JP Agenda, Feb. 10, 2017

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Feb. 21 for the Feb. 24 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.

JP Zoning Committee, meetings on Feb. 15 and Mar. 1, 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90 South St.

Imagining Franklin Park, How would you better connect Franklin Park to your community? What would you upgrade? What are your priorities? Thurs. Feb. 16, 6:30-8pm, Franklin Park Gold Course Function Room, 1 Circuit Dr.

Hyde Jackson Square Asset Mapping, presentation of preliminary findings from a study by Hyde Jackson Main Streets. Tues. Feb. 28, 6:30pm, The Old Havana Restaurant, 341 Centre St. RSVP to 522-3694 or [email protected]

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.

Small Business Workshop, part of a series hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. Tues. Feb. 28, 10-11:30am. Topic: Facebook. Egleston Square YMCA. Spanish interpreter available. Info:

Where is the love for urban youth? “Youth of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain were promised a recreation center in Jackson Square 16 years ago. We’re still waiting…” Join Hyde Square Task Force youth leaders at a rally at the Jackson Square T station, Mon. Feb. 13 at 4:30pm. Info: [email protected]

Vacancy on the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council People interested in the available seat on the JPNC can contact Kevin Moloney, chair of the Council at 522-3988 or [email protected] or come to the monthly meeting on Tues. Feb. 28 at 7pm at Farnsworth House, 90 South Street. There is one vacancy in Area A. The area map is available at

Office Hours

          State Rep. Liz Malia, third Friday of each month, 8-9:30am, La Rana Rossa Pizza, 154 Green St. Info: 722-2060 or [email protected]

Casey Arborway Project, Thurs. Feb. 23, 5:30pm-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.

Casey Arborway Construction Updates, during weeks of Jan. 6

and 13, operations will concentrate on: For the area west (towards the Arboretum) of South Street along the mainline Arborway: Construction of the permanent Arborway alignment west (towards the Arboretum) of South Street. For Washington Street west of Forest Hills Station adjacent to the upper busway: Installation of utilities between Ukraine Way and South Street (assuming the temporary alignment of traffic has been achieved).

          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.


          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.


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

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 (617) 983-4226.

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:


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 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]


          JP Jubilee, “Singing our way to longevity” conducted by Elizabeth Anker, a class for all seniors who want to learn new songs and musical skills, make friends, and promote good health and perform for the community. Begins Fri. Feb. 10, 10:30am-noon. Class is held at Curtis Hall, 20 South St for 12 sessions on Fridays until mid-May. No registration, audition or experience required. Info: Janell Fiarman: (867) 719-3432 or email [email protected]

          [email protected] information session for prospective members. Tues. Feb. 21, 4pm at Ethos, 555 Amory St. Learn more about activities and services of this member-driven Ethos program for people in this area who want to age well at home. RSVP and information: [email protected] or 522-4700.

          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/


Boston By Foot seeking guides, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting public awareness of Boston’s rich history and architectural heritage by offering guided tours. Annual training six Saturdays from March 25 to April 29. Applications open until March 10:

Arnold Arboretum Field Study Guide, We will train you to lead science programs in our landscape with elementary school groups.  Contact the Manager of Children’s Education at 384-5239 by Mar. 17 for an interview for spring training.  Info:

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 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.


Jamaica Plain resident and Brimmer student Sophie Lapat ’18, daughter of Aaron and Lauren Lapat, attended the Yale Model United Nations at Yale University in January. Lapat worked as a representative of Uganda on the United Nations Special Conference on Drugs (UNSCD) Committee.

Brimmer student wins award, Jamaica Plain resident and Brimmer student Dessie Bell-Kamen ’20, daughter of Eric Kamen and Cynthia Bell, competed in the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Bell-Kamen was awarded an Honorable Mention in Photography for her work titled “Reflection.”

Academic Honors, Augustus Lamb, grade 12, high honors, and Gage McWeeny, grade 9, honors. Belmont Hill students from Jamaica Plain achieved academic honors for the first semester of 2016-2017.

Chancellor’s List, resident Aleena Hill-DaCosta earned a Fall 2016 grade point average of 3.8 or higher at UMass Dartmouth.

Dean’s List, Salimah Hussein of JP has been named to the dean’s list at the University of New Hampshire for earning honors for the fall 2016 semester. Abiona Yemane from JP was named to UMass Dartmouth’s Fall 2016 Deans List for earning a GPA of 3.2 or higher.

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