September 25, 2022 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Metro South Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Networking at Heights Crossing ~ a Huge Success!

The Metro South Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Networking Event last week, with Heights Crossing Assisted Living Residence, was a great business building opportunity and celebration! Executive Director Peter McConnell, Director of Community Relations Kathleen Lynch, and the Heights Crossing team invited Chamber members and business partners to enjoy appetizers, networking, and lawn games on the outdoor patio. 
Heights Crossing underwent interior and exterior renovations in 2020 but celebrations were delayed due to COVID-19. Ready to showcase their beautiful upgrades, Heights Crossing also invited guests to tour their fully renovated community during the event.

Photo Credits: Kathleen Lynch & Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Register to vote by October 19 for the November 8, 2022 elections. To check your voter registration status:
Historical Tidbit: Main Street 1969
New Rix Store on Main Street; with Me, Natalie (Patty Duke) playing at the movie center next door. September 20, 1969
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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 
 10 Father Kenney Way 508-580-7811
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There are 14 food pantries in Brockton.
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Enter for this week's prize of a
$25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax
NAACP Blood Drive for Sickle Cell Anemia

Thursday, September 29th, 12 - 5:30p
Shaw Center,
1 Feinburg Way

This is a very worthy cause! Please help by donating. Register at or at 800-733-2767. For more information about this event and others, check out the Brockton Area NAACP on Facebook.
Bingo Night
Fri, September 30
2 – 5p
34 School Street

We're excited to welcome back our in-person Bingo Night, a night of family fun and fellowship with our Youthworks community! (Ages 14-18) We're gearing up for a lively game, lots of family fun, and some pretty awesome prizes - including the GRAND PRIZE of a VR HEADSET!

Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, October 1, 10a
415 Pearl St

Our pets mean so much to us; they are our companions and friends. So we invite you to bring this special pal, whether it walks, hops, or slithers, to be blessed. We are pleased to have the Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts (APCSM) joining us again this year.
The event is free and open to all. However, all pet food donations for the APCSM are appreciated.

The rain date is Saturday, October 8th. Please see more about this event on Facebook.
Downtown Fall Fest
Sat, October 1st
11a - 4p
City Hall Plaza
History, vendors, children's activities, live music, entertainment, library programs, food fun & much more!
Applications for Mass Local CC Grants Supporting Community-Based Arts & Culture Projects
Due Oct 17, 2022

In FY23 Mass Cultural Council will invest $5.5 million — an increase of 15% over last year — into the Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program, the nation’s largest grassroots cultural funding network.

LCCs provide arts and cultural grants to every community in Massachusetts through the efforts of more than 2,400 volunteers. They fund some 6,500 public projects annually that include everything from field trips to lectures, festivals, and dance performances.

To help with Deforestation, we can cut down on our paper use, focus on recycled or bamboo products.
Bamboo is a growing industry in southern states as farmers consciously focus on how to grow it correctly in the North American habitat. It matures quickly and creates a useable pulp in a few years. Leaving our pine, oak, birch aspen and maple forests to loom majestically, giving us splendid foliage and taking care of the carbon.

Here are 3 companies selling bamboo toilet paper & paper towels: Grove Collaborative. Delivered directly to your door, give it a try!

Our Climate Can-Do Articles focus on life changes that we can make which will help mitigate the environmental changes of our climate emergency. Our goal is to keep the Earth's temperature from rising 1.5 degrees C. If we are able to keep it under, then we wont flood low -lying areas. There are things we can do.
Free Family Concert: Peter & the Wolf
Sunday, October 2 at 1p
1350 Pleasant St

Check out Peter and the Wolf, a free family concert brought to you by the Board of Music at the UCC. The concert will feature Nicole Marane, pipe organ; Hope Vasquez, percussion; and Brockton High School's own Matt Cunningham, Narrator.

Sponsored by Arts at Christ Church, 1350 Pleasant Street, in cooperation with the Southeastern MA chapter, American Guild of Organists.

The building is handicapped accessible; all parking in the rear; child care is available for infants through 4 years. For more information, email or call the church office at 508-586-3022.
Brockton’s First Hispanic
Pride Parade
Sunday, October 2nd
10a - 3p
District Court Parking Lot
215 Main Street

Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15th to October 15th!

