Thursday, December 30, 2010

Brockton Man Faces Charges in Baby Shower Murder

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BROCKTON--A 20-year-old Brockton man will be arraigned today, Thursday Dec. 30 in Brockton District Court and will be charged with the 2008 shooting that killed one teenager and wounded two others who were attending a baby shower.
Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz said in a prepared statement issued earlier today Darryene Ware, 20, of Brockton will face murder charges in the killing of 16-year-old Chantel Matiyosus, who was shot to death April 25, 2008 outside of a house at 25 Addison Ave., where she attended a baby shower with friends and family.
Cruz praised investigators for their hard work and determination and said the streets of Brockton are safer because of Ware's arrest.
He said the investigation is still ongoing.
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"Cosmos and Couture" Part Deux!

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BROCKTON--The "Trio of Bandits" will strike again Sunday January 30 for the second "Cosmos and Couture" high end fashion clothing swap for charity.
The event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. at Tamboo Bistro, 252 Main St., Brockton.
The cost to attend is the donation of high quality women's and men's clothes and accessories--most especially items that would be suitable for job seekers to wear to job interviews.
Items accepted range from dresses, suits, tops, shoes, belts, jewelry, and jackets.
For more information visit "A Trio of Bandits" website and to RSVP for the event call 508-802-0449.
Click here to read about the first "Cosmos and Couture" held in July.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Rides Of A Different Kind After Blizzard of 2010


By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—As the power outage and other problems from the Blizzard of 2010 wind down, residents who rode out the storm in relative safety, headed to the local sledding slopes for a ride of another kind.
“It’s awesome,” shouted 10-year-old Ryan Downing as he slid backwards down a steep hill at the Tower in D.W. Field Park Tuesday afternoon.
Downing, his buddy 9-year-old Bobby Crossman, (pictured below from left to right) and dozens of others streamed into the park after the Oak Street entrance was opened yesterday afternoon.
Parents like Chris Bryant--a Brockton native, who brought his son and daughter to Tower Hill after leaving Strawberry Valley Golf Course in Abington because there was too many sledders—were glad to get out of the house and let the kids burn off some energy after nearly 24 hours of being cooped in the house following a snow storm that began Sunday morning and didn’t end until Monday afternoon.
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Mayor Lifts State Of Emergency, Trash Pickup Reminder

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BROCKTON--From the Mayor's Office:
Mayor Linda M. Balzotti has announced the snow emergency in the City of Brockton will be lifted at 6 p.m. today, Tuesday Dec. 28.
Balzotti and Department of Public Works Commissioner Michael Thoreson declared a snow emergency, Sunday, Dec. 26th at 6 p.m. in the city.
As a reminder, all residents with Monday trash pick up can put out Dec. 27th and Jan. 3rd trash for pick up on Monday, Jan. 3rd. Trash service for the remainder of the week – Tuesday, Dec. 28th through Friday, Dec. 31st will continue as scheduled.
Thank you for your cooperation, patience, and support. Please drive safely.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Power Outages, Fire In Wake Of Blizzard of 2010

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—Thousands of National Grid customers in Brockton and across the South Shore are still without electrical power and one family’s West Elm Street home was destroyed by fire during a blizzard that dropped more than two feet of heavy, wet snow throughout the region.
Mayor Linda Balzotti said National Grid was completely unprepared for the storm and as a result, 8,800 residents in Brockton and surrounding towns were still without power by mid-afternoon Monday and many had at that time gone without electricity for about 12 hours.
“They did an abysmal job,” Balzotti said. “They were completely unprepared and didn’t have nearly enough crews on to handle this storm,” she said.
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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas Eve!


