The Town Administrator’s Task Force on Sidewalk Snow Removal is pursuing several strategies to improve sidewalk safety in commercial areas after winter storms. The Task Force is giving major attention to more rapid snow clean-up by Town crews at cross walks, accelerated efforts to inform property owners of their responsibilities for sidewalk safety, and proactive enforcement of the Town’s slippery sidewalk bylaw. Residents should continue to report unsafe sidewalks. The Department of Public Works has a special number for reporting winter sidewalk problems: 617-730- 2610. On weekends, residents will get faster action if they call the Police department at 617-730-2222 to report slippery sidewalks. The Task Force was created because of BrooklineCAN advocacy; two members of the Task Force are BrooklineCAN representatives.
The Livable Community Advocacy (LCA) Committee looks at Brookline as an exceptionally good place to live for older people –and for everyone else. The committee calls attention to the Town’s good features (such as the many residential buildings that offer one-floor living) and advocates for improvements (such as better clearance of snow and ice from sidewalks in commercial areas). LAC persuaded the Town to become New England’s first municipality to join the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly City initiative. The committee develops its agenda on the basis of concerns of Brookline seniors. New members are welcome to its monthly meetings. The committee also seeks volunteers of all ages to work on projects. For more information see the committee’s page on our website: http://www.brooklinecan.org/livable_community.html or contact committee chair Frank Caro firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Livable Community Advocacy Committee is asking for your ideas about safe and attractive biking routes for exercise for seniors in Brookline. The committee plans to create a map showing places in Brookline where seniors can bike safely and enjoy themselves while they ride a bike for exercise. Can you identify an attractive biking loop in your neighborhood that senior bikers might enjoy? The committee hopes to publish its map in the spring. If you have ideas, contact Frank Caro (email@example.com).
Get through the New England winter with a little help from great music. Free concerts at the Main Brookline Library (361 Washington Street) are scheduled each month from January to April. On Sunday, January 15, the Assaf Kehati Jazz Trio will be performing. All concerts begin at 2:30 pm, and seating is limited. For more information, contact the library at BrooklineLibrary.org or call 617-730-2370.
Earn money by selling unwanted items. This Adult Education class will introduce you to the ins and outs of eBay, including how auctions work, how to register as an eBay seller, and how to make smart and safe transactions. Two Mondays beginning January 26, 11:45 am – 1:45 pm. Senior Center. Course code C197, $50. For more information and to register see www.brooklineadulted.org or call 617-730-2700.
The rapid expansion of the school population has created a need for more classrooms and more teachers. Voters will be asked to approve a property tax increase to provide the necessary financing. On December 3, 2014, BrooklineCAN presented an informational forum on this topic. If you did not have a chance to attend and would like to learn more about the override, take a look at: http://www.brooklinecan.org/livable_community.html#overrideforum
REAP (Retirement Engagement Alternatives Program) is having a party! Join in for some fun and relaxation to welcome in the New Year on Thursday, January 8 from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Brookline Senior Center. Enjoy refreshments, games and meeting other REAP participants at this first time REAP 2015 party event. Bring your questions and ideas for future direction for the REAP program. You will hear about plans for 2015 including workshops, one-on one job search tool development sessions, and networking. This event is free, but registration is required. To register or for more information call: 617-730-2767 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hosts Deidre Waxman and Patricia Burns look forward to seeing you there.
Short answer: Almost everything! The amazing Senior Center and its 16 staff members are there to support seniors in maintaining active, independent, joyful lives. The monthly Senior News and Events keeps us up to date on scheduled activities. Here is a partial list of what the Center offers: Van transportation, Brookline Elder Taxi System, podiatry service, blood pressure screening, daily lunch, card tables and a coffee pot in the common area, the Home and Escort Linkage Program, health insurance counseling, the Retirement Engagement Alternatives Program, Brookline Legal Assistance Bureau, food stamp assistance, fitness programs, chess, choral singing, book discussion groups, free movies, a food pantry and more! Drop in and get acquainted! (93 Winchester Street, 617-730-2777). You can find more info about the Senior Center at http://www.brooklinecan.org.
The REAP program will help you create or rejuvenate your resume, cover letters, and LinkedIn profile and will offer pointers on making your resume and cover letter job posting specific. Learn how to effectively identify your transferable skills and the importance of job-, organization- and industry- specific key words. Tuesday, January 20, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Brookline Senior Center. Register for these 45 minute sessions with Patricia Burns by calling 617-730-2743.