Sunday, January 30, 2011

Deadline Looms In Brockton Water Dispute

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—Residents embroiled in a dispute with the City of Brockton over their water bills will host an informational meeting Monday night, a day before Feb. 1—the deadline for residents to dispute their unpaid water bills and retain their right of appeal at the state Appellate Tax Board.
“It’s really an informational meeting, not an action meeting,” said Marianne Silvia, one of the meetings organizers and a member of Brockton United Voices, a grass-roots group that has organized to protect and inform residents of their rights over what some consider are outrageously high water bills.
Silvia said organizers will have copies of dispute resolution forms and official state forms that need to be filed before Feb. 1 for residents to assure future appeal rights.
“We will answer any questions residents have. We will help them fill out the proper forms, and even deliver them to the DPW and have them time-stamped,” Silvia said.
The meeting Monday, Jan. 31 officially begins at 7 p.m. However, organizers urge residents with problem bills to arrive at 6:30 so they can be helped with the forms necessary to dispute their water bills.
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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Firefighter Grad In Brockton A Family Affair

Story and photos by Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—Ten firefighters, eight from Brockton and two from Bridgewater, earned their pins and became full-fledged members of their department during a graduation ceremony Friday at the Shaw’s Center.
During the ceremony Brockton Fire Chief Richard Francis recalled his 32 years on the Brockton Fire Department, noting many things have changed since he joined the force including the 12-week training the graduates endured at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, better equipment for safety and protection and aid with the pain and suffering that comes from the loss of victims and fellow firefighters when a blaze becomes a tragedy.
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Friday, January 28, 2011

Mentors Change Lives In Brockton One Person At A Time

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON--When it comes to the life of a troubled kid, sometimes it only takes a few minutes to change that life, said Ron Burton Jr., the son of former New England Patriot Ron Burton Sr. who considered himself a loser until a football scout gave him a tiny piece of encouragement.
"Mayor (Linda) Balzotti said earlier that one hour of your time can change a life--sometimes it only takes a few minutes," Burton said during Brockton Promise's third annual Mentor Recruitment Rally and ceremony to honor the youth alliance's mentor of the year held Thursday night Jan. 27 at the Shaw's Center.
More than 300 people involved in the city's numerous youth organizations gathered to hear keynote speaker Burton and to celebrate the hard work of hundreds of mentors throughout the city and region.
Along with Burton, speakers included Balzotti, Police Chief William Conlon, School Superintendent Matthew Malone, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz, and humorous Master of Ceremonies Dennis Carman, head of United Way of Plymouth County.
The rally also named BrocktonPromise’s Mentor of the Year, Mike Williams, who has been a football coach with Brockton’s midget football league since 1992. He was one of seven nominees for this year’s Exceptional Mentoring Awards.
The other nominees were Patricia Godio, Sharon Conant, Sarah Stewart, Alisha Tagger, Mario Lamarre and Jennifer White.
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Youthful Ride In Store For Brockton Symphony Goers Saturday

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BROCKTON--Organizers of Brockton Symphony Orchestra's Family Concert at West Middle School Saturday afternoon will be one of the best times for youngsters to gain an appreciation of classical music. "Kids always say 'I don't like classical music, I don't like classical music, but they do like and are familiar with it from cartoons," said Denzil Paul, a member of the orchestra's board.
Paul chuckles that when youngsters realize the music behind some of their favorite characters like Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd--who most famously played hunter and hunted to a modified "Kill the Wabbit" version of Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries--are actually famous classical pieces.
"They might like it--they just don't know it yet," he said. "If at the end of the concert they say, 'not bad,' then we've done our job," Paul said.
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S'No Break In Winter Weather Toil

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BROCKTON--Bob's Big Breakfast on E. Ashland Street Thursday morning was a popular place for utility crews to take a break and grab an egg sandwich, coffee or quick meal after another winter storm covered the region with sleet and snow.
For the fourth time this month, the region shoveled and plowed out more than a foot of snow in most areas, a pattern of winter weather that forecasters have said put this winter in the top 10 of snowfall for most areas.
Brockton had at least 12 inches of snow by the time the sun broke through the clouds around 9:30 a.m. The National Weather Service reports Brockton with 12 inches, Bridgewater with 6, Rockland with 10, North Attleboro with 15 and Milford with 16.4.
Area schools, including Brockton were closed today, along with public libraries.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New Year, New You Clothing Gala Sunday In Brockton