Merry Christmas Eve to all and yours.
Don't worry about the world today...go get your last minute shoppping done...watch out on the roadways and in the parking lots--they're a mad house and people are in a rush--I sense fender-benders...don't forget to pick up your liquor and beer because liquor stores will not be open on Christmas Day...get home wrap all those gifts you haven't got to yet...get the house and food ready for guests, or if you're the guest, load all the gifts and hop back in your car and drive to your mother's, or aunt's or grandma's or your friend's house or wherever you maybe heading for Christmas Eve dinner...and hopefully, hopefully by 7:30 or 8 o'clock tonight, the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season will be near an end with a glass of egg nog mixed with the rum you remembered to get earlier.
Unless, unless you're a parent or guardian and then you've got a few more hours to go because you have to help Santa with all those presents.
Kids, don't forget to leave out milk and cookies for Santa and his reindeer because they need it!
Happy Holidays and thanks for reading BrocktonPost.com!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Feb. 4 Last Day For Brockton's Library Director

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—Brockton Library Director Harry R. Williams III has announced he will resign from his position Friday, Feb. 4 to take over the head of Thomas Crane Library in Quincy the following Monday.
After waiting more than a week to learn if the recommendation from the Quincy Library Trustees would become an appointment made by Mayor Thomas P. Koch, Williams said he received a fax late Wednesday approving Quincy’s new director.
“Now I know it’s a done deal,” Williams said.
Williams, 63, said his last day in Brockton will be Feb. 4, and he will begin his new job Monday, Feb. 7, when he will be officially sworn-in as the new director during Quincy’s annual swearing-in-ceremony for dozens of officials.
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Brockton Police Log Updated

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BROCKTON--Check out the city's police and crime activities...there's burglaries, even the theft of a 40-inch Christmas lawn angel, robberies, and of course assaults..click here to read the log

Brockton Schools Using New Text-Tip Hotline

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BROCKTON--From the School Department:
Since the beginning of this month some students in Brockton's public schools have been able to send anonymous texts and web tips to school administrators and School Police through a new software program, officials said in a prepared statement.
The Brockton Public Schools is now using TipSoft SMS, a text- and web-based anonymous tip line, in order to provide middle and high school students with an easy way to let school administrators and School Police know about bullying or other activities that concern them in and out of school.
“The safety of our students is our foremost priority. Students expect school to be a refuge for them, a place where they can concentrate on learning and feel safe in their environment,” said Superintendent of Schools Matthew H. Malone.
“Our administrators often hear of issues in the community before they happen, and TipSoft is another way students can share information or concerns about things going on around them that they think officials--school or police--need to know about.”
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

City Council Waters Down Henry Family Resolution

By Lisa E. Crowley
The BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—The Brockton City Council Finance Committee has voted to support an amended resolution that expresses sympathy for the family of Danroy “DJ” Henry, but does not request the investigation of the Easton man’s death by the U.S. Department of Justice.
“I would call it watered down,” said Councilor-at-large Jass Stewart following Monday night’s finance committee meeting.
Stewart sparked controversy last week when he submitted a stronger resolution to the City Council that would have asked the Department of Justice to take action, to do something in the face of questions over Henry's shooting--a far cry from the amendment to his resolution voted by the council last night.
“This doesn’t do anything, it doesn’t ask for any action. It doesn't take any action,” Stewart said.
Last night members of the council debated supporting Stewart’s original resolution and opted to approve an amendment from Councilor-at-large Thomas Brophy that completely changed Stewart’s resolution.
Brophy’s resolution states the City Council extends its sympathy for the Henry family and hopes for the swift resolution of the investigation into Danroy Henry’s death.
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Monday, December 20, 2010

THIS WEEK IN BROCKTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

MONDAY, DECEMBER 20
Arnone: Holiday Concert Café. T.B.A.
Brookfield: Kindergarten Play (Snow date 12/21) Café. 10 a.m.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21
B.P.S. School Committee Meeting 7 p.m.
Baker: Title One ~ Family Book Bag – Gr. 3 – Mrs. Ferro 1:15 p.m.
Davis: Holiday Concert Café 6:30 p.m.
East: Holiday Concert Auditorium. 6 p.m.
Kennedy: Chorus Holiday Performance Café 9:30 & 10:15 a.m.
South: Grade 8 Field Trip – Zeiterion Theater New Bedford. During School
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Friday, December 17, 2010

