Tuesday, May 31, 2011


WOW ~ Walk On Wednesdays Program at Brookfield, Davis, Downey,
Hancock and Kennedy Schools ~ Before school
Pre K – Grade 5 In–Sservice, early release
Angelo: Teacher Appreciation Luncheon Café, Noon.
East: TERI Program Field Trip, Curry College, Milton. During school
Plouffe: Unified Sports Participants & Parent Information Dinner, Café 6:30 p.m.
Raymond: Staff Appreciation Luncheon Café Noon.
Raymond: P.T.A. Meeting, Café 6:30 p.m.
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Brockton After Dark Offers Free Fun, Needs Volunteers

BROCKTON--Brockton After Dark is looking for youth between the ages of 13 and 20 who want to spend a few hours in the evenings playing soccer, basketball, volleyball, acting, art classes,open mic, community service projects and awareness, hip-hop dancing, boxing or swimming.
Brockton After Dark's programs begin June 27 and run to August 19.
All activities are free.
Programs take place on various evenings depending on the activity. Some activities like basketball at the Boys and Girls Club can go from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., or hip-hop dancing from 6 to 9 p.m. or art classes at The Fuller Museum from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Most sites provide dinner for participants.
Brockton After Dark is also looking for coaches, mentors, food coordinators and volunteers to help with the numerous sports and arts programs.
Coaches and volunteers will be checked through the Criminal Offenders Record Inquiry, or CORI, system and must fill out an application with schedule of availibility.
For forms, schedule and to apply and download forms visit the city of Brockton's website by clicking here.
For questions and more information, contact Program Coordinator Denise Bishop at 508-580-7123 or Volunteer Coordinator Amanda Trask at 508-894-2516.

Palermo Family Marshal Pride, Sorrow In Captain's Death

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—U.S. Army Capt. Anthony Palermo Jr. from his childhood until his death on April 6, 2007 wanted to be a soldier and became a professional military man much like his beloved uncle and role model Sgt. First Class Angel Ortiz--a career U.S. Army soldier who was with Palermo when a makeshift bomb killed his nephew on a roadway in Iraq.
“I was there with him when he was killed. It was tough to bring him home,” Ortiz said as he unsuccessfully choked back tears and could barely talk about the day in Iraq when Palermo died at the age of 26.
“It was the hardest thing I ever had to do,” he said.
Ortiz said when Palermo was shipped out for his second tour of duty to Iraq, the pair were stationed together in Kuwait and both were deployed in the same unit to Baghdad where Ortiz witnessed the explosion that killed Palermo.
It was a devastating moment that Ortiz preferred not to talk about in detail.
He said Palermo’s loss is even more difficult because of the way Palermo always looked up to him as a second father and mentor, but Ortiz threw his shoulders back and stopped the flow of tears from his red eyes.
“He died serving his country. He died doing what he loved,” Ortiz said.
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Friday, May 27, 2011

Brockton's Palermo To Be Honored Monday

BROCKTON--Brockton’s annual Memorial Day Parade will be held Monday, May 30 and will include a special plaque dedication in honor of U.S. Army Capt. Anthony Palermo at City Hall Plaza.
The parade begins at the VFW Monument on Legion Parkway at 10 a.m.
The parade will proceed down Warren Avenue to Belmont Street, before turning left toward Main Street. The route will then turn right onto Crescent Street and conclude at City Hall Plaza.
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Rox Give Buckner First Win As New Skipper

BROCKTON—Former Red Sox Bill Buckner notched his first win as manager of the Brockton Rox Thursday night as the Rox opened the 2011 Can-Am League season with a 3-1 win over the Worcester Tornadoes.
Although the stands were sparsely filled die-hard fans like Brockton resident Patty Smith and her nearly 6-year-old niece Rylee Smith (Pictured below, left to right) who got a signed baseball and early birthday gift—she turns 6 on June 9-- from former Red Sox pitcher Bob Stanley.
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Gov. Deval Patrick To Testify Friday in DiMasi Corruption Case

BROCKTON--According to a statement released late afternoon Wednesday, May 25 from the U.S. Attorney in Boston, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to testify in the corruption case against former Speaker of the House Sal DiMasi on Friday.
There is no more information at this time.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Brockton Community Schools Summer Session Registration

