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7/21/18 - added photo of the Liberty Bridge under construction in 1928.
7/18/18 - added
map showing Brookline Voting Wards 19 and 32. Also, Ward 19 is served by Justice Motznik on Brookline Boulevard. Ward 32 is served by Justice King on Brownsville Road.
7/17/18 - updated page on the
Growth of Brookline, at the expense of Overbrook.
7/14/18 - added photo of the
1940 Brookline Merchants football team.
7/4/18 - updated the page for the
Brookline Breeze 5K Run/Walk.
7/4/18 - added photo of the
2017 Brookline Breeze 5K winners.
7/4/18 - added photo of the
2015 Brookline Breeze 5K winners.
7/4/18 - updated the page for the
1916 Independence Day Parade with information on the innaugural Brookline July 4 Parade and Community Festival, held in 1914.
6/17/18 - added 2018 team pictures to the Brookline Little League
Team Photo Gallery.
6/17/18 - added list of
Pittsburgh's Sister Cities, a monthly publication (2008-present).
6/7/18 - updated online archive of
The Brookline, a monthly publication (2008-present).
6/6/18 - updated page on
Bus Service in Brookline.
5/28/18 - added page for the
2018 Memorial Day Parade.
5/28/18 - added Liam Yates to the list of
Eagle Scouts from Resurrection Troop #6.

Memorial Day Commemorative Banner.
Clint Burton with the new Memorial Day Banner commemorating soldiers from Brookline that died during
wartime in service of our country. Artwork by Doug. Click on image for a large image of the banner.

5/27/18 - added photos of Clement's Service Station at 1700 Saw Mill Run Boulevard in 1946/1954.
5/25/18 - added the story of
David P. Digby to the Brookline War Memorial page.
5/24/18 - added the story of
Charles Luppe to the Brookline War Memorial page.
5/23/18 - added the story of
Ralph G. Wagner to the Brookline War Memorial page.
5/22/18 - added the story of
Robert F. McCann to the Brookline War Memorial page.
5/22/18 - added the story of
Paul C. Kestler to the Brookline War Memorial page.
5/22/18 - added the story of
William J. Miller to the Brookline War Memorial page.
5/21/18 - added the story of
Robert M. Fehring to the Brookline War Memorial page.
5/21/18 - added the story of
Harold E. Falk to the Brookline War Memorial page.
5/21/18 - added photos of the
Brookline Cannon in 1982.
5/21/18 - added photo of
Brookline Boulevard in 1982.
5/20/18 - added the story of
Richard E. Hynes to the Brookline War Memorial page.
5/15/18 - added the story of
Howard F. Dempsey to the Brookline War Memorial page.
5/15/18 - added the story of
Walter F. Dempsey to the Brookline War Memorial page.
5/15/18 - added the story of
Edward R. Diegelman to the Brookline War Memorial page.
5/14/18 - added the story of
Robert C. Ketters to the Brookline War Memorial page.
5/14/18 - added the story of
Howard F. Vierling to the Brookline War Memorial page.
5/13/18 - added the story of
Gerald G. Hilliard to the Brookline War Memorial page.
5/13/18 - added the story of
Patrick J. Gallagher to the Brookline War Memorial page.
5/12/18 - added the story of
James E. McKenna to the Brookline War Memorial page.
5/11/18 - added the story of
James R. Bodish to the Brookline War Memorial page.
5/10/18 - added the story of
James G. Collins to the Brookline War Memorial page.
5/6/18 - updated the story of
Alexander G. Mayberry on the Brookline War Memorial page.
5/5/18 - added Gerald Metting to the list of
Eagle Scouts from Resurrection Troop #6.
5/4/18 - updated online archive of
The Brookline, a monthly publication (2008-present).
5/2/18 - added the story of
Jack E. Shannon to the Brookline War Memorial page.
5/2/18 - added the story of
Harry C. Shannon to the Brookline War Memorial page.
4/29/18 - updated the history of
The Church Of The Resurrection.
4/26/18 - added
1976 South Hills Catholic High School JV Football team photo.
4/26/18 - added
1955 Resurrection Elementary 6th Grade class photo.
4/23/18 - added
1976 Brookline Elementary 6th Grade class photo.

Fiori's Pizzaria Customer Parking.
On April 22, 2018, Fiori's Pizzaria announced that they had purchased the West Liberty Auto Glass
property and are using it as customer parking, thus putting an end to the Brookline Parking War
between Fiori's customers and the West Liberty BP Gas Station/Tag Towing partnership.

