What's New in the Brookline Connection?
(2010 - 2008)

Here are the most recent additions, provided by our friends and neighbors in Brookline.

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... 2010 ...

12/28/10 - added Resurrection class photo, 8th grade class (8-2) - 1975.
12/10/10 - updated page for the
2010 Brookline Knights Football Association.
12/7/10 - December 7, 2010 was declared
Brookline Knights Day in the City of Pittsburgh.
12/4/10 - added page for the Brookline Recreation Center's
Fitness Facility Dedication.

Reconstruction of Mazza Pavilion
on Brookline Boulevard.
Reconstruction of Mazza Pavilion apartments on Brookline Boulevard - November 2010.

11/28/10 - updated page on Trolleys in Brookline and Trolleys in Pittsburgh.
11/26/10 - updated information on the
Route 51/Route 88 interchange reconstruction project.
11/23/10 - updated page for
Toner Institute (1899-1977).
11/21/10 - added page for the
dedication of Stephen Mayhle Memorial Field in Brookline Park.
11/20/10 - added several photos showing the
reconstruction of West Liberty Avenue in 1915.
11/15/10 - added the
2010 13-Under Brookline Knights to the Knight's "Hall of Champions".
11/11/10 - updated information on
Skybus, the unmanned train that wound its way through South Park on an elevated guideway in the 1960s. Skybus helped revolutionize People-Mover technology. The fully-restored Skybus vehicle is now on display at Bombardier's West Mifflin headquarters.
11/7/10 - added photos of
Brookline Boulevard in March 1916.
11/6/10 - added photos of
Pioneer Avenue in 1916, near Brookline Elementary.
11/6/10 - added photos of
Creedmoor Avenue in 1919.
10/31/10 - added the
1998 Season to the Brookline Knights Seasons In Review.
10/8/10 - added photos of
Wenzel Avenue in 1913.
10/7/10 - updated history of
Saw Mill Run Boulevard and Saw Mill Run Creek.
9/5/10 - updated page for
PNC Park, adding information and photos of A Tribute To Maz.
8/28/10 - added link to a nice video of
Brookline Knights 8-Under Football Action from the 2009 season featuring speedy #42 Cole McMullan and a cast of characters.

Chris 'Fritz' Brendel of Holly Springs, NC,
competes in the 29th Annual Brookline Breeze 8/14/2010.
Chris "Fritz" Brendel of Holly Springs, NC, returned home to run in the Brookline Breeze 5K.
This is not the first time we've seen Chris on the run. See
Fritz heading for home
on Little League Opening Day at the Community Center field back in 1976.

8/14/10 - added photos from the 29th running of the Brookline Breeze 5K Fitness Run/Walk, including race results.
8/14/10 - added photo of the Brookline Park
2010 Recreation Center Staff.
8/12/10 - added page for
Joe's Soccer Club (2010) and their trip to the PPG Zoo and Aquarium.
8/11/10 - read Post-Gazette article
"Breezin' in Brookline: Memories from a neighborhood race."
8/6/10 - added page for the
Community Family Fun Fest, August 5 at Brookline Park.
7/22/10 - added 2010
Minor League and 10-Under Girls team photos to the All-Star Gallery.
7/20/10 - added Resurrection Elementary
1936 1st Grade, 1937 2nd Grade, 1938 3rd Grade and 1940 5th Grade Class Photos.
7/19/10 - added Brookline Elementary
1971 4th Grade and 1975 8th Grade Class Photos.
7/16/10 - added 2010
8-Under Boys and 12-Under Girls team photos to the All-Star Gallery.
7/15/10 - added some new photos and information to the pages on
Forbes Field (1909-1970) and Three Rivers Stadium (1968-2001).
7/7/10 - added 2010
Little League and 8-Under Girls team photos to the All-Star Gallery.
6/25/10 - added the 2010
Mike Poremski Plumbing Little League, the TAS Sportswear Minor League, and the Party Cake Bakery Girls Little League teams to the list of champions on the Brookline Little League Past Champions page.
6/24/10 - updated page on the
History of Floods, Snowstorms and Tornados in Pittsburgh, adding information on another of nature's nasty surprises, the seismic tremor that gave the 'Burgh a gentle nudge on June 23, 2010.
6/17/10 - added photo of the
Brookline Elementary 1953 Kindergarten Class.

