November 14, 2021
~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
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Voices of Diversity, Voices of America
presented at Brockton Public Library on Saturday Nov 6.

10 Poets speak their poems in their native language and translate into English.
Sampling videos by J. Rose
The 10 poets included: Tom Daley, whose poetry has appeared in many literary reviews, bringing his Irish Gaelic flair.

Christina Liu, a faculty member at Boston Architectural College whose parents escaped China’s Cultural Revolution, writes in Cantonese.

Zahara Swansan, a professor of Arabic and English as a Second Language at Massasoit Community College, read from work influenced by Arab culture and the Lebanese Civil War.

Philip Nikolayev is a Russian-American bilingual poet and polyglot who translates poetry from many languages, including Russian, French, Hindi, Urdu, and Sanskrit.

Jean-Dany Joachim writes in Haitian Creole and teaches at Bunker Hill Community College.

Soteris Constantinou, a student of the Marie Philip High School for the Deaf in Framingham, signed poems in American Sign Language.

Adelene Fistedis Ellenberg, the daughter of a Greek immigrant, read poems written in Greek.

Jessica Tran Nguyen read her poems written in Vietnamese.

Ally Brioso, the host of the Brockton Library Poetry Series, draws on her background in the Latino countries of El Salvador and the Dominican Republic and read in Spanish.

The final reader, Joseph Policape, a writer, minister, and counselor who was born in Haiti, read his poetry in French. In the middle, Khakatay performed traditional rhythms used for rituals and celebrations drawn from the heritage repertoire of the West African countries of Guinea, Senegal, Mali, and Côte d’Ivoire (the Ivory Coast).
Historical Tidbit:
Andy the Alligator, 1933 Macy's 
Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's was founded by Rowland Hussey Macy, who between 1843 and 1855 opened four retail dry goods stores, including the original Macy's store in downtown Haverhill, Massachusetts, established in 1851 to serve the mill industry employees of the area. They all failed, but he learned from his mistakes.

Macy moved to New York City in 1858 and established a new store named "R. H. Macy & Co." on Sixth Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets:1102. On the company's first day of business on October 28, 1858 sales totaled $11.08, equal to $312.83 today.

As the United States prospered during the Roaring Twenties, so did New York City’s iconic department store—Macy’s. After going public in 1922, R. H. Macy & Co. started to acquire competitors. Macy’s flagship store in Manhattan’s Herald Square expanded in 1924 to cover an entire city block stretching from Broadway to Seventh Avenue along 34th Street.

To showcase the opening of the “World’s Largest Store” and its 1 million square feet of retail space at the start of the busy holiday shopping season, Macy’s decided to throw New York a parade on Thanksgiving morning. In spite of its timing, the parade was not actually about Thanksgiving at all but Christmas.

Which was the beginning of rolling out Christmas right after Thanksgiving. Macy's small business dream became big.

Shop your hometown small businesses. You'll be supporting dreams!

Story credit: J. Rose
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 14 food pantries in Brockton.
John F. White
won a $15 gift certificate to
Rt 18, Whitman!

Bee sure to play our Historical Tidbit Trivia Game at the bottom of this newsletter.

Enter for this week's prize of a
$10 / gift certificate to
South Shore Bargaineer
1000 Main St, Unit 107
Community Holiday Celebration and Parade
Sat, November 27th
10a - 4p
Downtown Brockton
The Downtown Business Association in conjunction with the City of Brockton is holding a day-long celebration.

A marketplace with food vendors and local businesses along with performances on two different stages.

The Holiday Parade steps off at 1p and ends at City Hall Plaza-Amphitheater. The Hallamore Clysdale’s, Brockton Fire Department, Brockton Police Department, Brockton High School Band, and BHS ROTC will be marching in a scaled-down parade.

For more information go to the Downtown Business Association’s website and Facebook Page for updates on performers.
Volunteers and Participants for Saturday Nov 27th
*If you have not yet registered to volunteer please do so:

*If you have not yet registered for the Marketplace, Food Court, Community Group Activity Host, or Performance, please do so:

*If you would like to attend a volunteer planning meeting, dates are:
Wednesday, November 17, at 5:45p virtual/in person (OCPC, 70 School St)
Tuesday, November 23 at 5:45p virtual/in person
Friday, November 26 at 11:30a-1:30p
-volunteer training in person (lunch will be served)

Phone: 774-539-8266 Website: Email DBA
Enjoy "Merrow" ~ traditional Irish music, presented by the Friends of Irish Research 11-6-21.
The Brockton Library Foundation Gift Shop, located at 304 Main Street inside the Brockton Main Library will now be open from now on Saturdays 10a - 2p and Thursdays 11a - 3p. Start your holiday shopping early or just come in and browse. All proceeds from sales benefit library programs for all ages. More volunteers are needed so Richard Duval the new manager can keep it open more days during the week. Please email the Foundation at if you are interested or have questions. Donations continue to be accepted.
November Kids' Night Out 🥳
Friday, November 19th
6:30 - 9:00p
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South - Brockton Clubhouse - 233 Warren Ave

Members - ages 5 to 12 - will be allowed to stay late for Kids' Night Out programming!

