Fuller Craft Museum Awarded Million Dollar Grant!
In an exciting press release, Fuller Craft Museum (FCM) has announced that they are the proud recipients of an incredible $1,000,000 grant from an Anonymous Foundation. This landmark grant, among the largest in FCM's 55-year history, is sure to play a pivotal role in financing crucial upgrades to HVAC and generator systems, ensuring the museum's infrastructure is equipped for the future. The grant will also significantly contribute to the renovation of the roof and cedar shake siding on the museum building. For more details about how the grant will be utilized, read the FCM Press Release (pdf) here!

The BuzzAround extends a big thank you to The Fuller Craft Museum for their remarkable and ongoing contributions to Brockton and our whole South Shore region. We applaud their dedication and hard work, sharing imaginative and thoughtful craft installations and teaching us to nurture our inner creator. Congratulations to Fuller Craft on this well-deserved recognition!

Photo & Source Credit: FCM Press Release
Written by Jamie Puhi, BuzzAround Board of Directors.
Historical Tidbit:
Carl Victor Erickson

"This is Carl Victor Erickson, my maternal grandfather, who arrived in Boston, September 20, 1905 from Liverpool aboard the S.S. Ivernia. Owned by the Cunard Line, this ship “catered” to the immigrant trade. Undoubtedly, Carl Victor travelled in steerage class that offered only harsh conditions to its occupants. The record shows he had $15.00 when he landed, and the required sponsor, one Hugo B. Jehlen from North Easton. Moving soon after to Brockton, he entered the shoe trade and worked as an edge trimmer for several companies including: Diamond Shoe; George E. Keith; and Eaton.
He married Hilma Ottoson at the Swedish Lutheran Church (now First Lutheran) on November 7, 1912. They made their home on Nilsson Street in Campello. From the looks of this photograph, Carl Victor prospered. I never knew him as he died from a cerebral hemorrhage in 1941. Family remembrances of him are very warm and favorable."

Source & Photo Credit: Lloyd F. Thompson II, Brockton History Group FB
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Brockton Symphony Orchestra Concert
Sun, Jan 28
Christ Congregational Church

The Brockton Symphony Orchestra is pleased to present its annual chamber music concert, which features five chamber ensembles performing works by Shostakovich, Cui, Metallica, Reicha, Lindgren, and more. The seating capacity for the venue is 250. 

Adult tickets are priced at $25, seniors at $20, and students can attend for free. Groups of 10 or more can also purchase tickets by calling 508-588-3841 or purchasing only at the brocktonsymphony.org. 

Source & Photo Credit: Brockton Symphony
Brockton School Facilities Usage & Planning Subcommittee Meeting
January 16, 2024
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Brockton Finance Committee Meeting
January 16, 2024
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Pop-Up Art Market
Sat, Feb 3
50 Centre St

Brockton Arts is excited to announce the Art Vendor Market, a beautiful opportunity to showcase your art, keep 100% of your sales, and be part of one of the most affordable art vending events in the area and country. The event will be hosted in a well-known gallery, offering snacks and music for a fun and lively atmosphere.

The donation fee for a 4 ft table and space is $65; for a 6 ft table with space and power, it is $100. Please note that spaces are limited, and they will review applications and send invoices by February 1st. You will have 24 hours to secure your spot by paying, or we will move on to the next candidate.

Join Brockton Arts for this curated indoor event and take advantage of this opportunity to showcase your art and connect with the community. To participate, please complete the vendor application form by January 30th and include relevant marketing materials for your business. For more information, call Ally Boyle at 978-760-6162.

Source & Photo Credit: Brockton Arts FB 
Kindergarten Information Night

Wed, Feb 7
Arnone School
135 Belmont St

Join the upcoming Kindergarten Information Night at the Arnone School. The event is tailored to Brockton families with a child who will turn five on or before August 31, 2024.

This information session will provide valuable insights into our Kindergarten curriculum, Dual Language offerings, and the registration process. Whether you're a first-time parent or have other children in our school district, this evening is an excellent opportunity to learn more about our school and how we can support your child's education.

Source Credit: Brockton Public Schools
Climate Can Do:
Climate Resolutions 

The new year is a time for fresh starts and new goals. Head into 2024 with climate resolutions.

Help your personal & our collective environment by disposing of unwanted items properly. To avoid sending to the landfill; schedule a home textile pickup with CMRK. This company collects clothing, shoes, and household items. For more information, visit www.cmrkne.com.

If you have unwanted, but still useable items, donate them to organizations or those in need. For example:
  • My Brother’s Keeper: This organization accepts furniture donations and gives the items to underprivileged families. 
  • AMVETS: Schedule a pickup with AMVETS and help provide resources to veterans. 
  • Books: Donate to your local library 
  • Sports equipment: The Bench, located at 47 Broad St, Bridgewater, MA, is a sporting goods store that sells used sports equipment. 
Mass.gov also offers resources for disposal and donations that you can use. Here are some options to get you started:
  • Beyond the Bin: This is a research tool that helps you find nearby drop off locations based on the type of material you’d like to recycle. This includes everything from electronics to clothing to toys! 
  • Cradles to Crayons: If you have goods suitable for children from ages newborn through 12, find a Cradles to Crayons drop-off location near you, and they will make care packages with the donations for local children in need. 
There are many ways to make a positive impact on both your community and the environment. Use these ideas to spark some of your own, and let’s make a resolution to bring sustainability into the new year!

