Volunteering with BAMSI
Helps Many Local Families
On Volunteer Recognition Day, April 20, 2023, the Mayor's Office Administrator Marcy Varela, Executive Aide Kimsone Chau, and Constituent Services Liaison Jay DeGrace volunteered for the BAMSI Brown Bag Program.

The event involved packing and delivering groceries to area residents in need. Visit BAMSI.org to find out how you can volunteer. Thank you to the BAMSI administration and staff members, and all of the volunteers for their continued support of our Community!
Story & Photo credit: City Of Brockton Facebook
Historical Tidbit: Brockton Public Library's Rotunda Mural
Pictured, Eastern Wall of the Mural. Evan Kalish c. 2014
In 1940-1941, the Brockton Public Library's Rotunda was painted by Fritz Fuglister. He created murals entitled “A History of Books and Printing,” They were painted as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project then and carefully restored in 2003 by artist/restorer John Arapoff as part of a complete renovation and expansion.

The artist-painted description reads, “Showing Ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Greek methods; the works of the early Europeans and Persians; the period of transition, with Gutenburg [sic] the inventor of printing with movable type; early English and American formats; the development of the machine, the Lineotype, the Camera and the Press.”

Image and Information from the Brockton Public Library website

This historical tidbit is written by Hassan Sharif, BuzzAround Writing Intern, New York University.
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East Branch - 54 Kingman St. 508-580-7892
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Boys & Girls Club: Spring 2 Session of Athletic Programs

Monday, April 24th – Saturday, June 10th
Register by Monday, May 1st
Brockton Clubhouse

Join the Metro South Boys & Girls Clubs for an exciting slate of Athletics Programs coming up in the Spring 2 Session! There are great opportunities for youth to expand their athletics skills, including flag football, AAU basketball, and more. Visit the Clubhouse or register online now to join!

For more information, contact Derrick Barber at dbarber@bgcmetrosouth.org or (508) 584-5209.
Healthy Kids Day

Saturday, April 29th
Old Colony YMCA – Brockton

Find your fun. Find your Y! Come to the YMCA for their annual #HealthyKids Day – a day to celebrate kids being kids and to set them up for a summer of success. This event is free and open to the public!

For more information, visit www.oldcolonyymca.org/events.
Massasoit Community College to Host Poet Martín Espada

Friday, April 28th
Buckley Performing Arts Center Theater
1 Massasoit Blvd. Brockton

Join Massasoit in welcoming guest poet Martín Espada for a poetry reading, Q&A, and book signing.
Massasoit Community College will host award-winning poet Martín Espada for a poetry reading, question & answer session, and book signing at the College’s Buckley Center for Performing Arts on April 28 in Brockton from 11a -2p. The event is free and open to the public.
“I believe in community, and I believe in community college. In particular, I believe in poetry, in the humanities, and that community college students should have the same access to the humanities and to poetry as anybody else,” said Espada. “Brockton is the city of champions, from Rocky Marciano to Marvin Hagler. Maybe there is a champion poet waiting to emerge from Brockton, too. The last reading I did before the pandemic shut everything down in March 2020 was at Massasoit Community College. I look forward to my return.”
Martín Espada is the winner of the 2021 National Book Award for his work Floaters. A professor at UMass Amherst, Espada’s works have gained national attention, critical praise, and have won many awards. In 2018, the Poetry Foundation awarded him the 2018 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, which honors a living US poet for outstanding lifetime achievement. Espada was invited to campus by the College’s Department of English, with funding from the College’s SUCCESS program, as a part of its recognition of National Poetry Month. Massasoit Website
Healthier You Ribbon Cutting

Friday, April 28th
11a – 1p
340 Pleasant St.

Healthier You Wellness Partners will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at their newest location with refreshments, tours, networking, photo opportunities, and more! The formal ceremony will begin at 12p. This is a complimentary event, but please register here.

