Friday, September 30, 2011

Brockton Police Log Updated...


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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Edaville Sale Fails, Park Regroups For Future

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CARVER--Edaville Railroad will open for its full fall schedule Saturday, October 1 with appearances by Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, followed by a full slate of familiar and new activities and offerings to delight the throngs of people who visit the park.
This season’s familiar events, such as Thomas, the Cranberry Festival and the Festival of Lights will be joined by The Polar Express, Ghost Train and a Country Fair. (Click here for full schedule)
In the wake of a sale agreement that did not come to fruition, Edaville owner Jon Delli Priscoli decided several months ago to keep the park open for one more season through the ever popular holiday Festival of Lights.
Following that decision, other developments prompted him not only to take the park off of the market, but also to refurbish and improve Edaville USA while seeking opportunities to expand its offerings.
“After the initial sale fell through I decided to keep the park open for another season because for me, this park is a labor of love,” Priscoli said in a prepared statement.
“Meanwhile, I became involved in another business opportunity that brings great potential for cross marketing opportunities, and that prompted me to decide not only to keep Edaville, but to expand the offerings there as well,” he said
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Blue Hills Bike Day, Sunday Oct. 2

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BROCKTON--The state Department of Conservation and Recreation will host "Take a kid mountain biking day," Sunday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Blue Hills Reservation.
The event is free and all are welcome.
Participants should bring their bikes and helmets. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.
Bikers can practice their skills on an obstacle course and then head out for family-friendly guided tours of the reservation or head out on your own along Blue Hills' numerous trails or check out the new bike trails around Ponkapoag Pond.
Participants should meet at Houghton's Pond picnic site #5 on Blue Hill River Road in Milton.
For more information, call 617-698-1802, ext. 212.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ashland Man's Jihad Ends In Terror Charges

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BROCKTON--A 26-year-old Ashland man was arrested and charged this morning in connection with his plot to attack the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol using large remote controlled model airplanes filled with C-4 plastic explosives.
According to a statement from Boston U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, following a nearly year-long undercover sting operation, Rezwan Ferdaus, 26, a U.S. citizen who holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Northeastern University, was also charged
with attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, specifically to al Qaeda, in order to carry out attacks on U.S. soldiers stationed overseas.
Authorities said the public was never in danger because the people Ferdaus thought were al-Qaeda recruits were actually undercover FBI agents and not actual al-Qaeda operatives.
In the federal complaint against Ferdaus, investigators allege Ferdaus declared a personal "jihad," or war against the U.S. in 2010.
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Fashion Show Supports Library Foundation

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BROCKTON--Downtown By Design will present a Fall Fashion Show on Tuesday, Oct. 18beginning at 6 p.m. at the Brockton Main Library.
Moore Fashion will host the event and tickets will be available at the door.
Cost is $5 per person or two for $8 with all the proceeds benefiting the Brockton Library Foundation.
For more information please contact Anne at greenbeachab@yahoo.com or 508-584-6919.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Aquaria Water Bid Stirs Power Plant Pot

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON--City Councilors plan to invite Aquaria desalination plant general manager Alfredo Andres to clarify information about meetings with developers of a 350-megawatt natural gas power plant after power plant officials claimed Aquaria had signed a deal to provide much-needed water for the project.
Councilor-at-large Thomas Brophy said after last night's City Council meeting members of the board expect to contact Andres today and request he attend the council's finance committee meeting next Monday, Oct. 3.
Brophy said he has been angry with Andres and Aquaria after hearing since last Thursday from officials and residents that Advanced Power-Brockton Power, the company trying to build the power plant, had issued a statement claiming it had signed a notice of intent with Aquaria for 1.7 million gallons of water to cool the proposed power plant's turbines.
Advanced Power released a statement following a hearing with the state Energy Facilities Siting Board Thursday, Sept. 22, when the Siting Board strongly reaffirmed its 4-3 decision in June by voting 6-1 last Thursday to deny the power plant its request to use the city's drinking water to cool its turbines--a critical issue in the plant's construction.
Advanced Power has not returned telephone calls or emails since last Thursday.
"Until I read your story on the website I was going to blast him," Brophy said last night of Andres and Aquaria.
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Monday, September 26, 2011

