Monday, January 31, 2011

MONDAY MEETING FINAL COUNTDOWN TO FEB. 1 WATER DISPUTE DEADLINE

BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—Residents embroiled in a dispute with the City of Brockton over their water bills will host an informational meeting Monday night, a day before Feb. 1—the deadline for residents to dispute their unpaid water bills and retain their right of appeal at the state Appellate Tax Board.
“It’s really an informational meeting, not an action meeting,” said Marianne Silvia, one of the meetings organizers and a member of Brockton United Voices, a grass-roots group that has organized to protect and inform residents of their rights over what some consider are outrageously high water bills.
Silvia said organizers will have copies of dispute resolution forms and official state forms that need to be filed before Feb. 1 for residents to assure future appeal rights.(FOR FULL ARTICLE SEE BROCKTONPOST.COM)

Friday, January 28, 2011

DRILL SCHOOL GRADUATION

Drill School Graduation

Friday January 28, 2011
2pm


Shaw's Center
1 Lexington Ave, Brockton MA


The Brockton firefighters are:
William Curtin Jr.
Charles Hayward
Christopher Matchem
Sean McSheffrey
Brandon Hill
David Owen
Andrew Wisocky
Alexander Souto


The Bridgewater Firefighters:
Christopher Hamilton
Casey Florence




Any other question please fell free to contact me.


_______________________________________________________________________
Lt. Edward R. Williams Jr.
Inspector/Investigator
Brockton Fire Department - Fire Prevention Bureau
Mailing Address: 560 West Street, Brockton Massachusetts 02301
Office Address: 42 Pleasant Street, Brockton Massachusetts 02301
Telephone Numbers :Office - 508-583-2933
Fax - 508-584-3416
Cell - 508-922-3143

RUDE TAXI DRIVERS TAKES HANDICAPPED PERSONS SPOT



One of my pet peaves is people parking in the HP spots. I was with my friend the other night and he needed to stop at the pharmacy. My friend has a rare disease that effects one in every 100,000. Its call Sarcoidosis and it effects the lungs and heart and also breathing. He is on oxygen and can walk but gets out of breath easily, he never smoked a day in his life  and when he had to park in a spot and jump over a snow bank, I couldnt help but take this video. I called the taxi company and the guy said he was busy and couldnt deal with this. I will be sending this to the Randolph police because thats where it happened. I urge anyone who has a loved one or has a handicap to call and complain to this company and the Randolph police. I reconnected to Mike thru Facebook after 20 years and he is an inspiration to me. I wanted to kill the guy and he said dont sweat it. You will be hearing more from Mike and this rare disease as he documents what its like to have a body that gives him many challenges but everyday he gets up and faces life. Something I wish I had the courage to do.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

APOLOGY TO BUV AND THE RESIDENTS WITH WATER BILLING ISSUES

I HAVE BEEN BUILDING BROCKTONBEAT FOR ALMOST ONE YEAR NOW. I TRY TO BE OBJECTED AS POSSIBLE BUT WHEN PEOPLES HOMES ARE AT STAKE, I WILL DRAW LINES. EVERYONE IS AFRAID TO SPEAK UP IN BROCKTON OR HIDE BEHIDE OUR COMPUTERS. ITS ALL RIGHT FOR A 17 YEAR OLD TO BE KILLED IN OUR STREETS BUT WHEN YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING PROACITIVE AND BUCK THE SYSTEM, YOU ARE CONSIDERED A BAD GUY. BROCKTON YOU GOT TAKEN BY THE CITY, I WILL SPEAK UP BUT HOW MANY ARE GOING TO JOIN AND SAY NO. ARE YOU SICK OF THE CRIME AND THE WASTE. ARE YOU SICK OF THE SIDEWALKS NOT BEING PLOWED. ARE YOU SICK OF FRIENDS TAKING CARE OF ONE ANOTHER IN BROCKTON GOVERNMENT. THEN HAVE THE COURAGE TO SPEAK UP. I AM ONLY ONE PERSON AND I DONT MAKE MONEY AT THIS. WE NEED MORE POLICE AND FIRE AND THEN PEOPLE MIGHT COME TO OUR CITY. WE NEED TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT PUBLIC SAFETY THAN WHETHER MY 3 FRIENDS ARE GOING TO LOOSE THEIR $300,000 COMBINED SALARY OVER THE DEATHS OF BROCKTONIANS. IF YOU HAVE THE COURAGE TO TAKE ON CITY HALL JOIN ME. I AM WITH YOU.



