January 8, 2023 ~


Community One

Positive Story at a Time
The Evening of Elegance

This year’s Evening of Elegance fundraiser with the Brockton Library Foundation was a massive success. Through a combined total of ticket sales, donations, and auctions, the library was able to raise
$7, 768.32 for future programs! The Foundation is extremely grateful for every volunteer and contributor that made this event possible. 

Historical Tidbit:
Thomas Edison Exhibit

The Brockton Historical Society's Thomas Edison exhibit highlights a unique display of inventions he developed, such as incandescent bulbs, wiring, and other equipment. The exhibit also features many documents related to Edison's work throughout New England. The documents also mentioned his work with A.G. Bell in perfecting the telephone.

In this quote, Thomas Edison discusses his thoughts on his inventions, "I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others... I find out what the world needs; then I proceed to invent..."

In 1883, Edison chose the city of Brockton, MA, as an ideal place to test and receive positive reception for the world's first standardized central power system. In late 1884, he supervised the wiring of the world's first centrally powered theater, fire station, shoe factory, high school, and other buildings.

The following paraphrased quote is from Edison The Man And His Work" by George S. Bryan 1926: "The electric light has caused me the greatest amount of study and has required the most elaborate experiments.... Although I was never myself discouraged or hopeless of its success, I can not say the same for my associates.... Through all of the years of experimenting with it, I never once made an associated discovery. It was deductive... The results I achieved were the consequence of invention - pure and simple. I would construct and work along various lines until I found them untenable. When one theory was discarded, I developed another at once. I realized very early that this was the only possible way for me to work out all the problems.

Written by: Leanna Silva
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.
Louise Domingos
You won a 45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

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

Enter for this week's prize of
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

Thursday, January 12
North Baptist Church,
899 North Main Street

Learn about the organizations and businesses in the city interested in doing great things. This is an information opportunity and a chance to promote your group or organization, too.

Please, feel free to call Anne at 774-297-4939 or email for more information.
Brockton Resident's Weekly Forum
January 15
11a - 12p

The Northeast Brockton Neighborhood Association is hosting weekly forum meetings for Brockton residents every Sunday on Zoom. These forums are an opportunity for residents to discuss topics that are on the Brockton City Council meeting agenda, outcomes of the City Council meetings, and all other ways to improve the city of Brockton. All are welcomed and encouraged to join.
Credit from City of Brockton
Start your future today at Massasoit
Corporate and Community Education
The Dream Continues
Saturday, January 14th
2 - 4p
Brockton Public Library
304 Main St.

Celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. There will be performances by Rose Conservatory, Hannah Baptiste, Carmelo and Laurie Felix, Patrice and Andrew Ambroise. For more information, contact Jonathon Stroud at jstroud@cobma.us or 508-894-1123.
James Dunphy Appointed to Massasoit Board of Trustees

Before Christmas, Governor Charlie Baker appointed James Dunphy to the Massasoit Community College’s Board of Trustees for a five year term. Dunphy is the president and CEO of South Shore Bank with sixteen locations, 230 employees, and approximately $2 billion in assets across the Greater Boston area. South Shore Bank reinvests a portion of these profits back into the communities it serves, including both Brockton and Massasoit College. 

Genealogy Workshop with 
Rev. Diane Badger
Saturday, January 14
162 Howard Street, West Bridgewater

We will cover the basics; starting with what you know and moving you back into your past. What are the sources available online; what are the sources to explore that are not online? Most of the workshop will concentrate on New England research, other areas will be covered. Bring a notebook to take notes, and any information you might have and we will try pointing you in new directions for your research. The cost is only $5 and starts at 1p.
For more information check out the events page on the Old Bridgewater website
Business Assistance Round 2
January 11th - February 10th

The Brockton Redevelopment Authority is providing small businesses with an opportunity to access funds impacted by COVID-19 including start-ups (businesses recently opened or are in the last phase of getting ready to open). Businesses are eligible to receive up to $10,000. Please contact Khady Mascarenhas, Director of Small Business Development, after January 10th with any questions or for additional information. Guidelines and applications are available at Brockton Redevelopment Authority Website Brockton Redevelopment Authority. 
Lions Club Glasses Collection Box 

Lions club glasses collection box at Brockton Public Library 304 Main St.

