Monday, October 31, 2011


BROCKTON--If you see this lady tonight---RUN!!
Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Halloween At Campanelli Stadium

BROCKTON--Kids, before you go out trick-or-treating, be sure to stop by the Rox office on the third-base side of Campanelli Stadium between 3:30 and 5 p.m. this Monday for a Halloween treat with the Rox.
Wear your costume! Treats will be given to everyone who stops by, and youngsters will get a chance to meet and have a picture taken with K-O.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Film Breaks Drug Addiction "Silence"

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By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—One of the numerous things Noube Rateau, a Brockton High graduate and producer for Brockton Community Access, learned during the 6 to 8 months he and two other friends spent filming “Silence,” a documentary about drugs and addiction, was the people who escaped the cycle of addiction, mostly did it through education.
“It seemed like the best way to stay away from it or not get involved in it, is education,” Rateau said after the premiere of “Silence” held Tuesday night at Bridgewater State University, where Rateau graduated in 2006.
“Education always seemed to be the outlet,” Rateau said.
The documentary is filmed in Brockton and features Brockton residents from various walks-of-life who tell their stories, often heart-breaking, of their own addictions, or that of their parents, or other family or friends, and how it has affected their lives—-in essence, breaking the silence and stigma that is often attached to addiction.
“Silence,” not only deals with so-called gangster associated, street-level heroin, crack and methamphetamine, but also the scourge of alcohol and prescription pills.
One man, in his mid-20s, tells of his mother’s addiction and how he had to become father, brother and breadwinner to his siblings when he was 11-years-old.
A 20-something woman tells how a close male friend drugged her and then raped her in a horrible and humiliating fashion.
Larry Curtis, who ran for councilor-at-large in 2009, and his wife Peg share the harrows of their son’s addiction, the costs—emotional and financial--of numerous rehab attempts.
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Giving The Gift Of Fellini, Boccelli & da Vinci

BROCKTON--Members of Brockton's Sons of Italy have donated more than a dozen books about Italians, their experiences in and coming to America, and their accomplishments in the world of the arts and culture, including Italian tenor and musical crossover star Andrea Boccelli, avante-garde film director Federico Fellini and all-time great Leonardo da Vinci.
The books--a gift costing $300--were presented last Tuesday to library officials in honor of Italian Heritage month and will be available at the library for all to read.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Campaign Mailing Pits Stewart Against Stop The Power Leaders

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—It didn’t take long before Councilor-at-large Jass Stewart’s supporters began calling, emailing and Facebooking him to make him aware of a bright yellow political endorsement that arrived in 3,000 residents’ mailboxes over the weekend from anti-power plant group Stop The Power that most noticeably excluded his name from city council candidates in the Nov. 8 election who are against the proposed $350 million natural gas power plant.
“I didn’t receive it, I guess I’m no longer on the list, but I received a number of (phone) calls, emails and messages on Facebook about it,” Stewart said in a telephone interview Monday with
“Regardless of how I found out about it, I am definitely against the power plant,” Stewart said, adding he has responded to the exclusion on Facebook and in the media because he wants to make sure his supporters and those inclined to vote for his reelection understand he is against the power plant. >
However, a leader and money behind Stop The Power, Eddie Byers, owner of Cindy’s Kitchen, a Brockton salad dressing manufacturer, said he paid for the mailing and Stewart’s name was left off the endorsement for a reason.
“We’re not going to endorse someone who uses words like ‘contingency plan’ and ‘mitigation,’ as part of the fight against the power plant,” Byers said. “We endorsed candidates who are completely on our side—not those who are negotiating with the power plant people,” Byers said.
The candidates Stop The Power has endorsed for councilor-at-large are newcomer Kate Archard, who many see as a Stop The Power insider, and incumbent councilors Robert Sullivan and Thomas Brophy.
The mailing also supports for reelection the 6 other councilors who are running unopposed and supports incumbent Ward 3 Councilor Dennis Eaniri and his opposition Gerald Conefrey.
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Ward 2 Meeting Features Police Patrols, Developments, Candidates

BROCKTON--Ward 2 City Councilor Thomas Monahan will host a ward 2 meetingThursday, October 27 at 7 p.m. at George's Cafe. Guest speakers will be School Commmittee member Richard Bath who will talk about the reopening of Marciano Stadium and other school issues; a representative of Brockton Police department to talk about Dover St. and Neighborhood Watch; Steve Torrey of Torrey Associates who will talk about Johnson Sq. and other developments.
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Two Women Arrested In 3-Town Prostitution Raid

BROCKTON--Two local women were arrested Saturday and charged with offering sexual activity and selling narcotics at three day spas in Brockton, Canton and Norwood.
According to a statement from Attorney General Martha Coakley's office, Terry Mussari, 45 of Stoughton, and Tiffany Burgess, 31, of Raynham were arrested during the raids that took place at Aria Day Spa, 1280 Belmont St., Brockton, Sparkle Day Spa, 95 Washington St., Canton MA and Spa Bellissimo, 1210 Boston-Providence Turnpike, Norwood.
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Brockton Boxers Back On Home Turf

BROCKTON--Brockton's Boxers are now back on home turf.
On Friday night, Oct. 22, thousands of fans, players and alumni celebrated the reopening of Marciano Stadium after months of $1.2 million renovations at the field, including a new track, turf field, goal posts, lighting and drainage.
The evening also marked the debut of the 150-piece BHS Marching Band’s new uniforms –the first in 20 years – and the first time members of Boxer nation got a glimpse of the band’s new “Rocky”-themed half-time show.
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Baker: Halloween Skate Night at Carousel Whitman 6-8 p.m.

