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Brookine Elections & Town Meeting Moved to June

Brookine Elections & Town Meeting Postponed until June

By Bryant Jones, Chronicle Staff, 4/3/20

The Town-wide elections in Brookline have been Postponed until June & the 1st night of Town Meeting will be June 23rd. Moderator Gadsby announced this moving of the first night of Town Meeting to Tuesday, June 23rd. It is not yet certain, who, if anyone, will be responsible for providing Town Meeting Cookies.


Jeff Bezos donates 100 mil to help needy in USA

By Bryant Jones, Chronicle Staff, 4/4/20

Jeff Bezos and his company have been doing a lot to combat the problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but now the Amazon owner is using his immense wealth to battle one problem specifically: hunger. Bezos announced he’s sending a $100 million gift to the non-profit organization Feeding America to help replenish its national network of food banks and pantries with the goal being “getting food to those countless families who need it.” Jeff has 2 stores in Brookline, Wholefoods, 1028 Beacon Street, and Amazon Locker Plus at 870 Commonwealth Avenue. Jeff says food insecurity is a problem in the U.S. even during ordinary times, but “COVID-19 is amplifying that stress significantly.” That’s because many non-profit food banks rely on donations of excess food from restaurants, and as you know …

Jewish Studies Prof. Maxim D. Shrayer’s New Book: “A Russian Immigrant”

By Bryant Jones, Chronicle Staff, with info from Brookline based Cherry Orchard Books

Join author Maxim D. Shrayer as he discusses his new book, A Russian Immigrant at the Meeting Room of the Coolidge Corner Branch of the Brookline Public Library on Tuesday, December 17th, 2019, from 7pm – 8:30pm. A Russian Immigrant is Three Novellas by Maxim D. Shrayer. Simon Reznikov, the Boston-based immigrant protagonist of Maxim D. Shrayer’s A Russian Immigrant, is restless. Unresolved feelings about his Jewish (and American) present and his Russian (and Soviet) past prevent Reznikov from easily putting down roots in his new country. Told both linearly and non-linearly, with elements of suspense, mystery and crime, these three interconnected novellas gradually reveal many layers of the characters’ Russian, Jewish, and Soviet identities.

9 Million Greewich, CT, Home for Tom Brady?

Greenwich home that Director Ron Howard Sold in 2014, rumored to be Brady’s new home

By Bryant Jones, Chronicle Staff, Nov. 5th, 2019

Greenwich home that Director Ron Howard Sold in 2014, rumored to be Brady’s new home

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his wife, Gisele Bündchen, reportedly have purchased a new house in Greenwich, CT, with speculation swirling around a seven-bedroom, nearly 15,000-square-foot estate. The home, built in 1990, is rumored to have been owned by actor Ron Howard of “Happy Days.” Pictures shown here are of the house Ron Howard sold in Greenwich, CT, but we cannot yet confirm this is Brady’s new home. Greenwich home that Director Ron Howard Sold in 2014, rumored to be Brady’s new home

Homes of the Rich reported the couple is purchasing a stone mansion built in 1990 that sits on 10 acres of land.

Cuttys in Brookline Celebrates National Sandwich Day

Owner Rachel Kelsey (left) with Staff, one of which (also named Rachel on right) is soon getting married

By Bryant Jones, Chronicle Staff, Nov. 4th, 2019

Cutty’s in Brookline Village celebrated “National Sandwich Day” Sunday, 11/3, by offering their scrumptious chicken sandwich specials. The annals of English history report that John Montagu was the 4th Earl of Sandwich. Among other things, the 4th Earl of Sandwich was a heavy gambler. Montagu often spent many long hours in London’s gambling parlors.

Beto O’Rourke Drops Out of the Presidential Race for 2020

Beto O’Rourke Drops out of the Presidential Campaign for 2020

By Bryant Jones, Chronicle Staff, Nov. 1st, 2019

The Texas native announced that he was dropping out of the 2020 presidential race on Friday. On Friday he said, “Our campaign has always been about seeing clearly, speaking honestly, and acting decisively. In that spirit: I am announcing that my service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee.” Only seventeen Democrat Candidates now remain in contention.

