July 9, 2023 ~

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The BFD Celebrates a New Era

The Brockton Fire Department (BFD) has a plethora of things to celebrate as they were able to receive special equipment from the city to aid them in their service. Last month, many fledgling firefighters graduated from the academy and began their career at the BFD. Jack Lally, who is Brockton's Ward 6 City Councilor, shared that this recent addition to their numbers has enabled the fire department to currently be “the largest [they have been] since the 80’s”. Thus, the city of Brockton “restored a 10th apparatus to service”.

This past week, BFD also welcomed a new component, known as “the Rescue” to their department that will provide quicker access to essential special equipment for the firefighters. Instead of having to “[wait] to get the needed equipment from wherever it’s stored”, Lally explains that the Rescue will “allow [the] firefighters to respond to all kinds of challenges even faster”. The BFD has experienced many events where “first responders have relied on special equipment to save a life” and “this will make the deployment of that equipment much easier”.

Story Credit: Angel Benjamin, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Brown University
Photo & Source: Jack Lally
Historical Tidbit:

The Brockton Times Building
The Brockton Times Building was built in 1897 on 1 Main Street and housed the operations for the Brockton Times Newspaper. 

The building, as well as the rest of the block, exhibits an architecture that pays homage to a Romanesque Renaissance style with its tripartite facade, nine window bays, and large sky-lit atrium. This was one of the many buildings designed by Wesley Lyng Minorn, a Massachusetts architect, who designed many Brockton buildings including City Hall and Bixby Block. 

The building has been home to a variety of ventures and companies. It was completely remodeled a couple of decades ago by Brockton businessman Yiannis Davos who founded Supreme Donuts. The building once housed a Supreme Donut shop that would deliver coffee to downtown businesses all day long. Today, it houses condos on the upper floors and storefronts on the street level.
Photo and Story Credit: Ed Williams and MACRIS.net
City Hall
45 School St 508-580-7123
Check the city website for important updates

Brockton Public Library
Main Library - 304 Main St. 508-580-7890
East Branch - 54 Kingman St. 508-580-7892
West Branch - 540 Forest Ave. 508-580-7894

Council on Aging 
 Temporarily at The Shaws Center,
1 Feinberg Way 508-580-7811
Email coa@cobma.us & phone contact only


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You won a free 1.5 hour class at

Bliss Through Yoga! 

Bee sure to play our Historical Tidbit Trivia Game at the bottom of this newsletter.

Enter for this week's prize of

$25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax


Congratulations to Jeff Charnel
as the New Rotary Club President!

On Friday, June 22nd, the Rotary Club of Brockton gathered to beckon in the next generation of their executive board members, including the newly named President Jeff Charnel. Jeff Charnel has already proven his dedication to the club’s mission through his involvement and commitment to the club. The new president was named at the Rotary Club’s 2023-2024 installation ceremony, where other members such as Past President Richard Hooke and Heather Hanson received awards for their service.

Story Credit: Angel Benjamin, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Brown University
Photo & Source: Rotary Club of Brockton FB and Jeff Charnel
Ten Pin Bowling Fundraiser

Wednesday, July 19 and
Sunday, August 16
6 - 9p
65 Westgate Drive

Sign up for the Brockton Lions Club's fundraiser, which will take place at Westgate Lanes. All levels are welcomed and participants can compete for prizes. Three games of bowling will be included. It will be $25 per person with the proceeds going to benefit the Brockton Lions Club.

To register or ask questions, email brocktonlionsclub1@gmail.com for the registration form.
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Cultural Affairs and Tourism Meeting

Thursday, July 13
899 North Main Street

The next Cultural Affairs and Tourism Meeting will be held at North Baptist Church. All non-profits, service agencies, and volunteer organizations are invited to inform everyone about their upcoming activities.

For more information, call Anne at (774)-297-4939 or email.
Kung Fu Panda Movie

Saturday, July 22
11a - 12:30p
304 Main Street

Come to the Brockton Public Library's Children's Room to watch Kung Fu Panda with others in the community. Enjoy free snacks, themed crafts, popcorn and more!

To learn more, call (508)-894-1431.

Cornerstone Concerts Series "Social Justice:

Sunday, July 23


900 Main Street

The Cornerstone Concert Series July event is a world premiere with music written and played for the first time by the performers’ soprano Chelsea Basler and trumpeter Spencer Aston. Come enjoy this lovely occasion.

To learn more about the program, visit www.firstevlutheran.org or call 508-586-9021.

For any questions, please call Anne at 774-297-4939 or ambeauregard@outlook.com.

SeeClickFix Tool

SeeClickFix is a platform that allows users to view and create requests on environmental or infrastructure issues that are occurring in their town such as pot holes, noise disturbances, and more. It is a way to encourage communicate community needs to the local government and improve such connections. It is a collaborative effort that allows everyone to be involved for the betterment of their neighborhood.