TAS Sportswear - 2010 BLLA Minor League Champs
June 16 - TAS Sportswear beat Seven-Eleven, 7-3, to win the BLLA Minor League Championship.

6/16/10 - added photo of a Brookline Elementary 3rd Grade Christmas Play in 1956.
6/14/10 - added photo of the
original Eat'n Park restaurant in 1949, located on Route 51.
6/14/10 - added photos of
Glenbury Street from 1895 to 1940.
6/14/10 - added photos of
Edgebrook Avenue in 1929.
6/14/10 - added photos of the
South Hills Coal Company in 1930, located on McNeilly Road.
6/11/10 - added photos from
Brookline Elementary School Fun Day 2010.
6/7/10 - added several photos of
West Liberty Avenue in 1912, illustrating the view of a rider on the 39Brookline trolley traveling from South Hills Junction to Brookline.
6/5/10 - added
1907 Freehold Real Estate Poster touting the booming Brookline housing market.
6/3/10 - added 2010 team pictures to the Brookline Little League
Team Photo Gallery.
5/31/10 - added photos from the
2010 Memorial Day Parade on Brookline Boulevard.
5/27/10 - added page for the Brookline Recreation Center's
2010 Spring Car Cruise.
5/24/10 - added photos from the
2005 Brookline Little League Parade.
5/19/10 - added construction photos from 1958/1959 to the page on the
Fort Pitt Tunnels.
5/16/10 - added page for the
2010 Spring Basketball Clinic at the Brookline Recreation Center.
5/4/10 - added
Aerial Views of Brookline from 1939, 1957, 1967 and 2005.
4/26/10 - added link to the
City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Community Safety webpage.
4/22/10 - read Post-Gazette article,
"Brookline's business district is just right for a food walk."
4/19/10 - added page for the 2010 Tae Kwon Do Class at the Brookline Recreation Center.
4/19/10 - added page for the
Brookline Park Earth Day Cleanup project, part of the city and state-wide PA Cleanways "Let's Pick It Up, PA" program to remove trash from our streets and parks.

April 17, 2010 - Brookline residents came together for
the 6th annual PA Cleanways 'Pick It Up, PA' cleanup.
The Brookline effort is led by community group SPDC
and the staff of Brookline Memorial Recreation Center.
The Brookline Earth Day Cleanup, sponsored by the South Pittsburgh Development Corporation.

4/12/10 - updated page for the 2010 Citiparks Traveling Basketball League.
4/10/10 - If you live in the 'Burgh, you probably know about basement commodes. What you probably didn't know is that they actually have a name, the
Pittsburgh Potty, and a history.
4/5/10 - updated history page on the
Smithfield Street Bridge (1818-present).
4/1/10 - updated informational page on the
Churches in Brookline.
4/1/10 - added photo of the United Presbyterian Church's
Cub Scout Pack#18 in 1943.
3/30/10 - added the latest information on the proposed
reconstruction of Brookline Boulevard, a project now slated to begin in the fall of 2011.
3/28/10 - added photos of
West Liberty Avenue in 1910, near Brookside Avenue.
3/28/10 - added photos of
Timberland Avenue in 1909, near Saw Mill Run.
3/27/10 - added photos of the
paving of Rossmore Avenue in 1925, from Pioneer to Flatbush.
3/27/10 - added page for the Brookline Recreation Center's
Breakfast With The Bunny - 2010.
3/26/10 - added photos of the
paving of Brookline Boulevard in 1909, near West Liberty Avenue, on what is now Bodkin Street. This was the original Boulevard route until 1935.
2/20/10 - updated page for the Brookline Recreation Center's
2010 Indoor Soccer Program.
2/17/10 - added 1905 newspaper clipping touting the
Great Brookline Spring on Berkshire Avenue. Did this thing really exist?
2/13/10 - added photo of the
2009/2010 Brookline Elementary boys basketball team.
2/12/10 - added the
2009 13-Under Brookline Knights to the Knight's "Hall of Champions".
2/12/10 - added some photos of the Recreation Center staff
digging out after the storm.
2/10/10 - updated page on the
History of Floods, Snowstorms and Tornados in Pittsburgh, adding information on the dual snowstorms of February 5-6 and February 9-10.

