2023 Farmers Market
Brockton City Hall Plaza, 45 School St

Join us at 10a - 2 pm, Fridays, June 30 - October 27
for the 2023 Season. New farms, new vendors. 

The Brockton Farmers Market has kicked off its 2023 season with a blast! While Friday, June 16 was the third day, many known and new vendors have appeared on the scene with all sorts of items, foods, and goodies to buy. With translators available and all sorts of payment (including SNAP/EBT) acceptable, the market easily is an appeal to everyone and provides excitement to everyone. In addition, there have been cooking demos for patrons and free healthy meals for children to enjoy. The next market will take place next Friday, on June 30 so feel free to stop by!

New SNAP Match Program sponsored by South Coast Community Foundation. Cooking Demos by UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program sponsored by Eversource.

Special thank you to our Market Sponsors this year: MassDevelopment, Eastern Bank, Metro South Chamber of Commerce, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, North Easton Savings Bank, Eversource, Mass Cultural Council, HarborOne Bank, Waltham Farmers Market.
For more information, visit Brockton’s Farmers Market FB.

Story Credit: Angel Benjamin, Brown University, BuzzAround Intern
Photo & Story Source: Brockton Farmers Market FB and J. Rose
Historical Tidbit: W.B. Mason Company
Downtown Brockton is proud to be the corporate home of WB Mason!

In 1898, William Betts Mason founded W.B. Mason Company. Then the company sold printing products, engraved products, rubber stamps and stencils.

As Brockton began to flourish during the shoe industry boom, Mason too expanded W.B. Mason adding office supplies to the company offering. Now WB Mason employs several thousand people in 60 locations in this country. They have spent millions of dollars remodeling buildings in downtown to keep the office local.

They occupy three buildings headed by the iconic Fenway Park mural which represents that in October 2017, W.B. Mason announced its first national sports sponsorship as the Official Office Products Supplier of Major League Baseball. Baystate Block built in 1887, home of Pythian Hall, flanked by the Howard-Tolman building on the left built in 1880 and the Smith Building on the right built in 1890.
Story and Photo Credit: Ed Williams
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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
Kathy Romero
You won a $25 gift certificate to 
gifts * tea * vintage clothing * reflexology
626 Bedford St (Rt 18) EB

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

Enter for this week's prize of
a Summer Scent Village candle with Citronella
Whitman Center
Create Felted
Rainbow Patches

Wednesday June 28
5 - 6:30p
304 Main Street

Celebrate Pride Day by making beautiful felted rainbow patches in the Teen Zone of the Brockton Public Library. Join us as the lovely teachers from the Pop up Art School return to teach us how to needle felt. Needle felting is done by agitating the wool with speciality needles to form shapes. Participants will have the opportunity to choose between varying Rainbow patches. Registration is encouraged as seats are limited.

To register, visit the Brockton Public Library website.
Shout Out to the Gator
Run Club!

Congratulations to the Gator Run Club on completing the 2023 season and reaching the goal of 300 team miles at the Father’s Day 5k this past weekend. A huge thanks for the volunteering work of Coach Duffey, Coach McCarthy, and Coach Robin!

To see more photos, visit the Brockton Public Schools FB.
Story & Photo Credit: Brockton Public Schools
Philippines Flag Raising at Brockton City Hall
June 12, 2023
Video Courtesy of The Brockton Channels
Brockton Seventh-day Adventist Church
Food Pantry PSA
June 12, 2023
Video Courtesy of The Brockton Channels
Apply to Metro South Community
Leadership Program

Deadline is Friday,
June 30

The Leadership Metro South Program is designed for individuals who are devoted to transformative leadership in the community. The program guides participants through an immersive year-long curriculum including expert panel discussions, virtual and on-site visits, presentations, focus groups, activities, and more.

To learn more and apply, click Metro South Leadership Program.
Brockton After Dark

Monday, July 5 - Thursday, August 24
Brockton High School

Join for evening activities every Monday through Thursday. There will be a variety of free sports activities for kids aged 13 - 18. Dinner will also be provided. In order for children to participate, parents and guardians must complete a permission slip prior to participation.

