February 14, 2021
~ Building Brockton Community One Positive Story at a Time
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Brockton's own Chef Amarr Anthony Reid, Sr has an untenable energy for sustainable living and dedication to living his humanity out-loud.
" Last year Thaii Soul Catering organized three litter clean ups around Brockton: Patriots Park; DW Field along Oak St and Harold Brent Playground" said Reid, "2021, we are focused on gardening, educating in the city and giving people fresh food." I am working with Brockton Schools to get some community gardening going." All the while he's working on his personal career. 2020 gave him time to focus; he published his first cookbook and launched his first four signature ThaiiSoul spice mixes. On Amarrs' decision to become a chef: "I was on the verge of starting my athletic career when, diagnosed with a disease that affected my growth, my right hip had to be replaced with a pin in order to continue growing." And then during the healing process, watching the Food Network inspired him. After high school he attained partial training at New England Culinary Institute, and practical "hands-on" learning at Del Frisco’s, Amarr became an accomplished chef. Building on the Caribbean cooking Amarr did with his grandmother, Donessa Rock; with his love for Thai cuisine, Thaii Soul Cuisine was born. He's either developing his career or working on a Thaii Soul Foundation project: " A Non-Profit & Charity Organization, with this foundation we will be able to start a community Orchard/Garden to teach youth and young adults about sustainable, farming, harvesting and gardening." A man of many talents: Chef Amarr's message is: "If You Can Imagine It, You Can Dream It, Dream It and You Can Become It". thaiisoulcatering.com

Pictured are a couple of Chef Amarr's dishes!

Left: Herb Butter Basted Tomahawk

Right: Snow Crab

Historical Tidbit:

Lithuanian Village of Brockton

Lithuanian village was full of Lithuanian businesses: bakeries, shops, pharmacies, so much so that it was possible to live there without speaking English. To this day inhabitants of Brockton remember it as one of the hearts of Brockton, Lithuanian village, something rare in the USA where few districts are known officially or semi-officially as Lithuanian.

The center point of life there used to be the St. Casimir Lithuanian Church (214 Ames St.). Originally established in the 19th century, it had its current main building built in 1957 over a 1914-constructed basement. This used to be a common way to build Lithuanian-American churches: expand them as more donations are received. The basement church even had a different name (St. Rocco). In 1910 that basement church was the place where the Knights of Lithuania community was established.
In the past, the Lithuanian life of the Village was tremendous. Every Labor Day (First Monday of September) some 10 000 Lithuanians and non-Lithuanians used to come to Thatcher Street to a huge Lithuanian picnic, this died out in 1985.
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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 coa@cobma.us & phone contact only

There are 14 food pantries in Brockton.
Sarah Stirling
won a a 45 minute Reiki Treatment from 
Jacquelyn Rose.

Play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.

You could win
$25 gift certificate
to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant.
Tower Hill at DW Field Park
Photo taken on Feb 10th, 2021.
Photo Credit: Dave Halter
FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card
COMMUNITY RESOURCE! Looking to save on your medical prescriptions? Our United Way has proudly partnered with FamilyWize prescription savings tool for over a decade in our local community. No registration needed to use this FREE card- simply download the FamilyWize app, visit www.familywize.org, or give us a call to have a card sent you and use it when picking up your prescriptions.
Since 2007, our neighbors in Greater Plymouth County have saved $3.8 MILLION on prescription costs thanks to this partnership!
MBTA - Forging Ahead Initiative
The MBTA Community Engagement team is reaching out to provide an update on the Forging Ahead initiative.
The MBTA is implementing service changes in response to the low ridership caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes on the bus network and subway system will take place on March 14th, and will include reducing frequency on some bus and subway lines, as well as eliminating, shortening, or combining various bus routes. The Commuter Rail will also undergo additional scheduling changes, starting April 5th.
Ahead of these changes, the MBTA will host two virtual public meetings on February 17th and February 24th, from 6pm to 8pm. These meetings will provide an opportunity for riders to learn more about the changes and ask questions. For more information about the Spring Service Changes and to register for the public meetings, please visit www.mbta.com/servicechanges.

