Thursday, April 29, 2010

Calling All Brockton High Alumni: BBQ, Rox Game Reunion

Brockton Post
BROCKTON--All Brockton High School graduates are invited to a reunion barbecue that will be held at Campanelli Stadium June 26 at 5 p.m.
"It started out as a reunion for my class, but so many people wanted to join, we've opened it to everyone. I'm getting calls and emails from all over the place," Petti said. "It's a great way to catchup with people we haven't seen in years," he said.
The cost is $25 per person and includes the all-you-can-eat picnic and Rox game. There will be a cash bar.
All Brockton alumni are invited. To register call Todd Petti at 508-897-6891 or email at

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Alleged Nye Avenue Shooter Held Without Bail

Brockton Post
BROCKTON--A 21-year-old Brockton man will remain behind bars after his arraignment for the murder of Nye Avenue resident Wilson Pires--who was killed in a botched attempt at the shooting of another man.
"I offer Wilson Pires' family my deepest condolences," said Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz. "This was a brazen and senseless shooting by a coward who shot another man in the back," he said.
Alex Rosario was held without bail on the murder charge and violation of probation on a past stabbing charge that stems from a drug deal gone bad.
His lawyer Joseph Krowski pleaded not guilty for Rosario, who also faces three counts of armed assault with intent to murder, unlawfully carrying a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.
Rosario was arrested Tuesday afternoon when witnesses came forward with enough information to execute a search warrant, prosecutors said.
"This defendant has a history of violence," said Assistant District Attorney Michael Sheehan, as he requested Brockton District Court Judge Mary Amhrein hold Rosario until a probable cause hearing June 2.
Sheehan said the prosecution has three witnesses who have positively identified Rosario as the shooter in a gold sports car who opened fire on Nye Avenue Saturday afternoon at about 2:45 p.m.
Rosario and a passenger in the car, Sheehan said, were on the hunt for another person, and shot Pires once in the back as he walked on the sidewalk a short distance from his home.
Sheehan said witnesses saw Rosario point a handgun from out of the window of the car and shot several times.
He said Pires was likely trying to flee the area.
Sheehan said witnesses were familiar with Rosario because of Rosario's street activity selling marijuana and "100 percent" identified him from a photo array and other means.
Rosario's lawyer, Joseph Krowski said he would not immediately contest the bail request, but would so when he received more information about the case, especially the identities of the witnesses, which have remained confidential.
"My client has a constitutional right to confront those witnesses," Krowski said. "Something has to be worked out," he said.
Judge Amhrein ordered Rosario held without bail, but without prejudice--which allows his lawyer to request his release in the future.
DA Timothy Cruz said he is certain police and witnesses have the right man.
"We will give out that information when we have to under the law," Cruz said, adding, "Investigators do a great job and are thorough in their work and we wouldn't make an arrest or bring a case to trial unless we were certain we had enough evidence to win the case," Cruz said.
He said how investigators tracked down Rosario and who he was gunning for would be released as the case moves through the process.
Family and friends of Wilson Pires--a football star at Falmouth High School with no criminal record--remained quiet and solemn. Several wiped away tears as they hardened themselves for the trial ahead.
Family and friends of Rosario wept openly. His mother let out a painful moan and burst into sobs and left the courtroom as the charges were read against her son.
His sister Mary said an older brother had been murdered a few years ago and now her younger brother is on trial for murder. She said she didn't know what to think.
"We're on both sides now," she said.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Police Arrest Nye Avenue Shooting Suspect

Brockton Post
BROCKTON--A 21-year-old Brockton man has been arrested and charged with murder for the driveby shooting of a Nye Avenue man.
Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz said in a statement 21-year-old Alex Rosario of Brockton has been charged with the murder of Wilson Pires.
"This was a brutal and brazen crime that shook the community," Cruz said in the statement issued Tuesday.
He said Brockton Police, State Police and officers assigned to his office have been working "around the clock" since the shooting on Saturday afternoon when Pires was shot and killed in front of his family near the front porch of their Nye Avenue home at about 2:45 p.m.
Cruz said an autopsy showed Pires died from a single gunshot wound to the back.
"As a result of their hard work and the strength of this community the person who shot Wilson Pires in the back will now face justice," Cruz said.
Rosario is expected to be arraigned Wednesday in Brockton District Court. He faces one count of murder, three counts of armed assault with intent to murder, unlawfully carrying a firearm, unlawfully possessing ammunition and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.

