Brookline Town Elections will be held tomorrow, May 2nd from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Precinct 13 votes at the Runkle School.
There are contested races for the Board of Selectmen, Library Trustees, Town Meeting Members, and School Committee. Don't know who's running? Check out The Voters Guide .
Thanks for continuing to uphold our neighborhood's reputation for high voter turnout!
The Brookline Police have sent the following notice:
The morning of April 27th a resident on Fairway Rd discovered their home had been broken into and property taken sometime overnight. An investigation determined the home was accessed during the late evening hours via a rear door that was unsecured. We have added extra marked and unmarked units to the area for the foreseeable future, and are actively investigating the case. We’re reminding you to lock all doors and windows before you go to bed and call 911 if you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood.
Hazardous waste drop-off at the Town's Transfer Station at 815 Newton Street begins on Tuesday, May 2nd, and will continue on every Tuesday, from 7:30 am - 12:30 pm, until the end of October. It is open to Brookline residents only, so be prepared to show proof of residency. For information on what is accepted and what not to bring, see the official page of the Household Hazardous Recycling Drop Off Center.
The Brookline Police have reported that a Willow Crescent residence was broken into this morning at about 10 am. No one was at home, and it appears that the burglar alarm frightened away the intruder. On March 27th, there was a break-in on Eliot Street. Although a neighbor had observed an individual ringing doorbells and walking around properties, the neighbor did not call the police.
The Police Department asks that anytime you observe unusual behavior in your neighborhood, please report it so that it can be investigated.
We are receiving reports that just this morning a laptop and other items were stolen from a car on Circuit Rd. Footprints also appeared overnight around cars on two driveways on Devon Rd. The cars were locked and nothing was stolen. And last week, $30 worth of quarters were stolen from unlocked cars parked in a driveway on Circuit Rd.
So, remember to lock your cars. If you spot the thief, Brookline Police number is 617-730-2222.
After two Department of Public Works presentations and two public hearings, one last May and one recently in December, the Selectmen voted on Tuesday to adopt a "Hybrid Pay-As-You-Throw" trash collection system in which, starting next May, residents will have to discard their garbage in town-supplied wheeled trash carts, and place all overflow trash in specially marked plastic PAYT bags costing $3 each.
The price was set at $190 per year for residents requesting a 35-gal cart, about the size of a standard commonly used trash barrel. This represents a 5% reduction over the current $200 annual charge, although any saving will disappear if it becomes necessary to use as few as four of the overflow bags, or one PAYT bag every three months, over the course of a year. DPW estimates that 61.4% of residents will make this choice.
For residents who have to use two standard trash barrels on a fairly regular basis (say 20 or more times a year) it would be cost effective to request a 65-gal trash cart (the size of our standard recycle carts) instead, priced as $252, a 26% increase over the current charge. DPW estimates that 32.6% of households, about one-third of those using Town trash services, will make this choice.
And for the estimated 3.0% of residents who choose a 95-gal cart, about the equivalent of three standard trash barrels, the price was set at $312 per year, an increase of 56% above the current charge.
Those residents who claim a hardship in using any of the three above-mentioned standard cart sizes may qualify for an exemption allowing them to use plastic PAYT bags exclusively (at $3 each), or to request a smaller 18-gal cart priced at $156, the cost equivalent of using one PAYT bag per week.
Tomorrow’s Community Meeting on the 9th Elementary School moved to the Brookline High School Auditorium
The Public Kickoff Meeting for the Feasibility Study Phase has been moved to the BHS auditorium to accommodate high participation. The Building Committee, the School Department, and Jonathan Levi Architects will provide a complete update on the timeline, process, and objectives of the Feasibility Study phase. The meeting will include public comment and Q&A session. Summaries of previous meetings and documents can be accessed at http://www.brookline.k12.ma.us/Page/1970
Monday, January 9, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Brookline High School Auditorium
A Spooner Road neighbor reports that she saw a large coyote in her yard on Sunday 1/8/207, and another neighbor saw the animal on Middlesex Rd on 1/9/2017. Please exercise caution if you have children who want to go outside and play in the snow or if you plan on walking your dog.
Monday, November 14th at 6:30 PM
Brimmer and May School Theater
69 Middlesex Rd, Brookline, MA 02467
Come and meet your neighbors and voice your concerns and suggestions about construction, traffic volume, and enforcement of traffic law in the neighborhood. We will be looking into ways to bring these to the attention of town officials. We will also touch on upcoming proposals for new leaf blower regulations, the pay-as-you-throw solid waste disposal program, and expansion of ban on plastic bags.
We hope to see you there!
This year, for the first time ever, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will hold an early-voting period in advance of the November 8th elections. Registered voters will be able to cast their ballots beginning on Monday, October 24th. For the complete schedule and polling locations in Brookline, please go to http://www.brooklinema.gov/DocumentCenter/View/7354