New Sensory Hallway at Davis K-8 School
A new sensory hallway has been completed at the Davis K-8 School this past week. This beautiful, fun, and interactive hallway was designed by Brockton High School Class of 2023 and 2024 in collaboration with Terry Roderiques, an occupational therapist, and other teachers. The artworks in the hallways were made using a 3D printer consists of stepping stones where children can play hopscotch, handprints on the wall where children can do wall pushups, and other designs that allow them to take a closer look at numbers and geometry. The staff at Davis K-8 plans to implement this hallway to help their students during times of deregulation and to support their physical and mental emotional development. For more information on this sensory hallway, check out the video on Brockton Public School's Facebook!

Story by Queenie Chen, BuzzAround Intern, Tufts University
Historical Tidbit:

Winning the United States National Marathon Championship

"In this 1974 New York Times Photo, I am crossing the finish line first at the Yonkers, New York Marathon. It was the fastest marathon ever run in the state of New York. (At the time.) Thanks to my Brockton High Cross Country Coach, Harry Allen, for developing me as an athlete and instilling in me a love of running that led to a 20 year racing career." - Ron Wayne

Harry Allen was a beloved cross country coach at Brockton High School from 1965 to 1991. Coach Allen worked tirelessly to train the Brockton runners. In 1966, he worked with Brockton Parks and Rec to create weekly race series at the D.W. Fields Park during the summer. The weekly race series were high intensities with mileages ranging from high 20's to low 40's. As a result of everyone's hard work, Brockton runners achieved amazing records in the following season. The Brockton Cross Country team won all 10 dual meets, finished 4th at the Catholic Memorial Invite, won the league championship, and tied for first at the State Championship. They also won the New England Team Championship in New Hampshire. Under Coach Allen's lead, the team became champions. Today the track at Brockton High School is named after Coach Allen for his dedication to the team.
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
Congratulations!
Stephanie Churchill
won a Decorated 12” Wreath (value $34)
From Nessralla Farm Halifax

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

Enter for this week's prize of
a 45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose
Brockton School Committee Meeting
December 5, 2023
Video Courtesy of the Brockton Channels
Brockton Finance Committee Meeting
December 4, 2023
Video Courtesy of the Brockton Channels
Turkey Give-Away for
Brockton Residents

Sat, Dec 16, 8a-10a
Belmont St Entrance of
The Brockton Fairgrounds

Join us for a special turkey giveaway generously sponsored by George and Chris Carney, supported by Mayor Robert F Sullivan, open to all Brockton residents. To ensure the event directly benefits Brockton households, please bring identification confirming your Brockton residency. Turkeys will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't miss this opportunity to share in the community spirit!

For more information, please visit The City of Brockton's FB Event Post and www.brockton.ma.us
Christmas Toy Collection
Drop off location: 250 Belmont St

The African American Association of Brockton is partnering with American Dream Home Health Care Agency and Lady C&J Cafe to collect toys for the holiday season! We will be hosting an event in December to distribute the toys and other goodies to children and families during the holiday season! Some gift ideas include: puzzles, stuffed toys, legos, dolls, board games, adult games. If you are interested in donating or you have a family in need please email us at AAABrockton@gmail.com.
Call 508-423-9275 for any questions.
For more info, check out the AAA Brockton FB post
Show Your Support for D.W. Field Park Expansion of 32 Acres!

In partnership with the City of Brockton and the Town of Avon, MA, Wildlands Trust has secured funding from the Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) grant program and a private foundation to add new land to this 700-acre urban sanctuary. To access the private funds, we need 200 donations of just $5 or more. We need your help so that D.W. Field Park can continue to serve the health, habitat, and climate resilience needs of Brockton and Avon.

Please donate if you can with the link below.
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music notes
Midday Music
Wed, Dec 13
12:15p
Christ Congregational Church
1350 Pleasant St

Alex Green, music director/organist at Christ Congregational Church, presents 'Tis the Season. The event is free and donations are welcomed and will go towards Father Bill's & Mainspring. It is sponsored by All Business Realty and the location is handicapped accessible.

For more info, email
Everyone Has a Voice

Saturday Dec. 16 2p
Driscoll Art Gallery
Brockton Public Library
304 Main St

Come see the poetry series at Brockton Public Library! It will be featuring poets Gary Duehr and Linwood Jackson. There will also be time for open mic!

For questions, contact Jonathan Stroud at jstroud@cobms.us
Source Credit: BrPL Website
U.S. Citizenship Classes

Brockton Adult Learning Center
211 Crescent St

Sign up now for U.S. Citizenship Classes! The entire course will be 11 weeks long starting from 1/23. You can choose between Tuesday evenings. 6-9p, or Wednesday mornings, 9a-12p.
Requirements:
  • Have a permanent resident card for 5 years or have been married to a U.S. citizen for 3 years
  • Intermediate or advanced level of English preferred

For questions, call 508-580-7475
Climate Can Do: How to be Sustainable During the Holidays

While there is much to celebrate this time of year, it's important to remember that these times also generate more waste than usual. As we approach the holiday season, let’s take a moment to consider all the ways we can be more environmentally friendly.

