Site says Brighton is best place to live in New York

Site says Brighton is best place to live in New York

Twelve Corners Memorial Park, Brighton, NY 4/5/18 [Photo: David Kramer]


Recently, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reported that Brighton is the best place to live in New York State. As seen in Pax Brightonia, we agree.



On a “Black Lives Matter” sign in Brighton


An anti-racism vigil and Black Lives Matter signs in Brightond-C

Many voices against hate at the Twelve Corners


Helping to find Trevyan Rowe at the Twelve Corners Memorial Park

Nearly 4,000 at Temple B’rith Kodesh mourn

Temple B'rith Kodesh. Sunday night 10/28/18

Temple B’rith Kodesh. Sunday night 10/28/18

Emily Sargent’s summer with NYPIRG: Saving the earth by killing turf

Brighton resident and MCC student canvasing for NYPIRG in Brighton [Photo: David Kramer]


Temple Beth El: A Community of Living Memory

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Seeker of Light: Re-Viewing Louis Kahn’s First Unitarian Church



What is the connection between Beethoven and Meridian Centre in Brighton?

At the Brighton Town Hall 1957 mural with Sandra Frankel


Traffic Control Box Art in Brighton – Evolution of a Community project.

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Plein Air Painting at the Amos B. Buckland House in Brighton

8/21/21 Madison Gardner [Photo: David Kramer]


Hundreds receive rapid covid-19 testing at Temple B’rith Kodesh in Brighton

Distributing masks in Brighton and revisiting (again) the Highland Crossing Trail in (another) May snowfall


This series comes to end: An eerie quiet at SUNY Empire State and Medaille Colleges in Brighton

SUNY Empires State College in background, March 7th, 2020 from .

An eerie quiet at Monroe Community College

An eerie quiet at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Brighton

Don’t cross until Steve says so


Brighton High School Library receives “Imperium in Imperio: Sutton Griggs’ Imagined War of 1898” (Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, V.344)


Introducing Patrick Boese, Brighton High School ’19, and The Top 10 People to Run for President and Lose

Patrick Boese in the Brighton High School Library, 12/7/18 [Photo: David Kramer]

Patrick Boese in the Brighton High School Library, 12/7/18 [Photo: David Kramer]

Still at Twelve Corners Middle School

Old lockers in the basement. Mine was

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

The Garden of Hope in Brighton: 9/11/18garden of hopeFARMS

Illegal and unethical dumping next to abandoned farm at the Highland Crossing with Christine Platt

Abandoned farms in Brighton

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AMVETS saves the day at film shooting in Brighton; Talker pitches in.



Celebrating diversity on the Fourth of July at Meridian Centre Park in Brighton

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Celebrating the Fourth of July at the Game at the Corners. And much more.

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In Brighton, first 4th of July fireworks for new African immigrantsAfricans 1

No Fireworks? Talker has you covered (ash and all)


Brighton-Pittsford Post prints “Garden blooms at local 7 Eleven”



Seminole Way in Brighton and the era of racial covenants

At his boyhood home site, Historic Brighton presents Marker dedicated to Edward Crone, Brighton War Hero and Famous Fictional Protagonist

Edward R. Crone Jr. (aka Billy Pilgrim) remembered at the Brighton Veterans Memorial in Buckland Park

On the day to remember its fallen, Brightonian Slagana Avramoska Mitris reflects on what Memorial Day means to her.

The Yom Kippur War (1973) and historical memory

Brighton High School remembers its New Wave/retro punk/Art punk past: The De Grads

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A poem from former Degrad Jonathan Caws-Elwitt, BHS ’80. And advice to young writers.

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After Parkland, discovering fallen Brightonians from World War Two

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Were rare coins in the Principal’s safe at Brighton High School, 1935?


“Motivated by the Audacity” Remembering 9/11 at Monroe Community College



My grandparent’s old gold coins and Anya’s lucky found money purse

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

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A bike in Brighton unstolen for over 40 hours

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On the road from Texas to Brighton for the love of jazz

Kurt (right) and Eugene with his trumpet, gift from father, Louis, @1945 5/17/16

Kurt (right) and Eugene with his trumpet, gift from father, Louis, @1945 5/17/16

Bop Shop Records makes a house call. And Jazz history.

Tom Kohn with some of Eugene Kramer's collection to be displayed and sold at Bop Shop Records.

Tom Kohn with some of Eugene Kramer’s collection to be displayed and sold at Bop Shop Records.


Juneteenth in Brighton, North Street and Outlook Field

[6/19/21 Brighton Town Supervisor William Moehle raising The Juneteenth flag at the Town of Brighton’s Inaugural Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony.


The Friends of the Brighton Memorial Library celebrate golden anniversary

Do you know what and where this is?