Three Men Face D.W. Field Park Sex Charges

Brockton Post
Brockton--Three adult men have been arrested by Brockton Police for engaging in homosexual activity in bushes, woods and cars in D.W. Field Park.
Police Chief William Conlon said undercover officers were propositioned by the three men during an undercover operation last Friday.
"We've stepped up patrols over the last few weeks because of complaints from users at the park," Conlon said.
He said complaints identified adult men cruising the park in search of sex with other men. Conlon said the men have left evidence of the activity behind bushes and in the woods, such as sexual toys, lubricants and other items.
"It's not conduicive to a family-friendly atmosphere," Conlon said.
The three men are from Brockton, Marshfield and Canton. One is 45-years-old, another 65 and the third, 56.
The three face charges of lewd and lacivious conduct, indecent exposure and open and gross activity.
Conlon said the homosexual activity in the park is nothing new and every spring police increase undercover operations because with the good weather the search for potential sex partners increases.
"It's all anonymous sex," Conlon said. "Most of these men are married and living a closeted life," he said.
Conlon said the police have not released the names although they are available through the police log. "The last thing these guys want is their names in headlines," he said.
He said in the past police have released names of those arrested and one man committed suicide after his family and friends found out.
Conlon said if the sexual activity does not stop police will not withhold names.
Conlon said investigators pose as potential sex partners and literally catch the men with their pants down.
He said one of the men tried to run away with his pants at the knees and the officer tackled him to make the arrest.

Police Continue Search For Driveby Shooting Killer

Brockton Post
BROCKTON--Investigators continue to search for a suspect or suspects in the daylight shooting of a 23-year-old Brockton man who was shot and killed on a Nye Avenue porch during a driveby shooting Saturday.
"The matter is under investigation," said Brockton Police Chief William Conlon.
Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz said in a statement that the victim, Wilson Pires, was shot and fatally wounded during the driveby shooting.
Police were called Saturday at about 2:44 p.m. Saturday. Upon arrival police found Pires lying on the front porch of his family's 26 Nye Avenue home surrounded by family members trying to stop the flow of blood.
He was raced to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Witnesses told police a gold-colored, late-model Toyota fled the area toward Pleasant Street. Another witness reported the driver was a slender lightskinned man, in his 20s with a goatee wearing a hooded sweatshirt. A passanger was described as lightskinned but heavier than the driver.
The shooting is under investigation by Brockton Police, State Police and officers assigned to the district attorney's office.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

4 Redevelopment Board Picks On City Council Slate

Brockton Post
BROCKTON--The City Council is expected to discuss and possibly appoint four members to the Brockton Redevelopment Authority, a board that was disbanded but has been reformed and will replace Build a Better Brockton, a quasi-public agency that became fraught with charges of conflict of interest.
Mayor Linda Balzotti said Monday night councilors will have four names to ponder for the five-member redevelopment authority.
The appointees are: Robert Jarvis, Nadine Champagne, Gerald Smith, and Michael Curry.
The fifth member, Balzotti said is Christo Tsaganis, owner of Christo's Restaurant, whose appointment is made by the governor. She said his term expires in October and she expects him to remain as the fifth member.
"There are still a lot of moving pieces that have to be completed....but when all is said and done we hope we put the conflicts of interest to rest and move forward," Balzotti said.
The traditional redevelopment authority, which oversees millions in federal and state community development block grants and urban renewal funds, was replaced in 2008 by former Mayor James Harrington.
The new agency, Building a Better Brockton, characterized as a quasi-public board, eventually was overseen by many of the same board members as Brockton 21st Century Corp., a private non-profit that acted as the city's development agency.
At one point the two agencies shared an executive director, and the conflicts began to raise questions from councilors and residents, and Balzotti said a review of the agencies by federal housing agency Housing and Urban Development, outlined the conflicts of interest as a problem that must be changed.
Balzotti said the state Department of Housing and Community Development also intended to withhold a more than $1 million grant because resolving the conflicts would not meet the deadline for the money to be allocated for a city project.
Instead of losing the money, Balzotti said, she negotiated a deal with state officials to shift the money from Building a Better Brockton to Brockton Housing Authority.
"At least we didn't lose the money," Balzotti said.
Since taking office, Balzotti has moved to reorganize the board of Brockton 21st Century Corp. and has disbanded Building a Better Brockton. Since the issue arose in late December and January, 13 of 18 members of Building a Better Brockton have resigned.
The reformed redevelopment authority will oversee state and federal grants for housing and development, Balzotti said, and the three employees of Building a Better Brockton will remain employed, but now under the redevelopment authority.
She said unlike Building a Better Brockton, the process for membership to the redevelopment board not only includes the mayor, who appoints members, but also the city council, who affirms or denies the choices.
The council meets Monday night, April 26 at 8 p.m.

