Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Costumes, Candy & Music Fill Holiday Parade 2010



Story and photos by Lisa E. Crowley
The BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—Melissa Rodriguez with her one-year-old Chihuaha Guido watched, waved and cheered as thousands of musicians, students in costume and vehicles decorated in bright Christmas and holiday motifs passed by on Main Street for the 24th annual Greater Brockton Holiday Parade.
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Monday, November 29, 2010

Holiday Parade 2010

The BrocktonPost
BROCKTON--Just getting back from a couple of days R & R. The holiday parade story and pics will be posted later tonight. Check in later on!

THIS WEEK IN BROCKTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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BROCKTON--
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29--No meetings or events scheduled.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Parents’ Academy, "How to Hold a Family Meeting," Arnone School 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Baker: Grade 3 Field Trip – Fuller Craft Museum. During School.
Davis: Title One ~ Family Book Talk Lunch – Grade 4, 11:30 a.m.
South: School Improvement Council meeting. Principal’s office 5:30 p.m.
South: P.A.C. meeting. café, 6:00 p.m.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Medicare Q & A Forum For Seniors Monday

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BROCKTON--Congressman Stephen F. Lynch will host a forum on Medicare Open Enrollment Monday, Nov. 29 at 10 a.m. at the Dorn Davies Senior Center at the Campello High Rise, 1380 Main Street.
Changes to Medicare Part D make this year’s open enrollment particularly important. Representatives from Social Security, CMS Medicare and SHINE will be available to answer questions and assist with the open enrollment process.
All interested parties are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Brockton PD Make Weekend Drug Busts

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BROCKTON--Over the weekend Brockton Police made more drug busts following four traffic stops. For more please visit BrocktonBeat.com.

State Police Pipes and Drums #1 in Brockton Contest

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BROCKTON—A contingent from the Massachusetts State Police Pipe and Drum team were crowned champions in the Brockton Fire Department’s second annual battle of the pipe and drums bands contest.
On Sunday Nov. 14, five bands from the New England were scrutinized by judges from the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association as they marched, pounded drums and played bagpipes at the Shaw’s Center in Brockton.
More than 100 people attended the event.
Brockton Firefighter Peter Reardon said five teams competed this year. During the competition’s inaugural contest last year four bands vied for the honor of best pipe band in New England.
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Monday, November 22, 2010

Library Seeks Teens For New Advisory Board

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BROCKTON--The Brockton Public Library is looking for teenagers in grades 6 to 12 to form a new Teen Advisory Board.
An informational meeting will be held Monday, November 29 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Brockton Main Library.
Teens are invited to come for a slice of pizza and talk about what a Teen Advisory Board is all about.
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THIS WEEK IN BROCKTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22
Brookfield: P.T.O. meeting. Café 6:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23
George: Title One ~ Family Book Bag –Gr. 2 - Mrs. Holmes 9 a.m.
Raymond: Field Trip for Grades 1 & 7 - New England Aquarium During School

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Santa Hat-Clad 800 Retake Record in Brockton

Story and photos by Lisa E. Crowley
The BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—A sea of red filled a portion of Brockton’s downtown Sunday after more than 800 people gathered to reclaim the world record for the most people wearing Santa Claus hats at one time and in one place.
“I love this--this is awesome,” said Dan Clague, who along with his mother Betsy and father Dan rode their bikes about 2 miles to attend the rally.
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Morning Fire Ravages Wilmington Street 2-Family

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BROCKTON—Five tenants of a house at 53 Wilmington Street were displaced by a two-alarm fire Saturday morning that took Brockton firefighters 45 minutes to an hour to extinguish.
“The fire started in a wall of the second floor from some very old wiring,” said Deputy Chief Timothy Murphy. “The first floor tenants heard crackling in the wall and tried to put water on it, but realized it was in the walls and called the department,” he said.
Murphy said the call came at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday. He said two tenants lived on the first floor and three on the second.
“It’s terrible for people anyway and when you add that it’s the holidays—it’s terrible,” Murphy said.
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Friday, November 19, 2010

Put Up Your Dukes Mullingar, Ireland! Here We Come!

