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New Group Set to ‘Energize Brookline’

Brookline community group will take on local projects.

Brookline’s new community group isn’t about meetings or regulations or subcommittees—it’s about getting involved.

After several weeks of talking, Energize Brookline officially came together in just a few days, with a core group of volunteers who want to encourage others in the community to volunteer and take on projects for the betterment of Brookline.

“We want to highlight the things that are already here in Brookline,” said Jennifer Grab, an Energize organizer. “A lot of the young people here are going to other neighborhoods to hang out. We all live in Brookline, and we want to make this the place where we do that.”

Grab said the new organization is more about getting involved than anything else. The purpose is simply to “energize” Brookline by shopping, eating and hanging out at local establishments, and encouraging others to do the same. At the same time, it’s a core group of people who are ready to volunteer for their community when needed.

The members, who range in age from 22 to mid-30s, met while working on the project. That’s how they found out about, and started attending, South Pittsburgh Development Corporation meetings, Grab said.

“After SPDC meetings, a small group of us would go out and we decided we want to do informal projects,” she said. “You don’t have to be involved with everything, but go with your interest.”

The plan is to find things in the community that could use some attention and offer help, whether it be for gardening projects, the care of Cannon Park, or working with the food banks and churches.

Nobody gets paid, and any money raised goes right back into the community. Everyone is welcome to join the conversation.

Its first project is to sponsor the this Friday, May 18. All proceeds from that event will be used for community betterment projects.

“What I hope to see out of this is that we have a community meeting where no idea is a bad idea,” she said. “We want to see what everybody wants and then see what’s within our range and what projects we’re capable of doing.”

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Jacqueline Capatolla May 16, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I'm so glad to see a new young group getting started in Brookline , this is a great way to motivate the younger residents. Thank you for taking this on , being a salon owner in Brookline for 18 years it's really refreshing to see the youth getting involved and energized ...thank you, I would like to help ! Keep me posted. Jacqueline Capatolla http://www.jacquelinesnews.com
Energize Brookline May 16, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Jacqueline, great to hear from you!!! We would love to have a conversation with you about Brookline!
Bob Dobbs May 16, 2012 at 05:01 PM
i'm all for this rejuvenation of Brookline and I suggest everyone talk to their kids/teenagers, the ones who are probably behind most of the recent cases of vandalism / theft and so on and implore them to knock it off and think long-term for their neighborhood and city .
Mike May 17, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Here is a task for the group: Get the police to stop people from parking their cars on the sidewalks. Sidewalks are one of the few assets of the Brookline neighborhood. Cars parked on sidewalks cause damage and force people to walk in the street which defeats the purpose of a sidewalk.

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