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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.

Tweet:

“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

Publisher

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

Publisher

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 www.brooklinema.gov 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.

Long-Awaited Opening of Teen Center a Victory for Brookline’s Millennials

The grand opening of the new Brookline Teen Center is this Sunday, September 15, from 2-5PM at 40 Aspinwall Avenue. The celebration will feature live music, food, activities and specials guests.

A Message From the Brookline Health Department About Mosquito-Borne Viruses

In early September 2013, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) identified West Nile Virus-positive mosquitoes in Brookline. This follows several positive batches of mosquitoes found in adjacent communities. As a result, the risk level remains at Moderate, and we conclude that the virus is present throughout the Town.
Mosquito-borne viruses are viruses that are carried and spread by mosquitoes. In this part of the country, public health surveillance is done for two mosquito-borne viruses that can cause encephalitis (swelling of the brain) - West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The period of highest risk of getting either disease can be from late July through the fall.

Brookline Resident’s Petition to Change Loophole in Law Gains Widespread Support

Most people reading a story like Jennifer Martel's would have shaken their heads in disgust, maybe left a message of support for Jennifer's family in the comments section, and then moved on to the next news story. But Ms. Williams decided to do something about it.

ARTZ Helps Residents with Memory Loss to Adapt, Enjoy Life

Forgetting a famous actor's name or misplacing car keys is commonplace in our busy lives, but a temporary blanking-out can rattle people who fear the slippery slope of memory loss. A recent survey of 1,007 adults by Harris Interactive for the MetLife Foundation found that American adults fear getting Alzheimer's disease almost as much as receiving a cancer diagnosis. The survey reported that 41% of people fear cancer, closely followed by Alzheimer's disease at 31%. At the same time, incidents of Alzheimer's are expected to rise as the Baby Boomers retire. Both of which make the work of an organization like Artists for Alzheimer's (ARTZ) so vital in our community.

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Youth Awards Nomination

Nominate a local teen who has made a difference. The deadline to submit nominations is March 13

rescheduled youth awards

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