BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
Summer 2017 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.

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SaveBrooklineCAN Annual Meeting September 14th 
BrooklineCAN's annual meeting is taking place on Thursday, September 14 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Senior Center. "The Power of Engagement" will be the theme. Professor Judith Gonyea of Boston University will be our keynote speaker. The meeting will begin with an expo featuring Brookline organizations that provide outstanding opportunities for seniors to be engaged in community life.

tm3Town Meeting Results
Town Meeting passed all proposals supported by BrooklineCAN.
1. An article has been added to the Town's By-laws that specifies the responsibilities of the Commission on Disability. The addition to the By-laws reinforces recent efforts to strengthen its contributions.
2. Lower speed limits on Brookline streets. The Transportation Board was authorized to reduce general speed limits on Brookline streets to 25 miles per hour and 20 miles in various "safety zones."
3. Brookline joined a growing number of municipalities that have committed themselves to supporting and adhering to the Paris Climate Change Agreement of 2015. Some BrooklineCAN members are deeply involved in Brookline's climate action efforts.
4 Resolution to support state legislation that would permit municipalities to adopt new local taxes to finance pedestrian, bicycle, and mass transportation infrastructure improvements. Additional revenue would enable Brookline to do a better job of maintaining its sidewalks.

alertNotify Me!
Have you ever felt that you were the last to know about what is going on in Brookline Town Government? Well, you can stay up-to-date by using a service offered through the Town's website - Notify Me. Through the "Notify Me" service, you can be notified by email or text message about all of the Town boards or committees that interest you.
Here is how to use the service. From the Town of Brookline website, click on Notify Me. On this page, you will be asked to sign in with your email address. Once signed in, you can choose the committees, boards, or town services that interest you. Each item has two icons, one for e-mail and the other for text messages to your cell phone. You can request both. For text messaging, you will need to include your cell phone number. Once you select an item, a green arrow will appear. If you find that you are receiving too many notices, you can return to Notify Me and de-select the items that are no longer of interest. The website address is

walks4Nature Explorations
The Walking Club, sponsored by Goddard House Assisted Living and the Brookline Council on Aging, is offering attractive programs for people with dementia and their care partners on two Fridays this summer. On July 21 they will visit Hall's Pond Reservation in Brookline and on August 18, the Gardner Museum Gardens in Boston. A complimentary lunch follows. Call 617-730-2770 to arrange for 9:30 am pick up from the Senior Center or call 617-730-8500 for pick up at Goddard House at 10:00 am or to arrange to meet at the site. 

camp1Camp Memory Connections
Camp Memory Connections, a pilot day camp experience for people living with memory changes and their care partners, will be held on Wednesday, August 23, 11:00 am-2:00 pm at Larz Anderson Park picnic shelter in Brookline. Sponsored by Brookline Senior Center, Goddard House Assisted Living, and Brookline Recreation, this free outdoor (rain or shine) event will include conversations with peers over camp-themed lunch and snacks, music, art, exercise, and haiku. A care partner must accompany those who require any care assistance. To RSVP or book available transportation (parking will be available in small lot off Goddard Ave): Jamie at 617-730-2753 or This program, which is in place of the monthly Memory Connections Cafe for August, is supported by a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation.

sightseeing-architectureArchitectural Boat Tour
This 90 minute tour, hosted by Charles Riverboat Company (CRC), offers spectacular views of historic contemporary architecture along the Boston Harbor, the Charles River Locks, and the Charles River basin. The tour, narrated by a guide from Boston By Foot, includes landmarks such as Marriott's Custom House, the Prudential Building and the Hancock Tower, as well as cutting-edge design by today's top architects. Tours depart from the CambridgeSide Galleria. For dates, pricing and reservation see the CRC website.

next3Book Talk
Here are three new mysteries that are great choices for summer reading.

Camino Island, by John Grisham. Stolen priceless manuscripts have been traced to a bookseller on a Florida island. Insurance investigators hire a young writer to help find them by becoming friends with the bookseller and his circle. Can she trust anyone?

Since We Fell, by Dennis Lehane. A TV reporter with a troubled childhood suffers an on-air mental breakdown. She meets and marries a charming, successful businessman who helps her to recover. Then her life gets really complicated as she must find the mental strength to face a conspiracy of heart-breaking deception and violence.

Earthly Remains, by Donna Leone. Commissario Guido Brunetti takes two weeks away from the Venetian Questura for complete rest and solitude at a villa on a nearby island. There he goes rowing every day with the caretaker, who tells him that something is killing all the bees. After the caretaker drowns, Brunetti must find out why he died. 

events2Upcoming Events
Recreation Department Summer Trips
July 6 - 9 am to 4 pm - Plimoth Plantation
July 24 - 9 am to 3 pm - New England Aquarium Whale Watch
August 1 - 10 am to 5 pm - Newburyport
August 17 - 11 am to 3 pm - Assembly Row, Somerville, MA

Prices vary for the different trips but they include transportation. For more information or to register contact the Recreation Department at 617-730-2069.

Free Summer Concert Series @ Cypress Park
On Cypress Street In front of the High School
Wednesday evenings starting July 5 and ending August 9. All shows begin at 6 pm.
For schedule of concerts, see

Tuesday, July 25 - 6-7:30 pm
Goddard House 165 Chestnut St., Brookline
Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory

Dr. Andrew Budson, professor of Neurology at Boston University, will speak about how much (or, perhaps, what type) of memory loss is to be expected as one gets older and what should trigger a visit to a doctor. RSVP to Michaela Barrows at 617-731-8500 x130.

For additional events, see

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