Monthly Archives: October 2015

Local Authors Book Fair

Hunneman Hall at the Brookline Main Library, 361 Washington Street, is the site of the first local authors book fair. About a dozen authors will be on hand to chat about their books. You may discover that one or more of them are neighbors! Refreshments will be served, and music will be provided by guitarist/song writer Terry Kitchen, one of the authors. And all of the books will be available for sale, a great opportunity to find gifts for upcoming holidays! All are welcome to this free event. Thursday, November 12, from 6:00 to 8:15 pm.

So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur?

Have you ever thought about being your own boss? If you’re the boss, you can leave work early for a doctor’s appointment or for any other reason and no one will question you. You can be in charge of your life.

Explore the possibilities at a workshop for those interested in creating and exploring the joys – and worries — of running your own business. Meet a  panel of experts on November 4 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Brookline Senior Center. Three business owners will talk about their personal journey to entrepreneurship.  This workshop is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Contact Deidre Waxman at 617-720-2767 or

Senior Center Van

Following up on the transportation theme at the BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting in September, we are presenting a series of articles on transportation options for Brookline seniors. This is the first in the series.  The Brookline Senior Center Van returned to service in August with new extended hours.  The van provides door-to-door transportation from your home to the Senior Center Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.  Nick Aldin drives the van Monday through Thursday and Jason Kobayashi drives on Fridays.  The suggested donation is $1.00 per ride.  For more information or to schedule a ride please call 617-730-2750.  Follow the latest in senior transportation related activities at the BrooklineCAN web site <>, in the BrooklineCAN newsletter, and on the BrooklineCAN Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Street Lighting for Pedestrian Safety

The BrooklineCAN Livable Community Advocacy committee has launched an effort to improve street lighting for pedestrians in densely developed areas of North Brookline. The aim is to assure that pedestrians can see adequately on sidewalks after dark. The project was proposed by LCAC member Susan Granoff. In October while leaves were still on the trees, volunteers walked sidewalks after dark in much of the proposed pedestrian-friendly district in North Brookline. Over 50 problems were identified including malfunctioning lights, dim spots between widely-spaced poles, and foliage obstructing lights. Peter Ditto, the Town’s director of Engineering, has agreed to lead an effort to address the problem. Contact Susan Granoff ( Frank Caro ( to report problems in your neighborhood or to volunteer to help the committee when it resumes its walks on dark sidewalks in the spring.

Age Friendly Cities TV Program

On Thursday October 29 Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) began to air the third in a series of Age Friendly Cities TV (AFC-TV) programs on local Brookline channels. Once the program has aired, it will be available on the BrooklineCAN web site and the BrooklineCAN Twitter and Facebook accounts. The show is focused on STRAITS, a user-friendly initiative for seniors and adults with disabilities.  STRAITS will provide advice and consultation on alternative ways to get around when they find they have to limit or refrain from driving on their own.

The guest is Shirley Selhub who received an award at the BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting for her excellent work in conceiving STRAITS (Senior Transportation Resource, Advice, Information, Training and Support).  Shirley identified the need, found grant funding and contributed significantly to the writing of the proposal.  Kerri Hamberg of Brookline, the coordinator and manager of STRAITS, can be reached at 617-730-2777.

Part Time Work Opportunity

BrooklineCAN is seeking a Membership Assistant.  Applicant should have an understanding and some experience with database, spreadsheet, email and mail merge software.  The Assistant will also be responsible for office related tasks for the Membership Committee.  Four (4) hours a week on Fridays at the Brookline Senior Center.  Salary is $13.45/hr.  If interested or you would like more information, contact Ruthann Dobek at

Friendship Works

Goddard House will sponsor a dinner, lecture and discussion on friendship and community on Tuesday, December 1, 5:30-7:30 pm at 185 Chestnut Street, Brookline.  The speaker is Janet Seckel-Cerrotti, Executive Director of the award-winning nationally recognized Friendship Works, a volunteer caregiving program serving isolated elders in Boston and Brookline.  She will discuss the vital role of friendship and its relation to our emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual health as we age, and she will reflect on her 30 years as a leader working to eliminate loneliness.  The program will provide opportunities to share ideas about ways of creating and sustaining community for ourselves, our families, and within our neighborhoods.   RSVP to Jenna Henning, or 617-731-8500, x152.

Brookline First Light Celebration

First Light , Brookline’s annual festival welcoming the start of winter, will celebrate its 19th anniversary on Thursday, November 19, 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  Started in 1996 in Washington Square, First Light now glows in business sections throughout the town, signaling the start of the holiday season. First Light hosts a variety of family-friendly performances exhibits, free giveaways, food samples, raffle prizes, and hot cider, in addition to showcasing the talents of local artists, musicians and performers at businesses and other venues throughout town. This year First Light is compiling a holiday shopping guide full of gift ideas for all ages.  See for more details.