JP Agenda, Aug. 12, 2016

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


Forum with Candidates for Local Contested Elections, hosted by Ward 11 and Ward 19 Democratic Committees. Aug. 23 at Farnsworth House, 5:30-8pm. Public invited and encouraged to attend. Contact Esther Kaplan at 530-0734 or Glenda Buell at 407-7927 for more info.

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.

BRA 76 Stonley Road, public meeting to discuss a proposal to develop a new 4 story structure behind the bus yard by Forest Hills station. Aug. 16, 6:30-8pm, English High School Cafeteria, 144 McBride St. Info: Phil Cohen, 918-4280.

Strategic Planning/NAC, Tues. Aug. 16, 6:30pm, District E-13.

JP/Rox topic meeting, on the Arborway Yard. To take place at the Bowditch School, 80-82 Green Street. Aug. 16, 7pm. Info: [email protected]

Parkside Neighborhood Association, meeting 6:30pm on Thurs. Aug. 18 at Doyle’s. Meet with the BRA to discuss Plan JP/ROX and how it will change the Washington St. Corridor and the Green St. area.  Your input is important as the BRA is finalizing their plan. Please plan on attending. For more info, contact [email protected].

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, monthly meeting Tues. Aug. 23, 7pm at Farnsworth House, 90 South St. On the agenda will be reports from the working committees. Also on the agenda are nominations, interviews, and elections for JPNC vacancies. All interested residents invited to attend.

JPNC Zoning Committee, Weds. Aug. 24 at Farnsworth House. On the agenda will be Goddard House, 31 Bardwell Street, and 14-16 McBride St.

JPA Meeting Change: The monthly meeting of the Jamaica Pond Association Board of Directors has been re-scheduled from Mon. Sept. 5 to Mon. Sept. 12. This open public meeting takes place at the Jamaicaway Tower Meeting Room, 111 Perkins Street, 7-9p.m. Residents of the Pondside neighborhood are especially encouraged to attend and to learn more about their local neighborhood association.  Rosemary Jones, Chair 617 522-5586

Stonybrook Neighborhood Association, Next meeting: Mon. Oct. 17, 7-9pm, back room of Doyle’s, 3484 Washington St.  Please join us – all are welcome. More/latest info:

Office Hours

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

Casey Arborway Project, Tues. Aug. 23, 5:30-7:30pm, Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St.


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.


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

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

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:


Free Guided Walking Tour of Monument Square neighborhood on Sat. Aug. 13 starting at 11:00am from in front of Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street. Conducted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society.

Free Guided Walking Tour of Sumner Hill neighborhood, Sat. Aug. 20 starting at 11am from in front of Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street. Conducted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society.

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.

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

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]


Learn About Aging-in-Place with [email protected], Ethos, a local non-profit, is hosting an info session for [email protected], a member-driven program for people who wish to age-in-place with social, educational, and in-home service supports. It is open to residents of Jamaica Plan, Roslindale, West Roxbury, Hyde Park, Mission Hill, Roxbury and Brookline. Hear directly from Ethos staff and program members about the services and activities available through [email protected] The next information session will be Tues. Aug. 16, 4:30 pm-5:30pm at Ethos’ offices, 555 Amory Street in Jamaica Plain. Lights refreshments will be served. Free parking is available after 3:30 p.m. in the English High School Parking lot at Williams St. and Amory St. Space is limited; please RVSP to [email protected] or 522-6700.

         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. 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/


Arnold Arboretum School Program Guide, Training for the fall season of school programs at the Arboretum begins September 1. We are looking for outgoing and mature adults who can commit to two years of volunteering. You do not need to know about plants, but experience working with children is preferred. If you are interested, please contact the Manager of Children’s Education by August 19 for an interview. Email: [email protected].

JP Historical Society, seeking volunteers to help in transcribing articles for posting on the JPHS website. Info:

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: 350-5480 ext. 230 / [email protected]

VNA Seeking Hospice Volunteers, VNA Care Network & Hospice, a nonprofit home health and hospice organization, needs volunteers to provide companionship to patients and respite for family members in eastern and central Massachusetts. Volunteers are men and women who come from diverse backgrounds and range in age from 20’s to 80’s; the common bond is a desire to share time and compassion with others. A strong need exists for volunteers who are available during the day, are bilingual, or can provide pet or music therapy. No previous experience is necessary. VNA Hospice Care provides training and ongoing support to all volunteers. Info: 781-569-2811,

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

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.

Teacher Tuesdays, 1/2 price appetizers every Tuesday for teachers at Bella Luna/Milky Way, 284 Amory St.

Vacancies on the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, People who are interested in the available seats on the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council can contact Kevin Moloney, chair of the Council at 522-3988 or [email protected] or come to the regular monthly meeting. There are two vacancies in Area A, one vacancy in Area B, and one vacancy At-Large. The area map is available at

Congratulations to resident Salimah Hussien for earning Honors and being named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire; also to Raymond Farmer for being named to the 2016 Dean’s List at Union College and majoring in Biology.

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