JP Agenda, Oct. 13, 2017

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Oct. 24 for the Oct. 27 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.


Olmsted Park Community Meeting, Wednesday, October 18, 6:30 p.m. James Michael Curley House 350 Jamaicaway. Please join us for the fourth in a series of community meetings. We look forward to sharing the project scope, including timeline and hearing what you have to say. For more information, please call Margaret Dyson at the Boston Parks and Recreation Department (617) 961-3028 or email [email protected]

Hyde Jackson Square Main Street’s 2017 Annual Meeting, free, 10/24 at 6:00 pm, MSPCA/Angell Animal Medical Center, 350 South Huntington Avenue, RSVP at 522-3694 or [email protected]. More info at

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.

The Housing and Economic Development Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council will hold its monthly meeting on Tues., Oct. 17 at 7 pm at the Bowditch School, 82 Green St. (Community Room – entrance on sidewalk level, left of front stairs).  On the agenda will be a presentation by the development team of Urban Edge, JP Neighborhood Development Corp., and The Community Builders for new construction at 125 Amory Street. All meetings are open to the public.

Neighborhood Advisory Committee, Tues. Oct. 17, 6:30pm, E13 @ 3347 Washington St. JP.

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council(JPNC) will hold its regular monthly meeting Tues. Oct. 24 at 7pm at Farnsworth House, 90 South St. On the agenda will be a presentation by the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts on the school’s plans for an architectural feasibility study. Also on the agenda will be reports from the Working Committees. All interested residents are invited to attend.

JP Zoning Committee, the Committee’s next upcoming meetings will be Oct. 18 and Nov. 1 and 15.


to discuss project updates on the General Heath Square Apartments development. Please note that the purpose of this meeting is different than that of a traditional community meeting. As part of the development review process, IAG members work closely with BPDA staff to identify the impacts of a project and recommend appropriate community benefits to offset those impacts. IAG meetings prioritize discussion between the project proponent (i.e. the developer) and IAG members. Although anyone is welcome to attend IAG meetings and listen to the discussion, the public meeting at 7 PM [4], immediately following this

meeting, is the more appropriate forum for the broader public to provide

feedback about the project. 10/17/2017 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Julia Martin House, 90 Bickford Street.

         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 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 Route 39, Following the end of bus operations on Fri. Oct. 13, the Route 39 bus will cease operating from the Route 39 loop at the northern (towards Doyle’s Café and the Monument) end of the Forest Hills Station block. Beginning with the start of bus operations on Sat. Oct. 14, Route 39 will operate from the upper busway at Forest Hills Station.  Passengers looking to access the 39 should exit to the upper busway as normal and turn to their right as they exit the station.  Riders should note that this move to the upper busway is permanent. The area formerly occupied by the Route 39 loop will immediately become part of the Casey Arborway work zone.  A safe pedestrian route from Forest Hills Station’s northern exit to Hyde Park Avenue and South Street will be maintained.  The image below shows bus operations as they will be beginning on Saturday, October 14th.

A new traffic signal will be activated on Washington Street to allow buses to exit onto Washington Street. The signal at South Street adjacent to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will remain active.

         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.

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.


         Healthy Families Program, available to all parents who are interested in strengthening their families. Begins Weds. Oct. 4 at 1542 Columbus Ave. Free 8 week program that meets every Weds. 5:30-7:30pm, dinner and childcare will be provided. Due to Thanksgiving, the final class will be Mon. Nov. 20, instead of 22. Consists of parenting skills, gang prevention and intervention, coping with trauma, understanding mental health, effects of substance abuse, overcoming domestic violence, bullying, healthy relations and sexual health. The curriculum is designed for parents of preteens and adolescents, but available to all parents. Info: Boston Police Dept. 343-5623.

Family Improv Comedy, The Riot Theater, JP’s improv comedy home, is adding a Saturday 5pm performance of ComedySportz, in addition to our regularly scheduled Friday night 8 pm showtime. ComedySportz is two teams battling for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games and songs on the spot, in the spirit of TV’s Whose Line Is It Anyway? A referee governs the action, calling fouls and keeping the match moving at a blistering pace. The audience is always a part of this interactive show, and audience volunteers sometimes even wind up on stage. It’s perfect for dates, a night out on the town, or even quality time with the family. Link to tickets and website:, ComedySportz is in 26+ cities nationwide, in Europe, and now Boston. All matches will be in our home, The Riot Theater, 146A South st, JP. Discount: To celebrate, we’re offering Buy 1 Get 1 for that whole weekend, good toward either Friday (10/13) or Saturday (10/14) night matches, using the discount code MoreCSzPlease at online checkout.