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BROCKTON--Sunday, Jan. 30 Brockton area fashionistas will head to Tamboo Bistro for the second "Cosmos & Couture" high-end, lightly-used clothing swap.
The event has been organized by the so-called "Trio of Bandits," three women who work and live in the Brockton area, Raena Camacho, Shayna Barnes and Anne Marie Belrose.
"A Trio of Bandits is thrilled to be hosting its second Cosmos & Couture event, 'New Year, New You,'" said Anne Marie Belrose. “It's a great opportunity to shake off the winter blues, get dressed up, have a great time with your friends, and recharge your wardrobe," she added.
This season's event takes place Sunday, Jan. 30 at Tamboo Restaurant, 252 Main St., from 5 to 9 p.m.
The price of admission is at least one article of clothing that can be swapped. Attendees will also receive a ticket for one free Cosmopolitan mixed drink and chances at gift certificates and other prizes.
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Move Your Cars: Another Storm On The Way

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BROCKTON--According to the National Weather Service Brockton and much of Southern New England snow and sleet are expected mostly overnight and into Thursday afternoon and could bring between 6 to 10 inches of snow cover.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning and is forecasting precipitation to begin around 8 p.m. tonight Jan. 26 and last until the morning or afternoon Thursday.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Brockton District Court Closed, Evacuated After Bomb Threat

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BROCKTON--Brockton District Court has been evacuated and operations canceled after a bomb threat was received at about 2:50 p.m. this afternoon.
Deputy Fire Chief George Phillips said authorities received a call from inside the court house on Main Street that there was some kind of a bomb threat.
Phillips said he was unsure how the threat was phrased, but it indicated there might be some type of bomb.
He said as of about 5 p.m. the building has been searched and the State Police are continuing to comb the building with a bomb-sniffing dog to make sure no device is in the court house or the area.
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Maximizing Student Potential Talk Tonight At Arnone

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BROCKTON--The award-winning Parents’ Academy program, which provides Brockton Public Schools parents with free evening lectures, will begin its second semester tonight, Tuesday, January 25, 2011 featuring a presentation by Charlie Appelstein, “Behavior Support for Families: Maximizing Student Potential Using a Strength-Based Approach.”
The presentation takes place at the Arnone School, 135 Belmont St. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
FREE DAY CARE IS AVAILABLE
Charlie Appelstein, M.S.W. is a nationally prominent youth care specialist and
author whose primary focus is on working with children and youth presenting with emotional and behavioral problems.
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Brockton's Promise Rally, Awards Night Thursday

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BROCKTON -- The Caring Adults Committee of Brockton’s Promise will host the city’s third annual Mentor Recruit Rally Thursday, Jan. 27.
This free event will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Shaw’s Center, 1 Feinburg Way.
Attendees at the event will be able to learn about mentoring opportunities available in the city, at no cost.
Pre-registration is recommended.
The event will feature keynote speaker Ron Burton, Jr., director of Community Relations for the Boston Red Sox, and director of the Ron Burton Training Village. There will also be a performance by the Brockton High School Jazz Band, and the announcement of the Promise in Action Award for Exceptional Mentoring.
Dinner is also included.
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Brockton Police Log Updated to early Monday, Jan. 24

Math Skills Propel Brockton Middle School To Top Giving Honors

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BROCKTON--Twenty North Middle School math students in Brockton set the pace for holiday giving in December, earning the top spot in a national giving contest that not only rewards work, but teaches and improves math skills.
Students in Pam Senier's math class donated 52,000 virtual points they earned solving differentiated math problems through Apangea Learning's online math instruction program.
The students bested more than 3,000 other classes and 100,000 students nationwide.
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Monday, January 24, 2011

