Brookline Fire BBQ set for July 19-20

BROOKLINE – The Fire Department is sponsoring the ninth annual Brookline Tailgate and Grilling BBQ Cookoff at the Brookline Ball Field on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20.

Admission to the activities is free, with an assortment of food and chicken dinners available for sale. Prices are $10 for a half-chicken dinner and $7 for a quarter-chicken dinner.

Attendees will have the chance to vote for People’s Choice winners for pulled pork on Sunday. For $5, you get five pulled pork samples and a ballot to cast your vote.

Participants will compete in grilling contests in pizza, shrimp, beef and dessert categories. The Grand Champion will be determined by the combined scores in all four categories.

The event is sponsored by the New England Barbecue Society, and participants must adhere to NEBS rules. Entries are judged on taste, texture and appearance. Points earned count toward NEBS Team of the Year standings.

There also is a Junior-Q barbecue contest Sunday for children ages 16 and younger. Budding chefs can make any type of burger, including beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, game, tofu or vegetable.

In addition to great food, there will be live music throughout the event, including a performance by the Second Alarm Band, comprised of firefighters from New Boston, as well as horseshoes and a children’s firefighter’s muster on Saturday.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the fire station, through any firefighter or on the day of the event. For additional information and schedule of events, visit www.brookline

Firefighters, Walmart praised

At its meeting on July 7, the Brookline Selectboard issued a proclamation honoring the service and bravery of David Flannery, Phil Soletsky and Jean Paul Royea.

The three firefighters were among the first to respond to a fully engaged house fire on June 24 on Laurel Crest Drive that resulted in a total loss of the structure. By using a thermal imaging camera, they were able to rescue an unconscious occupant who was in the basement when the fire broke out.

The proclamation designates July 19-20 as a time to honor the firefighters. Chairman Darrell Philpot said the dates were chosen to coincide with the Brookline Fire Department’s annual barbecue.

Philpot also read a letter from the Selectboard to the manager of Walmart on Route 101A in Amherst. A Brookline firefighter had reached out to the store on behalf of the Wilson family, who lost everything in the June 24 fire at their home, and Walmart promptly donated clothing for the entire family. The board wanted to convey its gratitude on behalf of the community for the store’s quick and generous response.