November 15, 2020
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Veteran's Day Commemorated: The Massasoit Veterans Center, along with the college’s Veterans and Servicemembers Club, hosted a ceremony to honor members of the United States Armed Forces.

After a brief speaking program, the college veterans raised a POW/MIA flag on the quad and unveiled a memorial POW plaque.

Historical Tidbit:
The Brockton Shoe Museum
"Enhanced by a dramatic video documentary entitled, The Rise and Fall of the American Shoe Industry, our footwear exhibits trace the evolution of American shoe -making from the 16th century to the present. From early native moccasins, walking shoes and shoes of enslaved Americans, to present day work and athletic shoes the entire story is detailed."
"The shoe museum also features a unique collection of military shoes covering the period of the Civil War through the Desert Storm War."

Info & photo courtesy of: Brockton Historical Society

Giving Thanks to Our Essential Workers ~ GWT Appliance & BA

Tell us about an Essential Worker near and dear to your heart. We will publish their story & send them a gift!* Starting Nov 5 *Every verified submission received before November 19, 2020 5p will be entered into a random drawing for a dishwasher.

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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 13 food pantries in Brockton.
Rebecca Mugherini
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Rt 18, Whitman!

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Adjusting to a Changing New Normal: Virtual Employment...

Brockton Public Library on Monday, November 16th; 2:00p on ZOOM

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Yard Waste Notice:
Brockton Residents are reminded that there are no circumstances under which it is legal to burn grass, hay, leaves, stumps or tires. They simply do not burn as "cleanly". Yard waste is collected weekly in the fall. For collection by the City of Brockton or its contractor, yard waste shall be in properly identified reusable yard waste containers of not greater than thirty-two (32) gallons or Kraft paper bags or tied bundles of brush and limbs of not more than thirty-five (35) pounds in weight. Yard waste in plastic bags will not be collected.

Please help the United Way Winter Initiative
United Way of Greater Plymouth County has begun fundraising for its 6th Annual "United Way Warmer Winters Fund” to purchase warm jackets for local children in need in Greater Plymouth County by respectfully asking for community support for this initiative.

Since its start in 2015, United Way’s Warmer Winters Initiative has helped over 1,200 children in greater Plymouth County stay warm. Given what is likely to be one of the harshest winter seasons in memory due to the pandemic, and because the need continues to increase as freezing temperatures are soon headed our way, the need is greater than ever. Donations will go directly to United Way’s Family Center and to United Way’s partner agencies to provide our youth with one of their most basic needs - a (toasty) winter coat to help them stay safe and continue on the path to a bright future.

“We are thrilled to see the community come together, especially during these unprecedented times, to help us spread the warmth,” said Dennis Carman, United Way of Greater Plymouth County President & CEO. “This year, we are asking for donors to consider making a gift in honor of someone in their lives that has kept them warm. This could be a parent, partner, or friend that had given them a jacket as a child themselves or kept them ‘warm’ by sharing joy and inspiration during challenging times.”

The coats are for our Family Center based in Brockton and our seven partner agencies (below). We have a need for 637 coats and are asking for monetary donations (not the coats themselves) please.

The Brockton Area Arc
Brockton Day Nursery
Arc of Plymouth & Upper Cape
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South
Family & Community Resources
Health Imperatives
Father Bill's & MainSpring

For more information and to donate, please contact Connie Hundt, Director of Resource Development at 508-583-6306 ext. 104 or Laura Murphy, Donor Engagement Specialist at ext. 102. More information can be found at  Donations are gratefully accepted by cash, check, or credit card through November 20th.
Brockton Public Library Exhibit
Green Politics, an international poster exhibit from the collection of Stephen Lewis, is now featured in the Lingos Auditorium of the Brockton Public Library. Come see this collection of environmental-themed posters during our open hours (Monday through Friday, 9-12 and 1-4:30).
The posters in this collection reflect some of the issues that Green Parties and environmental groups have been particularly focused on. They include things like renewable energy, vastly expanding public transportation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, global warming, the practice of fracking to extract oil, elimination of nuclear weapons, cloning, genetically modified plants, protecting forests etc.
Free admission; fully accessible.
This project is supported in part by a grant from the Brockton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and by UFCW Local 1445 and Pipefitters Local 537.
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Looking for Books
I am an ESOL and ABE instructor for a non-profit educational organization in Brockton, Training Resources of America, Inc. Many of our students are immigrants and residents of Brockton who are working toward improving English and passing HiSET, learning about CIVICS/American History/Civil Rights Issues to get their voice heard.

I’m mostly interested in biographies of civil rights leaders, like MLK, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, etc. or black leaders to celebrate the black history month in February.

And we are always lacking some reading materials for our students to read in class. If you have any books to give away for free, please let me know how to obtain them. We usually look for 10-15 copies of a book in each class. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.
Nahoko Y. Vigneau, M.Ed.,
Evening ABE 1 & ESOL 2 Instructor
Training Resources of America, Inc.-
Brockton Office
231 Main Street, Suite 302
Brockton, MA 02301
508-587-6115, fax 508-580-2057
Sam Baumgarten asked us to share this video to commemorate
World Kindness Day.
Introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, a coalition of nations' kindness NGOs. World Kindness Day is internationally observed each November 13th.
Kindness is Contagious!
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Hello Angels, Christmas 🎄 is fast approaching. The Christmas holiday is right around the corner.
2020 has been a challenging year for many families in the Brockton area and throughout our community and country. This year we are going to need your help more then ever to make sure we help our neighbors for Christmas.

Please consider donating new toys to Project Guardian Angels 19th Annual Toy 🧸 Drive.

You can drop off your donations to:
Brockton Police Department
C/O Officer Rosie Vazquez-Browne
7 Commercial St.
Brockton, Massachusetts 02302

You can send checks made to: PGA.
November 1st through November 15th you can go to the Brockton Police Station lobby and sign your family up for 2020 Christmas 🎄 Toy Drive list, 7 Commercial Street.

Pictured: Shoutout to Angel Joe Rivers and Jason Shampine for getting project guardian angels started on our 19th Annual Project Guardian Angels Toy Drive. We can always count on your support Thank you Joe!!

****Date and participation is subject to change****
***1st come 1st served basis***


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Other than the video documentary, what does the Shoe museum feature?

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Honor: (verb)
1) regard with great respect.
2) fulfill (an obligation) or keep (an agreement).

“A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount up to and including their life.”
~ Unknown

Here are some ways to honor veterans who need assistance:
*Help vets get medical care and other resources. Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a nonprofit that drives veterans to medical appointments, assist them in filing benefit claims with the government and helps vets with medical, employment and other general needs. The DAV needs volunteers to drive veterans to appointments at Veterans Affairs hospitals & volunteer at the VA hospitals. Learn more about volunteering with the DAV HERE.

*Assist any veterans you know with needs such as grocery shopping, running errands or helping with yard work.
Thank you for your service,
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