JP Agenda, Dec. 22, 2017

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The Public Service Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 7:00pm at the John F. Kennedy School, 7 Bolster Street (off Wyman Street). On the agenda will be a petition of the Ethiopian Café at 377 Centre Street for a B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bottle) License with the B.Y.O.B. hours of 5:00pm to 11:00pm, with Firehiwot Zeleke as manager. Also on the agenda will be a discussion of  good jobs in Jamaica Plain with the Good Jobs Committee.          All interested residents are invited to attend.

Police Community Relations Meeting will take place on Thursday, January 4 at 7:00pm at Curtis Hall at 20 South Street. Commanders from Boston Police Area E, MBTA Police and State Police will deal with all issues of public safety raised by the community. All interested residents are invited to attend.

JPNC Zoning Committee, Jan. 3 at Farnsworth House, 7:00pm. The agenda for that meeting will include 41 Aldworth Street (renovate existing third floor, adding two dormers; construct new staircase from second to third floor; replace and enlarge door to existing deck; update electrical and heating systems, all per plans) and the return of 31-33 Woodlawn Street (modify existing building to create 3-family residence with exterior decks; construct second 3-family residence; total of 6 residential units with 6 parking spaces on site).  After Jan. 3, the Committee’s next upcoming meetings will be Jan. 17 and Feb. 7.

District E-13 Police Public Meetings, Latino monthly meeting on Jan. 11 at 6:30pm at 155 Lamartine St. The quarterly Neighborhood Advisory Committee meeting will be on Tues. Jan. 16 at 6:30pm at 3347 Washington St.

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 Housing Committee, will not be holding a Housing Committee meeting in December.  Because of the holiday, we have given up our usual time on the third Tuesday in December in order that the full Council can meet on that day.  Our next Committee meeting will be Tuesday, January 16. Info: Carolyn Royce, 549-6787.

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

Public Notices

MassDOT Arborway Construction Look-ahead: During the week of December 25th, operations will concentrate on the following: In the space formerly occupied by the Route 39 bus, installation of: Installation of traffic signal foundations, conduit, and wire. Connecting section of the Arborway together over the rail lines. Along the Arborway west (towards the Arboretum) of South Street: Installation of stone veneer along the new retaining wall. All work is subject to weather conditions.

         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.

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].

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.


parkrun is a grassroots, community running event, run by volunteers for the local running and walking community. We hold free timed 5k events every week.  Everyone is invited to run, jog or walk for 5k (two laps around the pond). We are very proud to be the first parkrun in Boston, MA. Its

been a very successful initiative for getting people of all ages outside to exercise, and to meet members of their local community. We meet on

Saturdays at 8:45am at the top of the Sugarbowl. Run starts at 9:00am.

All welcome, all ages, all abilities.

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].

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:


Christmas Day Meal Delivery: Mon. Dec. 25 10:00am – 11:30am. Northeastern University Stetson Hall West 10 Forsyth Way. 150+ elderly friends and 200 volunteers. Volunteers pick up hot meals, gifts and flowers to deliver to elders in their homes along with a visit. For more information please contact Executive Director, Nikki Therrien. [email protected] / 524-8882

         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 [email protected] for more info.

         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:

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/


Martin Luther King Day of Service, Join Local Initiatives Support Corporation of Boston & Hyde Jackson Square Main Street as we celebrate Martin Luther Kings legacy of service. Volunteer with us–what a great time to serve others. Contact information Erica Cannon (617)-477-9406 email: [email protected] Save the Date! Monday January 14, 2018, 10am – 3pm.

Be a Super Hero to Homeless Children, Show off your super power of volunteering with local homeless children in Greater Boston area. Volunteer to play with homeless children at a Horizons for Homeless Children Playspace in one of more than 90 family shelters state.  We have a high need for volunteers in Jamaica Plain. A commitment of 2 hours a week for 6 months and training are required. Upcoming volunteer training: Saturday, Jan. 20, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Roxbury, MA. To find out more, view other training dates, or to apply, call 617.553.5488 or visit

         Christmas Day Meal Delivery: Mon. Dec. 25 10:00am – 11:30am. Northeastern University Stetson Hall West 10 Forsyth Way. 150+ elderly friends and 200 volunteers. Volunteers pick up hot meals, gifts and flowers to deliver to elders in their homes along with a visit. For more information please contact Executive Director, Nikki Therrien. [email protected] / 524-8882

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, [email protected], 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:

         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].

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 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

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.


St. John’s Church Christmas Tree Sales at Loring Greenough House, Saturdays and Sundays in December @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, while supplies last. Loring Greenough House, 12 South St. Buy your Tree from SJC & tell your Friends & Family too! We feature fragrant Balsam Fir trees from Nova Scotia in a variety of sizes and grades. Proceeds of the sale benefit St. John’s Outreach Programs and Loring Greenough House – it’s a great alternative to buying a tree from the large home improvement stores! In addition to being our largest fundraiser of the year, the Christmas Tree Sale makes us visible in the community. In fact, there have been a number of people over the years whose first introduction to St John’s was through buying a tree.

Emerson College awarded more than 97 undergraduate degrees and 90 graduate degrees during the College’s Commencement ceremonies for summer graduates. The following resident(s) graduated from Emerson College: Thomas Finlon of Jamaica Plain with a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders. Grace Plimpton-Sims of Jamaica Plain with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Arts Production. Joshua Platt of Jamaica Plain with a Master of Arts degree in Theatre Education: Theatre Educator.

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