JP Agenda, March 14, 2014


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JPNC Housing & Development Committee, discussing Arborway Yard bus facility and Urbanica’s “Parcel U” redevelopment on Hyde Park Ave., Tues., March 18, 6:30pm, Bowditch School, 82 Green St. Info:

JPNC Zoning Committee, discussing Parcel U, Hyde Park Ave. & Ukraine Way, Urbanica, Inc., seeking zoning map amendment to change zoning from Open Space-Parkland to Multi-Family Residential, Wed., March 19, 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90 South St. Info: 794-1631/

Boston Police District E-13, Strategic Planning meeting, Thurs., March 20, 7pm, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St.; police-community relations meeting, Thurs., April 3, 7pm, E-13 Police Station, 3347 Washington St. Info: 343-5623.

Zoning Board of Appeals, City Hall, Room 801, 635-4775. March 25, 9:30am: 597-605 Centre St., Centre Pond LLC seeks variances to change occupancy from restaurant to restaurant with #36A take-out use.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, discussing nominations for vacant seats and consideration of council’s role in Forest Hills issues, Tues., March 25, 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90 South St. Info:

Councilor O’Malley’s Annual Town Hall meeting, Wed., March 26, 6:30pm, Arnold Arboretum Weld Hill Research Building, 1300 Centre St. Info: [email protected].

Stonybrook Neighborhood Association, 2nd Monday of every other month, 7-9pm, back room of Doyle’s, 3484 Washington 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.

Special Interest

Arts funding forum with state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, Tues., March 18, 6-7:30pm, Stonybrook Fine Arts, 24 Porter St. RSVP requested. Info:

Jamaica Plain Republicans, meeting to discuss state convention and candidates, Mon., March 18, 8:30pm, Doyle’s Café, 3484 Washington St. Info: 524-5352.

JP Progressives forums, meet candidates for state office, Doyle’s Café, 3484 Washington St.: Wed., March 19, 6-9pm: Maura Healy (attorney general), Leland Cheung (lt. governor), Steve Kerrigan (lt. governor), Mike Lake (lt. governor), Tom Conroy (treasurer); Wed., March 26, 6-9pm: James Arena-DeRosa (lt. governor), Warren Tollman (attorney general), Barry Finegold (treasurer), Deb Goldberg (treasurer), Jonathan Edwards (lt. governor). Reservations requested. Info: [email protected].

Boston Climate Action Network 2014 kickoff, organizing campaign on gas leaks and City’s three-year climate plan, Sun., March 23, 3:30-5:30pm, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St. Info:

Blue Future: Protecting Water and People and the Planet Forever, with activist and author Maude Barlow, sponsored by JP Forum, Thurs., March 20, 7pm, First Church JP, 6 Eliot St. Info: :

Women’s history talk, writer/educator Desiree Taylor discusses former slave Amanda Berry Smith, Sat., March 22, 11am, Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St. Info: 524-2053.

Franklin Park History Tour, led by Park Ranger Mark Swartz, Sun., March 23, 2-3:30pm, Franklin Park. Free; registration required by March 20. Info:

Kairos Forum at First Baptist JP, 633 Centre St. March 24: Faith in the Face of Empire:  The Bible through Palestinian Eyes A Booktalk by Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb. March 26: Al-Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine. Info:

Legacy of Pauline Agassiz Shaw, discussion of historic JP activist and reformer, presented by JP Historical Society, JP Tuesday Club and Boston Women’s Heritage Trail, Tues., March 25, 6:30pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Free. Info:

Jobs Not Jails, information session on campaign to end jail construction and put money to social programs, sponsored by JP Forum, Mon., April 3, 7-8:30pm, First Church in JP, 6 Eliot St. Reservations required. Info: [email protected].

Durable Economies, discussion with author Bruce Seifer, sponsored by JP Forum, Wed., April 9, 7pm, First Church JP, 6 Eliot St. Info:

JPNDC annual meeting, Thurs., May 22, 6-9pm, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, 45 Brookside Ave. Info: [email protected].

