June 21, 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.
Brockton High Virtual Choir

Brockton High School Concert Choir Sings As If We Never Said Goodbye (from Sunset Boulevard) and dedicated it to the Class of 2020.

Directed by Matthew Cunningham
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Don Black & Christopher Hampton
Arranged by Mac Huff
Historical Tidbit:

The Vega Club
This is The Vega Club at 895 Warren Ave. The club was founded in 1882 and was exclusive to the Swedish community. For the last 35 years anybody can join. The club has bowling alleys in the basement. This building was built in 1917. Another example of the neighborhood social clubs located within the City of Brockton.

Story and photo credit: 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 Caratelli 
won a
$50 gift certificate to Beauty Counter products through Independent Consultant Christine Harkins. The clean revolution www.facebook.com/cleanbeautycorner.

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
$20 gift certificate to
Color Street nail polish strips
from independent consultant Katie Ray 
Opening Day!

Brockton Farmers Market on Friday, July 10, 2020; 45 School St, Brockton

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If you want to volunteer to help the Brockton Farmers Market: Fill Out this Volunteer Form
Brockton Business Assistance Program
In collaboration with the City of Brockton and the Brockton Redevelopment Authority, MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board is distributing $500,000 to Brockton businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Brockton Business Assistance program is offering awards up to $10,000 for business continuity, job retention & job creation.
The grant funding may be used for the following critical needs:
·     Expenses that would not have usually occurred without the COVID-19 pandemic
·     Business continuity assessment and planning
·     Marketing, such as paid digital advertising during and post COVID-19 pandemic
·     General business continuity expenses
·     Or any other applicable expenses incurred since State of Emergency declared in MA on March 10, 2020

Click here to read the full press release.  To begin you application for the Brockton Business Assistance Program,  click here . A free Google account is required to submit application.
Questions? Contact  Lexi .
Books For Brockton: Brockton Public Library organized by ...

Join me in making a real difference. Brockton Public Library provides access to educational & cultural programs and resources to the greater Brockton Area, free!!! Brockton Library Foundation ... taking this a step further ... is giving away...

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Camp in a Box is the next best thing to a summer spent at our camps!
We've bundled our most popular summer camp crafts, activities, and more for you to enjoy from the safety of your home!
Call today to order your starter box and weekly boxes for July 6th through August 21st! We are offering convenient weekly pick-up options at each of our Clubhouses!
All the basics of the birds & bees
Bird feeders & seeds
Garden & bee keeping supplies

 1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) Bridgewater 
(508) 697-0357

Download these E-books and Audiobooks Immediately via Overdrive or Libby - No Wait!
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad "Layla Saad is one of the most important and valuable teachers we have right now on the subject of white supremacy and racial injustice."~New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert. Based on the viral Instagram challenge that captivated participants worldwide, Me and White Supremacy takes readers on a 28-day journey of how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too. Updated and expanded from the original workbook, Me and White Supremacy, takes the work deeper by adding more historical and cultural contexts, sharing moving stories and anecdotes, and including expanded definitions, examples, and further resources.
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a "groundbreaking" (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society— and in ourselves." The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind." —The New York Times. Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism— and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At it's core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types.
White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. In this "vital, necessary, and beautiful book" (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and "allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to 'bad people' (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. www.brocktonpubliclibrary.org
Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School Graduation
Video Credit: Brockton Community Access
Curbside Check Out at the Brockton Public Library!

Request Brockton library material only, by placing holds via our catalog, You may also email btcirc@ocln.org , call (508) 580-7890 or fill out the form at: https://bit.ly/brocktonlibcurbside

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Our Brockton ~ with
Mayor Robert Sullivan
with Dr Richard Herman
Video Credit: Brockton Community Access
Contest Winner: Rhonique Brown, Brockton

On my block there's a red house, green house, a blue one and burgundy one. On my block there's Maria, Noah, and Yolanda. Maria's house is the first one on the street. When I walk past red and a fence of shrubs, there's the faint sound of amicable ...

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Winner - Popular Vote: Gianna Messia ~ Brockton "City of ...

Brockton. The "City of Champions". A place that I have called home for the past 16 years of my life. And to be honest it was hard choosing to write about only one good thing in Brockton. For as long as I can remember, Brockton has offered kids...

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You choose a charity and Bridgewater Savings makes the donation!
Proudly supporting the community since 1872
We're proud to donate $2,000 more to local charities. Please 'like' a charity and make a selection daily through July 31st. All money will be donated pro rata based on the number of 'likes' each charity receives.

YMCA Schedule of virtual workouts!
As of June 15th here is the updated schedule
UPDATED SCHEDULE: Strength training anyone?

Access any LIVE Virtual Group Exercise Class

Access any On-Demand options shown and many more! http://ow.ly/UXaj50A8ttD
Congratulations to Our Brockton High Artists & Scientists!
Good luck in the ACT-SO National Competition!
Three Brockton High School students won five first-place gold medals in the Brockton Area ACT-SO. Stephanie Amanze won gold in Short Story and gold in Health/Medicine. Stephanie is a freshman at Brockton High School. Chrisla Brignol won gold in Written Poetry and gold in Dance/Traditional. Chrisla is a junior at Brockton High School. Isabelle Staco won gold in Biology. Isabelle is a junior at Brockton High School. First timer, Niaomi Holley, a Brockton resident and 9th Grader at Cardinal Spellman High School won a Silver Medal in Painting.

All gold medal winners will compete in the virtual National ACT-SO competition on July 22-25. The awards will be announced live via Zoom on Saturday, July 25.

The Afro Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics ( ACT-SO) is a youth program administered by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). ACTSO is an enrichment program designed to encourage high academic and cultural achievement among under-served minority high school students.

The Brockton Area Branch NAACP has been a leader in ensuring equal access for all residents in housing, economic opportunity, education, justice, legal support and media diversity since the 1950’s. They promote civic engagement; advocate for civil rights; and support and encourage the revitalization of downtown Brockton. Since the 1990’s, they have sponsored an ACT-SO youth program as a stepping stone to greatness!

You could win a
$20 gift certificate to
Color Street nail polish strips
from independent consultant Katie Ray Katie’s Kreative Manis  

Historical Tidbit Question

Before The Vega Club was open to anyone, who was it exclusive for?


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On June 24, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
A Tribute to Fathers:

“Of all the titles I’ve been privileged to have, ‘Dad’ has always been the best.” ~Ken Norton

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” ~Jim Valvano

“The best way of training the young is to train yourself at the same time; not to admonish them, but to be seen never doing that of which you would admonish them.”
~ Plato

“The nature of impending fatherhood is that you are doing something that you’re unqualified to do, and then you become qualified while doing it.” ~ John Green

“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” ~ Umberto Eco 
“Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of song.” ~Pam Brown

To Dads everywhere... have a wonderful day! ~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Sasha Rockwell, Jacquelyn Rose & Gregory Venezia
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