JP Agenda, June 8, 2018

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. June 19 for the June 22 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.


         Housing and Economic Development Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council will hold its monthly meeting on Tues., June 19 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 Committee membership and officers, summary of open issues before the Committee, and monitoring of current development projects. All meetings are open to the public.

Upcoming JP Zoning Committee Meetings: June 20th at Farnsworth House.  The agenda for that meeting will include 260-260A Amory Street (renovate single-family house and add second-story addition in rear); 266-266A Amory Street (construct a new five-unit residential building per plans); and 16 Marmion Street (demolish existing single-family house and replace with five-unit residential building with underground parking).  After June 20th, the Committee’s next upcoming meetings will be July 11th and July 25th.

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.

Vacancies on the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council People who are interested in the available seats on the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council can contact Michael Reiskind, secretary of the Council at (617)522-1150 or [email protected] or come to the monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 26 at 7:00pm at Farnsworth House, 90 South Street. There is one vacancy in Area A, and one vacancy in Area C. The area map is available at

Stonybrook Neighborhood Association. Meetings on June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 15, November 19 — 7-9pm, back room of Doyle’s, 3484 Washington St. More/latest info:

District E-13 Latino Monthly Meeting, Thurs. June 14 at 6:30pm at 155 Lamartine St.

Legal Services Center Offers Summer Self-Help Extended Hours in June and July in Jamaica Plain, extended walk-in hours this summer on Tuesdays from 5-7 pm during June and July to provide self-help resources and referral information. The Legal Services Center provides free legal help for individuals facing housing, consumer, student loan, domestic violence, tax, veterans, and public benefits issues. All community members are invited to visit the Center, learn about its work, and meet with staff members to receive self-help resources and referral information. Coffee, tea, and refreshments will be provided. Tuesday June 19th, there will be a special emphasis on tax-related issues.  Anyone with a state or federal tax problem is invited to attend any of our evening hours but particularly encouraged to attend on June 19th. 122 Boylston Street in Jamaica Plain. Info:  or 617-522-3003.

Rep. Liz Malia Office Hours, June 15 @ 9am-10:30am. Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St. Liz Malia is available to address questions and concerns during her office hours in Jamaica Plain, on the 3rd Friday of every month. Please feel free to contact her office for more information,


Healthy Kids Running Series (HKRS) is a series of races and competitions held on consecutive Sunday afternoons in the fall and spring for kids ages 3 – 8th grade, and it is a really great way for kids to experience fun competition, enjoy the outdoors and get in some activity on a (hopefully) nice weekend afternoon. They are currently looking for sponsors for the fall season! If your business would like to learn more or has any interest in being a sponsor, please feel free to contact Adam at [email protected] or 610-999-5937.

         Hora de Bebés:  Spanish-Language Playgroup for Babies, Acompáñanos para canciones, juegos y cuentos en español con tiempo al final para jugar libremente.  Para bebés de 0 – 12 meses, con un adulto. Monday, June 11, 3 p.m. / Lunes, 11 de junio, 3 p.m. Connolly Branch Library.

         Bilingual Concert with Mariana Iranzi, Music and songs in English and Spanish for ages 0 – 5. Tuesday, June 26, 10:30 a.m. Connolly Branch Library.

ESL Conversation Groups:  Practice Speaking English, Mondays, June 11, 18, & 25, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 14, 21, & 28 at 10:30 a.m. & 3 p.m. Connolly Branch Library.

Spanish-English Language Exchange / Intercambio de Idiomas en Inglés y Español, Saturdays / sábados, 12 – 1:45 p.m. Connolly Branch Library.

         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]

         Roberto Clemente 21 Sports Program, accepting applications for the 2018 Little League Baseball Season. For boys & girls ages 6-16 years old. Info: Contact Alfredo Liriano at 828-9524 or [email protected]

         Tiny Tots World Music and Movement, music classes for kids age 2-5 by Helder Tsinine, Mondays 11-11:45am; Saturdays, 10-10:45am, $17 per class or $90 for 6 weeks, Egleston YMCA, 3134 Washington St. Info: [email protected]

         Family art class, wheelchair accessible, Tuesdays 10:30am-11:30am, ages 3-5. Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30pm, ages 5+. Family Resource Center, 1542 Columbus Ave. Info: 522-1018.

