Do you know about BrookONline? It’s a free app for your mobile phone (iPhone or Android) where you can report problems such as potholes, broken sidewalks, burned-out street lights, sidewalks not cleared of snow, or broken signs or equipment. BrookONline lets all of us become the Town’s eyes and ears. You can submit the report from the exact location where the problem exists, because the app can automatically fill this in.
To obtain the app, go to the iPhone App Store or Google’s Play Store from your phone and search for BrookONline. Once you’ve downloaded and launched the app, fill in your own “Reporter” information, then choose “New Request” from the main menu.
Need help? BrooklineCAN is considering having volunteers available to provide one-on-one training. Let us know if you might be interested by calling 617-730-2777 or emailing info@brooklineCAN.org.
The 21st Age Friendly Cities TV show featured Tommy Vitolo, newly elected State Representative for the 15th District Norfolk County. Tommy has been a resident of Brookline since 2002, a Town Meeting Member since 2007 and Constable since 2010.
Tommy requested and was granted assignment to the Elder Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives and intends to reach out to the older adults of Brookline. You can view this program on the BrooklineCAN website http://www.brooklinecan.org or on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hut3eOMgrvc
The 4th Tuesday of every month from 9:00 am to 10:00 am, Tom Faulhaber challenges your thinking with a non-fiction book discussion group centered on public issues, history, current events and other topics. The April 23rd book is Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Hochschild. On May 28th the book is Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The Brookline Public Library Coolidge Corner branch will have copies of the books available several weeks ahead of each meeting. Discussions take place at the Brookline Senior Center.
BrooklineCAN and the Council on Aging are sponsoring an election forum on Tuesday, April 30 at the Senior Center from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. This year in the annual Town election (May 7), voters will choose one Select Board Member and consider Debt Exclusion proposals for elementary school construction (Driscoll and Baldwin). The forum will focus on the Select Board race and the Debt Exclusion proposal. Three candidates are competing for the Select Board seat. Candidates will make brief opening statements followed by questions from the audience. Candidates will be asked to give special attention to senior concerns. Both proponents and opponents of the Debt Exclusion proposal will speak.
One of the events this week is How to Age Well. On Tuesday, April 2nd at the Brookline Senior Center from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm join prominent Brookline physician, Suzanne Salamon, MD for an informal talk about how food, exercise, friendship and your mind affect how your body ages. Dr. Salamon is a regular contributor to the Ask a Geriatrician column in the Council on Aging’s Town of Brookline Senior News and Events. For a complete listing of the week’s events see http://www.brooklinecan.org/events.html.
Come to this BrooklineCAN program to hear author and New York Times reporter John Leland share with us his experiences when he met with six people age 85 and up. He had expected to learn about the hardships of old age, and instead they taught him lessons of resilience, gratitude, purpose and perspective that apply to us all. At the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, Thursday, April 25, refreshments 6:00 -6:30 pm, talk with discussion and book sales 6:30-7:45 pm. Call 617-730-2770 to register for this free event.
Boston University is looking for people with knee pain to participate in a clinical trial on interventions to promote healthier walking patterns. You may be eligible if you are between the ages of 50 – 80, have knee pain, and own a smartphone. Compensation provided for study visits. For more information, contact us at 617-358-3125 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.