November 1, 2020
~ Building Brockton Community One Positive Story at a Time
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Historical Tidbit:
The Halloween tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.
All Souls Day and Soul Cakes
The American Halloween tradition of trick-or-treating probably dates back to the early All Souls’ Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for their promise to pray for the family’s dead relatives.
The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as “going a-souling,” was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighborhood and be given ale, food and money.

The tradition of dressing in costume for Halloween has both European and Celtic roots. Hundreds of years ago, winter was an uncertain and frightening time. Food supplies often ran low and, for the many people afraid of the dark, the short days of winter were full of constant worry.
On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits.

On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.
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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
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There are 13 food pantries in Brockton.
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State Election - Tuesday, November 3rd
2020 Presidential Election
Brockton Poll Locations:
Due to the COVID pandemic and the commitment to keep their tenants safe the Douglas House (2A) and Connemara Senior Living formerly Emmanuel House (4A) have asked us to move the polling location. Douglas House will vote at Barrett Russell School at 45 Oakdale St. and Connemara Senior Living will vote at the Gilmore School, 150 Clinton St

Ward and Location 7:00a - 8:00p
1A Housing Authority, Hawley Street
1B West Middle School 271 West Street
1C Hancock Elementary School 125 Pearl Street
1D Hancock Elementary School 125 Pearl Street
2A Barrett Russell School 45 Oakdale St.
2B Manning Towers 45 Goddard Rd.
2C Senior Center 10 Father Kenney Way
2D War Memorial Building 156 West Elm Street
3A South Middle School 105 Keith Avenue Ext
3B South Middle School 105 Keith Avenue Ext
3C Kennedy Elementary School 900 Ash Street
3D West Side Library, Rear 540 Forest Avenue
4A Gilmore Elementary School 150 Clinton St.
4B Gilmore Elementary School 150 Clinton St
4C Davis Elementary School 380 Plain Street
4D Campello High Rise, Rear 1380 Main Street
5A East Side Library 54 Kingman Street
5B East Middle School 464 Centre Street
5C Downey Elementary School 55 Electric Av
5D Caffrey Towers 755 Crescent Street
6A Brookfield Elementary School 135 Jon Drive
6B Ashfield Elementary School 225 Coe Road
6C Brookfield Elementary School 135 Jon Drive
6D Brookfield Elementary School 135 Jon Drive
7A North Middle School 108 Oak Street
7B Belair High Rise 105 Belair Street
7C Sullivan Towers 140 Colonel Bell Drive
7D Raymond Elementary School 125 Oak Street

The Museum of Bad Art: An Introduction

Art event at Brockton Public Library on Monday, November 2, 2020; 7p; Zoom

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Brockton Hospital School of Nursing
Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital Yawkey Center Unveiling 10-22-20

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Strong children in a toxic world

As a pediatrician, I have more than a decade of experience caring for children and adolescents with mental health disorders, and the combined onslaught of COVID-19 and the wildfires and hurricanes that have battered communities across the country ...

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Stop The Spread
Get tested at Brockton High school, they will be taking drive-thru appointments
Mondays, 12:00p - 7:00p
Wednesdays, 9:00a - 4:00p
Thursdays, 12:00p - 7:00p
Call 1-844-4TEST19 to schedule appointment or text 508-726-7654 your name and number and we'll call you back. Everyone tested will also receive 10 free KN95 masks!
The 2020 Book for Business & COVID-19 Recovery Resource Guide 
Easy & Accessible with great resources!

  • Area Dining
  • COVID-19 Recovery Resources
  • Business Development Resources

Metro South Chamber of Commerce Works For YOU!
Brockton Public Library Virtual Book Club - There There...

Monday, November 9th; 1p, online event

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Our Brockton, 8th Episode
with host Mayor Robert Sullivan
Video Courtesy of The Brockton Channels
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Yard Waste Notice:
Brockton Residents are reminded that there are no circumstances under which it is legal to burn grass, hay, leaves, stumps or tires. They simply do not burn as "cleanly". Yard waste is collected weekly in the fall. For collection by the City of Brockton or its contractor, yard waste shall be in properly identified reusable yard waste containers of not greater than thirty-two (32) gallons or Kraft paper bags or tied bundles of brush and limbs of not more than thirty-five (35) pounds in weight. Yard waste in plastic bags will not be collected.

Mutual Aid Brockton Presents: CREW and Lawyers for Civil ...

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Something New at Fuller Craft Museum
FCM is excited to announce the recent acquisition of Roberto Lugo’s “Melting Pot II,” currently on view in Tending the Fires: Recent Acquisitions in Clay. This important addition to the museum’s permanent collection will greatly strengthen the museum’s growing collection of ceramic arts as well as its overall holdings in contemporary craft.
Roberto Lugo is an American artist, ceramicist, social activist, poet, and educator. A self-described “ghetto potter,” Lugo confronts the intertwined complexities of systemic racism, representation, and history in his work, while challenging the established power structures within the art, craft, and design fields.
Lugo explains, “Melting Pot II is a part of a series of urns where I combine historic patterns and cultures as a format to interject and pay homage to figures that are important to my culture and heritage as a Puerto Rican American.”
The museum’s Artistic Director and Chief Curator Beth McLaughlin shares, "Melting Pot II is a deeply powerful and intimately autobiographical work that is both timeless and utterly reflective of the times in which we live.”
Two Recent Brockton Lion's Club Donations:
September 2020 - 48 Backpacks Donated to the First Graders at the Hancock School.
October 2020 - 50 Loaded Backpacks Donated to the Brockton Public Schools Special Education Department


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Historical Tidbit Question:
Who designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints?

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I am a great admirer of mystery:
"Look at this life - all mystery and magic."
~ Harry Houdini

"A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life."
~ Lewis Mumford

"The human race is a very, very magical race. We have a magic power of witches and wizards. We're here on this earth to unravel the mystery of this planet. The planet is asking for it." ~ Yoko Ono

"I don't think that faith, whatever you're being faithful about, really can be scientifically explained. And I don't want to explain this whole life business through truth, science. There's so much mystery. There's so much awe." ~ Jane Goodall
As the daylight grows shorter, we spend more time in the mystery of the darkness, the sparks of light glimmering from the campfire...
the blankets and mittens, hats and scarves covering us.
And I think... this is the perfect ending. All pandemics end, and this one will with us covered with thick layers. These shields from the cold and this un-seeable germ.
Though we have been taught about germs, we do not see, and therefore must trust. Trust Science, oh that great mystery. This to, shall pass... through mysterious trust. ~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Sebastian Ladoulis
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