19 hours ago
For the first time in 23 years Brookline will soon have a new police chief. Tomorrow, Superintendent Mark Morgan will step into a new role as Acting Chief of Police for Brookline, replacing Daniel O’Leary, who is retiring after more than 40 years of service – with 23 of those years spent as chief.On Jan. 16 the Select Board appointed Morgan to the position. The appointment takes effect on Jan. 20. [...]
21 hours ago
Hours before a deadline that could lead to a federal government shutdown, Gov. Charlie Baker suggested Massachusetts would continue running smoothly if the feds do close down operations, although state officials are internally cautioning about "potential challenges.""If this is a short shutdown, I don't believe there will be much disruption of any kind," Baker told reporters after addressing the Massachusetts Municipal Association's annual meeting Friday. "Programs are going to [...]
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As is typical, many Brookliners showed empathy for our sanitation and recycling crews during and after the “bomb cyclone” on Jan. 4. What a terrific sign of character — to be able to “walk a mile in another person’s steel-toed boots.” This Recycling Corner is for you.The past snowstorm, bracketed by seriously cold temperatures, was a doozy!Households all over Brookline helped our sanitation and recycling crews by shoveling out buried [...]
22 hours ago
Inform citizens about Babcock StreetThe citizens of Brookline needn’t be mathematicians to understand the moral calculus involved in the current debate about Babcock Street reconstruction.In Spring 2017, the non-elected and non-credentialed Transportation Board, disregarding the clear advice of the Fire Chief, gave its final approval to a plan that would have dangerously increased the Fire Department’s response time to emergencies in the Babcock [...]
26 hours ago
With the tax season underway, Better Business Bureau is encouraging taxpayers to take their time finding and selecting a tax preparer they can trust to avoid mistakes that could result in additional fees or even tax identity theft.BBB received more than 1,394 complaints against tax return preparation businesses across the United States and Canada in 2017. According to BBB Scam Tracker, common complaints state that the tax preparer made errors in their return which resulted in [...]
27 hours ago
The debate over pipelines in New England is intensifying as the region’s power grid operator warns of dire scenarios in the future.
27 hours ago
Each year, millions of dollars in state funding flows from school system to school system, following students whose parents send them to a neighboring community.
43 hours ago
The Massachusetts Senate created a special committee Thursday to develop legislation in response to the Federal Communications Commission's decision to repeal net neutrality rules.Led by Sen. Cynthia Creem, the Special Committee on Net Neutrality and Consumer Protection plans to hold a hearing Feb. 6 and has invited Attorney General Maura Healey to testify alongside other government officials, consumer advocacy groups and industry representatives.In December, the FCC [...]
45 hours ago
With the Boston area one step closer to landing Amazon's massive second headquarters, the mayor and top state leaders celebrated Thursday and indicated they plan to involve themselves in the next steps of the process.The internet behemoth announced Thursday that Boston was selected as one of 20 locations that Amazon will consider further as it seeks a place to invest $5 billion in construction to build a headquarters that is expected to employ as many as 50,000 people with "high- [...]
45 hours ago
When more than 200 communities across the state take small steps to become more energy efficient, the cumulative impact can be significant. As a Green Community, Brookline is contributing to that impact. In December, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources accepted 25 new cities and towns into the state’s Green Communities program, an initiative that provides grants to municipalities that adopt a series of energy efficiency policies and set a goal of reducing their [...]
45 hours ago
As it turns out, the Cannabis Control Commission actually has reached out to the federal prosecutor who has the power to turn the state's nascent cannabis industry on its head and connected with his office Thursday morning.CCC Chairman Steven Hoffman apparently "misspoke" when he said Wednesday that the commission had not sought to connect with U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling's office and was still discussing as a commission whether it should at all. [...]
2 days ago
Check out this interactive map to find out how much snow has fallen in or near your community. Totals will be updated occasionally throughout the day.
3 days ago
Winter storm warnings have been issued for much of the state ahead of a storm that will bring rain to some parts of the state tomorrow and about a half-foot of snow to others.
4 days ago
Monday’s freezing temperatures did not dissuade Brookline community members from attending the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. Attendees packed the Coolidge Corner Theatre for the afternoon event, which featured speakers including Brookline’s Poet Laureate Zvi Sesling, literary performer Regie Gibson and Brookline High senior Carolum Parker-Fairbain. With this year’s theme being “The Radical King: The Fierce Urgency of Now” the [...]