BROCKTON--Brockton Community Schools Summer 2011 Programs in-person registration will take place tonight, May 25 and Thursday, May 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Brockton High School Green cafeteria.
There are a myriad of fun and enriching summer school programs for youths, teens and adults offered by the Brockton school department.
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Charlotte, Sante Fe Lead Trumpet, BHS Grad Joins Pops Tonight

BROCKTON--When the Brockton High School Pops take the stage tonight they will be joined by alumnus Karin Bliznik, an accomplished trumpet player with several national symphony orchestras.
Bliznik, a 2002 Brockton High School graduate, is coming back to her stomping grounds to play with the band that helped give her her beginning: Brockton High's Pops.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Happy 130th Brockton!

Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—City officials and dozens of residents celebrated the 130th anniversary of Brockton becoming a city during a brief ceremony in the rotunda of City Hall.
“We owe a great deal of gratitude to the founding fathers for incorporating this community as a city,” said state Senator Thomas Kennedy.
The celebration was held Monday, May 23, the day Brockton residents voted to make the leap from a town to a city about one month after an act of the State Legislature in April, 1881 gave the town the green light to change its status, said Brockton Historical Society President James Benson.
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Monday, May 23, 2011

Brockton Downtown Revitalization: A Work In Progress

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—Surrounded by family and friends, Guilherme “Will” Barbosa celebrated the grand opening of new cultural clothing shop, Criolo, and full-service promotion, event planning and design business Downtown by Design in what was once an empty space on Main Street in the heart of downtown Brockton.
“This is a culmination of a lot of hard work and no sleep,” Barbosa told the crowd that included Mayor Linda Balzotti, representatives of MetroSouth Chamber of Commerce, and fellow business owners who were on hand to celebrate the new store’s opening.
“This is just the beginning,” Barbosa said, noting it is not only a new beginning for him, but also downtown Brockton which is poised for what could be a much-hoped for revitalization of Brockton’s center.
Barbosa, 30, a Cape Verdean native (Pictured above, second from right) who has lived in Brockton since 6th grade said he and his partner Hostelino Ribeiro believe downtown Brockton is the right place at the right time for Criolo’s unique cultural clothing line and more likely money-maker Downtown by Design.
“If you’re going to be successful you should be able to do it in your hometown,” Barbosa said. “I feel something. I sense something’s happening here,” he said.
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Baker: Field Trip for Kindergarten – Berklee Center Boston, During School
Brookfield: Field Trip for 1st Grade Boston, During School
George: Title One ~ Family Book Bag – Gr. 3/2Way Mrs. Whittington TBA
Hancock: Hancock on The Move During School
West: School Improvement Council Meeting Room 110, 6 p.m.
West: P.A.C. Meeting Room 110, 7 p.m.
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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Buckner Leads New Look, New Management In Rox 10th Season

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—The Brockton Rox head into its 10th anniversary season sporting a new logo, new uniforms and new management as the Can-Am League baseball team looks to expand on a modest uptick in attendance last season.
“We’re heading into a new decade—new management, new uniforms. Every team has to reinvent itself. We’re hoping to keep growing and if the weather holds out, we’re looking toward a good season,” said new Chief Executive Officer Chris Carmunicci, who after two seasons as manager has shed that title and taken the lead in overall operations.
The Rox open the season Thursday night May 26 with a four-game home stand against the Worcester Tornadoes with special ceremonies that will celebrate the team’s milestones, most notably the team’s 10th anniversary.
Ceremonies begin at about 6:15 p.m. and first pitch around 7:05.
The team heads to Pittsfield Saturday May 21 for 2:05 p.m. exhibition game with the Colonials and wraps up exhibition weekend with home-on-home games against Worcester.
Carmunicci said because of the good weather last summer attendance averaged about 2,500 visitors per game at Campanelli Stadium’s about 5,000-seat facility—which equated into higher ticket and food and beverage sales from the year before--a modest rise that leaves room for guarded optimism.
“Our product has been good, we have great promotions, it’s a fun place to be for a game, and we’re looking at ways to increase revenues,” Carmunicci said.
"As long as we're profitable it's a good thing, because we haven't been in about the past 5 or 6 years, so a profit is a good thing," he said.
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Elie Baking Corp. McGuiggan's Pub MetroSouth Biz of the Year Winners

