BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
May 2011 Newsletter 

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About BrooklineCAN
  • Enables older residents to stay in their homes and remain fully engaged in the life of the community
  • Builds intergenerational networks
  • Makes our town an even better place for all

Future Stories
  • Red Tape Cutters
  • Get Moving
  • Food Resources

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Dear Brookline Neighbor,

There's a good deal of "news you can use" in this issue of the BrooklineCAN newsletter: how to get a free home energy audit, where to find services of all kinds, which local merchants offer member discounts, and when you can hear fabulous story telling—and much more. We hope you enjoy this issue. Please tell your friends about fact, forward this newsletter to them.


Green Homes Brookline Free Home Energy Audit
Lower your utility bills and reduce your carbon footprint with a free home energy assessment. Green Homes Brookline, a town-sponsored effort, connects residents with available rebates and programs that make saving energy easy and inexpensive. Both owners and renters living in one- to four-unit buildings from all income levels are encouraged to participate.

Federal stimulus dollars help provide weatherization services at no cost to moderate income families (for example, a family of four with an income up to $118,274; a single dweller with an income up to $61,502; or a two-person household with an income up to $80,426).

For more details on eligibility and services go to, or call 1-800-876-8729.
The Purple Book "Purple Book" . . .
. . . the Ultimate Source

Suppose you're looking for free or reduced-cost dental services. Or a laundry that picks up and delivers. Or a support group for clutterers. Go to the "purple book"! This 160-page compendium—its formal title is the Elder Resource Guide—provides listings of nearly every imaginable service and program that can be of use to Brookline residents. From "A" for adult learning, to "H" for health insurance, to "W" for websites of value—the book has become a trustworthy guide for hundreds.

Read the current edition here or pick up a free copy at the Senior Center.
Member Discounts Are Here Discount Program Launched
We welcome our first group of business associates, who are generously offering discounts to BrooklineCAN members. For specific details, visit the Discount page of our website ( And check back often to learn about additional businesses providing discounts. Please patronize our business associates. And remember to bring your BrooklineCAN member card with you! (Member cards will be mailed out next week. If you do not receive yours, please contact Karen Zweig at or 617-455-1964.)

Help Locate Public Toilets Help to Locate Public Toilets
Finding a toilet in Brookline's commercial areas can be a challenge. BrooklineCAN is preparing a directory of public toilets in Coolidge Corner, Brookline Village, and Washington Square. Volunteers are needed to help identify the locations of these facilities. The Livable Community Advocacy Committee is collecting this information during the month of May. Volunteers will be given a small area to cover and guidelines for collecting information. They may work independently or in small teams. To participate, contact Frank Caro, LCAC convener ( or 617 739 9228).

2011 Theater SeasonCome to the Theater
The 2011-2012 theater season is nearly upon us, and the Theater Club of the Senior Center is currently selecting plays from a range of Greater Boston repertory companies. If you want to receive the list of plays under consideration (and even cast your vote to help narrow the list), send us an email.  There is no charge for membership, and you may attend many plays or just one. Round-trip transportation from the Senior Center is included in the ticket price. For more information, call Ted Shamitz at 617-487-5573 or 617-935-4223 (cell).

Find Good Contractors Find Good Plumbers, Electricians, and Other Contractors
Have you completed our contractor survey? Don't miss this opportunity to give your opinion, share your experience, and help build a service-provider vetting program. The aim is to take the hassle out of finding dependable and skilled workers. Once contractors are recommended, researched, and referred, we will follow-up to determine your level of satisfaction. To date, more than a third of our members have responded to this survey. Once we have a larger sampling, we will share our results. Go to: and let us know what services are most important to you.

Getting Rid of Stuff
Spring Cleaning Time
Thursday, May 12
Brookline High School
Everyone talks about getting rid of years of accumulated stuff. But how to approach the task? Enter the Move Maven, Karen Zweig, who will present Beyond Spring Cleaning: The Upside of Downsizing. She will share practical strategies for both downsizing and preserving valuable memories. Learn what is likely to sell in the current economy, and the pros and cons of yard sales, consignment stores, estate sales, auctions, eBay, Craigslist, and more. Fee is $6. Read more.

Once Upon a Time
Autobiographical Writing
Wednesday, May 18
Brookline Senior Center
93 Winchester Street

If you love a good story, be sure to attend the public reading by members of Telling Your Story, a seminar in autobiographical writing now in its 26th year. Past stories have covered the spectrum of life—marriages, births, immigration, difficult in-laws and bosses. If previous readings are any indication, you will roar with laughter, wipe away a tear or two, and thoroughly enjoy unforgettable tales that elicit the full range of emotions. Free admission. Read more.
Book Discussions
All books available at Brookline Public Library.
More information: 617-730-2777.

Putterham Branch, Brookline Public Library
Discussion leaders: Jean Kramer and Charlotte Millman
Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
By Steve Peleo

Monday, May 16
Brookline Public Library, Putterham Branch
Dark Tide by Steve Peleo

Jane Eyre
By Charlotte Brontë

Monday, June 20
Brookline Public Library, Putterham Branch
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Nonfiction Book Group, Brookline Senior Center
Discussion leader: Tom Faulhaber
Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?
by Michael Sandel

Tuesday, June 24
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street
Justice by Michael Sandel
Losing the News: The Future of the News that Feeds Democracy
by Alex S. Jones

Tuesday, June 28
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street
Losing the News by Alex S. Jones
Virtual Journey to Italy
Virtual Italy
Wednesday, May 25
Brookline Senior Center
93 Winchester Street

The next best thing to visiting Italy is to explore its many joys right here—from food, to music, to culture. All will be available at Taste of Italy. Following a sampling of delicious Italian cuisine, vocalist Frank Zarba will sing Italian ballads; art connoisseur Dr. Santo Aurelio will present a slide show of the country's art and architecture; and line-dancing instructor Donna Boressi will demonstrate some traditional dances, such as the Tarantella. The fee, including lunch, is $7.
Aging Wisely
Agewise: Fighting Ageism in America
Tuesday, May 17
Brookline High School

The thorny issue of ageism will be explored by the renowned cultural critic and author Margaret Morganroth Gullett in a free lecture. In her book Agewise, Gullett urges battling ageism as strongly as we do racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry. Read more

Paper Chase Redux
Many people at the discussion Getting Your Docs in a Row requested follow-up information about the filing system demonstrated by Karen Zweig. Called "PortaVault," the system identifies, organizes, stores, and transports important records and documents commonly found in a home. More information is available at or 1-888-279-1956.

Watch for future educational programs. If you have suggestions for other topics, please contact Marsha Frankel by email or by phone at 781-693-5609).

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