August 16, 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.
BBQ for the Homeless

Brockton's Messiah Baptist Church joined Brockton Neighborhood Health Committee on Aug 10th to hold a barbecue for the city's homeless population and helped kick off National Health Center Week. Thanks, everyone at Messiah Baptist Church, including BNHC Board of Directors member, Sharon Molden, for making this a special day for so many!

Historical Tidbit:

Brockton starts the Electrical Revolution!
By late November of 1882, Thomas Edison had "conceived and drafted a remarkable set of 'blueprints' for synthesizing and assembling 'the world's first completely perfect electric - lighting and motorization - grid."

On October 1, 1883, he opened in Brockton, MA "the first plant to facilitate the production and distribution of safe, standardized, centralized, underground and affordable three-wire electric light and motor power to homes, villages and towns."

Brockton became the first place in the world to have a three-wire underground electrical system when Thomas Edison threw a switch to activate it.

*From Killer Fuel to Killer Watts by Gerald Beals Image Credit: Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc
The Search For An Internship During COVID

By Sasha Rockwell When my Junior year at Bridgewater State University started in the Fall of 2019, I knew it was the perfect time to take advantage of learning opportunities on and off-campus. But I didn't expect it to go the way it did.

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Writing Internships available at the BuzzAround
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 & phone contact only

There are 13 food pantries in Brockton.
Here at the BuzzAround we have a great time giving away prizes!

Debbie Candora
won a Mary Kay Cosmetics Virtual Facial and $15 certificate
from independent consultant, Cindy Guarino.

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

You could win a Jump Start Training Package including nutrition consultation & 6 free sessions from Get In Shape For Women at 180 Winter St, Bridgewater, value $279
Brockton Library Foundation
Book Sale

Sat August 22nd
9a - 3p (rain date 23rd)
West Library, 530 Forest Ave
Books & Music & DVD's

CONTACT: Sue M 508-894-1430
Brockton Library Foundation PSA
video courtesy of Brockton Community Access
Take your fandom to the next level at ACTIVATE, a brand new, fully virtual fan convention, completely free for Massachusetts teens between the ages of 12-20.

Friday, August 21st
Various panels and workshops 10a - 5p
Celebrate what you love while also interacting with a diverse group of artists, writers, voice actors, and other industry professionals. Learn how you can use your passions for anime, comics, writing, gaming and more to boost social justice. Learn more and register at

Brought to you by your local public libraries: Brockton Public Library, Lawrence Public Library, Peabody Institute Library in Peabody, Springfield City Library, Turner Free Library in Randolph, Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield, Waltham Public Library, Worcester Public Library, and LITT, the Library Initiative for Teens and Tweens. 
Enter the Annual Tide Calendar
Digital Photography Contest 
The deadline for inclusion in the 2021 Tide Calendar is Monday, August 31st at midnight.  

Open to all, amateur and professional, young and old. Photographs must be of wild life, scenery, or recreational activities TAKEN WITHIN the Taunton River Watershed related to water use and conservation. Photographs must be taken within the last five years and must be the sole property of the submitting party.  

Twelve winning images will be selected to illustrate our 2021 Annual Taunton River Tide Calendar, with one grand prize image being selected for the cover. All winners will receive a free copy of the Tide Calendar.  

All files must be electronic. At this time, our volunteers do not have the time to scan photographs sent on film. Also, please send files taken from your device's camera. Images that are shot through apps like Instagram or snap chat or downloaded from Facebook, tend to be too compressed or are digitally unsuitable for print.   

