Old Colony Planning Council Receives $470,000 Economic Development Award for Regional Water Study

Exciting news! The Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) has secured a $470,000 Department of Commerce - Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant. This funding will fuel the development of a game-changing Regional Water Plan for Southeastern Massachusetts. Working to say goodbye to limited and unsustainable water supplies; OCPC, together with communities and stakeholders, will tackle this crucial issue head-on, with a goal of equitable access, affordable rates, and a thriving ecological balance. Stay in the loop by signing up for updates at www.bit.ly/planningforwater. Cheers to a brighter, hydrated tomorrow!

Written by Fatina Mulumba, BuzzAround Intern Writer, Bates College 
Historical Tidbit:
Daughters of the American Revolution

Deborah Sampson Chapter of the DAR, is located in Brockton. "Deborah was born in Plympton on December 17, 1760. She was a descendant of Abraham Sampson who came from England about 1629 and settled in Duxbury. At ten years of age, she was bound out in the home of Deacon Jeremiah Thomas. By the time she was eighteen when her indenture ended, she had learned enough to teach school in Middleboro for two six-month summer terms in 1779 and 1780. She enlisted on May 20, 1782, in the Fourth Massachusetts Regiment of the Continental Army for three years using the name "Robert Shurtleff." In appearance, she was five feet seven inches in height, taller than most women, with an erect carriage and strong features. Her sex was discovered by Doctor Barnabus Binney in Philadelphia, where she was hospitalized with a fever. He did not reveal her secret, but quietly made arrangements to end her military service. Private Robert Shurtleff was honorably discharged from the army by General Henry Knox at West Point on October 23, 1783. While living in Stoughton, Massachusetts, with her uncle and aunt following discharge, Deborah met Benjamin Gannett, a farmer. They married early in 1785. Three children were born to them in five years: Earl Bradford, Patience, and Mary (Polly). As a pioneer in the field, she toured New England and New York in 1802, delivering a series of lectures. Massachusetts, acting on Deborah's petition in 1792 for pay never received for her military service, passed a resolve. This resolve approved by John Hancock reads in part 'that the said Deborah Sampson exhibited an extraordinary instance of feminine heroism by discharging the duties of a faithful, gallant soldier, and at the same time preserving the virtue and chastity of her sex unsuspected and unblemished and was discharged from the service with a fair and honorable character.' The report from the Congressional Committee on Revolutionary pensions reads, in part: 'The Committee believe . . . they are warranted in saying that the whole history of the American Revolution records no case like this, and furnishes no other similar example of female heroism, fidelity, and courage . . . and there cannot be a parallel case in all time to come.' Deborah Sampson Gannett died April 29, 1827. To find out more about the DAR, their focus on Education, Historic Preservation,
​and Patriotism www.massdar.org
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 
 Temporarily at The Shaws Center,
1 Feinberg Way 508-580-7811
Email coa@cobma.us & phone contact only
Rick DiBlasio
You 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
free 1.5 hour class at
Movies In The Park

Saturday, June 3
DW Field Park
330 Oak St

Join us for Free Movies in the Park this Summer ~ starting June 3rd with ‘Back to the Future’

For more information visit D.W. Field Park FB
Ribbon Cutting 

Thursday, June 1,
11:45a - 1:30p
South Shore Bank
1280 Belmont Street

Please join us for a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration at South Shore Banks’ newest location at 1280 Belmont Street in Brockton on Thursday, June 1st from 11:45a – 1:30p
South Shore Bank will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at their newest location with refreshments from Brack’s Grille & Tap and Montilio’s Bakery, tours, networking, photo-op, and more! Formal ceremony begins at 12:15p. This is a complementary event and open to the public, but please register in advance. Hope to see you there! Register here.

For more information, contact Cathryn Schofield or call (508) 586-0500 x 231 for assistance

Saturday, June 10
Lingos Auditorium 
304 Main St. 

Celebrate the pride community by learning from our past, being in the present, and reaching for the future! Let us honor the authentic self in communion with the spirit of kinship. We are limitless. Turn tragedy and triumph into forms of art. 

Welcoming remarks by Sydné Marrow Chief of Staff to the Mayor and Ameer Phillips Diversity: Equity & Inclusion Manager

Musician: Kris McCarthy

Featured Poets: 
David Donna 
Kevin McLellan
Kaili Wallin

Multi-visual Artist: Zavius Aponte

Artist: Lisandro Velazquez
Keynote speaker: Melanie Chandler - Blood 
Celebrate Metro South's
2nd Annual Regional Restaurant Week! 
June 4-8

Show your support for Metro South eateries, restaurants, and breweries. Eat out, enjoy discounts, post & tag selfies.
Be a part of the eat local revolution!

Climate Can-Do: Bay State Bike Month

From the Berkshires to the Cape, and everywhere around and in between, riders across Massachusetts are celebrating Bay State Bike Month this May! Sunday, May 7th, was National Ride a Bike Day, and May 15th–19th was Bike to Work Week. Visit Bay State Bike Month website to find an event or register your bike - friendly event.