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BROCKTON--As the photo shows, we here at BrocktonPost.com have put on our red-and-white Santa hats in anticipation of regaining the Guiness Book of World Records title for the most people wearing Santa hats in one place and at the same time--a record Brockton set in 2008 and was captured by the Irish town of Mullingar, located about one hour northwest of Dublin.
Last year Mullingar beat Brockton's record 719 to 507, but from the emails we've received, it looks like the good folks in Mullingar are going to be crying in their pints after the Santa Hat Challenge in Brockton's downtown and Main Street on Sunday, because it looks like we here in Brockton aren't going to let this title loss go unchallenged. Click here to read more...

Probation Department Probe Calls For O'Brien's Firing

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BROCKTON--Independent investigator Paul Ware Jr., who was hired by the State Supreme Judicial Court to investigate allegations that state Probation Department Commissioner John O'Brien directed the hiring and promotion of employees within the department based not on merit, but on political connections called for O'Brien's removal from the post.
The SJC hired Ware (pictured above) after stories by The Boston Globe in May spotlighted excessive patronage within the department.
In his report, Ware states, "the interview procedures used by Probation to hire and promote were...in large measure a facade and a sham."
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Water Board Member Resigns

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BROCKTON--The Brockton Water Commission held a meeting Thursday morning and accepted the resignation of one of its members, Jody Hickey. BrocktonBeat was there and has some info on the resignation and an opinion about who should replace her. For more go to BrocktonBeat.com.

25 Arrested After Year-Long Brockton Heroin Ring Investigation

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BOSTON--The U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston has confirmed 25 individuals living in Brockton, South Easton, Stoughton, Hanover, Dedham, Lynn and Somerville were arrested on drug and gun charges during a sweeping raid following a nearly year-long investigation into heroin dealing in Southeastern Mass.
“Today’s arrests should be a clear signal to those distributing drugs in our neighborhoods that the federal government is aggressively working with state and local law enforcement to track their movements, find their associates and close down their operations,” said United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz in a prepared statement.
According to the affidavit released by the U.S. Attorney's Office around noon Thursday following the raids,an investigation began around December 2009 into members of a large heroin distribution organization which allegedly was distributing significant quantities of heroin in and around Brockton.
Through court-authorized interception of wire communications, 10 telephones used by
members of a targeted narcotics trafficking organization were intercepted, including cellular telephones.
Click here to continue reading about the arrests

Brockton Part of Sweeping Drug Raids in SE Mass

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BROCKTON--A source within the Brockton Police department confirmed several law enforcement agencies, including Brockton Police, State Police, DA's office, Drug Enforcement Agency, and the FBI are conducting sweeping drug raids in Plymouth and Bristol counties, including Brockton.
The source said the raids are ongoing as of 8:15 a.m. and expect officials to make a statement later in the morning.
The raids began at about 3 a.m.
The source said more than 20 individuals have been arrested and face drug and gun charges. The source said most of those detained live in Brockton, Stoughton and Easton.
Those arrested are expected in U.S. District Court in Boston for arraignment later today.
No further information is available at this time.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

South Shore Pool Team Propelled By Posthumous Player

By Lisa E. Crowley
The BrocktonPost
AVON—When members of Dorchester’s John P. McKeon Post #13 won the South Shore Pool League Championship last season to become the first team in the league’s history to “run the table” and go undefeated for the season and at the same time set the record for most consecutive championships at four, one member Kenny Blair may have been missing in body, but their beloved teammate was there in spirit.
“We had his shirt on a chair through the whole season and during the playoffs,” said his childhood friend Eddie DiLorenzo, an East Boston native who has lived in Braintree and now in Weymouth since 1998.
“I know he helped me in those playoffs that night when we won. He was the difference,” DiLorenzo said.
Read more of this story by clicking here...