BROCKTON--Brockton’s Elie Baking Corp. has been named Small Business of the Year and McGuiggan’s Pub in Whitman Entrepreneur of the Year by MetroSouth Chamber of Commerce during its 20th annual Small Business Expo and Luncheon.
The awards were announced Wednesday, May 18 at the Chamber’s annual expo and conference held at the Shaw’s Center.
Other nominees included Apothecare South Shore, Inc. of Brockton, Beaver Woodworking Supplies of Brockton, Belle Epoque of Brockton, Cake in a Box of Bridgewater, Hungry Coyote of Brockton, Mia Regazza of Abington and The Mockingbird Restaurant of East Bridgewater.
Nominees were evaluated on their ability to demonstrate creativity in the development of their business, growth and staying power, internal and external social responsibility, and the economic opportunities they have created in the Metro South region.
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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Brockton Police Log Updated...

To Monday, May 16, 2011. Click Brockton Police Department patch to the right or click here to view...

Zero Arrests, 7 Suspended In Brockton High Lock-Down Drill, Drug Sweep

BROCKTON--No students were arrested and seven were suspended after a coalition of local and regional police conducted a simulation lock-down drill and real drug and weapons sweep at Brockton High School shortly after classes began Thursday morning.
While some illegal items were found during the drug sweep, officials praised students and staff for the success of a drill officials said was organized, calm and indicates the school's preparedness for an actual emergency.
“The safety of our students and staff is our first priority, and accountability is important. We need to test our skills and systems periodically to make sure that our schools are safe places,” said Superintendent of Schools Matthew H. Malone said in a prepared statement.
“I’m proud of the way the students and staff conducted themselves today, they used their training, behaved well and proved that Brockton High School is a great place to learn," he said.
The 90-minute “Hold in Place” lockdown drill began at 9:15 a.m. when Principal Susan Szachowicz announced over the public address system students and staff would be participating in the drill.
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Curran, Scanlon Take Top Spellman Academic Honors

BROCKTON--Cardinal Spellman High School has announced the valedictorian and salutatorian for the 2011 graduating class.
Samantha Curran, of Quincy, has been named the 2011 Cardinal Spellman High School valedictorian.
Jen Scanlon, of Bridgewater, was named the 2011 Cardinal Spellman High School salutatorian.
Both students plan to deliver speeches to the 2011 graduating class, and everyone in attendance, at the Cardinal Spellman High School Graduation Ceremony.
Commencement will be held on May 26 at 6 p.m. on the school’s football field.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Spotlight On Brockton Business Success This Week

BROCKTON--Brockton businesses will be highlighted for their perseverance, entrepreneurship and contributions to the city by the MetroSouth Chamber of Commerce, Brockton City Council and a coalition of business associations in honor of National Small Business Week.
Four businesses: Sunset Cafe, Executive Cuts, Waitt Funeral Home and Dwyer's Glass are the recipients of the first "Brockton--Let's Get Down To Business" recognition award initiated by Ward 2 City Councilor Thomas Monahan and modeled after a similar program in the City of Lawrence.
In a prepared statement, Monahan said afer seeing the recognition program in Lawrence and hearing from businesses how difficult it is to survive in a struggling city during the tax rate classification hearing in the winter, it would be a good idea to highlight more of Brockton's success stories.
"It hit home with me that many of these businesses are the employers of our residents and the contributors to various community groups and they don't even get a pat on the back," Monahan said. "The businesses being recognized through this program are examples of why one should bring their business to Brockton. They are the biggest cheerleaders of the city. The more businesses we bring in, the fewer burdens it has on our taxpayers," he said.
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Monday, May 16, 2011

City Council Fin. Comm. To Tackle School Roofs Tonight

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—The City Council Finance Committee will meet tonight to discuss and possibly approve borrowing $7.2 million, or a 20 percent share of a $36 million roof repair project for eight of the city’s schools—a move that could trigger a Proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion override in the future.
City Councilors will be presented with a plan from School Operations Director Michael Thomas for the school department to repair eight school building roofs under the Massachusetts School Building Assistance Bureau’s Green Repairs program.
Thomas said the state has approved Brockton to repair roofs at Raymond, Davis, Downie and Hancock elementary schools, North, East and West Junior High and Brockton High School.
East and North Middle schools would also receive new boilers.
Thomas said the state will pay for 80 percent of the repairs and Brockton would be responsible for 20 percent, or about $7.2 million—a figure that would require officials to absorb the amount in the city’s annual budget, or seek a Proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion override to pay for the loan.
“I don’t know what is going to happen tonight,” Thomas said. “We’re in tough economic times, but it’s a good deal for the city and the work has to be done. If we wait 3 or 4 years the work will still have to be done and we pay 100 percent,” he said.
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Technical Difficulties Almost Fixed

