January 16, 2022
~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
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United Way of Greater Plymouth County’s Annual Coat Initiative “Warmer Winters” Raises $17,000 to Purchase Winter Coats for Children
United Way of Greater Plymouth County recently generated funds for its 7th Annual "United Way Warmer Winters” initiative to purchase warm jackets for local children in need in Greater Plymouth County. Since 2015, this initiative has helped over 1,475 children to keep warm.
Generous donations were received this year from Beth Israel Deaconess Plymouth, Bluestone Bank, Commonwealth Alternative Care, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Macy’s, McGovern Automotive Group, Target, Whitman Homes, Rosemary Healy, Michael McCarthy, Rick and Maryanne Noll in honor of Walter L. Noll Jr. and Jean T. Noll, Cheryl Showstack, and Dr. Joyce Siogros Pepi. With funds from the Hurley Trust and with these compassionate donations, United Way was able to allocate $17,450 to help low-income children in Greater Plymouth County. “As we all know, this year has been extremely challenging for our younger neighbors and we also wanted to increase our efforts this year for our 100th anniversary. We are continually thrilled to see the community come together to support our ‘Warmer Winters’ initiative,” said United Way President & CEO Dennis Carman, “Thanks to our generous donors, we have been able to provide children with 380 new coats this winter.”
The funds to purchase coats were donated to The Arc of Greater Brockton, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South, Brockton Day Nursery, The Family Center at Community Connections of Brockton, Family & Community Resources, Father Bill’s & MainSpring, Health Imperatives, and the Salvation Army of Brockton. To see more photos that will continue to be shared in United Way’s Warmer Winters series, please visit www.facebook.com/uwgpc
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Historical Tidbit:
Federal Government Civics
How a bill becomes a law.

The Bill Is Voted On in the U.S. House of Representatives.

If a majority of the Representatives vote yes, the bill passes in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill is then certified by the Clerk of the House and delivered to the U.S. Senate.

When a bill reaches the U.S. Senate. The Senate Majority Leader calls for votes in the Senate. The bill is discussed in a Senate committee and then reported to the Senate floor to be voted on.
If a majority of the Senators say “yea,” the bill passes in the U.S. Senate and is ready to go to the President.

When a bill reaches the President, he has three choices. He can:

Sign and pass the bill—the bill becomes a law.
Refuse to sign, or veto, the bill—the bill is sent back to the U.S. House of Representatives, along with the President’s reasons for the veto. If the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate still believe the bill should become a law, they can hold another vote on the bill. If two-thirds of the Representatives and Senators support the bill, the President’s veto is overridden and the bill becomes a law.
Do nothing (pocket veto)—if Congress is in session, the bill automatically becomes law after 10 days. If Congress is not in session, the bill does not become a law.

If a bill has passed in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and has been approved by the President, or if a presidential veto has been overridden, the bill becomes a law and is enforced by the government.

~ J. Rose

Info from: kids-clerk.house.gov
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 coa@cobma.us & phone contact only

There are 14 food pantries in Brockton.
Eric Lutz
you 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
three private voice or piano lessons for
ages 5 to adults ($100 value) at
Day of Service in Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Donation Drive
Monday, Jan 17th
3 - 6p
1 N. Main St.
To pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., BCA, in collaboration with Brockton Area NAACP, Brockton High School Alumni Association, Father Bill's & MainSpring, and the Cape Verdean Association of Brockton Inc., are hosting a donation drive to give members of the homeless community in Brockton necessities for this winter.

Heavy Blankets * $10 gift cards * body cleaning wipes * gloves * backpacks * fanny packs * hand warmers * socks
Please go to Brockton Community Access Facebook page for more information.

If you would like to volunteer to package the donations, please email: communtiy@bcatv.org or call: 508-580-2228.
Support The Brockton Library Foundation!

  • Literacy + Empowerment = Dreams Come True
  • Diverse Artistic Creative Expression
  • ESL & Nationalization Support
  • Increased Access to Technology & STEAM Programs 
  • Local Living History Displays & Presentations
  • Meeting spaces & community building

Brockton Public Library is making all this happen & more,
close to home! 
BSU 2022 MLK Virtual Series

Join us for a series of events to inspire service and provide education on issues of social justice to build on the legacy of MLK. Jan 17 - 27, 2022

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Virtual Playgroups for Families from Brockton Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE)
Please complete the registration form here to receive the Zoom link to join any or all of these playgroups: Fun with Music, Rhyme & StoryTime; and Full STEAM Ahead.

Please note these playgroups are for children AND their loving adult. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Joni Block at joniblock@bpsma.org.

