Monthly Archives: October 2020

The High School Pool Is Open!

Wearing masks, we sign in and enter the pool area. Already in our suits (no changing rooms right now), we shed our clothes, remove our masks, and glide into the warmth of the Lesson Pool. We have 45 minutes to savor the time in the pool, socially distanced, then we must leave with our (wet) suit on. So, how do you get here?  At the website, find a heading: Swim Reservations. Sign into your account and choose the pool and the lane you want:  four lanes for laps, two lanes for the lesson pool, or you could have the whole diving well to yourself!  You can sign up for two times a week, but you can only sign up less than a week in advance. Each session costs $10. Choose the time that suits you, and voila!  You’re back in the swim of things!  (Reported by Mary M, a BrooklineCAN member.)

Nearby Outings

Many of us are staying home a lot, and we often yearn for the days when we could go away for a few days, or even longer. Luckily, we have many attractive places nearby that we can visit on a day trip. This month we suggest a “get-away” to Castle Island, located on Pleasure Bay in South Boston. It is a short drive from Brookline (there is ample parking) and it is also accessible by the #9 bus from Copley. A 1.75 mile path takes you all around the 22-acre island featuring Fort Independence (built in 1634). For those who don’t walk a lot, there are well-placed benches to relax, enjoy the ocean view, and people-watch. At the parking lot you will find the famous Sullivan’s Restaurant serving take-out sandwiches and snacks. For more information click here.

Still Time to Vote

If you are planning to vote in person, be aware that some polling places have changed due to COVID-19.  Also, there is still time to get your mail in ballot to Town Hall.  If you mail it, it must be postmarked by November 3, 2020. You can put your ballot into the drop box outside of town hall up until 8 pm on November 3. 2020. For complete information  click here.

Free Delivery Service—Mutual Aid Brookline

If the pandemic prevents you from going into stores due to age or health problems, consider asking for the free delivery service offered by Mutual Aid Brookline. A volunteer will pick up groceries from local supermarkets and prescriptions or other necessities from CVS. If you cannot afford your groceries, MAB can help.

For more information about the delivery services  click here or call 617-651-1037

Senior Circuit Breaker Credit

As a senior citizen, you may be eligible to claim a refundable credit on your personal state income tax return. The Circuit Breaker tax credit is based on the actual real estate taxes paid on the Massachusetts residential property you own or rent and occupy as your principal residence.

The maximum credit amount for tax year 2020 is $1,150. If the credit you’re owed exceeds the amount of the total tax payable for the year, you’ll be refunded the additional amount of the credit without interest.

To qualify, a taxpayer:

  • must be 65 or older before December 31, 2020 and
  • must own or rent in Massachusetts as principal residence and
  • must have gross income less than $60,000, if such person is single and not head of household, less than $75,000, if such person is head of household, or less than $90,000, if such person files a joint tax return with spouse and
  • must not have an assessed real estate valuation exceeding $808,000.

How to apply:
If you are eligible for the Circuit Breaker Credit, complete Schedule CB with your Massachusetts state income tax return.  For more details, please visit Apply for the Circuit Breaker tax credit.


Medicare Seminar

“Health Plan Options for People with Medicare” is an online seminar for the  Brookline Senior Center, to be led by a Blue Cross Blue Shield representative, at 1:00 to 2:00 pm on Monday November 9.  It will explain health plan options including Medicare Parts A, B, and C as well as the Medicare enrollment timeline.  You do not have to be a BCBS member to attend.  This will be a good basic review of what Medicare covers.  You do have to register in advance. Click here  at to get the Zoom link.   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Town Meeting

Town Meeting beginning November 17, 2020 will be voting on nearly 42 articles.  The one warrant article that may have a possible impact for seniors is Article 13. The article would authorize the Town to establish a means-tested senior citizen property tax option. For the full warrant article click here. For an explanation of the article click here.

On November 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm, Susan Granoff, the author of the warrant article, will be the guest speaker at the LCAC (Livable Community Advocacy Committee) virtual meeting. To join the Zoom meeting use this link  . If it asks for a passcode, it is 058898.

Brookline Senior Center Autumn Benefit (without the Gala)

COVID-19 stopped the gathering, but not the Senior Center’s work (in fact, the needs are even greater).  COVID-19 derailed their greatest fundraiser of the year; instead, there will be a “No-Gala” Autumn Benefit with more benefits for donors and sponsors and much more public recognition.

GIVE A GIFT, GET A GIFT.  For each $100 donation, receive a $10 gift card to a local Age-Friendly Brookline business: Brookline Booksmith, Eureka!, Olive Connection, or Wild Goose Chase.   Please respond by Friday, November 20th, 2020 to be eligible to receive your gift card.

For more information, visit or call 617-730- 2777.

Frank Caro (1936-2020)

When Frank Caro died suddenly on October 2, Brookline lost one of its finest citizens, and BrooklineCAN lost its founder and leader. In 2010, Frank worked with the Council on Aging and other community organizations to found BrooklineCAN, and he served since then as co-chair with Ruthann Dobek. Frank was instrumental in Brookline being designated the first age-friendly city in New England by the World Health Organization. He initiated numerous projects to improve Brookline for everyone: the latest was the placement of benches along Beacon Street. We will miss Frank’s energy, imagination, and friendly presence. To honor Frank’s memory, we should heed his advice: “Get involved in community affairs. Help to call attention to the good things your community has to offer. Advocate for feasible improvements. Work with like-minded people to multiply what you can accomplish.”

Short Story Social

A good short story can provide the basis for a great discussion! The Brookline Senior Center will send you the story by email or hard copy to read at your leisure. Then we will meet up on Zoom (accessible via computer or telephone) twice a month on Mondays from 10:30-11:30 am.  Bring your own coffee and enjoy the forum for a fun and enlightening hour. For more information and to sign up for the story and discussion, contact Kate Jovin 617-730-2753 or at