Agenda, 8/26

August 26, 2011
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Meetings

Casey Overpass Community Meetings, Working Advisory Group: Weds., Aug. 31, 6-8:30pm, New Location Agassiz, 20 Child St; Public Information Meeting, Tues., Sept. 13, 6-8pm, English High School, 144 McBride St. Info: massdot.state.ma.us/caseyoverpass.

         Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, Tues., Aug. 30, 7pm, First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St. Agenda Includes: Presentation by Michael Dupey of Streetcar Liquors about a new 7-day beer and wine package store at 488 Centre St.; Update from the Whole Foods Negotiating Committee and Elections Committee; reports from working committees. Info: jpnc.org.

         JPNC Zoning Committee, Thurs., Sept. 1 (no August meetings). Farnsworth House, 90 South St. Info: dave_baron@mindspring.com or jpnc.org.

Police/Community Relations, Strategic Planning: Thurs., Sept. 1, 7pm, E-13 Police Station, 3345 Washington St.. Latino Monthly Meeting: Thurs., Sept. 8, 7pm, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St. Info: 343-5624.

         JPNC Public Service Committee, Tues., Sept. 6, 7pm, Old Cheverus School, 365 Centre St., rear. Agenda includes petition for change of ownership of 7-day retail package store all-alcohol license; Follow-up on 7-day common victuallar license for  Wok N Talk at 23 S. Huntington St. Info: jpnc.org.

         Southwest Corridor Parkland Management Advisory Committee, First Wednesday of every month, 7pm. Sept. 7: Boston Police Headquarters, Columbus Ave. (Oct. 5, 70 St. Alphonsus St., South End; Nov. 2, E-13 Police Station, 3347 Washington St.)

         Sumner Hill Association Annual Meeting, Weds., Sept. 21, 6-8pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., sumnerhillassociation.org.

         Jamaica Pond Association Board of Directors, first Monday of the month, 7pm, Jamaicaway Tower, 111 Perkins St.

         Egleston Square Organizations, including JPNDC, the YMCA, 826 Boston, Teen Empowerment, St. Mary of the Angels and more meet at 1pm on the first Tuesday of every month. Info and Egleston Square Events Calendar: eglestonsquare.mainstreets.org.

         Jamaica Hills Association, second Wednesday of every month, 7:30pm, Springhouse, Allandale Rd. Info: jamaicahills.org.

JPNC Parks and Open Space Committee, normally third Tuesday of the month, 6:30pm, JP Licks, 659 Centre St. Info: posc.jpnc@gmail.com.

Public Hearings

Zoning Board of Appeal, Boston City Hall, Room 801, 635-4775, Tues., Sept. 13, 9:30am, Eve Kazimiera-Rosa Belfer-Ahern seeks variances for floor-area ratio, side-yard, rear-yard and usable space to erect a three-story addition, change legal occupancy from one-family to three-family and conduct renovations at 68 Boynton St.; 10:30am, Anna Villegas seeks to create off-street parking for one vehicle at 28 Paul Gore St.

Special Interest

         Boston Landlords, invited to a no-cost energy improvement workshop, Sat., Aug. 27, 10am-2pm, Anna Mae Cole Community Center, corner of Heath St. and Columbus Ave. Info/RSVP: 524-3950/Eunice@RenewBoston.org

         Jamaica Plain Republicans, Wards 11 & 19, first Tuesday of the month, 8pm, Doyle’s Cafe, 3484 Washington St. Info: Edward Wagner: 524-5352/ Edward59@earthlink.net.

Office Hours

         Congressman Mike Capuano, members of Capuano’s staff, fourth Tuesday of each month, 4-5pm, Ula Café, 284 Amory St. Info: 621-6208.

         State Rep. Liz Malia, third Friday of each month, 8-9:30am, JP Licks, 659 Centre St. Info: 722-2060.

         Jullieanne Doherty, JP Coordinator from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, 4th Monday of the month, 2-6pm, JP branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St.

