July 26, 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.

The MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board was honored to award $1,000 scholarships to 17 very deserving graduating seniors from within our Connecting Activities Partnership. This Partnership is funded through MA Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education, contributions of local business and MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board. Congratulations to the "Class of 2020"!

On Tuesday, July 14th, a drive-up event took place at MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board to (safely) acknowledge and award each scholarship recipient. 

Students' friends and families were in attendance to honk, wave, and cheer as each recipient was called up individually to receive their big check and celebrate their accomplishments. 

Pictured: Jai-Anne James-Kilgore from Brockton High School smiles, we swear :), as she displays her $1,000 scholarship!
Historical Tidbit:
A Poet of Brockton

This is 815 Belmont Street opposite Linwood Street. It was built in 1754. Back in the early 1800 a famous poet named William Cullen Bryant lived in the house while he studied law with a West Bridgewater lawyer. The house at that time was in North Bridgewater. Cullen went on to be the editor for 50 years of the New York Evening Post. It was written in a book entitled "Brockton and It's Centennial" that Bryant penned the following to a friend.

“I went last week with my brother John to Plymouth, where I was admitted to the practise of law fifty-nine years ago. . . . On our return, we stopped at North Bridgewater, where my
father and mother were born and there stumbled upon a Bryant, 'a solid' man of North Bridgewater, now called Brockton, who took us to the house where my grandfather, Dr. Philip Bryant, lived, and to the graveyard where he and his wife Silence, lie buried beside my great grandparents. The whole place resounds, rather rattles, with the machinery of shoeshops, which turn out millions of shoes, not one of which, I am machinery of shoeshops, which turn out millions of shoes.”
Photo and story credit: Ed Williams
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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 [email protected] & phone contact only

There are 12 food pantries in Brockton.
Here at the BuzzAround we have a great time giving away prizes!

Deb Caggiano
won a $50 gift certificate to Beauty Counter products through Independent Consultant Christine Harkins.
The clean revolution

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 16 oz Bee Charmed candle, the scent of your choice! (value $15.99)
from Bee Charmed Gift Shop
494 N. Bedford St (Rt 18) East Bridgewater.
As the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center continue to expand their services during the “reopening,” they are taking every precaution to protect you. Here, Dr. Mike Cianca, optometrist, exams a patient behind the safety of a mask and plexiglass shield.
Women's Suffrage Art & Poetry Contest for Grades 3-12
100 YEARS AGO women could not vote or hold political office! All this changed with the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Tell Brockton Public Library a poem, or show them in a drawing what you know about the Women's Suffrage Movement and you might have your artwork or poem showcased at the Brockton Public Library. Six students will also win cash prizes up to $100!                                         
Great News, due date extended!!   Entries due August 3rd at 8:00pm ET
For complete details on the contest, and information about entering please write to: [email protected]
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.
Vote By Mail
Look for the application in your mailbox or here is a link to download the application .
In July, a new law was passed to allow all registered voters in Massachusetts to vote by mail in any 2020 election, with no excuse needed. As required by the new law, a Vote by Mail application will be mailed to every person who was registered to vote by July 1 and who had not already requested an absentee ballot for the State Primary or for all elections this year. A second mailing will be sent out in September to all voters who have not already applied for a Vote by Mail ballot for the November election. The applications are pre-addressed to your local election official and no postage is necessary.

Vote by Mail applications must be delivered to your local election office no later than 4 business days before the election. For a State Primary ballot, your application must reach your local election office no later than August 26. For a State Election ballot, your application must reach your local election office no later than October 28.
If you wish to vote by mail, you are strongly encouraged to return your application as early as possible, to make sure that you will receive your ballot in time to return it and have it be counted.

Vote by Mail applications are available for  download  and may also be requested by  contacting the Elections Division .
You can find more information on voting by mail on our  Voting by Mail FAQs  page.

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
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:
7/28 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

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.
Brockton BuzzAround Shout Out
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!

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Abington MA 
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The 4th Annual Virtual Run to End Addiction 5K
Virtual Run is coming up fast and the shirt deadline is just a few days away! Online registration and race information can be found at runtoendaddiction.com.
We will be hosting a swag bag pickup on several days leading up to the race. Pickup will be held at the Teen Challenge Brockton Campus located at 20 Clifton Avenue in Brockton. Pickup dates and times will be as follows:
- August 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 6th from 8am - 8pm.

Our virtual runners can register and run 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) from a home course of their own choosing from now until noon on August 8th for a chance to post their race times online and be eligible to win prizes. Make sure to tune in on August 8th at 2:00pm as we go live on Facebook to thank our participants, announce the man and woman with the best race times, and award the Kahian Cup to the biggest team!
We thank you all for your past and continued support in the fight to end addiction, the race may be virtual but it is because of you that we are able to make a very real impact in the fight to end addiction.
All volunteer Facebook group dedicated to
"doing OUR PART in OUR community" and Showing Brockton PRIDE.
Fredrick Douglass Garden looks fabulous!
Great Job!

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a 16 oz Bee Charmed candle, the scent of your choice! (value $15.99)
from Bee Charmed Gift Shop
494 N. Bedford St (Rt 18)
East Bridgewater

Historical Tidbit Question
Where were William Bryant Cullen's parents born?

Email us your answer at: 

Please include your name, phone number with your answer.

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On July 29, 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
Looking back at our ancestry helps us understand today. There's comfort in knowing what they went through so you can live your life. And then there's the sheer act of telling and retelling stories, it helps us to understand our position in a long line of ancestors who have wrestled with similar issues to the ones we wrestle with every day. We all have stories.

"I like to cook, and I tend to make those one-pot meat dishes of my Hungarian ancestors. Also, I make a great Bolognese."
~ Goldie Hawn

"There were times, especially when I was traveling for 'Eat, Pray, Love,' when, I swear to God, I would feel this weight of my female ancestors, all those Swedish farmwives from beyond the grave who were like, 'Go! Go to Naples! Eat more pizza! Go to India, ride an elephant! Do it! Swim in the Indian Ocean. Read those books. Learn a language."
~ Elizabeth Gilbert

"In China there is a holiday around the death of your ancestors where everyone goes to the cemetery. It's a celebratory thing. It's very colorful." ~ Lulu Wang

"Black Girl Magic means that I have the power to overcome anything. Especially when we're in a world where you're told that you can't do something or you're less than, I'm reminded that my ancestors have overcome so much. There's still so much work to be done, and I have the power to overcome it." ~ Michelle Carter

"Our religion is the traditions of our ancestors - the dreams of our old men, given them in solemn hours of the night by the Great Spirit; and the visions of our sachems, and is written in the hearts of our people." ~ Chief Seattle
“You are a light. You are the light. Never let anyone—any person or any force—dampen, dim or diminish your light. Study the path of others to make your way easier and more abundant. Lean toward the whispers of your own heart, discover the universal truth, and follow its dictates.” ~John Lewis
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