Attorney Tiffanie Ellis Niles Awarded
Woman of Conviction and Courage

The 28th Women of Conviction and Courage Luncheon was held on October 25th. During the luncheon, Attorney Tiffanie Ellis-Niles was awarded the Woman of Conviction and Courage Award by the Greater Boston Section National Council of Negro Women, Inc.

Attorney Tiffanie Ellis-Niles, a current resident of Brockton, is a founding partner of a law firm in Randolph and director of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association. She is also chair of Legal Redress Committee of the Brockton Area Branch NAACP. Throughout her career she frequently supported women of color as a mentor through the Committee for Public Counsel and a researcher and developer of strategies to address the unfair treatment of women of color in the justice system.

Attorney Tiffanie Ellis-Niles continues to serve her community with her great work.

Photo Credit: Brockton Area NAACP FB
Sources: Brockton Area NAACP FB &
Story by Queenie Chen, Tufts University BuzzAround Intern
Historical Tidbit:

Brockton Co-operative Boot & Shoe

Enjoying a moment of relaxation in the cutting room of the Brockton Co-operative Boot & Shoe in the Campello section of Brockton. These women worked long, hard hours to produce the quality footwear for which the company was famous. The woman with her sleeves rolled up and bearing a big smile is Signe (Pearson) Peterson. No record of the others. Maybe someone can recognize a face or two.
~Photo & Story credit: Downtown Brockton Museum's Brockton History Facebook group, posted by Llyod F. Thompson III
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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
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Evelyn DeLutis
won a free 60 min yoga class of your choosing at Westbridge Counseling & Wellness, West Bridgewater

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Enter for this week's prize of
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Brockton City Council Meeting
November 13, 2023
Video Courtesy of the Brockton Channels
Brockton Veterans Day Parade
November 11, 2023
Video Courtesy of the Brockton Channels
Brockton Holiday Parade & Celebration

Sat, Nov 25 , 10a - 3p
Downtown Brockton & City Hall Plaza
Join us for Brocktons most festive celebration of the year! This years theme is “Holidays Around The World”. Fun and special surprises for the entire family! Some activities include:
  • FREE Photos with Santa! * Train Rides! (last train ride is at 12:15p)
  • Face painting! * Craft Activities!
  • Vendor Market Place w/ Black Owned Brockton!
  • Food Trucks & Local Eats! * Free games & Activities! * Parade…. and much more! 

Parade kicks off @ 1:00 PM, Activities begin @ 10:00 AM . For questions, contact DBA Brockton at 774-539-8266.
Winter Movie Night

Tues, Dec 5 5p
Lingos Multi-Purpose Room
Brockton Public Library
304 Main St. Brockton
Enjoy the movie Happy Feet, free snacks, theme crafts, coloring paper, and more! Children under 12 may not be left alone.
For more info call the library at 508-894-1431.
Holiday Decorating Contest

Application due Nov 25
Judging on weekend of Dec 9 - 10

Get into the holiday spirit with the Brockton Beautification Committee's sponsored holiday decorating contest, a wonderful opportunity to unite the community and showcase our collective pride in Brockton!

To participate, submit your applications by November 25th. Applications are available at convenient locations: Brockton City Hall, Brockton COA, or Brockton Public Library. You can also submit your application via US mail, email, or by filling out this Google form.

Feel free to decorate at your leisure, as judging will take place on the weekend of December 9th and 10th. Let's illuminate Brockton with festive cheer and creativity! Join us in making this holiday season a joyous celebration for the entire community. For information, please contact
Happy Holidays @ Brockton Public Library

Sat, Nov 25
Brockton Public Library
304 Main St. Brockton

BrPL is hosting several fun holiday activities throughout the day in collaboration with the Brockton Holiday Parade! Below is the list of events on November 25th at the library. For any questions, contact the library at 508-894-1431

Teddy Town
10a - 1p
Lingos Auditorium - 304 Main St.
Come create your own teddy bear, chose an outfit, and leave with a new best friend! One bear per child.

This is a 3-hour long program that will be broken up into 12 fifteen-minute intervals starting at 10:00 AM and ending by 1:00 PM. Please contact the library at 508-894-1431 as signing up is required to receive an "entry ticket".

Walk-in Holiday Crafts
All day
Children's Room - 304 Main St.
Come get crafts for Kwanza, Hannukkah, and Christmas!

Snowflake Hunt
Children's Room - 304 Main St.
Search for snowflakes around the room (they have fun gifts inside them)! Beware of the stellar snowflake, it may have a special ice cold surprise.

Planetarium Shows
10a - 2p
Children's Room - 304 Main St.
The BrPL planetarium will be playing shows throughout the afternoon. Check the library website to see the show schedule and show synopses.