4/20/18 - added the story of Harold V. Zeiler to the Brookline War Memorial page.
4/19/18 - added the story of
Walter L. Wentz Jr. to the Brookline War Memorial page.
4/16/18 - added the story of
Harry Spack to the Brookline War Memorial page.
4/15/18 - added the story of
James D. Simpson to the Brookline War Memorial page.
4/15/18 - added the story of
Vern M. Rhing to the Brookline War Memorial page.
4/14/18 - updated the story of
John P. Reitmeyer on the Brookline War Memorial page.
4/14/18 - added the story of
Alfred M. Reeves to the Brookline War Memorial page.
4/14/18 - added the story of
Raymond A. Pisiecki to the Brookline War Memorial page.
4/14/18 - added the story of
Andrew D. Orient to the Brookline War Memorial page.
4/13/18 - added the story of
John R. O'Day to the Brookline War Memorial page.
4/13/18 - added the story of
John D. Nicholson to the Brookline War Memorial page.
4/12/18 - added the story of
Edward J. Napier to the Brookline War Memorial page.
4/12/18 - added the story of
Hugh R. McFarland to the Brookline War Memorial page.
4/12/18 - added the story of
John Mazza to the Brookline War Memorial page.
4/11/18 - added the story of
Arthur B. Majestic to the Brookline War Memorial page.
4/10/18 - added page for the dedication of the
American Legion Hall on June 28, 1940.
4/10/18 - updated page on actor
Gerald Anthony Bucciarelli, daytime Soap Opera's Marco Dane.
4/9/18 - added the story of
Michael J. Mahoney to the Brookline War Memorial page.
4/7/18 - added an 18-minute video link
Skybus Complete Transit Expressway to the Skybus page.
4/7/18 - added the story of
Gerald B. Fagan to the Brookline War Memorial page.
4/6/18 - added the story of
Clarence R. Copeland to the Brookline War Memorial page.
4/6/18 - added
1965 Resurrection Elementary 8th Grade class photo.
4/4/18 - added the story of
James J. Capogreca to the Brookline War Memorial page.
4/4/18 - added the story of
Edward G. Brickley to the Brookline War Memorial page.
4/4/18 - updated online archive of
The Brookline, a monthly publication (2008-present).
4/1/18 - updated page for
Robert Healy Jr, Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Hall of Fame inductee.
4/1/18 - updated page for the
Brookline Boxing Club, or "Charlie's Angels."
3/29/18 - added the story of
Lawrence A. Bruni to the Brookline War Memorial page.
3/28/18 - added the story of
Roy T. Arensberg to the Brookline War Memorial page.
3/27/18 - added the story of
William H. Alm to the Brookline War Memorial page.
3/22/18 - added the story of
Raymond P. Cronin to the Brookline War Memorial page.
3/21/18 - added website link for the
Tree Of Life Open Bible Church, located at 1036 Brookline Boulevard, to the page on Brookline Churches.
3/12/18 - added page documenting the history of the
Neeld Tunnel in 1915.
3/11/18 - added page for
J.E. Harris' West Liberty News Agency in 1916.
3/11/18 - added page documenting
Plummer's Run Creek.
3/6/18 - added page for
Robert Healy Jr to the list of notable Brookline Personalities.
3/5/18 - added short video of a
Snowy Day on Altmar Street in 1961.
3/5/18 - added short video of the
Independence Day Parade in 1959.
3/5/18 - completed updating the page on
Saw Mill Run Boulevard (Route 51).
3/1/18 - added 1934 proposal for the
Fort Duquesne Tunnel and Bridge.
3/1/18 - added the 1919 plans for the
Liberty Highway Tunnel and Bridge.

Kerr's Practical Horseshoeing and Wagon Building - 1916.
Three men doing business at Kerr's Horseshoeing and Wagon Building on West Liberty Avenue in June 1916.

2/28/18 - added photos of the 1955 Memorial Day Parade.
2/25/18 - added page for
Derek Law, the only BLLA player to reach the Major Leagues.
2/24/18 - added several photos this past month to our Street Scenes Random Photo pages:


Brookline Street Scenes (1)   **   Brookline Street Scenes (2)
West Liberty Ave (1909-13) ** West Liberty Ave (1915) ** West Liberty Ave (1915-62)
Brookline Boulevard (1909-90)   **   Saw Mill Run Boulevard (1909-64)

2/24/18 - updated
"A History Of Pittsburgh And Western PA Troops In The War - 1919" by adding the four previously missing newspaper editions along some corresponding images.
2/21/18 - added photo of a
Tree Planting Ceremony at Brookline Elementary on May 1, 1972.
2/17/18 - added photos of the
Independence Day Parade in 1916.
2/17/18 - added photos of
Ebbitt Studio on Brookline Boulevard from 1956.
2/14/18 - added Joseph Rogers, Zachary Neal, Joseph Nagy, Zachary Mansour, Michael Lacek, Michael Allen and Ryan Staab to the list of
Eagle Scouts from Resurrection Troop #6.
2/14/18 - added
1979 West Liberty Elementary 8th Grade class photo.
2/14/18 - added
1973 West Liberty Elementary 2nd Grade class photo.
2/14/18 - added
1971 West Liberty Elementary Kindergarten class photo.
2/14/18 - added
1968 West Liberty Elementary 8th Grade class photo.
2/14/18 - added
1968 West Liberty Elementary 7th Grade class photo.
2/12/18 - added page for the
South Park Drive In, which operated from 1940 to 1984.
2/12/18 - added photo of
Joseph F. Loy Tire Service in 1960.
2/12/18 - added
1986 Resurrection Elementary 6th Grade Boys Basketball team photo.
2/11/18 - added
1951 Resurrection Elementary 3rd Grade class photo.
2/11/18 - added
aerial map of Brookline area in 2015.
2/11/18 - added
aerial map of Brookline area in 1993.
2/11/18 - added
map of Brookline area in 1851.
2/6/18 - added photos of the St. Pius faculty from the
1977/78, 1980/81 and 1983/84 school years.
2/6/18 - added page for the
construction of the West Liberty Avenue Trolley Ramp in 1939.
2/6/18 - updated page for the 2016 Brookline Little League 12U Boys Baseball, 12U Girls and 18U Girls Slo-Pitch teams, winners of the coveted
Mayor's Cup Championship at PNC Park.
2/6/18 - updated page for the 2016 Brookline Little League 15U Girls slo-pitch softball team, who finished runner-up in the
Mayor's Cup Championship game at PNC Park.
2/5/18 - added photos of
The Friary at 2905 Castlegate Avenue.
2/4/18 - added page acknowledging Brian Vogel as the Brookline Little League's new
Sultan of Swat.
1/30/18 - added photo of
Brookline Boulevard in the Spring of 2016.
1/29/18 - added photos from the
2016 Little League Parade.
1/29/18 - added photo of one way to
make the best of a baseball game cancelled due to rain.

Bruno 'Spot' Riccardi and his softball team in 1985.
Brookline softball legend and decorated World War II veteran Bruno "Spot" Riccardi and his softball team in
1985. A member of the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Bruno passed away in February 2004.