February 6, 2010 - A powerful storm buries Pittsburgh
under 21.1 inches of snow, the 4th highest amount ever.
This is the 1300 block of Bellaire Place as the storm
wound down. Three days later another 7.9 inches fell in
a second big storm. The six-day total: 29.0 inches.
February 6, 2010 - Brookliners awake to a whopping 21.1 inches of snow.

2/1/10 - added some photos of Brookline Boulevard in 1936.

... 2009 ...

12/19/09 - Brookline mourns the passing of Elva McGibbeny, past-president of the Brookline Area Community Council who dedicated her life to making our neighborhood a better place for everyone.
12/13/09 - updated page for the
2009 Brookline Knights Football Association.
9/25/09 - updated pages for the
2009 Recreation Center Summer Hoops Leagues, adding results of the 11-Under and 14-Under All-Star games.
8/9/09 - added photos from the
28th running of the Brookline Breeze 5K Fitness Run/Walk, including race results.
8/9/09 - added page for the Brookline Recreation Center's
2009 Summer Car Cruise.
8/6/09 - updated pages for the
2009 Recreation Center Summer Hoops Leagues.

The Brookline Knights are getting
ready for the 2009 SSYFL season.
August 3, 2009 - McGibbeny Field.
The Brookline Knights Football Association prepares for the 2009 season.

7/31/09 - added photo of the Men of Brookline Group in June 1954.
7/30/09 - added some photos of
737 Dunster Street to the Building Brookline section.
7/28/09 - added
1973 Brookline School 6th Grade Class Photo.
7/24/09 - added 2009
8-Under Boys, Minor League, Little League, 8-Under Girls, 10-Under Girls and the 12-Under Girls team photos to the All-Star Gallery.
7/6/09 - added Brookline Journal write-ups to the
1974 Year In Review for the Little League and Senior League.
7/5/09 - added
1975 Year In Review and 1965 Year In Review to the Little League History page.
7/4/09 - added Loreto basketball team photos for the
1978 3rd grade, 1978 5th grade, 1979 4th grade, 1979 6th grade and the 1980 6th grade.
7/4/09 - added
1975 West Liberty Kindergarten Class Photo.
7/4/09 - added the
1978 Droz Steel Little League, and the 1978, 1979 and 1980 Brookline Lions Senior League team photos to the Brookline Little League Team Photo Gallery.

Super Bowl XLIII Championship Ring          Stanley Cup Championship Ring

7/2/09 - added Loreto school photos for the Class of 1979 and the Class of 1983. Also added Loreto basketball team photos for the 1975 5th grade, 1975 6th grade and the 1979 8th grade.
6/26/09 - added rosters for the following Brookline Little League All-Star teams:
1965 Little League, 1965 Senior League and 1975 Minor League to the All-Star Gallery.
6/26/09 - added the
1969, 1970, 1972 and 1974 J.J. McGaffin Senior League team photos to the Brookline Little League Team Photo Gallery.
6/25/09 - added the 2009
Mike Poremski Plumbing Little League, the A-Boss Opticians Minor League, and the Fiori's Pizzaria Girls Little League teams to the list of champions on the Brookline Little League Past Champions page.
6/25/09 - added Resurrection class photos for the
6th grade class - 1946, 7th grade class - 1947 and 8th grade class - 1948.
6/19/09 - updated page on the
History of Floods, Snowstorms and Tornados in Pittsburgh, adding some information on the powerful storms of June 17.
6/18/09 - added page for the
Recreation Center Summer Basketball Clinic, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Baptist Church and the Shandon Baptist Church of Columbia, South Carolina.


