Our Brockton 44:
Mayor Sullivan interviews Elaina Palmarin on creating a girl scouting troop in Brockton.
"Brockton girls deserve the same opportunities." ~ Elaina
Creating a girl scouting troop: getting together to enjoy scouting in the city of champions!
" We have to climb mountains to get equality, so we might as well stand on one." ~ Elaina Palmarin
Call the mayors office 508-580-7123 or mayor@cobma.us
Spread the news! Looking for middle school aged girls. Girls Join BSA

Historical Tidbit: Bradford Kingman
Brockton is a town with a rich history filled with interesting stories and characters. However at some point the question may arise, how do we know this? National censuses have been taken since the 18th century, making dates, populations, and demographics pretty accessible. And when it comes to documentation of community based aspects of early Brockton, we can look to Bradford Kingman, a historian, judge, and Brockton native born in 1831.

Kingman attended the Adelphian Academy in North Bridgewater (now Brockton), and later was a student in Williston Seminary at East Hampton, Massachusetts. He studied law in Boston, attending lectures at Harvard Law School, and was appointed justice of the peace for criminal cases in Norfolk county in 1864. 

Kingman was always interested in historical and genealogical studies, and made them a specialty in connection with his legal profession. He gave much attention to local history and contributed both writing and sketches to magazines in Brockton, Plymouth, and Andover. In 1894 he published “The History of Brockton,” his final book before taking his genealogical research to Europe.

Kingman's work raises a magnifying glass to the brushstrokes that bring us this bigger picture, and we begin to see where Brockton fits in! To view “The History of Brockton (1894)” click the digitized version here.

Source and Image: wikitree.com/wiki/Kingman

Historical Tidbit By Hassan Sharif, BuzzAround Writing Intern, New York University
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 
 10 Father Kenney Way 508-580-7811
Email coa@cobma.us & phone contact only
Renee MacDonald
You won 2 tickets to Friday night's performance of
Halley's Comet
Presented by the Massasoit Theatre Company
Friday, April 7, 7p
Massasoit Community College

Bee sure to play our Historical Tidbit Trivia Game at the bottom of this newsletter.
Enter for this week's prize of
45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose
Porter & Chester Ribbon Cutting

April 6, 4–6p
Porter & Chester Institute
609 Belmont Street

Porter & Chester Institute will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at their newest location with light refreshments, tours of campuses & labs, info on financial aid & career services, networking, photo-op, and more! This is a complimentary event and open to the public, but please register in advance. Hope to see you there!

Questions? Contact Cathryn Schofield or call (508) 586-0500 x 231 for assistance.

Mini Maker: Food Justice
April 18, 2–4p
Fuller Craft
Museum Lounge

Join the Fuller Craft Museum for another Mini Maker! This one is for the kids who love math and numbers. Bring the whole family to make data sculptures from utensils, food charms, and more! Numbers aren’t your thing? Decorate a placemat instead! This is your last chance to be inspired by Food Justice: Growing a Healthier Community through Art, on view through April 23rd. This event is supported by grants from our local cultural councils, which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

For more information, visit: fullercraft.org/programs
Pages and Pajamas!

Calling all kids ages 2 and up! Are you ready for a nighttime adventure? Join Ms. Sam every Tuesday night at 5;30p in the Children's Room for a nighttime adventure. Dance, Sing, Play and hear a bed time tale before you escape to dream land.

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Halley's Comet Presented by the Massasoit Theatre Company
April 7 & 8, 7p
Massasoit Community College
Brockton Campus
Buckley Performing Arts Center
1 Massasoit Boulevard

The Massasoit Theatre Company presents the staged reading of the brand new musical Halley’s Comet. Written by Cameron Torres, Mikey O’Malley and Eli Bigelow. The year is 1986, and Halley’s Comet is about to pass over the town of Huntersville. The town has pulled out all the stops for this spectacular wonder. As the town prepares, a young girl spends her night reuniting her parents, a teen scrambles to keep friendships intact, and an elderly couple gets lost in the past. Through the mysticism of the comet, the park, and the night itself, moments from the past meet the present and guide the town towards the future, as they embark on a night that is truly once in a lifetime. Directed by Gary Bigelow this new work’s staged reading will run for two shows, April 7 & 8th at the Buckley Performing Arts Center on the Brockton campus of Massasoit Community College. Both performances will include a talkback to obtain audience opinions and suggestions on the new work.

Tickets are available online at massasoit.edu/boxoffice.
Please help improve D.W. Field Park by taking this short survey. Your experiences and opinions are important.