1/28/18 - added page for the 2017 Brookline Little League 18U Girls Slo-Pitch team, winners of the coveted Mayor's Cup Championship at PNC Park.
1/28/18 - added page for the 2017 Brookline Little League 12U Boys baseball team, who finished runner-up in the
Mayor's Cup Championship game at PNC Park.
1/28/18 - added page for the
Brookline vs. Australia/Dubai Little League All-Star exhibition games held at Brookline Park on August 20, 2017.
1/28/18 - added page for the 2015 Brookline Little League 12U Girls Slo-Pitch team, winners of the coveted
Mayor's Cup Championship at PNC Park.
1/28/18 - added photo of
St. Mark Church in 1909 to the St. Mark Church History page.
1/28/18 - added
1909 West Liberty Elementary 8th Grade class photo.
1/28/18 - added photo of
West Liberty Elementary School in 1909.
1/28/18 - added photo of
Brookline Elementary School in 1910.
1/28/18 - added story of the
The Pothole and The Potty to the Brookline History 250 page.
1/26/18 - added photo of the
haunted mansion at 1900 Whited Street from the 1920s.
1/26/18 - corrected website link for the
DePaul School For Hearing And Speech.
1/26/18 - added website link for the
Our Lady of Victory Maronite Catholic Church.
1/26/18 - added website link for the
Brookline Assembly of God, located at 601 Brookline Boulevard, to the page on Brookline Churches.
1/26/18 - added website link for the
Episcopal Church of the Advent, located at 3010 Pioneer Avenue, to the page on Brookline Churches.
1/26/18 - added website link for the
Brookline-Beechview Catholic Churches, which include Resurrection, St. Pius X and Our Lady of Loreto, to the page on Brookline Churches.
1/26/18 - added website link for the
Providence Reformed Presbyterian Church, located at 2001 Pioneer Avenue, to the page on Brookline Churches.
1/25/18 - added page on the
Adoption of Pagan Babies in Catholic Schools in the 1950s and 1960s.
1/25/18 - added photo of
Benson-Hartman Lincoln Mercury in 1974.
1/25/18 - added two
1958 Resurrection 2nd Grade communion photos.
1/22/18 - added photo of
Chelton Avenue in 1933.
1/22/18 - added photo of
Queensboro Avenue in 1933.
1/22/18 - updated page on the
Evolution of Brookline Memorial Park.
1/22/18 - added photos of the
refurbishing of Sam Bryen Fields by the Brookline Little League Association in the Fall of 2016. Belated thanks to Little League President Brian Vogel.
1/22/18 - added photos of the Norwood and Clifton Inclines to the page on
Pittsburgh's Old Inclines.
1/22/18 - updated page on the
original proposal for Brookline Memorial Community Center in 1946.
1/22/18 - updated page on the
original South Hills Surveys and Land Grant Maps from 1787 to reflect new information learned about the Elizabeth Paul land claim.
1/22/18 - added photo from the
Brookline Park Earth Day Cleanup on April 18, 2015.
1/22/18 - added photo of a
Brookline Boulevard Parade in 1943.

39-Brookline trolley on May 22, 1966. John Bromley Photo.
A 39-Brookline trolley approaches the Fleming Car Stop along Brookline Boulevard on May 22, 1966.

1/21/18 - added photo of the Reed Building in 1995, located at 1057 Brookline Boulevard.
1/21/18 - added photos of
Al D'Alessandro Cadillac in 1955, located at 2115 West Liberty Avenue.
1/21/18 - added
1971 Resurrection Elementary 8th Grade class photo.
1/21/18 - added photo of William Little (1839-1840) to the
Mayors of Pittsburgh.
1/19/18 - updated the history of
The Church Of The Resurrection.
1/19/18 - updated the history of
Our Lady Of Loreto Parish.
1/19/18 - updated the history of
Saint Pius X Parish.
1/18/18 - added more photos of the
Bus Crash on Brookline Boulevard on July 8, 2017.
1/18/18 - added photo of a
Fire on Brookline Boulevard on May 27, 1963.
1/17/18 - restored links to the late-Jim Addis'
The Shortcut webpage.
1/17/18 - updated page on the town of
Reflectorville (1890-1920), much of which is now Brookline.
1/17/18 - added several construction photos to the page on
Saw Mill Run Boulevard (Route 51).
1/16/18 - added photo of
Ralph Book Chevrolet in 1970, located at 2633 West Liberty Avenue.
1/16/18 - added photo of
Berkshire Avenue in 1909.
1/16/18 - added photo of
Creedmoor Avenue in 1924.
1/16/18 - added photos of
727 Berkshire Avenue and the Great Brookline Spring in 1909.
1/16/18 - added page for the
Bob O Link Golf Driving Range in 1930, located where Moore Park is today. The driving range operated from the mid-1920s through 1934.
1/16/18 - added
1983 St. Pius X Elementary 8th Grade class photo.
1/16/18 - added
1983 St. Pius X Elementary 7th Grade class photo.
1/16/18 - added
1983 St. Pius X Elementary 6th Grade class photo.
1/16/18 - added
1983 St. Pius X Elementary 5th Grade class photo.
1/16/18 - reviewed and edited the
Personal Recollections of Professor Joseph F. Moore.
1/16/18 - added photos of a
City Swimming Meet at Moore Park in 1953..
1/15/18 - added photo of
Brookline Post Office in 1947.
1/15/18 - added photo of
Brookline Boulevard in 1928.
1/15/18 - added photo of
Brookline Boulevard in 1909.
1/14/18 - added page for the
Paul Presbyterian Church in 1923.
1/14/18 - added website link for the
Sion Iglesias Christiana Church, located at 1462 Brookline Boulevard, to the page on Brookline Churches.
1/14/18 - added photo of a
Brookline Methodist Church Living Nativity Scene in 1957.
1/14/18 - added the
Brookline Evangelical Methodist Church in 1909 to the Brookline Boulevard page.
1/14/18 - added
Melvin's Brookline Pharmacy in 1909 to the Brookline Boulevard page.
1/14/18 - added two photos of the Norwood Incline in 1908 to the page on
Pittsburgh's Old Inclines.
1/14/18 - added photo of the
Brookline Engine House in 1909.
1/14/18 - added page for the
repainting of the Brookline Mural in September/October 2017.
1/14/18 - added page for
White Swan Park (1955-1989).

