Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Leading Businesses. Leading Communities
June 14, 2010
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ATHENA Award Breakfast & EXPO

Thursday, June 17, 2010, 8am-11am
Shaw's Center, 1 Feinberg Way, Brockton

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Breakfast Program, 9am-10am:
Anne DeMinicoThe Metro South Chamber of Commerce and HarborOne Credit Union will present the 12th Annual ATHENA Award to Anne DeMinico, Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph Manor Health Care, Inc during a special breakfast program. The International ATHENA Award is presented to an exceptional individual who has achieved excellence in his/her business or profession, has served the community in a meaningful way, and has assisted women in reaching their full leadership potential.

2009 adsThe featured speaker will be Dorie Clark presenting Personal Branding for Leadership Success. Great leadership can dramatically accelerate the growth of your business and enhance your own life satisfaction. In this thought provoking talk, Dorie Clark - a marketing and branding expert who has consulted for Google, the National Park Service, and Yale University- will discuss concrete strategies to develop your own leadership by cultivating a powerful personal brand. You'll learn how to identify the essence of your brand, communicate it effectively to others, and enjoy the professional rewards of being viewed as a trusted expert and leader.

EXPO, 8am-11am:
If you are a woman owned business, or a business that supports women, we invite you to display at the 2010 ATHENA Expo. Table top displays are $99 for members and $129 for non-members and include 1 breakfast ticket.  For more information or to reserve your table, contact Kimberly Prosper at 508.586.0500 x 231.

The cost of the breakfast is $25 for members and $35 for non-members.   Tables of 10 are still available.For more information or to register, please call Kim Prosper at 508.586.0500 x 231. You may also Register Online.

Paramount Rug Relocation Ribbon Cutting
Saturday, June 19, 2010, 11:00 am

71 Manley Street, Brockton

Paramount Rug

Join the Metro South Chamber and Paramount Rug as we celebrate a Ribbon Cutting/Relocation Ceremony at Paramount's new, state of the art showroom at 71 Manley Street, Brockton, from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm on Saturday, June 19, 2010.

Paramount Rug, in business since 1928, offers selection, service and expertise to help you choose a great floor for any room. Floorings include carpeting, area rugs, ceramic tile and stone, hardwood, laminate and more. Visit

At this event, enjoy wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, consultations with Redesign by Carol and tour the new location. For more information, call Greg or Chris at 508-583-5022. The Ribbon Cutting will take place at 11:00 am with invited guest Mayor Linda Balzotti.

June 2010 Action Report
Regional Water Forum
Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Shaw's Center, 1 Feinberg Way, Brockton

taunton riverThe Metro South Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a regional water forum on Wednesday June 23 from 6:30 - 8:30 at the Shaw's Center in Brockton. Mayor Linda Balzotti, Alfredo Andres of Inema USA, and officials from various state and local water authorities will meet to discuss the future of regional water supply in the region.

Inema USA owns and operates the only desalination plant in New England on the banks of the Taunton River in the town of Dighton. The plant is licensed to supply water to communities and private users within Southeastern Massachusetts. Also on the agenda will be regional sewer capacity needs. Several local communities have identified the need for future sewer capacity with no clear plans approved for addressing the anticipated need.

Please RSVP to Kimbery Prosper at the Chamber (508) 586-0500 x 231, or email


China Info 2

Over 65 Already Register, Don't Miss Your Chance
Travel to China with the Chamber, All-Inclusive for $2,099.
Visit the World Expo in Shanghai, Climb the Great Wall, and much more!


Sunday, June 27, 2010, 3:00 pm
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, 455 Oak Street, Brockton
(Following opening reception of A Look Inside: Unfolding Stories)


For more information on the Chamber Led Trip to China, visit  To RSVP for the info session, call Alison van Dam, past China Trip Traveler at 508.586.0500 x 222 or email
Fuller Craft Museum invites you to join us for Outside the Box
(After the Chamber China Info Session at 3:00 pm)
Thinking differently is part of the Fuller Craft experience. Join us for a special evening featuring unique entertainment, dinner with an eclectic menu, a live auction and other surprises - all celebrating our Past-Present-Future.  A night unlike any other!