Brockton High Sports Hall of Fame Inducts 12

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BROCKTON--The Brockton High School Athletics Hall of Fame will induct 12 new members during a ceremony at the Shaw’s Center in Brockton during a special celebration Saturday Nov. 20 that will highlight the 25th year of the Hall of Fame honor.
The Class of 2010 inductees include nine athletes, two residents and one coach.
High School Athletic Director Thomas Kenney said in a prepared statement the 12 new inductees embody not only the athletic spirit, but also the educational.
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Arnone School Wins $5,500 Enviro Video Contest

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BROCKTON--FROM THE ARNONE SCHOOL GREEN TEAM:
THANKS TO YOU WE WON!!
School officials at the Arnone School Monday, Nov. 15--America Recycles Day--announced the Arnone School's Green Team has won the America Recycles Day contest and has won $5,5000 for the school. Click here to read more...

Monday, November 15, 2010

BHS Class of 2000 Holds First Reunion

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BROCKTON--Brockton High School Class of 2000 will hold its first reunion--the class' 10th year anniversary--Saturday November 27 at the Brockton Holiday Inn from 7 p.m. to Midnight.
Class members are asked to bring their yearbooks and bring their business cards because the event will be a huge networking opportunity.
The business cards will also be used as a part of a raffle during the night's festivities which include a DJ, appetizers and cash bar.
Click here for ticket information...

"Every day, every class..."

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BROCKTON--If you missed CBS Evening News' story about Brockton High School's literacy and academic success, you can catch it by linking to this address at CBS News' home page....http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7054550n

Garden Club Falls Into Fashion



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BROCKTON—The models may not have been named Gisele or Iman and the labels on the clothes were from Dress Barn in Avon and not Calvin Klein in Paris, but a handful of Brockton Garden Club members bared shoulders, swung pocketbooks and twirled hemlines along a red carpet to raise money for student scholarships.
“It was a great success,” said Bobbie LeMasa, who headed a group of volunteers who hosted Sunday’s fall fashion show at the Council on Aging. For more photos and story click here...

THIS WEEK IN BROCKTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Angelo: Book Fair runs through Nov. 19th. Café
Hancock: Book Fair runs through Nov. 19t. Café
Kennedy: Title One ~ Gr. 5 Book Club Movie Night Café 6 to 8 p.m.
West: Southeastern Regional Technical High School Presentation 9:07 to 9:47 a.m.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16
B.P.S. School Committee Meeting B.H.S. Little Theater, 7 p.m.
Arnone School 6:30 to 8 p.m., Parents’ Academy, Take Charge of Your Finances.
Arnone: P.T.A. meeting. Teacher’s lounge, 6 p.m.
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Friday, November 12, 2010

Rotary Club Wine Tasting Tonight

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BROCKTON--Brockton Rotary will host a wine tasting Friday, Nov. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m.
"The Wine, Beer & Sweets Tasting" will be held at the Shaw's Center.
Tickets are $25 that can still be purchased at the door.
All proceeds to benefit the charities and organizations the Rotary Club supports.

War Veterans Honored In Brockton

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BROCKTON--Veterans who have fought in this country's wars were honored yesterday during Brockton's annual Veteran's Day Parade.
This year's parade featured the Brockton High School Marching Band, U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guard, the Boston Windjammers, Worcester Brass Band, a contingent of vintage automobiles from the South Shore Antique Auto Club, and hundreds of members of Brockton High School's ROTC (pictured above) and Brighton High School's Jr. ROTC.
Hundreds of residents and business owners watched along Belmont Avenue as the procession marched through on its way to a wreath-laying ceremony at the Veterans of All Wars Monument on Legion Parkway in Brockton's downtown.
Click here for more photos of this year's celebration of America's war heroes.

