BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
November 2016 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.

Become a member of BrooklineCAN! Request a membership brochure by calling 617-730-2777 or visit our
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housing2 Housing Issues 

Over the next several months, this newsletter will offer a series of articles on housing issues, as a follow-up to the theme of BrooklineCAN's annual meeting in September, when our keynote speaker was Len Fishman, Brookline resident and director of the Gerontology Institute at UMass Boston. Fishman discussed the challenge of increasing affordable housing for seniors, and suggested one possible solution involving better use of attractive and inviting shared space. His talk can be found on Brookline Interactive Group's coverage of the annual meeting at

We begin this series with the article below.
housing1Senior Housing - Brookline Housing Authority
The BHA administers senior housing in six buildings, all located within walking distance of Coolidge Corner. There are 391 federally-funded units and 32 state-funded units for seniors and disabled persons. Applicants for senior housing must be age 62 or older (or disabled) and have gross income under $51,150 (one person), $58,450 (two persons). Rent is 30% of adjusted gross income. There is a long waiting list, and preference for federally funded units is given to victims of domestic violence or natural disasters, and people who live or work in Brookline. Priorities for state-funded units are Brookline residents, veterans, victims of domestic abuse, homelessness due to natural disaster or public action, no-fault eviction, and medical emergency. For a listing of buildings for seniors, click here. Applications are available at the BHA office, 90 Longwood Ave (M-F 8:30-4:30), and on the BHA website

Housing information for seniors, including information about the Brookline Housing Authority, can always be found at our web site.

townmeetingWarrant Articles Supported by BrooklineCAN
The fall Town Meeting agenda includes two warrant articles that stem from the work of our Livable Community Advocacy Committee. Submitted by Susan Granoff, Article 33 calls for the creation of a committee to study new property-tax relief options for low-and-moderate income senior homeowners. Susan is particularly interested in a local circuit breaker program that has been adopted by Sudbury that provides relief for some senior homeowners who do not qualify for the state circuit breaker program. Article 34 submitted by Henry Winkelman, calls for planning of an affordable senior housing development using air rights above the Town-owned parking lot between Kent and Station Streets in Brookline Village. The Livable Community Advocacy Committee supports both proposals and asks that BrooklineCAN members contact their Town Meeting members to urge favorable action on both proposals. Here is a link to contact information for Town Meeting members:

vote5Vote Early but NOT Often!
Election Day is November 8 but this year you can vote early. So if you are going to be out of town or have no reason except to avoid the lines on Nov. 8 you can vote early without having to apply and return an absentee ballot. Early voting began in Brookline on Oct 25. There are 4 days left to vote early - November 1-4. There are 3 locations - Town Hall 333 Washington Street, Sussman House 50 Pleasant Street, and the Clubhouse at Putterham Golf Course 1281 West Roxbury Parkway. Places and times: Nov. 1: Town Hall 8:00 am-5:00 pm, Golf Course 8:00 am-8:00 pm and Sussman House 8:00 am-8:00 pm. Nov. 2: Town Hall 8:00 am-5:00 pm and Golf Course 8:00 am-8:00 pm. Nov. 3: Town Hall 8:00 am-8:00 pm. Nov. 4: Town Hall 8:00 am-5:00 pm.

craft1Holiday Craft Fair November 4th and 5th
Come to the annual Senior Center Craft Fair on Friday, November 4, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and Saturday November 5, 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!

acup2Is Acupuncture for You?
Have you ever wondered if acupuncture was for you? Now every Thursday, Julia Herskowitz, a licensed acupuncturist, will be available to meet with individuals to explain the nature of and usefulness of acupuncture for various conditions. Julia will discuss the usefulness of acupuncture for each person. She can give a one-time treatment, if desired, to see what acupuncture feels like. For anyone who wishes to pursue further treatment with acupuncture, there will be referral information to nearby acupuncturists with private practices.

There is a requested donation of $3-5. To schedule an appointment call 617-730-2777.

book6Book Talk
Welcome to our new column! In every issue of the newsletter we'll publish suggestions for good reads, and we begin by introducing a website that helps you take a trip around the world in 80 books. See

Three suggestions from the list:
Egypt - Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz: The first in The Cairo Trilogy, Palace Walk introduces readers to a despotic patriarch, his oppressed wife, two daughters, and three sons.
Haiti - Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat: A young girl disappears after her father makes the painful decision to send her away for a chance at a better life.
South Africa - The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer: A rich man's wife, son, and mistress leave him, and his farm is devastated by drought and flood.
We encourage our readers to share their favorite titles for future columns.
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starThank you Michael Oates
The members of the BrooklineCAN Communication Committee want to thank Michael Oates for his help fixing a technical problem. We recently changed to a different hosting site for our online newsletter. During the switch the program we use to prepare the newsletter stopped working. Members of the committee worked to fix it, but it was Michael, who no longer lives in Brookline, who came to the rescue. We are now back in business thanks to him.

eventsUpcoming Events

Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Goddard House 165 Chestnut St. Brookline

Maintaining Your Standard of Living When You Retire.
Author Andrew Eschtruth will speak about Falling Short and the vivid picture it provides of the coming retirement crisis and specific solutions. Program is free. RSVP to Jenna Henning at 617-8500 ext. 152.

Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester St.
Boomers Shifting Gears

A workshop for those contemplating retirement or recently retired. The workshop will be facilitated by Mia Louik. Free program. To register or for questions contact Deidre Waxman at 617-730-2767.

Recreation Department 55 & Up Excursions

Friday Nov 4 11:00 am to 4:30 pm Marlborough, MA
Bead Expo
Exhibition that features one-of-a-kind jewelry creations, exotic gems and much more.

Wednesday Nov 16 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Wrentham Outlets
New England's largest outlet center with 170 different stores.
Trips leave from the Senior Center. Fee $10 for each trip.
To register call the Recreation Department 617-730-2069.

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