Monthly Archives: June 2016

Working with Disabilities

Having a disability does not disqualify people from working at a rewarding job. If you or someone you know wants to work in spite of a disability, attend the panel discussion at the Senior Center on Wednesday July 13, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.  This informative discussion includes a panel of hard-working people with disabilities and legal experts, who will consider challenges and solutions for those with disabling conditions. Panelists include Attorney Susan Howards; Ginny Mazur, Goddard House Community Partnership Director and deaf and hearing-impaired advocate; and representatives from Boston Center for Independent Living and Boston Commission for the Blind.

The event is free and open to the public. $5 admission fee will be charged at the door for people who do not register in advance. Contact Deidre Waxman, LICSW, at 617-730-2767,

Free Summer Concert Series

Enjoy a variety of concerts, from Classic Rock to Folk to Bluegrass Wednesday evenings at Brookline parks in July and August.  The Brookline Recreation Department is again sponsoring these free events July 6 (Classic Rock Covers), 13 (Alternative), 20 (Pop Rock/Folk) and 27 (Children’s) and August 3 (Beatles Tribute) at Emerson Garden on Davis Avenue, and on August 10 (Bluegrass) at Waldstein Park on Dean Road near Beacon Street.  All shows begin at 6:00 pm.  See details in the Recreation Department Summer Catalogue or see or call 617-730-2069.

Brookline Parks on Age-Friendly TV

Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) is airing Episode 7 of the Age-Friendly Cities TV (AFC-TV) programs on local Brookline channels.  The program will focus on Brookline parks with guest Erin Gallentine, Director of Parks and Open Space Division of the Department of Public Works. Director Gallentine, a leader in maintaining Brookline’s part of the Emerald Necklace, will introduce the latest pearl in the portfolio of Brookline parks to be upgraded, Fisher Hill Reservoir Park.  Recent projects and plans and for projects pending will also be reviewed.  The Town priority is insuring that public parks be inclusive.  EVERYONE…all ages and abilities… is welcome to enjoy the space and feel comfortable.

Check out the Brookline Age-Friendly Cities TV programs on the BrooklineCAN web site and note references on the BrooklineCAN Twitter and Facebook accounts.  Programs are aired on Channel 3 on Comcast and Channel 3 via RCN, immediately following The Grandstanders live sports analysis show.


We are saddened by the death of Helen Kass who served on the exploratory committee whose efforts led to the formation of BrooklineCAN. Subsequently, Helen was one of the original members of the Steering committee and served continuously on the Education committee. We will remember Helen as an exceptionally thoughtful and supportive member who contributed a great deal to BrooklineCAN.

Summer Courses at Senior Center

Choose from four intriguing courses offered by Brookline Adult and Continuing Education at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, this summer.  Chamber Music of Beethoven (4 sessions, begins July 6), Mahler’s Ninth (2 sessions, begins August 10), Exploring World Literature in Translation (4 sessions, begins August 1), and Exploring the Work and World of Virginia Woolf (4 sessions, begins August 1).  For full descriptions, further details, and fees:  see, email, or call 617-730-2700.


This enjoyable card game, invented in Uruguay in 1939, is an international favorite. Played with a partner in groups of four, this challenging game will sharpen up your thinking. Free classes are offered at the Senior Center by Dianne Honig, an experienced Canasta player and teacher with “lots of patience.” Lessons take place on Mondays, July 11 through August 15. Limited to 12 players, so register soon at 617-730-2770.

Mark Your Calendars: Annual Meeting September 15

Save the date:  The BrooklineCAN annual meeting will be held on Thursday, September 15, 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Brookline Senior Center.  The theme of the meeting is “Housing for Seniors: Trends, Resources, and Opportunities” and the keynote speaker will be Len Fishman, Director of the Gerontology Institute at UMass Boston.  With refreshments, information tables, and ample opportunity to socialize, this event is always an enjoyable end to the summer and beginning of the fall season.

Maxing Your Social Security Benefits

Laurence J. Kotlikoff, internationally recognized economist and economics professor at Boston University, will speak about his new book, Get What’s Yours, on Monday, July 11 at the Senior Center. Prof. Kotlikoff will explain how wrong decisions about which Social Security benefits to apply for and when to apply can cost an individual thousands of dollars. Refreshments from 6-6:30 pm, presentation from 6:30-8:00 pm. This program is free but registration is required.  Phone 617-730-2770.