BAMSI Celebrates Outstanding Start to the Month

What a month for BAMSI! On February 7th, they congratulated Andrew Parkes on being awarded the Dan Shea Award. Named for the former Assistant Area Director of what is now DDS, the award honors outstanding achievements of the people served by BAMSI. Andrew has displayed great perseverance and determination, as shown by his constant ability to reach his goals. Congrats, Andrew!
Additionally, earlier this month, BAMSI received a generous grant of $5,000 from RIZE Massachusetts Foundation in support of BAMSI's Community Outreach, Prevention, and Education (COPE). This contribution will go towards basic needs and winter essentials such as hygiene products, coats, hats, tissues, etc. to the program's participants. The grant is sure to make a big impact on the people BAMSI serves, many of whom are unhoused and stay outside in the harsh elements during the winter.

Source and Photo Credits: BAMSI FB and BAMSI Press Release

Written by Erin Payne, Buzz Around Intern, SNHU
Historical Tidbit:
Lithuanian Village of Brockton

In its beginnings, the Lithuanian Village was full of Lithuanian businesses: bakeries, clothing stores, pharmacies and so on, so much so that one could live there only knowing how to speak it. To this day, inhabitants of Brockton remember it as one of the hearts of the city. Lithuanian village was something rare in the USA, where few districts are known officially or even semi-officially as Lithuanian.

The center point of life there was St. Casimir Lithuanian Church (214 Ames St.). Originally established in the 19th century, its current main building was constructed in 1957 over a 1914-built basement. In the past, this was a common way to build: expand the structure as more donations were received. The basement church even had a different name (St. Rocco). In 1910, the basement church was the place where the Knights of Lithuania were established.

In the past, the Lithuanian life of the Village was tremendous. Every Labor Day (first Monday of September), some 10,000 Lithuanians and non-Lithuanians would come to Thatcher Street to a huge Lithuanian picnic. This faded out in 1985.

Source Credit: Global True Lithuania

Written by Erin Payne, Buzz Around Intern, SNHU
Lithuania Hall, Brockton, Massachusetts, 1913
Photo Credit:
City Hall
45 School St 508-580-7123

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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
Regina Shea
won a $25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax

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

Enter for this week's prize of
a $15 gift certificate at
South Middle School Book Drive
Feb 5-16

South's National Junior Honor Society wants your gently used books! They are running a book drive until Friday, February 16th. They are wanting to create the "Dragons Dare to Read" mobile library to promote reading around the school and in your homes! Books can be brought in to your child's English teacher. Please consider donating!

Source Credit: South Middle School FB
Valentines Tribute to Love

The Brockton COA is asking for your wedding or couples photos to display during their Valentines Special Community Dining on February 13th. Be sure to include wedding date! The couple that has been together the longest will win a prize at the luncheon! You can bring photos into the office to scan, or email them to

Source Credit: COA Newsletter
Valentines Day Dance

Fri, Feb 16
Brockton VFW Post
283 North Quincy St

The Arc's Valentine's Day dance will be held at the local VFW post this year. All adults 18+ are welcome to the dance. Dinner and soft drinks will be included. Entrance fee is $15. For additional info or to RSVP, please contact Tracey Glynn, Activity and Recreation Coordinator, at 339-837-1923 or at
Brockton Planning Board Meeting
Feb 6th, 2024

Video Courtesy of BCA TV
Brockton High School Girls Basketball vs Bridgewater-Raynham
Feb 6th, 2024
Video Courtesy of BCA TV
The Grow Team is looking for individuals that are: 
  • Person-Centered
  • Caring
  • Service-Oriented 
  • Passionate 

Grow Associates is dedicated to helping individuals with developmental disabilities reach their full potential, to live lives enhanced by knowledge, by friendship, and by work.

We are hiring FT and PT, check out:

Grow Associates, Inc
68 Mazzeo Drive, Randolph MA
Country Dance Tickets on Sale
Folk * Circles * Contra * Squares

March 9, 2024

Social & Nibbles 5:30-6:30pm  
Dancing 6:30 – 9 pm. $17 ~ only 31 tickets left!

Cedar St Community Center
15 Cedar St , Bridgewater, MA

Featuring live Music By Eloise & Company

No partners or experience necessary, come ready to dance!
Instructed & called by Sam Baumgarten

Brown Bag initiative
Thur, Feb 15
Teen Challenge
1315 Main St

BAMSI is looking for volunteers for their next Brown Bag program. BAMSI's Brown Bag initiative is a powerful way to make a real difference in the local community. They need helpers to unload the truck, package the food, load bags back into the truck, and people to deliver the food to residents. To sign up, please visit
Volunteers Needed
for Upcoming Events

Brockton Community Access is looking for volunteers who are interested in learning more about video production. They're looking for help with video coverage of local upcoming events. Sign up for a field kit training or email Mischelle to learn more about volunteer opportunities and events happening this month. If interested, reach out to Mischelle at
Everyone Has a Voice
Sat, Feb 17
Brockton Public Library
304 Main St

Join Brockton Public Library in the Driscoll Art Gallery for a poetry talk and reading, featuring poets Adam Scheffler and Josephine Farah. Scheffler's poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Yale Review, Verse Daily, and more. Farah was born and raised in Boston, and is a first generation Lebanese American teacher working in Brockton.

