Brockton Family Jamboree

In an effort to create a better relationship between Brockton Families and the Police Department, the Brockton Police Family Jamboree was launched in 2022. The Jamboree invites Brockton families to have fun and learn about their local and state government.
The kids enjoyed various bouncy castles, a dunk tank, along with a demonstration of how a fire hose worked. Families enjoyed their time with their kids, with burgers, water, and snacks provided free by Meals 4 Kids.
Booths providing education on various nonprofits and government systems such as the First Responder Therapy Dogs and the Brockton A.R.T.S. Foundation were also a major highlight.

Photo & Story Credit: Brian Coleman, Intern, Bridgewater State University
Edited by: J. Rose
Historical Tidbit:
Rocky Marciano the Champion Fighter
September 1st is Rocky Marciano’s birthday. He was born in 1923. His boyhood home is at 168 Dover Street, Brockton.

Rocky Marciano' is the only Heavy Weight Champion to remain undefeated. He also served in WWII and wrestled during his time in the military. Marciano retired at the age of 31. He spent his retirement years making personal appearances and living with his family. Sadly, at age 35, he passed in a plane crash.

Story Credit: Ella Reddin, intern
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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
Email & phone contact only
Lynn Fowler
You won a Your choice of a
Paul Mitchell Good Hair Vibes Cool It, or Sunshiny Day Set *Shampoo/Conditioner/ Locking Spray/Travel Brush * (value over $50)
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Bee sure to play our Historical Tidbit Trivia Game at the bottom of this newsletter.

Enter for this week's prize of
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Labor Day was created to recognize the social and economic achievements made by American workers in the nineteenth century. At that time, there was such excitement at the improvements in our quality of life; state and local celebrations around the country were organized by workers and unions. Between 1885 - 1894, 32 states had passed an official Labor Day holiday. Although there is not a clear founder, records show Peter J McGuire (General Secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners), and Matthew Maguire ( a machinist and Secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York) both played a role in the founding of a national Labor Day.

President Grover Cleveland made Labor Day national holiday, signing it into law, June 28, 1894 for the first Monday in September. Labor Day is often celebrated with parades, parties, and festivities.
By Siara Morel Ortiz, Intern, UMass Boston.

Saturday, Sept. 9th
Registration start 9:30a
D.W. Field Park

Dave Gorman’s Kids Road Race will kick-off the fall season on Saturday, Sept 9. and continue for eight weeks. Yes, it is still $1.00 to run. Ages 4 to 14 boys and girls can participate. For more information or to pre-register contact Dave Gorman at or call 508-588-3148.

Questions? Visit the Kids Road Race Website.
2023 - 2024 Bus Routes
The transportation schedule for this year's bus routes is posted on the Brockton Public Schools website. Other important information, such as signing up for text alerts, can be found on the website as well. Check out the Brockton Public School Transportation page for more information. 
Brockton Public Art

Do you like Brockton’s Downtown Public Art or wish there was more of it? Brockton wants to put the artist and their art in the foreground. They want the public perspective on where art would be the most accessible Downtown. Brockton Residents can take the survey to put in their input. You can also put where you think art installations should go on the map. For more information and to learn about publicly accessible art, check out Brockton’s website.
Step up to the Mic

Saturday, Sept. 9th
Brockton Public Library
Driscoll Art Gallery, 304 Main St.
Featured Poet: Kaili Wallin

This new Open Mic Celebrates poems written and preformed by members of the LGBTQIA+ Community. All are welcome to come sit and listen to the poets. For more information contact Avian Deane, Brockton Public Library at 508-894-1432
How's Your Internet?

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute needs your input. The survey asks people about their experience using the Internet in the state. Help Massachusetts provide everyone with better internet service and digital support by givyour input. To fill out the survey, visit the Massachusetts Broadband Institute website.
Brockton Farmers Market

Sept. 1st through Oct. 27th
10a - 2p
Brockton City Hall Plaza

We are coming up in the final months of the Brockton Farmers Market. Stop by to load up on fresh products. Enjoy cooking demos and entertainment for kids sponsored by the public library. For more information, visit the Brockton Farmer’s Market Website.
Lego and Robotics Club

Thursdays, Sept. 5th - Oct. 22nd
6:30p - 7:30
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South
Brockton Clubhouse
233 Warren Ave.

Boys and Girls Club members get to learn all about robotics using Legos and real robotics. ages 5-12 are encouraged to sign up while seating is available. For more information, visit the Boys and Girls Club of Brockton on Facebook
Early Voting For Preliminary Election Day

Sept. 9th through Sept. 15th
Sept. 9th: 10a - 4p
Sept. 10th: 12p - 6
Sept. 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th: 8a - 4:30p
Sept. 14th: 8a - 6p
Shaw's Center
1 Feinberg Way

The Preliminary Election for Brockton will be held on September 19th, 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. at your local voting center. If you can not make it on this day, the dates listed above are days when you can cast your vote ahead of time. Make sure to mark your calendars. Voting is important! If you need assistance: It is a great source that will answer questions on voting and how to register to vote. Check out Brockton City website for more information on voting in Brockton.
Golf Tournament
to benefit the Massasoit Community College’s United Student Fund
Mon. October 2, 11am- Shotgun Start
Thorny Lea Golf Club, Brockton
 Brockton, Canton, Middleboro and online
Greek Food Festival
Sept. 14th through 17th
Sept. 14th: 11a - 9p
Sept. 15th & 16th: 11a - 11p
Sept. 17th: 12p - 6
Annunciation Greek Church
457 Oak St.

