September 20, 2020
~ Building Brockton Community One Positive Story at a Time
Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings, is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies.
Brockton City Council Meeting 9-14-20
Video courtesy of The Brockton Channels
Salisbury Park Reunion
20 Year Anniversary
Video Courtesy of the Brockton Channels
Historical Tidbit:
Kerosene Lamps

Before we had electricity, lighting was done with kerosene lamps. They were usually a glass bottom lamp that would hold maybe a pint to a quart of kerosene and then there was the glass chimney on top.
These lamps would be set on brackets on the walls or set on the table in the middle of the room. They were never put on small stands or tables because they would have been easily knocked over.
Then there was a lamp in the middle of the room, usually the dining room, that would pull up and was on some sort of chain arrangement. It had a round wick about 2½ʺ across with a shade on top to reflect the light down on the table where people sat around and read their books and did their school work.
Instead of electronics, amusement would be found in games with others, books or individually invented.
sue and her plant 2011
Historical Tidbit & image respectfully submitted by Sue Basile, Historian
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Buildings Remain Closed to the Public
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 13 food pantries in Brockton.
To both Ellie Flaherty, and Joanne Kieth on winning 2 FREE hours of introduction to the sport of fencing with SaEF Fencing Club, Pembroke

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$10 gift certificate to Mama Deb's food truck. Enjoy delicious fresh Italian food or purchase some sauce to take home.
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Siblings Forward Program

Brockton Area Arc has partnered with Boston University in an effort to assist in their research of autism, through a program called Siblings Forward.
During this time, it has become difficult to obtain participants. If applicable, please consider doing this program, it is free and participants can receive up to $75!
Boston University is developing a new program to help adult siblings who have a brother or sister on the autism spectrum work with their families to plan for the future. We are looking for adult siblings to help us develop this new program. Some participants will view online materials and other participants will have 6 or 7 internet-based individual meetings.
Who? Adult siblings ages 18 and older
What? (1) Complete questionnaires three times (2) Review online information or have online meetings.
How long? 7 months
When? At a time convenient for you
Where? At a convenient location, such as home or work
Cost? There is no cost if you participate. You will be compensated for your participation in the study. Participants will receive up to $75 for participating.
For more information on how to sign-up for Siblings Forward, please contact 617-358-1633

Saturday, September 26th
Brockton High School Soccer Field

Please come join us as we ride with the Brockton Police, Brockton Fire, & Brewster EMS to join force to break the ice on what is going on in the nation.
"We Did It For You! The Suffrage Story, Civil Rights and ...

Theater event by The Vote: Brockton Library Suffrage Centennial Celebration on Thursday, October 8th; 6:30 - 8p.

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Essentials Closet Now Open!

The Family Support Center’s Essentials Closet is now available for the families we support to access. It is stocked with non-perishable food items as well basic personal hygiene items. PPE packets which include a face shield, masks, hand sanitizer, alcohol wipes and gloves are also available.
Families can come into the center by making an appointment with any of the Family Support Staff during regular business hours. COVID-19 screening will be done upon arrival in order to enter the building.

To make an appointment for pick up or for more information, please call 508-583-8030 or email us at

Plymouth County 4-H Babysitting

The 4-H Babysitters Virtual Training Course teaches youth ages 11 and older what they need to know to be caring, trustworthy, responsible and competent babysitters. The 6-12 session course includes units on:

Basic First Aid *no certificate
Child Development
Entertaining Children
Business of Babysitting
4-H is looking to collaborate with libraries, recreation programs, after school programs and other youth serving agencies to offer this course. 4-H will train your staff or volunteers and provide 4-H curriculum.
Go to link below for details and registration:
The 2020 Book for Business & COVID-19 Recovery Resource Guide 
Easy & Accessible with great resources!

  • Area Dining
  • COVID-19 Recovery Resources
  • Business Development Resources

Metro South Chamber of Commerce Works For YOU!
The Brockton Together Fund - United Way of Massachusetts ...

The Brockton Together Fund will mobilize resources for emergency assistance and expanded food distribution, with a focus on those who are most economically vulnerable during the pandemic. This fund will deploy resources through nonprofit partners ...

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Brockton Library Foundation Annual Meeting and Book Sale

Saturday, October 10th
9:30a - 12:30p
304 Main St Brockton
Main Branch

Join us & Learn about how you can support the great Brockton Library Programs!

