BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
May 2018 Newsletter 

Community Aging Network

A membership prganization that
  • 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
web site
Vote1 Town Election and Absentee Voting
May 8th is the Town Election. Two town-wide races are contested: Select Board Members and School Committee. There are two ballot questions and many interesting races in individual precincts. The League of Women Voters publishes a voter's guide on all races and candidates. Be on the lookout for it.

You do not need to wait until May 8th to vote. You can vote absentee either by mail or going to the Town Clerk's office and voting in person. If you chose to vote by mail, you will need to apply by mail or online and the Town Clerk's office will send you a ballot. However, anytime the Clerk's office is open up until May 7th you may fill out your absentee ballot there and vote!

Sample ballots for each precinct and absentee ballot information can be found at
Paula-HelenHelen Kass Memorial Lecture - Updating the New Old Age
New York Times writer and blogger Paula Span will deliver the Helen Kass Memorial Lecture on Thursday, May 24, at the Senior Center. Reception and tribute to Helen Kass, 6:00-6:30, program and discussion 6:30-7:45. Span's topics will include: aging in the community, healthcare and over treatment, and today's elders: educated, outspoken, feminist. The program is free of charge. Call 617-730-2770 to register.

MemberBrooklineCAN Spring Member Celebration
On Thursday, May 10 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Senior Center enjoy light refreshments while you mingle with friends before the games begin! Nancy Linde, our game host, is the author of two books on games, puzzles & trivia challenges specially designed to keep our aging brains young. This will be a lively, informative, interactive, and thoroughly enjoyable program. This event is free for current BrooklineCAN members.

A charge of $10 for non-members, payable at the door (cash or check), can be applied to membership. To register, please call 617-730-2770 or email

age1Brookline Age-Friendly City Committee Seeking New Members
The Brookline Age-Friendly City committee is seeking new citizen members. The committee coordinates Brookline's Age-Friendly City initiative, a comprehensive, multi-year effort to strengthen the Town's response to its rapidly growing senior population. Age-Friendly Brookline is a collaboration involving the Town of Brookline, the Council on Aging, and BrooklineCAN. Members are expected to attend monthly meetings and contribute to committee projects. Committee members are appointed by the Select Board for 3-year renewable terms. For more information contact Co-Chair Frank Caro

story2"Affirming Lives"
"Telling Your Story," Senior Autobiographical writings.

As we age, we often look back and remember instances of our lives, some important, others, a fleeting image, a picture of a split-second recollection. "Telling your Story," supports seniors in writing their stories, or fragments of them. The stories are as varied as the people who wrote them: funny, dramatic, poignant, and emotional. You can hear some of them and meet the authors at a reading and presentation of their work on Wednesday, May 23, from 10:15 to 11:45, at the Brookline Senior Center. Call 617-730-2777 for information. An unforgettable experience!

library2Coolidge Corner Library to Close for Renovation
Starting Saturday June 2nd at 5 pm the Coolidge Corner Library will close for some needed renovations. One of the big new services is the installation of an elevator that will make it possible for anyone with mobility issues to get to the community meeting room without having to exit the building and use the steep path to the lower back entrance.

The public is welcome to attend informational meetings about the renovations on Sunday, May 6, 11 AM-12:30 PM and Thursday, May 10, 7-8:30 PM at the Coolidge Corner Library. The Sussman House satellite library will be open on Monday, June 4 from 9-4.

hope1Furnishing Hope of Massachusetts
The Move Maven is helping Furnishing Hope of Massachusetts, Inc. with its Spring Linen Drive. Urgently needed items include new or gently-used sheets, pillowcases, blankets, comforters, towels, bathmats, and shower curtains. Furnishing Hope, a nonprofit organization, will distribute the items to families transitioning from homeless and domestic violence shelters into stable housing. Drop off your items (labelled "For Furnishing Hope") in the reception area of the Senior Center before May 31. For more information or to arrange a pick-up from your home, contact Karen Zweig at The Move Maven: 617.455.1964

next3Book Talk
These books were enthusiastically recommended by BrooklineCAN members, with their comments.

Personal History, by Katherine Graham. Published in 1997, "the chapters on Watergate are fascinating, particularly when compared to what is happening now."

The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in the Age of Longevity, by Linda Gratton and Andrew Scott. (2016) "Not only are we living longer, but our kids are having such different professional experiences than many of us had...puts it all in perspective."

A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. (2016) "Everyone I know who has read it has loved it."

Upcoming Events
Every Friday, 12 noon - 2 pm
77 Village Way
Fresh Truck
Year round mobile grocery store bringing healthy, affordable food to the same place, at the same time, every week, for families who need it most. Cash, credit, EBT & HIP card are accepted.

Saturday, May 12, 10-11:30 am
Brookline Hidden History of Slavery and Freedom: A Walking Tour
This walking tour will visit four sites that tell the key stories of slavery and freedom in Brookline. Call Brookline Adult Ed. to register 617-730-2700. Fee $20.

Sunday, May 13, 1:30 -3:30 pm
A Walking Tour of Fisher Hill
Enjoy a walk along the summit of Fisher Hill, a neighborhood filled with magnificent late 19th and early 20th century homes. Tour guide will concentrate on the architectural significance of the homes and interesting facts about past inhabitants. Call Brookline Adult Ed. to register 617-730-2700. Fee $22.

Thursday, May 24, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm, Sandwich, MA
Heritage Museums & Gardens
Trip includes a 60 minute tour of the Museums and landscaped gardens, a tour of the Cars and Stars of the Indy 500 and a tour of illustrator Wendell Minor's America exhibit. Fee ($40) includes transportation, admission to museums and tour. To register call Brookline Recreation at 617-730-2069.

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