News Briefs

JP Toastmasters Open House Jan. 27

JP Toastmasters will be holding an Open House event on January 27 at 7:00 p.m. at The Footlight Club in Jamaica Plain. The meeting will feature free food and drinks, introductions, and opportunities to practice speaking. As always, meetings are free for guests.

JP Toastmasters is known for providing a warm, welcoming environment where members help each other improve their public speaking and leadership skills. The club meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at The Footlight Club in Jamaica Plain.

Meeting planned on 701 Centre St.

 The Jamaica Pond Association together with the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, the Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association, Jamaica Plain Centre South Main Streets and the Loring-Greenough House invite you to attend a public meeting to view the Chase Bank proposal for reconstruction and restoration of the historic storefront at Chase Bank/ 701 Centre Street.

Attendees will have the opportunity to review the bank’s drawings and illustrations, ask questions and be updated on procedures and a timeline for implementation of the proposed work. We encourage you to attend and to support this JP community effort!

The meeting will take place on January 30, at 7:00 p.m. in the Farnsworth House, 90 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Freundlich Named to Lasell University        Dean’s List

Graham Freundlich of Jamaica Plain was named to the fall 2019 Dean’s List at Lasell University in Newton, Massachusetts.

To be named to the Dean’s List, they needed to complete at least 12 credits as a full-time student and achieve a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher.

CSO presents two consecutive performances

On Sunday, January 26, the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra (CSO) presents two consecutive performances (2 pm and 4 pm) of its annual Family Concert—a chance for music lovers of all ages to enjoy a variety of classical music for the whole family—at the Center for Arts at the Armory.  Music Director Cynthia Woods conducts the orchestra.

 Jamaica Plain residents Sarah Izen (violinist) and Matt Owen (cellist); Back Bay residents Tim Rebbeck (cellist) and Ro Contreras (flautist); and South End residents Anthony Yeung, Dan Friedman, and Jennifer Conlon (violinists), will perform as part of the orchestra.

 This concert includes Prokofiev’s beloved retelling of Peter and the Wolf: the classic story set to music, with a cast of characters including a duck, a pet cat, and the foreboding wolf himself. Leslie Wu Foley, the Helaine B. Allen Director of Education and Community Engagement for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, narrates.

We’re also thrilled to invite New England Conservatory young artist Nicolas Bass to perform the final movement of the Elgar Cello Concerto.

After the concert, children are invited to our instrument petting zoo, where they can try out string, woodwind, and brass instruments themselves.

 Our Spotlight Partner for the Family Concert is The Children’s Room of Arlington, MA. The Children’s Room creates safe, supportive communities so that no child, teen or family has to grieve alone.

 The CSO 2019-20 season is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  Instruments for the instrument petting zoo provided by David French Music Co.

Tickets are $20 (general), $10 (students and seniors), and $5 for children 12 and under, and can be purchased at

 Established in 1975, the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Inc. (CSO) is a 501(c)(3) community music organization presenting classical music to diverse audiences who value great music in an accessible environment. Our volunteer musicians hail from Cambridge, Somerville and other parts of Greater Boston. As the only community orchestra in Cambridge and Somerville, the CSO creates outstanding programing through the combined energy of dozens of dedicated and talented individuals who believe in the importance of classical music and expanding our community’s access to it.

For more information about the concert and about the CSO, go to, and

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