JP Agenda, July 14, 2017

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Mayor’s Race, JP conversations with Tito and Marty. Tues. and Thurs. July 18 & 20. Community conversations hosted by JP Progressives. Jackson on Tues. July 18 at 7pm, Walsh on Thurs. July 20 at 7:30pm. Both events will take place at First Baptist Church Community room.

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.

District E-13 public meetings, Neighborhood advisory committee to meet on Tues. July 18 at 6:30pm at 3347 Washington St. District E-13 police monthly meeting to meet on Thurs. Aug. 8 at 7pm at 3347 Washington St. Latino monthly meeting to meet on Thurs. Aug. 10 at 6:30pm at 155 Lamartine St. Info: 343-5623.

         Housing & Development Committee: Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at 7:00 pm, at the Bowditch School building, Green Street (enter at sidewalk level to left of main stairs). Agenda includes: (1) Discussion with representatives of MassDOT plans of MassDOT to sell seven lots in JP; and, (2) Review of checklist for the committee when considering Article 80 projects.

         Zoning Committee: Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at 7:00 pm, at Farnsworth House, 90 South Street. Agenda includes: (1) 28 and 30 Iffley Road (change occupancy on two 3-family residential buildings, currently under construction, to make two 4-family residences, by adding a basement unit to each building); (2) 114-120 Brookside Avenue (new construction, mixed-use building with nine residential units, three commercial units, and 11 parking spaces); and, (3) the return of 63-65 Sedgwick Street (combine lots, renovate existing building, and construct addition to create six-family residential building). To review materials submitted to the committee on these matters, including plans and photographs, click here.

         Environment, Parks & Energy Committee: Thursday, July 27, at 6:00 pm, at JP Licks, 659 Centre Street. Agenda: TBA.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, Tues. July 25, 2017, at 7:00 pm, at Farnsworth House, 90 South Street. Agenda includes Q & A with Senator Chang-Diaz.

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.

Office Hours

            State Rep. Liz Malia, 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

            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 at First Church will be closed during July and August, and will resume on Sept. 21. Alternate food sources are listed on church website:

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.


         Girls Nights, hosted by BCYF, a series of free girls-only events. Activities are designed to bring girls together in a safe, non-competitive environment where they can be themselves, meet other girls their age, and engage with role models. Saturday, July 15: Girls’ Night at Franklin Park Zoo, 4-7pm. Ages 6-18. Wednesday, July 19: Girls’ rock climbing, games and BBQ at BCYF Menno Community Center, 5-8pm. Ages 6-18. Tuesday, July 25: Bowling at Boston Bowl, 5-7pm. Ages 6-18. Friday, August 4: Girls’ Summer Night at BCYF Quincy Community Center, 5-8pm. Ages 10-17. Tuesday, August 8: Lip Sync Night and BBQ at BCYF Perkins Community Center, 5-8pm. Ages 13-16. Saturday, August 12: Girls’ Day at New England Aquarium, 11am. Ages 6-17. Wednesday, August 16: Girls’ Skate Night at Chez Vous, 5-8pm. Ages 6-18. Tuesday, August 22: Ice Cream Social at JP Licks, 4-6pm. Ages 6-17. Info: e-mail [email protected] or call her at 617-635-4920 x2314. Updates and changes to the schedule will be posted on Boston.Gov/BCYF and twitter @BCYFCenters.

Summer Camp, Soil, sun, and kung fu. July 24-28, 9am-3pm each day. For kids ages 6-10. $365/week, camp 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.

         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.


Brookside Community Health Center Celebrates National Health Center Week!, August 14 – 18. There will be activities for patients and the community during the whole week in August. FREE Event, Daily activities schedule will be posted on our FB page and website. Contact Yovanny at 522-4700.

