Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mardi Gras For Brockton Day Nursery Saturday

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BROCKTON--The 6th annual Mardi Gras Madness to support Brockton Day Nursery will be held Sat., March 3 from 7 p.m. to Midnight at the Shaw's Center. 

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Snow On The Way, Get Cars Off Street

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BROCKTON--The City of Brockton has declared a snow emergency beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29 until further notice.
There will be no parking allowed on either side of the street, on any street, throughout the city.
Please park vehicle in off-street locations to allow DPW crews to clear streets.
The James J. Adams Parking Garage, located at the corner of Main and Crescent streets, will be open for residents to park their cars beginning at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29.
 There will be no charge for use of the garage.

Rox Play On This Spring, 1-Year Deal Penned

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BROCKTON--The Brockton 21st Century Corporation announced Wednesday morning it has executed a Letter of Intent to provide for the Brockton Rox baseball team’s inclusion this season in the Future Collegiate Baseball League.
The Rox will continue to be operated by Chris Carminucci through Entertainment Management Company, LLC.
The Futures League currently has 9 teams operating in the Northeast and plays a 54 game schedule.
Additionally, the Letter of Intent provides for the continuation of The Shaw’s Conference Center and its management team headed by Michael Canina.
Canina will build on The Shaw’s Center’s successful operations.
The current quarter bookings will be the best first quarter results since operations began in 2004.
The Letter of Intent, which is for 1 year, also provides for substantial marketing of both the Brockton Rox and The Shaw’s Center.
Mary Waldron, executive director of the Brockton 21st Century Corp. said in a prepared statement she is pleased the deal will keep baseball at the stadium and provides incentives for promotional and special events at the stadium.
“We are excited at the prospects of joining the (Futures League) and promoting the family entertainment value of seeing potential future professionals getting their start," she said. 
The terms of the deal and how much money the Rox owe the city at this juncture were not immediately available.
Carminucci could not immediately be reached for comment.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Love, Men Answer To Domestic Violence

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—In the battle against domestic violence, advocates, survivors, and their friends and families are focusing on stopping the problem where it most often begins—with men.
“You’re not a man if you hit a woman,” said Jamarhl Crawford, publisher and editor of The Blackstonian, who also served as the master of ceremonies for the Love Life Now Foundation’s White Ribbon Gala against domestic violence and to raise money for Brockton's Penelope's Place.
Surrounded by a crowd of more than 100 women and men, including Fox 25 News crime reporter Bob Ward, Channel 7 sports reporter Darren Haynes, members of Jane Doe Inc., and an all-male acappella group, the Unisons, from Northeastern University, Crawford spoke the words many in the room felt and were thinking.
“Cherish your woman,” Crawford said, acknowledging when he received the Love Life Now Foundation’s inaugural White Ribbon Day Ambassador Award, as a young man he wasn't always the best boyfriend.
Now 41, Crawford said when he was in his late teens, early 20s, he intimidated women, threatened them, played mind games, controlled them, and treated them as if they were his property—an attitude that changed when he became conscious of his self and the history and culture of his African people.
Crawford said his violence as a young man wasn’t at the level of some abusers, although all of it is abuse.
He said he never punched a woman or made her bleed, or caused severe physical harm.
Crawford said in general he was a violent young man who grew up in a tough environment surrounded by threats, guns, knives and intimidation.
Crawford said that it didn’t help that—like many male teens--his hormones were raging and fueled by alcohol and cocaine—substances he no longer uses.
“I work now to help women out of those situations and get the brothers off that path,” he said.
Crawford led the night of laughter, smiles, dancing and for some, like Love Life Now Foundation head Lovern Augustine—tears.
Augustine, a Brockton resident from Trinidad, won last year’s Mrs. Ethnic World competition and has used her title to advocate against domestic violence in Brockton, Boston and the world because of her mother’s gruesome abuse at the hands of her father, and her own experience with a now long-gone ex-boyfriend.
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THIS WEEK IN BROCKTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28
Little Red Schoolhouse Association open house-membership drive, Little Red Schoolhouse--Brockton High School, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Coffee, tea and refreshments. Learn about the non-profit Little Red Schoolhouse Association and how it supports education in Brockton.