Hot Temper, Caring Heart Marks Thomas' Legacy

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—For more than 50 years as a player, coach and over-all volunteer for Brockton’s city baseball, softball and basketball leagues, George Thomas’ hot-temper and fiery personality has led teams to victory, made things happen as a one-man fundraiser and league official, and on the way has helped other young hot-heads learn the finer parts of a game.
Thomas, 75, was honored Thursday night Jan. 20 during a fundraising event for his decades of service that has not only resulted in helping to lead Brockton youngsters down a positive path, but also the placement of his name on the new baseball field at the Mary E. Baker Elementary School on Quincy Street.
“You don’t do it for a reward. You do it because you have to and want to,” Thomas said to a gathering of more than 200 people at Joe Angelo’s Café after several family members and friends recounted how Thomas taught them how to live life and play sports during a more than 40-year career of volunteerism.
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Friday, January 21, 2011

George Thomas Celebrated Thursday night

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BROCKTON--More than 150 people Thursday night celebrated the life and times of George Thomas during a fundraiser for the new scoreboard at Mary Baker Elementary School. Thomas, (pictured above at left with City Councilor Thomas Monahan) has been a volunteer for Brockton youth sports for more than 40 years.
We will post a story and more photos later tonight. Sorry for the delay!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Drug Sweep Nets 22--Two Still MIA

Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON--Brockton Police and State Police arrested 16 people during a drug sweep that began early this morning following investigations of daily drug dealing on the city's streets.
Police Chief William Conlon said law enforcement officials obtained 25 search warrants for the arrest of alleged low-level drug dealers and searched numerous homes across the city in a raid that happens about twice a year.
"We found 23 of the 25," Conlon said. "Two are MIA," he said.
He said 16 men and women were arrested and arraigned in Brockton District Court throughout the morning beginning at about 5 a.m. and into the afternoon.
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Help Or Hindrance? Brockton Councilor Proposes Text, Email Ban

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—Brockton Ward 2 City Councilor Thomas Monahan isn’t against modern technology such as cell phones, IPhones and laptop computers—except when they distract from business during city council meetings and could possibly violate the Open Meeting and Public Records laws.
“We all need to be focused on the meeting—it’s rude when people are text messaging or emailing while business is going on and it’s rude when council members get up and talk to each other when other things are being discussed,” Monahan said. “We shouldn’t be doing either,” he said.
Monahan recently submitted an ordinance for review to possibly ban city councilors from sending or receiving text messages, emails or using cell phones during regular City Council meetings, including the finance committee and public hearings.
Monahan said he isn’t completely against the use of the electronics—the submitted ordinance would allow internet use, but because of Open Meeting and Public Records laws internet use should be limited to items being discussed by the council.
Ward 6 City Councilor Michelle DuBois—who said she believes the ban is targeted at her—believes the use of the internet has helped her during discussions, most recently during a December tax classification hearing when she looked up information about the debate to help her understand the issue.
“If I didn’t have my IPhone I wouldn’t have been able to get the answers to some of my questions,” DuBois said.
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George Thomas Fete Supports Mary Baker School Scoreboard

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BROCKTON--Brockton resident George Thomas--who has been an enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer for youth sports in Brockton for more than 40 years--will be feted tonight, Thursday, Jan. 20 during a fundraising event from 6 to 9 p.m. at Joe Angelo's Cafe.
The new baseball field at the Mary Baker School will be named in Thomas' honor. Tonight's celebration will highlight Thomas' contributions to Brockton's youth sports and will also raise money for a scoreboard for the field.
Tickets are $20 per person and includes food and entertainment. All proceeds will benefit the scoreboard fund.
Tickets will be available at the door or in advance by calling Debbie Thomas at 508-378-7165.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Good Samaritan Receives Exclusive Radiation Accreditation

