Friday, April 29, 2011

Brockton Wrestling Champ Defends Title Saturday At Boys & Girls Club

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BROCKTON--On Saturday night, April 30 Northeast Championship Wrestling and the Boys & Girls Club of Brockton will partner to become one of the most powerful tag teams in New England when NCW presents "AFTERMATH" wrestling show from the Boys & Girls Club on Warren Avenue.
While this is the second event at the Boys & Girls Club of Brockton for NCW, NCW has sponsored benefit events for the Brockton Junior Boxers Pop Warner group from the gymnasium last October.
An overwhelmingly positive event, Northeast Championship Wrestling continues to integrate itself into the community while presenting athleticism, hard hitting action, and over the top personalities.
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Joe Angelo's Closing Rolled Back After "Out Of Control" Melee

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—The Brockton License Commission has voted to roll-back Joe Angelo’s Café & Deli’s closing hours from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m. after police officers and the city’s legal department testified that unless steps are taken violence that has marked the popular bar for at least the last two years could escalate into homicide.
“There’s going to be a murder…you don’t want to sit on your hands this evening,” said Assistant City Solicitor Katherine Feodoroff as she wrapped up the city’s case during a License Commission hearing Wednesday night April 27 that centered on a March 12 brawl at Joe Angelo’s that included several arrests a stabbing and a woman who had her face gouged by a broken beer bottle.
The roll-back which takes place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights will begin as soon as the notification process is complete—estimated to be a week or so.
The roll-back includes prohibiting patrons from entering the bar after Midnight, entertainment must finish by 12:30 a.m. and last call will be at 12:45 a.m.
After six months, if Joe Angelo’s does not have any other trouble, it can apply to have the roll-back rescinded.
Feodoroff’s recommendation from the city’s legal department included rolling back Joe Angelo’s 2 a.m. license to 1 a.m. or Midnight with no promoted “First Friday” event, no advertisement of the First Friday events, decreasing the bar’s capacity and patrons must use plastic cups instead of beer bottles.
However, the commission voted the roll-back to 1 a.m. instead of midnight and took no action on the other measures.
Joe Angelo’s has other violations pending from other incidents including an altercation where Firefighter Jaime Barbosa faces gun charges--that will be decided at future hearings and commissioners could vote more changes to the Main Street bar and restaurant.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Treseler Rape Charges Dismissed

Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON--A Plymouth County Grand Jury has dismissed rape and sexual assault charges against a 21-year-old Stonehill College tutor who was accused of molesting an 8-year-old Angelo Elementary School student in Brockton during class time where he was employed as a work-study student.
"This is a very, very, very good day," said Michael P. Doolin, the attorney for Kevin Treseler, the Millis man accused of the crimes against the third-grade girl.
Doolin said he was notified this morning the grand jury failed to indict and that Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz's office has filed a dismissal in the case.
"I knew from the start that Mr. Treseler didn't do this," Doolin said. "The evidence presented at the time just didn't make any sense," he said.
A May 26 probable cause hearing will not take place.
Doolin said he could not say if Cruz's office has another suspect in the crime. He pointed those questions to Cruz's office.
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Pageants To Politics Brockton's Ginny Curtis Led City

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—When Mary Virginia “Ginny” Curtis was a young woman near her 20s, her bright smile and boundless energy captivated and motivated those around her—leading the young woman to represent the city as Miss James Edgar Park and then as Miss Brockton.
Nearly 70 years later and seven months after her death last September at 91 years old, Curtis' youthful vigor, all-around leadership and nearly century-long feisty determination to get things done in the city will long be remembered after friends and family dedicated a plaque in her honor in a corner of Curtis’ beloved James Edgar Park during Saturday’s 7th annual “Keep Brockton Beautiful” day—an event she spearheaded through her work at James Edgar Park.
“When she was younger she was really pretty and always upbeat,” said state Senator Thomas Kennedy, following the ceremony Saturday, April 23, 2011.
“She was a hot-spirited Irish girl with red hair,” he said. “Her roots are in this soil,” Kennedy said pointing to the earth of James Edgar Park.
Kennedy, whose family lived in the Edgar Park neighborhood along with Curtis and the Marciano family, said Curtis won the Miss James Edgar Park pageant and went on to win Miss Brockton when Curtis was in her late teens to early 20s around 1940 when each neighborhood held beauty pageants and each winner then vied for the city-wide title—an honor complete with parade and confetti.
“It was a big thing back then,” Kennedy said. “She was always a standout,” he said.
The pageants may have faded through time, but Curtis shined on.
Born Nov. 1, 1918, as a young woman Curtis raised two children Nancy and Nick with late husband Henry E. Curtis. She worked as a secretary and tirelessly gave her time and energy to many community organizations and at St. Patrick Church she served as Eucharist Minister and Altar Server.
Her niece, Marie Long, who came from Grafton for the dedication, said Curtis was as well-loved by her family as Brockton-at-large.
"She was just a wonderful aunt," Long said. "She was always involved, with the church and the city--she was a great lady," she said. (Pictured above with Curtis' son Nick)
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