1/7/22 David Kramer at the Brighton Memorial Library pay phone. [Photo: Courtesy of the BML staff]

Donating to the beloved Brighton Memorial Library


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 punishmentIMG_1823

A ribbon cutting and the Pages of the Brighton Memorial Library


In search of Shirley Jackson and finding the Brighton High School Alumni author display case

Read about Sutton Griggs at the Brighton Memorial Library

Offering volume to Salman Syed, Friends of the Library volunteer, 8/1/17

Offering volume to Salman Syed, Friends of the Library volunteer, 8/1/17

Remembering Armistice Day, 11/11/1918, at the Brighton Memorial Library and Buckland Park

[11/9/21 Brighton Memorial Library. (left) David Kramer with the 11/11/1918 edition of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and Matthew Bashore, BML Adult Services Manager, with the 11/11/1918 edition of the Rochester Times-Union. Photo: Heather DeMay, BML staff.


The Brighton Farmer’s Market is back. At the Game at the Corners, the boys and girls of summer hoping to play ball.

From Zimbabwe to Tokyo at the Brighton Farmers Market



Buy often and early at the 7th Get Some Balls sale in Brighton’s Meadowbrook neighborhood

After a virtual hiatus, the Get Some Balls! sale is actual. Buy now

Revisiting “Rock Fever Hits Meadowbrook” (May-June 2000)on-the-rock

A fond farewell to the Get Some Balls! sale in Brighton

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What is a Meadowbrook Parade without the First U.S. Girl On The Moon?

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Good Bye Monroe Post and thanks for the memories.


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

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Hard core Hank is back in the Bop Shop line

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A hunter’s tree stand on the Highland Crossing Trail during a late April snowfall

Exotic animals once lived next to the Highland Crossing Trail

Following a gaggle of wild turkeys on the Highland Crossing Trail in Brighton

The first December snowfall at the Highland Crossing Trail in Brighton

First November snowfall at the Highland Crossing in Brighton

New plaques in Town: Read all about it

During a dusting of May snow, revisiting the Highland Crossing Trail in Brighton


What should the trail behind Buckland Park in Brighton be named?

Voting early at Empire State College and celebrating Loving Day at Brighton Town Park

Spring cleaning and kite flying at Brighton Town Park

The inscribed brick pavers at Buckland Park in Brighton

On the Highland Crossing Trail in Brighton after an early March snowfall

The ground breaking of the Brickyard Trail in Brighton and “Memories of the Crab Apple battles”

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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

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Ghosts MIGHT walk the beautiful Brickyard Trail in Brighton.


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.

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You are never too old at the Kid’s Fishing Derby in Brighton

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The beginnings of a better Auburn Trail

Trudy (left) and Katie, regular dog walkers on the Auburn Trail. Although they feel the Whole Foods project is too expansive, they were Trudy and Katie were pleased to learn the Auburn Trail improvements would include their favorite stretch. [Photo: David Kramer, 2/16/19]

Breaking ground on the Auburn Trail in Brighton


A long time Brighton teacher continues to change lives

Lura Kelley with student

Brighton Town Council Member Jason DiPonzio shows his stuff at the first pitch at the Game at the Corners

David Cay Johnston’s tireless pursuit of the facts: a conversation with Allison Bondi 

David Cay Johnston (left) after his 8/23/16 talk at Union Place. Photo: David Kramer

The Big Cheat (December 2021) with Brighton’s Pulitzer Prize winning author David Cay Johnston

David Cay Johnston with first copy of his new book The Big Cheat at his home. His shirt refers to Soquel High in Santa Cruz, Calif., where he attended.

Talker featured in Brighton Connections

David Kramer next to the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Highland Park [Photo: Sarah Salvilla, October 2021] See Brighton Connections_Nov 21 (pdf)

Kurt Vonnegut’s 1995 “Billy Pilgrim” pilgrimage to the Mt. Hope grave of Edward R. Crone Jr, Brighton High School’ 41

(left) Edward R. Crone Jr., Brighton High School Crossroads yearbook, 1941. Held at and scanned courtesy of Brighton Memorial Library; (right) Crone’s gravesite in Mt. Hope Cemetery, 12/15/18 [Photo: David Kramer]

More on Carol Kramer (1933 – 2021) and Tales of the Highland Crossing in Brighton

Carol Kramer in the mid-1970s when she taught mathematics at Mercy High School.

Sid Rosenzweig on jacket writing

Sid during his time as film critic for Channel 13’s 530 Magazine. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, June 1, 1981.

Dr. Harold Pollack left Brighton as a conservative and returned a liberal

Harold Pollack (second from top right). The Leonia High School (Leonia, NJ) 1981 Prom. Looking back, Harold advises; “Never rent a powder blue tuxedo.”

Honoring Mary Jo Lanphear, Brighton Town Historian since 1986

Brighton Town Historian in the historical archives, Brighton Town Hall, 1/29/20 [Photo: David Kramer]

A Shawn Dunwoody mural and the floor hockey legacy of Dave Rogachefsky at the JCC

Bruce returns from Cambodia with “Umpire State”

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Eugene Kramer publishes “Isaac” sixty-five years later.

