Corporation
Looking to volunteer more this fall?

The Town of Bridgewater is always seeking dedicated citizens interested in serving on the committees, commissions, and boards that address county issues.
New England
Village Fair
Friday, November 11th,
4 - 8p and Saturday, November 12th, 8a - 2p
A Chicken Pot Pie Dinner, with the option of eat-in or take-out, will be held Friday, 4:30 - 7p.
On Saturday, 8 - 10a, a Continental Breakfast will be served featuring muffins and coffee. And a light lunch will be served 11:30a - 1p featuring soup and sandwich.
There will be many different tables to shop from -- homemade crafts, curio items, homemade foods to go and baked goods, travel gifts, plus raffles for two turkey dinner baskets, a queen size handmade quilt, and many more raffles to take a chance on!
Mark your calendar and plan to come and join in on the holiday fun!
Info: please call the church office at 508-587-3118 or email firstchurchwb@juno.com
The Life You Gain When You
Buy Nothing

All that money you spend on "things." All that time you spent working for that money. Imagine it back. Image it in your savings account. Imagine having it for retirement. That's your life. Start today. For yourself, and for our environment.

For other ways to get the things you need, try Buy Nothing Community. Try Yard Sales & Thrift Stores. Keep what you do spend in your community. You will be richer for it.

Our Climate Can-Do Articles focus on life changes that we can make which will help mitigate the environmental changes of our climate emergency. Our goal is to keep the Earth's temperature from rising 1.5 degrees C. If we are able to keep it under, then we wont flood low -lying areas. There are things we can do.
Town Council Mtg
Video courtesy of Town of Bridgewater
Historical Commission
Oct 18, 2022
Video courtesy of Town of Bridgewater
Easterseals Massachusetts (ESMA) announces that it has acquired The Bridge Center in Bridgewater, Massachusetts

The Bridge Center is a well-known nonprofit organization that previously served over 1,000 clients annually through therapeutic recreation and equine-assisted therapy. The acquisition allows ESMA to further fulfill its mission to provide services to ensure children and adults with disabilities have equal opportunities to live, learn, work, and play.

Founded in 1963 by the Knights of Pythias under the name Handi-Kids, The Bridge Center’s vision was to be a leader within the recreation community serving as a resource for community members with disabilities and their families. In 2020, The Bridge Center was permanently closed due to the impact of COVID-19.

Discussions between The Bridge Center’s Board of Directors and ESMA had been ongoing throughout the pandemic, with a shared goal to utilize the property to its fullest potential. The agreement was structured for ESMA to assume ownership of this 22-acre campus, which includes multiple buildings, an outdoor pool, a playground, assorted fields, a pond, and an equine center.

“For nearly 60 years, The Bridge Center ensured that children with disabilities had opportunities to play. Easterseals Massachusetts is excited to continue that legacy and to expand services to even more children and adults with disabilities, and Veterans, year-round,” said Paul Medeiros, president and CEO of Easterseals Massachusetts.

Tom Walsh, immediate past president of The Bridge Center’s Board of Directors said, “Easterseals Massachusetts has proven leadership and expertise in providing programs that empower individuals with disabilities. On behalf of the Board of Directors and the children and families we serve, we are thrilled to see the core values of The Bridge Center continue and see our participants reach their full potential.”

A multi-year mission-driven business plan will focus on restoring The Bridge Center, which has been vacant for the past two years, to once again be a model campus for inclusive recreational activities. Investments will also be made to purchase the necessary inventory for programming and hiring staff.

ESMA has dedicated volunteers throughout the state and anticipates growing volunteer opportunities for individuals and businesses in Bridgewater to be immersed in their programs and organization. ESMA welcomes the opportunity to partner with the local community for support and assistance with repairing and improving the property.

Kimberly Sokol, vice president of rehabilitation and support services of Easterseals Massachusetts, said, “We are excited to reestablish connections in the greater Bridgewater area and once again be a valued community partner. Community engagement will be a focus early on by working with local businesses and engaging local colleges in program development.”

Easterseals Massachusetts at The Bridge Center will offer a variety of employment opportunities for entry-level and professional careers. Updated information about hiring opportunities and campus restoration progress will be available by visiting www.easterseals.com/ma/, by following @EastersealsMA on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and on LinkedIn.

Press release: Worcester, MA, September 8, 2022
Media Contact: Charlene Leith cleith@eastersealsma.org 508.751.6305
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