BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
February 2017 Newsletter 

The Brookline
Community Aging Network

  • Provides information to help residents remain engaged in the community
  • Advocates to make Brookline an even better place to live for seniors and everyone.

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PAYT  Hybrid-Pay-As-You-Throw  (HPAYT) Information Session 
 Join us on Wednesday, February  8 at 1:30 pm for a very important information session on the new refuse collection program in Brookline called Hybrid-Pay-As-You-Throw (HPAYT). HPAYT is a refuse collection system where customers purchase a waste cart based on their household's refuse output. If a customer has more trash than their cart can hold, prepaid, plastic overflow bags, imprinted with the Town seal, will be available for purchase at local retail establishments. Waste cart selection is due by March 10 and the collection system launches in May so it is important for you to attend this meeting. This program is cosponsored by the Council on Aging and BrooklineCAN.

VolunteerDatabaseBrookline Volunteer Database is a website for people of all ages who are searching for meaningful volunteer opportunities in the Brookline and Metro Boston area. It is jointly sponsored by Brookline Community Aging Network, the Brookline Senior Center, and the Brookline Commission for Women. The Brookline Volunteer database has been developed by volunteers for volunteers and is designed to offer prospective volunteers a place to start as they research various volunteer opportunities which they can then follow up on their own. If you would like to meet one-on-one with a Volunteer Coach who can assist you as you look through the website, please email Alberta Lipson ( to set up a meeting at the Senior Center.

GoddardHousing: Goddard House
As part of our series on Brookline housing options for seniors, we focus on the non-profit Goddard House, founded in 1849 and the oldest elder care organization in Massachusetts. Located at 165 Chestnut Street, the facility is close to a bus stop, and offers free parking and a free concierge vehicle for rides within 10 miles. Housing consists of 75 traditional apartments (rents from $5,000-6600/month) and a separate building with 40 apartments for those with memory issues (private space rent $7700, shared $4000/month). A rental subsidy is available after three years. There is a waiting list and there are no age restrictions. Affiliated with a gerontology practice at Beth Israel Hospital, Goddard House has a licensed nurse on staff and visits from a geriatrician. Amenities include regular cultural events and a large garden planted by residents and staff.

RewardingWorkRewarding Work's Job Board
Rewarding Work Resources of Brookline, a non-profit organization that developed and manages the online Massachusetts Personal Care Attendant and Respite directory, recently launched its automated Job Board to streamline the way elders, individuals with disabilities, and families find and hire caregivers. This improvement was funded in part with a grant from the Office of Attorney General Maura Healey to use technology to break down barriers for Massachusetts residents living with disabilities. The Job Board is free for all users. The Job Board allows consumers to post a job directly on the Rewarding Work website. Job candidates respond to job postings immediately and securely. For additional information, visit or call 617-232-6444.

passes3Library Museum Passes
The Brookline Library Foundation has long offered Museum Passes for discounted museum entry. These passes always had to be picked up at the Brookline Village location. NOW, they will also fund some additional passes to be picked up at the Public Library of Brookline's Coolidge Corner and Putterham locations! Brookline residents may make advance reservations online, in person at all Brookline libraries, or by calling 617-730-2370. To connect to the museum pass reservation line, press 4 during the automated voice menu. For more information, see:

libraryFebruary is Quezalguaque Library Month
Every February the Friends of the Brookline Library donate the proceeds from the book sales at all three libraries to our Sister City library in Quezalguaque, Nicaragua. Over the years these funds helped to finance the purchase of new books and equipment for the library. They also provided money to help defray the cost of the mobile library which makes it possible for librarians to visit the remote rural areas in the municipality. Each of the libraries in Brookline has an area where you can purchase books, DVDs, books on CD, music CDs, and magazines. Items are available whenever the library is open. For more information about Brookline's Sister City click here

green-line-growersHydroponic Farm Tour
Would you believe someone is farming in the old Bay State Taxi garage on Waldo Street? Well, not farming as we are used to thinking of it, but hydroponic farming. Bobbie Zuker and Chris Mutty have been farming in three shipping containers housed in the garage since early spring 2016. They grow multiple varieties of lettuces, kale, basil, radishes, kohlrabi, carrots and promise to tackle much more in the future. The farm is connected to the small market Brookline Grown on Pleasant Street. Every Monday at 3:30 pm and Tuesdays at 6:30 pm free tours of the farm are offered. To quote their website "Simply show up at Brookline Grown and we'll take you to see our hydroponic farm."

excelOrganize Your Finances with MS Excel
With tax season coming up, learn how to organize your finances, or your budget or personal records requiring a spreadsheet. An introduction to the basic features of Microsoft Windows will be followed by instructions on how to produce spreadsheets with Excel to track budgets and accounts, or create a database of useful information such as addresses or birthdays. Students should have completed Computer Basics or its equivalent. Four sessions, Fridays, 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Brookline Senior Center, $74. Sessions start on February 10. Contact Brookline Adult & Community Education, or 617-730-2700.

book6Book Talk
For Valentine's month, here are three love stories. Get out the tissues and enjoy! (All three were made into movies.)

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
The heart-rending tale of Louisa, a young woman who finds herself in a predicament: how to convince Will, a young paralyzed man in her care, that he has something to live for.

The Time-traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
A poignant and occasionally sensual story about a woman's love for a man who suffers from a rare genetic disorder that causes him to drift uncontrollably back and forth through time.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
In a series of tales, 93-year-old Jacob Jankowski, who dislikes his controlling nursing home, tells his life story: how he joined a circus, fell in love, and had numerous adventures. This novel has a terrific ending!

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eventsUpcoming Events

Wednesday, February 15, 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Excursion to
South Shore Plaza - Braintree
If you love shopping in a climate controlled mall then this is the trip for you. Over 180 shops and 7 fine dining places. To register contact Brookline Recreation at 617-730-2069. Fee for residents is $16 and $22 for nonresidents.
Transportation is included.

Monday, February 27, 7:00–8:30 pm
Brookline High School 115 Greenough Street
Self-Driving Vehicles: Myth, Reality, or a Little of Both?
Bryan Reimer, Ph.D., Research Scientist in the MIT AgeLab, will discuss some of what we know about these technology trends, what automation may mean for drivers, and how our mobility options are shifting. $6. To register contact Brookline Adult Education 617-730-2700.

Every Sunday until April 30, 2017,11:00 am–3:00 pm
The Arcade, 318 Harvard Street Brookline
Brookline Winter Farmer's Market

Vendors include: Silverbrook Farm, Stillman's Quality Meats, Valicenti Pasta Farm, Thyme after Thyme, Perche Patisserie, Giacomos Gourmet Granola, Commonwealth Coffee, Jammaker, Barefoot Books, Tea is the Way, Golden Rule Honey, Nobska Farms, Habibi, Clear Flour Bread, Salty Soaps.

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