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World War II Veteran Shares Thoughts with Ashfield Middle School Students Before Memorial Day

World War II Veteran Shares Thoughts with Ashfield Middle School Students Before Memorial Day At the start of the Memorial Day, Ashfield Middle School welcomed World War II Veteran Yober “Burt” Guaraldi, a highly decorated US Army Private who served in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany during World War II.  The students thanked him for his service and learned firsthand about his experiences. Guaraldi, who was twice wounded and lost an eye during the epic Battle of the Bulge, shared his experiences with students.  Although he “wasn’t student” while attending Brockton Public Schools, Guaraldi encouraged the students to “study, study, study and any change you have to volunteer, volunteer.” The retired US Postal worker showed the students his many medals of valor ...
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Summer 2015 Resource Guide Now Available

Summer 2015 Resource Guide Now Available   Click here to update the Guide! Parents are always looking for fun and affordable things to do with their children over the summer months, and our BPS Parent Engagement Program has once again come through with a Summer Resource Guide to help you plan your days. This wonderful 82-page resource includes information on summer camps and activities, job training and opportunities, farmer’s markets locations and times, volunteer opportunities and summer reading lists, among other things. “The Summer Resource Guide gives parents a wealth of information as they plan summer outings and activities,” said Jane Feroli, Specialist for Parent Engagement. “Brockton and the surrounding communities offer so many wonderful opportunities to explore, learn and play, and we wanted ...
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Statement Of Superintendent Kathleen A. Smith, JD Regarding BPS Teacher RIF Notices

STATEMENT OF SUPERINTENDENT KATHLEEN A. SMITH, JD REGARDING BPS TEACHER RIF NOTICES    This has been a hard day for the Brockton Public Schools, as 173 Reduction in Force (RIF) letters were delivered to members of our certified staff.  Each one of these educators is an important and valued part of our Brockton Public Schools team. The City of Brockton is once again facing a serious financial crisis; local receipts and state aid cannot meet the ever increasing costs of operating the city, and there will be layoffs across departments.  Although our Brockton Public Schools budget will not be finalized by the City Council until next month, I expect that our school system will be underfunded by several million dollars in Fiscal ...
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BHS Named One of America's Best High Schools for the 6th Time by US News & World Report

BHS NAMED ONE OF AMERICA’S BEST HIGH SCHOOLS FOR THE 6TH TIME BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT   Brockton High School has been named one of the nation’s premier high schools in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of more than 4,700 high schools across the country.  BHS earned a Bronze Medal for its academic excellence, the sixth time the 4,200-student school has earned the distinction since 2008.  “Independent, outside organizations are monitoring and assessing the work of our school, and this designation speaks volume about what really happens at Brockton High School on behalf of our students,” said Principal Sharon Wolder.  “It’s about sustainability, about doing things that work for students.  We all face challenges, but we can’t use ...
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Students Protest BHS Discipline System

Students Protest BHS Discipline System A group of about 50 Brockton High School students protested the school’s discipline system on May 7th. The students, supported by members of the community, peacefully walked out of the school at 11 a.m. and gathered in Marciano Stadium to discuss their issues with BHS discipline policies. The students appeared before the School Committee on March 17th to share their concerns about the BHS demerit system, which governs student conduct.  Students who violate school rules are assigned demerits, and accrual of enough demerits can lead to detention and suspension.  Demerits are assigned for everything from being tardy and cutting classes to cheating and defacing school property.  Students who maintain good behavior can “buy-back” demerits through the system. “This ...
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Obituary: Eileen P. Mcvarish

McVARISH, Eileen P. (Cruise) (Hogan) 90, of Brockton, passed away on Monday, August 11, 2014. She was the wife of the late Edward J. Hogan and William F. McVarish; Mother of William Hogan; Sister of Brother Thomas J. Cruise, OMI. Funeral from the Russell & Pica Funeral Home, 165 Belmont St., (Rt 123) BROCKTON on Friday at 9:30AM thence to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 439 West St., Brockton where a funeral mass will be celebrated for the repose of her soul at 10:30AM. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Brockton. Calling hours Thursday 4:00-8:00PM. For guestbook and directions, visit www.Russellpicafuneralhome.com
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Missing Disabled Teen from Mass. Found Safe

A 13-year-old disabled girl who was has been missing since Sunday has been found safe in Rhode Island.
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Obituary: Janet E. Forrester

FORRESTER, Janet E. (McKeon) Age 81, of Brockton, died August 4, 2014. Janet was the wife of the late Donald M. Forrester, daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Brennan) McKeon, mother of Mark D. and Scott A. Forrester both of Brockton; Susan M. Forrester of Whitman; sister of Priscilla Brown of Florida and the late Robert and Richard McKeon. Visiting Hours will be held in the Conley Funeral Home, 138 Belmont Street (Rte 123) BROCKTON, Friday 4-7 p.m. Donations in Janet's name may be made to the Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1300 W. Elm St. Ext., Brockton, MA 02301. For condolences and directions please visit www.conleyfuneralhome.com
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Brockton Police Searching for Missing Disabled Teen

Brockton Police are seeking the help of Rhode Island authorities to find a 13-year-old disabled girl who was reported missing Sunday.
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20 medical marijuana dispensary licenses awarded in Mass.

State health officials Friday released the names of companies that will receive the first 20 licenses to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts.
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Brockton woman charged with stealing goods, then a car in Hingham

A Brockton woman, previously convicted of larceny and fleeing Hingham police, will face numerous charges after allegedly stealing a car and then leading police on a chase through several South Shore towns.
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Braintree Scanner Tales: Drug arrest, car accident, bank robbery

Lynn man charged with drug possession, OUI accident causes power outage, Police search for bank robber
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Steward Hospitals, workers come to agreement on contract

Close to 5,000 health care workers who work at eight eastern Massachusetts hospitals ratified a new contract with Steward Health Care, the union SEIU 1199 announced Tuesday
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Citizens Bank grants to support groups working to combat homelessness

Four-hundred thousand-dollars in grants were recently distributed by Citizens Bank to 20 local non-profits that serve homeless individuals and families.
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