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5 Trends to Watch in 2014 in Bridgewater

From high school sports to real estate and business, here are some trends we think will continue in 2014.

The BRRHS girls soccer team captured the Group IV state title—one of eight championships already claimed by the school. If the trend continues, look for more the school to capture as many as 20 titles this school year. Credit: Mike Dennis
The BRRHS girls soccer team captured the Group IV state title—one of eight championships already claimed by the school. If the trend continues, look for more the school to capture as many as 20 titles this school year. Credit: Mike Dennis
Looking ahead to the new year, it's hard to guess what the top stories will be come December—but we think we'll see plenty of stories following these trends:

More Championship Trophies in BRRHS Display

With just one of three of the school year's sports seasons wrapped up, the school has already notched eight championships—well on the way to pass the number of trophies added in recent years (16 in both 2011-12 and 2012-13) and possibly passing the all-time record of 20. 

More Consolidation in Pharmaceutical Industry

We've noticed an increase in reports of mergers and buyouts among smaller pharmaceutical companies—the kinds that often sprout in Bridgewater. As the national economy improves, more capital may become available to further fuel changes in the business.

More Small Businesses in Education

Check the nearest strip mall and spaces that used to be dollar stores or card shops are now Kumon or Sylvan Learning Center. Look for this trend to continue into 2014 as parents seek more ways to help their youngsters get a head start in the uber-competitive worlds of college and work.

More Focus on Local Charities and Help

Until recently, most charitable giving was headed to large national or regional organizations, but thanks to websites such as Patch-partner GoFundMe.com and Kickstarter, we think more people will turn to their friends and neighbors when looking for help or a cause to support. 

More Home Equity in Local Real Estate

Real estate professionals we've been speaking with are cautiously optimistic about 2014—they're seeing real changes in the backlog of properties that's been holding down prices.  

What trends do you think you'll see in Bridgewater in 2014? Tell us in the comments below.

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