March 28, 2021
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Brockton FC United Soccer
Mohamed "Moe" Ibrahim

Meet Brockton FC; a team conceived in 2018, qualifying for the United Premier Soccer League (USPL ). Out of 129 teams playing, Brockton F.C. is the number 7 seed nationally! With a record of (12-0-1) making it the dark horse of the league. Last season they were able to turn heads by beating teams with undefeated records such as Syracuse FC, Detroit United, and New York Contour United. Brockton FC is the first is to qualify as Massachusetts representative to USPL.

"The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is a mostly American professional development soccer league that was founded in Santa Ana in Southern California, with teams in regionalized conferences throughout the United States, and recently Canada and Mexico. The league was founded in 2011 by Santa Ana Winds FC President Leonel López as a regional league for teams in Greater Los Angeles, but expanded to include teams from 32 states as of the 2019 UPSL season.

Two seasons are played each year, with regional play culminating in a playoff system that crowns a single national champion each season. The league features internal promotion and relegation with up to three levels in some regions; only clubs in the top tier Division I are eligible to compete for the national championship." (Wikipedia)
Coach Herminio Furtado had no idea this team would qualify this early in its legacy. “Nobody really knows us or ever heard of Brockton,” said Furtado. “Being a small city we were going up against those giants and (eventually) becoming victorious means a lot to the whole city. We’re really excited and it’s been an amazing run.” 
With a population of 95,000, Brockton is considered one of the smaller cities in the country and this event has put Brockton on the map. Brockton isn't new to winning; the City of Champions is known for its rich sports history, Brockton was the hometown of boxing greats Rocky Marciano and Marvin Hagler, and now dominating soccer! Currently, Brockton FC is in-between seasons, training for the next championship and they are aiming for the top.

Good luck Brockton F.C.!!!

Photo credit: Brockton F.C United, FB.
Historical Tidbit:
Brockton April Foolnomenon!

This is Stanley Bauman's first April Fool's Day photo created after he returned to Brockton after being discharged from the army in 1946.
Magic Carpet over Legion Parkway, snapped by the magic camera of Stanley Bauman, Enterprise staff photographer, in an April First special. Sailing over the buildings and parked cars are Bruce, eight years old; Richard W., 11, and John F. Johnson 13, sons of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Johnson, 32 Ettrick Street. Their mother is the former Miss Dorothy Eamon of Whitman. The nonchalant dog is Toby; April 1, 1946.
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April Vacation Camp
It's officially April and Boys & Girls Club video-game themed April Vacation Camp is coming up fast! Each day has a new theme and activities!
April 19th - 23rd; 7:30a - 5:30p
Ages 8-15; $30/day
Call with any questions 508-584-5209
Old Colony Y Mentoring
Marjorie and Cecilia have been matched through Old Colony Y Mentoring for nearly two years! Pre-pandemic, Marjorie and Cecilia enjoyed a fun day on the lake in the summer of 2019 as you can see in this photo. They paddle boarded, kayaked, and swam on a beautiful summer day.

Interested in becoming a mentor with Old Colony YMCA? We have adapted and are now hosting trainings virtually!
Email or call 508-580-7786 for more information!
Eleventh grant round made possible, in part, with funding from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.
The SouthCoast Community Foundation announced it is awarding $1.3 million in grants from its SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund to 20 nonprofits from the Southeastern Massachusetts region. The selected organizations exhibited a proven track record of supporting immigrant households, regardless of status and serving populations whose economic hardship was exacerbated by COVID-19. The awarded funds, made possible, in part, with funding from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, will be used to alleviate costs related to basic needs, such as food security, emergency childcare, housing, technology for remote work/school, transportation, and utilities.
“This is our eleventh grant round and the first of several we will be issuing from the Fund in 2021,” said John Vasconcellos, President of SouthCoast Community Foundation. “The Commonwealth’s support of our emergency response along with the generous support from families, individuals, other foundations, and businesses has allowed us to continue to respond as we did from the very start of the pandemic. We are honored to be able to lead such a powerful philanthropic response to this crisis and grateful to the amazing nonprofit partners who, every day, connect the needs of those in our community with the help they deserve.”
These Brockton organizations received great grants ranging from $23,500 to $95,000:
  • Brockton Area Multi-Services, Inc.
  • Brockton Family and Community Resources, Inc.
  • Brockton Interfaith Community
  • Brockton Neighborhood Health Center
  • Old Colony YMCA (Brockton)