BHS Sophomore Faces Stabbing Charges After A.M. Fight

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BROCKTON--An 18-year-old Taunton man is expected to be arraigned in Brockton District Court after allegedly stabbing another student in the back while in school at Brockton High this morning.
According to police records, Joshua Silva, an 18-year-old sophomore from Taunton faces charges of felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon--a knife, assault to murder and possession of a dangerous weapon on school grounds.
In a statement from school officials, authorities said shortly after 8 a.m. this morning two 18-year-old males had a physical confrontation on school grounds.
When the students were brought to the Red Housemaster’s office to resolve the issue, one of the young men Silva, pulled out a carpet knife and cut the other.
School administrators rushed to break up the fight.
Silva was arrested by school police.
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Judge Rejects Brockton Officer's Cyberbullying Harassment Order Extension

By Lisa E. Crowley
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BROCKTON—A Brockton District Court judge has rejected a Brockton police officer’s unusual request to extend for a year an emergency harassment order against the former owner of Progression’s Lounge because of statements made on a local comment forum—InBrockton.com.
Judge Michael Pomarole Friday morning April 22 ruled against extending the restraining order requested by Officer Scott Uhlman, the city’s paid code enforcement officer, against Jeffrey D. Summers, the former owner of Progression’s Lounge on Montello Street.
During the hearing Summers, a Malden resident, promised under oath he would not write about Uhlman on the forum any longer—a promise made when Pomarole continually asked Summers what his intention was for writing about Uhlman on the forum.
“He runs close to some court finding there is malicious and willful conduct aimed at intimidation—it’s in the ballpark,” Pomarole told Summers’ lawyer, Elizabeth “Betsy” Clague.
Pomarole said from Uhlman’s testimony, Summers’ intent might be out of bitterness and not out of a civic duty to inform residents of problems he sees in the community.
“He is going to ensure this court he is not going to post anything about this person?” Pomarole asked.
Summers agreed he would not write about Uhlman on the forum any longer.
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Stonehill Tutor Alleged Rape Case Heads to Grand Jury


By Lisa E. Crowley
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BROCKTON—An attorney for a 21-year-old former Stonehill tutor facing charges of rape and sexual assault of a third-grade Brockton student, said he believes his client will be exonerated as the case works its way through the court system.
Kevin Treseler, a Millis man who was arrested March 21 on the Stonehill campus, has been charged with two counts of rape of a child with force and two counts of indecent assault on a child under 14.
According to prosecutors and court documents, the alleged sexual abuse took place during class time at the Angelo Elementary School where Treseler worked as a tutor in a work-study program with Stonehill College.
“We expect once a grand jury hears the evidence of the case against Mr. Treseler the charges will be dismissed,” said Treseler’s lawyer Michael Doolin after a pretrial conference in Brockton District Court Thursday morning, April 21.
Treseler, who has been suspended from Stonehill College and working in the tutoring program since his arrest, was surrounded by family and friends during a brief pretrial conference.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ginny Curtis To Be Remembered Saturday

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BROCKTON--There will be a special ceremony Saturday, April 23 to remember Mary Virgina "Ginny" Curtis, a Brockton resident who spent a lifetime serving the city.
A brief ceremony and plaque dedication in Curtis' honor will take place at Edgar's Park on Dover Street at 10 a.m.
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City-Wide Clean-Up Kicks Off Saturday--Rain Or Shine!

