November 8, 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.
Hello Angels, Christmas 🎄 is fast approaching. The Christmas holiday is right around the corner.

2020 has been a challenging year for many families in the Brockton area and throughout our community and country. This year we are going to need your help more then ever to make sure we help our neighbors for Christmas.

Please consider donating new toys to Project Guardian Angels 19th Annual Toy 🧸 Drive.

You can drop off your donations to:
Brockton Police Department
C/O Officer Rosie Vazquez-Browne
7 Commercial St.
Brockton, Massachusetts 02302

You can send checks made to: PGA.
November 1st through November 15th you can go to the Brockton Police Station lobby and sign your family up for 2020 Christmas 🎄 Toy Drive list, 7 Commercial Street.

Pictured: Shoutout to Angel Joe Rivers and Jason Shampine for getting project guardian angels started on our 19th Annual Project Guardian Angels Toy Drive. We can always count on your support Thank you Joe!!

****Date and participation is subject to change****
***1st come 1st served basis***
Historical Tidbit:
Brockton Census History: The Great Migration
By Jared Chandler
The Great Migration pushed many African American families north from southern states to find jobs, education, housing and better overall opportunities. The ultimate population jump that took place helped Brockton, Massachusetts become The City of Champions.

“Many blacks wanted a chance to become more affluent. They figured they wouldn’t have the chance to if they stayed down south. Many migrated north to grab hold of opportunities that weren’t presented for them down south,” Harvard University Professor Erin Battat said.

One of those individuals was Charlie Carter, a Brockton resident and member of the Messiah Baptist Church, who moved up to Brockton from Aberdeen, Mississippi in 1971.

He said some key reasons for moving north was to better his life and to gain more career opportunities.

“Me and my brother, Henry, moved to Brockton in 1971. We knew the jobs were better in the north than they were in Mississippi. I’m not saying jobs in the south were all bad but for the most part in the north they were better,” Carter said.

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.
Rhonda Messia
won an 8 oz soy candle (value $12)
pick up at SunnyLine 7,
551 Bedford St (Rt 18) EB!

Play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.
You could win
a $15 gift certificate to
Rt 18, Whitman!
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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Calling all Kindergarten girls in Brockton!
There's no better time to be a Girl Scout - join now before November 15th and receive a $10 coupon to our online store PLUS an invitation to an exclusive new members Pajama Party!
Kindergarten Forming Troop 83304 - only 6 spots left! Join today at
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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!
Brockton Public Library Virtual Book Club - There There...

Monday, November 9th; 1p, online event

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Welcome to 'Well Fed' Cooking Show with Chef Charles Hermann of Teen Challenge New England

The 2020 Book for Business
When Metro South is Home, Everything is
Within Reach

 Our region at your fingertips!
* area dining * lodging *public golf courses * recreation * community demographics, regional and economic data, and a complete membership listing.

Metro South Chamber of Commerce Works For YOU!
On behalf of the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice in partnership with the College of Education and Health Sciences at Bridgewater State University, I am pleased to invite you to a virtual conversation with award-winning author Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum.

Thursday, November 19th
4:30p - 6p
Dr. Tatum will discuss her compelling, award-winning book Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Other Conversations About Race, which takes a critical look at the dynamics of racial identity in America and the importance of holding productive conversations surrounding race across racial and ethnic divides.

Dr. Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, is a clinical psychologist widely known for both her expertise on race relations and as a thought leader in higher education. Over the course of her career, she has served as a faculty member at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Westfield State University, and Mount Holyoke College. Prior to her 2002 appointment as president of Spelman, she served as dean and acting president at Mount Holyoke College.

Dr. Tatum has long-standing roots in Bridgewater. Her father, the late Dr. Robert Daniel, was the first full-time African American faculty member at BSU, where he taught for 30 years. Dr. Tatum and her father both received honorary degrees from Bridgewater State University in January 2003.

I hope you will join us for this important and timely conversation; attached to this email you will find a description of the program. Please use this link HERE to register for this event. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Thibodeau at

We look forward to seeing you there.

Dr. Mary K. Grant
Senior Administrative Fellows for Civics and Social Justice
The Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice
Bridgewater State University
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Tell us about an Essential Worker near and dear to your heart. We will publish their story & send them a gift!* Starting Nov 5 *Every verified submission received before November 19, 2020 5p will be entered into a random drawing for a dishwasher.

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Our Brockton, 8th Episode
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Looking for Books
I am an ESOL and ABE instructor for a non-profit educational organization in Brockton, Training Resources of America, Inc. Many of our students are immigrants and residents of Brockton who are working toward improving English and passing HiSET, learning about CIVICS/American History/Civil Rights Issues to get their voice heard.

I’m mostly interested in biographies of civil rights leaders, like MLK, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, etc. or black leaders to celebrate the black history month in February.

And we are always lacking some reading materials for our students to read in class. If you have any books to give away for free, please let me know how to obtain them. We usually look for 10-15 copies of a book in each class. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.
Nahoko Y. Vigneau, M.Ed.,
Evening ABE 1 & ESOL 2 Instructor
Training Resources of America, Inc.-
Brockton Office
231 Main Street, Suite 302
Brockton, MA 02301
508-587-6115, fax 508-580-2057
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.


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entered to win a $15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds Candy Store
Rt 18, Whitman!

Historical Tidbit Question:
Why did Charlie & Henry Carter move north?

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On November 11, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
“If there is to be peace in the world,

There must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations,

There must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities,

There must be peace between neighbors.

If there is to be peace between neighbors,

There must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home,

There must be peace in the heart.”

~ Lao-tse
I wish you peace in your heart ~ Jacquie
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