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As our readership has happily increased and the archives are filing up, we occasionally revisit one our longstanding series. Today, it is the Town of Brighton.
Over the years, my fellow Brighton High School graduate and our political commentator Bruce Kay has on one or two occasions waggishly referred to our town as Pax Brightonia. Apparently, Pax Brightonia is a play on the terms Pax Brittania and perhaps Pax Romana, the extended periods when the British and Roman empires held sway.
I believe Bruce was implying that Brighton has a certain imperious undertone. At one time in Brighton’s history, Bruce might have been right that it was an upper crust, homogeneous locale. But today Brighton is Monroe County’s most diverse town: ethnically, racially, religiously and economically. Brighton is home to many progressives who — not choosing to live in an outer ring suburb — are actively engaged in city life.
Anyway, who says Pax Romana was so bad? In Scene 10 from Monty Python’s Life of Brian, Before the Romans Things Were Smelly, the Judean rebels are plotting to overthrow the “Roman Imperialist State.” The rebels have a discussion on what the Romans have ever actually done for them. Quickly, the rebels realize the Romans have done a lot for Judea:
REG: All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?
XERXES: Brought peace.
REG: Oh. Peace? Shut up!
So maybe Pax Brightonia isn’t so bad.
Below are most, but not all, of our Brighton stories by category.
On a “Black Lives Matter” sign in Brighton
An anti-racism vigil and Black Lives Matter signs in Brighton
Many voices against hate at the Twelve Corners
Helping to find Trevyan Rowe at the Twelve Corners Memorial Park
Temple Beth El: A Community of Living Memory
Seeker of Light: Re-Viewing Louis Kahn’s First Unitarian Church
At the Brighton Town Hall 1957 mural with Sandra Frankel
BEST TOWN IN NEW YORK
Site says Brighton is best place to live in New York
An MLK Day of symphonies, service and Sneetches at Hillel Community Day School
Young citizens show their mettle at the Brighton High School Walk Out
Abandoned farms in Brighton
AMVETS saves the day at film shooting in Brighton; Talker pitches in.
FOURTH OF JULY
Celebrating diversity on the Fourth of July at Meridian Centre Park in Brighton
Celebrating the Fourth of July at the Game at the Corners. And much more.
Brighton-Pittsford Post prints “Garden blooms at local 7 Eleven”
Brighton High School remembers its New Wave/retro punk/Art punk past: The De Grads
A poem from former Degrad Jonathan Caws-Elwitt, BHS ’80. And advice to young writers.
After Parkland, discovering fallen Brightonians from World War Two
Good Luck continues. And what the Torah says I should do. And the Mystic’s stick
Mayor of the Twelve Corners Dunkin’ Donuts celebrates his 93nd birthday on D-Day. Three days later, Victor Angelo flew a bombing mission over Vienna
Do the troubled spirits of John and Irene walk the Brickyard Trail? Probably not. At the Brighton Library, Matt Bashore unveils the twists and turns of the crime and punishment
A ribbon cutting and the Pages of the Brighton Memorial Library
Read about Sutton Griggs at the Brighton Memorial Library
In search of Shirley Jackson and finding the Brighton High School Alumni author display case
From Zimbabwe to Tokyo at the Brighton Farmers Market
A fond farewell to the Get Some Balls! sale in Brighton
What is a Meadowbrook Parade without the First U.S. Girl On The Moon?
Forget EastplaceMarketview when you can Get Hip at Black Vinyl Friday at Bop Shop Records
In line and inside the Bop Shop for National Record Store Day
New plaques in Town: Read all about it
The ground breaking of the Brickyard Trail in Brighton and “Memories of the Crab Apple battles”
On a stainless steel American Bald Eagle in Buckland Park and endorsing Sandra Frankel
More on how the Sandra L. Frankel Nature Park came to be
Ghosts MIGHT walk the beautiful Brickyard Trail in Brighton.
Visiting a Talker haunt: the Brickyard Trail with Leslie Frances and Audrey
The difference between guys and girls in coed softball at Brighton Town Park
How do you make it to Carnegie Hall? Go to the Rochester Academy of Music & Arts!
Kids Fishing Derby at Brighton Town Park. And a fish story.
Brighton girl taking feminist humor big time
From Brighton to LA: Andria Langston, a bright actress sharing her light with the world
Getting To Know Svet Radoslavof, Brighton High School ’05; A Groundbreaking Hip Hop Violinist and Influential Figure In Music
I Was Racially Profiled In My Own Neighborhood Today. Again.
In Memoriam: Morris Shapiro 1913 – 2016
Nazareth College’s President Daan Braveman on defining moments and his own March on Washington, August 1963
Byrna Weir remembers and honors Don Franklin’s life and art
Why did the Faith Temple in Brighton give away free stuff?
Memories of presidential visits on Election Day in Brighton
Which Presidential election mattered the most to you?
SPORTS: baseball, chess, football, softball volleyball
Brighton fans celebrate hometown hero Ernie Clement in victory
Back from Nebraska and Virginia and on his way to Wisconsin, Brighton’s Ernie Clement pitches in at his old baseball camp
Iconic America at the Brighton Little League Parade
Talker gets some Little League love from the Brighton-Pittsford Post
Wildcats strike out our undermanned Barons
Congratulations Barons on a magical season.
Barons prevail in first televised football game at Reifsteck Field
Working on the Chain Gang at Reifsteck Field
Pygmies of ’69 remain Brighton’s last undefeated football team
New Team in Town: Roc City Steelers debut at Buckland Park
Encore for the Roc City Steelers at Buckland Park
Farewell Boys and Girls of Summer! Under-40 MVP smashes 5 home runs off Over-40 MVP in Sunday finale
In grand fashion, Brighton celebrates its volleyball champions and the first Boys state team sports title in school history
King ‘Drew and his new Crew at JCC CenterStage: “Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson”
Once again, charmed and challenged at the JCC CenterStage: Church and State