Pittsburgh Flood - January 13, 1918 - Dave Dicello Photograph.
Flooding along the Allegheny River and at The Point in Downtown Pittsburgh on January 13, 1918.

1/13/18 - added 1971 Resurrection 2nd Grade communion photo.
1/13/18 - added
1967 Resurrection 2nd Grade communion photo.
1/13/18 - added
1973 Resurrection Elementary 8th Grade class photo.
1/13/18 - added
1963 Brookline Elementary Varsity Basketball team photo.
1/13/18 - added
1970 Brookline Elementary 7th Grade class photo.
1/13/18 - added
1962 Brookline Elementary 7th Grade class photo.
1/13/18 - added
1961 Brookline Elementary 6th Grade class photo.
1/13/18 - added
1960 Brookline Elementary 5th Grade class photo.
1/13/18 - added
1959 Brookline Elementary 4th Grade class photo.
1/13/18 - added
1958 Brookline Elementary 3rd Grade class photo.
1/13/18 - added
1957 Brookline Elementary 2nd Grade class photo.
1/13/18 - added
1956 Brookline Elementary 1st Grade class photo.
1/13/18 - added
1955 Brookline Elementary Kindergarten class photo.
1/7/18 - added Francis Klaus (Hobson Street), Timothy Ruane (Berkshire Avenue) and George Weber (Norwich Avenue) to the list of wounded in World War II to the
Brookline War Memorial page.
1/6/18 - added photo of the
1981/1982 St. Pius X Saints Girls basketball team.
1/6/18 - added photo of the
1981/1982 St. Pius X Saints JV basketball team.
1/6/18 - added photo of the
1981/1982 St. Pius X Saints Cheerleaders.
1/6/18 - added photo of the
1980/1981 St. Pius X Saints Cheerleaders.
1/6/18 - added photo of the
1980/1981 St. Pius X Saints football team.
1/6/18 - added photo of the
1980/1981 St. Pius X Saints JV basketball team.
1/6/18 - added photo of the
1980/1981 St. Pius X Saints JV girl's basketball team.
1/5/18 - added new images the page on
Brown's Dump, West Mifflin's mountain of slag.
1/4/18 - added photo of the
1932 Brookline Merchants football team.
1/4/18 - added photo of the
1975/1976 St. Pius X Saints basketball team, the Diocesan Champions.
1/4/18 - added photo of the
1983/1984 St. Pius X Saints football team.
1/4/18 - added photo of the
1981/1982 St. Pius X Saints football team.
1/4/18 - added Anthony Coghill to the list of
District 4 Council members in the history section on Pittsburgh City Council.
1/4/18 - added
1958 Carmalt Elementary Kindergarten class photo.
1/3/18 - added photo and information on the
1952 Brookline Elementary Class Play.
1/3/18 - added the
May 1952 edition of Brookline Elementary's "The Pioneer."
1/3/18 - added
1952 Brookline Elementary 8th Grade (Spring) class photo.
1/3/18 - added
1950 Brookline Elementary 6th Grade class photo.
1/3/18 - updated the
History of the Liberty Tunnels/Bridge page, adding new information and photos.
1/2/18 - added a story and photos detailing the
Bus Crashing Into The Veteran's Memorial, damaging the cannon and park on July 8, 2017, to the Brookline War Memorial page.
1/2/18 - updated the
Brookline War Memorial page, adding new information on the origins of the park and adding the name of Percy Digby to the list of fallen Brookline soldiers from the First World War.

Resurrection Elementary 8th Grade Class 1938.
One of the 8th Grade graduating classes at Resurrection Elementary in 1938.

1/1/18 - added photo of the 1964 Resurrection May Crowning.
1/1/18 - added photo of the
1984 Resurrection Cheerleaders.
1/1/18 - added photo of
Brookline School in 1909.
1/1/18 - added
1975 West Liberty Elementary 3rd Grade class photo.
1/1/18 - added
1959 West Liberty Elementary 3rd Grade class photo.
1/1/18 - added
1982 St. Pius X Elementary 6th Grade class photo 2.
1/1/18 - added
1982 St. Pius X Elementary 6th Grade class photo 1.
1/1/18 - added
1980 St. Pius X Elementary 7th Grade class photo.
1/1/18 - added
1980 St. Pius X Elementary 2nd Grade class photo.
1/1/18 - added
1979 St. Pius X Elementary 1st Grade class photo.
1/1/18 - added
1974 St. Pius X Elementary Kindergarten class photo.
1/1/18 - added
1977 Our Lady Of Loreto Elementary 1st Grade class photo.
1/1/18 - added
1978 Resurrection Elementary 8th Grade class photo.
1/1/18 - added
1977 Resurrection Elementary 7th Grade class photo.
1/1/18 - added
1975 Resurrection Elementary 6th Grade class photo.
1/1/18 - added
1968 Resurrection Elementary 8th Grade class photo.
1/1/18 - added four
1966 Resurrection Elementary 8th Grade class photos.
1/1/18 - added three
1964 Resurrection Elementary 8th Grade class photos.
1/1/18 - added
1955 Resurrection Elementary 8th Grade class photo.
1/1/18 - added
1938 Resurrection Elementary 8th Grade class photo.
1/1/18 - added photo of
Elizabeth Seton High School Class of 1979.
1/1/18 - added
1973 Brookline Elementary 5th Grade class photo.
1/1/18 - added
1971 Brookline Elementary 3rd Grade class photo.
1/1/18 - added
1970 Brookline Elementary 2nd Grade class photo.
1/1/18 - added
1957 Brookline Elementary 7th Grade class photo.
1/1/18 - added
1959 Brookline Elementary 8th Grade (Spring) class photo.
1/1/18 - added
1953 Brookline Elementary 8th Grade (Spring) class photo.
1/1/18 - added
1952 Brookline Elementary 7th Grade class photo.
1/1/18 - added
1950 Brookline Elementary 5th Grade class photo.
1/1/18 - added
1950 Brookline Elementary 4th Grade class photo.
1/1/18 - added
1958 Brookline Elementary 7th Grade class photo.
1/1/18 - added
1962 Brookline Elementary 4th Grade class photo.
1/1/18 - added
1963 Brookline Elementary 5th Grade class photo.
1/1/18 - added
1963 Brookline Elementary 8th Grade class photo.
1/1/18 - added
1965 Brookline Elementary PM kindergarten class photo.

