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COVID-19 Test Locations

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Reopening Massachusetts

COVID-19 Testing Site to Open in Brookline Next Month

Brookline Public Works Provides Guidance for Supporting Tree Health Amid Extended Drought

Brookline Fire Department Reminds Residents to Change Their Smoke Alarm Batteries When They Change Their Clocks

Massachusetts Makes $50 Million in Business Grants Available

Videos: Town of Brookline Reminds Residents of Key Dates and Information Ahead of Election Day

Baker-Polito Administration Announces COVID-19 Measures in Place to Ensure Readiness for Fall and Winter

In Case You Missed It: Town of Brookline Provides Halloween Guidance

Brookline Fire Department Shares Safety Tips During National Fire Prevention Week

Town of Brookline Provides Halloween Guidance

Brookline Health Department Announces Appointment-Only Seasonal Flu Clinics

Brookline Public Safety Building Lobby Now Re-Open on a Limited Basis

Brookline’s Kirrane Aquatics Center to Re-Open Oct. 5

Brookline Residents Invited to Attend Panel Discussion on the Science of COVID-19

Town of Brookline Shares Safety Tips for Vulnerable Populations During Emergency Preparedness Month

Brookline’s Plastic Bag and Polystyrene Bans to Resume Next Month

Town of Brookline Announces Cheryl Anne Snyder as New Emergency Management Coordinator

Today is National Voter Registration Day

FYI: Boston University’s Contact Tracing System Explained

Town of Brookline Shares Tips for Residents’ Emergency Preparedness Stockpile

Town of Brookline Offers Tips to Create Family Emergency Plan, Build Emergency Kit

Town of Brookline Shares New Deadline for Completing 2020 Census

Town of Brookline to Require Those Exempt From Mask Requirement to Wear Face Shields

Town of Brookline Announces Upgrade to AlertBrookline

Reminder: Brookline Town Hall to Begin Phased Public Re-Opening

Town of Brookline Encourages Residents to Take Advantage of Early Voting and Ballot Drop Box

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Testing Initiatives to Support K-12 Schools

Brookline Library Shres Update to Contactless Pickup Program

Brookline Town Hall to Begin Phased Public Re-Opening

Town of Brookline Begins Phase 2 of Muddy River Flood Risk Management Project

Brookline Schools to Execute ‘RemotePlus’ Phased Reopening of Schools

The Latest COVID-19 Data for the Town of Brookline

New State Initiatives to Stop Spread of COVID-19 Go Into Effect Today

Baker-Polito Administration Releases Enhanced Community Level Data on Spread of COVID-19

Town of Brookline Encourages Residents to Participate in Second Urban Forest Climate Resiliency Master Plan Open Forum, Survey

Baker-Polito Administration Announces New Initiatives to Stop Spread of COVID-19

Town of Brookline Notified That Some Mail-In Ballots Were Distributed Incorrectly

Deadline Tomorrow to Apply for Membership on Brookline Policing Committees

Town of Brookline Provides Hurricane and Flood Safety Tips

The Deadline to Apply for Membership on Brookline’s Policing Committees is August 5

Baker-Polito Administration Launches #MaskUpMA, Reminding Residents To Wear Face-Coverings To Stop COVID-19 Spread

Reminder:The Select Board is Seeking Members for Two Committees Addressing Policing in Brookline

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Expands “Stop the Spread” Testing Initiative

Transportation Options for Older Adults lists options during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Brookline Residents Invited to Take Part in Policing Committees

N95 and Surgical Face Masks studied: Effective or a waste of time?

