January 17, 2021
~ Building Brockton 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.
Bake Sale/Pet Food Pantry on January 24th

"Happy New Year! We are starting off 2021 with some PAWSitivity by hosting another Bake Sale/Pet Food Pantry event at our shelter. Knowing the days are cold and dreary, we will set-up our goodies inside the building while the pet pantry will be on a first-come, first-served basis outside our main entrance. Social distancing protocols will be in place and all visitors MUST wear a mask. As the health and safety of our shelter community is top priority, we will limit the amount of people inside the building at one time. We truly appreciate all of your patience and cooperation.

If you are interested in donating baked goods or pet food pantry items to help the community and fundraise for our homeless animals, please email us at info@apcsm.org.
Hope to see you there!"
Animal Protection Center of Southern Massachusetts
1300 West Elm Street Extension, Brockton, MA
Story & Pic Credit: www.facebook.com/APCSM
Historical Tidbit:
Our State Bird

In 1941, the black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) became the official state bird of Massachusetts.

The black-capped chickadee is a common backyard bird, found deep in forests as well as suburban areas. It is a small, energetic, cheerfully sociable bird and does not migrate. That's good news for us. It means we get to enjoy them all year long! 

The black-capped chickadee is a member of the titmouse family (also known as the titmouse, tomtit, and the dickybird). It's unique call is considered one of the most complex in the animal kingdom. It is omnivorous. Their diet consists of insects, seeds and berries. The chickadee is known for "caching" food. They hide seeds and berries and can remember where they have hidden their stored foods for up to a month.

When a black-capped chickadee pair bonds, they remain together for life. The female builds their nest and the male feeds the female during the nest building and while she is brooding her eggs. When the babies hatch, both parents share the job of feeding them.

On cold winter days, our state bird would love some seeds and berries. Suet cakes are perfect and are available at our local stores. Support our community and our feathered friends. Happy Winter!

FYI: The official state 'Game Bird' of Massachusetts is the wild turkey - obviously.

Story credit: Jill Silvia
Image Credit: Mary Wright Julius
City Hall
45 School St

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.
Lisa Boudreau
won a 45 minute horseback riding lesson at Stonecroft Farm's Indoor Riding Ring (value $55).

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Brockton City Council Meeting 1-11-21
Courtesy of The Brockton Channels
Fire Safety Public Service Announcement
This year marks the 35th Annual Martin Luther King Celebration sponsored by the Brockton Area Branch NAACP.
Sat Jan 23rd
We are relentless; this pandemic will not stop our remembrance of a great American leader, a man of the people, especially our people, Dr. King.
Together we fight for what's right in order to actualize his dream for justice for all, especially black people.
Together let's sit at this virtual breakfast table - bring your coffee, bring your eggs - bring your hearts. Enjoy one another and our keynote speaker the beloved Pastor Emeritus of Messiah Baptist Church, Reverend Michael Walker. He will grace us with his Word as he so eloquently has done in years past.
Please consider donating $10-$20, or whatever your heart dictates to receive a ticket. https://bit.ly/3r6KjbY All proceeds will benefit the Brockton Area Branch NAACP ACT-SO Program.

Brockton Interfaith Community is Looking for Two Experienced Organizers
A message from Brockton Interfaith Community:

"Hello and peace beautiful people,
Brockton Interfaith Community is eagerly and urgently looking for two experienced organizers to be hired by the end of February. The most important requirements are 2-5 years of community organizing experience. Flexible weekend work. Must be able work 40hrs a week. Has at least 1 year of voter and civic engagement experience.
The organization is also hiring a part-time admin position (20 hours per week). We are looking for someone who is comfortable with social media and administrative tasks.
Not required but helpful:
Speaks Cape Verdean Creole
Speaks Haitian Creole
Speaks Spanish
Or all of the above
Click here to view job description for community organizer
Click here to view job description part-time admin
Note this work will be high intensity and exciting. If you are interested please send your cover letter and resume to bic@brocktoninterfaith.org
Please respond quickly so we get you formally to apply.
William H. Dickerson II"

Do you or someone you know need a free car seat?
Check out this Copeland Toyota event on Sat, January 23rd! Appointment only, contact Brockton PD at 508-897-5208 or CarSeatLinkUp@brocktonpolice.com.
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Above: BHS Boys Basketball at Bridgewater-Raynham 1-12-21
Courtesy of 4 Deep Sports Talk
and The Brockton Channels

Below: Our Brockton with Mayor Sullivan
Brockton High School 2021 Alumni Awards Nominations Sought
Nominations for the Brockton High School Alumni Association’s three prestigious annual awards are being accepted until March 1, 2021.
They include:
• Alumni Achievement – for Brockton High alumni who have distinguished themselves in their field of professional or personal work;
• Alumni Service -   for BHS alumni who have contributed to the betterment of Brockton High School or the Brockton community; and
• Young Alumni - for Brockton High alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years, who are making outstanding contributions to society and whose contributions and careers reflect favorably on Brockton High School.

Self-nominations are also welcomed. For  more information, and to use our online application form, go to www.bpsma.org/alumni. Details on plans for a celebration, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be released at a later date.

All Brockton High School graduates are automatically enrolled as members of the Alumni Association, which numbers more than 60,000 alumni spread throughout all 50 states and the world. Please connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Thank you Brockton!
In September of 2020, Mutual Aid Brockton partnered with Harvest Ministries Church in Weymouth for a USDA Food Box Distribution through World Vision. For the last three months, we were able to provide 30 pound food boxes on a weekly basis.
We have distributed almost 1,000 boxes of food totaling over 21,000 pounds. We also distributed $1000’s in gift cards to Walmart, Market Basket and Vicentes Supermarkets as well as tons of toiletries, some sneakers, coffee, masks, face shields, clothes and other items.
Although this program has ended, we will still coordinate various distribution efforts throughout 2021 as donations are received and opportunities present themselves.
To everyone who volunteered their time to help pick up boxes, load cars and vans and who donated to support this cause, thank you!
Brockton is a beautiful community with beautiful people who care for one another and Mutual Aid Brockton wishes to continue to be THE platform here for Mutual support and solidarity!
If you wish to get more involved in Mutual Aid/Brockton Interfaith Community (BIC), comment here or in box us as there are lots of initiatives already in place and in the works aimed at improving our community!
Thank you Brockton!

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What year did the black-capped chickadee became the official state bird of Massachusetts?

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On January 20, 2021 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.

The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Ridge Kelly
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

As a child, I learned a little about him, and I thought he must have been pretty important that everyone gets a day off. I learned quotes, and that he was instrumental in forwarding the Civil Rights movement.

But it wasn't until my masters studies in Interfaith Leadership that I really studied his works and his life. 

How he motivated an interfaith coalition to peacefully make change happen in our laws and institutions. How he withstood death threats and direct abuse to stand up for human dignity and racial equality. How he trained others to do the same, leaning on their deep spiritual understanding. And how the movement was grounded in a moral imperative. 

The quotes we have and share are supported by actions he took in his lifetime, and was finally killed for. His resistance to our systemic brutality eventually caused his death.

When I read "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." I cannot nicely tuck it into my feel good quote pile. It is a call to action. Our America and our world call all of us to drive out hate. To learn what we need to learn, to read and listen to the stories of people of color.

Martin Luther King, Jr, his actions and his life, have had a profound effect on me, and motivate me daily as he modeled how peaceful resistance and love overcome hatred and injustice.
So happy MLK Day, folks, we have a long way to go. Thanks for joining us here.
~ Jacquie
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