Youth/Families

         JP Children’s Soccer, for kids ages 3.5-6.5, registration ends Sept. 2. Season runs Sept. 14-Nov. 12. $25 ($20 for second sibling). Info: jpchildrensoccer.org.

         Free Summer Meals for Children, provided by the City of Boston and the Mass Department of Education, through Sept. 2. No registration or ID required. Info/Locations: 800-645-8333.

         Swim League, Boston Center For Youth & Families seeks youth participants seeks youths ages 6-17 for a competitive swim league. Experience not necessary, but participants must be able to swim one length of the swimming pool, Hennigan Community Center, 200 Heath Street. Info: Bladimil Pujols, 635-5198/Bladimil.Pujols@cityofboston.gov.

Sports

         Hub on Wheels, citywide bike ride. Route includes Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum and Franklin Park. Sun., Sept. 25., from City Call Plaza, $45. Info: hubonwheels.org.

         Boston Athletic Association Half Marathon, a race through the Emerald Necklace park system. Most numbers have been claimed, but the Emerald Necklace Conservancy has 25 numbers available for its team. Sun., Oct. 9, 8:30-11am, White Stadium, Franklin Park. Info: 522-2700/ahelie@emeraldnecklace.org.

         Weekly Bike Rides, Community Rides (Beginners), Saturdays, 8:30am; Mountain Bike Rides (Intermediate), Sundays, 4pm; Paceline/Roadtraining Rides, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7am, leaving from Ferris Wheels Bike Shop, 66 South St. Info: 524-2453.

         William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park, is now open for the season, Info/Reservations: 364-2300.

         Beachbody Workouts, from the makers of P90X, all levels. Saturdays, 10am, Father Jack Roussin Community Center, 3134 Washington St. Registration/Info:  mindurbodyfitness.com.

         JP Running Club, 4- to 5-mile runs, all ages welcome, 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, 6:30pm., Doyle’s Café, 3834 Washington St. Info: jprunningclub.com.

Health/Fitness      

         Legally Blind, learn about the definition of legal blindness, how one is declared legally blind and the benefits and services available for the legally blind. Presented by Andrea Schein from the Mass. Commission for the Blind,  Weds., Sept. 7, 8-9:30am, Springhouse, 44 Allandale St. Info/RSVP: Karen Pollack, 971-1678/kpollack@springhouseboston.org.

         Support Group for Young Parents, a program of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, open to all faiths, for parents with children from birth to one-year, registration not required. Thursdays, 10:30am-noon. Info: 781-647- 5327/info@jfcsboston.org.

         Tong Ren and Chi Gong Healing Class, Saturdays noon-1pm, Akasha Studio 14 Meehan St., 2nd Flr., Free/donation only. Info: nickihealing@gmail.com.

         Overeaters Anonymous, No weigh-ins, dues or fees. Newcomer friendly group, Wednesdays, 4-5pm, Farnsworth House 1st Flr. Library, 90 South St. (on-street parking only). Info: Kristen, 857-244-1664/oa.org.

         Free Nicotine Patches, the Boston Public Health Commission is offering Boston residents free nicotine patches to help them quit smoking. Residents who are 18 and older can call 1-800-784-8669.

         Meditations of Natural Wisdom and Love, trainings offered by The Foundation for Active Compassion, fourth Saturday of each month, 10am-noon, First Baptist Church 633 Centre St. Info: Leah, jamaicaplain.fac@gmail.com.

         Al-Anon, are you troubled by someone else’s drinking? Newcomer friendly group, Fridays., 8-9:30pm, Faulkner Hospital 2nd Flr. Atrium Conference Room, 1153 Centre St. (validation for free parking in garage behind hospital); Al-Anon Women’s Meeting, Tuesdays 7-8:30pm,  Hope Church, Seaverns Avenue and Elm Street. Use the back door. Info: ma-al-anon-alateen.org.