Box is located on coffee table as you enter the lobby at the top of the stairs
Brockton Garden Club's 'Grow Herbs at Home' Workshop
Monday, January 23
Doors will be opening at 6:30p

Start the New Year off strong with a new healthy hobby! The Brockton Garden Club is hosting a “Grow Your Herbs at Home” Workshop, on Monday, January 23. Doors will be opening at 6:30p. This event is open to the public and free for all attendees. The Brockton Garden club will hold this event at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 439 West Street. For more information please contact Anne at 774-297-4939 or email at ambeauregard@outlook.com .
37th Annual MLK Breakfast
Saturday, January 21
9a - Noon
Lombardo’s in Randolph.

Don’t miss the Brockton NAACP’s 37th Annual MLK Breakfast. Keynote Speaker Rahsaan Hall. 
You can also call 508-944-8212.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South - Programs

Register today! Don't miss out on these great opportunities for youth to develop their skills, make friends, and have fun!
In the Winter Session we've got Young Chefs, Coding 101, Young Artists, Volleyball Skills & Drills, and more!

Lady CJ Soulfood Cafe
& Catering 
Our Customers Say: "This place is a gem. I'm in love with the cobbler. Chicken is always on point." ~ Charilyn Bailey

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

(508) 423-9273
Fusion Dolls
Doll & Toy Store in WestGate Mall 
Looking for that Special Gift?
Stop by Fusion Dolls in Westgate Mall.
Locally owned & created!

Inside WestGate Mall
across from Kay jewelers
Downtown Brockton Association Launches New Logo and
New Website

The Downtown Brockton Association is starting the New Year off with a fresh new look. This total redesign of the website and logo through an Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development grant the Metro South Chamber of Commerce received. This new site has connecting links to all of DBA’s social media platforms including its YouTube channel, as well as listings of current events and members with direct links to their respective websites. 

Visit the new
Brockton Public Library Hosting Poetry Series: Everyone has a Voice!
Saturday January 21
Driscoll Art Gallery, Brockton Public Library

Everyone has a voice! Come join featured poets like Tarah Agathe Valin, Marlon Carey, as well as an open mic in Brockton Public Library on January 21st at 2 in the afternoon.

For more information contact Philip Hasouris at 508-942-8018 or by email phasouris@cobma.us or Jonathan Stroud at
jstroud@cobma.us or 508-894-1426.
Climate Can-Do:
Help save the Earth and your wallet!

In Massachusetts, we have access to free energy services that help save money. With the winter weather getting fiercer each day, we’ve been turning on the heat.

“How can I save money managing my heating and cooling?” You might ask. 
MassSave provides an assessment the of your house-hold or business energy use. In Massachusetts - we’ve already pre-paid for it through a surcharge on our electric bill.
Check out the MassSave website, to schedule a no cost virtual or in-person home energy assessment and an Energy Specialist will assess the status of your energy use. They will also provide solutions to lead a more energy efficient household. MassSave collaborates with NGRID, Berkshire Gas, Eversource, and Cape Light Compact. MassSave provides these services and energy assessments for any category of property here in Massachusetts, whether that be residential, multi-family, or business oriented. Check it out!

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by intern Sean Fitzgerald from Lasell University. We focus on actions which will help mitigate the environmental changes of our climate emergency. Our goal is to keep the Earth's temperature from rising 1.5˚ C to lessen the impact. We can do!
Brockton Public Library
John Thomas Portrait Unveiling
It was just recently uploaded to BCA, this noteworthy event took place on 12-11-21.
Video Courtesy of BCA
Brockton Redevelopment Authority 5 Year Consolidated Plan Public Hearing 12-15-22

Video Courtesy of BCA
Middle School Basketball

Two exciting games between Ashfield and West Schools December 20th! Re-Posted from BPS. Check back for more photos of the middle school basketball season on the Brockton Public Schools FB page.
Have fun with us and bee entered
to win:
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

Historical Tidbit Question:
When did Thomas Edison supervise the wiring of the world's first centrally powered buildings?

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 11, 2023 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.

“Part of doing something is listening. We are listening. To the sun. To the stars. To the wind.”
~ Madeleine L'Engle, Swiftly Tilting Planet

“It takes two to speak the truth - one to speak and another to hear.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

“For a word to be spoken, there must be silence. Before, and after.”
~ Ursula K. Le GuinA Wizard of Earthsea

“The humble listen to their brothers and sisters because they assume they have something to learn. They are open to correction, and they become wiser through it.” ~ Fr. Thomas Dubay

“The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand.
We listen to reply.” ~ Stephen R. Covey
Shhhhh. I'm listening. Are you?
~ : ) Jacquie
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