Saturday, April 30, 2011

FREAK OUT AT THE BROCKTON CARNIVAL MAY 4TH-8TH AT WESTGATE MALL


The Freak Out is just one of many thrilling rides that the Annual Brockton Carnival will have from Wednesday, May 4th -Saturday the 8th at the Westgate Mall. The carnival will feature rides, games, food and more. WWW.fiestashows.com  the company running the carnival can be reached at 1-877-343-7821 or www.facebook.com/fiestashows for more information. Discount ride coupons are for Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evening. You can find them at local merchants or on the facebook link above. Enjoy and have a great time.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Possible Rabid Animal Notice

Brockton City Website-The Brockton Animal Control Department is notifying people in the Snell Avenue area to report any domestic animals or wildlife that appear to be exhibiting strange behavior. If you do see an animal showing signs of this immediately notify Animal Control at (508) 580-7835 or the Police Department (508) 941-0200. Do not approach the animal. If you have any questions regarding this situation please contact us by phone or e-mail at: AnimalControl@cobma.us

All pet owners should make sure that their dogs and cats are current with a rabies vaccine.
Rabies Notice Snell Ave

Monday, April 25, 2011

Tickle Your Funny Bone For The Animal Protection Center

With a night at The Improv Asylum Friday, May 6, 2011 8 P.M.

$10 From Each Ticket Will Go Straight To The Shelter When You Mention Code “Apcsm123” When Ordering. Show Is For Ages 17+
Tickets are $22 (+$3 handling fee per ticket) and available online at http://www.improvasylum.com/, by phone at 617-263-NUTS (6887) or at the box office at 216 Hanover St., in Boston’s North End. PLEASE NOTE: If ordering online, the code “apcsm123”goes in the coupon box. If ordering by phone or in person, you MUST mention the code at the start of the transaction for the shelter to receive a donation from your ticket purchase.

PICK OF THE LITTER

We featured Nunzio about 2 months ago on Brocktonbeat and I called up to see how he is doing and he still is at the shelter and still needs the surgery. Years of neglected ear infections have left this little Maltese in desperate need of major surgery. Nunzio, who is 8 yrs old, will need surgery in both ears to stop the painful infections that have plagued him for far too long. This will leave him permanently deaf, but pain and infection free!

The surgery is going to cost about $4,000 to $5,000, an amount the shelter just cannot afford on our own. Please help us get Nunzio the treatment he needs and end his suffering!!
Donations can be made to our Life is Precious Fund and dropped off or mailed to the shelter:
Animal Protection Center of Southeastern MA
1300 West Elm St Ext
Brockton, MA 02301
508.586.2053
You can reach their webstite by clicking APCSM. Thank you for helping Nunzio.

BROCKTON POLICE LOG UPDATED TO MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011

The Brockton Police log has been updated to Monday, April 11, 2011. Here is just a sampling of some of the crimes that the Brockton Police department have to handle everyday.

2:48 p.m. Disturbance. Elliot Street in the vicinity of Lou's Auto body. Kids in a maroon jeep shooting cars with paint balls.

To see Brockton Police log click here.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

THE LITHUANIAN VOICE-LITHUANIAN EASTER EGGS

THIS VIDEO IS FROM THE THE LITHUANIAN VOICE. A GREAT SITE FOR EVERYONE PUBLISHED BY RAYMOND BALTA. I ATTENDED THE LITHUANIAN PICNIC LAST YEAR IN BROCKTON AND HAD A GREAT TIME. THANKS TO RAYMOND FOR KEEPING THE VOICE GOING!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

NEW TO CITY BROCKTONS DEALS AND COUPONS

BROCKTONDEALSANDCOUPONS.COM-This program is powered by the people. I strongly believe we can help the economy and save money at the same time. Bringing more business to local area merchants and using money saving coupons to get the best deals around. This program will work best when we have a large subscriber list. You become a subscriber by texting the word “Brockton” to

35819


If you haven’t already please “Like” our Facebook page and help spread the word at www.facebook.com/brocktondealsandcoupons
This Program is run by Flipit4u Marketing which is a local business in Brockton MA, operated by Chris Picanzo. Anyone that joins this program can be assured that their number will not be shared with any outside networks, clubs, affiliates, associations not anyone but Flipit4u. Having this trust is key to making the program work. I know how important your phone number is to you and most people don’t like to share it with anyone they don’t know. This program was designed to boost the local business economy and help us residents in the area save money at the same time.
This is all very new and will take some time to establish but be confident that we will have a great program that you will enjoy. You will get a text once in a while in the beginning and as more people participate the more we can send out great coupons to use. So Please share this info with everyone you know! Everyone loves to save money so pass on the savings and tell them about the program.

