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Domestic Violence Awareness Week

As awkward as it sounds, professional football scandals have in recent weeks done an excellent job of raising awareness of domestic violence. It’s now part of mainstream conversation. We hope and believe this elevated awareness will lower the incidence of domestic violence.

Steps to Success in Brookline has is certainly doing its part to help increase awareness! They’re presenting Domestic Violence Awareness Week with a series of events from October 6 though October 11th. Please see below:







To learn more about Steps to Success and their important work, visit their website and follow them on Facebook!



Aborn True Value Hardware Turns 60

Aborn True Value

Pablo Monroy, Irene Monroy, and José Monroy, L-R — and of course, Lexi, the store mascot!


Originally founded as a locksmith and Raleigh Bike dealership in 1954 by Jerry Druker, Aborn True Value has quadrupled in size and remains a locally owned business at 438 Harvard St. (at JFK Crossing) in Brookline.   It is now owned by Jose and Irene Monroy making them the fourth family to run the shop.

When it first opened it was known as Aaborn Lock. This made up name, was to ensure first listing in the Yellow Pages under the locksmith heading. According to Mr. Druker’s granddaughter Rachel, one of his prime accounts was Arthur Fiedler of Boston Pops fame. They would have long conversations about their common interest as fire trucks buffs.

Around 1970, Dave Troiano was brought in as a locksmith and within a few years became the business owner. Dave, his brother Bob and sister in law Grace continued to grow the business taking over additional store fronts. While Dave broke off to set up his separate locksmith business, Bob and Grace operated until 1995.

Jerry Katz and Jose Monroy worked together at Righter’s Hardware in Dorchester. Due to an ownership change, Jerry was urged by the representative from True Value to purchase his own store. As luck would have it, Aborn was available. With the proviso that he would come aboard as manager, Jose joined Jerry in totally revamping the store. This led to huge sale increases and a reputation as the neighborhood store that had what you needed, along with sage advice on how to complete your project. During that time Jerry brought in and sold antique tube type radios, wind up phonographs, juke boxes and pinball machines.

Itching to have his own store, Jose made the transition to store owner in 2008. Joined by his wife and son, Pablo, they spearheaded Aborn to a new level. A size increase of an additional 50% space in 2013 has ensured them a bright future. Roaming down the aisles of the brightly lit and friendly store, you will find everything from paint, electrical, plumbing, cleaning supplies, housewares and vacuums and a gazillion nuts, bolts and related hardware items. They also do repairs of screens, windows, lamps, are one of the few places that can sharpen a hand powered push mower and yes they still make keys!

Shopping locally at a business that really cares, used to be the norm, today it still is at Aborn True Value.



Ethel Weiss Week




WHEREAS      August 23, 2014 marks Ethel Weiss’s 100th Birthday

WHEREAS      Since January, 1939, Ethel Weiss and Irving’s Toy and Card Shop have served, mentored, and befriended generations of Brookline young people

WHEREAS      Brookline Local First is a network of locally-owned, independent businesses, whose mission is to build a strong local economy and vibrant community by educating residents and local government leaders about the significant environmental, economic, and cultural benefits of doing business with locally-owned, independent businesses.

WHEREAS      Ethel Weiss’s contributions to our community so inspire all local, independent Brookline businesses, we unanimously agreed an image reminiscent of Irving’s Toy and Card Shop would adorn the Brookline Local First logo, so all Brookline Local Independent Businesses can aspire to follow Ethel’s example of love and dedication to their customers.

WHEREAS      Ethel Weiss’s achievements and life lessons deserve and need to be celebrated

IT IS RESOLVED that Brookline Local First proclaims August 25 through September 1, 2014…

Ethel Weiss Week



Brookline's 2014 Best-of-Boston Winners

Best of Boston 2014The much-ballyhooed annual Best-of-Boston issue from Boston Magazine is out and Brookline is very well represented!

