May 23, 2021
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Christian Nichols from Brockton High School took home a coveted Patent Award

The 2021 Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair (MSEF) is complete! Each year hundreds of Massachusetts high school students participate in this competition. The Fair was held virtually, with live judge interviews, and students had the opportunity to earn awards and prizes valued at $400,000+.
Christian Nichols, an 11th grade student at Brockton High School, was awarded Honorable Mention and took home a coveted Patent Award provided by law firm Fish & Richardson PC. His project was Earth and Space Science project was Identifying Invertebrate Fossils in the Field Utilizing Machine Learning with a Novel 3D Augmentation Approach. He’ll receive legal services from Fish & Richardson PC to file an application to request a patent, prosecute the application, and respond to any questions that the patent office may have as it reviews the application.

About Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair:
MSEF inspires thousands of students annually to realize a passion for STEM learning as they develop essential life and career skills. MSEF’s vision is a future where every student is empowered through learning in science & engineering practices. As one of the nation’s first STEM education providers and now a national model, MSEF is proud to offer its program at no cost to students or schools. MSEF helps hundreds of STEM teachers to bring real-world science & engineering practices into their classrooms.  

For questions, please contact Helen Rosenfeld, Executive Director at For additional information please visit
Historical Tidbit:

VFW Parkway, Brockton on
May 13, 1953

A lot has changed on VFW Parkway since 1953 when the photo was taken. On the right, side where the Gulf gas station was there is a Liberty Bank. The parking in the photo has been turned into grassy areas.

source: Google Maps

Stanley A. Bauman Collection is a "collection of over 500,000 negatives of Brockton and Southeastern Massachusetts from the 1930s-2003". The Archives and Historical Collections Department at Stonehill College houses his works. The Bauman Collection also includes "numerous prints, slides, scrapbooks and artifacts".

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 14 food pantries in Brockton.
Michelle Marvel
 won a $25 gift certificate to
Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, EB

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

You could win a
$20 gift certificate to Color Street nail polish strips from independent consultant Katie Ray.
As a City of approximately 100,000 people, there are many Brocktonians who are doing their best every day to make their community a better place. These people don’t always get the shine they deserve, but they continue on because of a profound love of this community. The City of Brockton would like to highlight these people and their stories on its social media accounts, every Tuesday, in a new initiative called Citizen Spotlight!!
If you are aware of someone who is going above and beyond to make Brockton better please submit their name, a quick description of why they deserve a spotlight, and their contact information to (!! Thank you!!
Foster Care 101 Webinar
On May 27 at 7p, Ascentira’s Children and Families Program will be hosting a Foster Care 101 Webinar in honor of National Foster Care Month, and we would love for as many people as possible to attend!

Ascentria is a non-profit organization. Our Intensive Foster Care Program recruits, trains, licenses and supports foster parents, and is based in Brockton MA. We are very much in need of more loving foster families for children who are in need.
Registration for the event is at:

For more information on our services, check out:
Brockton High Pops Concert
Covid restrictions were not going to stop BHS from holding its annual spring Pops Concert.
On Wednesday May 19th students performed outside of the Edward A. Nelson Fine Arts Building.

"Performing groups include the Concert Band and Advanced Concert Band directed by Kevin Kardel, the Jazz Band directed by Vincent Macrina, and the Repertory Chorus, Concert Choir, and Harmonics directed by Matt Cunningham.

From songs by pop artists like Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston, to musical theatre tunes from “Les Misérables” and “Rent,” there is something for everyone!"

Virtual Wine Cellar Fundraiser
Thursday, May 27th
Have you heard? We are having a Wine Cellar Fundraiser.
Tickets are $20 each & we have some fantastic prizes. Shown here are some of our baskets that we have that will be paired with some great wine.
The Grand Prize is a Wine Fridge & 25 bottles of wine!! 2nd & 3rd Prizes include gift cards and more wine!! Venmo or Cash App our club - PM us here. Also we are Auctioning off the Barolo bottle of wine (valued at over $450)
Don’t miss your chance to to win one of these great prizes & Help the Brockton Community. All of our fundraising efforts go back into the community in the form of Scholarships & Donations - helping the Brockton community.
Need more info? Email us at

Tickets can be purchased by:
State COVID Restrictions to Be Lifted May 29th
Face coverings will still be required on public and private transportation and in health care facilities. In all other aspects of life, face coverings will be no longer required for vaccinated individuals.
United Way Annual Meeting
Wednesday June 9th
11:45a - 1p via Zoom
$20 per Individual
Please register by June 4th
How to Build a Rain Garden - North and South Rivers...