To learn more and see the activity schedule, visit Brockton Public Schools FB.
Brockton Special City Council Meeting 6-5-23
Video Courtesy of BCA
2023 Cap Career Day in Brockton
April 2023
Video Courtesy of BCA
Summer Nights at the Club

July 5 - August 18
4:30 - 9p
233 Warren Ave

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South are back with another round of summer fun for teens! Youth aged 13-20 are welcome to participate in a variety of activities in the coed basketball league, a music studio, fitness room, and cooking. Dinner will be provided each night and everything is free of cost!

To learn more about registration or ask questions, contact Marcus Washington at mwashington@bgcmetrosouth.org or (508)-584-5209 x 104.

To view the flyer, visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South FB.
Cultural Affairs and Tourism Meeting

Thursday July 13 6p
899 North Main Street

The next Cultural Affairs and Tourism Meeting will be held at North Baptist Church. All non-profits, service agencies, and volunteer organizations are invited to inform everyone about their upcoming activities.

For more information, call Anne at (774)-297-4939 or email.
The Charity Guild
Food Pantry

Tuesdays, 10a - 12p
Wednesdays, 1 - 2:30p
Thursdays, 10a - 12p
Every other Saturday, 10a - 12p
501 Main Street

To visit the food pantry, please arrive early and bring a piece of mail (such as a utility bill or letter from the school department) for every member of your household with your family member’s names / shared address on it, if possible. All are welcome, including those who do not live in Brockton. Donations are also welcome for the Charity Guild’s emergency food pantry.
To learn more, visit the Charity Guild website.
Climate Can-Do: Hydration in the Heat and Refillable Water Bottles
Summer is finally here! Warmer weather, more time outside, and an increase in physical activity…all of which lead to us being thirstier. Drinking enough water throughout the day is always important – our bodies are 50% to 70% water (Mayo Clinic) – and with the hot weather in the coming months, it is especially crucial to avoid dehydration. However, our hydration doesn’t need to come at the expense of our environment. According to Ban the Bottle, Americans throw away 35 billion plastic bottles every year. Additionally, only 5% of our plastics (Greenpeace) get recycled; the rest end up in trash heaps, or are litter and many end up in the ocean.

Refillable water bottles make a real difference close to home; in our drinking water; in our rivers; and right down to the ocean. By switching to refillables instead of buying single-use bottles, you are: cutting down on oil usage needed to manufacture the plastic water bottles; decreasing CO2 put out into the atmosphere through production; reducing landfill waste (University of Colorado Boulder); and decreasing the likelihood of nanoplastics in our tap. You’re also saving money and time by not buying a plastic water bottle every time you’re out and about -$1.25 may not seem like much, but it definitely adds up! If tap water isn’t for you, a filtered water dispenser and a reusable water bottle will soon pay for themselves as you consider the cost of bottled water. Most importantly: Refillable water bottles can decrease pollution in our oceans – the same ones we love to swim in over the summer. It’s an important Climate Can Do to reduce personal plastic waste; opt for refillable bottles instead of single-use plastic ones so we and our environment can flourish!

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Miriam Heath, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Bridgewater State University. We focus on actions which individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do!
Mary E. Baker Elementary School
Kicks Offs New Tradition

To kick off their new tradition of “We All Belong Day”, the Mary E. Baker Elementary School presented a surprise portrait of their namesake to twenty members of the Baker family on Friday, June 9. As a notable activist in Brockton, Baker’s community service and leadership efforts in Brockton led to great change towards affordable housing and educational integration. In the weeks leading up to the event, students engaged in a variety of lessons as fifth graders dived deep into the study of Mary E. Baker’s life and legacy with a visit from her daughter, Denise Baker-Inegbenebo.

Story: Angel Benjamin, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Brown University
Photo Credit & Story Source: Brockton Public Schools FB
Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
a Summer Scent Village candle with Citronella
from Duval's Pharmacy Whitman Center

Historical Tidbit Question:
When did WB Mason announce its first sports sponsorship?

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On June 28, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Angel Benjamin, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Summer Afternoons

Theres adventure in the smell of blossoms as we ride our bikes .. taking in the cool evening air. My companion shifts his guitar case making it easier to pedal with. " We're almost there." He yells over his shoulder. Another half a mile of watching the cracks in the road disappear under my front tire and wind in my face. I'm looking forward to sitting comfortably with a cool drink and listening to the folk music.

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.” ~ Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy-Tacy and Tib
Enjoy your summer afternoons. They are the spice of life.
~ Jacquie
Photo: An Einstein Sunday Afternoon, Oil on Canvas - J. Rose
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