Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Whether Pasta Bene Or Tutto Bene--It's All Good For Italian Lovers

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—After more than 30 years as Pasta Bene, owner Benjamin Albanese has changed the name to Tutto Bene to better match the evolution of the business that has grown from initially selling handmade ravioli to a full-service caterer and restaurant.
“It’s all good—that’s what it means—Tutto Bene—it’s all good. It’s not just pasta anymore,” Albanese said.
The name change came several weeks ago, and includes a new sign for the restaurant at 1050 Pearl St. and a brightly painted car that advertises the new name change.
What will remain the same, Albanese, 58, said, is the same high standard and quality of the pasta, ravioli, tortellini and other homemade specialties served at the restaurant, catering and retail side of the company.
Albanese, 58, who worked as a City Solicitor for more than 10 years, said he launched Pasta Bene when he was a young student attending law school. He tended bar, went to classes and began hand-rolling ravioli and sold them from a corner stand in a cheese shop.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

County Deeds Garden Remembers Parsons

BROCKTON--From Plymouth County Commissioner Anthony O'Brien:
Register of Deeds employees and title examiners held a dedication of a Remembrance Garden at the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds office in Plymouth Wednesday, August 24 in memory of Marilyn Parsons, a title examiner for 40 years, who died last year after suffering a stroke while working in her garden.
Parsons was an avid gardener widely known for sharing plants with family and friends.
The small Remembrance Garden includes a Kwanzan Cherry tree, bench, and flowers. Materials were either donated by local businesses or purchased from donations by her family, current & former co-workers, and friends who also attended the dedication.
Pictured above, left to right: County Register John Buckley, Marilyn's husband Russ Parsons, Project Committee co-chairs Ellen Kennedy and Tiara Tracy, and County Commissioner Anthony O'Brien.

Monday, August 29, 2011

"Muffled Crash" Knocks Out Douglas Ave. Power

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—Douglas Avenue resident Lucy Nugent knows exactly why her electricity has been out since 1 p.m. Sunday.
Nugent was on the second floor of her home at 14 Douglas Avenue sewing when a large, and old tree (pictured at top) was knocked over, taking down electrical lines with it during a wind surge as Tropical Storm Irene roared up the East Coast, leaving more than 700,000 customers in Massachusetts without electricity during the height of the storm Sunday, Aug. 28.
“There was a thud…and a noise like a muffled crash and then the lights, and everything went off,” Nugent said.
Nugent said being without power has been “no big deal,” and expects, and hopes, her electricity will be restored by nightfall.
Surrounded by Winter Street and Howard Street, Nugent said areas all around Douglas have electricity, but Douglas seems to be on its own.
“We must be on some type of grid of its own,” Nugent said.
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Cleanup Ongoing In Irene's Wake

BROCKTON--Thousands in Plymouth County and towns surrounding Brockton are without power after Tropical Storm Irene blew through the region Sunday, Aug. 28, leaving a path of downed trees, limbs, and utility wires in her wake.
A massive tree was uprooted at 224-226 Howard St. It took down some utility wires, but narrowly missed hitting any houses or vehicles.
We will have more on the storm later.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Paralysis Opens ER Doc's Eyes To Enormous Costs, New Technology In Fight To Walk

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the the third article in a three-part series about Dr. Gary Witman, an emergency room doctor at Good Samaritan Medical Center, who last summer lost the use of his arms and legs after a rogue wave paralyzed him while at the beach.
Links to previous articles and Dr. Witman's personal blog are below.