Parents’ Academy
Family Night – Dancercise with Mass in Motion & Tribe Dance Company, Arnone School 6-7:30 p.m.
B.B. Russell: Field Trip to St. Paul’s Soup Kitchen, During School.
B.B. Russell: School Improvement Council Meeting, 3rd Floor 5 p.m.
Davis: P.T.A. Meeting, Café 6 p.m.
Kennedy: Title One ~ Annual Breakfast, grades 2-5, 9:15 a.m.
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Healthy Food Day At City Hall Monday

BROCKTON--the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program team will celebrate “Food Day” at Brockton City Hall, 45 School St. on Monday, Oct. 24th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All are welcome to come see what’s new in nutrition.
This event will include: interactive games to test your knowledge of healthy eating and information about achieving your healthy weight and what foods to eat in order to get the right number of calories for you.
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ICE Opens New Boston Forensics Lab

BOSTON--U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations has announced the dedication of an expanded new state-of-the-art forensic laboratory in Boston Friday, Oct. 21.
The facility will assist federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities in New England with a wide range of forensic investigative support in cases that are often complex, and require significant examination and analysis, ICE said in a prepared statement.
"Whether it's an examination of computers in cyber crimes or fraudulent travel documents in an international human trafficking ring, this facility has the investigative keys to unlock the mysteries of crime," said Bruce M. Foucart, Homeland Security Investigations special agent in charge in New England.
"This lab also illustrates our professional commitment to develop the strongest evidence possible to successfully prosecute these cases," he added.
The forensic lab will help prepare investigators as they team with other state and local investigative experts as well as prosecutors from U.S. attorney's offices in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine and Vermont.
Several other federal, state and local law enforcement authorities have expressed their support of efforts to strengthen investigative techniques to remain competitive with the ever-changing world of scientific technology.
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Drug Documentary Premiere Tuesday

BROCKTON--Bridgewater State University will host a premiere presentation of "Silence," a documentary about drugs and addiction inspired by true stories from the local area.
The documentary is written and directed by Noube Rateau, an employee of Brockton Cable, who said the film shows the reality of addiction and drug use from those who have lived it and survived it.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hot Fashions, Hot Models, Hot Night At Library Fundraiser

Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON--From evening wear to upscale urban styles to cutting edge every day T's and jeans, Brockton's Downtown by Design showed off its original fashions during a fundraiser for Brockton Library Foundation Tuesday night.
"It was a great night," said Anne Beauregard, a foundation member and all-around city volunteer who was one of nearly 100 men, women and children who watched as hot young men and women modeled even hotter clothing designed and made especially for the event by Guilherme "Will" Barbosa and Karen "Special K" Brown, who together opened Downtown by Design on Main Street.
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Constable's School Gun Draw Likely Justified Colleagues Agree