Due to problems with Blogger last week we are experiencing other technical difficulties. These problems should be resolved by later today and we should begin posting again.
Sorry. Blogger went haywire and we lost a lot of stuff!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Brockton Police Log Updated

BROCKTON--Brockton Police Log updated to May 9. Click patch at right or click here to view...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Race Against Hunger At D.W. Field Sunday

BROCKTON--Six food pantries in the Brockton area will reap the rewards of the sweat of hundreds of runners and walkers during the Mutual Bank Citywide Race Against Hunger which will be held Sunday May 15 at D.W. Field Park at 5 p.m.
The race features a 3.5 mile loop around the park and a 2.2 mile walk for those who want to take their time.
There will also be a 50-yard dash for youngsters.
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CityWide Spelling Bee Saturday At Little Red School House

BROCKTON--Brockton public, parochial and private school students in third, fourth and fifth grades will match wits with the dictionary Saturday, May 14 when they will ocmpete in the annual Citywide Spelling Bee.
The event will be held at the historic Little Red School House on Forest Avenue, across from Brockton High School's Rocky Marciano Stadium.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Quick Thinking Brockton Student Saves Grandmom

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—Eight-year-old Hancock Elementary School student Nolan Wood didn’t stop to think when his grandmother suddenly collapsed at her kitchen table while painting a picture for him March 22.
Wood immediately recognized his grandmother Patricia Cerone was having a serious medical problem and ran straight for the phone and dialed 911—steps he had learned to take from programs at school and from his mother Michelle Wood.
Wood was able to tell firefighters the address of his grandmother’s house where he was staying for the day because he stayed home from school with a cold.
He described his “Gamma’s” symptoms clearly and with enough detail for emergency responders to realize Cerone was unconscious and needed immediate help.
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Monday, May 9, 2011

Joe Angelo's Last Call Fight Fizzles, Reporter Dodges Video Smash Attempt

By Lisa E. Crowley
At 1:40 a.m. Saturday morning—five minutes before last call—a request went out to Brockton Police for a cruiser at Joe Angelo’s Café.
Brockton Police and State Police had spent several hours searching for a man who ran away from a fatal fire at 75 Melrose Avenue.
Nearly all Brockton Police were involved in the search as were many State Police units and a State Police helicopter that arrived in Brockton around 12:30 a.m. to help with the search.
The initial response came over the scanner: “No one’s available.”
Moments later another response came across that police would be sending someone.
At 1:45 a.m. the parking lot near the back porch of Joe Angelo’s was crawling with people who were leaving the bar.
Some were hugging one another and talking. Others were visibly wobbling as they tried to walk to their cars. Friends gave them a shoulder to lean on. Most others were milling around and watching as more and more police arrived on the scene.
As this reporter got out of her car I came across a woman screaming at a young man not to fight.
The young man had that look many of us partygoers have seen when someone has had too much to drink—his eyes were blank and he didn’t want to listen to the woman who was screaming and swearing at him not to fight in public.
The woman after seeing this reporter recording the incident decided to attack this reporter and tried to grab my video camera. I began running and the chase ended seconds later when she fell face and shoulder first into the pavement after tripping in her high-heel shoes.
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Brockton Garden Club Plant Sale Saturday

BROCKTON--The Brockton Garden Club will hold its annual flower sale Saturday, May 14 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at Brockton Park Department, 45 Meadow Lane.
There is always a wide variety of perennials, shrubs, ground covers, grasses, herbs and much more to choose from at prices that are unbeatable.
Most of the plants that will be on sale are clippings or grown locally from members' own gardens.
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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Fire Kills Melrose Ave. Woman, Police Search For Missing Man