THURSDAY, MARCH 1
K--12 MEPA Testing through 3/16
Parents’ Academy--ADHD & Executive Function Workshop, George School 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Parents’ Academy--Make Way for Literacy for the Infant/Toddler Group Workshop, Arnone School 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Arnone: Field Trip for Grade 5 to Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, During School.
East: School Improvement Council Meeting, Room 130, 5:30 p.m.
East: P.A.C. Meeting, Room 130, 6:15 p.m.
Gilmore: Dr. Seuss Celebration. During School
Hancock: Big Ryan’s Tall Tales for K and Gr. 1, Café 9:30 & 10:15 a.m.
Kennedy: School Improvement Council Meeting, Conference Room, 6 p.m.
Kennedy: P.A.C. Meeting, Café 7 p.m.
North: K.T.A. Club Art & Poetry Contest through 3/30
North: K.T.A. Club Anti-Bullying Campaign through 3/30
Russell: White Ribbon Campaign running through 3/12

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Brockton Police Log Updated To...

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BROCKTON--Monday, Feb. 26, 2012. To view click the Brockton Police patch at right or click here...

Monday, February 27, 2012

Men, Women Join Forces For Penelope's Place

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BOSTON--More than 100 people from Brockton, the South Shore, Boston and cities and towns around the region attended the White Ribbon Gala Night Friday, hosted by the Love Life Now Foundation to raise awareness against domestic violence and to raise money for Penelope's Place, a women's crisis center in Brockton for women who need a place to go after leaving a violent relationship.
Jamarhl Crawford, (pictured, right) publisher and editor of The Blackstonian, a print and online news source in Boston, was presented the Live Life Now Foundation's inaugural White Ribbon Day Ambassador Award for his work against domestic violence and outreach in the community.
Attendees included Fox 25's crime reporter Bob Ward, and Channel 7 sports reporter Darren Haynes.
We will post an article and more photos of the gala later tonight!!

St. Pat's Mass, Saturday, March 10

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BROCKTON--St. Patrick Church in Brockton will host its annual St. Patrick's Day Mass, Saturday, March 10 beginning at 9:30 a.m.
The popular mass will be followed by a corned beef and cabbage dinner at Joe Angelo's Café.
 Entertainment will be provided by Peter Joy and The Council Chords--an ad-hoc music group made up of city councilors and offices.
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RFK Son Faces Charges Over Baby Flap

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BROCKTON--Douglas Kennedy, the 10th child of Robert F. Kennedy faces charges of assaulting nurses at a Westchester County Hospital in New York.
Spokespeople for Kennedy and the hospital disagree widely on the allegations.
Here's what IrishCentral.com is reporting... (Photo courtesy IrishCentral.com)

Blue Hills Winterfest Tuesday Night

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BROCKTON--Blue Hills Ski Area, Blue Hills Brewery and Friends of Blue Hills will host the 2012 Blue Hills Winter Fest Tuesday, February 28, from 5 to 8 p.m.at Blue Hills Ski area.

There will be Irish music, hot chili, and Blue Hills Brewery’s best beer.

Participants can also check out the slopes and ski or snowboard under the lights.

For those who prefer not to ski, but want to hit Blue Hills' trails, noted naturalist Matt ‘Twig’ Largess will lead a nighttime tour of the trails.

The event is free and open to all.

For those who want to ski, Blue Hill Ski is generously offering a discounted rate for an
all-day 8-hours lift ticket if you RSVP with your email OR print the Friends announcement page with this
page with the discount code: Pass15.

Click here to link to the Friends' page and ski discount.

Discounted rates for a lift ticket are $15--regularly $29; discount for rentals are $15--regularly $28; discount for a lesson, $15--regularly $25.

Blue Hills Ski will donate $5 to the Friends of the Blue Hills for every discounted lift ticket sold.

