Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Brockton Lays Off 76 City Workers

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON—Today will be a gloomy day around city offices, stations and departments.
In order to make up a $2.5 million deficit in the 2008-2009 budget workers in the fire department, police department, public works and city hall will receive layoff notices.
The shortfall came in March when Gov. Deval Patrick, to close a gap at the state level, cut back the amount of money cities and towns were expecting in this year’s budget.
The total number of positions lost is 101, but the actual number of people is 76, said Donna Daley, Mayor James Harrington’s chief of staff.
This round of staff reductions covers a shortfall in this year’s budget. It could be a harbinger of things to come in the 2009-2010 budget.
Daley said Harrington’s estimate of a $28 million shortfall in next year’s budget has been pared to $26 million, but the estimate of cuts to 300 employees--150 to 180 in the police and fire departments--is still being reviewed.
“It’s not a good scene in the city of Brockton,” said Lt. Archie Gormley, head of the firefighter’s union.
The fire department will lose 20 members, the police department 20, and the remainder will be cuts through nearly all city departments.
Gormley said it is the first round of layoffs the department has had since 1991 when 32 members received layoff notices and two engine companies were eliminated. Since, one company has been restored.
However, Gormley said, the department, like all others in the city, has lost jobs and positions through attrition as members leave for new jobs or retirement.
In 1981, Gormley said, the department had 232 firefighters. He said the department has 28 unfilled positions and with the 20 layoffs expected today, the department will be down to 146 firefighters.
“It’s a bitter pill to swallow,” Gormley said.
On Monday, the mayor announced a plan to offer retirement incentives to reduce the number of employees who will be laid off.
It is too soon to calculate the impact of the retirement plan, officials said.
Other steps to save the city money and decrease the number of layoffs include a 40 percent increase in the contribution to health insurance by non-union employees and retirees.
A similar plan for union workers is being debated by city and union leaders.
An agreement has not been reached for union workers and the mayor has requested from the State Legislature emergency powers to enact the 40 percent contribution without the union’s consent. The legislature has not made a decision.
The school department will not be affected by this round of layoffs Daley said, because the teacher’s union contract does not allow for layoffs in the middle of the year.
However, Daley said, the mayor plans to shift $14 to $15 million from what the city budget pays toward the school department and move it to the school budget.
The city picks up the bill for school transportation and retirement costs.
Daley said the school department will have to rework its budget to deal with the money move, although there are high hopes more money from the federal stimulus package will come back to Brockton and be put toward the school department to ease the $14 to $15 million shift.
“They may be made whole (by the stimulus package),” Daley said.
She could not estimate how much money the city is still expecting in stimulus money, but said that it could be “hefty.”
The school department has announced it will eliminate busing for students who go “out-of-zone” so their children can attend a school other than the one in the immediate neighborhood.
School officials have warned busing for all students except those mandated by law could be eliminated in the next school year.
City and union leaders will meet Thursday to iron out details, such as severance packages and the newly announced retirement incentives, of today’s layoffs.
Gormley said it will be a sad day in the department and throughout the city.
He said the union will work hard to help its members get compensation packages, job training and other benefits.
“We will do the very best to make sure our members get every benefit they deserve,” Gormley said.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Two Brockton Women Killed at Dorchester Party

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON—Three people were killed in Dorchester early Sunday morning including two Brockton women, one whose two-year-old son was brought to his grandmother by Brockton police.
Boston police said Shacora Gaines, 20, and Chantal Palmer, 20, were shot and killed Sunday at about 4 a.m. outside of a party at 41 Mt. Ida Road in Dorchester.
A Boston man, Anthony Peoples, 19, was also killed.
Police said the three were in a vehicle when the shooting happened and believe there was an altercation prior to the shooting.
Peoples and one of the women were pronounced dead at the scene. The third was taken to Boston Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.
Sunday at about 4 p.m., Brockton police went to a Wilmington Street address to check on the well-being of Gaines’ 2-year-old son.
The boy, who police reported was in good health, was taken to Brockton Hospital’s emergency room where his grandmother took custody. The Department of Child Services has been notified.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Brockton's "Tina" a Legend of Caring

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON—At 94, Christine Solomon is the Grande Dame of Brockton’s women of the year and a legendary example of volunteerism for nearly a century.
Solomon, known as Tina, was honored at the Commission on Women’s Issues annual "Women of the Year" breakfast Saturday for her tireless work in the city that includes delivering meals and hospitality to elderly shut-ins, cooking and serving food at homeless shelters, offering solace to the sick, singing with the Hallelujah Voices and a host of other activities that have made Solomon an admired and respected resident of Brockton.
Until Saturday, Solomon--a Brockton High graduate, one of General and Nannie Baker’s 12 children, wife of late Charles Solomon and a devout Christian—was an unsung hero, who since a girl volunteering at church has quietly become a legend for her genorosity and grace.
“If anyone ever needed a living testament or a visual description of what a volunteer does or who it is that they serve, just ask them to follow in the footsteps of Christine Solomon—if they can keep up,” said Denise Baker-Bradley, Solomon’s niece and the person who nominated Solomon for the award.
The 12th annual awards ceremony was held Saturday at the Shaw’s Center. The commission, formed in 1993, is dedicated to aiding women through outreach, legislation, referral services and other activities.
For her work, Solomon was presented the Woman of Courage Award, a special honor that recognizes Solomon’s lifetime of giving to others.
Master of ceremonies state Rep. Christine Canavan said Solomon at 94 still never stops.
"She is 24/7," Canavan said.
Women's commission member Mena Lopes, (in photo with Solomon) said she had not met Solomon, but having heard about her deeds made a point to meet the smiling, sweet-natured and unassuming Solomon, who did not offer her age until niece Baker-Bradley pressed her to tell the more than 150 people at the event.
“I’m amazed at her age and all of the things she does,” Lopes said. “There are so many great women in this city and Tina is such a role model for them all,” she said.
Mayor James Harrington said Solomon's energy and all-around accomplishments defy age.
"She is an inspiration," Harrington said.
Before ceremonies began Solomon said she did not know why she was getting an award.
After the presentation she simply thanked all around her and was smothered by hugs and kisses from family and friends.
Along with Solomon’s special recognition, the work of six other women was recognized.
Carol Hancock, a life-long city resident, is one of the founding members of the Ronald McDonald House in Boston, a charitable organization that helps families with youngsters being treated for cancer at Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
In 1975, when one of Hancock’s nine children Paul was diagnosed with leukemia, Hancock “found her voice” and broadened her role as stay-at-home mom and became an advocate and strong shoulder for thousands of parents around the world who come to Boston to help their children fight cancer.
Childhood friend Patricia Foley held back tears as she recounted the many loves, laughter, hardships and good times the two women have shared for more than 50 years.
Foley, (to the left in photo hugging Hancock) said her friend was not pleased when she received the letter from the commission notifying her that she was one of this year’s recipients.
The nomination was made by her son Christopher.
“Her comment was, ‘What have I ever done for Brockton,’” Foley said.
“What she has done for the city is when people from India, Greece, and others all over the world come to Dana-Farber they meet this remarkable, caring and giving woman and she tells them she is from Brockton. That’s what they remember. They take that back home with them,” Foley said.
Also honored was Elaine Kelly, who as wardrobe designer for high school drama productions for decades has sewed, cut, sized and measured her way through thousands of Brockton teenagers—students who Kelly said should not be sold short because of negative activities from some of Brockton’s youngsters.
“Don’t give up on the young people in this city because of some of the negatives you hear and read about. (The young people) are why we’re all here,” Kelly said.
Another of the honorees is Tara Canavan, director of Brockton’s Juvenile Resource Center, a program that helps teenage boys convicted of felonies, 10-year member of the Old Colony YMCA, mother of three and founder of a segment of the city’s Girl Scouts.
State rep. Geraldine “Geri” Creedon was honored for years of volunteer work in Brockton with the United Way, Hospice of Greater Brockton, the Charity Guild, Brockton Library Foundation, Fuller Craft Museum and her continued struggles for the city on Beacon Hill.
Also recognized were Kristina Lutz and Catherine Heggarty, who helped lead hundreds of volunteers who raised money and built the city’s only handicapped-accessible playground at the Howard School on N. Main Street. The playground opened in October.
Heggarty said while she was thrilled and honored to be chosen, she did not want to forget the hundreds of other women and men who volunteer their time in the schools, on youth sports teams, in hospitals and with numerous social service programs.
“So many people go about their work and are never recognized,” Heggarty said. “I thank everyone who takes the time to help the city in so many ways,” she said.
Photos by Jim Rober