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BROCKTON - Good Samaritan Medical Center’s Radiation Oncology Center recently has been awarded a three-year accreditation by the American College of Radiology.
This is the first time the center, which opened in December of 2008, was surveyed for the accreditation, according to a prepared statement released by Good Samaritan Thursday, Jan. 13.
The Good Samaritan Radiation Oncology Center is only one of 20 in the state to achieve the designation as an American College of Radiology-accredited facility, officials said in the statement.
“The accreditation of the Radiation Oncology Center is a testament to the dedication of the staff and Good Samaritan Medical Center to provide the highest quality care to our patients,” Dr. Stephen Brown, chief of the Department of Radiation Oncology,said in the statement.
Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, American College of Radiology awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice.
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City Officials Testy Over Water Bill Issue

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON----City officials are taking steps to have an independent auditor speak individually to city councilors and some individual residents about problems associated with disputed water bills and are developing a type of official water dispute form that would allow residents to contest their water bill and ensure those residents meet a Feb. 1 deadline.
Tuesday night during a testy City Council Finance Committee meeting, councilors asked Treasurer-Collector Martin Brophy and Chief Financial Officer John Condon what the process and discussion was surrounding the decision to place liens on homeowners who have and continue to dispute what are considered unusually high water bills.
At one point, Councilor-at-large Jass Stewart said he was disappointed by how the water bill situation has been handled and believed there should be more communication between city department heads and the City Council because none of the members had been part of the discussion whether or not to place liens on residents’ property taxes because of the disputed bills--especially when it was clear the city’s water billing systems are not “all systems normal.”
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Red Sox To Heat Up Brockton Rox Hot Stove

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BROCKTON—The Brockton Rox will have a semi—Boston Red Sox reunion this Friday night during the team’s annual Hot Stove banquet that this year features new Rox manager Bill Buckner, Red Sox pitching legend Bill “The Spaceman” Lee and former Red Sox manager Jimy Williams.
"The Hot Stove Banquet is always a great opportunity to get together during the off-season and talk baseball, said Rox Chief Executive Officer Chris Carminucci in an email. “We're lucky to have three Red Sox legends on hand, and it should be a great evening," he added.
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1970s Brockton High Football Flashback Leaves Impression

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—Brockton High School football coach Peter Columbo is always looking for new ways to improve his team.
Saturday night Peter Columbo was living a flashback as he watched his father Armond coach the 1970 Boxer's team to an undefeated season the first year Armond took over and began a football legacy at Brockton High School.
“This team is historic,” Columbo said. “This team goes on to prominence and we are carrying on the tradition,” Columbo said moments before the DVD was played on numerous TV screens in a private room at Joe Angelo’s Café.
Following the showing of the DVD that mostly displays the 9 games the 1970 team went on to win during an undefeated season, Columbo said it makes him look forward to next season.
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Monday, January 17, 2011

Mandela, MLK Influence In Heart Of Brockton,Whitman Reverend

Story and photos by Lisa E. Crowley
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BROCKTON—When South African native Rev. Lehlohonolo Henrietta Montjane was a student at Salem State on Feb. 11, 1990, she had just finished class and caught a glimpse of TV and a massive media storm over something.
Looking to see what it was, to her delight and surprise the world was watching as Nelson Mandela was freed from a South African prison after 27 years.
“I said, ‘Wow—God you mean you heard my prayers all these years,'” Montjane said recounting the day when Apartheid—segregation and legal disenfranchisement for black South Africans—was forever changed when Mandela walked out of prison holding his wife Winnie’s hand and raising a fist into the air after 27 years of imprisonment. (Montjane pictured above with Kym Raphino and below with Richard Kpolar)
Montjane chuckled that it may have taken nearly 30 years, but God finally answered her prayers and those of millions of her countrymen—black and white.
“God is a good God, but God doesn’t work on our timetables…God works in God’s time,” she said.
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Friday, January 14, 2011

Brockton Fire Responds To Thurber Ave. Fire

Submitted by James Rober
Special to BrocktonPost
BROCKTON--Brockton Fire Department responded to a house fire at 91 Thurber Ave. at about 9:40 Friday morning. Firefighters battled smoke in the attic of the single-family home. We have no more information at this time. Will try later or tomorrow.

Additional MLK Gathering...