Advanced registration is recommended to guarantee a spot (walk-ins allowed 10 minutes prior to the show if there is room). Register by filling out this Google form. There is a limited space of 20 people for each show. It is important to be in line no later than 10 minutes before show time or we may release your seat to someone else.
Brockton Holiday Parade & Celebration November 25 10am - 3pm
Open House & Ribbon Cutting @ The Arc of Greater Brockton's New Easton Location

The ARC is excited to announce that they are opening a second location at 406 Turnpike Street, Easton, MA. YOU are invited to our ribbon cutting!
Wednesday, November 29, 2023 | 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | 5:30 Ceremony

Our new location will offer: Comprehensive Day Habilitation, Sensory Sensitive Community Based Day Supports, and Weekend/Evening Recreation Programs.
See our new location and celebrate with us on November 29 from 4-7 pm at our open house event. You will enjoy refreshments, family-centered entertainment, and a speaking program by AGB staff, public officials, and community leaders.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about our programs, meet our staff and participants, see our new facility, and have some fun. We look forward to seeing you there.
Kindly RSVP at or email or call (508) 583-8030 x212.
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The Shop at Fuller Craft Museum
November 18, 2023 - January 7, 2024
Your destination for all gift-giving needs
Local & Regional Artists have created brand-new, one-of-a-kind, unique pieces just for you!

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"Legends of Brockton"

Downtown Brockton

Have you spotted any artistic cutouts of shoes around Downtown Brockton? These are a part of an initiative under the Arts & Culture Plan called "Legends of Brockton". This initiative places artistically rendered shoes celebrating the industrial history of the city, while the art on the shoes celebrates the cultural diversity of the city. They are scatted throughout the downtown area at high-visibility location. Each shoe represents a different culture that calls Brockton home, and uses folklore as its language.

Check out Brockton Art Plan's website to learn more about the shoes and find shoes around downtown. The shoes are temporary installments and will only remain until the first of the year, depending on weather. So go out and check out some shoes!

Below are images of two shoes in different locations downtown.
Climate Can Do: How to be Sustainable During the Holidays

Our beloved holidays - Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years - are fast approaching. There is so much to celebrate but there is also so much more trash generated during these times than usual. With the holiday season soon upon us, let’s take a moment to consider all the ways we can be more environmentally friendly.

Gift Giving: When you plan what to gift for your loved ones, consider a handmade gift instead of buying new items. These thoughtful gifts will be sure to make your loved ones happy. Check out some ideas for handmade gifts below:
  • Bake a dessert! Check out Martha Stewart's website for 15 quick and festive recipes of all sorts of baked goods.
  • Crochet something! There are so many easy to follow tutorials on YouTube that are beginner friendly. Check out this Youtube video!

Gift Wrapping: Please be mindful when wrapping your gifts. Wrapping paper with any metallics, foil, glitter, texture are not recyclable. Instead of using store brought wrapping papers, you can use any brown paper bag, newspapers, or even magazines to wrap your gift together beautifully. Check out Treehugger's website for some eco-friendly wrapping alternatives with examples.

Holiday Decor: Decorative lights are such a big part of home decor during the holidays. This year, try using LED lights instead of traditional incandescent lights. LEDs can use up to 90% less energy than traditional lights and there are many options on the market, making them very affordable.

Let's all do our part to have a fun and eco-friendly holiday season this year!

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Queenie Chen, Tufts University BuzzAround Intern. BuzzAround focuses on actions we can do to live more sustainably. We can do!
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Brockton Rotary Collection

Deadline Dec 1

The Rotary Club of Brockton is collecting the following items until December 1st.
  • new toys (unwrapped)
  • wrapping paper
  • kids coats, hats, gloves
For questions contact Tina on the club website
Public Art Preference Survey:
What Art Would You Like to See?
Where Would You Like to See it?

The City of Brockton is looking for input from all our residents on public art. Please fill out this survey to let the city know your preferences for the different types of art forms and locations for temporary art installations.

The survey will ask for selections between visual art, performance art, audio art, digital art for enhancing our downtown Brockton experience.

The survey will also ask for opinions on several possible locations for art displays in Brockton.

Lastly, the survey will take any recommendations you have for artists that are interested in showcasing their work in public. The city will take everyone's input into consideration for planning the best art installations in the best Brockton spots. Share your thoughts in this survey and help shape our cultural landscape! Here are pictures of possible locations for art installations.

Photo Credits: City of Brockton
Story by: Queenie Chen, Tufts University BuzzAround Intern
Brocktonian Appointed Member of Governor's Advisory Council on Veterans' Services

On November 7th, Joseph Thompson, a Brockton Firefighter, was sworn in as a member of the Governor's Advisory Council on Veterans' Services. This council was recently created to inform the Governor about veteran issues in Massachusetts. The members of the council will contribute to the work of assessing current programs, services, and regulations for veterans and make recommendations to the Governor from their assessments. Congratulations to Joseph Thompson on his appointment and best wishes on his new position!

Story by Queenie Chen, Tufts University BuzzAround Intern

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a 16 oz Village Candle of your choice
~ many scents to choose from
(Value $18.99)
Duval's Pharmacy, Whitman Center

Historical Tidbit Question:
Where was the Brockton Co-operative Boot & Shoe located?

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

Prize Box Rules: By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's
Buzz Around.
On November 22, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.

“When eating fruit, remember the one who planted the tree.” ~ Vietnamese Proverb

“The single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

"Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.”
~ Amy Collette

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
~ Thornton Wilder
Grateful for the health we have. Grateful for the friends and family who make us giggle.
Grateful for today.
That's it. That's all there is. Gratitude, singularly, will change your life. Enjoy ~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Queenie Chen, Siara Morel Ortiz, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
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