JP Agenda, Jan. 8, 2016

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Jan. 26 for the Jan. 29 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.


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.

District E-13 Monthly Meeting, Latino Monthly Meeting is Thurs. Dec. 10 at 7pm at Nate Smith House; Strategic Planning/NAG meeting is Thurs. Jan. 21 at 7pm at District E-13. Info: 343-5624.

JP Zoning Committee, on the agenda: 12-14 Porter St., 250 Amory St., 73 Jamaica St., 29 Arborview Rd. Weds. Jan. 20 at Farnsworth House at 7pm. Info:

Public Hearing by Board of Appeals, 9:30am: upon appeal of Lawrence Hanscomb regarding 152-154 Brookside Ave for a variance on insufficient side and front yard to erect a two family dwelling; 10:30am: public hearing upon appeal of Chen Hui Song to extend living space into attic at 74 Moraine St.; 10:30am: public hearing upon appeal of James Greene regarding 19 Oakdale St. to change occupancy from 2 family to 3 family and to add additional parking space, at City Hall Room 801 on Jan. 12.

Stonybrook Neighborhood Association, Mon, Feb. 8, 7-9pm, Doyle’s backroom.

Plan JP/Rox, Community Workshop #4, “Mobility & Connectivity / Public Realm & Placemaking”, Thurs., Jan. 21, English High School Cafeteria, 5:30pm open house, 6pm start. Info:

Office Hours

State Rep. Liz Malia, third Friday of each month, 8-9:30am, J.P. Licks, 659 Centre St. Info: 722-2060.


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]

RCL Basketball Accepting Applications, for boys & girls ages 6-16 for 2015-2016 season. Free registration with City of Boston Community Center membership. Hennigan Community Center, 200 Heath St. Info: Alfredo Liriano, 828-9524.


Yoga, Saturdays, 9:15am, Schoolmaster Hill, Franklin Park. Info:

Fitness Walk, Saturdays, 8-9am, Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse parking lot. Info: [email protected]

Line dancing with Mz. Rhythm, Wednesdays, 6:30pm, Franklin Park, hill across from Golf Clubhouse. Info:

Yoga classes, meditation and stress reduction classes, low cost, some free, English and Spanish, MindBody/Health Promotion Center, 10 Green St. Info: 983-4226.

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:


Shim Gum Do (Mind Sword Path), zen sword, karate and meditation classes, scholarships available, Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Info: 429-8024/[email protected]

Woodworking, sewing, art classes, fiber arts, photography, book arts. Children, teens, adults, year round. Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St. Info: or 617-524-3313.

Free ESL Classes, every day except Sunday, Boston Academy of English, 38 Chauncy Street, Boston. For levels beginner, intermediate, and advanced. For a schedule of classes, contact Robert Davis: [email protected]

Science, Addiction, and the Changing Context of Treatment with Rep Liz Malia and friends, JP Forum is hosting a conversation about new approaches to addiction and treatment. Thurs. Jan. 14, 7-9pm at First Church UU, 6 Eliot St.

Managing Time Mindfully, a workshop/retreat led by Pam Kristan about mindful management with games, exercises, and discussions. Sat. Jan. 30, 10am-4pm at First Church UU, 6 Eliot St. Come for the full event or any part, good will donation requested.

LGBTQ Bereavement Support Group, provided by Care Dimensions, a free 8-week support group for LGBTQ identified adults of any age who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Begins Mon. Jan. 4, Runs until February 29 at The Meeting Point, 3464 Washington St. 6-7:30pm. Will not meet on Jan. 18. Info: [email protected]

Emerald Necklace Speaks Out, starts Jan. 27 with Derrick Z. Jackson, award-winning Boston Globe columnist, discussing his 2015 book, Project Puffin. Series continues through April and is designed to inform, inspire, connect and engage audiences in the protection and preservation of the environment. Free, 5:30pm doors open, Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse, 1 Circuit Drive, Dorchester. Register at


A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls, a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Free classes meet for 8 weeks. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch or snack. Thursdays, 11am-1pm starting Jan. 14. Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St. Info: Ann Glora, 477-6616.

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.

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, starting Jan. 13. 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., 12:30-2pm. Info: 524-3992/[email protected]

English for New Bostonians, looking for volunteers to serve as ESL tutors. Info: 350-5480 ext. 230 / [email protected]

VNA Hospice Care seeks volunteers to provide companionship to patients, respite time for family members, or help with errands. Info:


Ethos on Amory Street is looking for volunteers in the following areas: friendly visitor, medical escort, shopping assistant, telephone reassurance caller, office assistant, money management, internships and other group projects. Info: 477-6623/[email protected]


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.

Public Notices

Vacancies on the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, people who are interested in the available seats in areas A, B, and C can contact Kevin Moloney at 522-3988 or [email protected]

Food pantry, choose from a selection of non-perishable foods, fresh produce, bakery bread, and personal items, no I.D. needed, everyone welcome, 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 11am-noon, First Church UU, 6 Eliot St.

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.

5th State of Our Neighborhood event, Thurs. Apr. 7, 2016, 6-9pm, location TBD, stay tuned for more details.

Honor Roll at Brimmer and May, High honors: Benjamin Jaffer, ’21, and Samuel Lapat, ’21. Honors: Joe Ridley Thaler, ’21.

Maya Baca, graduate of Boston Arts Academy and UMass Boston earned a Master of Science in Theory and History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science on December 17, 2015. Her dissertation, “Britain and the Convention on Genocide” received a mark of distinction.


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