Beautification at the Frederick Douglass Park

A team of dedicated volunteers from the The Frederick Douglass Neighborhood Association worked last week to add the beauty of flower beds to this downtown Brockton park area. The gardens were spruced up with mulch, stone, grass seed and fresh flower plantings.
" A miracle happened at the park today. ( Friday June 7)
From Carol Griffin: "Cynthia McCall- Hodges and Darlene Galvin had at least a hundred plants donated, bags and bags of mulch and topsoil, and 2 yards of rocks. Two wonderful men volunteered (we ended up giving them some money), and they were essential. Now we need the miracle of rain to water the plants, or a tribe of waterers, and ideally a long hose."

Huge thanks to the contributors:
Home Depot Brockton
Tri Town Landscape Materials of Avon
Seoane’s Garden Center Abington
G Norwood landscape and Garden Center Brockton
Bridgewater Garden Club

Story by J. Rose
Images by J. Rose & Carol Griffin
Historical Tidbit:
Future Mailman

Grandfather's Handiwork: Two-year old Jonathan L. Drew of Stoughton makes the most of a new mail truck made for him by his grandfather, Richard L. Drew of 53 Echo Street, Brockton. 

His grandfather and father, Bradford L. Drew, help push Jonathan along the road to a happy childhood; June 3, 1978.

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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 & phone contact only
Diane Fernandes
won a 45-minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

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Enter for this week's prize of
a free 1.5 hour class at
Brockton Area Transit (BAT) Bus is free to ride through December 2024.
(Extended from July 1)
Video Courtesy of the Brockton Channels
Huntington Parade is ON! Celebrating 125 years!
Friday June 14
10:30 am @ the Huntington School

Donations Accepted to support this beloved tradition: Make checks payable to: "Huntington BEF" Brockton Public Schools, 43 Crescent St
National Nonprofit Petco Love Invests in APCSM to
Save and Improve the Lives of Pets in Southeastern Massachusetts

The Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts (APCSM) is set to receive a $6,000 grant investment from national nonprofit Petco Love in support of their lifesaving work for animals in southeastern Massachusetts.

Petco Love is a national nonprofit leading change for pets by harnessing the power of love to make
communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. “Our investment in APCSM is part of more than $15M in investments recently announced by Petco Love to power local organizations across the country as part of our commitment to create a future in which no pet is unnecessarily euthanized,” said Susanne Kogut, president of Petco Love.

“With Petco Love’s partnership, we can expand our reach, enhance our programs, and make an even
greater impact on the lives of pets and those who care for them,” said Kim Heise, shelter Director.
APCSM is a nonprofit organization that serves Plymouth, Norfolk, and Bristol counties. Since 2009, the
APCSM has placed over 10,000 pets into homes.

Source: APCSM
Cultural Affairs and Tourism Meeting
Thu, Jun 13
North Baptist Church
899 North Main St

Announce your group’s events and learn about what is happening in the city. For ZOOM contact Anne at for the sign in information. 774-297-4939
Farmers Market
Jun 7 - Oct 25
Every Fri, 10a - 2p

The Brockton Farmers Market every Friday from 10a - 2p until to October 25

It is in a slightly new location this season due to City Hall construction. It will be on the south side of city hall in the park/plaza along VFW Parkway.
Teen Night: Art Exploration in Illustration
Fri, Jun 14
Fuller Craft Museum

Are you a hobbyist illustrator looking to bring your artwork to the next level? Feeling stuck and not sure how to practice your conceptual skills? This workshop will provide some exercises & materials you can do both by yourself and with a partner to improve. It is recommended that your main focus is illustration and 2D media to take this course. All materials will be provided. You may choose to bring a sketchbook or some selected works to share with others for some activities.

This program is supported by grants from our local cultural councils, which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
FREE | Valid School ID Required | Registration is required; Register at Fuller Craft Programs
Climate Can Do:
How Can I Help?

For those readers who would like to be actively involved in keeping our environment livable for future generations, here are a few suggestions: join or create a local working group for a just, equitable and clean energy economy in Massachusetts

Creation Care United Methodist Church or other initiative in your faith community

Mothers Out Front showing up to protect our children

Extinction Rebellion/ (XR) and / or the Boston Red Rebel Brigade: international nonviolent mobilization including civil disobedience and performance art to raise awareness and demand action.

As always, check in with your community's Trails, Open Space, Outdoor or Conservation Commissions or the Taunton River Watershed Alliance to have impact locally.
  We are all in this together, we've only got one planet! Thank you for all you are doing. Keep up the good work!

