Monday, February 28, 2011

Girls Spring Softball Signups Begin Thursday

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BROCKTON--Brockton Youth Softball League for Girls 2011 Spring sign-ups will be held March 3 and 4 at the Raymond School, 125 Oak St.
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Brockton Students Rock Withey Scholarship Show

By Lisa E. Crowley
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BROCKTON—If Brockton's Frank Withey were with his friends Saturday night at the Shaw’s Center, those friends believe he would have been impressed at the level of talent, delighted with the turnout and rocking to the jams of a group of high school students who closed the show with a 10-plus piece jazz blowout.
“He would have loved it,” said Bill Sciore, who was one of about 300 people who attended the Frank Withey Scholarship Concert held Saturday night at the Shaw’s Center.
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Foxboro Planner To Head Reinstated Brockton Redevelopment Authority

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BROCKTON--From the Mayor's Office:
Mayor Linda M. Balzotti recently has announced Foxboro's long-time town planner will lead the reinstated Brockton Redevelopment Authority and a consultant has been hired to aid Brockton 21st Century Corp. focus on redevelopment of the downtown.
Balzotti said in a prepared statement the moves are expected to herald a new era of revitalization in Brockton--efforts that are led by qualified experts with backgrounds in the fields of economic development and planning.
“Having personnel in these vital positions gives Brockton the ability to plan not just for today, but for the future in a thoughtful and efficient way,” Balzotti said in the statement.
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Court Sides With DEP, Brockton Power In ConComm Battle

Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—Plymouth County Superior Court has upheld a Department of Environmental Protection decision that would allow an environmental permit necessary to build a 350-megawatt natural gas plant on the East Side of Brockton—one of many legal decisions and permitting questions that will be decided over the next year. Joseph Ganley, vice-president of Weber and Shandwick, a public relations firm recently hired by Brockton Power, the company seeking to build the power plant, said he believes it is the first of many legal decisions that will be decided in the company’s favor.
““We are obviously pleased that the Court upheld the decision of the Department of Environmental Protection to grant our permit,” Ganley said. “We are confident that, as the courts review the other cases involving the project, similar rulings will follow.”
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Taunton River Watershed Alliance Needs You!

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BROCKTON--The Taunton River Watershed Alliance is looking for volunteers to help take water quality samples and will hold a training session Saturday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. at the River Center located at the Gertrude M. Boyden Refuge in Taunton.
"Volunteer monitoring can be a great family activity, a good excuse to get out on the water, or simply a good way to learn about, and protect your favorite waterbody," said Executive Director Carolynn LaMarre in an email.
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Brockton Police Log Rises In Popularity

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BROCKTON--Brockton Police Log updated to Tuesday, Feb. 22.
Note: BrocktonPost's police log has been named #12 of the Top 25 police department blogs on the Internet by the Criminal Justice Degree Schools, a website dedicated to aiding people interested in pursuing criminal justice careers.
Thanks to our readers and Criminal Justice Degree Schools.
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Solace Difficult In Deaths Of Brockton Mother, Son

By Lisa E. Crowley
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BROCKTON—When Maria Montrond first met her best friend Maria Avelina Palaguachi-Cela three years ago at a local food pantry where the two women volunteered, they formed an instant friendship.
“My name is Maria and her name is Maria. My mother’s name is Avelina, her name is Avelina. We became great friends right away,” Montrond said.
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Concert Remembers Brockton Musician Frank Withey

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BROCKTON--Friends and Family of Frank Withey will host the annual scholarship fund concert in the Brockton musician's honor Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Shaw's Center beginning at 7 p.m.
Withey, a well-known musician in the area and a composition professor at Berklee College of Music, died in 2006 at age 51.
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Resident Water Bill Dispute Interviews Begin Monday

