AARP Tax Aide volunteers will return to the Senior Center on Tuesdays between February 12 and April 2 to assist you with filing your returns. Please note that the Tax Aide program will again be using newer software this year and as a result, it is very important for you to bring copies of your 2017 returns to your appointment. In addition, the Tax Aide volunteers will NOT be able to assist you with any amended tax returns, prior to 2016. For more information and to schedule an appointment, please call 617‐730‐2777.
Here are a few ways to get free stuff. We hope you will send in other suggestions for free things.
Stream Free Movies with Kanopy – Your Brookline library card gives you access to a wonderful source of free movies. Just go to the library home page, scroll down to the list of e-Resources, and click on Kanopy. Signing up is easy and free. You can stream up to 5 movies a month.
Brookline Booksmith Free Events – You can go to talks by authors and attend book discussion groups at no cost. Visit brooklinebooksmith.com and sign up for their events calendar e-mail. Or visit the store and pick up a printed copy of the list of events.
Get free stuff recycled by your neighbors – Visit freecycle.org and sign up to receive notices of free things that your neighbors want to recycle. (You can also offer things for free.) Signing up is easy and free.
The Brookline Chamber of Commerce will be recognizing Brookline Nonprofits at its annual Hearti Gras celebration on Tuesday, March 5 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. The event will take place at the new AC Hotel by Marriott Boston – Cleveland Circle, 395 Chestnut Hill Ave. Enjoy live music and sample the Cajun-inspired food. This free event is open to the public. Look for our BrooklineCAN table. We participated last year and were amazed by the food offered to guests by Brookline restaurants and merchants.
The Boston University Evergreen Program for those 58 and up has announced three seminars for this spring. Hour and a half lectures April 3, 10, and 24 for two series are: “The History of America in Three Meals” and “Booming Boston: How the Metropolitan Area Has Developed”, each $40. “Best Short Stories”, March 27, April 3, 10, 24 and May 1 is from 1:00–2:20 pm, $60. For more details and registration, see http://www.bu.edu/evergreen/ or call 617-358-1350.
Nearly 50 Brookline businesses, large and small throughout Brookline, are designated as Age Friendly. This means that the establishments attract seniors by offering services that are attractive to them, such as shopping by phone or on-line, offering discounts or employment opportunities, or provide safety features, such as clearly marked steps.
Look for the “Age Friendly” decal on doors and windows at participating stores and businesses. They include banks, retail stores, cultural institutions and hotels. A complete list of participating businesses can be found on the BrooklineCAN website http://www.brooklinecan.org/afb_list.php). These businesses are enthusiastic about the Age-Friendly Movement, which was initiated by Brookline Community Aging Network (BrooklineCAN)—an all-volunteer organization—and the Brookline Council on Aging.
In the months ahead, look for new benches along both sides of Beacon Street sidewalks. In direct response to a request from the BrooklineCAN Livable Community Advocacy Committee, the Department of Public Works is planning to install new benches to support those who walk along Beacon Street. Most of the new benches will be placed in between the commercial areas. In the past, benches on Beacons Street have been located only in the St. Mary’s, Coolidge Corner, and Washington Square commercial districts. Because many people walk all along Beacon Street, BrooklineCAN has advocated for an expanded supply of benches. The new benches will be placed in locations where the benches do not interfere with either pedestrian traffic or those who park cars along the curbs.
Also in response to a request from BrooklineCAN, the Town is seeking a donor for a proposed new bench on Harvard Street near the intersection with Stearns Road. The bench placement will create a pocket park within an existing cluster of street trees. The Parks and Open Space Division offers a popular program that makes is possible to honor individuals by dedicating benches in parks. Now the Town is extending that program to the Harvard Street sidewalk. For more information, contact the Parks and Open Space Division (617-730-2088).
The File of Life (FOL) is a card that contains your medical information and tells who to call if there is an emergency. Having this information available will save time and can make a big difference. If you are not able to tell people who your doctor or emergency contacts are, what your medical conditions are and which prescriptions you take, they will be able to get this information from your FOL card.
The FOL card comes in a magnetic case that will stick to your refrigerator and a small card you can carry in your wallet or purse. It will make hospital admission easier and help make sure you get the right treatment in an emergency.
For assistance in obtaining a File of Life card call the Brookline Council on Aging at 617-730-2777.
The 20th Age Friendly Cities TV show features new Police Chief Andrew Lipson and Elder Affairs Officer Michael Disario. Both were raised in Brookline and have thorough knowledge of the community.
Chief Lipson and Officer Disario particularly addressed the relationship between the community and the police, older adults, and regional police departments.
We recommend all members of BrooklineCAN watch the show as the conversation featured information pertinent to safety and community support for older adults. Programs are aired on Channel 3 on Comcast and
RCN immediately following The Grandstanders live sports analysis show and
are available on the BrooklineCAN web site and the BrooklineCAN Twitter and
a Valentine’s present for a loved one?
Looking for a book to curl up with during these cold days or to read
with your children or grandchildren during February school vacation week?
February is Quezalguaque Library Month at the Friends of the Brookline Library Book Sale. Prices can’t be beat! All proceeds from sales during February will be donated to support the Sister City Project built library and mobile library in Quezalguaque.
The Friends of the Brookline Library sale are at all three libraries.
The proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico is
almost 2000 miles long. Imagine if the massive distance of this wall was
re-conceptualized and re-contextualized not to divide, but to include. Instead
of wall, a concrete line, to keep people out, what if lines of yarn became 3,500,640 yards of
blankets to welcome people in?
A welcome blanket is traditionally created to lovingly mark the arrival of a new person into the world. In the Welcome Blanket project, each handmade blanket is a physical manifestation of this celebration of new refugees and other immigrants: “Welcome to the United States and your new life here! We are so glad you have arrived.”
Hadassah Margolis, one of originators of the Welcome Blanket Project, will be speaking at the Brookline Senior Center, Monday, Feb. 11th at 1 pm. Come hear how you can join other Brookline residents to create a Welcome Blanket.