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—Whether a pair of constables were in danger when a gun was drawn while they arrested a dead beat dad in the parking lot of Trinity Catholic Academy’s Upper Campus last Tuesday is a key matter in an investigation into possible repercussions for the pair’s actions.
Jim Carey, owner of Mass Constable Services in Middleboro, said he knows the Loomis’ and said they operate “by the book” and believes if one or the other pulled a weapon there was good reason, even if it took place on school grounds.
“If he was in danger, than he was justified,” Carey said.
Jerold Loomis and his son Adam, also a constable, arrested George Haikal, a former Brockton resident and restaurant owner who owes his wife more than $45,000 in unpaid child support payments, while students were being dropped off at the school last Tuesday at about 7:30 a.m.
The school was put into lock-down when one of them pulled a gun when Haikal's car lunged forward.
Following the arrest Haikal was taken to court and jailed in Plymouth County Correctional Facility, where he will serve at least 30 days of a 60 day sentence, unless he can pay more than $18,000 of the overdue support payments.
Carey said he believes what has been lost in the incident is a dead beat dad who owes more than $45,000 for the care and support of his children has been caught and incarcerated.
“When he was taken to court he was indicted and sent to jail,” Carey said. “The sad part is he is being made out to be the good guy when he is actually the bad guy,” he said.
Carey said under most circumstances—about 80 percent of the time—constables have the authority to make arrests, serve a subpoena or eviction notices throughout most of the state.
He said if a court issues a cappias warrant, which was done in this case, it allows a sheriff, deputy sheriff or constable to arrest the person where they find them anywhere in the state.
Carey said the main question is why was the gun drawn during last Tuesday’s incident, and if the car lunged forward, there was a danger of being run over and hurt or killed.
Les Victor, owner of Statewide Process Servers in Randolph, who was a longtime constable, said he did not believe the Loomis’ put anyone in danger by pulling the gun, and likened the situation to the DJ Henry incident in New York when a police officer shot the Easton native after Henry’s car pulled forward with a police officer on the hood.
“The cop pulled out a gun and shot that kid dead. That didn’t happen here, probably because it was a constable and not a police officer,” Victor said.
Victor said, if anything, the Trinity School matter was handled much better than the police in New York, or any other police officer.
“If that was a police officer someone might have been killed,” Victor said.
As for the incident taking place on school grounds, both Victor and Carey said police do it all the time and no one bats an eye and if there is some sort of problem with an officer pulling a gun, like the DJ Henry incident, the officer is placed on paid leave, there’s an internal investigation by the department and the officer is almost always exonerated.
“What happened with the DJ Henry investigation,” Victor asked. “It was found the officer was in danger—end of story,” he said.
Victor and Carey said from media accounts of the incident they don’t believe the Loomis’ should be punished or lose their license, although Victor held out the caveat that the “DA can indict a ham sandwich.”
Victor said the perception some people might have of constables as cowboys, or police want-to-be’s, or unable to pass psychological tests to become a police officer, are, in most cases, completely untrue.
“Police are the macho ones—they have the guns, the uniforms, the cars with the blue lights and sirens and they want to use. Constables are usually more wimpy. The last thing they want to do is pull a gun,” Victor said.
Victor said historically constables came before police and the slang word "cop" stands for constables on patrol.
"Constables came before police," Victor said.
Carey, from Mass Constables Service, said he does not carry a gun because he does not believe he needs one, but the Loomis’ who specialize in arrests, must feel they need it.
Victor, who offers constable and process server training workshops, said most constables steer clear of the arrests the Loomis’ are known for even though arrests are more lucrative. “When it’s an arrest those people sometimes don’t want to go and that’s when problems like this happen,” Victor said.
It is unclear what charges the Loomis' might face.
City Councilor Dennis DeNapoli, who works at the school and is one of four adult witnesses who have been questioned by Brockton Police as part of the investigation into the constable’s actions, said students may have been placed in danger, however he is unsure what the outcome of the investigation will be.
“My understanding is this might be a civil matter, not criminal--if they face any charges,” said DeNapoli.
Initially DeNapoli told he believed the constable who pulled the weapon was Jerold Loomis, a longtime constable who is best known for his part in the highly publicized 2007 arrest of pop singer Bobby Brown at a cheerleading competition at Attleboro High School.
DeNapoli said he may have been mixed up when he spoke to a reporter last Thursday night and could only positively identify Jerold and Adam Loomis from a photo lineup, although noted the constable who pulled the gun had very, very short hair and was standing next to DeNapoli at the front of the car driven by Haikal.
The other constable, who he described as scruffy with dark hair, had Haikal by the neck in a head-lock through the window of the driver’s side door.
“I’m not sure which is which,” DeNapoli said. “I would have to see a picture to be sure,” he said, adding he wished he could view pictures of each so he knows for certain which one drew the weapon.
"If they had identified themselves I'd know which one pulled the gun," DeNapoli said.
Haikal’s two sons were exiting the car as the constables made the arrest.
The constable who pulled the gun drew the weapon after Haikal’s vehicle lunged forward during the arrest.
DeNapoli said he believes the pair could have done many things other than arrest Haikal on school grounds which resulted in the school’s lockdown and frightened many of the children who were being dropped off at the school or were playing outside before school began at 7:45 a.m.
DeNapoli said the pair should face some kind of punishment and believes it is unlikely either one will lose their license to operate as a constable over the matter. W
hile DeNapoli said he has his opinion of what should happen to the constables, it is the school, Trinity Catholic Academy and its officials who are pursuing sanctions against the pair.
“The question is did they put anyone in danger when they pulled the gun on school property,” DeNapoli said.
DeNapoli said, and city records show, neither of the Loomis’ have been issued a license from Brockton to be constables in the city, but area constables said because of the nature of a cappias warrant, or an arrest warrant, that was issued by the courts and signed by a judge, the Loomis’ had carte blanche to arrest Haikal anywhere in the state.

Today Last Day To Register To Vote In City Election

BROCKTON--Today, Wednesday, Oct. 19 is the last day to register to vote for the city election Nov. 8. The City Election Commission will be open until 8 p.m. for residents to register to vote.

