The FDNA’s 9th Annual
“Reading Frederick Douglass” Event

Frederick Douglass is regarded as one of the most prominent anti-slavery activists in American history. In honor of his long-lasting legacy and endeavors, the Frederick Douglass Neighborhood Association Brockton hosts a public reading of his renowned abolitionist speech “What To the Slave Is The Fourth of July?”. On Saturday, July 8, four days after the country’s Independence Day celebrations, the FDNA held their 9th event in the greenery of the Frederick Douglass Garden, where community volunteers from all over lent their voices to deliver Douglass’ potent song. Readings were delivered in a variety of languages including Haitian, Polish, and Vietnamese.

Story Credit: Angel Benjamin, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Brown University
Historical Tidbit:
Brockton's Oldest Family Owned Candy Business

This is 137 Perkins Ave, home of one of Brockton's 3 candy manufacturers and was America's Oldest Family Owned Candy Business before being purchased by Roses Brands.
Washburn started as a small bakery in 1856 and grew to occupy 150k square feet on 5 floors at 137 Perkins Ave. Washburn Candy was home of the original famous WALEECO COCONUT BAR.

 Now they manufacture hard candies like Root Beer barrels, Lollipops and and the most famous Christmas time special Ribbon Candy. For the whole story on the company check out their website at

Have a great weekend and stay cool!
Source: Ed Williams
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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 
 Temporarily at The Shaws Center,
1 Feinberg Way 508-580-7811
Email & phone contact only

You won a $25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax

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

Enter for this week's prize of
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!
Ten Pin Bowling Fundraiser

Wednesday, July 19 and
Sunday, August 16
6 - 9p
65 Westgate Drive

Sign up for the Brockton Lions Club's fundraiser, which will take place at Westgate Lanes. All levels are welcomed and participants can compete for prizes. Three games of bowling will be included. It will be $25 per person with the proceeds going to benefit the Brockton Lions Club.

To register or ask questions, email for the registration form.
City Councilor Candidates

Citizens interested in running for a Brockton Councilor position, submit nomination papers to the Elections Commission Office by August 1, 2023 at 5p.

Register for and vote in the city preliminary election, Tuesday September 19!

And the City election, Tuesday November 7!

As elections for the Brockton City Council come up, it is important to get to know who the running candidates are and ask questions about their agendas. The Brockton City Council represents every resident in all 7 wards and their 28 precincts.

If you want to register for online voter registration or view future poll locations, view more information City Election Information .

APCSM Animal Shelter Open House

Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts - Thursday, July 20, 1 – 5p, Elm St Extension

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Free Lunch for Brockton Kids and Teens

Now through Friday, August 18
Mon - Fri, 11:30a - 12:30p

Free lunch is available for ALL Brockton Youth (ages 5 to 18) at the Boys & Girls Club this summer! There is no registration or ID required.

To learn more, visit the City of Brockton website.
Kung Fu Panda Movie

Saturday, July 22
11a - 12:30p
304 Main Street

Come to the Brockton Public Library's Children's Room to watch Kung Fu Panda with others in the community. Enjoy free snacks, themed crafts, popcorn and more!

To learn more, call (508)-894-1431.
Cornerstone Concerts Series "Social Justice:

Sunday, July 23
900 Main Street

The Cornerstone Concert Series July event is a world premiere with music written and played for the first time by the performers’ soprano Chelsea Basler and trumpeter Spencer Aston. Come enjoy this lovely occasion.

To learn more about the program, visit or call 508-586-9021.
For any questions, please call Anne at 774-297-4939 or
Free Chamber Concert

Saturday July 22, 2p
304 Main Street

Join the Brockton Public Library for the second Brockton Symphony Orchestra concert in their chamber music at the library series!

Harp and flute duo Yvonne Cox and Kate Davison
will offer a lovely program featuring works by
Debussy, Gluck, Molnar, and Piazzolla.
Climate Can-Do: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Everything we throw away contributes to polluting the air we breathe and the water we drink! We can minimize the amount of pollution by using a simple method: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!

Reduce Is first. It's the most important! To reduce the waste we produce, we reduce the number of products we purchase. Not only will being mindful of your purchases reduce the amount of waste on our planet, but it will also save you a a lot of money.

Reuse: Another way to help our environment is reusing the items and products that we might have thrown away unconsciously. Instead of tossing that shirt you no longer wear, donate it to someone who would wear it. Instead of purchasing a case of plastic water bottles, invest in a reusable water bottle. They are environment friendly and will keep your beverage cold.

Recycle: Recycling stops our trash from wrecking the environment. You would be surprised by the number of things that can be recycled, from mattresses to batteries; metal scraps to clothing and textiles. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection provides a search bar on their website where you can type the name of a waste item and it will tell you how to recycle or dispose of it.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences explains: "Waste, and how we choose to handle it, affects our world's environment. The environment is everything around you including the air, water, land, plants, and man-made things. The waste we create has to be carefully controlled to be sure that it does not harm your environment and your health." The best way we can help protect our environment and health is to reduce, reuse, and recycle!