IF THE PAIN IS GREAT ENOUGH AND YOU HAVE HAD ENOUGH SPEAK UP AND ORGANIZE.THIS WILL NOT PASS. THE CITY KNEW MONTHS THAT THIS LIEN PROBLEMS WAS HAPPENING AND NOW WHAT DO THEY DO THEY PUT THE NOTICE UP 4 DAYS BEFORE IT WAS DUE. THEY KNOW HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS AND YOUR TELLING ME THAT PEOPLE WITH A COMBINED 100 YEARS OF POLITICAL KNOWLEDGE DOESNT KNOW THIS, IT TOOK US 2 WEEKS TO FIND IT OUT. PEOPLE WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE CAUSE WE NEED REAL CHANGE AND WE NEED TO CHALLENGE THE CITY AT ALL LEVELS, THE RELATIVES THAT WORK THEIR, SONS AND DAUGHTERS. THE CITY IS SO INTO PROTECTING THEIR FRIENDS THAT THEY FORGOT THEY WORK FOR YOU. MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNTS AND PUT THESE PEOPLE OUT OF OFFICE ONCE AND FOR ALL. I CAN SMELL THE BULL SHIT FROM FAR AWAY AND SHOULD OF KNOWN BETTER FOR BUV THAT I GOT PLAYED BY TOM BROPHY, HE IS A SNEAKY PERSON AND HE LIED TO ME AND NOW BECAUSE I DROPPED THE BALL AND BELIEVED HIM WE ARE IN THIS MESS, BLAME TOM BROPHY FOR THIS MESS AND I AM SORRY TO THE RESIDENTS THAT I DROPPED THE BALL ON THIS ONE AND I HAD FAITH IN A MAN WHO I THOUGHT WANTED TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE AND NOT HIS FRIENDS IN THE CITY. I WAS MISLEAD BECASUE I STARTED THE WATER RALLY AND HAD COMNMUNICATIONS IN GOVERMENT ASSURING ME THAT THIS WOULD NOT HAPPEN. ONE THING I LEARNED ABOUT POLITICS,DONT TALK TO THEM BECAUSE THEY FISH FOR INFORMATION AND WILL USE THAT AGAINST YOU. I WONDER HOW SOME OF THE INFORMATION WAS USED IN THE MEETING WITH PETTI, BECAUSE SOME OF THAT SAME PRIVATE INFORMATION I OBTAINED AND ONLY ONE PERSON KNEW ABOUT IT AND THEY KNOW WHO I AM TALKING ABOUT, THANKS FOR PLAYING ME TOO, BUT I GUESS THAT POLITICS.








ROBERT MORANO AND MY DEEPEST REGRETS FOR NOT SEEING THE BS AND BEING PLAYED BY CERTAIN CITY COUNCILORS

READ THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi everyone,

I spoke to the State Appellate Tax Board yesterday, and with the City Solicitor, Mayor's Office, Assessor's Office and Thoreson. I finally was able to clarify the process. The necessary paperwork is at the Assessor's Office (basement of City Hall) and at DPW (third floor of City Hall) and, as of yesterday afternoon, it is also online on the city's website, under events on the main page. I was told the quickest path is to file Form 128 directly with DPW -- otherwise the Assessor's Office needs to bring it to them. Thoreson told me DPW can provide a date-stamped copy of the form to you. Later down the road, if you appeal to the State Appellate Tax Board, they might want proof that you filed by the Feb. 1 deadline.


Almost all water and sewer bills have now been converted into property tax bill liens, so State Tax Form 128 should be the appropriate path for everyone, unless you are on a payment plan. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or run into any problems along the way.


Below is a detailed list of how to file the paperwork, which ran in the paper today:


1. Fill out State Tax Form 128 in person at the Department of Public Works on third floor of Brockton City Hall. Or download Form 128 from the following state website: mass.gov/Ador/docs/dls/publ/forms/abatement.PDF – or from the city website at www.brockton.ma.us/News/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsId=1628. The completed forms must be received in person, or postmarked by Feb. 1, at the Department of Public Works, City of Brockton, 45 School St., Brockton, MA 02301.


