Brookline Community Aging Network September 2014 Newsletter
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
September 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.
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Dear Brookline Neighbor,

As a new fall season begins, we tell you about our Annual Meeting and Reception, plans for Brookline Day, and a BrooklineCAN program on nutrition with guest speaker Dr. James Greenblatt. We inform you about the newly-expanded Senior Tax Work-Off Program, an opportunity to meet Brookline's new Library Director, and much more. Please tell your friends about BrooklineCAN... in fact, forward this newsletter to them.


BrooklineCAN's Annual Meeting and Reception
BrooklineCAN's Annual Meeting and Reception will be held on Wednesday, September 17, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Senior Center. The Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for BrooklineCAN members and prospective members to recognize BrooklineCAN's accomplishments and meet their neighbors while enjoying light refreshments. Music will be provided by the Brookline High School Jazz Ensemble.

At this year's Annual Meeting, BrooklineCAN will celebrate Brookline's participation in the United Nations World Health Organization's (WHO) Age-Friendly Cities program. The Age-Friendly initiative is a collaboration between the Town of Brookline, the Council on Aging, and BrooklineCAN. Brookline's participation reflects both its many age-friendly features and a commitment by the Town to become more age-friendly.

Expo booths will highlight the many Town departments that are involved in the initiative. Representatives of Town departments will provide information about age-friendly services offered by the Town. Also included in the Expo will be exhibits by BrooklineCAN's committees and founding partner organizations.

Primary Election
September 9 is the Primary Election. It is your opportunity to vote for the candidates you would like to represent your party in the November election. All registered voters get to vote. If you are registered as a Democrat or Republican you must choose a Democratic or Republican ballot. However, if you are not registered with a party you may choose either a Democratic or Republican ballot. For complete information on the individual candidates click here: MA League of Women Voters site.

If you cannot make it to the polls on election day, you may vote absentee at the Brookline Town Hall during regular business hours. The Town Clerk's office will be open for absentee voting some nights and weekends. Call the Town Clerk's office (617-730-2010) to find out the exact days and times.

Personalized Nutritional Support for Optimal Aging
BrooklineCAN and Adult & Community Education are pleased to announce a free presentation by psychiatrist James Greenblatt, M.D. You will learn how to enhance your mental health and support healthy brain function as you age through the use of nutritional supplements. This event will take place on Wednesday, October 15, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm in Hunneman Hall at the Main Brookline Library, 361 Washington St. Reserve your seat by calling 617-730-2777.

Links to Information
Take a look at the BrooklineCAN website "Links" section, which brings you a wide array of online links to web sites, blogs, and articles with useful information on aging and independent living. Topics include Age-Friendly Design, Finance, Health, Interpersonal/Family Issues, and Recreation. We enter new material as we find it. Recently, we have added two new topics: "Advocacy" and "Caregiving". We also provide an opportunity to send in suggestions for inclusion.

Come Meet Sara!
In September you have three opportunities to meet Brookline's new Library Director Sara Slymon. On September 13, the Second Saturday Senior Social will host Sara from 1:30 - 2:30 pm in the Conference Room at the Main Library. The weekend of September 27 and 28, the Library Foundation will sponsor "Welcome Sara Slymon" events at the branch libraries: Saturday the 27th at Putterham Library from 2:00 - 4:00 pm and Sunday the 28th at Coolidge Corner Library from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

Brookline Day
Brookline Day is on Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at Larz Anderson Park. Come celebrate our great community with a day of fun including live music, inflatables, pie eating contest, photo booth, rock climbing wall, local businesses, a Mini Town Hall, food trucks and so much more!

BrooklineCAN will have a table and is looking for volunteers to help spread the word about the values of membership in this great organization. If you would like to volunteer, contact Frank Caro at

Senior Tax Work-Off Program
The Senior Tax Work-Off program continues to accept new income eligible applicants for fiscal year 2015, which began on July 1, 2014. While preceding years' participants were required to have an income of less than $40,000, we have now received permission from the Brookline Board of Selectman to increase allowable income to $47,450, an increase of 20% in income eligibility for this new fiscal year.

Participants will receive a $1,000 property tax abatement in exchange for 125 hours of work for a Brookline town department between now and March 15, 2015. For questions or more information about the program as well as eligibility requirements, please contact Deidre Waxman at: 617-730-2767 or email her at:

Be Part of the Climate Change Rally in NYC
Buses from the Boston area will bring you to the largest climate action march in history. In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. On Sunday, September 21,, a grassroots network of volunteer-run campaigns in over 188 countries working to solve the climate crisis, is sponsoring this march and rally, in which Climate Action Brookline is participating. To register ($30 or $15 for low income) for a one-day September 21 or a two-day September 21-22 bus trip, visit Indicate Climate Action Brookline as your organizational affiliation. Several pick-up locations are offered, and you can also request a different location - Brookline High School is suggested by CAB. More information about the event is at

Meet Me at the Movies - Volunteer Opportunity
ARTZ: Artists for Alzheimer's will continue its successful "Meet Me at the Movies...and Make Memories" series at the Coolidge Corner Theatre the morning of Thursday, September 18. Volunteers are needed to help with this activity, in which those with dementia and their care partners attend film screenings and participate in related discussions. There will be a planning breakfast at Panera Bread directly across from the theatre from 8:30 - 9:45 am. If you are able to join in, either as a volunteer or as an audience member, contact Dee Brenner at or 781-879-7237.

Deal of the Month--Suggestions?
Over the past months, we have featured many great deals: the Coolidge Corner Theatre Wednesday matinees ($4.00); the Brookline Swimming Pool ($4.00); free readings at the Brookline Booksmith, and more. You can read about these Deals in past issues of the Brookline CAN newsletter on line. Now we would like to hear from you! Do you have a suggestion for a deal to feature in our newsletter? Please send your ideas to or leave a message at the BrooklineCAN phone number (617-730-2777).

Events of Interest

Sept. 4, 6:00-8:00 pm, Brookline Senior Center

C.J. Lori Paintings, reception in Gallery 93 with the artist. Exhibit will continue through Sept. 26.

Oct. 22, Brookline Senior Center
BrooklineCAN Service & Referral Committee will present a program "True Confessions: Pest Control Solutions"

Oct. 23, 6:00 pm, Goddard House
"The Power of Nutritious and Delicious; Healthy Eating for Brain Health and Aging Well", Nancy Emerson Lombardo, PhD

Oct. 29, 6:00-9:00 pm, Senior Center Annual Benefit

Be on the lookout for more information in the mail and in the Senior News.

Farmers Market

Thursdays 1:30 pm to sunset, now through the end of October,
Centre Street Parking Lot

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