This month, members will eat a snack and take part in Mario Kart with our staff while parents can enjoy some time to themselves.

Visit our Membership Desk or give our Clubhouse a phone call at (508) 584-5209 to sign up today!
Brockton Public Schools is proud to salute our Veteran's on November 10th, 2021.
Black Owned Brockton Holiday Market
Fri - Sun, November 19th - 21st
8a - 5 p
Westgate Mall in the former Payless residential space

Black Owned Brockton will partner with Westgate Mall to host a Holiday Market Pop-Up featuring a variety of local entrepreneurs showcasing curated art, apparel, beauty products, home goods, gifts and more. Over 20 vendors will be present for a series of five weekends including Black Friday & Christmas Eve.
Black Friday: November 26, 27, 28
Mini Markets: December 4, 5, 11 & 12
Three Day Weekend: December 17, 18, 19
Christmas Week: December 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
To contact visit our Facebook page.
Responsible Social Media Use Meeting 11-10-21
George M. Romm Little Theater at
Brockton High School
Video Courtesy of The Brockton Channels
Find YOUR Bliss with
NEW In Person classes at
The She Shed, Saturdays, 9 am!

Svaroopa yoga excels at releasing the deep tension in your body. While the benefits of this style of yoga are profound, it is very easy to do. We use the alignment of the body, rather than a lot of effort, along with blankets for propping to make the poses accessible, supportive and effective. 

(508) 331-3564
Where Music Grows
“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.”~ Kahlil Gibran
Music lessons in piano, voice, flute, clarinet, strings, brass, ukulele, and guitar

105 Washington St. (Rt 138)
N. Easton
(508) 297-1026
Tuesday, Dec 7th
6 – 7:30p
304 Main Street
Monthly meeting of Brockton Library Foundation. All are welcome!
The Brockton Library Foundation, Inc is a 501 C3 non profit organization that provides funds raised to the benefit the programs offered at Brockton Public Library.
Brockton City Council Meeting
Video Courtesy of The Brockton Channels
Well Fed Season 2 Episode 22
Thank you for tuning into another episode of Well Fed with Chef Charles.

If you would like any information on our programs, upcoming events, church appearances or would like to donate please visit our site at:
Brockton Public Library Webb Space Telescope Inspired
Arts & Crafts Contest
Submit entries to the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the Main Library (304 Main St.) now through January 3, 2022.
Create artwork or crafts inspired by the James Webb Telescope. Artwork can include painting, drawing, sculpture, diorama, video production, 3-D design, jewelry, posters, etc. Browse the collection of Webb telescope video and images online for inspiration.
This exciting program is in collaborating with Peter Sooy from NASA and the Brockton Library Foundation will be sponsoring the contest with funding the cash prizes.
Please refer all questions to:
Community Pumpkin Patch Day at The Ash Street Park
Brockton Public Library's community pumpkin patch day was a success! Even though it was one day earlier than planned because of the rainy weather forecasted last Saturday. Thank you to all of the volunteers, family and friends that came out and celebrated at the Ash Street Park.
Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
a $10 / gift certificate to
South Shore Bargaineer
1000 Main St, Unit 107

Historical Tidbit Question:
What was the name of the store when Macy's first moved to New York City in 1858?

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 November 17, 2021 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Shop Small

There are oh-so-many benefits to shopping the small local stores in your neighborhood (and even on-line):
  • Your opinion matters. Small businesses provide greater access to product diversity. If they don't have what you want, ask for it.  "Can you tell me where this was made, who made it and how the materials were sourced?" 
  • Small Businesses give back to the local economy. According to Civic Economics, “on average, 48% of each purchase at local independent businesses is recirculated locally, compared to less than 14% of purchases at chain stores.”
  • Personalized attention (who doesn't like being pampered?)
  • Small Businesses give back to local organizations. They sponsor the kids sports teams, the school plays and everything in between. 
It feels good to shop locally! You're making dreams come true. 
~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Amanda Guindon, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Michelle Montella, Janice O'Brien, & Jacquelyn Rose
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