Friday, March 27, 2009

Howland Street "Eyesore" Project Planned

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON—A neighborhood eyesore on Howland Street could be converted into a 40-unit housing complex for seniors, a residence that would be constructed by a non-profit organization that develops non-traditional cooperative communities.
Marguerite D’Angelo, regional manager for CSI Support and Development Services said the company is working to buy a nearly 3-acre piece of land and build apartments that low-income seniors over 62 would rent, control and improve as members of a co-op.
“There are no property managers. Each floor elects representatives. All decisions: paint, rugs, floorings, which contractors will do the work, are all decisions made by the residents,” D’Angelo said.
“We empower the people living in the building,” D’Angelo said.
D’Angelo and colleague Jason Jace, the company’s regional development manager, met with a handful of Ward 5 residents Thursday.
The area is zoned C-1, a designation that could bring an auto repair garage or fast food chains, said Ward Councilor Dennis DeNapoli
Howland Street resident Janet Frizzell-Hancock was initially skeptical of the proposal, but after the presentation looked forward to the day CSI might build.
“That property is an eye-sore. We need something aesthetically pleasing,” Hancock said. “I don’t want anymore McDonald's, Burger Kings or Dunkin’ Donuts,” she said.
Hancock said her family has lived next to the property for more than 100 years. She said it was the Green Elm Greenery, a beautiful flower nursery, but when the owner died the property went into disrepair.
Hancock said a once nice house had become dilapidated and a haven for prostitutes, drug users and drinkers. The house was knocked down three years ago.
D’Angelo said there is one big hitch in the plan: the group has not bought the land and is working with real estate agents to submit an offer.
She said because of the volatility in the real estate market the value of the land is at issue and if the land is too expensive the company may not be able to move forward.
Another meeting with area residents will be scheduled in the next few weeks to discuss CSI’s proposal with more neighbors.
D’Angelo said money for the project would come from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD.
Only people 62 or over would be eligible for the apartments. A lottery system would be used to choose applicants.
D'Angelo said the company would ask for a preference for Brockton applicants from HUD, but made no guarantees the federal agency would grant the request.
All units would have one-bedroom, a kitchen, and bath. The building would have laundry facilities, a community room and kitchen.
Under most circumstances children are not allowed as residents, D’Angelo said, but there are some exceptions, such as seniors who are married to people under 62 or adult children of seniors who have physical or developmental disabilities.
Each applicant’s financial and criminal backgrounds are thoroughly checked, D’Angelo said, and each applicant is interviewed by members of the cooperative.
Residents lease units and eligibility is based on income. The amount of rent paid is 30 percent of income and the remaining 70 percent is paid by HUD.
Once accepted, new residents pay a $100 deposit, which is considered dues to the co-op. The deposit is given back when a resident moves out and the payment gains voting rights in the cooperative.
If the company buys the land it would need permits from the conservation commission, planning board and zoning board.
D’Angelo said the company would seek a variance for parking spaces. The company wants to put in 24 and zoning rules require 40.
D’Angelo said the target date for occupancy is 2012.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Fatal Crash Driver Faces Charges

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON—A Brockton man witnesses have said was racing another driver before an accident on Torrey Street that left one man dead and two others seriously injured has been charged with speeding and operating to endanger.
Thomas Burke Jr., 20, of Brockton was charged by the Plymouth County District Attorney’s office Thursday.
Witnesses have said Burke and Richard Falzone were drag racing on Torrey Street, a section of road between Brockton and Easton residents call a speedway.
The men, acquintances from high school, were speeding side-by-side when they lost control and collided head-on with two cars traveling in the opposite direction.
Falzone, 22, an Easton resident who graduated from Brockton High School, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Burke, also a Brockton High graduate, had to be extricated from his car by firefighters and was treated for injuries.
Two women from Easton, Shaleeya Rankins and Aimee Olgey, were also extricated from their car and brought to Good Samaritan Medical Center. After initial treatment, Rankins and Olgey were flown to Boston with serious head injuries. They are expected to survive.
The driver of the fourth car, Thomas Gariepy, a priest and professor at nearby Stonehill College was treated for minor injuries.
A date for Burke's arraignment has not been set.

