JP Agenda, June 9, 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.

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.

         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!.

Police District E-13, Neighborhood Advisory Committee meeting Tues. June 20 at 6:30pm at 3347 Washington St. Police monthly meeting on Thurs. July 6 at 7pm at 20 South St.

Office Hours

            Mayor Martin J. Walsh, neighborhood coffee hours, 9:30-10:30am, Fri. July 7, Mozart St. Playground, Mozart St.

            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]

Office of Housing Stability- Housing Clinic, Meet one-on-one with the Office of Housing Stability staff to discuss your needs and concerns in securing stable housing. July 6, 5-7pm, Egleston YMCA, 3134 Washington St. Info: [email protected]

City Councilor Matt O’Malley, Fri. June 9, 9am, Jamaica Plain Branch of the BPL. 30 South St. Info: 635-4220.

Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, Sun. June 11, 1-2:30PM, Arnold Arboretum Walking Tour, Meet at Visitor’s Center, 125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130. Description: Join JP Liaison and Legislative Director Jessie Zimmerer for a guided walking tour around the Arnold Arboretum. Get some sunshine, learn about the beautiful plant life, and talk about what’s going in the neighborhood. Those who cannot attend these office hours can contact Sen. Chang-Díaz’s office at 617-722-1673, email [email protected], or stop by her State House office, located in Room 111 on the first floor of the State House for assistance.

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.


         Summer Camp, Soil, sun, and kung fu! July 24-28, 9am-3pm each day. For kids ages 6-10. $365/week. Camp is limited to 8 students. This collaborative summer camp with the Green Dragons and the JP Green School means a morning of martial arts, and an afternoon of gardening. We’ll till, plant, and harvest. Kids will learn all the basics of creating a garden. Every day will also feature water play, art and games.

Camp will be held at the JP Green School 133 Bourne Street in Jamaica Plain. Contact [email protected] for more info.

Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park, opening day Tues. July 11 – get ready to dance! 11am show for summer camps and families, 6pm show for everyone. Franklin Park.

         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, 9:15-10:15am, On Schoolmaster Hill, midway along the park road, look for signs. Borrow a mat or bring your own. 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:


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]


         [email protected] information session for prospective members, Tues., June 20, 4 p.m. at Ethos, 555 Amory St. Learn more about activities and services of this member-driven Ethos program for people in JP and surrounding neighborhoods who want to age well at home. RSVP and for more info: [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.

         Community Arts Music Program for Seniors, Curtis Hall, 20 South St., Fridays 10:30-noon. Info: 983-3638.

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.


Graduates, Yuan Wen of Jamaica Plain, Mass., was awarded a bachelor of science degree in computer science with high distinction from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Paige Begley of Jamaica Plain, MA recently received a Master of Education from Merrimack College. Leah K. Shatkin, Bachelor of Science from Anna Maria College. William Gifford of Jamaica Plain graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA degree in Sociology. Ayanna Hudson graduated from Emmanuel College with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature & Secondary Education; Hudson graduated cum laude and with Distinction in the Field. Peter Desisto, Declan Hayes, and Jack Nee all graduated from Boston College High.

Deans List, Jamaica Plain residents Aleena Hill-DaCosta and Abiona Yemane were named to the Spring 2017 Dean’s List at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Thomas Parker of Jamaica Plain was named to the Dean’s List at Lehigh University in the Spring 2017 semester. Ethan Rogers has been named to the dean’s list for the Spring 2017 semester at the University of Vermont. Rogers, from Jamaica Plain, MA, is majoring in Microbiology in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.

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