The Comeback Kids - The Pittsburgh Penguins

6/12/09 - The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Finals, making Pittsburgh once again the "City of Champions".
6/10/09 - added 2009 team pictures to the Brookline Little League
Team Photo Gallery.
6/2/09 -
Resurrection Church is visited by the Traveling Statue of Our Lady of Fatima.
5/31/09 -
Our Lady of Loreto Parish celebrated its 50th anniversary.
5/26/09 - updated page for the Brookline Recreation Center's
Spring Car Cruise.
5/26/09 - the
Resurrection 100th Anniversary Book is now available at the Rectory office. View the Papal Blessing from Pope Benedict XVI.
5/15/09 - former students and friends mourn the passing of
Ted White.
5/10/09 - added page for
Joe's Soccer Club - 2009.
5/1/09 - added photos from the
Brookline Little League Parade on April 25, 2009.
4/21/09 - added page for the Brookline Recreation Center's
Breakfast With Santa - 2008.
4/18/09 - added page for the
Brookline Park Earth Day Cleanup project, part of the city and state-wide PA Cleanways "Let's Pick It Up, PA" program to remove trash from our streets and parks.
4/11/09 - updated page for the
2009 Citiparks Traveling Basketball League.
4/10/09 - added complete listing of the
Sisters who taught at Loreto Elementary.
3/29/09 - added a partial
Brookline Street Map from 1928.
3/26/09 - Whatever happened to
kite flying at the Community Center?
3/25/09 - Whatever happened to
82 Daleview Street? Added maps, then and now.
3/25/09 - updated page for the Brookline Recreation Center's
2009 Indoor Soccer Program.
3/23/09 - added photos of Our Lady of Loreto
Kateri Awards from 1977.
3/23/09 - added Our Lady of Loreto
8th grade class photo.
3/23/09 - added photos of the Resurrection Elementary
Class of 1960.
3/23/09 - added photos of the
Resurcayo Club from 1955.
3/22/09 - added several photos of the
Resurrection Women's Guild in 1959.
3/16/09 - added the
1968 BYMC Little League team and the 1976 American Legion, 1977 American Legion, 1978 American Legion and 1980 American Legion Senior League team photos to the Brookline Little League Old Team Photo Gallery.
3/16/09 - added photo of the state champion
1985 Resurrection CYO Basketball Team.
3/13/09 - added photo of
Brookline Boulevard in 1910, at Queensboro and Chelton Avenues.

Volunteers gather at the Resurrection Fish Fry
on Ash Wednesday, February 25, 2009. The
Fish Fry are held every Friday during Lent.
Debbie Brust and the Resurrection Fish Fry volunteers gather every Friday during Lent.

2/24/09 - added Loreto school photos for the Class of 1986, Class of 1993 and Class of 1996.
2/22/09 - congratulations
Jonathan Andrews, the 76th Eagle from Resurrection Troop#6.
2/19/09 - added photo of the
Toner Institute Boy's Choir from May of 1960.
2/19/09 - added photo of the
original church choir at Our Lady of Loreto in 1959.
2/17/09 - added photo of the
Consecration of the School Children, a special mass held at Resurrection Church in honor of the new Loreto students on October 7, 1959.
2/17/09 - added photos of the
First Mass at Our Lady of Loreto held on May 31, 1959.
2/17/09 - added photos of the Loreto
Women's Guild from 1959 and 1960.
2/17/09 - added photos of the
May Crowning in 1966 at Our Lady of Loreto.
2/17/09 - added photo of the Loreto
Women's Guild Bowling League from 1960.
2/16/09 - added photos from
Catholic Schools Week - 1966 at Our Lady of Loreto.
2/16/09 - added photos of the
May Crowning in 1963 at Our Lady of Loreto.
2/16/09 - added photos of the
1st through 8th grade classes at Our Lady of Loreto during the 1963/1964 school year, and the 3rd through 4th grade classes from 1962/1963.
2/15/09 - added Our Lady of Loreto
1975 8th grade class photo.
2/15/09 - added photo of Our Lady of Loreto
1964 CYO Basketball Team.
2/15/09 - added
Loreto Communion Class Photos from 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1966.
2/15/09 - added photos showing the
laying of the cornerstone for Loreto Church in 1961.
2/14/09 - added a series of photos from 1960 through 1962 showing the groundbreaking and construction of
Our Lady of Loreto Church/School.
2/14/09 - added photo of the
1966-1967 Our Lady of Loreto Varsity Basketball Team.


