April 25, 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.
Park Clean Up
"We had a great turnout today at Salisbury Park," said Bill Hogan of Brockton, after cleaning the Salisbury Park last Sunday April 18 with a committed team of Brockton Lions Club volunteers.

Salisbury is one of the hidden gems of Brockton. A destination where all people of different ages, enjoy their yearly spring and summer activities.

Thank you, Bill and crew, for your hard work!

Photos by: Linda Pietrantonio
Historical Tidbit:
From: "Reveille To Taps"
"Songs, Stories and Bugle Calls
By Paul Kamerer, 88 St. James Ave, Boston Mass., Tel B.B, 5199-J
Vet. Vol. 15th Ohio battery, 4th Div. 17th A.C.
Alex Hamilton Post, 182, G.A.R., Dept. of N.Y.
Under Auspices of
Huntington Public School
At School Assembly Hall, Brockton (Campbell), Mass.
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1914, at 3.30 & 7.45 p.m. Children at 3.30, 10 Cents

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.
Debbie Almeida
for winning
a $20 gift certificate to Color Street nail polish strips from independent consultant Katie Ray.

Play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.

You could win a
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!
"A Seat at the Table: The Lives and Activism of Four Immigrant Women in the Progressive Era."
Thursday, April 29th 7:00p
Zoom with Brockton Public Library
Last October, Professor Shoshanna Ehrlich joined us for a discussion about the role of immigrant and working-class women in the U.S. Women's Suffrage Movement. Prof. Ehrlich will return for this free and virtual program. This discussion, which will take place on Zoom, will focus in on four women that are often overlooked in this important movement.
Please contact Malice Veiga for more information: mveiga@cobma.us or 508-894-1425.
Salisbury Park/Stream Clean up-
here's another chance to get in on the action!!!!
Sunday, May 9th
9a – 3p
Plouffe Elementary School
Cleaning the water way and water banks so our wildlife and kids can have a clean place to be.

More volunteers the better. Supplies needed and manpower needed even more!

More details and info to be added soon.

Business Assistance Zoom Call with Gov. Baker
Friday, April 30th
Via Zoom

Join Metro South Chamber of Commerce for a COVID-19 Economic recovery call update with the Metro South Chamber of Commerce, Massachusetts Office of Business Development, Mayor of Brockton Robert F. Sullivan, and U.S. Small Business Administration. Featured speaker: MA Governor, Charlie Baker.

Topics covered include city, state, and national resources to help you, your business, and your community respond to COVID-19. Zoom into this very special forum to raise awareness and have your questions answered.

Register now at Zoom

This event is sponsored by Bridgewater State University
Get your Stories Ready!!!! Win $100 for your Brockton Good News!

Let us know your good news! Submit your original non-fiction short story related to one of the BuzzAround Hives: Bridgewater, Brockton, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Raynham, West Bridgewater or Whitman.

Entries must be 1000 words or less. We will accept submissions from May 1-7, 2021. (Details to follow.)

Our insightful librarians will judge the stories and award a winner from each community. One $100 American Express Card to a winner in each community; and $100 to the popular vote winner.
BuzzAround will give out $800 total! Time to get writing! ; )

Katie’s Kreative Manis
Change up Your Nails With New Shades for a New Season!
Snaz up your fingernails with Color Street temporary designs! 

Tons of fun! 

*100% real nail polish strips * Easy one step application * No dry time/smudges/streaks
* Made in the USA 

Independent Consultant Katie Ray 
(774) 274-7492 

Brockton Garden Club Plant Sale!
Saturday, May 15th
8:30 - 11:00a
Brockton Park Dept - 45 Meadow Lane
Proceeds fund our city-wide Civics Projects
Bring your used plant pots, we recycle.
Please join Brockton Arc each Monday for some music with friends!
ages 6 - 13yrs
Zoom Meeting ID:
839 9776 5810
Passcode: 894145

ages 13 -22yrs
Meeting ID: 832 2328 9313
Passcode: 498231

Check out their full calendar:

Good News Brockton!
The Greening the Gateway Cities Program (GGCP) is a state funded initiative to plant trees in urban neighborhoods throughout the Commonwealth at no cost to the homeowner.