Library Grooves During City Lights Gala

Brockton Post
On Saturday night Brockton Public Library became a center of literary achievement when the hallways and book stacks reverberated with the sounds of jazz, glasses clinking, conversation and laughter during "City Lights 2010," a fundraiser for the Greater Brockton Society for Poetry and the Arts and Brockton Library Foundation.
More than 125 people honored the winners of the first poetry contest for adults and high school students held by the Greater Brockton Society for Poetry and the Arts, which hosted and benefitted from the $100 per person evening of dinner, poetry and dancing.
Nearly everyone (except this reporter) was dressed in elegant dresses and silky tailored suits, even local artist and character Bruce Hammond, who is better known for his faded, baggy jeans, bulky jackets and wild, long curly hair. (Pictured below leaning) "This is a great event. Even I'm dressed up," Hammond said, as he ordered a drink from the ornate bar that took the place of the check-out desk on the library's main floor. "I think the last time I looked this good, it was for a wedding or, maybe it was a funeral," he said. (Pictured below)
After saying that, Hammond recalled he was in fine duds for last year's City Lights at the library.
In a shimmering black suit, with his hair neatly tied back and bereft of facial hair except a diamond-shaped soul patch on his chin, Hammond said City Lights is a chance for locals to have a great time and celebrate the library and the other groups that give so much back to the city.
"It's really a showcase," Hammond said, as his toes began to tap to the tunes
performed by On Point, a jazz and rhythm and blues band that set a body-moving groove that could be heard on each of the library's floors.
"The band was hot, the staff was sharp, and the food was magical. What more could you ask for," said Arnold "Arnie" Danielson, president of the Society, who helped found the group nearly six years ago. "I'd say it was a success," he said.
Danielson said unlike last year's event--which focused on the poetry of the 1950s "Beat Generation" writers like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg--this year's evening showcased the winners of the Society's first New England region poetry contest for adults and high school students.
Saturday night's gala, Danielson said, was also a way to highlight the Society's monthly poetry series held at the library's main branch and features well-known and acclaimed poets who read their works for the audience. The next series is May 15 from 2 to 5 p.m. At noon, before the readings, budding poets and writers are invited to a free poetry workshop.
The Society received more than 700 entries for the poetry contest, Danielson said. There were two categories: one for adults from the New England region with entries from Maine and New Hampshire and one for high school students. Danielson said students from eight area high schools submitted entries. Three winners in each category won cash prizes.
The $500 first place winnter in the adult contest was Lori Desrosiers, an Upstate New York native, now living in Westfield won for her poem, "That Pomegranate Shine," a short work that illustrates a woman's emotional growth about wedddings and marriage from maidenhood to motherhood.
The $250 second prize went to January Gill O'Neil from Beverly for "A Mother's Tale," and third place, $125, went to Dorian Kosiopoulus, a Canton resident, for her poem, "Today I Saw a Boy in a Box."
In the high school contest, Easton's Brandan Griffin took the $250 first prize for his poem, "The Steel Blanket," a work whose meaning is decided by the individual reader.
Second place and a $125 prize went to Easton's Marissa Nunez for her poem, "Alzheimers," and the $75 third place to Brockton resident Jazriana Covell for her poem "You."
All of the winning poems can be seen at the library or by vising the Society's Website at