The Cannon Memorial - December 31, 2017.
The Brookline Cannon, decorated for the holiday season, on December 31, 2017. Doug Brendel photo.

... 2017 ...

12/31/17 - updated the biography page for Chuck Senft, who passed away July 26, 2016.
12/31/17 - updated the biography page for
George Guilfoyle, our beloved Ambassador of Good Will.
12/31/17 - updated the page on the
History of the Brookline Firehouse, adding some new photos and information on the placing of a commemorative plaque to honor George Guilfoyle on August 8, 2015.
12/31/17 - corrected all broken links and adjusted the
Brookline Connection Homepage.
12/30/17 - updated the page on the
History of Bus Service in Brookline.
12/30/17 - added several trolley photos to the
History of Trolleys in Brookline.
12/30/17 - updated online archive of
The Brookline, a monthly publication (2008-present). Added twenty-four issues dating back to July 2015.
12/30/17 - corrected broken links to NOAA weather statistics on
The History of Floods, Snow and Tornados in Pittsburgh.
12/28/17 - updated page on
Brookline Movie Theatres page, adding construction dates for both Theatres and accurate dates for property ownership transfers. This page is now historically correct!
12/27/17 - corrected several broken links on the
Brookline District Justices page.
12/25/17 - added photo of
1955 American Legion team to the Old Team Photo Gallery.
12/24/17 - updated the
Brookline Community Picnic page with some new photos and some additional text to note that after 108 years, the annual picnic was discontinued after the 2015 outing.
12/24/17 - added images of the Pittsburgh Penguins 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup Championship rings to the
History of Pittsburgh Sports Franchises.
12/24/17 - updated the
Brookline Knights history page. Made text edits to page and added several team photos, including the 1981 Termites, 1981 Cheerleaders, 1988 Termites, 2015 13-Under Cheerleaders, 2016 7-Under team, 2016 9-Under team, 2016 11-Under team, 2016 13-Under team, 2016 9-Under Cheerleaders, 2016 13-Under Cheerleaders, 2017 7-Under team.
12/23/17 - updated
Brookline Breeze 5K page with results from the 2015, 2016, and 2017 runnings. Made text edits to page. Best of luck to the new Race Directors Elizabeth Bliss and Melissa Migliaro.
12/22/17 - corrected broken links on the
Building Brookline page for the 2013/2014 Boulevard Reconstruction Project - Part 1 and 2013/2014 Boulevard Reconstruction Project - Part 2.
12/19/17 - corrected broken link to
Whatever Happened To Skybus?.

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12/18/17 - To my Brookline Connection friends ... after a nearly three year absense, it's time to return to our pursuit of Brookline history, the Brookline website and our facebook page. I know it has been a long time since I have been actively managing these endeavors. After eleven years of constant daily editing and posting and researching with this hobby, as well as a full-time job and several other activities, I found that I was in desperate need of a long break. Maybe it has been too long, but I always knew that my mind and body would tell me when it was time to return.

So, with a new and refreshed sense of spirit, I am back, and we are back, in business. Let's put aside those rumours that the Brookline Connection is dead and forge ahead in our quest to discover more of Brookline's rich heritage, through individual memories, documents and photos. It will take some time to get back into the swing of things, and some more time to bring the website up to date, but rest assured I will be working on it and striving to make it better than ever. Thanks for sticking with the Brookline Connection and I look forward to interacting with you all in the near future. Remember that it is you, the past and present residents of Brookline, that are instrumental in making the Brookline Connection what it is. This is your website and your facebook page. Without your input we can not move forward.

... Sincerely, Clint Burton

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... 2015 ...

Dogwoods Blooming in Brookline Park.
The dogwood trees blooming in Brookline Park - April 18, 2015.

5/3/15 - added photo of Nolan's Hardware in 1995.
4/24/15 - added
1988 Resurrection Kindergarten class photo.
4/20/15 - added photos of a tragic
bus/trolley collision on February 10, 1978.
4/12/15 - added photos to our page on the Brookline Knights
1980 Twerps championship.
4/11/15 - updated page on the
Brookline Elementary School Garden.
4/5/15 - added several more street scene images of
Brookline As Seen From Above.
4/2/15 - added photos of
Pittsburgh's Subway Construction in the early-1980s.
3/29/15 - native son
James W. Gormley was inducted into the Soldiers and Sailors Hall of Valor.
3/21/15 - added photos from the Brookline Recreation Center's
1989 Men's League All-Star Game.
3/21/15 - added photos from the Brookline Recreation Center's
1989 Pgh Parks 100th Anniversary.
3/20/15 - updated page for the Brookline Recreation Center's
2015 Indoor Soccer Program.
3/16/15 - added some photos to the
Rt51/Rt88 reconstruction page.

Rt51/Rt88 intersection construction - 3/16/2015.
The Sea of Signs at the Route 51/Route 88 construction project - March 16, 2015.