Aquaria Power Plant Water No Done Deal

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—The general manager for Aquaria Water LLC, the company that owns and operates a desalination plant in North Dighton said selling much needed water for a proposed 350-megawatt natural gas power plant in Brockton is far from a done deal.
Alfredo Andres, general manager for Aquaria Water, said in a telephone interview if Advanced Power-Brockton Power wants to buy water from the desalination plant, there are a whole host of regulatory hurdles it must overcome before his company can supply the 1.7 million gallons a day the proposed 350-megawatt power plant needs to cool its turbines.
“Whenever we have met with Advanced Power we have told them that if Brockton doesn’t want the project it is going to be very difficult for them,” Andres said.
He said Advanced Power contacted them last about 6 months ago and expressed interest in buying water for the power plant.
Andres said in a letter to Advanced Power, Aquaria outlined numerous contingencies and regulatory hurdles at the state and local level Advanced Power would have to overcome before Aquaria can provide the water.
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Domestic Violence Walk Awareness, Oct. 1

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BROCKTON--Family and Community Resources of Brockton hopes to raise awareness and money to meet the rising need of women and children suffering from domestic violence.
Family and Community Resources will host the "Hearts and Hands for Hope" 5K Run/Walk to End Domestic Violence, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 beginning with a 9 a.m. registration at Raymond Elementary School.
In recognition of October as domestic violence FCR, in a prepared statement, hopes to help those who seek services and counseling in order to escape the terror, physical abuse and potentially life-threatening harm they face each day from domestic violence.
Family and Community Resources has experienced a 20% increase in demand for their services over the last year, so fundraising dollars are needed more than ever. Support of this race will go a long way to help provide the necessary services to individuals and children effected in our local communities.
The start and finish line will be at the Raymond Elementary School, 125 Oak Street, Brockton.
Registration begins at 9 a.m.
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THIS WEEK IN BROCKTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
Baker: Family Skate Night Carousal, Whitman, T.B.A.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Parents’ Academy, Raising the Awareness of Underage Drinking, Arnone School 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Huntington: Title One ~ Annual Breakfast Gr. 2–5 8:15 a.m.
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Saturday, September 24, 2011

EFSB Follow

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BROCKTON--Hi all. Will follow on the EFSB by the end of the weekend. Had to take Friday off. We'll get it posted as soon as possible!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

EFSB Rejects Power Plant Drinking Water Bid

Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON--The state Energy Facilities Siting Board upheld its June decision to deny drinking water to a 350-megawatt natural gas power plant proposed for Brockton by a 6-1 vote following a hearing this morning.
In June the Siting Board voted 4-3 to deny the use of drinking water--a split decision Advanced Power officials had hoped could be overturned in its favor.
Instead, the board reaffirmed the vote by a wide majority.
"I was nervous about that," said Eddie Byers, a leader of a grassroots group that opposes the power plant.
He said Advanced Power was right that the June vote was close and is very happy about the new vote, which affirms the denial of the city's drinking water.
BrocktonPost.com will have more on this issue later tonight or tomorrow.

South Shore Towns Gain HUD Money

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BOSTON--The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, today awarded Massachusetts more than $2.5 million to help public housing agencies, including Brockton, Milton, Hingham, Braintree, and Taunton to retain or hire service coordinators to work directly with families who participate in HUD's Housing Choice Voucher program.
The coordinators will assist these voucher recipients to find employment resources and job training opportunities to put them on a path toward self-sufficiency, HUD officials said Thursday, Sept. 22 in a prepared statement.
Across the country HUD has allotted nearly $60 million to housing agencies in 2011.
"In today's economy, it's never been more critical to help families obtain the skills that lead to jobs," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.
"With HUD's help, these housing agencies will be able to assist families in finding employment, increasing their earning potential and putting them on a path to self sufficiency."
Click here to view a list of the cities and towns in Mass. that have received these HUD funds...