2. You can request a date-stamped copy of the form from the Department of Public Works for your records.


3. The city has three months to respond to the appeal. If you are unsatisfied with the city’s response, you have three months from the date of its decision to appeal to the Appellate Tax Board. To reach the state tax board, call 617-727-3100 and ask to speak with a clerk.




Best,
Amy


Amy Littlefield
Reporter
The Enterprise
Brockton, Mass.
508-427-4013

PERMISSION WAS GRANTED BY THE ENTEPRISE TO RUN THIS ARTICLE. AMY LITTLFIELD HAS BEEN INVESTIGATING THIS STORY FROM THE BEGININING. PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORMS PROPERLY AND GET THEM IN BY 1/31/11. YOU HAVE UNTIL 2/1/11 BUT ITS TO CLOSE. MAKE COPIES OF EVERYTHING AND COVER YOURSELVES. I WISH
THE BEST TO EVERYONE AND PLEASE DO THE WORK BECASUE THE CITY WILL NOT DO THE WORK FOR YOU. IF YOU NEED COPIES OF THE FORMS YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THEM BELOW OR FROM THE CITY WEBSITE. THANK YOU AMY AND THE ENTERPRISE.

IMPORTANT READ THIS!!!!!!! ABOUT WATER FORMS AND ABATEMENTS!!

The newly created short form is only for residents that have NOT been liened. So if you do not have a lien fill out the short form. If you have a lien you must fill out the State Form 128 and contest the water and sewer portion. These forms must be copied for your own records and to be on the safe side fill both out and make sure you give them to the Water Department in particular Mr.Thoreson.


Petti I am still waiting to hear from you about the boxing challenge. Remember I am 5'7, 165lbs and truth be told not in the best of shape. We will make it for charity and put your money where your mouth is. I personally think you dont have the gumption to this challenge and I dont hate you or wish you any harm but you started this and this is a way to put a light on this and diffuse the real situation. People are hurting and your slinging mud call me at 773-360-5950 and plan the Boxing match.

People cover your ass and fill out the forms and the form 128 is for liens and contest the water and sewer portion and get a reciept and give to thoreson and the other short form is for people without liens, fill it out contest the water and sewer and give to thoreson, tax collector and hell even to the mayor.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM MARIANNE SILVA-BROCKTON UNITED VOICES

Mrs. Warren from the ATB said she has received numerous calls about this issue going on in Brockton.


She told me-which is to NOT pay the bill. If the bill is not paid, the ATB will have jurisdiction over Brockton.


She said to fill out the form that Brockton created.... and when we get denied, which we will she said - then send a copy of the Brockton form and the State Tax form 128 as soon as possible to the Appellate Tax Board - although we would legally have three months to do so - but seeing as this is such a large issue and the Tax Board is well aware of if - she suggested we all get them in quickly.


She did note that at the bottom of the ATB form 128 - to write "Not Assessment - only Water/Sewer bill" - so it will show we are not disputing the assessment of our property - but are disputing the water/sewer bills.


If you have more specific questions, I would be happy to call her again. She was very helpful and seemed to understand our problem.


Marianne Silva
BROCKTON UNITED VOICES
SEE YOU ALL AT THE MEETING ON JANUARY 31ST, 2011

THESE DOCUMENTS MUST BE FILLED OUT AND MAKE A COPY. SEND IN BEFORE 1/31/11 AND CONTEST WATER AND SEWERAGE PORTION. MUST DO!!!!!

State Form 128

PLEASE FILL OUT AND MAKE COPIES FOR YOURSELVES. SEND IN BY 1/31/11 AND CONTEST WATER AND SEWERAGE PORTION. MUST DO!!!!!!

City of Brockton Water Sewer Refuse and Utility Abatement

YOU ARE THE NEW CITIZEN JOURNALIST

Becoming a published writer is easier than you think, and we’re here to help you walk through the process and getting your articles published.


I'm Robert Morano, and I started BrocktonBeat for our city so that Brockton has our area's top hyper-local news website, where we focus on up-close, in-depth coverage of neighborhoods like yours.Every neighborhood has that one person who has ideas or has an area of expertise such as accounting, hobbies, arts & crafts,the best Italian food recipes or what the local pub has for specailize.


