Monday, October 31, 2011

Tricks, Treats At Rox Stadium

BROCKTON--Kids, before you go out trick-or-treating, be sure to stop by the Rox office on the third-base side of Campanelli Stadium between 3:30 and 5 p.m. this Monday for a Halloween treat with the Rox.
Wear your costume! Treats will be given to everyone who stops by, and youngsters will get a chance to meet and have a picture taken with K-O.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Addiction Tales Drive "Silence" Film

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By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—One of the numerous things Noube Rateau, a Brockton High graduate and producer for Brockton Community Access, learned during the 6 to 8 months he and two other friends spent filming “Silence,” a documentary about drugs and addiction, was the people who escaped the cycle of addiction, mostly did it through education.
“It seemed like the best way to stay away from it or not get involved in it, is education,” Rateau said after the premiere of “Silence” held Tuesday night at Bridgewater State University, where Rateau graduated in 2006.
“Education always seemed to be the outlet,” Rateau said.
The documentary is filmed in Brockton and features Brockton residents from various walks-of-life who tell their stories, often heart-breaking, of their own addictions, or that of their parents, or other family or friends, and how it has affected their lives—-in essence, breaking the silence and stigma that is often attached to addiction.
“Silence,” not only deals with so-called gangster associated, street-level heroin, crack and methamphetamine, but also the scourge of alcohol and prescription pills.
One man, in his mid-20s, tells of his mother’s addiction and how he had to become father, brother and breadwinner to his siblings when he was 11-years-old.
A 20-something woman tells how a close male friend drugged her and then raped her in a horrible and humiliating fashion.
Larry Curtis, who ran for councilor-at-large in 2009, and his wife Peg share the harrows of their son’s addiction, the costs—emotional and financial--of numerous rehab attempts.
A man of the streets, Carly, who many would describe as a derelict, explains how he became an alcoholic and how he cannot live without booze.
“I wish I was dead,” Carly says in the film.
A convicted dealer who spent time in jail regrets his past, but argues if authorities and law enforcement actually wanted to win the drug war it would be over by now except that a lot of jobs and money are involved.
Frankly, anyone who sees the film will believe him.
Rateau, 22, who graduated from Brockton High in 2003, said the next step for the film is to lock-in other colleges and universities for more showings and hopes to have a schedule in January.
After the tours and showings, Rateau said the film will likely be shown on Brockton's cable access station, but in the meantime if anyone is interested in buying a copy of the DVD they can contact him by phone or email.(See below)
After Tuesday night's premiere, there was a question and answer session during which Rateau called for the more than 200 people to get involved in their community and pay attention to what’s happening in government because in the end any solutions come down to policy—government action.
At the very least, Rateau said, Brockton and other communities have elections Tuesday, Nov. 8 and people should learn who is on what side of the issues, and then:
“Go vote,” Rateau said.
To purchase "Silence," contact Rateau at 508-930-4458 or by email at

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Healty Eating Fest At City Hall, Oct. 24

BROCKTON--the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program team will celebrate “Food Day” at Brockton City Hall, 45 School St. on Monday, Oct. 24th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All are welcome to come see what’s new in nutrition.
This event will include: interactive games to test your knowledge of healthy eating and information about achieving your healthy weight and what foods to eat in order to get the right number of calories for you.
National Food Day is an initiative promoted by the Center for Science in Public Interest and the focus is to bring nation-wide attention to what we eat and where our food comes from.
Food Day is a way to start thinking about how the food choices we make impacts our health, the local economy and the sustainability of our food supply.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, call Andrea Gulezian at (508) 513-3475.

"Silence" Depicts Drug Use, Addiction

BROCKTON--Bridgewater State University will host a premiere presentation of "Silence," a documentary about drugs and addiction inspired by true stories from the local area.
The documentary is written and directed by Noube Rateau, an employee of Brockton Cable, who said the film shows the reality of addiction and drug use from those who have lived it and survived it.
The preview will be held Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Moakley Auditorium at Bridgewater State University.
The viewing is free and all are welcome.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Library Fashion Show Brings Diversity, Community Spirit

Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON--From evening wear to upscale urban styles to cutting edge every day T's and jeans, Brockton's Downtown by Design showed off its original fashions during a fundraiser for Brockton Library Foundation Tuesday night.
"It was a great night," said Anne Beauregard, a foundation member and all-around library volunteer who was one of nearly 100 men, women and children who watched as
hot young men and women modeled even hotter clothing designed and made especially for the event by Guilherme "Will" Barbosa and Karen "Special K" Brown, who together opened Downtown by Design on Main Street.
"First of all, it was a learning experience, but I definitely loved the outcome," Barbosa said after the show, which featured not only young men and women modeling the designs, but an appearance by the Darlington Braves, a group of adolescent cheerleaders from Pawtucket, Rhode Island, singer-songwriter Ray Diamonds (Pictured in photo below) and rapper Mic Ross.
The event was held in the library's conference room and featured a DJ playing club music as the models took their turns on the runway to cheers and shouts from audience members--many who were friends and family.
The crowd included young and old, elected officials or their representatives, MetroSouth Chamber of Commerce officials, and the library's new director Elizabeth Marcus Wolfe, who took over the job about three weeks ago after former director Harry Williams III left to take over at Quincy's Crane Public Library.
Coming from Holliston, Wolfe said the fashion show was a welcome blast of diversity, camaraderie, and positive city life.
"What a wonderful way to be introduced to the community," Wolfe said. Barbosa said Downtown by Design will host another "invite only" fashion show to be held at Brockton's V.F.W., Saturday, Nov. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. that will be followed by dancing and music. Tickets are $25 and anyone can be on the guest list by contacting Barbosa at 508-942-9265 or email at

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Towerfest 2011 Sat. Oct. 8

BROCKTON--Towerfest 2011 will be held Saturday, Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at D.W. Field Park.
The annual fete will feature Zappy the Clown, free pony rides, a reptile show, the Cosmo Legion Band, Balloon Man, a reptile show, birds of prey exhibit, raffles, crafts, face painting and tours of the historic tower overlooking the Frederick Law Olmstead designed park.
Admission is free and all are welcome. Click event flyer for times of each activity.