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Bridgewater, MA 2009 population: 25,185
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a
total area of 28.2 square miles (73.1 km²), of which, 27.5 square
miles (71.2 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²)
of it (2.62%) is water. Bridgewater is 99th out of the 351 communities
in the Commonwealth, and eighth out of the twenty-seven towns
in Plymouth County in terms of land area.
Neighborhoods in Bridgewater include Stanley,
Scotland, Pratt Town (Paper Mill Village), and South Bridgewater.
Bridgewater lies along the Taunton River, which has several other
rivers and brooks which branch off of the main waterway.
are also several ponds, the largest of which is Lake Nippenicket
along the western edge of the town. There is also a state forest,
a town forest, several conservation areas and a large portion
of the Hockomock Swamp Wildlife Management Area, in the western
part of town.
On January 2011, Bridgewater will be led by seven precinct
councilors, 1 per precinct, and 2 at large councilors, with an
appointed town manager, assessor, tax collector, for a total
of 9 councilors. This is from the majority Yes vote on #1 at
the April 24, 2010 annual town election, to change from a 5 person
elected board of selectmen to a 9 person town council, and thus
abolishing the annual town meeting.
Bridgewater shares its school district with neighboring Raynham,
with both towns operating their own elementary and middle schools,
and sending their students to a common high school.
The town is also home to Bridgewater State University, a public
liberal arts university that was originally founded as a teachers
school in 1840. It is the largest of the state's nine state universities
outside of the University of Massachusetts system.
Bridgewater, MA Links:
Town of Bridgewater,
Around the Common Blog
Bridgewater Business Association
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District
Bridgewater Fire Department
Bridgewater Housing Authority
Bridgewater Public Library
Bridgewater 4th of July Celebration