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: https://www.mass.gov/news/
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 info@brooklineseniorcenter.
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.
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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: COVID19Info@brooklinema.gov.
Stay up to date on COVID-19 updates here: https://brooklinecovid19.com/senior-center/
Please remember the importance of social distancing to reduce the impact of COVID-19, and please stay home as much as possible. Thank you.
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.
To register, please visit www.dementiafriendsma.org and click on “Champion Training.”
Questions: or call her at 781-693-5628.
Free & Open to All; Light Refreshments
Games – Interactive table games for children and adults
For More Information & to RSVP, please go to: https://tinyurl.com/ur8xoys
Contact email@example.com or 617-730-2345 for more information.
Sponsored by –
The Brookline Asian American Family Network, the Brookline Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations, the Brookline High School Asian Pacific American Club, the Brookline Community Foundation, & the Brookline Health Department. We hope to see you there!
We are looking for volunteers to assist on that day with setting up at around 2:10PM, serving food, and helping to clean up. If you are available to assist on that Saturday please let Caitlin Starr (firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-730-2345) know along with what times you would be available between 2:15 and 5:30.
By Ken Liss.
From Kenmore Square to Packard’s Corner, Commonwealth Avenue in Boston and Brookline was lined with grand auto showrooms for much of the 20th century. What has now been repurposed as Boston University buildings, grocery stores, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, was once a thriving stretch of road dedicated to the automobile, with more than a mile of dealerships, repair shops, and aftermarket accessory purveyors. Among the formidable American marques, stood numerous European marques as well, including those sold by the iconic Foreign Motors Inc., located a short distance from automobile row.
Join Brookline Historical Society president Ken Liss for an exploration of the history of Automobile Row and the remnants left behind, many of them hidden in plain sight.
Ken Liss has been president of the Brookline Historical Society since 2009. He is a librarian at Boston University where the Charles River Campus encompasses many of the former Auto Row buildings.
Tickets are going fast! If you would like to attend, please make sure to register before this event is sold out. Tickets are on a first come, first served basis and cannot be guaranteed at the door. If you have previously registered but can no longer attend, please send an email to email@example.com so your tickets can be given to an interested party.
Free Community Event. Suggested Donation of $10
Every dollar received for these presentations helps to defray the cost of providing outstanding community programming. Please support the Larz Anderson Auto Museum as we fulfill our mission to serve and educate.
Early Voting for the 2020 Presidential Preference Primary is available at Town Hall during the following dates and times:
Historian Anne Gass retraces the route of four women, who in September 1915, embarked in an open car from San Francisco’s Panama Pacific International Exposition to Washington DC. They were carrying a petition to President Woodrow Wilson and Congress demanding an amendment to the US Constitution enfranchising women. They battled their way across the country, driving over primitive roads and through blazing heat, rain, snow, and mud, stopping in towns to collect signatures and to raise awareness that most women in the country were denied the vote. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote, was passed by Congress in 1919, and ratified in August 1920. The presentation is free and open to the public.
In order to protect our musicians and audience during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Brookline Symphony Orchestra regrets to announce that our 10th Anniversary Celebration concerts scheduled for March 14 & 15 will be cancelled.
We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. We look forward to seeing you at a future concert - please save the date for our Triumphant Finale on May 30, 2020.
There is a core group of attendees from the South Brookline neighborhood. However, all are invited and welcome. Each month there is a scheduled presenter. The Brookline Office of Diversity and Inclusion will offer a presentation on March 10. On April 14 , Ken Liss from the Brookline Historical Society will come and speak with us.
If you would like to present, perform, or have an idea for future presentations please email Jude at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact Jude if you have any questions or concerns about the program. The South Brookline Senior Meetup is a collaboration of the Brookline Public Library and the Brookline Council on Aging.
Transportation problems, economic development issues, climate change, and racial justice play a major role in our ability to provide affordable housing. Conscious policy decisions such as redlining caused Brookline’s current housing crisis. The forum will examine what this means for residents and those who cannot afford to live here.
Brookline Housing Advisory Board (HAB) and Brookline Commission for Diversity, Inclusion & Community Relations (CDICR), and others seek to build a broad support group to push for affordable housing - subsidized housing, housing for seniors and those with disabilities, and the ‘missing middle.’ These forums are part of that effort.
The forums are free and open to everyone. For additional information please contact Joan Lancourt, email@example.com, or Jonathan Klein, firstname.lastname@example.org. Co-sponsored by BrooklineCAN and a dozen additional organizations.
June 9, 2020 Municipal Election
League of Women Voters of Brookline
and Town Meeting Members Association
Candidates for Select Board (two open seats):
Annual Town Election, Tuesday, June 9
Forum will cover both senior and general concerns
FAQ on Early and Absentee Voting (During COVID19) from the League of Women Voters
To watch recording later:
Sponsored by Brookline Senior Center and BrooklineCAN
Five interdependent constituencies -- Housing, Diversity & Inclusion, Transportation, Climate Sustainability, and Economic Development -- will focus on how to work together to increase housing affordability at multiple price-points in Brookline.
