July 5, 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.
We remember Mayor Carpenter, one year after his passing, as a man who worked tirelessly to create opportunity in the City of Brockton. To honor him, your BuzzAround publishes Josh Epps story of finding it... at the mayor's office.
My name is Joshua Epps (24) and I have been living in Brockton for over 15 years. I am truly proud to be living amongst the city of champions and have learned so much. Brockton is such a diverse place full of Iconic places such as DW field park, Brockton High School, Supremes Pizza, Brockton Library, and many more. From my time living in Brockton I realized how strong the people of Brockton are, and there are many communities that stand up for each other. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s a perfect city, we still are fighting for lots of causes. For example, we are fighting for a stronger education within the school system, affordable housing to prevent homelessness, more funding for communities of color and small businesses, and many more. I’ve always known that Brockton was a great city but it wasn’t until I was blessed with an amazing opportunity just a few years ago.
I was fortunate enough to take on a summer internship with the Mayor’s office in Brockton of 2018. This one internship had opened up so many doors for future opportunities, partnerships and friendships. I was working alongside the mayor’s staff assisting them with projects and meeting other officials within the community. Some projects I worked on were creating a calendar of events so that the staff can be updated on what’s next. I also took the time to create certificates that would allow the mayor’s staff to use for special occasions. There were a few times that we went to residential highrise buildings in which the late Mayor Bill Carpenter would interact with the elderly... read more
Mayor Bill Carpenter

Bill Carpenter, the 48th Mayor of the City of Brockton, has died. He was 62. Mayor Carpenter was a tireless champion of his beloved City of Champions. A 32-year resident of the city, he served more than five years in the job that he loved and...

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"The Vision" (Documentary)
JoshGuy Production
Historical Tidbit
The Original Homestead of 1767

The  "original   Homestead"  was built in 1767 by Deacon Jeremiah Beals. It was enlarged by Jeremiah Beals Jr. for his bride in about 1807. The Beals's were direct descendants of Hingham's John Beal who became one of the first shoemakers in America in 1638. The Homestead remained in their family for over 100 years. Throughout much of the 19th century, the Homestead was used as a tavern where travelers on the old Boston-Taunton Turnpike could stop over for rest and refreshment.

It was originally called "The Solid Rock Inn" because of the huge glacial erratic in the front yard. The building was acquired by the Brockton Historical Society in 1971. Since the Homestead has never undergone major restoration, it reflects a remarkable mix of 18th, 19th, and early 20th century architecture and use. Featured items include primitive tools, a cast iron kitchen stove from the turn of the century, and a number of intricate tin ceilings and walls from the 1920s.

The Homestead's north parlor, which was once commonly used for weddings, Sunday company, and funerals, displays impressive paintings of the turn-of-the-century Massachusetts Governor, and world famous shoe maker, William L. Douglas and his wife, Naomi. The Homestead's library contains books, photographs, and genealogical materials relating to every period of Brockton's rich social and economic history.

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!
Karen Jakowicz who won
6 weeks of training (value $279) at  Get In Shape for Women, Bridgewater.

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 $15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds Candy Store in Whitman, MA!
Brockton Public Library Art and Poetry Contest
Brockton students in grades 3 to 12 can enter an art and poetry contest to celebrate the history of the Women's Suffrage Movement which is now 100 years old.

Can you imagine a time when women were not allowed to vote? Tell us in a poem, or show us in a drawing what you know about the Women's Suffrage Movement and you might have your artwork or poem showcased at the Brockton Library. Six students will also win cash prizes up to $100.
Entries due July 24th at 8:00p EST.
The Charity Guild Food Pantry & Thrift Shop Is Open!
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
10a - 12p
501 Main St.
The Charity Guild, Inc. is a Food Pantry and Thrift Shop located in Brockton. Our mission is "to provide basic and necessary services to those unable to meet their primary needs of food, clothing and household goods."
Please arrive early and if possible please bring a photo ID and piece of current mail. Thank you.

