September 18, 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.
A Fun First Week at South Middle School!

We have had the most amazing first week of school! Staff and students alike have been focused on building positive relationships, creating routines and predictable structures, and integrating our core values (R.O.A.R.).

To see more pictures from the first week of school, be sure to take a look at South Middle School on Facebook! Go dragons!
Historical Tidbit:
History of the Library
The Brockton Public Library was first established in 1867 when Brockton was still known as the town of North Bridgewater. With a collection of about 600 books purchased from prominent citizens, the town opened the library in what was called the Studley building near the corner of Main and High streets. The library changed locations a couple of times until 1893 when it moved to the basement of City Hall.

As early as 1903, the city's librarian was citing the need for a larger facility. In 1910, Brockton Mayor William H. Clifford wrote a letter to industrialist Andrew Carnegie requesting a donation for a new public library building. During his lifetime, Carnegie was responsible for the construction of 2,509 libraries in the English-speaking world. Brockton's librarian, Frank H. Whitmore, followed up the Mayor's letter with his own appeal to Carnegie, saying that:

"The library shelves, after allowance has been made for a newly constructed balcony, are crowded. All available space has been used on the shelves in the Reference Room and the library is making use of a room for storage purposes not conveniently near the main collection."

Carnegie agreed to donate $75,000 to build a new library, then increased the donation to $110,000 after the city conducted a study of library needs and found that the original amount would be insufficient. In return, the city agreed to appropriate at least $11,000 annually for the operation of the library.

The dedication of the new library took place on June 10, 1913. Designed by Nathaniel C. Smith of New Bedford, the exterior of the building was constructed with brick and limestone, and the interior finish was of white marble and quartered oak. Skylights were built into the roof to provide natural lighting for the facility. The skylights have since been blocked, and much of the marble in the building has been covered with carpeting. These elements of the building will be restored during the renovation project.

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.
Monica Armstrong
You Won a $15 gift certificate to
Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
free 1.5 hour class at
Truth Tellers: Film Screening and Discussion
Wed, September 21st
4 - 6:30p
Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center Atrium or virtual

Truth Tellers is a new documentary film chronicling the lives of courageous Americans fighting for racial equity, climate justice, and indigenous rights through the eyes of Robert Shetterly, a longtime activist and artist.

4 - 5:30p Truth Tellers Film Screening & Discussion (In-Person or Virtual)
We will screen the documentary film Truth Tellers and host a post-film discussion with the artist Robert Shetterly in DMF 120. We will also be joined virtually by one of the activists that he’s painted. This free event will be open to all with options for both in-person and virtual attendance available.

5:30 - 6:30p Meet & Mingle (In-Person) In-person attendees are invited to join us after the film screening for a reception in the Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center Atrium.

Register now for FREE! Learn more about the event and film on the Bridgewater State University website.
3rd Annual MCC Media Expo
September 24, 11a - 2p
Brockton Community Access

The program will consist of a panel presentation hosted by four industry professionals from various field of media. Each panelist will address a specific expertise in reporting, editing, producing, and acting.
Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity to engage in one-on-one conversations with these professionals, further enhancing the networking skills of the students.

View more information about this event on Facebook!
Matty's Mustache Ride – Remembering Matthew Flaherty
September 24 at 9a
Brockton High School

Join us in remembering our friends and brother Matt with a motorcycle run followed by a cookout with live music, merchandise, raffle prizes, and more.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Brockton Firefighters Local IAFF 144 on Facebook.
Applications Now Open for LCC Grants Supporting Community-Based Arts &
Culture Projects

In FY23 Mass Cultural Council will invest $5.5 million — an increase of 15% over last year — into the Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program, the nation’s largest grassroots cultural funding network.

LCCs provide arts and cultural grants to every community in Massachusetts through the efforts of more than 2,400 volunteers. They fund some 6,500 public projects annually that include everything from field trips to lectures, festivals, and dance performances. Mass Cultural Council allocations to LCCs range from $5,500-$297,200, based on a formula that reflects state aid to municipalities.

To help with Deforestation, we can cut down on our paper use, focus on recycled or bamboo products.
Bamboo is a growing industry in southern states as farmers consciously focus on how to grow it correctly in the North American habitat. It matures quickly and creates a useable pulp in a few years. Leaving our pine, oak, birch aspen and maple forests to loom majestically, giving us splendid foliage and taking care of the carbon.

Here are 3 companies selling bamboo toilet paper & paper towels: Grove Collaborative. Delivered directly to your door, give it a try!

Our Climate Can-Do Articles focus on life changes that we can make which will help mitigate the environmental changes of our climate emergency. Our goal is to keep the Earth's temperature from rising 1.5 degrees C. If we are able to keep it under, then we wont flood low -lying areas. There are things we can do.
Father Bill's & MainSpring is Now Hiring!

