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COVID-19 Testing Site Opens for Brookline Community

Health Commissioner Dr. Swannie Jett announces that a COVID-19 testing site is open in Brookline that will operate through the end of 2020.

The Brookline Department of Public Health has partnered with mPathy LLC to establish a COVID-19 testing site in town, outside the Public Health building at 11 Pierce St. for town residents, Public Schools of Brookline students and teachers, as well as town staff.

PCR swab tests will be available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments can be made by booking online https://www.mpathy.org/schedule. The testing program will run until Dec. 31.

Testing will be available for both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals, however, only the costs for those displaying symptoms will be processed through the patients’ health insurance provider. Brookline residents who are uninsured will have access to free COVID-19 testing if they are displaying symptoms or have been informed they are a close contact of a positive case. Other Asymptomatic individuals will be required to pay $140. Asymptomatic individuals who seek testing may request reimbursement for the expense through their insurance company.

Laura Wetzler in Concert: “The Hitmakers in Hollywood: Great Songs from the Movies” 

Join in virtually on Monday, December 7 at 1:30 pm for a wonderful performance by singer-songwriter guitarist Laura Wetzler.  Laura will explore songs from classic American films and celebrate their creators. Musical selections will include songs by Berlin, Gershwin, Kern, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Hamlisch, Bacharach, the Bergmans, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, & others. This program is sponsored by Center Communities of Brookline, Goddard House Assisted Living and Memory Care and the Brookline Senior Center.

To join by computer, simply click on this link at the designated time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82863460620?pwd=Yk4xd3lnbkllMldyVVBqWmVrNmFXZz09 If you have any trouble using the above link, please contact Julie Washburn at jwashburn@brooklinema.gov and she will send you the link directly.   To join by phone, dial 1-301-715-8592 (toll call) and enter the meeting ID: 828 6346 0620 and passcode: 4243433.

Help Spot Pedestrian Hazards

The Brookline Pedestrian Advisory Committee would like assistance in identifying areas around construction sites where pedestrian access has been made unsafe.  They also wish to be informed of areas where overgrown hedges or bushes have narrowed the sidewalk so much that passage is difficult for wheelchair or walker users.

This data collection will help the committee determine the extent of these problems. Members of the public can send reports of instances to Committee Chair David Trevvett at detrevvett@gmail.com .  You should include the street address or other detailed description of the location, and if you wish include a picture and a brief statement on how this constitutes a problem.

Dancing for Parkinson’s

Goddard House is sponsoring a dance program for people with Parkinson’s. This 12-week program includes dance movements that are adapted to your capabilities and can be done sitting or not. Come share the love and power of dance designed to engage participants’ minds and bodies.

Classes will be led by Dance instructor, Nancy Murphy, who completed Dance for PD® Training at Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY, has been teaching dance for more than 30 years.

Classes start Tuesday, December 15, 2020. The class are free and will be held via Zoom. To register email Erica Curcio at  ecurcio@goddardhouse.org or call 617-731-8500.

Age Friendly Cities TV & BIG

The Age Friendly Cities TV show (AFC-TV), now in its 6th year, owes much to the supportive efforts of the Brookline Interactive Group (BIG).  Ann Theis Director of Programs for BIG was the timely guest on the 29th episode as BIG enters a new phase in its relationship to and role in the community in these days of the pandemic.

A key need of isolated older adults is connection to Town, Senior Center and BrooklineCAN events.  Ann described and demonstrated how the extensive BIG programming is accessed and enjoyed on all devices.

AFC-TV programs are aired on Channel 3 on Comcast and RCN immediately following The Grandstanders live sports analysis show and are available on DVDs at the Sr. Center, the library in Brookline Village, the BrooklineCAN web site (https://www.brooklinecan.org/)and the BrooklineCAN Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Identity Theft and Fraud Prevention 

Robin Putnam from the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation and Amy Schram from the Better Business Bureau will offer a virtual presentation on identity theft on Monday, December 14 at 1:00 pm. The presentation, offered by the Brookline Senior Center, will include information about the Office and what they do. It will also cover how to spot and avoid the latest scams, how to prevent identity theft and what to do if you think you may have fallen victim to a scam. To register and receive the Zoom link for this presentation, please contact Julie Washburn at jwashburn@brooklinema.gov or at 617-730-2760.

Nearby Outings-Newburyport

Although we can’t travel far away right now, we can get away for a day to one of the many attractive spots nearby. How about a day trip to Newburyport? Just 45 miles north of Boston, this small, beautiful sea coast city offers history, shops, restaurants, a riverside boardwalk, and nearby Plum Island Beach, a National Wildlife Refuge. Even on a chilly winter day, the ocean is delightful. Plenty of parking at parking lot #1. Afterwards, try a take out meal from the Grog, the oldest restaurant in town, with a history dating back over 100 years. Www.Newburyport.com>Things-to-do-in-Newburyport.

Nutcracker

The story and music of Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet, The Nutcracker, is considered one of his most enduring works.  Over the course of this presentation, the instructor will examine The Nutcracker in depth, both musically and historically, tracing its evolution from its Russian roots to its more contemporary interpretations. Throughout the program, many selections from the opus, including both traditional renditions and modern takes from Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece will be played.

Brookline Adult Education is offering this program December 7, from 7:00 -8:30 pm. The fee is from $10 – $25.  You select what you want to pay! To register call 617-730-2700 or register here.

The High School Pool Is Open!

Wearing masks, we sign in and enter the pool area. Already in our suits (no changing rooms right now), we shed our clothes, remove our masks, and glide into the warmth of the Lesson Pool. We have 45 minutes to savor the time in the pool, socially distanced, then we must leave with our (wet) suit on. So, how do you get here?  At the brooklinerec.com website, find a heading: Swim Reservations. Sign into your account and choose the pool and the lane you want:  four lanes for laps, two lanes for the lesson pool, or you could have the whole diving well to yourself!  You can sign up for two times a week, but you can only sign up less than a week in advance. Each session costs $10. Choose the time that suits you, and voila!  You’re back in the swim of things!  (Reported by Mary M, a BrooklineCAN member.)

Nearby Outings

Many of us are staying home a lot, and we often yearn for the days when we could go away for a few days, or even longer. Luckily, we have many attractive places nearby that we can visit on a day trip. This month we suggest a “get-away” to Castle Island, located on Pleasure Bay in South Boston. It is a short drive from Brookline (there is ample parking) and it is also accessible by the #9 bus from Copley. A 1.75 mile path takes you all around the 22-acre island featuring Fort Independence (built in 1634). For those who don’t walk a lot, there are well-placed benches to relax, enjoy the ocean view, and people-watch. At the parking lot you will find the famous Sullivan’s Restaurant serving take-out sandwiches and snacks. For more information click here.