Brookline Community Aging Network Public Hearing on Senior Center Parking
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
November 2014 Newsletter 

The Brookline
Community Aging Network
  • Focuses on Brookline as a great place to live
  • Provides information for older residents that helps them 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
Public Hearing on Senior Center Parking; On Monday November 3, the Brookline Transportation Board will hold a hearing on expanded parking options for users of the Senior Center. The hearing will be held at 3:30 pm at the Senior Center. South Brookline users of the Center and volunteers at the Center have asked for extended on-street parking near the Center. The Transportation Board is considering offering extended parking in the Fuller Street and Center Street lots. For highlights of a BrooklineCAN study of Senior Center parking options, click here.
Film: The Genius of Marian
BrooklineCAN presents a free screening of "The Genius of Marian" Thursday, November 13 at the Senior Center, 93 Winchester St. This documentary film is a deeply intimate portrait that explores the tragedy of Alzheimer's disease, the power of art, and the meaning of family. Pam White was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at 61 and lost the ability to write. Emotionally open video diaries recorded by her son show how Pam begins a journey from fear to acceptance. Refreshments at 4:00 pm followed by the film and a discussion with Alzheimer's professionals and a film family member. Reserve your seat by November 6 at 617-730-2770.

A Forum for Seniors on the Override
After a year-long study, the Town's Override Study Committee has issued a report with two sets of recommendations on a tax override to help meet the needs of a rapidly growing school population. The Board of Selectmen will consider the Committee's recommendations when it decides on an override question that will be placed on the ballot for the Town Election May 2015. This forum is your opportunity to learn about the Committee's recommendations and forward your views to the Board of Selectmen before they formulate their proposal. Richard Benka and Susan Wolf Ditkoff, Co-Chairs of the Override Study Committee, will join us on Wednesday, December 3, 3:00 to 4:30 pm at the Senior Center.

Learn about Irish History and Culture
Brookline Adult and Community Education offers a lecture on "Irish History and Culture: From Molly Malone to Nobel Laureates" by Christopher LaRoche, senior lecturer at Northeastern University and expert on Irish history. Discover hundreds of years' worth of Irish history, and learn how past events helped shape Ireland and its culture. Discussion will include topics such as Saint Patrick, the Famine of the 1840's, the Irish Civil War, and well-known events in Northern Ireland such as the Hunger Strikers and the cyclical violence of the '70s and '80s.

Registration required. Call 617-730-2700. Course Code: J427 Sec. 01: 1 Thursday, 7:00-8:30 pm. November 20, Brookline High, $6.

HomeSafe Program
The Brookline Community Mental Health Center and Brookline Police Department are collaborating on a community program, HomeSafe, funded by Hamilton Company Charitable Fund. Using a Safety Net Bracelet developed by LO/JACK, persons with autism, cognitive disorders or Alzheimer's disease who are at risk of wandering or getting lost can now be protected. The device features a transmitter that emits a continuous signal that helps locate an individual if he or she becomes lost. Eligibility for the subsidies program is determined by residency and income level. For more information contact Lolita Gonsalves-Alston at the Brookline Community Mental Health Center, 617-277-8107.

Town Meeting Warrant Articles on Taxi Medallions
The Livable Community Advocacy Committee invites all BrooklineCAN members to a discussion about taxi medallions. The meeting is on Monday, November 10 at 3:00 pm at the Senior Center. Two Warrant Articles for the fall Town Meeting on Taxi Medallions will be considered. One article calls for Brookline's emerging taxi medallion program to go forward. The other article calls for Brookline to drop the medallion program before it gets started. Many seniors rely extensively on taxis. Medallions may affect the quality and cost of taxi services. The committee may make recommendations on these proposals. The meeting will provide you with a chance to be heard on the issue.

Volunteer of the Year
At a recent Brookline Senior Center ceremony honoring volunteers, Claire Weston received the 2014 Molly Dolan Volunteer Award, and was named Volunteer of the Year. Claire volunteers to teach the Balance Exercise Class and the Brookline Bee's Quilting class. She volunteers at the Holiday Craft Fair, she assists in the Senior Center kitchen at the special Annual Luncheon and she makes herself available for special programs. As well as volunteering, Claire participates in Poetry Class, Watercolor Painting, the Brookline Senior Chorus, and the Spanish Immersion group. At the awards ceremony, Volunteer Ted Shamitz received the 2014 John Dolan Volunteer Award and many more volunteers received Honorable Mention.

Election Day November 4th
This year besides voting for federal and state offices, there are four questions on the ballot. The Massachusetts Secretary of State provides information on the questions.
See the links below to each of the ballot questions.

Question Number 1: Eliminating Gas Tax Indexing
Question Number 2: Expanding the Beverage Container Deposit Law
Questions Number 3: Expanding Prohibitions on Gaming
Question Number 4: Earned Sick Time for Employees

If you want to vote absentee the Town Clerk's office will be open Saturday, November 1 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm and Monday November 3 until 12 Noon for absentee over the counter voting.

Holiday Craft Fair November 7 and 8
Come to the annual Senior Center Craft Fair on Friday, November 7, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and Saturday November 8, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Proceeds benefit programs and services provided by the Brookline Senior Center. You will find handmade crafts, holiday gift items, baked goods, raffles, children's items, and a white elephant selection. Get a head start on your holiday shopping!

LinkedIn Basic Workshop
LinkedIn is an online platform to connect professionals to allow them to share their professional identities, exchange knowledge and professional insights, post and view relevant content, and find career opportunities.  The Brookline Senior Center will be providing a LinkedIn Basics workshop December 2, 3:30-5:00 pm, for seniors wishing to begin using LinkedIn for their job search. The objectives of this workshop are: understanding the use and importance of LinkedIn as a job search tool, building a LinkedIn profile, identifying contacts to invite, choosing, getting involved in and using groups and deciding when or if to upgrade LinkedIn services. LinkedIn can also be useful for those seeking volunteer positions.

Patricia Burns will facilitate this introduction to LinkedIn for those that missed the June 2014 beginner’s session. This class will be free but registration is required.  For more information or to register please contact: Deidre Waxman or call 617-73-2767.

You Can Participate in TED Talks
Have you heard about TED talks? Did you know that Ideas in Action, a Brookline-based nonprofit, offers over 50 TED talks on a wide range of topics and several performances right here in Brookline? At this exciting 2-day conference you will hear fascinating speakers, watch amazing performances, discuss new innovations and perspectives, and learn, grow, and come away with exciting ways to put ideas into action. EDxYouth@BeaconStreet kicks off on Saturday morning November 15 at the Lincoln School, and TEDxBeaconStreet continues Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday November 16. The event is free. and you can join by registering at

Events of Interest

Nov. 8: Second Saturday Senior Social 1:30 - 2:30 pm Conference Room Main Library
In honor of Veterans Day, Dr. Lawrence Climo will talk about his unique U.S. Army experience as an American doctor in the Vietnam Health Service.

Nov. 21: Tour of the Massachusetts State House 12 noon to 4:00 pm
The tour will be led by the staff of the Tours and Government Education Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Office and by volunteers well-versed in the history and architectural background of the State House. Sponsored by the Brookline Recreation Department. Fee (Res/NR): $10/$14. For more information contact the Brookline Recreation Department at 617-730-2069.

Dec. 3: Goddard House Dinner Lecture Series 6-7:30 pm
"My Time: Making the Most of the Bonus Decades After Fifty (& beyond). Author Abigail Trafford will discuss "What I Do with the Rest of my Life?" For more information contact Brandon Fisher at 617-731-8500 or

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