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BROCKTON--Hundreds of Brockton residents will take part in the 7th annual "Keep Brockton Beautiful Day," Saturday, April 23.
The event will take place rain or shine.
Teams, clubs and individuals will spread across the city Saturday morning to clean up litter and trash along the city's streets, in its parks and on its open spaces.
Interested participants can register for this city-wide cleanup day the morning of the event from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Heights Crossing, at 35 Christy Place.
The cleanup takes place in numerous locations across the city and runs from 9 a.m. to Noon.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

T's, Tuxes Try Downtown Student-Biz Partnership

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—Champion City High School seniors John Gallagher and Justin Baptiste smiled and talked to the steady stream of customers at Merian’s Tuxedos who stopped in for the grand opening of Wonder T's—a corner inside Merian’s where students have expanded a growing T-shirt selling business that began as a school project.
“Come by and see us. Check out what we have,” said Justin Baptiste, a senior at Champion High School where Wonder T’s was launched.
A steady stream of customers visited the store last Thursday, April 14, after tuxedo shop co-owner John Merian, Mayor Linda Balzotti and other city and school officials officially opened Wonder T’s new location at high noon with a ribbon cutting.
Among the steady stream who visited Wonder T’s to buy student-designed “Champion City” logo T-shirts, shorts, sweatshirts and sweatpants were Anne DiCicco and Carey Newton, teachers at Raymond Elementary School. (Pictured above)
Both teachers said they wanted to support the students and went to buy Brockton-centric workout and city-spirit wear. Prices range from $8 for a short-sleeve T-shirt to $25 for a long-sleeve sweatshirt.
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Alger Street Water Shutoff Today

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BROCKTON--FROM THE WATER DEPARTMENT:
Please be advised that water will be shut off on ALGER STREET from ROUTE 14 to WEST CROOK STREET TO THE EAST BRIDGEWATER LINE, for the purpose of working on the water main.
This will occur on Tuesday, April 19th between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. We would appreciate your patience during this inconvenience.
If you have any questions, call the Water Department at 508-580-7865.

Friday, April 15, 2011

BPS Human Resources Director Submits Retirement

Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON--Human Resources Executive Director Kathy Sirois, a long-time employee in the school system, will retire at the end of June.
Jocelyn Meek, the school department's spokeswoman, said Sirois submitted her letter of retirement to Superintendent Matthew Malone Tuesday afternoon before the School Committee's meeting Tuesday night when Malone had to apologize to the committee and parents for providing for the second time erroneous information about the school department's compliance with state Criminal Offenders Record Information, or CORI, background checks.
"She had been thinking about retiring and it was a decision she made," Meek said Thursday. "Dr. Malone accepted her resignation and is sorry to see her go," she said.
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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Restraining Order, Joe Angelo's Hearing Resurrects Racism Charges

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—The cancellation of a Brockton License Commission hearing to discuss if Joe Angelo’s Café would be punished for a string of violence near or in the Downtown pub may have averted a secondary situation between a Brockton Police officer and the former owner of Progression’s Lounge.
Officer Scott Uhlman, the city’s paid code enforcement officer, said he has been issued as an individual and not a police officer, a 10-day harassment prevention order that requires former Progression’s Lounge owner Jeffrey Summers to stay at least 100 yards away from Uhlman at all times.
In Uhlman’s opinion, that would include a public hearing he is required to attend because he was a witness expected to testify at tonight’s now rescheduled License Commission hearing.
“If I see him I’ll ask him to leave or have him removed,” Uhlman said. “He has no business being there. I do,” Uhlman said.
Uhlman said because of posts Summers has written as the alias TwoNations on the InBrockton.com issues forum website, he has reasons to feel he is being intimidated, threatened and bullied.
“This guy frightens me,” Uhlman said.
Because of issues surrounding comments about Uhlman and code enforcement on the InBrockton.com forum, Chief William Conlon has prohibited Uhlman from commenting or defending code enforcement activities on the website.
Uhlman said the harassment prevention order was issued by Brockton District Court.
The harassment order was obtained by Uhlman under a year-old revamp of the state's abuse prevention law, which until last year made it difficult for a person to get a restraining order against someone who is not a family member or involved with the person in a sexual or other relationship.
The new harassment prevention order can now be gained to prevent stalking and other forms of harassment by those who are strangers or acquaintances to the victim.
Summers, the former owner of Progression’s Lounge at 23 Montello Street which since has closed, has filed a Civil Rights lawsuit in November 2009 that claims city officials, such as former Mayor James Harrington, police officers including Uhlman and members of the License Commission, including current members Joseph Kelley and Paul Sullivan, treat African-American and other minority business owners unfairly and much differently from white-owned businesses—especially bars like Joe Angelo’s which is white-owned and well-connected politically.
The suit asks for a $250,000 demand.
Summers was expected at the Joe Angelo’s hearing, but the hearing has been postponed to April 27.
Summers’ lawyer Elizabeth “Betsy” Clague said Summers was served with the harassment order Wednesday night at about 9 p.m. at his home.
“This is outrageous,” Clague said. “This is an outrageous, colossal abuse of power. I’m outraged at the continuing targeting of Mr. Summers,” she said.
Clague said since tonight’s License Commission hearing has been postponed she will not be able to test Uhlman’s opinion that Summers has no business at the public License Commission hearing.
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Teens To Fill Brockton's Downtown For Global Service Day

