JP Agenda, April 29, 2016

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., May 10 for the May 13 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.


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

JPNC Public Service Committee, Tues. May 3 at 7pm at Curtis Hall, 20 South St.

Jamaica Pond Association annual meeting and monthly business meeting Mon. May 2, 2016 7:00–9:00p.m. in the meeting room at Jamaicaway Towers, 111 Perkins Street, Jamaica Plain. Open public meeting; everyone is welcome.

         The Public Service Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council monthly meeting Tues. May 3, 7pm, Curtis Hall, 20 South Street. On the agenda will be a discussion of new art projects, such as murals in Jamaica Plain. Also on the agenda will be an update on a cigarette butt recycling program. All interested residents are invited to attend.

BRA Impact Advisory Group, Parcel U Phase C NPC meeting, May 3, 6-7pm, Woodbourne Apartments, 6 Southbourne Rd. Info: Phil Cohen, [email protected] or 918-4280.

Centre/South Streets Holiday Decorations follow-up discussion, Weds., May 11, 7  p.m. at Taylor House Bed and Breakfast, 50 Burroughs Street. Sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association (JP BAPA). Attendees share decorations thoughts, ideas and examples with JP BAPA members based on guidelines for decorations presented and discussed at the April meeting. All welcome! More info: 857-524-1717 or 617-524-4873.

Boston Park Advocates Summit, learn about Community Preservation Act and Imagine Boston 2030 planning process. Thurs. May 12, 5:30-8pm, Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse, One Circuit Drive, Dorchester.

JPNC Zoning Committee, to discuss 65 Green Street construction of new building with seven residential units, Weds. May 4. Following meeting with agenda TBA will be on Weds. May 18th. Info: [email protected]

District 13 Meetings, Police monthly meeting, Thurs. May 5, 7pm, Curtis Hall; Strategic Planning/NAC, Tues. May 10, 6:30pm, District E-13; Latino Monthly Meeting, Thurs. May 12, 7pm, Nate Smith House. Info: 343-5624.

Skate Park Study, community meeting regarding skate facilities within Jamaica Plain. Sat. May 7, 2:30-4pm, Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St. Info: 961-3019.

Plan Jp/Rox workshop, announcing refined recommendations for the study area as a whole. Open house at 5:30pm, presentation at 6pm, Open house resumes at 6:30pm to explore materials at individual stations. English High School Cafeteria, 114 McBride St. May 11. Info: Marie Mercurio, [email protected]

Office Hours

Mayor Walsh Coffee Hours, Thurs. June 9, Arnold Arboretum, 125 The Arborway, 9:30-10:30am. For info, contact Boston Parks and Recreation Department at 635-4505 or twitter @bostonparksdept.

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

State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, legislative aides will hold office hours to meet on behalf of the representative. Joshua McFadden, Fri. May 13 at Caffe Nero, 733 Centre St, 9-10:30am. Constituents who are unable to attend may contact Rep. Sanchez at 722-2430.


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]

Egleston Square Library, free homework help, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, ongoing throughout the school year, 3:30-5:30pm, 2044 Columbus Ave, Roxbury.

Jamaica Plain Nanny Employer Q & A, Sat. Apr. 30, 11am-1pm, 42 Seaverns Ave., Boston MA 02130. If you employ a nanny, please join Matahari – a member of the MA Coalition for Domestic Workers – to learn about state laws impacting nannies and their employers, enhance and update your efforts as a responsible employer, ask questions in a safe space, and receive free resources, including a legally compliant nanny- family employment agreement. All are welcome, and the workshop is free of cost! For questions or to RSVP for childcare, please call Julia Beebe: 617-758-8782.


Yoga, Saturdays, 9:15am, Schoolmaster Hill, Franklin Park. Info:

Yoga for older adults, by Earthseed Yoga, Parker Hill Branch Library, 1497 Tremont St. Saturdays, 10-11am, April 2-May 28 (no class on May 14). InfoL 427-3840 or [email protected]

Fitness Walk, Saturdays, 8-9am, Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse parking lot. Info: [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]

Forest Hills Runners, several weekly group runs, info/schedule:

Zumba classes, led by Gerardina Arias-Halloran, Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-8pm, Youth Community Development Center, 361 Centre St. Suggested donation $5.