RSVP today at WinterFestival@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org or call, 781- 828-1805.

Blue Hills Ski Area is located at 4001 Washington St., Canton, also Route 138.

Kentucky Man Faces Sex Offender Registration Charges in Boston

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Boston--A Kentucky man convicted of a sex offense in 1996 was charged and arrested Thursday, Feb. 23 in federal court with failure to register as a sex offender.
Robert Lee Bowdre, 41, of Louisville, Kentucky., and recently of New Bedford, Mass., was
charged in a criminal complaint with failure to register as a sex offender, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The criminal complaint alleges that between June 17, 2011 and Feb. 8, 2012, Bowdre, who allegedly was required to register as a sex offender, traveled from state-to-state, and knowingly failed to register and update his registration.
According to court documents, Bowdre was convicted in 1996 of 1st degree rape and 1st degree sodomy in Kentucky.
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City Councilor Sullivan In Run For 11th Plymouth

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BROCKTON--Brockton City Councilor-at-large Robert F. Sullivan has announced his candidacy for State Rep. of the 11th Plymouth District.
Sullivan, a Democrat, is seeking the position being vacated by Geraldine Creedon, who announced earlier this month she would not seek reelection.
Sullivan is the second candidate from the Democratic Party to announce a run for Creedon's seat. Claire Cronin, a Brockton lawyer and Easton resident, launched her candidacy a few weeks ago. Sullivan has served as a city wide councilor-at-large since 2006, and was unanimously elected to the position of City Council President in 2008.
Sullivan was born and raised in Brockton and was a resident of Easton from 2001-2003. He attended Brockton public schools and graduated from Brockton High School in 1988.
He graduated from Boston College with a bachelor's in political science and obtained his law degree from the New England School of Law.
Sullivan went on to earn his master's in business administration from Boston College. Sullivan lives in Brockton with his wife, Maria (Luizzi) Sullivan, and their two children.
Sullivan, an attorney, small business owner, and town counsel for Randolph.
He said in a prepared statement his experience and leadership qualities, coupled with his legal training and business background, all strengthen his qualifications as a candidate for state representative.
Sullivan’s other political experiences consist of interning with former Massachusetts Congressman Brian J. Donnelly in Washington D. C. and at the Massachusetts State House with former State Senator Michael C. Creedon.
He also served as Chief Legal Counsel to the Joint Committee on Election Laws for the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
He is an elected member of the Brockton Democratic City Committee and a member of the Plymouth County Democratic League.
In addition, he volunteers as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton.
He said in the statement he has city experience, town experience, and State House experience.
Sullivan said he has the background and knowledge needed to be an effective state representative who will respond to the needs and expectations of both Brockton and Easton residents.
Sullivan said he believes the upcoming election is about improving the economic, educational, environmental, and public safety conditions for the district.
Sullivan said he will be a strong advocate for the people of the 11th Plymouth District and asks the people of the 11th to support his candidacy for state representative.
His campaign Committee will host a campaign kick-off event in the near future.
If any residents of the district are interested in attending the event or working on his campaign, please contact the Committee to Elect Robert Sullivan at 508-846-1208.
Due to the recent state redistricting, the 11th Plymouth is now comprised of the following locations: the west and north sections of Brockton--all of Ward 1, Ward 3-D, and Ward 7-C and 7-D-and in Easton precincts 1-5.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Warren-Brown Spar Over Reproductive Health Care Rights

