Friday, May 25, 2012
Article 27, regarding slavery in the past, and nine other articles discussed by Brookline Town Meeting.
Town Meeting returned to the remaining 30 warrant articles, and began the evening discussing article 27, which acknowledges Brookline's slave-owning past. Annual Town Meeting continues Tuesday Night at 7 p.m., again at the Brookline High School Auditorium. Articles 12 and 28 will be the first aritcles discussed, to accomodate the high school petitioners' schedules.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
1. The National Weather Service tells us that we'll have showers for most of the day, a 30 percent chance day and night--mostly between 3 p.m. and 1 a.m. The highs should range between 73ºF and 57ºF. 2. Handcrafted marionettes perform in the Fairy Circus (by Tanglewood Marionettes) presented by the Puppet Showplace Theatre. Entrance to the big top is $10, and the show starts at 10:30 a.m. If you can't make it, the circus is still in town this weekend. 3. Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren is visiting Brookline today, according to an e-mail her campaign sent last night. At around 12:15 p.m. she will be talking to people at Jimmy's Bar and Oven to talk about concerns residents may have with big banks on Wall Street, and how stronger …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Brookline Town Meeting votes to put the question of open town meeting hearings to a Moderator's Committee.
The question of public hearings on warrant articles has been sent to a committee, with an answer to come back later this year. A majority at Brookline Town Meeting voted to refer article 9 to a Moderator's Committee. The article would require town committees considering warrant articles to hold public hearings about those articles. The Committee will bring their conclusions to the Special Town Meeting in fall. Petitioner, and Precinct 10 Town Meeting Memeber (TMM) Jonathan Davis explained his article, "It is a simple premise: if there is a commitee taking a voted position on an article, the commitee must hold a noticed public hearing." He went on to say that currently, public comment "can be allowed at will or whim of a chairperson [on a…
The first nine Warrant Articles at Town Meeting discussed by the Town Meeting Members. Town Meeting continues on Thursday night.
Town Meeting covered the first nine of 30 warrant articles, including the fiscal 2013 budget article. The Budget includes a $15,000 appropriation by the Library Trustees to remain open in the summer, an increase of $8,000 from the plan originally voted by the selectmen. Annual Town Meeting continues Thursday Night at 7 p.m., also at the Brookline High School Auditorium, where many of the remaining warrant articles will be discussed and voted. [Update: The Town Meeting Results PDF from the Brookline Town Website is available for viewing on the right. 12:18p.m.]
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Some tips and tricks for any Letters to the Editor you would like us to consider before Town Meeting begins next week.
The 2012 Town Meeting Warrant has thirty articles in it. Yes, three-zero. Some of the decisions are bound to hit close to home for some of our readers, whether it's raising the age of cigarette sales, building contraflow bike lanes, or an item in the town budget. If you feel we need to bring more attention to one of them, then send a letter in to the Brookline Patch editor. Patch is always open to publishing Letters to the Editor, not just about Brookline Town Meeting or Elections coming up, but also things like the Food Trucks program or other town issues. We will not be running any letters on the week of Town Meeting, so the latest you can get them in is the end of business on Friday. After that, we will not have time to process and …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Brookline Town Meeting is coming up at the end of the year, and there is a slew of articles to be discussed.
Each year, the Town Meeting Members (TMMs) of Brookline gather to discuss a warrant composed of articles proposed by officials and residents around Brookline. This year, Town Meeting begins on May 22 and will run until Town Meeting Members vote on the 30 warrant articles. See the PDFs to the right, or check the Brookline Town Website to see the full warrant, explanations, and the combined report on the article. Some of these articles may have changed from their original versions as petitioned. Voting at town meeting may be on a different version of the article than presented. Article 1: Measurers of Wood and Bark Submitted by the Board of Selectmen This article has been voted favorably by a unanimous Board of Selectmen. The Advisory …