Monthly Archives: January 2016

From Our Readers—More Information on Uber

We appreciate hearing from our readers.  BrooklineCAN received the following message from Carla Benka regarding the January 2016 issue:
“Thank you for an informative newsletter; as always it is timely and
interesting.  The piece on Uber, however, left out what I believe to be two important facts.  As I’m sure you know, Uber practices include surge pricing, consequently an Uber ride can be very expensive as opposed to “relatively inexpensive”, depending on circumstances. The second is that regulatory issues concerning both the availability of handicapped-accessible vehicles and the licensure requirements for Uber drivers remain unresolved.  Thank you for your attention.”

Beneath the Streets of Boston: Building America’s First Subway

Although a rush-hour trip on the Green Line sometimes may feel as though you have traveled back in time, author and illustrator Joe McKendry will show you the real thing – the 1895 building of America’s first subway beneath the streets of Boston. McKendry’s stunning illustrations and historically accurate narrative will transport you to uncharted territory below Boston’s 19th century streets. You will meet workers who dug miles of tunnels by hand and burrowed deep below Boston Harbor, under Beacon Hill and the Old State House, in order to build the Longfellow Bridge. Boston’s subway opened Sept. 1, 1897 with 100 people on the inaugural ride. 100,000 would ride the train that first day at a cost of a nickel. Tuesday, February 23, 7:00-8:30 pm, Brookline High School. Cost $6. Register online at or call 617-730-2700.

Free Weekly Dementia Support Program

It Takes a Village at JCHE, a weekly Dementia Support Program, provides opportunities for those affected by memory impairment to experience art, music, culture and social activities each week in a welcoming community setting that encourages connection and exploration.  Participants engage in a wide variety of specially adapted, culturally sensitive experiences that are engaging, familiar and dignified.  Upcoming 10:30-11:30 am sessions at Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, 30 Wallingford Road, Brighton, are February 11, (Movement Class with Donna) and February 25, (Art Class with Ksenia Maguire).  Each event is free but RSVP is required.   To make a reservation: 781-781-5277 or email:

Bring Bocce to Brookline

BrooklineCAN is seeking a few volunteers for a leadership team to bring bocce to Brookline. Bocce has been rediscovered as a great game for people of all ages. Organized bocce is flourishing in neighboring communities. We want to bring it to Brookline. We have support from the Parks and Open Space Division. The Brookline Public Library is willing to lend the equipment. What we need now are a few experienced players to teach the rules and provide encouragement to newcomers. We need others who simply bring interest and motivation. Call Frank Caro at 617-739-9228 or email at

TRIPPS Volunteer Orientation in Early February

This new program, Transportation Resources, Information, Planning, and Partnerships for Seniors, will support Brookline and Newton residents age 60+ looking for alternatives to driving, due to age, ability, or choice.  We’re looking for volunteers in three main areas. First, volunteer Transit Advisors help former drivers learn to use new modes of transit. Second, research volunteers help compile detailed information on transportation options for non-drivers. Finally, outreach volunteers help educate others about TRIPPS and non-driving transportation options by writing, facilitating, teaching, networking, and organizing events. All ages and abilities are encouraged to apply!   Call 617-730-2644 or email ASAP to register for the orientation.

Car Sharing with Zipcar

Continuing our focus on transportation resources, let’s take a look at car sharing. For those who drive but prefer not to own a car, signing up with Zipcar is an attractive option. You need a valid driver’s license and you have to be over 21. There doesn’t seem to be an upper age limit. The company provides insurance, gas, and 180 free miles a day, and you have a choice of three plan options for individuals, depending on how often you intend to use a car. The monthly fees range from $7  to $70 per month. Signing up on line is quick and easy. Your Zipcar card is mailed to you in a few days and then you can contact Zipcar to order a car. You pick up your car at the agreed-upon parking space by tapping your card on the windshield. The car unlocks, the keys are inside, and off you go!  For more information visit

Job & Volunteer Search Support Team

This group is free to all job and volunteer work seekers with the goal of resource sharing and support amongst other job seekers.   It will meet four Tuesday afternoons, February 23 to March 15, 2:00 to 3:30 pm at the Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street.  For information or to register please contact:  Deidre Waxman at: 617-730-2767 or

Excursion to Edward M. Kennedy Institute

On Friday, February 26, the Brookline Recreation Department is conducting a group visit to the fascinating new Edward M. Kennedy Institute (EMKI) for the United States Senate, located on the UMass Boston campus.  EMKI is an interactive experience in US government dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities.  Fees are $18 for Brookline residents and $25 for non-residents.  Trip fee includes admission to the institute and transportation. Bus leaves from the Brookline Senior Center at 9:00 am and returns at approximately 12:30 pm.  For more information or to register, see, or call 617-730-2069, or visit any Recreation Department facility.

Advanced Care Planning – What’s New?

On Monday January 25 at 1:00 pm there will be an informational program on advance care planning for ourselves and our families at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street.  The speaker is Nathaniel Lamkin, LICSW, a Hospice Social Worker at Care Dimensions.  Mr. Lamkin will share how we can document our end of life wishes and learn how to effectively discuss our choices with our loved ones.  This program is free and open to the public.  For further questions contact: Deidre Waxman, LICSW at 617-730-2767 or at