Eugene, Rochester NY, Thanksgiving, 2018

Talker’s foreign correspondent in Cambodia and the plaques in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Highland Park.

Dr. Bruce Kay, Director, Democracy and Governance Office USAID Cambodia at USAID, Cambodia, 2018 [Provided by Bruce]

Brighton girl taking feminist humor big time

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Eric Kemperman, Brighton High School ’81, is back in town and sledding!

Eric Kemperman [Photo: David Kramer]

From Brighton to LA: Andria Langston, a bright actress sharing her light with the world


Getting To Know Svet Radoslavof from Brighton; A Groundbreaking Hip Hop Violinist and Influential Figure In Music


I Was Racially Profiled In My Own Neighborhood Today. Again.


Nazareth College’s President Daan Braveman on defining moments and his own March on Washington, August 1963

A Boy and his BG: A Love Story (visual poem)

Rain out – no game

Byrna Weir remembers and honors Don Franklin’s life and art

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Who’s on first at the Game at the Corners? The Rabbi.

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Brighton Town Council Member Jason DiPonzio shows his stuff at the first pitch at the Game at the Corners

Brighton Town Supervisor Bill “Shohei” Moehle throws out first pitch, goes two for three with 2 RBI’s in the Game at the Corners

Brighton Town Councilmember Robin Wilt pitches in at the Game at the Corners

East High’s oldest athlete, Morris Shapiro’s (1913 -2016) love of wrestling never waned

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, February 10th, 2016. [Photo provided by Tim Herman]

Brighton High School loses one of its two great sportscasters, Hank Greenwald ’53

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One of Brighton High School’s Fab Five is back in town

3 Fab Fivers: Andre Marquis, Phil Ghyzel, David Kramer. Above, Eugene Kramer. Sometime in the 1980s.


Leslie pines for her shrines

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Eugene Kramer: August 14th, 1929 to June 30th, 2019

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Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church teams up with Brighton Food Cupboard at the Farmer’s Market

Why did the Faith Temple in Brighton give away free stuff?

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Brighton’s connection to R Community Bikes

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Brighton School Board candidate Melaney Bernhardt is unfit to hold any office from David Cay Johnston

Melaney Bernhardt of Brighton holds two signs, Freedom Over Fear and Honk For Freedom, joining a group of people on Massachusetts Avenue in Buffalo protesting against COVID health regulation mandates on February 12, 2022. The group met in the parking lot of a former Gander Mountain on Young Street, Tonawanda, to rally and then caravan to Pat Sole Park in Buffalo near the Peace Bridge to protest the COVID mandates. Part of the rally was in support of the truckers in Canada who shut down the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The group headed first to Niagara Square before heading to Pat Sole Park and honked as they went by Buffalo City Hall and Buffalo Police and Fire Headquarters.

Brighton Towncouncil member Robin Wilt pledges support for the United Nations’ Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

On the electoral road with Christine Corrado

On the electoral road with Rajesh Barnabas

On the electoral road with Robin Wilt

On the electoral road with Albert Blankley

On the electoral road with Patrick Reilly

The early birds get the worms. Signature gathering in Brighton

The First Presidential Yard Sign in Brighton in this Winter Snow

Third parties at the Brookside polling place (25th Congressional District)

Brighton Town Superintendent William Moehle strongly considered John Anderson in 1980, be finally voted for Carter.

Brighton Town Superintendent William Moehle strongly considered John Anderson in 1980, be finally voted for Carter.

Memories of presidential visits on Election Day in Brighton


Which Presidential election mattered the most to you?


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“Day of the Dead” at the Mesquite Mexican Grill in Brighton

SPORTS: baseball, chess, football, softball and volleyball

Catch the Sluggers at Meridian Centre Park in Brighton; Talker pitches in.

Sectional extravaganza in Brighton

Sectional Extravaganza on Culver Road

Brighton and East tip caps to each other at after the game. East Coach Kyle Crandall wished Brighton good luck as they advanced in the sectionals.

The Jewish Sports Hall of Fame at the Jewish Community Center in Brighton

Cold and snowy Turkey Bowls at Reifsteck Field

Ball in air on after-touchdown throw. Reifsteck Field, 11/22/18. [Photo: David Kramer]

Brighton fans celebrate hometown hero Ernie Clement in victory


Iconic America at the Brighton Little League Parade

Wildcats strike out our undermanned Barons

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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

from the 1970 BHS yearbook Crossroads. Scanned courtesy of the Brighton Memorial Library

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


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“An early-spring renewal of the spirit” over 10,000 fungos later

Celebrating and social distancing in Brighton

Peter Fornieri weaves his award winning tailgate magic on Bonnie Brae in Brighton

The Boys and Girls of Summer complete 22nd season of the Game at the Corners.


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



Memorial Day at Buckland and Highland Parks

A snowy 100th Veterans Day in Brighton and the Battle of the Bulge

On Veterans Day at Buckland and Highland Parks. And the Moral Equivalent of War

Veterans Day in Brighton

Boy Scout Troop 77


Pax Brightonia

About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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