Recycling Christmas Trees
If you are buying a real Christmas tree this year, please remove the tree of all decorations like tinsels, ornaments, metal rings and do not cover the tree in plastic bags when throwing them out. Natural Christmas trees can be recycled into mulch that can be used for municipal landscaping projects. So please take a moment to clear your trees before tossing them out! In Brockton, trees will be collected from curbside between 12/27/23- 1/8/24
Recycling Electronics
Did you received a new phone or tablet during the holidays? Consider recycling your old electronics instead of throwing it out. Any Staples store accept old electronics everyday. Check out the Staples website for the list of electronics they accept. Below are some Staples locations in the area:
  • 600 S ST W, Raynham
  • 500 Westgate Dr, Brockton


This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Queenie Chen, Tufts University BuzzAround Intern. BuzzAround focuses on actions we can do to live more sustainably. We can do it!
Vega Club Yankee Swap/Ugly Sweater Party

Sat, Dec 16, 6:30p
Vega Club Inc
895 Warren Ave

Come down to the Vega Club on the 16th for a fun adult Yankee Swap/Ugly Sweater Party!
Last year's event was a blast, full of fun and great presents. To participate in the swap, bring a wrapped or bagged present with a minimum value of $25. While an ugly sweater is optional, we encourage you to join in the festive spirit, and there's even a prize for the best sweater. It's a night of joy with family and friends, filled with laughter and good times. Feel free to bring your favorite dish or snack to share in the potluck festivities. Let's make it a memorable holiday celebration together!
For questions contact the club at 508-583-9306.
Source credit: Vega Club FB Event
The Grow Team is looking for individuals that are: 
  • Person-Centered
  • Caring
  • Service-Oriented 
  • Passionate 

Grow Associates is dedicated to helping individuals with developmental disabilities reach their full potential, to live lives enhanced by knowledge, by friendship, and by work.

We are hiring FT and PT, check out:

Grow Associates, Inc
68 Mazzeo Drive, Randolph MA
HolidayHandmade
The Shop at Fuller Craft Museum
Expanded Shop Open til January 7, 2024
Your destination for all gift-giving needs this holiday season!
Find unique and one-of-a-kind pieces from Artists both local and international.

Members Receive a 10% Shop Discount

A Brockton Christmas

Sun, Dec 17
3p
Brockton High School
470 Forest Ave

Celebrate the holidays with your family, friends, the Brockton Symphony, and our own Brockton High School Concert Choir.

Experience John Williams’ magical "Three Holiday Songs" from Home Alone and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ shimmering Fantasia on Greensleeves. Sing along with holiday favorites like Sleigh Ride, White Christmas, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Hear newer holiday classics like Valerie Coleman's Umoja--The First Day of Kwanzaa and Marques L.A. Garrett's The Savior's Birth. And enjoy George Whitefield Chadwick's Noel and Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances as the BrSO conjures up the joyous spirit of the holidays.
Conducted by John Masko and hosted by Greg Fernandes, this concert will also feature a guest conducting appearance by Brockton High School Choral Director Matt Cunningham and a prelude concert by the students of Rose Conservatory.

Order Tickets on eTix Adults: $30, Seniors $25, Students & Children, Free.
December Children Programs at BrPL

Mad Science Fire & Ice Show
Sat, Dec 23, 11a - 12p
Lingos Multi-Purpose Room
304 Main St

Mad Science delivers unique STEM experiences for children. This event will include foggy dry ice storms, fire’s use of oxygen, giant floating beach balls, and more! For classroom ages (k-6th). No registration required.

For questions, call 508-894-1431
Source credit: BrPL Website

Insect Info Session
Sat, Dec 23, 1 - 2p
Children's Story Hour Room
304 Main St

Learn about mosquitos, their lifecycle, free local services, crucial information, and more that can keep everyone safe in Summer. Start preparing now! In collaboration with the Plymouth County Mosquito Control Project

For questions, call 508-894-1431
Source credit: BrPL Website
37th Annual Brockton Holiday Parade & Celebration
Santa in Parade
Photo Credit: Brockton PD FB
Brockton PD Leading the Parade
Photo Credit: Brockton PD FB
Ice Skating Rink in Downtown
Photo Credit: City of Brockton FB
Parade: This past Saturday, on November 25th, the City of Brockton hosted its 37th annual holiday parade and celebration. The Downtown Brockton Association (DBA) and volunteers from the community organize a spectacular holiday parade each year, and this year was no exception! The parade kicked off at 1 PM from the intersection between Belmont St. and Main St., concluding between School St. and Montello. Grand Marshal John Merian, along with Brockton's elected officials, including Mayor Robert Sullivan, the fire and police departments, local organizations, civic groups, and schools, paraded to the cheers of the excited crowd.

Celebration: Alongside the parade, DBA collaborated with businesses and civic organizations to arrange community activities pre-parade for kids and families. The fire station held an open house, city hall provided pizza and hot chocolate for kids, and the library hosted various holiday events, including a Teddy Bear making workshop, holiday crafts, snowflake hunt, and planetarium shows. In downtown Brockton, numerous activities awaited everyone, including ice skating, face painting, pictures with Santa, and more! Additionally, food trucks lined the streets to ensure parade-goers didn't go hungry.
It is thanks to the DBA, sponsors, and the Brockton police who worked tediously before, during, and after the event that everyone was able to have a fun and safe time at the parade and celebrations. Here's to another year of successful holiday celebrations and many more to come!

Video Courtesy of BTV
Story by Queenie Chen, BuzzAround Intern,Tufts University
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:

a 45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

Historical Tidbit Question:

What year did Coach Allen retire?

Email your answer to: 

Please include your name and phone number with your answer.



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

On December 13, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
A Light in the Darkness

“Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore

“In the darkest skies, we see the brightest stars.” ~ Richard Evans

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” ~ Anne Frank

Or sometimes, we must accept what is, and that brings us peace...

"If light is scarce, then light is scarce; we will immerse ourselves in the darkness and there discover its own particular beauty." ~ Junichirō Tanizaki, In Praise of Shadows
Here we are in darkness, the shortest days. We can shine and twinkle brightly, or immerse in the darkness and find the beauty it. Either is magical.
~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Queenie Chen, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
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