Aquaria-Power Plant Water Deal Details "Slap In The Face" Councilor Says

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—Although it may take years before a developer looking to build a 350-megawatt natural gas power plant can buy water from desalination water provider Aquaria LLC, Brockton city councilors are indignant that Aquaria’s general manager did not inform them a potential deal was in the works and instead had to learn the details from the media.
“With all due respect, I see it as a slap in the face,” said Councilor-at-large Thomas Brophy during Monday night’s City Council Finance Committee meeting when Aquaria’s general manager Alfredo Andres attended the meeting to talk about the potential sale of 1.7 million gallons of water to cool the turbines that would power the proposed natural gas plant on Oak Hill Way.
Andres and Aquaria came under fire at the end of last month following a state hearing with the Energy Facilities Siting Board that upheld the city’s denial of drinking water for the power plant’s turbines.
The power plant project has been mired in controversy, lawsuits and a grassroots uprising against it that includes 10 of 11 city councilors and the city’s state legislators.
The water issue is seen as a linchpin in the plant’s construction and along with denying the plant drinking water, the city has rejected the plant’s request to pay for the use of treated wastewater—the plant’s first choice in the approval process.
When the waste water was denied, power plant officials sought approval from the state to use the city’s drinking water.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Brockton Police Log Updated...

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Good Sam ER Opening: Light-Hearted Affair

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—Respiratory therapist Deb Owen could not, and did not want to hide the happiness she felt as she enjoyed the public preview of the opening of Steward Good Samaritan Medical Center’s $30 million state-of-the art emergency room.
“I’ve been waiting 30 years,” Owen said as she and Darlene Gareri, head of the hospital’s catheter lab, were set to enter a large inflatable heart that gave grand opening goers a look into the workings of the human heart. (Pictured, second photo)
“I’m thrilled and the new ER is stunning—it’s beautiful,” Owen said.
On Saturday, Oct. 15 hundreds of doctors, nurses, therapists, staff and residents joined Good Samaritan for public tours of the new ER and also had the opportunity to have footballs, hats, and T-shirts signed by New England Patriots 3-time Pro Bowler Matt Light.
The new ER does not open for services until Wednesday, Oct. 19.
During brief comments, Light said the new facility is an important addition to the community, and has learned how fantastic area medical services are after having to confront his son’s rare heart disease.
“We are very lucky to have the health care we have here in New England,” Light said.
(Pictured, top with from left, Dr. Richard Herman, Mary Richardson and hospital head Jeffrey Liebman)
Nicole St. Laurent, 11 of Lakeville and friend Anne Pearce, 12, of Mansfield—both students at Taunton Catholic Memorial School stopped in at the celebration after running in the Saturday road races held each week at D.W. Field Park where Pearce took first place and St. Laurent third in their age groups. (Pictured, third photo with EMT Jeffrey Kaplan)
Linda St. Laurent, Nicole’s mother, said they saw the celebration going on and decided to stop in and see what was happening.
“It’s a good opportunity for them to learn about medical services,” St. Laurent said. “It’s good exposure for them. It’s another way to learn,” she added.
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Ashfield: School Picture Day. During School
Baker: Texas Road House Bread fundraiser. Runs through 10/27
Huntington: Welcome Parents PTO Social. Café 6:30 p.m.
West: 21st Century Programs. Begin 2:35 – 5 p.m.

Brockton School Committee Meeting. B.H.S. Little Theater, 7 p.m.
Parents’ Academy--Homework Help Workshop--Arnone School 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Kennedy: Title One ~ Annual Breakfast K – 1, 9:15 a.m.
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Friday, October 14, 2011