Baker-Polito Administration Issues New Travel Order Effective August 1st

If Your Mask Has a Valve, It's Half Useless

Baker-Polito Administration Extends Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures to October 17

72 Coronavirus Statistics You Might Not Know

Emergency Management Team Issues Heat Advisor

Statement of Brookline Town Administrator Mel Kleckner Regarding Police Chief Andrew Lipson’s Resignation

Brookline Plastic Bag Ban Suspension Extended Through September

From the CDC: Valuable COVID-19 Info for Travel and Restaurants, Plus Beaches, Pools and Other Recreational Facilities

Reopening Massachusetts: Baker-Polito Administration Initiates Transition to Third Phase of Four-Phase Approach

Brookline Library to Begin Contactless Pickup Program

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Updated Travel Guidelines to Support COVID-19 Response

BrooklineCAN's June 26 Living with COVID-19 Forum

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Sales Tax Holiday To Take Place August 29-30

Brookline COVID-19 Call Center to Close

Massachusetts Announces Additional Administrative Tax Relief Measures for Businesses Across Massachusetts

*Media Advisory* Brookline Residents Invited to Attend Virtual “Conversation About COVID-19” Event

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Pop-Up Testing Sites for Participants of Large Gatherings

Public Schools of Brookline Shares Upcoming Eighth Grade Graduation Plans

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Availability of $41 Million in Support for Food Security Programs

Update #31 (5 p.m. 6/8/20) Town of Brookline Shares Phase 2 Guidelines for State’s Reopening Plan, Details for its Small Business Grant Program and a Local Case Update

Public Schools of Brookline Announce Brookline High School Graduation Ceremony Procession Plans

A Note about the Brookline Senior Center’s June Newsletter

June 2: Evictions and Landlord Access Restricted in Brookline, Plus Case Updates

Behind-The-Scenes Photos & Important Information About Vote by Mail Ballots

Update on COVID-19 from Library Director Sara Slymon

Baker-Polito Administration Provides Update on Phase II of Re-opening Plan, Releases Guidance for Restaurants and Lodging

Brookline Age-Friendly Cities TV - Seniors During Coronavirus with Ruthann Dobek, Julie Washburn, and Laura Baber

Town of Brookline to Resume Parking Enforcement on June 1

A Senior’s Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Home from Coronavirus.

Four concepts to assess your personal risk as the U.S. reopens

Join a Virtual Mask Craftalong Next Week

Massachusetts Implements Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

Update #30 (6:40 p.m. 5/20/20) Town of Brookline Provides Update on Antibody Testing, Sharps Disposal Kiosks, Memorial Day Programming and Safety Net Fund

Important Information for Those who Took Part in Brookline COVID-19 Antibody Testing

‘What Do I Need to Do to Reopen My Brookline Business?’

In Case You Missed Them: Updates from Brookline Rec, Health and Economic Development

Brookline Police Department Social Worker to Offer Weekly Online Office Hours

Reopening Massachusetts: Baker-Polito Administration Initiates Transition to First Phase of Four-Phase Approach

Town of Brookline Reminds Voters of Important Information Ahead of Annual Town Election

Baker-Polito Administration & Employer Community Announce Continuation of Work From Home Policies to Support Safe Reopening of Massachusetts Economy

FAQ on Early and Absentee Voting (During COVID19) from the League of Women Voters

COVID-19 Protocols for Rideshare and Rental Car Providers

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Four-Phase Approach to Reopening and Publishes Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards

Town of Brookline Announces Second Round of Temporary Furloughs Due to COVID-19

Town of Brookline to Demolish Davis Path Pedestrian Footbridge due to Structural Deficiencies

Video: Brookline’s School Nurses Show The Ins and Outs of Face Coverings

Town of Brookline Pledges More Than $800,000 Toward Community Aid

Town of Brookline to Conduct COVID-19 Antibody Testing on Randomly Selected Residents

Help fight Medicare fraud

Update #29 (5:45 p.m. 5/5/20) Brookline Residents Invited to Participate in Online Diversity Display, Plus an Update on the Safety Net Fund

Update #28 (7:25 p.m. 5/4/20) Town of Brookline Urges Residents to Support Contact Tracing, Plus: CERT Volunteers Provide Update on Their Efforts

