Brookline Food Pantry’s School Program: Brookline Thrives

This new program provides take-home weekend meals for children in need. Currently working with three elementary schools and several BEEP sites, volunteers deliver bags of non-perishable food every Friday. The cost of a school year’s supply of food bags is $250. per student and donations of any amount are welcome. For more info or to volunteer for bag-packing and delivery: thrives@brooklinefoodpantry.org.

Library Connection

If you, or a friend or relative, love books but are unable to visit the Library in person, take advantage of the “Library Connection,” a partnership of Brookline’s Council on Aging and the Public Library of Brookline.

The “Library Connection” provides delivery of library materials directly to homebound Brookline residents who are unable to leave their home. A volunteer from the community will deliver books and materials to you throughout the year.

If you, or someone you know, are interested in this service, contact Volunteer Coordinator Patricia Burns at the Council on Aging, 617-730-2743.

100 Year Anniversary of the Treaty of Versailles, 1919-2019

The seeds of World War II and the Cold War were planted 100 years ago at the signing of the Versailles Treaty, which formerly ended World War I. The Treaty was signed in Versailles on June 28, 1919, exactly five years after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which had directly led to the war.

Some historians say the rise of Nazism was a direct result of the treaty’s failure to fully address the needs to manage world peace.
Presented by Brookline Adult & Community Education (BA&CE), this one day class, led by Historian Anatole Sykley, is scheduled for 7:00 to 8:30 pm, December 5, 2019 at Brookline High School. Cost $6; phone: 617-730-2700, email: bacep@psbma.org, website: www.brooklineadulted.org.

A Special Offer for BrooklineCAN Members

Called “a local treasure” and praised for its “sparklingly imaginative programming” by The Boston Globe, Chameleon Arts Ensemble is pleased to offer BrooklineCAN readers a 30% discount to its chamber music concerts on Saturday, December 7 at 8 PM, and Sunday, December 8 at 4 PM at First Church in Boston. The discount applies to regularly-priced tickets at $49, $38, or $27. They can be purchased in advance by visiting http://www.chameleonarts.org/ (use discount code CAN2019) or by phone at 617-427-8200.

Town Election December 10, 2019

Brookline voters will get another chance to help solve the overcrowded in Brookline Schools. The Town will hold a Town-wide special election on December 10, 2019, to seek voter approval of a new, larger building to house the Driscoll School.

The new Driscoll building would be sized to educate about 750 students in grades K-8 plus 50 pre-kindergarten students – an increase of about 200 students over the current school, relieving overcrowding at other schools across town.

Students would continue to attend school in the existing building during adjacent construction of the new one (scheduled completion late 2022), and then they would move to the new building, and the old building would be demolished and turned into outdoor playground/green space around the new building.

The total cost that voters are being asked to approve for that project is $115.3 million–to be raised by the Town through issuance of municipal bonds and paid off over 25 years.  Voters are being asked to authorize that borrowing.

More information on the project is available at: www.brookline.k12.ma.us/Page/2353
For information on absentee and early voting click here.

Networking:   Brookline Interactive Group (BIG)

One of BrookineCAN’s networking partners is the Brookline Interactive Group .  BIG and the BIG operations leader Corbin Riedel work with local groups such as BrooklineCAN to produce and distribute television shows such as Age Friendly Cities (AFC-TV); this recurring program features conversation with Brookline Town personalities of special interest to and impact on older adults. BIG is an integrated media and technology education center and a community media hub for Brookline and the region.  The group facilitates diverse community dialogue, incubates and funds hyperlocal storytelling, arts, journalism, media literacy, and technology projects, and offers extensive multimedia training for young people and for adults of all ages.  See https://brooklineinteractive.org for more information.

Friends of BPL Holiday Book Sale

It’s that time of year again! The Friends of the Brookline Public Library will kick off their annual Holiday Sale on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Brookline Village Library, first floor.

The sale will continue for as many days as our special items last! We’ve been collecting unique and beautiful items all year, so that you can find one-of-a-kind items for family and friends at prices that can’t be beat. Beautifully bound literature, like-new coffee table books, pristine art books, untouched kids’ books.

Come shop for treasures you won’t find anywhere else, …and get something special for yourself!

Brookline E-Scooter Pilot Program Evaluation Survey

The Town of Brookline has been conducting an eight-month pilot for Shared Electric Scooters from April 1 – November 15, 2019. As the Pilot comes to a close, Brookline has commissioned a survey to be administered to the community at large. This survey will help the Select Board, Transportation Board, and Town staff determine if Shared Electric Scooters contribute to the Town’s mobility, equity, safety, and climate action goals.
Your participation will involve completing an online survey that will take about 10 minutes or less. Participation in this survey is entirely voluntary. To help protect your privacy, this survey will not collect any information that will personally identify you.

 LINK TO SURVEY:   https://populus.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0kC2uIRrqdGUqK9
Paper copies of the survey are available in the Transportation Division office on the 4th floor of Town Hall, 333 Washington Street, Brookline MA. Their office hours are Monday through Thursday 8am to 5pm and Friday 8am to 12:30pm.

Eugenia Zukerman Presents Like Falling Through A Cloud, November 12

Internationally renowned flutist and writer Eugenia Zukerman will present Like Falling Through A Cloud, her memoir of handling her diagnosis of cognitive impairment, on Tuesday, November 12, 6:00 pm, at Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, Brookline.  Dr. Suzanne Salamon, Chief Associate of Clinical Geriatrics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, will moderate the presentation. The event, which is sponsored by BrooklineCAN (Brookline Community Aging Network), is free and open to the public and is presented in November to coincide with Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.
To register for the event, call the Brookline Senior Center at 617-730-2770.

Adding Cash to Your Charlie Card

Refilling your MBTA Charlie Card can be time consuming, since you usually need to travel to the nearest T station for access to the Charlie Card machines. However, now you can load value onto your card in Brookline at Bay State Food, 1418 Beacon Street and at Star Market, 1717 Beacon Street. You cannot purchase new Charlie cards at these stores and you may need to pay cash. However, it’s faster than travelling to Kenmore Square!    For more information visit https://www.mbta.com/fares/charliecard