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BROCKTON--Republican U.S. Senator Scott Brown and his likely Democratic party opponent Elizabeth Warren are battling via commercials, media releases, and op-eds in news outlets over allowing contraception, abortion and other reproductive options as part of health insurance coverage for employees of Catholic hospitals, universities, schools and other institutions.
Here is what they are saying...... 
Elizabeth Warren's statement:
Consumer advocate and U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren in a statement released Feb. 15, said a Republican proposal that would allow any employer or insurance company to deny anyone access to any health service is irresponsible.
“This is a completely new attack that threatens everyone’s health care,” Warren said of the proposal, introduced by Senator Roy Blunt,(R-MO) and co-sponsored by Senator Scott Brown,(R-MA). "It is an irresponsible assault on the health care of every family in Massachusetts and around our country. I respect the solution President Obama provided last week that ensures that religious institutions are not forced to cover contraception but still makes sure women can get the health services they need. This new bill is not about any of that. This bill would allow any employer or insurance company to refuse to cover anyone for anything,” Warren said.
Warren said the Blunt-Brown bill is different from previous proposals, taking an extremely broad approach that allows any employer or insurance company to claim any objection and use it to deny any health insurance coverage to anyone, for any health service. The company needs to claim only that it has a "moral conviction," an expansive term that is not defined in the proposed legislation.
“Scott Brown is on the wrong side here, standing with Washington and Republican extremists and against the people of Massachusetts--our families, our seniors, and everyone who relies on health insurance to get the care they need,” Warren said.
“This is a critical issue and when he ought to be putting the people of Massachusetts first, he’s not.”
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African Arts Takes Center Stage Saturday At Arnone

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BROCKTON--The Arnone Elementary School will host the 14th annual African Arts Festival and Marketplace Saturday, Feb 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be soul food, afro-carribean cuisine, live performances, storytelling, singing, and African drumming and dancing.
There will also be several films and a lecture focusing on blacks in films. Parts of the films may be graphic in nature and are geared toward teenagers and adults.
Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for under 12 and seniors.
The event is initiated by Indaba Theatre of New England, a Brockton based non-profit group whose mission is to inspire and uplift inner city youth.
All are welcome to attend.
(Photo courtesy of Indaba)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

HUD Officials Highlight Brockton Homeless Efforts

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BROCKTON-- U.S. Housing and Urban Development Regional Administrator Barbara Fields was expected to join Brockton Mayor Linda Balzotti and other officials at Father Bill's & Mainspring House in Brockton to highlight the impact of the city's efforts to end homelessness under the 2009 Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing program. 
According to an official statement, the rapid re-housing program was a new program under President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that provided $1.5 billion to local communities to keep families in their homes or help them find other affordable housing after a sudden financial crisis, which might have otherwise led to homelessness. 
Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, awarded more than $585,000 in rapid rehousing money  in Brockton to Brockton Area Multi-Services, or BAMSI.; Father Bill’s and Mainspring House, and United Way of Greater Plymouth County.
In addition to the rapid rehousing funding, HUD recently awarded $775,307 to the Brockton/Plymouth City and County Continuum of Care agencies to provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons as well as services including job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care. 
Fields was expected to take questions from the press and tour several Brockton homeless shelters, including Father Bills' and MainSpring House emergency shelter.  
(Photo above BrocktonPost.com file photo)

Catholic Charities Celebrates New Brockton Site

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BROCKTON--Catholic Charities South will celebrates its relocation  with a special ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, March 1, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. which will be highlighted by a visit from Most Reverend John A. Dooher, South Region Bishop of Boston's Archdiocese.
The event is open to the public and attendees are asked to help restock Catholic Charities' food pantry shelves by bringing a bag of non-perishable groceries or a grocery store gift card to donate to the pantry.
Participants are asked to RSVP by contacting Nicki Meade Draves at 508-587-0815 x 264 or email norma_draves@ccab.org.
The ceremony will be held at Catholic Charities' new location at  169 Court St., Brockton. CLICK HERE FOR MORE...

