November 21, 2021
~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South -
Brockton Clubhouse
November is #NationalScholarshipMonth and at our Clubs, it’s a month devoted to raising awareness about the many scholarship opportunities available to our members through our many corporate and community partners who share our commitment to their future success.

At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South (BGCMS), we believe that #greatfutures start with a great education. We also believe in doing all that we can to address as many of the socioeconomic barriers to college access and college graduation as possible.

88% of our members expect to complete a 2 or 4-year post-secondary degree, and 48% of our members expect to achieve an advanced degree at some point in their lives. Clearly, our kids have big dreams and we’re committed to helping those dreams become a reality by connecting them with tens of thousands of dollars in available merit-based academic and leadership-focused college scholarships -- like Sullivan Tire & Auto Service Scholarships which are awarded annually to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South members, staff, and alumni. The Phia Group, LLC’s $10,000 Great Futures Scholarship is awarded annually to one college-bound Club member to assist them in their pursuits of building a strong work ethic, developing self-appreciation, and pursuing their educational dreams. Another scholarship opportunity at our Clubs is the annual Youth of the Year competition. Each year, Boys & Girls Clubs of America holds a Movement-wide competition to award the most prestigious honor a teen can receive as a member of their local Boys & Girls Club.

Many of our other corporate partners offer scholarship opportunities as well which our members are encouraged to apply to. These partners include Bluestone Bank, Crescent Credit Union, HarborOne Bank, Mechanics Cooperative Bank, Metro South Chamber of Commerce, Planet Fitness, Taunton Federal Credit Union, the Rotary Clubs of Brockton and Taunton, and Wells Fargo.

At our Clubs, supporting education doesn’t stop when our members graduate from high school and Club membership -- supporting their continued success with college scholarships is a critical component of our commitment to creating pathways to college and #greatfutures!
Historical Tidbit:
The National Day of Mourning takes place on the fourth Thursday of November, coinciding with Thanksgiving.

We grew up hearing the story of the first Thanksgiving... its 400th anniversary this year — how the Pilgrims and Native Americans shared a feast.

According to the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian: The Indians in attendance, the Wampanoag, played a lead role in this historic encounter, and they had been essential to the survival of the colonists during the newcomers’ first year. The Wampanoag were a people with a sophisticated society who had occupied the region for thousands of years. They had their own government, their own religious and philosophical beliefs, their own knowledge system, and their own culture. They were also a people for whom giving thanks was a part of daily life. The ubiquitous Thanksgiving feast of turkey, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes would not
exist if not for the knowledge and ingenuity of the
Native peoples of the Americas.

Native peoples were and continue to be an integral part of the American story.

Since 1970, Indigenous people & their allies have gathered at noon on Cole's Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning, organized by the United American Indians of New England. Many Native people do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims & other European settlers. Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands and the erasure of Native cultures. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Indigenous ancestors and Native resilience. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection, as well as a protest against the racism and oppression that Indigenous people continue to experience worldwide.

52nd Annual National Day of Mourning
November 25, 2021
12:00 Noon
Cole's Hill, Plymouth, MA
City Hall
45 School St
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.
April Hayes
won a $10 / gift certificate to
South Shore Bargaineer
1000 Main St, Unit 107, Hanson

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
45 minute Reiki Treatment with Jacquelyn Rose.
Community Holiday Celebration and Parade
Sat, November 27th
10a - 4p
Downtown Brockton
The Downtown Business Association in conjunction with the City of Brockton is holding a day-long celebration.

A marketplace with food vendors and local businesses along with performances on two different stages.

The Holiday Parade steps off at 1p and ends at City Hall Plaza-Amphitheater. The Hallamore Clysdale’s, Brockton Fire Department, Brockton Police Department, Brockton High School Band, and BHS ROTC will be marching in a scaled-down parade.

For more information go to the Downtown Business Association’s website and Facebook Page for updates on performers.
Volunteers and Participants for Saturday Nov 27th
*If you have not yet registered to volunteer please do so:

*If you have not yet registered for the Marketplace, Food Court, Community Group Activity Host, or Performance, please do so:

*If you would like to attend a volunteer planning meeting, dates are:

Tuesday, November 23 at 5:45p virtual/in person

Friday, November 26 at 11:30a-1:30p
Volunteer training in person (lunch will be served)

Phone: 774-539-8266 Website: Email DBA
Black Owned Brockton Holiday Market
Black Friday: Fri - Sun, November 26th - 28th
Mini Markets: December 4, 5, 11 & 12
Three Day Weekend: December 17, 18, 19
Christmas Week: December 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
8a - 5 p
Westgate Mall, in the former Payless space

Black Owned Brockton will partner with Westgate Mall to host a Holiday Market Pop-Up featuring a variety of local entrepreneurs showcasing curated art, apparel, beauty products, home goods, gifts and more. Over 20 vendors will be present for a series of weekends including Black Friday & Christmas Eve.
Some great vendors and great products that would make great Christmas gifts💗
@pearlywhitesgemsz @thealchemistpott @sweetglam670 @cocaine_solez @shop.ririz @shoptalk2em @saraiyaeve_designs @samscmoss @reesiesmarveloushats @opulentqueenbeauty @kinkshaircare @karolsbstudio @janicamarcellecollection @goldenbeautyco24k @artbyfarra @empowernutritionma
To contact visit our Facebook page.
Saturday, November 27th
10a - 4p
Brockton Public Library

The Brockton Library Foundation is hosting lots of free fun activities!