Brockton Councilor Calls For "Cowboy" Constable's License Revocation

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—The lawyer for Weymouth constable Jerold A. Loomis the constable who pulled a gun on a deadbeat dad in the parking area of Trinity Catholic Academy’s Upper Campus in Brockton Tuesday and forced a lock-down of the school had no comment about the pending investigation into Loomis' actions.
“I can’t comment,” said Boston attorney Glenn Hannington, when reached by telephone Friday morning.
Loomis, operator of All State Constables in Weymouth and a veteran constable on the South Shore who has been highlighted in numerous media accounts including the celebrated 2007 arrest of pop-star Bobby Brown in Attleboro, declined comment and referred all questions to Hannington.
“You can call my attorney,” Loomis said over the telephone Friday morning and declined any further comment.
Loomis is under investigation for an incident at the Erie Avenue school that took place on school grounds at about 7:30 a.m. when hundreds of children were playing and being dropped off by parents and buses before school opened at 7:45 a.m.
Among the crowd was Principal Cynthia Dunn-Mcnally, who related her account of the incident to Thursday, and Ward 5 City Councilor Dennis DeNapoli, who works at the school.
“If I had the power these guys would be looking for a new line of work,” DeNapoli said.
“You don’t draw guns on school property for something like this,” he said.
Loomis and his son Adam, both constables, converged on a car driven by George Haikal, who, according to court documents, was wanted for arrest in Plymouth County for non-payment of more than $45,000 in child support payments.
DeNapoli said both constables were wearing black cargo pants and had a badge and gun holsters on their belts.
DeNapoli said neither of the two constables identified themselves and he thought the pair could be county sheriffs because of their clothes, but he and other school officials had no idea who they were or what was happening, especially because the pair did not tell any of the authorities on the scene who they were.
DeNapoli said although their badges indicated they might be law enforcement, he and other school officilas thought it might be a road rage incident.
During the morning drop-off, DeNapoli said, the school’s parking lot is cordoned off by large orange cones to funnel parents’ vehicles into a single lane for an orderly drop-off.
“All of a sudden there was this gray Ford Taurus or LTD or something like that and these two guys jump out,” DeNapoli said.
“They didn’t identify themselves—one went to the driver’s side and the other—Jerry Loomis—went to the front of the car and put his hand on the hood of the car in the middle where hood ornaments used to be on the older cars,” he said.
DeNapoli said everything happened lightning quick and numerous things were happening at the same time.
“One guy, the son, grabs George by the neck and yells for him to get out of the car,” DeNapoli said, noting Haikal’s two sons were exiting the car at the same time.
“It was bing, bang, boom,” DeNapoli said. DeNapoli said the whole incident lasted about 3 minutes, but the affects were long-lasting.
"They disrupted the whole school day and scared a lot of people," DeNapoli said.
DeNapoli said he went to the car and heard Haikal, who he has known for about 12 years, yelling, “Dennis, help me, help me Dennis.”
As all of this was happening, DeNapoli said, Jerold Loomis positioned himself at the hood of Haikal’s car and put his left hand on the hood and moved his right hand to the holster of a gun on his belt.
DeNapoli said at that point he was next to Loomis asking the pair, “what are you doing, what’s going on,” and at the same time Loomis is yelling for Haikal to get out of the car.
DeNapoli said Loomis told him they had an arrest warrant for Haikal at that point, but still did not identify themselves.
DeNapoli said at the front of the car, he was trying to get answers from Loomis, when Haikal’s car lunged forward.
“He didn’t have it in park, he had his foot on the brake,” DeNapoli said.
DeNapoli noted at the same time Haikal was being grabbed by the neck by Loomis’ son Adam and isn’t sure Haikal could have put the vehicle in park unless the son relented.
He said Loomis yelled, “put the car in park,” and it was at that point Loomis reached for and pulled his gun.
DeNapoli said he was stunned, as was Principal Dunn-Mcnally who along with DeNapoli asked Loomis to put the gun away.
“He pulls the gun and points it at George through the windshield,” DeNapoli said. “The whole thing was bizarre,” he said.
When she saw the gun, Dunn-Mcnally immediately began calling for staff to round up the more than 100 children on school grounds and hustled them into the school and locked the building down.
DeNapoli said shortly after Loomis pulled the gun, Haikal was dragged out of the car, slammed against the side of the car, handcuffed, dragged into the constable’s vehicle and driven away.
“I’ve never heard anything like it—on school grounds? It was like a movie,” DeNapoli said.
DeNapoli said as of Thursday night Haikal was being held in Plymouth County Correctional Facility, formerly known as Plymouth County House of Correction.
Court documents show Haikal was sentenced to 60 days in jail. Documents state he will serve at least 30 days of the sentence and the remainder will be suspended until Oct. 31, 2012.
Court records show Haikal owes Loomis $72 for Tuesday's arrest and at least another $500 for unpaid fees in connection with Haikal's child support payment problems.
Haikal is expected back in court Nov. 15.
DeNapoli said he was not frightened during the incident and that his main concern was for the safety of the children, Haikal and trying to figure out "who these guys were" and why they caused such a scene in front of hundreds of youngsters.
“Through the whole thing they never identified themselves, only that they had an arrest warrant,” DeNapoli said.
When the constables drove away with Haikal, DeNapoli said he and school officials began calling law enforcement agencies to find out if they had any information on what had just happened.
DeNapoli said Brockton Police had not been informed of anything the Loomis’ were doing and neither had State Police.
DeNapoli said when the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office was contacted a secretary told school officials that indeed the Loomis’ were hired to arrest Haikal.
Jerold Loomis was an integral player in Bobby Brown’s high profile arrest, which took place at Attleboro High School and included Loomis, local police and sheriffs.
Loomis also has been prominently highlighted in a news article by the Boston Herald in 2005 and an in-depth report by The Patriot Ledger in 2004 about the hunt for dead beat fathers.
The Herald called Loomis the gun-toting, “dead beat dad bounty hunter.”
In the same Herald article Loomis told the newspaper he has captured dead beat dads in many places including weddings, funerals, work places, exiting flights at Logan Airport and hiding in ceilings and under beds.
“Do you think they would do that if that was their child’s school,” DeNapoli asked. “They’re cowboys—they should be in another line of work,” he said.
On Wednesday morning, DeNapoli said, school officials consoled Haikal’s two sons, who had no idea what had happened to their father and were devastated by the incident.
“I told them he’s OK,” DeNapoli said.
DeNapoli said Haikal’s situation is complicated and Haikal needs to deal with the issues, but to have the arrest take place the way it did Tuesday morning, on school grounds, not only in front of Haikal’s children, but also hundreds of other innocent bystanders, the Loomis’ put everyone in danger.
“What happens if the car rolls forward and the gun goes off? Somebody could have been hurt or killed,” DeNapoli said. “George isn’t a murderer. He’s not a criminal. This could have been handled in a much different way,” he said.
Also, DeNapoli said, he can predict what Loomis might say about the incident and why he pulled his gun.
"He's going to say his life was in danger from George's car, but I was right next to him," DeNapoli said. "What's George going to do, run me over, too," DeNapoli said, adding Haikal was asking DeNapoli for help from the constables and doesn't believe Haikal was trying to injure anyone when the car lunged forward.
"Was my life in danger? No. I was worried about the gun, not George's car," DeNapoli said.
Brockton Police Chief William Conlon told Thursday that he is working with the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office to investigate the Loomis’ actions and possible repurcussions.
Like DeNapoli, Conlon said the pair could have done a number of things besides what took place Tuesday.
“There seemed to be a lack of judgment,” Conlon said Thursday.