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Alexa Pennington, Southern New Hampshire University, BuzzAround Intern. BuzzAround focuses on actions we can do to live more sustainably. We can do it!
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Find Your Place in History

Opening night: February 7
5:30- 7:30p

The Brockton High Classical and Modern Language Honor Society invites the community to the opening night of the Find Your Place in History exhibit at the Brockton Public Library. The exhibit features works celebrating BIPOC voices in classical studies and is open from February 5-29. The opening will include refreshments, raffles, prizes, a photo booth, and more. For more information, please contact juliefox@bpsma.org or nancyantonellis@bpsma.org.

Phenomenal Women Award Nominations Are OPEN

The Brockton Area NAACP is officially receiving nominations for the prestigious award. The nomination period is open until February 11th at 11:59 PM. The Award Recipients will be nominated on February 24th. The event will be hosted in March, coinciding with Women's History Month.

For more information, please reach out to Courtney Henderson at
to nominate a candidate, please fill out the Brockton Phenomenal Women Nomination Form

Source & Photo Credit: The Brockton Area NAACP FB 
Father Bill's & MainSpring

In 2024, Father Bill's & MainSpring's Housing Resource Center (HRC) in Brockton will open. It will feature a day center, emergency shelter, and 32 units of permanent supportive housing. Inspired by the Yawkey Foundation in Quincy, the HRC aims to address the disparities in homelessness among Black/African-American and Hispanic/Latino individuals. Its goal is to provide equitable access to housing through coordinated entry, improved assessment tools, and staff training. The center is committed to quickly identifying, assessing, referring, and connecting individuals experiencing a housing crisis to housing and assistance. For more information, visit the A Path Home website.

Source & Photo Credit: Father Bill's MainSpring FB
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Community Connections of Brockton Events

Quarterly Tea: Architectural Accessibility Updates 
Tuesday, Feb 13
1- 2 PM

MOD and the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) will host an online discussion on architectural access. The forum will cover the latest updates on access regulations in Massachusetts and federal architectural access regulation changes. A live Q&A will also be included. 

MOD is committed to providing accessible programs, meetings, and events and does not discriminate based on disability. To request reasonable modification to participate in the webinar, please get in touch with MOD General Counsel Julia O'Leary at Julia.E.QLeary@mass.gov or (857) 214-1081. Requests made after January 30 will be considered but may not be possible to fill.

Thank You Note from Mary Waldron of DBA

Mary Waldron, President of the Downtown Brockton Association (DBA), expressed her appreciation for the commitment and contributions of its staff and volunteers. Waldron named Megan Fournier and Elise Prince, who maintain the website and newsletters. Amanda Glennon from NeighborWorks has also contributed to the DBA's success with her social media and creative efforts. Hugo Dematos, AVP and Treasurer, keeps the DBA financially sound and available at no cost. The organization relies on paid memberships and donations to maintain its website, newsletters, and phone and is grateful to sponsors for supporting the Holiday Parade. Despite challenges posed in the downtown area by mental health, substance use, and homelessness issues, the DBA has made progress through increased communication and collaboration with property owners. In 2023, a SWOT analysis, which evaluates the internal strengths and weaknesses, as well as external opportunities and threats that might impact operations, was completed, and the State of Downtown meeting was held, with over 100 members contributing. One solution in progress is the formation of a Business Improvement District (BID). Thank you to those dedicated to making positive change and looking forward to improvements in 2024.

Source & Photo Credit: Mary Waldron, President of DBA; DBA Newsletter
Written by Jennifer Hernández, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University

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Historical Tidbit Question:
Where did Carl Victor Erickson and
Hilma Ottoson get married?

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“Halfway between Boston and
Cape Cod."

I told my Florida granddaughters, pointing to us on the map while we plan our adventures for their week -long stay.

I particularly enjoy living where we do:

Half an hour and we can be eating at a Brazilian Restaurant.
Half an hour and we can be walking on fielded acres of a nature preserve, feeling the sun on our face and watching the birds lift off.
Half an hour and we can be experiencing incredible art at Brockton Public Library, or Fuller Craft or Enzo Flats. 
Half an hour to a musical at Bridgewater State University or Massasoit Community College.
Half an hour and we can visit a farm, saying “Hi “ to the animals.  
An hour and we can be walking on a beach, spotting seals or snowy owls.
An hour to climb Blue Hills for a treetop view.  
An hour on the Commuter Rail to Downtown Boston.
Two hours and we have hit mountains.
We can go snow tubing or skiing. 

Bingo! They chose; having never seen snow. Two hours and we were at Gunstock Mountain, trying on skis and throwing snowballs at each other. 
Yes, I particularly enjoy living where we do.
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