December 11, 2022 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Brockton's Two New Sister Cities
Story Credits: Primrose Morrison
Wednesday, December 7th, was a historical moment for the City of Brockton and two fabulous cities on the Island of Fogo, Cape Verde. Mayor Robert Sullivan was honored to execute two Sister City agreements. A sister city relationship is a form of legal or social agreement between two geographically and politically distinct localities for the purpose of promoting cultural and commercial ties. Shown here signing the official documents are Mayor Fábio Vieira of Mosteiros and Mayor Nuias DaSilva of São Filipe. In attendance were State Senator Mike Brady, Brockton CFO Mr. Troy Clarkson, and Chief of Staff Sydné Marrow. These Cities are well represented in Brockton. We look forward to continued collaboration and Morabeza.
Historical Tidbit:
Brockton Christmas Lights Turned On: Brockton 1958 Yule lights were officially turned on Friday evening, brightening Main Street with brilliance. The photo shows the lights looking north from Main and Belmont Streets, November 28, 1958.

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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 & phone contact only

There are 14 food pantries in Brockton.
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A jumbo Pop- It toy
(Value $25)
WestGate Mall
Lebanese Independence Flag Day Ceremony 11-22-22
Video Courtesy of BCA
Boys and Girls Club of South Metro
December Vacation Camp
December 27 - 30
7:30a - 5:30p
Brockton Clubhouse
233 Warren Avenue

Get out of the house and jump into some fun! Special theme days, activities, and more!
You can register your children on this website by clicking on the town you are from and the number of days you wish to register your child for.
Ages 5 - 18 are welcome, $30 per day per child.
Holiday Concert
Friday, December 23
Rose Conservatory
1350 Pleasant Street

Greg Fernandes invites you to join their first Holiday Concert at the Rose Conservatory. It will be a night filled with amazing music featuring our violin, piano, handbell, guitar, and West African drumming programs supported by glorious singing from our chorus.

Find out more on the Greg Fernandes Facebook page.
Transgender Day - Remembrance Flag Raising 11-21-22
Video courtesy of BCA
Entry level to licensed positions:
  • Clinical Staff
  • Nursing Staff
  • Mental Health Specialists/Recovery Specialists
  • Certified Peer Specialists/Family Support
  • Management and more
  • New Pay Rates
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package

Visit to see full listing
December 13, 2022
10 am

Held at MassHire Brockton 34 School Street • Brockton, MA * Come prepared to interview
* Pre-registration is required CLICK HERE TO REGISTER *Questions? (508) 513-3400 or
High Point & Affiliated Organizations are seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals
looking to make a change in peoples lives. We are currently hiring for our Inpatient, Outpatient and Community Based Services to open up a new Community Based Mental Health services program in Brockton January 3, 2023.
Poetry Series
Everyone Has a Voice
Sunday, December 17
304 Main Street

The Brockton Public Library invites you to attend the poetry series Everyone Has a Voice. The poetry series will feature poets Marie Gauthier and Tom Laughlin with an open-mic opportunity to follow. Marie Gauthier's debut full-length poetry collection, Leave No Wake, was published by Pine Row Press in April 2022. She received the 2008 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and Honorable Mention in the 2010 Dorothy Prizes. Tom Laughlin's book, The Rest of the Way, was published by Finishing Line Press in July 2022. His poetry has appeared in Green Mountains Review, Ibbetson Street, Drunk Monkeys, Sand Hills, The Blue Mountain Review, and elsewhere.

For more information, contact Philip Hasouris at (508)-942-8018 or Jonathan Stroud at (508)-894-1426.
Holiday Hope Dinner & Toy Drive
Wednesday, December 21st
Lincoln Congregational Church
180 Oak Street

Enjoy celebrating the holiday season with friends and family at this event in Brockton hosted by FIREWINDSOFHOPE. There will be a special live performance by Ty Hunt, Christmas raffles, photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, holiday activities, and more. Support families and children during these challenging times and seasons by donating gift cards ($25-$50, $50-$75, $75-$100, $100-$200, $200-$500). Also, donations of new items for all ages, such as clothing, socks, sneakers, boots, winter clothes, winter insulated coats, hats, scarves, winter thermal gloves, baby clothes all sizes, baby diapers, 0-5 baby accessories, baby outwears and more. Tickets are available at the entrance door for $10.

Amigos & Amigas Day
Sunday, December 18th
Lincoln Congregational Church
180 Oak Street

FIREWINDSOFHOPE invites you to attend "Friends Day" a time of togetherness and some exciting news is coming to Brockton. Mingle and make friends with new people through collaboration with other organizations and churches. For more information, contact 978-305-7452 or 774-778-3490 or
Brockton Holiday Parade
Video Courtesy of BCA
Community Kwanzaa
December 28th
6 - 8:30p
575 N. Montello St.