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BROCKTON--Almost missed this one.....
MOSAIC Arts and Culture Inc., in partnership with Tamboo Restaurant is honored to announce and extend an invitation to the community as they present…
2011 AT THE END OF THE DAY…..Tribute to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday, Jan. 17 at Tamboo beginning at 5 p.m.
This 2011 event will feature special guest speaker, Prof. Vernon Domingo from Bridgewater State University as well as invested community stakeholders…The Greater Brockton Society of Poetry and the Arts, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority-Norfolk Plymouth Area Alumnae Chapter who will follow with a poetry “Open Mic.”
This event is open to the public and admission is Free.
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BHS Haitian Students On "Chronicle" Tonight

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BROCKTON--From the School Department:
WCVB TV Channel 5’s “Chronicle” program is airing a segment on the lives of Haitian citizens who survived last year’s devastating earthquake.
Several Brockton High School students will be part of this moving segment tonight at 7:30 p.m. Please tune in to see how some of our newest Brocktonians have triumphed over tragedy and made the best of life and the opportunities our city and our school community offers them.

Fire, Police Await $375,000 In Grant Money Approval

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—Brockton’s police and fire departments are looking forward to the City Council’s Finance Committee meeting Tuesday night because both are set to receive grants totaling more than $375,000.
The fire department is waiting for approval from the City Council to spend a federal grant of $229,840—an 80 percent share of buying every firefighter new turnout coats and pants—a staple of fire safety.
The Police Department is waiting for approval on a $145,891 state public safety grant which will be used for numerous community policing needs.
“This is a big savings for the city,” Francis said.
Francis said the department applied for a Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security grant for the essential equipment more than two years ago.
He said the department was notified in early 2010 the department had been approved for the money, but because the grant requires the city put up a 20 percent share—or $57,460, they had to wait until the 2010-2011 budget was finalized in the spring for the city’s share.
He said it was the first time the department had applied for the grant and were pleasantly surprised when it was granted.
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Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Events

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BROCKTON—In observance of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 17, area organizations, colleges and churches will host several events on the weekend and on Monday.
Here is a round-up of those celebrations:
*Saturday, Jan. 15 from 9 a.m. to Noon. Brockton Chapter of the NAACP will host the 25th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration. The event will be held at The Shaw's Center, 1 Lexington Ave., Brockton. Speakers include, Rev. Lehlohonolo H. Montjane, the minister of Pearl Street United Methodist Church in Brockton and Whitman. There will be food and breakfast. Cost is $30. Tickets available at the door.
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Snow Ban Tows Cost Violators

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—Brockton Police Chief William Conlon urges the more than 60 vehicle owners who had their wheels towed during Wednesday’s snow storm to get their cars out of storage as soon as possible because they will incur more charges the longer they wait.
“It would behoove people to get their cars as soon as they can because storage cars will be added for everyday it’s there,” Conlon said.
During Wednesday’s storm, Conlon said more than 60 vehicles were towed from city streets because they were impeding snow removal while 20 to 40 others were towed because police found that they were unregistered, and in some cases stolen.
Conlon said city officials do not want to tow vehicles, but if the vehicles are in the way during an all-day storm like Wednesday they have to go.
“It should be an incentive for people to get their cars off the street before we have to,” he said.
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1970 Undefeated Team, 16mm Film To Highlight Brockton Sports Benefit

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BROCKTON--Save Our Sports, a non-profit organization that supports Brockton schools sports program, will host a " Night of Champions II," Saturday evening with this year's celebration highlighting the Brockton High School 1970 football team that went 9-0 for the season and the first year Coach Armond Colombo took over the team and began an era of Boxer's success.
Brockton High Athletic Director Thomas Kenney said attendees will be in for a treat during the night when the group unveils the first showing of a DVD presentation made from old 16mm film Coach Colombo took that depicts the opening activities of the high school in 1970.
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Brockton To Lift Parking Ban At Noon

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BROCKTON--The Mayor's office has announced the city will lift the snow emergency at Noon today, Jan. 13th.
All vehucles parked in the Adams Garage during the emergency must be removed by 6 p.m.

