May 15, 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.
Cassandra Bruny, Hair Artist, was BCA's First Friday Artist, giving a demonstration of her incredible skills
The First Friday of every month Brockton Cable Access hosts an artist. They interview and display their work in a comfortable, immersive atmosphere, giving the participant an opportunity to watch, listen, ask questions, and sometimes involve themselves in the First Friday artists presentation, creating a meaningful experience for all involved!

Admission is FREE.
Light refreshments are served.
BCA: 1 North Main Street
Next First Friday: June 3, 6 - 7:30p. Featured Artist BuzzAround's own Jacquelyn Rose with her painting "As Yet UnNamed" - Brockton's last opportunity to contribute to the painting's book before it is finished and hung in Brockton Public Library's permanent collection. Check for updates:
Historical Tidbit:
"Opened in May of 1992, the Brockton Fire Museum was constructed for the purpose of preserving the proud history of fire fighting in the Brockton area. The artfully designed building, with wide pumpkin pine floors and subdued lighting, effectively conveys the atmosphere of a classic Brockton fire station during Victorian times. Literally thousands of fascinating fire fighting artifacts are preserved within the 2000 square-foot structure. The largest object on display is the beautifully restored 1850s Hand-Tub Pumper called "The Protector." There is also a touching memorial dedicated to the memory of the 13 Brockton firemen who were killed in the Strand Theater disaster in 1941 - the most firemen killed in a building fire in the nation's history."

The Brockton Fire Museum
216 North Pearl St., Rte. 27
(Exit 18B off Route 27)
Brockton, Mass
(508) 583-1039
Hours: Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of Every Month   2 - 4p or by Appointment
Admission is $2 Adults
Children under 12 are free

Pictured: Operational Antique Fire Alarm System at the Brockton Fire Museum
Photo credit: J. Rose
Museum info:
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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
Email & phone contact only

There are 14 food pantries in Brockton.
Marci Lyford
won a $15 gift certificate to C & C Antiques
Open Wed - Sun, Rt 18, Elmwood (EB)

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
Free one hour of coaching
(value $80) with
Glee Works Holistic Personal Coaching
Learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and anxiety.
Youth Works has paid training for Brockton Area
16-21 year olds!
Not just a job, Youth Works provides training & skills.
Interested? Sign up here:
Brockton High School Jazz Concert 4-30-22
Video courtesy of BCA
Brockton City Council Meeting 5-9-22
Video Courtesy of BCA
Poetry night at Brockton Public Library on May 21
Everyone Has a Voice Poetry Series
Join us in-person
Saturday, May 21, 2p
304 Main Street. 
Featured Poet: Anita D. 
Student Poet: Del’or Ehade
With Open Mic
Anita D is a nationally ranked spoken word artist and slam poet born & raised in Brockton. Her work has a heavy focus on personal narrative & generational healing. She also uses her platform to spread awareness for mental health awareness & women's safety in the community. Anita is a two time member of the San Diego slam team and one time member of the House slam team of Boston. She was a National Poetry Slam finalist in 2016, a semi-finalist in 2018 and placed 3rd as an Individual World Poetry Slam finalist in 2019. Her work has been featured on Button, All Def Poetry, Fox Soul & Slamfind. Anita is a mother, a mentor, an advocate, and currently working on her first published full-length book with Button Poetry.
Del’or Ehade is 18 years old. From Boston, he moved to Brockton when he was 8 years old. A student at Southeastern Regional High School. "I tried poetry once in 7th grade but I didn’t have the mind of a creative artist, then a few years later, I wrote a poem with the help of Mr. Fernendez about identity. They loved my poem, which inspired me to strengthen my creative mind and express myself. I participated in different things other than my passion for poetry. I have been active in our after-school drama program. As a student at Plouffe Academy, I helped at the Dedham and Holbrook food pantry. I have also been involved in E-sports and have taken a dual enrollment Speech class earning me 3 college credits from Massasoit Community College. I received an honorable mention for my poem which was published in the Boston Globe. Now I have to unlock my creativity and inspire others to express their identities."
For more information contact Philip Hasouris at 508-942-8018 or Jonathan Stroud at or 508-894-1426"
12 noon
Saturday, May 21st
This free event is open to all.
Enso Flats Art Gallery (Milton Museum of Art) at the intersection of Centre and Montello Sts.

