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News in brief: Former Lincoln principal dies, Green Line closure coming next week

December 4, 2023  Updated December 5, 2023 at 5:18 p.m.

Long-time Lincoln principal dies

Barbara Shea, who helped transform the Lincoln School during her 16 years as its principal, died on Nov. 28.

Shea was appointed principal of the school in the fall of 1990, and she oversaw a physical move and a cultural shift that led the school to raise its academic achievement. She retired in 2006 a beloved leader and educator, who had the school’s library named after her.

“Her impact on the school community continues to this day,” Louise Lipsitz, who was a parent and PTO co-president when Shea was hired, wrote in an email to Brookline.News.

Shea created the Steps to Success program at Lincoln, made the school a home to the PALS children’s chorus, and was awarded the first Robert Sperber Award for Leadership from the Brookline Education Foundation.

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Shea was a “devoted friend, mentor, and a force to be reckoned with,” her death notice reads. “She was an avid reader with a thirst for knowledge and a love of travel. She was passionate about helping others whether through her long career as an educator, her philanthropic efforts, or as the person who always just showed up whether to lend an ear, to give her honest advice, or to help someone in need.”

Green Line D Branch closure starts Monday

Shuttle buses will replace service on the Green Line’s D Branch between Riverside and Kenmore from Dec. 11 to Dec. 20, as the MBTA does track work.

The buses will stop at all D Branch stations, except for Beaconsfield, according to the MBTA.

“Due to narrow roads near Beaconsfield, shuttles cannot safely stop there. We recommend taking the Green Line C Branch from Dean Road, about a four-minute walk,” the MBTA says on its website.

In addition to the shuttle buses, the MBTA also recommended the following alternatives for stations in Brookline:

Brookline Hills – Route 60 service, which is available at the intersection of Route 9 and Cypress St, about a four-minute walk from the station.

Brookline Village – E Branch at Riverway, about a seven-minute walk from the station. Additionally, bus routes 60, 65, and 66 are available at the intersection of Washington Street and Walnut Street, about a five-minute walk from the Brookline Village station.