         Faulkner Hospital Stroke Support Group, meets first Wednesday of every month, 2-3:30pm Faulkner Hospital, Atrium 2, 1153 Centre St. Info: faulknerhospital.org.

         MindBody Center, offers yoga, meditation and stress reduction classes. Low cost, beginners and continuing, English and Spanish, 640 Centre St. Info: 983-4226.

         LGBT Caregiver Support Group, join other caregivers for refreshments and discussion in a relaxed, confidential setting. Please contact group leader for times in Boston. Info: Joanne Peskowitz, 271-4182.

Seniors

         Transportation Alternatives for Seniors presented by the JP/Egleston Elder Care Network. Info available about The Ride, MBTA Senior T Passes, elder taxi coupons, the Senior Shuttle and more. Spanish interpretation available. Thurs., Sept 22, 2-4pm, Brookside Community Health Center, 3297 Washington St. Info: Stacey Miller: 983-7907.

         Crossroads Café, a free lunch and social event for senior citizens. Lunch made with local produce, Saturdays, 12:30–2pm. Info: 524-3992/churchoffice@firstbaptistjp.org.

         Retired? An informal coffee & conversation group is starting at a local coffee shop. Info: 971-9419.

         Community Cafes, entertainment, good company and a tasty, hot meal, sponsored by Ethos. 3 JP locations: Mon-Fri, 11am-1pm, Farnsworth, 90 South St; Weds.-Fri., 11am-1pm, Soul & Salsa café, Julia Martin House, 90 Bickford St.; Weds. & Fri., 9:30am-1:30pm Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St. Reservations required, $2 suggested. Info: 522-6700.

         Workshops for Older People Raising Children, support and training for child caregivers where at least one caregiver is over 55 and child is not Department of Children and Families-involved, 10am-12pm, 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 157 Green St; 10am-2pm, 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, Julia Martin House, 90 Bickford St. Info: MSPCC, 983-5850.

         LGBT Bereavement Group, a project of Ethos and the LGBT Aging Project, call 522-1292 to find the group closest to you.

Classes/Workshops

         Computer Classes, at the Connolly Branch Library, Spanish Language Class: Fri., Sept. 2, 3pm. Class size limited to 8, registration required. Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960/bpl.org.

Spanish-English Language X-Change/Intercambio de Idiomas Ingles y Español, Thursdays, 6:30pm Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St. info: 524.2053/bpl.org.

         The Center of Light, offers workshops and opportunities for prayer and meditation, 200 Amory St. Info: centersoflight.org.

         Classes at the Arnold Arboretum, arboretum.harvard.edu.

         GED Program, register for GED, pre-GED and ESOL classes. Small groups, individual tutoring, computer-assisted learning and other opportunities available. Placement testing, Mondays, 5:30; ESOL registration, 11am-7pm, JP Community Centers Adult Learning Program, English High School, 144 McBride St. Info: 635-5201.

Volunteers

         Tutor Adults, 2 hrs. a week, AM or PM. JP Adult Learning Program seeks volunteers to help students work toward their HS diploma or learn English as a Second Language. Free training begins mid-September. Info: jptutors@gmail.com/635-5201.

         Ethos on Amory Street is looking for volunteers in the following areas: friendly visitor, medical escort, shopping assistant, telephone reassurance caller, office assistant, ombusman, money management, internships and other group projects. Info: 477-6623/volunteer@ethoscare.org.

         FriendshipWorks for Elders seeks friendly visitors, medical escorts, pet pals (to visit elderly people with pets), walking partners, and volunteers to provide one-time and short-term assistance. JP chapter volunteers offer friendship and care in English and Spanish. Info: JP chapter, 277-5248/fw4elders.org.

         Volunteers Needed to Help Seniors Understand Their Medical Bills, Action for Boston Community Development seeks volunteers for Serving the Health Information Needs of Seniors (SHINE) program. Info: Elaine Cronin, 348-6226.

         Horizons for Homeless Children, seeks volunteers for its playspace programs at locations throughout the state, including JP. Info: 445-1480.

