Monday, July 9, 2012


BROCKTON--Due to the above accident--my car is on the right--we have been and will continue to be on indefinite and very likely permanent hiatus.
Beware of people who blow through stop signs while talking on their cellphones!!

Friday, June 8, 2012

46 Alleged New Bedford Latin Kings Face Drug Charges

BROCKTON--Forty-six alleged leaders, members and associates and drug suppliers of the Latin Kings gang operating in New Bedford were charged today on federal and state drug offenses.
The charges stem from a long-term investigation into narcotics sales in the area, according to a prepared statement from the U.S Attorney's Office in Boston.
Officials said the mass round-up and charges are a continuation of law enforcement efforts beginning in 2006 to reduce the amount of violence and drug crimes in northern New Bedford centered around the Latin Kings' operations.
In 2010, law enforcement began to see an increase in street level drug sales and violence in areas of the city known to be occupied by the Latin Kings after an investigation in 2006 resulted in arrests and prosecutions at the local and federal levels of 37 Latin Kings members.
It is alleged that during the current investigation, recorded undercover purchases revealed over the last 18 months, the individuals arrested Friday, June 8 sold narcotics in New Bedford to cooperating witnesses and undercover officers.
Three individuals have also been charged with drug trafficking offenses.
The following individuals were arrested this morning and have been charged with federal narcotics violations:

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

New League, New Season For Rox Opens Friday

BROCKTON--Baseball is soon to be back in the City of Champions.
The Brockton Rox of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League will kick off the 2012 campaign in just four days, as their season opens on Friday, June 8 at 7:05 p.m. against the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks at Campanelli Stadium.
As part of Opening Night, the Brockton Rox will hold their first-ever Hall of Fame induction ceremony prior to first pitch. The Rox will honor three of Brockton’s most legendary and influential personalities: Ed Nottle, Van Schley, and Jack Yunits.
Nottle spent nearly 7 full seasons with the Rox as manager and coach, while also leading Brockton to the Northeast League Championship in 2003.
Schley was the franchise’s first principal owner and has been a key asset to the organization through the last decade. Yunits, the Mayor of Brockton from 1996-2006, was instrumental in the construction of Campanelli Stadium and the founding of the Brockton Rox.
Brockton and Martha’s Vineyard will take the field on Friday night for the first of 9 meetings between the two clubs.
After the Rox and Sharks square off in the season opener, fans will be treated to a fireworks display as part of the Rox's popular Friday Night Fireworks promotion.
The Futures Collegiate Baseball League is a new home for the Brockton Rox this summer, as they set to face off against 8 different opponents from five different states.
The Rox will welcome new foes to Campanelli Stadium, such as the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks, North Shore Navigators, Pittsfield Suns, and the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs--all from Massachusetts.
Other teams include the Torrington Titans of Connecticut, Nashua Silver Knights and the Seacoast Mavericks of New Hampshire, and the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide of Maine.
The move to the new league will bring many new changes, but the league puts a much added focus on New England collegiate baseball players.
The FCBL provides student-athletes from New England and New England colleges the opportunity to compete and play with elite players from across the country and promote them to Major League Baseball organizations.
Half of the players from each roster must reside in New England or attend a New England university or college.
In addition, the FCBL will provide a family friendly, affordable, and fun experience for the communities they play in--all in a minor league style setting.

Monday, June 4, 2012

TRWA Seeks Volunteers For Brockton River Cleanup

BROCKTON--The Taunton River Watershed Alliance and State Street Bank will host a Taunton River tributary cleanup in Brockton Tuesday, June 12 from 1:30 to 5 p.m.
Volunteers are needed to remove debris from the riverbeds and help identify sources of pollution in the area.
Gloves and trash bags will be provided and there will be members of the TRWA and the Brockton Conservation Commission on hand to assist and provide information about these headwaters of the watershed and how to protect them.
Meeting place: parking lot behind Brockton Public Library,304 Main St., Brockton.
Detailed information will be sent prior to the event and volunteers are welcome to gather after the clean-up for snacks and networking.
Email to sign up or call 508-828-1101.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

"Heel" Walk To Support Penelope's Place

BROCKTON--The Love Life Now Foundation will host a 3-K "Heel" walk to raise money for Penelope's Place, a domestic violence shelter in Brockton.
The event will take place Sunday, June 10 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Raymond Elementary School, Oak Street, Brockton.
Cost is $20 in advance and $30 the day of the event.
Many participants--guys and gals--will wear high heels, but those who would prefer not to are more than welcome to wear sneakers or other comfortable shoes.
After the walk, take part in a Zumba demonstration led by WEPA Fitness Ladies--you must have sneakers for this. There will also be games and prizes.
Children 10 and under are free.
Click here to register and pay online--be sure to SCROLL DOWN TO THE PURPLE HEEL or send an email to for an emailable/printable registration form.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