The City of Brockton and non-profit Wildlands Trust have started the D.W. Field Park Initiative to improve D.W. Field Park, Brockton's largest park that is shared with the Town of Avon and listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Take survey HERE

Old Colony Planning Council, the regional planning agency, is conducting this survey on behalf of Wildlands Trust. Responses are completely confidential and we are not collecting any personally identifiable info. Results will be used to inform development of projects at the park. If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Calderara at rcalderara@wildlandstrust.org or (774) 343-5121 extension 101.
For our little ones, an Easter egg hunt! Join the FunZ family in having a good time!
Sunday, April 9
 2077 Main Street

In the eggs, there will be free one-hour passes, a free glow-in-the-dark T-shirt pass, candy, and other goodies. 
Just go to the front desk and claim your goodies! 
Halley's Comet Presented by the Massasoit Theatre Company
April 7 & 8, 7p
Brockton Campus
Buckley Performing Arts Center
1 Massasoit Boulevard
Climate Can-Do:
South Shore Recycling Cooperative

To address the climate, Massachusetts recently elected Melissa Hoffer as its first Climate Chief in the Office of Climate Innovation and Resilience. The office in charge of resources and authority available to the Governor and executive department to advance climate change innovation, and resilience policies.

At the local level, South Shore Recycling Cooperative (SSRC) is a resource. The SSRC is a voluntary association of South Shore municipalities established in 1998. It helps its member municipalities improve their recycling programs, and reduce the quantity, toxicity and cost of disposal in a number of ways. Some include maintenance of solid waste programs, educating residents about waste management, and advocating for funding and regulations that minimize waste while maximizing recovery of useful materials. Their bimonthly newsletter highlights local opportunities to make a difference. Subscribe on ssrcoop.com. Find out more about the Office of Climate Innovation and Resilience

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Hassan Sharif, Writing Intern, New York University. We focus on actions which individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do!
Brockton Public Library Poetry Series
Everyone Has A Voice
Sat April 15, 2p
Driscoll Art Gallery

Featured Poets: Avian Deane & Christina Liu.
Open Mic
304 Main St
Fusion Dolls
Doll & Toy Store in WestGate Mall 
Looking for that Special Gift?
Stop by Fusion Dolls in Westgate Mall.
Locally owned & created!

Inside WestGate Mall
across from Kay jewelers
Lady CJ Soulfood Cafe
& Catering
Our Customers Say: "Smokiest BBQ Ribs I've ever had... Can't wait to go back again!!! ~ Geoff Diehl

Cafe: BAT Terminal 
10 Commercial Street 
& delivery through door dash

(508) 423-9273
Brockton School Committee Finance Subcommittee Meeting 3-21-23 
Video courtesy of BTV
Strand Theatre Fire Memorial Service
Video Courtesy of BTV
Find YOUR Bliss with
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Svaroopa yoga excels at releasing the deep tension in your body. While the benefits of this style of yoga are profound, it is very easy to do. We use the alignment of the body, rather than a lot of effort, along with blankets for propping to make the poses accessible, supportive and effective.

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Mayor Robert F. Sullivan gave his "State of the City" address March 16, 2023 to a live audience at
Brockton High School

The address began with video greetings from the Governor, and other dignitaries, as well as an in person visit from Congressman Stephen Lynch, a tribute to Mayor Sullivan's relationships with the decision makers at the state and federal level.

"My friends and fellow Brocktonians, the state of our city is strong and vibrant — and that vibrancy is due to our collective work," Sullivan said "We are better together."
New public safety building along with Brockton Police Chief Brenda I. Perez, appointed in 2022 shows Brockton's commitment to changing the way policing is done in the city. The $98 million project will move four city departments — police, fire, emergency management and information technology — into one facility taking up an entire city block along Warren Avenue. Demolition of the old high school is scheduled to start this summer.
Sullivan praised the extraordinary achievement of Fire Chief Brian Nardelli in getting Brockton Hospital evacuated without injuries in last month's fire. This past year the fire department had 33,347 total runs and responded to 14,860 fires. Sullivan said the city has gone three years without a fire death, saying it was the longest such stretch in many years.

The full presentation can be seen here.
Story credit: J. Rose
Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

Historical Tidbit Question:
What is Kingman's book titled?

Email us your answer at: 
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 April 5, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Tess Fiumefreddo, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Hassan Sharif, Jacquelyn Rose, & Greg Venezia.
You are the center of the universe AND you are a speck of dust.
This old Hebrew teaching about our ego speaks to me today. Rabbi Simcha Bunim, a great Polish Hasidic master at the turn of the 19th century, taught: “Everyone must have two pockets, with a note in each pocket, so that he or she can reach into one or the other, depending on the need.”

Every single day, we should feel worthy, loved, appreciated. If we don’t, we “should reach into one pocket, and, there, find the words: ‘Bishvili nivra ha-olam’ The world was created for me." (BT Sanhedrin 37B). I will say it now to you, dear reader; you are worthy, loved, appreciated. Take care of yourself, eat right, exercise. Today, your smiling face is more important than ever.

And also, when we feel full of ourselves, unjustly put out: “one should reach into the other pocket, and find the words: ‘V’anochi afar v’efer’ I am but dust and ashes." (Gen. 18:27). 
That way we carry both at once: As tiny as an ant and at the same time knowing how important we are. Today and always, each of us has an important role to play in keeping our community strong. Making eye contact and sharing joy are important. Call each other, write notes, create public art. The need continues.
Our impact is huge. Ants can carry up to 40 x their weight, we are a speck, but we are mighty.
~ Jacquie
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