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—Interviews of Brockton residents with disputed water bills by the city’s independent auditing firm are set to begin next week—a round of interviews that began with city councilors earlier this month.
Interviews with residents are expected to begin Monday, Feb. 28 and will continue Monday, March 7, several officials and residents said.
Councilor interviews began Feb. 8 and members met with The Abrahams Group in shifts over the next couple of weeks.
Each of the city’s ward councilors is expected to pick one resident to meet with the review team. Councilor-at-Large Thomas Brophy, the only councilor at large to choose a resident, has picked Robert Ford, a resident who has been vocal and public about his fight with the water department over his bill that was reduced to $12,000—a figure Ford believes is still erroneous.
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Library Hosts African Doll-Making Program Saturday

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BROCKTON--Brockton Public Library will host a special African doll-making workshop Saturday, Feb. 26 beginning at 2 p.m. in the children's room of the main branch on Main Street.
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Monday, February 21, 2011

Palaguachi Services Set For Tuesday, Wednesday

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BROCKTON--A funeral mass will be celebrated for three members of the Palaguachi family, including a mother and son who were found murdered, Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Church in Brockton.
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Crescent Credit Union Drive Brings 626 Warm Coats To Needy

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BROCKTON--Crescent Credit Union along with Anton’s Cleaners and Dermody’s Cleaners to collect and clean 626 winter coats collected in braches and stores in Brockton and Norwell--all of which were delivered to non-profit community organizations.
"The success of the coat drive is a testament to the compassion of our community, said Crescent Credit Union President Robert Gustafson in a prepared statement.
“We were able to surpass last year’s collection total due to the tremendous generosity of our friends, neighbors, members and employees," he said.
The 626 coats collected this year exceeds the 559 coats collected in 2009, the inaugural year of Crescent Credit Union’s annual winter coat drive.
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Fugitive In Ecuador Remains In Custody, Family Faces Tragedies


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BROCKTON--The Boston Globe has reported a roommate of a slain Brockton woman and her son found dead in a dumpster is being held in Ecuador by authorities there for allegedly using a false passport.
Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz's office has not commented on the capture of Luis Guaman, who is wanted in Brockton for questioning regarding the murder.
Guaman, who Cruz has said has used other aliases including Antonio and Segundo Castro, is the last person to have seen 25-year-old Maria Avelina Palaguachi-Cela and her 2-year-old son Brian alive before they were found murdered in a Brockton dumpster Sunday, Feb. 13.
Funeral arrangements for mother and son have not been completed yet.
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Friday, February 18, 2011

Brockton Man Connected To Brockton Homicides Captured In Ecuador

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BROCKTON--The Boston Globe is reporting that Luis Guaman, an Ecuadorean native being sought in connection with the murders of a mother and son found dead in Brockton has been captured in Ecuador by family members of the slain woman.
Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz's office issued a press release today stating the investigation is on going but does not mention anything about Guaman's capture.
Calls to the Ecuadorean Embassy in Boston have not been immediately returned.
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wrestling Supershow Comes to Shaw's Center Saturday

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BROCKTON--Top Rope Promotions and Lynch's Towing will present a Wrestling Supershow Saturday, February 19 at the Shaw's Center in Brockton.
Bell time is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are general admission.
The fight card features superstars Hacksaw Jim Duggan, "Mr. USA" Tony Atlas, Doink the Clown, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, and TNA's Robbie E.
The night's special attraction is Ring of Honor star and former heavyweight champion "The Prodigy" Mike Bennett vs. Frankie Arion.
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Brockton Police Log Updated to Monday, Feb. 14, 2011

Brockton Women Of The Year Winners Announced

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Brockton-From the Mayor's Office:
Mayor Linda M. Balzotti and the City of Brockton’s Commission on Women’s Issues are proud to announce the winners of the 2011 Women of the Year Awards.
The commission’s selection committee chose the winners from a long list of nominees earlier this
week.
“Choosing this year’s winners was a difficult process,” said Lisa M. Rheault-Sliney, chairwoman of the Commission on Women’s Issues. “All the nominees are working hard to make a positive impact on the city, but only a limited number could be chosen," she said.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