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—Nearly a year since the accident that has left him paralyzed from the neck down, Good Samaritan emergency room Dr. Gary Witman has had his voice return after vocal cord damage and just Wednesday afternoon he was able to move his thumb—a seemingly small, but enormous feat during what is expected to be years and decades of therapy that will coincide with battles with health insurance representatives for costly programs Witman will need to regain whatever movement in his body he can.
“The first thing they say is ‘No,’ You have to fight for everything,” said Dee Dee exasperatingly when she talks about paying for Gary’s extensive, and expensive medical care during the initial two months of recovery and a year’s worth of subsequent rehabilitation that began last fall when Gary was flown from Massachusetts to Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado—one of the few spinal cord rehabilitation facilities in the U.S.
They would have loved to stay in Boston at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, well-known for physical and rehabilitative therapies, but Spaulding, Gary said, offers general care and he needed specialized treatment offered at Craig, and other centers like Shepherd Center in Atlanta or Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation in New Jersey. 4k3BqJaYF_Y/s1600/wedding2.JPG">
The Witmans—through help from family and friends--now have a handicapped van which they have used to travel to Los Angeles for daughter Samantha’s wedding, a week later to Philadephia for another wedding and Toronto, Canada for business reasons, and Baltimore, Maryland for a month-long battery of intensive therapies at Kennedy Krieger Institute.
Last fall when Gary had to leave Brigham and Women’s in Boston for Colorado for physical rehabilitation, the only available option was a medical evacuation flight via jet plane.
“It cost $18,000 to fly him to Colorado,” Dee Dee exclaimed. The flight was denied at first.
“What was he supposed to do? Take a bus," she said.
If an $18,000 flight wasn’t enough, during the 21 days Gary was in Brigham and Women’s surgical ICU it cost $15,000 per day, or about $315,000.
After countless phone calls and the help of Susan Brown, the benefits manager for Good Samaritan, the flight to Colorado was assured, however the battle over payments, Gary’s eligibility for government medical programs, and their desire to attain the best services, therapies, technology and rehabilitative programs—traditional or experimental--is expected to be a life-long, day-to-day battle.
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Brockton Police Log Updated...

to Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. To view click Brockton Police patch to right or click here...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Twist Of Fate Turns Good Samaritan ER Doc's Life Upside Down

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second in a three-part series about Good Samaritan Medical Center emergency room Dr. Gary Witman, who last August was paralyzed by a wave during a day at the beach in Rhode Island.
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By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—On Aug. 31, 2010, Good Samaritan Medical Center emergency room Dr. Gary Witman and his wife Dianne, better known as Dee Dee, visited some friends at a private section of Narragansett Beach in Rhode Island for his once-per-year visit to the ocean.
“Gary doesn’t like the beach. I love skiing. You don’t know how many accidents we’ve had (skiing),” Dee Dee said. “There’s so much irony in all of this,” she said.
Gary doesn’t particularly care for the beach and only goes once a year. Dee Dee loves the ocean and her friends had a cabana on a private section of Narragansett Beach that the Witmans once-visited regularly until the town banned those not living in town from the privilege about 6 or 7 years ago.
The Witmans hadn’t been back to Narragansett Beach since the Town of Narragansett excluded non-residents from the section with cabanas.
Gary agreed to what was expected to be a fun Tuesday visiting with beloved friends from Pittsburgh, gabbing about family triumphs and disappointments, and splashing around in the beach’s waves that children and adults alike grab bogey boards and surf boards to ride the surges to shore.
It never crossed their minds one rogue wave, a day at the beach, would turn their lives upside down.
“Never, never, never take anything for granted,” Dee Dee said.
In many ways the Witmans were living the good life, an upper middle class, bordering on wealthy, American dream.
Gary, a much respected emergency room doctor at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton since 1997, worked as a resident at Brown University, and put people back together as an overnight shift emergency room intern--when he met Dee Dee also a working student. Witman worked the overnight shift at Good Samaritan until his accident.
His salary and private investments, and Dee Dee’s position as a political consultant afforded the family a beautiful home in Providence, the opportunity to send all three of their children, Samantha, 32, Zachary, 29, and Amanda Rose, 26, to college, and watch them build families of their own.
The couple enjoyed traveling and dinner parties and Dee Dee’s involvement as a volunteer in Rhode Island made the pair—both down-to-earth and funny-- an admired and well-liked two-some.
While there are still parties and the Witmans still travel—some for therapies and some for family events like oldest daughter Samantha’s recent wedding in Los Angeles—it is all much different, much more difficult, and much, much slower.
“It was such a freak accident, but we are living with it, we’re adjusting,” Dee Dee said after a recent physical therapy session at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, where Gary visits two or three times a week and travels 60-90 minutes from their home in Providence to Braintree or Boston University Medical Center for therapy unavailable in their home state.
“One day at a time,” Dee Dee said.
A year later, as Gary fights to regain some of his old life, now without the use of his arms and legs and confined to a wheelchair, and Dee Dee attends him 24-7 helping him eat, drink, bathe, change clothes, and nearly every other daily activity the vibrant couple once so easily enjoyed—they wonder why it all happened and have been spooked by some ironies and coincidences.
“It was a quiet day. The waves were quiet. They weren’t surging,” Dee Dee said, unusual for a beach with an ever-present instructor who offers surf lessons by the half-hour and hour.
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Emerging 40 Social Mixer Friday Night