Dog Day Afternoon

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BROCKTON—Brockton schools will be closed another day Thursday as crews and residents continue to dig out after a blizzard knocked out power to more than 9,000 homes and businesses in Brockton, but for those with heat and electricity it was a chance to spend time with family.
“I’m happy. I have the day off from work,” said Jay Duffy as he shoveled the edge of his driveway and threw snow into the air that the family's two Pugs named Frankie and Millie—chased and chewed as it fell.
Duffy, whose home on Braemoor Road remained with power throughout the storm, said he and his children 6-year-old twins Jack and Marina and 7-year-old Ella watched movies during the morning and in the afternoon shoveled what was left of the snow at the end of the driveway after a hired plow cleared most of it.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Brockton Power Outages Nearly Triple, City Opens Warming Shelter

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BROCKTON—More than 9,000 National Grid customers in Brockton and more than 67,500 in the region are without electricity after a January blizzard that shutdown the Southern U.S. and now days later has stomped the South Shore area with anywhere from 7 to 18 inches of snow.
More than 42,000 of National Grid's outages are in Plymouth County, including more than 9,000 in Bridgewater and 5,200 in Pembroke.
At about 9 a.m. just over 3,000 Brockton National Grid customers were without power.
By 12:30 p.m. that number has shot to more than 9,500, according to National Grid's website.
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Nor'Easter Closes Brockton Schools

Staff report
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BROCKTON--Brockton school officials have canceled classes Wednesday Jan. 12 due to the blizzard expected to hit the region beginning around 2 a.m. in some areas and continuing throughout the day and Wednesday evening, according to the National Weather Service.
Forecasts call for 12 to 16 inches in the Brockton area.
City officials have also declared a snow emergency that began at 6 p.m. tonight and will last until further notice.
There will be no parking allowed on either side of the street, on any street, throughout the city.
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(Radar images courtesy of National Weather Service)

Water Bill Meetings On Tap For January

Staff report
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BROCKTON--Issues surrounding Brockton residents' water bills and subsequent liens for overdue water bills will be discussed during two meetings this month.
The first will take place Tuesday, Jan. 18 when the City Council meets as the Finance Committee at 7 p.m.
Ward 2 Councilor Thomas Monahan said Treasurer-Collector Martin Brophy and Chief Financial Officer John Condon have been invited to talk about why the liens were sent to about 6,500 residents for water, sewer and other overdue bills and why the city did not hold off on sending the liens in the face of admitted problems with metering and billing systems and a $97,000 independent audit expected to make recommendations about the problem water systems in April.
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Council Prez Gavel Passes To Another Studenski

Lisa E. Crowley
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BROCKTON—When Ward 4 City Councilor Paul F. Studenski was five years old in 1953 he had the honor of watching his father receive the gavel as City Council President for the first of six unprecedented times.
Monday night, nearly 60 years later, Studenski has followed in his father’s footsteps and was immeasurably surprised to receive his father’s well-worn gavel from City Clerk Anthony Zeoli.
“They used to call him the fastest gavel in the East,” Studenski said following Monday’s meeting when he was unanimously voted as the council’s president for 2011.
Studenski said his father died in October 2003 at 76 and not only served as city council president, but also mayor and state representative.
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Monday, January 10, 2011

Brockton PD Make Cocaine Trafficking, Illegal Gun Posession Arrests

Staff report
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BROCKTON--In several seperate incidents over the weekend according to the Brockton Police log, seven people were charged with drug possession, including trafficking in cocaine and possession of large capacity firearms and ammunition.
The first of the weekend drug arrests took place at about 4:30 p.m Friday, Jan. 7when police arrested Andrew McGaughey, 21, of Mansfield for possession to distribute a Class B drug, drug violation near a school or park, conspiracy to violate drug laws,failure to wear a seat belt, and two local warrants.
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THIS WEEK IN BROCKTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

MONDAY, JANUARY 10
Registration for Grade 6 September 2011 Assignments runs through 1/28
Downey: Grade 1 Field Trip – New England Aquarium Boston. 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.
Huntington: P.T.O. meeting - Babysitting provided. Café 6:30 p.m.
North: K.T.A. Club Mitten, Hat and Sox collection runs through 1/21
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New Feature!

