Brockton Residents Awarded at Region V Science & Engineering Fair
On March 2nd, five residents of Brockton were honored at the Region V Science & Engineering Fair, one of Massachusetts' largest science fairs. The fair saw participation from 120 students, representing 39 different areas. These five awardees, who are students at various schools in the Brockton Area, were recognized for their exceptional projects. At the fair, students had the opportunity to present their projects to a panel of more than forty judges, explaining their research and project design. During the 66th annual Region V Science & Engineering Fair, the awarded students are as follows:
Sam Lizotte, a junior from Brockton High School won second place and the $100 MA Life Science Award for his project, “Using Machine Learning to Detect Alzheimer’s Disease in MRI Scans”

Yvangi Jacques, a senior at Avon Middle/High School won third place for his project, “A Sound Approach to Attracting or Repelling Pollinator Insects”

The team of Fany Benitez and Skyla Stutevant, both seniors at Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School in Easton won Honorable Mention for their project, “What's the Buzz on Bee Pan-Trap Preference?”

Rachel Spring, a sophomore at Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School in Easton received a Certificate of Participation for her project, “Effects of Different Growing Methods on Cucumis sativus (Cucumber) Seed Germination and Growth”
Because of their high awards placement, within the top three, Sam and Yvangi will be heading to the Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair (MSEF) on April 5th at Gillette Stadium where they will be eligible for several hundred thousand dollars in scholarships and prizes.
Also, Brockton residents Patricia Monteith and Jennifer Flannery are part of the all-volunteer Operating Committee for the Fair. Patricia is the Committee’s Chairperson."
Congratulations to these Brockton students on their achievements at the Region V Science & Engineering Fair!

Source & Photo Credit: Patricia Monteith
Written by Skylar Robles BuzzAround Intern, UMass Boston
Historical Tidbit:
Strand Theatre Fire

In the early morning hours of March 10, 1941, 13 Brockton firefighters were killed and an additional 20 were injured while fighting a fire in the Strand Theatre, located in downtown Brockton. Firefighters were operating in the balcony area struggling to open the heavy plaster walls when the roof collapsed. Twelve firefighters died at the scene. A thirteenth firefighter was rescued but succumbed to his injuries within days of the fire.
1 North Main - Strand Theater Special
unveiling of the Strand Theater Fire Book in 2017
Video courtesy of the Brockton Channels
City Hall
45 School St 508-580-7123

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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 
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1 Feinberg Way 508-580-7811
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Mike Gammell
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Irish Flag Raising
Fri, Mar 15
3:30 - 4p
Brockton City Hall

Start St. Patrick's Day weekend with a burst of Irish pride by attending the Irish Flag Raising ceremony, a celebration of Irish Heritage, on March 15th. This event takes place at Brockton City Hall from 3:30 to 4:00 pm, offering a perfect opportunity to honor the rich cultural traditions of Ireland. Gather with community members to enjoy this symbolic start to the weekend's celebrations. Don't miss out!
Bailey Street Brass Concert
Sat, Mar 16
2-3p
BrPL
304 Main St

Brockton Public Library is pleased to welcome back the Bailey Street Brass. Their musical catalog runs the gamut from classical quintet publications, pop tunes, and movie themes, and features several Canadian Brass Quintet arrangements. No registration needed!
St Patty's
Rhythm & Brunch

Saturday March 16, 2024
10a - 3p
Enzo Gallery
50 Center St

LIVE R&B MUSIC
DJ playing old school R&b and the hottest new R&b hits! * Vendors * Brunch * And more!

Sober Society Showcase

Saturday March 30, 2024
6 - 9pm
Enzo Gallery
50 Center St

Guest speakers: Kerriann Caccavaro, Rob Demeo, Mike Smith, Mike Dinatale, Victor "The Good Boss" Oliveria
Performances by: Hallway, Nubian Niss, Charles The Individual

Resource tables and Live Music!
BPL Poetry Series: Everyone Has A Voice
Sat, Mar 16
2-3p
Brockton Public Library
304 Main St
Join us at BrPL's Driscoll Art Gallery for an evening of open-mic poetry, featuring esteemed poets Miriam O'Neal and Jason Tandon. Share this invitation with friends and the community for a night of shared voices and poetic inspiration. No registration required! For more information, contact Phillip Hasouris at 508-942-8018 or phasouris@cobma.us
Poetry Workshop at Brockton Arts 
Sun, Mar 17
4-6p
Brockton Arts Art Gallery
33 Dover St

If you are interested in attending our workshop for the first time, or haven’t attended in a while, please consider stopping by. Our sessions are only two hours on a Sunday.

We welcome friends, followers, and newcomers to the workshop. This event is usually held in the gallery but check for signage or the security desk if you have trouble finding us. Poets from our area are encouraged to join our forum. We ask our attendees to bring their own work for feedback and constructive criticism, and request that 6-10 copies of one poem are brought for participants. We welcome first-timers. The talk is not highbrow, and any level of experience is accepted. We meet on Sunday in the late afternoon for your convenience. We sometimes stay later so that everyone who brings a poem gets a chance.