BROCKTON--Emerging40, a nonpartisan young professionals network, will host a South Shore social mixer, "2011 White Party," Friday, Aug. 26 at the Shaw's Center in Brockton.
Andrew Ambroise, the group's head, said he hopes everyone wears white--whether it be a white suit or white dress--to coincide with the "2011 White Party."
He describes the event as an exclusive social mixer for the area's young professionals who are looking to have a good time while connecting with new friends in the area.
There will be food, wine tasting, dancing and music by DJ Chubby Chub, who will feature Top40, Pop, 80's, 90's, Hip Hop and Old Skool.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 774-240-8044, or visiting Emerging40's new website by clicking here.

Monday, August 22, 2011

From ER To Wheelchair: Good Sam Doc Battles After Paralyzing Accident

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first article in a three-part series about emergency room Dr. Gary Witman's accident last summer during a day at the beach that went horribly wrong.

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—One wave.
One rogue ocean wave in Rhode Island last August 31 forever changed the life of Dr. Gary Witman, an emergency room doctor at Brockton’s Good Samaritan Medical Center, who in one surge of Mother Nature’s power has gone from a leading ER doctor to struggling quadriplegic—not only fighting for his life and to walk again, but also fighting for the medical care and denials of that care from health insurance companies.
“I only go to the beach once a year—and that day was it,” Witman said after a recent session at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, where he is undergoing extensive physical and occupational therapies.
Sometimes it is difficult for him to speak—although speaking is progress—and he practically lives in an electrified wheelchair that is now the only means for Witman to get around.
He uses a "puffer," or strawlike device to operate the wheelchair, and his wife of 36 years, Diane, better known as Dee Dee, is constantly on the move helping him with all of the once-taken-for-granted needs of everyday life from helping Witman eat, drink, bathe, change clothes, get in and out of bed, and run the household.
"This isn't love--it's more than love," Dee Dee said, as she wiped a drip from Gary's mouth as juice spilled from his lips and down his face.
"This is like--I love him, but I like him, too. This is companionship, friendship--this is committment," she said.
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Friday, August 19, 2011


Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON--Anne Paiva-Thibeault for the last 23 years has always saved the last dance for husband Eddie, and Thursday evening was no different when the couple enjoyed the music of the Corvairs at Heights Crossing for the season finale of the mayor's summer concert series.
"I'm her friend, companion, lover and husband," Eddie Thibeault said in between twirling Anne (pictured at top) on and off the dance space in front of the Corvairs, who played a mix of music from the 1950s to today's top 40 that had the scores of concert goers who came from all points in Brockton singing, clapping and for many--dancing.
Anne Paiva-Thibeault said the song "Save the last dance for me," by the Drifters, one of the many foot-stomping tunes played by the Corvairs, is a perfect song for the couple.
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Fireworks, "Spaceman," Joust At Rox This Weekend

BROCKTON--It will be Fourth of July in August near Campanelli Stadium Friday night when the Rox end their game against Worcester during the team's numerous special events this weekend, including Bill "Spaceman" Lee who will throw out the ceremonial first pitch Saturday night and costumed characters from King Richard's Faire Sunday.
As the Brockton Rox fight for the second half title in the Cam-Am League, fans will be treated to numerous special events beginning Thursday night.
Here is the schedule of events:
Thursday, August 18, 7:05 p.m. vs Quebec: Heineken Thirsty Thursday/Facebook Friend Thursday

Friday, August 19, 7:05 p.m. vs Worcester: Signature Healthcare Mini-Helmet Night/Post-Game Fireworks;

Saturday, August 20, 7:05 p.m. vs. Worcester: Bill Lee returns to Campanelli Stadium
a season after setting the record as the oldest player to win a professional game while pitching for the Rox. Lee will be part of Celebrity Saturday at the ballpark. He will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and sign autographs for Rox fans;

Sunday, August 21, 5:05 p.m. vs. Worcester: King Richard's Faire Day/Sunday Family Fun Day. The cast and characters from New England's largest Renaissance Faire, King Richard's Faire, will be on hand to entertain the crowd with medieval antics and a between innings joust.
Also, fans can play catch on the field before the game, and stay afterwards to run the bases and get autographs from Rox players.
(Photo of knight courtesy of King Richard's Faire)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Coakley's Brockton Visit Highlights Copper-Stripping Bill