For more information click the link below:
File taxes for free
Don’t stress over taxes this year! United Way’s free, secure, and up-to-date platform ensures you get the full refund you deserve. File today at myfreetaxes.com. There are no income restrictions - anyone can use the tool for free state and federal simple tax filing. 

Common tax situations covered in MyFreeTaxes include:
• W-2 income
• Self employment income (Schedule C and 1099)
• Mortgage interest deduction
• Health savings accounts (HSAs)
• Limited interest and dividend income reported on a 1099-INT or 1099-DIV
• Unemployment income
• Student education expenses and credits
• Student loan interest
• Claiming the standard deduction
• Itemized returns
• Earned Income Tax Credit (EIC)
• Child tax credits
• Child and dependent care expenses
• Non-resident returns
• Amended tax returns .

Click on the link below to start now:
Virtual Wine Cellar Fundraiser
Thursday, May 27th
Help us help others!!
When you purchase tickets to this event you are helping our Club help all the community groups that we support.

All the details are on the flyer! The best part (besides doing something good) is you can win some great Wine  prizes!!!
  • First prize: one wine fridge with 25 bottles of Premium Wine & Accessories
  • Second prize: 25 bottles of Premium Wine, Gift Card & Accessories
  • Third prize: 10 bottles of Premium & Accessories.
  • Other Prizes included

Tickets can be purchased by:
Free Food Delivery
Now through June 30th, Free Food Delivery for Brockton Residents in Need. 
Deliveries weekly on Friday and Saturday. Please share this great opportunity for families or individuals in Brockton in need of food. Call our The Family Center at Community Connections of Brockton to sign up at 508-857-0272.

First come, first served.
Virtual Academic/Community Partnership Group Exhibition
Exhibition Dates:
April 15-May 31, 2021
Exhibition Curator: Ann Tobey
Director and Lead Curator, Ubuntu Arts, Youth Justice & Advocacy Program, Boston University, Wheelock College of Education and Human Development

Two of the Community Center Sites are in Brockton:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South – Brockton Clubhouse

Massasoit Community College, in collaboration with New Heights Charter School, Early College Program (Digital Music Production Class, sections VY1 and VY2)
Meet Our Masters of Knowledge: Your Brockton Librarian Judges
 For Our "What's Your Good News"
Short Story Contest
Tammy Campbell
Tammy Campbell was born and raised in Boston. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications Television Production from Emerson College. While working at Simmons College Graduate of Management Library she earned a Master of Library Information and Science Degree from Simmons College. Currently is the Head Children’s Services Librarian at the Brockton Public Library. She has been an exceptional employee at that Library for 15 years. She is a long time Brockton resident. She previously worked at the Providence Public Library and Boston Public Library. Her hobbies are reading, traveling, watching movies and shopping.
Zoe Rath
Zoe Rath is currently the Head of Circulation Supervisor at Brockton Public Library; she started March, 2020. Zoe has worked as a librarian for over twenty years. She has a Master’s Degree in Library Information Science from Simmons University. She previously worked at Berklee College of Music Library for over 17 years, first as reference librarian and then as manager of collection development. Back when she was a teen in Berkeley, CA, her role model was a Teen Librarian who encouraged her to pursue a career in libraries. Zoe is an avid reader and loves connecting patrons with library materials, even though for now it’s via curbside pickup!
Jonathan Stroud
Jonathan Stroud has been a Young Adult/Teen Services Reference Librarian for one year now and loves working with teens, teen fiction, and technology.

Jonathan's hobbies include reading & cooking.

He has an undergraduate degree from SNHU in Communications with a minor in Business Management, and is about to receive his Masters of Library Science from Syracuse University.

He is also a member of ALA and YALSA.

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
a $15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

 Historical Tidbit Question:
What was the admission fee for the event "Reveille To Taps"?

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 April 28, 2021 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Our lens:

“What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. ... In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.”
~ John Lubbock, The Beauties of Nature and the Wonders of the World We Live in

“We see the world, not as it is, but as we are──or, as we are conditioned to see it.”
~ Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

"Making progress on longstanding challenges requires a different lens and a new approach." ~ Ayanna Pressley
"The way we look at things; our particular view shapes our entire life experience and has a strong effect on how others react to us.
It helps to clean off our own lens once in a while, to get a new view. "
~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Ayman Quader & Jacquelyn Rose
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