JP Agenda, Sept. 13, 2013

September 13, 2013
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Meetings

Zoning Board of Appeals, Boston City Hall, Room 801: Tues., Sept. 17, 9:30am: 105A S. Huntington Ave. (floor-area ratio, height, excessive number of units, local retail, erect 13-story building); 7 Bynner St. (extend living space into basement); 127 Chestnut Ave. (change legal occupancy from garage to fitness & exercise center), 924 Hyde Park Ave. (demolish existing loading dock, erect new loading dock), 36 Danny Road (subdivide parcel, erect one-family house). Info: 635-4775.

JPNC Housing & Development Committee, agenda to include Washington Street & Forest Hills area developments, Sept. 17, 6:30pm, Bowditch School, 82 Green St. Info: jpnc.org.

JPNC Zoning Committee, Wed., Sept. 18 and Oct. 2; agenda, time, location to be announced. Info: jpnc.org.

E-13 Strategic planning meeting, Thurs., Sept. 19, District E-13, 3345 Washington St. Police Monthly meeting, Thurs., Oct. 3, District E-13, 3345 Washington St.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, monthly meeting, agenda to include reports from committees, Sept. 25, 7pm, First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St. Info: info@jpnc.org.

Commons at Forest Hills, Boston Redevelopment Authority meeting to discuss proposed housing and commercial redevelopment at 3593-3615 Washington St., Thurs., Sept. 26, 6:30pm, English High School, 144 McBride St. Info: TylerN.bra@cityofboston.gov.

          Sumner Hill Association annual meeting, Sun., Sept. 29, 4-6pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Info: sumnerhillboard@googlegroups.com.

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.

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 every other month, Doyle’s Cafe, 3484 Washington St. Info: sna-jp.org.

Special Interest

JP Republicans, guest will be guest will be Skip Schloming of the Small Property Owners Association, plus discussion on upcoming mayoral election, Tues., Sept. 17, 8pm, Doyle’s Café, 3484 Washington St. Info: edward59@jp-gop.org.

Jamaica Plain Business Breakfast, learn about Restore Boston, a City program that provides matching grants (up to $7,500 per storefront) to help neighborhood business and property owners complete storefront renovation projects, Thurs., Sept. 26, 8am, JP Seafood Café, 730 Centre St.

Ward 11 picnic mayoral candidate meet and greet, Sat., Sept. 14, 2:30-4:30pm, 53, 57 & 63 Peter Parley Road. Rain date Sun., Sept. 15. Info/RSVP: Ward11picnic@gmail.com.

JP Forum, Mon., Sept. 16, 7pm: How US policy drives Mexican immigration. Tues., Oct. 1: Time for a sharing economy. Thurs., Oct. 3, 7:30pm: Youth held at the border. Sun., Dec. 8, 3pm: History of the Boston Children’s Museum. First Church, 6 Eliot St. Info: jamaicaplainforum.org.

ETHOS 40th birthday celebration, Wed., Oct. 23, 5pm, 555 Amory St. RSVP: rsvp@ethoscare.org.

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.

Youth/Families

JP Children’s soccer, for kids 3.5 to 6.5, season ends Nov. 9, Jamaica Pond/Pinebanks Field, with weekly one hour practices.  Registration fee $25, $20 for siblings. Register: jpchildrensoccer.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.

Health/Fitness

Flat bike tire fixing demo, Thurs., Sept. 19, 7pm, Ferris Wheels Bike Shop, 66 South St. Info: ferriswheelsbikeshop.com.

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/mgriffiths@springhouseboston.org.

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

Seniors

The Good Life Healthy Living Club, club promoting healthy and active aging for adults 50+, beginning at the end of the summer at 30 Bickford St, Lower Level. Funded by the Tufts Health Foundation. Info session Sept. 19. Info: 522-4251.

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

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/ian@firstbaptistjp.org.

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

Classes

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

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

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.

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

Volunteers  

VNA Hospice Care seeks volunteers to provide companionship to patients, respite time for family members, or help with errands. Info: vnahospicecare.org.

Tutor adults, 2-3 hours/week, JP Adult Learning Program seeks volunteers to help students work toward their GED or learn English as a second language. Info: jptutors@gmail.com/635-5201×111.

Docents wanted at Loring-Greenough House, training offered, work in teams of two Saturdays or Sundays noon-2pm. Info: docent@loringgreenough.org/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: sara@hydesquare.org/318-6640.

Jamaica Plain Ecology Advocates, seeking volunteers for litter cleanups and more. Info: on.fb.me/GKO1em.

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 jkatz@springhouseboston.org.

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.

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.

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

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

Public Notices

Food pantry, choose from a selection of non-perishable foods, fresh produce, bakery bread, and personal items, no I.D. needed, everyone is welcome, starting Sept. 19, 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 11 a.m.-12 noon, First Church, 6 Eliot St. Info: firstchjp@aol.com.

Saturday hours at the neighborhood branches of the Boston Public Library have returned.

Nomination packets for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council neighborhood election are available at the Boston Public Library branches (12 Sedgwick St., 433 Centre St. & 2044 Columbus Ave.) & Curtis Hall (12 South St). Signatures must be in by Sept. 20. The election will be Sat., Oct. 19. Info: jpnc.org.

Community composting, Saturdays, 10am-2pm, Egleston Square Farmers Market, 45 Brookside Ave. Info: geenovateboston.gov.

Rebuilding Together Boston no-cost home repairs applications now open to Boston homeowners. Info: rtboston.org/971-0058.

 “City Hall to Go,” mobile city hall services, first Thursdays, 4pm, Centre & South Sts. Second Thursdays, 12:30pm, 3091 Washington St. Info: twitter @CityHallToGo/635-4500.

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

Spotholes, pothole reporting tool is now available from the City. Report through 635-4500, Citizens Connect mobile phone app, cityofboston.gov/mayor/24, and using #spotholes on twitter.

Open Space Plan survey, provide input on park use & preferences, bit.ly/BOSopenspacesurvey2015.