Friday, April 29, 2011

Wrestling Show Comes To Brockton Boys & Girls Club

BROCKTON--On Saturday night, April 30 Northeast Championship Wrestling and the Boys & Girls Club of Brockton will partner to become one of the most powerful tag teams in New England when NCW presents "AFTERMATH" wrestling show from the Boys & Girls Club on Warren Avenue.
While this is the second event at the Boys & Girls Club of Brockton for NCW, NCW has sponsored benefit events for the Brockton Junior Boxers Pop Warner group from the gymnasium last October.
An overwhelmingly positive event, Northeast Championship Wrestling continues to integrate itself into the community while presenting athleticism, hard hitting action, and over the top personalities.
In one of the featured Main Events of AFTERMATH Brockton’s own “Showoff” Mike Paiva, the reigning NCW New England Champion and NCW’s longest reigning champion, will defend his title when the fans choose the challenger for Paiva’s gold.
As fans pile into the Boys & Girls Club there will be ballots giving the people in attendance the unique opportunity to decide the fate of Brockton’s hometown boy.
When “The Portuguese Sensation” Ruy Batello returns to Brockton he will be in for the fight of his life when he defends the Heavyweight Championship against “Simply the Best” GA West, one of New England’s best kept secrets.
In addition to battling the threat of West, Batello will also have to worry about the presence of The Firm, GA’s eccentric group of agents and managers.
Also appearing at AFTERMATH will be the NCW Tag Team Champions Generation SLAM [“Dynamic” Jon Thornhill & “The Average Guy” Timothy Pittman], “Dynamite” Doug Summers, The Granite State Wrecking Crew, “The Antisocial Anarchist” Tim Kilgore, Buddy Romano, “The Juice” JT Dunn w/ Latasha, NCW Rookie of the Year Eddie Loomis, Cam Denile, and many more!
A family friendly event for people of all ages, tickets for this event are only $10 at the door, with $5 for kids ten and under.
Anyone with a Boys & Girls Club membership presented at the door will receive an additional $2 the night of the show.
Matches begin at 7 p.m.
Partial proceeds will go to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Brockton, for more details on Northeast Championship Wrestling visit us on the web at

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ginny Curtis Plaque Dedication Saturday

BROCKTON--There will be a special ceremony Saturday, April 23 to remember Mary Virgina "Ginny" Curtis, a Brockton resident who spent a lifetime serving the city.
A brief ceremony and plaque dedication in Curtis' honor will take place at Edgar's Park on Dover Street at 10 a.m.
Curtis, a longtime volunteer and activist, helped organize numerous events and community organizations, including "Keep Brockton Beautiful" day which will take place from 9 a.m. to Noon the same day.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Keep Brockton Beautiful Day Saturday

Brockton Post
BROCKTON--Hundreds of Brockton residents will take part in the 7th annual "Keep Brockton Beautiful Day," Saturday, April 23.
The event will take place rain or shine.
Teams, clubs and individuals will spread across the city Saturday morning to clean up litter and trash along the city's streets, in its parks and on its open spaces.
Interested participants can register for this city-wide cleanup day the morning of the event from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Heights Crossing, at 35 Christy Place.
The cleanup takes place in numerous locations across the city and runs from 9 a.m. to Noon.
T-shirts will be given to volunteers at registration.
After the cleanup, participants are invited to return to Heights Crossing for a free barbeque.
Tips for participants:
*Gloves, plastic bags and biodegradable bags will be provided at registration,
*Bring rakes, shovels and brooms,
*Do not pick up items that appear to be drug-related, such as needles,
*Do not pick up any weapons,
*Children should not pick up any broken or sharp glass, razors or jagged cans.
For more information contact the DPW at 508-580-7135.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Global Youth Service Day Saturday