BrocktonPost.com will post Code Enforcement Corner--a new feature that shows many of the activities involved in enforcing the city's permit, building, fire, health and safety codes and improving quality of life.
There is a link on the right-hand sidebar that looks like the voided code enforcement violation tag or click here to go to the information...

Moment of Silence, Questions Following Tucson Shooting

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BROCKTON--President Barack Obama has called for a nationwide moment of silence at 11 a.m. today following the Saturday shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the killing of six others by a lone gunman.
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Friday, January 7, 2011

Moms Wanted For SignatureHealth Care, Tufts Med Center Blogs

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BROCKTON--Signature Healthcare and Tufts Medical Center are sponsoring a Mommy Blogger Contest from January 3, 2011 to February 11, 2011.
All mothers in the South Shore area of Massachusetts are invited to enter.
Through the contest, the hospitals plan to select four area moms to be featured as permanent mommy bloggers for the region. Each month their posts will appear on the SignatureMoms.com mommy blog.
Winning moms will also receive a $250 cash prize.
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Water Bill Liens Create Quagmire For Homeowners

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—Brockton residents who have received liens for overdue water bills in this quarter’s property tax bill and refuse to pay the bill be aware: Unless you specify you want your property tax payment to be applied to the property tax, the city collector’s office will pay the overdue water bill and interest first.
Treasurer-Collector Martin Brophy said the “hierarchy” of payment requires the collector pay the interest and overdue water bill before applying any payment to the homeowner’s property tax.
Brophy said if residents send in their payments it will go to a so-called “lock-box” and the payment will be applied to the overdue water bill and interest first.
If residents do not want their payment to go to the overdue water bill they should include a note within in their payment if mailed, but the best way to ensure the property tax is paid and not the water bill is to visit city hall in person.
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Reward Offered In Suspected Arson Fire

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BROCKTON--Police and Fire officials are offering up to a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person who is suspected of setting a fire to Travis Cycle and Game's On Apparel early Monday Jan. 3.
“Anyone who saw or heard something the night of the fire, or since, is encouraged to call the Arson Hotline," said state Fire Marshal Stephen Coan, whose office is investigating the matter with Brockton Police and Fire.
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Robbers Duct-Tape Tavares Variety Clerk

Staff report
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BROCKTON--The third robbery in four days where customers or clerks were duct-taped by a silver handgun wielding pair of suspects took place Wednesday night—this time the thieves robbed Tavares Variety on Warren Avenue.
According to one of the victims--who is also an owner who did not want to be identified--said two light-skinned males she described as short, about 5'5 and wearing hoodies or dark masks came in the front door and duct-taped the hands of her 21-year-old son who was in one of the aisles.
The men then went to the front of the store and pointed a silver gun at her and made their way behind the counter and stole cash and then ran out the side door toward the back of the building toward Packard Way.
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Brockton Declares Snow Emergency

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BROCKTON--From the Mayor's Office:
Mayor Linda M. Balzotti and DPW Commissioner Michael Thoreson have declared a snow emergency beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 7 in the City of Brockton.
There will be no parking allowed on either side of the street, on any street, throughout the city.
Please park vehicle(s) in off-street locations to allow DPW crews to clear streets. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Brockton Emergency Management Agency at 508-588-7871 or dial 2-1-1, a free and confidential phone service offered through the United Way of Greater Plymouth County.
If you are unable to reach 2-1-1 due to your telephone or cell phone carrier, a toll-free number is available: 1-877-211-6277.