Investigation Launched For Missing High School Athletics Money

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON—Officials have begun an investigation of money missing from a Brockton High School athletics account, the second case of missing money in city accounts in the last month, and the third in a year.
Kathy Sirois, the school department’s director of personnel, said during a recent examination auditors found “irregularities” in athletic program accounts.
She did not specify if money was taken from taxpayer supported accounts or fundraiser driven programs.
Sirois would not say how much money is missing, however a source close to the investigation said it could be in the thousands. In published reports it has been speculated the amount could be as high as $50,000.
Officials said no one has been charged and an investigation has been begun by police, city and school officials and auditors.
Last week Sharon Nelligan, 42, of Brockton, who has worked for the school department since 1996, resigned her position as assistant to Athletic Director Thomas Kenney. The reason for Nelligan's resignation is unclear.
Kenney and Nelligan could not be reached for comment.
Last month the federal Department of Labor and Plymouth County district attorney’s office began an investigation of up to $30,000 missing from Local 1162 Laborers International Union of North America, a union that represents 400 city workers.
Almost a year ago, members of the Hancock School Parent Advisory Council accepted payment of $10,000 from a suspect who had taken an uncalculated amount of money.
Officials said the deal was the best way to end an investigation to track down money missing from fundraising accounts estimated at $30,000.
Investigators said because much of the money was donated in cash, tracing how much was actually missing made it difficult to prosecute and getting back some of the money was better than getting back none.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Two Vie for Boys and Girls Club "Youth of the Year"

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON—Jhana Lindo and Izilda Barbosa were as cool as cucumbers as they faced three judges who would decide which of the two 16-year-olds will be the first Youth of the Year winner for the new Campello Boys and Girls Club of Brockton.
“The club inspires me and helps me develop as a person,” said Barbosa.
“This is a very safe and educational place for me to go,” said Lindo. The two young women are finalists for the new club’s Youth of the Year honor, a title that along with a $300 scholarship comes with pride of doing a job well done.
Every Boys and Girls Club of America has an award commemorating the work of its members.
“All the young men and women who have won these awards or have been nominated are of the highest character and are committed to their community and club,” said Jay Miller, the club’s interim executive director. “These kids are our future leaders,” he said.
This will be the first Youth of the Year award for the Campello club, which opened its doors at the end of last July.
Programs are housed in the gym of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 891 Montello St.
The Campello club supports programs for Brockton youth between 15 and 19.
Until the club opened teenagers and youngsters as young as 6 were together at the Boys and Girls Club on Warren Avenue.
Now members between 6 and 14 attend the Warren Avenue club and teens have their own place at the new club.
Membership is $15 for the year and is often pro-rated, depending on circumstances.
After more than a month of preparations, which include submitting a lengthy application with a list of works and accomplishments at the club and writing an essay about the club, a winner will be decided in the next few days.
Last Thursday Lindo and Barbosa were interviewed by three judges who were chosen by the club’s officials. Last week's questions from the judges was the final step in the process.
Lindo and Barbosa only have hours to wait to learn who gets top honors.
“They have gone through a week of anguish,” said Jay Miller, the club’s interim executive director.
Initially four candidates were nominated for the award by the club’s staff. That group was pared to two finalists.
One of the semifinalists, Frankie Cain, a past winner at the Warren Avenue club, said the club is a safe haven from drugs, gangs and other problems that riddle society and tempt teens.
“I go to school. I come here and I go home,” Cain said.
Cain, 17, a peer leader and role model with the club and a senior at Brockton High School, began with the Warren Avenue club three years ago when she and her family moved to Brockton.
She wasn’t sure she would like it.
“I thought it was going to be boring,” Cain said.
Instead, she found dozens of programs and opportunities that let her shine and stay away from problems.
“I love it here,” Cain said. “It’s a positive safe place for kids,” she said.
The Campello club offers a handful of sports such as basketball, indoor soccer, flag football, fitness and yoga.
There is art on Tuesdays and crochet classes.
The Key Stone Club, which both Lindo and Barbosa attend, has teens involved with community events, peer leadership and mentoring. Some of the teens work with Brockton police to prevent underage cigarette and liquor sales.
The club has a computer room and a basement lounge with couches, pool and ping-pong tables and a TV with WII and Play Station.
The club also has constant adult supervision, which Miler said, makes the club a safe place for teens.
Those who would make it otherwise are quickly gone, he said.
“Kids who walk through our doors respect the club,” Miller said. “No matter what is going on at home, at school, or anywhere else; they leave it all at the door,” he said.
For more information about the Boys and Girls Club of Brockton visit http://www.bgcbrockton.org/

Ward 2 Council Seat Up for Grabs

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON—There will be a vacant city councilor’s seat for Ward 2 after state Rep. Michael Brady announced he will not seek reelection when his term expires in December.
“When I was elected state representative I said I would fill out my term,” Brady said. “I wanted to make the announcement early enough so anyone who wants to run has plenty of time to plan and campaign,” he said.
He said he will continue to serve the city as state representative, to which he won election in November 2008.
Brady, 46, has been Ward 2 councilor since 1997.
He is a Democrat and state representative for the 9th Plymouth District, which includes portions of Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Brady said he counts helping to build five schools, expanding the main library for handicapped accessibility and constructing a new senior center as his greatest accomplishments during his time as city councilor.
An advocate for economic development and public safety, Brady said as a state representative he will work hard to bring state and federal money back to Brockton.
“I will continue to be aggressive to ensure Brockton receives relief through the economic stimulus package and any other avenues possible,” Brady said.
Potential candidates for the vacant seat have plenty of time to think about running.
Nomination papers for the city-wide election will not be available until June.
Councilor-at-large Linda Balzotti has announced she will take on James Harrington for the mayor’s seat.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Motorcycle Accident Victim's Wake, Funeral Set

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON--Ryan Orcutt, a 16-year-old son of a Brockton firefighter and sophomore at Southeastern Regional Technical Vocational High School in Easton, will be remembered by family and friends at a wake Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Conley Funeral Home, 138 Belmont St.
A funeral mass will be held Thursday at 9 a.m at Christ the King Church, 42 Wendell Ave., Brockton.
A procession to Pine Hill Cemetery in West Bridgwater will follow.
Orcutt died Friday after an accident with another vehicle at the intersection of East and Edson streets Friday afternoon. Police have said they believe Orcutt was speeding and slammed on his brakes to prevent a collision.
Skid marks from his motorcycle are estimated at 70 to 85 feet. Police said Orcutt suffered head injuries as a result of falling off the bike as he tried to avoid the other car. The motorcycle, police estimated, traveled another 300 feet without Orcutt.
Orcutt was a sophomore at Southeastern Regional. He was on the varsity wrestling and baseball teams. In Brockton, he was a Pop Warner football captain and played baseball in the Colt League and Hawkeye American Legion.
His father, Lt. Roger Orcutt is assigned to Fire Station 4 on Crescent Street, the same company that responded to the accident Friday at 5:35 p.m. Orcutt was not on duty the day of the crash.

