August 9, 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.
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
Historical Tidbit:
A Barber of Brockton

This picture is of Bob Riberio. He is holding the booster seat attachment for the Barber chair that allows a child to sit in the chair. What is unique about this is that it is the device that he sat on for his first hair cut 75 plus years ago when Sigurd Ryberg a swedish barber in Campello gave him his first haircut at the Vasa Hall Building at 859 Main Street. Bob has been cutting hair in Brockton for 52 years. He started next to Susi's Market in Mario's Barber Shop at 659 Main Street on the corner of Florence Street. Eventually he bought the Ryberg's Barber shop in Vasa Hall. He later moved the shop up Main Street next to the Pices's Lounge and Benner's Camera. Eventually he purchased his current location at 1619 Main Street. Through his decades of cutting hair and many moves he has never thrown away that booster seat. Awesome memorabilia.

Photo and story credit: Ed Williams

The Search For An Internship During COVID

By Sasha Rockwell

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

Leslie Damish
won a free 30 minute virtual wellness consult and a custom roller bottle,
made with Doterra essential oils for your specific health concerns (worth $40!)
from independent consultant Chris Ventura.

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 Mary Kay Cosmetics Virtual Facial and $15 certificate from independent consultant, Cindy Guarino.
Homeschooling Tips

Tuesday, August 18 at 6p
Join us for a fun and informational Zoom program! Charlene Hubeny, will lead the discussion as we share ideas and tips about homeschooling. Charlene is an experienced homeschooling mom of five children and her husband Scott is a Science teacher, they have been homeschooling for many years, so please grab a cup of coffee (or drink of your choice) and lets talk!
Contact: Susan McCormick 508-894-1430

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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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.
We have what you NEED this summer!
Come see what we have to make your home or farm the best it can be! Shop us today!

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

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
Brockton Library Foundation
Book Sale

Sat, August 15th
10:00a - noon
Main Library, 304 Main St
Cash only

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
Good Day My Phenomenal People!

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(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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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
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. 
Healthy Incentives Program

On July 22, 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the initial selection of the following 39 farm vendors who will be on board as HIP vendors based on their ability to meet the programs' needs and to expand HIP access points across Massachusetts.
HIP helps Massachusetts families and individuals who receive SNAP to buy fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables by providing matching benefits for eligible produce purchases made from participating Massachusetts vendors at farmers’ markets, farm stands mobile markets and more.
Congrats to all farms, especially to Sibling Organic Crops from Brockton Farmers Market.
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.

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a Mary Kay Cosmetics Virtual Facial and $15 certificate from independent consultant, Cindy Guarino

Historical Tidbit Question:
Who gave Bob Riberio his first hair cut?

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 12, 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
Copyright 2020 Buzz Around Brockton. You have our permission to share and copy this issue in its entirety or as much as you like. If you take it in part, please give credit: ("Buzz Around Brockton 8/9/20").

Disclaimer: At the Buzz Around, we promote community and family. links to town committees and non-profit groups provide a way of sharing local information. Individual groups are responsible for how they represent themselves on their websites and in their promotional materials.
The Buzz Around does not claim to support any particular view.
On being a social entrepreneur...
As the COVID crisis affects our collective financial stability. Folks are turning to the entrepreneurial life, and so here are my thoughts on being a social entrepreneur:
*I enjoy every piece of my job. Every day, everything I do. I get to spend each day writing & talking about the positive things all of you are doing. Your good stories never end!
*I formulate my life according to my own value system. What products I use, who I contract with, what impact I have on the environment & society. 
*I decide when to work and when not to. 
And here are quotes from other voices: 
"To any entrepreneur: if you want to do it, do it now. If you don’t, you’re going to regret it.” ~ Catherine Cook
 "It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” ~Scott Belsky
“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” ~ Albert Einstein
“Be so good they can’t ignore you.” ~Steve Martin
“Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.” ~Oprah Winfrey
One last reason I enjoy being an entrepreneur: I am responsible for my own success and failure. *
*This is because I am able to work within society's frame for a white middle-class educated female. Financial problem solving has been done with MUCH MUCH MUCH help from my community’s tightly woven safety net. During the BuzzAround’s formative years, my family and I accessed the food pantry; informal and formal groups to provide funds for after-school programs, Christmas gifts, Thanksgiving & Easter meals and school supplies. There were also state programs to assist with childcare costs and healthcare. Now we are well on our way to providing for ourselves. The gratitude I feel is overwhelming.
 I also recognize there are many, many Americans that have similar challenges and do not have access to such a tightly woven net because of their skin color. That's not the America I believe in. We need to be able, as a country, to extend our hand and weave our net. 
It is with that love for a just society and for each other that your BuzzAround will keep sharing our good news. News of love. That is how the BuzzAround fulfills our mission as a social entrepreneurship. 

Thank you, dear reader, for all you do in the work of community building. Together, we weave. ~ Jacquie