37th Annual Brockton Holiday Parade & Celebration
Santa in Parade
Photo Credit: Brockton PD FB
Brockton PD Leading the Parade
Photo Credit: Brockton PD FB
Ice Skating Rink in Downtown
Photo Credit: City of Brockton FB
Parade: This past Saturday, on November 25th, the City of Brockton hosted its 37th annual holiday parade and celebration. The Downtown Brockton Association (DBA) and volunteers from the community organize a spectacular holiday parade each year, and this year was no exception! The parade kicked off at 1 PM from the intersection between Belmont St. and Main St., concluding between School St. and Montello. Grand Marshal John Merian, along with Brockton's elected officials, including Mayor Robert Sullivan, the fire and police departments, local organizations, civic groups, and schools, paraded to the cheers of the excited crowd.

Celebration: Alongside the parade, DBA collaborated with businesses and civic organizations to arrange community activities pre-parade for kids and families. The fire station held an open house, city hall provided pizza and hot chocolate for kids, and the library hosted various holiday events, including a Teddy Bear making workshop, holiday crafts, snowflake hunt, and planetarium shows. In downtown Brockton, numerous activities awaited everyone, including ice skating, face painting, pictures with Santa, and more! Additionally, food trucks lined the streets to ensure parade-goers didn't go hungry.
It is thanks to the DBA, sponsors, and the Brockton police who worked tediously before, during, and after the event that everyone was able to have a fun and safe time at the parade and celebrations. Here's to another year of successful holiday celebrations and many more to come!

Video Courtesy of BTV
Story by Queenie Chen, Tufts University Buzzaround Intern
Historical Tidbit:

Marsh Motorcycle Company

Before the invention of 2 wheeled vehicles, the main modes of transportation were trains and horses. Both options were restrictive to the average person because they were expensive and time consuming. This led to the rise of bicycles that was cheaper and less time restricting. Bicycles came to symbolize freedom and free-spiritedness. These ideals carried over to motorcycles when the motorcycle production rose in the United States in the early 20th century. One of these early motorcycle manufacturers was the Marsh Motorcycle Company.

The Marsh brothers founded the Marsh Motorcycle Company in Brockton in 1899. This was one of the first motorcycle manufacturers on the American east coast and the first company to sell a motorcycle commercially. They began by building motorized bicycles in 1899 and had a regular production of motorbikes in following year. Marsh Motorcycle were different from others in that they made their own engines. Their first production engines produced less than 2 horsepower which could power motorcycle up to 60mph which was considered fast for the time.

In 1905 Marsh joined Charles Metz to create Marsh & Metz Motorcycles. One of their productions was the 1907 Marsh-Metz 500cc Motorcycle which is shown in the picture above.
Written by Queenie Chen
Photo Credit: wikipedia
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
Margaret Schneider
won $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 Decorated 12” Wreath (value $34)
From Nessralla Farm Halifax
My Broken Doll Auditions
Wed, Dec 6
Buckley Performing Arts Center
1 Massasoit Blvd

The Massasoit Theatre Company Study Ensemble is opening auditions for My Broken Doll on 12/6. It is open to any enrolled local college student for the Spring semester 2024. Expect cold readings, script will be provided, monologues are not necessary. 1st read through will be in January and rehearsals will be 2x a week. Show dates will be on 3/15 and 3/16, 7:30p.

For questions, contact Mark Rocheteau at mrocheteau@massasoit.mass.edu
Brockton School Committee Meeting
November 28, 2023
Video Courtesy of the Brockton HS TV
Brockton High School Football at BW-Raynham: Thanksgiving Day Game
November 23, 2023
Video Courtesy of the Brockton Channels
Christmas Toy Collection
Drop off location: 250 Belmont St

The African American Association of Brockton is partnering with American Dream Home Health Care Agency and Lady C&J Cafe to collect toys for the holiday season! We will be hosting an event in December to distribute the toys and other goodies to children and families during the holiday season! Some gift ideas include: puzzles, stuffed toys, legos, dolls, board games, adult games. If you are interested in donating or you have a family in need please email us at AAABrockton@gmail.com.
Call 508-423-9275 for any questions.
For more info, check out the AAA Brockton FB post
Holiday Angel Tree
From Now Through Dec 11
Near Kay Jewelers
Westgate Mall
Be an angel to a child in need this holiday season. Pick an ornament from The Salvation Army Angel Tree, purchase the requested gift, and help make a child's holiday wish come true. The Angel Tree is located near Kay Jewelers through December 11, 2023. Monetary donations can also be made at SalvationArmyMA.org/Brockton. For more information, or a full list of needed items, visit ShopatWestgateMall.com.
Show your support for D.W. Field Park to Expand 32 acres!

In partnership with the City of Brockton and the Town of Avon, MA, Wildlands Trust has secured funding from the Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) grant program and a private foundation to add new land to this 700-acre urban sanctuary. To access the private funds, we need 200 donations of just $5 or more. We need your help so that D.W. Field Park can continue to serve the health, habitat, and climate resilience needs of Brockton and Avon.

Please donate if you can with the link below.
Brockton Baseball Fundraiser
Tues, Dec 12
Texas Roadhouse
124 Westgate Dr

Join us for a baseball league fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse! Present this flyer, and 10% of your meal will be donated back to the league. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Go to Brockton Baseball FB to find the flyer and for more info.
Grow Associates, Inc
Holiday Market & Job Fair
December 6th, 4:30PM-6:00PM
68 Mazzeo Drive, Randolph MA

Come to Grow and join us for a hot cocoa bar, holiday shopping, and learn about our job opportunities! 
Grow serves adults with developmental disabilities because everyone deserves to live a happy and meaningful life!