The Cape Verdean Association invites you to enjoy an evening with friends and family to celebrate Kwanzaa and participate in the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Masks are recommended. Please RSVP by December 20th.
STREAM Ahead at the Boys and Girls Club of South Metro
10 - 11a
Monday, Jan 9
Monday, Feb 13
Monday, Mar 13
Brockton Clubhouse
233 Warren Avenue

We've added an "R" to our Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics for READING! Join the Children's Museum Easton for a fun storytime and STREAM activities event! By incorporating literacy into the programming, we are promoting critical thinking and creativity with your little one.
Comedy Fundraiser with Frank Santos, Jr.
Saturday, January 21
Enterprise Club
224 Clinton Street

Please join us for an evening of laughter and supporting the Rotary Club of Brockton. All proceeds will go to their charitable & educational funds. Entertainment includes a cash bar, snacks, 50/50 drawings, raffles, and comic hypnotist Frank Santos Jr.

For tickets or to sponsor this event, please email or call Tom Samaras at (508) 269-3978
Winter Clothes Drive
Monday - Friday
9a - 4p
Now until January 31
Mayor's Office
Town Hall
45 School Street

Mayor Sullivan is hosting a winter clothes drive to support the community by collecting new and gently used winter clothing. Donations can be dropped off at the Mayor’s Office inside City Hall until Tuesday, January 31st.

Donations being collected include
  • new or gently used clean coats/jackets
  • new hats, gloves, socks and scarves

Please see flyer or contact (508) 580-7123 for more information.
Lady CJ Soulfood Cafe
& Catering 
Our Customers Say: "The food is delicious and the hospitality is amazing. They make you feel right at home…" ~ Nikki Shaydez Ortiz

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

(508) 423-9273
Fusion Dolls
Doll & Toy Store in WestGate Mall 
Buy 1 doll, get 2nd half off
while supplies last! 

Until Dec 12, give a child a doll
that looks like them!
Donate a doll to My Brothers Keeper. 

Inside WestGate Mall
across from Kay jewelers
Brockton Symphony Orchestra:
Holiday Pops Concert

Sunday, December 18

The Brockton Symphony Orchestra is celebrating the holidays with a festive seasonal concert for the whole family. A part of their new season Cueing in a New Era, BSO has invited guest conductor Philip Sanborn to play all our holiday favorites. The concert will feature inspiring soloists, sing-alongs, and other fun surprises.

The Brockton Symphony Orchestra would like to give a big THANK YOU to all of their generous sponsors and grant awards that contributed to their successful 2021-2022 year. Their new season will be a celebration of pandemic recovery through live music and community engagement.
For more information the musicians featured at the Holiday Pops concert, on how to donate, become a sponsor, or attend future concerts, please visit
For your Climate: Frugal Beauty

Frugal living is about using & re-using: checking what you have and what's available before buying something new.
Often our beauty products are overlooked when we are thinking about living climate-friendly.

Using what you have and being mindful about your purchases is good for your wallet and for the planet.

Our Climate Can-Do Articles from Jacquie focus on life changes that we can make, which will help mitigate the environmental changes of our climate emergency. Our goal is to keep the Earth's temperature from rising 1.5˚ C to lessen the sea rise. However, there are things we can do.
Brockton School Committee Meeting
Video Courtesy of BCA
Brockton Planning Board Meeting
Video Courtesy of BCA
Metro South Chamber of Commerce
109th Annual Meeting

The Metro South Chamber of Commerce hosted its 109th Annual Meeting on November 16th in the multipurpose auditorium at Adult & Teen Challenge Brockton. The meeting celebrated 109 years of fostering economic vitality and businesses working together for the future of the Metro South region. There were over 500 attendees and awards were presented to local businesses. In addition, Mayor Sullivan gave an inspiring speech about the City's new marketing effort called "Brockton: Where Better Begins." This video illustrates Brockton residents and business owners and is a collaborative effort by Eastern Bank, the City of Brockton, and the Chamber of Commerce. The guest speaker Steve Gross (of the "Life is Good" Playmaker project), gave an inspiring speech about optimism and shifting your mindset with the message "Do what you love and love what you do."
Congratulations to the Economic Impact Award recipients: 24 Restore, Concord Square Planning & Development, Egan Development, HD Pediatrics, Heights Crossing Assisted Living Residence, J.N. Kidds, New Vision Enterprises, Porton Di Nos Ilha Restaurant, The Arc of Greater Brockton, The Wild Dahlia, and Trinity Development & Management.

Story & Photo Credit: J. Rose
(Photos courtesy of Rich Morgan Photography)
Where Better Begins: Brockton!

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a:
Jumbo Pop- It toy
(Value $25)
WestGate Mall

Historical Tidbit Question:
What Street was lit up in the photo of Brockton's Yule lights?

Email us your answer at: 
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By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.
On December 14, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Primrose Morrison, Janice O'Brien, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose, & Gregory Venezia.
Beauty of Frugality!

The beauty of frugality is we
  • Save money - not spending on things we do not need, which increases our quality of life.
  • Protect the planet - breaking the chain of overwhelming consumption of our natural resources.

“I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.” ~ John Stuart Mill

“Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.” ~ Elise Boulding

“Being frugal doesn’t mean slashing your spending or depriving yourself of things that you enjoy. It means knowing the value of a dollar and making every effort to spend it wisely.”
~ Frank Sonnenberg
It is beautiful, being frugal. I see you glowing even now. : ) ~ Jacquie
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