We welcome all to join and in the not too far future we will be offering prizes from cash to local gift certificates. We believe that with a camera and a few words you are on your way to becoming the new talk of the town.
This contest is a pro-am, where writers of all skill levels and points of view – writers like you – are welcome to write about what interests you.


No story is too small for The BrocktonBeat. Do you have a business you love, a community volunteer you admire, a trend that disturbs you, people who give you hope, city employees who drive you crazy? What don’t you understand about City Hall? What do people need to know about your neighborhood? What’s old and admirable? What’s changing?


To start writing, simply choose a topic from business,politics,sports and email it to Brocktonbeat@hotmail.com
We will first start out with the top publishers and as time goes by and we add sponsorships and prizes.
We suggest that you write your story in a separate writing application and then, when you've finished and had it copy edited, cut and paste it into our site.




Important: Every story you enter/post on the site must be tagged "Brocktonbeat2011". Just write those words in the space provided. You should also feel free to add tags to you story in the space provided, especially choosing one of our “section” tags – Culture, Business, Politics and Sports – depending on which one fits the story best.




CATEGORIES & CRITERIA FOR JUDGING


Entries will be judged by our staff, and that judgment will be subjective. But we will be using criteria for what we think good journalism is. Among those criteria are:


•Accuracy: Facts, spelling and quotes should be correct. Double-check everything and use your computer’s spell check.
•Writing style: Writing should be clear, concise and enjoyable.
•Local focus: Stories should be set Brockton or Plymouth County.
•Sourcing: Include a minimum of two living, breathing sources in your story. Quotes from people who know what you’re writing about will always enliven and improve your story. Aim to include different perspectives. Wikipedia, About.com, press releases and book or newspaper excerpts are not acceptable sources.
•Mostly though, we’ll judge entries based on how interesting they are, if they’re news or a new approach to an old story, how well-researched they are, the quality of the writing and the quotes.



Stories may not be re-posts from blogs or other publications, print or online.


Finally, we will give extra weight to high-quality photographs, either accompanying stories or standing on their own with explanatory captions.




RULES


To be eligible, stories must be posted on the site, by you (using your real name), between 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2011 and 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2011. We will be able to help you post either over the phone or in our office during our normal business hours (10 a.m. through 6 p.m. Monday through Friday).


You may enter as many different stories as you like, but please enter/post each story only once! Make sure to tag it BrocktonBeat2011" in the Lets change Brockton Together. You are the new Citizen Journalist. Please send in your articles, photographs and community events.

POINT REWARD SYSTEM:
PHOTGRAPH-2 POINTS
ARTICLE OVER 100 WORDS 4 POINTS
ARTICLE OVER 1OO WORDS 6 POINTS
ARTICLE OVER 500 WORDS 12 POINTS
COMMUNITY EVENT 1 POINT
SPECAILIZED INTERST ARTICLE(HOBBIES,ACCOUNITING ETC) OVER 100 WORDS  POINTS
BREAKING NEWS  15 POINTS
VIDEO UNDER 15 MINUTES AT LEAST 10 MINUTES 12 POINTS
COMIC STRIP 5 POINTS.
UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND ANY INPUT WOULD BE GREATLY APRRECIATED.



BPS PARENTS ACADEMY-SEMESTER 2

The award-winning Parents’ Academy program, which provides Brockton Public Schools parents with free evening lectures, has begun its second semester. If you’ve never had the opportunity to take part in this fabulous parent education and outreach program, you are missing out on an important community resource. Begun in the fall of 2006, Parents’ Academy welcomed 10,000 participants through its doors. Courses range from MAS tutorials and internet safety to bullying prevention, discipline and family fun nights. Each spring, Parent Engagement Specialist Jane Feroli surveys parents to determine what topics they would like to learn more about and schedules workshops throughout the school year to meet the needs of the community.