Office Hours

City Councilor Matt O’Malley, Thurs., March 27, 4-5pm, J.P. Licks, 659 Centre St. Info: 635-4220.

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.


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].


Faulkner Hospital weight loss class, Registered Dietitian-led weight management education program, Thursdays through April 17, 1153 Centre St. Info:

NAMI Family to Family classes, for family members, partners and friends of individuals with major mental illness, weekly classes Monday evenings through April 7. Info: 522-7439/[email protected].

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:

Water fitness classes, offered at Curtis Hall Mon – Fri 9-10am, Sat 10-11am and Tues – Thurs 6-7pm. Classes offered at Hennigan Mon, Wed & Fri 6:30-7:30PM. $5 drop in or 14 class punch card for $50.  Discount for seniors. Taught by certified instructors.  First class is free and all levels are welcome. Curtis Hall: 635-5193; Hennigan: 635-5198.


ABCD Good Life Healthy Living Club, monthly wellness sessions, for adults 50+, wednesdays, 10am. My Life, My Health, class for adults 50+ with chronic health conditions, weekly classes, Thurs., 2pm. Computer classes for adults 50 and older, Mondays, 3pm. 30 Bickford St. 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:

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].

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


Yoga 101: Back to Basics, Wednesdays through April 30, 6:45-8pm, The Cave, Bromley-Heath housing development, 30 Bickford St. Free. Info:

Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. ESL Conversation Groups, Mondays through March 31, 6:30pm and Thursdays through March 27, 10:30am and 2 pm; Spanish-English Language Exchange, Saturdays, noon-1:45pm.

Mikyoung Kim’s Transformational Landscapes, landscape architect discussing her creative process, Thurs., March 27, 7-8:30pm, Weld Hill Research Building, Arnold Arboretum, 1300 Centre St. Fee $15 (students/members free); registration required. Info:

People’s Law School, workshops on basic legal information and self-help on such topics as tenant’s rights, small business law and tax law, Sat., March 29, 1-5pm, Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, 122 Boylston St. Free. Info:

La Voz Del Pueblo, civic education workshops for Latinos, sponsored by Oiste?, Thursdays through April 24, 5:30-8pm, 30 Bickford St. Registration required. Info: 426-6633/[email protected].

Work that Reconnects, facilitated “group work” event on reconnecting to people and Earth, sponsored by JP Forum, Sat., March 29, 10am-5pm, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St. Registration required by March 21. Info:

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:

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,


Middle School Math Tutors Needed, Local BPS school is looking for adults to tutor grades 7 and/or 8th grade students after school, Tuesdays 3-4:30, in Math, throughout school year. Comfort with pre-algebra and teens important. Call David Weinstein at 857-334-9855 or email [email protected]

English for New Bostonians, looking for volunteers to serve as ESL tutors. Info: 350-5480 ext. 230 / [email protected].

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

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: [email protected]/635-5201×111.

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:

Public Notices

Needle disposal, City of Boston reminds residents medical needles/syringes cannot be put in household trash; drop-off location: AIDS Action Committee, 75 Amory St. Needle exchange program for IV drug users available via AHOPE Boston at 534-3963. If needle found in public area, call Mayor’s Hotline: 635-4500.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council vacant seats, seeking nominees for two vacant Area A seats. Info:[email protected].

Free tax preparation site, for Earned Income Tax Credit, sponsored by ABCD, 30 Bickford St. Info: 348-6586/

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

Rebuilding Together Boston no-cost home repairs applications now open to Boston homeowners. Info:

“City Hall to Go,” mobile city hall services, first Thursdays, 4pm, Centre & South Sts. Third Saturdays, 10am, 3091 Washington St. Info: twitter @CityHallToGo/635-4500.

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

Spotholes, pothole reporting tool, 635-4500, Citizens Connect mobile phone app,, and using #spotholes on twitter.

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

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