13 Face Deportation After Criminal Alien Roundup

BROCKTON--During a two-day targeted enforcement operation in the Lawrence and Methuen area, officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's or ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations arrested 13 convicted criminal aliens with 11 originally from the Dominican Republic.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston said in a prepared statement released Tuesday "Operation Threats Against the Community" began on April 26 and culminated in the 13 arrests.
All 13 taken into custody had prior criminal convictions. Additionally, 11 had multiple criminal convictions. Many of the criminal aliens taken into custody had prior convictions for serious or violent offenses including: possession of an illegal firearm, assault, assault and battery on a police officer, possessing and selling dangerous drugs, and drunk driving.
"When we focus on the arrest and removal of convicted criminal aliens we get an immediate payback in our communities. Because of the tireless efforts and teamwork of ICE officers--along with our state and local law enforcement partners— there are 13 fewer criminal aliens in our neighborhoods in Massachusetts," said Vincent Archibeque, deputy field office director of ERO Boston.
The arrests took place in Lawrence and Methuen and included members of the police departments in those communities.
Members of the State Police, Essex County Sheriff's Office, Massachusetts Probation Service and ICE's Homeland Security Investigations assisted over 25 ERO officers with the operation.
Of those arrested, all 13 were men and nationals of the following countries: one from Guatemala, one from Peru and eleven from the Dominican Republic. All were between 23 and 51 years old.
All 13 were arrested administratively for being in violation of immigration law, and all are being held in ICE custody pending immigration removal proceedings or removal from the U.S.
Some of those arrested during this operation include:

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Linde To Host Campaign Kick-Off

BROCKTON--The Committee to Elect Mark Linde for the 11th Plymouth State Representative seat will host a campaign kick-off and fundraiser Thursday, May 3 at George's Cafe from 6 to 8 p.m. All are welcome.
For more information about the event or to contribute to the campaign, contact Terri Linde at, or by calling 508-588-4493 or send a check to P.O. Box 974, Brockton MA 02303.

Monday, April 30, 2012

City Issues In Sights Of "An Outside View"

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—Former city council candidate Richard Zaccaro is the newest face on the lineup of shows on Brockton Community Access Channel 9.
Zaccaro and a crew of helpers are working on the third episode of “An Outside View,” a question-and-answer talk show about Brockton and regional issues.
The title, “An Outside View,” Zaccaro said, is a signal to all residents in the community that he is interested in hearing from all members of the community on all kinds of issues.
“The purpose is to allow ordinary citizens of Brockton the opportunity to speak openly and freely,” Zaccaro said. “It’s an opportunity for people to speak their peace,” he said.
Each episode is about 30 minutes and highlights an issue or story about the city.
Zaccaro, 58, is an elected member of the Plymouth County Charter Commission and chair of the Mayor’s Advisory Commission and Trust Fund Commission. He has run for city council and is a self-employed third party marketing representative.
Zaccaro said he is excited to get the show off the ground. It has been in the works for nearly a year.
“We really want residents to join in and talk about the issues in the city,” Zaccaro said.
The first episode features Eddie Byers, co-owner of Cindy’s Kitchen and a leader of StopthePower, who talks about doing business in Brockton, his roots in the city of Brockton, business background and the success of Cindy’s Kitchen—a growing all natural salad dressing and marinade business.
The show is taped once a month on the last Tuesday of the month from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Residents are welcome to watch the tapings at the cable studio at 1 North Main St.

Friday, April 27, 2012

BHS Drama Club To Host "Grease"


BROCKTON--Brockton High's Drama Club will host performances of the ever-popular musical "Grease" Friday, May 11 and Saturday May 12 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a matinee Sunday, May 13 at 6 p.m. at the Edwin A. Nelson
Fine Arts Building at Brockton High School.
Tickets are $12. They are on sale now at the main office of Brockton High. Tickets will be sold day-of-show while seats last.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Enviro Day At Library Saturday

BROCKTON--The Brockton Public Library will host "enviro day," Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The days events will include information about the environment, conservation, gardening and outdoor recreation, and houseplant advice.
There will also be a presentation by bird expert Bob Hurd,  "Books in Bloom” activities for kids and much more.
The event is free.

