January 1, 2023 ~


Community One

Positive Story at a Time
Middle School Basketball

Two exciting games between Ashfield and West Schools December 20th! Re-Posted from BPS. Check back for more photos of the middle school basketball season on the Brockton Public Schools FB page.
Historical Tidbit:
New Year, time, watch, clock
New Year's Eve
In 46 B.C. the emperor Julius Caesar introduced the Julian calendar, which closely resembles the more modern Gregorian calendar that most countries around the world use today.
As part of his reform, Caesar instituted January 1 as the first day of the year to honor Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, whose two faces allowed him to look back into the past and forward into the future. Romans celebrated by offering sacrifices to Janus, exchanging gifts with one another, decorating their homes with laurel branches and attending raucous parties.

New Year’s celebrations begin New Year’s Eve and continue into the early hours of January 1."In Spain and several other Spanish-speaking countries, people bolt down a dozen grapes-symbolizing their hopes for the months ahead-right before midnight. In many parts of the world, traditional New Year’s dishes feature legumes, which are thought to resemble coins and herald future financial success; examples include lentils in Italy and black-eyed peas in the southern United States. Because pigs represent progress and prosperity in some cultures, pork appears on the New Year’s Eve table in Cuba, Austria, Hungary, Portugal and other countries. Ring-shaped cakes and pastries, a sign that the year has come full circle, round out the feast in the Netherlands, Mexico, Greece and elsewhere. In Sweden and Norway, meanwhile, rice pudding with an almond hidden inside is served on New Year’s Eve; it is said that whoever finds the nut can expect 12 months of good fortune. (History.Com)

The dropping of a giant ball in New York City’s Times Square at the stroke of midnight has taken place almost every year since 1907. Over time, the ball itself has ballooned from a 700-pound iron-and-wood orb to a brightly patterned sphere 12 feet in diameter and weighing in at nearly 12,000 pounds. 

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 
 10 Father Kenney Way 508-580-7811
Email coa@cobma.us & phone contact only

There are 14 food pantries in Brockton.
James Hill
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
45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

Thursday, January 12, 2023
North Baptist Church,
899 No Main Street

Learn about the organizations and businesses in the city interested in doing great things. This is an information opportunity and a chance to promote your group or organization,

Please, feel free to call Anne at 774-297-4939 or email for more information.
Lions Club Glasses Collection Box 

Lions club glasses collection box at Brockton Public Library 304 Main St.

Box is located on coffee table as you enter the lobby at the top of the stairs
37th Annual MLK Breakfast
Saturday, January 21, 2023, 9a - Noon
Lombardo’s in Randolph.

Don’t miss the Brockton NAACP’s 37th Annual MLK Breakfast. Keynote Speaker Rahsaan Hall. 
You can also call 508-944-8212.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South - Programs

Register today! Don't miss out on these great opportunities for youth to develop their skills, make friends, and have fun!
In the Winter Session we've got Young Chefs, Coding 101, Young Artists, Volleyball Skills & Drills, and more!

Winter Clothes Drive
Monday - Friday
9a - 4p
Now until January 31st
Mayor’s Office
Town Hall
45 School Street

Mayor Sullivan is hosting a winter clothes drive to support the community by collecting new and gently used winter clothing. Donations can be dropped off at the Mayor’s Office inside City Hall until Tuesday, January 31st.

Donations being collected include
  • new or gently used clean coats/jackets
  • new hats, gloves, socks, and scarves

Please see the flyer or contact (508) 580-7123 for more information.
Genealogy Workshop with 
Rev. Diane Badger
Saturday, January 14
162 Howard Street, West Bridgewater

We will cover the basics; starting with what you know and moving you back into your past. What are the sources available online; what are the sources to explore that are not online? Most of the workshop will concentrate on New England research, other areas will be covered. Bring a notebook to take notes, and any information you might have and we will try pointing you in new directions for your research. The cost is only $5 and starts at 1p.
For more information check out the events page on the Old Bridgewater website
Fusion Dolls
Doll & Toy Store in WestGate Mall 
Looking for that Special Gift?
Stop by Fusion Dolls in Westgate Mall.
Locally owned & created!