Monday, March 23, 2009

High School Fight Ends in Arrests

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON--Brockton police arrested three girls after a fight was reported at Brockton High School Monday morning.
Arrested were Bianca Burgher, 17, 23 Menlo St., Brockton, and a 16-year-old girl whose name was not released because she is a juvenile. Police went to the high school after receiving a call that two girls had assaulted another. The call was at 7:12 a.m.
Burgher was charged with assault and battery and the 16-year-old with assault and battery and trespass.
While investigating the fight police were told that a teacher was threatened by a student on Friday and later a knife was found on the student. A 14-year-old was subsequently charged with carrying a dangerous weapon on school grounds and threat to commit a crime.

Brockton RMV Worker Charged With Identity Theft, Bribery

Janice Washington, 48, of Brockton, an employee with the Registry of Motor Vehicles at the Braintree brancy was charged last Thursday by the U.S. Attorney General's office in Boston with identity theft and accepting bribes for alledgedly taking money to issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants.
Read more at The Boston Globe http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2009/03/braintree_rmv_w.html

Young Poets Slammed at Library Series

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON--Marguerite Guzman Bouvard, a well-known poet, author, environmentalist and women’s rights advocate said today’s young poets are more concerned with themselves than what is happening around them.
“There are some wonderful young poets. I just wish they would attend to the rest of the world,” Bouvard said. “There are many who are narcissistic,” Bouvard said.
Bouvard, pictured at right, was responding to a question from the more than 30 area residents who attended the Brockton Public Library’s monthly poetry series Saturday afternoon.
The monthly series is also sponsored by the Greater Brockton Society for Poetry and the Arts, or GBSPA, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the arts.
Bouvard, currently a resident scholar at Brandeis University, read several poems from past and most recent books.
She has published 15 books, numerous articles in the fields of political science, psychology, literature and poetry. Her poetry and essays have been widely anthologized and subject matters range from living with grief, overcoming illness and recognizing courage from those who have faced war and oppression from World War II to current crisis’ in Africa.
Her latest book is “The Unpredictably of Light.”
Before Bouvard gave her reading, would-be poets attended workshops and an open-mike session where they read their own works aloud.
Danielle Legros-Georges, a volunteer who usually leads the workshops, was a spectator Saturday because Lolita Paiewonsky, a Cambridge poet, lead the workshops as a guest.
It was Legros-Georges who asked Bouvard her opinion on the current state of poetry and the arts and letters in the U.S. eliciting Bouvard’s spur-of-the-moment comment that young poets are more concerned with their own problems than with the pain and suffering of others.
“I guess some of it is confessional,” Legros-Georges said, adding that the question could be discussed for “hours or days and could not be summed up in one or two sentences."
For more information about GBSPA visit, www.gbspa.homestead.com/Home.html. For more information about events at the Brockton Public Library visit, www.brocktonpubliclibrary.org/.

Purses, Shoes and Jewelry, but No Kids, Please


The Brockton Post
BROCKTON--The Davis Elementary School PTA's "Ladies' Night Out," had nearly everything a woman could want: jewelry, makeup, moisturizers, books, chocolates, hand bags, reiki treatment and sassy sandals.
What couldn't be found was children."This is girl's night out. No kids," said Denise Bert, the event's organizer and one of the many volunteers for the Edgar B. Davis Elementary School's parent-teacher association.
The invitations to the event noted, "sorry ladies, children will not be admitted...this night is for YOU to enjoy."
"It's a night out for moms and it's a night out for shopping," Bert said. "It's a night for themselves," she said.
The boisterous school-day chatter of children in the school's cafeteria was replaced Friday night by bright-eyed browsing over tables filled with makeup and facial creams, chocolates and candies, shoes and jewelry and tarot reading and reiki.
More than 20 vendors sold their products and dozens of women, like Claire Almeida, 45, of Brockton, paid $3 to spend a few hours on a Friday night shopping for unique gifts.
"I wanted to see what it was all about," Almeida said. "It's a nice time," she said.
All proceeds benefit the PTA's many activities.
The first event was held in October, 2007.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Brockton's Top Women to be Honored

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON--The Brockton Commission on Women's Issues will host its annual Women of the Year awards Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Shaw's Center.
This year's winners are:
Tara Canavan, who works to raise awareness of genetic disorder PKU; State Rep. Geraldine Creedon; Kristina Lutz and Catherine Heggarthy, who lead the committee to build a handicapped accessible playground at the Howard School; Elaine Kelly, wardrobe director for the high school's drama program and Carol Hancock.
Christine "Tina" Solomon will receive a special award as this year's Woman of Courage for her numerous works as a volunteer.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Former Tiger's Den, Two Others Denied Later Hours

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON—The city’s license board has rejected allowing the former Tiger Den’s and two other bar and restaurant’s request to stay open past 1 a.m. and a city councilor has moved to make all requests obsolete.
Wednesday night the license board denied extended licenses to Terra Terra Bar and Grill, formerly Tiger’s Den on Intervale Street, Max’s Hideout on Field Street and EmySafari on Perkins Avenue.
The board granted extended hours to Progression’s Lounge on Montello St.
Since the meeting, city councilor Thomas Brophy has filed a home-rule petition with the State Legislature to change the city’s laws that allow bar, restaurants and stores to serve alcohol after 1 a.m. The bill would also close all retail businesses between 1 and 5 a.m.
The city council is expected to discuss Brophy’s move at its meeting Monday night.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Taste of Metro South Strikes a Chord

