The 14th Age Friendly Cities (AFC-TV) program on November 22, introduced and welcomed Dr. Swannie Jett, the new head of the Brookline Department of Public Health and Human Services. Dr. Jett comes to our town from Florida, where he was Health Officer/Surgeon General for Seminole County, Florida. He is a national leader in public health as Past President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).
The focus of the show is on two principal areas, emergency preparedness for seniors and gun violence as a public health issue. Future shows will follow up, exploring programs designed to assist isolated individuals with emergency preparedness. Check out the Brookline Age Friendly Cities TV programs on the BrooklineCAN web site <http://www.brooklinecan.org/> and note references on the BrooklineCAN Twitter and Facebook accounts. Programs are aired on Channel 3 on Comcast and RCN immediately following The Grandstanders live sports analysis show.
If you ever have considered being on TV, or producing a TV show, it’s never too late to start. Every one of any age or previous experience is welcome to get involved with BIG – the Brookline Interactive Group. You can attend classes in subjects such as “Digital Storytelling” or “Basics of Editing in Premiere”. Or, view VR (virtual reality) videos on Wednesday evenings. Perhaps, you have an idea for a TV show you want to host or want to produce. BIG is open to any idea, any topic. It is a First Amendment resource for the Brookline Community. Contact Erin Kinney, Manager of Engagement & Education at erin@BrooklineInteractive.org, telephone 617-731-8566.
The ICare Program (Independent Clients Accessing Rides to Eyecare) is pleased to announce that it is offering free transportation to eye care appointments. Transportation is limited to the Greater Boston area and to Brookline residents. The program operates under the auspices of the Town’s HELP program and is sponsored by a generous grant from ITNAmerica, the Independent Transportation Network of America. For more information, call 617-730-2752.
The theater has recently revamped its assistive technology systems for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and vision-impaired audiences in all four movie houses, partnering with Boston Light & Sound to introduce state-of-the-art systems. Assistive Listening Devices have been reduced in size and improved in sound quality. The same technology provides Visual Narration for the Blind or Visually Impaired, offering narration of the films’ visual content that blends along with the audio. Closed Captioning is another new or improved system. All films have Assisted Listening, but not all have Closed Captioning and/or Visual Narration; you can call or visit the box office (617-734-2501) to make sure that the movie you want to see has these features. The website www.coolidge.org schedules also carries this information for each film.
Many BrooklineCAN members are actively engaged in our community. A prime example of such engagement is Ginny Mazur, the Community Partnership Director at Goddard House Assisted Living and Memory Support, one of BrooklineCAN’s founding partners. She is a key member of the BrooklineCAN Education Committee and is the person who has come up with many of the ideas for programs and speakers over the years. Ginny introduced and guided the production of the Reunion Project at the Senior Center last year. She is active in local, state-wide, and national organizations. Her many interests include combating ageism, promoting disability rights, and using the arts and nature in creating a better life for those with cognitive impairments. Her pilot of the Opening Minds through Art program for persons living with dementia at Goddard House has received the 2017 Program Innovation Award from LeadingAGE Massachusetts. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Brookline Chamber of Commerce.
Doors will open for the Holiday Sale on Sunday, December 3, on the first floor at the Brookline Village location, 361 Washington Street. And the sale ends when we run out of these special materials that the Friends have been saving up all year! What will you find? Gifts for all – children’s books and sets, and some games as well; many shrink-wrap, unique, and pristine coffee table books; beautiful Franklin Mint, Heritage Press, and other collectable series of books; and some unique vintage “one of a kind” books. And for film lovers, some very special treats: a fabulous array of brand new “art house”, Criterion Collection, and Blue Ray movies you won’t see elsewhere. The sale has something for everyone, so come early and often and stock up on holiday gifts – for as long as our supply lasts – at prices that can’t be beat!