Power Outage Closes Kennedy School Today

BROCKTON--The John F. Kennedy Elementary School is closed today, Friday, October 14, 2011 due to a power outage. Crews are at the school working to restore power, but the work is expected to take several hours.
"The safety of our students and staff is always our first concern," said Deputy Superintendent of Schools John Jerome.
"Given the weather conditions, it would have been difficult to learn and teach today without electricity to light the classrooms and hallways. We apologize for the inconvenience this places on families, but it was a situation that could not have been avoided."
The Smart Start Extended Day program at the Kennedy School is also closed today, and the Kennedy PAC's Pasta Supper, scheduled for this evening, has been cancelled.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Gun Wielding Constable Triggers Brockton School Lockdown

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—Brockton Police and State Police are investigating why a gun was pulled on a parent’s automobile by a pair of Weymouth constables during the morning drop-off Tuesday at Trinity Catholic Academy's Upper Campus that frightened parents, students and school officials and forced a lockdown of the building by school officials.
“In all my years as an educator I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Principal Cynthia Dunn-Mcnally who said she was “very close to it” when one of the two men pulled a gun on a car dropping off students Tuesday at about 7:30 a.m. at the school’s Upper Campus at 37 Erie Ave.
“It was quite stunning to see a weapon pulled,” Dunn-Mcnally said. "It was stunning," she emphasized.
Dunn-Mcnally said she was outside Tuesday morning with other teachers, City Councilor Dennis DeNapoli, who works at the school, and more than 100 students during playground-recess time that takes place before school begins at 7:45 a.m. when she saw the two men get out of a vehicle and move toward a particular vehicle and pull a gun.
As stunned as she was, Dunn-Mcnally said she immediately began to give instructions to other teachers to round up the children and get them into the school to safety.
“We assumed it was a case of road rage--a really bad case of road rage,” Dunn-Mcnally said.
She said within a minute all of the students were in the school and safe.
DeNapoli remained outside and spoke with the men, but she does not know what took place or the circumstances surrounding why the constables acted in the manner that they did, Dunn-Mcnally said.
DeNapoli could not immediately be reached for comment.
Dunn-Mcnally said her only concern was for the safety of her students. The school’s Upper Campus teaches students in grades 4 to 8.
“At all times students were safe,” Dunn-Mcnally said.
She said she is very proud of her staff and students during the emergency. She said everyone acted swiftly and calmly, and despite some children who were very frightened, the training for such situations was well executed.
“The good news is how we handled it—which was very well,” Dunn-Mcnally said. “That something like this happened is the bad news,” she said.
She said the school lockdown lasted about 10 minutes.
The school's Lower Campus at 681 N. Main St. was unaffected by the situation.
Dunn-Mcnally said Brockton Police and State Police were contacted and are investigating the matter.
Dunn-Mcnally said both law enforcement agencies told her they were unaware the constables would be on the scene and are investigating the pair’s actions.
Brockton Chief William Conlon said the constables are from Weymouth and not Brockton and how they handled the situation is under investigation.
Conlon said the constables were hired by the courts to serve a civil arrest warrant for non-payment of child support by an unnamed father.
He said the constables probably chose to try to serve the warrant at the school because they knew the father dropped his kids off at Trinity and the man had tried to dodge the constables in the past.
However, Conlon said, pulling a gun on school grounds may not have been the best way to handle the matter.
"There seemed to be a lack of judgment," Conlon said.
He said constables do not have the power to pull over vehicles and suggested the constables chose the school to serve the papers because they knew the father would have to stop the vehicle to let the kids out.
He said why the gun was pulled is under investigation.
A better way for the constables to have handled the situation, Conlon said, would have been for them to pick up the phone and contact Brockton Police and say they are trying to serve papers on the man and have the police pullover the vehicle after it left school grounds.
Unfortunately, Conlon said, it's not what the pair did, and he is conferring with the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office to see what options there are for sanctions against the constables.
School Principal Dunn-Mcnally said parents were notified of the situation through telephone calls home and a letter sent home with students.
Contrary to information circulating among parents, Dunn-Mcnally said the two constables were not completely dressed in black, were not driving a black SUV, and did not act like special forces--at least until the gun was pulled.
“They were in civilian clothes and driving a sedan,” she said.
Ironically, Dunn-Mcnally said, the school's more than 500 students two hours later participated in a surprise fire drill, and once again acted calmly and swiftly.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

You Lookin' At Me??

