Thank You Note from Mary Waldron of DBA

Mary Waldron, President of the Downtown Brockton Association (DBA), expressed her appreciation for the commitment and contributions of its staff and volunteers. Waldron named Megan Fournier and Elise Prince, who maintain the website and newsletters. Amanda Glennon from NeighborWorks has also contributed to the DBA's success with her social media and creative efforts. Hugo Dematos, AVP and Treasurer, keeps the DBA financially sound and available at no cost. The organization relies on paid memberships and donations to maintain its website, newsletters, and phone and is grateful to sponsors for supporting the Holiday Parade. Despite challenges posed in the downtown area by mental health, substance use, and homelessness issues, the DBA has made progress through increased communication and collaboration with property owners. In 2023, a SWOT analysis, which evaluates the internal strengths and weaknesses, as well as external opportunities and threats that might impact operations, was completed, and the State of Downtown meeting was held, with over 100 members contributing. One solution in progress is the formation of a Business Improvement District (BID). Thank you to those dedicated to making positive change and looking forward to improvements in 2024.

Source & Photo Credit: Mary Waldron, President of DBA; DBA Newsletter
Written by Jennifer Hernández, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
Historical Tidbit:
The Cameron Automobile

"Everett Cameron, a native of Brockton, was a bicycle-racing enthusiast who, in 1897, manufactured a bicycle that weighed only nine pounds. A few years later, he began to build automobiles. The Cameron (pictured) was an automobile manufactured by the Cameron Car Company of Rhode Island from 1902 to 1906, then in Brockton, Massachusetts, from 1906 to 1908, then in Beverly, Massachusetts, from 1909 to 1915, Norwalk, Connecticut, in 1919, and finally in Stamford, Connecticut, in 1920. The company made two, four, and six-cylinder models. Who knew?"

Source & Photo Credit: Lloyd F. Thompson II, Brockton History Group FB
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BAMBSI Brown Bag Food Drive
Thur, Jan 18
Choose your time
Teen Challenge
1315 Main St

Volunteers generously dedicated their time to support BAMSI during their Brown Bag event in December. Through the collaboration with the Greater Boston Food Bank, an impressive 14,000 pounds of food were gathered. Thanks to the dedication of these incredible volunteers, more than 700 individuals received essential and nutritious food, making a significant impact on our community.

If these volunteers have inspired you, join the next Brown Bag on January 18 and help package, load, and deliver food to those in need! To register, visit BAMSI's signup page and choose a time slot.

Source Credit: BAMSI FB
Phenomenal Women Award Nominations Are OPEN

The Brockton Area NAACP is officially receiving nominations for the prestigious award. The nomination period is open until February 11th at 11:59 PM. The Award Recipients will be nominated on February 24th. The event will be hosted in March, coinciding with Women's History Month.

For more information, please reach out to Courtney Henderson at
chendersony83@gmail.com or to nominate a candidate, please visit the Brockton Phenomenal Women Nomination Form

Source & Photo Credit: The Brockton Area NAACP FB 
Written by Jennifer Hernández, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
Brockton Public Library Poetry Series 
Sat, Jan 20
2:00p
Driscoll Art Gallery
Brockton Public Library

Everyone Has a Voice is a live and in-person Open-Mic event that will include Regie Gibson, a literary performer who has performed in the U.S., Cuba, and Europe, winning awards for his work. He is an actor and creator of The Shakespeare Time-Traveling Speakeasy, a theatrical literary concert. Regie has also consulted for the NEA's "How Art Works" commission and the "Mere Distinction of Color" exhibit. He is a Brother Thomas Fellow and received two Live Arts Boston Grants for his play, The Juke: A Blues Bacchae. Joining him is Myles Taylor, a transmasculine writer, organizer, award-winning poetry slam competitor, and the current producer of the Boston Poetry Slam.

For more information, contact Jonathan Stroud at jstroud@cobma.us or 508-894-1423.
Source Credit: Brockton Public Library

Written by Jennifer Hernández, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
Poetry Workshop at Brockton Arts

Sun, Jan 21
4-6p
33 Dover St

The Poetry Workshop at Brockton Arts is a two-hour Sunday session focusing on introspection and reflection. The workshop welcomes all experience levels and encourages poets to share their work for feedback and constructive criticism. Participants are encouraged to bring 6-10 copies of one poem and meet in the late afternoon for convenience. The workshop is open to all and focuses on personal growth.

For more information, please visit the Brockton Arts website.

Source Credit: Brockton Arts FB 
Written by Jennifer Hernández, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
Brockton Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting
January 9, 2024
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Brockton Special School Committee Meeting
January 9, 2024
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John and Abigail Adams Scholarship Celebration 2023-2024

On the morning of January 10, at the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship ceremony, Brockton High School faculty, staff, and students were joined by Mayor Robert Sullivan, Chief of Staff Sydné Marrow, Acting Superintendent of Brockton Public Schools Dr. James Cobbs, and School Committee Members Tony Rodrigues, Claudio Depina Gomes, and Ana Oliver. Scholarships were awarded to 155 seniors at Brockton High School based on their academic performance and MCAS results. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) awards scholarships, which cover tuition for up to eight semesters of undergraduate study at a public institution or university in Massachusetts. To all of these young scholars, congratulations.

Source & Photo Credit: The City of Brockton FB
Written by Jennifer Hernández, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
Father Bill's & MainSpring

In 2024, Father Bill's & MainSpring's Housing Resource Center (HRC) in Brockton will open. It will feature a day center, emergency shelter, and 32 units of permanent supportive housing. Inspired by the Yawkey Foundation in Quincy, the HRC aims to address the disparities in homelessness among Black/African-American and Hispanic/Latino individuals. Its goal is to provide equitable access to housing through coordinated entry, improved assessment tools, and staff training. The center is committed to quickly identifying, assessing, referring, and connecting individuals experiencing a housing crisis to housing and assistance.

