Bike with BAT Event a Success

With riders across Massachusetts celebrating Bay State Bike Month this May, the Brockton Area Transit (BAT) and Old Colony Planning Council partnered for a Bike with BAT event on May 15, 2024, at the BAT Centre. Riders stopped by for refreshments provided by Lady C&J Café, which is located within the BAT Centre. Safety and informational items provided by MassBike were available, and the event featured a thoughtful discussion among everyone in attendance regarding bicycles and safety. OCPC and BAT look forward to next year’s event!

Historical Tidbit:
Lagerstedt Sisters

With eyes fixed on the camera, three-year old Ebba and four-year old Edythe Lagerstedt pose in the finest crocheted lace collars. These first generation American daughters of John Edward Lagerstedt remained lifelong residents of Brockton. In later life, Ebba was famous for her delectable Swedish cooking. Edythe was well known for her hobby of making life-like paper flowers and she was featured with them in the February 1973 edition of Yankee magazine. Ebba (Lagerstedt) Bolinder was my great aunt, and Edythe (Lagerstedt) Thompson my loving grandmother.

Written by Lloyd F. Thompson II
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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
Denise Driscoll 
won a $15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman

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

Enter for this week's prize of
a 45-minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose
Deeply Rooted Dreams Art Show
Sat, Jun 8
ENSO Gallery West

Step into a world of wonder and introspection at 'Deep Rooted Dreams', where artists Sophia Rosselli and Ally Boyle intertwine nature, memory, and imagination. Rosselli's evocative photographs and fabric works reflect on humanity's connection with the environment, while Boyle's vibrant paintings invite you into dreamy landscapes and surreal scenes. Explore the interplay between reality and abstraction, and emerge with a renewed sense of wonder and appreciation for the beauty around us. Don't miss this captivating exhibition!
Comedy Night
Sat, Jun 8
283 North Quincy St

Get ready to laugh! BF Comedy Presents Lenny Clarke, Jessica Casciano, Bill Farrell, and special guest spot Rickey Fish Fennell for a hilarious night of fun! Bring your family and friends!

To Get your tickets, visit Eventbrite. Cost is $35. $5 of each ticket purchased goes to renovation of VFW B/Rs.
Farmers Market
Jun 7 - Oct 25
Every Fri, 10a - 2p

The Brockton Farmers Market starts the 2024 season on June 7 and runs to October 25, every Friday from 10a - 2p.

It is in a slightly new location this season due to City Hall construction. It will be on the south side of city hall in the park/plaza along VFW Parkway.

Juneteenth Brockton
Sat. June 15
Brockton Fairgrounds

The African American Association in collaboration with the Southeast Juneteenth Coalition is hosting a Juneteenth event June 15, 2024 in Brockton MA 🙂
We are looking for vendors, artist, or anyone that wants to showcase talent. Reach out to us via email
Cultural Affairs and Tourism Meeting
Thu, Jun 13
North Baptist Church
899 North Main St

The Cultural Affairs and Tourism monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2024 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at North Baptist Church 899 North Main Street. This is a chance to announce your group’s events and also learn about what is happening in the city. We are also on ZOOM so feel free to contact Anne at for the sign in information.
Thank you for your consideration should you have any questions please feel free to call Anne at 774-297-4939 or
Climate Can Do:
How Can I Help?

For those readers who would like to be actively involved in keeping our environment livable for future generations, here are a few suggestions: join or create a local working group for a just, equitable and clean energy economy in Massachusetts

Creation Care United Methodist Church or other initiative in your faith community

Mothers Out Front showing up to protect our children

Extinction Rebellion/ (XR) and / or the Boston Red Rebel Brigade: international nonviolent mobilization including civil disobedience and performance art to raise awareness and demand action.

As always, check in with your community's Trails, Open Space, Outdoor or Conservation Commissions or the Taunton River Watershed Alliance to have impact locally.
  We are all in this together, we've only got one planet! Thank you for all you are doing. Keep up the good work!

Written by J. Rose
Together, we can make a difference by taking action to live sustainably. Let's empower ourselves to create a better future for our planet.
Juneteenth Remembrance and Celebration
Sat, Jun 15
Brockton Pl

The Juneteenth Remembrance and Celebration event will be hosted by Marvin Ezhan. It will feature a short film, poetry, and a keynote speaker, among other highlights. For more information ontact Philip Hasouris at 508 942 8018 or, or Jonathan Stroud at 508 894 1423 or
Berwick Boys Foundation
Calling all 12 through 15-year-old boys! Looking for an exciting 6-week adventure in Maine?

Camp is July 7-Aug 17. 
All forms due by June 30, 2024
Cost $900, limited scholarships available (508) 586-0059

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Brockton Seat Belt Campaign Press Conference
May 16, 2024
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Brockton Memorial Day Celebration
May 27, 2024
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Juneteenth Celebration
Family-Friendly Juneteenth Event in Bridgewater! Entertainment, food, vendors, and speakers.
Bring your chairs & enjoy the day!

Sat, June 22 (Rain date: June 23)
University Park at BSU, 1 to 6 PM
Free Parking: For GPS, use
351 Great Hill Drive

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Pinches & Pounds
Old Fashioned Candy Store with a Twist!
Need More Sweetness In Your Life?

Hard to find delectables & seasonal yummies. We make every occasion SWEEEEET!!!!

Hagler Statue Unveiling
Thu, June 13
Marvin Hagler Park

Join the City of Brockton for the unveiling of the Marvelous Marvin Hager statue at the Marvelous Marvin Hagler Park (corner of Hagler Way and Petronelli Way).

Sculpted by the nationally renowned sculpture company Brodin Studios, this monument will be on permanent display in the new Marvelous Marvin Hagler Park adjacent to the former site of Petronelli Brothers’ Gym. 
2nd Annual Summer Gala
Sat, Jun 15
Ann's Palace
277 Main St

You are invited to the 2nd Annual Brockton Summer Gala, a fundraiser for South Middle School. Admission is $20 dollars. There will be a performance by the Fabulous Brocktones. The event is 21+. RSVP with Jim Stapleton at 508 521 7075.
Brown Bag Program
Thu, Jun 20
1315 Main St
Time Slots Available at 7, 8, 10 & 11 am

We will have our Brown Bag Program on Thursday, June 20th, at Teen Challenge, 1315 Main Street, Brockton in the Multi-Purpose Auditorium! Now is a great time to show your support, and volunteering is one of the best ways to help. This event would not be successful without you! Staff, clients, families, and community members are welcome to join us in creating a safe and supportive environment. Spread the word about signing up!

Source: BAMSI FB

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a 45-minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

Historical Tidbit Question:
From which country did the Lagerstedt sisters' family emigrate to the U.S.?

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On June 2, 2024, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by Alexa Pennington, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Permission to Daydream

The human brain is highest functioning when it has varied stimulus. Sometimes it's problem solving, sometimes task driven; and sometimes creative. We each have our own personal balance of physical movement and brain work, and let's not forget those emotional and spiritual needs that keep us connected and help us envision and imagine... getting the right cocktail to keeps us healthy, joyful, fulfilled and finding solutions.

When summer calls with its warm days, sunshine, flowers, birds chirping and breeze. I swear I can smell ocean spray mixed with the sweet florals on that breeze.

So... about 2 pm each day, I give myself permission to daydream, to take a break and take a walk; to smell the flowers and the breeze.
Be kind to yourself.

Life is not a sprint, it is a marathon. Doing things well takes continuous effort. But we are not machines, and need to give ourselves grace.
Permission to daydream... granted.
~ Jacquie
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