BNHC Staff Honor Haitian Flag Day

CELEBRATING THE RED AND THE BLUE, AND SOUP JOUMOU — Red and blue shirts, flags and decorations adorned the OB-GYN Department Friday, when BNHC (Brockton Neighborhood Health Center) staff honored Haitian Flag Day, wearing the country’s colors and enjoying the traditional pumpkin (joumou) soup. The day, celebrated in Haiti on May 18, honors the creation of the country’s flag, sewn by Catherine Flon in 1803.

Source: BNHC FB
Historical Tidbit:
Memorial Day
Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. 

Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.

Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer. 

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Brockton High School HarborOne Bank Fine Arts Awards Show
May 9, 2024
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Diaper Drive
Mon, May 6 - Thu, June 6

The Care Management Team at Brockton Neighborhood Health Center is hosting a Diaper Drive! Staff, patients, and the public are all invited to donate unopened or freshly-opened diapers in great condition, which will be dispersed to families in need throughout Greater Brockton.

You can drop diapers off at BNHC's Brockton site, 103 Commercial St, or have them picked up by emailing Jasmyn Carter or Rick Joseph. No donation is too big, too small, or too far away!

Source: Jessica Zernitsky via email
Do You Need Health Insurance? We Can Help!
Thu, May 30

Do you need health insurance? If you do the Mass Connector specialists will be at the library weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Art Market: A Celebration of Local Creativity
Sat, Jun 1
12 - 4p
ENSO Gallery
50 Centre St

Come join Brockton Arts for an inspiring showcase of local arts at our Art Market. This event will feature a diverse array of artwork from talented local artists. Whether you’re an art lover or just looking for something unique, stop by and immerse yourself in the creativity of our community. It’s a great chance to support local artists and discover one-of-a-kind pieces.
Don’t miss out!
Farmers Market
Jun 7 - Oct 25
Every Fri, 10a - 2p

The Brockton Farmers Market starts the 2024 season on June 7 and runs to October 25, every Friday from 10a - 2p.

It is in a slightly new location this season due to City Hall construction. It will be on the south side of city hall in the park/plaza along VFW Parkway.

COA Book Club: "The Soul of an Octopus" by Sy Montgomery
Mon, June 10
1 Feinberg Wy

"Octopuses have varied personalities and intelligence they show in myriad ways. But with a beak like a parrot, venom like a snake, and a tongue covered with teeth, how can such a being know anything? And what sort of thoughts could it think? The intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees was only recently accepted by scientists, who now are establishing the intelligence of the octopus, watching them solve problems and deciphering the meaning of their color-changing camouflage techniques."

Physical copies (regular and audiobook CD) will be available at the circulation desk of Brockton Public Library's main branch.
Must have a library card to check out.

Climate Can Do:
How Can I Help?

For those readers who would like to be actively involved in keeping our environment livable for future generations, here are a few suggestions: join or create a local working group for a just, equitable and clean energy economy in Massachusetts

Creation Care United Methodist Church or other initiative in your faith community

Mothers Out Front showing up to protect our children

Extinction Rebellion/ (XR) and / or the Boston Red Rebel Brigade: international nonviolent mobilization including civil disobedience and performance art to raise awareness and demand action.

As always, check in with your community's Trails, Open Space, Outdoor or Conservation Commissions or the Taunton River Watershed Alliance to have impact locally.
  We are all in this together, we've only got one planet! Thank you for all you are doing. Keep up the good work!

Written by J. Rose
Together, we can make a difference by taking action to live sustainably. Let's empower ourselves to create a better future for our planet, one step at a time.
Juneteenth Celebration
Family-Friendly Juneteenth Event in Bridgewater! Entertainment, food, vendors, and speakers.

