Brookline Community Aging Network June 2013 Newsletter
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June 2013 Newsletter 

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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 a number of upcoming events - a forum with the latest information on the new health care law, a get-together at the Minot Rose Garden, and the Coolidge Corner Arts Festival. We report on BrooklineCAN's recent program on how to select and work with a contractor, announce new developments with the Age-Friendly Brookline initiative, and much more. Please tell your friends about fact, forward this newsletter to them.

BrooklineCAN Service Referral Update!
The April BrooklineCAN workshop, "Contracting with Confidence" was a huge success! The panel was energetic and informative, and the discussion was vibrant between the panel and attendees. Here a few things that we learned during the workshop:
  1. All renovation work valued over $1,000 must have a contract in the state of MA.
  2. It is important for the Home Contractor to pull the permit from the Town.
  3. Verify that your contractor has the appropriate licensing & insurance for the job.
  4. Gary Morrison's "Rule #1" - Feel comfortable with the contractor you are hiring.
Interested to learn more? Visit the Repairs, etc. link on the BrooklineCAN website for more information. The listing continues to be updated - your suggestions of electricians, plumbers, handymen, and contractors are needed to keep this valuable service current. Please send your suggestions to

Development of Housing for Seniors
To encourage continued discussion of development of new housing in Brookline for seniors, the Age-Friendly Cities Committee (AFCC) has placed information from the April 7th forum on the BrooklineCAN website.For access to the following items click here.
  1. A video-recording by BATV of the first 40 minutes of the forum,
  2. Informal notes by Joanna Baker, a Town Meeting member (Pct.13),
  3. Slides shown by members of the panel.AFCC is oganizing another community meeting on June 19 at Town Hall at 7:30 pm.

Michael Dukakis to Moderate Health Care Reform Forum June 26
The 18th Annual Public Health Policy Forum, "Implementing Health Care Reform: Challenges and Opportunities", will be held the evening of Wednesday, June 26 at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. Light hors d'oeuvres 6-7:00 pm will be followed by the panel discussion 7:00-9:00 pm. With former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, panelists will be Marylou Sudders, MSW, associate professor, Boston College School of Social Work and member of the Massachusetts Health Commission Board; Nancy Turnbull, MBA, associate dean for Educational Programs and Senior Lecturer in health policy, Harvard School of Public Health; and Jean Yang, MBA, Executive Director of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority. This Brookline Adult and Community Education program is free and pre-registration is not required. For more details, see or call 617-730-2700.

Help At The Touch Of A Button
BrooklineCAN has established a partnership with Intel GE Care Innovations™, a leading provider of Personal Emergency Response Systems to offer special pricing to our members. Learn more. If it sounds right for you or your family, you may choose to take advantage of our limited-time offer.

Falls, fainting, heart attack, and stroke need immediate attention. That little button may be the difference between remaining independent at home or having a prolonged hospital or nursing home stay.

Drop-In Sessions at Computer Lab on Tuesdays

Not able to access all the resources on the BrooklineCAN web site? Got questions/issues about using email? Want to get set for more advanced multi-media and other options? Got some project you think computer technology can help with but aren't sure? Play around, work on projects, and get the computer help / advice / resources / support you'd like at Brookline-CAN's public access/drop in program. For both inexperienced and long-time users.

Preliminary arrangements have been made and a Tuesday timeslot is being set and will be announced shortly. Questions, volunteers welcome - contact program coordinator Peter Miller at, 617-734-1910.

Is There Value in Your Old and Rare Books?
The Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Brookline Library Association will feature Ken Gloss, owner of the Brattle Book Shop, one of America's oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores. He will discuss his many years in the book business and will bring several examples of interesting books from the store's private collection. Following the talk, he will give free verbal appraisals of those books that people bring with them, or will do so at any time at his 9 West Street book shop in Boston. The program will be at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 5 in Hunneman Hall, Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington Street, following the 6:30 pm business meeting. The public is invited to this event.