Brockton HIgh On CBS News Sunday

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BROCKTON--School officials have announced a news story by national TV network CBS about the academic successes at Brockton High School is scheduled for Sunday Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. on "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric."
A spokesman for CBS News said the segment is expected to air Sunday, however schedules are subject to change.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Brockton 21st Century Corp. Launches Small Business Program

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BROCKTON--From the Mayor's Office:
Mayor Linda M. Balzotti was joined by representatives of the Metro South Chamber of Commerce, Brockton Redevelopment Authority, Self Help Inc., and the Campello, Downtown, and Montello business associations to celebrate the official launch of the Brockton 21st Century Corporation Small Business Program on Tuesday, Nov. 9th
“This program will help kick start Brockton’s economic engine,” said Balzotti in a prepared statement. “Providing assistance to small businesses not only helps those already here, but makes the city more attractive to business-owners looking to locate a business in the area,” she said.
Officials said in the statement, the goal of the program is to provide Brockton’s small businesses with the necessary resources and technical assistance to foster both prosperity and sustainability.
The consulting contract was awarded to OnPoint Coaching. John Lloyd, the company’s principal, will serve in a part-time position that is paid through the Brockton 21st Century Corporation. Read more of this story...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Accused Gun-Waving Officer On Unpaid Leave

By Lisa E. Crowley
The BrocktonPost
BROCKTON--A Brockton Police officer who waved a gun at two restaurant employees in Newport, Rhode Island has been placed on unpaid administrative leave as the process of disciplinary hearings in Brockton and at the Civil Service Commmission.
Mayor Linda Balzotti said Tuesday Jordan Siliva, 29, of Fall River, has been placed on unpaid leave while city officials continue hearings.
"He has been placed on unpaid leave until the completion of the hearings process," Balzotti said.
Balzotti said hearings in Brockton are ongoing and others are expected with the Civil Service Commission, a quasi-state agency that oversees hiring and disciplinary matters of public employees.
Silvia, a Brockton officer since lst May, was charged with two felony assault charges with a gun and one count of possession of a weapon while intoxicated after he was arrested Sunday, Oct. 31 in the early morning hours after Saturday night Halloween revelries with friends turned ugly.
Newport Police said Silvia was so intoxicated he could not be fingerprinted and booked after being brought to the station.
Silvia is accused of pulling a powerful .380 calliber hand gun from his pants pocket and waving it at chest-level at two employees of Christie's restaurant on the Newport waterfront.
Police and witnesses said the situation began when employees asked Silvia's friend Eric Santos, 34, of Fall River, to stop urinating on a plant displayed at an outdoor patio at the rear of the restaurant.
For BrocktonPost's story about the incident, please click here.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Veteran's Day Parade Thursday

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BROCKTON--Brockton's veteran's will be honored Thursday during the annual parade which begins at 10 a.m. For the parade route, click here...

Monday, November 8, 2010

Garden Club Holds Fundraiser Fashion Show

For more information about the fashion show that will be held Sunday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. at the COA click here...

Caritas, Cerberus Deal For Hospitals Finalized

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BOSTON--Caritas Christi Health Care, which includes Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Monday announced it has completed its sale to Steward Health Care System LLC, a newly formed affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.
The sale to Steward includes six Caritas Christi hospitals: Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Carney Hospital in Dorchester, Norwood Hospital, Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, and Holy Family Hospital in Methuen.
According to a statement issued by Caritas Christi Healh Care today, Steward has also acquired the assets of other Caritas Christi entities, including the Caritas Physician Network, Caritas Hospice and Home Care, Laboure College, and Por Cristo. As a result of the transaction, the Caritas system will no longer operate on a non-profit, tax free basis and will begin paying all applicable state and local taxes and continue to provide established levels of free care for the uninsured, community benefits and pastoral care.
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THIS WEEK AT BROCKTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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BROCKTON--
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8
Davis: School Picture Day During School
Huntington: P.T.O. meeting - Babysitting provided. Café 6:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Parents’ Academy
"Not MY kid," a Drug Awareness Presentation at Arnone School 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Davis: School Picture Day. during school.
Davis: Title One ~ Bingo for Books 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Huntington: Grade 3 Field Trip – Plimouth Plantation. During school.
Click here for the rest of the week.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Brockton PD Officer Faces Discipline After Newport Night Gone Bad