You are invited to the D.W. Field Park Annual meeting to hear Sean Kent Mass Audubon Society Educator speak on “Climate Protecting Your Yard” Parking is available on Lincoln Street next to BFC Restaurant (across the street). For more information email
Javawocky Coffeehouse at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Brockton

Sat, May 21st  
Kim Moberg and Heather Swanson
​$13 in advance and Seniors, $15 at the door. The Javawocky Coffeehouse is located at
325 West Elm St
BB Bookworks Inc
Specializing in real estate presentations, pitch decks, and financial projections for projects. We help real estate professionals and real estate investors with presentation material.

Use our service to create your next project pitch plan!

810 Washington St, Suite 2 

(774) 778-7218 
Private Business Owners: 
We Are Looking for Board Nominations
Workforce Board of 24 oversees $3.4 million budget for regional training, consulting & programing

*learn about workforce development opportunities
*Be a voice in your industry 
Monthly & quarterly meetings

Contact Jason Hunter, Director of operations

MassHire Greater Brockton
Career Center
34 School St, 2nd Floor, Brockton
Governor Baker's proclamation designating May 2022 Massachusetts Small Business Month

A Proclamation
WHEREAS, small businesses are the backbone and life blood of local economies in communities throughout the Commonwealth, and serve as job creators and place-makers in our downtowns,
WHEREAS, shopping locally allows Massachusetts residents to invest in their own neighborhoods and grow the vibrancy of their communities, making the Commonwealth a great place to live, work, and play,
WHEREAS, small businesses demonstrated resilience, flexibility, and courage in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impacts, and were a driving force in the economic recovery of this Commonwealth,
WHEREAS, small businesses employ 1.5 million individuals, constituting nearly half of Massachusetts employees (45.7%),
WHEREAS, small businesses reach communities that have not always benefited from the Commonwealth’s overall robust economic vitality, and serve an important role in access to economic opportunity,
WHEREAS, small businesses and small business support organizations like Chambers of Commerce; small business associations; and Main Street and other nonprofit service organizations are key collaborators in advancing our agenda for equitable economic growth,
WHEREAS, the contributions of our small business sector should be recognized and celebrated by our Commonwealth,
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Charles D. Baker, Governor of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim May 2022, to be, 
And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.
Given at the Executive Chamber, this first day of May, in the year two thousand and twenty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America, two hundred and forty-fifth.
God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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Brockton Area's 4th Annual Construction Career Day
Friday, June 3rd
Massasoit Community College
9a - 1 p
An exciting, immersive opportunity for high school students to learn about careers in construction, including building, paving, engineering, electrical, plumbing, solar & energy and many others!
To learn how to participate, as an exhibit or a student, contact John Nesti, MassHire 508 584- 9800 or
Brockton High School Jazz Band performed at the Rotary Club Meeting,
and what a performance!!
Thank you to Maestro Vinny Macrina and the amazing Brockton High School jazz band
."..And they have performed at Rotary Club of Brockton every year since 1971 according to their director, Vinny Macrina, who has been with them every year!!" ( Gary Oman)
Story Photo & Video Credits

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

Historical Tidbit Question:
What is the largest object on display at the Brockton Fire Museum?

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 May 18, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Governor Baker's Declaration of Small Business month spotlights the importance of our local businesses. 

THE BEST way to support your community, is to keep your money close to home by shopping locally and if you have an idea for starting your own, there is no better time. 

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” 
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.” ~ Dr. Seuss
Love your local, Buy & live local: where we live is where we have the most influence and can create real change. Make it happen at home. Share your local love.
~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, & Gregory Venezia.
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