Free PV Course For Electricians At Southeastern Regional

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BROCKTON--Southeastern Regional Technical High School has a few spots left for the free 45-hour Photovoltaic course beginning Wednesday, September 28.
This course is paid through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the Massachusetts State Energy Partnership.
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Water Eye Of Power Plant Storm Today

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BROCKTON--Brockton city officials and opponents of a proposed 350-megawatt natural gas power plant will participate in a public hearing this morning with the state Energy Facilities Siting Board about the potential use of city water to cool the proposed plant's turbines.
Officials from Advanced Power, the developer that wants to build the plant at Oak Hill Way on the south side of Brockton, have asked the Siting Board to overturn its own 4-3 decision made in June that rejected the company's use of the city's drinking water to cool the turbines.
The move by the Siting Board was seen by power plant opponents as a crucial victory in the fight against the plant's construction because the Siting Board in 2009 approved the project contingent upon the use of treated waste water and not the city's drinking water supply.
However, Advanced Power officials have said the 4-3 decision shows there is room for argument, and have requested the decision be looked at again.
A host of city officials and an opponents group, Stop The Power, will attend the hearing, which is open to the public.
The hearing begins at 10 a.m. at 1 South Station, Boston.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Old Time Baseball Talk With Lee, Rox's Noddle

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BROCKTON--Former Red Sox pitcher Bill "Spaceman" Lee, Brockton Rox Ed Noddle and Ron Shafer, a former Wall Street Journal writer-editor who has written a history of the Dodgers baseball club, will talk Thursday night at Joe Angelo's Cafe about Brockton's connection to the Dodgers through William "Gunner" McGunnigle, a Brockton native and early manager of the Dodgers who developed and wore the first catcher's mitt.
A presentation will be held at Joe Angelo's beginning at 6 p.m., Sept. 22.
Cost is $20 and includes a buffet dinner.
Proceeds will help defray costs for a remembrance plaque to McGunnigle which will be displayed at Campanelli Stadium.
All are invited to attend.
Tickets available at the door.

Brockton Police Log Updated...


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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Balzotti, Donegan Top Prelim Election

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BROCKTON--Mayor Linda Balzotti will faceoff against Ron Matta in the Nov. 8 mayoral race and Janice Beyer will take on Anthony Donegan Jr. for the second time in as many elections in the Ward 3 school committee contest.
In voting yesterday, Balzotti topped the ticket with 1,649 votes, or 75 percent of the 2,208 votes cast. Matta placed second with 342 votes, or 15.5 percent and followed by Gwendolyn Garvin who collected 195 votes.
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Primary To Pare Election Slate

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—Brockton residents have until 8 p.m. tonight to vote in this election season’s primary to pare candidates will be on the ballot for the general election Nov. 8 in the mayor and Ward 3 school committee race.
Mayor Linda Balzotti has competition from political newcomers Ron Matta and Gwendolyn Garvin and longtime school committee woman Janice Beyer faces challenges from lawyer Anthony Donegan and Dr. Joao Rosa.
The primary will cut the number of candidates in each contest to two.
The general election will take place Nov. 8.
Matta, 68, said he believes the city is broken and needs much more oversight from elected officials, most especially when it comes to the budget and its many nuances.
He said while he doesn’t have political experience he has been a small businessman for most of his life and feels confident he can cut through the city’s budget.
“We need to run the city like a business,” Matta said.
In 2009, Matta ran for school committee in Ward 3 against Janice Beyer. Matta lost the school committee primary to Beyer and Donegan.
Matta said if he is elected he would give back 20 percent of the mayor’s salary, or about $26,500, or Balzotti’s $137,000 yearly wage, and put it towards paying for a police officer.
Balzotti said hiring police officers is not as easy as it may seem. She said Matta’s gesture is noble, but wonders where the money will come from to pay for the new officer’s health insurance and other benefits.
Matta said it would be a step in the right direction, much like the city’s recent $63,000 move to put beat cops back on the streets of downtown.
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Monday, September 19, 2011

