JP Agenda, April 25, 2014

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Centre/Hyde/Jackson Design Projects community meeting, to discuss design issues such as sidewalk size, crosswalks, landscaping and traffic along Centre and South Streets, Mon., April 28, 6-8:30pm, Hennigan Community Center, 200 Heath St.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council monthly meeting, agenda to include nominations, interviews and election for one JPNC vacancy in Area A, Tues., April 29, 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90 South St. Info:

Community meeting on Bromley and Heath Streets parcels, sponsored by DND, April 30, 6:30pm, Back of the Hill Apartments, 1st Floor Community Room, 100 S. Huntington Ave. Info: [email protected].

Boston Police District E-13, Police-community relations meeting, Thurs., May 1, 7pm, E-13 Police Station, 3347 Washington St. Latino monthly meeting, May 8, 7pm, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine Ave. Strategic planning: May 15, E-13 Police Station. Info: 343-5623.

Pedestrian/bike safety improvements to the Arboretum crosswalk on Arborway, Tues., May 6, 7-8:30pm, First Church JP 6 Eliot St. Info: [email protected].

JPNC Public Service Committee, agenda to include discussion of extending the Green Line to Hyde Square, Tues., May 6, 7pm, Curtis Hall, 20 South St.  Info:

JPNC Zoning Committee, Wed., May 7, 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90 South St., agenda to include: 22-26 Plainfield St. (raze existing building& erect three-story townhouse, off-street parking), 38-42 Hyde Park Ave. (raze existing one-story building & erect four-story building with ground level-retail), 5 Nira Ave. (construct new single-family house). Next meetings, May 21, June 4.

CPCAY Arborway Yard informational meeting, Wed., May 14, 7pm, location to be announced. Info: 595-5145/[email protected].

JP Branch Library design meeting, May 21, 7pm, JP Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St., 524-2053.

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

Stonybrook Neighborhood Association, unless posted otherwise, 2nd Monday of every even-numbered month, 7-9pm, back room of Doyle’s, 3484 Washington St. Info:

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

17th Annual Charlie Kelleher Fun Run/Walk, to benefit the Italian Home for Children, Sat., April 26, 9am, Forest Hills Cemetery. Info: 524-4396.

Annual Jamaica Plain Spring Clean-Up/Boston Shines, Sat., April 26, 9am-2pm, tools will be available at 8:30am at Curtis Hall, 20 South St. Jullieanne Doherty, 635-4855.

DCR Annual Park Serve Day, spruce up park facilities, clean coastlines, clean and maintain trails, plant flowers, April 26. Register:

Showa Boston Open House, see the campus, meet some students, kids activities offered to celebrate Children’s Day in Japan, Sun. April 27, 1-3pm. Info: 522-0080.

Missing Class, strengthening social movement groups by seeing class cultures, Thurs., May 1, 7:30pm, First Church JP, 6 Eliot St. Info:

Boston Education for Social Justice annual conference, on education for and by the people, May 10, 9am-5pm, English High School, 144 McBride St., from 9am until 5 pm.

Annual Neighborhood Coffee Hour Series with Mayor Martin Walsh, Tues., May 13, South Street Park, 52 South St. Info: 635-4505.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation annual meeting, Thurs., May 22, 6-9pm, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, 45 Brookside Ave. Info:

Annual Hyde Square Task Force neighborhood 5k run/walk, Sat. June 7, 10am, 8:30am registration, 361 Centre St. Info:

Annual Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon, $20 registration, June 8, 7am-5:30pm, starts and ends at the Stony Brook Park, 100 Boylston St. Info:

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.


Families Creating Together, puppet-making workshops, Saturdays though May 17, Curtis Hall, 20 South St. Info: 875-3619.

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].


Recovery Health Fair, learn about substance abuser providers, overdose prevention, meet Boston Public Health Commission, April 26, 2-4pm, Anna May Cole Community Center, 10 Lamartine Extension. Info: 534-9385.

Group prenatal consultation with a pediatrician, bring questions to discuss common concerns as you prepare for your baby, May 1, June 5, Aug. 7, Sept. 4, 6-7pm, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, 2nd floor conference room. Info: [email protected]/983-4153.

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:

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].

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

DCR monthly street sweeping, on DCR streets and parkways, including Jamaicaway, Arborway, & Perkins St., 2nd Wednesdays & Thursdays through November 30. Full schedule:

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.

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

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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