"Heated" Argument Preceeded Brockton Murders, Roommates' Flight to Ecuador

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—One roommate of a Brockton mother found dead with her son in a Brockton dumpster is in custody pending $50,000 cash bail and another roommate—an illegal immigrant with a violent criminal record--is being sought for questioning, but is likely in Ecuador, a country officials say where he fled just 2 ½ hours after authorities discovered the bodies of 25-year-old Maria Avelina Palaguachi-Cela and her 2-year-old son Brian.
“We’re going to use everything we can use and deal with all the appropriate agencies and countries and people in between to make sure we get justice for this little boy and this woman,” said Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz during a press conference following the arraignment of one of the roommates living with 25-year-old Maria Avelina Palaguachi-Cela and her nearly 3-year-old son Brian who were found dead in a dumpster.
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Man Arrested In Connection With Brockton Mother, Son Murders

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BROCKTON--Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz's office announced a 34-year-old Brockton man has been arrested in connection with the double murder of a mother and her son late Sunday night.
In a prepared statement Cruz's office said Aparicio Velencia De La Cruz, 427 Warren Ave. has been charged with misleading a police investigation in connection with the deaths of Maria Avelina Palaguachi-Cela and Brian Palaguachi.
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Brockton Mother, Son Killed By Blows To Head

By Lisa E. Crowley
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BROCKTON--The Plymouth County District Attorney announced this morning that the results of an autopsy on a Brockton mother and her son found dead in a dumpster is the result of blunt force trauma to the head and brain.
Bridget Norton Middleton, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Timothy Cruz, said the medical examiner gave her office the results of the autopsies on Maria Avelina Palaguachi-Cela, and her nearly 3-year-old son Brian this morning and has ruled their deaths were the result of some type of beating.
"The autopsy of both show the manner of death to be blunt force trauma to the head and brain," Norton Middleton said.
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Historic Address Highlights Successes, Seeks Cooperation For Future

Lisa E. Crowley
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BROCKTON—During the first “State of the City” address given by a female Brockton mayor, Linda M. Balzotti highlighted several economic successes during her first year in office, noted low points like the water bill dispute debacle, but stressed commitment, enthusiasm and a positive attitude for the city's future success.
“The challenges are many, the hurdles are high, but we have the right people in the right places and most importantly, we have the right attitude,” Balzotti said as she closed her historic speech Monday night, Feb. 14.
“We are building on our successes, all while working together better than we ever have, and that is something we can all be proud of,” she said. (Balzotti pictured above with School Committee member Richard Bath)

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Transcript Of Mayor Balzotti's State of the City Speech

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BROCKTON--The following is a transcript of Mayor Linda M. Balzotti's "State of the City" address presented in City Council chambers, Monday, Feb. 14, 2011.


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Monday, February 14, 2011

Infant Son's Body Found In Dumpster With Dead Mother

Lisa E. Crowley
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BROCKTON--Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz in a press conference said not only was a 25-year-old woman found in a duffel bag in a Brockton dumpster, her 2 1/2 year-old son was also found.
Cruz identified the woman as 25-year-old Maria Avelina Palaguachi, who lived at 427 Warren Ave. and her 2 1/2 year-old son Brian.
"This is a heinous act," Cruz said, noting investigators do not believe the pair's death are a random act and that they have a suspect. "Who would do that to a 2 1/2 year-old child," Cruz said.
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Son's Loss "Devastating" For Water Dept. Manager

Lisa E. Crowley
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BROCKTON—Family and friends are mourning the death of Mark Creedon, the son of the city’s Water Systems Manager Brian Creedon, who unexpectedly died Saturday after a brief and sudden illness.
Richard Zaccaro, a friend of the family said the situation is horrible and came upon the family suddenly.
Zaccaro said Mark Creedon suddenly passed away Saturday to the family's shock.
“It’s terrible. Horrible. It’s devastating to lose your child,” Zaccaro said. "It's a parent's worst nightmare," he said.
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Authorities Await Autopsy On Woman Found In Dumpster