An intense, down to the wire game for the BHS Girls Basketball at North Andover - MIAA Preliminary Playoff 2-27-24!
Video Courtesy of The Brockton Channels
Climate Can Do: Addressing Climate Resilience through Fairtrade Chocolate

Do you love chocolate? If so, you're not alone. Americans eat 58 million pounds of chocolate during Valentine's week, lets look at some eco-friendly ways to enjoy it.

The supply of chocolate struggles with the increasing demand due to the impact of climate change on the cocoa industry.

Cocoa trees grow in humid climates and take up to a year to produce enough cocoa for half a pound of chocolate. Climate Change is a significant threat to countries around the equator, like Indonesia, Brazil, Ecuador, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast, where cocoa grows.
 
Sustainable cocoa farming promotes fair trade and climate-smart practices, helping farmers earn fair prices, prevent deforestation, and mitigate climate change. However, producing chocolate has a high carbon footprint due to transportation and requires over 1,180 gallons of water per pound.

You can reduce your chocolate's carbon footprint by taking simple steps:

  • Choose simple, recyclable packaging over fancy ones.
  • Choose dark chocolate over milk chocolate for lower sugar content and a smaller carbon footprint.
  • Buy fair trade chocolate that guarantees sustainable cocoa farming and fair payment to farmers.
  • Choose local "bean-to-bar" chocolate for quality and eco-friendliness.

Look for products with third-party certifications, like Fair Trade USA, or brands like Choceur Superberries, Chuao Chocolatier, and Bake Believe, to name a few. 


Jennifer Hernández, BuzzAround Intern and Southern New Hampshire University graduate student wrote this Climate Can-Do Article. 

Together, we can make a difference by taking action to live sustainably. Let's empower ourselves to create a better future for our planet, one step at a time.
Brockton Public Library Spring Art Exhibit and Contest
Wed, Mar 20
6:30p
BrPL
304 Main St

From the hundreds of submissions received, the BHS Art Department has selected around 25 finalists for display in the Art Gallery at the Brockton Public Library. Don't miss the opening night of this exceptional showcase. No registration needed!

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Mar 6, 2024
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Mar 5, 2024
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Massasoit To Host Third-Annual Evening of Champions
Sat, Mar 23
6-9p
Student Center
1 Massasoit Blvd

We are excited to invite you to our 3rd annual Evening of Champions, honoring Bob Rivers, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Eastern Bank as our 2024 Education and Community Champion. Learn more about Bob Rivers.

This special evening is designed to honor these individuals, businesses and non-profits, as our community champions are critical to Massasoit’s success.

Join us for a great night of community, connection, and giving. All funds raised will go toward supporting Massasoit’s General Scholarship Fund which in turn supports our students and provides financial assistance to students in need, allowing them to achieve their dreams of earning a Massasoit education. Register by Mar 8!

For more information, visit Massasoit Community College and Register by March 8th For Evening of Champions here.

Volunteers Needed for Brockton Adult Learning Center
Brockton Adult Learning Center is seeking a special group of literacy volunteers ages 18+ to donate their time and talents to tutor our adult students in
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math
  • Citizenship preparation
  • Conversational english

Training is provided. AM and PM opportunities are available. Classes run until June
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Maureen Barclay at 508-580-7475 or Maureenbarclay@bpsma.org
Alisa DeLage - Chief Programs Officer, Old Colony Elder Services speaks at First Evangelical Lutheran Church Lenten Luncheon Series
February 23, 2024
Video Courtesy of The Brockton Chanels
Outlaw Cheer & Dance Triumphs at Rocky Coast Kaua Competition
Over the weekend of February 24-25th, two teams from the Brockton-based Outlaw Cheer & Dance traveled to a competition in Portland, Maine, called The Rocky Coast Kaua.

The older of the two teams, Desperados, won first place overall in the competition and are shown with their first place banners.
The younger of the teams, Lawbreakers, won second place overall in the competition!
Outlaw Cheer & Dance says, “We are so proud of both of your performances. Keep reaching for the stars.” Amazing work, and congratulations on your high placements in this competition!

Source & Photo Credit: Outlaw Cheer & Dance FB

Written by Skylar Robles BuzzAround Intern, UMass Boston
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
a $25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax

Historical Tidbit Question:
In what year was the Strand Theatre Fire?

Email your answer to: 
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 March 13, 2024, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Erin Payne, Jamie Puhi, Skylar Robles, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Hope.

“You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one.” ~John Lennon

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” 
~ Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

“There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.” 
~ Leonard Cohen

“Shoot for the moon, even if you fail, you'll land among the stars.” ~ Cecelia Ahern

Hope will lead us over the mountain, through the fog and land us safely on the other side. Hope leads the way. ~ Jacquie
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