Annunciation Brockton's Greek Food Festival! Greek Food! There will also be church tours by Father Ramones and Greek dance performers. Live music from Athenian Entertainment featuring Georgios Karatzas. All in the community are welcome to join and participate.
For more information, visit:
North River Collaborative
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Starting Salary: Drivers: $20 plus benefits.
                Monitors: $15.85 plus benefits.

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7D license Training Provided

Contact: Deb Thompson
781-878-6056, ext. 162
Grow Associates
Grow Associates is a non-profit organization helping individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities live their best lives.

Hispanic Heritage Parade
to Kick off Hispanic Heritage Month

Saturday, September 16th
12p - 3:30
Start at the Brockton District Court Parking lot and end at City Hall Plaza

For the second year in a row, the Latina Women’s Association will host a Hispanic Heritage Month Parade in collaboration with the Office of Mayor Robert Sullivan. Several Hispanic countries are coming together to represent their culture in this parade. There will also be items and food from different Hispanic cultures. Make sure to come on down and visit the parade.
Building a Better Business Bootcamp

Wednesday, Sept. 20th
9a - 3p
Brockton Redevelopment Authority
50 School St.
1st Floor Conference Room

The Building a Better Business Program is designed to help individuals who are looking to start or grow a business. It is an all-day, in-person event that is taught in three parts: legal, sales/marketing, and financials. The goal of this program is to have individuals create a working business plan that they can successfully execute. Crucial for finding financing for their business.
In-person events give small business owners a chance to come together and learn as a group. It offers education along with networking opportunities. When groups gather together, they collaborate, share their experiences, ask questions and help each other reach a solid understanding about business ownership.
To sign up for the event, visit Neighbors Works Housing Solutions website.
Tourism and Cultural Affairs Meeting

Thursday, Sept.14th
North Baptist Church
899 No Main Street.

All non-profits, service
agencies, and volunteer organizations are invited to inform everyone about their upcoming
activities. Please call Anne at 774-297-4939 or email at for
more information.
Climate Can-Do: Limit Fast Fashion

Fashion is another tool to help combat climate change and protect the environment.

First, how does fashion harm the environment? In efforts to meet demands and popularity for society’s trendiest clothes, many big clothing brands end up wasting fabrics and energy as they rush to pump out clothes for consumers at cheap prices. This is known as fast fashion.

According to the United Nations Environment Program, the “pollution, waste, and emissions of fast fashion are fueling the planetary crisis” as "plastic fibers are polluting the oceans”. In addition, the “wastewater and toxic dyes” from the industrial plants that are used to create the clothes only further contaminate the surrounding natural environments.

Sustainable clothing: While buying sustainable and organic clothing is a healthier alternative, it can also be expensive or inaccessible for many people. Fortunately, there are still many ways to limit your own fashion consumption and help the planet without sacrificing your wallet.

Diversify your clothing store options: Buying secondhand clothing from local thrift stores or on-line platforms such as ThredUp, Depop, and Poshmark is an excellent alternative for getting clothes.

Consider clothes before buying them: We all have that item, or a few, that sit in the back of the closet untouched for the past two years. This is why the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University suggests buying an item only if you can see yourself wearing it at least 30 times. Thinking twice is a good way to limit how much fast fashion and wasted clothing ends up crowding your closet.

Support brands that have good sustainability practices: This online directory: Good on You allows you to search your favorite brands and view their sustainability/ethical work ratings. The website also provides a wide range of stores that solely produce sustainable fashion that you can occasionally invest in.

By researching, staying mindful, and practicing eco-friendly shopping habits, you can reduce carbon costs and the impact of waste on our landfills and atmosphere!

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Angel Benjamin, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Brown University. Focusing on actions which individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do!
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Check out Pat Monteith, the Director of the Floating Planetarium at Brockton Public Library, hanging out with the stars!
Pat is a Solar System NASA Ambassador, and here she is with Star Trek
(and Reading Rainbow's) LaVar Burton.

Submitted by Anne Beauregard.
Annual Lebanese Festival

Friday, Sept. 22nd through Sunday, Sept. 24th
Friday: 5p - 12a
Saturday: 12p – 1a
Sunday: 12p – 5
343 North Main St.

So excited for the Annual Lebanese Festival at Saint Theresa Maronite Church. Over the three days the festival will feature Mitchell Kalatsunas, Andre Ibrahim and DJ Gabriel Massih. There will also be a basket auction raffle and a bar. There will be food and drinks at the festival. No outside food drinks or Hookah are allowed. Admission to the event is free. For more information check out the flyer here.
Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
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Historical Tidbit Question:
At what age did Rocky Marciano retire?

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The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Miriam Heath, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
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