Sunday, June 27, 2010, 6:00 p.m.
Individual ticket price $200 per person- sponsorships are available!

Recognized as one of a handful of museums in the country dedicated to contemporary craft, Fuller Craft Museum is a dynamic environment where craft is experienced through exhibitions, education and outreach. We explore the materials, techniques and artistic expression that challenge the perception of craft, while honoring the achievements of the past. Proceeds for this evening help make our work possible. Purchase tickets by going to www.fullercraft.orgor contact development at 508-588-6000 x. 123 /

Regional Transportation Plan Survey

Old Colony Planning Council, the regional planning agency for Abington, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Halifax, Hanson, Kingston, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Stoughton, West Bridgewater and Whitman, is in the process of updating the Regional Transportation Plan.

The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) helps to determine how federal and state funding will be spent on transportation infrastructure and services in the next 20 years. Please visit to fill out a survey so that we may solicit initiatives including mobility needs, quality-of-life and environmental issues.

By filling out this survey, you are making a statement about your community's needs. It will take you about 10 minutes to complete this survey. Thank you for your participation and interest in your community - we look forward to your comments.

Chamber Member/ Community
Events & Workshops

Tuesday, June 15:  Costco Luncheon for Human Resources Managers.  11:30 am - 2pm.  Join us to learn about new benefits and services available to your employees.  Enter to win great door prizes.  120 Stockwell Drive, Avon.  Call 508-234-4000 for more information.

Wednesday, June 16:  The Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment, MassBio, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, and Genzyme cordially invite you to join us for an afternoon of presentations, discussion, and networking regarding life sciences opportunities between Beijing & Massachusetts, featuring a delegation from China's Beijing Municipal Government, Changping District Government, and Zhongguancun Life Science Park. RSVPs first come, first serve.  at Genzyme Corporation in Cambridge from 2-6pm.  RSVP to

Friday, June 18: Self Help Inc, presents EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Class. 
Beginning in April 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. EPA Approved 8 hour course: 8am -4pm at Head Start, 370 Howard Street, Brockton.  Course cost is $200.  To register, call 508-588-4049 x 123.

Friday, June 18: Casino Night to support quality out-of school opportunities for Brockton's youth.  7pm-midnight at the Shaw's Center (during a ROX home game.)  $10 per person.  Complimentary hors d'oeuvres, silent auction and raffle, with celebrity card dealers.  With Co-chairs Mayor Linda Balzotti, Former Mayors James Harrington and Jack Yunits and Local Business Man John Merian.  Co-sponsored by Brockton Community Schools, the Rox and Brockton Youth Foundation.

Saturday, June 19:  Blood Drive at Excel Martial Arts & Fitness, 583 Washington Street, Canton, 9am-2pm.  To make your appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit

Sunday, June 20: Children's Museum in Easton 16th Annual Father's Day Road Race and Family Fun Walk. This year's race will include special prizes for the top three finishers in the men and women's divisions. The winners will enjoy delicious lobsters courtesy of local seafood favorites, Fresh Catch Seafood. This year's race will also introduce our newly redesigned course focused on improved safety and beautiful scenic views. The course includes routes through historic North Easton Village, Ames Long Pond in Stoughton, and returns to the Children's Museum for the finish. Supervised childcare will be available for children of pre-registrants only.  9 am with registration at 8am.  For more information, visit

Monday, June 21: 8th Annual Teen Challenge Golf Classic at the Brookside Club, Bourne, MA, to benefit the Teen Challenge Brockton Men's Campus. $130 per person or $500 team of four. Scramble format. Registration at 8am, tee-off at 9am, awards dinner following play. For tournament information or sponsorship and donations, call Jonathan Mello at 508-326-1085. Teen Challenge New England is a 15 - 21 month long term in-patient facility that focuses on the life threatening circumstances teens and young adults battle with each and every day. We are a very unique program, which does not turn away a struggling person due to lack of insurance or their financial position. Our lives are committed to stopping this drug epidemic and we can't do it all on our own.