Days Brookline Public School Is Closed

There will be no school next week for Brookline, MA, public schools on Friday, November 8th due to the professional development day for staff. There will also be no school on Monday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day. For more announcements, follow the Brookline Public Schools on Twitter @BrooklinePublic

Special Board To Regulate Pot Shops in Brookline

Long lines, lawn urination, & traffic congestion at the NETA Pot Shop in Brookline

By Bryant Jones, Chronicle Staff, Nov. 1st, 2019

BROOKLINE, MA — ” On Tuesday October 29th, Select Board Chair Bernard Greene said concerning the Marijuana problems, “I’m proposing, that we set up such a committee to look at our bylaws but also look at our expenditure of community impact funds and generally provide ongoing advice to the select board.” Some Brookline residents are asking for more regulations on marijuana retail shops in town because of NETA, the cannibas retailer that opened earlier this year at the corner of Washington and Route Nine. These residents in the Brookline Village area have brought forward these issues:

Lack of parkingMore litter than normal An uptick in people urinating on their lawnsThe Marijuana Shop is open too late. However, more than $1 million in community impact fees have already been paid to Brookline by NETA and NETA asksed that the town first use those funds to remedy the communities concerns.

Brookline Halloween Extravaganza

Every year Beals Street in Brookline is jammed full of trick-or-treaters from all-parts of Brookline

By Bryant Jones, Chronicle Staff, Nov. 1st, 2019

A Wonderfully decorated house on Beals Street last night

BROOKLINE, MA – Every year, hundreds of children pour onto Beals Street in JFK Crossing, marching up and down the narrow street until they get their fill. The street has become so popular, Brookline Police have blocked it off from traffic for the past thirteen years, leaving residents to find parking elsewhere. A whole family of Ninjas on Beals Street last night in Brookline

The first town-sanctioned Beals Street Halloween began in 2006 as the inspiration of Rob Harris, a Halloween enthusiast and father or two who lived on nearby Stedman Street (Stedman Street runs runs parallel to Beals Street and connects to Harvard Street). In 2005, he petitioned the town to close Beals Street during peak trick-or-treating hours, when throngs of costumed children spill into the narrow street.

Try Out Germany’s Hot New Board Games In Brookline

The Knight move Cafe for playing board games, 1402 Beacon St., Brookline

Brookline, MA, by Bryant Jones for The Chronicle

Come play at the First Look preview event at Knight Moves Cafe, featuring hot new strategy board games flown in from Essen SPIEL in Germany. This event is in collaboration with PAX Unplugged. Rand, the event’s sponsor, tells The Chronicle, “I am collaborating with Knight Moves to do a preview event for new board games from the large convention in Essen, Germany that happened last week. The Public is invited to come play, though a normal entrance cost of $10 applies.” Details: $10 cover 11am – 11pm, Saturday, November 16th.

Brookline’s Dave Cavell Is Newest Candidate For Joe Kennedy’s Seat

Dave Cavell and his wife Kate. Dave is Brookine’s newest entry into a 6-way race

From Obama Staff to Congressional Candidate

David Cavell, a former speech writer for President Barack Obama and an Assistant State Attorney General, announced his candidacy for the state’s 4th Congressional District on Thursday, October 17th. “I’m running for Congress because we need to restore the rule of law in Washington and deliver bold, transformational change for people in this entire district,” Cavell, 35, said in a prepared statement. The Brookline Democrat joins at least five other Democrats vying to replace U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, who’s running for Senate against Democrat incumbent Ed Markey. Dave said his qualifications include a number of suits launched from the AG’s office against President Donald Trump.

Can We Talk About Zionism?

A Shabbos Potluck in Brookline with Dr. Alice Rothchild

Special thanks to Dr. Rothchild for transcribing her speech given Oct. 18, ’19 in Brookline. Today
I’m going to be discussing the recently published book, Reclaiming
Judaism from Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation. The book is a collection of curated essays by rabbis, students,
academics, and activists, and includes my chapter titled: Choosing a
different path. I am going to start with some definitions that I
have gleaned from my own personal research and also from the
excellent introduction written by Professor Carolyn Karcher who is
the editor of this book.