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON—The smell of sizzling scallops filled the area near a table where the Stone Forge restaurants’s chefs sautéed an entrée at the Taste of Metro South.
“These are delicious,” gushed Richard Santos, 47, as he popped a succulent scallop and coconut flavored pineapple into his mouth.
Santos was one of more than an estimated 600 to 700 people who attended Wednesday night’s 17th annual Taste of Metro South.
“Over the years this event has morphed into an event where businesses, family and friends can gather to enjoy and evening of food and music,” said H. Scott Sanborn, a director of the Metro South Chamber of Commerce, which hosted the event.
The Shaw’s Center was filled with tantalizing smells, culinary delights and satisfied eaters who helped themselves to steak tips, stuffed grape leaves, spicy basil noodles, mini-shots of Narragansett beer and a smorgasbord of food that tempted the senses and tantalized the taste buds.
Susan Williams, a Bridgewater resident, said she tried nearly every one of the 45 vendors from Brockton, the Bridgewaters, Easton and other neighboring towns.
“I haven’t eaten this much since Thanksgiving,” Williams said.
Visitors ate their way through the many offerings that included steak tips from Crochettis in Bridgewater, spicy Thai food from Smiling Lemons in Weymouth and ice cream from Friendly’s.
The Brockton High School Jazz Band, Brockton Symphony Orchestra and the U.S. Air Force Liberty Big Band played toe-tapping jazz and swing music, while in a heated tent a DJ played soulful rhythm and blues.
Some gave up on New Year’s resolutions and Lenten sacrifices after being confronted by so many scrumptious choices.
“My diet starts tomorrow,” said Ray Roberts, 58, a Brockton resident.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wounded Man Target in Weekend Shooting, Former Tiger's Den Owner Says

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON—Porfirio Silveira, co-owner of an Intervale St. bar, formerly The Tiger’s Den, said a weekend shooting near his business is the last thing he and his partners needed as they try to establish a new style at the bar.
“I spent everything I had, all my savings for this place, I don’t need this,” Silveira said Tuesday afternoon in an interview with The Brockton Post.
At about 12:45 Monday morning Silveira said he was tending bar when all of a sudden Jerry Andrews, 34, of Brockton, came in the door and screamed he had been shot in the groin area.
Silveira said Andrews was not bleeding and described the wound as a slash, but Andrews began showing others the wound he received by pulling down his pants and in the process revealed more than his wound.
“All I knew was that I had to get him out of there,” Silveira said. A Dorchester resident, Silveira said he headed toward the city center because he thought the hospital was that way. “I’m not from around here, I don’t know where anything is,” he said. He said things happened very fast and this is his first business and job bartending. “I didn’t know I was supposed to call someone. I just knew I had to get him out of there,” Silveira said.
Police pulled over Silveira after neighbors called 9-1-1 about gunshots. Witnesses described Silveira’s car and police noticed bullet holes in the windshield and door.
Silveira said witnesses told him that Andrews was outside the bar and a car drove by heading towards Ames Street and opened fire on Andrews. Silveira said he thought Andrews took cover behind his car.
“Of course he was the target,” Silveira said. He didn’t know exactly why, but was sure Andrews was the man the shooters wanted. He said except as a frequent customer, he does not know Andrews.
Silveira said he and his partners took over the business about six months ago. They have rehabbed the inside and have plans for the outside, but have come across a $70,000 sprinkler system that has slowed the process.
He said the bar is no longer called The Tiger’s Den. It is now Terra Terra Bar and Grill, a restaurant and bar with a brand new kitchen that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. A new sign to replace the Tiger’s Den name with Terra Terra has been ordered, but not yet ready.
He said he didn’t realize the reputation the Tiger’s Den and other businesses before it had earned.
Neighbors have long complained about roaming gangs, late night drunkenness, drug use, and other unsavory activities, not only from The Tiger’s Den, but other bars and businesses in the neighborhood.
Silveira is scheduled to meet with the license board tonight to discuss extending the bar’s hours until 1:30 and 1:45 a.m. The new business has received a license to stay open until 2 a.m., however to have any form of entertainment, including a jukebox or DJ, Terra Terra needs a second license, an entertainment license that is separate from a liquor license.
Silveira said he and his partners erroneously believed the liquor license included the entertainment license.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tiger's Den Seeks Later Hours

BROCKTON--Owners of a Brockton bar involved in a weekend shooting want to stay open later on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and legal holidays.
Officials of The Tiger's Den on Intervale Street are expected to attend a license commission hearing Wednesday night to discuss its request to stay open until 1:30 a.m. when it hosts live entertainment and 1:45 a.m. for other events such as television and radio.
Currently the bar closes at 1 a.m.
The request came before a shooting early Monday morning that left one man, Jerry Andrews, 34, of Brockton, wounded. The bar's co-owner Porfino Silveria was stopped by police after the shooting as he was driving a bullet-ridden car. Andrews was a passenger in the car.
Police have said they will issue citations to Silveria for not reporting the shooting that took place near the bar's parking lot at about 12:45 a.m. Monday.
Officials said any disciplinary matter stemming from the shooting would likely come during a future hearing.
The license commission meets at City Hall at 6 p.m. The hearing to extend the Tiger's Den operating hours is the fourth item on the commission's schedule.

St. Pat's Day Puts "O" in Rodrigues

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON--Everybody is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, even those like Moises Rodrigues, the city's director of community services.
"Today, everyone's Irish, even me. I'm Moises O'Rodrigues all the way," Rodrigues said, getting a laugh from the dozens of people gathered at City Hall Plaza for annual St. Patrick's Day ceremonies.
The 30-minute program included the singing of the American and Irish National Anthems, raising of the Irish flag, short speeches by city councilors, a proclamation from Mayor James Harrington and selections of Irish songs played by police officer Tom Robinson and firefighter Jim DuBeau (pictured at right), members of the Brockton Fire Department's Pipes & Drums Corp.
City councilor Thomas Brophy said he is a first generation Irishman in the U.S. and proud of his ancestry, but proud Irish are not the only immigrants who have made this country, and Brockton great.
"We are all one together, and together we make the City of Champions," Brophy said.
Plymouth County Register of Deeds John R. Buckley Jr. noted the days when Irish immigrants faced discrimination and were banned from jobs and housing.
Buckley said on St. Patrick's Day he likes to point out accomplishments by the Irish.
He said Brockton resident Billy "Gunner" McGunnigle, once a shoeworker who became a winning minor league baseball coach, has been credited with inventing the baseball catcher's mitt. In 1875 McGunnigle, while playing a minor league game against Harvard, used bricklayer's gloves to make catching easier set a trend and new way of playing.
Buckley said history helps to teach that although times can be tough economically, people always make it through.
"Our ancestors faced tough economic times...and together, like them, we can pull through this," Buckley said.
For more information about McGunningle visit: http://plymouthdeeds.org/search-records-2/notable-land-records.html