Monday, June 21:  Monday Night Madness Business Networking Event at McGuiggan's Pub, 546 Washington Street, Whitman, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.  This is a great way to make connections, so bring plenty of business cards.  There will be free appetizers and a cash bar.  For more information, call 781-447-7333.

Wednesday, June 23: Blood Drive at Knights of Columbus, 500 Pleasant Street, Canton, 2pm-7pm.  To make your appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit

Thursday, June 24: Self Help, Inc. Employment Opportunity Center Resume Workshop.  10am-12:0 pm.  Space is limited, RSVP is required.  To sign up or for more information, please contact Michael Tartaglia, 508-588-4049 x 117 or email

Friday, June 25: Blood Drive at New England Sinai, 150 York Street, Stoughton, 12pm-6pm.  To make your appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit All presenting donors will be entered into a weekly drawing for a vacation package, valued at $350.

Saturday, June 26:  50th Birthday Party for BHS '78 Classmates.Celebrate with a picnic/cookout at a Brockton Rox baseball game at Campanelli Stadium! It'll be a great opportunity to see one another and to catch up with high school friends we haven't seen for years! It is a night game. The cookout starts at 5PM and is an all you can eat picnic with burgers, hot dogs, salad, lemonade, iced tea, and  BIRTHDAY CAKE! For more information, and pay the $25 per person fee, visit

Saturday, June 26: Cooking for a Cause with the Old Colony Elder Services Nutrition Program.  11am-4pm at the Middleboro Council on Aging, 558 Plymouth Street, Middleboro.  Sample Cuisines from restaurants including Burrito Wraps, Costco Wholesale, the Hideaway Restaurant and more.  Great raffles include Rox Tickets, Water Wizz ticket, gift certificates to restaurants, autographed sports memorabilia and more.  Performing will be the Baha Brothers.  $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $7 for children 10 years old and under.  For more information or tickets, call OCES at 508-584-1561.  Tickets will also be available at the door. 

Sunday, June 27: On June 27, 2010, McGuiggan's Pub will be hosting the first annual McGuiggan's Pub 5k Road Race.  The race course, which will be USATF certified, will begin and end in Whitman Center.  All proceeds from this race will be donated to the Whitman Food pantry and the WHRHS athletic department to help offset student user fees.We are currently seeking sponsors for the race and will proudly display the name of all $100 donors on the back of the race t-shirts that all race participants will receive.  Please send your contributions to McGuiggan's Pub 5k, P.O. Box128, Whitman, 02382.  Become a participant by signing up at

Monday, June 28: Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Visioning Workshop sponsored by the Old Colony Planning Council.  7pm at the Brockton Library, 304 Main Street, Brockton.  The RTP helps to determine how federal and state funding will be spent on transportation infrastructure and services in our communities over the next 20 years.

Wednesday, June 30: New Urgent Care at Brockton Neighborhood Health Center Ribbon Cutting.  Corner of Main Street and Legion Parkway, 8:30 am - 10:30 am.  RSVP by June 28 by calling 508-894-3456 or email

June 30-July 11:  Brockton Fair

Tuesday, July 6:  Classes start for free Healthcare training.  Certificate awarded in Insurance Billing Specialist and Pre Allied Health.  Sponsored by the Brockton Area Healthcare partnership.  Must have High School Diploma/GED, clean CORI required, courses offered at Massasoit Community College, 3 semesters, evening and weekend classes, personalized academic and career counseling, 27 college credits, a $5,000 value.  For more information, contact Susan McKenna at the Brockton Area WIB,, 508-584-3234.

Wednesday, July 14: Self Help Inc, presents EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Class. Beginning in April 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. EPA Approved 8 hour course: 8am -4pm at Head Start, 370 Howard Street, Brockton.  Course cost is $200.  To register, call 508-588-4049 x 123.

Wednesday, July 14: Regional Transportation Plan Update sponsored by Old Colony Council Open House Event.  7-9 pm at the Peruvian Place Restaurant, 55 City Hall Plaza, Brockton.

