JP Agenda, April 28, 2017

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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.

Jamaica Pond Association will hold its regular monthly business meeting as well as the annual meeting to elect members of the board of directors and officers on Mon. May 1 at 7pm in the meeting room at Jamaicaway Towers, 111 Perkins Street.  The evening will end with light refreshments and time for informal chat.  Pond Association members whose dues are paid for 2017 are encouraged to attend to vote on the leadership positions; all neighbors and interested persons are welcome to join in discussion and to relax and socialize.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee, Weds. May 3, Farnsworth House, 90 South St. The agenda for that meeting will include 1785 Columbus Avenue (construct new social services office building with café space and 157 parking spaces).  After May 3, the Committee’s next regularly-scheduled meetings will be May 17 and June 7.

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.

Public Service Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council monthly meeting is on Tues. May 2 at 7pm at Station E-13 at 3347 Washington Street corner of Green Street. On the agenda will be a petition of Turtle Swamp Brewing at 3377 Washington Street for a Farmer-Brewery Pouring License with the hours of 3:00pm to 11:00pm and a seasonal outdoor patio for 30-40 seats, with John Lincecum as manager. Also on the agenda will be a discussion of an Open Streets event in Jamaica Plain. All interested residents are invited to attend.

Police Community Relations Meeting will take place on Thurs. May 4 at 7pm at Curtis Hall, 20 South Street. Commanders from Boston Police Area E, MBTA Police and State Police will deal with all issues of public safety raised by the community. All interested residents are invited to attend.

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].

Public Notices

MBTA construction, through June 2017, all Orange Line train service will arrive and depart from the western side of the Forest Hills platform (towards the Arboretum).   Normal two track operation will continue immediately north of the station.

            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.

         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 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:


Key Information for Immigrants and their Allies, Mon. May 8, 6-745. Janet Ceja and Monica Colón-Aguirre, professors at Simmons College, present this workshop on immigrant rights. Learn how to identify legal records, recognize warrants, and document raids. This workshop is designed for immigrants and allies with little to no knowledge about immigration rights.

After attending the workshop participants will be able to: Identify essential records to prepare in case of detainment; Distinguish between an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Warrant and Judicial Warrant;

Document raids. Bilingual (English/Spanish) workshop, Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St. 522-1960.

Know your rights as an immigrant, Mon. May 15, 6-7:45, The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project will conduct a “Know Your Rights” presentation. Come learn more about your rights when interacting with immigration officials, understanding your legal status and the immigration court process, where to find trusted legal resources, and what programs might be available to you.  Connolly Branch Library.

How to Think Like a 21st Century Economist, Sun. May 7, 7-9pm. Talk by Kate Raworth, author of Doughnut Economics. First Church JP. Organized by JP Forum.

Stand for Children Massachusetts, event to educate the community on the importance of early literacy. Free to the public and all are welcome. Mon. May 8, Nurtury Learning Lab, 33 Bickford St., 5:45-6:45pm. Info: Veronica Antich at [email protected] or 781-891-1300.

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].


         SeniorPalooza Senior Prom, Join us on Thurs. May 25 from 11:30am-2:30pm at the Irish Social Club of Boston, 119 Park St. in West Roxbury, for Ethos’ Senior Prom. Lunch, music, and dance contest. Free, but reservations are required on first come, first served basis. Call 477-6724.

         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/


Annual JP Spring Clean-Up will be on Sat. May 13 from 9am-1pm. Tools available at 8:30am at Curtis Hall. All interested residents who want to organize a local clean-up should sign up in advance with Alexandra Valdez. At 635-2185 or

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].

Fixit Clinic, Seeking volunteers for a Fixit Clinic event in Jamaica Plain: Can you fix broken toys? Can you solder, sew, tinker? Are you good at wood working or fixing lamps and other simple electrical things? Do you enjoy teaching others how to apply your skills? Do you want to help the environment and your community? If you answer yes to any one of these questions we hope that you will volunteer to organize and participate in an upcoming Fix-It clinic being organized by the Environment, Parks and Energy Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council. Please contact [email protected].

Serve with Franklin Park Coalition, Seeking board members, committee members, and volunteers. Info: [email protected] (Board of Directors and Committee) or volu[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

FriendshipWorks Music Program, Do you enjoy music? Seeking volunteers to share music and friendship with elders in JP. 277-5248.


Massiel Torres of Jamaica Plain, MA, a member of the class of 2017 and a Writing, Literature and Publishing major at Emerson College, was recently inducted into the College’s Gold Key Honor Society in April 2017.

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