Monthly Archives: February 2020

Senior MBTA CharlieCard Event

The Brookline Senior Center will be hosting a Senior CharlieCard event on March 18 from 1-3:00 pm. To apply at the Senior Center, you must bring a picture ID with your date of birth indicated. You must be 65 or older to qualify for a Senior CharlieCard. During the event you will fill out the application and have your photo taken. The MBTA will mail your CharlieCard to your home in 6-8 weeks. No registration required.

If your Senior Transportation Access Pass CharlieCard has expired, you can renew it by calling 617-222-3200 Monday through Friday, 6:30 am to 8:00 pm. The new card will be mailed to you within 15 business days and any funds on the expired card will loaded on the new card.

Four Women, an Overland Six, and a Cause

A lively, illustrated presentation retracing the 1915 cross-country road trip of four women gathering support for women’s right to vote will be presented in Hunneman Hall at the Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington Street, March 5th at 7:00 pm.

Historian Anne Gass retraces the route of four women, who in September 1915, embarked in an open car from San Francisco’s Panama Pacific International Exposition to Washington DC. They were carrying a petition to President Woodrow Wilson and Congress demanding an amendment to the US Constitution enfranchising women. They battled their way across the country, driving over primitive roads and through blazing heat, rain, snow, and mud, stopping in towns to collect signatures and to raise awareness that most women in the country were denied the vote. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote, was passed by Congress in 1919, and ratified in August 1920.This free program is co-sponsored by the Brookline League of Women Voters and the Friends of the Brookline Public Library.

Successful Selling on eBay

Brookline Adult & Community Education is offering a two-session course, Online Auctions:  Successful Selling on eBay, Monday March 2 and Monday, March 9, 11:45 am – 1:45 pm, at the Brookline Senior Center.  The cost is $40.  This class will introduce you to the ins and outs of eBay, including how auctions work and how to make smart and safe transactions. You will learn how to establish yourself as a seller and create listings.  Full details are on page 24 of the BA&CE Winter Catalog.  To register, see call 617-730-2700.

Todd Kirrane to Speak at March LCAC Meeting

Todd Kirrane, Brookline’s Transportation Administrator, will be speaking at the BrooklineCAN Livable Community Advocacy Committee meeting on Monday, March 2 at 3 pm at the Senior Center. The topic will be Mr. Kirrane’s proposal to replace some current parking spaces with drop-off spaces. One of the aims is to reduce double parking. The topic will be of special interest to those who want vehicle access close to their homes in neighborhoods were demand for parking is great.

Programs for Seniors in South Brookline

The South Brookline Senior Meetup takes place on the second Tuesday of each month in the Putterham Branch Library Meeting room. The scheduled hours are noon -2:00 pm. Coffee, tea, and abundant refreshments are provided. The refreshments are donated from Brookline businesses.

There is a core group of attendees from the South Brookline neighborhood. However, all are invited and welcome.  Each month there is a scheduled presenter. The Brookline Office of Diversity and Inclusion will offer a presentation on March 10.  On April 14 , Ken Liss from the Brookline Historical Society will come and speak.  The South  Brookline Senior Meetup is a collaboration of the Brookline Public Library and the Brookline Council on Aging.

Applications Open for 370 Harvard Street

2Life Communities is excited to begin accepting applications for The Brown Family House, our first community in Brookline. The Brown Family House is located at 370 Harvard St. and is for adults aged 62+.   The application period will close on May 1st at 5:00pm. We will host two information sessions during the application period, on Saturday, March 14th at 11:00 am at the Brookline Library – Main Branch and on Wednesday, April 1st at 6:30 pm at the Brookline Senior Center. The lottery will be held on May 21, 2020 at the Brookline Library- Main Branch.

All questions about the application process should be sent to Valeriia Lendel. Valeriia will direct questions to her 2Life colleagues, as appropriate. Contact her by phone (617) 912-8491 or by email leasing@2lifecommunities.org.

Age Friendly Cities TV

The fascinating 24th Age Friendly Cities TV show featured Sassy Outwater-Wright the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI).  Sassy and Matt Weiss explored MABVI and introduced a set of videos demonstrating what is known as “sighted guide”.

MABVI works with the Brookline Senior Center and other organizations in Brookline providing services and running programs for people who are blind or losing their eyesight.

Programs are aired on Channel 3 on Comcast and RCN immediately following The Grandstanders live sports analysis show and are available on DVDs at the Senior Center, the library in Brookline Village, the BrooklineCAN web site and the BrooklineCAN Twitter and Facebook accounts.

“Get Your Ducks in a Row: The Baby Boomers Guide to Estate Planning”

Elder law attorney and estate planning expert Harry S. Margolis will present “Get Your Ducks in a Row, The Baby Boomers Guide to Estate Planning,” on Tuesday, March 31, at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. Whether you’re currently creating a plan, getting ready to start, or looking for an explanation of documents you’ve already signed, Margolis will provide the information you need, taking you through the estate planning process step by step. Reception at 6:00 pm, presentation begins at 6:30 pm. This event is free, but registration is required. Please call 617-730-2770 to register

Brookline Together: Solving Our Housing Crisis

On March 29, 1:00-3:30 pm, Brookline Housing Advisory Board (HAB) and Brookline Commission for Diversity, Inclusion & Community Relations (CDICR), brings together multiple stakeholders to build a broader constituency advocating for housing affordability: not just subsidized housing, housing for seniors and those with disabilities, but the ‘missing middle.’

This first of three Forums (location TBD) will discuss connections and interdependencies between facets of housing affordability: how transportation problems, economic development issues, climate sustainability and racial justice play a major role in our ability to increase housing affordability. A discussion of Brookline’s current housing crisis will examine what it means for residents and those who cannot afford to live here, and how conscious policy decisions such as redlining caused this crisis.

Co-sponsored by BrooklineCAN and representatives of a dozen additional organizations, the forums are free and welcome everyone. For additional information please contact Joan Lancourt, jlancourt@comcast.net or Jonathan Klein, jklein728@gmail.com.

Poem of the Day

Would you like to add a little poetry to your life? Everyday you can receive a free poem from the Poetry Foundation. The daily poem may be a classic or one that is new to you.  Visit https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/poem-of-the-day and sign up for Poem of the Day.