Monday, April 23, 2012

Outrun Homelessness At Borderland, April 28

BROCKTON--Lace up your sneakers and get ready to run or walk with School on Wheels of Massachusetts at its Outrunning Homelessness Race & Fun Walk on April 28 at Borderland State Park in Easton.
There will be a 5K run and a 2 mile walk.
The event is open to people of all ages and abilities, including competitive runners, children, families, and teens. Individuals and teams are invited to participate.
To preregister please visit School on Wheels website at
Preregistration is $20. Registration on the day of the event is $25. Family walk registration is $75.
Registration on day of the event begins at 8 a.m.
The event will kick-off at 9 a.m. Borderland State Park in Easton.
There will be T-shirts for the first 100 runners who register on-line, prizes for each race category winner and refreshments.
Proceeds will benefit children experiencing homelessness in Brockton, Middleboro, New Bedford, Norwell, Quincy, and Stoughton.
The mission of School on Wheels Massachusetts is to educate children impacted by homelessness by providing academic support and one-on-one mentoring so children can reach their potential.
School on Wheels is also nearing the end of a "100 Families Challenge," a fundraising drive that asks families--100 or more--to donate $100 toward a $10,000.
If School on Wheels can collect $10,000 by April 30, the Weed Family has pledged to donate $10,000.
Those interested in donating can find more information on Schools on Wheels' website at

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Library "Food For Fines" Week Until 4/14

BROCKTON--Help Brockton Public Library celebrate National Library Week with “Food For Fines” from Monday, April 9 through Saturday, April 14.
The library will waive your overdue fines in exchange for one nonperishable, unexpired, unopened food or personal care item per dollar owed.
No candy, gum, or soda. Pet food is accepted. Value of the item does not have to equal one dollar--for example, bring in three cans of tomato paste that you purchased for $1, and have $3 taken off your overdue fines.
Amnesty extends to overdue fines only if material is returned in good condition.
Amnesty does not extend to the following:
*materials received through inter-library loan;
fees for lost or missing items;
checks returned without sufficient funds; or
for lost card fees.
Patron must present the OCLN library card in order for library officials to access the library record.
All food and personal care items collected during this period will be donated to The Charity Guild local food pantry.
Library officials said library users can do a number of things all at the same time: clear up a library record, bring back long overdue materials, get rid of overdue fines, and help the community.
Brockton Public Library is located at 304 Main Street, Brockton, Mass. 508-580-7890.
All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Any resident of Massachusetts can register for a free Brockton Public Library card.
To get a library card bring photo ID and proof of current address to the main circulation desk.
For more information, call 508-580-7890 x101.
For branch hours and locations, calendar updates, and online/downloadable products, check out the library's website at; Twitter at brocktonlibrary; Facebook fanpage at

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Fuller Celebrates Life Of Actor Paul Robeson

BROCKTON—The Fuller Craft Museum will host a special program, “A Night with Paul Robeson” to celebrate the life and career of pioneer actor, singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson. Robeson, who may be best known in the US for his rendition of “Old Man River” from the musical “Showboat,” will be remembered not only for his work in Hollywood and as a part of the famed Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s, but also for his role as a civil rights leader on the world stage.
All are welcome and the event is free.
Fuller officials said April 9 marks Robeson’s 114th birthday and the Fuller Craft Museum, along with Indaba Theatre of New England and Berklee College of Music will celebrate his life and accomplishments with an evening of live music and drama.
The night will begin at 6 p.m. with a rendition of “Old Man River” and other classic Robeson songs for piano and voice performed by baritone Aaron Ray.
Ray’s performance will be followed at 7 p.m. with “The World is My Home, The Life of Paul Robeson,” a one man show performed by actor and comedian Stogie Kenyatta.
The Robeson commemoration will kick-off the first of Fuller’s monthly, Free Thursday Night performances in the artKitchen CafĂ©.
Due to upcoming renovations at the museum, the Fuller’s free admission day has been moved to Thursday nights from 5 to 9 p.m.
Since preparations began for renovations a few months ago, the Fuller had been closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. As of April 3, the Fuller has reopened on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and returned to its usual schedule Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday nights are free from 5 to 9 p.m.
(Photo courtesy Fuller Craft Museum)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Medical Marijuana Group Meets In Brockton

BROCKTON--The Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance will host an informational meeting at Brockton Public Library, Tuesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. about its legislative efforts to legalize the medical use of marijuana and protect doctors and patients from arrest.
The advocacy group supports House Bill 625 at the State Legislature which seeks to prevent the arrest and imprisonment of doctors and patients who may prescribe or use marijuana for medical use.
To learn more about the group, get involved, or RSVP for the meeting, contact the group at or call 508-410-1547, or visit the group's website at

"Juke Box 1944" WWII Tribute Friday Night

BROCKTON--Brockton High School’s ballroom dancers will host their annual “Juke Box 1944” tribute to World War II veterans on Friday, March 30.
The dance will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 283 N. Quincy St.
There will be a buffet dinner from 7 to 9 p.m.
The Olde Kids on the Block band will provide ballroom music for young and old to step out on the dance floor and have some fun.
Semi-formal dress is required.
Doors open at 7 p.m.
Admission is free for World War II veterans, $25 for seniors and students in advance, $35 at the door, $40 for general admission in advance, $50 at the door.
Call 508-580-7811 or 508-588-9756 for more information.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Brown To Attend Youth Foundation Awards

BrocktonPost BROCKTON--U.S. Sen. Scott Brown will join the Brockton Youth Foundation in honoring local people who have devoted their time to improving the quality of life for city youth at the foundation’s 4th annual Breakfast with Champions, Sunday, March 25 at the Shaw’s Center in Brockton. Honorees for this year's Brockton Youth Foundation awards are: Brockton Midget Football League; Ossie Jordan – a youth and community leader for over 25 years; Kids Take Action, North Middle School – a community service learning group; Clifford Murray - Principal of West Middle School; Cheryl Opper - Founder and Executive Director of School on Wheels of Massachusetts; and the JROTC program at Brockton High School. The breakfast will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Shaw’s Center, One Feinberg Way, Brockton. Tickets for the Breakfast with Champions are $25 for adults and $15 for students. To reserve your tickets, call Bill at 508.584.2506. For more information visit

Greek Independence Celebration Friday

BrocktonPost BROCKTON--The City of Brockton in collaboration with the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, will host a ceremony in celebration of Greek Independence. The ceremony will be at 3.30 p.m. on Friday, March 23 at City Hall, 45 School St. Light refreshments will be served.