If you have any questions or If you are emailing files, email them one at a time to

If you are dropping a disk in the mail, please send us an email so we can keep an eye out for it. 
Please use the following mailing address: 
TRWA Calendar Contest , P.O. Box 1116 Taunton, MA 02780

Images with landscape orientation work the best. We are looking for seasonal images, so don't forget to submit that lovely snowscape you took in February or the fall foliage river-scape you shot last October. (We tend to get most of summer shots. So if you want to increase your odds of having an image selected, send shots of all four seasons!)
Image Credit: "Immature Cooper's Hawks," Raynham, MA by Bernard Creswick
BrPL ArtSmart 2020

Voting here will be live from August 31st 9a to September 4th at 4p

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Need Wifi?
Place a Hotspot on hold for curbside pickup:

Call the circulation desk at 508-894-1400 (select 1 for circulation) for further assistance.
As the state begins the gradual process of re-opening, employers and their staffs are reminded they can be tested for COVID-19 in less than 10 minutes at the state’s regional drive-thru site at Brockton High School. The governor is basing his re-opening of the state’s economy on these test results, so the more tested, the better. The tests are done by Brockton Neighborhood Health Center and Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital and take less than 10 minutes. Same-day appointments are available, and results come back usually within two days. The test is free on all insurance plans -- if someone does not have insurance, we’ll help them arrange it.  
The site is open Monday and Thursday from 4-7p and Wednesday from 9-noon. Please call our testing hotline at 1-844-4test19 to register for your test, or for more information.

I’m joining @MassGovernor & @MassDPH to keep Massachusetts safe. It’s time to #MaskUpMA!
Craft Fair to Benefit the Women's Group at Brockton Hospital - Vendor All-Call

Saturday, Sept 19th
12p - 4p
Old Colony Yacht Club
235 Victory Rd, Dorchester
Free entry!
All proceeds will go to the women's group at the Brockton Hospital

Vendors for information please email
Good Day My Phenomenal People!

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Abington MA 
(781) 428-4479 
52 Weeks Logo & Link Ad in 1 Hive

For $99 / each month, your Logo & Link ad is in 1 Buzz Around town e-newsletter each week. Ad rotates monthly between Bridgewater, Brockton, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Raynham, West Bridgewater & Whitman.

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Brockton's Farmers Market
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

Story & Photo Credits: Facebook page.
Do you love a good detective story?

Check out this project-based lesson for understanding how one's daily choices impact rainforests thousands of miles away. It's a great way to captivate kids' imaginations while they learn at home or in the classroom. Fun and engaging film noir style detective videos introduce and explain each lesson.

Students embark on a detective story in which each lesson builds upon the one before it. The students are the detectives who uncover how the ingredients in their candy may be harmful to the rainforests and those who live in them. They learn about sustainable practices and companies that follow them or don’t. And they are charged with very clear and specific Action Items in each of 5 project steps that walk them through how to accomplish each task. Good Detective Strategies and Helpful Hints are included. The lessons target grades 4-8, but may be easily adapted for younger or older grades.
Created by Brockton Educators with the New England Primate Conservancy
Cape Verdean Day Virtual Festival
Aug 4, 2020
Video Courtesy of the Brockton Channels
Fill out the 2020 Census Here

When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private...

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John Lewis Tribute
Aug 4, 2020 at Brockton City Hall
Video Courtesy of The Brockton Channel
Our Brockton 05
Robert Jenkins & Mayor Sullivan - Brockton Redevelopment Authority
Video Courtesy of The Brockton Channel

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a Jump Start Training Package including nutrition consultation & 6 free sessions from Get In Shape For Women at 180 Winter St, Bridgewater, value $279.

Historical Tidbit Question:
On what date did Edison open a power plant in Brockton?

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 August 19, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Your Beautiful Imagination

I am convinced compassion, love, and a healthy dose of imagination will get us through. When we create together, we dream together and we emerge better and healthier people.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
~Albert Einstein

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”
~ Gloria Steinem

 “If you fall in love with the imagination, you understand that it is a free spirit. It will go anywhere, and it can do anything.”
~ Alice Walker

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” ~ Mark Twain
I hope you have time to breath, let go of that tension and unleash your imagination. It's the beginning of something beautiful!
~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, & Kayla Rose
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