Age Friendly Brookline Designated A Selectmen's Committee
The Age-Friendly Brookline Committee has been designated as a Town of Brookline Selectmen's Committee. Late in 2012, Brookline joined World Health Organization's Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. Age-Friendly Brookline is a collaboration between the Town of Brookline, the Council on Aging, and BrooklineCAN. The designation will provide the Committee with direct access to the Board of Selectmen as it coordinates efforts to make Brookline more age-friendly. The Committee's duties will include:
  1. Keeping the Board of Selectmen informed about the initiative and making recommendations to the Board on policy issues that arise
  2. Working through subcommittees concerned with specific aspects of the initiative, such as health and human services, transportation, housing, library, and social participation
  3. Seeking cooperation of various Town departments and informing Town departments, boards and commissions, and the general public about the initiative's activities
  4. Encouraging more effective communication among Town departments on matters involving older residents.

Council on Aging Book Group at Putterham Branch Library
Monday, 2 p.m., June 17, 2013
Led by Jean Kramer and Charlotte Millman
No signup is necessary. Just show up.
Books are available at the Putterham Library approximately one month before the meeting.

Stewart O'Nan, Emily Alone. This sequel to the much-beloved Wish You Were Here follows Emily Maxwell, a widow whose children are grown and gone. She dreams of visits from grandchildren and mourns the changes in her quiet Pittsburgh neighborhood, but when her sole companion and sister-in-law Arlene faints at their favorite breakfast buffet, Emily's days change. As she grapples with her new independence, Emily discovers a hidden strength.

Minot Garden Rose Stroll June 16
June is a beautiful time to visit the Minot Rose Garden, a public area located at St. Paul and Browne Streets, two blocks from Beacon Street. Created in 1971, the garden was named after Henry W. Minot, a former member of Brookline's Park and Recreation Commission and Tree Planting Commission and Tree Planting Committee. The garden is now lovingly maintained by The Friends of the Minot Rose Garden Every year the Friends sponsor a Rose Stroll featuring music, food, fun, and flowers - this year it's on Sunday, June 16, 1:00 to 3:00 pm (rain date June 23). For more information about the event and the Friends Group, see the web site or contact the president, Linda Olson Pehlke,, 617-232-1965.

Candlepin Bowling Wednesday Mornings
A group of seniors go bowling every Wednesday morning, 9:30 am at Ron's 20th Century Bowling Alley, 1231 Hyde Park Avenue, Hyde Park. Candlepin, a New England specialty, is played with a small ball. The cost is $7 for three strings. Ron's is a friendly place with an ice cream parlor. Coffee is free. If you'd like more information, or if you want to arrange for transportation, phone the Senior Center at 617-730-2777 and ask to have Nancy Johnson or someone with the bowling group to call you. Happy bowling!

Coolidge Corner Arts Festival
Craft lovers will find plenty to enjoy on Saturday, June 8 when the Coolidge Corner Arts Festival celebrates in 35th anniversary. More than 70 craft workers and fine artists, working in an array of media, from jewelry, fiber, glass, and ceramics to photography and watercolor, will show and sell their selection of goods from 10 am to 6 pm at the Devotion School grounds, 345 Harvard Street. See for more information. Concurrently, the 6th Annual Brookline Food Festival will run from noon to 3 pm, serving up bites by local Brookline restaurants. Each restaurant will have its own area with tasting portions. Tasting tickets will be sold at a central location for $2 each and net proceeds will be donated to the Brookline Food Pantry.

Recreation Department Summer Concert Series
Bring a picnic basket and your own lawn chair to Emerson Park, Davis Avenue and Emerson Street, for a friendly evening of great entertainment, Wednesday evenings 6:00 to 8:00 pm, July 10 through August 14. The concerts include Beatles music on July 10, Oldies on July 24, and Blue Grass on August 7. The concerts are free, with the support of their sponsors, who will have information booths and giveaways at the park. For more information, see or call the Brookline Recreation Department at 617-730-2069.


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