BROCKTON — Due to the “rapid rise” of COVID-19 cases in the city, Brockton Mayor Robert Sullivan issued an emergency mask advisory. From Dec. 2 to 15, the city averaged 76.8 daily cases per 100,000 residents and there were 94 people hospitalized at the city’s two hospitals as of Monday, Dec. 20.
A Bridgewater entrepreneur made a brave business decision last year to open a planning, events and floral business, Casa de Toro Events and Design, in the midst of a year where most events were canceled — but she’s loving every minute of it.
An East Bridgewater man was ordered held without bail in the death of his ex-wife, Shirley Owen, in her Franklin home. Brendon Owen, 47, is accused of murdering his former wife, assaulting his mother-in-law, and setting fire to the home.
In case you missed it, here are five stories from the past week throughout the Brockton area that resonated with our readers.
Brockton mayor issues emergency indoor mask advisory due to ‘rapid rise’ in COVID cases
Brockton Mayor Robert Sullivan issued an emergency mask advisory order on Monday in the wake of a “rapid rise” in COVID-19 infections in the city. Over the last two weeks, the city is averaging 76.8 daily cases per 100,000 residents and there are 94 people hospitalized at the city’s two hospitals — Good Samaritan Medical Center and Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital — due to COVID-19. “The rapid rise of COVID-19 cases in the City has been extremely alarming,” Sullivan said in a written statement on Monday. “As the weather gets colder, and indoor gatherings begin to increase, it is paramount that everyone takes all of the necessary precautions to limit the spread of the virus.”
Emergency mask advisory:Brockton mayor issues emergency indoor mask advisory due to ‘rapid rise’ in COVID cases
Booster shots:Baker and Polito join Brockton Mayor Sullivan for COVID vaccine booster shots
East Bridgewater police arrest Wellesley man for allegedly sex trafficking a minor
East Bridgewater police arrested and charged a Wellesley man for allegedly sex trafficking minors. Nicholas Cristoforo, 26, was charged with three counts of electronic enticement of a child for human trafficking, three counts of trafficking of a person under 18 for sexual servitude, distribution of material of a child in the nude and posing/exhibiting a child in a sexual act. On Tuesday, Dec. 14, Detective Cecelia Cacciatore began an investigation into reports that a minor had been receiving inappropriate messages on social media, police said.
Sex trafficking investigation:East Bridgewater police arrest Wellesley man for allegedly sex trafficking a minor
A Brockton nursing assistant was recognized for her work in helping hundreds of people
Brockton health care worker Wanda Zayas has helped hundreds of people by fostering children and donating $50,000 to several charities over 40 years — and she’s not stopping there. “It’s truly amazing to see her help the community and reaching the upcoming generation. Wanda is truly a gift, and we’re blessed to have her,” said John Messia, the city’s director of constituent services and community outreach, while recently presenting Zayas with an award. On Dec. 16, Sullivan’s office presented an official mayoral citation to Zayas for the work she is doing in the community.
‘It’s truly amazing’:A Brockton nursing assistant was recognized for her work in helping hundreds of people
Bridgewater State student shares ups and downs of life with a service dog
Bridgewater State University student Bethany Roderick has with her at college something many students miss the most from home — her beloved dog. But as much as her service dog Rose helps keep her safe and healthy, Roderick said there are a lot of misconceptions about service dogs and ignorance on proper etiquette for interacting with them that makes her life at college and in other public spaces a big hassle. Originally from nearby Halifax and now living in Fall River, 24-year-old Roderick is an undergraduate junior at Bridgewater State majoring in biological sciences.
Life with a service dog:Bridgewater State student shares ups and downs of life with a service dog
Brockton Cape Verdean migrant finds his destiny transporting people in luxury
A big dream of owning a transportation company became a reality for a Brockton local after a series of events guided him to opening a business and becoming his own boss. Anilson Teixeira, 29, opened Tex Era Inc. after planning a memorial for his brother Carlos Teixeira, who died in 2017. While preparing the memorial, Teixeira came across a luxury bus for sale at a fantastic price compared to its retail value of $150,000. “I found the bus online for a deal that I couldn’t refuse. I had to buy it. It felt like my brother was looking down at me from heaven and showing me the way. It was perfect, perfect time, perfect feeling. ” Teixeira said.
Cape Verdean migrant finds destiny:Brockton Cape Verdean migrant finds his destiny transporting people in luxury
Tex Era photos:A look inside Tex Era luxury transportation and apparel in Brockton
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