March 14, 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.
80th Anniversary of the Strand Theater Fire
Commemorated by the Brockton Fire Department, Wednesday March 10th at the City Hall Amphitheater. Honoring the 13 Brockton Firefighters killed in the line of duty in the 1941 Strand Theater Fire, with the return of the engine that served that fire to the City of Brockton.

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Strand Theatre Fire

In the early morning hours of March 10, 1941, 13 Brockton firefighters were killed and an additional 20 were injured while fighting a fire in the Strand Theatre, located in downtown Brockton. Firefighters were operating in the balcony area struggling to open the heavy plaster walls when the roof collapsed. Twelve firefighters died at the scene. A thirteenth firefighter was rescued but succumbed to his injuries within days of the fire.
1 North Main - Strand Theater Special
unveiling of the Strand Theater Fire Book in 2017
Video courtesy of the Brockton Channels
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.
Kris Grubbs
You have won a $20 gift certificate to Color Street nail polish strips from independent consultant Katie Ray.

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

You could win a
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman.
Virtual Story time about Leprechauns with Ms. Sam, Brockton Public Library.
Also, BIG announcement: first outdoor story time - April 6th. Contact Ms Sam to sign up [email protected] or call (508) 894-1433.
Intro to Embroidery

Fuller Craft Museum presents Intro to Embroidery - Sunday, March 21, 2021 - Find event and ticket information.

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Diary of a Tween Bookworm Book Club
March 31st
6 - 7p
Zoom Online Event

Join our book club, for grades 4-8. We will meet monthly for a discussion of the books.

Contact Samantha Westgate to join: [email protected] or call 508-894-1433

Books for this month are:
Willow of the Wood by Robert Beatty and
Goldie Vance Vol.2 by Hope Larson

Books are available in hard copy and through Hoopla (unless stated otherwise).
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.

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

The birds are hungry this time of year!
Why not give them a treat!
Brockton Lions Club's Partnership with the Charity Guild to make free grocery deliveries. 
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
The blind spot of good intentions

As the mother of a mixed-race child, the issue of equity and education is part of my life. Racial reckoning... antiracism... inclusion... belonging...equity... these are words that have become part of...

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$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman.

 Historical Tidbit Question:
How many years has it been since the Strand Theater Fire?

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On March 17, 2021 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.

“You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one.” 
~ John Lennon

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” ~ Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

“There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.” 
~ Leonard Cohen

“Shoot for the moon, even if you fail, you'll land among the stars.” ~ Cecelia Ahern
Hope will lead us over the mountain, through the fog and land us safely on the other side. Hope leads the way. ~ 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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