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Keep Brockton Beautiful Day Saturday

Brockton Post
BROCKTON--Residents are urged to join in the city's annual "Keep Brockton Beautiful Day," Saturday, April 24.
"'Keep Brockton Beautiful Day" is a great chance for members of the community, both young and old, to donate their time and energy to making our city a cleaner place to live," Mayor Linda Balzotti said in a statement.
Interested participants can register for this city-wide cleanup day the morning of the event from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Heights Crossing, on 35 Christy Place.
The cleanup takes place in numerous locations across the city and runs from 9 a.m. to Noon. After the cleanup, participants are invited to return to Heights Crossing for a free barbeque.
Businesses and organizations interested in donating goods, services and money should contact the DPW at 508-580-7135.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mayor's Task Forces Issue Findings

Brockton Post
BROCKTON--Five task forces appointed by Mayor Linda Balzotti to review the city's public safety, street violence, education, economic growth and neighborhood stabilization have completed their charge and findings are available on the city's Website.
"We put these task forces together to provide a comprehensive review of the major issues that people are concerned about," Balzotti said Friday when the reports became available.
The task forces were formed in late December and have spent the last nearly four months conducting interviews and holding meetings to provide a picture of the state of each area of concern.
Each task forces' findings is available on the city's Website at
Residents are urged to post comments about the reviews and recommendations on the city's Website.
There will also be a meeting April 28 at Plouffe Academy at 7 p.m. for residents to make public comments.
"We want to hear from people about these issues and this way they can make comments on the
Website if they want or they can make them publicly at the meeting," Balzotti said.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Poetry, Music at City Lights 2010 Saturday

Brockton Post
BROCKTON--The Brockton Library Foundation and the Greater Brockton Society for Poetry and Arts will host "City Lights 2010," a night of dinner, dancing and poetry at the main branch of Brockton Public Library.
Organizers said the party--which begins at 7 p.m. with cocktails--is to celebrate the power of the arts to "reinvigorate, rejuvenate, and to tease the crotchety old" downtown back to life and vibrancy.
The night will feature performances of poetry from area literati and music performed by classic rock and country band, Dale and the Duds.
The event is a fundraiser for the Brockton Library Foundation and the Greater Brockton Society for Poetry and Arts.
The cost is $100 per person and can be purchased by visiting the library's Website at
To see a video clip of last year's event please visit,
(Photo above of last year's band courtesy Brockton Public Library)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sweeting, Legal Experts Take on Youth Gang Problem

Brockton Post BROCKTON--The problem of youth gang violence will be front and center at Bridgewater State College's annual spring conference featuring Dan Sweeting, a Brockton father who lost his son in gang-related activities.
The speaker's forum begins at 10 a.m. and features several state and nationally recognized experts on youth and gang violence, including Brockton parent Sweeting, who raised five children--two who became police officers and one who became a gang member and was murdered at the hands of those gang members.
Carolyn Petrosino, chairman of BSC's criminal justice department, said Sweeting will give a talk outlining the scope of the gang problem.
"He has such a compelling and powerful story," Petrosino said.
At noon, for the luncheon, Petrosino said Sweeting will give a presentation about his son Derrek--one of five children born and raised in Brockton--who was 22 when he was murdered by other gang members.
Since his son's death, Sweeting has dedicated his life to a program called "Life Choices," which is designed to send a message to young people that life is full of choices and there are ones that can put you in danger and others that will lead to safety and happiness.
Sweeting was president of the board for Brockton Area Multi-Services Inc., or BAMSI, from 1992 until 2009, when he resigned to concentrate on the "Life Choices" program. He is a retired member of the Brockton Fire Department and a U.S. Army veteran.
The keynote speaker is James C. Howell, a nationally recognized author and senior associate with the National Youth Gang Center.
Also giving presentations are Brockton High School housemaster Michael Thomas; John Williams, a former Brockton gang member; Boston Police Youth Violence Strike Force head Lt. Commander Thomas Hopkins and Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz.
For a complete lineup of the morning and early afternoon session and ticket prices, please visit
She said the annual conference, titled "Juvenile Gangs: Understanding the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," is a way to highlight community crime problems, and this year youth violence is the topic, in part because it is something Brockton residents live with and may feel is not being addressed or have hardened themselves to the matter.
"I think we've gotten used to it," Petrosino said.
She said the conference is a way for people to see what is being done and to learn how difficult juvenile and other crimes are to quell.
"I tell my students all crime is a complicated social problem," Petrosino said. "There's no one simple solution," she said.
(Photo above courtesy of National Gang Center)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Garden Club Show Features Firsts

