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Decades-old Kennedy family mural painted over without warning

A mural featuring Kennedy family photos and memorabilia that long adorned a wall in the neighborhood where John F. Kennedy was born is now gone. The owner of the building on the corner of Harvard and Thorndike Streets, which contains Anna’s Taqueria, painted over the mural in early May with no warning, to the frustration of the artist, Joshua Winer, and town officials. It was not immediately clear why the building owner painted over the mural. A manager working at the taqueria declined to comment, and the restaurant chain, which has seven locations around the Boston area, did not respond …

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Town leaning towards keeping clay courts at Amory Park after competing tennis, pickleball campaigns

On a recent sunny day at Amory Park, all six of the town’s only public clay tennis courts were in use. The soft pop of racquets connecting with balls punctuated the sounds of nearby birds and wildlife as players, ranging from young adult to elderly, engaged in intense singles and more leisurely doubles matches. The clay courts have been the source of friction between Brookline’s tennis and pickleball communities as the town debated whether to pave the courts as part of its renovations to Amory Park. After receiving over 130 emails from tennis players urging that the clay be retained …

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‘A huge loss for the town’: For first time in two decades, no women are on Brookline’s Select Board

In 2017, Brookline’s five-member elected executive board was renamed from the “Board of Selectmen” to the “Select Board” in an effort to be more inclusive of the women who, for more than half a century, had been elected to serve alongside their male counterparts. The name has stuck. But in practice, the board just became a board of selectmen again for the first time in 20 years. After the election on May 7, with member Miriam Aschkenasy stepping down and two female candidates unsuccessful, the board is made up of five men, the first time that has happened since 2004. …

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A Soviet arrest, crashing a Bat Mitzvah and dropping out at age 14: Brookline storytellers help mark one-year anniversary of Brookline.News

Six Brookline storytellers came to the main stage at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on Thursday, May 16 to help celebrate the one-year anniversary of Brookline.News. Thanks to months of work by organizers Joanne Liautaud and Iris Adler and an army of volunteers, coaching by Stellar Story Company, and excellent MC work by WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti, the sold-out crowd of 400-plus was entertained while helping to support our nonprofit news organization. Click on each person’s name below to watch them tell their stories, or scroll to the bottom for video of the full event. First up was Miranda Daniloff, who told …

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Two men, one armed with pistol, arrested while attempting to break into Chestnut Hill home, police say

Police arrested two men on Sunday after catching them in the act of allegedly trying to break into a home in Chestnut Hill. One of the men, Akram Boudhan, 22, of Saugus, was armed with a Glock pistol, police say. He is now facing six charges, including illegally possessing a large capacity firearm, trespassing, and conspiracy to commit breaking and entering. The second man, Mounssif Fellahi, 23, was charged with trespassing, attempted breaking and entering and conspiracy. The owner of the Woodland Road home where the alleged crime took place, just outside the Country Club golf course, called police at …

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Town celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Day with music, food and student essays on identity

Brookline celebrated Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Day last week. On Saturday, Brookline Village lit up with student performances, crafts and food at an event sponsored by the town, the Brookline Public Library and the Brookline Asian American Family Network (BAAFN). And on Wednesday, five Brookline high school students were honored by BAAFN for their essays on the theme of “What it means to be Asian American,” part of an annual contest now in its eighth year. Read excerpts from the five winners, chosen out of 26 applicants, below. You can read the full essays by clicking on each …

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Body of Brookline man found in reservoir

The body of a 66-year-old Brookline man was found in the Brookline Reservoir early Monday morning, according to the Brookline Police Department. Police responded to a 5:38 a.m. report of a man’s body found in the reservoir, according to deputy superintendent Paul Campbell. Responders pulled the man from the water and attempted CPR before transporting him to Beth Israel Hospital, where he was declared dead, Campbell said. On Tuesday, police identified the man as Tim Byrne, a Brookline resident. Detectives are investigating the incident and do not currently believe that there are suspicious circumstances surrounding the death, according to Campbell. …

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Town Meeting emails: May 6 to May 12

Brookline.News is publishing the latest emails from the Town Meeting Members Association listserv, which were obtained as part of an ongoing public records request. In these messages sent between May 6 and May 12, Town Meeting members discuss the recent town election and the upcoming session of Town Meeting. …

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Braving 26-foot waves, Baker School teacher brings Antarctica to her classroom

In February, Baker School sixth-grade science teacher Yasameen Sharif found herself a long way from the classroom. She was adrift on a ship in Antarctica, participating in oceanic research alongside teams of scientists. As she counted fish, spotted whales and floated on 26-foot waves, Sharif’s students followed along through her blog and frequent Zoom calls. Sharif was on a mission to bring the icy continent of Antarctica to her class, with the goal of sparking their interests in hands-on and authentic scientific encounters. As the sixth-graders watched over live video, she took part in scientific processes aboard research ships focusing …

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After criticism from ACLU, School Committee ‘struggling’ to develop hate speech policy

In recent months, Brookline’s School Committee has been trying to create a policy to track and combat hate speech in the district, but the effort has been tangled with questions of free speech and complicated by criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union. The proposed hate speech prevention policy would track incidents of hate speech and teach educators how to prevent them. After discussing a draft in April that called for making teachers and school staff “mandated reporters” for hate speech in Brookline schools, School Committee members are now considering a toned down version. The work stems from an outpouring …

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