For more information, email cschofield@metrosouthchamber.com or call (508) 586-0500 ext. 231.
Inaugural Women United Leadership Breakfast

Wednesday, May 3rd
7:30 – 9:a
Thorny Lea Country Club

Join United Way to learn about and get involved with their impactful work feeding families, educating youth and adults, providing childcare, delivering elder home care and more throughout Greater Plymouth County. The event will feature Julie Beckham as keynote speaker, the opportunity to meet with caring & leading women in our community, and a delicious breakfast!

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2nd annual Evening of Champions for
Marvelous Martin Hagler Scholarships
May 13, 2023
Educators Showcase

Saturday, April 29th
Brockton Public Library, Lingos Auditorium

Come to the Brockton Public Library to celebrate Poetry Month! The spotlight will be on our educators and mentors, sharing their original poems at the Educators Showcase. Poets will be featured from BHS, BSU, the Boys and Girls Club, MCC, New Heights Charter School, Rose Music Conservatory, and Brockton Youth Poet Laureate, Hannah Baptiste. Let’s fill the room and recognize the contribution of our educators and mentors who care and sculpt our children’s future!

For more information, contact Philip Hasouris at phasouris@cobma.us or (508) 942-8018, or email Jonathan Stroud at jstroud@cobma.us.
Keep Brockton
Beautiful Day
Volunteer to make our City Sparkle!
May 6

7:30-9am Volunteer Registration
35 Cristy's Place - Heights Crossing
9 - noon clean up at designated spots
12-2pm cookout & raffles at Heights Crossing
Early equipment hand-outs and assignments are available 8am-3 pm May 1-5 at Recycle Depot, 300 Oak Hill Way
For more information, call 508 580- 7827
Geranium Sale

Requests by Friday, May 5th

The Brockton Garden Club is once again selling geraniums for their scholarship fund! They have red, pink, white, salmon, and a mystery color, sold for $5.50 each with delivery promised before Mother’s Day. If you would like to purchase flowers, please email Lisa at lecrowley1@yahoo.com or call (339) 987-0132. Cash and checks made to BGC are accepted upon delivery. All proceeds go to scholarships for individuals seeking education in horticulture, forestry, ecology, environmental engineering, and other related fields of study.
Brockton Finance Committee Meeting April 19, 2023
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Brockton City Council Meeting April 10, 2023
Video courtesy of BTV
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Climate Can-Do: Speaking Up for Nature

There will always be a struggle to balance society and nature; but we, as the society, have a say in how our environment is treated. We can speak up. We know keeping our environment healthy keeps us and our children healthy. It’s as simple as letting our local government know we care.

Local senators and representatives keep count of how many people contact them per issue. Because so many people spoke up about the algae blooms in Monponsett Pond (Halifax), it took a mere few years to clean it up. When we work together, we take important steps in caring for our earth. The more we do affects our quality of life. One way to get involved is the campaign to prevent radioactive waste from the decommissioned Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant from being dumped into Plymouth Bay. For more information, visit: www.saveourbayma.com.

Doing our part isn’t only about limiting our environmental footprint– it’s about community, and caring for every living thing within it. Advocating for our environment is one of the most crucial things that can be done. Contact local government officials and join in campaigns like Save Our Bay. Helping the planet is just a few steps away.

Senator Michael Brady: Michael.Brady@masenate.gov
Rep Rita Mendes
Rep. Michelle DuBois: Michelle.DuBois@MAHouse.gov
Rep. Gerard Cassidy: Gerard.Cassidy@mahouse.gov

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Sam Isom, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Bridgewater State University. We focus on actions which individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do!
Black Men Deserve to Grow Old

Saturday, May 6th
10:30a – 1:30p
128 Pleasant St.
The Family Center at Community Connections of Brockton would like to draw attention to this upcoming event: The Norfolk-Plymouth County Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theata Sorority, Inc., will be facilitating a discussion of the importance of the Mental Health of Black Men. They will be discussing how to combat negativity and learn to be more supportive. All are welcome to this free event!