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BROCKTON--Brockton adolescents and teenagers will take part in numerous activities for Global Youth Service Day Saturday, April 16, including creating murals of organizations and agencies that support the city's youth and a Downtown 2K Walk that steps off from Legion Parkway at 9:30 a.m.
Activities begin at 9 a.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Brockton, 233 Warren Ave., and Brockton Teen Center, 891 Montello St.
Students who don't feel they are artistic enough to join the Mayor's Youth Council mural project can take part in a host of other activites.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Joe Angelo's Hearing Postponed To April 27

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON-A Brockton License Commission hearing Thursday, April 14 to discuss rolling back Joe Angelo's Cafe and Deli's closing hours has been postponed until April 27.
Joshua Wood, a member of the Licensing Commission confirmed during a telephone conversation at about 9 p.m. tonight that the hearing had been rescheduled to ensure proper notification to establishments scheduled for those hearings had been made under the Open Meetings Law.
"Whenever there is a possible revocation there has to be two weeks notice," Wood said.
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"Misled" School Comm Members Hear 2nd Malone Mea Culpa

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—Superintendent Matthew Malone is under fire again from Brockton School Committee members after information Malone provided committee members and parents about school staff background checks for the second time turned out to be wrong.
During a school committee meeting Tuesday night, for the second time Malone took responsibility for misinformation regarding background checks—an issue that arose three weeks ago following the arrest of Kevin Treseler, a 21-year-old Stonehill College student who has been charged with rape and sexual abuse against a third-grade girl in the Angelo Elementary School during class time where he worked as a tutor.
Malone last night said he was wrong when he told School Committee members during a closed session of the board last week that the school department was in compliance with all aspects of the state Criminal Offenders Record Information, or CORI, background checks—including a requirement that all employees be rechecked every three years.
“I can’t trust what’s been done in the past,” Malone said trying to explain why he told school committee members current teachers had been rechecked after working in the school department for 3 years.
All, Malone said, were checked upon hiring, but the required recheck did not take place in 2007.
“There are thousands of pieces of paper to figure it out. It’s a waste of my time to go through it all and figure out who was or wasn’t checked,” Malone said after the meeting. “Instead of going back, I’m just putting in my own system and fixing the problem,” he said.
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BrocktonPost Police Log Updated...


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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Vintage Money "On Hand" For Brockton Coin Week Celebration

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—Wearing an authentic 17th Century beaver felt hat and blazer sporting numerous pins from other National Coin Week exhibits, Brockton resident Richard Hand places replicas of $1, $5, $20, $500 or even $1,000 Confederate currency into one of several glass cases filled with copies of vintage bills that will be on display at Brockton’s public libraries for this year’s annual homage to what makes the world go ‘round: Money.
As Hand designs the West Branch exhibit, his traveling medicine-man style garb and infectious history chatter about each bill causes a stir among children and adolescents who peek into the glass case and ask many questions--most popular: “Are they real?”
Hand gives them a mischievous look that makes him resemble a smiling Alice Cooper and tells them to bring their parents and come to Brockton Public Library’s Main Branch Saturday April 16 at 1 p.m. for the show.
“All the real stuff will be there on the 16th,” Hand said, handing out flyers for the exhibit.
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State Supplemental Budget: $49M For Snow, Ice

