BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
October 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

galaSenior Center Annual Autumn Benefit
The Senior Center gala fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, October 24, from 6-8:30 pm at the Senior Center. Get your tickets early and show your support! You'll enjoy delicious food, great music, and mingling with old friends and new. The law firm of Wade, Horowitz & LaPointe LLC will be honored for their dedication to older adults and the community. Call 617-730-2770 for ticket information.

fireMeet the New Fire Chief
The 18th Age Friendly Cities TV show introduced the new Chief of the Brookline Fire Department, John F. Sullivan.

Chief Sullivan comes to Brookline from three decades at the Worcester (MA) Fire Department. He was fascinating, emphasizing the training of firefighters and the Brookline community. Subjects included Community Risk Reduction (CRR) and Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD). Discussion included the recent events in the Merrimack Valley.

Programs are aired on Channel 3 on Comcast and RCN immediately following The Grandstanders live sports analysis show and are available on the BrooklineCAN web site and the BrooklineCAN Twitter and Facebook a and are counts.

library1Library Service for Those Who Are Homebound
Are you a lover of library books and other resources, yet unable to enjoy the pleasures of browsing on your own? We have a solution for you. The Library Connection, a partnership of Brookline's Council on Aging and the Public Library of Brookline, provides delivery of library materials directly to homebound Brookline residents who are unable to leave their home. A volunteer from the community will deliver materials throughout the year. If you are interested in receiving this service, or if you know someone who would benefit from it, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Patricia Burns at the Council on Aging at 617-730-2743.

Nancy2Emotional Health in Older Adults
BrooklineCAN joins with Goddard House in offering a program November 14. Nancy J. Donovan, M.D., Harvard Medical School faculty member and Director of Geriatric Psychiatry at Brigham & Women's Hospital, will discuss new ways of thinking about emotional health, loneliness and social engagement in older adults, based on her own research and that of others. This free event is at Goddard House, 165 Chestnut Street, Brookline. Reception and refreshments will be at 6:00 pm, with the program 6:30 to 7:30 pm. RSVP to Patti Barrows at or at 617-731-8500 weekdays between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm.

musicThe Healing Power of Music
Dr. Suzanne Hanser, professor and the founding chair of the Music Therapy Department at Berklee College of Music, will discuss "The Healing Power of Music" at Goddard House, 165 Chestnut Street, Brookline on Wednesday, November 7. Reception and refreshments at 6:00 pm will be followed by the 6:30 to 7:30 pm presentation when Dr. Hanser will guide the audience through some music-based interventions designed to enhance quality of life, regardless of age or ability. For this free event RSVP to Patti Barrows at or at 617-731-8500.

HistSociety2Historical Society Fall Walking Tours
Brookline Historical Society president Ken Liss will lead these free walking tours in October.
Sunday, October 7th, 10-11:30 am: Brookline Village Walking Tour. This tour of the historic Brookline Village neighborhood centers on Washington and Harvard Streets north of Route 9. To register and for a description of see
Sunday, October 21st, 10-11 am: Beaconsfield Terraces Walking Tour. The Beaconsfield Terraces, on the south side of Beacon Street from Dean Road to just beyond Tappan Street, were one of the more unusual developments to follow the creation of the Beacon Street Boulevard in the 1880s. Built by Eugene Knapp, a wool merchant, in the early 1890s the terraces were a residential complex in which people owned their units but shared ownership of a 6-acre park, stables, a playhouse (known as the Casino), tennis courts, a playground, and a central heating plant.. To register and for a description of see

history1History of the Korean War
It is nearly 70 years since the outbreak of the Korean War and still no signed peace treaty. Brookline Adult & Community Education is offering an 8 week course at the Senior Center that will explore why this tragic war happened and why there continues to be two Koreas. The sessions are Wednesdays from 1-3 pm beginning October 31, 2018. For a complete description of the course see To register call 617-730-2700. The fee is $130.

next3Book Talk
Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income would end poverty, revolutionize work, and remake the world. By Anne Lowery. 2018. This is more than a primer on Universal Basic Income - it also analyzes the structural basis for inequality in the US and throughout the world. 274 pages

The Devil in the White City. By Erik Larsen. 2003. This bestseller intertwines the true tale of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. 464 pages

Bluebird, Bluebird. By Attica Locke. 2017. Lark, Texas, population 178: a black lawyer from Chicago passing through town in a BMW and dead bodies are found. This is an exhilarating, timely novel about the explosive intersection of love, race, and justice. 320 pages

netflix2Bingeing on Netflix
Forsaking London for the rustic landscapes of Wales, a police detective with a troubled soul finds himself in a place with disturbing secrets. 2015. In English but you'll need subtitles. Three seasons. Total of 21 episodes.

Upcoming Events
Thursday, October 11, 2018, 6-7:30 pm
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street
Aging with Wisdon
Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle will discuss her latest book. Her talk offers new perspectives on aging and inspiration for potentially the most meaningful chapter in our lives. Refreshments from 6-6:30 pm and talk and discussion 6:30-7:30 pm. Free event, call 617-730-2770 to register.

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 2:30 pm
Brookline Village Library, Hunneman Hall, 361 Washington Street
Brookline Library Music Association Concert
First concert of the season features the Hartka-Lezcano Duo, cello and guitar.
Concerts are free. Seating limited to 80. For a listing of the complete season see

Saturday, November 2, 2018, 10 am to 12 noon
Brookline High School, 115 Greenough Street
Poetry as Catharsis
This workshop for beginners and experienced writers will explore the diverse ways language, poetry and self expression can promote healing and positive growth. Price $10. To register call BA&CE at 617-730-2700 or online at


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