Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Brockton Police Log Updated to 9/19/11

The Brockton Police log has been updated to Monday, September 19, 2011. Please click on the link to read about the latest arrests in Brockton.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Where's the Money

RON MATTA ASKS CFO CONDON THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION. Click on Where's the Money to read Mr.Matta's response to CFO Condon's answer about Brocktons financial state and why Mr. Matta is questioning why the CFO insists that Brockton is in bad shape financially but refuses to answer the residents about the finances.

Friday, September 23, 2011


FROM BROCKTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS- Mary Ellen Kirrane, M.S.Ed, has been named Health Coordinator of the Year 2011 by the
American School Health Association. She will be recognized at the organization’s annual

conference in Louisville, Ky., on October 12.

Ms. Kirrane is recognized for her professional leadership in the coordination of school health

across the Brockton Public School District in Massachusetts, where she serves as head of the

wellness department, K-8.

In her role, she oversees the implementation of the pre-K-8 wellness curriculae and coordinates

all district wellness initiatives. For the past 18 years, Ms. Kirrane has written and implemented

several system-wide grants that have impacted the district greatly. Middle school fitness centers,

international nutrition events, peer programs and violence prevention curriculum have just been a

few of the changes that her grant work has produced for the district. Ms. Kirrane acts as a liaison

with other departments and community agencies in implementing local and state health

mandates, most recently the newly signed Anti-Bullying Prevention and Intervention Model Plan


Ms. Kirrane received a Bachelors of Science in Health Education from Northeastern University

in 1981 and a master’s in administration from Suffolk University in 1988. She is also certified as

an elementary school principal and she has completed the New England Division of School

Health Institutes Coordinated School Health Leadership Program.

One of Ms. Kirrane’s major focuses has been in advocacy for broadening health education in the

Brockton Public Schools. She has worked closely with classroom teachers to integrate health

concepts and skills into daily lessons. Ms. Kirrane has often begun presentations by reminding

administrators and teachers that, “all teaches are teachers of reading, writing and arithmetic and

also can be teachers of wellness when given the right tools.”


From Brockton Public Schools & North River Collaborative-Led by the North River Collaborative and Brockton Public Schools, the coalition in December will
open a high school for students in recovery from substance abuse issues.
The state Department of Public Health today announced the award of a five-year $2.5 million grant to establish and operate the Southeastern Massachusetts Recovery High School, filling a need for a school setting that supports teenagers in recovery from alcohol and drug abuse. The school, which will open in Brockton in December, fills a critical need for families and communities struggling to help teenagers succeed in recovery.

“This is a great day for Southeastern Massachusetts,” said state Sen. Steven A. Tolman (D-Brighton), a leading advocate for Recovery High Schools across the state. “We have seen the positive impact Recovery High Schools have on communities across the Commonwealth. These schools save lives by
helping our young people suffering with the disease of addiction maintain their sobriety and continue their education in a supportive environment. Sending these students to a recovery school is often an important last step in the road to recovery.”

The announcement of the grant caps 18 months of work by a coalition of educational and service providers from Brockton and the surrounding area. Massachusetts has three recovery high schools - in Boston, Beverly and Springfield – but until now there has not been anywhere on the South Shore for students in recovery to enroll. The non-profit North River Collaborative and the Brockton Public Schools took a lead role in convening stakeholders from the region and spearheaded the successful effort to establish the SMRHS to serve the needs of recovering teens.

“When students go out for treatment and return back to their high schools with great intentions, they can find themselves back in their peer groups where their ability to maintain their sobriety is comprised. This program would bring them together with peers that are all committed to the same goal of sobriety, and in an environment that is supporting their education,” said Joanne Haley Sullivan, Executive Director of the North River Collaborative. “There is a critical need for this type
of program in this area, and the coalition – which was a unique urban/suburban partnership – worked hard to accomplish this.” Southeastern Massachusetts Recovery High School will be run under the auspices of the North River Collaborative, an educational organization that provides comprehensive services to students from its 10 member towns (Abington, Avon, Bridgewater-Raynham, East Bridgewater, Hanover, Rockland, West Bridgewater, and Whitman-Hanson).