Tuesday, April 24, 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

Natural Gas Company Tests Oak Hill Way Pipelines

BROCKTON--Some residents may have seen a fiery burst of flame on Oak Hill Way in Brockton this morning.
According to a prepared statement from Algonquin Gas Transmission issued April 4, the natural gas company is conducting an inspection and maintenance program that began Monday, April 23 and will last until Friday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A video of a flare can be seen at the new website for Richard Zaccaro's cable show "An Outside View" by clicking here.
Algonquin, located at 20 Oak Hill Way, is engaged in an Integrity Management Program to internally inspect and maintain its pipelines as required by the US Department of Transportation safety and maintenance regulations.
The program is designed to improve the safety and reliability of natural gas transmission pipeline systems.
The program involves “pigging” of the pipeline.
Cylindrical devices called pigs are placed in the pipeline and moved along the pipeline by natural gas. The pigging process includes cleaning and calibration measurements of the pipeline.
This data is analyzed to validate the integrity of the pipeline.
Pigging works best within a specific range of gas flows or speed that the pig moves through the pipeline.
In order to properly inspect the pipeline it is necessary to divert natural gas through a designed flare system located adjacent to the meter station.
Algonquin personnel will be present during the entire operation.
What this means is:
1. A temporary stack, about 80 feet high, will be erected.

2. During the flare off, a large flame will be visible from the top of the stack.

3. The process will make a loud noise, described as louder than a jet engine.

Company officials said there is no cause for alarm and there will be no danger whatsoever to persons or property in the area.
Natural gas flaring is a routine and safe procedure, however it has not been used at this location. Algonquin was expected to schedule and pay for police and fire department details during this procedure.

Commission Proposes New Plymouth County Charter

The Plymouth County Charter Study Commission held its final meeting on April 17 in Hanover and approved a proposed new charter.
In its 385 year history, Plymouth County has not had a Charter as it is not required since Mass. General Laws govern county government.
Supporters of a charter say it will give the county more administrative, legal, and financial authority.
The 19 member Charter Commission was elected in 2010 to consider either abolishing county government in Plymouth County or proposing a charter.
In the 1990's, 8 of 14 county governments in the state were abolished.
Last year, the commission voted to not abolish Plymouth County government.
Highlights of the proposed charter include increasing the number of commissioners from 3 to 5, changing Advisory Board members from elected to appointed, and creating a provision to recall elected officials that citizens may be dissatisfied with.
The County Advisory Board is the legislative branch that approves the county budget.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Capstone Awaits May State Money Decision

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—The principal of Capstone Communities is waiting for a decision from the state Department of Housing and Community Development expected in May about whether or not a nearly $4 million grant to rebuild the so-called Knight Building will be approved.
“There are 52 applicants and only 8 will get it,” said Jason Korb, during last Thursday’s Ward 2 meeting at George’s CafĂ©. “If we get it in May we can be in the ground by August,” he said.
The state housing grant is the last, and an integral piece in a project to convert the Knight Building, also the century-long location of Stall and Dean, into a 25-unit market and subsidized, 1 and 2 bedroom apartment complex.
He said he has high hopes for approval, but there is no guarantee.
“Brockton really needs this, Brockton really wants this,” Korb said. “It’s Brockton’s turn,” he said.
Korb told an audience of more than 50 residents and officials that if the nearly $4 million grant is approved in this round of funding, the company will reapply and try again.
Korb said the money would add to the nearly $4 million already received from state and federal historic grants.
When asked by an audience member what’s in it for him and Capstone, Korb said he has put up much of his own savings—a more than 6-digit figure his wife and family think may be too much--and because of the way the state housing grant is written, he and Capstone are required to maintain and manage the property for at least 15 years.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

New Playground 'Miracle' For JFK School

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—When students at John F. Kennedy Elementary School return from vacation next week, they will have something that hasn’t been available to them in many, many years: a new playground.
A steady cadre of parents and volunteers have been installing the school’s playground since last week when volunteers from the city’s public works department used a bulldozer to grade and flatten a swath of land in front of the school that had become a broken-down, and according to parents, unsafe area for youngsters.
After this week, it will boast a safe and modern playground with corkscrew slide, monkey bars, climbing wall and a host of other play stations that are part of a $25,000 playground earned by the school through a contest hosted by Miracle Recreation Equipment.
“This was really a community effort,” said Jenna Giannaros, a teacher at the school and one of many parents and staff members who spearheaded a drive to rebuild the school’s playground.
“It’s our little miracle,” Giannaros said.
Giannaros and other committee members thanked everyone in the community for their help making the dream of a new playground a reality.
The drive began several years ago with fundraisers, but took a decided turn when the playground committee entered Miracle Equipment’s contest last November.
The contest included voting from the community on Miracle’s website, an essay on why the school was deserving of the new playground and a video—aided by Brockton Community Cable Access’ Noube Rateau—that showed the old playground and interviews with parents, staff and students explaining why the school should win the grand prize.