Attorney General Martha Coakley Monday met with local officials and visited a three-family property in Brockton that was stripped of copper to highlight the need for legislation to address the illegal stripping and dealing of metal in the state.
The abandoned property is in the process of being repaired and renovated by Neighborhood Housing Services of the South Shore.
Coakley and state Sen. James E. Timilty filed a bill in January called An Act Regulating Secondary Metals Dealing which aims to address the illegal stripping and dealing of metal through the creation of a central Secondary Metals Computer Registry and an Abandoned Property Registry.
During the visit, Coakley toured the property to observe the damage caused by copper stripping. She was joined by local officials and legislators including Timilty and Brockton Mayor Linda Balzotti.
“This property highlights the serious issues that come with the stripping of metals from vacant properties,” Coakley said in a prepared statement.
“Metal stripping adds costs to the rehabilitation of these properties and can pose public safety threats due to gas leaks and structural damage caused by pipe stripping. Our legislation will provide law enforcement and communities with the tools they need to address metals dealing and continue to revitalize their neighborhoods,” she said.
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Brockton Police Log Updated...

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Library Breakfast To Feature Candidates Questions

BROCKTON--The Brockton Library Foundation will hold its annual pancake breakfast Saturday, September 10 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Main Library.
The cost is $3 for all you can eat pancakes, sausage, coffee, juice and more.
Kevin Tocci, news director for WXBR-1460 AM, will be the moderator for a political candidate panel, which will be held during the breakfast.
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger too will be there to entertain younger guests.
For more information you may call 508-580-7890.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Brockton Parking Lot Fight Ends In Liquor Store Murder

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—Police continue to investigate a shooting at Bridgeway Liquors Friday, Aug. 12 that took the life of a 19-year-old Brockton man.
Russ Eonas, a spokesman for Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz said James Ortiz, 19, of Brockton was killed Friday night at the liquor store at 142 Howard Street.
A Norwood man, Vincent Wadlington, 17, has been charged with unlawful carrying of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a license, and unlawful carrying of a loaded firearm, Eonas said.
Eonas said no one has been arrested or charged with homicide.
“The investigation is on-going,” Eonas said.
Wadlington was arraigned in Brockton District Court, Monday, Aug. 15, and held on $500 bail. He is scheduled for a pretrial conference Oct. 11.
Malkiat Singh, owner of Bridgeway Liquors, said he and his nephew were working Friday night and preparing to close, when at about 10:45 p.m. a group of cars pulled into the parking lot.
“They were yelling and fighting in the parking lot,” Singh said. “They came from somewhere else,” he said.
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Brockton Downtown Arts, Music Fest Aug. 27

BROCKTON--The Greater Brockton Society for Poetry and the Arts will host the Downtown Brockton Arts and Music Festival, Saturday, Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event will be held at Salisbury Brook Park, near the intersection of Montello Street and White Avenue.
Admission to the event is free and all are welcome.
There will be bands, art projects, story telling and a host of other events.
Participants include Brockton Historical Society, Brockton Garden Club, The Yards Project, Hogie's Hobbies, Brockton Symphony Orchestra, and Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts.
For a complete list of activities, entertainment and participants, click here to visit GBSPA's website.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Brookfield Playground Hours Away From Completion

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—When volunteers in Brockton install a new state-of-the-art playground at the Brookfield Playground, they will have a lot of people to thank, including Dianne And Rick Snelgrove, who in the name of their daughter Victoria, donated more than $20,000.
“There are things to swing on, crawl through, hang on, slide on, and play on. I think the kids are going to love it,” said East Bridgewater resident Dianne Snelgrove of the new playground.
The installation begins, Saturday, Aug. 13 at 7 a.m. at the Brookfield Elementary School
Snelgrove, her husband Rick, and more than 40 volunteers from Brockton and other surrounding towns are expected to arrive at Brookfield Playground to begin the installation of a playground organizers have spent more than 2 years raising money, designing plans, and seeking donations of services and materials to turn a vacant lot into a mecca-of-fun for not only normally-abled youngsters, but also those with physical disabilities.
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Brockton Mosquito Spraying Begins Tonight