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Actress Cooper To Highlight Women of The Year Breakfast, Nominations Due Feb. 22

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BROCKTON--The Brockton Commission on Women’s Issues is accepting nominations for the 2012 Women of the Year Awards until Feb. 22.
The woman being nominated must be age 16 or older, a Brockton resident, and someone who has made a significant contribution outside of her job to the Brockton community within the last year.   
Award recipients will be judged on their contributions made to residents of Brockton or to the city in general.
The commission is asking area residents and workers to nominate women who are unrecognized heroes of the city - the women who make a difference in the lives of the people of Brockton at work and outside of the office.   
Nomination forms are available on the city web site www.brockton.ma.us  
Nominations must be received by Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. 
Please attach no more than a one page essay explaining why you are nominating this woman for an award.
No nomination will be accepted without a completed nomination form and attached essay.   
Email nomination forms and essays are preferred.   
Send all nomination forms and essays to: womenscommission@cobma.us.The recipients of the 2012 Women of the Year Awards will be honored at the annual Women of the Year Award Breakfast Saturday, March 10th at the Shaw’s Center, Brockton.
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Girls Softball Signups March 1 & 2

BrocktonPost BROCKTON--Brockton Youth Softball League for Girls will host 2012 spring registrations March 1 and March 2 at the Raymond Elementary School, 125 Oak St., from 6 to 8 p.m.
For on line registration or more information check out BYSL's website at www.brocktonyouthsoftball.net/
For other information call 508-941-5766.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Patrick, Murray Head To Brockton For Black History Month, Economic Discussions

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BROCKTON--Gov. Deval Patrick will spend the morning Thursday with Brockton area seniors and residents at Caffrey Towers when the governor and others salute the “pillars” of African-American history during a breakfast for seniors and members of the South Shore community in Brockton.
The event will take place Thursday, Feb. 16 at Caffrey Towers in Brockton at 755 Crescent St.
The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. with light refreshments and followed at 10 a.m. by a program centered around contributions by African-Americans and their role in history and the community.
Area seniors considered "pillars" of the community are expected to be highlighted for their work. From 11:15 a.m. to Noon seniors and members of the public in attendance will have the opportunity to take part in a roundtable discussion about issues in Brockton, the region and anything people may ask the governor.
Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray will also attend the Caffrey Towers event following his attendance at Brockton's Shaw's Center for the "Brownfields Roundtable," a discussion with participants about economic issues in the region.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cronin In Race For Creedon's Seat, Stewart Still Deciding

Lisa E. Crowley
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BROCKTON--Days after State Rep. Geraldine Creedon announced she would not seek reelection to the 11th Plymouth seat, an Easton resident and Brockton native is ready to launch a campaign for the district.
Claire Cronin, 52, in an email announcing her candidacy, said she believes her skills as a lawyer and active member of the Easton and Brockton communities would bring effective leadership in the political arena.
“My mediation experience requires an ability to bring parties with different agendas together and I hope to apply this skill to make government the best it can be,” Cronin said. (Pictured, top)
Creedon, who has had medical problems over the last few years, announced over the weekend she would not seek reelection to the seat she has filled since 1995.
The 11th Plymouth district
represents Precincts 1 through 5 in Easton; and Wards 1, 3D, 7C and 7D in Brockton.
Cronin is believed to be the first candidate to announce she will seek election to Creedon’s seat.
Brockton Councilor-at-large Jass Stewart said Cronin’s announcement will not effect his decision to run for Creedon’s seat-- a run that has been speculated about in political circles for at least a year.
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Wed. Last Day To Register For Prez Primary Vote

Below is a list of deadlines for voter registration from Secretary of State William Galvin's Office.

If you are not already registered to vote, these are the deadlines for upcoming federal and state elections.

As noted, Wednesday, TOMORROW, Feb. 15 is the last day to register for the Presidential Primary which will be held "Super Tuesday," March 6, when Republican hopefuls will get a sense of who Bay Stater Republicans want to put up against President Barack Obama.

Head to City Hall and register vote, otherwise...here are other ways to register, just remember...

* When registering by mail, your voter registration form must be postmarked by the deadline for you to be eligible.

To register to vote in person, you must appear and register at a registration location by 8 p.m. on the last day to register--Wednesday, Feb. 15 for the Presidential Primary.

