Looking for Centenarians to be Honored at Party of a Century

If you are 99 years of age or over, or know someone who is and is a resident of Brookline or surrounding communities they are invited to register to be an honoree at the Party of the Century. (A relative or friend may accept the citation on behalf of an honoree if they are unable to to attend.)  The event scheduled for October 15th from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at the Brookline Senior Center will include music and bakery treats. To register and for more information call the Brookline Senior Center at 617-7302770 or email Julie Washburn at jwashburn@brooklinema.gov. Also contact Julie if you would like to send an invitation to a friend or relative.

This event is sponsored by Brookline Community Aging Network (Brookline CAN), Brookline Council on Aging, Center Communities of Brookline and Goddard House

Autumn Benefit for Brookline Senior Center

Join us as we honor State Senator Cynthia Stone Creem, Majority Leader and advocate for older adults. This 18th Annual Benefit will take place the evening of Wednesday, October 23rd.

See page 19 of the Town of Brookline Senior News and Events for details on sponsorships. Tickets are $100 and $65 for seniors. Contact Ruthann Dobek 617-730-2756, rdobek@brooklinema.gov for more information. To register call 617-730-2777.

WBUR’s Shiffman & Goldberg to Speak at BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting

WBUR’s Karen Shiffman and Carey Goldberg are featured speakers at BrooklineCAN’s 9th Annual Meeting on September 19. Shiffman is executive producer of “On-Point”, WBUR’s long-running, live call-in and interview morning show. Goldberg is host and editor of CommonHealth, WBUR’s source for news and conversation about health, medicine and science.

This year’s event, which is free and open to all, will celebrate Watch Us Network, U-CAN-2 –Building a Stronger Brookline Community through Active Networking. It will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, Brookline.

This year’s community award winners include Kent Street Affordable Senior Housing Committee, Brookline Climate Action Committee and Brookline Transportation Board. Members of BrooklineCAN’s Education, Communications, Membership, and Livable Community Advocacy Committees will be available to discuss their activities with guests.

To register call 617-730-2770 or email rsvp@brooklinecan.org or 617-730-2770.

Fall Offerings from BA&CE

This fall Brookline Adult & Community Education is offering a number of classes and activities that look very interesting. Many meet during the day and at the Senior Center.  Here is a list of a few of the classes with a link to the BA&CE catalog with a complete description.

Do You Remember President John Fitzgerald Kennedy?

In cooperation with the John Fitzgerald National Historic Site, the Senior Center will be offering an interactive program focused upon the life and times and presidency of John Fitzgerald Kennedy on Wednesday, September 4 from 1-3:30 pm. Seniors are a valuable resource of those times and can provide information and memories enhanced by firsthand knowledge and feelings of those years.

Participants will engage in activities in which they will relate and discuss their remembrances. They will share their personal stories with other seniors who, like them, remember “being there”.  To register, please call 617-730-2770.

Affordable Housing for Seniors

At its September meeting, the BrooklineCAN Livable Community Advocacy Committee will be examining the availability of affordable housing for seniors in Brookline. The rising cost of existing rental housing units, the prospects for construction of new affordable units for seniors, and the growing demand for affordable senior housing will be considered. Roger Blood, chair of Brookline’s Housing Advisory Board will lead the discussion. Representatives of the Brookline Department of Planning and Community Development will contribute to the discussion. The meeting will be held on Monday, September 9 at 3:00 PM at the Senior Center. All are welcome.

Watch London Theatre in Brookline

See the best of London Theatre as Brookline’s Coolidge Corner Theatre captures productions live in high-definition from London’s prestigious National Theatre. Upcoming presentations include Fleabag, the award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, on September 12 and 26. October 17 brings Nicholas Hytner’s production of Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy, A Midsummer’s Night Dream.
Visit http://www.coolidge.org/programs/nt-live for additional information.

Your Age Advantage in the Workplace:  A Workshop

Come explore the advantages that YOU and your age have in the workplace and how you can capitalize on these advantages during your job or volunteer search at this workshop facilitated by Patricia Burns, REAP Advisor.

Registration is required for this free program. Please call Deidre Waxman at 617-730-2767 or Patricia Burns at 617-730-2743 or email: pburns@brooklinema.gov to register.

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″