Inside WestGate Mall
across from Kay jewelers
Lady CJ Soulfood Cafe
& Catering 
Our Customers Say: "The food is delicious and the hospitality is amazing. They make you feel right at home…" ~ Nikki Shaydez Ortiz

Cafe: BAT Terminal 
10 Commercial Street 
& delivery through door dash

(508) 423-9273
United Way Funding Informational Session

January 12
9 - 10:30a

United Way of Greater Plymouth County will host an informational workshop for any nonprofit organization interested in applying for United Way funding for FY 2024 (July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024). The workshop will take place on Thursday, January 12, 2023 from 9 - 10:30a on Zoom.
All interested agencies, including first time applicants, are required to attend the workshop to be eligible for funding consideration.
With a mission to “unite people, ideas and resources to improve lives and to build a stronger community”, United Way of Greater Plymouth County aims to direct resources to the most vulnerable, lowest income population in our community. Therefore, we support programs that promote the education of our youth, the physical health and healthy lifestyles of our most vulnerable neighbors, and the financial stability of our families under the broad and interrelated pillars of Health, Education, and Financial Stability.

To sign up: www.uwgpc.org
Climate Can-Do:
Help save the Earth and your wallet!

In Massachusetts, we have access to free energy services that help save money. With the winter weather getting fiercer each day, we’ve been turning on the heat.

“How can I save money managing my heating and cooling?” You might ask. 
MassSave provides an assessment the of your house-hold or business energy use. In Massachusetts - we’ve already pre-paid for it through a surcharge on our electric bill.
Check out the MassSave website, to schedule a no cost virtual or in-person home energy assessment and an Energy Specialist will assess the status of your energy use. They will also provide solutions to lead a more energy efficient household. MassSave collaborates with NGRID, Berkshire Gas, Eversource, and Cape Light Compact. MassSave provides these services and energy assessments for any category of property here in Massachusetts, whether that be residential, multi-family, or business oriented. Check it out!

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by intern Sean Fitzgerald from Lasell University. We focus on actions which will help mitigate the environmental changes of our climate emergency. Our goal is to keep the Earth's temperature from rising 1.5˚ C to lessen the impact. We can do!
Brockton Public Schools
A.C.T. Conference 2022
Video Courtesy of BCA
Brockton School Committee Building Naming Subcommittee Meeting
Video Courtesy of BCA
Rotary Club & Pilgrim Foundation of Brockton Make Contributions to United Way of Greater Plymouth County’s Annual Coat Initiative “Warmer Winters."
Spreading Warmth During Challenging Times 
United Way of Greater Plymouth County recently generated funds for its 8th Annual "United Way Warmer Winters” initiative to purchase warm jackets for local children in need in Greater Plymouth County. Since 2015, this initiative has helped over 2,530 children to keep warm.
Generous donations were received this year from Alissa Alley, Bluestone Bank, Colene Byrne, Karen Chapin, and Carole Martyn in honor of their parents Richard and Claire Farley, Rosemary Healey, Jackson & Irene Golden Charitable Trust, Joe Kameese, Marie Kelly, Linda Kenney-Logan, Lynch & Lynch, Macy’s, Michael McCarthy, Tracy Rosebrock, Ellen Rosenbaum, Rotary Club of Brockton, Shapiro Scott Foundation, Cheryl Showstack, The Pilgrim Foundation, and Whitman Homes. With funds from the Hurley Trust and with these compassionate donations, United Way was able to allocate $26,979 to help low-income children in Greater Plymouth County.
The funds to purchase coats were donated to BAMSI’s Helpline, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South, Brockton Day Nursery, Family & Community Resources, Father Bill’s & MainSpring, Health Imperatives, Plymouth County Family Support, Quincy College Plymouth Campus, The Arc of Plymouth & Upper Cape Cod, and United Way’s Family Center.

To see more photos that will continue to be shared in United Way’s Warmer Winters series, please visit the United Way of Plymouth County Facebook page
Photo Credit: United Way of Greater Plymouth County
Story Credit: Primrose Morrison
Have fun with us and bee entered
to win:
45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

Historical Tidbit Question:
What was the first year the ball dropped in Times Square?

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 January 4, 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, Maeve Stowe, & Gregory Venezia.
Starting Anew.

“Instead of saying, "I'm damaged, I'm broken, I have trust issues" say "I'm healing, I'm rediscovering myself, I'm starting over.”
~ Horacio Jones

“All great beginnings start in the dark, when the moon greets you to a new day...”
~ Shannon L. Alder

“So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don't sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we've satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late."
~ Lee Iacocca”

“The quiet regrowth of a forest,
fertilized only by its own burnt flesh,
is what I think of
when I think of survival.
When we are able to look death in the face
and prosper because of it, and not just despite it,
we prove that to live is to contradict.”
~ Belle Townsend
A New Year, a new day, a new hour. This is a great moment to decide to make it right, to start anew. Regenerate your self & your life. Make it work for you. You are the heroine of your own story, make it a happy New Year ~ Jacquie
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