AARP Tax Aide volunteers will return to the Senior Center on Tuesdays between February 12 and April 2 to assist you with filing your returns. Please note that the Tax Aide program will again be using newer software this year and as a result, it is very important for you to bring copies of your 2017 returns to your appointment. In addition, the Tax Aide volunteers will NOT be able to assist you with any amended tax returns, prior to 2016. For more information and to schedule an appointment, please call 617‐730‐2777.
Here are a few ways to get free stuff. We hope you will send in other suggestions for free things.
Stream Free Movies with Kanopy – Your Brookline library card gives you access to a wonderful source of free movies. Just go to the library home page, scroll down to the list of e-Resources, and click on Kanopy. Signing up is easy and free. You can stream up to 5 movies a month.
Brookline Booksmith Free Events – You can go to talks by authors and attend book discussion groups at no cost. Visit brooklinebooksmith.com and sign up for their events calendar e-mail. Or visit the store and pick up a printed copy of the list of events.
Get free stuff recycled by your neighbors – Visit freecycle.org and sign up to receive notices of free things that your neighbors want to recycle. (You can also offer things for free.) Signing up is easy and free.
The Brookline Chamber of Commerce will be recognizing Brookline Nonprofits at its annual Hearti Gras celebration on Tuesday, March 5 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. The event will take place at the new AC Hotel by Marriott Boston – Cleveland Circle, 395 Chestnut Hill Ave. Enjoy live music and sample the Cajun-inspired food. This free event is open to the public. Look for our BrooklineCAN table. We participated last year and were amazed by the food offered to guests by Brookline restaurants and merchants.
The Boston University Evergreen Program for those 58 and up has announced three seminars for this spring. Hour and a half lectures April 3, 10, and 24 for two series are: “The History of America in Three Meals” and “Booming Boston: How the Metropolitan Area Has Developed”, each $40. “Best Short Stories”, March 27, April 3, 10, 24 and May 1 is from 1:00–2:20 pm, $60. For more details and registration, see http://www.bu.edu/evergreen/ or call 617-358-1350.
Nearly 50 Brookline businesses, large and small throughout Brookline, are designated as Age Friendly. This means that the establishments attract seniors by offering services that are attractive to them, such as shopping by phone or on-line, offering discounts or employment opportunities, or provide safety features, such as clearly marked steps.
Look for the “Age Friendly” decal on doors and windows at participating stores and businesses. They include banks, retail stores, cultural institutions and hotels. A complete list of participating businesses can be found on the BrooklineCAN website http://www.brooklinecan.org/afb_list.php). These businesses are enthusiastic about the Age-Friendly Movement, which was initiated by Brookline Community Aging Network (BrooklineCAN)—an all-volunteer organization—and the Brookline Council on Aging.
In the months ahead, look for new benches along both sides of Beacon Street sidewalks. In direct response to a request from the BrooklineCAN Livable Community Advocacy Committee, the Department of Public Works is planning to install new benches to support those who walk along Beacon Street. Most of the new benches will be placed in between the commercial areas. In the past, benches on Beacons Street have been located only in the St. Mary’s, Coolidge Corner, and Washington Square commercial districts. Because many people walk all along Beacon Street, BrooklineCAN has advocated for an expanded supply of benches. The new benches will be placed in locations where the benches do not interfere with either pedestrian traffic or those who park cars along the curbs.
Also in response to a request from BrooklineCAN, the Town is seeking a donor for a proposed new bench on Harvard Street near the intersection with Stearns Road. The bench placement will create a pocket park within an existing cluster of street trees. The Parks and Open Space Division offers a popular program that makes is possible to honor individuals by dedicating benches in parks. Now the Town is extending that program to the Harvard Street sidewalk. For more information, contact the Parks and Open Space Division (617-730-2088).