For more information, visit the A Path Home website.
Source & Photo Credit: Father Bill's MainSpring FB
Written by Jennifer Hernández, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
Climate Can Do:
Climate Resolutions 

The new year is a time for fresh starts and new goals. Head into 2024 with climate resolutions.

Help your personal & our collective environment by disposing of unwanted items properly. To avoid sending to the landfill; schedule a home textile pickup with CMRK. This company collects clothing, shoes, and household items. For more information, visit www.cmrkne.com.

If you have unwanted, but still useable items, donate them to organizations or those in need. For example:
  • My Brother’s Keeper: This organization accepts furniture donations and gives the items to underprivileged families. 
  • AMVETS: Schedule a pickup with AMVETS and help provide resources to veterans. 
  • Books: Donate to your local library 
  • Sports equipment: The Bench, located at 47 Broad St, Bridgewater, MA, is a sporting goods store that sells used sports equipment. 

Mass.gov also offers resources for disposal and donations that you can use. Here are some options to get you started:
  • Beyond the Bin: This is a research tool that helps you find nearby drop off locations based on the type of material you’d like to recycle. This includes everything from electronics to clothing to toys! 
  • Cradles to Crayons: If you have goods suitable for children from ages newborn through 12, find a Cradles to Crayons drop-off location near you, and they will make care packages with the donations for local children in need. 

There are many ways to make a positive impact on both your community and the environment. Use these ideas to spark some of your own, and let’s make a resolution to bring sustainability into the new year!

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Alexa Pennington, Southern New Hampshire University, BuzzAround Intern. BuzzAround focuses on actions we can do to live more sustainably. We can do it!
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Brockton Garden Club Meeting:
“Indoor Plants and Their Care”
Mon, Jan 22
6:30p
Our Lady of Lourdes Church
439 West St
 
The Brockton Garden Club is very excited to present Ms. Quontay Turner, proprietor of Emerald City Plant Shop, recognized on Good Morning America, Chronicle, The Hub Today and CBS Channel 4 News. A successful Blacked Owned Business you can visit her at www.emeraldcityplantshop.com or better yet meet her on January 22. This is free to the public. For more information please contact Anne at 774-297-4939 or email her at ambeauregard@outlook.com.  
Seascapes Quartet Concert

Sat, Jan 20
2-3p
Circulation Lobby
304 Main St

Four Brockton Symphony musicians will grace the stage on January 20, 2024, to play classical pieces by Mozart, Puccini, Bizet, and Offenbach. Violist Patricia Chane created the Seascapes Quartet, a flute and strings quartet, in the fall of 2023. 
The Brockton Symphony is considered “one of the region’s classical jewels” by the Boston Globe and “actively strives to enhance music education by performing with choruses and orchestras from local schools,” as mentioned on Brockton Symphony Orchestra’s website.

The Seascapes Quartet Concert is part of the Free Chamber Music Concert Series by the Brockton Symphony Orchestra and Brockton Public Library.

For more information, contact: tahearn@cobma.us
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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On the afternoon of December 21, Mayor Robert Sullivan and Chief of Staff Sydné Marrow attended a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by George Montillio to celebrate the new auxiliary industrial baking facility, 239 North Cary St. Montillio's Baking Company carries on family history and has been serving delicious baked goods to communities for over 73 years.

The new facility currently ships hundreds of treats all over the country. The Mayor and Chief of Staff Marrow were given a tour of the site, and they got to see gingerbread houses and yule logs in production for the holidays. If you're hungry just reading about their sweet treats, try some for yourself!

Graduates of BPD's Youth Academy

On Wednesday, December 20, the Brockton Police Youth Academy had a graduation ceremony for 20 students at South Middle School. Graduates took the stage to recite the integrity pledge before their families. Also in attendance were Brockton Police Chief Brenda Perez, Mayor Robert Sullivan, and Chief of Staff Sydné Marrow.

The academy, run by Officer Nicole Anderson, teaches students about various training exercises and team-building activities. The middle schoolers spent eight weeks in the program, learning about policing from Brockton Police Department officers and the academy's drill instructor Officer Frank Czarnowski. The lessons included topics such as gun safety, water safety, patrol work, and detective work.

Additionally, Brockton Police Department's Grant Coordinator surprised each student with a new laptop and backpack! This was made possible by the Shannon Grant. Congratulations to the graduates on their amazing achievement! They should be proud of their hard work and dedication.

Photo and Source Credits: City of Brockton FB, BPD FB
Story written by Alexa Pennington, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
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Only Love Can Do That.

As children, we learn a little about him and think he must have been pretty important, everyone gets a day off. We learn quotes, and that he was instrumental in the Civil Rights movement. But it wasn't until my graduate studies in Interfaith that I really studied his works and his life. 

How he motivated an interfaith coalition to peacefully make change happen in our laws and institutions. How he withstood death threats and direct abuse to stand up for human dignity and racial equality. How he trained others to do the same, leaning on their deep spiritual understanding; and how the Civil Rights movement was grounded in a moral imperative. 

The quotes we have and share are supported by actions he took in his lifetime, and was finally killed for. His resistance to our systemic brutality eventually caused his death.

When I read "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." I cannot nicely tuck it into my feel good quote pile. It is a call to action. Our America and our world call all of us to drive out hate. To learn what we need to learn, to read and listen to the stories of people different from us, whoever we are.

Martin Luther King, Jr, his actions and his life, have had a profound effect on me, and motivate me daily as he modeled how peaceful resistance and love overcome hatred and injustice.
Happy MLK Day, folks. Loving radically, we have a long way to go. One step forward at a time, you and I, together. ~ Jacquie
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