JP Agenda, Nov. 24, 2017

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation invites you to the Fifth Construction Update Meeting For the Casey Arborway Project, Wednesday, December 6. Public Information Meeting 6:30-8:30 PM. Boston English High School Auditorium. 144 McBride St. The meeting will focus on the integration of a new, permanent canopy to provide shelter to waiting riders in the Upper Busway at Forest Hills Station into the current construction contract and how this work will be completed.  A year-end report on the progress made at the Casey Arborway Project during 2017 and since the second series of construction meetings in the summer of 2016 will also be provided.  All residents, abutters, local business owners, and interested commuters are invited to attend.

Community Meeting: Phase Vb Improvements to Franklin Park Pathways, Saturday, December 9, 10 a.m. William Devine Golf Course Club House, 1 Circuit Drive, Dorchester. The Boston Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to a community briefing for Phase Vb of the ongoing Improvements to Pathways at Franklin Park.  The update meeting will focus on the tennis area of the project.  For further information, please call (617) 961-3019.

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tues. Nov. 28 at 7 pm at Farnsworth House, 90 South St. On the agenda will be a question and answer session with representatives of the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) on Cooperation Agreements between the BPDA and developers. Expected to attend on behalf of the BPDA are the BPDA Jamaica Plain Planner, the BPDA Deputy Director for Development Review/ Government Affairs, a BPDA Housing Policy Manager, a BPDA Compliance Director, and a BPDA Assistant Compliance Manager. Also on the agenda will be reports from the Working Committees. All interested residents are invited to attend.

The Public Service Committee of JPNC will hold its monthly meeting on Tues. Dec. 5 at 7 pm at Curtis Hall, 20 South St. On the agenda will be a petition of Carrot Flower at 703 Centre Street for a Common Victualler (Restaurant) License with the hours of 7:30am to  7:30pm, with Audrey White as manager. All interested residents are invited to attend.

Police Community Relations Meeting will take place on Thursday, December 7 at 7:00pm 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.

125 Amory St. Development, Article 80/Impact Advisory Group Meeting, Nov. 27, 6:15-7:45pm, 125 Amory St. Residences, Community Room, JP. Info: Dana Whiteside at 918-4441.

Annual Making Change Breakfast, Join us on Thurs. Dec. 7, 7:30-9:00am to celebrate our honorees and the amazing accomplishments of our youth leaders! We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of Hyde Square Task Force and those who are courageous and making a difference in our city and in the lives of others. WilmerHale, 60 State Street
Boston, MA.

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.

JP Zoning Committee’s next regularly-scheduled meeting will be Dec. 6 at Farnsworth House.  The agenda for that meeting will include 11 Prince Street (construct new roof dormers and expand living area into attic space; renovate kitchen and attic space); 48-50 Green Street (add five off-street parking spaced behind residential building, access from current driveway); 5 Belmore Terrace (partially remove exterior walls to enlarge kitchen; construct deck); and the return of 63-65 Sedgwick Street (combine lots, renovate existing building, and construct addition to create six-family residential building).  After Dec. 6th, the Committee’s next upcoming meetings will be Dec. 20 and Jan. 3.

Tree hearing, In accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 87, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will hold a public hearing on Thursday, December 7, at 10:30 a.m. on a request to remove one public shade tree
at 42-44 Round Hill Street in Jamaica Plain.

The hearing will be held by the City of Boston’s Tree Warden (or
designee) in the 3rd floor Conference Room of the Boston Parks and
Recreation Department at 1010 Massachusetts Avenue, Roxbury.
The request is for the removal of one cherry tree measuring 4” dbh
(diameter at breast height) due to a proposed curb cut at 42-44 Round
Hill Street.
Public testimony will be taken at the hearing, or may be provided prior
to the hearing in writing to the Tree Warden, Boston Parks and
Recreation Department, 1010 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd floor, Roxbury, MA
02118 or by emailing [email protected] with “Jamaica Plain Tree
Hearing” in the subject line.
A final decision regarding the request will be made within two weeks of
the hearing.  For further information, please contact the Tree Warden at
(617) 635-7275.

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].

MassDOT Office Hours Tues. Nov. 28, 5:30PM to 7:30PM. Curtis Hall Community Center. 20 South St.

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.

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, 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/


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 volu[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.


Holiday Evergreen wreaths available, decorate your loved one’s resting place with holiday evergreens. $68. To order, call 524-0128. Forest Hills Cemetery.

JAMAICA PLAIN RESIDENT AND BRIMMER AND MAY STUDENT WINS ATHLETIC AWARD, Brimmer and May student Sophie Lapat ’18, of Jamaica Plain, received the Most Valuable Player award for her participation on the Varsity Girls’ Soccer Team. She also served as team co-captain. Lapat is the daughter of Aaron and Lauren Lapat. Brimmer’s Varsity Girls’ Soccer team finished in second place in the Massachusetts Bay Independent League (MBIL) this season and earned a bid for the Class D New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Tournament.


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