Brookline Community Aging Network Street Lighting for Pedestrian Safety
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
November 2015 Newsletter 

The Brookline
Community Aging Network

  • Focuses on Brookline as a great place to live
  • Provides information for older residents that helps them 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

 Street Lighting for  Pedestrian  Safety
 The BrooklineCAN Livable  Community Advocacy committee has launched an effort to improve street lighting for pedestrians in densely developed areas of North Brookline. The aim is to assure that pedestrians can see adequately on sidewalks after dark. The project was proposed by LCAC member Susan Granoff. In October while leaves were still on the trees, volunteers walked sidewalks after dark in much of the proposed pedestrian-friendly district in North Brookline. Over 50 problems were identified including malfunctioning lights, dim spots between widely-spaced poles, and foliage obstructing lights. Peter Ditto, the Town's director of Engineering, has agreed to lead an effort to address the problem. Contact Susan Granoff ( or Frank Caro ( to report problems in your neighborhood or to volunteer to help the committee when it resumes its walks on dark sidewalks in the spring.
Age Friendly Cities TV Program
On Thursday October 29 Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) began to air the third in a series of Age Friendly Cities TV (AFC-TV) programs on local Brookline channels. Once the program has aired, it will be available on the BrooklineCAN web site and the BrooklineCAN Twitter and Facebook accounts. The show is focused on STRAITS, a user-friendly initiative for seniors and adults with disabilities. STRAITS will provide advice and consultation on alternative ways to get around for people who find they have to limit or refrain from driving on their own.

The guest is Shirley Selhub who received an award at the BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting for her excellent work in conceiving STRAITS (Senior Transportation Resource, Advice, Information, Training and Support). Shirley identified the need, found grant funding and contributed significantly to the writing of the proposal. Kerri Hamberg of Brookline, the coordinator and manager of STRAITS, can be reached at 617-730-2777.

Senior Center Van
Following up on the transportation theme at the BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting in September, we are presenting a series of articles on transportation options for Brookline seniors. This is the first in the series. The Brookline Senior Center Van returned to service in August with new extended hours. The van provides door-to-door transportation from your home to the Senior Center Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. Nick Aldin drives the van Monday through Thursday and Jason Kobayashi drives on Fridays. The suggested donation is $1.00 per ride. For more information or to schedule a ride please call 617-730-2750. Follow the latest in senior transportation related activities at the BrooklineCAN web site in the BrooklineCAN newsletter, and on the BrooklineCAN Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Part Time Work Opportunity
BrooklineCAN is seeking a Membership Assistant. Applicant should have an understanding and some experience with database, spreadsheet, email and mail merge software. The Assistant will also be responsible for office related tasks for the Membership Committee. Four (4) hours a week on Fridays at the Brookline Senior Center. Salary is $13.45/hr. If interested or you would like more information, contact Ruthann Dobek at

Friendship Works
Goddard House will sponsor a dinner, lecture and discussion on friendship and community on Tuesday, December 1, 5:30-7:30 pm at 185 Chestnut Street, Brookline. The speaker is Janet Seckel-Cerrotti, Executive Director of the award-winning nationally recognized Friendship Works, a volunteer caregiving program serving isolated elders in Boston and Brookline. She will discuss the vital role of friendship and its relation to our emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual health as we age, and she will reflect on her 30 years as a leader working to eliminate loneliness. The program will provide opportunities to share ideas about ways of creating and sustaining community for ourselves, our families, and within our neighborhoods. RSVP to Jenna Henning, or 617-731-8500, x152.

So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur?
Have you ever thought about being your own boss? If you're the boss, you can leave work early for a doctor's appointment or for any other reason and no one will question you. You can be in charge of your life.

Explore the possibilities at a workshop for those interested in creating and exploring the joys - and worries -- of running your own business. Meet a panel of experts on November 4 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Brookline Senior Center. Three business owners will talk about their personal journey to entrepreneurship. This workshop is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Contact Deidre Waxman at 617-720-2767 or

Local Authors Book Fair
Hunneman Hall at the Brookline Main Library, 361 Washington Street, is the site of the first local authors book fair. About a dozen authors will be on hand to chat about their books. You may discover that one or more of them are neighbors! Refreshments will be served, and music will be provided by guitarist/song writer Terry Kitchen, one of the authors. And all of the books will be available for sale, a great opportunity to find gifts for upcoming holidays! All are welcome to this free event. Thursday, November 12, from 6:00 to 8:15 pm.

Brookline First Light Celebration
First Light , Brookline's annual festival welcoming the start of winter, will celebrate its 19th anniversary on Thursday, November 19, 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Started in 1996 in Washington Square, First Light now glows in business sections throughout the town, signaling the start of the holiday season. First Light hosts a variety of family-friendly performances, exhibits, free giveaways, food samples, raffle prizes, and hot cider, in addition to showcasing the talents of local artists, musicians and performers at businesses and other venues throughout town. This year First Light is compiling a holiday shopping guide full of gift ideas for all ages. See for more details.

Upcoming Events
Friday, November 13, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and Saturday, November 14, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Holiday Craft Fair
Handmade crafts, holiday gift items, baked goods, raffles, children's items, and white elephant items will be for sale. You will be sure to find something for everyone on your list at the Fair! Admission is free and the Senior Center is handicapped accessible. The proceeds benefit programs and services provided by the Brookline Senior Center.

Sunday November 15 from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm, Devotion School
Brookline Health Department's Seasonal Flu Clinic
There is no charge for the vaccine. All persons (6 months and older) should receive the vaccine each year. Please bring all health insurance cards with you to the clinic. Wear loose-sleeved clothing. Call the Brookline Health Department at 617-730-2336 for questions or further information.

Sunday November 15 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Fall Community Day at Hall's Pond

Each spring and fall the Friends organize work parties to remove trash and invasive plants, and restore the sanctuary with new plantings. Garden projects, tours of the Sanctuary, and fun for children. No experience necessary and we will provide rakes and gloves. Refreshments, of course, include cider and cookies. The Community Work Days are co-sponsored by The Friends of Hall's Pond and the Brookline Conservation Commission.

Tuesday November 17, 7:00 pm, Main Library, Hunneman Hall
Author Talk - Susan Pashman
The Public Library of Brookline welcomes Susan Pashman, author of Upper West Side Story for an author talk. Pashman is a philosophy professor and former attorney. While in law school, she served a year in the New York City Council President's office; some of what she learned there has found its way into this story. But the heart of this novel derives from her sons' childhood exploits, and the hopes and fears she had for them.

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