Author Archives: James Holbert

The Church in the Woods

Bridgewater resident Rob Basler dedicates roughly four hours, sometimes more, every Saturday to a little known volunteer operation called the Church in the Woods. Church in the Woods came to Massachusetts with Pastor Leigh Fuller, who managed similar programs in Plymouth, North Carolina, and even before that in Australia. Four years ago Leigh established Church in the Woods in Brockton, ...

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Faith and Pistons

Faith & Pistons puts to work their Faith through mentoring young men & giving away restored cars. By James Holbert   Faith & Pistons gives away the vehicles they restore. Right now, they donate an average of two a year, though it varies year to year. They officially donated a Ford Taurus (Facebook Video below) to a very special woman. ...

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Secret Do-Gooder?

Our park received a new trash receptacle this week. Whitman Pride, the town’s community Facebook group, was credited for the donation, but the Administrator has claimed it didn’t come from them. It seems we have a mystery do-gooder in our midst! On behalf of the town: a big Thank You to the person helping to keep our park clean! Story ...

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Sew Much Love

It was over 35 years ago that a special volunteer program started here in East Bridgewater. It’s called Sew Much Love and it operates out of the Union Congregational Church. It provides handcrafted quilts to women and children who occupy an anonymous women’s shelter. Founding member Connie Burgess, at 93 years old, still contributes. I spoke with member Lenore Christenson, ...

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Setting Records

Bridgewater State University received its largest donation amount to date. It comes from Bruce R. Bartlett and Patricia A. (Quinn) Bartlett, in the form of 25 acres of land and 3 buildings on Plymouth’s Industrial Park Road. That amounts to a value of roughly $8 million. Bruce and Patricia belong to BSU’s class of ’68 and ’67 respectively and have ...

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Molly is Home!

After being missing for 16 days, Molly the Golden Retriever was finally returned home. She was spotted by Josh Reynolds in Easton, four miles from home! Once Missing Dogs Massachusetts (MDM) was contacted, they set a trap in the area that worked to perfection. There she was in the trap next morning! Katie Christiansen said: “I can’t thank you all ...

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A Good Sign

The Bridgewater-Raynham Varsity Cheer Team went to Dallas, TX recently to compete in the National Cheerleaders Association Senior & Junior High School National Championship last weekend. They return home as National Champions! Congratulations to the ladies and the coaching staff on their big win, for doing what New Englanders do: We win! Photo Couresty of Heather Zukowski Brow

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Beautifying Halifax

Our town’s Beautification Committee is gearing up to have Halifax sharp and smiling. Currently, the committee is made up of three people—Chair Candace Kniffen, Secretary Greg Cowan, and long-time member Amy Troup. Together they have coordinated efforts to beautify Halifax. This spring, they’re encouraging groups and individuals to clean up Halifax’s public areas again. “What inspires people is getting together,” ...

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Welcome to Town, Central Street Café

A big welcome to our newest local business owners Marco and Jóia Dacaret! The couple has recently held a soft opening for their Central Street Café (formerly Johnny D’s Place). May they enjoy success and a long tenure in our community! Also, looking forward to sampling some of their breakfasts and lunches, yum! HOURS Monday – Saturday from 6:00 am ...

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Taunton Area Community Table is just Different

With the holiday season at a close, Taunton Area Community Table (TacT) is approaching the third anniversary of Wendy Berry and Michaeline Saladyga founding the meal center: January 15, 2015. Wendy was kind enough to talk to us about their services: “We’re a community center before a kitchen,” Wendy describes, “first and foremost.” That is the definite sense that TacT ...

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