To learn more, visit the SeeClickFix website.
Climate Can-Do: Hydration in the Heat and Refillable Water Bottles
Summer is finally here! Warmer weather, more time outside, and an increase in physical activity…all of which lead to us being thirstier. Drinking enough water throughout the day is always important – our bodies are 50% to 70% water (Mayo Clinic) – and with the hot weather in the coming months, it is especially crucial to avoid dehydration. However, our hydration doesn’t need to come at the expense of our environment. According to Ban the Bottle, Americans throw away 35 billion plastic bottles every year. Additionally, only 5% of our plastics (Greenpeace) get recycled; the rest end up in trash heaps, or are litter and many end up in the ocean.

Refillable water bottles make a real difference close to home; in our drinking water; in our rivers; and right down to the ocean. By switching to refillables instead of buying single-use bottles, you are: cutting down on oil usage needed to manufacture the plastic water bottles; decreasing CO2 put out into the atmosphere through production; reducing landfill waste (University of Colorado Boulder); and decreasing the likelihood of nanoplastics in our tap. You’re also saving money and time by not buying a plastic water bottle every time you’re out and about -$1.25 may not seem like much, but it definitely adds up! If tap water isn’t for you, a filtered water dispenser and a reusable water bottle will soon pay for themselves as you consider the cost of bottled water. Most importantly: Refillable water bottles can decrease pollution in our oceans – the same ones we love to swim in over the summer. It’s an important Climate Can Do to reduce personal plastic waste; opt for refillable bottles instead of single-use plastic ones so we and our environment can flourish!

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Miriam Heath, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Bridgewater State University. We focus on actions which individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do!
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The Arc's
Young Ladies Crew

Thursday, July 27
5:30 - 7:30p
1250 Chestnut Street

Young Ladies’ ages 14-30 can enjoy in-house and community inclusive activities designed to build confidence, acceptance and lasting friendships.
This program will be a community outing.

To RSVP, email Tracey Glynn and make sure to include the attendee's name, name of parent/guardian, phone number of parent/guardian, email address of parent/guardian.

To learn more or ask questions, call Tracey Glynn at (339)-837-1923.
United Way of Greater Plymouth County
Blood Drive

Friday July 28
10a - 3p
304 Main Street

Join the United Way in collaboration with American Red Cross for the Blood Drive, which will take place at the Brockton Public Library.

To schedule an appointment, contact the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter: UNITEDWAY.

Metro South Chamber of Commerce 25th Annual ATHENA Leadership Awards
June 16, 2023
Video Courtesy of BCA
Meet John Adams at the
Brockton Public Library
June 17, 2023
Video Courtesy of BCA
Welcome John Masko!

Congratulations to John Masko on his new role as Music Director for the Brockton Symphony Orchestra! Masko is currently the musical director of the Providence Medical Orchestra while also splitting his time as assistant and cover conductor across the country such as at San Francisco Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and Landmarks Orchestra. In addition to his experiences in the United States, he has conducted various orchestras such as the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra in Lithuania, the Camerata Antonio Soler in Spain, and the Romanian Chamber Orchestra in Romania. Armed with a Masters in Conducting from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, John Masko continues to thrive and achieve great things as his work has allowed him to serve as conducting fellow at the Atlantic Music Festival in Maine and even conduct in masterclasses led by Cristian Măcelaru, Rüdiger Bohn, Sian Edwards, and many others. His passion for music can also be seen in the orchestra he founded known as the National Virtual Medical Orchestra, where medical professionals all over the nation engage in an online ensemble together. With years of conducting experience accumulated from professional and semi-professional orchestras around the globe, John Masko is well qualified to serve the community through the Brockton Symphony Orchestra. His talent and expertise will contribute to his continuous dedication and work for Brockton.

Story Credit: Angel Benjamin, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Brown University
Photo & Source Credit: Aimee Toner and Brockton Symphony Orchestra


Have fun with us and bee entered to win:

$25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax


Historical Tidbit Question:

What year was the

Brockton Times Building built?

Email us your answer at: 


Please include your name and phone number with your answer.

Prize Box Rules 

By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.

On July 12, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.

The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Angel Benjamin, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
A Child's Summer
“Let us remember: one book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.” ~ Malala Yousafzai, education activist and Nobel Prize laureate. 

"There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings." ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." ~ Fred Rogers

“Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.”
~ Horace, ancient Roman poet

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." ~ Frederick Douglass

“Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.” —Jess Lair
There are a precious few summers in a child's lifetime, and it is the perfect time for unfolding possibilities, for being silly & creative. Enjoy our children, they are amazing! ~ Jacquie
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