BROCKTON--No it's not De Niro, it's a praying mantis, an unexpected guest passenger in my car yesterday.
He or she, I don't know which, and, yes, I watched it for waaaaay too long waiting for it to, maybe, well, find a friend then EAT IT!!
Of course that didn't happen, but the little insect made its way from my rear passenger window, walked up the side of the car and paused so I could take tons of pictures.
Seriously, it knew I was taking pictures. See its face? It's smiling!!
It was having as much fun watching me as I was watching it.
While it looks like an alien I couldn't help but think of De Niro as it was looking at me looking at it.
I shot more than 100 pics as its spindly, and extraordinarily thin and seemingly fragile legs confidently and slowly walked over the car's roof to the driver's side door.
It then scaled the edge of the roof and sat there watching my lawn.
It wasn't worried about me at all. It just kept doing its thing.
As I made calls and watched it with a tripod and remote trigger I was too late to catch it take off like a rocket to the grass.
After moving agonizingly slow, it shot from the car to the lawn faster than the blink of an eye.
I couldn't see any kind of bug, but according to National Geographic praying mantis can move so fast when capturing its prey with its barbed legs, the naked eye cannot see it.
Maybe it just had enough of yesterday's 80-degree temps and hot sun beaming off the car and headed to shade among the blades of grass.
They eat all kinds of other insects. Moths, mosquitoes, flies, dragonflies,and spiders. While searching for info about them, I came across a website dedicated to the praying mantis hosted by two brothers who keep them as pets.
The thought crossed my mind, but I wouldn't want anyone to put me in a glass terrarium for their amusement, so I just let the praying mantis be.
How can you cage a critter that eats mosquitoes?
Eat hearty my friend!

The last time I saw a praying mantis live was in elementary school for some kind of animal demonstration. I've never seen one in "real life."
I kept an eye on it for a few hours. Unfortunately, a call required I go inside and when I came out it was gone.
Hope you all enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.
Lisa C.
(FYI: Click any of the photos to view all closer and as a slideshow)

Brockton Police Log Updated...

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BPS Wellness Head Earns National Award

BROCKTON--Brockton Public Schools Wellness Coordinator Mary Ellen Kirrane is in Louisville, Kentucky today after being named named Health Coordinator of the Year by the American School Health Association.
She will accept the honor and a plaque during the association's 85th annual conference Wednesday, Oct. 12.
"This isn't an award I earned, this is an award the school system earned," Kirrane said in an interview before she left for Kentucky. "This isn't my award this is the school district's award," she said.
Kirrane, who heads wellness and health programs for K-8, has been recognized for her professional leadership in the coordination of school health initiatives across the district.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Good Sam ER Fete Features Patriots Light

BROCKTON--Good Samaritan Medical Center will begin a new era of emergency care October 19 with the opening of its new, $30 million state-of-the art emergency room.
“The emergency department is the front door to the hospital, and our front door needed to be bigger and more welcoming,” said Richard Herman, chairman of emergency medicine.
“It wasn’t designed for our current high volume. The focus was not on patient privacy and comfort. Now we will be able to provide the best that emergency medicine has to offer, in a modern facility that is safe, comfortable, and convenient,” Herman added.
Good Samaritan is inviting the public to celebrate this momentous occasion.
There will be a community open house, with special guest, three-time Pro Bowler Matt Light of the New England Patriots Saturday, October 15 from Noon to 3 p.m. at the new emergency room on Pearl St.
All are welcome to come and view the brand new 32,000-square-foot space and its amenities.
The open house will include free educational sessions on infant car seat safety, breast cancer awareness, surgery, triage and medication safety.
Tours of the “Mega Heart,” an inflatable educational tool on cardiac care that visitors can walk through, will also be offered.
Staff will also give Halloween safety tips for children and tours of an American Medical Response ambulance will also be available.
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Arnone: Title One ~ Annual Breakfast - K 9:30 a.m.
B.B. Russell: Field Trip to St. Paul’s Soup Kitchen, During School
Downey: School Picture Day During School
George: P.T.A. Meeting Café 6:30 p.m.

Safe Routes to School ~ WOW~ Walk on Wednesdays
at Brookfield, Davis, Downey, Hancock and Kennedy Schools
B.P.S.: Community Schools Advisory Board Meeting, B.H.S. Green IRC 7 p.m.
Baker: School Store Open During Lunches
Brookfield: Title One: Bingo for Books Café 6–7:15 p.m.
George: Title One ~ Family Book Bag – Gr. 3 - Mrs. Lange 1:30 p.m.
Raymond: School Improvement Council Meeting, 10 a.m.
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Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Columbus Day

BROCKTON--While we know Columbus didn't discover America, we can still celebrate his voyages and enjoy a day off!
Like Columbus, maybe head to the ocean blue and soak in today's expected 80 degree temperature!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Feets Don't Fail Them Ever...