Father Bill's & MainSpring is seeking passionate and dedicated individuals to join our growing agency! To learn more about the positions we currently have available, visit our website.

To view more content from Father Bill's & MainSpring, check out their page on Facebook.
The Campello Business Association Meeting is Back!
Tuesday, September 27th, 12p
Cape Cod Café, 979 Main St.

The next Campello Business Association meeting (after a summer break) will be held on Tuesday, September 27, beginning at noon at the Cape Cod Café, 979 Main Street with parking in the back of the building. This informal event is an opportunity to learn about business and other activities. If you have a business or an organization you wish to promote please attend. For more information, contact Ron the president (New England Brass & Refinishing) at 508-583-9415.

Thank you for your consideration. Should you have any questions please contact Anne at 774-297-4939 or
Boys and Girls Club Transportation is Up and Running

Take Advantage of our Transportation Program Today! Did you know we offer after-school transportation services to our members? Transportation services are provided at a modest weekly cost and provide a convenient, reliable solution for working parents/guardians to ensure that their children get safely to our Clubhouses.

We service a wide variety of Brockton public schools! Inquire today by visiting the Clubhouse at 233 Warren Avenue, or giving us a call at 508-584-5209 and fill out our Transportation Application
Lady CJ Soulfood Cafe
& Catering 

Cafe: BAT Terminal 
10 Commercial Street 
& delivery through door dash

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NAACP Blood Drive for Sickle Cell Anemia

Thursday, September 29th, 12 - 5:30p
Shaw Center, 1 Feinburg Way

This is a very worthy cause! Please help by donating. Register at or at 800-733-2767. For more information about this event and others, check out the Brockton Area NAACP on Facebook.
Free Family Concert: Peter & the Wolf
Sunday, October 2 at 1p
1350 Pleasant St

Check out Peter and the Wolf, a free family concert brought to you by the Board of Music at the UCC. The concert will feature Nicole Marane, pipe organ; Hope Vasquez, percussion; and Brockton High School's own Matt Cunningham, Narrator.

Sponsored by Arts at Christ Church, 1350 Pleasant Street, in cooperation with the Southeastern MA chapter, American Guild of Organists.

The building is handicapped accessible; all parking in the rear; child care is available for infants through 4 years. For more information, email or call the church office at 508-586-3022.
Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, October 1, 10a
415 Pearl St

Our pets mean so much to us; they are our companions and friends. So we invite you to bring this special pal, whether it walks, hops, or slithers, to be blessed. We are pleased to have the Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts (APCSM) joining us again this year.
The event is free and open to all. However, all pet food donations for the APCSM are appreciated.

The rain date is Saturday, October 8th. Please see more about this event on Facebook.
Downtown Fall Fest
Sat, October 1st
11a - 4p
City Hall Plaza
History, vendors, children's activities, live music, entertainment, library programs, food fun & much more!
Brockton Symphony Orchestra teamed up artists for a collaborative event like none other at Fuller Craft Museum. Instrumentalists wove through poetry & craft. Huge thanks to the artists for sharing their gifts.
Video Credits: J. Rose
Have fun with us and bee entered
to win a:
free 1.5 hour class at

Historical Tidbit Question:
Who did Brockton Mayor William H. Clifford write a letter requesting a donation for a new public library building?

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

By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.

On September 21, 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, Amanda Manoogian, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Gregory Venezia.

Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings, is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies. 
to live a sparing or economical lifestyle with regard to money or food.

As a single mom, I raised 4 children, attained my masters degree, involved myself in environmental and social causes and created your BuzzAround, while caring for my own physical and mental health. In order to accomplish this, I developed a lifestyle of frugality, I couldn't have done it without.

These tips may seem counter-intuitive, that they take more time. Think of it this way: with positive social interactions, these are opportunities to network, while saving money. Also, I spent less, therefore I needed to make less, and exercised more and ate better, so quality of life was better.

My tips for living frugal: 1) Can the item you need be purchased used? Clothing resale shops have been HUGE in my life. Or better yet, can you unburden someone by taking it off their hands for free? (Try

2) Grow food or get to know your local gardeners. Your food quality is better, you are healthier, mind, body & soul. "Kids who grow kale, eat kale" ~ Ron Finlay, the Gangster Gardener.

3) With a little creativity, items you already have can live a second life & third life.
*Plastic food bags become dog poop bags. Two uses. *Old towels with holes are cut up and become rags or donated to a local animal shelter. *Grocery store paper bags can be a kids coloring or painting project and then become artsy gift wrapping. That's three uses!

4) Bike, walk, or take public transportation when you can. This saves on gas and gives exercise.

5) When you do buy new: go to local small businesses. Less driving. (Sometimes I can walk or ride) More money stays in my community. Better service. Better quality products.
A little frugality can go a long way! Have a healthy, happy, frugal week. : ) ~ Jacquie
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