Monthly Archives: June 2019

BrooklineCAN Advocacy Leads to Improved Sidewalk Lighting for Pedestrians

In May, Town Meeting unanimously approved a resolution initiated by BrooklineCAN that aims to make sidewalks safer for pedestrians after dark. The resolution requests that the Select Board appoint a committee to develop a plan to extend pedestrian-friendly lighting along sidewalks with extensive pedestrian activity. The resolution expects that the committee will determine the extent to which there is public demand for improved lighting for pedestrians, identify locations where improved pedestrian lighting is most needed, and examine costs of installation and operation of new pedestrian-friendly street lighting. The proposal grew out of a Livable Community Advocacy Committee project. To address complaints about inadequate sidewalk lighting, BrooklineCAN volunteers surveyed sidewalk lighting conditions in much of north Brookline in the early fall of 2015 and again in 2016. In conducting the project, the volunteers had extensive communication with the Department of Public Works both about street lights on tall poles high above the roads and street tree foliage that blocked lighting from reaching sidewalks. The BrooklineCAN volunteers concluded that more fixtures are needed on poles that are shorter, placed closer together, and with light directed at sidewalks.
Comment from Livable Communities Chair Frank Caro
Our experience with pedestrian-friendly street lighting demonstrates the value of volunteering for BrooklineCAN to improve living conditions for Brookline residents of all ages. I urge you to bring your concerns to the Livable Community Advocacy committee, participate in a committee project, help to develop policy recommendations, and advocate for change.


BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting

Please join us! 2019 Brookline Community Aging Network Annual Meeting and Reception
Thursday, September 19, 5-7 pm
Brookline Senior Center 93 Winchester Street
The theme of the Annual Meeting is “Watch Us Network … U-Can-2″

Advance BrooklineCAN

We appreciate the ongoing support of our members as we continue, as a volunteer organization, to help older residents remain engaged in our community and as we advocate to make Brookline an even better place for seniors and everyone.

We recently initiated an Age Friendly Business program; nearly 50 Brookline businesses, large and small, are designated as Age Friendly.  We produce a monthly newsletter and an informational web site, both with valuable material on healthy aging.  We offer free programs with speakers and we helped create the TRIPPS program enabling seniors to reduce dependence on driving.  See the following article for an example of advocacy with town government.

Although BrooklineCAN has made significant progress, we need your active support to continue. We would like to invite our members to become more involved with these and other projects, bringing your ideas and energy to our efforts. We also need specific skills and interests such as: graphic arts, photography, assistance at our programs and help with projects such as updating our list of service providers. Most importantly, we need your willingness to take on leadership roles as we move forward with our important work.

Help us continue to make Brookline an even better place for seniors and everyone.  We’d like to hear from you. Please contact Ruthann Dobek, 617-730-2756,  or Frank Caro, 617-739-9228

Active Older Adult Programs 55+

All program fees include round-trip transportation from the Senior Center and Soule Recreation Center

Island Yoga—all-level-classes overlooking Boston Harbor on Spectacle Island.  July 13, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Fee (res/NR):  $15/$20.

Guided Canoe Tour—Charles River Canoe and Kayak in Nahanton Park.  Tour guides will teach about the history and wildlife in the area, and help build paddling skills.  July 25, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Fee (Res/NR)  $25/$34.

Georges Island Fort Tour—Tour historic Fort Warren, a Civil War-era fort with grassy parade ground.  August 8, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Fee (Res/NR) $20/$27.

Pedal Boats at Hopkinton State Park—Hopkinton Reservoir, a 175-acre spring-fed lake, with 3 islands, 2 swimming beaches, miles of trails. August 19, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Fee includes pedal boat rental.  (RES/NR)  $20/$27.

To register call Sara at 617-730-2082 or main Recreation line at 617-730-2069.

Annual Summer Outdoor Concerts

Presented by the Brookline Recreation Department, these free events will all be held at Cypress Park (by the high school) on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm. In case of bad weather, cancellations will be made by 3 p.m. the day of the performance – call 617-730-2069.

July 10 – Rhythmix (Rock/R&B)
July 17- Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys (Children’s)
July 24- The DayBreakers (Rock & Roll)
July 31- Zikina (East African)
August 7- Nu Words (Jazz & Poetry)
August 14- Pineapple Jam (Rock)

Theater Opportunity

The Senior Center’s Theater Club is offering two popular musicals at the Reagle Theatre in Waltham—The Sound of Music on July 14 and La Cage Aux Folles on August 11.  Each is at 2:00 pm and each is at the cost of $39.  Transportation is provided, but the space is limited.  To register, call 617-730-2777.  Payment can be made via cash or check payable to the Brookline Senior Center.

Age Friendly Cities TV

The 22nd Age Friendly Cities TV show covers Marijuana.  On March 23, New England Treatment Access  (NETA), an existing medical marijuana dispensary, began selling recreational marijuana.

Officer Michael Disario of the Brookline Police Department talks about opening day and how good planning largely avoided anticipated problems. He also describes the law that allows recreational use with restrictions.

Dr. Swannie Jett, Director of Public Health and Human Services, talks about the public health implications as wider use of marijuana becomes legal.

You can view this program on the BrooklineCAN website or on YouTube at