Brookline Community Aging Network Winter Sidewalk Monitors Needed
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
January 2016 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 our
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 Winter Sidewalk Monitors  Needed 
The BrooklineCAN Winter Sidewalk Monitoring team has openings for a few additional volunteers to help assure that sidewalks in commercial areas are in a "non-slippery" condition after snow storms. In recent winters, the team has played an important role in calling the Town's attention to the need for effective snow removal from sidewalks in Brookline's commercial areas. Members of the team inspect sidewalks after a property owner should have cleared snow and ice after storms and then report problem sidewalks to the Town. Members receive an invitation to go out after each snow storm. Each team member covers only a small area. New volunteers are needed for both Brookline Village and Coolidge Corner. For more information contact Frank Caro or call 617-739-9228.
Do You Uber?
BrooklineCAN continues to review alternate transportation services. This month, we report on Uber, the taxi-substitute service that is all the rage. Touted mostly for a younger generation who grew up online, Uber definitely is a useful service for people of any age who may need last-minute transportation from one place to another.

Uber has many positive features. It's relatively inexpensive and easy to use. Once the service is added to your phone, you need only to click on the Uber icon and a car will arrive at your door in 3 to 5-minutes (depending upon where you live). Uber automatically bills you from the charge card you established when you originally instituted the system. You don't need to tip or pay the driver. It's all taken care of by Uber. Downsides: you not only need a smart phone, you need to have flexible fingers and be proficient using a smart phone. Also, you may need support in launching the system.

New Ideas Born in Brookline
Ken Liss, president of the Brookline Historical Society, has uncovered stories about notable Brookline inventors and innovators most of whom are not household names. Liss will tell tales of Charles Holtzer (first non-experimental electric car), William Shaw (electrical devices for the deaf and hard of hearing), King Camp Gillette (first safety razor) and Dr. John Rock (birth control pill). The evening is part of the Brookline Adult Education Distinguished Lecture Series. January 25, 2016, 7:00-8:30 pm, Brookline High School. There is a $6 fee. For more information or to register contact Brookline Adult & Community Education at 617-730-2700.

Find Your Inner Artist
Founded in 1964, the Brookline Art Center has provided a quality arts experience for the Brookline community at the former Fire Station #3, 86 Monmouth Street, since 1968. The Center holds classes in a variety of media for children from 18-months through adults of any age. Classes, which are 2-3 hours long, begin the second week of January and run once a week through March 15. Choose from oil painting, water colors, ceramics (pottery), jewelry making and metal smithing.

Drop in at the Center's Snowflake Festival and Open House, an afternoon filled with artwork, activities and fun for all ages, on Saturday, January 9, from noon to 4:00 pm. The Annual Student Art Exhibition will be January 8-29, with a reception on Friday, January 8, 5:00-7:00 pm. Call 617-566-5715 or visit for more information.

Aging Without Children
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, over 35% of Americans are aging without children. Care for people who are aging is often assumed to be provided by family members, but those who do not have next of kin are often left wondering what steps they can take to secure their own future care in various areas of their lives. In collaboration with social worker Deidre Waxman, social worker intern Annie McGunagle will be starting a group for those who are aging without children, for these individuals to gain both peer and professional support as well as resources and information. The group will be a 5-week program beginning in February 2016. If you are interested in finding out more about this group or would like to attend, please call Annie at 617-730-2772.

Advanced Care Planning - What's New?
On Monday January 25 at 1:00 pm there will be an informational program on advanced care planning for ourselves and our families at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. The speaker is Nathaniel Lamkin, LICSW, a Hospice Social Worker at Care Dimensions. Mr. Lamkin will share how we can document our end of life wishes and learn how to effectively discuss our choices with our loved ones. This program is free and open to the public. For further questions contact Deidre Waxman, LICSW via email or call 617-730-2767.

Two Classes to Enjoy During Dark Winter Days
These two classes from Brookline Adult & Community Education will meet at the Senior Center during the daytime. They are sure to keep your mind on more interesting things than the weather!

Modern American Family in Literature. The class will discuss the ways that American families have been defined across time and place, as seen in five readings. Five Tuesdays at 10:30 am, $105.

George Gershwin: An American Legend. In this class, you'll learn about Gershwin's fascinating career and music, his working methods, and some of his many compositions, including "Porgy and Bess." Four Mondays at 1:00 pm, $95.

To register and to inquire about senior rates, please call the BE&CE at 617-730-2700.

Upcoming Events
Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 2:30 pm
in Hunneman Hall at the Main Library
361 Washington St. Brookline, MA.
John Ferguson, pianist
Solo recital, music of J.S. Bach, Debussy, Chopin, Brahms, Ligeti, Stockhausen, Liszt, and others. Concert is free and open to the public.

Monday, January 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm, Coolidge Corner Theatre
Brookline's Celebration of the life and values of Martin Luther King
The keynote speaker is Northeastern University Law Professor Susan Maze-Rothstein. The program will include Brookline High School students singing songs that evoke the values of the Civil Rights Movement.Tickets are free but you need to register at For complete information see

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