93 Winchester St. Brookline, MA 02446    617 . 730 . 2770    info@brooklineseniorcenter.org

Honoring the wisdom that comes with age

Brookline Senior Center Building

Ruthann Dobek, director

I am sad to tell you we lost Jean Kramer.  In the ’70s we published our first newsletter and the writer and designer was Jean Kramer.  For the next 32 years, 12 times a year, Jean never missed a single issue.  Every program and service that we offer has been promoted by Jean with graciousness and dignity.  We will miss her.

We are closed Thursday, December 25 for Christmas.  We are open every other weekday in December.

Statistics tell us that more than half of all charitable giving is taking place now.  I know many of you share my view and hope you will consider a holiday gift to the Center.   No gift is too small.  These are the things I’m grateful for:

Volunteers – 300 strong and here for us every day

Board members – They’re the reason we have funding

Staff – Our team of devoted people who work to keep seniors independent.  Stop in and say thanks

Services – Modestly speaking, other towns envy our programs

You – You make this job worthwhile with your wisdom, creativity and energy

Sponsors – Thank you to all who supported our 13th Annual Autumn Benefit

Kindness – People who come here share their kindness.  The joys and heartaches unite us and help us stay connected

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Welcome India McConnico, interim site manager for Springwell lunch program

Welcome Ruth Brenner, our file of life coordinator

Seasons greetings!  This is a great way to stay connected to programs and services we offer.  Come out and join us.  As well, we will mail you the paper edition of News and Events each month for $10/yr.      We offer free bread and produce every Tuesday, 2-4 pm.  Lunch is available weekdays.  Our concerts and movies are free.  Transportation is available at subsidized rates.  Our staff and volunteers offer counseling and direct assistance with fuel, food stamps and income tax.

Senior Chorus Concert, 12/19

Join us Friday, December 19 at 10 am for a holiday concert by the Senior Chorus.   Prior to the event, there will be a check presentation from the annual craft fair.  Thanks all crafters and volunteers who made it possible.  And thank you to individuals and businesses for your donations.

Party like it's 2015, 12/29

We’re having a party Monday, December 29, our annual New Year’s bash.  Join us starting at 2 pm.  At 3,  entertainment by pianist and singer Arlene Bailey Lucas.  Food and drink to follow.  RSVP :  617. 730. 2770

Van and Bus Schedule

There is no bus service December 26, 29, 30 and 31 and January 2.  Recorded message:  617. 730. 2750

Thank you: Autumn Benefit Sponsors (as of 12/1)

- -  Photos by Mimi Katz


Diamond:  $2,500

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Chou Chou and Michael Merrill


Ruby:  $1,500

Bay State Federal Savings Charitable Foundation, Goddard House Assisted Living, Hamilton Company:  Maura and Harold Brown, Chobee Hoy, Shulamit Kahn and Kevin Lang, Betsy Pollock, Suzanne Salamon and Alan Einhorn, Winnie and Richard Rubino

Sapphire:  $1,000

Laurde and Elias Audy:  Cypress Automart

Emerald:  $500

Atkin Associates LLC, Doris Toby Axelrod and Lawrence Marks, Bank of Canton, Center Communities of Brookline/Hebrew Senior Life, Coolidge House, Golden Living Centers/Heathwood, Margie and Rev. George Chapman, Patricia Dobek, Ruthann Dobek and Glenn Boghosian, Sidney Gelb, Deb Goldberg, HouseWorks, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, The Move Maven, Providence House Senior Living, Ruth Kertzer Seidman and Aaron Seidman, Wade Horowitz LaPointe LLC, Sonia and William Wong

Topaz:  $300


Anonymous (3), Carla and Dick Benka, Brookline Bank, Brookline Hearing Services, Brookline Municipal Credit Union, Carol and Frank Caro, Nancy Daly and Kevin Cavanaugh, Helen Charlupski, Marilyn and Andre Danesh, Betsy and Dennis DeWitt, Emilie Drooker, Elder Achievers, Thomas Faulhaber, Doris and Saul Feldman, Demee Gamboulos and Kenneth Goldstein, Epoch Senior Healthcare of Chestnut Hill, Global Partners and Alliance Energy, Marcia and Robert Heist, Helen and Rudy Kass, Home Instead Senior Care,  Nancy and Harry Johnson