Folks who are not available to join the public meetings can still ask the MBTA questions by registering HERE - for its weekly virtual coffee chats.

More information about the Forging Ahead process can be found at www.mbta.com/forging-ahead. In addition, the MBTA has submitted the Forging Ahead changes for environmental review, which can be viewed at mbta.com/forging-ahead/enf-mepa.
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Become Brockton's Official
Poet Laureate
We are looking for two: a youth & an adult Poet Laureate for the city of Brockton!
With Amanda Gorman’s recent, remarkable presentation at the Presidential Inauguration poetry is huge!

The requirements:
1) submit your poem: Anne Beauregard at ambeauregard@outlook.com or Pastor Joseph jpolicape@hotmail.com.
2) live in Brockton.

We are seeking one in the youth category: age 22 or younger and one in the adult category who is 23 years old and beyond.
We would appreciate the subject matter to reflect the city in some sort of way; it can be an experience, a place or a person that has special meaning to the applicant.

Deadline for entries is on Friday, March 5, 2021. Anne Beauregard at ambeauregard@outlook.com or 774-297- 4939 or Pastor Joseph Policape jpolicape@hotmail.com 774-517-8525 for more information.
Volunteer in Your Community
Want to get involved in your local community with United Way? Check out volunteer opportunities & If your non-profit needs volunteers, register your organization.
This volunteer opportunity database is a partnership between the United Ways of: Fall River, Greater New Bedford and Plymouth County
Brockton Girl Scouts Sample Meeting

Party event by Discover Girl Scouts - Eastern MA on Thursday, February 25th; 5:30-6:30p

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In DICE Massachusetts
(Diversity & Inclusion for Community Empowerment) Facebook Group, that began right next door in Bridgewater, they are sharing 28 Days of Black History, since this month is Black History Month. A bunch of their posts are from this children's book. A really interesting (and easy) read. #BlackHistoryisAmericanHistory
If you are interested in helpful, educational resources on Diversity and Inclusion, check out this group: facebook.com/dicemassachusetts.

And if you'd like to make a difference nearby, purchase the book from an independent bookstore: Frugal Books Paperback Junction.
Good News Friday Story
Feb 5, 2021, 1204 PM "Brockton Fire Department received a call from a Brockton Public Schools teacher. She was on a zoom classroom with her 4th grade class when a student told her smoke was coming from the basement of the house and the teacher could hear the smoke alarm sounding. The teacher acquired the address and called Brockton Fire. BFD responded and found a contents fire in the basement. The fire was caused by a stick of incense that fell into some clothing igniting it. Damage was confined to the contents."

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 a $25 gift certificate
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 Historical Tidbit Question:

What was the name of the Lithuanian Church?

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On February 17, 2021 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Ridge Kelly, Janice O'Brien, Isabel O'Connell & Jacquelyn Rose 
Valentine's Day Wisdom

“To love someone fiercely, to believe in something with your whole heart, to celebrate a fleeting moment in time, to fully engage in a life that doesn’t come with guarantees – these are risks that involve vulnerability and often pain. But, I’m learning that recognizing and leaning into the discomfort of vulnerability teaches us how to live with joy, gratitude and grace.”
~ Brené Brown

"Intimacy, by its very nature, requires us to be vulnerable. Our partner, lover, or mate can know us to our very core, sometimes better than we know ourselves, and that can make any of us feel totally exposed. Intimacy can be intimidating. However, it is an amazingly freeing experience when you can be completely who you are with someone you totally trust."
~ Barton Goldsmith Ph.D.

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” ~Brené Brown

"To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.”
~ Criss Jami

Love will never be certain, but after collecting thousands of stories, I’m willing to call this a fact: A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all men, women, and children. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong.”
~ Brené Brown
I hope you spend this day, and every day loving yourself. No shame, be vulnerable. 
You are worth it! ~ Jacquie
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