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—Lao Khang pushed a stroller carrying his preschool son Jordan as he led a group of youngsters including his daughter, third grader Britney and fourth grade niece Cyanne as the group walked to the Kennedy Elementary School for “International Walk to School Day,” which had 97 students and more than 60 parents arrive at school via their feet.
Khang (Pictured at top signing in with neice Cyanne) said it was the first time the family walked the ½ mile or so to their school and pledged to do it as often as they can. Until their pledge to walk to school on Wednesdays—when possible—Britney and Cyanne are usually dropped off at the Kennedy by their uncle.
While they have taken a pledge to participate—Khang held out a caveat.
“It depends on the weather,” Khang said, noting Wednesday’s sunny and 60 degree temperature made it easy for the family to join the estimated 6 million people in 40 countries who shed their automobiles and instead walked to their local schools.
Organizers, including school officials and representatives of the state Department of Transportation hope the worldwide observance will trigger a year-long, and life-long goal of children adding exercise into their daily routine and maybe having some fun along the way.
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Lee, Noddle Inside Ball Put McGunnigle Plaque $ Over The Top

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—After a no-holds barred, free-wheeling stand-up talk by former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee and Brockton Rox coach Ed Noddle about their days in pro and minor league baseball, organizers have nearly met its financial goals for a plaque in honor of Brockton’s Bill McGunnigle—a pioneer and innovater during the early years of baseball.
“I think it put us over the top,” said West Bridgewater resident John McGunnigle, great-grandson of McGunnigle, who as manager/player led the legendary Dodgers franchise, then known as the Brooklyn Bridgegrooms, to an at-the-time unprecedented back-to-back pennants in 1889 and 1890.
The Lee-Noddle inside-baseball discussion, held at Joe Angelo’s Café Sept. 22 and attended by nearly 100 people, featured the two-longtime ballplayers and friends sharing stories from their days in the baseball world, including Lee’s desire to punch out Bill Buckner when they were rising stars in California and Noddle’s memories of former Red Sox manager John McNamara, who beat out Noddle for skipper of the Pawtucket Sox and, who as Manager of the Year, went on to lead the Red Sox to the ill-fated World Series in 1986.

John McGunnigle said he and other supporters are close to having raised the estimated $4,000 toward installing a plaque in Bill McGunnigle’s honor at Campanelli Stadium—home of the Brockton Rox.
About $2,000 of the plaque’s cost was donated by MetroSouth Chamber of Commerce and Brockton 21st Century Corp.
The plaque is estimated to cost about $4,000 to manufacture and install and expected to be inaugurated in the Spring for the opening of the Rox's next season.
John McGunnigle said he will not know the total cost of the plaque until he contacts Rox management to find out the actual cost to install the plaque, but either way, the Sept. 22 event made a large dent in fundraising efforts.
“It was a really fun and great night,” McGunnigle said.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Reptiles, Hawks & More At Towerfest 2011

BROCKTON--Towerfest 2011 will be held Saturday, Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at D.W. Field Park.
The annual fete will feature Zappy the Clown, free pony rides, a reptile show, the Cosmo Legion Band, Balloon Man, a reptile show, birds of prey exhibit, raffles, crafts, face painting and tours of the historic tower overlooking the Frederick Law Olmstead designed park.
Admission is free and all are welcome. Click event flyer for times of each activity.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Domestic Violence Victims: Never Too Late To Leave

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—Brockton resident Irma Walat cruised past the finish line and talked to old friends and some new ones as she helped bring more awareness to domestic violence during the Family and Community Resource’s “Hearts and Hands for Hope” 5K run/walk last Saturday.
At 71, Walat (Pictured, second photo) has been running road races without fear for 17 years after she escaped the fists and words of her abusive and alcoholic husband—a man she married when she was 18, spent decades with raising two children and did not try to leave until she was 54.
“My life is very good and happy, now,” said Walat, a well-known and well-liked member of the Colonial Road Runners, an association of runners from across Massachusetts who Walat joined in 1978 when she began running to relieve the stress in her marriage and home life.
Walat said when she was 54 their relationship—marred by years of brawls and booze—took a malevolent turn for the worse and she began to fear for her life.
“I was young, I was naïve,” Walat said. “There was a lot of drinking…it was a very bad marriage,” she said.
As luck would have it, as she sought help to leave, a miracle of sorts happened.
“He got sick,” Walat said. “He got lung cancer and died—thank god,” she said laughing heartily as she told her story.
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Monday, October 3, 2011


Parents’ Academy, "No Such Thing as a Bad Kid Workshop,Arnone School 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Hancock: P.T.A. Meeting, Library 6 p.m.
West: School Store Opens, Auditorium Lobby 2:35 p.m.

Brockton School Committee Meeting, B.H.S. Little Theater 7 p.m.
Arnone: P.A.C. Meeting, Teachers Lounge 6 p.m.
Raymond: Title One ~ Annual Breakfast – K – Gr. 5 8:35 a.m.
West: School Improvement Council Meeting, Room 110 6 p.m.
West: P.A.C. Meeting, Room 110 7 p.m.
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