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

snow5 Winter Sidewalk Monitoring after Snow Storms 
Residents can help to assure that Brookline sidewalks are free of snow and ice by reporting hazardous sidewalks to the Town. Brookline has a bylaw that requires property owners to keep adjacent sidewalks in a "non-slippery" condition. The Town has a complaint-driven enforcement system. When a complaint is received, an inspector investigates. Violators receive a warning or a fine.

BrooklineCAN monitors continue to inspect sidewalks in commercial areas after storms. You can help by reporting on sidewalks in residential areas close to your home.

The Town makes is easy for residents to report slippery sidewalks. One possibility is to download the free BrookONline app for use with a smart phone. Another possibility is to fill out the online Citizen Reporter Form located on the Town website: During business hours, residents may also call DPW at 617 730 2156.

trippsThe Power of Engagement - Transportation Resources
The TRIPPS (Transportation Resources, Information, Planning, and Partnership for Seniors) program helps seniors find and use alternatives to driving. Connect with a volunteer network of trained, background-checked Transit Advisors (TAs) who will help work out what's best for you. Brookline/Newton TRIPPS is a grant-funded joint venture of the Newton & Brookline Councils on Aging and BrooklineCAN providing individual help, group workshops, and a valuable, detailed transportation resource guide Just some of the many options for transportation include walking and cycling, Senior Center bus and van, senior MBTA Charlie Card, faith and residential communities, ride-hailing and travel planning apps, and delivery services. For more information see, email, or call 617-730-2644.

SelhubArt Show and Reception
BrooklineCAN member Shirley Selhub is the featured artist in the current Gallery 93 exhibit at the Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. This display of watercolor paintings, entitled "Group Meditation", is being shown January 3 through February 28. Shirley says of her watercolor classes: "My classmates are mostly retirees who enjoy painting as I do, and most weeks we also share a good chuckle. This is my meditation, a kind of group meditation!" Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. A public reception with the artist will take place on Tuesday, January 9, 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

MLK1Brookline Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King Day provides an opportunity for Brookline residents to remember a hero martyred in the effort to achieve equality in America. This year's celebration is at 3:00 pm Monday, January 15, 2018, at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Keynote speaker is Dr. Chad Williams, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University. Dr. Williams will ask us to think about how Dr. King's words and actions can be applied to today's troubling times.

The program also features the poet/performer Regie Gibson, Brookline Poet Laureate Zvi Sesling, Brookline High School slam poet Carolyn Parker-Fairbain, and acapella group Testostatones. To reserve a free ticket, visit until Sunday, January 14. Remaining tickets will be available at the Theater box office on the day of the event. Sign language interpretation will be provided and the theater is accessible to persons with disabilities. For further information, contact Caitlin Haynes:, 617-730-2345.

MRC1Creating Opportunities for Independent Living and Work

On Thursday January 25 at 1:00 pm the Brookline Senior Center will be hosting an information session with Margie Gillian, Job Placement Specialist and Kevin Beaulieu, Rehabilitation Counselor at the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. Learn how MRC can help seniors with disabilities enhance their quality of life and discover how they can assist you with your job skills and employment search. This program is free and open to all seniors in Brookline. For more information or to register please contact: Deidre Waxman at 617-730-2767 or

next3Book Talk
Begin the new year with an author who might be new to you, recommended by friends of BrooklineCAN.

The Sleepwalker, by Chris Bohjalian.
Sex, secrets and the mysteries of sleep: These are the ingredients of this provocative novel. Annalee Ahlberg, 47, is an architect, mother of two and a chronic sleepwalker. Has she walked herself to her death, drowning in a river near her Vermont home, or did something more nefarious happen?

Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan.
During the Great Depression, working class 12-year-old Annie and her father visit Styles, a rich man who seems to hold some kind of power over her family's survival. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She chances to meet Styles, and learns about the complexity of her father's life and why he might have been murdered. This is a thriller with a wealth of detail about organized crime, the merchant marine and the clash of classes in New York.

The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between, by Hisham Matar.
This moving family memoir by novelist Matar relates his journey to his native Libya in search of answers to his father's disappearance. A former diplomat and military man turned dissident, he was kidnapped in Cairo in 1990 by the Libyan government and held in the regime's most notorious prison. Now, the prisons are empty and little hope remains that Jaballa Matar will be found alive. Yet, as the author writes, hope is "persistent and cunning".

Wednesday, January 3, 1:00 pm
Brookline Senior Center 93 Winchester Street
Recreational Marijuana Information Session
Consider attending an information session at the Senior Center regarding regulation of recreational marijuana with members from the town's Planning and Community Development Department.

Monday, January 8, 3:00 pm
Brookline Senior Center 93 Winchester Street
Policies to Meet Brookline's Exploding Senior Housing Needs
How to meet senior housing needs will be the main topic for the Livable Community Advocacy Committee. Andrew Martineau of the Brookline Planning Department will guide the discussion. All are welcome.

Tuesday, January 9, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Halls Pond Sanctuary Amory Street, Brookline
Winter Landscape Photography
Join a professional nature photographer in this winter landscape photography workshop. You will need to bring your own camera - anything from an iPhone to a SLR. Fee is $40. Call 617-730-2069 for more information and to register.

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