May 1, 2022
~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings, is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies.
We never know who we'll meet.
Here's Freddy DeGraca, a favorite, much loved Brocktonian. Freddy can be seen any given day walking the downtown area. His costumes are the talk of the town.
That's one of the beauties of Brockton, unexpected surprises.
"Peace," says Freddy, "No War. "
Story & video credits: J. Rose
Historical Tidbit:
More on the 1939 Brockton Fair
"From a strictly agricultural fair, the Fair has become a combination of every known kind of out-door entertainment feature, and excels in every one. In the hall may be seen the finest products from the garden, the cleverest handiwork of cleaver women and adept children, the works of artists renown, a trade show, a food fair, a horticultural exhibit, and an art museum, all in one. Near at hand are great, modern cattle barns where this year a special effort had been made to secure attendance of the finest milk producers of all breeds raised the country over. Prize roosters will crow, prize hens will cackle, prize turkey gobblers will strut and every manner of blue ribbon wearers of the feathered tribe go through their paces, in the commodious and finely equipped poultry pavilions near at hand."

Image and story credit: 1939 Brockton Fair Commemorative Booklet
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.
Samantha Davis
won a free 1.5 hour class at

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
$25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax
Online event
Brockton Redevelopment Authority

The Scavenger Hunt is back!
April 29 through May 15.
The hunt highlights different CDBG and HOME activities going on in Brockton. If you’d like to strategize where to go first, you can visit out Project & Activities map at
Download the app on your phone.
Enter the Game Code: MQ5X8G
Complete as many missions as you can by the deadline and have fun!
Rules & Disclaimers:
Rule # 1: Keep things fun and positive! Celebrate some great things going on in Brockton and the hard work of the many people behind it.
Rule # 2: Be Safe! When visiting sites, make sure to keep out of the construction areas follow all instructions on signage. For example, take a picture across the street with a building in the background instead of construction sites.
Rule #3: Spread the word! All are welcome to participate! We strongly recommend that any minor that participates be accompanied by an adult when visiting any locations listed in the scavenger hunt
How to Save a Planet | Gimlet

Climate change. We know. It can feel too overwhelming. But what if there was a show about climate change that left you feeling... energized? One so filled with possibility that you actually wanted to listen?

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As part of the BuzzAround effort to help care for our planet, we share this truly helpful resource. The How to Save a Planet podcast is one informative and  innovative story after another.

Spring 2022 Schedule
May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18
Races begin at 10a sharp. Registration is from 9:30 - 9:45a at the Pentangle parking lot at the D.W. Field
Please join us!
Donation: $1.00 per week
Boys and Girls who participate in 5 or more races will receive a T-shirt and a trophy. Ribbons will be awarded each week to the top 5 runners in each division.  An Award Ceremony (Pizza Party) will be held at the end of the series.
Keep Brockton Beautiful Day - City of Brockton

Keep Brockton Beautiful Day will be on Saturday, May 7, 9a - Noon. Cookout to follow. Height's Crossing, 27 Christy's Place. Call the Recycle Depot at 508-580-7827 for more information.

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Brockton Cultural Affairs and Tourism Meeting
May 6th
6 - 7p
North Baptist Church, 899 N Main St.

Cultural Affairs and Tourism will be Meeting To Plan Summerfest 2022
"No More Body Bags!”
Sat, May 14th
4 - 6:30p
East Middle School
464 Centre St
508 663 6997
$20/ ticket

Synopsis: Jasmine Carter, an astute high school student is devastated when her first love, Ian, ends their relationship. Having a difficult time with the break up, Jasmine drops out of school and does the unthinkable. Her heinous act led to an innocent life being taken and one hanging in the balance. What will be become.
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Specializing in real estate presentations, pitch decks, and financial projections for projects. We help real estate professionals and real estate investors with presentation material.

Use our service to create your next project pitch plan!

810 Washington St, Suite 2 

(774) 778-7218 

For ages 14 – 24
Get Paid while Earning Certification! 

A wide variety of fields.

Meet with our career counselor & take assessment 

on Tuesdays at 3:30-4:30p and
Fridays 11:30a - 12:30p

MassHire Greater Brockton
Career Center
34 School St, 2nd Floor, Brockton

Brockton Garden Club
Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, May 14th
8:30 - 11a
Brockton Park and Recreation Office,
45 Meadow Lane
The selection is enormous and cash and checks are accepted. All proceeds for this sale provide funding for much of the flowers, wreaths and other arrangements you see at municipal buildings throughout the city. This sale usually takes place rain or shine and for more information contact Claire at

"The Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street, along with Altrusa of Plymouth County (women’s volunteer organization) will kick-off a Social Justice Book Club for young adult readers, beginning Saturday, May 14, 3p.

All books will be free to the reader.To register visit or email for more information."
The NAACP Brockton Area Branch Phenomenal Women in Brockton
26 Phenomenal Women were recognized in this first annual award ceremony.
Keynote speaker: Courtney Henderson
2022 Award Winners: Joyce Asack, Shirley Asack - Younes, Sharon Baker, Anne Beauregard, Alyzandra Brioso Vizcaino, Rev. Andrea Burton, Laronda Campbell, Tina Cardoso, Michelle Dubois, Nishawnda Ellis-Castillo, Tiffanie Ellis - Niles,Ines Figueroa, Ruthie D. Harris, Renee Heywood, Cynthia Hodges, Jacqueline Jones, Sue Joss, Patricia Kelleher, Sydne Marrow, Leona Martin, Rita Mendes, Allyne Pecevich, Brenda I. Perez, Aminah Pilgrim, Janet Trask, and Mary Waldron.

Have fun with us and bee entered to win
$25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax

Historical Tidbit Question:
Where was the image and story taken from?

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 May 4, 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, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, & Gregory Venezia.
Continuous. It has been a continuous barrage of social change, of violence, war, and of challenges to our notions of "normality."

I struggle with it, just like I suppose, many of you do. How do I take care of myself and those I love with all of this going on? How do I settle into a regular routine of work? Is there anything I can do about the Earth?

Then two things ground me:

 1) Agape, the Universal Love between all creation: “Love is our most unifying and empowering common spiritual denominator. The more we ignore its potential to bring greater balance and deeper meaning to human existence, the more likely we are to continue to define history as one long inglorious record of man’s inhumanity to man.” ~ Aberjhani

2) “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” ~ M. L. King, Jr.
The continuous challenging news calls us to dig deeper, to do better, to focus more intensely, to share more beauty, and to work more devotedly. 
And so, as your BuzzAround continues to collect and share stores of agape and stories of our communities arcing toward justice; thank you.

Thank you for reading and participating in our communities. Your works of agape, of love, matter.

Bee well, Jacquie
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