Tech Goes Home, workshops to provide residents with the opportunity, tools, education, and access required for the 21st century skills development. Classes in English and Spanish. Wednesdays May 4-July 6, 6-7:30pm. Egleston Square Branch Library. Info: Jess, [email protected]

Woodworking, sewing, art classes, fiber arts, photography, book arts. Children, teens, adults, year round. Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St. Info: or 617-524-3313.

Free Guided Walking Tour of Monument Square neighborhood, Sat. May 7 starting at 11:00am from in front of Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street. Conducted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society.

Free ESL Classes, every day except Sunday, Boston Academy of English, 38 Chauncy Street, Boston. For levels beginner, intermediate, and advanced. For a schedule of classes, contact Robert Davis: [email protected]


A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls, a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Free classes meet for 8 weeks. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch or snack. Thursdays, 11am-1pm. Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St. Info: Ann Glora, 477-6616.

Shim Gum Do (Mind Sword Path), zen sword, karate and meditation classes, scholarships available, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: 429-8024/[email protected]

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, Thursdays, 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:

Diabetes Self-Management Program, Hyde Park Community Center, 1179 River St., Wednesdays 9:30am-noon. Info: Ann Glora at 477-6616.

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., 12:00-2pm. Info: 524-3992/

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


Girls Rock Campaign Boston Volunteers Needed, serve as a strong, positive female mentor in your community; variety of positions including musical and nonmusical roles with flexible schedules. Session 1: July 17-23, Session 2: August 7-13. Berklee College of Music’s Fordham Road Facility in Allston.

Hyde Jackson Square beautification, Sat. Apr. 30, spread mulch and plant along Centre Street with Hyde Jackson Square Main Street. Kids planting activities. Meet at Mozart Playground at 9:00 am. RSVP and info at 617-522-3694 and

Wake Up the Earth Parade, off-site parade workshops: make parade art, banners. Info: [email protected] Drop-in workshops daily, Mon-Thurs. 3-6pm, May 2-5. Banner, hat, puppet, and costume-making, call if you’re a group! 45 Danforth St. Info: Hope, 522-4634, [email protected]

Volunteers needed for Wake Up The Earth Festival, May 7, Location: SW Corridor Park, Stony Brook Station, Orange line. Join a great group to help with the parade, festival set up, repairing banners, costumes, giant puppets, recycling.

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

VNA Seeking Hospice Volunteers, VNA Care Network & Hospice, a nonprofit home health and hospice organization, needs volunteers to provide companionship to patients and respite for family members in eastern and central Massachusetts. Volunteers are men and women who come from diverse backgrounds and range in age from 20’s to 80’s; the common bond is a desire to share time and compassion with others. A strong need exists for volunteers who are available during the day, are bilingual, or can provide pet or music therapy. No previous experience is necessary. VNA Hospice Care provides training and ongoing support to all volunteers. Info: 781-569-2811,

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital at 1153 Centre St. seeking volunteers for gift shop, info desk, radiology, orthopedic center and more. Info: 983-7424 or

FriendshipWorks Music Program, Do you enjoy music? Seeking volunteers to share music and friendship with elders in JP. 277-5248.

Public Notices

JPNC Election, to elect 5 members in each area (A,B,C, and at large). Sat. Apr. 30, 10am-5pm, polling locations TBA.

Food pantry, choose from a selection of non-perishable foods, fresh produce, bakery bread, and personal items, no I.D. needed, everyone welcome, 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 11am-noon, First Church UU, 6 Eliot St.

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:

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

Honor Roll at Brimmer and May for Quarter III. Honors:

Joe Ridley Thaler ’21, son of Tania Unsworth and David Thaler.

Dessie Bell-Kamen ’20, daughter of Eric Kamen and Cynthia Bell. High Honors: John Eastwood ’22, son of Janet and Patrick Eastwood.

Benjamin Jaffer ’21 son of Farouc Jaffer and Katherine Economy.

Samuel Lapat ’21, son of Lauren and Aaron Lapat.

Honor Roll at Boston College High School, Declan Hayes 2017 of Jamaica Plain achieved High Honors for the Third Quarter at Boston College High School. Peter Desisto 2017, Jack Nee 2017 and Michael Greene 2018  achieved Honors.

Lily R. Steig, a member of Colby’s Class of 2016, was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa this spring. Membership in the society is one of the highest academic honors an undergraduate student can achieve.

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