“We are incredibly grateful for the support of the SouthCoast Community Foundation,” said Vinnie Marturano, President & CEO of Old Colony YMCA. “The pandemic has been especially difficult for immigrant families in our community, and these funds will have a major impact on our ability to help the children and families most in need. Food insecurity and access to safe, quality childcare services are two of the most pressing issues we see every day, and we appreciate the Foundation’s investment in this work.”
Donations to the SouthCoast Emergency Fund can be made online. 

For general inquiries about the Fund, please contact
To learn more about the Community Foundation, visit
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BSU Graduations to be held at Gillette
Bridgewater State University's President Fred Clark announces that class of '20 and '21 graduation ceremony is on the move. BSU will be hosting the graduation ceremony in Gillette Stadium!
Click on the video to for more info.
Thaii Soul Foundation New Urban Orchard & Garden
Great News Brockton!!
TSF is excited to announce the Future Location For Our Community Urban Orchard & Garden
Special thanks to the mayor of the City Of Brockton Robert Sullivan & superintendent Michael Thomas for making this vision to become true.
Gardeners Needed!!
Be a part of creating a community garden in Brockton. Help to build new garden to provide fresh food for yourself and your family. Build a healthier future for now and our next generation! To sign up
"Music Matters"
This virtual performance series is presented by Brockton Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy this performance by pianist Erik Lindgren!
Salisbury Park/Stream Clean up
Sunday, May 9th
9a – 3p
Plouffe Elementary School

Cleaning the water way and water banks so our wildlife and kids can have a clean place to be. More volunteers the better. Supplies needed and manpower needed even more! More details and info to be added soon.

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Fabulous Drone Videos
shared with us by Alex Pérez of Sky Recon Drones
(He said it was okay for us to share because his wife reads our emails faithfully, so a shout out to Michaelle Frost, we love our dedicated readers : )
Alex is a U.S. Marine Veteran who is licensed, certified and insured drone pilot and has flown on a few movies, like Defending Jacob on AppleTV.
His drones of choice are: DJI Mavic 2 Pro & DJI Mavic Air.
Watching in HD is awesome! Thank you for sharing, Alex and thanks for your service to our country.
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The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Ayman Quader & Jacquelyn Rose
Eggs have had a spiritual meaning across cultures and religions since humans have expressed themselves through art.

Life emerges from an egg. It embodies the idea of rebirth and rejuvenation.

Also an egg shape, with neither a beginning or an end, reflects the circle of life.

"Many cultures believe eggs to be the source of new life from inanimate matter, and even that the world emerged from an egg....One version of the creation myth mentions the cosmic egg hatching the ‘bird of light’. The Chinese gave painted eggs as gifts at the beginning of spring as early as 5000 years ago. In Ancient Greece and Rome, to celebrate the equinox in March (the beginning of the year), it was customary to hang up colorful eggs and give them as gifts. In this example, eggs represented new beginnings. Christianity adopted eggs as a symbol of fertility, resurrection, and eternal life.
Here is a picture of eggs, wishing you rebirth, new life, and growth in all places wonderful and nurturing.
An image of hand- painted Easter Eggs; made and gifted to me by pre-teen Romanian girls I befriended while visiting in 1986. The paint sealed in the raw egg, and I still have them to this day. They remind me of the rebirth; within us and as a society. Three years after I visited, the Berlin Wall came down, and those girls no longer lived in authoritative USSR, Romania became a free democratic country. ~ Jacquie
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