For more information, contact Philip Hasouris at (508) 942-8018 or
Lenten Luncheons
First Lutheran Church
Fri, Feb 16
900 Main St

First Lutheran Church of Brockton will host a series of six Lenten Luncheons with Ward 4 City Councilor Susan Nicastro. These events are open to the public and a homemade lunch is served. This program is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. The doors open at 11:30a with handicap accessibility, and the dining portion begins at 12 noon. For any questions, please call Anne at 774-297-4939 or email her at
Climate Can Do: Updating Massachusetts' Bottle Bill for a Greener Future

In 1983, Massachusetts launched the Bottle Bill, encouraging recycling with a $0.05 deposit on soda and beer containers. It worked well, cutting litter and boosting aluminum, plastic, and glass recycling. But times have changed, and this old bottle bill needs a modern makeover.

Two new bills are now before the Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy and aim to refresh the Massachusetts Bottle Bill, addressing the challenges posed by today's beverage consumption habits and recycling issues.

The Proposed Expansion
Bill H.3676: An Act to Update the Bottle Bill. This bill seeks to modernize the Bottle Bill to meet current needs. 

Bill H.3690/SB2104: An Act to Expand the Bottle Bill. This bill aims to broaden the Bottle Bill's coverage to include any drinkable liquid intended for human consumption. 

Expanding the Bottle Bill aligns with today's beverage choices. The original law covered soft drinks, mineral water, beer, and malt beverages—products of a bygone era. Today, our options include bottled water, flavored waters, coffee-based drinks, juices, and sports drinks, which the outdated bill doesn't include. This gap has led to more litter and waste.

Updating the definition of "beverages" in the Bottle Bill removes this confusion. It's simple: water, flavored waters, iced teas, coffee-based drinks, and sports drinks should now have a $0.05 deposit. This expansion is expected to generate about $20 million in new revenue, with $5 million going to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). EEA will use these funds for various initiatives, such as municipal recycling incentives, recycling transfer stations, source reduction, and public education.

How To Support The Bottle Bill Expansion
To bring about this change, contact your elected officials and let them know you want to see Massachusetts' Bottle Bill improved by House Bill 3676 and House Bill 3690/SB2104. The Conservative Law Foundation has made it even easier to reach out with a prewritten letter available for the public’s use here.

Your actions can help Massachusetts move towards a cleaner, more sustainable future. Join the movement and be part of positive change!

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Jamie Puhi, and focuses on actions we can do to live more sustainably. We can do it!
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Massasoit Mobile Polar Plunge

Mon, Feb 19
Check-in: 10:30a, Plunge: 11:30a
Massasoit Community College
1 Massasoit Blvd

Join Special Olympics Massachusetts to raise money for Special Olympics athletes in the state! Your support will help these athletes train for sports they love. You'll also be celebrating inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities on and off the playing field. Anyone who raises $100 will receive a t-shirt, with several additional prizes for the top fundraisers.

Painting with Paper
Wed, Feb 21
10:30-11:30a & 1:30- 2:20p
Lingos Auditorium

Looking for a fun and mess-free way to explore your artistic side? Look no further than Painting with Paper Workshops! Led by professional artist Jamaal Eversley, these workshops offer a vibrant and engaging way to create beautiful works of art that people from all backgrounds and cultures will surely appreciate. With two workshops available, there's something for everyone ~ so why not sign up today and see what all the fuss is about?
Rotary Club Comedy Night Great Success

There was no shortage of laughter last weekend as comic Frank Santos Jr. gave a show at the Annunciation Greek Church. On Saturday, January 27th, the Rotary Club of Brockton held a comedy fundraiser, thanks to many sponsors and volunteers.

Reposted from the Rotary FB page: "We are still laughing at how much fun the show was on Saturday. Thanks again to everyone who came out and supported it! All funds raised go back into the community. We are proud to donate right here in Brockton and give back!! Thank you Rotary District 7950 District Governor Angela for joining us with her husband Barry & her sisters!
Thanks again to all our awesome sponsors 😎 Thank you to the Greek Church for a great event site and to all our members that helped put this event together."

Source & Photo Credit: Rotary Club of Brockton FB
Written by Erin Payne, BuzzAround Intern, SNHU

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
a $15 gift certificate at
Nessralla Farmstand - Halifax

Historical Tidbit Question:
What was the original name of the Lithuanian Church?

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On February 14, 2024, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Erin Payne, Alexa Pennington, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Valentine's Wisdom: Love Yourself

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” ~Brené Brown

"Intimacy, by its very nature, requires us to be vulnerable. Our partner, lover, or mate can know us to our very core, sometimes better than we know ourselves, and that can make any of us feel totally exposed. Intimacy can be intimidating. However, it is an amazingly freeing experience when you can be completely who you are with someone you totally trust."
~ Barton Goldsmith Ph.D.

"To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.” ~ Criss Jami

Love will never be certain, but after collecting thousands of stories, I’m willing to call this a fact: A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all men, women, and children. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong.”
~ Brené Brown
I hope you spend this day, and every day, loving yourself, so that others can love you!

You are worth it! ~ Jacquie
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