The Brockton CFCE program serves families with children from Birth-School age. Together, we help families find and access comprehensive services and resources to support their child's development.
David Schnuckel: Meaningful Gibberish - Fuller Craft Museum

Lower Tarlow Gallery David Schnuckel's Meaningful Gibberish bridges contemporary craft, material study, and multiple media to challenge long-held notions of object making. The interdisciplinary exhibition disrupts traditional glass process to...

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The Magic of a Winter Garden

Monday, Jan 24th
The garden can be a magical place- even in winter! This richly illustrated lecture presented by Joan Butler, master gardener, provides inspiration and tips on designing your garden for winter interest, choosing the best trees, shrubs and perennials, and grouping them to create arresting vignettes.

This program will be presented via Zoom, and registration can be completed here.

Thomas Ahearn: 508-894-1452 tahearn@cobma.us
Snowman Making Class

Thursday, January 27th
10 Father Kenney Way
Join Lauryn and Christina in a beginner level
decorative Snowman Making Class!
We will be making an adorable Sock Snowman.

To sign up please call 508-580-7811
Space is limited so call today!
NeighborWorks Housing Solutions
NeighborWorks Housing Solution helps small businesses in Brockton. Starting in 2022, there are educational programs, as well as access to capital, to help small businesses start, grow and thrive in Brockton.
Questions? Go here to watch for more information on their classes that will help with access to the Brockton Venture Loan Fund, a fund designated for Brockton based businesses.
Brockton Redevelopment Authority (BRA)
BRA is a quasi-public agency contracted by the City of Brockton, whose main mission is community development and economic revitalization, specifically for the benefit of low- and moderate-income households.

If you own a business or are thinking of starting one in Brockton, check out the Business Assistance Portal to get connected and find valuable resources.
Good Day Metro South

Friday, Jan 28th
11:45a - 1:30p
Martin Institute at Stonehill College
320 Washington St, North Easton

The guest speaker for this event is President & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Kenneth Turner.

Questions? Contact Cathryn Schofield cschofield@metrosouthchamber.com or call (508) 586-0500 x 231 for assistance.
Munchkin Tales

Tuesdays January - March - 11a
East Branch Library
54 Kingman Street
Calling all kids ages 3 - 5! Come hear some fabulous tales from Ms. Sam with Munchkin Tales! Every Tuesday at 11a, Ms. Sam will be performing Storytime at the East Branch Library for kids who want to have some fun with a story! Be ready to move your fingers, shout, dance, and play some games to the point where you'll have so much fun, you'll need a nap later!

For more information on this event and more, visit the library website or contact Samantha Westgate at 508-894-1433 or swestgate@cobma.us.
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The Homeless Improvement Project, now located off L Street, in the basement of Brockton Central United Methodist Church.

According to their website: "the Homeless Improvement Project (HIP) is a collaboration of homeless adults living in Brockton, and committed area residents who are not homeless. HIP's vision, with the guiding hand of Rev. Roberto Silviera is to motivate the homeless community to take control of their lives in positive ways. Its chief goals are to see every homeless adult (1) living in permanent housing, (2) leading fulfilling lives that include efforts to help others and (3) working in solid, decent paying jobs." Currently you can find them putting their vision into action, Monday - Friday, 7:30a - 4p. Amazing work.
For more information on how you can help: ​

Have fun with us and bee entered to win
three private voice or piano lessons for
ages 5 to adults ($100 value) at

Historical Tidbit Question:
When a bill reaches the President, what is one of three things he could do?

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 January 19, 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, Amanda Guindon, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Gregory Venezia.

As NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter makes it's 19th flight, aiding the Perseverance rover in path planning and scientific discovery on Mars, let's take a moment to ponder the meaning of the word: " Ingenuity".

Ingenuity, noun, the quality of being clever, original, inventive.
In a sentence: "Arya used ingenuity in creating her solutions."

Let's hear some quotes:

“I see this as the central issue of our time: how to find a substitute for war in human ingenuity, imagination, courage, sacrifice, patience..." ~ Howard Zinn

“If you remove adversity, you remove ingenuity and creativity with it. There is no need to strive to make something beautiful or better if it already is.”
~ Ilona Andrews, Magic Binds

“You won't change anything significant in the world if you try to be like it. Change comes when you do something different.”
~ Shannon L. Alder

"Ingenuity, plus courage, plus work, equals miracles." ~ Bob Richards

And my favorite: "Much ingenuity with a little money is vastly more profitable and amusing than much money without ingenuity." ~ Arnold Bennett
Ingenuity will help us piece together solutions using what we have. I am excited to hear your ideas. Have a great week. ~ Jacquie
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