BrocktonBeat welcomes this new program to Brockton and take advantage to what Mr.Picanzo wants to do for the city. This is a great oppurtunity for the consumers and for business's. Welcome Brockton Deals and Coupons.

SIGNATURE HEALTHCARE ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR 12TH ANNUAL ‘CHAMPIONS FIGHTING CANCER WALK’

             Will Also Host ‘Champions Ride for Pediatrics’ on Same Day
Brockton, MA – On Sunday, May 1, thousands of walkers will cross Brockton to battle cancer in the 12th annual Champions Fighting Cancer Walk. It is one of the largest charity events in the Metro South area, repeatedly drawing thousands of area residents. With this year’s event, Signature Healthcare will be adding to the $2.2 million in total cash raised over the past eleven years through generous contributions from walkers, their friends and family, Signature employees, and corporate sponsors.

Proceeds benefit Signature Healthcare cancer programs and the Chrystine M. Sullivan Memorial Foundation. Many cancers are treatable if caught early enough, and Signature Healthcare offers a comprehensive group of state-of-the-art treatment and screening options, in addition to support groups and classes, in part due to the generous yearly fundraising of walkers from the community. New this year, a motorcycle ride will take place the same day to help raise money for pediatrics at the hospital, with 100% of the proceeds from the ride benefitting Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital Pediatrics Department and services. Fire & Iron Firefighters Motorcycle Club, Station 144 will be hosting the ride.

“We are thrilled this year to add to the walk both the Motorcycle ride, and also the 2nd annual health fair at the conclusion of the walk, as it gives us a greater chance to engage with the community we care about and serve every day,” said Jeff Miller, Signature Healthcare VP of Philanthropy. “We are grateful for the generous support of the community and the continuation of our strong partnership with the Chrystine M. Sullivan Foundation year after year.”

The 4.5-mile walk begins -- rain or shine -- at Brockton High School and finishes at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital. A half-way water stop at the Central Branch YMCA continues this year, underscoring Signature Healthcare’s partnership with the Old Colony YMCA on health and wellness programs. Those unable to walk the full route can participate in a shorter 1.5-mile walk that begins at City Hall. Last year, the Walk succeeded in bringing together more than 3,000 walkers and raised nearly $187,000 for the cause. The Walk is completely staffed and organized by volunteers, reducing administrative costs and allowing more funds to be funneled back into the fight against cancer on a local level.


The Chrystine M. Sullivan Memorial Foundation

In 1994, Chrystine Sullivan, then only 48 years old, was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer with a prognosis of one year to live. With the support of her husband Bob, and five children, she began her fight with cancer. Chrystine was fortunate. She had excellent health coverage and the financial resources that allowed her to pursue every treatment and option available. Thanks to the support of her family and friends, Chrystine gained five years – five years that allowed her to celebrate her 30th wedding anniversary, see her daughter graduate from nursing school, and her only grandson play in his first baseball game. Still valiantly fighting, Chrystine passed away at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital on August 29, 1999 the place where each of her five children were born.

Prior to her illness, Chrystine worked diligently as a volunteer to make a difference in the lives of terminally ill children and their families. In honor of Chrystine, her family, her husband Bob, and their children established the Chrystine M. Sullivan Memorial Foundation to provide funding for treatment of cancer patients, medical resources, cancer research, and other support.

About Signature Healthcare
Signature Healthcare includes Brockton Hospital as well as Signature Medical Group - 150 physicians and other direct care providers - and a total of 2,500 employees operating from locations in Abington, Bridgewater, Brockton, Randolph, Raynham, Stoughton and West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. In 2008 and 2010, Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital received the Premier Award for Quality, ranking it in the top 1% of all acute care hospitals in the country. For more information, individuals interested in walking should call the Signature Healthcare Foundation Office at 508.941.7078 or visit our website at http://www.mysignaturecare.org/.

