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.

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.

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.