BROCKTON--Brockton adolescents and teenagers will take part in numerous activities for Global Youth Service Day Saturday, April 16, including creating murals of organizations and agencies that support the city's youth and a Downtown 2K Walk that steps off from Legion Parkway at 9:30 a.m.
Activities begin at 9 a.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Brockton, 233 Warren Ave., and Brockton Teen Center, 891 Montello St.
Students who don't feel they are artistic enough to join the Mayor's Youth Council mural project can take part in a host of other activites.
Volunteeer oppportunities include:
*collecting and organizing non-perishable food items for the Greater Boston Food Bank;
*collecting and sorting school supplies for Brockton's School on Wheels;
*making and sending get well cards for troops;
*making and sending academic enrichment sheets and friendship bracelets for Brockton youth in local hospitals;
*clean ups of the surrounding neighborhood;
*painting the walls of the Warren Avenue club;
*cleaning the inside and perimeter of the Warren Avenue Club and Teen Center.
Anyone interesting in joining the event should head to the Teen Center or Boys and Girls Club Saturday April 16.
Here is a schedule of events:
9:00-9:45 Sign-Up for Assignments
"Downtown 2K Walk4Kids”
9:00-9:30 "Downtown 2K Walk4Kids” Registration & Kickoff (location TBA)
9:30-11:00 Walk through Downtown Brockton

9:45-10:00 Boys & Girls Club Opening Ceremonies

10:00-12:30 Service Projects

12:45-2:00 Celebration Lunch @ Warren Avenue Club

Volunteers are asked to please bring at least one of the following items:
•one non-perishable food item
•new school supplies, specifically back packs, laminated folders, zipper pencil pouches, plastic pencil boxes and educational flash cards for School on Wheels
•new or gently used books for youth ages 11-15 to support the Club’s WalMart Foundation Bright Spot reading program
•"Drop cloths” for painting
•gloves if you’d like to work outside
•experienced painters WELCOMED!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Coins, Currency Fill Brockton's Libraries

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—Wearing an authentic 17th Century beaver felt hat and blazer sporting numerous pins from other National Coin Week exhibits, Brockton resident Richard Hand places replicas of $1, $5, $20, $500 or even $1,000 Confederate currency into one of several glass cases filled with copies of vintage bills that will be on display at Brockton’s public libraries for this year’s annual homage to what makes the world go ‘round: Money.
As Hand designs the West Branch exhibit, his traveling medicine-man style garb and infectious history chatter about each bill causes a stir among children and adolescents who peek into the glass case and ask many questions--most popular: “Are they real?”
Hand gives them a mischievous look that makes him resemble a smiling and lovable Alice Cooper and tells them to bring their parents and come to Brockton Public Library’s Main Branch Saturday April 16 at 1 p.m. for the show.
“All the real stuff will be there on the 16th,” Hand said, handing out flyers for the exhibit.
This year’s exhibition and coin celebration will take place April 16 at 1 p.m. at the Main Branch library, 304 Main St.
The theme of this year’s National Coin Week held from April 17 to 23 is “Blue, Gray & Greenbacks: Money of the Civil War.”
All across the U.S., schools, libraries and coin collecting clubs and individuals are pairing up to bring youngsters and adults alike a glimpse of their extensive collections of Union and Confederate currency, coins, tokens, medals and other memorabalia that tell the tales of the dark and difficult days of the American Civil War.
Today, April 12, is the 150th anniversary, or sesquicentenial, of the firing on Union held Fort Sumter, South Carolina, by the Confederacy and marked the opening battle of the Civil War in 1861.
The event at Brockton Public Library is free and includes a Hand-led basics of currency and coin collecting workshop, talks by local collectors and experts about their pieces, and a slideshow and presentation by Richard Balbaton, a well-known collector and dealer from Rhode Island.
Hand said each participant may bring one coin to have appraised by experts and for help and advice in joining clubs or learning the hobby.
There will be raffles of a newly minted and uncirculated 2011 Gettysburg Quarter that comes with a case specially made by Anacs to commemorate Brockton’s 2011 National Coin Week Celebration.
Every participant will receive raffle tickets for other prizes such as three donated Silver Eagles worth about $50 each, special coin collecting folders and Silver Kennedy half-dollars—a valuable commodity in the rising silver, gold and copper market.
Every participant who registers for the event or while supplies last will receive an envelope full of numerous giveaways including commemorative pens, pencils, book marks, a President Andrew Johnson 2011 Presidential dollar, and three 1 cent pieces.
“Everybody who comes will at least be up $1.03,” Hand joked.
Hand, 50, a former Marine, has been hosting National Coin Week exhibits at the Brockton’s libraries for six years.
It began in the basement of the West Branch library where last week he delighted youngsters and adults alike with his beaver felt hat and obvious love of currency, coins, the intricate designs and stories of their history.
The first year about 20 people attended the exhibit, Hand said. Last year, more than 80 people attended and because of its growth, library officials have offered the spacious Children’s Room for this year’s event.
Richard Balbaton, who will host a slideshow presentation of 72 different Civil War era currency notes from 50-cent paper pieces to the elusive Confederate $1,000 bill, said “graying” collectors like himself hope younger generations who may eventually move to plastic currency keep his beloved hobby alive if only to appreciate the craftsmanship in a quarter or $1 bill.
Balbaton chuckled that if the value of the extraordinary art work on present and past bills and coins is lost or replaced by plastic cards, likely all of the value of American currency will be lost because without the gold or silver standard supporting American money there is no value in it—except for collectors.
“Our currency today is 110 percent based on a lot of hot air in Washington,” Balbaton joked.
Hand, a veteran’s affairs legislative aide for Rockland American Legion Post #147, said he always loved coins and currency since childhood, but it wasn’t until 1998 did he really get back into the hobby and since has tried to strike a minted passion for coin and currency collecting in a new generation.
“Just to see the kids and how much they love it--It's indescribable,” Hand said.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

