Good Day Metro South ~ January
Please join us on Friday, January 27th from 11:45a – 1:30p for a Good Day Metro South luncheon
Martin Institute at Stonehill College
320 Washington Street, North Easton.
Sponsored by Stonehill College.
We are excited to announce our guest speakers will be Jeff Fuhrer, Foundation Fellow, Eastern Bank Foundation and former senior policy advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; and Chaitra Sanders, Associate Director for Health Connector Business, Massachusetts Health Connector for Business. Also featured during this event will be an interview with recently elected State Representative, Rita Mendes!
December's Good Day Metro South video courtesy of BTV
Historical Tidbit:
Flaming Nut Sundae

Who doesn't enjoy a delicious sundae with chocolate sauce, sprinkles, and bananas? Sundaes are a timeless dessert. Brockton's Flaming Nut Sundae is such a unique take on a classic dessert with its blue flames. The blue flame effect was produced from burning lemon extract. The sundae's flames were so dangerous that it was banned by the Brockton Fire Chief Laurence F. Lynch for being a fire menace.
The photo was taken on January 10th,1950 of Minerva C. Hopkins serving a flaming nut sundae to Louise M. Thompson.

Story & Photo Credits:
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 & phone contact only

There are 14 food pantries in Brockton.

Heather Fernald
You won a free 1.5 hour class at

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

Enter for this week's prize of
Lunch is on us! Win a $10 gift certificate to Lady CJ Soulfood & Catering.
Clemente Course in the Humanities Accepting Applicants!

The Clemente Course is a FREE 9-month, hybrid Adult Education Program based in Brockton. The program includes free tuition, books, and technology assistance. The requirements consist of being at least eighteen years or older, no college experience needed, but must be able to read and converse in English. You can get your application started by clicking here. All applications are due by January 31st, 2023 at 11:59p.
Make Sure to Take the Brockton Community Survey!

The city of Brockton is requesting that each resident sixty years or older shares their views and experiences living in Brockton. This is a great opportunity to get your voice heard, and the information from these surveys will be used on future planning efforts for the city. All responses will be kept confidential, but please do not include any personal identification in the survey. You can gain access to the survey from the City of Brockton’s website. 
Brockton Redevelopment Authority Hosting Round 2 of Business Assistance Info Session
Wednesday, January 25
60 School St

The Brockton Redevelopment Authority is now accepting applications for the second round of business assistance. Their program aims to finance and retool small business proving working capital for operations and general admin costs. In this program, businesses are eligible to receive up to $10,000 to aid job creation and retention, whilst minimizing gaps to maintain business continuity. Eligibility is based on having less than $1M in annual revenue, 50 or fewer W-2 employees and a deep commitment to their customers and community. The in person session will be hosted at the Metro Chamber of Commerce on January 25th starting at 4p.
Business Assistance Round 2
January 11th - February 10th

The Brockton Redevelopment Authority is providing small businesses with an opportunity to access funds impacted by COVID-19 including start-ups (businesses recently opened or are in the last phase of getting ready to open). Businesses are eligible to receive up to $10,000. Please contact Khady Mascarenhas, Director of Small Business Development with any questions or for additional information. Guidelines and applications are available at Brockton Redevelopment Authority Website Brockton Redevelopment Authority
Opening Reception
Saturday, January 28th
1 - 3p
Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak Street

Celebrate the opening of new exciting exhibits at the museum with us!
The new exhibits are:
Daniel Jocz: Permission Granted
Creative Alloys: The Boston Metals Scene
Riotous Threads: Fiber Works from Gateway Arts. The exhibitions are open to the public. Please register in advance to attend the event. Registration for Opening Reception - Fuller Craft Museum.
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Close Connections:
BrSO Chamber Concert

Sunday, January 29
1350 Pleasant St.
The Christ Congregational Church Brockton UCC invites you to its annual chamber music concert. The concert will feature the Blue Hill Chamber Players (a combination of flute, piano, and strings) and a brass quintet called Bailey Street Brass. Masks are strongly recommended but not required. Tickets for students and children are free. General Admission tickets cost $20, and Senior tickets are $15. There will be ticket sales at the door, but advance purchase is preferred. If there are issues purchasing tickets online, you can call the Symphony Line at 508-588-3841, and Jeff will contact you. You can purchase online tickets here Close Connections Tickets | Brockton Symphony Orchestra Christ Congregational Church.
Join New England Area Public Safety Pipe and Drum Bands!
Saturday, February 4
Brockton VFW Post 1046

Come partake in a night of music and bagpipes to help raise awareness and funds for charity. Advanced tickets will be $10, day of tickets will be $15. Doors will open at 7p.

