March 7, 2021
~ 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.
Community Options
presented by Old Colony Elder Services, Brockton
In Show # 255 hosted by Eileen Murphy, we hear from Michelle Brace from Brockton Council on Aging
and Alan Johnson, LISCW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker) from Psychology Associates
Choose " On Demand" from the menu and pick Show 255, or any of the great shows available from Community Options.
Video Courtesy of BCATV
Historical Tidbit:

James H. Fischer
James H. Fischer was a Brockton resident and served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Corps. Did you know that Mr. Fischer was a member of the first all-black aviation unit called the Tuskegee Airmen? They fought in World War II. In April of 2007, he was honored alongside other Tuskegee Airmen in Washington DC by Former President George W. Bush and awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. Mr. Fischer passed away on May 26, 2010, at the age of 86.

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 [email protected] & phone contact only

There are 14 food pantries in Brockton.
Janice Picklus 
won a 1 hour (value $80) session with
Glee Works Holistic Personal Coaching. 
781-223-8221  [email protected]

Play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.

You could win a  
$20 gift certificate to Color Street nail polish strips from independent consultant Katie Ray.
Additional Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
funds will soon be available to assist public services and public facilities impacted by COVID-19. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 3:00p.

To learn more about the CDBG funding program, join the Brockton Redevelopment Authority for the Virtual Grant Application Workshop on Tuesday, March 9, at 3:00p. You may join the Workshop via the link or call in using the information below:
Dial In #: +1 (929) 205-6099
PIN: 954052
If you have any questions or concerns, please email Charaliz Isaac at [email protected] or call 508-586-3887 x7.
Garden Club Scholarship
Please share if you know someone who
may be eligible.
Scholarship is open to a graduating student in the Class of 2021 or to an individual who will pursue a graduate program in Horticulture, Floriculture, Forestry, Landscaping, Agronomy or any of the sciences that are related to these majors. The award will be based on scholastic achievement and extracurricular activities. Preference will be given to relatives of Brockton Garden Club members and applicants who so qualify must state the name of said relative in their applications.
Scholarship Applications are available. You DO NOT need to be a Brockton resident. Please see our website for details. Application attached here or may be downloaded from the website. Due date is April 16th, 2021.
BPL Curbside Pickup Hours
West Branch: Fridays 11a - 4p
East Branch: Saturdays 9a - 4p
Main: Saturdays 9a - 4:30p (closed 12-1p)
The Children's room at Brockton Public library has ALL SORTS of books about important women in history.
Call the Children's room at 508-894-1430 for books, videos. and more!
Saturday Curbside Pickup Now Available
Vocational & Career Education Virtual Open House at Brockton High School
Video Courtesy of the Brockton Channels
Brockton Community Access (BCA)
Freedom of expression is one of our fundamental rights under our system of government in the United States as stated in the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. One of these rights is free speech. Here in the City of Brockton our City government, in the early 1980’s, felt that it was important for all residents to express their point of view through their local community television station. When Continental Cablevision was granted the right to sell cable television service in Brockton the residents were given local channels and access television was born through the start-up of a non-profit access corporation, Brockton Community Cable Television (BCCT).

In their Issuing Authority Report Completed in March 1981 they stated that:
“There will be a permanent, independent, non-profit corporation on cable television which will, among other responsibilities, coordinate and monitor public access to the cable television system.”

BCCT was then organized under Chapter 180 of Mass. General Laws on December 21, 1981.
“The purposes for which the Corporation is formed are: To support directly the production, promotion or acquisition of educational, cultural and informational programming, for the Brockton cable television system and for other purposes consistent with state and federal laws, rules, regulations and policies.” Since then BCA has existed to fulfill it’s mission:
“To encourage diversity and freedom of expression by citizens in the public, educational and government access community through the provision of training, facilities and cablecast time.

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"I, Too Sing 'America", Black Perspectives on American Patriotism
Presented by Brockton Public Library and the Brockton Area Branch NAACP
Panel discussion topics include the history and meaning of patriotism, the confederate flag, and the roles of Black Americans as patriots for social justice and freedom.

Moderator: Phyllis Ellis: Brockton NAACP President; recipient: Black Excellence on the Hill Award 2019; Sojourner Truth Award 2020; both from the Historic Boston Equal Rights League. Phyllis serves as Chair on the Mayors Community Justice Task Force; she is a Commissioner, Plymouth County Commission on the Status of Women, and on the Brockton Public Library Board of Trustees.

The esteemed panelists; with a condensed listing of their involvements in civic and professional activities:
Bishop Tony Branch, Chair of the Commission on Diversity, City of Brockton; serves on the Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending; and on the SE Regional School Committee, where he serves as Vice-chair.
Michele R. Henson, Retiree of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, where she provided administrative assistance and conference organization for several space and science missions. Michele is a Member of the Brockton Area NAACP.

Willie Wilson Jr, has been a teacher, historian, deacon, and community leader for 30 years on the South Shore. Currently he serves as an adjunct faculty member at Stonehill College, and is a Scholar on the Board of Directors for Fredrick Douglass Neighborhood Association.

To watch the panel discussion: Brockton Public Library FB Live.

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a $20 gift certificate to
Color Street nail polish strips
from independent consultant Katie Ray.

 Historical Tidbit Question:
What was the name of the first all-black aviation unit that James A. Fischer was a member of?

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 March 10, 2021 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.

"Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn’t know before you learned it."
~ Maya Angelou

"Our sorrows and wounds are only healed when we touch them with compassion."
~ Buddha

"We can make ourselves miserable or we can make ourselves strong. The amount of effort is the same." ~ Pema Chodron

"Peace is letting it be. Letting life flow, letting emotions flow through you."
~ Kamal Ravikant
Forgive others, forgive ourselves. I am convinced it is the only way to peace. Peace in our hearts, and peace in our world.
~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien & Jacquelyn Rose
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