PD, Library Talk At Ward 2 Meeting Tonight

BROCKTON--Ward 2 City Councilor Thomas Monahan will host a ward meeting tonight, April 19 at George's Cafe from 7 to 9 p.m.
Guest speakers include from the police department new Chief Emanuel Gomes and Neighborhood Watch coordinator Officer Bill Healy and new library Director Elizabeth Wolfe, and Jason Korb, who is working to rebuild the former Stahl and Dean building on Montello St. Also expected to appear are state Rep. Michael Brady and the four candidates running for the open 11th Plymouth state representative seat. There will be a raffle and appetizers. The meeting is open to all.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Keep Brockton Beautiful Saturday

BROCKTON--Keep Brockton Beautiful Day will take place Saturday, April 21 at Heights Crossing, 35 Christy's Dr.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. The clean-up will run from 9 a.m. to about Noon. The clean-up will be held rain or shine.
At Noon participants are invited to a cookout at Heights Crossing in Brockton. For more information call the recycling depot at 508-580-7827.
( file photo)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Area Firefighter Recruits Inducted Into Departments

BROCKTON--Area firefighters and their families gathered Thursday, April 12 for an induction ceremony that included new firefighters in Brockton, East Bridgewater, Hanover, Abington and Needham.
Nine of the firefighters will begin work in Brockton.
Brockton's new firefighters are:
Christian Bugbee, James Campbell, Charles Davis, III, Jason Gould, John Medairos, Corey Poudrier, Mario Rizzo, Daniel J. Santry, and Nathan Thellen.

Happy Patriots Day!!

CONCORD--Thousands of men, women and children celebrated "the shot heard 'round the world," during weekend activities at Minuteman National Park marking the 237th anniversary of American Colonials firing on the British Army in the first battles of the American Revolution.
Here are a few pics from the presentation and demonstration of the skirmish at North Bridge in Concord, when after the first shot at Lexington on April 19, 1775, about 400 Americans fired on about 95 British soldiers who were attempting to take the bridge.
It was the second battle of the American Revolution. Hundreds gathered at the North Bridge to hear a presentation and watch demonstrations of British and Colonial firing drills Monday as part of numerous events remembering the opening of the American Revolution.
The demonstrations and presentations were followed by the annual parade from the Minuteman Monument to Concord Center.
(Photos Lisa E. Crowley)

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:

Brockton PD Website Set For Upgrade

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—Along with continuing numerous programs already in place in the department, new Police Chief Emanuel Gomes is enacting some new changes in the department, including revamping the department’s website.
“It should be soon,” Gomes said after a Ward 3 meeting Tuesday night held by City Councilor Dennis Eaniri at the John F. Kennedy School.
Gomes, who was named permanent police chief a few weeks ago, said the department has upgraded its software and expects to have a new and improved website in the next week or so.
“It was supposed to be this week two weeks ago, but they’re behind about a week,” Gomes said.
Some of the new features will include a live or “close to live” Brockton police daily log of calls personnel respond to.
Gomes said the department will also broadcast a 24-hour scanner from the site.
Gomes’ comments came after the Ward 3 meeting during which he introduced himself to the about 20 residents who attended the meeting.
Crime watch coordinator Officer Bill Healy gave residents an update on recent arrests of people suspected of about 150 home and vehicle break-ins in the area of Pine, Bouve and Forest Avenue since January.
Healy said the confidential and anonymous tip-line helped identify the alleged culprits and although sometimes catching the bad guys can take time, police believe the arrests will curb a large portion of the break-ins.
“These types of things take a lot of time,” Healy said.
Also attending the meeting was Thomas Healy, the new general manager for the Brockton Rox who talked about the Rox’s move from the professional Can-Am League to the Futures Collegiate League.
Healy said the Rox have high hopes for the season and are counting on the families and friends of players on the team to come to Campanelli Stadium for games and return the ballpark to its heyday in 2001 and 2002.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Fuller Craft 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 the theatre, in Hollywood and as a part of the famed Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, 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.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ward 3 Meeting Tonight

BROCKTON--Ward 3 City Councilor Dennis Eaniri will hold a ward meeting tonight at the John F. Kennedy Elementary School at 7 p.m.
Expected to speak are new Police Chief Emanuel Gomes and Brockton Rox CEO Mike Canina.
The meeting is open to all members of the public.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Vadala, Landerholm Headline BHS Spring Concert

BROCKTON—Brockton High’s music department will take to the stage Tuesday night for its annual spring concert which will feature internationally-acclaimed woodwind artist Chris Vadala and a presentation of the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award to Carl W. Landerholm.
Vadala, best known for his work with the Chuck Mangione Quartet, will be a featured performer during the Brockton High School Spring Concert Tuesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Vadala is a saxophone professor and director of jazz Studies at the University of Maryland.
Vadala will perform with the Advanced Concert Band and conduct a workshop with students during the school day.
The concert is being sponsored by the Brockton Rotary Club and some of the proceeds will benefit an outdoor amphitheater the club is building in honor of the late John Drystadt, a long-time Rotarian and music lover who supported the BHS Music Department.