1st Annual Mark Creedon Scholarship Run/Walk Saturday

BROCKTON--Family and frends of Mark Creedon will host the 1st annual Mark Creedon Memorial Run/Walk this Saturday, April 9 at D.W. Field Park at 10 a.m.
Creedon, a well known young man in the area died unexpectedly in February.
Proceeds from the race will benefit a student at Cardinal Spellman High School.
Pre-registration is still available. Race day registration and number pick-up begins at 8 a.m.
The run is a distance of 3.5 miles and the walk is 2.2 miles. Both begin at Tower Hill in Brockton's D.W. Field Park, near the Oak Street entrance.
There is no minimum age to participate. Children under 10 are free and strollers are welcome.
The cost for registration for those above 10 is $20. Checks should be made out to "Mark Creedon Scholarship Race."
For more information contact Adam Creedon at 646-209-4587 or

MyTurn Inc. Hosts Brockton Downtown Walk

BROCKTON--MyTurn Inc., a dropout prevention and intervention program for at-risk youth, will host a "2K Walk4Kids" Saturday, April 16, 2011 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at HarborOne Credit Union at Legion Parkway in Brockton.
The walk will celebrate Global Youth Service Day set for between April 15-17, and has been coordinated with the Boys & Girls Club, the YMCA and the United Way.
Anyone wishing to pre-register for the walk should visit The goal is for each walker to raise $50, however all money raised will be gratefully accepted and will help MyTurn's free programs.
Registration costs are: $10 for teens and adults, 13 years or older; $5 for kids 5-13years. Children 4 or younger are free.
Those who have not pre-registered may register the day of the walk at the HarborOne starting line beginning at 8:30 a.m. The walk steps-off at 9:30 a.m.
MyTurn's programs help youngsters who are often in difficult situations, including challenging economic situations, unstable home lives, court involvement, teen parenthood, and repeated educational failings.
MyTurn serves nine communities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
For more information about MyTurn, visit MyTurn's website. For questions about the walk, MyTurn can be reached by email at or by phone at 508-580-2659, ext. 201.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Raymond Elementary To Host Walk Against Domestic Violence

BROCKTON--A 5K Walk-a-thon to raise awareness of domestic violence and support Brockton social service programs will be held Sunday June 5, 2011 at the Raymond Elementary School.
The walk’s coordinator is Brockton resident Lovern Augustine, recent winner of Mrs. Ethnic World International in Los Angeles, Calif., and is reigning Mrs. Ethnic New England.
Since winning the pageant Augustine has been working to promote awareness against domestic violence and helped sponsor Boston's recent White Ribbon event (Augustine pictured in poster above) when men pledged to help stop domestic violence.
Augustine, one of the recent winners of Brockton's Commission on Women "Women of the Year" awards, was a victim of domestic violence who also witnessed as a child her mother being abused by her father.
The walk will begin and end at the Raymond Elementary School and steps off at 10 a.m.
The cost for each entrant is $20, however all donations more than $20 will be accepted.
Proceeds will help support Penelope's Place domestic violence shelter and Family and Community Resources in Brockton. The walk will take place rain or shine.
There will be more information in the future, but if anyone has questions or wants to contact Augustine, she can be reached at