THIS WEEK IN BROCKTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
PRE K-8 IN-SERVICE ~ EARLY RELEASE DAY
Parents’ Academy
Welcome to the 2011–2012 School Year
in Spanish, Haitian Creole and Portuguese
Arnone School 6:30 to 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
Brockton School Committee Meeting B.H.S. Little Theater 7 p.m.
Angelo: Title One ~ Bingo for Books 6–7:15 p.m.
Ashfield: Open House 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Goddard: Open House 3–5 p.m.
North: Open House 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Plouffe: Open House 5–7 p.m.
Raymond: P.T.A. Meeting Café 6:30 p.m.
West: Open House 6–8 p.m.
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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Celebrate Learning Saturday

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BROCKTON--Faith Family Life Church will host a celebration of education and learning, Saturday, Sept. 17 at East Middle School's Goodwin Park from Noon to 3 p.m.
The event, "School is Cool--Celebrate Learning," will feature free school supplies, hot dogs, chips, and lemonade.
There will be music by "Holy Hip Hop," and "Breakin The Chainz Crew."
There will also be raffles and prizes for students and teachers.
Free items while supplies last.
For more information, click here to visit Faith Family Life. www.faithfamilylife.org

Friday, September 16, 2011

Police Still Seek Missing Brockton Man

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BROCKTON--A 50-year-old man who suffers from Alzheimer's disease is still being sought by Brockton Police.
Sgt. Chris LaFrance said this afternoon the man, Royal Hanson, is still at large and police are currently on the streets looking for him.
At about 11 a.m. this morning, thousands of residents received an emergency call from the city's automated calling system asking residents who may have seen Hanson to contact police.
Hanson is described as a black male, 6-feet, 2-inches tall, with a thin build, salt and pepper hair, brown hair and eyes.
He was wearing blue jeans, a gray shirt with sleeves partially red, a baseball cap with a red stripe and black sneakers.
Hanson was last seen near 41 Frankton Ave. at about 7 a.m.
LaFrance said police have fanned throughout the city, but have concentrated efforts near Frankton and the North Main Street area.
Residents are asked to look around their yards, in hidden places in apartment and condo complexes, shrubbed and out-of-the-way areas around businesses and in vehicles.
LaFrance said he did not have any further details about how the man went missing or his physical condition.
Anyone who may have seen Hanson, or thinks they might have seen Hanson should call police at 508-941-0200.

Police Seek Missing Man With Alzheimer's

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BROCKTON--Brockton Police are looking for help locating a missing black male who has Alzheimer's disease.
The man is 50-year-old Ryan Hanson. He has salt and pepper hair, brown eyes, is about 6-feet, 2-inches tall, with a thin build.
He was last seen wearing a light gray shirt, blue jeans, black sneakers, cap with red stripe.
The man went missing at about 7 a.m. today.
He was last seen near 41 Frankton Ave.
Please check your yard, complex or vehicle.
Residents have received automatic emergency calls in an attempt to locate Hanson.
Anyone who may have information, or has seen Hanson, can call BPD at 508-941-0200.

