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BCAN Shares Snow Removal Concerns

BCAN Shares Snow Removal Concerns

Frank and Carol Caro, with Ruthann Dobek of the Council on Aging and the Brookline Senior Center, and members of the Jewish Family & Children’s Service, formed The Brookline Community Aging Network in 2011. The organization’s principal purpose is to ensure a place for our older Brookline residents as a vital part of the town’s social, cultural and civic life, according to BCAN’s mission statement.

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Vote Yes on Article 29

Brookline’s commercial areas are made up of 3 basic groups, national chains, franchise and dealer owned operations, and independent businesses. Many affectionately refer to Independent, local stores as “mom and pops”.

Warrant article 29, which will be considered by Town Meeting in May, celebrates the contributions, resiliency, and heart of our local independent businesses. It’s also about encouraging the Town of Brookline to spend more of your hard-earned tax money locally, so your money can stay local.

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What I Saw At The Feed Brookline Dinner

What I Saw At The Feed Brookline Dinner

Our annual Feed Brookline Drive to benefit the Brookline Emergency Food Pantry concludes with a dinner at the Fireplace. Remarkable generosity and compassion was alive and well even before the dinner started.

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Puppet Showplace Presents Internationally-Acclaimed Canadian Puppet Company Les Sages Fous in Northeast Tour of “The Orphan Circus”

Puppet Showplace Presents Internationally-Acclaimed Canadian Puppet Company Les Sages Fous in Northeast Tour of “The Orphan Circus”

After two European tours and an appearance at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club in New York City, acclaimed Canadian puppet company Les Sages Fous ("The Wise Fools") will perform "The Orphan Circus" at Puppet Showplace Theatre. The show is presented as part of the Puppets at Night series for adults and teens.

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Siraj's Freestyle Skate Featured

Siraj's Freestyle Skate Featured

 

A video of Youth Award winner, Yasmin Siraj’s freestyle skate at the 2013 National Figure Skating Championships will be one of the features of Thursday’s 4th Annual Brookline Youth Awards at the Coolidge. Yasmin is also a concert pianist who has performed at Carnegie Hall 3 times. The 2014 Brookline Youth Awards will be held in the main theater of the Coolidge Corner Theater on April 10 from 7-9pm. The Town of Brookline and this publication sponsor this 4th annual event.

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The Abortion Buffer Zone Law Should be Upheld in Massachusetts

What is supposed to be a private decision becomes a public one, where women who are likely feeling vulnerable or nervous to begin with would be bombarded by a sanctimonious stranger handing out unsolicited advice, "counseling," and biased reading material.

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Booked: Hank Phillippi Ryan

Booked: Hank Phillippi Ryan

May 18, 2014: On Tuesday, May 20 at 7PM, on-air investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan returns to the Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, for the paperback release of her latest novel The Wrong Girl—the gripping follow-up to The Other Woman featuring Detective Jake Brogan and reporter Jane Ryland. Also appearing at the Booksmith Tuesday night will be author John Lescroart. I spoke with Ms. Phillippi Ryan by phone about her dual lives as an Investigative Reporter and a thriller author, her recent clinch of an Agatha Award, and the thrill of interviewing John Lescroart.

Brookline Hub: You recently won an Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel for The Wrong Girl. You’ve won other prestigious book awards. Why do you think your thrillers have been so well received? What makes your crime novels unique?

Hank Phillippi Ryan: Whether it’s investigative reporting or crime fiction, it’s about telling a great story. You need to keep people listening or turning the pages. In TV there is no room for tangents—you need a visual, compelling story. I took those tenets and put them into my crime fiction.

BH: How does your work as an investigative journalist inform your mystery writing? Do you mine ideas from real life stories that you’ve reported on?

HPR: One of the joys of my life is my dual career. I’ve been wired with a hidden camera, disguised, I’ve chased down criminals. I’ve had to make high stress, high stakes decisions. What happens to The Wrong Girl’s heroine Jane Ryland could happen to any reporter. But the fictional stories are not true. I’m not going to ignore experiences and I do take little bits of story from here and there and put them together to create realistic fiction. The Wrong Girl is based on a real story—a news tip I got. That tip about an adoption case got me thinking, what if an adoption agency matched birth parents with the wrong children? What if people lied about who you are?

BH: You set The Wrong Girl in Boston with reporter Jane Ryland investigating the secrets of a respected adoption agency. Why choose Boston for your locale?

HPR: Jane Ryland lives in Brookline on Corey Road. What could be more interesting than here—with the area’s history and neighborhoods? Boston has a very special character and attitude. And weather!

BH: What do you find most challenging about writing crime fiction? Is it easier or more difficult than your non-fiction writing?

HPR: Even though they’re both about telling a good story, with writing crime fiction I can’t make stuff up! A reporter can only tell what actually happened—with crime fiction anything is possible. It’s difficult creating a new world that never existed before.

BH: What do you think about the rise of true crime TV (Snapped, Investigative Discovery Channel)? What do you think draws people to investigative stories, murder and mayhem?

HPR: It’s funny you ask that, my next book Truth Be Told (the Jane Ryland and Jake Brogan series) which goes on sale October 7, features that question—why are people drawn to crime scenes? Why do they watch crime dramas? There are several possible reasons. People want justice, we want order out of chaos, and we like to see the bad guys get what’s coming to them. There is solace and comfort in that.

Also, watching bad things happen to other people makes us feel lucky that we escaped.

BH: Which authors do you read?

HPR: John Lescroart is the king of legal thrillers. I’m in the middle of an advanced reading copy of The Keeper (Lescroart’s latest book) and I’m loving it. His books are compelling, fascinating, and original. He asked me to interview him at the Brookline Booksmith event, which will be one of the joys of my life. I’m thrilled and honored to do it.

BH: For many years you lived in Brookline. What did you like best about this town?

HPR: I grew up in rural Indiana. I couldn’t see another house from my house. Brookline is bustling, it’s accessible, exciting. The shopping, culture, library…it’s a gorgeous city.

--By Jennifer Campaniolo, BrooklineHub

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Join Me for Dinner Wednesday Night?

 

This February 17 students from Brookline High School will embark on the "Sojourn To The Past" trip -- a ten day journey to the 5 Southern states to visit sites related to the Civil Rights Movement. The BHS students will meet some of most influential activists from the 1960s and 1970s.  As in past years, the trip will be a life-changing experience for all involved. Pleas join me at the Village Smokehouse on January 29th for a BBQ buffet to support this amazing journey. Read more...

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Elias Audy; It's All About Friendship

Elias Audy; It's All About Friendship

Elias Audy came to this country at the age of 20 on October 13, 1969 at 2:30pm; he actually remembers when his plane landed. Born in North Lebanon, a country known for it’s great education system, Elias comes from a tolerant community known for its diversity of religion and political ideologies. Odd isn’t it how so many Americans assume all immigrants come from a place less sophisticated than ours?

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Town of Brookline Survey

Take 5 minutes to fill out a Town of Brookline survey to help make Coolidge Corner and the rest of our commercial areas more vibrant! All responses are confidential. 

 

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2013 BrooklineHub.com Youth of the Year, Ben Hoff.

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