         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.


Lay Breast Health Advisor Training Program, Any individual interested in being an advocate for breast health and breast cancer early detection in the community. here: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave.Sat. 10/28, 9am-4pm. Contact info: Email Sarah Peterson at [email protected] to register, or call 632.4291 for more info.

Halloween 5K Walk/Run for Quest Adventures, Get your running/walking shoes ready to come join Quest Adventures on Sunday, October 29 and raise money to help Boston Public School students take life-changing national and international service trips.

This year our 5K is a Halloween Costume Run! Jamaica Pond. Come in your best, scariest, or funniest Halloween costume and trick or treat around the pond! Race your stroller for fun prizes! Families with kids and pets are more than welcome to join! Runners, Families with kids, pets, college students, and anyone who likes costumes, running, candy or supporting a local organization! Sun. Oct. 29, 8am to 11am. Registration begins at 8:00 am, 5K Run begins at 9:00 am. 2K Stroller Race and 5K Walk begin at 10:00 am.

Registration for Turkey Trot 5k, Franklin Park’s 5th Annual Turkey Trot will be at 9am on Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy Boston’s most scenic 5k on the beautiful historic paths of Franklin Park.  Run or walk the jewel of the Emerald Necklace to start your Thanksgiving Day! Bring everyone and make it a family event – all ages and paces welcome.  Strollers and race-ready dogs on leashes are welcome. Info: [email protected]

Sole Train 5k and kids fun run, presented by Trinity Boston Foundation, Boston Police Department, and Boston Police Athletic League. Sat. Oct. 21, Jamaica Pond, Pinebank Field. 7am registration, 9:30am start.

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:


         Monthly Memory Café, Are you an individual with memory loss? Are you a caregiver to someone with memory loss? Are you looking for an enjoyable way to spend time together? Come and enjoy coffee, creative arts, refreshments and conversations with new friends of all ages. Amory Street Housing Development, 125 Amory St., in the community room. Meets the last Thursday of every month from 1:30-3pm. Free to all. Call Brittany McLaren at Upham’s Elder Service Plan at 440-1615 or email [email protected] for more info.

JP Jubilee, a class for all seniors who want to learn new songs and musical skills, make friends, promote good health and perform for the community. Meets Friday mornings, 10:30-noon from Sept. 15-Dec. 15. Class is held at the JP Branch of the Boston Public Library, 30 South St. Wheelchair accessible. Instructor: Elizabeth Anker, singer and voice teacher. No registration, audition, or experience required. Made possible, in part, from a grant form the Boston Cultural Council. Info: Janell Fiarman: 857-719-3432 or email [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.

         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/


Internship Opportunity, Public Relations and Media Internship and Social Media/Digital Marketing Internship. Calling all emerging change-makers! The Inequality project at the Institute for Policy Studies is seeking a public relations and media intern to join our communications team. This internship will offer hands-on mentoring and valuable opportunities for young progressives to build concrete skills that they can take to future employers. We’re looking for applicants with the ability to take vague or complicated concepts and communicate them concisely and effectively, in a way that’s accessible to a general audience. Experience in media relations is a plus, and so is prior experience writing or editing for publication.

For more information, please contact Jessicah Pierre at [email protected]

Volunteer Tutors Needed, The Boston Teachers Union School is looking for volunteers to tutor middle school students one-on-one or in small groups Tuesday and/or Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4:30 PM. Contact:

David Weinstein, 7/8th Grade Math Teacher, Boston Teachers Union Pilot School, [email protected], 857-334-9855.

Volunteer as a mentor or tutor, help students explore career and college opportunities. Tutor students in a range of subjects including math, science, history, English, foreign languages, SAT, and more. Tues, Weds, and Thurs, 3-8pm, Saturday 10am-2:30pm. To apply:

         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

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.


Office for rent, We’re looking for a partner to rent an office in our shared workspace at the Brewery Complex- 30 Germania Street

Office:Spacious third floor room with window. Approximately 11’x13′ with space for multiple work stations. Can come furnished or unfurnished. You also get access and use of the conference room, kitchen, wifi, and printer/copy machine. There’s also a shower in the bathroom for all you bike commuters! For more information, please contact Anny Martinez at [email protected] 

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