JP Agenda, Feb. 24, 2017

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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.

JP Zoning Committee, meetings on Mar. 1, Mar. 15, and Apr. 5. 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90 South St.

Hyde Jackson Square Asset Mapping, presentation of preliminary findings from a study by Hyde Jackson Main Streets. Tues. Feb. 28, 6:30pm, The Old Havana Restaurant, 341 Centre St. RSVP to 522-3694 or [email protected].

Networking Group, local chapter of BNI, meets on Wednesdays at the Farnsworth House at 7am. Consists of 30 members of different professions. Through development and trust and relationships amongst the members, objective is to promote each other’s businesses. Members may live outside of JP, but common tie is either living in or servicing the JP area. Info: President of chapter Katelyn Atwater, info: 431-0929.

Emerald Necklace Conservancy Annual Meeting, Renowned conservationist and author John Francis, PhD., will present the Speak Out Lecture at the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s Annual Meeting Mar. 22 at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 621 Huntington Ave. A reception will follow the program. The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Those interested in attending may register at or call 522-2700. Francis’s talk, “Walking the Earth: Steps Toward Sustainability,” will explore his perspective on sustainability.

Small Business Workshop, part of a series hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. Tues. Feb. 28, 10-11:30am. Topic: Facebook. Egleston Square YMCA. Spanish interpreter available. Info:

Vacancy on the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council People interested in the available seat on the JPNC can contact Kevin Moloney, chair of the Council at 522-3988 or [email protected] or come to the monthly meeting on Tues. Feb. 28 at 7pm at Farnsworth House, 90 South Street. There will be a presentation by State Representative Liz Malia. There is one vacancy in Area A. The area map is available at

Police Community Relations Meeting, Thurs. Mar. 2, 7pm, Station E-13 at 3347 Washington St. corner of Green St. All interested residents invited to attend.

Public Service Committee of JPNC monthly meeting on Tues. Mar. 7 at 7pm at Curtis Hall, 20 South St, to discuss an Open Streets event in Jamaica Plain, to discuss an improved protection for residents for Electro-Magnetic radiation, and to make a list of crosswalks needing painting and streets needing repair in JP. All interested residents invited.

Urban Edge 43rd Annual Meeting, Weds. Apr. 26, 5-8pm, Under the Tent, Corner of Richie and Columbus, Roxbury.

Office Hours

         State Rep. Liz Malia, third Friday of each month, 8-9:30am, La Rana Rossa Pizza, 154 Green St. Info: 722-2060 or [email protected].

Sentor Sonia Chang-Díaz, Fri. Feb. 24, 8-9am, JP Licks, 659 Centre St.

City Councilor Matt O’Malley, Fri. Feb. 24, 8am at Green Street Coffee Shop, 873 South St. in Roslindale.

Public Notices

            Airport Noise Complaint Line, Massport’s Noise Complaint line is open 6 AM to 6PM. Call whenever Logan Runway 27 airplane noise disturbs you: 561-3333. Congressman Mike Capuano 621-6208 and Congressman Steven Lynch 428-2000 also asked Jamaica Plain constituents to call their office about aircraft noise.

Temporary Closure of Forest Hills Street at Arborway, The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced that on Weds. Feb. 22, and continuing through the next three weeks, Forest Hills Street will be closed where it meets the westbound (towards the Arboretum) Arborway without access in or out.  This closure is a project requirement to install drainage and utilities in this area. Access to homes on the block of Forest Hills Street between Cemetery Road and the Arborway will be maintained via the Cemetery Road/Forest Hills Street intersection, but there will be no through access to the Arborway. MassDOT encourages drivers to avoid the area and seek alternate routes to minimize delays. Those traveling through the area should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution.

Yo Soy Clemente Sports & Cultural Program invites young ladies between the ages of 7-10 to submit an application for the 2017 Taina Queen Pageant to be crowned in May 2017. Open Registration runs thru Mar. 15. Interested families call Carmen Rosado at 857-445-3008 or Mr. Alicea Santiago at 888-3856 or pick up an application at The Base, located at 11 Walnut Park in Egleston Square (Roxbury) anytime between 1pm and 6pm.

