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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.
4/8/15 - updated online archive of
The Brookline, a monthly publication (2008-present).
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 1965 Brookline Elementary kindergarten class photo.
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 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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