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How to Get Involved:

Recruit a group. Carry a banner. Wear outrageous hats or costumes. Create a T-Shirt. Stand Out and Stand Up for a lifesaving cause.
Set the pace and volunteer to be a team captain.
Sign up sponsors. Ask friends, co-workers, neighbors, relatives, businesses, civic and religious groups to pledge their support in the fight against cancer.
Create your own sponsor web page. Visit MySignatureCare.org to find out how.
Volunteer to staff the event.

Walk Details:

Registration will be open from 8 – 10 a.m. at Brockton High School.
Pledge sheets and donations must be turned in at registration.
Parking will be available at the High School, and walkers will receive free transportation to their cars after walking.
The walk route will be clearly marked. It begins at Brockton High School’s Marciano Stadium and includes a stroll around the grass of Campanelli Stadium, home of the Brockton Rox.
Brockton Police Officers will be stationed along the way to assist at intersections and with traffic safety.
Water stations and rest rooms will be available along the walk route.
Walkers interested in the shorter route should also register at Brockton High School and a shuttle bus will bring them to City Hall promptly at 10:00 a.m.
At the completion of the walk, the Hospital will offer a ‘Finish-Line’ celebration complete with live entertainment, health fair, raffle items, family-style BQ and other hospital and cancer related sale items.

Ride Details:

Rain or Shine
Registration from 8:30am - 9:30am at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital Libby Street Entrance/ Lower Parking Lot
Route will be announced at Registration
Fire & Iron Firefighters Motorcycle Club, Station 144 will be hosting this year's event. For Tickets please call Holly @ (508) 941-7179 for more details.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

CAR TRASHES 4 LAWNS AND CAR PARTS ARE FOUND AND NEIGHBORS MAILBOX

     On Saturday morning at 3am residents on Howard Street woked up to the sound of loud crashes and a vehicle driving thru 4 different house lawns. The vehicle was heading south on Howard Street around the infamous dead mans curve where in less than 5 years 3 accidents have occurred where cars have misjudged the curve or were going over the speed limit. In this accident a vehicle believed to be a black Mercedes SUV hit the mailbox of 254 Howard Street and threw it over 500 hundred feet two houses down.
     The car then proceeded to go thru the next house's lawn tearing it and still proceeding with front bumper damage and car parts falling off. As it left the second house's yard and proceeded onto the third house's lawn, this reporter looked out the window and saw the dark vehicle next door in the neighbors yard and finally exiting thier front lawn going over the side walk and speeding south down Howard Street. The Brockton police were called at 3:13a.m. and I began to chase after the vehicle after I saw that it stopped on the right side of the rode in front of the 230 block.
      2 male occupants were observed getting out of the car and started yelling at each other and as I started to get closer they got back in the vehicle took a u-turn speeding north on Howard Street. I was unable to give the police at that time the license plate but little did I know at 6a.m. when I recorded the damage to the yards to my surprise I found the license plate that fell off the front of the car. Linda the owner of the first house that had property damage and was awakened from her sleep when the accident occured was looking for her mailbox. I imagined it was a small mail box that just was dragged with the vehicle or just got trashed.
     When we finally found it about 500 feet from where it used to stand I was surprised to find out how large and heavy it was. The property damage was extensive to the lawns and luckily no one was injured and cars that were normally parked in their usual places were either gone for the night or parked in a different places. In all 3 large objects were hit and went flying in the air but luckily they landed on the ground and did not hit the houses. At this point police are still investigating the incident and hopefully with the license plate found they will capture the culprits. BrocktonBeat will keep you updated on this situation as we get more information. Watch part one and see the property damage and the path of destruction the car took and part two shows the car parts that came off the vehicle and how large the mailbox that was hit and how far it was thrown.



Posted and video by Staff Reporter for BrocktonPost.com

Friday, April 15, 2011

CATHERINE ZETA-JONES SHEDS LIGHT ON BIPOLAR DISORDER

Zeta-Jones, 41, fell victim to the disorder's wild mood swings after her husband Michael Douglas went through a high-profile battle with stage IV throat cancer and then endured a court fight with Douglas' first wife over proceeds from the "Wall Street" movie sequel.

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depressive illness, is a mental illness characterized by mood swings between the two psychological pulls of depression and euphoria.


"It can start at any time in a person's life and it's a lifelong illness," Dr. Igor Galynker, director of the Family Center for Bipolar Disorder at Beth Israel Medical Center told ABC News OnCall.




