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.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Brockton 180: Get Schooled All Day Every Day

BROCKTON--Brockton’s Promise Effective Education team will launch a new school attendance campaign, "Brockton 180: Get Schooled All Day, Every Day" with an event Thursday, March 22, from 4 to 7p.m. at Massasoit Conference Center, 770 Crescent St., Brockton.
Organizers said participants will learn more about the importance of attendance to a young student’s future.
There will be games and prizes for youth, along with networking opportunities for parents.
There will also be a free dinner.
At 4 p.m. there will be youth activities and at about 5:30 p.m., parents and community members are invited to join a special presentation on the role parents and others can play in this community effort.
Transportation can also be arranged upon request.
To register visit:
For more information, please call 508-894-2516 or email

Independent Living Workshop March 21

BROCKTON--Independent Associates, Inc., a non-profit center for independent living that helps individuals with a range of disabilities live independently, will host a workshop Wednesday March 21, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
The monthly workshop will help participants learn about housing options, how to search for housing, where to search for housing, how to fill out housing applications, and other obstacles that may be encountered while seeking affordable, available and accessible housing.
For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Kathie Gale by phone 508-583-2166 or email Independent Associates Inc. is located at 141 Main Street, First Floor, Brockton.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Easter Egg Hunt @ Westgate, March 24

BROCKTON--Celebrate Easter early with the Westgate Mall on Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m.
Children ages 12 and under are invited to bring their Easter baskets to collect eggs filled with Easter surprises from participating Mall stores--while supplies last.
Kids are sure to be thrilled with a special guest appearance from the Easter Bunny.
The Easter Bunny will be at Westgate Mall again for photos on Friday, March 30. For more information please visit,

Taste of MetroSouth Wed., March 21

BrocktonPost BROCKTON--MetroSouth Chamber of Commerce will host the 20th annual "Taste of MetroSouth," Wednesday, March 21 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Shaw's Center. This year's event features more than 60 restaurants and vendors, the most participants since the event began 20 years ago. Along with culinary delights, there will be music and entertainment from the Brockton Symphony Orchestra Quartet, Brockton High School Jazz Band, and "The Silver Fox" George Cataldo, who will sing songs from yesterday and today.
Tickets are $35 per person and must be purchased in advance.
To buy tickets and to learn more about the event, click here to visit the Chamber's website...

Mendelssohn Concerts In Easton, Brockton

BrocktonPost BROCKTON--The American Guild of Organists Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter will host two concerts this month featuring concerts of choral and instrumental music by Mendelssohn. The first concert will be held Saturday March 24 at 3 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 143 Lincoln St., North Easton. The second concert will be Sunday March 25 at 4 p.m. at Christ Congregational Church, 1350 Pleasant St., Brockton.
Admission to both concerts is free and each location has ample parking and disabled access.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Free Dog & Cat Rabies Clinic March 31

BrocktonPost BROCKTON--The Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Mass., will hold its annual rabies clinic for dogs and cats Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to Noon at the center's headquarters at 1300 W. Elm St., ext., Brockton. The cost is $10 per animal for rabies shots. Micro chipping w/registration: $25. All dogs are required to be leashed and muzzled if necessary. All cats are to be in carriers. Additionally, employees of the City's Elections Office will also be on hand to issue dog licenses. Licenses are: $20 for dogs that have not been spayed or neutered and $8 for those that have. *Proof of spay/neutering is required at time of licensing.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Maple Sugar Days @ Blue Hills This Weekend

BROCKTON--Brookwood Farm in Blue Hills Reservation will host its annual Maple Sugar Days Saturday and Sunday this weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Organizers urge participants to put on boots and a flannel shirt and head to Brookwood Farm for activities for all ages, a free ride on the Maple Express Trolley and of course, enjoy the smell of wood smoke as maple sugar is coaxed from the trees on the farm in the traditional way.
Cost is $6 for all. Children under 2 are free.
Brookwood Farm is located in the DCR Blue Hills reservation in Milton.
Take exit 3 (Houghton's Pond) off Route 93 and follow signs to Maple Sugar days parking.
This program is wheelchair accessible.
For more information, please call 617-698-1802 or 617-333-0690, or by email Registration not required.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Mayor's Youth Summit, Sat. March 31--Register Now