Tomorrow: Join The Brookline Community Foundation and the Town of Brookline on the Safety Net Fund’s Impact

Town of Brookline Urges Voters to Vote Early by Mail

Baker-Polito Administration Extends Non-Essential Business Closures to May 18th, Announces Reopening Advisory Board

Today: BIG Hosting Virtual Mask-Making Event

Update #27 (5:30 p.m. 4/24/20) Town of Brookline Receives Donated Masks, Takes Part in Effort to Provide Intubation Supplies to Hospitals

A Video Message from Local Hospitals: Don’t Avoid Emergency Care

Update #26 (7 p.m. 4/23/20) Brookline Health Director Issues Statement Regarding COVID-19 Outbreak at CareOne Facility

Update #25 (6:15 p.m. 4/22/20) Town of Brookline Provides Additional Information on Face Coverings, Plus Updates on PPE Production for Those in Need and the Safety Net Fund

Public Schools of Brookline Closure Extended Through End of Academic Year

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Implementation Of CARES Act Unemployment Benefits For Self-Employed, Gig Economy And Other Workers

Update #24 (5:30 p.m. 4/17/20) National Guard Deployed to Three Brookline Facilities to Conduct Testing on Residents, Trash and Recycling Pickup Impacted by Patriots Day Holiday

Emergency Parking Rules

*Update #23* (7 p.m., 4/16/20) Town of Brookline Provides Additional Guidance on Face Coverings

Brookline Police and Fire Departments Celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Essential Workers With or Without Symptoms Invited to Brookline COVID-19 Testing Event

*Update #22* (5:55 p.m., 4/15/20) Town of Brookline to Require Face Coverings in Public, Plus COVID-19 Testing Available for Pre-Screened Individuals

*Update #21* (5:50 p.m., 4/14/20) Town of Brookline Provides Update on COVID-19 Situation

Town of Brookline Shares Ways to Stay Engaged and Help Those in Need During COVID-19 Crisis

Photos: Brookline Police Comfort Dog Takes Part in Virtual Meeting with Peers

Town of Brookline and PhysicianOne Urgent Care to Host Drive Through COVID-19 Testing Site in Chestnut Hill for Pre-Screened Patients on April 19

Highlighting Mutual Aid Brookline. -- News Release.

Baker-Polito Administration Provides Update On Hospital Surge Capacity

*Update #20* (7:20 p.m., 4/10/20) Town of Brookline Reports First Death Due to COVID-19

Brookline Announces Changes to Street Configurations to Accommodate Social Distancing by Pedestrians

Restaurant Restrictions

*Update #19* (6:45 p.m., 4/8/20) Town of Brookline Limits Evictions & Landlord Access, Enhances Regulation for Food Establishments

Medicare & Coronavirus

In Case You Missed It: Supporting Brookline’s Asian Community and Combating Stereotypes

All Brookline Residents Encouraged to Complete Census During Time at Home

*Update #18* (6:15 p.m., 4/6/20) Brookline Library to Serve as Auxiliary Fire Station, Residents Urged to Wear Face Coverings in Public

In Case You Missed It: April 2 Virtual Town Hall for Businesses & Nonprofits

*Update #17* (6:15 p.m., 4/3/20) Brookline Schools to Host Satellite Stations for Police and Fire Departments, Safety Net Fund Still Seeking Donations and Additional Resources Now Online

Brookline Election Postponed, Residents Encouraged to Vote by Absentee Ballot in June

Video: Take a Virtual Tour of the Brookline Emergency Operations Center

*Update #16* (6:25 p.m., 4/2/20) Brookline First Responders Receive Donated Personal Protection Equipment, Plus Updates for The RIDE Users and Veterans

*Update #15* (6 p.m., 4/1/20) Town of Brookline Provides Update on COVID-19 Response

April 1 is National Census Day

Town of Brookline to Contribute $175,000 to Support Brookline Community Foundation Safety Net Fund’s COVID-19 Response