Registration sessions will be held in cities and towns on the last day to register from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., except in towns having less than 1500 registered voters, registration sessions will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 8 p.m.
Mail-in registration forms are widely available.
The Secretary of State has a Voter Registration Formrequest feature to obtain a mail-in registration form or call 617-727-2828 or 1-800-462-VOTE and a form will be sent to you or you can visit the Secretary's website to download a National Voter Registration form.
Mail the completed form to your local city or town hall. You should receive a confirmation notice in 2 to 3 weeks. If you do not receive a confirmation notice, or wish to confirm your voter registration status, please contact your local City or Town Clerk to verify your voting status.
Who may register?Only a person who is:

2012 Voter Registration Deadlines

Election Type

Election Date

Voter Registration Deadline*

Presidential Primary
State Primary
State Election

Monday, February 13, 2012

Brockton Historical Society, Stonehill Celebrate Collaboration

By Lisa E. Crowley
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BROCKTON—When AmeriCorps volunteers come to Brockton to work in the community, one of their first stops before hitting the streets is to visit with John W. Learnard, a pillar of knowledge about Brockton’s  history, and now the namesake of Brockton’s Shoe Museum.
“John’s passion for Brockton’s history is unparalleled,” said Matt Powers, a 20-something Pembroke native who joined AmeriCorps and met Learnard (pictured, right) to learn a little bit about Brockton’s history.
Powers said the visit has stayed with him and dozens of AmeriCorps workers who come from all over the country to serve in Brockton.
“I’m here because of his passion for Brockton’s history,” Powers said, “and he’s spreading that passion for Brockton’s history around the country.”
Learnard, a longtime member of the historical society and past president, was honored Sunday with the dedication of the Brockton Shoe Museum in his honor. More than 200 people attended a celebration of not only Learnard’s stewardship, but also the release of a new book, “Brockton Revisited,” by recently outgoing historical society president James E. Benson through Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series. The foreword is written by Mayor Linda Balzotti.
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THIS WEEK IN BROCKTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Tuesday, February 14: Brockton School Committee meetingSignup for an alert reminder. 7 p.m., Brockton High School Little Theatre.
 
Wednesday - February 15, 2012
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Friday, February 10, 2012

Spellman Has 'Great Expectations' For iPad Textbooks

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BROCKTON--Cardinal Spellman High School plans to phase out text books, by initiating an Apple iPad program, for the 2012-2013 school year.
Cardinal Spellman is the first school, within the Archdiocese of Boston, to implement iPads as a learning tool, school officials said in a prepared statement.
Spellman plans to begin using iBooks and etextbooks, which cost much less than traditional textbooks. Not all textbooks will be available as etextbooks this year but, Spellman anticipates those textbooks will be offered within the next few years.
“We are very excited and proud to be making this move. Dickens’ Great Expectations is still taught in many high schools. That is exactly what the school is looking for with the introduction of iPads for all students at Cardinal Spellman. We have great expectations,” said the high school's president John McEwan.
In coordination with Apple, Cardinal Spellman will equip each one of its students with an iPad.
Students will pay a small technology fee, making the iPad available for a fraction of the cost of purchasing it independently. Students will be issued their iPads during the summer.
Spellman will offer training sessions for students and their parents.
Teachers have already begun iPad training sessions. They received their iPads in December as part of a professional development course. They began iPad training, through Apple, in anticipation of making the iPad a major learning tool in Spellman’s daily curriculum. Other training programs will continue throughout the year in subject-specific areas. Teachers will be able to access their Promethean Boards from anywhere in their classroom and use the latest in apps to enhance their lesson plans.
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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Coakley "Carves Out" Settlement Niche For Mass. Suits Against Banks