There will be an art exhibit in the Driscoll Gallery. Artist Ed Bray will be selling gift ideas and holiday cards. The book store will be open and free wrapping that day, too.

Kids craft activities will take place with Brockton Garden Club and D W Field Park Assoc. and hot chocolate and snacks will be available. “The Grinch” cartoon and Whoville train will be set up and going strong.

There will be Massasoit Community College Performers and a DJ where you can sing along.

Just to mention a few things. All this is free!
Call Anne Beuregard at 774-297-4939 or for more info.
Mastering Your Day!

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An old-fashioned candy store 
with a TWIST
From Holiday Novelties to Hostess Gifts!
Come shop our large selection of specialty candy. 
Shop in store or online!

Come check us out!
Mon - Sat: 10 am til 8 pm
Sunday 11 am til 6 pm 

Online orders!

(781) 447-2639
785 Bedford St, Rt 18, Whitman
Where Music Grows
“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.”~ Kahlil Gibran
Music lessons in piano, voice, flute, clarinet, strings, brass, ukulele, and guitar

105 Washington St. (Rt 138)
N. Easton
(508) 297-1026
From Rotary Club of Brockton
President JoAnne Woods Young, President Elect Tina White & Past President Richard Hooke made a special delivery of over 30 Thanksgiving Baskets to My Brother’s Keeper this morning. Thanks to all of our generous members for their donations!!
The Brockton Public Library presents local Haitian author, Joseph Policape
Monday, November 29th
7 - 8 p
Zoom - register -
Learn about how this author uses a young man in this historical fiction “Where Do They Bury the Dead” to inform and entertain readers about the challenges of growing up during a dictatorship and witnessing poverty and violence on so many innocent victims and challenging this regiment.

A talented and well educated man you will not be disappointed in this story and you will want more. This book and others are available for sale. Please contact Pastor Policape for more information at 774-517-8525 or email him at

Visit his website:
The Brockton Library Foundation Gift Shop, located at 304 Main Street inside the Brockton Main Library will now be open from now on Saturdays 10a - 2p and Thursdays 11a - 3p.

Start your holiday shopping early or just come in and browse. All proceeds from sales benefit library programs for all ages. More volunteers are needed so Richard Duval, the new manager, can keep it open more days during the week. Please email the Foundation at: if you are interested or have questions.

Donations continue to be accepted.
Find YOUR Bliss with
NEW In Person classes at
The She Shed, Saturdays, 9 am!

Svaroopa yoga excels at releasing the deep tension in your body. While the benefits of this style of yoga are profound, it is very easy to do. We use the alignment of the body, rather than a lot of effort, along with blankets for propping to make the poses accessible, supportive and effective. 

(508) 331-3564
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Navigating Special Education Transitional Period
Wed, Dec 1st 
George School - 180 Colonel Bell Drive
Presenter takes parents through the transitional period of students with special needs and how to prepare for post-graduation.

EMAIL: to sign up for the workshop
Tuesday, Dec 7th
6 - 7:30p
304 Main Street
Monthly meeting of Brockton Library Foundation. All are welcome!
The Brockton Library Foundation, Inc is a 501 C3 non profit organization that provides funds raised to the benefit the programs offered at Brockton Public Library.
BPS Parents’ Academy Poetry Writing Contest
Submission deadline: 12/10/21
Grades K-2: Illustrations are welcome.
Grades 3-5: Show your writing skills.
Middle & High School: We cannot wait to hear from you.
Parents: Share 5 to 20 sentences limit.
You can write in your home language!
Brockton Public Library Webb Space Telescope Inspired
Arts & Crafts Contest
Submit entries to the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the Main Library (304 Main St.) now through January 3, 2022.
Create artwork or crafts inspired by the James Webb Telescope. Artwork can include painting, drawing, sculpture, diorama, video production, 3-D design, jewelry, posters, etc. Browse the collection of Webb telescope video and images online for inspiration.
This exciting program is in collaborating with Peter Sooy, from NASA, and the Brockton Library Foundation will be sponsoring the contest with funding the cash prizes.
Please refer all questions to:
This is Brockton 005
Weekly magazine show all about Brockton
November 12, 2021
Video Courtesy of The Brockton Channels
Brockton School
Committee Meetings
November 16, 2021
Video Courtesy of The Brockton Channels
Voices of Diversity, Voices of America
presented at Brockton Public Library on Saturday Nov 6.

