Brookline Community Aging Network May 2012 Newsletter
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
May 2012 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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  • Transportation Options
  • Tax Deals
  • Spanish Immersion

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Dear Brookline Neighbor,

In this issue we update you on our ever-expanding vetted list of contractors and other vendors, give you good news about parking permits for overnight caregivers, and ask for your talent to help "grow" our young and exciting organization. We also suggest ways you can satisfy your cultural and artistic urges and offer ideas for exercising both mind and body -- and much more. We hope you enjoy this issue. Please tell your friends about fact, forward this newsletter to them.


Parking Permits for Caregivers
Caregivers who need to park on Brookline streets can now obtain permits for extended daytime and overnight parking for up to 180 days. Workers can be employed by an agency or by the care recipient, or can be an unpaid family member or friend. Permit applicants must provide documentation from a home health agency, physician, or Council on Aging social worker. If a care recipient lives within 500 feet of a town parking lot, the caregiver must park in that lot. To apply for a temporary (and renewable) permit, call the Brookline Transportation Department at 617-730-2177.
In April, the Brookline Transportation Board adopted these modified temporary parking permit regulations that reflect recommendations of BrooklineCAN's Livable Community Advocacy Committee.

Roof Repair Is Here!
Roofers are the latest addition to our Repair Referral list -- an ever-evolving roster that already includes electricians, plumbers, computer repair vendors, home contractors, and handymen. Our system: BrooklineCAN members suggest vendors, and we verify that the workers have the required licenses and insurance. To take advantage of this members'-only benefit, visit our Repair Referral page and use the password on the back of your member card. We welcome recommendations for vendors in other categories. Email suggestions to Karin Wannamaker at or call her at 617-730-2752.

Blank Pages and Other Scenarios
BrooklineCAN is powered by volunteers. Without us, this page would be blank, as would our website. There would be no discount deals for members, and no Repair Referral list of vetted contractors and other vendors. Overnight parking for home care workers wouldn’t exist, nor would tax relief for low-income elders. And useful educational seminars would be dark. We’re always looking for talented people who want to be productive, have fun, and help us with our work. Won’t you join us?

Brookline Bike Celebration
Join fellow cyclists in the annual "Brookline Bikes" parade Sunday, May 20. Participants should be able to cycle the hilly five-mile course along car-free Beacon Street at a speed of 8 miles an hour without stopping. The police will lead the way. A shorter, less strenuous alternate route will also be available. Gather at Amory Park at 11:30. The ride starts at 12:30. Post-ride refreshments and a re-opening celebration of Amory Park are scheduled for 1:00-2:00pm. Register online at and save time on parade day.

Seasoned Prose and Poetry
Every week they read aloud to each other. They hone and polish "stories" from their lives. Finally, in the spring, participants in "Telling Your Story," the autobiographical writing seminar, are ready to go public. On Wednesday, May l6, at l0:15 a.m., this "rite of spring" will occur at the Senior Center, providing a glimpse into lives lived and the meanings and messages from the remembered past. Another showcase for Brookline writers is the yearly reading by the Seasoned Voices senior poetry workshop. They will give their annual reading at Brookline Booksmith on Thursday, May 24, at 7:00 p.m.

Brookline Open Studios
Be amazed by the range of artistic talent in our town by attending Brookline Open Studios, Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, from noon to 6:00 p.m. In the artists' own studios and in ten public places -- among them, the libraries, Senior Center, Longwood T Stop, Arcade, and even the Police Station -- see sculpture, decoupage, painting, glasswork, pottery, and photography. For details about the participants and venues, visit

Kidney Education, Screening
Anyone with a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease or smoking is at risk for developing kidney disease, the ninth leading cause of death in America. Two upcoming free events focus on kidney health. First, Dr. Li-Li Hsiao, from the Renal Division of Brigham and Women's Hospital, will speak on "Eight Steps to Kidney Health," Tuesday, May 8, 1:00 p.m., at the Brookline Senior Center. Then, on Saturday, May 19, the Brookline Department of Public Health will provide kidney screenings, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., 11 Pierce Street.

Drawing for Pleasure
Drawing can be learned, maintains the legendary teacher of "Drawing for Pleasure" at the Senior Center, Louise Weinberg, and observing accurately is the key. She begins a free 7-week Thursday-morning class on June 14, 9:30 to 11:30am. Working from still-life objects, students begin to learn to look at things as an artist does. All materials will be provided. A small materials fee of $15 is due on the first day of class. Space is limited. To register, call 617-730-2770.

Klezmer, Theater, and Pizza!
Enjoy a dinner-theater production of Mendel's Accordion, when the well-known children's theater troupe, Artbarn, performs at the Senior Center on Thursday, May 10, 4 p.m. Mendel, a Klezmer musician from Melnitz, comes to America in search of a better life. Other characters are Mottel from Moscow, Itzik from Odessa, and Pinchus from Pinsk. A free pizza supper will follow this production, which features an authentic Klezmer accordion musician. During the "talk-back" after the show, meet Heidi Smith Hyde, author of the children's book adapted by Artbarn for this production.

Managing Tax Records
Okay, so you've filed your income tax returns for this past year, but what do you do with your tax records? The rule of thumb is that tax records should be kept for three years. Some documents, those relating to stock transactions or home purchase, should be kept longer. Also, all records that have an impact on your Federal tax returns, including bills, credit cards receipts, canceled checks, and any records supporting deductions should be kept for the requisite three years. For more information on record keeping, go to or call 1-800-829-3676.

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