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BOSTON--Statement From Alex Zaroulis, Director of Communications Executive Office for Administration and Finance
Governor Deval Patrick Monday approved a $327 million supplemental budget bill to maintain critical services through the remainder of this fiscal year for core safety net programs and to provide for unavoidable and unanticipated costs.
The supplemental budget Patrick approved Monday, April 11, 2011 provides $49 million for snow and ice removal deficiencies which were incurred due to an unusually harsh winter.
$14.2 million was appropriated to provide for ongoing operations at facilities that house disabled individuals.
In addition funding was provided to offset caseload driven deficiencies such as services to homeless families and to meet increased demand for food assistance for low income households.
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Monday, April 11, 2011

Brockton Post Police Log Updated...


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Plymouth County Administrator Resigns

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BROCKTON--Plymouth County Administrator Gerald Chipman has announced his resignation from the job, citing health reasons and subsequent absences.
According to an email from Plymouth County Commission Chairman Anthony O'Brien, Chipman stated he had recent health issues resulting in absences that he did not want to impede progress in the Commissioner's office.
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Good Samaritan Earns Cancer Care Award

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BROCKTON--The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted its Outstanding Achievement Award to Good Samaritan Medical Center for its Comprehensive Cancer Program as a result of surveys performed during 2010, the hospital announced in a prepared statement.
Established in 2004, the Commission on Cancer's Outstanding Achievement Award is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.
The award is granted to facilities that demonstrate a commendation level of compliance with standards that represent six areas of cancer program activity: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach, and quality improvement.
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Thursday, April 7, 2011

"Sprint To The Finish"---Mark Creedon

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BROCKTON--Family and frends of Mark Creedon will host the 1st annual Mark Creedon Memorial Run/Walk this Saturday, April 9 at D.W. Field Park at 10 a.m.
Creedon, a well known young man in the area died unexpectedly in February.
Proceeds from the race will benefit a student at Cardinal Spellman High School.
Pre-registration is still available. Race day registration and number pick-up begins at 8 a.m.
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MyTurn Inc. Hosts Brockton Downtown 2K Walk

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BROCKTON--MyTurn Inc., a dropout prevention and intervention program for at-risk youth, will host a "2K Walk4Kids" Saturday, April 16, 2011 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at HarborOne Credit Union at Legion Parkway in Brockton.
The walk will celebrate Global Youth Service Day set for between April 15-17, and has been coordinated with the Boys & Girls Club, the YMCA and the United Way.
Anyone wishing to pre-register for the walk should visit www.wix.com/mdovell/2kwalkforkids. The goal is for each walker to raise $50, however all money raised will be gratefully accepted and will help MyTurn's free programs.
Registration costs are: $10 for teens and adults, 13 years or older; $5 for kids 5-13years. Children 4 or younger are free.
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Malone Takes Responsibility For Angelo Tutor CORI Check Error

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—Brockton’s School Committee will propose at its next meeting Tuesday night a new, strict policy that would require anyone—teachers, staff, teacher’s aides, tutors, chaperones, volunteers, and any contractors—to undergo criminal background checks before being allowed to work in or with students in Brockton Public Schools.
The move comes in the wake of the arrest of Kevin Treseler, a 21-year-old Stonehill College student who is accused of forcible rape and sexual assault of an 8-year-old girl during class time at the Angelo Elementary School where Treseler worked as a math tutor.
School committee member Timothy Sullivan said following a special School Committee meeting Tuesday night, officials will require everyone who may have any kind of access to students to be checked for criminal offenses—a policy that goes far beyond state requirements.
“It will help students in the future, but it won’t help this 8-year-old girl. I feel so bad for her,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan said the School Committee will have its subcommittee draft a new policy that will eventually be adopted by the full committee.
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Bob Martin Named 2011 BHS Distinguished Alumni

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BROCKTON--Robert A. Martin, who for nearly 40 years has given back to Brockton as a volunteer and city administrator, will be honored Wednesday night during the Brockton High School Band's Spring Concert after being chosen as the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award winner by the Brockton High School Alumni Association.
The award is presented annually to a BHS graduate whose outstanding service has been a benefit to Brockton and beyond.
According to a statement from the alumni association, Martin was employed by the City of Brockton for 37 years and has been a leader in numerous city organizations, including helping to launch Brockton's Promise, Brockton After Dark and Brockton Fights Back.
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Gun In Glove Gets Brockton Felon 15 Years

