July 19, 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.
All volunteer Facebook group dedicated to
"doing OUR PART in OUR community" and Showing Brockton PRIDE.
Fredrick Douglass Garden looks fabulous!
Great Job!
Historical Tidbit:
Brockton's Oldest Family Owned Candy Business

This is 137 Perkins Ave, home of one of Brockton's 3 candy manufacturers and America's Oldest Family Owned Candy Business. Starting as a small bakery in 1856 it now occupies 150k square feet on 5 floors. Washburn Candy is the home of the original famous WALEECO COCONUT BAR. Several years ago it was featured on the show "Made in America". Now they manufacture hard candies like Root Beer barrels, Lollipops and and the most famous Christmas time special Ribbon Candy. For the whole story on the company check out their website at

Have a great weekend and stay cool!
Source: Ed Williams
52 Weeks Logo & Link Ad in 1 Hive

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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 coa@cobma.us & phone contact only

There are 12 food pantries in Brockton.
Here at the BuzzAround we have a great time giving away prizes!
Joanne Keith
won a $10 gift certificate to Mama Deb's food truck. Enjoy delicious fresh Italian food or purchase some sauce to take home. Go to  mamadeb.biz   for upcoming food truck events.

Every week:
*Answer the question in the purple trivia box at the bottom of this newsletter.
* The answer is in the Historical Tidbit.
*You'll be entered to win a random drawing.
*Winners and the upcoming prize are announced here each week.

You could win a $50 gift certificate to Beauty Counter products through Independent Consultant Christine Harkins.
The clean revolution
Lt. Brenda Perez
Promoted from Temporary to Permanent Lieutenant. Length of Service 20 Years. During a city council meeting earlier this year (March 2nd, 2020), Brockton's Chief of Police Manny Gomes announced that Brenda Perez would soon be trading in her Sergeant Stripes for her Lieutenant Bars.
"It's a historic moment. And I'm very proud of the fact that she will be the first female police Lt. on the Brockton Police Department," sighed the Chief. And the room filled with applause.
Born and raised in Brockton to parents from the United States Territory of Puerto Rico, Perez knows the significance of this moment. It's the highest rank a woman has ever earned on the police force, but more than that, she's hopeful that her achievement will resonate with other women and mothers who may realize they can choose a career in law enforcement and reach the highest levels.
On July 7th, Perez, flanked by Mayor Robert Sullivan and Police Chief Manny Gomes, swore an oath as the city clerk made Brenda Perez's promotion to Lt official.
Perez is a Brockton High Graduate and received a Master's Degree from Curry College. She also served for 24 years in the Army Reserves retiring as a Master Sergeant.
She's married to Brockton Police Sergeant Victor Perez.
Lieutenant Perez is in charge of the Records Division, which in addition to overseeing all records in the police department, includes those records having to do with grants, firearms, and crime analysis.
Please join us as we congratulate Lt. Brenda Perez.
The Search For An Internship During COVID

By Sasha Rockwell When my Junior year at Bridgewater State University started in the Fall of 2019, I knew it was the perfect time to take advantage of learning opportunities on and off-campus. But I didn't expect it to go the way it did.

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Brockton Public Library Open To
In Person Visits
Yes, you can visit the library in person! We have limited library services, you will be required to wear a mask, appointments for the computers are limited to 30 min.
  • Limited browsing is available in the main lobby, staff can assist patrons in finding additional titles.

Returning materials
  • please return all materials to the book drop located outside of the White Ave. entrance. Please refrain from handing materials directly to staff.
  • Returned library materials will be quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in. As a result items will show on your account for an additional three days after you return them. No fines will accrue during quarantine time.
Friday, July 10th, Governor Baker rescinded his temporary order suspending all local shopping bag laws and banning the use of reusable bags.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's most recent update on transmission indicates that the virus spreads primarily through the infected respiratory droplets emitted during close contact with another person, hence the continued need for face masks.
Banning re-use of bags was a precautionary measure, erring on the side of safety, and the MA Dept of Public Health recognizes the public health problem created by the damage done to our environment with plastic, and so is now encouraging their use again.
Free Black History Classes
Every Wednesday, July 22nd - August 19
Class schedule:
Group 1: 3rd-5th grades | 11a - 12p VIA ZOOM
Group 2: 6th-8th grades | 10a -11:30a AT A BROCKTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
Group 3: 9th-12th grades | 12:30p - 2p AT A BROCKTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
Group 4: Adult | 6p - 7:30p AT A BROCKTON CHURCH
*exact locations will be sent out upon registration

Secure your spot today!

Due to social distancing regulations, space is limited and registration is required.
Please email hlcblackhistory4u@gmail.com for registration information.
Brockton's Farmer's Market's Now Open!
Go get your fresh fruits and veggies!