For more information and to register, visit the event page here.
Massasoit Night at Campanelli Stadium

Thursday, May 4th
Doubleheader beginning at 4p
1 Feinberg Way
Come to Massasoit Night at Campanelli Stadium to cheer on Warrior Baseball as they face Region 21 rival Community College of Rhode Island in a doubleheader! Enjoy the game with fellow Warrior students, staff, faculty, alumni, fans, and the wider community. Admission is free, and fans will receive a ticket voucher for a free non-alcoholic beverage, hot dog, chips, and peanuts. Fans will also receive a promotional giveaway (while supplies last). Looking forward to seeing you there: Go Warriors!

Fusion Dolls
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Inside WestGate Mall
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Lady CJ Soulfood Cafe
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Dive into Summer with a New Attitude!

Monday, May 8th
7 – 8p
Zoom Event

The Brockton Public Library invites you to dive into summer with a new attitude! How we live – and, most importantly, enjoy – our life depends on how we view the events we experience and the relationships we develop. Since the summer is traditionally a period of renewal and resolution, there is no better time to commit to living optimistically than right now, as summer unfolds.

This webinar opens the window to optimistic thinking for those who have yet to experience the joy of a life lived positively and encourages those who are already actively attempting to “stamp out” negativity to continue their quest. The topics covered include affirmative thinking, gratitude, forgiveness, prioritizing happiness, sharing, present-moment living, and positive learning. Register for this uplifting webinar here

For more information, email tahearn@cobma.us or call (508) 894-1452.
Brockton High School Awards

It has been a busy awards season for Brockton High School! There have been successes all around, especially for the BHS Drama Club, BHS Concert Choir, and BHS Concert Band.

Recently, the BHS Drama Club received multiple awards at the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild 2023 State Finals! The following students won All-Star Acting awards: Yanisa Andrade, Emilia Cabellon, Nick Colby, Steven Dias, Jaden Dubuisson, Noah Goguette, Ben Ikeagwuonwu, Amelia Millin, AJ Rivas, Melody Rivas, and Ollie Spadea. Students also won All-Star awards for Excellence in Set Design, Lighting Design, Costume Design, Makeup Design, and Student Directing! Making it to the state finals is an honor bestowed upon only fourteen schools in the Commonwealth, and it is well-deserved by all the Drama Club students.
Further recognition must be given to the BHS Concert Choir! They recently won a gold medal at the 2023 Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA). As gold medal winners, they were presented with the opportunity to perform at the MICCA Gold Medal Showcase this past Saturday, April 15th. This prestigious festival also awarded a bronze medal to the BHS Concert Band, which was no easy feat. Congratulations to all award winners, and know that your hard work and dedication is appreciated by all!

Drama Club story & image credit: BHS FB Post
Concert Choir and Concert Band story & image credit: BHS FB Post
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April is Poetry Month
Hmm. Poetry? You ask. Of course.

Poetry can express emotion and ideas in thoughtful and delicate ways, or in pounding stark ways. I thoroughly enjoy the unusual use of words. It taps into that which seems elusive. And so, for poetry month, let's look at poets!
Here; dive into Langston Hughes:

“Gather out of star-dust,
And splinters of hail,
One handful of dream-dust,
Not for sale.”

"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly."

“Oh, God of Dust and Rainbows,
Help us to see
That without the dust the rainbow
Would not be.”

“Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor --
But all the time
I'se been a-climbin' on,
And reachin' landin's,
And turnin' corners,
And sometimes goin' in the dark
Where there ain't been no light.
So boy, don't you turn back.
Don't you set down on the steps
'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.
Don't you fall now --
For I'se still goin', honey,
I'se still climbin',
And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.”
Also, here is a great site for exploring poets. poets.org

You are a poem, after all. Shine. Live life completely.
~ Jacquie
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