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BHS Students Awarded $2,000 to Fight Big Tobacco

BHS Students Awarded $2,000 to Fight Big Tobacco

Brookline’s youth is dedicated to the fight against Big Tobacco, and as a result of their efforts the Brookline High School chapter has been awarded funding to further the cause.

The 84 Movement, a Massachusetts program by the Department of Public Health to support smoking cessation and prevention, has granted the Brookline High School Peer Leaders a $2,000 grant. Run by a leadership team that supports 14 selected state chapters with mini grants, the group designated themselves “The 84", a reference to the percentage of Massachusetts youth who in an earlier survey indicated that they did not smoke. According to the 84’s statistics, the percentage has since risen to an impressive 89. The ultimate goal is a generation that is completely smoke-free.


MEDiAGIRLS Helps Middle-School Girls ‘Give Media the Makeover’

September 19, 2014: The website for MEDiAGIRLS has a list of disturbing statistics about girls’ and women’s reactions after consuming media images. One that caught my attention was from The Representation Project, “By the time a girl from the U.S. is age 12, she has seen approximately 77,546 ads, with 56% using beauty as a product appeal.” An equally disturbing statistic follows:

“Fifty-six percent of teens feel that the media's advertisements are the main cause of low self-esteem.” (2013 National Teen Body-image survey by the blog StageofLife.)

And it’s not just ads. The ubiquity of social media in young people’s lives has also contributed to the confidence problem. According to the teen body-image site Proud2Bme, “eighty-six percent of respondents say that social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter hurt their body confidence.”

“Many girls are posting pics of themselves on social media sites and YouTube asking ‘Am I beautiful?’ and then getting ripped apart by negative comments. It's heartbreaking,” said Michelle Cove, MEDiAGIRLS’ Founder, Executive Director, and Instructor.

MEDiAGIRLS is a new Brookline-based program designed to empower middle school girls to honestly discuss how airbrushed and idealized images of women in the media affect their self-esteem. MEDiAGIRLS also gives them tools to turn the trend on its head by teaching them to create their own girl-positive media.

Brookline Teen Center: One Year Old and Still Growing

August 26, 2014: It was almost a year ago that the Brookline Teen Center, 40 Aspinwall Avenue, opened its doors to Brookline teenagers as a haven and a hangout. On September 16, 2013 a decade-long dream was realized.

But there is still more work to be done, according to Matthew Cooney, Executive Director of the BTC. “We want to introduce more programming—classes, health & wellness workshops, tutoring, SAT prep courses. We want to help teens find jobs,” said Cooney, a slim man with short grey hair whose personality is both easy-going and focused. Since before the BTC opened, Cooney, a father of three who was hired in 2012, has worn many hats on an essentially skeleton crew—acting as planner, construction supervisor, coach—whatever part was necessary to get a job done.

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.

From the Killing Fields to Brookline

The Brookline Cambodia Partner will present Khmer Rouge survivor, Syphorn Phan, PharmD, as keynote speaker at their Fourth Annual Brookline Cambodia Partnership Luncheon.  The event takes place at the Elephant Walk on Saturday, January 25 from 12pm to 2:45pm. Syphorn will share his experience living under the Khmer Rouge regime, his triumphant escape to Thailand, and his journey as a refugee and building a new life in Brookline, MA. Syphorn Phan is a BHS '84 graduate, Georgetown '90, and Mass School of Pharmacology, '07. Also speaking will be Sivgech Chheng, a Cambodian exchange student studying at Bowdoin College with the support of The Harpswell Foundation. Sivgech will share her experience studying in Cambodia and the U.S.

Brookline Teen Found

Thanks in part to the extraordinary efforts of local authorities and community cooperation, Caleb Jacoby, son of Brookline residents Laura and Jeff Jacoby, was found safe yesterday in Times Square, New York City. Brookline Police notified NYC Police the young may have been in Manhattan.

Students, parents, neighbors, friends used social media, posted notices, went on searches and prayed for the Caleb’s return to his home. Caleb will soon be in Brookline with his family.  It has been reported that Caleb’s father Jeff, is a columnist at the Boston Globe.  What he is to Brookline is a neighbor who lost his son and the community responded with all the support it could muster.

The Jacoby family released a statement and a tweet today.


“We are thrilled to hear from the Brookline Police that our beloved son Caleb has been found and is safe. Words can’t express our gratitude for the extraordinary outpouring of kindness and support that we have received from so many people.”

The Jacoby Family also released the following statement:

"Our prayers have been answered, and we are thrilled to hear from the Brookline Police that our beloved son and brother Caleb has been found and is safe. Words can't express our gratitude for the extraordinary outpouring of kindness and support that we received from so many people.  All we can think of at this moment is how wonderful it will be to see Caleb again and shower him with love."

Laura, Jeff, & Micah Jacoby

Future Updates?

We don’t plan on adding any future updates to the Caleb Jacoby story out of respect for his family and his age.  We believe without evidence of foul play, why this 16 year old went missing is between this young man and his family.  We wish the Jacoby family healing and happiness.

R. Harvey Bravman


Missing Teen

Brookline Police have reported a missing teen. Caleb Jacoby is 16 years old, 5'11", thin build, short light brown hair.

He's been missing since Monday at 12:30pm and was last seen wearing navy "chino" pants or jeans, navy "polo" shirt, brown winter jacket with hood, brown shoes, or sneakers and white socks.  Caleb attends Maimonides School in Brookline and frequents public libraries and Temple Young Israel on Green Street in Brookline.

Anyone who knows anything which may help the Brookline Police Department, please call 617-730-2222 without delay.

If you're a parent as I am, you know what you're feeling right now so keep your eyes open and help the BPD if you can.

R. Harvey Bravman


Snow Emergency Declared in Brookline

The Town of Brookline has declared a Snow Emergency beginning Thursday January 2nd at 6:00 PM and remaining in effect until further notice.

Parking will be prohibited on all public ways while the emergency is in effect.

Due to the holiday, trash collection for Thursday and Friday is delayed one day. Please do not put Thursday's trash at curbside before 7:00 AM Friday. Christmas tree pickup will not resume until Monday.

Please visit the town's website at for updates during the storm.

Brookline Community Foundation Seeks Teen Grantmakers

The Brookline Community Foundation is currently recruiting high school students who live or go to school in Brookline to participate in the 2014 Brookline Teen Grantmakers Program. The application deadline is December 2, 2013. The Brookline Teen Grantmakers is a program run by the Brookline Community Foundation to teach local teenagers about philanthropy and the fundamentals of grantmaking.

Brookline Community Foundation’s Garden Provides Fresh Produce For Hungry Local Families

For the fifth consecutive year, the garden at the Brookline Community Foundation (BCF) has supplied some much needed fresh produce to the Brookline Emergency Food Pantry. Since the summer, the Food Pantry has received 270 of produce including: beans, peas, carrots, cucumbers, kale, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, shallots and leeks. By the end of the growing season in late fall, the garden will have yielded about 500 pounds of produce from its 14 raised beds with 320 square feet of growing space. BCF provided a grant this year to JP Green House to manage the garden and provide educational programs for the community.

Is the Future of Brookline Retail a Pop-Up Shop?

Will the future of Brookline's small business community look like the pop-up model of retail? The trend is catching on with the debut of the first PopUp Republic Marketplace at 2 Brookline Place, across from the Brookline Village "T" stop.

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