Brockton Commemorates Sept. 11 Attacks

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—More than 250 residents, Brockton officials, Girl Scouts, Brockton Police Honor Guard, military veterans and Brockton Fire Department Pipes and Drums gathered for a solemn remembrance of the 10th anniversary of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, Sept. 11, 2001.
Officials, including Mayor Linda Balzotti, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, Police Chief William Conlon and Fire Chief Richard Francis recalled moments from 10 years ago when they first heard about the attacks and its aftermath.
Parent Amy Dwyer, wife of Brockton firefighter Roger Dwyer, attended with the couple’s 1-year-old son Noel, who like dozens of other children who participated in the commemoration, was not born when the attacks came on 9-11. (Pictured at top)
“I felt profound sadness,” Amy Dwyer said, remembering when she watched on T.V. as the Twin Towers collapsed knowing so many people—first responders and innocent people--were not going to survive the devastation.
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

For Conspicuous Gallantry...Above And Beyond The Call Of Duty

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BROCKTON--President Barack Obama today conferred the Medal of Honor on Sgt. Dakota Meyer, a Colombia, Kentucky native, during a ceremony at the White House earlier today.
Meyer, who was 21 in 2009, as part of a U.S. team training Afghan security forces when more than 50 insurgents attacked.
During the battle, when U.S. and Afghan forces came under heavy attack, Meyer went into a storm of bullets 5 times to search for wounded and to retrieve the bodies of those who were killed.
The following is the official citation made to Meyer from Obama.
The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to:
CORPORAL DAKOTA L. MEYER
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
For service as set forth in the following:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Marine Embedded Training Team 2-8, Regional Corps Advisory Command 3-7, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, on 8 September 2009.
Corporal Meyer maintained security at a patrol rally point while other members of his team moved on foot with two platoons of Afghan National Army and Border Police into the village of Ganjgal for a pre-dawn meeting with village elders.
Moving into the village, the patrol was ambushed by more than 50 enemy fighters firing rocket propelled grenades, mortars, and machine guns from houses and fortified positions on the slopes above.
Hearing over the radio that four U.S. team members were cut off, Corporal Meyer seized the initiative.
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Brockton Police Log Updated...


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Folk Cafe Opens ARTS at Christ Church

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BROCKTON--ARTS at Christ Church, entering its 17th year, will host its first event of the season, "Folk Café," an evening of traditional and contemporary folk music Saturday, September, 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Christ Congregational Church, 1350 Pleasant St., Brockton.
The performance will feature Gail Finnie Rundlett
Gail Finnie Rundlett is a folk singer who has a strong following in the Boston area. She is a singer/songwriter who performs traditional to contemporary folk music and songs in the gospel tradition.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Technical Difficulties...Still!!

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BROCKTON--It's driving us crazy, but we are trying to figure out the sidebar problem. Steps have been taken, but have not worked completely.
As a result, we're behind on posting Brockton's Sept. 11 10th anniversary memorial. We will post as soon as we can!!!
Thanks for your patience.
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Gas Plant Pollution Prompts Lobby Effort

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BROCKTON-Brockton lawmakers plan to meet with Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Tuesday September 13 in Boston at the Statehouse offices.
The meeting is expected to include Rep. Christine Canavan, Rep. Geraldine Creedon, Rep. Michael Brady, and City Councilor-at-large Thomas Brophy.
The group plans to request the Department of Environmental Protection install meteorological air monitoring equipment at two elementary schools, and the city's wastewater treatment facility at Brockton’s Southside where developers Advanced Power have proposed building a 350-megawatt natural gas plant.
The delegation plans to ask Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. to direct the DEP to install the type of air monitors that censor the air in the area and make the data available on the DEP’s website.
The delegation will ask Secretary Sullivan for the type of air monitoring with real time data that other Environmental Justice areas like Roxbury have in operation under the DEP’s regulatory watch.
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Produce Promo Supports PBS Kids Shows