By Lisa E. Crowley
The BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—A suspended Brockton Police officer faces two counts of felony assault and one felony count of carrying a weapon while intoxicated in criminal court and was expected for a disciplinary hearing today with Brockton city officials that could result in his termination from the department following a Saturday night Halloween celebration in Newport, Rhode Island that ended in the officer’s arrest for allegedly waving a gun at two restaurant employees.
Newport Police Lt. William Fitzgerald Jr. said Jordan James Silvia, 29, of Fall River, was arrested Sunday, Oct. 31 at about 1:45 a.m. after police received a call from employees at Christie’s Restaurant at Perry Mill Wharf (Front entrance pictured above) reporting a fight and a man waving a gun at employees.
“He’s probably a great guy, but he made one bad decision after another that night,” Fitzgerald said.
Fitzgerald said Silvia was so intoxicated he could not be fingerprinted or booked when he was brought to the station.
“He was so intoxicated he could barely stay on his feet,” Fitzgerald said.
Fitzgerald said when police arrived at the restaurant, employees identified Silvia as the man in a red buttoned-down shirt who brandished a powerful yet small Kel Tec .380 caliber-hand gun—small enough to fit in a man’s pants pocket—after an incident between employees and a friend of Silvia’s, Eric Santos, 34, of Fall River.
Fitzgerald said the gun was Silvia’s personal gun.
Fitzgerald said during the incident with the two restaurant employees, witnesses said Silvia “racked,” or ejected a bullet in the chamber of the gun, and the casing was found where witnesses said Silvia brandished the weapon.
“This is an unfortunate incident,” Fitzgerald said. “This is something that occurred that could have been prevented,” he said.
The incident began, Fitzgerald said, when Silvia, Santos, 34, of Fall River, and an unidentified third man who was not charged with a crime, parked a GMC Yukon in a parking lot adjacent to the rear of Christie’s restaurant.
Fitzgerald said restaurant employees noticed Santos allegedly urinating on a potted plant that is a part of an outdoor patio to the rear of the restaurant. (Rear patio pictured below)
Employees asked Santos to leave, Fitzgerald said, but his friend, Brockton Police officer Silvia walked over and became increasingly agitated, telling employees they were the ones who needed to leave as employees asked Silvia and Santos to leave.
Fitzgerald said employees continued to ask Silvia and Santos to leave when Silvia allegedly put his hand in his right pants pocket and pulled out the gun and waved it at the chests of two employees and said, “I’m not going anywhere.”
Fitzgerald said employees gave Silvia every chance to leave the scene before calling police.
When police arrived, Fitzgerald said, employees identified Silvia as the man with the gun and Newport Police drew their weapons on Silvia, who at that point had walked back to the SUV.
Fitzgerald said Silvia was compliant and told police while being frisked he had a gun in his pocket. Fitzgerald said police found the gun and made Silvia “safe.”
When police asked Silvia if he waved the gun at employees, Fitzgerald said, Silvia admitted to having a gun, but lied about waving it at the employees.
In the meantime, Santos had been warned by police that he was too intoxicated to drive the Yukon and advised him not to drive the vehicle.
However, while police dealt with Silvia, Santos allegedly drove the Yukon several blocks and was caught on Thames Street.
Police charged Santos with driving while intoxicated. Court documents show Santos blew a breathalyzer twice, and was recorded at a blood alcohol content of over .20 for both tests.
He was arraigned in Rhode Island 2nd District Court in Newport, R.I., and was released on a surety bond of $1,000.
Fitzgerald said police brought Silvia to the police station and postponed fingerprinting and booking him until he had sobered up.
Silvia was arraigned in Rhode Island 2nd District Court Monday Nov. 1 on the felony charges and was released on a $1,000 surety bond.
A stay away order was issued by the court to prevent Silvia from coming into contact with the two Christie's employees who are witnesses in the case.
He is expected in court Dec. 9 for a pretrial conference.
Not only does Silvia have to return to district court in Rhode Island to face three felony charges and possible imprisonment, but today he was expected to face a disciplinary hearing at Brockton City Hall.
Lauren DeFilippo, a spokeswoman for Mayor Linda Balzotti, said Silvia's case was being handled by the legal and personnel departments, who would make a decision about Silvia's situation.
Silvia faces everything from suspension with or without pay to termination, and because he was hired in May, could fall under the police department’s probation period for new employees.
DeFilippo said the mayor’s office had not yet heard what happened during deliberations.
Silvia could not be reached for comment. According to the Herald News of Fall River, Silvia served in the Iraq War as a member of the National Guard in helicopter operations.
DeFilippo said once a decision is made it will go to the mayor’s desk for review.
She said Silvia also has the right of appeal with the state Civil Service--the state agency that oversees many police department hiring and disciplinary matters.
Patrolmen’s union head William Healey could not immediately be reached for comment regarding Silvia’s suspension and subsequent disciplinary hearings.
Silvia has been suspended for five days by Brockton Police Chief William Conlon. That suspension ends Sunday, officials said.
Chief Conlon could not immediately be reached for further comment.