Big Ben, Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu Bring Back One For The Fans!

2/1/09 - The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 in Super Bowl XLIII.
1/29/09 - updated page for the
2008/2009 Brookline Elementary basketball teams.
1/15/09 - added several photos of
Elizabeth Seton High School from the 40s, 50s and 70s.
1/13/09 - corrected link to the
1914 Brookline Baseball Club.
1/3/09 - added
1974 Resurrection 2nd Grade Class Photo.

... 2008 ...

12/28/08 - added 1973 Resurrection 8th Grade Class Photo.
12/23/08 - added page showing the
May Crowning ceremony at Resurrection Church in 1960.
12/22/08 - added page showing the
stained glass windows adorning Resurrection Church.
12/18/08 - added photo of the
Resurrection High School Class of 1927.
12/10/08 - added page for the Brookline Recreation Center
2008 Fall Basketball Clinic.
12/1/08 - added photos of
Resurrection's former priests that gathered in November 2008.
11/29/08 - added photos from Resurrection's
Nite at the LeMont in November 2007.
11/29/08 - added photo of the
Resurrection Church Choir.
11/28/08 - added photos of
former Resurrection teachers who gathered in October 2008 to celebrate Ressi's 100th Anniversary.

It's that time of year again.
Brookline Boulevard - 11/21/08
November 21, 2008 - The first snow of the season.

11/19/08 - Today we mourn the passing of Frankie Passaro. He was a really nice guy.
11/17/08 - updated the page on the
Brookline firehouse with new information about the old Gamewell alarm system and the hose tower. Also added photo of Brookline firefighters.
11/14/08 - added photo of the
Saint Vincent DePaul Society at Resurrection in 1915.
11/11/08 - updated page on the opening of
Creedmoor Court Apartments with a photo of the Resurrection school building in 1957 and Creedmoor Court in 2008, one in the same.
11/11/08 - added photos from the 1984
Resurrection 75th Anniversary Mass.
11/11/08 - added photos from the 1976
Resurrection outdoor mass at Brookline Park held in honor of the country's bicentennial.
11/11/08 - added photos of from
Resurrection Fun Flair in 2000.
11/8/08 - updated page for the
2008 Brookline Knights Football Association.
11/6/08 - added some photos from a
typical schoolday at Ressi in 1957.
11/6/08 - added photos of the
seven pastors who have served at Resurrection Church.
11/5/08 - added a series of photos from 1996 showing the final school project of the final 8th grade class at Resurrection Elementary, known as
The Ressi-Rected Tomb.
11/5/08 - added links to information about
Vic Cianca, the colorful downtown Pittsburgh traffic cop (retired), and Thomas Delahanty, Brookline native and District of Columbia police officer, one of the three men wounded in the 1981 attack on President Ronald Reagan.
11/4/08 - added link to Post-Gazette article about
Sal Bondi, owner of Sal's Barber Shop on Brookline Boulevard. Big Sal served in WWII as one of Gen. George S. Patton's drivers.
11/1/08 - added photos to the page for the
2004 Brookline Knights Twerps champions.
11/1/08 - added a series of photos from 1964 and 1965 showing the construction of the
Activities Building at Resurrection Parish.

Halloween is a good time for Monsters.
It's always a good time for The Munsters!
The Munster Mobile was in Brookline for
trick-or-treat, and it was the real thing!
Hope you got to see it out on the streets.
That's Doug Brendel. Monster or Munster?

10/31/08 - Brookline trick-or-treaters got a rare treat this Halloween. It just so happens that Brookliner Tony Greco is a huge fan of the 1960s TV show "The Munsters." Tony has arguably the largest collection of authentic Munster memorabilia in the world, including Drag-u-La, the Munster's dragster. On Halloween night, Tony hit the streets of Brookline in his motorized coffin. In the photo above, our roaming gnome Doug gives Drag-u-La a test drive.
10/30/08 - updated page for Brookline's 2008 Citiparks Flag Football Teams.
10/30/08 - added
1962 Resurrection 1st Grade Class Photo.
10/25/08 - added 2nd through 7th grade class photos from 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956 and 1958 to the collection of pictures for
Brookline School, courtesy of Carol Irelan.
10/25/08 - added graduation class photos from 1948, 1956, 1957, 1988, 1994, 1995, and 1996 to the collection of pictures for
Resurrection Church and School. Also added First Communion group photos from 1958, 1961, 1964, 1967, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001.
10/8/08 - added page for the Brookline Recreation Center's
2008 Autumn Car Cruise.