Held weeknights at 6:30 p.m. at the Arnone School, Parents’ Academy offers free childcare, camaraderie and tips for parents and community members. Tomorrow, Parents’ Academy and the Special Education PAC (SEPAC) are partnering to sponsor “Behavior Support for Families – Maximizing Student Potential Using a Strength-Based Approach.” Applestein is a nationally-recognized youth care specialist whose primary focus is on working with children and youth presenting with emotional and behavioral problems (see attached flier).
Please feel free to take part in any Parents’ Academy workshop and please, spread the word!
SECOND SEMESTER
Tuesday, January 25 Behavioral Support for Families – Maximizing Student Potential Using a Stres basesBApproach
Charlie Applestein, M.S.W.
Tuesday, February 1 Family Event: Go Green Storytelling and Musical Presentation in celebration of Go Green Week!
Nancy Valois, Storyteller and John Salonen, Musician

Thursday, February 10 Internet Safety: What We All Need to Know to Keep our Children Safe
Officer Al Gazerro
Brockton Police Department
Thursday, February 17 Loving Your Family, Feeding Their Future: Seven Habits to Eat Healthier & to Stretch Your Food Dollar
Andrea Gulezian, M Ed., RD, Project Leader
UMass Extension Family Nutrition Program


Thursday, March 3 notMYkid: A Drug Awareness Presentation
Officer Nancy Leedberg
Brockton Police Department
Thursday, March 10 Family Event: Bonnie The Snake Lady
Jane Feroli, Brockton Public Schools Parent Involvement
Lisa Zolga, Brockton Public Schools Title 1
Tuesday, March 15 Make Your Child a Better Writer
Kathleen Flaherty & Diane Sullivan
Retired Brockton Public Schools Staff

Thursday, March 24 Health Resource Fair
Brockton Public Schools & Community Representatives
Thursday, March 31 Helping Siblings Live Harmoniously
Deb Broadley
Families First Parenting Programs, Boston

Tuesday, April 5 Family Event: The Best of Brockton Night
Jane Feroli, Brockton Public Schools Parent Involvement Lisa Zolga, Brockton Public Schools Title 1
Wednesday, April 13 What Every Parent Needs to Know about ADHD
Brockton Public Schools SPED Staff
Wednesday, April 27 Family Event: Family Fitness Night
Peter Caruso & Brockton Public Schools P.E. Staff
Thursday, May 19 Summer Fun in the City Resource Fair
Brockton Public Schools Staff & Community Representative
Brockton Public Schools SPED PAC Resource Fair
Thursday, June 2 Happy 5th Birthday Parents’ Academy!

Monday, January 24, 2011

BROCKTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Brockton Symphony Orchestra

For immediate release
January 18, 2011
BROCKTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES FREE FAMILY CONCERT
All proceeds go to funding music lessons for Brockton Public School students


“Brockton Symphony Orchestra has been a staple of the Brockton and Metro South region, performing world class music and entertainment since 1948. The Family Concert will marinate the passion and energy of Brockton’s Mary E Baker elementary, Canton’s Garvin Middle School and others, with the experience of professional musicians.”


- Pauline Perkins, resident of Brockton and Brockton Symphony Orchestra board member


Share the fun and joy of music with children in this lively introduction to the orchestra. Participate in the magic – march, dance, and tap your toes as they play rousing favorites.


The Mary E. Baker Elementary School Chorus will showcase over 30 young students in two pieces, one of which will be played with the Orchestra. These young performances will follow in the footsteps of the school’s name sake, Mary E Baker, a well known area activist, musical aficionado and community hero. Canton’s Galvin Middle School String Orchestra will perform an invigorating rendition of Red Iguana Rhumba. And last year’s Feinberg Youth Competition participant and piano prodigy, Anna Larsen will play Mozart
 
WHAT: FREE FAMILY CONCERT
WHEN: SATURDAY 29TH, JANUARY 2011 @ 3PM
WHERE: WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL, 271 WEST ST, BROCKTON, MA 02301
WHY: TO SHARE THE JOY OF CLASSICAL MUSIC WITH THE ENTIRE FAMILY,
ESPCIALLY OUR YOUTH
OTHER: FACE PAINTING, RAFFLE PRIZES, MUSICAL ZOO, AND REFRESHMENTS
PERFORMANCES BY: BSO DIRECTED BY JAMES M.ORENT-MARY E.BAKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHORUS DIRECTED BY JENNIFER STERLING, CANTONS GALVIN MIDDLE SCHOOL STRING ORCHESTRA DIRECTED BY BARGARA GORCZYCA AND ANNA LARSEN 11 YEAR OLF PIANO PRODIGY.
 