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—The Lithuanian Village was surrounded by Brockton and State Police as they searched for a man who may have been at the scene of a fire on Melrose Avenue that took the life of an as yet identified woman who was living in what may be an illegal basement apartment.
Fire Chief Richard Francis said firefighters were called to the two-story 75 Melrose Avenue house at about 11 p.m. Saturday and found the woman in the basement.
He said she suffered from smoke inhalation and was raced to Brockton Hospital.
Francis said en-route emergency personnel resuscitated the woman, but she went into cardiac arrest and died at the hospital.
Officials have yet to release the woman’s name.
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Boy Scout Troop 17 Hosts Pre-Mom's Day Flower Sale

BROCKTON--Brockton Boy Scout Troop 17 will hold a flower sale Saturday, May 7 at the Crescent Street Plaza in front of the Dollar Store from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until supplies last.
Scouts will be selling flowering plants, strawberries, tomatoes and hanging flowering baskets.
Anyone looking for a gift for their mom for Mother's Day are welcomed to stop by to take a look at the selection.
All proceeds support Boy Scout Troop 17.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Brockton Special Olympics Carnival Of Friendly Competition

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—Brockton High School student Christian Crooker pumped his arms and lifted his legs as fast as he could in the 50-yard dash, but couldn’t overcome the speed of Elbert Drayton during Brockton schools Special Olympic games, but a silver medal was just fine with Crooker.
“It’s not about winning,” said Crooker, 17, who said he plays basketball and other sports, but rarely sprints down a track.
“It was fun. It’s just doing it. I feel awesome,” Crooker said. (Pictured above in center with at left, Adam Fritz and, right, Elbert Drayton)
Crooker’s words were a prevalent theme among the more than 400 students from nearly all of Brockton’s schools who participated in Wednesday’s annual Special Olympics Games Day held at Brockton High School’s Marciano Stadium.
Students of all ages took part in a carousel of events that included running races, relays, a wheelchair push, football, softball and tennis ball throws, soccer shooting, long jumping and croquet—all accompanied by the sounds of music that made the event feel like a carnival of dancing, smiles, hugs and cheers.
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Brockton Vets Need Help With Flags

BROCKTON - The City of Brockton Office of Veterans’ Services is seeking volunteers to help place American flags on the graves of deceased veterans at cemeteries in Brockton to commemorate their service to the nation.
Flag placement will occur throughout the week of May 16, 2011.
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Situation In The Situation Room

BROCKTON--The White House has released some photos of President Barack Obama and members of his National Security team, including Vice-President Joseph Biden and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton as decisions were made Sunday, May 1, 2011 to attack a villa in Islamabad, Pakistan where Osama Bin Laden was killed.
It is a unique look at the people who make life-and-death decisions in the name of the American people.
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God & Country Celebration Honors Military Service Thursday

BROCKTON--Brockton will host two events Thursday to celebrate this year's National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 5.
From 4 to 7 p.m. at Brockton City Hall, public officials, police and fire personnel and church leaders will host a remembrance to honor all of those who serve the community from government officials to men and women in the armed forces.
Following the City Hall event Faith Family Life Church in Brockton will host a celebration, "God and Country," dedicated to the men and women who have served the U.S. as community and government leaders and military personnel during a celebration from 7 to 9 p.m. at the church.
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Ecuadoran Fugitive Indicted On Murder Charges In Brockton Mother, Son Killings

BROCKTON--A Plymouth County Grand Jury returned indictments charging an Ecuadoran national with two counts of first degree murder in the murder of a mother and son found in a Brockton dumpster in February.
Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz today announced in a prepared statement that a grand jury has returned indictments charging Luis Guaman, 40, with two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Maria Avelina Palaguachi-Cela, 25and her nearly 3-year-old son, Brian Cuanga Palaguachi.
Guaman fled to Ecuador hours before the bodies of Palaguachi-Cela and her son were found in a dumpster near their home on Warren Ave in Brockton, February 13.
The two were mercilessly beaten with a sledgehammer and prosecutors have said they have evidence, including blood, linking Guaman to the crimes.
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BrocktonPost Police Log Updated...

Police log updated to Monday, May 2. To view click badge in right sidebar or click here...

