August 7, 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.
 Induction of Brockton’s First Youth Poet Laureate ~ Brockton Mid Summer Celebration
Great morning at East Library for the induction of Brockton’s First Youth Poet Laureate and a wonderful turn out for the Reptile show outside! #ThisIsBrockton

Historical Tidbit:

Brockton Walk Over Club

In the late 1600's some of the original settlers of Duxbury settled in what was known as Bridgewater. Along with them was a man by the name of Reverend James Keith. Rev Keith came from Scotland in 1662. It was almost 100 years later that his great grandson Levi, started to make shoes. Levi's son Benjamin and his grandson Ziba kept shoe making a family tradition. The Keiths continued this for generations. Great great grandson Franklin passed the tradition down to his son George Keith and in 1874 with only $1,000 he was able to start his own business. The Walk Over Club came about when Mrs. Keith was reading the local paper and George saw a headline that caught his eye. It read " The defender Columbia Wins in a Walk Over Sir Thomas Lipton's Shamrock", and since then he has used the term "walk over". He thought that it represented victory so it became the name of his footwear company, Walk-Over. Soon George established the Walk Over Club on Perkins Avenue to benefit his employees. All the employees were allowed to have full use of all the amenities which also included sewing and dancing classes. The site of this was a whole 13 acres that contained many sports courts like tennis, baseball, and squash. He also has a large banquet hall on the first floor and on the second floor he housed Walk Over Shoe Company to stay.

By: Olivia Machakos, BuzzAround Intern, Stonehill College

History from:
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.
Nancy Ford White
won a free 1.5 hour class at

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
Lunch is on us! Win a $10 gift certificate to Lady CJ Soulfood & Catering.
Book Bingo at the
Brockton Public Library!
Saturday, August 13th 2p
Library Story Room, 304 Main St.

Bring the whole family for book bingo at the Brockton Public Library. Bingo winners get to choose a book to take home!

Registration is required, so call 508-894-1431 to sign up now!
Fuller Craft Museum MiniMaker Series
Find your inner maker by trying out a new form of craft! The Fuller Craft Museum is offering two FREE craft workshops this August for children ages 4-12. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Wicked Wickets
Friday, August 12th, 2 - 4p
Use wood blocks to create anything you can imagine! This event will focus on mallets and wickets for croquet. After crafting, join everyone for an indoor croquet tournament in the main room. Pre-register now!

Loving Looms
Wednesday, August 31st, 1 - 3p
Learn how to weave a bracelet for your friends! After weaving, take a look at work from the Weaver's Guild of Boston. Pre-register now!
Donate Blood and Help Save Lives!

Wednesday, August 10th, 1 - 6p
Library Multipurpose Room, 304 Main St

Join the City of Brockton for a community blood drive, sponsored by the Brockton Public Library. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit the Red Cross's website and enter: BPLibrary to register today!

Save up to 15 minutes by completing your pre-donation reading and your health history questions on the day of your appointment.
Brockton City Council Meeting
Video courtesy BCA
BHS Football vs. Xaverian 11-5-21
Video courtesy BCA
School Supply Donations Being Accepted Now!

The 4th annual Brockton Youth Family Fun Day, presented by Block Security, will be giving out school supplies for the kids.

Please drop off any donations by Sunday, August 28th at Starlines Hair Salon, The Spot Bar & Lounge, D2BG Club & Block Security.

Any questions email:

The BYFFD will be held: Sunday, August 28th, 10a – 4p at North Middle School, 108 Oak St.
Check out our friendly & inviting spot!
603 Centre Street, Unit 3, Brockton, MA. (774) 480-5906
Live Well Nutrition
Our low-calorie healthy meals:
*smoothies *waffles *crêpes * donuts
and metabolism-booster teas and coffees are delicious, healthy and nutritiously balanced. 
Awesome deal for BuzzAround: $2 off single item. $4 off combo~ text (508) 500-6885 keyword: buzzaround. Include your first and last name

The next Cultural Affairs and Tourism meeting will be held on Thursday, August 11, 6p at North Baptist Church, 899 No Main Street.

Learn about the organizations and businesses in the city interested in doing great things. This is an information opportunity and a chance to promote your group or organization, too.