Want to stop having standing water in your yard? Live near a waterbody and want to reduce polluted runoff? Want to create bird and butterfly habitat? These are just some of the potential benefits of building a rain garden on your property! Learn...

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Affirmations for the Present & Future

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Abington MA
(781) 428-4479
Finding your ‘Why’

Have you lost your purpose and calling in life?

Are you experiencing depression, anxiety and unhealthy stress?

The GleeWorks system helps you reengage and have meaning in your life which reduces depression and anxiety. 

Call or email 781-223-8221 

Mutual Aid Brockton is an effort of the Brockton Interfaith Community.

The Brockton Interfaith Community Team met last year to discuss priorities for 2021 which resulted in categorizing our work into the following four areas of focus:
1. Racial Justice through systemic change work (supporting immigrants, challenging racism in all forms)
2. Economic Justice via Co-op development
3. Education (SOPA trainings, Voting Mobilization, Housing Rights, Immigration Forums)
4. Community Building (classes, Mutual Aid Teams, Gardening, Health and Wellness, etc).
We intend to approach these initiatives through the following Pathways that will consist of:
1. Building and democratizing a communal economy
2. Democratize and reform the public arena
3. Dismantle White Supremacy
4. Democratize and reimagine health and wellness.
5. Train and liberate Leaders
Find more information here:
Wyatt DuPuy, Great Pitching!
How many times have you heard the coach say, "just throw strikes"? Well, Wyatt DuPuy was listening. He threw a total of 39 pitches over the 4 inning game, and that's all Lions needed to get the 12-0 win over Police. Less than 10 pitches per inning!! Way to go Wyatt!
Brocktonite Werlaine Badio joins
Southcoast Community Foundation
Deepening the organization’s development, program, and financial capabilities. 
Werlaine Badio is on board as the SouthCoast Community Foundation's Programs Officer, supporting arts and culture, education, and economic development initiatives. Werlaine reports to Sarah Rose, Director of Engagement.
Werlaine grew up in Brockton, graduated from the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, and is now living in Fall River. “Werlaine’s background in operations management and customer service, combined with her strong connections to the communities we serve, will help us extend our reach, explore new possibilities, and track our progress,” commented Director of Engagement, Sarah Rose.
The SouthCoast Community Foundation is a nonprofit serving thousands of people throughout Southeastern Massachusetts who share a common goal of improving the quality of life through philanthropy. Since 1995, the Community Foundation has distributed over $50 million from more than 200 funds to humanitarian, educational, and cultural organizations in the region. For more information, visit
Photo credit: Shawn Duffy, DW Field Park 5/13/21
A Park in the City
"In the heart of Brockton, Massachusetts, D.W. Field Park remains as a gentle solace to the residents of Brockton and all those who enter it's gates.
The Park covers 700+ acre's, with 7+ miles of paved roadway, that encompass the park."

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
a $20 gift certificate to Color Street nail polish strips from independent consultant Katie Ray.

 Historical Tidbit Question:
What time frame does the
Stanley A. Bauman Collection include images from?

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 May 26, 2021 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.

"Inspiration is not born of 'the eureka moment' but in the quiet spaces we allow ourselves to be in - whether in a beautiful part of nature or in a peaceful meditative state of mind." ~ Sharon Knettell

"If you can't find your inspiration by walking around the block one time, go around two blocks-but never three."
~ Robert Motherwell

"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." ~ Pablo Picasso
Once in a while in life things get really heavy, it's hard; details, frustrating...

And Readers, you inspire me to keep going.. in the ways that you show up in your communities; the ways that you help out your neighbors; the ways that you share your gifts and talents. You inspire me to keep writing your BuzzAround newsletters and spreading your good news... week after week... 581 weeks and counting.

If you can keep doing it, so can I.
Thanks for the inspiration.
~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Ayman Quader, Jacquelyn Rose, Greg Venezia
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