Brookline Community Aging Network May 2014 Newsletter
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
May 2014 Newsletter 

About the Brookline
Community Aging Network

  • Enables older residents to remain independent and fully engaged in the life of the community
  • Builds intergenerational networks
  • Engages in public policy advocacy on behalf of Brookline's older residents
  • Makes our town an even better place for all

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Dear Brookline Neighbor,

This month we tell you about BrooklineCAN's Service Referral Program. We let you know about some exciting arts events in our town and we provide information on the local elections. We inform you about a volunteer opportunity, a free shuttle service, and much more. Please tell your friends about BrooklineCAN... in fact, Forward this message to a friend.

BrooklineCAN Service Referrals
The BrooklineCAN Service Referral Committee screens contractors, plumbers, electricians, handymen, computer support people and others, verifies that they have proper license and insurance, and checks references. With the addition of new Chair Jamie Donchin, the committee is now busy updating the Service Provider list, adding new contacts for existing categories, and adding new categories. They appreciate your feedback about the current providers and they are also looking for new members to join the committee that meets on the fourth Wednesday monthly at 3:00 pm. Contact Jamie at or 617-730-2753 with your interest, and visit the website link to look for service providers and to share your suggestions for other providers through filling out the online form.

Reminder: Elder Care Program May 15
Learn about current home-based and residential options for older adults. BrooklineCAN presents a panel of experts discussing EverythingYou Ever Wanted to Know About Elder Care (But Were Afraid to Ask) on Thursday, May 15 at the Senior Center. Refreshments will be served starting at 5:30 pm; program is from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Ann L. Hartstein, Secretary, Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs will moderate the panel. Topics include costs, existing and new models of elder care, resources unique to Massachusetts and to Brookline, and community support for caregivers. Pre-registration is not required, but to insure seating call 617-730-2770. Online information is at Code J494. Questions may be submitted in advance to

Grand Re-Opening at Senior Center
On Friday, May 30, from 3 to 6 pm, the Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, will show off its recently-completed renovations at a Grand Re-Opening Reception, complete with light refreshments and live music.. The renovated areas include the light and airy Fitness Center on the 2nd floor (that was formerly housed in the basement), a new Conference Room space that includes an extension of the newly-named "Gallery 93," a new Nurse's Office in the Health Services hallway and the bright new lower level, home of the new Ping Pong table. The A/V equipment has also been upgraded. Be sure to join your neighbors in celebrating these great achievements.

Vote in Town Election on Tuesday, May 6
We urge you to vote in the Town Election on May 6. In a contested race, Brookline will elect two members to the Board of Selectmen this year. Many precincts also have contested races this year for Town Meeting members. Consider asking the candidates where they stand on our Livable Community Advocacy Committee's Article 28 for Town Meeting that asks in commercial areas for prompt and proactive enforcement of the Town's bylaw requiring in the winter that property owners maintain sidewalks in a non-slippery condition.

Partners Free Shuttle
Partners Healthcare provides free shuttle services between its hospitals and some offices. For example you can pick up the shuttle at the Brookline Village T stop and go to Brigham and Women's offices at 850 Boylston Street in Chestnut Hill. You can also take the shuttle from this location to Mass General and Brigham and Women's hospitals in Boston. For more information about the shuttle, click here.

Deal of the Month
This month's deal involves books, but it's not strictly for bookworms. Anyone interested in hearing about new ideas will enjoy the author event series at the Brookline Booksmith in Coolidge Corner. These evening events - almost always free - offer you an opportunity to meet authors, hear them read from their latest book, and engage in a lively discussion. The Booksmith's choice of authors is outstanding: they are often very well-known and always interesting! During May, nineteen (19!) events are listed, including David McCullogh, Jr. (You Are Not Special), Roxanne Gay (An Untamed State), Brookline's own Larry Ruttman with Barney Frank (American Jews and America's Game), and Joseph Finder (new thriller: Suspicion). For a full listing, pick up a flier at the store or go to

Volunteers Needed for "I'm Still Here" Events
The I'm Still Here Foundation helps bring about community transformation for those affected by dementia through emphasis on arts and culture, education, and public policy. They sponsor activities for those with memory loss and their care-partners. Consider volunteering to help at a local May event. At "Visual Poems", Thursday, May 15, 10:30 to 11:30 am, Brookline Senior Center, with guest artist Cheryl Perrault, the group will create a poem while also creating a visual representation. On Friday, May 16, Walking Club--"Nature Explorations in Your Own Backyard @ Arnold Arboretum" leaves from Goddard House, 165 Chestnut Street at 10:00 am. To volunteer at either of these, or to learn more, contact Dee at

ArtsBrookline - A Multi-Week Celebration
A continuous arts showcase that began with Open Studios at the end of last month, ArtsBrookline culminates on Saturday, June 7 with the Coolidge Corner Arts Festival. On Monday, May 12, 6:00 to 8:00 pm there will be a special evening celebrating the arts in Brookline with artist performances and presentations by the 2014 Brookline Commission for the Arts Grant Awardees. The Evelyn Berde painting exhibit is showing at the Brookline Arts Center, 86 Monmouth Street, through May 23. The Brookline Main Library is featuring an exhibit for Asian American Pacific Island Heritage Month, "Asian Americans in Brookline", through May 29. See for details on these and other events.

Senior Scene - May
Following up on the educational program sponsored by BrooklineCAN, Brookline Access TV's Senior Scene will host a discussion on older adults and substance use. Participating will be Eric Hardt, MD, Geriatrician, Boston Medical Center and Carol Girard coordinator, SBIRT programs, MA Department of Public Health. As usual Betty Joel will be the host. The program will air through month of May on Thursdays at 7:00 pm, Sundays at 7:30 pm, and Fridays at 1:00 pm.

Events of Interest

May 3 SATURDAY SENIOR SOCIAL at MAIN 11:30 am in the Library Conference Room
Share your memories of Brookline with Chobee Hoy, who for more than thirty years has appreciated and witnessed neighborhood developments and changes throughout our town. Join your friends for an enlightening conversation over a cup of coffee or tea and goodies. This is the first in a series of Saturday Socials at Main jointly sponsored by the Trustees and the Friends of the Library.

May 3 TEE OFF @ THE LIBRARY! 7:30pm-10:00pm
The Main Library is hosting an evening just for adults! Join an evening of mini-golf, snacks, spirits, special guest authors. Wear your favorite Kentucky Derby hat for our photo booth. For more information see the Library website:

Goddard House Dinner Lecture Series
from 6:00 to 7:30 pm 165 Chestnut Street
RSVP to Brandon Fisher by calling 617-731-8500 ext. 110

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