10 Poets speak their poems in their native language and translate into English.
Sampling videos by J. Rose
The 10 poets included:
Tom Daley, whose poetry has appeared in many literary reviews, bringing his Irish Gaelic flair.
Christina Liu, a faculty member at Boston Architectural College whose parents escaped China’s Cultural Revolution, writes in Cantonese.
Zahara Swansan, a professor of Arabic and English as a Second Language at Massasoit Community College, read from work influenced by Arab culture and the Lebanese Civil War.
Philip Nikolayev is a Russian-American bilingual poet and polyglot who translates poetry from many languages, including Russian, French, Hindi, Urdu, and Sanskrit.
Jean-Dany Joachim writes in Haitian Creole and teaches at Bunker Hill Community College.
Soteris Constantinou, a student of the Marie Philip High School for the Deaf in Framingham, signed poems in American Sign Language.
Adelene Fistedis Ellenberg, the daughter of a Greek immigrant, read poems written in Greek.
Jessica Tran Nguyen read her poems written in Vietnamese.
Ally Brioso, the host of the Brockton Library Poetry Series, draws on her background in the Latino countries of El Salvador and the Dominican Republic and read in Spanish.
The final reader, Joseph Policape, a writer, minister, and counselor who was born in Haiti, read his poetry in French. In the middle, Khakatay performed traditional rhythms used for rituals and celebrations drawn from the heritage repertoire of the West African countries of Guinea, Senegal, Mali, and Côte d’Ivoire (the Ivory Coast).
Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
a 45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

Historical Tidbit Question:
Where do Indigenous people & their allies gather at noon to commemorate the National Day of Mourning?
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 November 24, 2021 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Amanda Guindon, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Michelle Montella, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia
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Photo Credit: Sue Basile
What am I doing with Thanksgiving?

I am approaching this Thanksgiving differently. Due to the numbing fear of Covid and the weight of grief; both personal and collective, I am thoroughly turned inside out. Every gathering, every celebration has new meaning, a new importance. Each one, a bit of the Sacred.

And so with new eyes I have gone from thinking “What am I doing for Thanksgiving?” to “ What am I doing with Thanksgiving?”

I had magical Thanksgivings as a child. Extended family, soccer games in the snow. Tons, and I mean tons, of fun. As a result, each year is a celebration, expressing gratitude and honoring family. With that lens, when I first heard of the National Day of Mourning I accepted it as how “they” acknowledge the day. That was a mistake. That is the problem. 

When our society doesn’t recognize the Wampanoag’s part in Thanksgiving and the pain they have suffered since; when we publicize only the positive ideals; we are ignoring their suffering, and treating them as if they don't matter in a story where they are essential.  

In 2011 BuzzAround hired our first employee. An ad in Craigslist for PT office support brought Marla to us. She had a calm demeanor to balance my extra energy. A wiz at computer software, what Marla didn’t know, she learned quickly and amazed me with all she could do with Microsoft Word Suite. Marla was from Canada, full-blooded Ojibways of Onigaming from Ontario. She was also shy. Unable to answer the phone, she was very reluctant about sitting behind a BuzzAround table at WB’s Park Day, but she gave it a try. Marla had courage, so much courage I did not know, but I would learn.  

As we approached Thanksgiving, Marla shared that she would be going to Plymouth to attend the peaceful National Day of Mourning march. Indigenous people gather to remember and honor their ancestors at Cole Hill. She shared with me the stories of genocide; how the European settlers took this land, killed the inhabitants, and tried to erase their culture. To native peoples, Thanksgiving serves as a reminder of the unjust treatment they have received since the 1620 Plymouth landing. Marla would stand in solidarity. 

And then she shared with me her own story. In Canada, as well as all over the United States, residential schools operated to “kill the Indian, save the man.” (Capt. Richard H. Pratt on the Education of Native Americans) In Canada from 1894-1947, an estimated 150,000 native children were forcibly taken from their families and placed into these schools. The schools were funded by the government and run by various church groups. At the school, children were forbidden to speak any language other than English, their rituals, their songs and their traditional clothes, forbidden. Marla’s parents suffered through this and worse.

In diversity training we learn that a pain suffered by a part of us, is a pain suffered by all of us. Learning about all parts of American history gives all of us the opportunity to mourn together and our civilization is stronger as a whole. When we ignore people's pain we are deciding they are not worth acknowledging. 

What will I do with Thanksgiving? Rethink its core: I can have gratitude and family, AND I can relearn American history. Attempt a native dish, learn about native culture. Walk in solidarity in Plymouth. Start somewhere. Start anywhere.
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In the 1970's The Ojibways of Onigaming were the first community and First Nation that transferred the responsibility of the elementary and later secondary education to their own self-governance structure. Onigaming First Nation School