Monday, March 16, 2009

Brockton Youth Leaders Boxed For Good Works

By Jim Rober
Brockton Post Correspondent
BROCKTON--Six of Brockton's youth leaders found themselves in a new place: on the front of a box of Wheaties cereal.
On Sunday six of Brockton's commuity leaders were honored by the Brockton Youth Foundation for their hard work and service to the city and its youth.
During the ceremony one of the honorees, Brockton High School Principal Susan Szachowicz said many challenges face young people today and community leaders must help youngsters overcome them.
"We as educators hold a responsibility to help those kids who attend our schools and want to learn,” said Szachowicz.
Honored at the breakfast and shown left to right in photo are: Barbara Duffy, founder and former chief executive officer of My Turn; Dave Gorman, long-time organizer of D.W. Field Park youth fun runs; former Mayor Jack Yunits, co-founder of Brockton's Boys and Girls Club; Larry Johnson, youth minister and WEEI personality; Kenneth "Sonny" Hewitt, a longtime official with Brockton Community Basketball; and high school Principal Szachowicz.
William McGauley, chairman of the foundation, said the men and women who were honored at the group's first "Breakfast of Champions" have made substantial contributions to the city's youngest residents.
All of the honorees received a box of Wheaties, the so-called breakfast of champions, with their picture on it.
The breakfast was held at the Shaw's Center Sunday.
Duffy is the co-founder and former chief executive officer of My Turn. She started the organization in 1984. My Turn is a nationally acclaimed program that serves both in-school and out-of school youth programs for students 15 to 21-years-old. My Turn has grown from a staff of three to nerly sixty and serves approximately 1,800 young people in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
Gorman is the founder and organizer of the Kids' Road Race at D.W. Field Park. When Gorman began the 2.2 mile races in 1978, the entry fee then was 25 cents per child. Today, the fee is $1 and Gorman plans to keep it that way as long as community partners continue to support the run. Gorman is also the man behind the annual Jingle Bell Run, a winter run aided by several other community groups.
Hewitt, widely known as "Sonny," for 24 years has been a constant presence in Brockton Community Schools Basketball and today now stands side-by-side with former students who are now officials in the league.
Johnson’s sense of humor and opinions have been expressed through his work as editorial sports cartoonist for The Boston Globe and his drawings for The National Sports Daily and ESPN.com’s Quickie Page. He spent 25 years as a youth minister at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Brockton.
Szachowicz is the principal of Brockton High School. Originally a teacher, she was the social sciences department head followed by housemaster. In 1999, she was appointed associate principal for curriculum and instruction. She is a life-long Brocktonian and attended Brockton schools.
Yunits is currently president of the Brockton Rox. He was the longest serving mayor and has been a lifelong advocate for youth programs. Yunits is a founding member of the Brockton Boys and Girls Club, a trustee of My Turn, and a supporter of the city’s high school and youth sports programs.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Food Feast at Taste of Metro South

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON—Beware. A food feast awaits visitors to Wednesday night's Taste of Metro South at the Shaw's Center.
There will be New England clam chowder, cheese platters, smoked chipotle ribs, baked lamb and tenderloin medallions, chocolate covered strawberries and pastries and cake--all waiting to be devoured at the 17th annual Taste of Metro South.
“Where else can you try 45 restaurants in one night,” said Kim Prosper, the event coordinator for Metro South Chamber of Commerce, the organizer of the event.
The tasting begins Wednesday at 5;30 p.m. and runs to 8 p.m. at the Shaw’s Center, 1 Feinberg Way. Tickets are $25 and come with a coupon book for thousands of dollars of savings at restaurants and pubs throughout the area. Tickets are available at the door or by ordering online at the chamber’s Web site, http://www.metrosouthchamber.com/. Online tickets can be picked up the night of the event.
Culinary providers include All Season’s Restaurant in W. Bridgewater, Lobster Barn in Abington and Narrangasett Brewing Co., in Providence, R.I.
Brockton participants include Christo’s, Peruvian Place, Burrito Wraps Mexican Grill and Montilio’s Bakery along with large chains like Shaw’s, Costco and Friendly’s. A complete list of restaurants and organizations and their menus is available on the chamber’s Web site
Prosper said every vendor booth has been filled and expects one of the best event’s in the 17 year history of the gastronomic bonanza.
“There are many new things this year,” Prosper said.
Among the new things is a large outdoor heated tent that will host a martini bar. Speakers from the main building will play music from a DJ, and several bands including Brockton High School Jazz Band and the U.S. Air Force ensemble, Liberty Big Band.
“People in the tent will still be connected to the entertainment in the main area of the event,” Prosper said. Also, she said, the extra space in the tent should offer more elbow room for visitors as they move from booth to booth.
Prosper said another innovation is the addition of a coupon book with the purchase of a ticket. She said the book, “Boston Mass Pass,” usually sells for $20 and is full of coupons to area restaurants. “It’s a great night and I’ll bet you’ll run into someone you know,” Prosper said.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Art Award Winners Head to NYC

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON—Five Brockton High School Fine Arts department students will head to New York in May for a chance at national prominence in the 2009 Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards Competition.
The five students are: Jeffree Marseille, painting; Marcia Roseme, art portfolio, Kevin Devilme, painting; Dena Rim, photography; and Hianula Monteiro, drawing.
Each of the five students earned the highest honor in the regional competition,--a Gold Key--winning a place in the national competition to be held in New York City in May for the Gold and Silver Awards.
Marseille won three Gold Key awards and Roseme, gold and silver. Judging took place Jan. 20 and winners were recently released by Brockton public schools. A date and location for the national competition was unavailable at this time.
“The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition is highly selective and prestigious," said Superintendent of Schools Basan Nembirkow in a written statement.
"I am proud of the high quality work our students have shown and I commend their art teachers for nurturing their talent and helping them to grow as young artists."
In all, 29 students from three Brockton schools earned awards. The highest honor is a Gold Key, followed by Silver Key and Honorable Mention.
Competition categories included painting, writing art portfolio, photography, drawing, apparel, jewelry, mixed media, and film.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, sponsored by the Boston Globe, reviewed more than 5,198 works of art and writing submitted by students in grades seven to 12 enrolled in Massachusetts public, private and parocials schools. The Boston Globe reported the number was almost double the amount of last year’s submission.





Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Boxers Undefeated Run Ends At Boston Garden

BOSTON—The undefeated run by Brockton High’s boys basketball team Tuesday night ended one free throw at a time as Lynn English won in overtime, 90-83.
The Boxers played hard to cut 12-point deficits in the third and fourth periods and took a two point lead with 34 seconds left in regulation, but with 9 ticks remaining English's junior guard Ryan Woumn cooly netted two of his game high 39-points to put the match into overtime.
During the last three minutes, behind nearly flawless foul-shooting, English began to pull away and the Boxers could only watch as their shots missed, layups rolled off the rim, and their dream of a state title disappeared one free throw at a time on the parquet floor of the TD Banknorth Garden.
The loss ends the Boxers undefeated season. The team began the night at 23-0.
“It was a tight close game, they played hard, but it just didn’t fall for them,” said Brockton school Superintendent Basan Nembirkow after the game.
With 2:18 remaining in the extra time, Lynn English began to pull away behind Boxer fouls that put Brockton over the limit and the Bulldogs on the line shooting one-on-one. Brockton’s full court press didn’t stop Lynn English from breaking out into the offensive zone and Brockton was continously whistled for fouls.
With 1:05 remaining, English had an 86-81 lead behind a spate of free throws.
English’s Woumn made it 90-81 when he sank two fouls shots with 34 seconds left. Brockton hit one more, but with seconds ticking away Coach Robert Boen replaced his starters with members who had played very little during the game.
Brockton’s senior guard Henry Vargus led the Boxers with 20 points and made two key 3-pointers in the third period, including a “Hail Mary” at the third period buzzer to cut English’s lead to 59-55 to start the fourth quarter.
Senior Shawn Yard scored 19 points and senior Jarrod DeVaughn netted 12, including some key layups to rally the Boxers in the third and fourth quarters. Senior Louis Montes made several key blocks, steals and rebounds.
Lynn English, now 25-2, moves on to play St. John's at the DCU Center for the boy's state championship Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

To The Garden for Brockton High Basketball








BROCKTON--Brockton’s boys and girls varsity basketball teams have each won the Div. 1 south sectional title and will play at the TD BankNorth Boston Garden for a chance at the state title.
The girl’s team came up short in their try for the Eastern regional title falling last night at Boston Garden to Central Catholic 75-45.
Tonight, the undefeated boys take on Lynn English, 24-2 on the parquet. Last year’s loss to BC High in the sectionals halting a run to the Garden’s parquet still stings.
“We’ve got to get that W,” said senior Louis Montes.
“We’re dedicating this one to that team,” Coach Robert Boen said. “We should have been on the parquet then,” he said.
Montes, who has averaged 20 points and 14 rebounds during wins against Boston College High, Marshfield and Newton North to reach the state semifinals said defense will be the difference in tonight’s game.
“Everybody knows we can score,” Montes said, “what we have to do is stop them on defense,” he said.
Fans have helped support the team in their undefeated run.
Jarrod DeVaughn’s mother Cheryl, surrounded by family and friends wearing black and red and calling themselves the DeVaughn fan club, shouted and celebrated the win over Newton North.
“This is his dream, he has worked so hard, they all have worked so hard,” Cheryl DeVaughn said. “He’s been practicing for this since he was 3-years-old,” she said.
With his face and upper body painted black and red Shawn Yard Sr., father of senior guard Shawn Yard, led hundreds of fans in the stands cheer the Boxers to a match-up tonight at the Garden.
“He’s worked hard. Drills, camps, practice, school work. I’m really proud. He deserves it,” Yard said.
Tip-off is at 7:45 p.m.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Sonny-of-a-Gun Leaves 'Em Laughing


BROCKTON—In his younger days former Brockton Fire Chief Edward “Sonny” Burrell was a cigar-smoking, joke-making, son-of-a-gun who knew how to put out a fire, get the job done and run a department.
At 94, not much has changed, except Burrell no longer smokes cigars.
“He is aptly nicknamed,” said state Rep. Thomas Kennedy during a special award ceremony Thursday afternoon at the Holiday Inn at the Westgate Mall.
“He has an out-going congenial manner that brings a ray of sunlight to all who meet him,” Kennedy said.
The Rotary Club, which hosted the event during its weekly meeting, the Brockton Historical Society and city officials joined together to present Burrell with a special community service award honoring his life-long dedication to the city.
Burrell worked for the fire department for 40 years--seven as chief--until his retirement in 1979. Burrell, when he was 26, survived the Strand Theatre fire on March 10, 1941 that killed 13 Brockton firefighters when the theatre’s roof collapsed. Burrell is the only remaining survivor of the tragedy that ranks high in the documented history of blazes that have been deadly to firefighters.
Burrell, already a city institution, became an icon for many last May when the statue was dedicated because the bronze memorial's face is based on a picture of Burrell when he was a younger man.
Mayor James Harrington, one of several speakers, said a looming $28 million deficit that might require deep cuts, possibly steep ones to the fire department, has begun to give him a Mona Lisa feeling as he walks past the statue at City Hall Plaza.
“Those eyes are starting to follow me,” Harrington said. "You're with me all the time," he said.
Current Fire Chief Kenneth Galligan, a Burrell protege, said Burrell was a very reluctant retiree on that last day at Station 1 when Burrell turned 65, the age state Civil Service Commission regulations require fire chiefs retire.
“He worked the last day to the last hour to the last minute,” Galligan said. “He didn’t want to leave” he said.
During the presentation, which had the quality of a good-natured roast during afternoon lunch, Burrell often spoke up, showing his legendary sense of humor as State Rep. Geri Creedon found out.
Creedon presented Burrell with a certificate of honor from the state House and Senate, one of many honors Burrell is very familiar with.
“I’ve got so many of these I’ve got a whole room that’s plastered with them, they’re like wallpaper,” Burrell said, getting a burst of laughter from the more than 100 people who attended.
Galligan, while recounting his 40 years as Burrell’s friend and colleague, tried to persuade Mayor Harrington into switching the chief's car from today’s Ford to what chiefs drove until Burrell’s retirement.
“We should have kept the tradition of the chief always having a Cadillac,” Galligan said.
Harrington quipped back: “Times have changed chief.”
During the event there were many laughs and many stories about “the old days,” Burrell’s ever-present cigar and love of the city and fire department.
“Sonny Burrell is a gentleman, a leader, a hero and an institution in this city and for many of us he is an icon,” state Rep. Kennedy said. “He is also a friend.”