BROCKTON--The Brockton Board of Health has announced there will be mosquito ground spraying throughout the city and school grounds Thursday, Aug. 11, following test samples last week that detected the West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus in mosquitoes.
In a prepared statement, the Board of Health said groundspraying will take place later this evening, Aug. 11, weather permitting, and will include the entire city, including all school grounds, playgrounds, Rox Stadium and Brockton fairgrounds.
Fifteen of the city's public and private schools will take place tonight, weather permitting, with the remaining schools to be done on Monday and Tuesday.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Watch What You Tweet--It Might Cause A Riot

EDITOR'S NOTE: We at are pleased to welcome Liz Downey as a contributing correspondent. Downey is a Norwell resident, who holds a master's degree in English from Bridgewater State College and in 2009 earned a bachelor's from Stonehill College in English and theater arts. We look forward to her submissions. She has her own website, and can be reached via email at

By Liz Downey
BrocktonPost Correspondent
Two weeks ago, a popular Southern California DJ who goes by the name of Kaskade tweeted about what was supposed to be a small, private, invitation-only film screening of The Electric Daisy Carnival Experience at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.
He spilled the details of this event in a single 140-character hiccup that echoed to the timelines of his 90,000 followers:
Of course, it wasn’t until that evening when Kaskade, overcome by police riot squads, circling helicopters, and thousands of fans who filled the streets of Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard, tweeted:
He just tweeted that a little too late.
Many of the thousands were already out-of-control, jumping on top of squad cars, and subsequently, arrested.
For those of you unfamiliar with Twitter, adding a hashtag (#) to a word or phrase can help it trend on Twitter. For something to trend on Twitter, great numbers of people have to tweet about the hashtagged keyword or phrase in order for it to show up on the Twitter website as a “trending topic.”
Today, my boyfriend messaged me about a startling, trending topic on Twitter: #reasonstobeatyourgirlfriend.
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Auto Break-Ins Prompt Ward 2 Meeting

BROCKTON--From Ward 2 City Councilor Thomas Monahan:
There will be a Ward 2 meeting Thursday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m. at George's Café.
The focus of the meeting will be mainly on the recent auto break-ins in the ward with Officer Bill Healy of Neighborhood Watch.
Light refreshments will be served and a $25 gift certificate to George's will also be given away.
This will be an informational meeting intended to help both the police department and residents. Updates on what is going on in the city will also be addressed.

Verizon Strikers Chant, Fight For Jobs In Brockton

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—Verizon worker Vic Smith of Bridgewater said union members will do what it takes to save jobs from being sent overseas and to protect the middle class, as he and dozens of other striking workers picketed at two locations in Brockton.
“We’re all standing here together,” Smith said Tuesday afternoon as he (pictured at top) and more than 30 other Verizon employees made it difficult for the telephone company’s trucks to enter the plant at the end of West Chestnut and Pearl streets, on the West Side of Brockton.
As Smith spoke, fellow strikers struck up a chant, shouting “we’re united," and passersby heading to area shops and restaurants, honked their horns and waved.
Two Brockton police officers, hired by Verizon, slowly moved a group of 5 or 6 strikers from the path of the Verizon truck as it pulled in at the intersection of Pearl and West Chestnut, a 50-yard strip of road leading to the plant.
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

License Comm To Hold No Entry After 1 a.m. Special Meeting

BROCKTON--The Brockton License Committee will hold a special meeting Wednesday, Aug. 10 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Little Theatre in Brockton High School.
The committee will discuss a proposal to prohibit patrons from entering the city's bars and others holding a 2 a.m. alcohol license, after 1 a.m.
The proposal would also discontinue entertainment by 1:30 a.m.
The meeting is open to the public and all are invited to attend.

Mosquitoes Test Positive For Triple E, West Nile Virus In, Around Brockton

The City of Brockton Board of Health was notified Friday, Aug. 5 by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus have been detected in mosquitoes collected from the city.
State Board of Health officials said there have been no humans infected with either mosquito-borne virus, so far, in 2011.
Bridgewater, Brockton, and a host of other communities this summer have been identified as having mosquito samples bearing the viruses, and officials urge residents to take precautions to avoid contracting the illnesses, including using specific insect repellent, staying indoors during peak mosquito hours and repairing ripped or broken door and window screens.
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Monday, August 8, 2011