*Update #14* (7:25 p.m., 3/30/20) Town of Brookline Provides Update on COVID-19 Response

Map of stores offering senior shopping hours

*Update #13* (7 p.m., 3/27/20) Town of Brookline Provides Update on COVID-19 Response

From Wicked Local: Inside Brookline’s Emergency Operations Center During the COVID-19 Response

*Update #12* (5:40 p.m., 3/25/20) Town of Brookline Provides Update on COVID-19 Response

Brookline Interactive Group Seeking Community Feedback

Home delivery of groceries

Informal reports say that these services are overbooked. Most offer delivery times for only two weeks with all slots taken.

Stop & Shop (PeaPod)
Stop & Shop will be open from 6am to 7:30am *only* for customers over the age of 60 Wegmans - Offers both delivery and curbside pick up.

Roche Brothers

Whole Foods - Offers both delivery and curbside pick up. Free for Amazon Prime Members
Whole Foods will be open to seniors only from 8:00 am to their regular opening at 9:00 am.

Star Market -Delivery by Instacart

From Governor Baker's Office:

New Health Care Resources, Small Business Relief, Other Efforts To Support COVID-19 Response…/from-governor-bakers-office…/

Stay current on Brookline specific COVID-19 updates by visiting We're working hard to keep the information as current as possible based on the rapidly changing guidance from our state (Mass Department of Public Health) and federal government (@CDC) partners.

Brookline Senior Center
Virtual Program Offerings

Here is a list of virtual programs that the Senior Center is working on to fill the gap while we can't meet in person. Other programs are in the works.

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Important Notice Regarding The Brookline Senior Center

June 5, 2020

At the time of this printing, the Senior Center is open on a limited basis, by appointment only, in compliance with the Governor’s “Safer at Home” advisory.  For more information on that advisory, please visit:

Since it is uncertain as to when we will be able to safely begin hosting any of our special or ongoing programs at the Center, we have been working to develop a list of online programming options with some of our regular group facilitators, as well as with some of your favorite performers and presenters. Please remember that these “virtual” programs are new to everyone so there will be glitches, but we hope that you will continue to give the online programming options a try.

We realize that there are lots of questions regarding our reopening and we appreciate your patience during this uncertain time.  Please feel free to leave your questions on our voicemail or to submit your questions to Many of you may have the same questions so we hope to address some of them in future editions of the newsletter.

We hope that you and your loved ones stay healthy and well in the days ahead and we look forward to celebrating with you all when we are able to safely reopen the Senior Center.

The Council on Aging social work staff are available during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm), so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything or if you would just like to say hello. You can leave messages for us at 617-730-2777 or 617-730-2770.

Follow This Link To Read Our June Edition:

Important Notice Regarding The Brookline Senior Center

March 18, 2020

In order to proactively slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the Senior Center is Closed To The Public at this time.

The Brookline Senior Center will be monitoring its phone lines during the Covid-19 emergency. Older adults can leave their names and phone numbers on our voicemail at 617-730-2777 or 617-730-2770. Staff will be responding to questions and concerns Monday-Friday from 8:30 am-5 pm. Emergencies should be directed to 911.

In order to address the many questions and concerns that exist in the community, the Town of Brookline would like to share the following information :

For general COVID-19 questions, please call the State 2-1-1 line. For Brookline specific medical or public health inquiries, please contact the Department of Brookline Public Health at 617-730-2300. For non-medical questions specific to Brookline, please call the Brookline COVID Information Call Center at 617-879-5636. These call centers, for the time being, will be operational Monday through Friday from 8am – 5pm, these hours will be adjusted as needed. Messages can be left after hours and will be returned the next day. You can also email your non-medical inquiries to:

Stay up to date on COVID-19 updates here:

Please remember the importance of social distancing to reduce the impact of COVID-19, and please stay home as much as possible. Thank you.