Voter Registration Deadline is 10/24/20 for the Presidential/State Election on 11/3/20
October 24, 2020 2:00 - 4:00p & 7:00 - 8:00p – Voter Registration Deadline
Will you be voting in the upcoming State Election on November 3, 2020? Are you registered to vote? Are you sure? Even if you have been registered to vote for years, many Federal and State laws impact your registration status. If you have moved, changed your name, or did not respond to the Annual Town Census, you may encounter an issue at the polls. Avoid the long lines, check your registration now online
When you register to vote, either online, by mail or at the registry of motor vehicles, you should receive a confirmation notice from the local Town Clerk’s office. If not, your registration May not have reached the office. If you did not send back your census form and did not respond to the inactivation notice, then your name will not be on the active voting list.

Town Clerks want all eligible citizens to be able to cast their ballot. Please act now! Don’t wait! Check your voting status!! Remember – October 24th is the deadline!  Please call the Town Clerk’s office at 508-580-7114 with any questions!
Grant App- Ma Cultural Council Deadline change to Nov 16!

From Artist News to Creative Youth, Community Initiative, and Power of Culture, our email lists are a great way to keep up with the work of Mass Cultural Council and its partners across the Commonwealth. Recent events have fomented a growing...

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Brockton Neighborhood Health Center's Linda Gabruk, who helped oversee the dramatic expansion of health care services the last 16 years, is retiring after serving as our Director or Social Services and then Chief Operating Officer. Linda leaves a BNHC much different than the one she joined in 2004. Thanks in large part to her effort and oversight, BNHC became one of the fastest growing health centers in the state, to where we now serve more than 35,000 patients a year. Thanks, Linda, for sharing your professionalism, expertise, empathy and love!
Staff members from BNHC gathered on a Main St. sidewalk to surprise retiring COO Linda Gabruk with a sign of affection. Linda viewed the display from her fifth-floor office on Friday, Sept. 11, her last day at BNHC after 16 years.

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Historical Tidbit Question:
Where would kerosene lamps
never be put?

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The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Sasha Rockwell & Sebastian Ladoulis

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Now that we are out and about: Remember to #Shop Small!
Coffee shops, hair and nail salons, corner stores, spas, boutique clothing stores, consignment shops, restaurants, craft stores, bars, fruit markets, shoe/bike/tire repair shops, laundromats, art supply stores, gift shops, gas stations, pet stores, and the rest.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) reports 28 million small businesses operating in the U.S. alone. And since 1995, those small businesses have generated 66% of all new jobs in the United States. That's a big deal.

1. Small businesses give back (more) to your community. When you support a local business, you’re also supporting your town, city, and neighborhood. Business pay taxes to their local town or city. That tax money supports public schools, parks, roads, and sidewalks, as well as public service workers, like firefighters. And according to Civic Economics, “on average, 48% of each purchase at local independent businesses is recirculated locally, compared to less than 14% of purchases at chain stores.”
2. Small businesses make a major economic impact. More than half of the U.S.’s jobs since 1995 were created by small businesses. And according to the SBA, since 1990, big businesses eliminated 4 million jobs, while small businesses added 8 million jobs. The more you shop at a local store, the more potential job opportunities you help them provide.
3. Small businesses provide better customer service.  One of the biggest advantages they have is the ability to provide more personable, hands-on, and memorable customer service.
4. Small businesses provide greater access to product diversity. Small businesses have just as much access to vendors (who also determine pricing, not stores). If a small business doesn’t have the products you want or need, ask them!
5. Small businesses create a sense of community. You’re much more likely to get to know a small business owner and other customers in your neighborhood.
6. You’re going to feel good!

How do you get more involved in the small business movement? This is a great start:
*Shop small, of course! Say "hi" to the owner when you visit. They are working hard to serve you, and are happy to get to know you. (They don't want to sell you something you don't need, that's bad for business.)
*Get vocal on social – Post pictures, tweets, and status updates of either the small business you own, or of yourself shopping at one, and be sure to use the hashtag #ShopSmall. Also write positive Yelp reviews for the small businesses you love and support.
*Sign up for local business’ loyalty programs – Does a local business have a customer loyalty and rewards program? Sign up for it – not only will you be supporting a local business, but you’ll get discounts and rewards for it, too.
Have a great week, everyone, Shopping Small! ~ Jacquie