Meet the New Fire Chief

fireThe 18th Age Friendly Cities TV show introduced the new Chief of the Brookline Fire Department, John F. Sullivan.

Chief Sullivan comes to Brookline from three decades at the Worcester (MA) Fire Department.  He was fascinating, emphasizing the training of firefighters and the Brookline community.  Subjects included Community Risk Reduction (CRR) and Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD).  Discussion included the recent events in the Merrimack Valley.

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 Facebook a and are counts.

History of the Korean War

history1It is nearly 70 years since the outbreak of the Korean War and still no signed peace treaty. Brookline Adult & Community Education is offering an 8 week course at the Senior Center that will explore why this tragic war happened and why there continues to be two Koreas.  The sessions are Wednesdays from 1-3 pm beginning October 31, 2018. For a complete description of the course see  To register call 617-730-2700. The fee is $130.

Historical Society Fall Walking Tours

HistSociety2Brookline Historical Society president Ken Liss will lead these free walking tours in October.
Sunday, October 7th, 10-11:30 am: Brookline Village Walking Tour.  This tour of the historic Brookline Village neighborhood centers on Washington and Harvard Streets north of Route 9. To register and for a description of see
Sunday, October 21st, 10-11 am: Beaconsfield Terraces Walking Tour. The Beaconsfield Terraces, on the south side of Beacon Street from Dean Road to just beyond Tappan Street, were one of the more unusual developments to follow the creation of the Beacon Street Boulevard in the 1880s. Built by Eugene Knapp, a wool merchant, in the early 1890s the terraces were a residential complex in which people owned their units but shared ownership of a 6-acre park, stables, a playhouse (known as the Casino), tennis courts, a playground, and a central heating plant.. To register and for a description of see

Senior Center Annual Autumn Benefit

galaThe Senior Center gala fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, October 24, from 6-8:30 pm at the Senior Center. Get your tickets early and show your support! You’ll enjoy delicious food, great music, and mingling with old friends and new. The law firm of Wade, Horowitz & LaPointe LLC will be honored for their dedication to older adults and the community. Call 617-730-2770 for ticket information.

The Healing Power of Music

musicDr. Suzanne Hanser, professor and the founding chair of the Music Therapy Department at Berklee College of Music, will discuss “The Healing Power of Music” at Goddard House, 165 Chestnut Street, Brookline on Wednesday, November 7.  Reception and refreshments at 6:00 pm will be followed by the 6:30 to 7:30 pm presentation when Dr. Hanser will guide the audience through some music-based interventions designed to enhance quality of life, regardless of age or ability.  For this free event RSVP to Patti Barrows at  or at 617-731-8500.

Library Service for Those Who Are Homebound

library1Are you a lover of library books and other resources, yet unable to enjoy the pleasures of browsing on your own? We have a solution for you. The Library Connection, a partnership of Brookline’s Council on Aging and the Public Library of Brookline, provides delivery of library materials directly to homebound Brookline residents who are unable to leave their home. A volunteer from the community will deliver materials throughout the year. If you are interested in receiving this service, or if you know someone who would benefit from it, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Patricia Burns at the Council on Aging at 617-730-2743.

Emotional Health in Older Adults

Nancy2BrooklineCAN joins with Goddard House in offering a program November 14.  Nancy J. Donovan, M.D., Harvard Medical School faculty member and Director of Geriatric Psychiatry at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, will discuss new ways of thinking about emotional health, loneliness and social engagement in older adults, based on her own research and that of others.  This free event is at Goddard House, 165 Chestnut Street, Brookline.  Reception and refreshments will be at 6:00 pm, with the program 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  RSVP to Patti Barrows at  or at 617-731-8500 weekdays between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm.

BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting

am1On September 13th BrooklineCAN will hold its 8th Annual Meeting, from 5-7 pm at the Senior Center. This year, we celebrate Brookline age-friendly businesses. Matt Weiss, host of the Age Friendly Cities TV show, will moderate a panel of age-friendly business leaders, including David Leschinsky of Eureka Puzzles, Kathy Tallman of Coolidge Corner Theater, Kyle Perzanoski of Brookline Bank, and Paul Saner of Economic Development Advisory Board.  They will discuss the ways that businesses are embracing the Age-Friendly Campaign, adopting features that make businesses attractive to older people and that are welcomed by customers of all ages. The campaign is co-sponsored by the Brookline Chamber of Commerce and the Town’s Economic Development Advisory Board.

Another feature of the annual meeting will be an information fair where attendees can learn more about age-friendly businesses and about opportunities for BrooklineCAN participation. Refreshments will be served. To register for this free event, email or call 617-730-2777.

Senior Tax Work-Off Program

tax3Good news! The Brookline Select Board recently approved additional slots for the Tax Work-Off Program which is administered by the Brookline Assessor’s Office and the Brookline Senior Center. Five moderate income senior households have been added to the program as recipients of property tax relief for eligible home or condo owners in Brookline who are 60 and older. The five spots have been filled but a waiting list has been established.

For more information contact Deidre Waxman at 617-730-2767 or

South Brookline Senior Meetup

SeniorMeetCome join us for conversation and refreshments as we provide a setting for exploring topics that are of interest to you.  Currently four programs are scheduled:
TRIPPS will speak about transportation options for seniors, services provided by Brookline Senior Center HELP will be presented, a Tai Chi demonstration and a Restorative Yoga session.

Six Wednesdays beginning September 26, 2018 from 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM at the Putterham Library, 959 W Roxbury Pkwy, Brookline MA

For more information contact Jude Burnim at
or 617-697-9848.