         Boston Partners In Education, seeks volunteers to tutor and mentor BPS students. Info: 451-6145/bostonpartners.org.

         Bikes Not Bombs, seeks volunteers and interns to help with administrative work, events-planning and curriculum development. Info: bikesnotbombs.org.

         Dare Family Services is recruiting foster parents in JP to provide safe, loving homes for local foster teens that have been abused or neglected, especially ages 10-18. Info: 427-6500/darefamily.org.

         Local Residents Needed, to drive cancer patients to and from treatment. Info: American Cancer Society, 800-227-2345/cancer.org.

         Help Seniors Navigate the Complicated World of Healthcare, 12-day training qualifies volunteers to staff hotline for seniors with questions about Medicare. A program of Action for Boston Community Development. Info: Emily Shea, 348-6380.

         Beacon Hospice, seeks veterans to provide end-of-life companionship for other veterans in Roxbury. Info: 800-467-7423/beaconhospice.com.

         VNA Hospice Care, needs men and women to volunteer in JP and nearby communities. Trainings will be held this fall in Charlestown or Quincy. Info: Lisa Palais, 569-2888/lpalais@vnab.org.

         Friends of Jamaica Pond seeks volunteers, Info: friendsofjamaicapond.org/524-7070.

         826 Boston Writing Program, Egleston-based program has oodles of opportunities for volunteers to work with BPS students. Info: 826boston.com.

         Jumpstart Community Corps., seeks volunteers (ages 55+) to work one-to-one with preschool children in Boston neighborhoods including JP. Volunteers serve 6 hours a week during the school year. Comprehensive training and $800 stipend provided. Info: Katharine Gamer, 542-5867 x515.

Public Notices

    Spray Decks, the Johnson Playground and Stonybrook spray decks will remain open through Sept. 5.

   Affordable Housing Campaign, launched by the Boston Tenants Coalition. Info: yestoaffordablehomes.org.

         Farmers Market, Wednesdays, 4-7pm, through Oct. 19, Community Servings Parking Lot, 18 Marbury Terrace.

         Street Sweeping, City of Boston and state Department of Conservation and Recreation programs, Info/Schedules: Boston, cityofboston.gov/publicworks/sweeping/; DCR, mass.gov/dcr/sweep.htm.

         Boylston Congregational Church Thrift Store, open first Saturday of each month, 10am-2pm, Boylston Congregational Church, 207 Amory St.

         Old and Unwanted Telephone Books, can be recycled with the city’s recycling program.

         Former Employer Contesting Your Unemployment Claim? Harvard Legal Aid bureau student attorneys may be able to represent you at your hearing. Spanish, Portuguese, Creole support available. Info: 495-4408.

         Rebuilding Together Boston, a nonprofit that provides no cost home renovations currently seeks new applicants for its services Homeowners and non-profits unable to pay for needed renovations are eligible for programs. Info: rtboston.org/971-0058.

         College Scholarships Available for Formerly Homeless and Low          Income Mothers, through One Family Inc. Info: onefamilyinc.org.

         Pay by Plate, a new option is available for Boston parking ticket payment on the City of Boston’s website, cityofboston.gov.

         Donate Gently Used Blankets to the Elizabeth Stone House, for the women and children being served at its domestic violence shelter and transitional housing program. Info: Amanda Green: 427-9801.

         Large Apt. Building Recycling, if you are a Boston resident living in an apt. bldg. with 6+ units, have your landlord call 635-4959 to set up recycling.

         Free Foreclosure Help, if you are facing the of your home as a home-owner or tenant because of foreclosure, you can be referred for free help from a housing counseling agency, legal help organization or other community organization. Homeowner: HOPE line, 888-995-HOPE; section 8 Tenant: HUD Counseling, 800-569-4287; elderly, 451-0680; other statewide foreclosure counselors: 800-651-8448; local legal services, masslegalservices.org/perl/services.cgi.

Best of JP 2014