Monthly Archives: December 2017

Winter Sidewalk Monitoring after Snow Storms

snow5Residents can help to assure that Brookline sidewalks are free of snow and ice by reporting hazardous sidewalks to the Town. Brookline has a bylaw that requires property owners to keep adjacent sidewalks in a “non-slippery” condition. The Town has a complaint-driven enforcement system. When a complaint is received, an inspector investigates. Violators receive a warning or a fine.  

BrooklineCAN monitors continue to inspect sidewalks in commercial areas after storms. You can help by reporting on sidewalks in residential areas close to your home.

The Town makes is easy for residents to report slippery sidewalks. One possibility is to download the free BrookONline app for use with a smart phone. Another possibility is to fill out the online Citizen Reporter Form located on the Town website: http://www.brooklinema.gov/.  During business hours, residents may also call DPW at 617 730 2156.

Brookline Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK1Martin Luther King Day provides an opportunity for Brookline residents to remember a hero martyred in the effort to achieve equality in America. This year’s celebration is  at 3:00 pm Monday, January 15, 2018, at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Keynote speaker is Dr. Chad Williams, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University.  Dr. Williams will ask us to think about how Dr. King’s words and actions can be applied to today’s troubling times.

The program also features the poet/performer Regie Gibson, Brookline Poet Laureate Zvi Sesling, Brookline High School slam poet Carolyn Parker-Fairbain,  and acapella group Testostatones.  To reserve a free ticket, visit BrooklineMLK.eventbrite.com  until Sunday, January 14. Remaining tickets will be available at the Theater box office on the day of the event.  Sign language interpretation will be provided and the theater is accessible to persons with disabilities. For further information, contact Caitlin Haynes:  chaynes@brooklinema.gov, 617-730-2345.

Art Show and Reception

SelhubBrooklineCAN member Shirley Selhub is the featured artist in the current Gallery 93 exhibit at the Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street.  This display of watercolor paintings, entitled “Group Meditation”,  is being shown January 3 through February 28.  Shirley says of her watercolor classes:   “My classmates are mostly retirees who enjoy painting as I do, and most weeks we also share a good chuckle.  This is my meditation, a kind of group meditation!”  Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.  A public reception with the artist will take place on Tuesday, January 9, 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

Creating Opportunities for Independent Living and Work

MRC1On Thursday January 25 at 1:00 pm the Brookline Senior Center will be hosting an information session with Margie Gillian, Job Placement Specialist and Kevin Beaulieu, Rehabilitation Counselor at the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.  Learn how MRC can help seniors with disabilities enhance their quality of life and discover how they can assist you with your job skills and employment search.   This program is free and open to all seniors in Brookline.  For more information or to register please contact: Deidre Waxman at 617-730-2767 or dwaxman@brooklinema.gov.

The Power of Engagement—Transportation Resources

trippsThe TRIPPS (Transportation Resources, Information, Planning, and Partnership for Seniors) program helps seniors find and use alternatives to driving.  Connect with a volunteer network of trained, background-checked Transit Advisors (TAs) who will help work out what’s best for you.  Brookline/Newton TRIPPS is a grant-funded joint venture of the Newton & Brookline Councils on Aging and BrooklineCAN providing individual help, group workshops, and a valuable, detailed transportation resource guide http://trippsmass.org/guide/.  Just some of the many options for transportation include walking and cycling, Senior Center bus and van, senior MBTA Charlie Card, faith and residential communities, ride-hailing and travel planning apps, and delivery services.  For more information see www.trippsmass.org, email info@trippsmass.org, or call 617-730-2644.