Please, feel free to call Anne at 774-297-4939 or email at for more information.
Let's STRIKE up some FUN!!

August 17th
6 - 9p
$25 per person
Westgate Lanes Pub and Grill
Join Brockton Lions Club Summer Bowling Fundraiser Event!
All levels are welcome! Lions Clubs, business teams, coworkers, families, friends and supporters.

Toilet Paper... Yes, Toilet Paper
  • In an average household, the average roll of toilet paper lasts approximately five days.
  • We use an average of 57 sheets of toilet paper a day!
  • It takes about 384 trees to make the toilet paper that one person uses within their lifetime.
  • The average person uses 100 rolls of toilet paper per year (over 20,000 sheets).
  • Toilet paper was first patented in Albany, NY (
"Respiration is the process by which a tree takes in carbon dioxide and releases oxygen. The amount of carbon dioxide a tree can hold is called carbon sequestration. They sequester this carbon dioxide by storing it in their trunks, branches, leaves and roots; the best trees for carbon dioxide absorption will have large trunks and dense wood."(
The more trees we have, the better our air quality.
Since the large trees do not grow as quickly as we use them, switching to toilet paper made of recycled paper or bamboo is a sustainable choice. (Since I know I won't be planting 384 trees to replace the ones I use.)
Bamboo grows very fast and is a great substitute. Plus you are supporting smaller companies with innovative practices.
And while you are checking out prices, look at paper towels as well! : )
This Climate Can-Do is written by J. Rose
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Massachusetts Cultural Sector Recovery Grants

The Mass Cultural Council is offering a historic level of funding through grants to both individuals and local Massachusetts organizations.

These unrestricted, one-time grants are open to creatives, gig workers, cultural organizations, collectives, and businesses impacted negatively by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications open on August 8th for businesses and August 15th for individuals.

For more information, check out the Mass Cultural Council webpage.
Metro South Chamber's Engaging Workshop:
Social Media Jeopardy
For Small Businesses & Anyone Who Wants to Learn
Thursday, August 18th
12 - 1:30p
In-person at Metro South Chamber
60 School Street, Brockton and over Zoom

Join us for a game of Social Media Marketing Jeopardy! We will have topics centered around:
1.  Google 2.  SEO (Search Engine Optimization) 3.  Social Networks 4.  Video, Video, Video 5.  Advertising 6.  Marketing 101
Discussion will follow each answer. We have prizes! This hybrid workshop will take place in-person at the Metro South Chamber of Commerce; 60 School Street, Brockton and over Zoom with Marketing Consultant, Tricia White, T. White Creations.

Free Breakfast and Lunch for Students
School Breakfast and Lunch are available at no cost to all students in Massachusetts this coming school year (2022-2023)! This includes all schools participating in the National School Lunch Program.

Check out for more information.
Newest Personnel Manager for BrSO!
Brockton Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to announce our newest personnel manager, Cassie Sulbarán, to the administrative team at the Symphony! Cassie is the BrSO's assistant principal violist, teaches instrumental music at Braintree High, and is a part-time professor at BSU and Curry College. Cassie also performs in the Loft String Quartet and Duo Anhelante, including at Symphony events. Congratulations to Cassie Sulbarán!

Photo and Story: Brockton Symphony FB
Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
Lunch is on us! Win a $10 gift certificate to Lady CJ Soulfood & Catering.

Historical Tidbit Question:
How much money did George Keith start a business with?

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 August 10, 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, Olivia Machakos, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Rohail Spear, & Gregory Venezia.

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."
~ Viktor E. Frankl

"The biggest lie about getting older is that excitement and growth end with youth. "
~ MO

"In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction."
~ Audre Lorde

"Growth is an erratic forward movement: two steps forward, one step back. Remember that and be very gentle with yourself." ~ Julia Cameron
Very gentile, indeed.
Days go by and I wonder: "What did I learn?" "What did I get right?"
Sometimes I never know, it all seems like mashed potatoes.
And sometimes I have fun, feel appreciated & loved and the checkbook looks ok. Those days, I reflect, I think I figured it out.
How did I do that? I wonder... maybe I can replicate it.

Enjoy your growth : )
~ Jacquie
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