All politics is local

There’s no better expression of democracy than engaging in local government. To continue the dialogue, the Greater Point Neighborhood Association and High Street Hill Neighborhood Association present a special Candidates Forum, Thursday, April 13th
7:00-9:00 PM at the Lincoln School Cafeteria.

Brookline residents running for these townwide offices will present their ideas for the Town, and answer questions:

E-mail your questions to

It’s winter — time for a neighborhood author talk!

HSHA Author Event Featuring: Anthony Flint on Le Corbusier Sunday, February 12 4:15pm 28 Allerton Street.

Please join us for the latest in a series of events organized by the HSHA, to bring together neighborhood authors and artists with their neighbors. On Sunday, February 12, the Board is delighted to present one of its own – neighbor/board member/author Anthony Flint, a resident of Walnut Street and a fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy ( Anthony has been a journalist most of his professional career, primarily at The Boston Globe, and continues to write for The Atlantic’s CityLab ( and other publications.
He will discuss his book Modern Man: The Life of LeCorbusier, Architect of Tomorrow (New Harvest, 2014). LeCorbusier was a pioneer of 20th century modernism, and while much criticized, left a legacy of solutions for housing the many millions of people moving to cities.

When:  Sunday, February 12,  join us at 4:15pm for Anthony’s presentation, followed by a reception of wine, cheese, and sweets.
Where:  The home of Margaret Talcott and Scott Scharer – 28 Allerton Street, cohosted by fellow HSHA Board members John Carpenter and Diana Post.

Books will be available for purchase that afternoon at a special HSHA discount.
More information on Anthony Flint:

Modern Man on Amazon:

Seating is limited, so please contact Diana Post at (or (617) 738-5096if you would like to attend


Keeping the Promise: Brookline’s Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Please join together for Brookline’s annual celebration of the life and values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 3 pm Monday, January 16, 2017, at Coolidge Corner Theatre. The theme for this year’s event will be “Confronting Bias in Brookline.”

Rick Pinderhughes, Director of Programs at Vision, Inc., a non-profit training and consulting organization specializing in diversity and inclusion, will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Pinderhughes will describe what implicit bias is and how it affects all of us, in our daily lives and in our institutions.

A panel discussion about what steps can and are being taken to confront bias in Brookline will follow. The panelists will be Rahsann Hall, Director of the Racial Justice Program for the Massachusetts ACLU; Daniel O’Leary, Chief of the Brookline Police Department; and Andrew Bott, Superintendent of Public Schools of Brookline.

The program will also feature poetry and the inspirational words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This event is free but to guarantee a seat you must reserve a ticket beforehand at

  • Reserved tickets are available online until 11 pm Sunday, January 15. On the day of the event, Monday, January 16, any remaining tickets will be available only at the Coolidge Corner Theater box office.
  • If you are unable to get online please contact Rob Daves at 617-566-7334 or for tickets.
  • Seating is limited so come early. Doors will open at 2:30 pm.
  • Sign language interpretation will be provided. The Coolidge Corner Theater is accessible to persons with disabilities.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre is located at 290 Harvard Street, just steps from the Coolidge Corner T-stop on the C branch of the Green Line and the Dudley Square #66 bus stop. If you need special assistance or need a ride please contact Rob Daves at 617-566-7334 or

Join the Soup Stroll

What better way to spend a brisk Sunday afternoon than join the High Street Hill Association Soup Stroll, Sunday, December 4th from 4-6 pm. Enjoy 6 delicious soups in 3 neighborhood locations. Strollers should arrive at the home of Kim Ozaki 8 Upland Rd, #2 at 4 pm. At 4:35 pm we will stroll to the home of Nancy Peabody 1162 Walnut St. and at 5:10 pm we move on to our final stop at the home of Michele Sommer 203 Pond Ave. 2 Different soups will be served at each location. Join to meet friends old and new, and appreciate different parts of the neighborhood, while tasting culinary wonders. RSVP

