JP Agenda, May 26, 2017

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. June 6 for the June 9 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.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee, Farnsworth House, 90 South St. June 7. The agenda for that meeting will include 63 Goldsmith Street #3 (extend Unit 3 living space into attic in existing three-family dwelling; construct new front dormer and add new skylights); and 2-4 Dolans Court (parking for one residential front yard space).  After June 7, the Committee’s next regularly scheduled meetings will be June 21 and July 5.

Mass Dept. of Transportation, public meeting regarding the sale of 7 parcels in Jamaica Plain. Weds. June 7 at 6:30pm at English High School, 144 McBride St. Info: Jim Kersten, [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.

District E-13 Police Monthly Meeting, Thurs. June 1, 7pm, 3347 Washington St.

The Jamaica Pond Association will hold its regular monthly meeting in the Jamaicaway Tower meeting room, 111 Perkins Street, Jamaica Plain, on Mon. June 5, 7-9pm. Everyone is welcome to this open public meeting.  Limited guest parking is available to the right of the main entrance to the Tower.

         Parkman Playground Community Meeting, Thurs. June 1, 6:30-8pm. Third in a series of meetings to discuss upcoming improvements to Parkman Playground located at 58 Wachusett Street. Info: 961-3167.

Police Community Relations Meeting will take place on Thurs. June 1 at 7pm at Station E-13 at 3347 Washington Street corner of Green 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.

The Public Service Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 6 at 7:00pm at the Urban Edge Board Room, 1542 Columbus Avenue at Jackson Square. On the agenda will be a petition of Mooyah Burgers at 225 Centre Street for a Common Victualler (Restaurant) License with the hours of 11:00am to 11:00pm, with Pratik Patel 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.

JPNDC 40th Anniversary Bash at Brewery, Annual meeting 11am-12pm, Bash at Brewery 12-3pm, free, Sat. June 17, Rain date June 18, The Brewery at 284 Amory St. Music, food, and fun!.

Office Hours

            State Rep. Liz Malia, Starting on June 16 and going forward, State Rep. Liz Malia will now hold her monthly office hours in the newly renovated JP Library (South St. branch) in the conference room (or on the patio during warmer months) on the 3rd Friday of each month from 9-10:30am. 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:


Create Your Own Jobs Seminar: Learn how to start your own business with an 8 week course. This seminar is geared towards individuals who are formalizing a business idea or who are in the early stages of starting a business. The seminar covers: Personal & Business Financial Planning, Resources from the SBA, Writing a Business Plan, Accounting, Marketing & Social Media, Public Speaking, Legal Issues, Opportunities for networking, Info on licensing, permits, & access to capital. Brought to you through a partnership between the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice and Roxbury Community College. Starts June 6, Tuesdays 6–8pm for 8 weeks. Roxbury Community College, 1234 Columbus Ave, Roxbury, MA 02120. $100. Info: 933-7410 or [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 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]


         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.

*[email protected] free presentation on Downsizing and Decluttering, Wednesday, June 7 – 4:00 p.m., Amy Roberts is founder of an organization called “Out of the Box Moves” and experienced with senior decluttering and downsizing. She will give a presentation and lead a discussion about the logistical and emotional aspects of decluttering so that we can better understand and proceed with living comfortably and organized in our current homes, or downsize further. This event is open to the public. Location: Farnsworth House, 90 South Street, Jamaica Plain. RSVP to [email protected] Member Services & Recruitment Coordinator, Jennifer Quinlan at [email protected] or 617-522-6700.

On Your Own but Not Alone, Thurs. June 29, 7pm. Cohosted by [email protected] and JP Forum, speaking will be JP resident Nancy Goldner (PhD, LICSW). Unitarian Universalist Church, 6 Eliot St. RSVP to Jennifer Quinlan at [email protected]

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/


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 [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

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.


Emerson College, Mark Gartsbeyn, a Media Arts Production major, and Massiel Torres, a Writing, Lit and Publishing major, of Jamaica Plain were named to the Dean’s List at Emerson College for the Spring 2017 Semester.

UMass Dartmouth, Alexandra da Costa Ferro and Aleena Hill-DaCosta of Jamaica Plain graduated from UMass Dartmouth in May.

Macalester College, Jacob Greenberg graduated from Macalester College Cum Laude with a degree in English literature. Greenberg is a graduate of Milton Academy. Abigail Raisz graduated from Macalester College and received a liberal arts degree in Geography.  Raisz is a graduate of Brookline High School.

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