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Meghan Lotti, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Bridgewater State University. We focus on actions which individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do!
The Arc's
Young Ladies Crew

Thursday, July 27
5:30 - 7:30p
1250 Chestnut Street

Young Ladies’ ages 14-30 can enjoy in-house and community inclusive activities designed to build confidence, acceptance and lasting friendships.
This program will be a community outing.

To RSVP, email Tracey Glynn and make sure to include the attendee's name, name of parent/guardian, phone number of parent/guardian, email address of parent/guardian.

To learn more or ask questions, call Tracey Glynn at (339)-837-1923.
United Way of Greater
Plymouth County
Blood Drive

Friday, July 28
10a - 3p
304 Main Street

Join the United Way in collaboration with American Red Cross for the Blood Drive, which will take place at the Brockton Public Library.

To schedule an appointment, contact the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter: UNITEDWAY.

Community Pantry Event at
James Edgar Playground
July 2, 2023
Video Courtesy of BCA
Brockton School
Committee Meetings
July 11, 2023
Video Courtesy of BCA
Naomi Westwater Concert

Saturday, July 29
2 - 3p
304 Main Street

Come see Naomi Westwater, an award winning queer Black-multiracial singer-songwriter, perform at the Brockton Public Library! Her music is described as "layered, striking, and tender" in complement with "folk music" that mixes a bit of "jazz and rock". Westwater has been nominated for Boston Music Awards and featured on a variety of radio stations.
Visit the Brockton Public Library for more information.
The Downtown
Brockton Association

The Downtown Brockton Association (DBA) is working to connect local establishments, government agencies, businesses, non-profits, and people with information and resources that encourage development while protecting Brockton’s quality of life for the community. Through collaboration, the DBA is able to provide support and foster healthy private-public partnerships.

To learn more about their work, visit the DBA website.
Manning Pool
is Open

Open 7 days, 1 - 6p
Mon, Wed, Fri: FREE
Sun, Sat, Tue, Thur:
$4 per person, $1 for seniors
470 Forest Avenue

The Manning Pool at the Brockton High School is now open to all visitors! The capacity is 225 guests. No locker facilities are open so guests must arrive in bathing suits. Coolers are allowed but subject to search. No glass containers or mesh shorts are allowed. No cotton t-shirts in the pool are allowed.

To learn more, click
The Mike and Beth Show

Friday July 28, 1p
1 Feinberg Way

The Mike and Beth Cabaret Show will have you
smiling from ear to ear with their unique blend of harmony and comedy! Stories, songs, jokes and kazoos will have your toes tapping and mouths flapping as you sing along to your favorite songs from every era!
To sign up, call (508)-580-7811.
COA Trip to
Langwater Farm

Thursday, July 27
215 Washington St
North Easton

Come join a Council of Aging trip to Langwater Farm where participants will partake in an educational hayride and a seasonal Farm Activity!

Participants must bring their own lunch and are free to transport themselves or ride along on the COA van. Note that the COA van has limited seating. The van would depart at 10:04a that day.

To reserve a spot, call (508) 580-7811.
To learn more, view the COA newsletter
Photo Credit: Langwater Farm FB
Become a Heat Watch Hero

On Saturday July 29
Brockton, Avon, and Abington are coming together this summer to track heat distribution throughout the area. A team of volunteers will drive designated routes with provided heat sensors to determine where heat accumulates the most throughout these three municipalities. This information will also let us know where the best spots to cool off are during hot summer days!
Volunteers are needed to be either drivers to drive along predetermined routes or navigators to help with directions. Email: To sign up, click here.
The BFD Celebrates a New Era

The Brockton Fire Department (BFD) has a plethora of things to celebrate as they were able to receive special equipment from the city to aid them in their service. Last month, many fledgling firefighters graduated from the academy and began their career at the BFD. Jack Lally, who is Brockton's Ward 6 City Councilor, shared that this recent addition to their numbers has enabled the fire department to currently be “the largest [they have been] since the 80’s”. Thus, the city of Brockton “restored a 10th apparatus to service”.

This past week, BFD also welcomed a new component, known as “the Rescue” to their department that will provide quicker access to essential special equipment for the firefighters. Instead of having to “[wait] to get the needed equipment from wherever it’s stored”, Lally explains that the Rescue will “allow [the] firefighters to respond to all kinds of challenges even faster”. The BFD has experienced many events where “first responders have relied on special equipment to save a life” and “this will make the deployment of that equipment much easier”.
Story Credit: Angel Benjamin, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Brown University
Photo & Source: Jack Lally
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 Washburn Company begin?

Email us your answer at: 
Please include your name and phone number with your answer.

By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.
On July 19, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Angel Benjamin, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.

"Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city." ~ George Burns

"What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family." ~ Mother Teresa

"In truth a family is what you make it. It is made strong, not by number of heads counted at the dinner table, but by the rituals you help family members create, by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring, and love you show to one another, and by the hopes for the future you have as individuals and as a unit."
~ Marge Kennedy

"There's only one thing more precious than our time and that's what we spend it on."
~Leo Christopher
The author I love to quote when celebrating families is Erma Bombeck, my mother used to read her aloud on long car rides:
“The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.”
Some things change, and some things stay exactly the same. Have a great week, all : )
~ Jacquie
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