BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
December 2011 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
  • Makes our town an even better place for all

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Dear {FIRSTNAMES|Brookline Neighbor},

In this issue we tell you how to find a restroom when you’re out and about in town; urge you to use the BrooklineCAN Repair Referral Service list of screened plumbers, electricians, etc.; direct you to a wide range of exercise opportunities in Brookline—and much more. We hope you enjoy this issue. Please tell your friends about BrooklineCAN. They can visit to sign up for our electronic newsletter.


Where To Go When You Gotta Go
People on the go in Brookline can now find a public restroom in a timely fashion. The BrooklineCAN Restroom Guide includes an interactive map and list of public buildings, parks, and restaurants that permit BrooklineCAN members access to these restrooms. Sixteen town buildings and parks have public restrooms, and thus far seven restaurants have pledged involvement. The guide includes strategies for finding a restroom in restaurants and other commercial establishments that have no formal policy for making their restrooms available to the public. The guide was prepared by BrooklineCAN's Livable Community Advocacy Committee with assistance from Brookline's Department of Public Health and Division of Economic Development.

Repair Referral Program Growing
Our Repair Referral Service continues to grow, with the addition this month of electricians. The list already includes plumbers, home contractors and handymen. Email your recommendations for other categories such as roof repair, window and gutter maintenance, and snow removal to Karin Wannamaker at or call her at 617-730-2752.

Wanted: Snow Removal Vendors
With the onset of winter—and the inevitability of snow—we are seeking to add to our Repair Referral Service list reliable contractors offering snow removal. If you know of—and would like to recommend—a vendor, please contact Karin Wannamaker ( or 617-730-2752) with information regarding the vendor’s name, phone number, email, etc. Or you can offer suggestions through our Contractor Survey.

Membership Renewal Time
BrooklineCAN members who were the first to join our organization will soon receive letters requesting that they renew their annual membership. Now 300 members strong, BrooklineCAN has achieved much in just our first year.
Information: Presented a series of forums and spread the word about available services, programs, and cultural events via our website ( and newsletters.
Advocacy: Worked to lower property taxes for low-income elders and to create more elder-friendly parks, sidewalks, streets, and parking meters.
Discounts: Established a program of discounts offered by 50 local merchants.
Recently, these accomplishments were recognized by the prestigious 2011 Unsung Hero Award of the Brookline Community Foundation given to Frank Caro, BrooklineCAN steering committee co-chair. The membership fee is $25 per person or $50 per household. You may join with a credit card at

Exercise, Brookline Style
Whether you choose stretching, walking, skating, yoga, swimming, or other forms of activity, make sure to keep moving so that you can reap all of the benefits of exercise. For a wide range of exercise opportunities in Brookline, see the exercise page on our website.

Seeking Membership Chair
If you are looking for a new challenge for the new year—and at the same time want to help others—consider becoming BrooklineCAN's new membership chair. This volunteer position entails recruiting and orienting new and prospective members through a range of events and correspondence. The Membership Committee already has a core of active members. Imaginative strategies are welcomed and encouraged. If interested, contact either of BrooklineCAN's steering committee co-chairs, Ruthann Dobek (; 627-730-2756) or Frank Caro (; 617-739-9228).  

Getting the Most Out of Your Long-term Care Insurance
The intricacies of receiving payments from your long-term care insurance will be discussed at the Senior Center on December 7, at 2:30 pm. This program—"You've Paid for It…Now How to Use It?"—is aimed at those who already have insurance but need guidance on how to utilize it. Participants are Karen Wasserman, director of "Your Elder Experts" program at Jewish Family & Children's Services; Nancy Shapiro, executive director, Goddard House; and Dr. Penelope S. Tzougros, financial planning consultant, Wealthy Choices.
The program is a joint presentation of the Brookline Community Aging Network and its founding partners—the Brookline Senior Center, JF&CS, Goddard House, and Center Communities of Brookline.

DiscountsMember Discounts
BrooklineCAN members are eligible to take advantage of the discounts offered by our business associates, now numbering nearly 50. For specific details, visit the discount page on our website. Remember to bring your BrooklineCAN member card with you when you shop! To become a member—for the low annual fee of $25 per person or $50 per family—visit us on the web or call 617-455-1964.

One-Day Trip to NYC
Enjoy the glamour and excitement of pre-holiday Manhattan by spending a day there on December 10. A luxury bus equipped with VCR/DVD service leaves Soule Recreation Center, 652 Hammond St., at 6:30am, and the Arcade Building, 318 Harvard St., at 6:45am. Destination: Rockefeller Center—where you decide what's next. You're on your own to visit nearby attractions like the Museum of Modern Art, Empire State Building, Times Square, restaurants, or Fifth Avenue stores. The bus arrives back in Brookline at approximately 11pm. Cost: $55 for Brookline residents; $75 for non-residents. For more information email Elizabeth Gugliotti ( in the Recreation Department or telephone her at 617-730-2082).

Finding Missing Persons
Deborah Steiner-van Rooyen, an author and expert on the location and recovery of missing persons and abducted children from the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the United States, will discuss her book, Dove On A Barbed Wire: A Memoir, on Thursday, December 15, at 1pm in the Senior Center. In her 30 years of investigative experience, Steiner-van Rooyen has reopened and resolved decades-old cold cases including Holocaust property recovery and genealogy record tracing, as well as reunification of families dislocated by war or natural disasters.

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