May 16, 2021
~ Building 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.
Photo credit: Shawn Duffy, DW Field Park 5/13/21
A Park in the City
"In the heart of Brockton, Massachusetts, D.W. Field Park remains as a gentle solace to the residents of Brockton and all those who enter it's gates.
The Park covers 700+ acre's, with 7+ miles of paved roadway, that encompass the park."

Historical Tidbit:
Sky View Drive-In Theater
Off Route 28 Brockton, MA
The theater itself has since been demolished, but the sign still marks the entrance.
Many Broctonians remember the playground in front of the screen. Parents bringing carloads of children to the drive in in the 60's and 70's. to watch the movies and play on a Friday or Saturday night. Others remember being a teenager and "sneaking around back."
The landmark sign holds the place in our hearts.

Story credit: J Rose
Picture credit: William DelMonte
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 14 food pantries in Brockton.
Janie Riley
 won a $10 gift certificate to
Mama Deb's Kitchen & Food Truck

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

You could win a
$25 gift certificate to
Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, EB
**ANNOUNCEMENT** As a City of approximately 100,000 people, there are many Brocktonians who are doing their best every day to make their community a better place. These people don’t always get the shine they deserve, but they continue on because of a profound love of this community. The City of Brockton would like to highlight these people and their stories on its social media accounts, every Tuesday, in a new initiative called Citizen Spotlight!!
If you are aware of someone who is going above and beyond to make Brockton better please submit their name, a quick description of why they deserve a spotlight, and their contact information to (!! Thank you!!
Visit our Website and Vote for your Favorite Short Story
The winner of our popular vote receives $100!

Keep Brockton Beautiful Day
May 22nd
8a - 12p
Begin and end from Brockton High School.

Signups will begin at 8a and volunteers will be cleaning designated streets or areas from 9a - Noon. There will be coffee and donuts during signups and a lunch for the volunteers after noon time. We will have t-shirts for the first 300 volunteers.

We are currently looking for sponsors to provide items for drawings (gift cards, tickets, etc.)
We would like to reach out to the student population as well as the general population for this event. Many students may be looking for Community Service Points and we will be happy to award points as we have in the past.

Volunteers may also pre-register at the Brockton Recycle Depot on 300 Oak Hill Way during our regular business hours.
Affirmations for the Present & Future

• Spiritual Healer • Certified Reiki Master Teacher • Past Life Regression & Future Life Progression Therapist • Officiant
Abington MA
(781) 428-4479
Katie’s Kreative Manis
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Snaz up your fingernails with Color Street temporary designs! 

Tons of fun! 

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* Made in the USA 

Independent Consultant Katie Ray 
(774) 274-7492 

Mutual Aid Brockton is an effort of the Brockton Interfaith Community.

The Brockton Interfaith CommunityTeam met last year to discuss priorities for 2021 which resulted in categorizing our work into the following four areas of focus:
1. Racial Justice through systemic change work (supporting immigrants, challenging racism in all forms)
2. Economic Justice via Co-op development
3. Education (SOPA trainings, Voting Mobilization, Housing Rights, Immigration Forums)
4. Community Building (classes, Mutual Aid Teams, Gardening, Health and Wellness, etc).
We intend to approach these initiatives through the following Pathways that will consist of:
1. Building and democratizing a communal economy
2. Democratize and reform the public arena
3. Dismantle White Supremacy
4. Democratize and reimagine health and wellness.
5. Train and liberate Leaders
Find more information here:
Tax Deadline this year is May 17: File taxes on-line for free
Don’t stress over taxes this year! United Way’s free, secure, and up-to-date platform ensures you get the full refund you deserve. File today at There are no income restrictions - anyone can use the tool for free state and federal simple tax filing. 

Common tax situations covered in MyFreeTaxes include:
• W-2 income
• Self employment income (Schedule C and 1099)
• Mortgage interest deduction
• Health savings accounts (HSAs)
• Limited interest and dividend income reported on a 1099-INT or 1099-DIV
• Unemployment income
• Student education expenses and credits
• Student loan interest
• Claiming the standard deduction
• Itemized returns
• Earned Income Tax Credit (EIC)
• Child tax credits
• Child and dependent care expenses
• Non-resident returns
• Amended tax returns .

Click on the link below to start now:
Virtual Wine Cellar Fundraiser
Thursday, May 27th
On Zoom

Have you heard? We are having a Wine Cellar Fundraiser.
Tickets are $20 each & we have some fantastic prizes. Shown here are some of our baskets that we have that will be paired with some great wine.
The Grand Prize is a Wine Fridge & 25 bottles of wine!! 2nd & 3rd Prizes include gift cards and more wine!! Venmo or Cash App our club - PM us here. Also we are Auctioning off the Barolo bottle of wine (valued at over $450)
Don’t miss your chance to to win one of these great prizes & Help the Brockton Community. All of our fundraising efforts go back into the community in the form of Scholarships & Donations - helping the Brockton community.
Need more info? Email us at

Tickets can be purchased by:
Brocktonite Werlaine Badio joins
Southcoast Community Foundation
Deepening the organization’s development, program, and financial capabilities. 

Werlaine Badio is on board as the SouthCoast Community Foundation's Programs Officer, supporting arts and culture, education, and economic development initiatives. Werlaine reports to Sarah Rose, Director of Engagement.
Werlaine grew up in Brockton, graduated from the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, and is now living in Fall River. “Werlaine’s background in operations management and customer service, combined with her strong connections to the communities we serve, will help us extend our reach, explore new possibilities, and track our progress,” commented Director of Engagement, Sarah Rose.
The SouthCoast Community Foundation is a nonprofit serving thousands of people throughout Southeastern Massachusetts who share a common goal of improving the quality of life through philanthropy. Since 1995, the Community Foundation has distributed over $50 million from more than 200 funds to humanitarian, educational, and cultural organizations in the region. For more information, visit

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
a $25 gift certificate to
Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, EB

 Historical Tidbit Question:
What was one of the movies being shown when the picture was taken at the Sky View Drive-In Theater?

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 May 19, 2021 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Gardening Rejuvenates
"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt." ~ Margaret Atwood

"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul."
~ Alfred Austin

"A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust."
~ Gertrude Jekyll

"Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!"
~ Sitting Bull
I smell and feel the dirt.
I perceive an empty natural canvas to fill in, bits of color and life poking through.
The sun and the wind shock my skin, too many days have been spent inside.
It's time.
I am ready.
~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Ayman Quader, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia
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