There are so many benefits to riding a bike, both for your health and the environment’s. Bicycles are a pollution-free mode of transport, use minimal fossil fuels, and reduce your carbon footprint! Cyclists decrease the need for the constant construction of roadways, allowing there to be more greenery than concrete. Riding a bike is also a great way to get in some exercise, giving you the serotonin boost you need to start your day! Let this be your inspiration to leave those car keys on the table, grab your bike, and enjoy a beautiful May day with the sun on your face, the wind in your hair, and your pedal to the metal.

Bay State Bike Month is supported by MassBike, a non-profit dedicated to making bicycling an integral part of human-centered communities, policies, culture, and infrastructure. Healthy, resilient communities embrace lifestyles consistent with safe and rewarding environments. To build and sustain these environments, MassBike advocates for policies that encourage and support community wellness, equity, and inclusion, enable sustainable growth, drive economic vitality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Information gathered from Bay State Bike Month and MassBike.
This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Tess Fiumefreddo, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Franklin & Marshall College. We focus on actions which individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do!
South Shore Roller Derby Showdown
Brockton Bruisers vs
Cape Cod

June 2, 7p
The Wolves Den
340 Oak St, Pembroke

Four years in the making! Brockton Bruisers Roller Derby is finally hosting its' first ever, public, short track roller derby game! We will be battling against Cape Cod Roller Derby in an action packed, hard hitting epic event that you don’t want to miss!! Bleacher seating or you might want to bring your own folding camp-style chair. Concessions available. Photo Booth. Team merchandise. $10 admission (kids under 10 are free!).

Door opens at 7p, game starts promptly at 7:30.
Tickets available from any Bruiser, or at the door.

Thursday, June 8, 6p
North Baptist Church
 899 No Main Street

The next Cultural Affairs and Tourism Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 8, 6p at North Baptist Church, 899 No Main Street.

All non-profits, service agencies and volunteer organizations are invited to inform everyone about their upcoming activities. 

Please, call Anne at 774-297-4939 or email at ambeauregard@outlook.com for more information.
June 4-8, 2023 

The Metro South Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that, working with Brockton, Easton, Avon, Whitman, Abington, East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, Randolph, Stoughton, the Chamber, will run the 2nd Annual “Regional Restaurant Week” from Sunday, June 4th through Thursday, June 8th.
A dedicated “Regional Restaurant Week” webpage has been built and is housed on the Chamber’s website. It lists all participating restaurants, their special offers, and links to their websites. A social media campaign will be executed using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Diners will be encouraged to post selfies on their social media platforms as they dine out.
Many of these participating restaurants are well known and past Taste of Metro South participants, as well as many more local eateries. 
Visit metrosouthchamber.com/restaurant-week for a full list of participating eateries.
Fill out this Google Form to submit a Hometown Heroes Banner Request

Here is the link for : nominating a Service Member to be honored on a banner through the City of Brockton Veterans' Services Department Hometown Heroes program. They will hang as many new banners as possible in the Spring/Summer of 2023. Filling out the form does not guarantee a banner.

Please email questions to veterans@cobma.us

Please gather the following information before starting this form:
Contact person's information
Service Member's name
Service Member's branch
Service Member's rank
Conflict Name ("Peacetime" or "Current" if no service in a conflict)
DISCHARGE DOCUMENT (DD-214 or older version)
You will not be able to complete a request for a banner without ALL of the required information.
Lady CJ Soulfood Cafe
& Catering
Our Customers Say: "Smokiest BBQ Ribs I've ever had... Can't wait to go back again!!! ~ Geoff Diehl

Cafe: BAT Terminal 
10 Commercial Street 
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Capello Design Guidelines Workshop

Sunday, June 28
South Middle School
105 Keith Ave
Please join us for the third workshop of this series focusing on the Design of the district.

We will be collecting your input about Urban Design principles, how they related to public and private spaces, and what you envision the Campello Neighborhood looking like.
Envisioning a Future for Campello Neighborhood of Brockton
1st Community Engagement Workshop
Campello residents, business owners and non-profits were invited to participate.
For information www.plancampello.com
Zoning Public Workshop 4-26-23
Video Courtesy of BTV
Jubilate Chorale Spring Concert Duruflé's Requiem 5-7-23
Video Courtesy of BTV
Father Bill's & MainSpring Groundbreaking of the Housing Resource Center 5-3-23
Video Courtesy of BTV
37th Annual HarborOne Bank Fine Art Show

This month we celebrate student artists with the 37th Annual HarborOne Bank Fine Art Show at Brockton High School! Featuring a range of traditional and modern mediums, the show commemorates our students’ creativity, ingenuity, and self-expression. Keep up the good work!

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
free 1.5 hour class at

Historical Tidbit Question:
What city was Debora Sampson born in?

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 On May 31, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Fatina Mulumba & Greg Venezia.
“If you are going through hell, keep going.”
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“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” ~ Maya Angelou

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Sometimes, at the end of a day, I feel spent, utterly tired, it all seems so overwhelming and ridiculous... "Why is the world so crazy?"

And then with the sunrise of a new day, it looks like a fun puzzle to be figured out. I am ready to get back at putting it together, especially when I see all the wonderful things you folks are doing. Thank you for inspiring me to continue Buzzing Around. ~ Jacquie
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