August 23, 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.
August 26, 1920 is the day Congress signed the Women’s Right to Vote,
19th Amendment into law.
In celebration, Brockton City Hall will be lit up that night in the suffrage colors of purple and gold in a ceremony that’s part of the nationwide Forward Into Light campaign, led by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission in Washington, D.C.. The night will include lighting many landmarks and buildings across the country in purple and gold including the Library of Congress and National Archives in honor of the historic suffrage slogan, “Forward through the Darkness, Forward into Light.” Enjoy the City Hall lighting at 8:00p along with tributes from many Brockton area community leaders on line at:
More information, contact Pat:
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Historical Tidbit:
World Record Holder

On November 23, 2010, Brockton set the world record for the most Santa Hat wearers in one place at one time with 872 people participating in the event.

Then on November 20, 2011 Brockton doubled the city's Santa Claus hat-wearing record with 1792 people in downtown Brockton wearing hats.

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!

Joanne Keith
won a Jump Start Training Package including nutrition consultation & 6 free sessions from Get In Shape For Women at 180 Winter St, Bridgewater, value $279.

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.
State Primary Early Voting
Early in-person voting will take place inside the Westgate Mall at the Payless Shoe Store.

Saturday, August 22 - 12:00p - 6:00p
Sunday, August 23 - 12:00p - 6:00p
Monday, August 24 - 8:30a - 4:30p
Tuesday August 25 - 8:30a - 4:30p
Wednesday, August 26 - 8:30a - 6:00p
Thursday, August 27 - 8:30a - 6:00p
Friday, August 28 - 8:30p - 4:30p

BrPL ArtSmart 2020

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

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Brockton Farmers Market
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: Br Farmers Market FB.
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.
Browse NEW store featuring premium hardwood cutting boards from the Carpenter's Shop!

Our residents handcraft these products under the tutelage of a master carpenter. All purchases directly help the residents of Teen Challenge.


I’m joining @MassGovernor & @MassDPH to keep Massachusetts safe. It’s time to #MaskUpMA!
Good Day My Phenomenal People!

• Spiritual Healer • Certified Reiki Master Teacher • Past Life Regression & Future Life Progression Therapist • Officiant

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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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...

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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
Mask Coloring Contest

AT BNHC PEDIATRICS, WORKS OF HEART -- The staff and patients at BNHC'S Pediatrics Department recently completed their first "PMCC" -- or Pediatrics Mask Coloring Contest. Throughout National Health Center week, both the staff and patients decorated and colored a drawing of a surgical mask. The staff had a competition judged by their peers, while children had the honor of having their drawings put on display in Pediatrics as well.
All of the drawings are on display on the Pediatrics windows at their Vicente's site.


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:
On what date did Brockton break its own Santa Claus hat-wearing record?

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 26, 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, Jacquelyn Rose, Kayla Rose, & Sebastian Ladoulis
"How do I live my Best Life?

“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.”
~ Oprah Winfrey

“We can’t save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed.”
~ Greta Thunberg 

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ~ Joe Lewis

“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Sometimes I think giving myself time to journal pondering: "Why did I spend this glorious day in bed? " wastes way too much time.

But then I remember the days I wasted unhappy, without money or options, feeling unloved, and I know, this is much better, to let myself feel those emotions, journal them, understand them and be able to re-frame the narrative if necessary. Ignoring and burying does not make my best life, it makes no-one happy, or productive, especially me.

I wish you all a fabulous week. Loving yourself, giving yourself the time you need, and living your best life. ~ Jacquie
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