MORANO VS. PETTI

IN LIGHT OF THE RECENT WATER BATTLES AND CERTAIN COUNCILORS MENTIONING PERSONAL INFORMATION ABOUT CERTAIN MEMBERS. ROBERT MORANO IS CHALLENGING TODD PETTI TO A BOXING MATCH OF HIS CHOICE. THE MATCH WILL GO 5 ROUNDS AND WILL RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY. THE DATE HAS NOT BEEN SET YET AND THE CHALLENGER HAS NOT HAD ENOUGH TIME TO TAKE THE CHALLENGE ON.
THIS IS A CHALLENGE AND IF HE DOESN'T TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE THEN NOTHING IS LOST BUT WHEN YOU CRITICIZE A WOMAN IN PUBLIC THEN MAYBE YOU NEED TO PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS. THE CHARITY AND COST WILL BE POSTED LATER.
BROCKTONBEAT@HOTMAIL.COM

IN MY FOOTSTEPS: WEYMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS

Sitting at the top of the South Shore and sporting a spectacular view of Boston , the city of Weymouth is a great destination all its own. Whether you like the natural beauty or historic significance there is something for everyone here. Named for a coastal town in England, the connection to the... (PLYMOUTH DAILY BLOGS)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

FINANCE MEETING ON WATER FIASCO



THANK YOU TO WWW.JASSSTEWART.COM FOR PROVIDING THIS VIDEO TO THE BROCKTON PUBLIC AND SHOWING TRANSPARENCEY IN CITY GOVERMENT.

Friday, January 21, 2011

NO SCHOOL TODAY...

Good morning: Due to current weather conditions, the Brockton Public Schools will be closed today, Friday, January 21, 2011.
Have a great day.
-Jocelyn Meek
Communications Officer
Brockton Public Schools
(508) 894-4476

Thursday, January 20, 2011

BROCKTON PD LOG UPDATED TO JANUARY 14, 2011

THIS WEEK THE BROCKTON PD LOG HAS BEEN UPDATED TO FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2011 AND WILL BE FULLY PUBLISHED BY TOMMOROW. DUE TO THE WEATHER IT HAS GOTTEN BEHIND. THANKS TO THE BROCKTON POLICE AND CODE ENFORCEMENT THAT THEY ARE OUT THERE COME BLIZZARDS OR HURRICANES. ALSO CODE ENFORCEMENT CORNER WILL BE UPDATED AS WELL AND WILL HAVE SOME INTERESTING HARD RAW DATA THAT WILL SHOW OUR READERS WHAT THEY ARE UP AGAINST.

SPREAD THE WORD THAT WE ARE BROCKTON'S WEEKLY SOURCE FOR THE BROCKTON POLICE LOG AND CODE ENFORCEMENT CORNER AND LOOK FORWARD TO SERVING AND PROVIDING A SERVICE VITAL TO BROCKTON. SO CHECK THE LOG OUT AT http://www.brocktonpost.com/

GOOD SAMARITAN CENTER RECIEVES 3-YEAR ACCREDITATION

BrocktonPost BROCKTON - Good Samaritan Medical Center’s Radiation Oncology Center recently has been awarded a three-year accreditation by the American College of Radiology.

This is the first time the center, which opened in December of 2008, was surveyed for the accreditation, according to a prepared statement released by Good Samaritan Thursday, Jan. 13.

The Good Samaritan Radiation Oncology Center is only one of 20 in the state to achieve the designation as an American College of Radiology-accredited facility, officials said in the statement.

“The accreditation of the Radiation Oncology Center is a testament to the dedication of the staff and Good Samaritan Medical Center to provide the highest quality care to our patients,” Dr. Stephen Brown, chief of the Department of Radiation Oncology,said in the statement.

Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, American College of Radiology awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice.

Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR’s Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.(FOR FULL REPORT SEE THE BROCKTONPOST.COM)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

CITY OFFICIAL TESTY OVER WATER BILL ISSUE

BrocktonPost BROCKTON----City officials are taking steps to have an independent auditor speak individually to city councilors and some individual residents about problems associated with disputed water bills and are developing a type of official water dispute form that would allow residents to contest their water bill and ensure those residents meet a Feb. 1 deadline.
Tuesday night during a testy City Council Finance Committee meeting, councilors asked Treasurer-Collector Martin Brophy and Chief Financial Officer John Condon what the process and discussion was surrounding the decision to place liens on homeowners who have and continue to dispute what are considered unusually high water bills. (For full story please see BrocktonPost)

Friday, January 14, 2011

BROCKTON HIGH STUDENTS ON CHRONICLE TONIGHT

WCVB TV Channel 5’s “Chronicle” program is airing a segment on the lives of Haitian citizens who survived last year’s devastating earthquake. Several Brockton High School students will be part of this moving segment tonight at 7:30 p.m. Please tune in to see how some of our newest Brocktonians have triumphed over tragedy and made the best of life and the opportunities our city and our school community offers them. From Brockton Public Schools.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

You are invited to a Public Meeting on Water Bill Issues- January 31‏

Brockton United Voices (a group comprised of Brockton residents and buisness owner,) are helping to plan this event. They would truly appreciate your attendance at this public hearing on the effect of the Water Billing Issues on the City of Brockton.

It will be a friendly meeting and should last an 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
January 31, 2011
7:00pm
Mary Baker School Cafeteria

If you have any questions, water billing issues, liens on your tax bill or just want to come out and support the residents of Brockton and be a part of changing goverment for the people and by all the people and not just some of the people you are urged to attend. I fyou have any questions you can contact Robert Ford at bgf1944@hotmail.com

Friday, January 7, 2011

WATER BILL LIENS CREATE QUAGMIRE FOR HOMEOWNERS

BrocktonPost

BROCKTON—Brockton residents who have received liens in this quarter’s bill and refuse to pay the bill be aware: Unless you specify you want your property tax payment to be applied to the property tax, the city collector’s office will pay the overdue water bill and interest first.
Treasurer-Collector Martin Brophy said the “hierarchy” of payment requires the collector pay the interest and overdue water bill before applying any payment to the homeowner’s property tax.
Brophy said if residents send in their payments it will go to a so-called “lock-box” and the payment will be applied to the overdue water bill and interest first.
If residents do not want their payment to go to the overdue water bill they should include a note within in their payment if mailed, but the best way to ensure the property tax is paid and not the water bill is to visit city hall in person.
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CODE ENFORCEMENT UPDATED TO 1/1/11

Code Enforcement Corner has been updated to 1/1/11 with log entries from the Brockton Police log and the section is currently being updated with pictures and ordinances and will be an in depth feature section from BrocktonPost.com, check it out and how the Code Enforcement Team is improving the quality of life in Brockton.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

LIEN DEMANDS REIGNITE WATER BILLL CONTROVERSY

BrocktonPost
BROCKTON—Thousands of Brockton residents have received notices in their quarterly water and sewer tax bills that demand owners pay their overdue bills or face liens on their property taxes, even if those bills are being disputed amidst a controversy surrounding the water department’s flawed metering and billing systems.
Many residents are incensed the city would make the move which they called another betrayal of promises made by public officials when it became clear the water and sewer department’s metering and billing systems had gone haywire.
“I have it on video—they said no one was going to get a lien, no one was going to lose their house and then they do this,” said Marianne Silva, one of about 6,500 water and sewer users in the city who received the lien threats with their first quarter bills Monday.
“They didn’t stick to what they said, but why should I be surprised—they haven’t through the whole thing,” Silva said. (For full article and quote's from the Mayor and Councilor DuBois please see The Brockton Post)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

BROCKTON PD LOG UPDATED TO 1/3/11

The Brockton PD log has been updated to January 3, 2011. Please see The Brockton Post for full log and also their story on 2 armed robberies with a gun that happened on Sunday in Brockton.

Monday, January 3, 2011

SIMILAR ROBBERIES AT BUD'S VARIETY, VAN'S ASIAN MARKET

BROCKTON—A clerk and a customer at Bud’s Variety at the corner of Nilsson Street and Warren Avenue Sunday morning were waved to the ground at the point of a silver handgun by a skinny, Spanish-speaking man with lots of freckles on his face. A clerk who works for the family that operates the store and would not give his name said robberies at the corner convenience store are becoming as commonplace as regular paying customers. 
Photo courtesty of The Brockton Post















“It’s happens all the time,” he said. “Not twice, but three, four, five, six times—You can’t count. It’s much worse than anywhere else that I’ve been,” said the man, who is about 40 years old and originally from India. For full story please see The Brockton Post.