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
For more info and to purchase tickets see:

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
For more info: or
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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February is Quezalguaque Library Month

Every Februfulllibraryary the Friends of the Brookline Library donate the proceeds from the book sales at all three libraries to our Sister City library in Quezalguaque, Nicaragua. Over the years these funds help to finance the purchase of new books and equipment for the library. They also provide money to help defray the cost of the mobile library which makes it possible for librarians to visit the remote rural areas in the municipality. Each of the libraries in Brookline has an area where you can purchase books, DVDs, books on CD, music CDs, and magazines. Items are available whenever the library is open.

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Gracias Brookline!

Thank you Brookline and to all those who helped make Brookline Sister City Week a great success!

It seems like a distant memory now but it is only 6 weeks since we hosted 5 guests from Quezalguaque for the 29th Anniversary Celebration of the Brookline Quezalguaque Sister City Project.

Pictured L to R Eddy Calderon, Fabio Borda, Dr. Milagro Baldelomar, Roberto Garcia, Maryuri Ulloa

Pictured L to R
Eddy Calderon, Fabio Borda, Dr. Milagro Baldelomar, Roberto Garcia, Maryuri Ulloa

Our five visitors from Quezalguaque  – four English teachers and the Director of Health, all returned home safely. Unlike the 16 hour trip to the U.S. due to a 3 hour wait to pass through Customs/Immigration in Miami coupled with a 30 minute interview leading them to miss the plane to Boston from Miami, the trip home went smoothly and in less than half the time.

Dr. Milagro Baldelomar and the four visiting teachers showed themselves to be wonderful ambassadors for Quezalguaque and truly curious about Brookline, Massachusetts and the U.S.

The full week for our guests from Quezalguaque included:

  • meetings with the Board of Selectmen, with Town Administrator Mel Kleckner, and department heads at the Brookline Department of Health,
  • -visits to classes at BHS, Driscoll and Runkle, contact with more than 200 Brookline students, and a warm welcome in Spanish from Superintendent Andrew Bott and Interim BHS Headmaster Anthony Meyer,
  • -meetings about water quality with the Sister City Medical Committee and with Betsy Reilley, the MWRA Director of Environmental Quality who presented at the Coolidge Corner Science on Screen program about water quality as an issue in developing and developed countries,
  • -visits to St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Paul’s Church, All Saints Parish, and to Temple Ohabei Shalom (TOS).   At TOS, it was the first time that any of them had been inside a Jewish house of worship, met a Rabbi or witnessed a Jewish service.
  • -Dr. Baldelomar toured some of Boston’s health institutions and made a visit to the Codman Square Health Center.
  • -the teachers visited classes at Boston University and its Center for English Language & Orientation Program.

The visitors actively participated in a Celebración de Brookline e Hispanoamerican Poetry that kicked off the week and those of us fortunate enough to be in attendance not only heard from Brookline’s current and former Poet Laureates but also learned about and heard poetry by Rubén Dario.

Two of the visiting teachers (Robert Garcia and Eddy Calderon) performed Nicaragua Nicaraguita, a beautiful love song to Nicaragua and its people.   Click here to see video.

All this would not have been possible without the significant support and time of many volunteers. The Sister City Project has no paid staff and receives no government funding.

Our thanks to the eight restaurants: Athan’s Bakery, El Centro, La Bottega di Capri, The Fireplace, La Morra, La Voile, Rifrullo Cafe & Vine Ripe Grill  that participated in the Sister City “A Taste of Brookline,” to the 84 individual and organizational sponsors, to the five host families, to Margery Eagan of WGBH, Governor Michael Dukakis and Stephen Kinzer for their participation and to many others that made this first ever visit of Quezalguaque teachers and the newly appointed health director in Quezalguaque such a success.

Mil gracias!

Chobee Hoy, Chair-2016 Celebration Committee

Richard Segan, President-Board of Directors
Brookline Quezalguaque Sister City Project

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