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

ON TO UMASS--BOXERS STAY UNDEFEATED

BRIDGEWATER--Fans of Brockton's boys basketball team had the last chant:
"Undefeated," hundreds of supporters shouted as the Boxers dispensed with Marshfield 83-61, keeping their unbeaten season and Division I title hopes alive.
Marshfield Rams Head Coach Bob Fisher during an interview with WATD said his team had a great season but couldn't stop the Boxers offensive onslaught in the second half.
"We played four games against Division I teams and they played, what, 22 now, we may have to throw that dart...we need that level of competition," Fisher said.
Brockton will play at UMass Boston Saturday night at 8 p.m. They will meet the winner of the Newton-Durfee game held Wednesday night at Brockton High.
The Brockton girls team will play at 6 p.m.
In the end, Marshfield couldn't keep up with Brockton's fast breaks and rebounds on the offensive boards. The Boxers took advantage of nearly every Marshfield missed layup and lack of shooting accuracy.
Marshfield took the lead in the opening minutes behind hundreds of Marshfield fans, a sea of white and green that filled the bleachers of Bridgewater-Raynham High School, who clapped and shouted in unison "you can't do that," when the Boxers were called for fouls, or shouted "ole', ole', ole', when Brockton players took foul shots, or hooted "air ball" when a shot missed completely.
Brockton fans responded in kind, setting off duels of loud chants throughout the first half, when Marshfield kept it close until the Boxers took its first lead 17-15 at the end of the first period.
Brockton lead the rest of the way, pulling away in the second period behind one of two 3-pointers by senior Shawn Yard and a 3-point play when senior Griffin Carr was fouled on a lay-up and he drained the ensuing foul shot.
The Boxers lead at the half was 33-25, and by the horn ending the third period had reached an insurmountable 14 points at 53-39.
Senior forward Jarrod DeVaughn led the Boxers with 24 points and he had four 3-pointers. Senior Louis Montes scored 14. Marshfield's top scorer was sophomore guard Aaron Davis, who netted 21.

Rocky Marciano To Get New Title: U.S. Post Office

BROCKTON—The U.S. Post Office in Brockton will have its name changed to the Rocky Marciano U.S. Post Office, Sunday April 26 at 2 p.m.
Historical Society President Lawrence Siskind, one of many who worked to have the name changed to honor Brockton’s “Blockbuster,” said the day will be filled with music, speakers, Marciano memorabilia and photographs.
“It’s been a long time in coming,” Siskind said, letting out a breath of air. “It was just a morass of bureaucracy,” he said.
The dedication ends several years of discussions and legislation that began at the city level, moved to the state and was finalized with a bill in the U.S. Congress that was signed last July by former President George W. Bush.
Marciano, who died in a plane crash Aug. 31, 1969, was born and raised in Brockton. Marciano became the world champion in September, 1952 when he knocked out Jersey Joe Walcott in Philadelphia . He kept the title until his retirement in April, 1956. He tallied 43 knockouts in 49 professional fights and left the ring as an undefeated champion, a fete yet to be equaled.
Siskind said all are invited to the dedication and expects a large crowd. The post office is located at 120 Commercial St.
Marciano will be honored again in September when the city unveils a 24-foot-statue donated by the World Boxing Council that will be at Brockton High School, near Rocky Marciano Stadium. The ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 1.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Brockton Library keeps certification status

Brockton—The city’s public library has staved off losing its certification after the state Board of Library Commissioners granted a waiver, but until money woes are erased, the library is running on borrowed time.
Without certification status a library cannot receive state and federal money allocated for libraries or remain in the interlibrary lending system.
Wareham, Freetown, Hubbardston and Norton were denied recertification.
Rockland, like Brockton, was granted a waiver. If a library’s budget is cut more than 5 percent and its hours are reduced too much it must appeal to the commissioners for a decision on its certification status.
The library has lost 11 jobs, six from layoffs in this year’s budget, a cut of 13 percent and hours for the west and east branches were cut from 40 to 15. In November voters rejected three questions to increase taxes, including $210,000 to restore some hours and jobs lost at the library.
The budget for 2009-2010 does not bode well for increased hours or the call back of laid off library employees. The city is expecting a $28 million deficit and tough decisions will have to be made. Library Director Harold Williams III has said he will continue to ask for a waiver and continue fighting for his library.

Ames Street pair arrested on drug charges

BROCKTON--A man and woman were arrested at an Ames Street apartment and charged with dealing a Class B substance, either cocaine or crack, near a school or park.
Carlos Vicente, 36, 161 Ames St., apt. 1, Brockton and Kaitlin E. Ginty, 24, 62 Orange St. Abington, were arrested Friday afternoon at about 4:30 p.m. when the department's criminal investigation team executed a search warrant.
The pair was charged with possession and distribution of a Class B drug and drug violations near a school or park.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Crafts for crafts sake at Fuller Museum


Brockton—The art of craft making has come a long way—baby.
Sunday’s opening reception of “Craft in America: expanding traditions,” at the Fuller Craft Museum proves that making jewelry, weaving fabric, turning wood and blowing glass has matured from its traditional utilitarian roots to a way of life--to making crafts for crafts sake.
“There are more than 200 objects in this exhibit and they are all magical,” the museum’s deputy director Wyona Lynch-McWhite told a crowd of more than 150 visitors, artists and volunteers during yesterday’s opening.
The exhibition is the seventh stop and the only New England visit for an exhibition that displays what are considered some of the most important works in modern craft making. The traveling art-show follows the Peabody and Emmy award winning PBS series of the same name that first aired in 2007.
Two new episodes of the series are expected to be shown nationwide on all PBS stations later this year.
Some of the creative minds behind the t.v. series and exhibition were on hand to offer visitors insight into the research and compilation of the works highlighted in the television series and road show.
Carol Sauvion, executive director of Craft in America, said the two new one- hour episodes concentrate on the origins of craft making and the process of making some of the stunning pieces in the exhibition and the documentary.
“After the first episodes people, asked us, ‘how do I learn this and how can I make a living at it,’” Sauvion said, adding “well, we can show you how things are made, but making a living at it is another thing altogether.”
The art works displayed at the Fuller encompass a history of craft making from 19th Century Shaker furniture to works made in 2006.
A number of pieces in the museum’s exhibition, like Susie Ganch’s sterling silver necklace, seem to defy the functionality portion of the idea of craft making, but what is lost in functionality is replaced by beauty, whimsy, weirdness, innovation or political statement.
Linda Taylor, 57, of Bridgewater, smiled as she looked at Ganch’s eye-catching necklace that resembles a silver flower with its petals jutting out from an invisible throat ending with deep-red, land grown rubies.
“It’s a beauty, but try wearing it,” Taylor said.
“Craft in America: expanding traditions” runs until May 25. Admission is $8, $5 for students and seniors, and free for members. For more information about the exhibit, special presentations or classes visit, www.fullerart.org