Zeta-Jones is said to have been diagnosed with bipolar II, which is a form of the disorder which is characterized by longer low periods.



Stress is one common trigger for bipolar disorder, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health. The condition can also be spotted if someone has a prolonged feeling of agitation, trouble sleeping, major changes in appetite, and thoughts of suicide.

Zeta-Jones has had plenty of stress over the past year. Last year, Douglas, 66, the father of Zeta-Jones' two children, was diagnosed with stage IV throat cancer. While Douglas announced in January that he was cancer free, he and Zeta-Jones have more recently had to battle Douglas' first wife, Diandra, who is suing Douglas for a portion of the royalties from his movie, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps."

"After dealing with the stress of the past year, Catherine made the decision to check into a mental health facility for a brief stay to treat her bipolar II disorder," Zeta-Jones publicist said in a statement.
For more on this please see ABC News.

CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF!

                  CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF!
Please join and support Mayor Linda M. Balzotti as she kicks off her re-election campaign for a second term as Brockton's Mayor. We look forward to seeing you and as always, thank you for your support.



For more information, email mayorbalzotti@gmail.com.





                                          Friday, April 29, 2011 · 5:30 to 8:00 P.M.
                                          Brockton VFW Post 1046
                                          283 North Quincy Street, Brockton, MA
            Pizza and Salad will be served and suggested donation is $15 per person and children under 12 free.

BROCKTON COMMUNITY OF WRITERS

The Brockton Community of Writers meets the thrid Saturday of every month from 1-4 p.m. at the Main Branch of the Brockton Public Library, 304 Main St. The event is free and open to the public. Facilitated by Colleen Roberts, activities include:

Writing Group: 1-4 p.m.
Fiction Workshop: 2-4 p.m.

Start Date: April 16, 2011
End Date: April 16, 2011

For more information, call (508) 510-3217 or email crbrockton@comcast.net
Collen Roberts
Email: crbrockton@comcast.net
Phone: (508) 510-3217

7TH ANNUAL KEEP BROCKTON BEAUTIFUL DAY

The 7th annual Keep Brockton Beautiful Event is scheduled for April 23, 2011. Mayor Linda M. Balzotti, The Brockton City Council and the DPW Commissioner Michael Thoreson invite all to paritcipate in this event. Registration for volunteers is from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. at Heights Crossing, 35 Christy’s Drive.
Community Groups, Religious Groups, Civic Groups, Crime Watch Teams, Neighborhoods, Businesses, Schools and anyone that can pick up trash or spruce the area up are all encourage to participate and take pride in our City. Call the Mayor's office 508-580-7123 or the Department of Public Works at
508-580-7135 for more information or go to the city website at http://www.cibrockton.ma.us/.


Keep Brockton Beautiful Day Check List
Keep Brockton Beautiful Registration Sign-up List
Keep Brockton Beautiful Waiver of Liability Form
Keep Brockton Beautiful DO NOT PICK UP LIST
 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

MOTOR VEHICLE STOP NETS 3 PEOPLE FROM BOSTON ON DRUG CHARGES

On Thursday, April 7th at 11:16 p.m. Brockton police pulled over a motor vehicle at 238 Warren Avenue that resulted in 3 people from Boston being charged with various drug charges. Yoshie Dennis, 24 and Robert Jones, 23 both of Boston were charged with possession to distribute Class D drug, drug violation near school/park and conspiracy to violate drug laws. Also charged with them that night was Marcus Montissol, 23, of Hyde Park with distribution of Class D drug, drug violation near school/park, conspiracy to violate drug laws, unlicensed operation of motor vehicle and marked lanes violation

COMMON FRAUDS TO AVOID PART ONE

In our big city of Brockton many people fall victim to fraud and crime it ca,n happen to anyone in any city. BrocktonBeat is looking into the various type of schemes that con artists have been using for years. Some of the scheme's come with the advent of modern technology such as email but people still fall victim to schemes that have been around for years. BrocktonBeat has recently linked up with FamilyWatchdog, an Advocacy group that helps promote a safe environment in your home and out. Click on the link to the left to read about how you can protect your home and children. This is the first part of a series that we are doing and we welcome your comments and if you have been victim of fraud please contact us at Brocktonbeat@hotmail.com

The most important thing a person can do to protect themselves is always watch there environment. Is anything out of place, does something not feel right. One step is to never leave your car running even if you are going into a place for one minute. Never leave valuables in your car like medication,money,phones etc. Many times in the Brockton police log people will say my car was stolen and they left it running or the keys in it. Never leave your keys in your car PERIOD.