The Shop at Fuller Craft Museum
Expanded Shop Open til January 7, 2024
Your destination for all gift-giving needs this holiday season!
Find unique and one-of-a-kind pieces from Artists both local and international.

Members Receive a 10% Shop Discount

music notes
Midday Music
Wed, Dec 13
Christ Congregational Church
1350 Pleasant St

Alex Green, music director/organist at Christ Congregational Church, presents 'Tis the Season. The event is free and donations are welcomed and will go towards Father Bill's & Mainspring. It is sponsored by All Business Realty and the location is handicapped accessible.

For more info, email
Jeff Snow Celtic Music Concert

Tues, Dec 15
6 - 7:30p
Circulation Lobby Brockton PL
304 Main St

Brockton PL is pleased to welcome Jeff Snow for a concert that celebrates Celtic music. He combines the music, stories, and a wee bit of history from Scotland, Ireland, and England into a program that will keep you on the edge of your seat. There will be singing, laughing, clapping, and perhaps a bit of foot stomping. The concert is interactive; questions and input from the audience are encouraged and become part of the event. Celtic Culture is woven deeply throughout the fabric of America especially so in the Northeast. Jeff will also be performing familiar and perhaps not-so-familiar Christmas songs and tunes. The concert is free, just come by! For questions, please call 508-894-1452.
Climate Can Do: How to be Sustainable During the Holidays

There is so much to celebrate but there is also so much more trash generated during these times than usual. With the holiday season soon upon us, let’s take a moment to consider all the ways we can be more environmentally friendly.

Recycling Christmas Trees
If you are buying a real Christmas tree this year, please remove the tree of all decorations like tinsels, ornaments, metal rings and do not cover the tree in plastic bags when throwing them out. Natural Christmas trees can be recycled into mulch that can be used for municipal landscaping projects. So please take a moment to clear your trees before tossing them out! In Brockton, trees will be collected from curbside between 12/27/23- 1/8/24

Recycling Electronics
Did you received a new phone or tablet during the holidays? Consider recycling your old electronics instead of throwing it out. Any Staples store accept old electronics everyday. Check out the Staples website for the list of electronics they accept. Below are some Staples locations in the area:
  • 600 S ST W, Raynham
  • 500 Westgate Dr, Brockton

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Queenie Chen, Tufts University BuzzAround Intern. BuzzAround focuses on actions we can do to live more sustainably. We can do it!
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Vega Club Yankee Swap/Ugly Sweater Party

Sat, Dec 16, 6:30p
Vega Club Inc
895 Warren Ave

Come down to the Vega Club on the 16th for a fun adult Yankee Swap/Ugly Sweater Party!

Last year's event was a blast, full of fun and great presents. To participate in the swap, bring a wrapped or bagged present with a minimum value of $25. While an ugly sweater is optional, we encourage you to join in the festive spirit, and there's even a prize for the best sweater. It's a night of joy with family and friends, filled with laughter and good times. Feel free to bring your favorite dish or snack to share in the potluck festivities. Let's make it a memorable holiday celebration together!

For questions contact the club at 508-583-9306.
Source credit: Vega Club FB Event
A Brockton Christmas

Sunday, December 17th, 2023 - 3PM
Brockton High School (470 Forest Ave)

Celebrate the holidays with your family, friends, the Brockton Symphony, and our own Brockton High School Concert Choir.

Experience John Williams’ magical "Three Holiday Songs" from Home Alone and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ shimmering Fantasia on Greensleeves. Sing along with holiday favorites like Sleigh Ride, White Christmas, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Hear newer holiday classics like Valerie Coleman's Umoja--The First Day of Kwanzaa and Marques L.A. Garrett's The Savior's Birth. And enjoy George Whitefield Chadwick's Noel and Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances as the BrSO conjures up the joyous spirit of the holidays. 
Conducted by John Masko and hosted by Greg Fernandes, this concert will also feature a guest conducting appearance by Brockton High School Choral Director Matt Cunningham and a prelude concert by the students of Rose Conservatory. 
Order Tickets on eTix Adults: $30, Seniors $25, Students & Children, Free.
Native American Cultural Day at Massasoit Community College

November is Native American Heritage Month! At Massasoit Community College, the community recognized the Native American Cultural Awareness Day by hosting a drum circle and an info session on Native American culture.

Massasoit Community College is named after Ousemequin Massasoit who was a 17th century Wampanoag leader in the region that is now part of southeastern Massachusetts and eastern Rhode Island. Massasoit made political and personal ties with several British colonial leaders such as William Bradford. Based on English records, Massasoit had helped pilgrims in the Plymouth Colony, saving them from starvation, during their difficulties in the early years of settlement.

Soure on Ousamequin Massasoit: wikipedia
Story by Queenie Chen Tufts University BuzzAround Intern

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A Decorated 12” Wreath (value $34)
From Nessralla Farm, Halifax

Historical Tidbit Question:

What company manufactured the first motorcycle to be sold commercially in the United States?

Email your answer to: 
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On December 6, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Queenie Chen, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.”~ Maya Angelou

“It’s probably not just by chance that I’m alone. It would be very hard for a man to live with me, unless he’s terribly strong. And if he’s stronger than I, I’m the one who can’t live with him. … I’m neither smart nor stupid, but I don’t think I’m a run-of-the-mill person. I’ve been in business without being a businesswoman, I’ve loved without being a woman made only for love ... I’ve done my best, in regard to people and to life, without precepts, but with a taste for justice.”~ Coco Chanel

“Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte
New England winters are not for the faint of heart. Have courage, together we will face the cold, the Nor'easters and the snow; then celebrate together when Spring comes. 
For now, let's keep the light on and the flame burning. As the darkness encompasses, we will keep each other warm, our strength multiplying with each smile. Have a strong week. ~ Jacquie
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