Arnone Elementary School Celebrates Black History Month with Moving Forward in Excellence

This past week, Brockton Public School's Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging visited and hosted Moving Forward in Excellence, performed by Arnone Elementary students. The students offered dance, music, poetry, and testimonials about famous African Americans in our country. The event was well attended by Brockton residents.

Photos and Story Courtesy of: City of Brockton FB
Historical Tidbit:
St. Colman of Cloyne Church
(now Christ the King)
The St. Colman of Cloyne Church was founded in December 1910, the name chosen as a memorial to Saint Colman Cathedral in Ireland, from which many of the parishioners or their parents had come. At first, parishioners celebrated mass in an old barn on Crescent Street, near the site of the present school gymnasium. Later they held services in the third-floor auditorium of the former Sprague School
building. The first pastor, Father Joseph Dermody (1910-1915), soon constructed a basement church on the present location at the juncture of Wendall Avenue and Lyman Street. On October 8, 1928, Cardinal O'Connell consecrated the laving of the cornerstone of the upper St. Colman of Cloyne Church and construction began. The upper St. Colman of Cloyne Church, a stone church of Romanesque design, with a square, castellated tower over the front, was completed during the tenure of the second pastor. Father William Fennessy (1915-1932).

St. Colman of Cloyne Church was designed by Edward T. P. Graham (1871-1964), a noted Boston architect who designed many Roman Catholic churches and related structures in the early 20th century. While he had a varied practice that included commercial, residential and municipal buildings, religious buildings formed a large percentage of Graham's commissions. He worked in a variety of styles including the Neo-Gothic, Romanesque, English, Colonial, and Classical Revivals; Craftsman, Moderne and even Art Deco; and often combined or modified styles in a manner difficult to categorize. When he was hired to design St. Colman of Cloyne Church, he was perhaps best known as the designer of the Classical Revival Boston City Hall Annex, but he had also designed the Romanesque Revival Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in Saugus, and Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Church in Boston, in the Classical Revival/Renaissance Revival style.

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There are 14 food pantries in Brockton.
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Brockton Garden Club Hosting Basics of Bone Marrow Soup Class
Monday, February 27th

The Brockton Garden Club is hosting a class on the basics of Bone Marrow Soup, on
Monday, February 27 with doors opening at 6:30p. This event is open to the public and free to all and will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 439 West Street with plenty or parking and handicap accessibility in the rear. Join us and start the New Year off with a healthy and tasty project.

For more information, please contact
Anne at 774-297-4939 or email at

Join Brockton Public Library in Celebrating The Arts of Today's Black Youth
Saturday, February 25th
Brockton Public Library

In their continued celebration of Black History Month, the Brockton Public Library is hosting their event Creating a Legacy, which showcases art and poetry from Black youth here in Brockton. The event will be held in the Driscoll Art Gallery at the Brockton Public Library.
Brockton Hospital Remains Closed
For more detailed information, as well as the opportunity to donate to their fire recovery efforts, go to the Signature Healthcare website.

The fire emergency at Brockton Hospital has dramatically impacted their staff and community. Signature Healthcare's employees are working day and night to observe their mission to support their community and deliver medically necessary services to all in need, regardless of status or ability to pay.
To continue helping people, Signature Healthcare has set in place a three-phase approach:
Phase 1: Expand access and hours at their Signature Medical Group ambulatory locations and open two new urgent care centers.
Phase 2: Re-open the hospital with limited in-patient services in approximately three months.
Phase 3: Add additional medical services to Brockton Hospital.

For more detailed information, as well as the opportunity to donate to their fire recovery efforts, go to the Signature Healthcare website.
Lenten Lunch Hosts Charity Guild Executive Director
Friday, February 24
Doors opening at 11:30a
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
900 Main St
The Lenten Luncheon guest for week one of this series will be Ms. Laura Streise, Executive Director of the non-profit Charity Guild.
The Guild is located at the intersection of Dover Street and Main Street in Brockton. We will
learn about how the organization handles a growing food bank and a long time thrift
Join us for a home cooked meal and lovely dessert served while you listen. A donation is suggested but not required. For more
information on this program and the one hundred year old church contact Anne at 774-
Arts and Music at Christ Church Presents: King of Kings
Saturday, March 25th

Christ Church's Arts & Music is showcasing the classical silent film King of Kings, directed by Cecil B. Demille. There will be an accompanying organ performance by Peter Krasinski. The event will be held at Christ Congregational Church, starting at 7p. Admission will be $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and free for children under 12.

For more information, you can call the Church at
African American Association of Brockton Presents A 90's Black History Month Skate
Saturday, February 25th
7 - 10p

The African American Association of Brockton is celebrating Black History Month with a 90's themed skate night! The event is open to all adults, 18+, and will be held at the Carousel Family Fun Center, 1055 Auburn Street in Whitman. Admission to the event will be $10, and a waiver must be signed by clicking here.

