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.