MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board Welcomes Jason Hunter!

MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Hunter as the next Executive Director. Born and raised in the region, Jason has had over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit world and has been proven to be a leader in the field. A graduate of Bridgewater State University, Jason has deep roots in the community that makes him a natural to understand the needs of the community and workforce at large. Jason has recently served as Director of Operations, a position that has helped to prepare him for the Executive Director role. Chairman of the Board, Joe Lovetere, states “The Board is pleased to support the appointment of Jason Hunter as Executive Director. Jason having served alongside former ED Sheila Sullivan Jardim has vast program knowledge and expertise which will serve the organization and its team members well, now and in the years ahead. He has the Board's full support”. Jason lives in Whitman with his partner Jamie Snyder and their daughter Sophie.

The MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board is one of 16 Workforce Boards statewide working to build links between the business community and the workforce. Under The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) the Board oversees and implements workforce development activities in the Greater Brockton Region. We are composed of private sector business, labor, education, and community leaders. For more information about MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board, contact the Board at 508 584-3234.

Source: MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board Press Release email.
Historical Tidbit:

My great uncle Kenneth Raymond Lagerstedt was a most interesting gentleman. This Brocktonian held degrees from Duke, Harvard and Columbia Universities and Milldebury College. He also studied in Germany at Tubingen and Heidelberg Universities. He was a scholar, gourmet cook, world traveller, college professor, and a military intelligence operative during World War II.

While a student at Heidelberg he witnessed the increasing level of Hitler’s oppression. He told me, “the terror was everywhere!” He left his studies and offered his knowledge of Germany and language skills to the British and U.S. intelligence agencies.

At the close of the war, he joined the United Nations Relief and Recovery Agency (UNRRA) and worked to help the children who had been held in Nazi concentration camps. He spoke very little of this portion of his service because the treatment of these boys and girls was so vile he did not like to discuss it. The attached article (FB image) is from the Brockton Enterprise and tells about a party held in his honor by his niece, Mrs. Merriel Perkins. My grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joel Thompson, Kenneth’s sister (my great aunt) Nan Lagerstedt Churchill, and his brother (my great uncle) Dr. Edward Lagerstedt were among the guests. Interesting to note that the head of the French Lend Lease Program, Mme, Assia Goder was in attendance.

Story and Photo Credit: Lloyd F. Thompson II via Brockton History Group on FB
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 
 Temporarily at The Shaws Center,
1 Feinberg Way 508-580-7811
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Diaper Drive
Mon May 6 - Thur June 6

The Care Management Team at Brockton Neighborhood Health Center is hosting a Diaper Drive! Staff, patients, and the public are all invited to donate unopened or freshly-opened diapers in great condition, which will be dispersed to families in need throughout Greater Brockton.

You can drop diapers off at BNHC's Brockton site, 103 Commercial St, or have them picked up by emailing Jasmyn Carter or Rick Joseph. No donation is too big, too small, or too far away!

Source: Jessica Zernitsky via email
Memorial Day Flagging Veterans' Graves Events

All are welcome to come help!
Melrose Cemetery
Mon, May 20, 8:30a
Tues, May 21, 8:30a

St. Patrick's Cemetery
Wed, May 22, 9a

Calvary Cemetery
Thur, May 23, 8:30a

For questions, call 508-580-7850 or email
Source: Kelly Young, Director Veterans' Services via email
Brockton Umuganda Challenge
Wed, May 22
BRA Conference Room
50 School St

On the 4th Wednesday of every month, the Brockton Redevelopment Authority hosts a Umuganda Challenge in response to area homelessness. Come by to learn about their mission and hear a special guest speaker give a testimony on overcoming homelessness in Brockton.

RSVP on Eventbrite!

Source: BRA via email
Midday Music with Brockton High School Concert Choir May 15, 2024
Video Courtesy of TheBrocktonChannels
Berwick Boys Foundation
Calling all 12 through 15-year-old boys! Looking for an exciting 6-week adventure in Maine?

Camp is July 7-Aug 17. 
All forms due by June 30, 2024
Cost $900, limited scholarships available (508) 586-0059

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Rollin' for A Reason Fundraiser for Local Families
Sun, May 26
Carousel Family Fun Center
1055 Auburn St., Whitman

Victory For Families, Inc. presents- Rollin’ For A Reason. Join us for a night of family fun on wheels at our Family Skate Night Fundraiser Event, supporting Victory For Families! Lace up your skates, grab your loved ones, and let’s glide together to make a difference for local single mothers. Also look forward to a raffle giveaway! Entry fee: $10/per person. Additional fees: Skate rentals $5 and Trainees $5
Source: Veronica Thompson, President & Founder of Victory For Families, via email
Memorial Day Parade
Mon, May 27

The City of Brockton Veterans' Services Department is having a Memorial Day Parade to remember and honor the brave individuals who fought for our country.