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BROCKTON--Authorities are awaiting an autopsy to release the identity of a woman found dead in a dumpster after Brockton Police received an anonymous tip Sunday night.
According to Brockton's police log a female called 911 Sunday, Feb. 13 at 9:18 p.m. and reported a dead body in a dumpster at the corner of West Park Street and Warren Avenue. The caller refused to give her name but when asked how she knew it was a body the caller responded that she could see body parts, including a leg, and also a boot.
A statement from Plymouth Country District Attorney Timothy Cruz states the woman's body has been brought to the Chief Medical Examiner's office and authorities hope to have the cause of death later today.
The dumpster, located at the corner of West Park Street and Warren Avenue behind a three-family house has been removed along with a pickup truck.

Brockton PD, DA Investigating Body In Dumpster

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BROCKTON--Brockton Police and the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a dumpster Sunday night.
A source in the Brockton Police department who preferred to remain anonymous confirmed police removed a body of a woman from a dumpster in the West Park Street area between 9:30 and 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13.
The source could not provide more information at this time and referred questions to Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz's Office. Cruz or a spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Brockton Courts, Spellman High Investigated After Bomb Threats

By Lisa E. Crowley
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BROCKTON—Hundreds of Brockton District and Superior Court personnel and prisoners were evacuated Thursday morning after authorities received what was a second false alarm since late last month.
“It turned out to be a false alarm, and turns out to be a prank, but because of the nature of the facility and the number of people we have to take it seriously,” said Brockton Deputy Fire Chief George Phillips.
Phillips said the fire department received a call about a potential bomb in the Main Street courthouse at about 9:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10. Phillips said the call came from the State Police who had received a tip, but he was not sure exactly what was said.
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Portrait of a Female Mayor Can Wait

By Lisa E. Crowley
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BROCKTON—When Mayor Linda M. Balzotti gives her “State of the City” address Monday night, it will be another historic moment for Brockton and the city’s first female to be elected mayor.
Balzotti is expected to make the first “State of the City” address by a female mayor in City Council chambers at 8 p.m. Monday.
After she was elected in Nov. 2009 Balzotti gave the first inaugural address by a female.
Monday history will be made again when she gives her "State of the City" speech, however, after more than a year in office, Balzotti said the moment was not in the forefront of her mind.
“Now, I just think of myself as mayor,” she said.
When she makes her speech Monday, Balzotti said the speech will include a forecast of the fiscal year 2012 budget, an outlook that appears grim today, but could improve depending on outside forces.
“In terms of the future of the city, a key aspect of that is the budget,” Balzotti said, adding, “and the budget depends on the overall economy of the country. What happens in the city depends on what happens in the economy.”
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mob Murder Fugitive Nabbed In Idaho

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BROCKTON--After nearly two decades on the run reputed Mafia member Enrico Ponzo, a fugitive wanted by the FBI in Boston for conspiracy to murder, racketeering and other violations was arrested this week in Idaho.
According to a prepared statement from the FBI, on Monday, February 7 the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force arrested Ponzo without incident near his home in Marsing, Idaho.
The next day, FBI special agents and task force members served a federal search warrant at Ponzo’s home to recover evidence, including firearms, and more than $15,000 in cash and gold.
At the time of his arrest, Ponzo was living in Idaho under the assumed name of Jeffrey John Shaw. Ponzo was scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Idaho Wednesday.
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Monday, February 7, 2011

In SUNNY And WARM Las Vegas!!

Will return on Wednesday!

