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 love January:  a clean calendar plus goals and resolutions.  I’d like to express my gratitude 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 – Thanks to all who support the Annual Benefit

Kindness – People who share their kindness.  Joys and heartaches unite and help us stay connected.

The Senior Center is here to help you fill your days with creative activities and make new friends.  Keep your resolutions whether it’s exercising, volunteering or learning.  Whatever your interests, get to know us and donate time and talent to make us the best center around.

I am sad to tell you we lost Jean Kramer.  In the ’70s we published our first newsletter: 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.  Thank you Bob, Margaret and Willie Kramer.

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Stay connected to programs and services we offer.  We’re here to help you plan your days with creative activities and new friends.  We want to help you reach your resolution whether it’s exercising, volunteering and learning something new.  Our gym has new gear and a helpful staff.   Stop in 8:30-4:30 daily.  Also, we’ll mail the paper edition of News and Events to you $10/yr.   We offer free bread and produce every Tuesday, 2-4 pm.  We serve lunch.  Our concerts and movies are free.  Get transportation at subsidized rates:  the van runs every day.  Our staff and volunteers offer counseling and direct assistance with fuel, food stamps and income tax.

Naming opportunities

Donations of $1,000 are added to our Wall of Honor.  A donation of $10,000 brings naming rights for an office or the conference room.  For $25,000, naming option for our double classroom.  For $35,000, naming option to the fitness center.  Please be in touch with Ruthann Dobek:  rdobek@brooklinema.gov    617. 730. 2756

SHINE Volunteer Counselors Needed

SHINE helps people on Medicare and others understand complex insurance options.  There is a need for volunteers to educate and provide unbiased help.  SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) counselors are trained and the next training starts in April and runs two days/week for six weeks.  Once you’re certified, you’ll work six hours/week meeting with clients in Senior Centers or other public settings.  You’ll also attend monthly meetings where you’ll get support and meet with other counselors.  Call Dorene Nemeth, MetroWest Regional SHINE director:  781. 455. 7555 x 202.   – - SHINE is administered by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs in partnership with councils on aging and aging services access points.

Pain Management Seminar, 1/29

Meet Jennifer Rhodes-Kroph, MD Wednesday, January 29 at 1:30 for an assessment of pain and the WHO step ladder for prescribing pain medication.  Dr. Rhodes-Kroph is medical director of Center Communities of Brookline.  To register:  617. 730. 2770

Autumn Benefit Sponsors (as of 12/1)

We honor Elias Audy for his community service as a member of the Brookline Chamber and Brookline Rotary.  He has been an advocate for the Center since its inception and believes that a society is judged by how it cares for its children and elders.  He lives in West Roxbury with his wife, Laurde.

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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

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, 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, January 30 – - Podiatry clinic for routine foot care, Dr. John McLaughlin is here 9-12 noon.  Fifteen minute appointments:  $30.  Call to register:  617. 730. 2777

Bridge Fridays

Jan Davidson, bridge coordinator, welcomes players Fridays at 9 am.  Join us for revolving games.  Call 617. 730. 2760

Chess Thursdays

Come play Thursdays, 1-3 pm.  Bring your own board or use ours.   Julie Washburn:617 730.2760

Chinese New Year, 2/9



We celebrate the Chinese New Year Monday, February 9 at 12:30.  2015 is the year of the goat and is auspicious for people born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and 2015.  Personality traits, according to http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/goat.asp are calm, gentle, creative, thoughtful, frank and honest.

Join us for lunch.  Tickets:  $7.  Reservations:  617. 730. 2770

Climate Week, 2/2 - 2/10


Climate Week runs February 2 – February 10 with events that focus on how we can work together for a better future.  Events are free and open to all unless noted.  Write  -   info@climateactionbrookline.org


Donations accepted Saturday, February 7 ,10-2 pm @Brookline Town Hall

- Eyeglasses

- Cell phones and chargers

- Styrofoam and packing peanuts, collected separately

- Bicycles

Donations accepted Friday, February 6, 8-7 pm,  and Saturday, February 7, 8-11 am only by the Brookline Commission for Women @ Police Department, 350 Washington St across from Town Hall

- Children’s clothing that is clean and wearable, sizes 0-5 only


Betsy Pollock, president

We’re replacing our 12 year-old van!  Barbara Kellman and Jerry Billow chose the Center as their charity for Brookline Rotary’s Dancing with the Stars in November.  Jerry won the dance contest.  Thanks to Jerry and Barbara,  their friends and your support,  we’ll be buying a new van in the spring.

Money raised at 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.

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.   Best wishes for a happy and healthy year.

Betsy Pollock