Brookline Community Aging Network Transportation Support for Brookline Seniors
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
December 2015 Newsletter 

The Brookline
Community Aging Network

  • Focuses on Brookline as a great place to live
  • Provides information for older residents that helps them remain engaged in the community
  • Advocates to make Brookline an even better place to live for seniors and everyone.

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or visit the BCAN
web site
 Transportation Support for  Brookline Seniors
The program formerly known as STRAITS has a new name: TRIPPS (Transportation Resources, Information, Planning, and Partnership for Seniors). TRIPPS provides education and support to Brookline residents aged 60+ looking for alternatives to driving, due to age, ability, or individual choice. Volunteer "Transit Advisors" (TAs) will help elders decide which transportation options to use when they're unable or choose not to drive and will also offer personalized support as seniors learn to use these new ways of getting around. For example, TAs might accompany elders on their first few trips on the T, on The Ride, or with a car sharing service.

TRIPPS is currently recruiting volunteers to provide administrative support and/or to be trained as TAs. Anyone interested in volunteering or in learning more is invited to contact Volunteer Coordinator Patricia Burns at 617-730-2743. Seniors interested in learning more about transportation options can contact Program Director Kerri Ann Tester directly at 617-730-2644 or

Membership Renewal Questions
What is my BrooklineCAN membership renewal date? Your renewal date is based on when you joined. You will receive a letter from us with an enclosed reply envelope when the time comes. If we have your email address, we will email you in the middle of the prior month with a link for renewing online and a membership form. Your membership adds weight to our advocacy - numbers count - and helps us keep you and others informed about programs and services valued by Brookline seniors. Watch for your renewal letter, and help us expand our membership by inviting a neighbor or friend to join.

Age Friendly Cities TV Show Addresses Health Services
On Thanksgiving Day Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) aired Episode 4 in a series of Age Friendly Cities TV (AFC-TV) programs on local Brookline channels. All episodes in the series are available on the BrooklineCAN web site and are referenced on the BrooklineCAN Twitter and Facebook accounts.

The show, which will be repeated several times, focuses on health services and support for Brookline seniors. Dr. Chris Chanyasulkit, a Health Services Specialist in the Brookline Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations Department, provides information and important seasonal reminders on emergency preparedness such as the Buddy Program, nutrition, exercise, and opportunities for socialization during the winter months.

Chris is a Town Meeting member, a key member of the Age Friendly Cities Committee, co-chair of the Commission for Women, and has been appointed to the US Department of Health and Human Services Regional Health Equity Council for New England.

BETS: Brookline Elder Taxi System
Continuing our transportation focus, this month the service we are featuring is Brookline Elder Taxi System. BETS is a taxi discount program that allows income eligible Brookline residents over 62 to buy $50 worth of discounted taxi coupons every month. Eligibility requirements are that an individual's maximum annual income cannot exceed $48,000 and a couple's income cannot exceed $55,800. The program is sponsored by the Council on Aging, CDBG and licensed Brookline Cab companies. Alice Ebrat, BETS program coordinator, is at the Senior Center every Monday through Wednesday from 12 noon until 4:00 pm to take applications and sell BETS coupon books. For more information call Alicia at 617-730-2740.

Town Meeting Warrant Article 4 Passes
Article 4 (Senior-Work-Off Exemption) passed unanimously at Special Town Meeting this November. It increases the amount of the Senior-Work-Off Exemption for eligible taxpayers for fiscal 2016 to $1,125 from the current $1,000 based on the state minimum wage of $9.00 per hour and the continued use of the 125 volunteer service hours allowed in the General Laws of Massachusetts. The article also secures an increase for FY 17 and FY18 based on the increases to the minimum wage scheduled for FY 17 and FY 18.

Handel's Messiah
Enjoy a one-day guided listening session on the history and content of this great oratorio. Led by Raymond Chow who has performed the Messiah on numerous occasions, this Brookline Adult Education course takes place at the Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Monday, December 14. $10. This session is part of a music appreciation series continuing in 2016--included will be the music of George Gershwin and Felix Mendelssohn. To register and for more information: or 617-730-2700.

Gallery 93 at the Brookline Senior Center
Photographs of Heritage Trees and Scenic Vistas from Olmsted's Emerald Necklace may be viewed at the Senior Center through December 30 in the exhibit by Erik Gehring. "These trees are some of the biggest and oldest tree specimens in the park," says Gehring. The 20-photo exhibit, which displays trees in every season, is on the Center's 2nd floor balcony.

The exhibit is curated by David Weinberg, who has selected artwork for Gallery 93 at the Senior Center for two years. David always is looking for mature artists, regardless of media, who have a significant body of work and would like to exhibit at the Gallery. For information about purchasing a photo, future exhibits, or to display your work, contact David at

Brookline Winter Farmer's Market
Beginning in November the Brookline Winter Farmer's Market has been in full swing. Every Sunday between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm in the Arcade you can shop with many of your favorite vendors from the summer market. For a list of the vendors, click here. Not all vendors are there every Sunday.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 5, 5:00 pm, St. Paul's Church
"The Baroque Big Band"
Mistral Chamber group presents a All-Bach program.
for more information.

Sunday, December 13, 3:00 pm, All Saints Parish
Brookline Symphony Orchestra Concert
Program includes Chadwick's Noel from Symphonic Sketches, and Strauss Horn Concerto no. 2. For complete information see

Thursdays at 1:00 pm, Coolidge Corner Library
Movie Matinee
Free films every Thursday. Refreshments served at 1:00 pm and
film starts at 1:30 pm. For complete listing of monthly calendar see

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Brookline, Massachusetts 02446

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