Brockton PD Catch Alleged Stoughton Robber Hiding In Bushes

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—A 37-year-old Springfield man faces armed robbery charges after a Brockton Police canine found the man hiding in bushes near Walnut Street, not far from where a man fled from a purple Plymouth Neon suspected in two gas station robberies in Stoughton Sunday morning.
Brockton Police Capt. Manuel Gomes said Brockton Police caught Samuel Stovall, 37, of Springfield, after a more than 60-minute search led police and canine officer Mason, to the Walnut Street and Crowell Street area—about 1/2 mile from where a purple Plymouth Neon crashed at the intersection of Hereford and Pleasant streets.
“I like to tell the guys, you didn’t catch ‘em, the dog did,” Gomes said, noting the officers involved did a great job tracking down the suspect.
Stovall was transported to Stoughton where he was arrested and expected in court this morning for arraignment.
The search for Stovall began Sunday, Aug. 7 at about 9:30 a.m. when a bulletin to local police departments from Stoughton Police reported a man with a knife allegedly robbed the Prestige Gulf on Turnpike Street and Stoughton Gulf on Dykman Way.
Police were alerted the man used a knife to force cashiers at both stations to turnover an undetermined amount of money.
Gomes said Brockton Officer Albert Gazzaro spotted the Plymouth Neon in Brockton, turned on his siren and began to chase the vehicle.
After a short distance, Gomes said, the car crashed at the intersection of Hereford and Pleasant Streets. The driver, a black male, ran out of the car leaving a female passenger behind.
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Happy Summer!

BROCKTON--Just getting back from vacation.
Will begin posting as soon as possible.
Happy Summer!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Summerfest Begins With Dance Friday Night

BROCKTON--School officials will host Summefest Aug. 5-7 in honor of the 40th anniversary of the high school and community schools program.
The revived Summerfest will kick off Friday night August 5 with a Summerfest dance for adults and alumni at 7 p.m. at the Shaw’s Center.
The family-themed Summerfest activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday August 6th at Brockton High School.
School and community groups, athletic organizations and friends from all over the city will organize games, crafts and activities for children of all ages.
Food, music, swimming (indoors and out) are part of the day's line-up.
Summerfest weekend winds down Sunday Aug. 7 at Campanelli Stadium when the Rox take on the Rockland Boulders at 5:05 p.m.
For tickets to the dance and other info, visit or call 508-580-7595 for more information.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Both Sides Claim Victory In DEP Power Plant Permit

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—Opposite sides of a battle to construct or stop a proposed 350-megawatt power plant in Brockton are claiming victory after a decision by the state Department of Environmental Protection has given its approval to a needed air quality permit for the project and has rejected the city’s and opponents’ claim the area is subject to Environmental Justice restrictions.
Jonathan Winslow, project manager for Brockton Power, the company that has proposed building the $350 million natural gas plant on Oak Hill Way, said the air permit approval by the DEP is a clear sign the project will meet the environmental standards necessary for the project—despite opponents’ assertions the project will be a health and safety risk to the surrounding community.
“We cleared a major regulatory hurdle when the DEP approved the air permit,” Winslow said.
In its approval issued last month, the state DEP concluded “the project site is not located in an Environmental Justice area as determined by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.”
The approval notes the “nearest Environmental Justice areas with low income and/or minority populations are 1,000 feet to the west, 1,700 feet to the north, and 2,100 feet to the east,” and concludes, “the project site property lines do not border any Environmental Justice neighborhood. The industrial park does not include any residents and therefore is not an Environmental Justice neighborhood.”
While power plant officials count the DEP’s decision as a win, so do the opponents of the project, including Brockton Mayor Linda Balzotti.
“They are not in a good position at all,” Balzotti said.
She said she believes the city and an opponents’ group Stop The Power gained a victory because the decision also includes a stipulation that because the power plant is not under construction as of July 1, 2011 the project will need to gain another permit, Prevention of Significant Deterioration, or PSD, from the Massachusetts DEP that measures ambient air quality.
“They now have to get the PSD, there is an appeal of the air permit and we are putting that together now,” Balzotti said. “The air permit is not the be all, end all,” Balzotti said.
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Monday, August 1, 2011

Public Invited To School Emergency Readiness Meeting

BROCKTON-The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools, or REMS, program and its community partners will meet August 11 at 10 a.m. at the Keith Center, 175 Warren Ave.
The meeting will introduce residents and parents to plans for emergency readiness and responses associated with the school department.
REMS meets every month.
The August meeting will feature Dr. William T. Bennett and Dr. Richard S. Herman from Good Samaritan Medical Center's emergency room department.
Topic of discussion will include triage from a hospital perspective and designing a new emergency department to meet community needs.
For more information about the meeting or the program, contact Tobias Cowans at