And for the first time in Brockton, the Latin Women’s Association, in collaboration with Mayor Bob Sullivan, are holding a Hispanic Pride Parade, in honor of celebrating Hispanic heritage! Several Hispanic countries will be represented to demonstrate their culture such as Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, and many more. Come out Sunday, October 2nd at 10a to show your pride for culture and heritage!
The Welcome BluePrint— BIC Immigration Team’s Inclusive Action Plan Meeting
Thursday October 6th, 6 - 7p
Joseph Plouffe Academy
250 Crescent Street

The immigration rights organization launched by Brockton Interfaith Community, Immigration Team, is meeting to present The Welcoming Blueprint Public Action plan. With special guests Councilor Rita Mendes and Councilor David Texeira, the BIC Immigration Team is meeting to outline more inclusive standards for the city to consider, through discussion of Brockton's current state of immigrant inclusion and by highlighting the voices of immigrants in the city. Head over to the Joseph Plouffe academy on Oct 6th at 6p to participate!

Lady CJ Soulfood Cafe
& Catering 

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

1 (508) 423-9273
MassHire Greater Brockton
Let's help our 17- 24 year-olds get a jump start on their job search!

MassHire offers free:
*job coaching
*employment opportunities
*trades training & more

108 Volunteers Give Back for United Way’s
101st Day of Caring

United Way of Greater Plymouth County gathered to celebrate its 101st Day of Caring with United Way volunteers, friends, board members, and partner agencies at the Day of Caring Champions Breakfast on September 16th. The event was led by United Way’s Board Chair John Doyle, UPS U.S. Operations Training Director, President & CEO Dennis Carman, and Director of Resource Development Lisa Maciejowski. They shared Information about United Way’s collective impact, services, and success in 2021 with UW serving 57,626 individuals in 22 towns. 

After the Champion’s breakfast sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors and North Easton Savings Bank, 108 volunteers headed out into the community for the Day of Caring to perform service projects at many of United Way’s partner agencies. There were over 14 participating organizations who provided projects at 13 different sites. To add, teams from over 17 different organizations offered helping hands to the Day of Caring. 

Story and Photo Credits: Kimberly Scotland, Director of Community Relations & Marketing.
Taunton River Watershed Alliance: Guided Walk at Ames Nowell State Park

Saturday, October 15
9 - 10:30a
Parking lot at Linwood Street, Abington

TRWA volunteers will lead a walk near the Cleveland Reservoir, as they explore the northern part of the Taunton River Watershed! Observing turtles, birds, and wetland plants along the way. We will also scoop some water from the reservoir edge to see who lives in it! The cost for this event is free for members and $5 for non-members. It’s a medium hike that is not stroller friendly. We do welcome pups on leases and encourage hikers to wear sturdy footwear And yes, restrooms will be available! 

Pre- registration is required! 
To register call (508) 828-1101
Photo Credit: TRWA Newsletter
Darkness to Light
Annual Fall Banquet

Saturday, October 15
Multipurpose Auditorium
20 Clifton Ave 
Doors open at 5p,
Dinner starts at 6p

The Adult & Teen Challenge Massachusetts nonprofit organization is presenting their annual Fall Banquet Charity Dinner that brings together program donors, sponsors, participants, and the community to spread their message of hope. It will be an amazing night full of fellowship, fun raffles, testimonials, and delicious meals prepared by executive chef, Charles Herman. To participate, purchase tickets here!
A Fun First Week at
South Middle School!

We have had the most amazing first week of school! Staff and students alike have been focused on building positive relationships, creating routines and predictable structures, and integrating our core values (R.O.A.R.).

To see more pictures from the first week of school, be sure to take a look at South Middle School on Facebook! Go dragons!
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to win a:
$25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax

Historical Tidbit Question:
Where was the new RIX store located?

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Today I give you The Paradoxical Commandments" because really, the only way to be loved and content is to give love. First to yourself and then to others.

"People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.”

~ Kent M. Keith, The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council
None of it makes sense, I know, but this is how you build a fulfilled life. I guarantee you. Also, always, put your own oxygen mask on first. Self-care is #1. It's the least selfish thing you can do. : ) Have a great week! ~Jacquie
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