October 11, 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.

Mom Juliette Leger and Chief Gomes meeting for the
first time outside of Brockton Hospital early
Thursday evening (October 8, 2020).

"I thank God, and I thank the Chief cause
I don't know what I would have done if I
didn't have my daughter.” ~ Juliette Leger
After hearing a mother's urgent plea for help at 9 AM Thursday (October 8, 2020)
DISPATCHER: "911, this line is recorded, where is your emergency?"
CALLER: "...Circle in Brockton; my baby is choking!"
The Emergency Telephone Dispatcher transferred the medical call to Fire Dispatch while at the same time dispatching several police cruisers to the location.
Police Officer Danny Vaughn and Chief of Police Manny Gomes arrived first.
The baby's grandmother quickly handed three-month-old Audrey to Chief Gomes, whose heart was racing due to the adrenaline rush caused by the nature of the call.
“When the grandmother handed me the child, the baby was unresponsive,” said Gomes, who immediately fell back on his training.
“You drape the child in your arms face down. And you give light blows in between the shoulder blades," explained Gomes, who then noticed little Audrey gasping for air.
The chief used his finger to clear out the rest of the phlegm that obstructed her airways.
“There were tense moments. I'm so thrilled that we have a happy ending, and the parents and Grandmother are enjoying their precious little girl," said a relieved Gomes.
“I don’t know about any more urgent call than that. These are the moments you’ll never forget.”
Audrey’s mother, Juliette Leger, won't forget this day either. "I'm so thankful that I still have my baby girl. I could've been leaving this hospital without her, so I'm just very grateful.
Juliette was still on the phone with dispatch when police provided life-saving measures to young Audrey.
She didn’t realize it was the Brockton Police Chief who came to the rescue until she was riding with her infant in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.
Story and Photo Credits: Brockton Police Facebook Page
Historical Tidbit:
Thomas "Buck" O'Brien

In 1912 Brockton's Thomas "Buck" O'Brien Was The First Red Sox Pitcher In History To Take The Mound At Fenway Park. Buck Will Be Inducted Into The Brockton Athletic Hall Of Fame In 2021.

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Council on Aging 
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There are 13 food pantries in Brockton.
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Columbus Day Family Event

Monday, October 12th
10:00a - 1:00p
320 Main St.
The Old Colony YMCA in Brockton is hosting a family day event. Instructor Donna will be hosting a energetic fitness class for all ages. The talented Maria will also be having fun Halloween arts & crafts activity. Later in the evening at 6:00p there will be a cycle class to upbeat hip-hop and pop music!

Family STEM Week

By: The Vote: Brockton Library Suffrage Centennial Celebration and Brockton Public Library on Tuesday, October 20th 6-8p, Suffrage Crafts & NASA's Spacecraft OSIRIS-REx Mission to Asteroid Bennu - LIVE

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State Election - Tuesday, November 3rd
2020 Presidential Election
Pick one of the 3 ways to vote:

1)In Person:

Return your completed application to:
45 School Street, Brockton 02301
If you have already requested Vote By Mail - track your ballot here.

3) In Person Early Voting
Saturday, October 17th - Friday, October 30th
Location: Payless Shoe Store, 200 Westgate Dr
  • Saturday/Sunday 12:00p - 6:00p
  • Monday/Tuesday 8:30p - 4:30p
  • Wednesday 8:30p - 7:00p
  • Thursday 8:30a - 6:00p
  • Friday 8:30p - 4:30p

Deadlines: The deadline to request absentee/vote by mail ballots for the Presidential Election is Friday, October 28th at 5:00p

Last day to register to vote or update registration for the State Election is Saturday, October 24th. Register to Vote at your Town Clerk's office or register to vote online.

To Celebrate Plymouth 400:
"Our Story 400 years of Wampanoag" above video and below: an invite to participate in a free Indigenous History Conference virtually at Bridgewater State University
Free BSU Indigenous History Conference

A Plymouth 400 Signature Event: Here It Began: 2020 Hindsight or Foresight , a signature Plymouth 400 event, is an Indigenous History: Nine Virtual Sessions Oct. 3-Nov. 22, 2020...

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Here are some ideas from our friends at Action for Happiness to help you create a happier and kinder world! If you feel like you need a helping hand, the action calendars are here to assist you with daily goals. The provided link above has the monthly calendars posted, feel free to explore the helpful tasks and motivational actions.

Bridgewater State University is offering intellectually stimulating seminars and courses for those who are 50+ and wish to keep learning! The course registrations are open from now until mid-November and focus on creativity, self-discovery, and peer education.
Register for courses over Zoom for $55 at Senior College Registration.
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 City Council Meeting 9-28-20
Fuel Assistance Applications

Get the help you need paying your heating bills. 13,233 households were warmer last winter because of help received from Self Help, Inc. and the Fuel Assistance Program. We want residents throughout our service areas to know that Fuel Assistance can lower their heating bills through discounts and savings options of the Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Heating Emergency Assistance Retrofit Task Weatherization Assistance Program (HEARTWAP) administered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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A Thank You from Brockton
Symphony Orchestra

Thank you to our audience for attending the first two chamber concerts of the season, with BrSO Flutissimo yesterday and Bailey Street Brass last weekend. We'll post links to the recordings of the concerts soon!
Many thanks to Paul Engle and the Brockton Public Library for sponsoring this Chamber Music Series, and to Denise Lebica and the Fuller Craft Museum and staff for hosting this special event and making live music possible during these Covid times. Story & Image credit: facebook.com/BrocktonSymphony
Grant App- Ma Cultural Council Deadline change to Nov 16!

From Artist News to Creative Youth, Community Initiative, and Power of Culture, our email lists are a great way to keep up with the work of Mass Cultural Council and its partners across the Commonwealth. Recent events have fomented a growing...

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Halloween Celebrations

Halloween is right around the corner! Here are some great ways we can all enjoy the holiday safely.

CDC lower risk activities recommendations:
*Carving pumpkins in your home or outside with friends at a safe distance
*Having a virtual costume contest
*Make the biggest, best house display, ever
*Instead of trick-or-treating, a home candy scavenger hunt.

CDC moderate risk activities:
*Modify Trick-or-Treating, make individually wrapped goodie bags, or leave the candy out on your walkway, separated for easy pick -up.
*Outdoor costume party with a small group
*If your looking for a good scare find an outdoor haunted forest
*Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards
*Outdoor Halloween movie night with friends and family

Have a great Halloween season.... make it last all October! CDC Halloween Celebration Suggestions

Massasoit Pollinator Garden

Photo credit: Ken Reale
Family STEM & Career Showcase Week: See yourself in a...

event by Brockton Public Library on Thursday, October 22, 2020

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Brockton School Committee Meeting 10-6-20

Brockton Public Schools Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Subcommittee Meeting 9-29-20


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“The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.”
~ Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”
~ Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad

“I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Not my strong suit, patience. Why cannot IT work, now? Why can't it be the way I want, NOW? And every single time, impatience gets me into trouble. I have to take my cue from nature... the caterpillar takes days to create the butterfly; the flower, days to unfold; leaves take days to turn to their magnificent splendor of color... and those are just small miracles... if I want a really HUGE miracle, it's going to take months and years.
Every change, every improvement, takes hard work, faith and patience. Have a great week while we wait.... ~ Jacquie
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