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A Busy Week of Campaigning

This past week, my re-election campaign for Brookline Library Trustee moved into full swing, with a few campaign events that filled up the week fairly quickly.

On Sunday afternoon, we held the Burstein for Brookline Baked-Goods Fundraiser at our home. I'd say the event was a success; we had a bunch of friends show up, they enjoyed Nomi's award-winning cookie bars and other baked goods, and we raised some more money for the campaign. Most importantly, the fundraiser helped us get the word out there that I'm running for re-election.

After the fundraiser, that very same afternoon, Nomi and I and the kids went to the Brookline PAX Campaign Kickoff. Brookline PAX is a local progressive political action group, and I'm pleased to note that they have endorsed me in every one of my Library Trustee and Town Meeting races. I've been endorsed by them again this year. The kickoff gave me a chance to say a few words to the PAX members and to chat briefly with local politicians, including state representative Frank Smizik and state senator Cynthia Stone Creem (both of whom I support).

Tuesday night I had the usual monthly Library Trustees Meeting. Not really a campaign event, but it's what I'm running for. We had a lot of vital issues to discuss at the meeting, including the reopening of the Putterham branch, the implementation of the new RFID circulation system, waterproofing to be done at the main library, and the two recent incidents that required the staff to bring in the police.

Wednesday night the Brookline Neighborhood Alliance sponsored a Candidates Night at the studios of Brookline Access Television. They had four panels of candidates: Selectmen, School Committee, Constables, and Library Trustees. My fellow incumbents Judith Vanderkay and Roberta Winitzer were on the panel with me; neither of the challengers showed up. We introduced ourselves and answered questions about the library.

As it so happens, BATV taped the event and will be broadcasting it on Comcast channel 23 and RCN channel 15. The broadcasts will start next week and keep going until election day. Here's the broadcast schedule for anyone in Brookline who would like to hear what the candidates had to say:

Sundays at 7:00 PM
Mondays at 9:00 PM
Tuesdays at 10:00 AM
Wednesdays at 3:00 PM
Saturdays at 6:00 PM

Today, the campaign has placed its order for palm cards, buttons, and signs. We expect to have them next week, giving us two weekends to use them to get our message out.

And in a little over a week, I'll be appearing at the two League of Women Voters candidate events as well.


Sounds like fun (and busy). Good luck!
I thought you said RCN doesn't have Brookline Access TV. I guess they have it now.
There was a time when RCN didn't have BATV. They seem to have it now.

Anyone can watch the BNA Candidates Night at


December 2016

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