Pittsburgh 250 Fireworks
on October 4, 2008.
(Post-Gazette Photo)
<Learn more about the Pittsburgh 250 year-long celebration>

9/7/08 - added page on the fire on Brookline Boulevard that gutted two buildings on the 900 block. The fire occured on August 26, 2008.
8/28/08 - added recent photo of radio legend
Porky Chedwick, the Daddio of the Raddio, who recently retired from the airwaves. For many years a Brookline resident, Pork has moved south to enjoy his twilight years.
8/24/08 - updated pages for the
2008 Recreation Center Summer Hoops Leagues.
8/16/08 - added photos from the
27th running of the Brookline Breeze 5K Fitness Run/Walk, including race results.
8/9/08 - added page for the Brookline Recreation Center's
2008 Summer Car Cruise.
7/26/08 - added a few photos of
Moore Park swimming pool on a summer day.
7/21/08 - added link to
www.pittsburghskyline.com, a website featuring some remarkable photos of the Pittsburgh skyline and more.
7/15/08 - added 338 of the missing Minor, Little and Senior League team photos from the 1981 through 2002 seasons to the Brookline Little League
Old Team Photo Gallery, courtesy of Dale Cuda and Bob Hayes Photography. If you played during these years, you have been exposed! It's nice to see all the old faces again. Enjoy!
7/13/08 - Does anyone remember
the eggbeater on Berkshire Avenue back in 1979? Actually, it was a prototype vertical wind axis turbine designed by aeronautical engineer Dr. Michael Brendel.
7/9/08 - added photo of the
1974/1975 St. Pius X Football Team.
7/4/08 - added the 2008
Party Cake Little League, the Sullivan's Auto Minor League, and the Medicine Shoppe Girls Little League teams to the list of champions on the Brookline Little League Past Champions page.
6/28/08 - added page for the
Recreation Center Summer Basketball Clinic, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Baptist Church and the Shandon Baptist Church of Columbia, South Carolina.
5/8/08 - added the
1976 Brookline Pharmacy Little League team and the 1979 Stebbrook Pharmacy Senior League team to the BLLA old team photo gallery, courtesy of Mike Ryan.

Post-Gazette Photo - 5/7/08
Wings over Pittsburgh. A bird's eye view of the Golden Triangle.

5/3/08 - added page for the 2008 Brookline Little League Parade.
4/19/08 - added page for the
Brookline Park Earth Day Cleanup project, part of the city and state-wide PA Cleanways "Let's Pick It Up, PA" program to remove trash from our streets and parks.
4/19/08 - added an interesting page on
Pittsburgh "firsts".
4/13/08 - added a couple old pictures of
South Hills Junction.
4/12/08 - updated page on
Brookline Park to include recent field modifications and construction.
4/7/08 - updated page for the
2008 Citiparks Traveling Basketball League.
4/5/08 - updated page for the Brookline Recreation Center's
2008 Indoor Soccer Program.
3/8/08 - added photo of the
1960 Brookline Royals football team, the forerunners of the Brookline Royals teams of the late 1960s, courtesy of Vince Fera.
3/8/08 - updated page on the
Brookline Royals football team, which played from 1966-1971. Added several game photos from their 1969 and 1970 seasons, including individual player pictures and team photos, courtesy of Tommy Zucco and Tony Guarino.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl visits Brookline
with Directors Art Victor, Mike Radley
and Duane Ashley in March of 2008.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl visits the Brookline Recreation Center.

3/2/08 - added link to the South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC) website.
1/9/08 - added a link to an
interesting slideshow of old Boulevard pictures. Turn on the sound.
1/8/08 - On this day in 1908, the Brookline community was annexed into the city of Pittsburgh and is now officially 100 years old!


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