Champion High School Building Dedicated to
Robert C. Jones

On April 4th, the Champion High School building was dedicated to Mr. Robert C. Jones, a trailblazing educator and a proud BHS graduate from the Class of 1949.

Mr. Jones began his career in 1960 as a teacher at North Junior High School and was later the first Black educator to be appointed Superintendent of Schools. While his list of accomplishments is vast, perhaps his most tangible and lasting accomplishment was helping the city to qualify for state funds that were used to build the Arnone, Plouffe, Angelo and Baker Schools.
During the moving dedication ceremony, Mr. Jones and his loved ones shared inspiring stories from his time as a teacher and Superintendent of Schools. As any educator would tell you, having an impact on students' lives means more than any accolade. It would be difficult to quantify the impact Mr. Jones had not only on thousands of Brockton students, but also the many educators who followed in his footsteps. Champion High is grateful to have had the opportunity to honor Mr. Jones with this long-awaited dedication ceremony!

Historical Tidbit: Brockton Fair
Just outside of downtown Brockton lies the Brockton Fairgrounds, once a bustling home for horse races and the historical Brockton Fair. The Brockton Fair was an annual tradition since 1874, but was Covid cancelled in 2020 and has not returned. While the fair has evolved throughout its lifespan, it once featured parades, exotic animals and automobile stunts. In recent years it has featured demolition derby’s, and amusement park rides. Out of all the fair activities, one that routinely drew crowds where the horse races.

As one of the oldest recreational sports, horse racing was a staple of 20th-century entertainment for many Americans. The races drew massive crows eager to bet on the races, with a record of $447,588 bet in total on July 9th, 1969, around 3.67 million dollars. The Brockton Fair held these races every year until 1972.

Fairs are a big part of New England cultural history. As Brockton continues to grow and develop, it will be interesting to see what becomes of the old Brockton Fairgrounds.

Written by Hassan Sharif, BuzzAround Writing Intern, New York University
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Brockton Public Library
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East Branch - 54 Kingman St. 508-580-7892
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Brockton Public Library Poetry Series
Everyone Has A Voice
Saturday, April 15th, 2p
Driscoll Art Gallery
304 Main St

Featured Poets: Avian Deane & Christina Liu.
Open Mic
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.

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2nd annual Evening of Champions for
Marvelous Martin Hagler Scholarships
May 13, 2023
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 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 High's Amazing Choir practicing for their Spring Concert.
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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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 or (774) 343-5121 extension 101.
The Old Bridgewater Historical Society will present a lecture entitled “D. W. Field Park”

Sunday, April 23, 1p
162 Howard St, West Bridgewater

 Bill Hogan will be the speaker.
D.W. Field Park is a municipal park managed by the parks department of the city of Brockton. The park consists of 650 acres of fields, woodlands, and water bodies in northern Brockton and southern Avon, Massachusetts. It was created in 1925 as a bequest from Brockton businessman Daniel W. Field.

The lecture will be presented by Bill Hogan, lifetime Brockton resident, city historian, president of the Downtown Brockton Museum and former owner of Hogie’s Hobbies. Bill is also a Board Member of the Old Bridgewater Historical Society

Following the lecture we will have refreshments followed by our Annual Members’ Meeting.

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society, a private organization, started in 1894, and is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and publication of history relating to the original Bridgewater township, which includes the towns of Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, and the city of Brockton. For more information, visit the OBHS website. OBHS also maintains a Facebook page.
The Brockton Mosaic Storywalk Project and Beautiful Stuff
Saturday, April 22, 2p
Brockton Public Library

The Brockton Mosaic Storywalk Project and Beautiful Stuff will be unveiled Saturday April 22 at the Brockton Library, 2p. Brockton poets will be featured, including Brockton Poet Laureate Philip Hasouris, and Youth Poet Laureate Hannah Baptiste. Pauline Anderson, Mark Walsh, Avain Deane and Marcus Pierre have each selected a mosaic art piece that inspired them to write an original poem. The poems and mosaic art pieces will be on display outside of the library encased in the six pedestals that line the sidewalk along White Avenue.

The six poets also collaborated to create an original poem that Emily Bhargava will craft an original art piece inspired by the poem. A reception will take place in the Driscoll Art Gallery where the poets will present their poems and Emily will unveil her original art piece where it will be housed at the Library.

Artwork by Emily Bhargava, nationally known for her designs of large and small mosaics, stained glass and other glass works.
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Town and Country
Sunday, April 23rd, 3p
Christ Congregational Church
1350 Pleasant St

Witness classical music's power to depict the boisterousness of the city and the romance of pastoral life in Town and Country, with Bernstein's On the Town and Brahms Symphony No. 2. This concert will also feature our 2022 Youth Competition winner, Caleb Graupera, performing the delightful cello showpiece, Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme and guest conductor David Feltner.

Tickets for students and children are free, and discounted senior tickets are available as well.

Tickets can be bought here:
Brockton School Committee Security, Safety & Transportation Subcommittee Meeting 4-4-23 
Video courtesy of BTV
Brockton School Committee Finance Subcommittee Meeting 4-4-23
Video Courtesy of BTV
Fusion Dolls
Doll & Toy Store in WestGate Mall 
Looking for that Special Gift?
Stop by Fusion Dolls in Westgate Mall.
Locally owned & created!

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

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Celebrating Poetry Month and Honoring Our Educators
Saturday, April 29th. 2p
Brockton Public Library Lingos Auditorium

The Educators Showcase, sharing their original poems, will have a spotlight on our educators and mentors. Featuring Brockton High School, Bridgewater State University, The Boys and Girls Club, Massasoit Community College, New Heights Charter School, Rose Music Conservatory and Brockton Youth Poet Laureate Hannah Baptiste. Special guest Regie Gibson, keynote speaker and nationally known poet. Your host, Courtney Henderson. Welcome remarks: The Honorable Mayor Robert Sullivan and Councilman Winthrop Farwell. Let's fill the room and recognize the contribution of our educators and mentors caring and sculpting our children's future!
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
Spread the news! Looking for middle school aged girls. Girls Join BSA
Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

Historical Tidbit Question:
What year did the Brockton Fair stop hosting horse racing?

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 On April 12, 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, Sam Isom, Janice O'Brien, Hassan Sharif, Jacquelyn Rose, & Greg Venezia.
Childhood, Children, Childlike.
This week I wallow in the memory of it. Being a child, being childlike, playing with my children, playing with neighborhood children. As the weather gets warmer I hear their joyful shouts, playing nearby, through my open window. What a gorgeous sound!

“Sweater, n. Garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.” ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

“There's nothing more contagious than the laughter of young children; it doesn't even have to matter what they're laughing about.”
~ Criss Jami, Killosophy

“When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.” ~ Margery Williams Bianco, The Velveteen Rabbit

“Life is a process during which one initially gets less and less dependent, independent, and then more and more dependent.” ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana
When I was a child, I worried a lot! As a parent, I worried more. Time now to play! So if you see me hooting and skipping, pay no mind, I'm just making up for lost playtime. ~ Jacquie
Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings, is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies. 
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