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

Future Stories
  • Repair & Referral Services
  • Brookline Symphony Orchestra
  • Lifelong Learning Programs
Dear Brookline Neighbor,

BrooklineCAN's membership goal for 2014 is 400 members. We currently have 307 members. Increasing our membership will strengthen our advocacy efforts. So if you are not a member of BrooklineCAN, please resolve to join us in the New Year. If you are already a member, please tell others about us. To join, visit our website

Happy New Year from BrooklineCAN
BrooklineCAN Needs YOU!
Share your talent, while you learn new skills and make new friends. BrooklineCAN is looking for capable people to help us assure that older residents of Brookline continue to be a vital part of the town's social, cultural, and civic life. We currently have two opportunities
  • Our talented and hard-working webmaster needs someone with experience hosting Access or another database on the internet. You will need know-how in building databases, whether with Access or another program. Email:
  • If you have public relations experience or want to know more about PR, volunteer to work on media relations. Help publicize the BrooklineCAN story to people throughout Brookline and beyond. Skills needed are writing and talking. Email:

Participate in Climate Week
Brookline's Fourth Annual Climate Change Week is presented by Climate Action Brookline, whose volunteer activists are committed to a Brookline that is evolving from energy consuming to energy conserving. Their mission is to connect Brookline citizens with ways to reduce their carbon footprints at home, at work, and in the community. Events include: January 21, 7:00 pm, "The Muddy River, A Century of Change", lecture at Town Hall by Tom Brady, Brookline Conservation Director, and on January 23, 7:00 pm, author-activist Wen Stephenson will discuss "Climate Justice and the Human Rights Struggles of Our Time" at the Brookline Booksmith. There will be exhibits at the Main Library, the new Teen Center, and in restaurants around town. See (or call 617-734-4224) for details and for information on several other events including films, family-oriented programs, and a Police Department workshop on emergency preparedness.

Facebook for Seniors
Do your grandchildren want you to get on Facebook? Are you curious about or frightened of social networking on Facebook?

Brookline Adult & Community Education offers Facebook for Seniors at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester St., in the PC Lab, four Thursdays, beginning February 13, 2014 from 11:45 am to 1:45 pm. The course will help you get started, explain the basics, and discuss Facebook's privacy policy. Cost is $73 and there is no senior discount. Limited to six students.

Register on-line at, by phone at 617-730-2700, in person at the High School in Room 100, or by mail at BA&CE, PO Box 150, Brookline, MA. 02446.

Bicycles, Pedestrians and Sidewalks
With encouragement from BrooklineCAN's Livable Community Advocacy Committee, the Brookline Transportation Board has taken an important step to ban the operation of bicycles on sidewalks in some of the Town's commercial areas. The Board has begun to define the commercial areas in which signs will appear to inform cyclists to walk their bikes on the sidewalks. Bicycles will be excluded, for example, from sidewalks on ALL of Harvard Street and on Beacon Street between Pleasant Street and Marion Street. Following through on our recommendation, the Transportation Department will conduct studies of pedestrian traffic to determine how the restrictions of bicycles on sidewalks should be extended. For more information on the activities of the Livable Community Advocacy Committee, click here.

Getting Your Home For-Sale Ready
Take advantage of a two-session course: "Getting Your Home's Interior For-Sale Ready", February 24 and March 3, 7:00-8:30 pm at Brookline High School. Learn how to de-clutter your house or condo, make key choices where it counts, how to work with what you already have, and how to photograph your end result. Contact Brookline Adult & Community Education at 617-730-2700 or for more information and to register.

Book Groups
A New Short Story Reading Group Has Formed at Putterham Library

Group members will select short stories to read aloud and discuss. The group will meet once a month from 2:00-3:00 pm. For more information, call Alan Allaire (617-738-1984) or the Putterham Branch Library (617-730-2385).

Drinking, Drugs and Rock n'Roll
BrooklineCAN will present a discussion of substance use in older adults and boomers in the "new old age" on Wednesday, March 5, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, at Brookline High School. Carol Girard, M.A. of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Eric Hardt, M.D. of Boston Medical Center will address such questions as: How do recreational drugs and/or alcohol use affect our health as we age, especially if combined with prescription or over the counter medications? What is safe? How much is too much? This free program is offered in partnership with Brookline Public Health and Brookline Adult & Community Education. Pre-registration is not required, but to ensure seating, call 617-730-2770.

Getting to the MFA on Public Transportation
There are a number of choices on public transportation to get to the Museum of Fine Arts from Brookline. Among them are:
1. Take the B, C, or the D train to the Arlington stop. Cross over to the outbound side (no cost) and take the E Train to the Museum of Fine Arts stop.
2. Take the 66 Bus to South Huntington. Switch to the E Train and ride to the Museum of Fine Arts stop.
3. Take the 66 Bus to South Huntington. Switch to the 39 Bus and ride to the Museum of Fine Arts stop.

Bibliophile Cinema
On the 4th Thursday of every month there is a great treat in store at the BATV Theatre, 11 Tappan St. (United Arts Building). Brookline Public Library and Brookline Access TV (BATV) co-sponsor a book and movie discussion group. On January 23 Double Indemnity (1944) and the short story by James M. Cain will be featured. For more info see Bibliophile Cinema

Deal of the Month
Have you seen a good movie lately? This month, we highlight the amazing Senior Matinees at the Coolidge Corner Theater. Every Wednesday, seniors (age 62 and up) and disabled patrons (with T ID) pay just $4 to see any feature film before 4 pm. That is, "4 for $4 before 4!"

Upcoming Events
Jan 20, 4:00 pm Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Coolidge Corner Theater, Keynote Speaker Reverend Liz Walker. Free Admission

Jan 28, 7:00 pm "Wonders of the Night Sky,"
(a slide talk on the life and death of stars),
Main Library 361 Washington Street, hosted by Robert Kroin, astronomy enthusiast

February 23, 3:00 pm
Handel & Haydn Society, Vivaldi's Gloria. Senior Center Theater Club. Call Ted Shamitz, 617-487-5573 or the Senior Center, 617-730-2770.

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