Brookline Community Aging Network Free Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors for Seniors
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
April 2016 Newsletter 

The Brookline
Community Aging Network

  • 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
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 Free Smoke Alarms and  Carbon Monoxide Detectors  for Seniors 
The Brookline Fire Department is implementing a Senior Fire Safety and Smoke Alarm Program, funded by a FEMA grant. Firefighters will go to the residence of those 65 and older and install free smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. BrooklineCAN congratulates the Fire Department on initiating this program as additional support for the expansion of senior services outlined in Brookline's designation as an Age-Friendly City by the World Health Organization. To apply for participation in the fire safety program or if you have any questions, please call 617-730-2263.
About the Anti-Aging Industry
BrooklineCAN presents Arlene Weintraub, author of Selling the Fountain of Youth: How the Anti-Aging Industry made a Disease out of Getting Old and Made Millions. Ms. Weintraub, who has a long career as a business journalist and researcher, will reveal the devious strategies of internet marketers, pharmacies, doctors and other purveyors of "miracle" cures. Monday, April 11 in Hunneman Hall at the Main Library. Light refreshments at 6:00, program from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. This event is free, but registration is required. Call 617-730-2770.

Large Print Books in Our Public Libraries
The joy of large print books is often not appreciated. As we grow older and our eye sight weakens large print books are a blessing, especially for those who don't enjoy reading on a digital device. Brookline libraries have 3,648 unique titles in large print. For example, popular titles in fiction include All the Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and non-fiction Being Mortal by Atul Gawande are available. Another reason to seek out the large print collection is that often popular new titles that are in demand can be found in the large print section and circulate for four weeks instead of two weeks. Finally, being able to read in bed without the need of reading glasses is a pleasure. Each of the libraries has a special area where large books are shelved. Ask a library staff member where the location is in your library.

Kerri Ann Tester, TRIPPS program Director, reports that activities are well underway with this innovative Brookline-Newton program. TRIPPS provides education and support to residents aged 60+ looking for alternatives to driving due to age, ability, or individual choice. Volunteers are actively compiling detailed information on transportation options for non-drivers, and Kerri Ann is still seeking more volunteers to join this team. She can be reached at or 617-730-2644. Volunteers will also have an opportunity to help plan two panel discussion programs to be held at the Senior Center later this spring. Kerri Ann will be interviewed in an upcoming BIG Brookline public access TV show, and she will be speaking at the Putterham Branch Library at a Senior Social described in the next article.

South Brookline Senior Social
South Brookline Senior Social which meets Fridays at the Putterham Branch Library, 959 West Roxbury Pkwy, Bus #51, 10:30 am to 1:00 pm, in the Community Room is offering a variety of programs in April.
April 1, 8, 15 and 22 -- Gentle Chair Yoga with Keith Beasley. This program is sponsored by Health Department.
Other presentations in April:
April 1- Barbara Faverman, a realtor will discuss housing issues for seniors.
April 8 - Kerri Ann Tester, director of TRIPPS (Transportation Resources, Information, Planning, and Partnership for Seniors.)
April 15 - Alan Balsam, Director of Public Health, will conduct a Sing-along.
April 29 - Casey Hatchett and Mike Disario, Community Outreach representatives of the Brookline Police Department.
At all programs, coffee, provided by the Brookline Senior Center, and kosher pastries provided by Cheryl-Ann's Bakery will be served.

So You Want To Be an Entrepreneur?
Are you contemplating retirement or have you recently retired? Are you considering post retirement passions, interests or interested in starting an independent venture? Maybe you have a passion, skill, or interest that could lead to your own business opportunity? Join three Brookline business owners as they share stories about their personal journey to entrepreneurship. Panelists will include Felice Brenner, former executive recruiter and current yoga instructor; Eleanor Parker, owner and CEO of Rewarding Work; and Carol Sapoznick, owner of the Olive Connection Specialty Store. Brookline Senior Center on Tuesday May 10th from 5:30-7:00 pm. Pre-registration is required; the program is free if reserved in advance. There will be a $10.00 fee charged on the day of the event. Co-sponsored by Brookline Adult & Community Education.

Tevye's Daughters - Concert on May 14
A Besere Velt, the Yiddish Chorus of Boston's Workmen's Circle, collaborates with the internationally acclaimed Klezmer group, The Klezmatics, to present "Tevye's Daughters: Journeys to a Better World" on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 pm at Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon Street, Brookline. The concert will celebrate Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, the mastermind behind "Fiddler on the Roof" Tevye's iconic legacy, on the occasion of the hundred-year anniversary of the author's passing. This musical journey will explore how the imagined progeny of Tevye the Dairyman continue to break with tradition, becoming activists and leaders for a just world. For further information contact: or 617-566-6281 and to purchase tickets go to

Brookline Open Studios 2016
Take part in art! Enjoy local art all around town at this year's Open Studios April 30 and May 1, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The artists' preview show is currently on display through April 24 in Hunneman Hall, Brookline Public Library at 361 Washington Street during regular library hours. This show will culminate in a reception, 1:00 - 3:30 pm on Sunday April 24, offering a chance to see work by many of the participating artists and a chance to meet some of them. The Open Studios web site will soon list full information on the April 30-May 1 Open Studios artists and locations. At you can sign up to receive e-mail reminders shortly before Open Studio events.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm
St Paul's Church, 15 St. Paul Street, Brookline, MA

Sense & Sensibility
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat major,
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in C minor,
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No, 19
See for ticket prices and information.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 9:45 am-5:00 pm
Warren's Lobster House
Trip to Warren's for a delicious lunch followed by shopping at outlets in Kittery, ME - Fee $40. Contact Brookline Recreation Department to register or for more information. 617-730-2069.

Saturday, April 16 , 2016, 10-11:30 am
Walking Tour: Brookline's Hidden History of Slavery & Freedom
This tour will visit four sites that tell the key stories of slavery and freedom in our town. For more information see BA&CE catalog page 8 or call 617-730-2700. Fee $20.

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