Brockton Post BROCKTON-- There were several firsts during the Brockton Garden Club's semiannual garden show held Sunday.
It was the first time the club held a juried flower show and it was the first time club member Sue Reichenberg had ever won an award.
"I'm 60 and it's the first time I've ever won anything," Reichenberg said, as she smiled from ear to ear.
Reichenberg (pictured above) took first prize in the table setting category. Her elegant setting was picture perfect and would be the envy of any bride and everything on the table except for the roses in the centerpiece kept with the theme of this year's show, "The 4 R's: Recycle, Reuse, Reduce and Recover."
Reichberg said she borrowed the champagne glasses from her friend Linda and all other objects such as the table cloth, plates and silverware she found around the house.
"I'm just so excited," she said. "I've never won anything."
The show featured more than 40 vendors exhibiting flower and garden-related wares, Sprig, the garden bear (pictured with club member Laura Birmingham) and a program of speakers that included the heads of SKY Vegetables, a company that is in the process of constructing the first commercial roof top hydroponic farm.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Patrick Hits Campaign Trail With Stop in Brockton

Brockton Post
BROCKTON--As part of his re-election campaign kick-off weekend that includes nearly 20 cities and towns, Gov. Deval Patrick will make a stop at the Council on Aging in Brockton Sunday afternoon.
The whirlwind tour begins tonight with a party at Game On! in Boston and then criss-crosses the state Saturday with Patrick making appearances that include stops in Lowell, Newburyport, Haverill, Jamaica Plain and Worcester and Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray in North and South Dartmouth.
Patrick will head to Brockton Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Council on Aging, where he will greet supporters and host, "Communities connecting with Deval."
Oftentimes when Patrick visits cities and towns in his official capacity as governor, he brings with him announcements of money or facsimile checks for local projects.
This time the tables are turned.
"Maybe some folks will have some checks for us," said Alex Goldstein, Patrick's campaign spokesman.
Before arriving in Brockton, Patrick will visit Smith College in North Hampton and after Brockton will head to Barrett's Ale House in Fall River.
"The Governor is all about meeting people in their homes and the goal of the campaign is to connect with as many people as possible," Goldstein said.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Brockton Garden Club Flower Show Sunday

Brockton Post
BROCKTON--The Brockton Garden Club will host its biannual Garden and Flower Show Sunday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Shaw's Center.
Cost is $1 entry donation.
The theme for the 2010 show is "The 4 R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover," and features four speaker programs ranging from the new roof top hydroponic farm coming to Brockton to myth-busting cats, dogs and lawn chemicals.
along with over 40 exhibitors displaying and selling garden related products. There will also be a juried flower show with 20 floral designs and many horticulture specimens, and a Kid's Corner with activities and games.
Schedule of speakers:
11:30 a.m. SKY Vegetables CEO Robert Fireman will talk about bringing the first commercial-scale hydroponic rooftop farm on the roof of the former Maxwell Shoe Factory on Oak Street in Brockton.

12:30 p.m. Rita Wollmering, founder of the Herb FARMacy in Salisbury, Mass., will explore a myriad of easy things everyone can do to be more "green" in every day life and contain costs at the same time.

1 p.m. Metro South Chamber of Commerce will give a presentation about last year's trip to China. All are invited to see the presentation and get information on planning a trip with the Chamber.

1:30 p.m. Mass. certified lawn care specialist Carl Brodeur, owner of Arborcare with Ropes 'n Saddles Inc., will show a documentary film, "The truth about cats, dogs and lawn chemicals," which will be followed by a question and answer session.

