JP Agenda, Aug. 25, 2017

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Sept. 12 for the Sept. 15 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.


Public Service Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council will hold its monthly meeting on Tues. Sept. 5 at 7pm at Curtis Hall, 20 South St. On the agenda will be a petition of El Fogon Tipico Dominicano at 264 Hyde Park Ave. for a Common Victualler (restaurant) license with a 9pm closing hour, with Mabel de Mota as manager. All interested residents are invited to attend.

JP Zoning Committee meeting Weds. Aug. 30, special meeting with Carolyn Royce and other members of the Plan JP/ROX Advisory Group to discuss the zoning aspects of the Plan and approaching/assessing new projects in the current (as possibly lengthy) post-adoption, pre-implementation environment. 7pm at Farnsworth House, 90 South St.

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, Police Monthly Meeting on Thurs. Sept. 7 at 7pm at Curtis Hall Community Center. Latino Monthly Meeting on Thurs. Sept. 14 at 6:30pm at 155 Lamartine St. Neighborhood Advisory Committee, Tues. Sept. 19, 6:30pm at E-13 at 3347 Washington St.

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

Project Advisory – South Street/New Washington Street Detour

Beginning at 10PM on Fri. Aug. 25 and running to 5PM on Sat. Aug. 26, traffic exiting South Street onto Washington Street west (towards the Arboretum) of Forest Hills Station will be unable to turn left on South Street.  Likewise, northbound (towards Doyles’ Café and the Monument) traffic on Washington Street will be unable to turn left into South Street.

         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.

Submit your “Main Street” Idea for Funding, Do you have an idea for our community? Boston Main Streets Foundation announces the Back to Main Street Challenge pilot program to support innovative projects that make Boston’s twenty neighborhood commercial districts thriving, vibrant centers of commerce and community. The pilot program is a crowdfunding challenge open to residents, community groups and others with projects to improve the Main Street District they live, work or play in. Sample projects include but not limited to: farmers markets, movie series and other recurring events, public plaza & green space development or improvement, Main Street improvement projects, pop-up retail spaces, storefront/facade improvements. You can submit your suggestions and ideas online from July 17 to September 8 at!/

         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.


         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.

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:


         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/


Annual Connolly Branch Book Sale, Sat. Sept. 16 from 10-4. Seeking volunteers to help with setup (8-10), to assist with selling (10-12, 12-2, or 2-4), or breaking down the sale (4). If you are interested in volunteering, and we hope you are, you may sign up with Jane at the library. Also still accepting and encouraging book donations.

         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]

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.


            Win a $1,000 JP shopping spree! Here’s how: Visit a JP Local First member (find a member list of retail stores and services at; take a selfie there; and post photo to social media with #jplocalfirst and #name of business. Winner will be announced at the JP Local First Member Expo on 9/14 at the Loring Greenough House. See details at

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