Also lock your house door. Why make it easier for a thief just to check your door and walk in. If you are going on vacation make sure you leave lights on or use a timer and have a good neighbor or family to check your place. A good light motion detector will work well at night and scare many burglars away. Another device is a dog bark, if you don't own a dog or can't have one, many companies sell dog barking motion machines, sounds funny but they can work.  Many times in the Brockton police log, people will leave keys in the car or they will leave their cars running for one minute and not even think twice about leaving it. Remember the Congressman who was living in Quincy and left the keys in the car and looked what happened.

The most popular cars in Brockton that are stolen are Nissan,Toyota and Honda. If you have one of those cars, think about extra alarm systems. Remember don't leave anything of value in the car and in plain sight. These cars are also targeted for their tires and parts and many people have stepped outside in the morning for work and have found their cars on cinder blocks.

House breaks-ins are very common in Brockton and make sure you lock your doors and windows. Also use extra window locks and think about those $10 dollar window alarms that go off when a window opens. That sound alone can scare a thief. Every extra bit of protection helps in making a criminal jobs harder and the last thing they want is attention.

I have had the pleasure of walking our city's streets because I don't drive. Also in doing a the police log I read many calls where a car will drive up to a child and asked them if they want a ride. Teach your kids if that ever happens that they should run and call 911. No matter what, a child needs to learn that if the person has a puppy or says "I know your parents" they have to run and call 911. Children are our future and they need to be protected. Most assault cases on children happen to them by people they know and its important to teach your children that they can tell you anything and earn that trust. It will go a long way.

Also watch your children on the Internet. Many programs exist now that will monitor your child's web browsing and they don't have to know about it. All children, especially teens need privacy but when it comes to safety I personally believe that it comes first.

Your personal safety is a must and always park in well lit areas and never let your guard down. If your gut says something isn't right go with it. Its always better to call the police and be safe than not to call and be sorry later. Many times in the supermarkets I will see woman who leave their carriage with pocketbooks in them and within 10 seconds your whole life could be in somebody Else's hands. Never leave your pocketbook in the carriage. It is not safe and you don't need the trouble of filling out police reports and canceling cards.

Most of what I read in the log and the crimes happen in areas that are known problems and stay away from them. If you don't do drugs or deal them and are not gang banging, Brockton is a safe city for most of us. Going out at 2a.m. is not the best idea in any city and Brockton is not different in that respect. We have cars stolen and alot of break-ins and the occasional murders and rapes in our city but the Brockton Police do a great job in protecting our city. You can read what they do each week in the police log brought to you by http://www.brocktonpost.com/.

Telemarketing Fraud- FBI website
When you send money to people you do not know personally or give personal or financial information to unknown callers, you increase your chances of becoming a victim of telemarketing fraud.

Here are some warning signs of telemarketing fraud—what a caller may tell you:

■"You must act 'now' or the offer won't be good."
■"You've won a 'free' gift, vacation, or prize." But you have to pay for "postage and handling" or other charges.
■"You must send money, give a credit card or bank account number, or have a check picked up by courier." You may hear this before you have had a chance to consider the offer carefully.
■"You don't need to check out the company with anyone." The callers say you do not need to speak to anyone including your family, lawyer, accountant, local Better Business Bureau, or consumer protection agency.
■"You don't need any written information about their company or their references."
■"You can't afford to miss this 'high-profit, no-risk' offer."
If you hear these or similar "lines" from a telephone salesperson, just say "no thank you" and hang up the telephone.