Pickleball Saturdays, 9-12 every Saturday morning at the South Street Tennis Courts, corner of Carolina and South St. Aged 16+. Balls and paddles provided. Info: [email protected] or Coleen at 529-5012 or Karen at 306-7804, or just stop by Saturdays through Sept.

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.

Morning Yoga at the Arboretum, Sun, July 9, 16, 23, 30 10:00am-11:15am. Meet at the Hunnewell Building. Improve your health and well-being with yoga.  We will practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of the Arnold Arboretum. This event is cosponsored by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, National Park Service Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, Emerald Necklace Conservancy and the Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. In case of inclement weather, the session will move indoors (Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall). Free, registration is limited and required at

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

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 Fixit Clinic, Thurs. July 27, 5-7.  JP branch of the Boston Public Library, 30 South Street, JP.  Come join your neighbors at this free event. Fixit Clinic is an all-ages, do-it-together activity where people bring their broken household things and learn how to assess, disassemble, and repair them instead of sending them to landfill. You bring your broken items, and we’ll provide the tools and volunteer coaches with expertise fixing a wide variety of things, including: bikes, clothing and fabric items, computers and phones, toys and wooden items, small kitchen appliances, jewelry, and many other things (but not firearms, gasoline engines, or other dangerous items and no over-sized items).  Pre-register your Fixit items at to help us plan ahead of time.  Questions?  Email [email protected] .  For more on Fixit Clinics, see


         [email protected] information session for prospective members, Tues., July 18, 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 information: [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.

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

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 617-384-5239 or email [email protected] by Aug. 19 for an interview for fall training.  For more information go to;

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.


Jacob Greenberg, the child of Eliza and Jon Greenberg of Jamaica Plain, MA, has been named to the dean’s list of Macalester College for academic achievement during the spring semester of the 2016-2017 school year.

Erwin Fuentes of Jamaica Plain, MA graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from Lehigh University in Spring 2017.

Dean’s List at UMass Amherst, Jamaica Plain students who received a 3.5 GPA or higher: Catherine Aileen Bohling, Nora Ani Cameron, Sarah Rose Harper, Nathan William Jewett-Wolf, Kyle Kumasaka, Vikram Mayadas Norton, Charlotte Sedgwick, Julia Pryse Worell.

Boston University, Six Jamaica Plain residents have recently been named to the Dean’s List at Boston University for the Spring semester. Students recognized for this honor include: Zarah R. Avalon, Samuel R. Collier, Amina M. Egal, Audrey I. Lang, Kylie A. Nelson, Roosendy S. Saint-


St. Sebastian’s School is proud to announce the names of

students who were named to the Fourth Quarter and Second Semester Honor Rolls for the 2016-2017 academic school year. Recipients of these academic awards fall into three categories: High Honors, Honors with Distinction, Honors, Effort and Superior Effort. Jamaica Plain students are Patrick J. Barron, Grade 10, High Honors, Honors with Distinction, Effort

Kristian A. Rosario, Grade 9, Honors with Distinction, Honors with

Distinction, Effort.

Newton Country Day School, At the 137th Prize Day ceremonies, Sister Barbara Rogers, Headmistress of Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, honored Jamaica Plain residents for their academic achievements. Maya Cheung ’17, Mairead Hayes ’20, Clara Parsons ’18, and Rheanna Patterson ’21 received Red Ribbons which denotes an average of B+ or above with no grade below a B- for the school year. Academic prizes were awarded to Cheung in AP Calculus BC, Hayes in English, and Parsons in Religion. Parson was also honored with the Yale University Book Prize for demonstrating outstanding personal character and intellectual promise, and was inducted into the Sedes Sapientiae Chapter of the National Honor Society. Cheung was presented with the Sacred Heart Goal II award for commitment to educate to a deep respect for intellectual values.

Local swimmer, After winning all golds in the BPS Swimming championship meet, Boston Latin Academy student Simon Chernow received the Boston Public Schools ‘Player of the Year’ Boys Swimming award for 2016/2017.


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