3/14/15 - updated page for the 2015 Citiparks Traveling Basketball League.
3/11/15 - added photos from the Brookline Recreation Center's
1988 Men's League All-Star Game.
3/10/15 - added picture of
Pittsburgh's Point in February 2015.
3/10/15 - added map of Pittsburgh as it might have appeared in
J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth.
3/10/15 - added photos from an
April 1988 Boulevard Sidewalk Sale.
3/7/15 -
online registration is now available for the 2015 Brookline Breeze, to be held August 8.
2/28/15 - added an
interactive mine map that covers the majority of the Brookline community.
2/26/15 - added 1913 article on Oak Station safety training to the section on
Brookline's Oak Mine.
2/17/15 - added
1960 Brookline Elementary kindergarten class photo.
2/17/15 - added
1949 Resurrection 1st Grade class photo.
2/17/15 - added two
1968 Resurrection 8th Grade class photos.
2/17/15 - added
1979 Resurrection 8th Grade class roster.
2/17/15 - added
1962 Resurrection 2nd Grade communion photo.
2/17/15 - added
1961 Resurrection 8th Grade class photo.
2/17/15 - added
1957 Resurrection 4th Grade class photo.
2/17/15 - added
1969 Resurrection 2nd Grade communion photo.
2/10/15 - updated page on
Brookline's old movie theatres.
2/3/15 - added page showing old homes and businesses that are part of
Lost Brookline.
1/29/15 - added
1968 Resurrection 8th Grade class photo.
1/25/15 - added page on the small town of
Reflectorville (1890-1920).
1/22/15 - updated page on the history of
Brookline Boulevard.
1/12/15 - added some Pittsburgh Coal Company maps to the section on
Brookline's Oak Mine.
1/8/15 - added photos of the
2014/2015 Brookline Elementary varsity basketball teams.
1/6/15 - added
video link to the page Brookline As Seen From Above in the Fall of 2014.

Click to watch short, but sweet,
drone video by Matt Lackner.

... 2014 ...

12/31/14 - updated page on South Hills High School.
12/31/14 - added photos of
Chick's Corner Store, located near South Hills High School.
12/29/14 - added some photos from a
1978 Awards Banquet at the Brookline Recreation Center.
12/28/14 - added some photos from a
1977 Awards Banquet at the Brookline Recreation Center.
12/27/14 - added some more photos of the
1977 Brookline Boxing Club to the club history page.
12/27/14 - updated page on the history of the
Brookline Firehouse.
12/26/14 - updated page on the history of
Trolley Service in Brookline.
12/25/14 - added several more pictures of
Brookline As Seen From Above in the Fall of 2014.
12/24/14 - added photo of the
Brookline firehouse and individual crew members in 1970.
12/23/14 - added
1973 West Liberty Elementary 3rd grade classroom photo.
12/23/14 - added
1968 West Liberty Elementary 2nd grade class photo.
12/19/14 - added
1947 Resurrection 7th Grade class photo.
12/19/14 - added
1948 Resurrection 7th Grade class photo.
12/14/14 - added pictures from the Recreation Center's
Lunch With Santa on December 13, 2014.
12/6/14 - added picture of the
1972 Brookline Pharmacy Little League team.
12/6/14 - added
1975 West Liberty Elementary 8th grade class photo.
12/6/14 - added
1974 West Liberty Elementary 7th grade class photo.
12/6/14 - added
1973 West Liberty Elementary 6th grade class photo.
12/6/14 - added
1971 West Liberty Elementary 4th grade class photo.
12/6/14 - added
1969 West Liberty Elementary 2nd grade class photo.
12/6/14 - added
1967 West Liberty Elementary kindergarten class photo.
11/30/14 - added a
1952 Year in Review and a collection of 1952 Brookline Journals.
11/27/14 - added a
1951 Year in Review and a collection of 1951 Brookline Journals.

The BYHL Thansgiving Cranberry Cup - 11/27/2014.
Brookline Youth Hockey parents played in the 1st Annual Thanksgiving Cranberry Cup game
at the Brookline Park DEK rink on Thursday, November 27, 2014.

11/26/14 - added 1928 Resurrection Room #7 class photo.
11/26/14 - added photo of the
1952 Resurrection Girl's varsity basketball team.
11/25/14 - added
1952 Brookline Elementary 8th Grade (Winter) class photo.
11/24/14 - added
1965 Brookline Elementary AM kindergarten class photo.
11/24/14 - added some
Drone Camera-Eye views of Brookline Park.
11/22/14 - corrected listing for the
1948 and 1949 Resurrection 8th grade class photos.
11/21/14 - added
1940 Resurrection 7th Grade class photo.
11/17/14 - added photo of the newly-constructed
DeBor Funeral Home in May of 1951.
11/16/14 - added page on
Howard's Service Station, shown in 1941 along West Liberty Avenue.
11/14/14 - added pictures from the Recreation Center's
2014 Fall Instructional Basketball Clinic.
11/13/14 - added photo of the
1951 Brookline Elementary School Safety Patrol.
11/10/14 - added image of the
May 9, 1947 Brookline Journal front page highlighting the sale of the Anderson Farm to the Community Center Association for the creation of Brookline Memorial Park.
11/9/14 - added sections on
Brookline's City Steps, the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway tracks and newspaper routes to the Brookline History 260 page.
11/3/14 - updated page for the
2014 Brookline Knights Football Association.
11/3/14 - added
2014 Brookline Knights Week#10 Game Summaries.
11/1/14 - added page on
Leander C. Weet and the L.J. Weet Company on McNeilly Road.
10/30/14 - added
2014 Google Aerial Views of Brookline.
10/28/14 - added page for the
2014 Brookline Halloween Parade.
10/27/14 - added
2014 Brookline Knights Week#9 Game Summaries.
10/24/14 - updated page on the
Brookline Savings and Trust Company (1926-1969).
10/20/14 - added
2014 Brookline Knights Week#8 Game Summaries.
10/13/14 - added
2014 Brookline Knights Week#7 Game Summaries.
10/5/14 - added
2014 Brookline Knights Week#6 Game Summaries.

A large tower-like cloud over Pittsburgh as
a storm front moves in from the southwest.
A view from Brookline Park on Saturday, October 4, 2014. A large cloud rises like a tower towards the bright
blue sky over Pittsburgh as a strong storm front moves in (upper left) bringing hail and damaging winds.

