Brookline Community Aging Network Neil Wishinsky - Age Friendly Cities TV
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
October 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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neil Neil Wishinsky - Age Friendly Cities TV 
On September 28 at 7:00 pm Neil Wishinsky, Chair of the Board of Selectmen, was the honored guest on the Age Friendly Cities TV (AFC-TV) program on local Brookline channels. The program focuses on the Complete Streets policy, affordable housing, and economic development and emphasizes the inclusion of people of all ages. The Selectman was co-Chair of the Complete Streets Commission whose recommendations were approved by the Board of Selectmen in May. Discussion in this TV program includes Brookline Place development plans, Complete Streets and the Pedestrian Advisory Committee, affordable housing and 40B Housing, and the school system upgrade. Check out the Brookline Age Friendly Cities TV programs on the BrooklineCAN web site Note references on the BrooklineCAN Twitter and Facebook accounts. Programs are aired on Channel 3 on Comcast and Channel 3 via RCN, immediately following "The Grandstanders Live Sports Analysis Show".

fallMaintaining Your Standard of Living When You Retire
On Wednesday, November 9, Andrew D. Eschtruth of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College will speak on his book "Falling Short: the Coming Retirement Crisis and What to do About It". Many of today's workers lack the resources to retire at traditional ages and maintain their standard of living. The speaker will offer specific solutions that are both simple and feasible. This event, co-sponsored by BrooklineCAN, will be held at Goddard House, 165 Chestnut Street, Brookline. Refreshments, 6-6:30 pm; program 6:30-8:00 pm. The program is free of charge; RSVP to Jenna Henning at or 617-731-8500, x 152.

trippsTRIPPS Challenge
This fall, TRIPPS (Transportation Resources, Information, Planning and Partnership for Seniors) is offering seniors in Brookline and Newton an exciting challenge: pick a destination, and travel there in a way that is new to you! The only rule is to make your trip without driving yourself. You can take the T, ride a bus, call The RIDE, catch a lift with a friend, walk, bike, hail a taxi, use a ride-hailing app, or hire a driver. After your trip, share your story by email or phone and you will be entered in a raffle for great prizes. For more information, call 617-730-2644, email, see on the Web, on Facebook at, or @TRIPPSMass on Twitter.

alanSenior Center Annual Benefit Gala
At the Senior Center Annual Benefit Gala on Wednesday, October 26, the guest of honor is Alan Balsam, who is retiring from his role as the director of Brookline’s Department of Public Health and Human Services. Here are six things you don’t know about him:
  1. Alan was born and brought up in Miami, and still longs to spend winters there.
  2. Alan was a waiter in the Catskill Mountains of New York during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s and spent a soggy, muddy night at Woodstock in 1969.
  3. Alan organized two unions before the age of 25, serving as Chief Shop Steward of Local 26 at Harvard University while working as a cook in the ‘70s.
  4. Alan is a co-founder of Community Servings, which began over 25 years ago as the Meals on Wheels program for People with AIDS. He currently serves on their Board of Mentors.
  5. Alan is married to Christine Johnsen for almost 25 years and has two stepdaughters and a grandson. And Alan is a twin, whose sister, Nina, went to Simmons and lives in St. Louis.
  6. Alan loves to sing and play his guitar, especially for groups of older adults that know his songs. He looks forward to expanding his play list to include at least a couple of songs written after 1975.
So get your tickets for the Benefit and join in celebrating this extraordinary person! Contact the Senior Center at 617-730-2770.

nica1aBrookline-Quezalguaque Sister City Week
October 16-22, 2016 has been designated by the Board of Selectman as Sister City Week. For 29 years Quezalguaque, Nicaragua has been Brookline’s Sister City. This year there will be activities throughout the week culminating with a fund raising celebration Oct 20, “A Taste of Brookline” featuring specialties from 8 local restaurants. Following the tasting event and musical entertainment (5:30-7:00 pm) there will be a free lecture/forum (7:30 pm) featuring internationally known journalist Stephen Kinzer, author of Blood of Brothers.
For full listing of activities see

tour1Three Guided Tours to Get You Moving!
Brookline Adult and Community Education offers three especially interesting tours. Contact or call 617-730- 2700 for more information and to register.
  • Remember the Ladies: Historical Walking Tour of Brookline. Walk in the steps of famous feminist leaders, artists, and others. Sunday, October 23, 11:00 am, $10.00.
  • Boston’s Old South End Jewish Tour. Visit the neighborhood that flourished as a Jewish community from 1840 to the 1920’s. Sunday, November 6. 2:00 pm. $25.
  • Museum of Fine Arts guided tour of Italian art. (Includes the new Della Robbia exhibit.) Sunday, October 30. 10:30 am. $40.

member2Membership Counts
Members of BrooklineCAN make our town an even better place to live for seniors and for everyone. To broaden our membership, we have recently added a discounted membership level for a donation of $10 a year, designed for households with annual incomes of $35,000 or less. Sponsoring and sustaining memberships help us reach out to people with a broad range of incomes, and business memberships will be instituted during the next few months. Our voice on behalf of housing, pedestrian safety, transportation options, and other issues is heard more clearly with a larger membership. Each member has an individual renewal date, and for historical reasons most renewals are due in the fall and winter. Now is the time to become a member or renew for another year by visiting the website or responding to a mailing. Join us!

Upcoming Events

Thursdays, Oct. 13, 20 & 27 from 1:00-4:00 pm
Wisdom Works: Brookline Senior Center
Three sessions exploring resumes, interviews, job search techniques and much more. Pre-registration required. Contact Deidre Waxman at 617-730-2767 or Patricia Burns at 617-730-2743. A material fee of $5 will be collected at the first class.

Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7:00 pm
Reel in the Closet: Coolidge Corner Theatre

Co-sponsored by BrooklineCAN. An intergenerational evening that celebrates diversity and equality – from the director of the acclaimed Gen Silent! Evening includes pre-screening reception at the Brookline Senior Center. See for more information.

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