Brockton Schools Finalize Anti-Bullying Plan

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BROCKTON--From the School Department:
The Brockton Public Schools has finalized a new Bully Prevention and Intervention Model Plan in accordance with the state’s new law prohibiting bullying and retaliation in schools.
At its December 7 meeting, the School Committee unanimously adopted the plan, which was developed over a number of months by a team of teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, parents, law enforcement officials and representatives of the special education, wellness and nursing departments, as well as community partners. The plan has been submitted to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for final approval.
“This plan is comprehensive: there was an enormous amount of thought, hard work and expertise that was invested in its creation. The Brockton Plan is unique – it was created entirely by our staff, parents and partners to address the needs of our Brockton students today and in the future,” said Superintendent of Schools Matthew H. Malone in a prepared statement.
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Brockton Sued Over Iraq War Veteran's Promotion

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BROCKTON--The U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston has announced the U.S. Justice Department's Division of Civil Rights has filed a lawsuit against the City of Brockton and state of Massachusetts for allegedly violating the rights of an Iraq War veteran who was denied a promotion to sergeant and barred from taking the lieutenant's exam.
In a prepared statement released today, U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said, “our service men and women make the ultimate sacrifice by serving our country. We cannot allow employers to disadvantage them based on their military service or military status.”
The lawsuit alleges that the defendants violated Brockton Police Sergeant Brian Benvie’s rights as a military servicemen under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 when Brockton and the state of Massachusetts failed to fully recognize the retroactive promotion to sergeant Benvie earned after taking a make-up promotional exam upon his return from active duty military service in Iraq in 2007.
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Councilors Differ On Henry Resolution

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—When the City Council Finance Committee meets Monday to discuss a resolution asking for an independent investigation into the shooting death of Easton resident Danroy “DJ” Henry, at least one councilor will not be in favor of the move.
“I feel bad for the family and everything they are going through, but I don’t think it’s something the City Council should be addressing,” said Ward Two Councilor Thomas Monahan.
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Skulls Found In Boston Dumpster

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BOSTON--Boston Police are investigating two skulls found in a dumpster in Roxbury. For more visit The Boston Globe's story...

Welcome Home!

By Lisa E. Crowley
The BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—Sgt. Richard Joseph arrived at the Brockton Armory and as he made his way toward his family he encountered numerous obstacles—-loving land mines of comrades in arms and complete strangers who gave him hugs, hand shakes and hearty congratulations for his return.
“It’s so good to be home,” Joseph (Pictured above with wife Julene) said as he separated from a jubilant kiss and hug from his wife Julene.
Joseph, 29, a Weymouth resident, was one of hundreds of U.S. Army soldiers who returned home from Afghanistan late Tuesday night in time for the holidays, and a day early.
The soldiers flew into Hanscom Air Force Base in Lincoln. Joseph said on the ride home the soldiers were escorted by police to the Brockton Armory on Montauk Road and as they passed an exit on the highway, Joseph said the Brockton Fire Department had an enormous American flag displayed as the soldiers drove by.
The party when they arrived at the armory was a complete surprise.
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Water Audit Money Approved

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BROCKTON--Brockton City Council Monday night unanimously approved spending $97,000 for an independent water audit to review water and sewer meter readings and billing practices initiated by an uproar from residents over what are believed to be erroneous and outrageously high bills.
City officials have conceded the system has problems and needs to be looked at and the result is the independent audit of the departments.
Two companies have teamed up and submitted one proposal to perform the review. Those companies are The Abrahams Group and Woodard and Curran.
For more about residents' moves to continue tackling their water bill problems, visit BrocktonBeat.com