The school will serve as many as 50 South Shore and Cape Cod students, ages 14- to 21-years-old, who have completed substance abuse treatment and are looking for a supportive environment in which to attain their high school diploma. The school will be funded with $500,000 per year in grant monies and with tuitions from the sending school districts. Those tuitions will be directly tied to the sending district’s per-pupil expenditure. Haley Sullivan will oversee the work of the SMRHS principal and seven staff members and the school will operate under the direction of the North River Collaborative Board of Directors. A School Advisory Board with members from the surrounding districts will also assist administrators.

“This announcement is the direct result of an incredible partnership between the state, the North River
Collaborative, the Brockton Public Schools and a number of local partners to fill a tremendous need for young people across the south shore,” said state Sen. John F. Keenan (D-Quincy), co-chair of the
Legislature’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committee. “There’s no doubt that this high school will offer great hope to students committed to their recovery and provide them with a structured pathway to future success.”

The SMRHS will be an alternative, multi-service secondary school for adolescents with substance abuse and dependence problems, offering a comprehensive academic program reflecting the Massachusetts Common Core Curriculum. The program will lead to a high school diploma, GED completion and/or dual enrollment in a community college. Online and distance learning will also be part of the curriculum. The school will provide a multi-pronged approach to supporting students in recovery, including in-school and out-of-school counseling, family stabilization initiatives and educational tutoring and remediation.

“Substance abuse is a problem that cuts across all lines; it affects all of the communities in the area,” said Brockton School Committee Member Bill Carpenter, a driving force behind the creation of the school. “There is a lot of support in the communities for the mission of this school.”
The school will open its doors in December at 460 Belmont Street in Brockton, a privately-owned building that once hosted the Belmont Street Elementary School.

 The location was chosen because of its centralized location and accessibility to public transportation. Proponents of the SMRHS were so enthusiastic about the school that the site and a principal were identified before the final award was announced. Haley Sullivan said hiring four teachers, a substance abuse counselor, a school adjustment counselor and an intake coordinator in the coming weeks so that they can begin developing referral packets and do outreach before the school opens at the end of the year.

Brockton’s Superintendent of Schools, Matthew H. Malone, Ph.D., said he is looking forward to having another alternative pathway for students to succeed.

“Recovery High School is another non-traditional placement that will help kids who might not otherwise have graduated get the education, the support and the skills they need to become productive adults,” Malone said. “It’s an incredibly brave thing for a teenager to admit they have a problem with alcohol or drugs and to seek out treatment. This provides a continuum of care in a safe, clean environment free of peer pressure.

We owe these young people our best efforts to assist them in their sobriety and we can show them that by proving we value them and their future.”

Thursday, September 8, 2011


The Annual Pancake Breakfast at the Brockton Public Library at 304 Main Street will be this Saturday,September 10, 2011 from 8:30a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Winnie and Tiger will be available for photo's and Kevin Tocci from WXBR Radio will moderate a Q&A session with the Mayoral and City Council Candidates. A suggested Donation of $3 per person for the breakfast.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day

Check out article and some facts about Labor Day. HAPPY LABOR DAY!!


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Sunday, September 4, 2011


Click on the link above BrocktonBeat Live to hear coverage of Brockton Police tonigh until 6 a.m. We are still working on the sound quality and working out the bugs. Please email me about the sound quality.


Residents from all over the city marched against violence starting at two different locations and ending up at Perkins Park for a rally and speech. Headed by Joey Gomes and John Williams, groups of people started to gather around 2 p.m. at South Jr. High School and Saint Edith Stein Church and led by police cruisers marched to Perkins Park to the shouts from a bull horn saying "What do the men need to do" and the crowd yelled "man up." What does Brockton need to do" and the people shouted " wake up."

Brockton has been plagued by violence and many in the group had loved ones lost to senseless acts of violence. Along with the crowd were included community leaders, clergy, City Councilor at Large Jass Stewart, Candidate for Councilor at Large Kate Archard and Mayoral candidate Ron Matta. "We need to stop this senseless violence and this is a start, I am glad that the people are standing up and getting involved." said Ron Matta. "We need to protect our kids and the residents of Brockton and put more police on the streets, I am very glad that I attended this today and any help I can give I will support these fine young men who are standing up against violence." 