For any additional information or questions, reach out to the AAA via email:
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Brockton Area NAACP and Brockton Public Library Present: An Afternoon with Dr. Khalilah Comacho-Ali
Saturday, March 4th
1 - 3p
Brockton Public Library

Come join the Brockton NAACP and the Brockton Public Library in welcoming an afternoon with Dr. Khalilah Comacho-Ali. She is joining us to talk about her thoughts on family and community, as well as talking about her books. The Dr is the former wife of the late-great Muhammad Ali. The event will be held at the Lingos Auditorium at Brockton Public Library.
Help Brockton Farmer's Market Meet Their $30K Donation Match!

The Brockton Farmer's Market is prepping for the upcoming season, and wish to improve and expand the experience for everybody! Recently, MassDevelopment donated 30K in to match towards their goal of $60,000. If you can help donate, they are only $3K away from their goal! You can donate at the following link:

Mayor's Office Now Collective Supplies for Earthquake Survivors in Turkey

Mayor Sullivan's office is now collecting supplies that can be used to help earthquake survivors in Turkey. Ideally looking for sleeping bags, blankets, winter coats, space heaters, tents, scarves/mittens/hats, boots and warm socks. All donations can be dropped off at Brockton City Hall Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30a - 4:40p. Donations will be accepted until March 3rd.
Climate Can-Do:
Electric Vehicles
Electric vehicles are a more sustainable way for people to get to where they are going. These vehicles offer less maintenance and repairs, less expensive when it comes to fueling, and most importantly cause less pollution.

In Massachusetts the Zero Emissions Vehicle commission, or ZEV, was established in 2015 and is working to help support the zero emission vehicle adoption in Massachusetts. Their overall goal is to promote zero emission vehicles, also known as ZEV’s. These vehicles include fuel cell, plug in, or battery electric cars, buses, and vans.
When it comes to making more charging stations for electric vehicles, companies like Chargepoint are offering funding in order to install more of them. This would help make it more accessible for those who want this sustainable transportation. It would make it easier to charge their cars with more available charging stations in Massachusetts.

If you want to find out more about ZEV commission or would like to see more about the funding going into electric vehicle charging stations, read the links provided.


This Climate Can-Do Article was written by intern Maeve Stowe of Bridgewater State University. We focus on actions which will help mitigate the environmental changes of our climate emergency. Our goal is to keep our climate's temperature from rising 1.5˚ C to lessen the impact on our environment. We can do!
Janie Wants a Dog and Matt & Ben
Student Repertory Theater
Rondileau Student Union Auditorium, 19 Park Ave, Bridgewater
February 22 - 26, 8p
You're invited to Janie's sleepover party! I know we're all a little uncomfortable after what happened but PLEASE be nice to Janie and don't tell her your parents forced you to come. Don't say anything that will 'trigger' her or whatever. Her Moms just really want her to have a nice, normal time with her friends, okay? So bring your cutest PJs, leave your stuffed animals at home, AND your bras-let's be honest, you don't have anything to put in a training bra anyway, Sierra. RSVP to let Janie's Moms know you're coming! And remember! PRETEND LIKE EVERYTHING IS NORMAL!

Matt & Ben depicts its Hollywood golden boys – before J-Lo, before Gwyneth, before Project Greenlight, before Oscar…before anyone actually gave a damn. When the screenplay for Good Will Hunting drops mysteriously from the heavens, the boys realize they’re being tested by a Higher Power.
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Brockton School Committee Facilities Usage & Planning Subcommittee Meeting 2-7-23
Brockton Symphony Orchestra Close Connections Chamber Concert 1-29-23
Brockton Area NAACP Celebrates
Black History Month Through Performance!

This past Saturday, the Brockton Area Branch NAACP’s celebration of Black History Month, at the Main Library, was a massive success! Mayor Robert Sullivan and Chief of Staff Sydné Marrow were proudly in attendance, among other community members who supported the event at the Senator Thomas P. Kennedy Main Library to honor Black History Month. The event paid homage to influential Black Americans and leaders through a performative demonstration.

A special thank you to Ms. Phyllis Ellis, President of NAACP, and to all of the wonderful actors who portrayed the historical figures, they were: Leona Martin as Harriet Tubman; Phyllis Ellis as Sojourner Truth; Apostle Edward Campbell as Frederick Douglass; Courtney Henderson as Rosa Par; LaTwanda Merricks as Shirley Chisholm; Jamal Brathwaite as Thurgood Marshall; Tony Branch as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr; Rahsaan Hall as Malcolm X; Miles Jackson as Garrett Morgan; Robert Jenkins as President Barack Obama; and Sydne Marrow as Vice President Kamala Harris.
Story credit: Sean Fitzgerald
Photo Credits : City of Brockton FB
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Historical Tidbit Question:
What year did Cardinal O'Connell consecrate the laying of the cornerstone for the upper St. Colman of Cloyne Church?

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as well as referring to the president, is known to mean stately, refined, purposeful. There is the presidential suite, or showing presidential wisdom. We have a long history of great thought to share: 

"Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction." ~ John F. Kennedy
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” ~ Barack Obama
“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” ~ Woodrow Wilson
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” ~ Calvin Coolidge
“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” ~Theodore Roosevelt
From the past, these presidents encourage us: make the effort, change, have greater vision, persist, and care. ~ Jacquie
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