Time To See Tall Ships Before They Depart

Tall Ships in Boston Harbor leave on Thursday. You still have two days left to enjoy them. Originally Published Jun 19, 2017 , by Bryant Jones

It’s not too late to visit the historic tall ships in Boston harbor. They don’t depart until Thursday morning. If you aren’t already familiar with their special visit to Boston Harbor, you don’t want to miss this first visit back in seventeen years.

Tee- Off at Brookline Library was Double the Size of Last Year

Brookline Library Tee Off Star Wars Event. Mini Golf, Raffle, contests, face painting, costumes, cash bar

In the red Imperial Guard costume is Editor Bryant Jones surrounded by Rebel Heroes

Originally published June 19, 2017 By Bryant Jones

Librarian Kerry O’Donnell was amazed, “We had double the attendance of last year’s ‘Tee Off’ event.” At about seven hundred attendees including the adult’s and kid’s hours, this was the most successful “Tee Off” event ever for Brookline. This past Saturday, June 17th, participants enjoyed mini-golf, raffle prizes, contests, appetizers, face painting and even a bar during the adult’s only time. Lucky participants went home with raffle prizes like 3D Laser printed Star Wars Chess pieces.

A Man & The Sea: Neil Gordon Takes To A Tall Ship To Spread Eco-Awareness

Article originally posted Jun 30, 2017 by Bryant Jones

Brookline’s Neil Gordon voyages on the Tall Ship Clearwater to educate the next generation on how to keep a cleaner planet

Neil Gordon, right, teaches kids the harm pollution causes our waterways

As the day began, Neil Gordon was up at 7am swabbing the deck on the old-wooden hulled tall ship, the Clearwater. He felt a slight crick in his back from the intense labor and spartan sleeping quarters and his hands were sore from turning the nine foot tiller to steer this sloop. But this wasn’t a scene from 1717, but rather 2017. So what would make a successful and accomplished businessman forgo his comfortable life in Brookline to spend two weeks every year for the past six years in such rough living arrangements? Passion.

Boston Discriminates

Re-print of Opinion Piece Courtesy of the Boston Globe

Boston Discriminates Against Those With Disabilities & Work Inc.

After ten years of service from those with disabilities, never heard before conflated complaints about un-tucked shirts, earbuds, & running out of salt

Arial photo of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Courtesy of the Conservancy

The nonprofit conservancy that runs the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway now insists longstanding management and equipment problems led to its recent decision to replace WORK Inc. — a Dorchester nonprofit that employed people with disabilities for some of the maintenance jobs at the park — with Block by Block, a for-profit firm from Kentucky. According to Jesse Brackenbury, executive director of the Greenway Conservancy, when WORK Inc.’s contract was up for renewal, Block by Block submitted a better proposal at a lower cost. Choosing the Louisville-based company, which already maintains Downtown Crossing, is “in keeping with our fiduciary responsibility,” he said. That’s Brackenbury’s explanation, and he and the Greenway’s board are sticking to it. However, with a nonprofit like the conservancy, success can’t be measured only in dollars and cents.

Vitolo Running for Re-election

State Rep. Tommy Vitolo next to Rep. Joe Kennedy III who’s running for The Senate. State Rep. Tommy Vitolo Running for Re-election

10/22/19 Brookline, MA by Bryant Jones

There are currently six candidates declared for Representative Joe Kennedy III’s Seat but not yet Tommy Vitolo of Brookline. When asked, today by the Brookline Chronicle he replied:

“I’ve announced that I’m running for re-election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives to continue fighting for social & economic justice, public ed, & climate here in Massachusetts. Chip in!” State Rep. Vitolo supplied his donation link: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/tommyforbrookline

Newton Ranked #1 in MA by Money Magazine

Are you surprised that Money Magazine rated #Newton as the best place to live in Massachusetts based on several Criteria? And nationwide, Newton is ranked #12. From the article: 

“The scenic “Garden City” is well known for its high-quality public schools — the graduation rate is 97% — as well as its low crime risk and leafy green streets. Located less than 10 miles west of Boston and encompassing 13 villages, many with their own parks or shopping centers, Newton is an affluent commuter town with thriving local energy. Home prices are high, but so are family incomes.