JP Agenda, April 13, 2018

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Apr. 24 for the Apr. 27 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.


Pre-construction open house for General Heath Square Apartments, 61 Heath St. Sat. April 14, 11am to 12 noon at the site, 61 Heath St., rain or shine. Construction will begin on April 17. At open house, developers will be available to answer questions related to the project schedule, noise and dust control, working hours, employment opportunities, and application and lease up schedule.

Mayor Walsh Coffee Hour, Thurs. May 31 at Mozart St. Playground, 10 Mozart St. Jamaica Plain. Complimentary coffee and breakfast. 9:30am-10:30am.

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.

Housing and Economic Development Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council will hold its monthly meeting on Tues., April 17 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 the status of State Legislation regarding short term rentals, discussion of Shattuck Campus changes, and update on Arborway Yard in the JP/Rox Transportation Study.

JP Zoning Meeting, Wednesday, April 18th, Agenda: 26 Clive Street (create off-street parking for two residential vehicles), the agenda for that meeting will include 561-579 Centre Street (temporary outdoor parking for twenty spaces, for use by employees of Arbour Hospital; spaces will only be used M-F from 6:00AM to 11:45PM; current parking agreement between property owner and Arbour Hospital in effect until September 1, 2018, may be renewed annually by the parties) and 165 Boylston Street (change occupancy from two-family to three-family dwelling; separate second floor from third floor to create third unit; electrical work to create third metered unit and to power 220 volt cooktop in kitchen area) will be on the agenda for April 18.

Boston Police Department Meetings, The Neighborhood Advisory Committee will be held on Tues. April 17 at 6:30pm at 3347 Washington St. All interested residents are invited to attend.

Stonybrook Neighborhood Association. Meetings on May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 15, November 19 — 7-9pm, back room of Doyle’s, 3484 Washington St. More/latest info:

Urban Edge 44th Annual Meeting and Celebration, Weds. Apr. 25. 5-8pm on corner of Ritchie and Columbus. Roxbury.

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council(JPNC) will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00pm at Farnsworth House, 90 South Street. On the agenda will be a presentation from State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz. Also on the agenda will be reports from the Working Committees. All interested residents are invited to attend.

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.

Free Community Meal Program: These are free walk-in meals for all ages with vegan options always available! Come in, eat all you want or take a plate to go! We recently hired a new cook, Elaina Smith & She provides a healthy home cooked  experience to every meal! Community dinner every Wednesday @6:30 pm. Crossroad Café lunch every Saturday @12pm

For More info contact Kennia Phone 617-524-3992 / Email:  [email protected]

         Just Cookin’ Kitchen is a partnership between FBCJP and caterers in need of quality kitchen space. We offer a commissary kitchen for less money, available to small businesses interested in catering, food truck prep and/or culinary educational experiences. We provide an opportunity to let your business grow so you can save & spend less on start-up cost. For More info contact Kennia Phone: 617-524-3992 / Email: [email protected]

Seeking Interested Local Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs for New Mentoring Program, In response to feedback from local small businesses and entrepreneurs, JP Centre/South Main Streets is excited to kick off a new mentoring program this year. The program will provide a valuable mentoring network to local small business owners and entrepreneurs. There will be opportunities to connect participants with entrepreneurs from other local university and business associations. Renee Wong, a local JP resident with extensive economic consulting background, is volunteering with JPCSMS to spearhead this project. If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur interested in participating in the program, as a mentor, mentee, or both, please reach out to Renee Wong or Ginger Brown.

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.


         FREE upcoming program coming to BCYF Curtis Hall, 20 South St. JP: * 4-5y.o. Swim for Safety Program 4/17th-4/20th 1-2pm. * 8-12y.o. JP Angels Girls Softball Program – Recruiting for April League. * Teens/Young Adults sign-up for Intro to Photoshop Computer Classes in May. Call Jeanette at 617-635-5193 Tuesday through Saturday after 1pm for more information.

         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:


[email protected] is sponsoring a discussion about “Aging Eyes” on April 26, 2-3:30 pm, in the community room at the JP Library on South Street. The event is free. The guest speaker is Dr. Eli Peli, the Moakley Scholar in Aging Eye Research at Schepens Eye Research Institute, Massachusetts Eye and Ear, and Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. Since 1983, Dr. Peli has been caring for visually impaired patients as the director of the Vision Rehabilitation Service at the New England Medical Center Hospitals (now Tufts-Medical Center) in Boston. Dr. Peli’s principal research interests are image processing in relation to visual function and clinical psychophysics in low vision rehabilitation, image understanding and evaluation of display-vision interaction.  He has worked extensively with patients with macular degeneration and vision rehabilitation after stroke. Dr. Peli’s presentation will be followed by a Q & A session. [email protected] is a group of more than 100 senior citizens whose goal is to age in place.

Caregiver Support Workshop, Savvy Caregiver is a training program for caregivers who care for someone with Alzheimer’s or related Dementias. It assists family members (or friends) in their new role as caregiver, a role for which they may be unprepared. The program builds information and knowledge about the illness, helps to develop skills to manage daily life, and creates an outlet to share challenges and experiences with others. The program is offered at no charge and meets 1 day per week for 6 weeks. *If you would like to attend the class, but need someone to care for your loved one while you do so, respite care can be arranged. For more information or to register contact Ann Glora at 617-477-6616 or [email protected]

Location: Rogerson House, 30 Beaufort Road in Jamaica Plain. Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Dates:  April 5th through May 10th, 2018

         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.

JP Jubilee, “Singing our way to Longevity”, 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 Feb. 23-May 11. Class is held at JP Branch of Boston Public Library, 30 South St. 524-2053. Wheelchair accessible. Instructor is Elizabeth Anker, singer and voice teacher. No registration, audition or experience required. New English speakers welcome.

         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/


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.

Academic Announcements

JAMAICA PLAIN RESIDENTS AND BRIMMER AND MAY STUDENT WIN ATHLETIC AWARDS, The following Jamaica Plain residents and Brimmer and May students have earned athletic accolades for their accomplishments this winter: Ethan Eastwood ’18, of Jamaica Plain, received the Most Improved Player award for his participation on the Varsity Boys’ Basketball team. He is the son of Mr. Patrick and Mrs. Janet Eastwood. Nicholas Jaffer ’23, of Jamaica Plain, received the Sportsmanship Award for his participation on the 6th/7th Grade Boys’ Basketball team. He is the son of Drs. Farouc Jaffer and Katherine Economy.

James Madison University is pleased to announce the following students who graduated during the December 16, 2017 commencement exercises. Corin Harkness of Jamaica Plain, MA, graduated with a degree in Psychology.

Helen Skerett has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2017 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. 02130, Helen Skerrett is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts & Sciences. To qualify for the Dean’s List in the College of Arts & Sciences, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.6 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units.

Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, honored Jamaica Plain residents Mairead Hayes and Clara Parsons with Gold Distinction for a first semester grade average of A or A- with no grade below B+. Silver Distinction for achieving a B+ average with no grade below a B- was presented to Alexandra Iannella, Sidney Parker, and Rheanna Patterson.

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