Jass Stewart City Councilor at Large was in New York and said "I drove up just now to attend this and give my support."When the march ended at Perkins Park, Joey Gomes gave a powerful speech that had the crowd cheering and applauding. Demanding that the men must take care of the women and that we are all mentors to the children of Brockton."You might not like what I am going to say but I am going to say it anyways, If you came for the burgers that's fine but I want you to feel the pain that these deaths have brought upon these families." Calling upon a mother who lost here son to gun violence last October. She recalled her last words with him as he was saying good bye to her as he was being shot with bullets. The crowd joined in the tears with her as she spoke "that the violence just has to stop."

The crowd continue to listen to John Williams a community activist who ran for Councilor at large in 2009 who now heads a record label. He spoke to the crowd and motivated people to demand more of our officials and also to demand more of ourselves. The march brought a community of people together that is tired of the crime in Brockton and the march temporarily closed down Main Street for an hour and people were united, one people, one cause, one closer step to loving our brother. Kate
Archard candidate for Councilor at Large summed it up in one word "Unity."


We will be able to broadcast live in the city with our new 4G phone system and the use of Ustream. We are still working out the bugs and sound quality but will keep you updated when we are broadcasting live and when we broadcast channel 1 Brockton Police Channel. Tonight you can listen to the Brockton Police from 12 a.m to 7 a.m. Please give us feedback on the sound and video quality and we will be working the next couple of weeks to fine tuning the system. Click on BrocktonBeat Live to listen to the Scanner tonight.

Saturday, September 3, 2011


City Street Outreach Worker Joey Gomes and 47 Records CEO John C. Williams, along with other community members and clergy have planned a Man Up Movement March and Speak Event that will be held on Sunday September 4, 2011. This event will be sponsored by the Cape Verdian Association.

This is a First Step Action in the creation of a Community Coalition with the primary intent of reducing the violence in our community which will have a direct effect on the raising of our Quality of Life, Business Patronization and Economic Growth. We will be giving Next Step Plans and asking for ALL who wish to assist through whatever means that you can (time,mentoring,donations ect.) to be ready to make Concrete Committments. Thank you.

We are inviting all All Community Members, Clergy of all faiths and denominations, All News Media Outlets, All City and Local Goverment Members, All Elected Officials and Candidates, and Public Safety Officials. We hope to see all there.

We will meet from 12pm until 1:30pm for sign up. We will start marching Promptly at 1:30pm. For More Information contact John C. Williams @ 904-651-7176 or Joey Gee @ 508-858-6920.
Sun Sep 04 2011 at 12:00 pm
Venue : We will be meeting @ 71 E. Main St. Saint Edith Stien Church (Formerly Saint Edward's) and also @ South Jr. High School

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Brockton police are investigating a rape that occurred between the hours of 3:30 a.m. to3:45 a.m.Saturday night after a woman was walking home from working a late night shift from a local restaurant.
The woman and a co-worker  were walking home when the other woman decided to take a cab because she lived further away. The victim walked across North Main Street towards East Battles Street when she noticed her attacker in the vicinity of the Golden Corner Chinese restaurant on the corner of North Main Street and East Battles Street. He called out to her saying something like  ”baby come talk to me.”
She ignored him and walked West on Battles Street and he pursued her and attacked her on the sidewalk of North Battles Street grabbing her arm and pushing her on the lawn and raping her. He left in an unknown direction and the victim made it home and then went to the local hospital and later that day went to the police station to report the incident.
The victim has no idea who her assailant was and described him as male, possibly a light skinned Black, Cape Verdean or Hispanic. Appeared to be 25-30 years old about 5'9" to 5'11",  medium to muscular build with dark hair wearing a white tank-top and dark knee-length baggy shorts.
In an email issued by Chief Conlon he is quoted as saying that this was random act and  "This poor lady did nothing wrong. She was simply trying to earn an honest living and had no car to get her home. It is a shame." If anyone has any information about the case please contact the Brockton Police Department. Brocktonbeat is offering a $100 reward leading to an arrest of the assailant.


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