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By Felina Silver Robinson

Brookline Village 2012

I’ve been a resident in the town of Brookline Massachusetts since the age of 3. I’ve seen businesses come and business go.  There was such a sense of timelessness when I was young. It was obvious that people cared about spending quality time with family, neighbors and friends. Each main street lined with stores so invitingly enticing you just had to stop in, but making the choice of which one it would be was no easy task. Local Butchers, Fish Markets, Woolworth’s, Bakeries, Family Restaurants and Florists are just some of the examples of the potential array of choices. Today, much of the feeling of a carefree atmosphere has slipped away as the feel of commercialism has a slight edge. Nonetheless, Brookline will always be a visually appealing, welcoming community.

But it’s clear that business is now a very large part of the towns current makeup. Overpriced parking meters, permit parking and violators of permit parking make it difficult for both residents and visitors alike to enjoy their leisure or business throughout the town. One thing is certain, and that’s the fact that Brookline offers a vast number of storefronts to choose from scattered about the town. Many of its corners are quite picturesque. No wonder many parents strive to find homes in the area to raise their young. There are a number of parks placed throughout the town of Brookline that will draw you in. If you need daycare for your child(ren), don’t worry, Brookline has you covered. The school system has made great strides through the years facing new challenges each day with the likes of Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder and Post traumatic Stress issues making it that much harder to reach our children in today’s classrooms. But if support is what our children need, then that is what they will get. There are  a lot of services throughout the town to connect families to that have a child(ren) in need. Brookline has also become home to many doctors in the Longwood medical area therefore further benefiting the residents of the town. As I finish writing this opinion it feels as though I’ve written an ad for potential residents of the town of Brookline. If that is what it is, that is what it is.

One last observation would be that it’s nice to see a town that takes such pride in its appearance and what it values. The Town of Brookline has embraced all those willing to call the town their home, helping everyone find their own niche. It’s hard to imagine Brookline before the 60s when you certainly wouldn’t have seen the melting pot that there is here today. As someone with mixed blood including being 1/2 Native American, I can say that I’m proud to live here today accomplishing something that wouldn’t have been possible before my birth. Thank you for a place to call home and it’s nice to see that it’s “business as usual in the small town of Brookline Massachusetts©.”


By Felina Silver Robinson

It is sad what our society has done to men. That fathers have left their sons with an inability to show emotion for fear that they may not appear to be strong. Let me be fair to state that this is not necessarily today’s men, but definitely men of the late 50s and those before them. In today’s age we have to live life with feeling and compassion. There is so much going on where we must have the verbal ability to comfort those in need when the time warrants it. Unfortunately, not all people seem to be equipped with that ability. Let me be clear in that there is a difference in a person that is just angry at the world or that just doesn’t want or like being around others and the difference between a person who just has a severe lack of communication skills because they never learned them as a child. It is clearly the parents responsibility to start the communication piece in their children, and the sooner they start the process, the better off everyone will be. Parents can’t assume that a child will be able to learn such skills on their own. Leaving them without them can be harmful to their adult relationships, especially their marriages.I have hope for all of us men, women and children. It’s ok to feel and it’s more than ok to talk about what your feeling. Together, we can all be strong communicators.

Please consider the following resources:

Helping your children communicate

Social Skills: Promoting Positive Behavior, Academic Success, and School Safety

Helping Teens Develop Healthy Social Skills and Relationships: What the Research Shows about Navigating Adolescence

Ten Ways to Improve Your Interpersonal Skills


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When people drive erratically, it’s not always just because they want to live dangerously, they’re driving under the influence or they’re running from the law. Sometimes people have medical conditions that mimic similar behaviors of people who are under the influence causing police officers to feel as though they are in physical danger when stopping a person who might actual be suffering a traumatic medical event. It is important for Police officers and peace officers of all kinds to be trained to recognize medical symptoms that mimic those of people under the influence to avoid situations such as the case highlighted in today’s news about a police officer who used a stun gun on a 78-year-old diabetic man. This situation might have been avoided if the officer had some training to recognize the signs and symptoms of various medical conditions that could lead to a potentially deadly outcome. Individuals who are deaf are certain to be mistaken for a belligerent drunk or just being plain defiant.

Everyone knows the saying “Never judge a book by its cover”. We should all work hard to follow that statement. Each life was given for a purpose and I’m certain that it wasn’t to be accidentally shot down or suffer a medical incident that one may not recover from all because of a simple medical condition unknown to an officer. Everyone needs to work together to prevent tragedy and the best way to do that is by learning as much as one can when we working in the service industry to recognize as many medical conditions as possible. Yes, this means that people have to know more than they already know, but in the end this will aid us all in the prolonging of life.

I live for the moment that we don’t hear another story about an unnecessary death.


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Principal Chief George Tiger

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Head Coach of the Atlanta Dream Michael Cooper coaches rookie Shoni Schimmel during the 2014 season. Cooper has compared Schimmel to former LA Lakers star Magic Johnson.

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An Alberta oil sands installation.

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This is just one of many examples of the ways to stuff a date. AmeesSavoryDish.com gives an example of a mascarpone stuffed date with a maple drizzle, link below.

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Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirit (BAAITS)

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Baylor’s Bryce Petty, Chickasaw, is headed to the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015.

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Bradford Island Superfund site in the Columbia River.

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Silver cuffs with diamonds by Keri Ataumbi. Image source: facebook.com/AtaumbiMetals

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