10/2/14 - added Brookline Knights 2014 Team Photos to the Team Photo Gallery.
10/1/14 - added
2014 Brookline Knights Week#5 Game Summaries.
9/30/14 - updated online archive of
The Brookline, a monthly publication (2008-present).
9/27/14 -
Brookline's Jack Flavin was inducted into the I.U.P. Hall of Fame. Way to go Mr. Flavin!
9/23/14 - added
2014 Brookline Knights Week#4 Game Summaries.
9/21/14 - added
1956 West Liberty Elementary kindergarten class photo.
9/21/14 - added
1964 Resurrection 8th Grade class photo.
9/21/14 - added
1958 Resurrection 2nd Grade communion photo.
9/14/14 - added
2014 Brookline Knights Week#3 Game Summaries.
9/10/14 - added the story of
James W. Gormley to the Brookline War Memorial page.
9/9/14 - added
2014 Brookline Knights Week#2 Game Summaries.
9/7/14 - added page on the
Brookline Unveiled Festival held on September 5/6.
9/3/14 - added photo of the Brookline Knights
1976 Cheerleaders.
9/1/14 - added
2014 aerial views of Brookline Boulevard, looking from above Castlegate Avenue.
8/31/14 - added
2014 Brookline Knights Week#1 Game Summaries.
8/31/14 - added a video of the
1985 Brookline Breeze to the Breeze history page.
8/30/14 - updated pages for the
2014 Recreation Center Summer Hoops Leagues, adding results from the 14-Under and Instructional All-Star game and Hot Shot competitions.
8/29/14 - corrected homepage links to the
City of Pittsburgh and City Council District 4.
8/27/14 - added image of the Robert Daley print
"Old Soldiers". An excellent work of art.
8/25/14 - the Economist once again names Pittsburgh
America's Most Livable City.
8/17/14 - former Pittsburgh Mayor
Sophie Masloff passed away at age 96.

The Memphis Belle B-17 bomber flies
over Brookline on August 16, 2014.
The Memphis Belle B-17 bomber flies over Brookline on August 16, 2014. The photo was taken from
Shawhan Avenue. The Golden Arches are visible at the Brookline Junction McDonalds.

8/15/14 - updated homepage for the Brookline Knights. Football season begins August 30.
8/15/14 - added picture of the
1973 Griffin's Brookline Minor League team.
8/15/14 - added some new photos to the page showing the
1981 expansion of Brookline Park.
8/15/14 - updated
Brookline History page with new insights on the origin of the name "Brookline."
8/14/14 - added photo of the
1977 Ressi Raiders Cheerleaders.
8/14/14 - added photo of the
1973 Ressi Raiders junior basketball team.
8/11/14 - added photos from the
33rd running of the Brookline Breeze 5K Fitness Run/Walk, including race results. Congratulations Tim Wu and Natalie Finnerty, 2014 Breeze 5K winners.
8/11/13 - updated information to our page on the Brookline Knights
1980 Twerps championship.
8/11/14 - added photo of the Brookline Knights
1980 Cheerleaders.
8/5/14 - updated page for the Brookline Recreation Center
2014 14-Under Basketball League.
8/1/14 - updated page for the Brookline Recreation Center
2014 Instructional Basketball League.
7/31/14 - added the 2014
8-Under Boys, Boys Minor League, Boys Little League, 8-Under Girls, 10-Under Girls, Girls Little League and Girls Senior League team pictures to the Brookline Little League All-Star Gallery.
7/31/14 - added
1968 Carmalt Elementary kindergarten class photo.
7/31/14 - added
1977 Resurrection 7th Grade class photo.
7/27/14 - added photos of
Brookline Boulevard in 1973, including the East Brookline Shopping Center.
7/26/14 - updated page documenting the
1915 West Liberty Avenue Reconstruction Project.
7/24/14 - updated page documenting the
2013/2014 Boulevard Reconstruction Project - Part 2.
7/24/14 - updated page documenting the
2013/2014 Boulevard Reconstruction Project - Part 1.

Mayor Bill Peduto speaks at the dedication
of Brookline Boulevard on July 24, 2014.
Mayor Bill Peduto addresses the crowd at the dedication of the new Brookline Boulevard on July 24, 2014.
Standing with the Mayor are State Representative Erin Molchany, Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak,
SPDC member Lois McCafferty and Pittsburgh Chief of Operations Guy Costa.
The
Brookline Boulevard Reconstruction Project is officially over!

7/18/14 - the Pittsburgh Penguins hosted Youth Hockey Day at Brookline Park on July 16.
7/12/14 - congratulations to the Brookline Little League 12U Girls Slo-Pitch team, winners of the coveted
Mayor's Cup Championship at PNC Park.
7/7/14 - an interesting P-G article about WWII veteran and Brookline resident
Carroll Westfall.
7/3/14 - updated homepage for the
Brookline Knights Football Association.
6/30/14 - added the 2014
Medicine Shoppe Little League, the Moonlite Cafe Minor League and the Brookline Pub Girls Little League teams to the list of champions on the Brookline Little League Past Champions page.
6/29/14 - added page on the
Freedom Trains that visited Pittsburgh in 1948 and 1976.
6/29/14 - a
short quiz that appeared in the October 20, 1907 edition of the Brookline Herald.
6/23/14 - updated page on the
Westinghouse Transit Expressway, better known as "Skybus".
6/19/14 - a look back at a
1949 proposal for an eastern extension to Brookline Boulevard.
6/18/14 - added pictures of
Seaton Street under construction in 1941.
6/11/14 - added photo from the Recreation Center's
2014 Spring Instructional Basketball Clinic.
6/10/14 - added 2014 team pictures to the Brookline Little League
Team Photo Gallery.
6/4/14 - on this day the
U.S. Navy Blue Angels flew over Pittsburgh. It was magnificent!
5/31/14 - on Friday, May 30, Brookline's firefighters extinguished a
fire on Shawhan Avenue.
5/27/14 - a nice video of the
2014 Memorial Day Parade, along Brookline Boulevard.
5/25/14 - added page for
Mount Washington Roadway, now called McArdle Roadway.
5/19/14 - added images of Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle in
1892, 1960 and 2013.
5/18/14 - updated page on
Pittsburgh's Inclines.
5/16/14 - updated page on the
Pittsburgh and Castle Shannon Railroad (1871-1912).
5/10/14 - updated pages on the
Monongahela Bridge and the Smithfield Street Bridge.
5/6/14 - added page showing the
paving of Brookline Boulevard from Starkamp to Birchland.

