Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Munroe is an incredibly handsome 3 year old neutered male Himalayan mix. He is very sweet once he is comfortable-he'll pur and head butt you and just be so snugly! He has lived with a dog and with children and got along fine. He is house trained and in need of a good home. If you are interested in adopting Munroe please contact the APCSM.ORG.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Many of us have seen him walking the streets of Brockton dressed in a variety of different outfits. Today he was dressed up in a shepards outfit with a walking stick and a crown of thorns. He walks up and down Main Streets and as cars drive by they come to a crawl to get a better look.  He doesn't seem to mind the stares and glances and is always willing to stike a pose for a photograph for a buck or two. Today he takes picture of the week. What a great city we live in.


Monday, August 29, 2011

Bruins’ Stanley Cup Hero Dennis Seidenberg to Appear at Crescent Credit Union

Brockton – August 26, 2011 – Crescent Credit Union announced today that Boston Bruins’ Stanley Cup hero Dennis Seidenberg will appear at the grand opening of Crescent’s newest branch, located at 1300 Belmont Street, Brockton, on the Brockton/Easton line. The celebration will take place Saturday, September 10, from 10am to 12pm.
“It’s not every day that Crescent opens a new branch, said Crescent Credit Union President Robert Gustafson. “And it’s not every day that the Bruins win the Stanley Cup. We’re honored to have Dennis Seidenberg, who was so instrumental in the Bruins’ championship run, appear at our grand opening celebration.”
The event is open to the public. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to meet Seidenberg and get an autograph. The Credit Union will also offer free face painting for the kids, goodies and giveaways, and a drawing for Bruins tickets, a flat screen TV and other great prizes.
About Crescent Credit Union
Founded in 1919 and headquartered in Brockton, Crescent Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution providing better banking solutions to over 45,000 members via 8 branch locations in Brockton, Taunton, and Norwell. 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
Vice President, Marketing
Crescent Credit Union

1300 Belmont Street
Brockton, MA 02301
(508) 559-5400
"Shouldnt your bank be a credit union?" – Dr. S.A. Nelson, Ph.D
"It's time to say goodbye to banks and join a credit union." - CBS


Ron Matta is a lifelong resident of Brockton. He is 68 years old and has seen many changes in Brockton in the past decades. I spoke to Ron about the city and it's most pressing needs. "We need to change the perception of Brockton and one of the greatest perception and reality is that crime is high and we do not have enough police on the streets." I asked him what he would do about that and he said " I will make it my number one priority to put more police on the streets, not one or two but 80." We have one of the lowest amounts of police on the streets in Massachusetts and if we are to tackle our crime problem then it is simple, put more police on the streets."

Faced with budget cuts from the State and Federal level I asked Ron where will Brockton get the money? "I will look at our budget from top to bottom and find waste and place that money into the police budget, as I talked to many people and the Seniors they all have expressed to me why haven't we taken it serious about are police levels. I am fed up with the crime and the residents are fed up with it, I have asked myself this question over and over again, if crime is high and not enough police then the answer is simple, put more police on the streets. It is not rocket science."

"Good people are leaving our city and the one's that can't leave are afraid to leave their houses after 9 p.m. at night. We need to give our men and women in uniform the best tools to fight crime and one of those is more police on the streets for our safety and theirs."

According to the State average Brockton has 1.7 police per 1000 residents and the average in Massachusetts is 2.4 police per 1000 people. Brockton has one of the highest crime rates in the state.

"There is no excuse that we have to make this our number one priority, people are afraid, businesses are not coming to town and residential developers want a city where they know their tenants and the people who buy these residences will be safe, that is a major selling point for developers when we have a city that has enough police to protect us."