EFSB Begins Brockton Power Plant Hearings Tuesday

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BROCKTON--The Energy Facilities Siting Board will begin hearings Tuesday, Nov. 9 to decide changes to plans for the proposed construction of a controversial 350-megawatt natural gas power plant expected to be built on the Brockton-West Bridgewater border.
A spokesman for the EFSB said the first hearing for the board to consider changes submitted by Brockton Clean Energy will be held Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 10 a.m.
The hearing will be held at 1 South Station. The meeting room is on the second floor.
Hearings will also be held Monday, Nov. 15 and Thursday Dec. 2.
All hearings will be held at 10 a.m.
All hearings are open to the public.
The Energy Facilities Siting Board--a state agency that oversees the licensing process for major energy plants--is holding the hearings because Brockton Clean Energy has submitted changes to its already approved plans.
Brockton Clean Energy--among other changes--has requested it be allowed to change its plan of buying and using treated waste water from the city to cool the plant's turbines, and instead the company will use and pay to tie into the city's drinking water supply.
The Energy Siting Board has already approved the project, as has the state Department of Environmental Protection. Those decisions are being appealed.
The company also needs zoning and other permits from boards in Brockton.
Those permits either have been denied or requests rejected. Those decisions are being appealed.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

City Hall Tower Repairs Near Completion

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BROCKTON--Repairs on Brockton City Hall's clock tower will continue until the end of this month.
Building Department Secretary Pam Gurley said repairs to the nearly 120-year-old clock tower are expected to be completed by the end of this month or early December.
"The target is the end of the month," Gurley said.
Paid for by an $865,000 federal grant, the clock tower is receiving much-needed repairs and includes filling cracks and other damage to the tower's bricks formed due to rain and time. The project also includes waterproofing the clock tower. The project began about a month ago. Since work began the South Street entrance to City Hall has been closed.
City Hall, constructed in 1892 was added to the National Historic Register of Historic Places in 1976.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

One Proposal, Two Companies Seek City Water Audit

By Lisa E. Crowley
The BrocktonPost
BROCKTON--Two consultants have combined to submit the only proposal for an audit requested by city officials to review the embattled water and sewer department.
Chief Procurement Officer Michael Morris said Wednesday Framingham-based The Abrahams Group and Woodard and Curran, of Dedham, have submitted a combined proposal to complete the audit--the only submission received for the job.
"The idea, I guess, is they thought it was better to team up," Morris said.
Morris said it was not a surprise the two companies paired up for the proposal because the specifications for submission called for the "lead" to focus on accounting while another area calls for review of engineering and similar expertise.
Also, during a question-and-answer session held Friday, Oct. 22, The Abrahams Group and Woodard and Curran were two of four firms who expressed interest in submitting proposals.
At the meeting a representative from Woodard and Curran said the company was there in partnership with The Abrahams Group. Read More...