At 9:30a, attendees will line up at the War Memorial Building, 156 West Elm St. The parade will start at 10a. Then, at 10:30a, there will be a ceremony at Brockton City Hall Amphitheater, 45 School St, with a special tribute to Danny L. May, Sr. and William J. Smith.

In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled and a ceremony will be held in the auditorium of the War Memorial Building.
Source: Kelly Young, Director Veterans' Services via email
Celebrate Motherhood at Brockton Arts
Sat, May 25
Enso Gallery, Brockton

Celebrate motherhood with us at Brockton Arts. Join us for an evening of art, wellness, and entertainment, curated by artist and mother Sincerely Leen. For just $10, enjoy a vibrant atmosphere with vendors, artistic treasures, trivia, refreshments, and camaraderie. Treat yourself or a special mother figure to a memorable experience. Purchase your tickets today and join us in honoring the remarkable women who shape our lives.
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Climate Can Do:
Green on the Go

One of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas and carbon emissions in our atmosphere is the use of vehicles: according to Fuel Economy, “Highway vehicles release about 1.5 billion tons of greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere each year—mostly in the form of carbon dioxide (CO2)—contributing to global climate change. Each gallon of gasoline you burn creates 20 pounds of GHG. That's roughly 5 to 9 tons of GHG each year for a typical vehicle.”

How we get from one location to another can have a massive impact on our carbon footprints, and our first goal should be to transition into the use of public transportation whenever possible. The type of vehicle we drive is also incredibly important. The use of gasoline has major implications for the climate because of greenhouse gases associated with crude oil and other petroleum liquids. Another environmentally-friendly option would be electric vehicles. Finally, consider making the switch to bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters to help reduce your carbon footprint (and help you reach your health and fitness goals!).

Ways to Transition to Sustainable Transportation

  • The MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities offer a range of services to help riders travel locally and regionally. 
  • Fixed route services (like the bus and subway) have a reliable regular schedule you can count on and offer discounted fares for seniors and people with disabilities.
  • Learn more about public transport services near you

  • Electric vehicles (EV) are a great way to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and reduce the cost of owning a vehicle. 
  • Incentives and financing options may be available to assist you in purchasing an electric vehicle and installing an EV charger at home.
  • Learn about electric vehicles 

  • Reducing our use of gas-powered vehicles is a key step in tackling climate change. Bikes, E-bikes, and E-scooters produce zero emissions and are much less expensive than cars
  • Learn about e-bike benefits 

Written by Noshin Saiyaara, Buzz Around Intern and Wellesley College student.

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.
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Comedy Night
Sat, Jun 8
Veterans of Foreign Wars
283 North Quincy St

Get ready to laugh! BF Comedy Presents Lenny Clarke, Jessica Casciano, Bill Farrell, and special guest spot Rickey Fish Fennell for a hilarious night of fun! Bring your family and friends!

To Get your tickets, visit Eventbrite. Cost is $35. $5 of each ticket purchased goes to renovation of VFW B/Rs.

Why Volunteer?
Have you thought of the benefits of volunteering?

Did you know that volunteering is a renewable resource? When you say a kind word, hand someone a meal, or teach a child a skill you are not only sharing a gift you have received, but you are receiving a gift. Gratitude for the help is one of the most powerful and healing gifts you can receive. The more you give gratitude away, the more it comes back to you.

I teach Living in the Gift at Stairway to Recovery, a walk-in place for those serious about wanting to recover from addiction or who need resources. Did you know that when folks who rely on generosity give from their heart, they feel better. Kind words, volunteering to help a neighbor, and other easy gifts, lift everyone's spirits. It energizes, and helps the giver feel valuable. Those who volunteer find it comes back to them in unexpected ways.

Try committing to a local charity and make it a habit of volunteering. You will make meaningful friendships, understand the gratitude of having: a home, money and / or resources to live. It will help you see problems from a different perspective; the benefits are enormous, and when you involve children, or your friends & family, it is a great bonding experience.

Who knows, you might just have a good time and experience the joys of volunteering.
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Black Owned Brockton on Saturday May 4th was great fun. "VIBE OH EIGHT is a spin on what we consider Brockton Day. Striving towards impactful outcomes we collaborated on all fronts last Saturday! A special thank you to everyone who shared & showed love."

Reposted from: BlackOwned508 FB
Video Credit: Black Owned Brockton
Image Credits: J. Rose

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Historical Tidbit Question:
At the close of the war, what organization did Kenneth Raymond Lagerstedt join?

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