Tips for Avoiding Telemarketing Fraud:

It's very difficult to get your money back if you've been cheated over the telephone. Before you buy anything by telephone, remember:

■Don't buy from an unfamiliar company. Legitimate businesses understand that you want more information about their company and are happy to comply.
■Always ask for and wait until you receive written material about any offer or charity. If you get brochures about costly investments, ask someone whose financial advice you trust to review them. But, unfortunately, beware—not everything written down is true.
■Always check out unfamiliar companies with your local consumer protection agency, Better Business Bureau, state attorney general, the National Fraud Information Center, or other watchdog groups. Unfortunately, not all bad businesses can be identified through these organizations.
■Obtain a salesperson's name, business identity, telephone number, street address, mailing address, and business license number before you transact business. Some con artists give out false names, telephone numbers, addresses, and business license numbers. Verify the accuracy of these items.
■Before you give money to a charity or make an investment, find out what percentage of the money is paid in commissions and what percentage actually goes to the charity or investment.
■Before you send money, ask yourself a simple question. "What guarantee do I really have that this solicitor will use my money in the manner we agreed upon?"
■Don’t pay in advance for services. Pay services only after they are delivered.
■Be wary of companies that want to send a messenger to your home to pick up money, claiming it is part of their service to you. In reality, they are taking your money without leaving any trace of who they are or where they can be reached.
■Always take your time making a decision. Legitimate companies won't pressure you to make a snap decision.
■Don't pay for a "free prize." If a caller tells you the payment is for taxes, he or she is violating federal law.
■Before you receive your next sales pitch, decide what your limits are—the kinds of financial information you will and won't give out on the telephone.
■Be sure to talk over big investments offered by telephone salespeople with a trusted friend, family member, or financial advisor. It's never rude to wait and think about an offer.
■Never respond to an offer you don't understand thoroughly.
■Never send money or give out personal information such as credit card numbers and expiration dates, bank account numbers, dates of birth, or social security numbers to unfamiliar companies or unknown persons.
■Be aware that your personal information is often brokered to telemarketers through third parties.
■If you have been victimized once, be wary of persons who call offering to help you recover your losses for a fee paid in advance.
■If you have information about a fraud, report it to state, local, or federal law enforcement agencies.

We look forward to helping you and Brockton stay safe and stay tuned for more on common frauds and tips about staying safe in any big city.

MOMMY BLOGGER TANYA DENNISON PIMENTAL OF BROCKTON

APRIL IS NATIONAL AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

April is National autism awareness month and as I did some reading and researching I came across a great site called Our Journey thru Autsim. Thinking I would do a story and research on the causes of Autism and how in the recent years Autism's rising rates. I came across the story on the webste and decided that I couldn't put in words anything that would shed light on Austism. I decided to post the whole story and how this story put everything is perspective for me today. Do we pass along a little spark of love and humanity? or Do we pass up those opportunities and leave the world a little bit colder in the process? This is the gift that Autism gave me today and now I pass it along to you.

Autism Awareness Month: Passing Along A Little Spark Of Love & Humanity

5:28 AM Posted by Tiffani Lawton, OJTA

At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question:

Human Nature
'When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do. Where is the natural order of things in my son?'

The audience was stilled by the query. The father continued.
'I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.'

A Father's Story
Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, 'Do
you think they'll let me play?' I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, 'We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning..'

Shay struggled over to the team's bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three. In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat. At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?

Humanity Shines
Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay
didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball. However, as Shay
stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.

The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher. The game would now be over.

The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game. Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman's head, out of reach of all team mates.

Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, 'Shay, run to first! Run to first!' Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

Everyone yelled, 'Run to second, run to second!' Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base. By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball . The smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team. He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head.

Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home. All were screaming, 'Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay!' Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, 'Run to third! Shay, run to third!'

As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, 'Shay, run home! Run home!' Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team.

'That day', said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, 'the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world'.

Shay didn't make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero, making me so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!

Natural Order
We all have thousands of opportunities every single day to help realize the 'natural order of things.' So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice:

Do we pass along a little spark of love and humanity?
or
Do we pass up those opportunities and leave the world a little bit colder in the process?

BROCKTON POLICE LOG UPDATED TO MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011

 SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2011

11:09 a.m. Domestic violence call. Haverhill Street. Lots of screaming and caller states that he is allegedly destroying the house and there is a newborn in the house. Cordell W. Lewis, 23, of Abington was summonsed for A&B.

5:54 p.m. Rape investigation. Prospect Street in the vicinity of the 227 block. Caller states she was raped at the above and incident occurred on 4/7/11 at 2 p.m. The defendant was placed under arrest at Forest Avenue. Imani Mapp, 29, of Brockton was charged with rape.