Written by J. Rose
Together, we can make a difference by taking action to live sustainably. Let's empower ourselves to create a better future for our planet.
Juneteenth Celebration
Family-Friendly Juneteenth Event in Bridgewater! Entertainment, food, vendors, and speakers.
Bring your chairs & enjoy the day!

Sat, June 22 (Rain date: June 23)
University Park at BSU, 1 to 6 PM
Free Parking: For GPS, use
351 Great Hill Drive

Questions? Email us
Pinches & Pounds
Old Fashioned Candy Store with a Twist!
Need More Sweetness In Your Life?

Hard to find delectables & seasonal yummies. We make every occasion SWEEEEET!!!!

Juneteenth Brockton
Sat. June 15
Brockton Fairgrounds

The African American Association in collaboration with the Southeast Juneteenth Coalition is hosting a Juneteenth event June 15, 2024 in Brockton MA 🙂
We are looking for vendors, artist, or anyone that wants to showcase talent. Reach out to us via email to join the fun.
2nd Annual Summer Gala
Sat, Jun 15
Ann's Palace
277 Main St

You are invited to the 2nd Annual Brockton Summer Gala, a fundraiser for South Middle School. Admission is $20 dollars. There will be a performance by the Fabulous Brocktones. The event is 21+. RSVP with Jim Stapleton at 508 521 7075.
Juneteenth Remembrance and Celebration
Sat, Jun 15
Brockton Pl

The Juneteenth Remembrance and Celebration event will be hosted by Marvin Ezhan. It will feature a short film, poetry, and a keynote speaker, among other highlights.
For more information contact Philip Hasouris at 508 942 8018 or, or Jonathan Stroud at 508 894 1423 or

Brockton Seat Belt Campaign Press Conference
May 16, 2024
Video Courtesy of TheBrocktonChannels
Brockton Memorial Day Celebration
May 27, 2024
Video Courtesy of TheBrocktonChannels
Berwick Boys Foundation
Calling all 12 through 15-year-old boys! Looking for an exciting 6-week adventure in Maine?

Camp is July 7-Aug 17. 
All forms due by June 30, 2024
Cost $900, limited scholarships available (508) 586-0059

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Brown Bag Program
Thu, Jun 20
1315 Main St
Time Slots Available at 7, 8, 10 & 11 am

We will have our Brown Bag Program on Thursday, June 20th, at Teen Challenge, 1315 Main Street, Brockton in the Multi-Purpose Auditorium! Now is a great time to show your support, and volunteering is one of the best ways to help. This event would not be successful without you! Staff, clients, families, and community members are welcome to join us in creating a safe and supportive environment. Spread the word about signing up!

Source: BAMSI FB
Weave a Table Runner Class
Wed, Jun 26
10a - 4p
Fuller Craft Museum

Learn to master the art of hand weaving and weave a table runner, to be taken home at the end of the day.

No previous experience is necessary, as you will be guided by Dahlia through the weaving, design and finishing process.

We will be weaving with repurposed cotton fabric strips on rigid heddle looms. Each student will be encouraged to see this way of weaving as a potential form of art and design which will be foremost in determining a unique runner.

Consider bringing your own fabrics to cut into strips and weave with. These can include a son’s flannel shirt, a husband’s neckties, patterned sheets which are no longer in service, etc. Dahlia will have many cotton fabric strips to choose from as well.
Register at: Fuller Craft
Bike with BAT Event a Success

With riders across Massachusetts celebrating Bay State Bike Month this May, the Brockton Area Transit (BAT) and Old Colony Planning Council partnered for a Bike with BAT event on May 15, 2024, at the BAT Centre. Riders stopped by for refreshments provided by Lady C&J Café, which is located within the BAT Centre. Safety and informational items provided by MassBike were available, and the event featured a thoughtful discussion among everyone in attendance regarding bicycles and safety. OCPC and BAT look forward to next year’s event!


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The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by Alexa Pennington, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose, Greg Venezia & Vasilia Yordanova.
The Wild Adventurer in All of Us

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” ~ Helen Keller

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where –”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
~ Lewis Carroll

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
~ Andre Gide
Adventure looks different for all of us; for some it may be trying a new restaurant, museum, or park where we've never been; for others it's traveling to experience a whole new culture.
Whatever your adventure, our souls & minds are richer for the experience, and spring is the perfect season to get out and explore!
Enjoy your wild adventure! ~ Jacquie
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