Arnone Green Team Needs Help With Recycle Contest

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BROCKTON--From the Arnone School:
The Arnone School's Green Team has a favor to ask Brockton residents:
They have entered the America Recycle's Day contest sponsored by Abitibi Paper Retriever.
The team of students and advisors have written, directed and produced a short video encouraging people to recycle, and their entry was chosen from among submissions from across the country as a finalist in the contest.
The winning entry will receive a $5,500 donation to their school, so the Arnone Green Team is asking for your vote.
Go to http://www.paperretriever.com/infostore/creativityvoting.asp?mode=view&artcat=video and watch the Arnone School video, which is listed in the video column under Dominic S. Arnone’s Green Team-Boston on the video page.
Voters can only vote once per email address and voting ends Friday, November 12.
The Arnone Green Team asks residents to check out its creativity and environmental message that is highlighted in a student-sung rap with dancing from the young students.
Arnone's students are battling against Tulsa, Oklahoma and Chicago, Illinois in the video contest. Schools from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Houston, Texas are among finalists in other categories such as photography and essay writing.
There are 12 finalists in all.
The Arnone Green Team was founded during the 2009-2010 school year as part of the Smart Start Extended Day Program.
The Green Team is made up of Arnone School second and third graders who meet after school to discuss the importance of preserving the environment.
Under the direction of Extended Day Site Coordinators Dominic Santo, Sheilah Calhoun and Pam Brown, the team looks for ways kids can get involved in conserving our natural resources for the benefit of all.
This year, the second and third graders in the project are collecting and recycling paper, cardboard, bottles and cans, Capri Sun Juice pouches, chip and snack bags, and cookie wrappers.
To date, the Team has recycled:
• 3.69 tons of paper
• 12,316 Capri Sun Juice Pouches
• 2,071 Chip Bags
278 Cookie Wrappers--the team's newest initiative
The website to cast a vote is http://www.paperretriever.com/infostore/creativityvoting.asp?mode=view&artcat=video

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Election Results In Brockton

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BROCKTON--Editor's Note: The following are the unofficial results provided by the Brockton Election Commission. To enlarge the figures, click on each image.




Magic 8-Ball Says....

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BROCKTON--For a humorous take on election predictions, please visit BrocktonBeat.com and scroll down.

