Brookline Community Aging Network June 2014 Newsletter
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
June 2014 Newsletter 

About the Brookline
Community Aging Network

  • Enables older residents to remain independent and fully engaged in the life of the community
  • Builds intergenerational networks
  • Engages in public policy advocacy on behalf of Brookline's older residents
  • Makes our town an even better place for all
Dear Brookline Neighbor,

This month we tell you about a recent project of our organization - collecting and making available information on automatic doors in Brookline. We bring to your attention programs that you will find informative, excursions that you will find enjoyable, and much more. Please tell your friends about BrooklineCAN... in fact, forward this newsletter to them.

Brookline Complete Streets Forum
BrooklineCAN is co-sponsoring an educational forum on Complete Streets on June 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Main Library in Hunneman Hall. Complete Streets is a national movement that urges municipalities to develop transportation plans that balance the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, public transportation users, and motorists. A panel of experts will show how Complete Streets design concepts can make the street scape more livable for people of all ages. BrooklineCAN's sponsorship builds on its advocacy for pedestrians. The forum is free but seats are limited. Advance registration is encouraged at

The 19th Annual Public Health Policy Forum
Health Care Reform: A Report Card
Scheduled for Wednesday, June 25, at the Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, this popular forum is moderated by former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis. Three panelists will discuss the successes and failures of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Celia
Wcislo is presently the Assistant Division Director at 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. Ture Richard Turnbull is the Executive Director of Mass-Care, the Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Health Care. David R. Williams is professor of Public Health, African and African American Studies, and Sociology at Harvard. Light hors d'oeuvres from 6:00-7:00, panel discussion from 7:00-9:00 pm.

Automatic Doors in Brookline
The BrooklineCAN Livable Community Advocacy Committee calls attention to features that make Brookline a highly livable community. The committee examined, tried out and identified Brookline establishments with automated doors. Each of the doors was identified on a map at the BrooklineCAN web site Key automatic door characteristics include the mechanism, clearance provided, and timing for first and second doors of a vestibule.

Mechanisms varied from motion detectors (best) to press plates and more limited use buttons. Sufficient clearance and door timing does not threaten the person who triggered the door to open, or impede a wheelchair, stroller, carriage or other device. Since condition and performance of doors change over time, please inform BrooklineCAN of any changes in the status of any of the mapped doors.

Solar Energy Program June 9
On June 9, 2014, Climate Change Action Brookline will hold a meeting at Brookline Town Hall, Room 103 at 7:00 pm. Socializing will begin at 6:30. Light snacks and drinks will be served. The focus of the meeting is a new opportunity to bring more solar energy to Brookline through a concept called Community Shared Solar. For more information see

Expanded Income Eligibility for Property Tax Deferral

Brookline Town Meeting is expected to make it easier for seniors who are property owners to qualify for the Town's Property Tax Deferral Program. Through the program, seniors with modest incomes can postpone paying their property taxes until they sell their home or die. The program is an important option for older home owners who have difficulty paying high property taxes. The change will make it possible for homeowners with incomes as much as $55,000 to qualify for the program. For more information, contact the Brookline Assessors Department at 617-730-2060.

Newport Mansions Tour
The Brookline Recreation Department 55+ program offers an excursion to Newport, Rhode Island to experience the architecture, art, and interior design of some of America's most historic houses. Friday, June 20, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, $25 for Brookline residents and $34 for non-residents, pick up and drop off at Soule Recreation Center and Brookline Senior Center. To register and for more information: or 617-730-2069.

Deal of the Month--Harbor Islands
An island getaway for just $11 for seniors! The Boston Harbor Islands provide a day's respite from city life, and they are only a short ferry ride away...just take the Red Line to the Aquarium stop and walk about a block to Long Wharf (near the Marriott Hotel) to buy your ticket. Ferries depart hourly until June 20th and every half hour all summer. The ferry goes to Spectacle and George's Islands, and from George's Island you can catch a ride to five more islands. Spectacle Island, for example, has a swimming beach, a "green" visitor's center, hiking trails, a shady porch with rocking chairs, and a terrific snack bar. Rangers schedule daily events including guided tours and free music performances. For a complete description of all that the islands offer, visit or call the park information line at 617-223-8666 during business hours. Bon voyage!

Visit the Olmstead Historic Site
One of Brookline's treasures is the National Park Service Frederick Law Olmsted Historic Site at 99 Warren Street. Olmsted (1822-1903), the founder of American landscape architecture and the nation's foremost parkmaker, moved his home to suburban Boston in 1883 and established the world's first full-scale professional office for the practice of landscape design. Guided tours of the historic design office and restored landscape will be held Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am, 11:00 am and 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm through June 21 and self-guided exhibits may be seen in the Olmsted home (see web site or call for hours). You may explore the restored grounds any day, dawn to dusk, with a self-guided tour - the grounds guides are located at the visitor center door. For more information see or call 617-566-1689.

Getting There On The T--New Airport Bus Service
The Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates Logan International Airport, announced the start of nonstop shuttle bus service from the airport to two Back Bay locations --- the Copley MBTA station and the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center.

The new Back Bay Shuttle that launched this past month is a two-year pilot with service every 20 minutes between the two Back Bay locations and the airport. The shuttle bus will stop at each airport terminal on the departure level and pick up passengers on the arrivals level. Service will be seven days a week starting at 5:00 am and running until 9:00 pm from the Back Bay and from 6:00 am until 10:00 pm from Logan Airport. The fare will be $5, payable with a credit or debit card, or free for riders with a valid MBTA pass.

Events of Interest

June 4th
Guest speaker is Matthew Gilbert, television critic for the Boston Globe, Brookline resident, and dog owner. Matt will talk about reviewing television programs and about his new book Off the Leash: A Year at the Dog Park.
June 7th
SATURDAY SENIOR SOCIAL at MAIN 2:30- 3:30 pm in the Main Library Conference Room on the 2nd floor. Selectman Nancy Daly will explain and answer questions relating to Town Meeting decisions. Refreshments will be served.
June 22nd
SOUTH PACIFIC at Reagle Theater, Waltham. Sponsored by the Brookline Senior Center Theater Club. For information about tickets and transportation call the Senior Center 617-730-2770 or Ted Shamitz at 617-487-5573.


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