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BROCKTON--Stop & Shop grocery stores all over New England, New York, and New Jersey will join Produce for Kids to encourage families to learn more about healthy eating with fresh produce and to raise money for PBS KIDS.
From now until October 8, all Stop & Shop stores will feature Produce For Kids, a non-profit organization, Ideal Meals card displays as part of the promotion, called Eat Smart For a Great Start.
Ideal Meals are chef-created, nutritionist-approved meals for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. In-store Ideal Meal recipe demonstrations will take place in select stores on Saturday, September 17.
“We are always seeking new ways to help educate customers about the importance of healthy food choices,” said Suzi Robinson, manager of public and community relations in a prepared statement.
"By working with Produce for Kids, and helping support PBS KIDS’ healthy eating programming, Stop & Shop is helping parents teach their children how to eat in order to make their bodies strong and healthy,” Robinson said.
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Monday, September 12, 2011

Double Shooting Leaves 19-Year-Old Dead

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
Brockton--A Brockton man has died and a woman has been hospitalized after a shooting early Sunday morning.
Bridget Norton Middleton, spokeswoman for Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz, said 19-year-old Kalvin Santos, 19, was pronounced dead shortly after the shooting.
A 21-year-old woman, Monica Lopes-Teixeira, was also shot during the incident, but her injuries are not considered life-threatening, Norton Middleton said.
Calls came in reporting gunshots near Tremont and Main Streets came into police at about 1:15 a.m. Sunday morning.
Police also received a report from Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital that a woman had arrived at the emergency room with a gunshot wound.
Teixeira-Lopes, who was brought to the hospital by an unnamed individual, was transferred by ambulance to Massachusetts General Hospital, where she is reported in stable condition.
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Sunday, September 11, 2011

"Let's Roll" A Testament To U.S. Spirit, Resilience 10 Years After 9/11




The video above is courtesy of Bob and Bri, who were in their apartment frighteningly close to the Twin Towers. It is an amazing, gut-wrenching personal account of people witnessing the historic events of Sept. 11, 2001, literally out their window. BrocktonPost.com thanks Bob and Bri for sharing their video. Bob and Bri's video can be seen on YouTube along with other tributes and personal videos by clicking here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRYdRse76FM
Story and photos by Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
Eleven days after the planes struck the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, the twisted carnage of the buildings and piles of rubble still smoldered in spots, thick, toxic dust filled the air and covered everything, and security around the site had been tightly controlled and closed to the public by barricades and machine gun-toting U.S. soldiers.
Me and my friend Christine Raeder, an Abington resident, drove the 3 ½ hours to New York City, Friday Sept. 21—10 days after the attacks.
Had another girlfriend not been married Friday, Sept. 14, we would have gone then.
The first sign we knew something was wrong in New York was when we exited Interstate-Route 95 and drove south on the Hudson River Parkway toward mid-town Manhattan.
We were in shock to realize we were the ONLY vehicle heading south.
On the other side of the parkway heading north was a traffic jam of thousands of vehicles leaving the city. It was surreal.
Our hearts began to pound and the pit in my stomach that began seconds after I watched the second plane hit the South Tower Sept. 11 returned in full force.
I had visited high school and college friends in New York countless times, it is me and my husband’s favorite weekend get-a-way, and second to Boston, I consider it my home city.
Except for the Yankees—I love New York.
It shocked us that thousands were leaving the city. It was stunning that we were the only vehicle heading into New York on a Friday night at about 5:30 p.m.
It also scared us. We told ourselves there would be no other attack. We were safe. It would be OK, but in the back of our minds we wondered if another terror plot could unfold while we were there.
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Friday, September 9, 2011

Spellman Fitness Center, Science Labs Open House Tonight

Submitted by Nate Merritt, communications coordinator, Cardinal Spellman
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON--For the first time in 53 years, Cardinal Spellman High School has a new addition to their campus.
Spellman plans to unveil their state-of-the-art fitness center and three new science labs to the public Friday, September 9.
The grand opening will begin at 6 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony and continue with tours of the brand new facility.
All are welcome to attend.
The grand opening will be followed by the Cardinals first football game of the season against Winchester High School at 7 p.m.
Spellman officials are very excited about the new fitness center and science labs, that each in their own way will offer a greater high school experience for its students.
“Spellman was well designed in the 1950s and the buildings and grounds have been meticulously maintained over the years, but it was time for some improvements," said Dr. John McEwan, Spellman's president. “A school’s facilities are an important part of teaching and learning in any academic program," he added.
Spellman, a Catholic college preparatory high school which serves 40 communities in the area, broke ground on the new 5,000 square-foot fitness center last November 9 and completed the construction in August.
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9/11 Remembrance Sunday

