BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
June 2018 Newsletter

Community Aging Network

A membership prganization that
  • Provides information to help residents remain engaged in the community
  • Advocates to make Brookline an even better place to live for seniors and everyone.

Become a member of BrooklineCAN! Request a membership brochure by calling 617-730-2777 or visit our
web site

shred-it-truck Shredding Event
Monday June 4th there will be visit from a mobile shredding truck and an identity theft presentation at the Brookline Senior Center from 1-4 pm. Brookline residents are invited to safely dispose of sensitive and personal documents to protect themselves from identity theft and fraud.

The event is sponsored by Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey. There will also be a presentation on identity theft from 1:00‐2:00 pm at the Senior Center. Light refreshments will be served. Please call 617‐730‐2770 to register for presentation portion of the event. All others are welcome to pull up to the mobile shredding truck for assistance with their boxes, bags and bundles of documents to shred. There is no charge.

susan-photoFriends of the Brookline Library Annual Meeting
Join the Friends of the Brookline Public Library on Tuesday, June 5, 7:00 pm. at the Brookline Village Library, to hear Susan Quinn, author of current best seller "Eleanor and Hick", talk about her life and career. Prizewinning biographer of other leading women (Marie Curie, Karne Horney), journalist and investigative reporter, and sometime actress, Sue, our own leading woman, will tell of her progression from Ohio mill town to present day writer and stage presence! Short business meeting at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments.

Age tvFood Insecurity
The 17th Age Friendly Cities TV show is entitled SPOTLIGHT on FOOD INSECURITY and will focus on feeding the hungry in Brookline.

Guests are Meghan Ostrander of Springwell, Elizabeth Boen of Brookline Food Pantry, and Patricia Burns of the Senior Center Food Pantry. These organizations serve many of the town's most vulnerable residents. All three need volunteers and financial donations.

The aim is to ensure everyone in our community who needs help comes to one or more of these organizations. In Brookline, in addition to regular nutritious meals, Springwell offers kosher, Chinese, and therapeutic meals for people on special diets.

Check out the Brookline Age Friendly Cities TV programs on the BrooklineCAN web site and note references on the BrooklineCAN Twitter and Facebook accounts. Programs are aired on Channel 3 on Comcast and RCN.

walk2"Take a Walk" - Walking Tours of Brookline and Surrounding Areas
Probably the best and easiest way to learn about a region is to take a walk. The Summer 2018 issue of Brookline Adult & Community Education offers a variety of walking tours in Brookline and surrounding areas to match any interest. Learn about Brookline's secret stairways and paths by walking the stairs and terraces from Summit Path to Beaconsfield Path, ending at the MBTA Beaconsfield station. Be forewarned, this is a long, strenuous walk that covers several miles of mostly stairs. Other Brookline walks include a walking tour of the Muddy River from Brookline Village to the Charles River in Back Bay and a more leisurely tour of the architecture and history of Chestnut Hill.

Walking tours of surrounding areas include "Fierce and Feminine: Great Women of Boston Tour," "Walking Massachusetts Avenue from Cambridge (Harvard Square) to Boston (Symphony Hall)"; "History of the Fort Point Channel," a walking tour of South Boston's Innovation District; and "Boston's Historic Waterfront."

A new tour, "Bostonians Behaving Badly: Riots in Boston," walks the downtown streets and reconsiders times when "Bostonians used their angry voices to demonstrate their discontent," including the Stamp Act, the Boston Tea Party, police riots, anti-catholic riots, and antibusing riots.

Read about these and other walking tours of Brookline and surrounding areas in the Summer issues of "Brookline". For more information, visit and type walk in the search box or call 617-720-2700.

netflix2Bingeing on Netflix
After a nice long walk, we invite you to relax with a few episodes of one of the many great series on Netflix. This month's show comes highly recommended by numerous BrooklineCAN members. You are invited to share your suggestions for future newsletters.

The Time In Between. This is the story of a dressmaker, Sira, who flees the turmoil of Madrid prior to the Civil War to join her lover in Tangier, where inadvertently she becomes part of an espionage scheme. (2013, 17 episodes, Spanish with English subtitles.)

libconnectLibrary Connection
Thanks to the Library Connection, homebound Brookline residents can receive library materials delivered to their home by volunteers. This is a partnership between the Council on Aging and Public Library of Brookline. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or receiving this service, contact Volunteer Coordinator Patricia Burns at the Council on Aging 617-730-2743.

farm1Farmers' Market
The Brookline Farmers' Market has been running for over thirty years, thanks to our hard-working vendors and wonderful customers. The vendors bring a diversity of products, most of which are produced here in Massachusetts. The Farmers' Market is proud to support local growers, producers, and artisans, and to be a part of the Brookline community!

The market runs every Thursday 1:30 - 6:30 PM from June 7 - November 15, 2018, rain or shine. It is held in the Centre Street West Parking Lot in Coolidge Corner. For more information see

next3Book Talk
Each of these books highlights moral dilemmas and great personal challenges.

The News of the World
by Paulette Jiles (2016) After the Civil War, Captain Kidd travels northern Texas reading from newspapers to paying audiences. He is offered $50 in gold to deliver to her relatives a young orphan who had been abducted and raised by a Kiowa tribe.

Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee (2017) In early 1900s Korea, Sunia's shameful unplanned pregnancy leads her to marry and move to Japan. This begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile, its members bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.
Note: All previous Book Talk columns are available at

Upcoming Events
Saturday, June 2, 2018, 8 pm
All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon St., Brookline
Coolidge Corner Community Chorus
Music of Bach, Faure, Biebl, Gjeilo & Rheinberger. Tickets are $15 and $10 (Seniors and Students) at the door.

Saturday, June 2, 2018, 11 am- 6 pm
Babcock Street, Brookline
14th Coolidge Corner Arts Festival
Shop the work of 85 artists and makers. Enjoy delicious food truck fare, wine/beer and listen to great music. For more information see

Saturday, June 9, 2018, (rain date June 16) 12 - 6 pm, Brookline
3rd Annual Brookline Porchfest
Musical performances will be held all over Brookline. Map, with locations and times of performances is available at
Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 1 - 3 pm
Brookline Senior Center 93 Winchester St

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 1 - 3 pm
Brookline Senior Center 93 Winchester St
MBTA Charlie Card Event

Senior Charlie Card and Transportation Information Fair. Apply for a Senior CharlieCard and get information about all the non‐driving options for seniors in the area including UBER/LYFT, taxi vouchers, and MBTA bus and subway.

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