THIS WEEK IN BROCKTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7
Kindergarten Registration for 2011 – 2011 School Year for children turning 5 years old by 12/31/11
February 7th – February 11th for students at Gilmore Early Childhood Center
150 Clinton Street Brockton 508-580-7274
B.B. Russell: School Improvement Council Meeting 3rd Floor 2:30 p.m.
Baker: Title One ~ Family Book Bag – Room 188 12:45 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: Poetry & Art Contest During School
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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Brockton Lions Club Hosts Identity Theft Program

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BROCKTON--The Brockton Lions Club invites all interested parties to attend its upcoming presentation, "Identity Theft and Scams," Monday Feb. 7 at Christo's Restaurant beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The program is free.
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Brockton Man Heeds Call For Parole Board Victim Seat


By Lisa E. Crowley
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BROCKTON—Brockton’s James Rober said he may not have a law degree, and he may not have worked in the criminal justice system, but after more than 20 years of trying to prevent his brother’s killers from being released from prison—he knows something other potential state Parole Board appointees might not.
“To be a victim or a survivor of such a tragedy, to know what people go through—it would bring a different perspective,” Rober said. (Pictured inset)
Rober, 44--whose paraplegic brother Paul Jr. (Pictured above) was brutally tortured and murdered in Plymouth in 1986-- has responded to Attorney General Martha Coakley’s call last month for Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint a victim’s advocate to the state’s Parole Board in the wake of the resignations of five members, including the director, following the killing of a Woburn police officer by parolee Domenic Cinelli.
Patrick has named Josh Wall, first assistant district attorney for Suffolk County, as interim executive director and is expected to make Wall the parole board’s chairman.
That leaves four more spots and Rober hopes to fill one of them.
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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Ogletree Joins Civil Rights Pioneers In BSU Black Achievement Honors

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Brockton--Bridgewater State University will hold its 23rd annual Hall of Black Achievement Heritage Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. in the East Campus Commons.
The event will include a reception hour, dinner, the induction of this year's Hall of Black Achievement honorees, and the presentations of the Mary Hudson Onley Achievement Award and the Sarah Lewis Social Justice Award. Student Achiever Awards will be presented to ten BSU students, as well as students from other state institutions.
This year's Hall of Black Achievement inductees are George Lewis Ruffin and Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin. (Pictured above)
The recipient of the Mary Hudson Onley Award is Harvard Professor Charles Ogletree. (Pictured at right)
Tickets are $30 for adults, and $15 for students.
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Brockton Public Schools Closed Wednesday

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BROCKTON--FROM THE SCHOOL DEPARTMENT:
Please be advised that due to current and forecasted weather conditions, all Brockton Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, February 2, 2011.

Police Log Updated To Feb. 1, 2011

Brockton City Hall Closes Early, Meetings Canceled

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BROCKTON--Due to today’s snow storm, Brockton City Hall will close at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 1. Also tonight's Board of Health and Planning Board meetings have been cancelled. The Planning Board has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in the G.A.R. Room, located on the second floor of Brockton City Hall, 45 School St.

Petition Asks For Billing Standards in Brockton Water Bill Battle

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—Residents who attended an informational meeting about disputed water bills are expected to submit a petition to Mayor Linda Balzotti to act in the matter, including enacting a new ordinance that would require the water department perform an actual meter reading every year—a policy similar to the state’s Department of Public Utilities requirements.
“That’s the industry practice and standard,” said Ward 6 City Councilor Michelle DuBois, who along with Councilor-at-large Jass Stewart and numerous residents with Brockton United Voices organized Monday night’s meeting held at the Mary Baker Elementary School.
An estimated 50 to 60 residents joined a dozen city officials including city councilors, Chief Financial Officer John Condon and members of the city’s legal staff for the meeting that is the first in what will be monthly meetings to discuss issues surrounding residents’ disputed bills and a review by an auditing firm of the water and sewer departments metering and billing practices that have resulted in some residents receiving unusually high water bills.
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Storm Prompts Brockton Schools Early Release

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BROCKTON--Due to another storm Tuesday Feb. 1, Brockton Public Schools will release all students one hour early. All afternoon and evening programs have been canceled.
School officials made the announcement following weather forecasts that call for snow and sleet accumulation to be between 4 and 8 inhces in the region.
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