Led by Brookline Local First Members Brookline Booksmith, The Children’s Bookshop, Clear Flour Bread, and Magic Beans, there were (your author might have missed a winner or two combing through his hard copy of the issue!) at least eleven winners from Brookline!

In addition to the four BLF member-winners above, congratulations are also due to Alton Place Shoe Repair, Bonnie’s Boutique, Clover, Electrolysis and Skin Care Clinic, Tim Maslow of Ribelle, Vizio Optic, and Wulf’s Seafood. We can also offer up this meaningless but entertaining statistic: this group from Brookline features one winner from Alton Place, two from Beacon Street, six from Harvard Street, one from Thorndike Street, and one from Washington Street.

Bravo to all of the winners!



Congratulations Bank of Canton!

Number 1 Community Bank RibbonThe votes are in! Gatehouse Media New England’s Wicked Local Readers have voted Brookline Local First member Bank of Canton as “Best Community Bank.”

Visit Brookline’s own Bank of Canton Branch located at 166 Harvard Street.

Bank of Canton




Coolidge Corner Yoga's Salute to Summer!

Salute the Summer Sun in Brookline!

Coolidge Corner Yoga

FREE all-levels yoga, Saturdays at 8:00 a.m.

Minot Rose Garden at Browne & St. Paul Streets, Brookline

(located in the southeast corner of Winthrop Square)

Co-hosted by Coolidge Corner Yoga & the Brookline Departments of Public Health and Parks and Open Space

What better way to celebrate summer than by greeting the day with an hour of yoga in the sunshine? Every Saturday this summer from July 12 through August 30, Coolidge Corner Yoga (CCY) and the Brookline Departments of Public Health and Parks and Open Space will co-host a free all-levels Vinyasa flow facing the beautiful roses at the Minot Rose Garden park. Don’t miss out on this chance to practice with your favorite CCY teachers, bond with Brookline community members, and practice yoga in the great outdoors. Wear comfy clothes, bring your yoga mat and a bottle of water, and come prepared to start your weekend with movement and fun!

When: Saturdays from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. (July 12 – August 30) *

Where: Minot Rose Garden

Why: Because it’s summer—let’s celebrate!

*Class will be cancelled in event of inclement weather.

For more information please visit www.coolidgeyoga.com. Contact us at 617-879-0861 or info@coolidgeyoga.com.



Congratulations On The Move Interiors!

One of your neighbors, and one of our great Member Businesses, On The Move Interiors, won 1st Place earlier this month in a prestigious kitchen design competition held by the National Kitchen & Bath Association, Northern New England Chapter. CLICK HERE for view photos and read all about their award-winning project.

On The Move Interiors LogoKitchens are the center of our homes (doesn’t it seem like every party ends up in the kitchen no matter how hard we try to organize them around our living rooms or patios?), and a kitchen remodel is one of the most satisfying homeowner experiences.

Congratulations to Sheila Selby and On The Move Interiors for this great honor!



Coolidge Corner Community Chorus Spring Concert!

ccccLogoOn Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 8:00pm the Coolidge Corner Community Chorus, a proud member of Brookline Local First, will be performing Mysterium, their spring concert that will feature most of Mozart’s Requiem and one movement of the Brahms Requiem.

Part of the first annual Arts Brookline, this concert will take place at All Saints Parish at 1773 Beacon Street. The cost is $7-12.



Five minutes for a more vibrant Coolidge Corner!

Coolidge Corner is a vibrant and vital shopping destination with a diverse mix of businesses and we want to keep it that way. You can help us accomplish this by spending 5 valuable minutes in your busy to complete a brief online survey. We want to know more about you, what you love about Coolidge Corner, where you shop, why you shop (and why not).

The Town of Brookline and the Coolidge Corner Merchants Association have hired a consultant to, among other things, conduct a survey of residents, tourists, merchants, property owners and others to help guide the betterment of Coolidge Corner.

Please contribute your opinions by completing the brief online survey by clicking the link below:


All responses are confidential

Thank you for your help!