Monday, December 13, 2010

Race Charge Untrue Says Brockton Code Enforcement Officer

By Lisa E. Crowley
The BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—The release of a report by City Councilor-at-large Jass Stewart and a working group formed to help solve city problems that claims code enforcement activities have unfairly targeted and harassed Cape Verdean auto sales and repair shops has come under much criticism from code enforcement officials who say eyesores, trash and junk heaps and illegal operations are the target and not race.
“It’s about blight—not people,” said Officer Scott D. Uhlman, a Brockton police officer who along with a team of inspectors in other city departments is responsible for ensuring city ordinances and permit restrictions are met.
“It’s not about race. It’s not what he thinks. He’s sticking his neck out for people who are violating the law and thumbing their noses at the city,” Uhlman said.
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Crowd Expected at City Council Tonight

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BROCKTON--Tonight's City Council meeting is expected to be a busy and packed one.
The council, which begins at 8 p.m. at City Hall, will discuss voting final approval for an independent $97,000 water audit prompted by hundreds of residents' complaints about their water bills.
Also on the agenda is the annual tax-classification hearing that is expected to draw a crowd from business owners who believe the city should decrease the amount of taxes paid buy commercial enterprises.
A third item expected to be discussed is City Councilor-at-large Jass Stewart's resolution to support the family of Danroy "DJ" Henry--an Easton man attending Case University who was killed by police in Mt. Pleasant, N.Y. during a bar room raid--in its efforts to have the U.S. Justice Department investigate the shooting.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Gas Odor Spurs Huntington School Evacuation

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BROCKTON--Brockton's Huntington Elementary School students were suprisingly interrupted from their studies for about 30 minutes Thursday morning when the school was evacuated due to an odor of gas.
Deputy Fire Chief George Phillips said the fire department received a call at about 9:36 a.m. this morning from a teacher at the Warren Avenue school reporting there was a smell of gas in an area of the school.
He said students were shepherded by staff and administators to the south end of the school's parking lot while fire department personnel investigated the building.
"It was like a fire drill," Phillips said.
Phillips said department members used gas meters and found "no levels" of gas within the building.
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

EFSB Extends Brockton Power Plant Hearings, Wants More Water Supply Info

By Lisa E. Crowley
The BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—The Energy Facilities Siting Board has extended its latest hearings about the proposed 350-megawatt natural gas power plant and has also requested a representative of the City of Brockton attend those hearings to update the board on Brockton’s drinking water supply.
Initially hearings were expected to close Monday, Dec. 6, however, because at least four witnesses testifying in the matter have yet to be heard, the hearings have been extended to Friday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 9:30 a.m.
Also, the EFSB Presiding Officer Robert Shea has requested—through city lawyers who attended Monday’s meeting--a city representative give the board a review of Brockton’s drinking water supply, its sources, its capacity and possibly it's desire to sell water to Brockton Power, the company that has proposed the 350-megawatt plant.
City officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
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Jingle Bell Run Saturday

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BROCKTON--The annual Jingle Bell Run will be held Saturday, Dec. 11 beginning at 1 p.m. at Westgate Hotel and Conference Center.
Registration begins at Noon. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 or a new unwrapped toy for children under 12.
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Brockton Man Faces Federal Fraud, High Tech Stolen Property Charges

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BOSTON--Today federal investigators charged two men--including one from Brockton--for allegedly participating in schemes to sell over the Internet more than $1 million worth of high-tech equipment stolen from EMC Corporation.
Mark Rothfuss, 47, of Brockton, Kevin Kelly, 33, of North Carolina,and BL Trading, LLC, of Hanover were charged in three related cases with wire fraud and selling, receiving, or transporting stolen property in interstate commerce, U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz's office announced today.
Kelly was also charged with aggravated identity theft.
The charges against Rothfuss allege he worked at EMC’s service call centers in Newton and Waltham, Massachusetts.
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Good Samaritan Hospital Rated Top in Country

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BROCKTON--For the first time, Good Samaritan Medical Center has been named to the Leapfrog Group’s annual class of top hospitals for quality and safety this year.
Good Samaritan is one of five in Massachusetts to achieve the distinction this year.
The Leapfrog Group’s annual class of top hospitals--65 overall from a field of nearly 1,200--was announced last Wednesday, December 1 in Washington, D.C. at Leapfrog’s 10th anniversary meeting.
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Monday, December 6, 2010