Burned Minivan Body Deemed Homicide

Brockton Post
BROCKTON--The Plymouth County District Attorney's Office has announced that the body found in a burning minivan on Burke Drive is that of a 27-year-old Dorchester man and an autopsy has found the man died of beating before the fire.
In a statement, District Attorney Timothy Cruz said the man found in the vehicle is that of Eduardo Aybar Vizcaino, who lives in Dorchester.
State officials have concluded Vizcaino died of blunt force trauma to the skull and have deemed the matter a homicide.
Firefighters were called to Burke Drive in Brockton March 25 after receiving a call for a burning vehicle. After the flames were extinguished, firefighters found a body stuffed into a rear cargo hold while searching the van.
Officials have not released any information about the minivan's owner and Vizcaino's death remains under investigation by the State Police, Brockton Police and State Police assigned to the State Fire Marshal's Office. Anyone with information should contact investigators at 508-941-0234 or 508-923-4205

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Ferrante, Macrina Can't Refuse "Godfather" Sendoff

Brockton Post
BROCKTON--For decades Brockton High Music Director Vincent Macrina and longtime friend Robert Ferrante have shared common bonds, except for together playing the theme music from the hit movie, "The Godfather."
Tuesday night, in front of an audience of more than 1,600 people, Ferrante and Macrina shared the stage for the first time in a rendition of "The Godfather" that featured a soulful trumpet by Macrina and Ferrante leading the high school advanced concert band during a farewell tribute in honor of Ferrante's retirement in June.
"We've shared so many things except playing the music from our favorite movie--until now," Macrina said.
Ferrante, 58, has taught students in Holbrook and Plymouth beginning in 1973 and since 1988 middle and high school students in Brockton.
Last night's concert marked his last public concert with the high school's concert band although there is competition in West Viriginia this week and he still has an engagement with the school's POPS in June.
The high school's Neal Auditorium was at it's 1,612 capacity for the concert that was filled with hugs, tears, handshakes, jokes and lively selections ranging from "The Sound of Music," and "Oklahoma," in a tribute to Rogers and Hammerstein, to a specially arranged medley from the "The Godfather," composed by 2003 BHS graduate Michael Flanagan, to Samuel H. Hazo's "Ride."
In choosing Hazo's "Ride," Macrina said the composition was well-suited to a teacher retiring after 37 years, because it is filled with highs, lows and a steady pace that brought the house down to one of many standing ovations.
"Bob, it's been a great ride," Macrina said before the powerful selection reverberated through the auditorium.
Known in the area as one of the few who play and teach the French horn, Ferrante was surprised to be asked to play the instrument and joined the high school band in a chair reserved for him and then was shoved center stage to play with Macrina and three others as the "United Brass," a New Orleans blues, Dixieland-style group Ferrante and Macrina have played with for decades.
Students Veronica Ramos, a junior and senior Kellie McGrath--both who were taught by Ferrante since middle school--lamented Ferrante's departure and will always remember the jokes and easy-mannered way he helped them through tough lessons.
"He's really a great guy," Ramos said. "He made practice fun and the trips. He kept everything together. We're like a family. I'm going to miss him," she said.
McGrath, who hopes to join a college band when she decides where she will go, said Ferrante has inspired many students not to put their instruments away after graduation.
"We'll miss you Mr. Ferrante," both said simultaneously as Ferrante received hugs, kisses and handshakes from the many friends and family who came to the tribute concert.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Car Towed From Creek on Elliot Street

Brockton Post
BROCKTON--A portion of Elliot Street was closed Monday morning after police and fire officials were called about a car in the water over the side of a bridge on the street.
Capt. Paul Cosgrove said the fire department was contacted by the police at about 8:50 a.m. to have a search and rescue dive team come to the scene to search for a possible body.
Cosgrove said a firefighter went into the water and smashed two of the car's windows to search for a person.
"We didn't find a body--fortunately," Cosgrove said.
Nearly two weeks ago firefighters were horrified to find a body in the back of a burning van they had extinguished on Burke Drive.
The red Honda Civic was pulled from the water by Lynch's Towing at about 9:45 a.m.
Firefighters also used white "booms" to soak up any oil or other fluids that might have seeped into the waterway.
Police could not be reached for comment about the car.
Residents said a passerby noticed the vehicle and contacted police.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Maestro Ferrante Takes Baton in Farewell Tribute