For full log please see BrocktonPost.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

NEW HIGH TECH MRI ARRIVES AT SIGNATURE HEALTHCARE

Signature HealthCare-Brings High Quality and Comfort to Patients Who Need Magnetic Resonance Scans


Signature Healthcare now offers one of the most advanced diagnostic tools for helping physicians reach confident diagnoses and helping patients feel more comfortable during MR scans. The new Optima MR450w system from GE Healthcare has a 70 cm opening (wide-bore) so virtually all patients, especially larger patients, or patients who do not like the feeling of being closed in can feel more at ease during a scan. Unlike many previous wide-bore systems, this system from GE has advanced capabilities and delivers uncompromised image quality.

“The addition of the Optima MR450w system complements and extends the range of quality diagnostic services that Signature Healthcare offers to the Greater Brockton community,” said Susan Boulanger, Director, Imaging Services. “Some patients can present special challenges when undergoing MR testing. The wide-bore system has excellent image quality and imaging speed, but equally as important, allows our patients who don’t like small spaces or don’t fit in traditional scanners to be more easily imaged and diagnosed with high quality scans.”

The Optima MR450w system is the first wide-bore scanner in GE Healthcare’s long line of MR innovations. Traditionally, wide-bore scanners had limitations, namely compromised image quality. GE took a bit more time to introduce their wide-bore system because they wanted to deliver a system without compromise.

Originally developed in the late 1970s, from discoveries made in the 1940s, MR scans combine the power of magnetic and radio frequency fields, allowing physicians to view the tissue structure of internal anatomy without exploratory surgery. MR exams are used when people are ill or injured, or when a physician suspects a medical problem that is not easily detectable from a conventional physical examination. The GE Optima MR450w system is used to non-invasively scan head, neck, TMJ, spine, breast, heart, abdomen, pelvis, joints, prostate, blood vessels, and musculoskeletal regions of the body.

For more information, please visit www.MySignatureCare.org/Imaging.

About Signature Healthcare
Signature Healthcare includes Brockton Hospital as well as Signature Medical Group - 150 physicians and other direct care providers - and a total of 2,500 employees operating from locations in Abington, Bridgewater, Brockton, Randolph, Raynham, Stoughton and West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. In 2008 and 2010, Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital received the Premier Award for Quality, ranking it in the top 1% of all acute care hospitals in the country.

VINTAGE MONEY "ON HAND" FOR 'BROCKTON COIN WEEK CELEBRATION

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BROCKTON—Wearing an authentic 17th Century beaver felt hat and blazer sporting numerous pins from other National Coin Week exhibits, Brockton resident Richard Hand places replicas of $1, $5, $20, $500 or even $1,000 Confederate currency into one of several glass cases filled with copies of vintage bills that will be on display at Brockton’s public libraries for this year’s annual homage to what makes the world go ‘round: Money. For full article please see BrocktonPost.com.

TWO PLANES COLLIDE ON GROUND AT JFK AIRPORT

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Lowest Gas Price in Brockton $3.58

Lowest price for gas in Brockton at Prestige Gas Station- 761 Warren Avenue & Myrtle Street. As of 9 a.m. this morning on April 11, was $3.58 per gallon.

BROCKTON POLICE LOG UPDATED TO APRIL 7, 2011

Brockton Police log has been updated to Thursday April 7, 2011. Real Cops chasing real Crime and not noise complaints at 7 p.m. at night. Check it out at HERE.

MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011
7:56 p.m. Gunshots call in the vicinity of the Old Colony YWCA, 465 Main St. Five to 6 shots in the vicinity of Exchange Street. Multiple calls coming in. Possibly in the area of Bolton Place. Male party called and stating someone has been shot on Somerset Place. Ambulance sent and police investigating.


9:19 p.m. Robbery at Subway, 768 Centre St. Black male showed a gun and fled in unknown direction. Abington notified.

9:44 p.m. Domestic violence call. Bartlett Terrace. Caller states her mother allegedly punched her in the face and is throwing all her stuff around. Mildred Cartagena, 41, of Brockton was charged with A&B and A&B with dangerous weapon.

POLICE EXAM INFORMATION


Police Exam Info            
 The Commonwealth Of Massachusett      
Announcement #6960
Open Competitive Examination
POLICE OFFICER MUNICIPAL SERVICE AND MBTA

Application Deadline: March 15, 2011
Examination Date: April 30, 2011

Exam Fee $100.00
Apply online at: www.csexam.hrd.state.ma.us/hrd/

For entrance Requirements, Selection and Hiring Process Information, go to:
www.mass.gov/civilservice

LILY NEEDS A HOME

Lily is a gorgeous 2 year old spayed female. She has a wonderful, sweet personality! This lovely girl needs a forever home. For more information please click here.