Helen and Rudy Kass, Jean and Robert Kramer, Alberta and Roger Lipson, V. Celia Lascarides-Manley, Levine/Stanetsky Memorial Chapels, Corrine Long, So Hing Mak, Sylvia and Ralph Memolo, Cecily and Alan Morse, Mount Pleasant Home, Lucy and Dick Robb, Enid Shapiro, Robert Sperber, Jean and Peter Stringham, Roberta Winitzer, Christina Wolf and John Bassett, Leroy Neuberg, Wade Horowitz LaPointe LLC, Ada and William White, Phyllis Baker, Beverly Gleason, Martha Sue Turnbull, Mady and Bruce Donoff, John Hull, Ellen Ziskind, Beatrice Telegen, Elizabeth Buonaugurio, Paula Gardner, Mary Ames, Paula and Norman Menyuk, Helen and How Wong, John Carrier, John Backman, Adele Pike, Frances Chaikin, Harriet and Allan Sutfin

Podiatry, Blood Pressure Screening

Barbara Westley

Friday, December 19 – - Podiatry Clinic from 9-12 noon.  Dr. John Laughlin will see you here for a 15-minute session for routine foot care.    $30   Appointments:  617. 730. 2777


Thursday, December 18 – -  Barbara Westley, Brookline Public Health Nurse, will do blood pressure screening here 9-10 am

No screenings at O’Shea House in December

Play Bridge Fridays

Jan Davidson, bridge coordinator, welcomes bridge newcomers Friday mornings at 9 am.  Join us for revolving games.  Call 617. 730. 2760

Chess on Thursdays

Come play every Thursday, 1-3 pm.  Bring your own board or use ours.  To get connected call Julie Washburn:617 730.2760

Computer Help Tuesdays

Sign up for a one on one session Tuesdays in December.   Get help with basics and learn to apply for benefits.  Register:  617. 730. 2777 for an appointment.  Olga Sliwa:  617. 730. 2768

Canasta Players

We’re starting a group.  Call Julie Washburn:  617. 730. 2760 or jwashburn@brooklinema.gov

Betsy Pollock, president

Our 12 year-old van is being replaced.  Jerry Billow chose the Center as his charity for Brookline Rotary’s Dancing with the Stars, November 8.  Jerry won the fundraising contest and the dance contest.  Thanks, Jerry, and Barbara Kellman, their friends and your support.  We’ll be buying the new van this spring.

Of course, van service is more than the van.  Our driver, Jason, the gas and maintenance are crucial to bringing people here and to activities in the town.  The van’s expense, $30,000 is maintained entirely through the generosity of people like you.  Last year, with a generous donation from Harold Brown, we expanded van service from four to five days.

To everyone who attended or volunteered at the benefit, you made the evening wonderful.  To our sponsors:  thank you for caring.  Special thanks to diamond sponsors, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center,  Chou Chou and Michael Merrill.  And thanks to those who donated their tickets to others.  Money that’s raised by the benefit supports programs and services to help the most needy with fuel assistance, emergency resources and SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that helps stretch food dollars with food stamps. ( If you need help, please call Sonia Wong:  617. 730. 2774)

Our endowment is now $1 million. Endowments help ensure the future of the organization with income stream and reserves. It took 11 years to reach the first million. We’re hoping to double our endowment by 2018. You can contribute directly or put the Brookline Senior Center in your will.  Gifts of $1,000 will be added to our Wall of Honor.

Last winter we launched our first major renovation since the building was built:  renovating 2,500 square feet in our four-story building.  We have two new classrooms, three new offices, a conference room,  and we moved the fitness center from the basement to the sunny second floor.  It’s fantastic.

You know people turn to us for fuel assistance, hot lunch, fitness and more.   With your support we can go on providing the community support you depend on.  Please use the Paypal button.   Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season.