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February Meeting in Quezalguaque


L to R standing: Edipcia Roque (CISTA UNAN), Craig Miller, Carmela Hernandez (ECODES), Alex Garcia (Water & Sanitation, Mayor’s Office), Alba Arrieta (Sec’y, Quezalguaque Consejo), Silvio Quezada (new Gerente/Town Manager), Betsy Reilley, Vice Mayor Lucy Ruiz Borda & Mayor Henry Sandoval Pereira, Sarah Johnson. L to R front row: Alfredo Carrasco (ECODES), Armando Hernandez (Planning, Mayor’s Office), Richard Segan

Four team members were in Quezalguaque in February to work on the clean water initiative project. The photo was taken at the “wrap-up” meeting held in the Quezalguaque Mayor’s office at the end of the week-long visit.   Our team included consultants Betsy Reilley (Director of Environmental Quality, Mass. Water Resources Authority), Craig Miller (chemical engineer and Rotarian from Des Moines, Iowa) along with Sister City Board members Sarah Johnson & Richard Segan.  All traveled at their own expense.

Among the attendees at the meeting and active participants in the discussions related to the clean water initiative were the new Mayor, Henry Sandoval Pereira and Vice-Mayor, Lucy Ruiz Borda.   Both were elected in November of last year and assumed office in January.

Many thanks to the Brookline Rotary Club for their support and partnership on the clean water initiative. The Brookline Rotary in collaboration with a Rotary Club in Leon, Nicaragua, helped secure a $35,000 grant from Rotary International for the initiative and during the visit to Nicaragua we had the opportunity to meet with Board and members of the Club in Leon.

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Celebrating 30 Years

October 15 through Oct 21 was Sister City Week in Brookline, MA.  

This video was produced by Henry Sandoval in Quezalguaque and supported by Sarah Johnson in Brookline to celebrate the 30 years of collaboration .  A special thank you to BIG (Brookline Interactive Group) for help in adding the subscripts in English.

This video is from Henry Sandoval.  He compiled it from photos sent to him by the teachers taken during their visit to Brookline.

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We’re very pleased to let you know that three teachers from Quezalguaque arrived late Sunday afternoon  and will be staying in Brookline for three weeks as part of the Brookline Sister City Project’s 30th Anniversary Celebration.

NicaraguansPictured are Eddy Calderon, Fabio Borda and Maryuri Ulloa on arrival at Logan Airport yesterday.  All were here for one week last year and are very excited to return and looking forward to engaging with the Brookline educational and larger community.  They will be staying with host families in Brookline and spending time at Brookline High and other schools.


Special Pre-Sister City Week Program
Thursday, October 12, 7 pm
Experiencing Aging in Quezalguaque & Brookline Panelists discuss the differences & similarities for the elderly & contrast the aging experience in Brookline & Quezalguaque.
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester St., Brookline
Sponsored by BrooklineCAN, the Brookline Senior Center, Center Communities of Brookline & the Brookline-Quezalguaque Sister City Project
This is a free event.

Sunday, October 15, 3:30 pm
Multilingual Celebración of Latin American & American Poetry with Brookline’s Poet Laureate Zvi Sesling & Boston’s Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges Center Communities of Brookline, The Goldman Family
Residences, 1550 Beacon St., Brookline
This is a free event.

Monday, October 16, 7pm
Science on Screen, Coolidge Corner Theatre
Scientific Presentation: The Threat of Insect Borne Illnesses (Zika, Lyme disease, malaria, chikungunya, dengue etc.) by Jerome Klein, MD, pediatric infectious disease specialist, Boston Medical Center
Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St. Brookline
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Wednesday, October 18, 7pm
Safe Drinking Water: The Sister City-Quezalguaque Initiative
Presentation by Betsy Reilley, Ph.D., Director of Environmental Quality, Mass. Water Resources Authority (MWRA) with special guest Edipcia Roque, Laboratory Director, Centro de Investigación, Trabajo y Ambiente (CISTA), Faculty of Medical Sciences, Leon, Nicaragua
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St., Boston
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This is a free event.

Thursday, October 19, 5:30-8:30 pm
30th Anniversary Celebration Fundraiser, Sister City “A Taste of Brookline”
…..Meet guests from Quezalguaque & Leon,
…..Sample from Brookline’s favorite restaurants
…..View a mini-documentary on the history of the Brookline Sister City Project
…..Guest of Honor: Maxine Shaw, one of the founders of Brookline Sister City
Temple Ohabei Shalom, Penn-Spero Hall, 1187 Beacon St., Brookline
Suggested minimum contribution $60/person

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