JP Agenda, June 22, 2018

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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council(JPNC) will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 26 at 7:00pm at Farnsworth House, 90 South Street. On the agenda will be reports from the Working Committees.All interested residents are invited to attend.

Police Community Relations Meeting will take place on Thursday, July 5 at 7:00pm at Curtis Hall, 20 South 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.

The Public Service Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 10 at 7:00pm at Cheverus School building at 30 Sunnyside Street (behind old Blessed Sacrament Church).On the agenda will be a petition of Blue Nile Restaurant at 389 Centre Street for a change in hours of their 7-day Common Victualler (Restaurant) Beer & Wine License to a midnight closing hour. Also on the agenda will be a petition of Ethiopian Café at 377 Centre Street for a BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) License, with Firehiwot Zeleke as manager. Also on the agenda will be a petition of Santia Bakery at 3381 Washington Street for a 7-day Common Victualler (Restaurant) License, with Sergio Espinoza as manager. Also on the agenda will be a petition of Centre Street Café at 669 Centre Street for a change in ownership and business name of their 7-day Common Victualler (Restaurant) Beer & Wine with Liqueurs License, to “Little Dipper”, with David Doyle as manager. Also on the agenda will be a petition of Casa Verde at 711 Centre Street for a change in ownership of their 7-day Common Victualler (Restaurant) All Alcohol License. All interested residents are invited to attend.

JP Zoning Committee, next regularly-scheduled meeting will be July 11th at Farnsworth House.  The agenda for that meeting will include 628-630A Centre Street (demo existing building and construct new three-story building with two commercial units (office and retail) on the first floor and eight (8) two-bedroom residential units); 300-300C Centre Street (remove the proviso “take-out use granted to this petitioner only” Haralambos Kosmidis & Young Kong Restaurant, to reflect change of ownership from Lidan Pan to Golden Rice Bowl, Inc.  No work to be done); and a request for reconsideration by the applicant in 21-23 Wyman Street (change occupancy from two-family to three-family dwelling; renovate existing unfinished basement to create one additional dwelling unit; construct new exterior entry to basement unit at front of house and add window wells for bedroom windows; building to be fully sprinklered).  After July 11th, the Committee’s next upcoming meetings will be July 25th and August 8th.

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

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. 122 Boylston Street in Jamaica Plain. Info: or 617-522-3003.


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.

         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, Mon. June 25, 6:30 p.m. Thurs. June 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

FREE qigong class Saturday, June 23 10-11am, at the JP Branch library. All ages and abilities welcome. More info at or 524-2795.

         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:


         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

         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

Tufts University recently announced the dean’s list for the Spring 2018 semester: Sacdio Ali and Andy Foster from Jamaica Plain. The graduates from the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering included: Maya Allegro of Jamaica Plain, MA with a Bachelor’s degree in Child Study & Human Dev (BA) and Andy Foster of Jamaica Plain, MA with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology (BA) Cum Laude.

Lukas Metlicka of Jamaica Plain Named to Spring 2018 Dean’s List at Hofstra University

Eunyque Sykes graduated from Bucknell University.

Luisa Lebret-Gonzalez of Jamaica Plain graduated as part of the Class of 2018 at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School in Waltham, MA.

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