Frank Steinfield, Forum Moderator, CEO, Brookline Community Foundation
Bob Van Meter, for Jewish Alliance for Law & Social Action - Confronting the History of Housing Discrimination
Panel Presentations: Bringing Multiple Constituencies Together: How Diversity & Inclusion, Transportation, Economic Development, and Climate Sustainability Impact Housing Affordability
Q&A, Discussion, and Ending Remarks
There are three ways you can watch!Zoom Meeting (watch via zoom and pose questions to panelists): https://brooklineinteractive-
Rashmi Dyal-Chand, Professor of Law, Affiliate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Associate Dean for, Research and Interdisciplinary Education, Northeastern University School of Law
Wendell Joseph, Professional Planner, Sasaki
George Proakis, Executive Director, Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development, City of Somerville Presenter Janne Flisrand, Neighbors for More Neighbors, Minneapolis
The mission of CED Clinic is to educate the public and practitioners on the benefits of medical cannabis and the ways in which it can promote wellness. For more information visit cedclinic.com.
Please register for this session here.
BrooklineCAN is holding a second special Zoom panel discussion on August 31 at 3:00 PM on life with COVID-19. A panel of Brookline seniors will continue to discuss choices they have made as some community activities gradually re-opened, but the threat of the virus remains. We have been tempted to resume many normal activities. But how safe are they? How should we deal with the fact that Covid-19 will remain a serious threat at least through the end of the year?
What are the experts telling us to do? What risks are we willing to take? What have we learned since our discussion two month ago? Some of us felt safe with various outdoor activities on nice summer days. What will we do as the weather turns cooler and the days grow shorter?
Michael Allen of the Council on Aging staff will serve as moderator. The panel will consist of Susan Granoff, Rosaline Lowe, Bea Mikulecky, Fran Perler, Betsy Pollock, John Seay and Ruth Seidman.
There are FOUR WAYS you can WATCH!
Ranked Choice Voting (RCV)
What Yes on MA Ballot Question 2 means
Jesse Mermell explains
RCV in practice since 1939 - Cambridge MA
Robin Chen, LWV Cambridge, explains
MA Ballot Question 2 Ranked Choice Voting
Scott Ananian, Nicole McClelland & Meggan Levene
on Town Meeting Warrant Article 18.
Brookline Warrant Articles 2020 Explained
Neil Wishinsky, Chair of the Select Board's Newbury College Acquisition Advisory Committee, explains Brookline Ballot Question 3-Prop. 2 1/2 exemption for bonding the purchase of Newbury College. Newbury College Acquisition Advisorary Committee
This 2nd Friday ZOOM ONLINE gathering
is free and open to the public.
Send your email address to: by 5 pm Thursday , October 8, 2020 to receive a link to join the event.
Fort Point Channel, A Walking Tour • Parenting Children with Screens: Cyberbullying • Misinformation and National Security • CBD and The Endocannabinoid System • Hidden River Walking Tour • Parents Teach Your Children to Build Their Own Technology • Hunting Whitey: The Inside Story of the Capture & Killing of America's Most Wanted Crime Boss • Author Rachel Barenbaum: A Bend in the Stars • Digital Economy in the Time of Covid • Silver, Portraits and Bricks: Making Art in Colonial Boston • Giraffes: Behind the Scenes at the Zoo • Chelsea: Walking Tour • Sekar Kathiresan: From Reading Your DNA for Risk to Rewriting it for Heart Health • Boston and the Making of a Global City • From Reading DNA to rewriting Heart Health • Modern Foreign Policy & The Military • Bats and Public Health • Operation Restoration: Retiring With Purpose and Connection • Exploring Racial Identity in Community • Urban Foraging • Beacon Street Walking Tour • Can the Nation Expect a Coronavirus Victim's Compensation Fund? • Your Child with Special Needs: Navigating School Meetings • The Building, The Urban Landscape, and The Architect • Cuba: Fascinating Culture, Inspirational Travel
We have designed a "pay what you will" system for registering. For most lectures you will find that you have four options for payment amount: $25, $20, $15, and $10. By selecting to pay as much as is possible for you, you will provide invaluable and critical support for our program while registering. You will not incur a registration fee for this program and no refunds will be given.
The panel will include:
The forum is being produced in conjunction with the Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) and will be conducted on the Zoom platform.
To watch the webinar go to :https://brooklineinteractive-org.zoom.us/j/99631815251.
The forum also will be available for viewing on Brookline Access Television. In addition the forum will be available at a later date on YouTube through a link on the BrooklineCAN website.