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BROCKTON--The City of Brockton will hold a ceremony to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday, Sept. 11th at 11 a.m.
The event will be held at City Hall Plaza, 45 School St., to honor those who lost their lives, and to recognize the City’s public safety personnel for their continuing dedication to the community.
“It is hard to believe that we are marking the 10th anniversary of September 11th this year,” said Mayor Linda M. Balzotti in a prepared statment.
“While time has passed, the dramatic impact that day had on our nation remains vivid in our minds. This ceremony provides an opportunity for Brocktonians to come together and honor the legacy of the individuals who lost their lives on that day, and to show appreciation to our public safety personnel,” she said.
All are welcome.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Technical Problems...

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BROCKTON--Hi all. As many can see we are having slight technical difficulties, i.e. the right-hand rail seems to be going to the bottom. We believe we have figured this out. Cross your fingers and thanks for your patience!
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Pancakes, Politics Saturday A.M.

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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.

Brockton Power Plant Fight Heats Up In CyberSpace

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—A battle between a grassroots group and the company that has proposed constructing a 350-megawatt natural gas power plant in Brockton has moved into a new arena: Cyberspace.
Leaders of Stop The Power--a group of residents from Brockton and the Bridgewaters-- are awaiting Brockton Power-Advanced Power’s promise to give back the group’s once-held internet domain name, StopThePower.org—a website name Advanced Power bought about 8 months after the grassroots group had an internal fight which required Stop The Power reregister its domain name as StopThePower.net.
Eddie Byers, one of the leaders of Stop The Power, said while his group believes it was one of their own working against them who initially caused the domain name snafu, he does not understand why Advanced Power would have bothered to purchase the group’s original website name, and wonders how—and most notably who—informed the company there was a problem when the group tried to renew the name.
“Why would they buy it? How did they find out it was available,” Byers asked several times during a recent interview.
He said it seems the company is using its might in every way against a grassroots group with very little money except what Byers himself provides, and residents who have jobs and lives to attend to.
“They get paid to do this—we’re a group of residents with jobs and lives,” Byers said. “What does that say about them,” he said.
Advanced Power company representatives have directed all comment to a letter sent to Stop The Power dated Sept. 1 in response to Stop The Power’s letter by its legal counsel Paul M. Glickman demanding Advanced Power relinquish control of the .org domain name because it is a violation of common law trademark rights and is cyberpiracy.
Through telephone calls and emails Advanced Power has ignored the question Byers posed as to why the company bought the .org name and will only point to the letter from its lawyers.
In the response letter written by Siobhan E. Mee, an attorney with Bingham McCutcheon LLP in Boston, Advanced Power said “despite having a lawful, good faith basis for registering the .org domain name, our client is not currently using the .org domain name and in fact has never used the .org domain name.”
The letter continues, “Although we believe Stop The Power’s claims are meritless, use of the domain name is not something our client intends to pursue.”
Advanced Power states in the letter while it has every legal right to maintain control of the .org domain name, it is in the process of de-registering the .org domain name and will be available for Stop The Power, if it so chooses."
The de-registration has not been completed. As of Sept. 6, Stop The Power has sent a second letter to Advanced Power stating the group disagrees the company had the right to purchase the domain name and believes the company did it to confuse and silence opposition to the project.
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Petronelli Death Recalls Hagler, Battles For Title