BrocktonPost BROCKTON--State Attorney General Martha Coakley Office and Attorneys General from across the country have entered into a $25 billion nationwide state-federal settlement over unlawful foreclosures, that is expected to bring an estimated $318 million dollars in assistance to Massachusetts borrowers.
The agreement, according to a prepared statement from Coakley's office, will settle many claims made as part of Coakley’s lawsuit against the five banks filed on December 1, 2011.
In Massachusetts, this agreement provides for immediate relief and a “carve out” to the agreement to allow her office to continue to pursue further relief in the courts against the banks over two Massachusetts-specific issues.
Those claims include initiating foreclosures without holding the actual mortgages--so-called “Ibanez” violations--and allegedly corrupting the land recording system through the use of the Mortgage Electronic Registration System (MERS).
The agreement will settle all other claims made as part of Coakley’s lawsuit against the five banks filed on December 1, 2011.
Attorneys General from 49 states have agreed to join the settlement announced today, Feb. 9 in Washington, D.C. The banks will provide an immediate infusion of millions of dollars in relief for struggling homeowners.
It also allows the Attorney General’s Office to continue to pursue claims against the banks for initiating illegal foreclosures in the state and corrupting the land court system.
Through this national state-federal agreement, five major lenders are expected to provide approximately $14.6 million in cash payments to Massachusetts borrowers, $257 million worth of mortgage relief, and a direct payment of more than $46.5 million to the Commonwealth that will be used to assist homeowners.
The agreement settles allegations of widespread use of fraudulent documents by Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, Citi, and Ally Financial. Massachusetts estimated total share of the settlement is $317,915,272.
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Brockton Police Log Updated to...

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BROCKTON--Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012. To view click Brockton Police patch at right or click here...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Gomes In As Brockton Interim Police Chief

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BROCKTON--On Friday, Feb. 10, Brockton Police Capt. Emanuel Gomes will be sworn-in as interim police chief in preparation for the retirement of current Chief William Conlon.
“The position of police chief is one of the most, if not the most important job in the city,” Mayor Linda M. Balzotti said in a prepared statement. 
“Captain Gomes has the experience and knowledge to continue the successful work being done by the Brockton Police Department,” she added.
Gomes is expected to take over for Conlon, who will be retiring after more than 6 years as chief, and 26 in the department.
The ceremony will be held at City Hall, Friday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. in City Council Chambers. 
The event is free and open to the public.
“A lot of very good things are going on in the Brockton Police Department, and we want to continue being a full service police department,” Gomes said in the prepared statement.  
“I intend to continue the good things Chief Conlon has put in place and maintain those standards,” he said.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Warren Campaign Tour Highlights Cindy's Kitchen

By Lisa E. Crowley BrocktonPost BROCKTON--Democratic Party senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren spent more than an hour Monday afternoon visiting with owners and employees of Cindy's Kitchen in Brockton during campaign stops that included Brockton, Abington and New Bedford. "It was great," said Cindy's Kitchen co-owner Eddie Byers, who with his wife Cindy escorted Warren around the company's plant. Warren aide, Alethea Harney said Cindy's Kitchen was singled out because it is one of the manufacturing success stories in the state. "We want to make sure the conditions exist for these type of companies to succeed," Harney said. Warren, a Harvard professor and consumer advocate, is running against Republican Senator Scott Brown for the seat in Congress. While Warren has competition in the Democratic Party, most believe she will be the party's eventual nominee.
For his part, Byers said he was happy, but unsure how Warren and her campaign heard about Cindy's Kitchen, a producer of all natural salad dressings, marinades, dips and sauces that ship to restaurants and wholesalers across the country, including Whole Foods, Costco, and Roche Bros. Click here for more...

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Stewart Still Thinking About Run Against Creedon

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—Councilor-at-large Jass Stewart’s decision to run against State Rep. Geraldine Creedon is still up in the air—at least until after two meet-and-greets with residents at the end of this month.
“I’ll know in March,” Stewart said during a telephone interview Sunday afternoon.
Stewart, who has said he is considering a run against Creedon, issued an email Saturday whose subject was titled “Serving as your State Representative,” which some took as a signal Stewart was all-in for a run at the state position.
Creedon has represented Brockton and Easton as the 11th Plymouth District Rep since 1995.
Stewart said in fact he received several emails congratulating him on his decision to run and wishing him good luck.
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Brockton Police Log Updated...