Brockton Post
BROCKTON—When Robert “Bob” Ferrante left teaching in the 1980s suffering from burnout and budget cuts, it was friend Vincent Macrina, Brockton High’s Music Director who wooed Ferrante back to what many say is his true calling.
“He’s been a tremendous teacher and the kids respond to him because of his easy going manner,” Macrina said.
After 22 years teaching Brockton kids, and 37 years overall, Ferrante, a fast-talking, quick-witted Italian full of jokes, retires in June as one of the most beloved teachers to instruct students on how to play music, read notes and grow to adulthood.
Tuesday night, Ferrante’s tenure in education will be honored during the annual Spring Concert when he will direct the Brockton High Concert band during a program that begins at 7:30 p.m. at the high’s school’s Neal Auditorium.
“We are dedicating the concert to Mr. Ferrante as a tribute to his exceptional talents,” Macrina said. “Musically, it will be a big send off,” he said.
During the celebration Ferrante will be honored through musical selections, he will conduct the concert band and there will be surprises.
Ferrante, 58, will retire in June after 22 years teaching and conducting middle and high school Brockton students since 1988.
After graduating from Boston University’s music program in 1973, Ferrante began teaching in Holbrook from 1973 to 1979. He then taught in Plymouth from 1979 to 1984 when he became director of music. During those years in Plymouth when massive budget cuts from the enactment of Proposition 2 ½ decimated state-wide school programs, especially in music and art, Ferrante said the workload was so large and juggling the numerous responsibilities, drove him to take a break from teaching.
“I was burnt out,” Ferrante said.
During this period he had several jobs, including as an auto broker, which fostered his life-long love of cars. Recently, Ferrante said, he bought an Alfa Romeo sports car—sort of a midlife crisis episode.
Explaining the purchase, he told his long-time wife Martina, a professor at Bridgewater State College, “It’s either a mistress or a sports car,” he said, with a laugh.All through the non-teaching years and back to high school, he has been playing in a band called “Dale and the Duds,” a band specializing in 1950s and 1960s rock and country, which he formed with East Bridgewater High School friends.
Ferrante is also known throughout the area as one of the few who play and teach the French horn.
He said after retirement he has several options. He has been contacted by other school departments to teach the French horn, and is considering offering piano and lessons on the handful of other instruments he plays from his home in Plympton.
“What I’m really looking forward to is sleeping-in mornings,” he said.
When Ferrante initially attended Boston University he was enrolled in the theatre program, a decision he said was a slight rebellion against his musical heritage.
His father, Anthony Ferrante was music director at Quincy High and his mother Nina played in the Brockton Symphony.
While learning to be an actor in college, Ferrante said he joined BU’s band and after a tryout, he expected to be seated in a third chair and was placed in a first. It was one of several glaring signs that prompted him to change his major to music after his first semester.
“I discovered that acting wasn’t me,” Ferrante said. “I was deluding myself…I also didn’t look good in tights,” he joked.
After more than 20 years of full-time teaching, Ferrante said he is looking forward to time off, but will miss the students he has taught through the years, especially some of those who have gone on to Harvard, and other colleges and universities showing Brockton's musical prowess.
“That’s the greatest reward when you can impact students’ lives in a positive way,” Ferrante said. “They’re the music. The students are the music,” he said.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Dog, Cat Rabies Clinic Saturday

Brockton Post
BROCKTON--The Brockton Animal Control Department will host its annual rabies clinic for dogs and cats Saturday, April 3 from Noon to 2 p.m.
The cost is $10 per pet.
All dogs must be leashed and muzzled, if necessary. All cats should be in some type of carrier.
The vaccinations will be performed by veterinarian E.S. Morkis.
City officials will also be on hand for residents to purchase licenses for their dogs.
Unspayed or neutered dogs cost $15 and those that have been spayed or neutered is $6. Proof of spay or neutering is required.
For more information, contact animal control at 508-580-7835.