Egleston Square Library, free homework help, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, ongoing throughout the school year, 3:30-5:30pm, 2044 Columbus Ave, Roxbury.


Medical Qigong Classes Cultivate mental and physical balance and stay strong through the use of exercises designed to gently stretch and strengthen. All ages and abilities welcome. Register at

         Weekly Bicycle Training rides Tuesday and Thursday, fast-paced paceline ride.  Meet at 7:00 a.m. sharp at Ferris Wheels Bike Shop.  Bring your bike. For more information call 617-524-BIKE.

parkrun is a grassroots, community running event, run by volunteers for the local running and walking community. We hold free timed 5k events every week.  Everyone is invited to run, jog or walk for 5k (two laps around the pond). We are very proud to be the first parkrun in Boston, MA. Its

been a very successful initiative for getting people of all ages outside to exercise, and to meet members of their local community. We meet on

Saturdays at 8:45am at the top of the Sugarbowl. Run starts at 9:00am.

All welcome, all ages, all abilities.

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:


         West Roxbury Rocks, a fundraising event for Ethos featuring drinks, dinner, music, comedy, and more. Event on Fri. June 15, 6:30-11pm at Moseleys on the Charles, 50 Bridge St. / Route 109, Dedham MA.

         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.

         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 [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.

Public Notices

Arborway Construction, During the weeks of June 4 and 11, operations will address the following elements: Around the intersection of Arborway/Washington Street: Installation of landscaping, Installation of sidewalks and specialized mixing zone pavers. Between the intersection of Arborway/South Street and Arborway/Washington Street: Installation of sidewalks and specialized mixing zone pavers, Construction of the northern (towards Green Street station) plaza and terminal for the Southwest Corridor Park and bicycle path, Installation of foundations and structural steel for the new, northern headhouse, Construction of the southern plaza between Forest Hills Station and the Arborway including landscaping and drainage. Along the Arborway west (towards the Arboretum) of South Street: Installation of the granite facing for the Arborway wall, Installation of landscaping. In the upper busway: Installation of canopy structural steel.

Nighttime Paving Operations, Beginning during the week of May 28th 2018, MassDOT’s contractor for the Casey Arborway Project, Barletta Heavy Division, will undertake nighttime paving operations project wide west (towards the Arboretum) of the West Roxbury District Courthouse.  Operations will begin at 8PM with all lanes returned to normal use by 6AM the following morning.  Night work will go on for approximately four weeks running from Sunday to Saturday each week.

         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.

Free Community Meal Program: These are free walk-in meals for all ages with vegan options always available! Come in, eat all you want or take a plate to go! We recently hired a new cook, Elaina Smith & She provides a healthy home cooked  experience to every meal! Community dinner every Wednesday @6:30 pm. Crossroad Café lunch every Saturday @12pm

For More info contact Kennia Phone 617-524-3992 / Email:  [email protected]

         Just Cookin’ Kitchen is a partnership between FBCJP and caterers in need of quality kitchen space. We offer a commissary kitchen for less money, available to small businesses interested in catering, food truck prep and/or culinary educational experiences. We provide an opportunity to let your business grow so you can save & spend less on start-up cost. For More info contact Kennia Phone: 617-524-3992 / Email: [email protected]

Seeking Interested Local Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs for New Mentoring Program, In response to feedback from local small businesses and entrepreneurs, JP Centre/South Main Streets is excited to kick off a new mentoring program this year. The program will provide a valuable mentoring network to local small business owners and entrepreneurs. There will be opportunities to connect participants with entrepreneurs from other local university and business associations. Renee Wong, a local JP resident with extensive economic consulting background, is volunteering with JPCSMS to spearhead this project. If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur interested in participating in the program, as a mentor, mentee, or both, please reach out to Renee Wong or Ginger Brown.

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.

Academic Announcements

Beatrice Espanola of Jamaica Plain, MA, (02130) has been named to the Champlain College Dean’s List for the Spring 2018 semester.

Curry College is proud to announce that Birgen Steinmann of Jamaica Plain, has been named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2018 semester.

UVM Dean’s List, The following local students have been named to the University of Vermont Dean’s List: Merrick Gillies of Jamaica Plain and Nina Scheele of Jamaica Plain.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has announced that Remy Allegro of Jamaica Plain, Mass., a member of the class of 2021 majoring in robotics engineering, was named to the university’s Dean’s List for academic excellence for the spring 2018 semester.

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