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Summer Walking Tours

In June, Brookline Recreation has two walks recommended for older adults. The pickup and drop off locations for these walks are Brookline Senior Center 93 Winchester St and Soule Recreation Center 652 Hammond Street.
Larz Anderson Walk and Talk June 4, 12:00-2:00 pm. There will be a walk around Larz Anderson Park with a brief talk on the history of the Anderson Estate. Fee $5.
Freedom Trial, June 20, 1:00-4:30 pm. This is a walk into history tour. It will feature 11 of the Freedom Trail sites. Fee $10. For more information and to register call 617-730-2082 or 617-730-2069.

Feedback on Electric Scooter Trial

The controversial electric scooter trial that began in early April will continue through November 15. At that time an evaluation will be made to determine the future of electric scooter rentals in Brookline. Feedback from the public will be a major consideration in the evaluation. Pedestrians are particularly concerned about operation of the scooters on sidewalks and parking of scooters in places that interfere with pedestrian movement. Because of feedback from residents, some changes have already been made to requirements for rental companies and their customers. A number of options are available now for providing feedback:
1.   Send an email message to 
2. Report to BrookOnLine. There is no special category for electric scooter feedback, but a badly parked scooter can be reported as a “sidewalk obstruction.”
3. Participate in a public meeting at Town Hall (6th floor) on June 12 at 6:30 pm. Select Board Member Heather Hamilton and Chris Dempsey, Chair of the Transportation Board will conduct the meeting.

“Family Ties Got You in Knots?”

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff, author and Resident Scholar at Brandeis Univ. Women’s Studies Center, will speak on “Family Ties Got You in Knots?” on Tuesday, June 11, at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. Dr. Nemzoff asks, “How can we continue to create close relationships with adult children while respecting their independence? How can we facilitate discussions so that family members understand our needs and wants? How do we do this over long distances?“ She has given more than 350 lectures on family dynamics. Refreshments 5:30-6 pm. Talk and Q & A 6:00-7:30 pm. Free event, registration required. Call 617-730-2770 to register.

Clear Out Unneeded Paper Files!

The mobile shredding truck will be parked at the Senior Center on Monday, June 3, from 1:00-4:00 pm, sponsored by Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey. You can bring your old documents and files and watch as they are shredded. Helpers will be there to assist with boxes, bags, and bundles. Also, you are invited to attend a program on identity theft, from 1:00-2:00 inside the Senior Center. Light refreshments. Please call 617-730-2770 to register for that event.

Friends of the Brookline Library Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting of the Friends will feature a conversation with Dana Brigham of the Brookline Booksmith. The Booksmith has been a beloved institution in our community for 58 years and Dana lead the store for 37 years until her retirement last spring. In conversation between Dana and Lisa Gozashti, her successor at the Booksmith, we will learn Dana’s story of how she came to be involved in the operation of a bookstore.

The program will be in Hunneman Hall at the Village (Main) Library, Wednesday, June 5th starting at 6:30 with a short business meeting and refreshments. Free program open to the public.

Age-Friendly Parks Brochure

In response to popular demand, we have reprinted the Brookline Age-Friendly Parks brochure. The brochure calls attention to distinctive age-friendly features in a number of Brookline Parks. Included are the Hall’s Pond Sanctuary, Minot Rose Garden, Fisher Hill Reservoir Park, Brookline Reservoir Park, Olmsted Park, and a few pocket parks in North Brookline. The brochure is a product of the Brookline Age-Friendly City initiative. Reprinting of the brochure was made possible by a grant from Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS). Copies of the free brochure are available at the Senior Center, Brookline Public Libraries, and the Parks and Open Space Division Office in Town Hall.

Navigating Your  Healthcare

Ailene Gerhardt, Founder of Beacon Patient Advocates, will speak on “Navigating Your Healthcare: Tips and Tools for the Empowered Patient” on May 16 at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street.  Ailene says that “Being an empowered patient means knowing the ways to advocate for oneself and loved ones.  It means becoming/being comfortable asking questions and becoming knowledgeable about health information, medical conditions, and treatment options.”   Refreshment reception 6:00 to 6:30 pm; program with Q & A 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  Free of charge.  Call 617-730-2770 to register for this BrooklineCAN event.

A Special Offer for BrooklineCan Members

Here is a chance to hear one of Boston’s Premier Chamber Music Ensembles. Composers in their twilight years form the core of Chameleon Arts Ensemble’s 2018-19 chamber music season finale: Brahms’ G Major string quintet, Ravel’s  Sonata for violin and piano, Faure’s Piano Trio, Elliott Carter’s Tempo e Tempi, and.  Arnold Bax’s Elegiac Trio for flute, viola, and harp.

Performances take place on Saturday, May 18 at 8 PM, or Sunday, May 19 at 4 PM at First Church in Boston. BrooklineCAN readers can receive a 30% discount on regularly priced tickets at $47, $36 or $25. Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting (use discount code CAN2019) or by phone at 617-427-8200.  

Proposal for More Pedestrian-Friendly Street Lighting

Through a proposal for the May Town Meeting, BrooklineCAN is seeking improved street lighting for pedestrians. The proposal calls for formation of a committee to prepare a plan to extend the pedestrian-friendly street lighting in the Town. Several years ago, the Livable Community Advocacy Committee took up concern about hazardous sidewalks at night. Our volunteers surveyed sidewalks at night in much of North Brookline and found many dark spots. Pedestrians are best served when utility poles are close together, light fixtures are low, and the lights positioned to illuminate sidewalks. Currently, Brookline has pedestrian-friendly lighting only in commercials areas. The plan would extend the improved lighting into residential areas where there is extensive foot traffic after dark.  Please ask your Town Meeting members to support Article 22.

Town Election May 7, 2019

This year’s town election is very important. Many town offices, town meeting members and the vote to resolve school overcrowding will be decided in the May 7th election. The Brookline LWV publishes a voter’s guide that gives a description of the offices and the candidates’ views. At the end of the Voters Guide is an overview of the Debt Exclusion that is on the ballot. See