BROCKTON--Registration is open for the 13th annual Mayor’s Youth Summit which will be held Saturday, March from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at West Middle School, 271 West St.
The event is open and free to all.
“The Youth Summit is an invaluable opportunity, not just for the young people taking part in the event, but for me as well--the chance to see issues from a youth perspective is a very important one when it comes to developing solutions for the whole city.  I encourage everyone to take part," Mayor Linda Balzotti said in a prepared statement. 
Community Connections of Brockton will also host the South Shore Parent Leadership Conference at West Middle School from 8:45 a.m. 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 31st.
To learn more about the 13th Annual Mayor’s Youth Summit, contact Massachusetts Promise Fellow Yves Singletary or visit
 In addition to participants, peer facilitators and adult volunteers are also needed.  
Peer Facilitators lead the youth-only break-out sessions.  
Anyone interested in becoming a Peer Facilitator must attend the pre-summit training sessions and the entire youth summit. 
For more information about becoming a Peer Facilitator call (508) 897-6821
Adults interested in volunteering can call (508) 894-2516.  Adult volunteers must submit a completed CORI form in  addition to a volunteer application.
This year’s summit is built on the idea that Brockton’s youth have the power to create a bright and secure future for themselves.  
The Youth Summit Planning Committee, made up of 17 students from the B.B. Russell School, has arranged programs that specifically illustrate the resources available to young people. 
The planning committee meets twice a week to plan the summit.
The theme of this year’s youth summit is “The Future is Ours.”  
Coinciding with the theme, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., attendees can get a thorough overview of higher education options and opportunities by participating in “Early High School 101 Workshop.” 
Led by Massachusetts Promise Fellow Ashley Lesperance, the workshop is aimed at students in grades 7-11. 
Lesperance currently serves with ACCESS, a Boston-based non-profit.  
Space for this workshop is limited to 100 people.  
Online pre-registration for this session will be available, but capped at 50 people.  Those interested in attending this workshop can also sign up at the summit.
Troy Juarez, Jr., of the Homeless by Choice Tour will be the key note speaker. 
Juarez will share his story of being a homeless teen at age 14 to becoming a college graduate and business owner.
Other activities include: a youth carnival from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring DJ Pup Dawg of JAMN 94.5 FM, college and community resources, activities and giveaways; and breakout sessions.  
Free lunch will be provided.
Online registration for the 13th Annual Mayor’s Youth Summit is now open.  
Participants can register online or at any Brockton Public Library branch or Brockton Public Schools’ middle or high school front office. Registration forms will also be available at Trinity Catholic Academy, Cardinal Spellman High School, and Southeastern Regional Vocational-Technical High School. 
Please register by Friday, March 23rd.
Brockton agencies offering programs and services to youth are invited to participate in the youth carnival portion of the Youth Summit.   
Limited spaces are still available. 
To request a space, call Massachusetts Promise Fellow Yves Singletary at (508) 897-6821or e-mail:
Singletary currently serves in Mayor Balzotti's office.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Haitians For Progress Gala, Saturday, April 28

BROCKTON--South Shore Haitians United for Progress, or SHUP, will host its annual fundraiser dinner gala, Saturday, April 28 beginning at 8 p.m. at Lantana's in Randolph.
 Donations and sponsorships will allow SHUP to continue providing job readiness, ESOL, and computer training, and other services. Entertainment will be provided by Taboo Combo and other entertainers from the Haitian community. Dr. Paul Farmer from Partners in Health will be the master of ceremonies and Dr. Hermide Mercier, (pictured above) also of Partners in Health, will be the guest of honor.
 The night promises to be an evening by spoiling you with great food and performances from various talents within our Haitian community. For more information or to buy tickets call 508-944-1970.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Paws For Celebration, APCSM's Fundraiser Sat., March 17

BROCKTON--The Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Mass' annual wine and chocolate tasting and silent auction fundraiser be held from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Shaw's Center in Brockton. 
Tickets are $40. Last year's event sold out so get your tickets now. 
Silent auction items include a trip to see the Ellen DeGeneres Show, an autographed Bill Lee baseball, weekend getaways and much, much more.  Even if you don't win one of the bids, everyone will go home with something. CLICK HERE FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF AUCTION ITEMS.... 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Madea's Family Reunion Showing Friday NIght

BROCKTON--The Brockton Youth Council will host a movie night, Friday, March 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Arnone Elementary School. 
The movie that will be shown is "Madea's Family Reunion," a hilarious comedy by Tyler Perry. The movie is rated PG-13. 
There is a $3 suggested donation to attend the movie night.
Proceeds from the event will go toward materials for the Uniting Teens in our Neighborhood Campaign – formerly known as the BYC’s anti-violence campaign. 
The showing is open to all.
For more information, contact Yves Singletary at (508) 897-6821 or friend Brockton BYC on facebook.
The BYC was reorganized in 2010 by Mayor Linda M. Balzotti, the youth council aims to ensure Brockton youth have a voice in the city, and to provide teens with a forum to bring issues from their peers to the Mayor’s attention while working to create solutions to the problems youth face. The BYC also focuses and follows up on solutions developed during the annual Mayor's Youth Summit.
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