Inspire Us! May Garden Photo Contest

For the month of May, readers are encouraged to submit pictures from their last year’s garden.  Flower or vegetable; inspire us as work on our own gardens &  grow a work of art.
One entry per person.  On May 31, we will randomly draw from the entries for:
  • $25 gift certificate at CN Smith Farm
  • An Eye Brow Wax from Revolution’s Salon (to groom your personal garden)
  • A 45 minute Reiki treatment from Jacquelyn Rose
All entrants will receive a $15  Mary Kay gift certificate along with a personal consultation from Jeanne Smith or Cindy Guarino.
6 -2 -16 And the winners are…

Debbie Chaves won a $25 gift certificate to CN Smith Farm
South St, East Bridgewater

Gina Coco won an Eye Brow Wax from Revolution’s Salon, West St, East Bridgewater

Carole Smudin won a 45 min Reiki treatment from Jacquelyn Rose 
Congratulations to all of our winners, and thank you to all of our entrants!

HOP for HOPS: An Annual 5K Event to help Rebuild Halifax’s Playground

Join us for a fun race/walk to benefit the Friends of HOPS.  All ages and abilities are welcome!

JUNE 6, 2016
9 am – 5K Run/Walk (start line at Pope’s Tavern)
11 am – 1K Kids Fun Run (around the track)

You can register for the 5K at
Registration is $25 with a free tech shirt until 5/15; and $30 without a shirt after that.

Kids’ 1K registration forms will be going home through HES and are also available online.  Kids’ 1K registration fee is $10 and includes a ribbon for each participant!

Family fun & festivities to follow near the Snack Shack!
Moonwalks – Dunk Tank – Face Painting – Games – Food

Shirts will not be available for sale at the event this year, so you will have to pre-order them online by 5/15 if you want your signature bunny shirt.

We are looking for local businesses to sponsor this great event!

Raynham: The Economic And Business Development Annual Community Pride Awards for 2015

The Economic And Business Development Annual Community Pride Awards for 2015

Outstanding Raynham Citizen Award – John Montagano, Veterans Agent

Outstanding Business Owner – Aaron Mello, Owner-Dunkin’ Donuts

Outstanding Revitalization of an existing property – Dan DeRosa of B&D Construction

Outstanding Construction of a new business for its facility – All American Assisted Living
Congratulations, All!

East Bridgewater Garden Club Annual Tradition

Some of our East Bridgewater Garden Club members. Our president is Vince Adornato. – with Joan Getty Hurley, Vince Adornato, Leslie Ellis,Carol Lefebre, Kathy Pircio and Kathy Pircio.

Many years ago I joined the East Bridgewater Garden Club.  I was one of the youngest members back then and I didn’t know much about gardening.  The members took me under their wing, sharing their plants and their knowledge with me.  I’m one of the older members now.  Over the years I’ve learned a lot about plants and gardening and now it’s my turn to pass on that knowledge to others.

We have an annual tradition in our garden club:  potting up plants from our gardens, and the gardens of local residents for our spring plant sale.  It’s so much fun to work together.

This year’s plant sale will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at the East Bridgewater Town Hall at 

175 Central Street (rain date on Sunday).  We’d love to see you there!  The money we raise pays for our speakers and a scholarship for a student pursuing a career in horticulture or an outdoor-related field.  You don’t have to be from East Bridgewater to join our club. There will be sign-up forms at the plant sale.  We meet at noon the first Monday of each month at the East Bridgewater Library.  We’d love to share our love of gardening with you!
Photo & Story Credit: Mary Julius

The GFWC Taunton Junior Woman’s Club Made a Surprise Visit to Our Local Libraries on National Library Workers Day

It is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize and appreciate the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

For the fifth year, the Taunton Junior Woman’s Club members prepared trays filled with dozens of chocolate covered strawberries wrapped in cellophane as a thank you.  Members Nancy Brown, Joyce Clark, Nancy Clark and Nancy Martin made the special delivery to Raynham Library, bringing sunshine to the staff there on a very rainy April day.

West Bridgewater Student Chosen to Model for National Costume Company Catalog

Congratulations to Marisa Cipitelli!

We would like to congratulate Marisa Cipitelli, an honor roll student in her Junior year at West Bridgewater Senior/Middle School.  Marisa is a member of the Senior Dance Company of the Paula Coffey Dance Center in EB and was recently chosen to model for a national costume company catalog.  Marisa was selected after taking part in an open photo shoot.  Although she is a dancer and not a model, she enjoyed the 9 am – 7 pm day.  It gave her a glimpse into the work of a model.  She modeled tap, jazz, contemporary and ballet costumes.  She is a competition dancer and the winner of many awards, so seeing and wearing the new costumes made for a fun and exciting day.
Marisa Cipitelli
Respectfully submitted, Paula Coffey

Dance Theater of New England’s Big Move

As they enter their 12th Year, Dance Theater of New England has moved into a new space, in Scotland Park, Bridgewater.  The spacious location offers professional studios, a parents waiting room, a homework room and changing space.

It all reflects Deborah Bianca’s vision, style and grace. “You don’t have to be a prima – ballerina to be treated like one…or educated like one.” Deborah Bianca, a life-long resident of Bridgewater, works hard to make sure each dancer’s experience is a quality one, and shared with us her philosophy:  “It’s about elegance… defining and re-defining your abilities.  Boys and girls should be raised with civility and respect.  We are teaching them those practices.”  She continued:  “It’s OK to have high expectations, as long as they are for everyone.  People deserve to be treated like they are special. We respect the child’s humanity and their capacity to achieve.” “At DTNE we have a supportive dance family, and positive re-enforcement from both the parents and the students.”

All of this comes from Deborah’s upbringing in Bridgewater.  She started dance when she was 6 years old.  Shellie Principe (her landlady) lived downstairs from her, was a dance teacher in Boston and taught locally at the YMCA.  Shellie’s husband played for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and gave music lessons out of their home. Deborah would fall asleep each night to classical music  permeating up through the floorboards. The Principe’s threw elegant garden parties.  The rest of their neighborhood was rough in comparison, but the Principe household projected beauty and light.  When she was 4 years old, Deborah so wanted to be a ballerina, and pestered her mother for lessons, until finally she was enrolled with Shellie at the YMCA.  From there, Deb was encouraged to study at Boston Conservatory of Dance for Children.

Deb’s philosophies stem out of that formative experience.  “Most children are not going to be dancers; they will be attorneys, dads & moms, nurses, and bio-engineers, but some are going to be dancers, or in arts administration or arts funding.  If they are not directly involved in the arts, they will attend a performance.  They will be able to understand why it’s good and how that performance came about and they will feel they are part of that community.

Classically trained children become one with the art community world- wide.” Deb’s goal is that “training with DTNE will help a young student make sense of the world, connect with humanity, the basic truths to our existence.”

Deb Bianco has created a space at Dance Theater of New England to emit that beauty and light, and invites everyone to come by and dance a little.  They have summer dance camps and intensives presented at their gorgeous new location at 25 Scotland Blvd, Bridgewater.