JP Agenda, Nov. 10, 2017

November 10, 2017
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Meetings

Town Hall, discussion with Liz Malia and INVOLVED about new town polls, how they’ll work, and how to have your voice heard, Fri. Nov. 10, 7pm, First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St. Involve.mobi/jamaicaplain.

Housing and Economic Development Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council will hold its monthly meeting on Tues., Nov. 21 at 7 pm at the Bowditch School, 82 Green St. (Community Room – entrance on sidewalk level, left of front stairs).  On the agenda will be a Nesterly homesharing, status of Arborway Yard, and Good Jobs standards.

125 Amory St. Development, Article 80/Impact Advisory Group Meeting, Nov. 27, 6:15-7:45pm, 125 Amory St. Residences, Community Room, JP. Info: Dana Whiteside at 918-4441.

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 Zoning Committee, The Committee’s next regularly-scheduled meeting will be on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Farnsworth House.  The agenda for that meeting will include 8 Wyman Street (confirm occupancy as a single-family, change to two-family residential dwelling); 87 Westchester Road (erect new single-family dwelling on vacant lot with one off-street parking space); 55 McBride Street (construct side addition to add two bedrooms, one bath, kitchen, and garage; building to remain a two-family dwelling); and new appeals for 279-281 Lamartine Street, now separated into 279 Lamartine Street (erect new 3 family residential structure with parking on vacant lot) and 281 Lamartine Street (raze existing house and construct new two-family, 2.5 story residential structure with parking on basement level).  After November 15th, the Committee’s next upcoming meetings will be Dec. 6 and Dec. 20.

         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.

Office Hours

            State Rep. Liz Malia, monthly office hours in the JP Library (South St. branch) in the conference room (or on the patio during warmer months) on the 3rd Friday of each month from 9-10:30am. Info: 722-2060 or liz.malia@mahouse.gov.

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.

         Food pantry at First Church. www.firstchurchjp.org.

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: greenovateboston.gov.

Spotholes, pothole reporting tool, 635-4500, Citizens Connect mobile phone app, cityofboston.gov/mayor/24, and using #spotholes on twitter.

Youth/Families

         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.

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.

Health/Fitness

Registration for Turkey Trot 5k, Franklin Park’s 5th Annual Turkey Trot will be at 9am on Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy Boston’s most scenic 5k on the beautiful historic paths of Franklin Park.  Run or walk the jewel of the Emerald Necklace to start your Thanksgiving Day! Bring everyone and make it a family event – all ages and paces welcome.  Strollers and race-ready dogs on leashes are welcome. Info: turkeytrot@franklinparkcoalition.org.

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: alison.g.m.brown@gmail.com.

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.

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

Seniors

         Monthly Memory Café, Are you an individual with memory loss? Are you a caregiver to someone with memory loss? Are you looking for an enjoyable way to spend time together? Come and enjoy coffee, creative arts, refreshments and conversations with new friends of all ages. Amory Street Housing Development, 125 Amory St., in the community room. Meets the last Thursday of every month from 1:30-3pm. Free to all. Call Brittany McLaren at Upham’s Elder Service Plan at 440-1615 or email bmclaren@uphams.org for more info.

JP Jubilee, a class for all seniors who want to learn new songs and musical skills, make friends, promote good health and perform for the community. Meets Friday mornings, 10:30-noon from Sept. 15-Dec. 15. Class is held at the JP Branch of the Boston Public Library, 30 South St. Wheelchair accessible. Instructor: Elizabeth Anker, singer and voice teacher. No registration, audition, or experience required. Made possible, in part, from a grant form the Boston Cultural Council. Info: Janell Fiarman: 857-719-3432 or email jfiarman@gmail.com.

         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.

         Community Arts Music Program for Seniors, Curtis Hall, 20 South St., Fridays 10:30-noon. Info: 983-3638.

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.

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/www.firstbaptistjp.org.

Volunteers

Volunteer Tutors Needed, The Boston Teachers Union School is looking for volunteers to tutor middle school students one-on-one or in small groups Tuesday and/or Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4:30 PM. Contact:

David Weinstein, 7/8th Grade Math Teacher, Boston Teachers Union Pilot School, dweinstein@bostonpublicschools.org, 857-334-9855.

Volunteer as a mentor or tutor, help students explore career and college opportunities. Tutor students in a range of subjects including math, science, history, English, foreign languages, SAT, and more. Tues, Weds, and Thurs, 3-8pm, Saturday 10am-2:30pm. To apply: www.hydesquare.org/get-involved/join-our-programs/

         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 afarrell@chelseajewish.org.

Serve with Franklin Park Coalition, Seeking board members, committee members, and volunteers. Info: admin@franklinparkcoalition.org (Board of Directors and Committee) or volunteer@franklinparkcoalition.org (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 www.ethocare.org/volunteer/application or call 522-6700.

English for New Bostonians, looking for volunteers to serve as ESL tutors. Info: 982-6864 / fmartinez@englishfornewbostonians.org.

VNA Care, a nonprofit home health and hospice organization, needs volunteers to provide companionship to patients and respite for family members in close to your home. Training, supervision, and support are provided. Call 781-569-2811 for more information about becoming a hospice volunteer or visit www.vnacare.org.

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 brighamandwomensfaulkner.org.

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

Announcements

Are you interested in serving on Boston’s Community Preservation Committee?  Applications are open for 4 community representatives, and the deadline to apply is this Thursday, 11/9.  Christine Poff, Community Preservation Director, is encouraging interested residents to apply. Last year, Boston passed the Community Preservation Act (CPA). The CPA will raise about $20 million each year in funds that must be spent on affordable housing, parks & open space, and historic preservation.  The Community Preservation Committee will make recommendations about what projects to fund each year throughout the city of Boston. The application and more information is online at https://www.boston.gov/finance/community-preservation. Christine will be at our next ESNA meeting (11/27) to talk about the CPA.

Boston University awarded academic degrees to 1,797

students in September 2017. Receiving degrees were Luis S. Ottonelli, Bachelor of Science in Management Studies; Davida M. Schiff, Master of Science in Health Services Research; Brenden Layte, Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics; Kristen A. McIntire, Master of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences; Kari A. Lindefjeld Calabi, Doctor of Dental Medicine in Dentistry Advanced Standing; Rebecca Arellano, Master of Urban Affairs in Urban Affairs; Daryl P. Lobban, Master of Divinity in Theological Studies.

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