Paving Brookline Boulevard - May 6, 2014.
On May 6, 2014, Brookline Boulevard was repaved from Starkamp Avenue to Birchland Street.

5/3/14 - added photos from the annual Brookline Little League Parade.
4/28/14 - a small dose of pothole humor to ease our frustration ...
Digging Up The Past.
4/27/14 - the Veteran's Memorial Park on the boulevard
was adorned with new flags.
4/26/14 - added page for the
Brookline Park Earth Day Cleanup project, part of the city and state-wide Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful "Pick It Up, PA" program. It's all a part of the Great American Cleanup, an effort to remove trash from our streets and parks.
4/25/14 - added
1972 Resurrection 2nd Grade communion photo.
4/22/14 - added page on the
Kerr Homestead that stood from 1898 to 1950 at Brookline Junction.
4/22/14 - added
list of community improvements proposed in March 1962.
4/21/14 - added article on a
trolley accident at Brookline Junction on May 29, 1930.
4/21/14 - added
Skybus article from March 1974 to the Skybus History page.
4/20/14 - added
palette-knife oil painting of Brookline Boulevard by Pen King (circa-2000).
4/20/14 - added images of Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle in
1850 and 1855.
4/19/14 - part of Creedmoor Avenue was
designated a Resurrection playground during recess in 1933.
4/18/14 - added section on the
Denis Theatre to the page on local neighborhood theatres.
4/18/14 - added
1978 Our Lady Of Loreto 8th Grade class photo.
4/18/14 - added
1967 Carmalt Elementary Kindergarten class photo.
4/17/14 - documented locations of several
Oak Mine entrances and spur lines in or near Brookline.
4/14/14 - added photos of a snowy
Brookline Boulevard, Berwin and Rossmore in January 1978.
4/13/14 - on April 11, Engine Company #26 responded to a
fire along Brookline Boulevard.
4/11/14 - updated page for the
2014 Citiparks Traveling Basketball League.
4/9/14 - updated page for the
Carnegie Institute of Technology.
4/8/14 - updated page for the
Carnegie Institute Library and Museums.
4/6/14 - updated page on the history of the
Church of the Resurrection.
3/28/14 - read Post-Gazette article on Seton-LaSalle basketball coach and long-time Brookline resident
Mark "Knobby" Walsh.
3/26/14 - updated page documenting the construction of the
DEK Hockey rink at Brookline Park.

Brookline Memorial Park - March 24, 2014.
A welcome springtime view of Brookline Memorial Park on March 24, 2014.

3/23/14 - native son Thomas J. Cullison was inducted into the Soldiers and Sailors Hall of Valor.
3/21/14 - added page on
Brown's Dump, the slag mountain along Route 51 in West Mifflin.
3/18/14 - added section on
WWII and Cold War "Duck and Cover" drills in Brookline schools.
3/17/14 - added
1977 Resurrection Elementary 7th Grade class photo.
3/17/14 - added
1975 Resurrection Elementary 5th Grade class photo.
3/16/14 - in over 100 years, Brookline has never had a
fast food franchise within the community.
3/16/14 - added images of
531 Brookline Boulevard in 1970. Today there is a Sunoco station.
3/15/14 - added
1972 Brookline Elementary 8th Grade class photo.
3/15/14 - added
1971 Brookline Elementary 7th Grade class photo.
3/15/14 - added
1970 Brookline Elementary 6th Grade class photo.
3/15/14 - added
1967 Brookline Elementary 3rd Grade class photo.
3/15/14 - added
1965 Brookline Elementary 1st Grade class photo.
3/15/14 - added
1964 Brookline Elementary Kindergarten class photo.
3/14/14 - updated page for the Brookline Recreation Center's
2014 Indoor Soccer Program.
3/13/14 - added the story of
Jack E. Foley to the Brookline War Memorial page.
3/11/14 - added map showing the
four-stage growth of the Brookline community.
3/11/14 - added page showing the
72 Distinct Subdivisions in Brookline.
3/2/14 - congratulations to the
Nicholas Family, 2013 Jefferson Award winners for volunteerism.
2/28/14 - updated history page for the
Brookline Community Picnic (1908-present).
2/23/14 - added page for the
Pittsburgh Steelerettes, the NFL's first-ever cheerleading squad.
2/22/14 - added the story of
Joseph F. Loy to the Brookline War Memorial page.
2/11/14 - added photos from the
1983 Brookline Breeze.
2/11/14 - added photos of the
1987 Recreation Center Men's/Junior League basketball champions.
2/9/14 - updated history page on the
Liberty Tunnels and Bridge, with new photos and information.
1/21/14 - added
1962 West Liberty Elementary Kindergarten class photo.
1/21/14 - added
1965 West Liberty Elementary 3rd Grade class photo.
1/21/14 - added the
1969 American Legion Senior League team photo to the Brookline Little League Team Photo Gallery.
1/11/14 - added the
1992 Midget cheerleaders and the 1993 Midget team pictures to the Brookline Knights Team Photo Gallery.

A map showing the path of Brookline Boulevard, then
designated as Knowlson Avenue, in 1905.
A 1905 map showing the route of Brookline Boulevard (then known as Knowlson Avenue), from Pioneer (Lang) Avenue through
to the West Liberty Borough boundary with Fairhaven at Whited (Oak) Street. Edgebrook is designated Hughey Road.

Old maps of Brookline are a great way to chart the development and history of the community.

1/10/14 - added photos of the 2013/2014 Brookline Elementary varsity basketball teams.
1/9/14 - updated the
Brookline History - 250 Years page, adding segment on the Oak Mine.
1/8/14 - the
Brookline Memorial Recreation Center is now live on Facebook. Give the Rec a Like.
1/6/14 - updated page on the
Mayors of Pittsburgh.
1/1/14 - updated page showing maps and deeds regarding the
1787 land grants for the South Hills.
1/1/14 - updated page on the evolution of
Brookline Memorial Community Center Park.

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