Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Leading Businesses. Leading Communities
June 22, 2010
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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, Jeff Hanson 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 Kimberly Prosper at the Chamber (508) 586-0500 x 231, or email


China Info 2

Over 65 Already Registered, 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


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 /

June 2010 Action Report
What Speakers Would You Like to See?
Planning Session, Thursday, July 8, 9am

The Chamber will be holding a key planning session in order to establish priorities and brainstorm speakers for 2010-2011 events. Chamber members are encouraged to attend and help in providing the best possible programming. The Planning Session will take place on July 8 at 9 am at the Metro South Chamber, 60 School Street, Brockton. RSVP by calling Lisa Keene at 508.586.0500 x 225,, or Kim Prosper, 508.586.0500 x 231,

2009-2010 Government Affairs Speakers Included: Robert DeLeo, Speaker of the House; Geoff Beckwith, Massachusetts Municipal Association, Thomas O'Brien, Plymouth County Treasurer; Tom Kennedy, State Senator; John Regan, Associated Industries of Massachusetts; Chris MacMillan, Brockton City Council President; George Noel, Massachusetts Department of Labor

** Next Government Affairs Meeting Friday, September 10

2009-2010 Good Morning Metro South Speakers Included: Linda Balzotti, Mayor of Brockton; Dr. Matthew Malone, Brockton Superintendent; J. Keith Motley, Chancellor of UMass Boston; Barbara Anthony, Undersecretary Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulations; Steven Gordon, Good Samaritan Medical Center President; Kathy Manson, Office of Safety, Department of Industrial Accidents; Harvey Hirschhorn, Managing Director & Chief Portfolio for Bank of America

** Next Good Morning Metro South: Wednesday, September 22 with featured speaker Charlie Baker, Candidate for Governor.  For more information, contact Kim.
Chamber Member/ Community
Events & Workshops

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.

Wednesday, June 23:  SBA Surety Bonds Program for Small Business.  Director Frank Lalumiere from SBA's Office Surety Bonds will conduct this informative call-in session, 11:30am-12:30 pm.  Participants can join the call in session by dialing 866-740-1260 and when prompted, provide the access code 3010103.  Join the web conference by going online to  Click on Join a conference and enter access code 3010103. 

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

Thursday, June 24:  Good Samaritan Medical Center free community education program on skin cancer, 6-7pm at the Radiation Oncology Center, 818 Oak Street, Brockton. The program will be presented by Dr. Leera Briceno, of South Shore Dermatology, PC; Dr. G. Stephen Brown, chief, division of radiation oncology; Dr. Rohini Sakhuja, chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; and Dr. Daniel Sigman, chief, division of plastic surgery at Good Samaritan.  Light refreshments will be served. To register please call the Caritas DoctorFinder at 1-800-488-5959.

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.

July 8- August 27: Drop in Days every Thursday and Friday at the Children's Museum, Easton.  Exploring a variety of different fun and educational themes.  Free with admission and any age may participate. 10:30am-3pm.  For a complete schedule of the Summer Drop in Days, visit

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.

Friday, July 16:  Sandler Training 2 hour complimentary sales workshop for business owners, presidents & ceos who are concerned with their salespeople. 8:30 am - 10:30 am, Suite 131G, 100 Cummings Center, Beverly.  Registration required, contact Joe Ippolito at 978-232-9040 or email

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.

Tuesday, July 20:  Free Dale Carnegie Training Workshop- Leadership Training for Managers.  4-5:30 pm in Waltham, MA.  Stop Managing and start leading.  Register for this workshop.

Thursday, July 22: The Greater Brockton Community Health Network Area (CHNA), in collaboration with Lincoln Tech, is seeking residents of Abington, Avon, Brockton, the Bridgewaters, Easton, Holbrook, Stoughton and Whitman, age 18 and older, to view a 30-minute video about community health, followed by a confidential discussion about health concerns in these communities. Participants will be entered in a raffle to win $50, $20, or $10 gift cards.  Representatives from Liberty Tax, Lincoln Tech and Self Help will be present.  Call 508-941-0730 to reserve your seat. Please reference this event when calling.  At Lincoln Tech, 365 Westgate Drive.

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.

August 22:  Summer Sunday in the Park presented by the Office of Mayor Linda M. Balzotti.  DW Field Park, Brockton, 12pm-6pm. The Summer Sunday Planning Committee is counting on your continuing support to make it a great event. Please contact us if you are interested on being a vendor, performing, sponsoring and/or to learn more ways to participate in this year's event. If interested you should contact Maysa de Oliveira at the Mayor's Office at 508-580-7123/ or Connie Tevis at

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.

Henson Jackson Art Gallery & Framery
Trackside Plaza, 2 Canton Street, Suite 8, Stoughton
Open Monday-Wednesday, 10am- 5pm, Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sunday by appointment.  Contact 781-297-5520.


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