Water Main Work on Tina Avenue

The BrocktonPost
BROCKTON--The Water Department has announced that work on installing a new water main on Tina Avenue began Thursday, Dec. 2.
Work is expected to last until Jan. 31 or longer depending on weather conditions. Crews are expected to be working on the project from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and residents are asked to be patient with crews and debris. Residents may also want to seek alternate routes during construction.
For more information contact the water department at 508-580-7895.

THIS WEEK IN BROCKTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

MONDAY, DECEMBER 6
Angelo: School Improvement Council Meeting. Conference Room 9:30 a.m.
Brookfield: Holiday Shoppe runs through 12/6 During School.
Gilmore: School Improvement Council Meeting. Library 5:30 p.m.
Gilmore: P.T.A. Meeting. Library 6 p.m.
Hancock: School Improvement Council Meeting. Library 5:30 p.m.
Hancock: P.T.A. Meeting Library 6:30 p.m.
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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Blue Hills Horse Unit Gains New Friends

By Lisa E. Crowley
The BrocktonPost
MILTON--When the Massachusetts DCR Park Ranger Mounted Unit hosts its semi-annual holiday open house next Sunday, the popular horse-riding unit will have a few new friends by its side.
A new non-profit organization, Friends of the Massachusetts Park Ranger Mounted Unit has recently formed with the goal of raising enough money to bring more of the mounted units back into the state’s public parks beginning with increasing the number from one to three that currently patrol the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton.
“It’s in its infancy,” said Maureen McLaughlin, a Hanover resident and president of the group which completed the incorporation process in October.
“Hopefully, eventually, it will grow and more people will help out and donate money,” McLaughlin said.
The holiday open house will be held Sunday, December 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the stables adjacent to 685 Hillside Street in Milton that once housed a corps of hoof-stomping horses that patroled the 7,000 acres of Blue Hills Reservation.
The event is free and includes pony rides, free pictures with Santa and other children’s activities, hot cocoa, cookies and tours of the historic, yet run-down Brian T. Broderick stables and barn.
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Brockton Man Netted In Dorchester Cocaine Ring Bust

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BOSTON--A Brockton man and Quincy woman were among 18 others charged in U.S. District Court in Boston today after a year-long investigation into an alleged nearly two-decades old family run Dorchester cocaine and crack trafficking ring in a Greenwood Street neighborhood.
Ryan Morris, 44, of Brockton and Nicole Willis, 35, of Quincy were charged along with 18 others from Dorchester and Jamaica Plain with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of more than 500 grams of cocaine and more than 280 grams of cocaine base, according to a statement issued today by U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz's office.
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Newport Gun Arrest Gets Brockton Cop Fired

By Lisa E. Crowley
The BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—A Brockton Police officer who allegedly waved a gun at two employees during a drunken night out in Newport, R.I., in October has been fired by Mayor Linda Balzotti.
“All I can tell you is that my decision was made based on the factual findings and recommendations of the hearings we held,” Balzotti said. “Officer Silvia was terminated on Nov. 18,” she said.
Officer Jordan James Silvia, 29, a resident of Fall River who had been on Brockton’s police force for less than 6 months before the Oct. 30 incident, has the right to appeal his firing to the Civil Service Commission.
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Two Face Vehicular Homicide Charges In Death Of Trooper Weddleton

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BROCKTON--Two men involved in an accident that led to the death of Brockton State Trooper Sgt. Doug Weddleton have been indicted on felony vehicular homicide charges.
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Winter Parking Bans Go Into Effect Today

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BROCKTON--From the Brockton Traffic Commission:

The Brockton Traffic Commission has announced annual winter parking bans take effect Wednesday, Dec. 1 and last until Friday, April 1.
The annual ban prohibits parking on both sides of the following streets:
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