Brockton High Band Leads Sox National Anthem

BROCKTON--The Brockton High School Marching Band followed a moment of silence and highlighted opening ceremonies with the National Anthem during the Boston Red Sox game Monday, May 2 when the sacrifice of Americans was honored the day after the death of Osama Bin Laden was announced.
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May 2 – May 6
Kindergarten Registration for 2011 – 2011 School Year
for children turning 5 years old by 12/31/11
B.P.S. School Registration Center 43 Crescent Street Brockton 508-580-7950

B.P.S. School Committee Meeting B.H.S. Little Theater, 7 p.m.
Baker: International Food Festival - Caribbean Café During Lunches
Davis: Title One ~ Family Book Bag – Gr. 1 Ms. Clary 8:45 a.m.
Davis: P.T.A. Meeting Library 6 p.m.

Massachusetts Walk to School Day--WOW ~ Walk On Wednesdays Program at Brookfield, Davis, Downey,
Hancock and Kennedy Schools ~ Before School
B.P.S. Special Olympics at B.H.S. Marciano Stadium ~ 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 pm.
(Rain date May 5th)
Angelo: P.T.A. Meeting Café 6:15 p.m.
Davis: Title One ~ Family Literacy Night 6 p.m.
Raymond: School Improvement Council Meeting 9:30 a.m.
Raymond: P.T.A. Meeting Café 6:30 p.m.
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Monday, May 2, 2011

W-H's Chauppetta Brings South Shore Cheating, Sex To Howard Stern's Studio

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—Local private dick Mark Chauppetta hopes his unvarnished stories about catching men and women cheating on their significant others and spouses will be enough fodder for “shock jock” Howard Stern Tuesday, when Chauppetta appears on Stern’s popular Sirius satellite radio show.
“I like to think I can hang with Howard. I’ll find out. But I have to admit I’m excited, but I am nervous,” Chauppetta said hours before he will appear on Stern’s show.
Chauppetta, 42, a Whitman-Hanson graduate and former radio show host on Brockton’s WXBR heads to New York City for a stint on Stern’s show. (Chauppetta pictured in top photo at left)
Chauppetta will share the microphone with Stern Tuesday morning, May 3 and is scheduled for 7 a.m., one hour after Stern’s show begins at 6 a.m.
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America's Most Wanted Osama Bin Laden Dead; Officials Tell of Helicopter Raid, Firefight

BROCKTON--Americans across the country are soaking in, and in some cases, celebrating the fact the nation's most hated enemy, al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon was killed in a raid on a mansion in Islamabad, Pakistan Sunday, May 1, 2011.
State Gov. Deval Patrick issued a statement this morning:
"On behalf of the people of Massachusetts and all others who suffered the profound loss of the September 11, 2001 attacks, I congratulate and thank President Obama and the soldiers and intelligence personnel who carried out this mission," Patrick said.
Patrick added American military men and women have sacrificed their lives to fight the War on Terrorism and in the search for Bin Laden.
"We also remember our Massachusetts servicemen and women who continue their extraordinary efforts to rid the world of terrorism," Patrick said. "Let us heed the President's call to unite, as we did in the months of mourning following that terrible day, to make a better, safer and more just world," he said.
President Barack Obama made a statement last night at about 11:35 p.m. and said Bin Laden was a terrorist responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children who had been killed during a raid on an Islamabad villa.
"Justice has been done," Obama said.
Just after Obama's speech to the American people on television, administration officials briefed the media on steps that were taken to capture or kill Bin Laden in Pakistan.
The details of that briefing are below. We highlighted in yellow the specifics of yesterday's May 1 raid on the villa:
12:03 A.M. EDT
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Brockton Students Celebrate Arbor Day

BROCKTON--The John F. Kennedy School held Brockton’s official Arbor Day celebration Friday, April 29 which included a tree planting by students on the school's grounds.
From left: Kennedy School Principal Brian Hogan, Mayor Linda M. Balzotti, Kennedy School students, and Superintendent of Schools Matthew Malone.
(Photo courtesy Mayor's Office)

Political Redistricting Hearing at Massasoit Tonight

BROCKTON--The State Redistricting Committee will hold a public hearing at Massasoit Conference Center tonight, Monday May 2 at 6 p.m. to discuss drawing new districts for State Legislature seats and the U.S. Congress following the completion of the 2010 Census population survey.
The hearing is open to the public and residents and other interested parties are urged to attend to give their input about the process.