Grab-and-Go Summer Food Program Update
Beginning Monday July 6th, grab- and-go meals will be handed out at all 10 of the following locations from 10a - 12p every week day:

Angelo School
Arnone School
Brookfield School
Davis School
East Middle School
Hancock School
Plouffe Academy
Raymond School
South Middle School
West Middle School

Important: Children are not required to be present at the time of pickup. Parents, guardians or family friends are welcome to pick up meals on behalf of a child. This change was made so as to support physical distancing.

On Fridays, visitors at East, Raymond, South and West will receive additional meals for the weekend.
Playgrounds Are Open
Effective June 25,2020, all city playgrounds in Brockton are open per order of Mayor Robert F. Sullivan.
Residents are asked to follow the guidelines posted about safety and social distancing. City playgrounds were previously closed in March due to COVID-19.
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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Serve the City Neighborhood Association Juneteenth Zoom Event.
Special Thank you to Brockton Public Library for allowing us to use their platform as a safe space forum. Kudos to our Panelists Mayor Robert Sullivan, Ollie Spears Community Organizer & Activist, State Rep Michelle Dubois and Phyllis Ellis President of NAACP in Brockton.

Keep an eye out for our next event in the EVOLution of Race Series.

Brockton BuzzAround Shout Out
All the basics of the birds & bees
Bird feeders & seeds
Garden & bee keeping supplies

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

On Friday, MassDevelopment announced $225,000 in funding for a new round of Commonwealth Places grants. This Commonwealth Places COVID-19 Response Round: Resurgent Places funding is being made available specifically to help community partners prepare public space and commercial districts to best serve their population during communities’ economic recovery efforts.

Eligible projects may include outdoor seating spaces, sidewalk retail venues, partitions to support social distancing, and more.
Non-profits and community groups are eligible to apply for grant awards of up to $25,000. Up to $10,000 per project may be awarded as an unmatched grant; awards greater than $10,000 must be matched with crowdfunding donations. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 31, 2020.  Read more in the "Request for Proposals" here.

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 .
Citywide Brockton Clean Up!

July 12, 2020; 10a-2p

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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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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 can rotate monthly between Bridgewater, Brockton, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Raynham, West Bridgewater & Whitman.

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These Free E-books and Audiobooks Available via Overdrive or Libby
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.

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.

Congratulations Nancy!
On   Friday, June 19th, Metro South Chamber of Commerce and Eastern Bank presented the 22nd Annual ATHENA Award program via Zoom. This important award honors an exceptional individual who has achieved excellence in his/her business or profession; has served the community in a meaningful way; and has assisted women in reaching their full leadership potential.

This year, the recipient of the 22nd Annual Athena Award is Nancy B. Gustafson. Nancy has achieved the highest level of professional excellence through her various positions in the Brockton School System, as well as through her leadership and overall dedication to the mission and impact of the Charity Guild within the Brockton Community. Nancy has positively impacted thousands of young people and families in Brockton and beyond. Her stewardship of the Peer Leadership Program at South Junior High and her dedication to the Charity Guild are both examples of how she leads through her actions.
Her colleagues say Nancy is a "woman of wisdom, compassion, and grace."
Her former students say "Nancy is a trusted confidant who helped guide us... she instilled in us the importance of helping those who might be vulnerable or less fortunate...lessons carried with us throughout our adult lives."

What an achievement, congrats again, Nancy!
Story & Image Credit: www.metrosouthchamber.com

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Historical Tidbit Question
What was the homestead used for in the 19th century?

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On July 8, 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
" America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand." ~ Harry S Truman

" In every human Breast, God has implanted a Principle which we call Love of Freedom; it is impatient of Oppression, and pants for Deliverance." ~ Phillis Wheatley

“I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.” ~ Wendell L. Wilkie

“Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.” ~ James Bryce

“The essence of America – that which really unites us — is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion – it is an idea — and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn’t matter where you came from but where you are going.”
~ Condoleezza Rice
Happy Independence Day. This week.This month, this year.
~ Jacquie
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