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Elderly couple's home saved; home prices up 155%: Top 5 Brockton-area stories last week – Enterprise News

BROCKTON — A Brockton man was held without bail in connection with a fatal stabbing. The charges stem from an incident that police say occurred outside the Stop ‘N Gas station at 81 Warren Ave. in the city on March 19. 
Strangers banded together and raised over $20,000 to help save an elderly West Bridgewater couple’s home that was damaged by a tree falling on the roof.
Did you know that since 2011, the median price of a single-family home in Brockton has increased by nearly 155%?
Looking for somewhere different to go to eat? You can take a trip back to the ’50s at the Nellie Rose Diner with its 1950s jukebox and retro Pepsi fountain, and go back to school at Study Hall 101, a collegiate, library-inspired restaurant, opened by a former West Bridgewater teacher.
In case you missed it, here are five stories from the past week throughout the Brockton area that resonated with our readers.
A Brockton man pleaded not guilty Monday in connection with the stabbing death of another man over the weekend, prosecutors said. Manuel Gui Goncalves, 30, was arraigned Monday in Brockton District Court on one count of murder in the death of Richard Russell, 54, of Brockton.  The charges stem from an incident that police say occurred outside the Stop ‘N Gas station at 81 Warren Ave. on Saturday.
Fatal stabbing:Brockton man, 30, held without bail in connection with weekend fatal stabbing
Conducting his first official try-out session as the new Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High baseball coach, Mike Connolly didn’t just watch from a distance. Instead, the former San Francisco Giants minor leaguer threw himself right into the action, showing his team’s catchers firsthand the art of nabbing potential base stealers. “I still have my competitiveness in me and that’s what I’m trying to pass on to this generation. I want (them) to feel what it feels like to win,” said the 30-year-old Connolly.
‘I still have my competitiveness’:Mike Connolly’s baseball journey comes full circle as he takes over at Bridgewater-Raynham
Over $20,000 has been donated to an elderly couple facing financial hardship to repair their home damaged by a tree falling on the roof. A cold draft would linger in the home as the wind blew against the cracks in the roof. The couple would turn on their wood oven to keep the house warmer, but nothing could stop the vicious cold of New England weather.  After finding out what Jim and Amy Murphy were going through with their home from a friend, Racheal Hayward knew she wanted to find a solution. Hayward, a good Samaritan of Brockton, started a GoFundMe in February with a goal of $11,000 to buy the materials for the home improvement project.
Strangers save couples home:Strangers band together, raise $20K to save elderly West Bridgewater couple’s home
Photos of work:Watch these Good Samaritans save elderly West Bridgewater couple’s home 
The city has taken the would-be developer of a north side sports complex to court after he thumbed his nose at two cease-and-desist orders. Mark Roukous of New Heights Builders kept operating a rock-crushing and gravel operation off Howard Street despite the Building Department ordering him to stop in letters on March 11 and March 18. The city argues that the zoning of two parcels involved prohibits the industrial work he’s doing
‘We don’t know what’s in that dirt’:‘We don’t know what’s in that dirt’: Brockton sues over ‘illegal transfer station’
Photos of site:Brockton neighbors complain of noise, dust and health concerns
What happened to sports complex:Brockton ward councilor: Sports complex still coming to north side
Complex set to break ground:New sports complex set to break ground in north Brockton 
“Cook or die” was the mantra that kept Krayla Brice, a trained chef, afloat during the perils of the pandemic leading her to ignite her stove, sharpen her knives and run a successful food business from home.  Kray Plates started from Brice’s kitchen and has gained over 11,000 Instagram followers over a few months of starting the food page. The young chef mostly makes seafood dishes with hearty sides and a twist of her Haitian and Jamaican culture.
‘It’s cook or die’:Randolph chef gains 11k followers with mouthwatering seafood dishes
Staff writer Kathy Bossa can be reached by email at kbossa@enterprisenews.com. Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Enterprise today.  

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