JP Agenda, Jan. 12, 2018

January 12, 2018

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Jan. 23 for the Jan. 26 issue. Send listings to Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.


Neighbor Open House with the Architects of the Eliot School Space Feasibility Study, Sunday, January 28, 2-4pm. At Farnsworth House, 90 South St. All are welcome. RSVP to let us know how many people to expect: Meet the team that will work over the next 6 months to envision possible space expansion for the Eliot School: designLAB architects and G2 Collaborative Landscape Architecture. Add your ideas and perspective as the Eliot School begins the process of planning to address its needs for more adequate space.

125 Amory St. Impact Advisory Group Meeting, This will be a follow-up Impact Advisory Group (IAG) Meeting to review considerations related to the proposed development. Time: 01/23/2018 6:15 PM – 7:45 PM
Location: 125 Amory Street Residences, Community Room.

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 23 at 7:00pm at Farnsworth House, 90 South Street. On the agenda will be a presentation from State Representative Liz Malia. Also on the agenda will be reports from the Working Committees. All interested residents are invited to attend.

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

JP Zoning Committee, Jan. 17 at Farnsworth House.  The agenda for that meeting will include 71-73 Brookley Road (subdivide existing 8886 square foot lot into 4422 lot with existing three-family residence and 4464 vacant lot), 18 Marbury Terrace (Community Servings seeks to combine 15,408 square foot lot and 33,998 square foot lot and construct 17,000 square foot addition to existing building for catering/kitchen use; renovate 8,000 square feet in existing building; site work, landscaping, and grading), and the return of 26 Bardwell Street (construct new rear addition to existing three-family residential dwelling; construct dormers and exterior decks with egress stairs; create three off-street parking spaces.).  After Jan. 17, the Committee’s next upcoming meetings will be Feb. 7 and Feb. 21.

The Housing and Economic Development Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) will meet Tues. Jan. 16 at 7 pm at the Bowditch School, 82 Green Street. Agenda: Updates, Good Jobs Standards – proposal for draft guidelines for construction and permanent jobs. All meetings are open to the public. Carolyn Royce, 549-6787,

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, 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.

JP Progressives Conversations with election candidates, Tuesday, January 16th @ Doyle’s Cafe: 6:00pm – 6:45pm: Jay Gonzalez, Candidate for Governor, 7:00pm – 8:00pm: Caucus Training/Community discussion about revised JPP governance and endorsement process. Monday, January 29th @ Doyle’s Cafe: 6:30pm – 7:15pm: Bob Massie, Candidate for Governor, 7:15pm – 8:00pm: JPP Member Discussion about Gubernatorial Candidates.

Office Hours

MassDot Casey Arborway Project Office Hours, Thurs. Jan. 25, 5:30-7:30pm, Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St.

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.

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/

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:

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/

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


         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 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: Save the Date! Monday January 14, 2018, 10am – 3pm.

7th Annual Clothing Drive, collecting any outerwear: hats, scarves, coats, sweaters, gloves, blankets, men and women. Dec. 1-Feb. 28. Fitz – 857-719-9467,, Contact us to arrange pickup.

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

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,, 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

Serve with Franklin Park Coalition, Seeking board members, committee members, and volunteers. Info: (Board of Directors and Committee) or (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 /

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.


Bucknell University has released the dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2017-18 academic year. A student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean’s list recognition. Eunyque Sykes, Class of 2018 from Jamaica Plain, MA and Evan Thomson, Class of 2020 from Jamaica Plain, MA to attend.

Students at Lehigh University attained Dean’s List in Fall 2017. This status is granted to students who earned a scholastic average of 3.6 or better while carrying at least 12 hours of regularly graded courses. The following local students earned Dean’s List status for the Fall 2017 semester: Ruby Eisenbud of Jamaica Plain and Thomas Parker of Jamaica Plain.