Fridays through October 30th
10a - 2p
Brockton City Hall Plaza

2020 Vendors
Freitas Farm
Sibling Organic Crops
Barbosa Family Farm
Souza Family Farm
Oakdale Farms
LaFleur Wildflower Honey
Roxanne's Greenhouse

To keep updated, follow their Facebook page.
Metro South’s Live Virtual Networking Groups 
Upcoming Virtual Events via ZOOM:
7/22 2:00 - 3:00p
7/23 10:30 - 11:30a
7/28 10:30 - 11:30a
7/29 2:00p - 3:00p

Connect with potential customers, existing chamber members and friends in the Metro South community from the comfort and safety of your homes/work spaces. Every member attending will be asked to give a 60-second pitch (who you are, and what you do) and and then we will have an open discussion with the group. Space is limited, so please RSVP in advance.

Questions? Contact Lexi, program director
(508) 586-0500 x 231

We have what you NEED this summer!
Come see what we have to make your home or farm the best it can be! Shop us today!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) Bridgewater  (508) 697-0357
Nature Watch With Outdoor Writer & Photographer Mary Wright Julius

Mary is Executive Secretary and Newsletter Editor for New England Outdoor Writers Association.
Thank you for sharing with us, Mary. This is great inspiration for us to get outside and enjoy nature this summer.
Left: A cormorant dries its wings.
Middle: A great egret stalks along the edge of the river.
Right: Queen Anne's Lace is in bloom.

All photo credits: Mary Wright Julius
Playgrounds Are Open
Effective June 25,2020, all city playgrounds in Brockton are open per order of Mayor Robert F. Sullivan.
Residents are asked to follow the guidelines posted about safety and social distancing. City playgrounds were previously closed in March due to COVID-19.
Supporting Brockton High School Seniors

Story Share by: Michelle (Gagnon) Marvel, Brockton, MA As we are all facing such uncertainty at this time, I think about the Class of 2020, and how it has sparked a movement on social media. The request is simple, but thoughtful: post your senior...

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Good Day My Phenomenal People!

• Spiritual Healer • Certified Reiki Master Teacher • Past Life Regression & Future Life Progression Therapist • Officiant

Abington MA 
(781) 428-4479 
The Charity Guild Food Pantry & Thrift Shop Is Open!
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
10a - 12p
501 Main St.
The Charity Guild, Inc. is a Food Pantry and Thrift Shop located in Brockton. Our mission is "to provide basic and necessary services to those unable to meet their primary needs of food, clothing and household goods."
Please arrive early and if possible please bring a photo ID and piece of current mail. Thank you.

Brockton BuzzAround Shout Out
Help The Environment, Recycle Your Plastics
U.S. companies want our recycled plastics. There is a growing demand for sorted plastics here in the U.S. Currently, Massachusetts recycling facilities are sorting your plastic bottles, jugs, jars and tubs and selling them to plastic recyclers right here in the USA. Companies buy, clean, flake, or pelletize plastic into a raw material for making new consumer products, packaging, automotive parts, construction materials, and even 100% recycled Adirondack chairs. For a 1 minute overview of what happens to your plastic after you place it in the bin,  check out this video .
You can help ensure your plastic gets a second life by:
  • Keeping it clean!  As a Smart Recycler, you’re careful to empty, rinse and recycle only those plastic items that manufacturers can use – bottles, jugs, jars and tubs. Avoid the “wish-cycling” trap: just because that fork or spoon is made of plastic, doesn’t mean it’s recyclable.  
  • Driving demand. By choosing products made out of recycled content, we have the power to drive demand for more recycled feed stock. Check out the Buy Recycled Products Directory to find products made with recycled materials, which is known as post-consumer resin (PCR).

Plastic recycling is worth the effort as long as you follow the rules. If you can’t recycle it, consider not buying it and using an alternative (reusable bamboo forks and spoons for example).

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
$50 gift certificate to Beauty Counter products through Independent Consultant Christine Harkins.
The clean revolution

Historical Tidbit Question
In 1856, what did the business start out as?

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 July 22, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Sasha Rockwell, Jacquelyn Rose, & Kayla Rose
Oh Yeah, we've got bias.

In my quest to learn, I'm diving into this thought process: each of us looks at the world though our own lens. There is no "one way to see things" Everything we do and say is shaped by the cultures and attitudes we were raised with.

"I think unconscious bias is one of the hardest things to get at."
~ Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”
~ Robertson Davies,  Tempest-Tost

"Optimism is normal, but some fortunate people are more optimistic than the rest of us. If you are genetically endowed with an optimistic bias, you hardly need to be told that you are a lucky person - you already feel fortunate." ~ Daniel Kahneman

"It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.”
~ Jonathan Swift

"We find comfort among those who agree with us - growth among those who don't.”
~ Frank A. Clark
I hope I never stop learning about this wonderful, miraculous world we live in.

Each time I overcome a fear to experience a new concept, idea or group of people, the rewards are HUGE: there's
satisfaction & appreciation and it's down right FUN!
I have learned my biases (oh yeah, I've got them, BOY have I got them!) get in the way of that.
And it has been totally worth it to figure out what they are and why they are!
Have a great week everyone. Wishing you all great adventures. ~ Jacquie
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