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BROCKTON--to Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. To view click Brockton Police patch at right or click here...

Thursday, February 2, 2012

And The Winner Is...Brock The Hawk

FYI...it has come to our attention that the hawk naming story didn't post...Sorry...brain cramp!! Here ya go!!
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BROCKTON-- FROM LIBRARY DIRECTOR ELIZABETH WOLFE:

And we have a winner on the "Name That Hawk" contest! With 118 great submissions, it was a tough choice.
Drum roll........ and the winning name is.....BROCK THE HAWK, Brockie for short.
Brockie is a real townie hawk.
Next time you sight her (we think it's a female) give us a call.
Thank you to everyone who participated.
Four contestants submitted the name Brock; they are Amy Noyes, Beverly Scheuer, Shamayne Rosario, and anonymous.
Amy, Beverly, and Shamayne will receive small gift certificates as prizes. Congratulations to the winners!
And remember, you can live in the city and still experience the wonders of nature.
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Gov. Patrick Urges $10 Million For Community College Unemployed Retraining

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BROCKTON--FROM GOV. DEVAL PATRICK:

We have 240,000 people looking for work and nearly 120,000 open jobs today in Massachusetts.  
 How can we have so much opportunity available and so many people still looking for a chance? 
Business leaders tell me over and over again that it is because the people looking for jobs don’t have the skills required.   
Many of these openings are for “middle skills” jobs that require more than a high school diploma but not necessarily a four-year degree: jobs in medical device manufacturing or lab technicians or solar installers, for example.  And a lot of those forced by the economic downturn to make a change in their careers, people in their thirties or forties or fifties, don’t have the proper training for those jobs.   
We have a “skills gap.” 
We can do something about that.  We can help people get back to work.  And our community colleges should be at the center of it.
For the work they do, community colleges rarely receive proper recognition, let alone adequate funding.   
I have visited many of our community colleges and seen their good work.  They are an important resource, and we must ask more of them.
At Massasoit Community College right now, students in the one-year Medical Assistant program learn hands on skills through an 8-week clinical internship at a local facility. 
This is good - - but we need more of it and we need it everywhere. 
We need that kind of sharper mission across the Commonwealth, so that community colleges become a fully integrated part of the state’s workforce development plan.   
Our colleges must be aligned with employers, voc-tech schools and the Workforce Investment Boards in the regions where they operate; aligned with each other in core course offerings; and aligned with the Commonwealth’s job growth strategy.   
We can’t do that if 15 different campuses have 15 different strategies.  We need to do this together.  We need a unified community college system in Massachusetts.   
Our competitors – states like Virginia, North Carolina and Washington – have instituted unified systems and are using them to their competitive advantage. 
I have proposed a $10 million increase in state funding for community colleges to help them meet this mission – and I have challenged the business community to come up with a match to help make this a reality.   
It is not unreasonable for community colleges to ask for more resources to support their mission; and it is not unreasonable to ask for them to be more accountable to our workforce development strategy in exchange.
Given how important community colleges are to their local cities and towns, some are concerned that this proposal would mean Beacon Hill is telling their campus what to do.  I don’t want that any more than you do. 
The goal of this proposal is to ensure that community colleges have the tools they need to be as responsive as possible to the job openings in their region.  Creating a more unified system is not about losing local control; it is about connecting every city and town to the full range of economic possibilities in the Commonwealth.  It’s about making sure a large employer in Boston knows that there is a skilled workforce in Brockton and reason to expand there.   
It’s about making sure the small business in Canton has a convenient, locally focused, fully supported resource to help its workers build careers in Norfolk County and grow the economy there. 
The problem we are trying to fix is the skills gap; the problem is not the community colleges.  The community colleges are the solution. 
The challenge facing people looking for work, people in doubt about the future of their American Dream and their place in the workforce belongs to all of us. We can meet that challenge if we work together.   
For the good of the Commonwealth and the sake of our future, we must.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Brockton Police Log Updated...

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BROCKTON--To Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. To view click Brockton Police patch at right or click here...