Ship-Jumping, Bitter Battles Mark 2010 Election Cycle

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—When polls close at 8 tonight, it will mark the end of an election cycle that has been one for the record books—possibly in voter turnout and surely for the testy nature of several of the races and the ship-jumping that likely sunk former State Treasurer Timothy Cahill’s run for governor.
Brockton City Councilor-at-Large Jass Stewart, a Democrat, said the election cycle has been interesting—battles he hopes will end once ballots are cast today.
“There used to be a time when the idea was to destroy each other, and that’s what we’re seeing. It’s an election, but there used to be a time when that campaign came to an end when the election was over,” Stewart said.
“Once the election was over the campaign was over and everyone got on board and worked together…but we’re in this Karl Rove era and the campaigning doesn’t stop,” he said.
Stewart recently revamped his Website and along with it offered residents his picks for today’s election.
In the major state races, Stewart supports the Democratic Party ticket, but in others, such as U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch’s reelection, Stewart supports Phil Dunkelbarger, an Independent candidate who many believe has no chance at the seat.
Stewart also supports Republicans Tim Cruz for Plymouth County District Attorney and Joe McDonald for Plymouth County Sheriff--both running basically unopposed.
Under usual circumstances, Stewart’s open endorsement of non-Democratic Party candidates might have gone unmentioned, but in this 2010 campaign, his picks were noticed.
“I got in a little trouble for that,” Stewart said. He said he was reminded as a member of the Democratic Party he is not allowed to openly endorse candidates in another party.
Usually Massachusetts avoids the power struggles for a majority hold on the U.S. Congress, because for decades it was considered one of the bluest of blue states—a Democratic Party stronghold and the battles, TV-ads and contentiousness took place elsewhere.
However, since U.S. Senator Scott Brown’s surprising defeat over Democrat Martha Coakley last November to temporarily fill late Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy’s longtime seat in Congress—Massachusetts Republicans have gone on the offensive.
Democrat Barney Frank, who has owned the 4th Congressional District since the 1980s, is in jeopardy of losing his seat to young upstart Sean Bielat, a Marine and independent military consultant.
In Brockton voters are being wooed to help the GOP take over open positions for State Auditor and State Treasurer—both hotly contested campaigns. Click here for more about State Treasurer campaign between Republican Karyn Polito and Democrat Steve Grossman and for State Auditor between Democrat Suzanne Bump and Republican Mary Z. Connaughton. The race for governor between Baker and Patrick has been very visible on the streets and at the meeting places of Brockton.
Many Republicans believe discontent with Patrick’s policies will help propel former Harvard-Pilgrim Health CEO Charlie Baker into the governor’s seat and Brockton’s 53,000 registered voters have brought frequent visits to the city from Baker and Patrick.
“Brockton’s like a lot of cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth who have been hit hard by Patrick’s tax hikes and cuts to state aid,” said Baker spokesman Rick Gorka.
However, Democrats say Patrick has given back to Brockton since voters helped put him in office four years ago.
In 2006, Patrick collected 12,573 votes compared to Republican Kerry Healey’s 6,227.
Independent candidate Christy Mihos collected just over 3,300.
Gorka said four years ago was a long-time ago and many people are suffering under Patrick’s administration.
“A lot of people say they had high hopes, but he has left them short,” Gorka said. “Patrick has a lot of trouble on his hands,” he said.
Ward 1 Republican Committee chair Bob Wisgirda said it was too bad Timothy Cahill's campaign was derailed when his running mate and several aides jumped-ship and went to the Baker campaign. The matter is in a civil court.
"He was a good candidate," Wisgirda said. "I think he's going to do better than the polls are giving him," he said.
Polls may have Cahill down-and-out, but they have the race between Baker and Patrick at a dead-heat.
Brockton High senior Greta Zukauskaite, president of the Class of 2011, attended a youth forum in Jamaica Plain last month with a contingent of about 50 Brockton teenagers.
All candidates for governor were invited, but Baker was the only one who didn’t attend.
“I’ve tried to keep an open mind. I know they all have busy schedules, but…” Zukauskaite said.
Zukauskaite said the forum last month has swayed her into the Patrick camp, but she isn’t old enough to vote.
“I seem to be shifting toward Patrick,” Zukauskaite said. “He really cares about our school and he’s really connected to the community,” she said.
Last Friday, days before the election, Patrick held a rally at Brockton High School that was attended by nearly 2,000 of the schools’ juniors and seniors to congratulate the students on their academic success.
He gave a 15-minute inspirational speech and then answered questions from nearly a dozen students.
Baker campaign people attended to make sure Patrick didn’t cross the line between campaigning and governor’s work.
When Patrick asked students how many were 18 and could vote, very few raised their hands.
However, after Patrick finished the question-and-answer session, student Emily Lyons—a junior-- said she was inspired by Patrick and would vote for him if she could.
Because she is too young to vote, Lyons said she would do the next best thing.
“I’ll tell my mother to vote for him—-she does what I want,” Lyons said.
Polls are open until 8 p.m. To find your polling place, visit the Brockton Election Commission Website.

Monday, November 1, 2010

This Week at Brockton Public Schools

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BROCKTON--
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Angelo: School Improvement Council Meeting Conference Room 9:30 a.m.
Brookfield: School Improvement Council Meeting Conference Room 1:30 p.m.
Downey: Veteran’s Day care package collection starts
Hancock: P.T.A. Meeting Library 6:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2
PRE K – GRADE 8 IN-SERVICE DAY ~ EARLY RELEASE
Brookfield: Bake Sale during voting
Davis: P.T.A. sponsored bake sale, front lobby 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Davis: P.T.A. meeting, library 6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3...Read more...

Patrick Video on Hold

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BROCKTON--Good news! We got most of the Gov. Patrick video to upload, however there are still some problems associated with it. Due to time constraints we will postpone posting the video until after the election. Sorry for any inconvenience.