The recent water billing problem at the DPW how has that affected you and your decision to run for Mayor. "Personally I have talked to many residents with billing issues and people who have liens on their homes. I am outraged how a city has blamed the residents for this problem and how it took a group of fine and dedicated residents to step up and fight City Hall to help rectify this situation, I believe if it wasn't for them that it would of been swept under the rug and this encouraged me to fight for the residents to see what other waste and money we are loosing in this city. Government employees should not use their jobs to make their own laws to protect themselves. They cant hide and not meet with the residents when they are losing their houses. I feel this is just the tip of the iceberg and I will look at all departments, line by line to see that something like this never will happen again. I will look into mismanagement and hold those responsible for such lack of insight accountable."
That is just one of Ron's agenda on what he plans to do if elected Mayor of Brockton. Ron's other plans for Brockton are:

1) Put more police on the street to make city safe. Increase Code Enforcement so we can hold businesses and property owners responsible for the blight that decrease the value of Brockton.

2) Will encourage business to come to Brockton using public safety as a means to attract developers and new businesses.

3) Will make city government accountable to the people.

4) I will not be an invisible mayor. My door and telephone number will always be available. No screened questions, tell me what it is and I will try to help.

5) Listening to the residents about the proposed power plant and overwhelmingly opposing the need for such a plant so close to schools and a residential area.

If you would like to put a sign on your lawn or volunteer for his campaign please get in touch with him at MATTAFORBROCKTON@YAHOO.COM

From ER To Wheelchair: Good Sam Doc Battles After Paralyzing Accident

BROCKTON—One wave.
One rogue ocean wave in Rhode Island last August 31 forever changed the life of Dr. Gary Witman, an emergency room doctor at Brockton’s Good Samaritan Medical Center, who in one surge of Mother Nature’s power has gone from a leading ER doctor to struggling quadriplegic—not only fighting for his life and to walk again, but also fighting for the medical care and denials of that care from health insurance companies.
“I only go to the beach once a year—and that day was it,” Witman said after a recent session at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, where he is undergoing extensive physical and occupational therapies.
Sometimes it is difficult for him to speak—although speaking is progress—and he practically lives in an electrified wheelchair that is now the only means for Witman to get around. To see full article and the rest of the series please click on the link (

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first article in a three-part series about emergency room Dr. Gary Witman's accident last summer during a day at the beach that went horribly wrong.


The Brockton Police log has been updated to Monday, August 22, 2011. Please check it out and see whats happening in our city. Good job to the men and women in uniform and stay safe. Please click the link to see the full log. Brockton Police Log.


After dealing with a hernia and a 2nd degree muscle tore it is good to be back to work. I never realized just how much I missed helping to keep the residents of Brockton informed about what is happening with our city. I have a renewed sense of energy and I am excited about the next couple of months with the local elections that are going on. Good to be back.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Out of commission for now

I am dealing with a hernia and torn muscle. Keep up the great work Brockton.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


An employee at the Mobil gas station at 1012 Belmont Street was robbed at gun point 12:40 a.m.Tuesday morning. The employee was told to lay down while the suspect robbed the station. The assailant was described as a white male about 5"6' and wearing dark pants and a dark hoodie with a brown shirt around his face. The suspect fled in an unknown direction and was not known if they had any help or used a get-away car. Brockton police searched the area in the vicinity of The Quality Inn on Belmont and at this time it is not known if anyone was apprehended. Last updated 8/1/11 at 12:57a.m.

Monday, August 1, 2011


Ward 2- Tom Monahan
There will be a ward meeting held at George's Café on Thursday August 11 at 6:30 PM.Light refreshments will be served and a 25.00 gift certificate to George's will also be given away. The focus of the meeting will be mainly on the recent car breaks in the ward with Officer Bill Healy of Neighborhood Watch. This will be an informational meeting helping both the Police Dept and residents.Updates on what is going on in the city will also be addressed.



Cookie is an 8 year old spayed female. She has the cutest little face and is so sweet! She loves to be pet and will chirp and talk to you to get your attention. She's fantastic! Cookie has lived with other cats and got along fine. She is spayed and and was taken into the shelter on July 12, 2011. If you are interested in adopting Cookie please contact the or call 508.586.2053The shelter is located at:

Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts

1300 West Elm St. Extension
Brockton, MA 02301