MOMMY BLOGGER ROBIN RUEHRWEIN

Friday, April 8, 2011

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BROCKTON--MyTurn Inc., a dropout prevention and intervention program for at-risk youth, will host a "2K Walk4Kids" Saturday, April 16, 2011 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at HarborOne Credit Union at Legion Parkway in Brockton.
The walk will celebrate Global Youth Service Day set for between April 15-17, and has been coordinated with the Boys & Girls Club, the YMCA and the United Way.
Anyone wishing to pre-register for the walk should visit www.wix.com/mdovell/2kwalkforkids. The goal is for each walker to raise $50, however all money raised will be gratefully accepted and will help MyTurn's free programs.
Registration costs are: $10 for teens and adults, 13 years or older; $5 for kids 5-13years. Children 4 or younger are free.
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SPRINT TO THE FINISH-MARK CREEDON

Mark Creedon
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BROCKTON--Family and frends of Mark Creedon will host the 1st annual Mark Creedon Memorial Run/Walk this Saturday, April 9 at D.W. Field Park at 10 a.m.
Creedon, a well known young man in the area died unexpectedly in February.
Proceeds from the race will benefit a student at Cardinal Spellman High School.
Pre-registration is still available. Race day registration and number pick-up begins at 8 a.m.
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CODE ENFORCEMENT CORNER UPDATED TO MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011

Check out whats happening in Brockton's Code Enforcement and how the Enforcement Team is helping to improve the quality of life in Brockton. Please click on the link on the right to read Code Enforcement Corner. After a winter hiatus on our part, we are tackling the Code Enforcement log and hope to show the residents how hard the team is working in Brockton to make Brockton a livable and safe city for all of us who live in the City of Champions.

BROCKTON POLICE LOG UPDATED TO MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011

The Brockton Police log has been updated to Monday, April 4, 2011. Check out whats happening in your communtiy. Please click on the link to the right to go to police log.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

HELP TEAM SIGMA GAMMA RHO RAISE $1922 FOR MARCH FOR DIMES

Message from the Team Captain
March of Dimes Website-Team Sigma Gamma Rho

Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. Our team is walking in March for Babies because we want to do something about this. I know you care, too. That's why I'm asking you to join us. It's easy: just click the join this team button.
If you can't walk with us, please help by donating to our team. You can do so right on their web page. Thank you for helping us give all babies a healthy start!
The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
This is a great cause and the Southeastern Division walk is on June 19, 2011 at Mass Maritime Academcy/Cap Cod Canal-101 Academy Drive- Buzzards Bay, Ma 02532.  The walk is 3 miles and pre-registration is at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. To learn more about this please click here or call 508-759-7819.

CREDIT UNION SPONSORING CHILDREN’S BOOK DRIVE

Brockton, MA, April 1, 2011 – Today marks the annual Children’s Book Drive sponsored by Crescent Credit Union and the Massachusetts Credit Union League. Last year, Crescent Credit Union collected over 800 children’s books that were distributed with the help of our partner, the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, to several non-profit agencies.


“Crescent Credit Union has made a commitment to our communities to do what we can to help those in need,” said Credit Union President Robert Gustafson. “Friends, neighbors and employees have answered the call in years past, and we expect another large turnout in 2011.”

Mr. Gustafson went on to say, “Many of us have a boxes of books in the basement or attic collecting dust,” added Mr. Gustafson. “Knowing that a youngster is experiencing the pleasure of some good books is a great reward for sharing them.”

From Friday, April 1 through Saturday, April 30, please drop off new or used children’s books at your nearest Crescent Credit Union location in Brockton, Taunton, or Norwell. All books donated will be distributed in the communities which we serve.

About Crescent Credit Union
Founded in 1919, Crescent Credit Union was originally chartered to serve the financial needs of employees at the Tarlow Brothers Leather Company in Brockton, Massachusetts. As the credit union grew, it moved into a small building on Crescent Street and adopted the street's name. Today, Crescent Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative providing better banking solutions to over 45,000 members. Anyone who lives or works in Plymouth, Bristol, Norfolk, or Barnstable counties can join Crescent Credit Union. For more information, please call 508-559-5409 or visit http://www.crescentcredit.org/