Saturday, July 17: Second Annual Fundraiser for the American Dream Team at Hamids Academy.  5:00 pm.  Admission- $10. The funds collected will be used for Hamids Academy Afterschool Program and Summer Camp. Performing will be the Heartbeat Boys,Recording Artist Brandon Cappiello (cousin of Rocky Marciano), and God Father of Boxing and the American Dream Team will perform their Hip Hop Dancing/Martial Arts Presentation.  In addition, the winner of a three day talent competition .  For your application to enter the competition or for information contact Doug Pendarvis at 508-584-1883.  Hamids Academy is located at 399 Westgate Drive, Brockton

Monday, July 19: 17th Annual OE+ Charity Golf Tournament to benefit the Brockton Area Arc at the Fall River Country Club, 4235 North Main Street, Fall River. Registration and contests will take place from 12-1pm with the shotgun start at 1:15pm, cocktails and 6pm, and dinner and awards at 6:45pm.  Cost per player is $175 which includes golf, cart, dinner, goodie bag and entry into the "skins" contest. A Players Package is available for $25 and includes entry into the chipping, putting, and 50/50 contests along with $50 of raffle tickets. $10,000 cash for a whole in one. The Brockton Area Arc works to provide information and direct services for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Wednesday, July 28: Regional Transportation Plan Update sponsored by Old Colony Council Open House Event.  8:30 am - 4 pm at Old Colony Planning Council, 70 School Street, Brockton.

Wednesday, August 18: Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Visioning Workshop sponsored by the Old Colony Planning Council.  7pm at the Plymouth Main Library, 132 South St., Plymouth.  The RTP helps to determine how federal and state funding will be spent on transportation infrastructure and services in our communities over the next 20 years.

October 2: $10,000 Raffle Drawing Fundraiser at Generations Function Hall, 81 Memorial Drive, Avon.  The proceeds will fund DALLSS Transitional Home for Homeless Women.  Ticket sales for the drawing are limited to 300 tickets.  Each $125 ticket includes admission for one and the chance to win $10,000.  The evening will include live entertainment (Oldies but Goodies Band), dancing, dinner and cash bar.  There will also be other gifts and prizes.  Cocktails at 7pm, dinner at 8pm, $10,000 drawing at 10pm.  You don't have to be present to win.  For tickets contact Louise or Danelle at 508-232-7747.

Disaster Assistance Grants Date Extended to June 28
For homeowners, renters and business owners in the Counties, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Bristol, Plymouth, and Worcester who were affected by flooding beginning March 12, 2010, apply by phone 1-800-621-3362 or online
Crescent Credit Union Food Drive
May 24-July 31, Crescent Credit Union second annual summer food drive to benefit food pantries in the communities it serves.  Crescent branches will be accepting non-perishable food donations during regular business hours from credit union members and non-members alike.  Contributions will be distributed to those in need via St. Vincent de Paul Society in Brockton, Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen in Taunton, and Holy Family Parish in Rockland. For branch locations and hours, please visit or call 1-800-894-4445.

Signature Healthcare Caregiver Support Group
In an effort to support loved ones caring for those that are diagnosed with cancer, Signature Healthcare is offering a Caregiver support group facilitated by Marie E. Albert, RN, Patient Navigator. This group will meet the first and third Wednesday of each month beginning on May 19, 2010 from 3-4pm at 110 Liberty Street Brockton, MA. Please register by calling OneCall at 508-941-7979.

Lincoln Tech Massage Clinic: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-7pm.
Lincoln Tech at 365 Westgate Drive, Brockton is offering student massage clinics.  The clinic provides students and alumni the support they need to become professional massage therapists.  Come in for a one hour massage for only $20.  Call 508-941-0730 x 43527 to schedule an appointment.

Fuller Craft Museum

455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301

Members Free, Adults $8, Seniors and Students $5
Children under 12 Free, Wednesday 5:00-9:00pm Free.
Open Tuesday- Sunday, 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays.


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