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BROCKTON--A memorial and remembrance will be held in honor of Pat Petronelli, trainer and manager of World Middleweight Champion "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler, after his death Sept. 2, 2011.
A service will be held Thursday, Sept. 8, at 11:45 a.m. at Newton Cemetery Chapel, 791 Walnut St., Newton, followed by internment at Newton Cemetery.
Petronelli, renowned in the boxing world died on Tuesday.
The following was posted by Tony Demarco, a boxer and longtime friend, on Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home's website:
They called themselves a triangle. Marvelous Marvin Hagler, World Middleweight
Champion, the summit, flanked by his manager and trainer.
Technically both Pat Petronelli and his brother Goody were Marvin's managers and trainers, but for all intents and purposes Pat's greater responsibilities revolved around managing.
More than a manager and trainer, however, Pat Petronelli was Marvin's friend, father figure and first line of defense in the tough world of boxing and celebrity… a role he assumed 24-7 without exception.
Pat Petronelli, 89, died September 2, 2011 at Stone Institute Nursing Home in Newton with his wife Betty by his side.
In addition to his love and pride in the great success of Marvin Hagler, Petronelli was equally proud of his service to his country.
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Brockton Police Log Updated....


to Monday, August 29, 2011. To view, click Brockton Police patch at right or click here...

Monday, September 5, 2011

HAPPY LABOR DAY!!

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BROCKTON--In honor of Labor Day we are off today, Monday, Sept. 5.
However, we would like to pass on some information in remembrance of the American worker who has come from near and far to make this country into what it is today.
For those who did not know.....
The first recorded labor strike on the North American continent was initiated in 1619 by Polish artisans and craftsmen who had been recruited by John Smith to help build the New World colony in Jamestown, Virginia.
When the royal governor banned the Poles and other non-English settlers, such as Germans, Slovaks and Armenians, from taking part in the colony's first vote, the Poles--who made the new town's much needed glassware, tar, pitch, clapboard, and other colonial staples--launched the continent's first strike and refused to work--effectively shutting down the colony.
The Virginia General Assembly overturned the governor's decision, and the Poles, Germans, and other ethnic groups were allowed to vote.
The colony has gone on to become the state of Virginia with Jamestown celebrating its 404th year of its existence in 2011.
(Info courtesy "The Jamestown Colony," by Frank E. Grizzard and D. Boyd Smith)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Woman's Rape "Tragic," Says Brockton PD Chief


By Lisa E. Crowley
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BROCKTON—Brockton Police are asking residents—especially females—to be extra cautious if they are going to walk the city streets in the early morning hours after a woman was raped by an unknown assailant at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 while walking home from a shift at a restaurant that closes late on weekends.
“This isn’t something that happened in the middle of the day,” said Police Chief William Conlon.
“It was early in the morning, everything’s closed, no one’s around, it’s pitch dark, and she was alone. You’re very vulnerable at that time alone. It’s tragic, she didn’t have any other means to get home,” he said.
Conlon said he was in no way blaming the victim--whose identity is being withheld because she is a victim of a rape or sexual assault—he only wants to warn residents—especially women—to be aware of the dangers in the city at night.
“It seems to have been a crime of opportunity,” Conlon said. “This is a hard-working woman with an honest job who was raped by someone unfamiliar to her. This poor lady did nothing wrong. She was simply trying to earn an honest living and had no car to get her home. It’s a shame,” he said.
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Crowd Of White Emerges At Brockton Party

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BROCKTON--More than 200 men and women sporting all white suits, dresses, slacks and blouses created a sea of white during Emerging 40's "White Party," held last Friday night at the Shaw's Center in Brockton.
"I was really pleased with the turnout," said Drew Ambroise, founder of the non-profit organization that seeks to connect the area's professionals.
More than 200 of the area's young professionals, and business and homeowners sipped cocktails and mingled, during the inaugural event Friday, Aug. 26 that featured music, dancing and appetizers.
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