         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.


         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].

Activism in Egleston, Teens 14-19 who attend Boston-area public schools should apply to Activism in Egleston (a program to run Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-6:30pm) and Immigration Nation, (a program to run Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-6:30pm). Applications are due by Feb. 27. To read more about classes and to apply:

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

Spanish English Language Exchange, Saturdays, 12-1:45pm. Connolly Branch Library.


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

Yoga, meditation and stress reduction classes at the MindBody Center (SJPHC-HPC) @ 10 Green Street.  Low cost or free, in English and Spanish. For more information call 983-4226.

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:


Impeach Trump Now, a conversation with John Bonifaz, Co-Founder and President of Free Speech for People. Thurs. Mar. 2, 7-9pm, First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St.

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 524-3313.

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


         JP Jubilee, “Singing our way to longevity” conducted by Elizabeth Anker, a class for all seniors who want to learn new songs and musical skills, make friends, and promote good health and perform for the community. Begins Fri. Feb. 10, 10:30am-noon. Class is held at Curtis Hall, 20 South St for 12 sessions on Fridays until mid-May. No registration, audition or experience required. Info: Janell Fiarman: (867) 719-3432 or email [email protected].

Tai Chi Classes for Seniors, This evidence-based workshop focuses on preventing falls and improving balance through the regular practice of Tai Chi. Participants will learn 8 single forms, derived from the traditional, well known, 24-form Yang Style Tai Chi. The forms are tailored to older adults who wish to improve balance and mobility, and consequently, reduce the risk of falling. Class is offered at no charge and meets twice a week for 12 weeks. It is designed for beginners. Julia Martin House, 90 Bickford Street. Mondays & Thursdays 3-4 pm. Starting Mar. 20. Info/register: contact Ann Glora at 617-477-6616 or [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/


Chelsea Jewish Hospice & Palliative Care (CJHPC) is seeking volunteers to offer companionship and support 1-2 hours per week to persons facing terminal illness who reside in Jamaica Plain.  Volunteers can make a difference for patients through activities such as holding a hand, listening to music, running an errand, or even just sitting quietly. Musicians, certified pet therapy teams, and those trained in alternative modalities such as Reiki are also encouraged to apply.  Free training provided.  Info: Aimee, Volunteer Coordinator, at 889-0779 or email [email protected].

Boston By Foot seeking guides, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting public awareness of Boston’s rich history and architectural heritage by offering guided tours. Annual training six Saturdays from March 25 to April 29. Applications open until March 10:

Arnold Arboretum Field Study Guide, We will train you to lead science programs in our landscape with elementary school groups.  Contact the Manager of Children’s Education at 384-5239 by Mar. 17 for an interview for spring training.  Info:

Serve with Franklin Park Coalition, Seeking board members, committee members, and volunteers. Info: [email protected] (Board of Directors and Committee) or [email protected] (volunteer) or call at 442-4141.

Senior Companions Needed, Ethos is looking for elders to provide friendly visits and companionship to homebound or isolated seniors! Take a walk together, chat over a cup of coffee, play a board game, and develop a new and rich friendship! Volunteers must attend a one-time orientation and make a one hour per week commitment. Opportunities available in Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, West Roxbury, Roslindale and Mattapan. Apply via or call 522-6700.

English for New Bostonians, looking for volunteers to serve as ESL tutors. Info: 982-6864 / [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.


Mohamed Farhath graduated from Kent State University with a Doctor of Philosophy from the College of Arts and Sciences.

         Boston College High School, Peter Desisto 2017, Declan Hayes 2017, Jack Nee 2017, Patrick Bole 2020, Zachary Sherritt 2020 of Jamaica Plain achieved High Honors. Michael Greene 2018 and Frederick Littell 2020 achieved Honors.

Lukas Metlicka of Jamaica Plain, MA excelled during the Fall 2016 semester at Hofstra University, achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 to earn a spot on the Dean’s List.

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