JP Agenda, May 24, 2013

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Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, agenda to include nomination and selection of representatives for areas B & C, discussion of a possible mayor & at-large city councilor candidate forum, Tues., May 28, 7pm, First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St. Info:

JPNC Public Service Committee, Tues., June 4, 7pm, Curtis Hall, 20 South St. Info:

Board of Appeals hearing, to address 891 Centre St. changing occupancy from offices to offices and upholstery school and classes, & 48 Cedarwood Rd, to erect addition to left and right sides of house, Tues., June 4, 10:30am, Rm. 801, City Hall.

E-13 Monthly Police E-13 meeting, Thurs., June 6, 7pm, District E-13, 3345 Washington St. Latino monthly meeting, June 13, 7pm, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St. Police strategic monthly planning, Thurs., June 20, 7pm, District E-13, 3345 Washington St.

JPNC Zoning Committee, Thurs., June 13, 7pm, agenda tbd. Farnsworth House, 90 South St. Info:

JPNC Housing and Development Committee, Tues., June 18, 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90 South St. Info:

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:

JP Problem Properties Committee, first Wednesday of the month, 10:30am, E-13 Police Station Community Room, 3347 Washington St. Info: Robert Torres, 722-2060.

Stonybrook Neighborhood Association, 2nd Monday of every other month, 7-9pm. Unless posted otherwise, meetings are held in the back room of Doyle’s, 3484 Washington St. Info:

Jackson Square CAC, fourth Thursdays of the month, 6:30pm, 20 Amory Ave JP. Info: [email protected]

JP Local First Steering Committee meeting, all local business owners and/or representatives invited, second Thursdays of the month, 8:30am, Egleston Square YMCA, 3134 Washington Street.  Info: [email protected].

Special Events

Sherrill House’s Annual Meeting, with state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchéz speaking, Wed., June 5, 4:30pm, Sherrill House, 135 South Huntington Ave. Info: 731-2400 x3017.

A Dialogue for Safe & Sound Gun Laws in our Communities, sponsored by JP Forum, w/ Dr. David Hemenway, Harvard School of Public Health & local father. Thurs., June 13, 7-9pm, First Church UU, 6 Eliot St. Info: [email protected].

JP Shines Clean-up of Forest Hills area, Sat., June 8, 10am-noon, meet at Fazenda Coffee Roasters Cafe, 3710 Washington St. We will provide trash bags and gloves, please bring a broom or rake if you have one. Info: [email protected].

Office Hours

State Rep. Liz Malia, third Friday of each month, 8-9:30am, J.P. 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.


Girls Rock Camp Boston, summer sessions July 22-27, Aug. 12-17. Info:

Summer crafts program registration, Eliot School, 24 Eliot St. Info: or 617-524-3313.

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/[email protected].


Free skin cancer screening, Wed., May 29, 5-7pm, Faulkner Hospital, 1153 Centre St. Info:

Yoga classes, meditation and stress reduction classes, low cost, some free, English and Spanish, MindBody/Health Promotion Center, 10 Green St. Info: 983-4226.

Care to Care, a support group for family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, second Wednesdays of the month, 6:30-7:30pm. Springhouse, 44 Allandale St. Info: Meredith Griffiths, 522-0043/[email protected].

Stroke Support Group, last Weds. of every month, 1-2pm, Faulkner Hospital, 1153 Centre St. info:


Senior Whole Health, a health plan for seniors who have both Medicare and MassHealth, will offer free exercise classes in English and Spanish, Thursdays through June 6, 10-11am, Amory Apartments, 125 Amory St. Info:

Ethos workshops for healthy aging, Chronic disease management Tuesdays, 10am, SJPHC, 640 Centre St., powerful tools, Wednesdays, 4:30pm, Ethos, 555 Amory St. Info:

Crossroads Café, free lunch and social event for seniors and their guests, often featuring live music and educational presentations. Food made with local produce and other healthy ingredients. Bread, produce, milk, and leftovers to take home as available. Saturdays, First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St., 12:30-2pm. Info: 524-3992/[email protected].

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.


Wordplay: Creative Writing Workshop for Teens, taught by Emerson College instructor & writer, ages 14-17, Aug. 5-9, 1-4 PM, $150, Dunster Rd. Info: 857-719-1464/[email protected].

Computer classes, internet, email, resume writing, weekday mornings starting June 4, 10:30-12:10pm, Curtis Hall, 20 South St. Info: 635-5193 x117.

Spanish-English Language Exchange, English speakers can learn Spanish and Spanish speakers can learn English, Saturdays, 11:30am-1:30pm, Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

ESL conversation groups, Mondays 6:30pm, Thursdays, 4pm, Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 522-1960.

Art, woodworking, sewing & craft classes for adults and children year-round. Info:

Study Island, state standards in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies with interactive features and games, Curtis Hall, 20 South St. Info: 635-5193×116.

GED Program, GED, beginning to advanced English, Transitions to College classes; plus individual tutoring, computer classes, and college and career readiness advising offered by the JP Community Centers Adult Learning Program. Evenings, English High School, 144 McBride St.; mornings, Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St. Info: [email protected]/635-5201.

Classes at the Arnold Arboretum,


Girls Rock Campaign Boston, 100% female volunteer-run, needs musical and non-musical volunteers for summer sessions, July 22-27 & Aug. 12-17. Info:

Docents wanted at Loring-Greenough House, training offered, work in teams of two Saturdays or Sundays noon-2pm. Info: [email protected]/383-1256.

Hyde Square Task Force seeks volunteers to tutor high school students in any subject at JP youth center, evenings and afternoons available. Info: [email protected]/318-6640.

Jamaica Plain Ecology Advocates, seeking volunteers for litter cleanups and more. Info:

Springhouse Retirement Community, volunteer activities can include reading to a group. Cooking, playing music or calling a bingo game, 44 Allandale St. Info: Jacki Katz [email protected].

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/[email protected].

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

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

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/

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

Friends of Jamaica Pond seeks volunteers, Info:

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

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

Boston Public Libraries have shifted to reduced summer hours. Sunday hours return in the fall. Info:

Rain barrels, on sale by Boston Natural Areas Network, $25. Info: 542-7696/

Spotholes, pothole reporting tool is now available from the City. Report through 635-4500, Citizens Connect mobile phone app,, and using #spotholes on twitter.

Boston Bikes subsidized Hubway memberships, $5 annual Hubway memberships to low income Boston residents who qualify. Info: 918-4458 or 534-5690 (non-English).

Open Space Plan survey, provide input on park use & preferences,

Egleston Farmers Market Reopens June 1, features local produce, meat, fish, eggs, cheese, bread, hummus, salsa, and baked goods, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Center, 45 Brookside Ave. Info:

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