Come take a walk with Tom Brady

Come take a walk with Tom Brady! Tree Tour with Town Arborist
Sunday, May 15th 3:00 pm Departing from Edgehill Road
Join HSHA members and Brookline Tree Warden and town arborist, Thomas Brady, to discover the notable trees in our neighborhood. The walking tour will begin at the end of Edgehill Road where, this past fall, the High Street Hill Association planted a disease-resistant Princeton Elm in honor of Betsy and Gary Gross, long-time Edgehill residents and community leaders. From there, we’ll set off to see Weeping Hemlock, Tulip Poplar, London Pane, European Cutleaf Beech, Redwood, Yellow Wood, and Sourwood trees, and others. The one hour tour will conclude at 8 Upland Road, the home of Rob Daves and Jennifer Jackson where refreshments will be served on their beautiful porch.

High Street Hill Association Annual Meeting & Potluck Dinner Set for May 9

HSHA Annual Meeting & Potluck Dinner
Monday, May 9th
Latvian Lutheran Church

Please join us for your neighborhood association’s Annual Meeting!

  • 6pm Family Potluck Dinner*
  • 7pm Moderated panel discussion
  • HSHA annual business meeting and Board election to follow panel discussion

* Those with last names beginning with A-F please bring a dessert, G-M a salad, and N-Z a main dish.

Panel Discussion:  “Development on Route 9 and the Role of the Selectmen, Town Economic Development Office and Neighbors”
Route 9, between Cypress Street and Pond Avenue,* is rapidly changing. This past winter a medical marijuana dispensary opened in the former Brookline Bank building, and an extended-stay Hilton hotel, Homewood Suitessoon will open for business at the former Red Cab site. Boston Children’s Hospital’s large development project is beginning construction at Two Brookline Place, while a Hilton Garden Inn is being planned for the former Gulf Station site at 25 Washington Street. The Audi dealership seeks to substantial expand the size and number of buildings and cars on its lot. Across the street, Soka Gakkai International, a Nichiven Buddhist organization, is completing renovations to 303 Boylston Street. Will the Dunkin Donuts’ property on the corner of High Street be the next Route 9 development project? Come learn more about the changes that are taking place on our doorstep and how the town is managing development along Route 9.

Our panel will include:

  • Andy Martineau, Brookline, Economic Development Planner
  • Ben Franco, Selectman
  • Neil Wishinsky, Selectman
  • Kara Brewton, Brookline Economic Development Director (moderator)

Plans for 9 Walnut Place Up for Review

160229 9 Walnut Street Preservation Commission Sub CommitteeAttached are revised plans for the proposed house at 9 Walnut Place that will be reviewed by the Preservation Commission subcommittee on Thursday, March 3, at 8:15 AM  in room 111 of Town Hall.
Comments may be sent to:
David King, Chair, Brookline Preservation Commission:
Marissa160229 9 Walnut Street Preservation Commission Sub Committee Barrett, Preservation Planner, Town of Brookline: 

First in a series of neighborhood author talks

The High Street Hill Association proudly presents the first in a series of talks by authors in the neighorbood. Eric Schwarz, a resident of Hawthorn Road and founding CEO of Citizen Schools and the College for Social Innovation, will discuss his book The Opportunity Equation, the story of triumphs and setbacks encountered in the development of Citizen Schools,  a program designed to combat rising inequality in our public school system.  Citizen Schools today partners with public middle schools in low-income communities to provide an expanded learning day, rich with new opportunities.  Hear how Citizen Schools has succeeded in bridging the wealth-based achievement gap by providing thousands of low-income students experiences they would not otherwise have access to.  We hope Eric will also bring us up to date on his latest project, the College for Social innovation.

When:              Sunday, March 13 –  join us at 3:30pm for a brief  reading/presentation by Eric, followed by discussion and (wine and cheese) reception

Where:             The home of Margaret Talcott and Scott Scharer

28 Allerton Street

Books will be available for purchase.

Seating is limited so please email or call (617)383-5366 if you would like to attend.