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East Brookfield

East Brookfield is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 2,097 at the 2000 census, and 2,190 as of January 10, 2005.

For geographic and demographic information on the census-designated place East Brookfield, please see the article East Brookfield (CDP), Massachusetts.

 

History

East Brookfield was first settled in 1664 as part of the Quabog Plantation lands. It became part of the new town of Brookfield in 1673, and was officially incorporated as a separate town in 1920, making it the "newest" town (by date of incorporation) in Massachusetts. The town is the birth place of Ryan Fahey and Connie Mack, the manager of the Philadelphia Athletics.

 

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 10.4 square miles (26.9 km²), of which, 9.8 square miles (25.5 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²) of it (5.11%) is water. East Brookfield is bordered on the north by North Brookfield, on the west by Brookfield, on the south by Sturbridge and Charlton, and on the east by Spencer.

Most community life in East Brookfield centers around(Route 9), particularly the stretch closest to Lake Lashaway, on the road from Spencer to North Brookfield. Within a block of this stretch are found all of the town’s churches, its school and former schools, most of its retail businesses and its current and former municipal office buildings. The latter is on Depot Square, a triangular crossroads near the post office and Redmans Hall, the site of the Senior Center and some town meetings.

West of the town center is the Quaboag River plains, known locally as "the Flats". The CSX Boston-to-Selkirk rail line runs parallel to Main Street through this section. North of Main Street is the town’s main water body, Lake Lashaway. Southwest of the town center are the Quaboag and Quacumquasit Ponds (also known as North and South ponds). Bordering the ponds, in the geographic center of town, is a sparsely populated marshland. South of the marshes is sparsely populated woodland, formerly a village called Podunk—today marked only by a small cemetery along Podunk Road near the Sturbridge town line—and a hilly area called High Rocks.

 

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,097 people, 778 households, and 599 families residing in the town. The population density was 213.0 people per square mile (82.3/km²). There were 849 housing units at an average density of 86.2/sq mi (33.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.52% White, 0.43% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.76% of the population.

There were 778 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.7% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.9% were non-families. 18.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $51,860, and the median income for a family was $57,500. Males had a median income of $41,739 versus $28,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,629. About 2.8% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.6% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.

 

Education

County government: Worcester County
Clerk of Courts: Dennis P. McManus (D)
District Attorney: Joseph D. Early, Jr. (D)
Register of Deeds: Anthony J. Vigliotti (D)
Register of Probate: Stephen Abraham (D)
County Sheriff: Guy W. Glodis (D)
State government
State Representative(s): Geraldo Alicea (D)
State Senator(s): Stephen M. Brewer (D)
Governor’s Councilor(s): Thomas J. Foley (D)
Federal government
U.S. Representative(s): Richard E. Neal (D-2nd District),
U.S. Senators: John Kerry (D), Scott Brown (R)

There is one active school in town. It is East Brookfield Elementary School. In 2002, they closed down two older schools, Lashaway Junior High School (built in 1882, also known as the Hodgkins School), which at the time of closing served grades 3-6, and the Memorial School, built in 1952. East Brookfield is regionalized K-12 with Spencer, and East Brookfield students also attend Knox Trail Junior High School (grades 7-8) and David Prouty High School (grades 9-12) in Spencer.

 

Points of interest

The Hodgkins School, also known as the Lashaway Middle School, was at the time of its closing in 2002, the oldest operating public school in the nation. It is now the home of the East Brookfield Historical Museum, the Quaboag Valley Railroaders Club, and the Massasoit Art Guild. It is also the meeting place for Boy Scout Troop 238.

Also, East Brookfield contains (according to Cecil Adams of The Straight Dope) the location of "Podunk", the archetypical "backwater" town.

 

Notable residents

 

 

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