August 14, 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.
Last Saturday, August 6, a pop up, free shop appeared in the Lingos Auditorium in Brockton Public Library's main branch. Throughout the afternoon, families stopped by to pick up clothes and items needed to begin the school year in style for free. Never was there a dull moment. The afternoon shopping event included a selfie booth, a fashion show and a mock-tail bar courtesy of Mixi- Drinks.

Celebrating the PopUp Shop's third year are organizers Mira Nunes, Zaida Knight and Andrea Burton who work on collecting and preparing gently used and new clothes for 6 months to put together this event.
They send out many thanks to the Brockton Public Library, The Neighborhood Association, the City of Brockton's Mayor's office, and Mixi- Drinks for a HUGELY successful event.
Photo & story credits: J. Rose
Historical Tidbit: Brockton History Museum - Fair Exhibit
Come check out the cool fair memorabilia that the Brockton Historical Society has to offer. It is like a blast from the past, journey with them to the late 1930's. This Brockton Fair program of events. Down in the left hand corner, we can see that the program itself only costed 25 cents! Isn't that something to hear? Below we can look at all the interesting events they have to list by the hour for every day of the fair. They had everything from dog contests and fashion shows; dimple contests to mini aircraft tournaments.
Right next to the Brockton Fair start of the program we see some ads for different places like a bank and an electrician. Usually today you could never see an ad without a picture attached to it. It's quite crazy to see the difference!
By: Olivia Machakos, BuzzAround Intern
Stonehill College
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.
Lynn Butler
Lunch is on us! Win a $10 gift certificate to Lady CJ Soulfood & Catering.

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

Enter for this week's prize of
One hour of coaching. (value $80)
with Glee Works Holistic Personal Coaching
Learn mindful techniques to reduce stress and anxiety.
Brockton Library Planetarium Shows
Each presentation is geared toward a certain age group, please note:
*Wed, Aug 17, 6:30p, families & all ages
*Thurs, Aug 18, 11a, children K-3 welcome
*Sat, Aug 20, 11a, grades 4 and up welcome
*Sat, Aug 20, 1p, teens and adults
Pre- registration is required through email:
Fuller Craft Museum MiniMaker Series
Find your inner maker by trying out a new form of craft! The Fuller Craft Museum is offering a FREE craft workshop for children ages 4-12. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
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!

Wednesday, Aug 25
D.W. Field Park
D W Field E Pkwy

The Colonial Road Runners sponsor a summer long series of weekly fun runs. All fun runs are timed and results posted online. Water, Gatorade and watermelon are provided after each run.  Cost is $2.00 each week.
Overdose Vigil by Candlelight
Tuesday, August 30th, 6p
Massasoit Community College

Join us at our Annual Overdose Vigil by Candlelight on Tuesday, August 30th at 6p at Massasoit Community College to heal through honoring those we have lost.

Learn more about this event by visiting the Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative on Facebook.
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
Brockton City Council Meeting
Video courtesy BCA
The Cape Verdean Association of Brockton hosts their 28th Annual Cape Verdean Festival at the Arnone School.
July 31, 2022
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.
Reading Makes Cent$ Challenge
June 1st – August 31st

At Rockland Trust, we believe in strengthening the communities in which we work and live – in fact, this is one of our corporate promises. We know that reading plays a major role in the education of children. Reading Makes Cent$ is a bank-wide summer program that encourages children to read during the summer and also learn the value of saving their money.

For students throughout Massachusetts entering grades 1 through 8 in the Fall of 2022. Students can earn $2.50 in a Rockland Trust savings account for each book they read (up to 10 books) and track in the Rockland Trust Summer Reading Journal. Learn more
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.

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.
Intentionally Shopping
Here is another win/ win. Intentionally Shopping is a healthy lifestyle choice that helps your pocketbook & future plans AND the planet. Here are 6 simple questions to ask yourself before making a purchase.
  • Does this purchase fit in my budget?
  • Do I need this item or do I WANT it?
  • Do I have an immediate plan for this item?
  • Do I already have a reasonable substitute?
  • Can I borrow this item from someone or the library?
  • Can I live without it?
Decluttering, helping your budget and creating less waste. Give it a try.
By J. Rose
Lady CJ Soulfood Cafe
& Catering 

Cafe: BAT Terminal 
10 Commercial Street 
& delivery through door dash

1 (508) 423-9273
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Bridgewater State University Observatory

The Bridgewater State University Observatory is dedicated to educating its students and the public in astronomy. Currently, the observatory is closed to the public with occasional exceptions. It is still open every night for undergraduate research and workshops for K-12 students and their families. Workshops are 30-to-45-minute-long hands-on, stimulating activities. They include classes on aliens, nuclear fusion, and UFO investigators.

In normal times, the observatory holds public viewing nights, where people from all ages are welcome to visit the observatory. Here, they can use the observatory’s telescopes for free. About a dozen telescopes can be run at once, some of which are found on their patio decks. Stacy Bouffard Rancourt, a local resident, visited the observatory recently and “especially enjoyed looking through the telescopes on the two decks and seeing two very different views of the sky.” The observatory uses 8-inch apertures to view stars, galaxies, planets, and nebulae. The staff can show you where to find these, as well as answer any questions you have. Indeed, Stacy also “enjoyed listening to the explanations by the staff. "They were all very knowledgeable.”

In addition to providing services for the public, the BSU Observatory is a hub of undergraduate research. The BSU Experimental Astrophysics Research team, or BEAR, is a group of students that conduct their research in this observatory. They use the equipment in the observatory to collect data before they participate in data analysis and research projects. These projects consist of topics such as exoplanet candidates, which are planets discovered by a telescope but not yet confirmed to exist, asteroids and variable stars, the latter of which are stars whose brightness as seen from Earth fluctuates, and kuiper belt objects, which are rocks, ice, comets and dwarf planets in a disc in the outer solar system, among other topics.

The BSU Observatory hopes to hold public viewing nights once again by late September. For more information on the observatory, call 508-531-3275 or visit their Facebook Page

Story credit: Rohail Spear
BuzzAround Writing Intern, Franklin & Marshall College
Image credit: Stacy Bouffard Rancourt
 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

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
One hour of coaching. (value $80)
with Glee Works Holistic Personal Coaching
Learn mindful techniques to reduce stress and anxiety.

Historical Tidbit Question:
What kind of attractions could you find at the Brockton Fair in the 1930's?

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 16, 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.
Some like it HOT.
"A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking."
~ William Butler Yeats

“Surely, anyway, a working day of eight or nine hours which is not split by a nap is simply too much for a human being to take, day in, day out, and particularly so in hot weather.” 
~ Tom Hodgkinson

"Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot. "
~ D. H. Lawrence

“The thing with heat is, no matter how cold you are, no matter how much you need warmth, it always, eventually, becomes too much.” ~ Victoria Aveyard

"Sometimes the very best of all summer books is a blank notebook. Get one big enough, and you can practice sketching the lemon slice in your drink or the hot lifeguard on the beach or the vista down the hill from your cabin."
~ Michael Dirda

“The Bermuda Triangle got tired of warm weather. It moved to Alaska. Now, Santa Claus is missing.”
 ~ Steven Wright
Slowly my mind wanders, and the heat takes over. Let me see, I think: "What kind of mischief can I blame on the heat?" Enjoy your week. ~ Jacquie
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