BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting

SaveOn September 13th BrooklineCAN will hold its 8th annual meeting. This year, the event celebrates Brookline age-friendly businesses. Matt Weiss, host of the Age Friendly Cities TV show, will moderate a panel of age-friendly business leaders, including David Leschinsky of Eureka Puzzles, Kathy Tallman of Coolidge Corner Theater, and Kyle Perzanoski of Brookline Bank. They will discuss how businesses are embracing the Age-Friendly campaign, adopting features intended to make businesses attractive to older people that are also welcomed by customers of all ages. The campaign is co-sponsored by the Brookline Chamber of Commerce and the Town’s Economic Development Advisory Board.

Another feature of the event will be an information fair with additional information about age-friendly businesses and about opportunities for BrooklineCAN participation.

Election Forum for Legislative Contest

candidates2On Monday, August 6, BrooklineCAN and the Senior Center are sponsoring a special election forum for candidates for the “Brookline seat” in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Rebecca Stone and Tommy Vitolo are competing for the Democratic nomination for the position. The seat is open because Frank Smizik is retiring.

The forum will be held at the Senior Center. Doors will open at 4:00 PM. The formal program is tentatively scheduled to begin at 4:30 PM. The forum is open to all. Candidates will be asked to speak particularly about issues of greatest concern to seniors. For more information about the format for the forum, check the BrooklineCAN website.

The primary election will be held on Tuesday, September 4.

Coolidge Corner Library Update

cclibrary1During renovations, a mini-library is open right across Pleasant Street in Sussman House. A huge LIBRARY sign leads to a tiny space where you can drop off items and pick up books you’ve ordered. A recent visit revealed a very efficient operation. See for yourself! Hours:  9:00 – 4:00 Monday thru Friday.

Book Sale Volunteer

booksale2 - CopyAre you a book lover – as well as physically strong, sturdy, and able?  And are you looking for some volunteer time that’s fun and satisfying?   We might have the job for you!  The Friends of the Brookline Public Library runs a used book sale at the Brookline Village location that could use a volunteer or two to help handle the volume of books we receive from day to day.  Tasks include sorting and shelving incoming materials, refilling the sales areas with new materials, and culling materials as needed.  Minimum of two hours per week is required, preferably on a regular schedule.   If interested, please contact,

An Island Getaway to the Isles of Shoals

isles3If the open sea is your idea of a getaway, take a cruise with the Brookline Recreation Department on Thursday, July 12. After a quick bus ride to Portsmouth, NH, you’ll sail to the historic Isles of Shoals. Settled by Capt. John Smith, the Isles served as a hideout for notorious pirates, a mecca for the colonial fishing trade, and a resort for intellectuals. You will visit the site of a former resort and several historic structures. Birders should bring binoculars! Pick up at the Senior Center and at Soule Recreation Center. 9:45 -4:30. Fee: (Res/NR) $48/$64. To register or for more info: 617-730-2069.

Brookline Recreation Summer Concerts

concert2Family and friends can gather at Cypress Park (Cypress Street & Tappan Street) for an evening of good friends and great entertainment. Bring a picnic basket, your lawn chair, and a group of people eager to have a good time, then sit back, and enjoy a variety of music. Children can play on the equipment within the park as well as in the splash pad or dance along in front of the stage to the music. Access the concert schedule at


shred-it-truck Shredding Event

Monday June 4th there will be visit from a mobile shredding truck and an identity theft presentation at the Brookline Senior Center from 1-4 pm. Brookline residents are invited to safely dispose of sensitive and personal documents to protect themselves from identity theft and fraud.

The event is sponsored by Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey.   There will also be a presentation on identity theft from 1:00‐2:00 pm at the Senior Center.    Light refreshments will be served. Please call 617‐730‐2770 to register for presentation portion of the event. All others are welcome to pull up to the mobile shredding truck for assistance with their boxes, bags and bundles of documents to shred.  There is no charge.

Food Insecurity

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The 17th Age Friendly Cities TV show is entitled SPOTLIGHT on FOOD INSECURITY and will focus on feeding the hungry in Brookline.

Guests are Meghan Ostrander of Springwell, Elizabeth Boen of Brookline Food Pantry, and Patricia Burns of the Senior Center Food Pantry.  These organizations serve many of the town’s most vulnerable residents. All three need volunteers and financial donations.

The aim is to ensure everyone in our community who needs help comes to one or more of these organizations.  In Brookline, in addition to regular nutritious meals, Springwell offers kosher, Chinese, and therapeutic meals for people on special diets.

Check out the Brookline Age Friendly Cities TV programs on the BrooklineCAN web site and note references on the BrooklineCAN Twitter and Facebook accounts. Programs are aired on Channel 3 on Comcast and RCN.

“Take a Walk” – Walking Tours of Brookline and Surrounding Areas

walk2Probably the best and easiest way to learn about a region is to take a walk. The Summer 2018 issue of Brookline Adult & Community Education offers a variety of walking tours in Brookline and surrounding areas to match any interest. Learn about Brookline’s secret stairways and paths by walking the stairs and terraces from Summit Path to Beaconsfield Path, ending at the MBTA Beaconsfield station. Be forewarned, this is a long, strenuous walk that covers several miles of mostly stairs. Other Brookline walks include a walking tour of Muddy River from Brookline Village to the Charles River in Back Bay and a more leisurely tour of the architecture and history of Chestnut Hill.

Walking tours of surrounding areas include “Fierce and Feminine: Great Women of Boston Tour,” “Walking Massachusetts Avenue from Cambridge (Harvard Square) to Boston (Symphony Hall)”; “History of the Fort Point Channel,” a walking tour of South Boston’s Innovation District; and “Boston’s Historic Waterfront.”

A new tour, “Bostonians Behaving Badly: Riots in Boston,” walks the downtown streets and reconsiders times when “Bostonians used their angry voices to demonstrate their discontent,”  including the Stamp Act, the Boston Tea Party, police riots, anti-catholic riots, and antibusing riots.

Read about these and other walking tours of Brookline and surrounding areas in the Summer issues of “Brookline”. For more information, visit and type walk in the search box or call 617-720-2700.

Farmers’ Market


The Brookline Farmers’ Market has been running for over thirty years, thanks to our hard-working vendors and wonderful customers. The vendors bring a diversity of products, most of which are produced here in Massachusetts.  The Farmers’ Market is proud to support local growers, producers, and artisans, and to be a part of the Brookline community!

The market runs every Thursday 1:30 – 6:30 PM from June 7 – November 15, 2018, rain or shine.  It is held in the Centre Street West Parking Lot in Coolidge Corner.  For more information see