Sat, June 22 (Rain date: June 23)
University Park at BSU, 1 to 6 PM
Free Parking: For GPS, use
351 Great Hill Drive

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Brockton City Council Meeting
May 13, 2024
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Metro South Chamber of Commerce Small Business & Entrepreneur Awards
May 10, 2024
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Deeply Rooted Dreams Art Show
Sat, Jun 8
ENSO Gallery West

Step into a world of wonder and introspection at 'Deep Rooted Dreams', where artists Sophia Rosselli and Ally Boyle intertwine nature, memory, and imagination. Rosselli's evocative photographs and fabric works reflect on humanity's connection with the environment, while Boyle's vibrant paintings invite you into dreamy landscapes and surreal scenes. Explore the interplay between reality and abstraction, and emerge with a renewed sense of wonder and appreciation for the beauty around us. Don't miss this captivating exhibition!
Comedy Night
Sat, Jun 8
283 North Quincy St

Get ready to laugh! BF Comedy Presents Lenny Clarke, Jessica Casciano, Bill Farrell, and special guest spot Rickey Fish Fennell for a hilarious night of fun! Bring your family and friends!

To Get your tickets, visit Eventbrite. Cost is $35. $5 of each ticket purchased goes to renovation of VFW B/Rs.
Why Volunteer?
Have you thought of the benefits of volunteering?

Did you know that volunteering is a renewable resource? When you say a kind word, hand someone a meal, or teach a child a skill you are not only sharing a gift you have received, but you are receiving a gift. Gratitude for the help is one of the most powerful and healing gifts you can receive. The more you give gratitude away, the more it comes back to you.

I teach Living in the Gift at Stairway to Recovery, a walk-in place for those serious about wanting to recover from addiction or who need resources. Did you know that when folks who rely on generosity give from their heart, they feel better. Kind words, volunteering to help a neighbor, and other easy gifts, lift everyone's spirits. It energizes, and helps the giver feel valuable. Those who volunteer find it comes back to them in unexpected ways.

Try committing to a local charity and make it a habit of volunteering. You will make meaningful friendships, understand the gratitude of having: a home, money and / or resources to live. It will help you see problems from a different perspective; the benefits are enormous, and when you involve children, or your friends & family, it is a great bonding experience.

Who knows, you might just have a good time and experience the joys of volunteering.
Submitted by Marcy Venezia, CEO MBA, RN, PMP
Berwick Boys Foundation
Calling all 12 through 15-year-old boys! Looking for an exciting 6-week adventure in Maine?

Camp is July 7-Aug 17. 
All forms due by June 30, 2024
Cost $900, limited scholarships available (508) 586-0059

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Hager Statue Unveiling
Thu, June 13
Marvin Hagler Park

Join the City of Brockton for the unveiling of the Marvelous Marvin Hager statue at the Marvelous Marvin Hagler Park (corner of Hagler Way and Petronelli Way).

Sculpted by the nationally renowned sculpture company Brodin Studios, this monument will be on permanent display in the new Marvelous Marvin Hagler Park adjacent to the former site of Petronelli Brothers’ Gym. 
2nd Annual Summer Gala
Sat, Jun 15
Ann's Palace
277 Main St

You are invited to the 2nd Annual Brockton Summer Gala, a fundraiser for South Middle School. Admission is $20 dollars. There will be a performance by the Fabulous Brocktones. The event is 21+. RSVP with Jim Stapleton at 508 521 7075.
MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board Welcomes Jason Hunter!

MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Hunter as the next Executive Director. Born and raised in the region, Jason has had over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit world and has been proven to be a leader in the field. A graduate of Bridgewater State University, Jason has deep roots in the community that makes him a natural to understand the needs of the community and workforce at large. Jason has recently served as Director of Operations, a position that has helped to prepare him for the Executive Director role. Chairman of the Board, Joe Lovetere, states “The Board is pleased to support the appointment of Jason Hunter as Executive Director. Jason having served alongside former ED Sheila Sullivan Jardim has vast program knowledge and expertise which will serve the organization and its team members well, now and in the years ahead. He has the Board's full support”. Jason lives in Whitman with his partner Jamie Snyder and their daughter Sophie.

The MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board is one of 16 Workforce Boards statewide working to build links between the business community and the workforce. Under The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) the Board oversees and implements workforce development activities in the Greater Brockton Region. We are composed of private sector business, labor, education, and community leaders. For more information about MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board, contact the Board at 508 584-3234.

Source: MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board Press Release email.

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