Brockton Baseball Registration Now Open!

Spring registration for all leagues of Brockton Baseball have now opened up on the Schools of Brockton Community website. The spring season will run from April 8th to June 9th.
Cultural Affairs and Tourism Meeting
Thursday, February 9
899 No Main Street

The next Cultural Affairs and Tourism meeting will be held at the North Baptist Church on February 9th, doors will be opening at 6p. All are welcomed to learn about the different organizations and businesses in the city dedicated in doing great things for the community.

With any additional questions or information, reach out to Anne at 774-297-4939 or by email at
Brockton Garden Club Receives Donation from Late Member

The Brockton Garden Club (BGC) recently received a lovely donation from a former late member Gertrud Twohig Dornan. The BGC provides a scholarship to a local student going on to higher education in a field that includes environmental engineering, agriculture, horticulture or landscaping design. The request was made to place the funds in this category. Mrs. Gertrud Dornan was a lifetime Brockton resident. She enjoyed gardening, flower arranging and socializing over many years with this community organization. The gift was presented by her nephew (brother’s son) Attorney John Twohig, also a lifetime Brocktonian at the December meeting/holiday party. The BGC is most grateful to him to have arranged this opportunity.
Climate Can-Do:
The Importance of Left-Overs

Leftovers Re-thought are Pre- Prepared Meals! 
Managing food waste helps your wallet and positively impacts the environment. In the US, upwards of 40% of leftovers and kitchen scraps are tossed out. Time to re- think our food!  Here are a few tips you can utilize to take control:
1)  Plan out meals. Meal preparation for your week is a great way of portioning out food servings you will eat without any excess waste. There are plenty of resources out there such as Yummly or Tough Cookies meal prep.
2) Compost, Compost, Compost
3) Ensure your food is properly stored. Make sure your fridge is arranged in a way that allows you to notice and eat what food is expiring soon. Throwing out expired food that was never eaten makes up a hefty chunk of a household’s overall food-waste. Proper storage, with enough care, will extend the life-span of your food!
4) And finally, this last tip is beneficial to both you and your community at large. Support and spread awareness of groups and charities that rescue food waste from restaurants, stores, and other businesses and gives it to those in need. A great local resource for this type of program is Rescuing Leftover Cuisine / Massachusetts Getting our community involved and asking these businesses about their food waste management can truly make an impact! Too much restaurant left-overs are thrown out. We can do our best to make sure it reaches hungry mouths.

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. We can do!
Lady CJ Soulfood Cafe
& Catering
Our Customers Say: "This place is a gem. I'm in love with the cobbler. Chicken is always on point." ~ Charilyn Bailey

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

(508) 423-9273

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
Greater Brockton Workforce Board Presenting Bank Teller Training
Monday, February 13
34 School Street

If you are interested in exploring possibilities in the banking and finance industry or looking for a new career path, the Greater Brockton Workforce board is hosting this 6-week training which will result in a nationally recognized certification as a bank teller/universal banker.

For more questions contact
Brockton High Wrestling Team Places First in Bob Gay Invitational Tournament
This past Saturday, the Brockton Wrestling team, the Boxers, competed in the first annual Bob Gay Invitational Tournament. The tourney was held in Hanson, and hosted over ten Massachusetts high schools. Brockton athletes Mark Lattimore, Bubba Winn, and Aman Khalil all placed first in their respective weight classes.

Following this victory, Brockton High will host a home match against New Bedford on Wednesday.

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a:
Lunch is on us! Win a $10 gift certificate to Lady CJ Soulfood & Catering.

Historical Tidbit Question:
Who banned the Flaming Nut Sundae?

Email us your answer at: 
Please include your name and phone number with your answer.

By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.

 On January 25, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Leanna Silva & Greg Venezia.
Waxing Cloud Poetic
“All shadows of clouds the sun cannot hide
like the moon cannot stop oceanic tide;
but a hidden star can still be smiling
at night's black spell on darkness, beguiling”
~ Munia Khan

“How sweet the morning air is! See how that one little cloud floats like a pink feather from some gigantic flamingo. Now the red rim of the sun pushes itself over the London cloud-bank. It shines on a good many folk, but on none, I dare bet, who are on a stranger errand than you and I. How small we feel with our petty ambitions and strivings in the presence of the great elemental forces of Nature!”
~ Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, Volume I
It seems, this weather pattern has us all beneath a gloom, a layer of grey, blanketing us in the most unimaginative covering. But even to this, I say, let's laugh at ourselves, and bring our own colors to the party. When nature has sad days, let's cheer her up! ~ Jacquie
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