Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Brockton Fair Opens Thursday, June 30

BROCKTON--The 137th Brockton Fair opens Thursday, June 30 with new rides, new attractions and magic shows by Brockton native and Las Vegas regular comedian/hypnotist Brian Campbell.
Fairgrounds open Thursday, June 30 at 5 p.m. The fair will run until Sunday, July 10.
Brockton native Campbell, "The Magic Guy," brings his magic act to the fair this year and joins Walker Brothers' International Circus, "The Grizzly Experience," a live grizzly bear show and "The Marvelous Mutts," a dog agility show.
There will also be rides, a petting zoo, woodworking, demolition derby, motocross, and many of the other fair favorites.
Fireworks will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and Monday, Fourth of July.
The fair is open Fridays from 5 p.m. to Midnight, Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to Midnight and weekdays, Monday to Thursday from 5 to 11 p.m.
On Monday, July 4 the fair will be open from 2 p.m. to midnight.
Click here for a complete schedule of events...
Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under for walk-ins. The cost is $20 for a carload and includes parking and admission for all in the vehicle.
Discount coupons are available by clicking here...
For all other information about the fair click here to visit Reithoffer Show's website.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Brockton Pipes & Drums Race June 26

BROCKTON--The 5th Annual Brockton Firefighters Pipes & Drums Road Race will be held Sunday, June 26.
The race will begin and end at Keating Hall, 80 Perkins Ave.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the race will start at 10 a.m.
There is a $15 registration fee if participants register before June 24. There is a $20 fee the day of the race. For more information, visit

Free Health Fair Sat., June 25

BROCKTON--The Greater Brockton Community Area Health Network will host the Greater Brockton Health Fair at the Trinity Baptist Church in Brockton Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event is free.
The fair provides information on resources available to people so they can lead healthier lives.
Numerous health and human services are expected to have booths and tables and several free health screenings will be available.
Trinity Baptist Church is located at 1180 Main St., Brockton.

Campello Cleanup Saturday, June 25

BROCKTON--Volunteers are needed to participate in a neighborhood clean-up Saturday, June 25 in the Campello section of Brockton.
The event will begin at 28 Sheppard St. at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25.
“Events like these build momentum in the community, and foster a sense of ownership among neighbors,” said Mayor Linda M. Balzotti in a prepared statement.
“By working together to beautify their neighborhood, residents are also making personal connections,” she said.
Volunteers will receive supplies donated by Home Depot and begin cleaning up a vacant lot and adjacent streets in the Campello area.
“The Brockton Housing Authority, Mayor Balzotti, the Brockton Redevelopment Authority and BIC have made the revitalization of Campello a high priority,” said Housing Authority Executive Director Richard Sergi.
“This clean-up is our way of telling Campello residents that they count,” he said.
Last year’s event, which started on Tribou Street, was successful because residents not only participated, but followed up on their own, said Sergi.
“The clean-up is a great way to bring neighborhood residents together to complete a project that will have a direct positive impact on their lives,” said Marc Resnick, Executive Director of the Brockton Redevelopment Authority.
“It also helps to promote healthy neighborhoods and also supports other efforts in the area," he said.
A celebration barbeque will follow the clean-up.
The clean-up co-sponsored by: the Office of Mayor Linda M. Balzotti; the Brockton Redevelopment Authority, the Brockton Housing Authority; Self Help, Inc.; Neighborhood Housing Services of the South Shore; the Cape Verdean Association; Brockton Interfaith Community, Walgreens; and Home Depot.
For more information about the clean-up, or to volunteer, call Self Help at 508-588-4049.
(Above photo BrocktonPost file photo)

Manning Pool Opens June 27

BROCKTON--Manning Pool, located behind Brockton High School, will open Monday, June 27.
Pool hours will be from 1 to 6 p.m. and the pool will be open seven days a week.
Passes for the pool are now available for purchase at the Elections Commission office, located on the first floor of City Hall, 45 School St.
Passes will also be on sale at the Manning Pool after it opens Monday, June 27.
Season passes are $45 per family, for up to five people; $22 per person; and $18 for senior citizens, age 60 and up.
Daily passes are $3 per day for Massachusetts residents, and $5 per person, per day for non-Massachusetts residents.
The pool will be open until Sunday, August 28.
The Manning Pool has a gazebo, state-of-the-art play area, and multiple water features.
There is also a slide, snack bar, locker rooms, and a 1.5 acre grassy area.
For more information, contact the mayor’s office at 508-580-7123. or visit the city's website at

Friday, June 17, 2011

Good Sam Dedicates Healing Garden

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—Middleboro resident Lorna Brunelle, who is a 6-year survivor of cancer, had a little advice to give those who may be battling the deadly disease.
“Stay positive, ask for help, reach out to family and friends for support and take care of yourself,” Brunelle said. “Take naps. Don’t do the dishes. Don’t make the bed—I made my bed everyday of my life until I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Some things don’t have to be done right away,” she said. (Pictured above at right)
Brunelle, 40, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at 33. She has been cancer-free for six years and was the keynote speaker for Good Samaritan Medical Center’s cancer survivor celebration and dedication of its new healing garden held Thursday, June 16.
Brunelle gave an inspiring message and was surrounded by several young women who are her students in the Miss America Pageant program. She has self-published a book, “Dirty Bombshell: From Thyroid Cancer Back to Fabulous;” she is a staff member at Boston Casting Inc. and is owner of Burt Wood School of Performing Arts and Alley Theatre in Middleboro.
Dr. Rohini Sakhuja, chairman of the Cancer Care Committee, said during a nearly two-hour celebration, that the healing garden is a place for patients and their families to find peace and calm during what can be difficult treatments.
Sakhuja gave the numerous cancer survivors in the crowd a show of support.
“They have the nerve, the guts—the guts to overcome all the obstacles that come at them,” Sakhuja said.
The healing garden is also open to the public and the hospital’s employees, but it isn’t open to those smoking cigarettes.
“There’s no smoking in the healing garden,” Sakhuja noted.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Taunton River Overnight Canoe Run Sat. June 25

BROCKTON--The Taunton River Watershed Alliance will host its annual canoe and camping trip beginning Saturday June 25 at 9 a.m.
The river run kicks-off on the Town River, continues on to a cookout with entertainment and camping at Titicut in Bridgewater.
After the overnight campout participants paddle down the Taunton River to the Weir Village where the run ends at about 4 p.m. Sunday, June 26.
Exact locations depend on water conditions and will be announced later.
The fee is $30 per canoe/kayak for TRWA members and $40 per canoe/kayak for non-TRWA participants.
Dinner and evening program is included in cost.
Call for arrangements for scout or youth groups with adult leaders.
Prior registration is required and can be made by calling 508-828-1101.
For detailed instructions about the trip, click here to visit TRWA's website.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Wine Tasting June 11 Supports Library Foundation

BROCKTON--The Brockton Library Foundation will hold a wine tasting on Saturday, June 11 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Brockton Main Library,
Those of legal drinking age are invited to support the Foundation while enjoying wine and appetizers.
All proceeds will support library programs.
Tickets will be sold at the door for $20 per person and checks may be made to the Brockton Library Foundation.
For more information, contact Anne at 508-584-6919.