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BOSTON--A Brockton man will spend up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to gun possession by a previously convicted felon after police found a .45 caliber Colt in a glove thrown out of the car the man was driving at high speed on Forest Avenue more than 2 years ago.
Cleveland Brandon, 38, of Brockton, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to 15 years imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release during a hearing in Boston Tuesday, April 5, according to a prepared statement from U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz's Office.
At an earlier plea hearing on December 13, 2010, Brandon pleaded guilty to being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
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Code Enforcement Corner Updated

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Brockton--After a winter hiatus (on our part), Code Enforcement Corner has been updated. We will continue to post code violation items as they come in.
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BrocktonPost Brockton Police Log Updated....


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CORRECTION--School Comm Meeting At Arnone at 7:30 p.m.

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BROCKTON--Due to incorrect information we erroneously posted tonight's School Committee will be held at Brockton High at 7 p.m.
Tonight's School Committee will be held at Arnone Elementary on Belmont Street. The portion of the meeting to discuss CORI procedures associated with recent allegations of sexual assault by a tutor at the Angelo School will begin at 7:30 p.m. The finance committee will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Sorry for any inconvenience.

Stewart Group Releases 4th Report

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BROCKTON--Councilor-at-large Jass Stewart has released the fourth of five reports about city issues and problems and potential ways to solve them.
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CORI Checks On Special School Comm Agenda Tonight

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON--The Brockton School Committee will meet tonight to discuss how a handful of Stonehill college students working as tutors in a much-needed program in the schools did not have their criminal backgrounds checked as per school policy--including one tutor who has been charged with sexually assaulting a third-grader during classtime at the Angelo Elementary School.
"This is not a regularly scheduled School Committee meeting. It was called as a special meeting by Vice-Chair Tom Minichiello after discussion with myself...specifically to make an inquiry in to the CORI checks of employees, volunteers, tutors, etc.," said School Committee member Bill Carpenter in an email.
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Monday, April 4, 2011

Accused Killer's Dad Remains In Custody After Sunday Stand-Off With Police

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON--Brockton Police said they hope David Luke, father of alleged murderer Keith Luke gets the help he needs following a more than 2-hour standoff at Luke's apartment Sunday morning.
"He'll be charged but right now the psychiatric evaluation takes priority over the law enforcement end right now," said Capt. Emanuel Gomes.
Gomes said more than a dozen Brockton Police, State Police and other specialized personnel surrounded the area of 569 Crescent St. creating a perimeter after police received a call at about 9 a.m. Sunday, April 3 from Fox 25 News saying David Luke wanted to talk to the media and was threatening to kill police.
Gomes said Fox 25 contacted Brockton Police following the phone call and police headed to Luke's apartment after the tip.
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Patrick Encourages Brockton Youths To Serve Community

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BROCKTON--Hundreds of Brockton's young people gathered at Massasoit Community College for the annual Mayor's Youth Summit to brainstorm ideas about how to solve some of the problems in Brockton--a summit that featured Gov. Deval Patrick.
"I hope you have a very, very, very successful day," Patrick told the nearly 150 students, school and community organizers during an introductory rally that included Patrick, Massasoit President Charles Wall, Mayor Linda Balzotti and performances by ImprovBoston and a play/monologue about the struggles of a 15-year-old girl trying to get out of gang life.
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Friday, April 1, 2011

Mrs. Ethnic World To Host Brockton 5K Walk Against Domestic Violence

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BROCKTON--A 5K Walk-a-thon to raise awareness of domestic violence and support Brockton social service programs will be held Sunday June 5, 2011 at the Raymond Elementary School.
The walk’s coordinator is Brockton resident Lovern Augustine, recent winner of Mrs. Ethnic World International in Los Angeles, Calif., and reigning Mrs. Ethnic New England.
Since winning the pageant Augustine has been working to promote awareness against domestic violence and helped sponsor Boston's recent White Ribbon event (Augustine pictured in poster above) when men pledged to help stop domestic violence.
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