Brocktonians To Fight For AFO Titles

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BROCKTON--Two Brockton men will be fighting for titles Saturday night Jan. 8 at the Mansfield Holiday Inn for the American Fighting Organization championships.
Brockton resident Steve Dunn will challenge for the welterweight championship and Brockton native Shawn Galano will challenge for the heavyweight title.
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Residents Dissatisfied With Brockton's Response to Water Board Open Meeting Complaint

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BROCKTON—Four Brockton residents who have filed complaints with the state Attorney General’s Office that claim the Water Commission violated the Open Meeting Law in August believe the city’s response to the charge did not meet the requirements of the law and they are not satisfied with the city’s steps to resolve the issue.
The letter, which was sent to the Attorney General Tuesday, Jan. 4 states, “the city’s handling of our complaint does not seem to satisfy the intent of the Open Meeting Law complaint process. We do not know if the Water Commission’s response—via the City Solicitor—is even known to the members of the Water Commission.”
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Residents Call Disputed Water Bill Lien Demands A Betrayal

By Lisa E. Crowley
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BROCKTON—Thousands of Brockton residents have received notices in their quarterly water and sewer tax bills that demand owners pay their overdue bills or face liens on their property taxes, even if those bills are being disputed amidst a controversy surrounding the water department’s flawed metering and billing systems.
Many residents are incensed the city would make the move which they called another betrayal of promises made by public officials when it became clear the water and sewer department’s metering and billing systems had gone haywire.
“I have it on video—they said no one was going to get a lien, no one was going to lose their house and then they do this,” said Marianne Silva, one of about 6,500 water and sewer users in the city who received the lien threats with their first quarter bills Monday.
“They didn’t stick to what they said, but why should I be surprised—they haven’t through the whole thing,” Silva said.
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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Former Red Sox Bill Buckner To Lead Brockton Rox

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BROCKTON--The Brockton Rox announced Tuesday Jan. 4 that 22-year major league veteran Bill Buckner will be the club’s field manager for the 2011 season.
Brockton Rox CEO Chris Carminucci said in a prepared statement having Buckner as head coach is a move he hopes will help propel the team to a championship.
“He’s well-known and well-respected by New England sports fans, and has an incredible wealth of knowledge about the game. Our fans and players are in for a great experience in 2011," Carminucci said.
Buckner said he is looking forward to hitting the field and returning to a game he loves.
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Brockton's Promise Rally, Awards Jan. 27

Brockton's Promise will present the third Annual Mentor Recruitment Rally Thursday, Jan. 27 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Shaw's Center, 1 Feinberg Way.
Tickets are free, but pre-registration is required.
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Area Fire Departments Receive Fire Safety Money

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BROCKTON--Brockton, Easton and West Bridgewater fire departments have been awarded grant money totaling $21,745 from the Student Awareness of Fire Education, or S.A.F.E program through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.
State Representative Christine E. Canavan announced yesterday in a prepared statement the three communities would receive funding through the annual program.
This year, the Brockton Fire Department will receive $11,515; the Easton Fire Department will receive $5,415; and the West Bridgewater Fire Department will receive $4,815 to continue their fire education programming.
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Monday, January 3, 2011

Gun-Toting Robbers Duct Tape Clerk, Customer During Similar Sunday Robberies

By Lisa E. Crowley
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BROCKTON—A clerk and a customer at Bud’s Variety at the corner of Nilsson Street and Warren Avenue in Brockton were waved to the ground and duct-taped at the point of a silver handgun Sunday morning by a skinny, Spanish-speaking man with lots of freckles on his face.
A clerk who works for the family that operates the store and would not give his name said, robberies at the corner convenience store are becoming as commonplace as regular paying customers.
“It happens all the time,” he said. “Not twice, but three, four, five, six times—You can’t keep count. It’s much worse than anywhere else that I’ve been,” said the man, who is about 40 years old and originally from India.
He said he has worked in stores in Lynn and Beverly and has had nothing like the countless robberies at Bud’s.
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THIS WEEK IN BROCKTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

TUESDAY, JANUARY 4
School Committee meeting, 7 p.m. Brockton High Little Theatre.
Davis: P.T.A. meeting. Library 6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5
Angelo: P.T.A. meeting. Café 6:15 p.m.
Downey: P.A.C. meeting. Library 6:30 p.m.
Raymond: P.T.A. meeting. Café 6:30 p.m.
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