JP Agenda

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. March 10 for the March 13 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.


The Ward 10 Democratic will be meeting on Feb. 22 at 9:45 AM at 835 Huntington elect registered Democrats to the Massachusetts State Democratic Convention to be held on May 30 at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell.

Stonybrook Neighborhood Association. Next meeting Monday, March 9, 7-9 pm, English High School Library, 144 McBride St. More/latest info:

The Jamaica Pond Association monthly business meeting of the Jamaica Pond Association Board of Directors has been relocated to The First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain at 633 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain.  The meeting will be from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2020.

In addition to the business meeting the JPA will hear a presentation by District 6 City Councilor Matt O’Malley, with an opportunity for brief questions from the board and attendees.

A new business that requires zoning variances is proposed for 561-579 Centre Street, the former JP Mart site.  The owner will review his plans for a retail/wholesale butcher, grocery, café with off/on premises consumption, and malt/wine beverages for off-premises.  These new uses as well as an issue with the structure (insufficient rear yard) require votes by the JPA Board before the matter can be considered by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee and the City of Boston Zoning Board of appeals.    As usual, attendees will have an opportunity to make brief comments and to ask questions before the board concludes its deliberations and votes on the requested zoning code variances.

All Jamaica Pond Association business meetings are open to the public.

In April, the board will resume meeting at the Jamaicaway Tower at 111 Perkins Street from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Open House at the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council. Tuesday, February 25 at 7:00pm at Farnsworth House, 90 South Street. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council(JPNC) will hold an Open House for anyone in the community interested in running for the Council to ask questions of the Council.

This will be followed by the regular monthly meeting. On the agenda will be a presentation by Rep. Elugardo on her legislative agenda. Also on the agenda will be updates and recommendations from the working committees. 

All interested residents are invited to attend.

The Public Service Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00pm at Curtis Hall, 20 South Street.  On the agenda will be a request of Meadowlark Butcher and Grocer at 579 Centre Street for a 7-Day Common Victualler (Restaurant) License and a Beer & Wine Package Store Llicense,  with a seasonal outdoor patio, with Max Gitlen as manager All interested residents are invited to attend.

Police Community Relations Meeting will take place on Thursday, March 5 at 6:30pm 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.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee next regularly-scheduled meeting will be March 4 at Farnsworth House. The agenda for that meeting will include 3368 Washington Street (new construction, five-story mixed-use development including residential (202 units), office use (14,000 square feet), community center, and basement-level parking (38 spaces); building to provide housing and supportive services for formerly-homeless individuals (140 units), administered by Pine Street Inn, and 82 affordable rental units; demolition of existing building on site); 3171 Washington Street (new construction of a four-story building with nine residential units and one ground-floor commercial space); 150 Chestnut Avenue (install driveway and curb cut for one off-street parking space); and 101-103 Green Street (renovation in existing finished basement to change laundry room/storage area into new full bathroom and new laundry room; modify utilities shared with other unit).  After March 4th, the Committee’s next upcoming meetings will be March 18 and April 1.  

Vacancy on the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council People who are interested in the available seats on  the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council can contact Kevin Rainsford, chair of the Council at (617) 866-7672 or [email protected] or come

The Egleston Square Neighborhood Association will meet on Monday, March 2 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The meeting is in the YMCA Building at 3134 Washington St.  Agenda to be determined.

JP Problem Properties Committee, first Thursday of the month, 10:30am, Egleston Library, 2044 Columbus Ave. Info: Office of Rep. Malia, 617-722-2380


Children’s Theatre – Elementary school students from the Neighborhood School JP present, “Second Story”, an original play with circus arts, music, and more, written and directed by Johnny Blazes. Saturday, March 7, 3 pm, Media Arts Center at Roxbury Community College, 1234 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury. Parking available at the Cedar Street lot, corner of Cedar and Columbus. Admission by donation, appropriate for ages 4 and up.

Interested in cohousing? Village Hill Cohousing ( in Northampton, MA invites you to join an info session in JP, Sat., March 7, 3:30 – 5:30, First Baptist JP, 633 Centre Street. Sustainability and green living.  Neighbors want to interact.  Cultural opportunities and great schools in the Pioneer Valley. [email protected]

Family Fun Fair, Saturday, March 21st, 10 am – 2 pm, Corner Co-op Nursery School, 1773  Beacon St., Brookline. Enjoy kids’ games/art activities, face painting, silent auction, raffle, delicious food and a live puppet show performance by Puppet Showplace Theatre, Resident Artist, Sarah Nolen

“Judy Saves the Day” at 1 pm. Ages 2-7+. $10 per child or $25 per family of three children or more. 617-738-4631; Check us out on Facebook.

Book Discussion: “And Then We Found the Letters” On March 3, 2pm, at the JP Library,30 South Street,  Sharlene Voogd Cochrane will be talking about her new book, And Then We Found the Letters.  The stories developed from letters her grandmother saved which were found after her death.  Sharlene will be talking about the stories, the writing process, and making suggestions for writing family history.

Children Dance Classes: JP Dance Co-op is hosting two new classes this Fall: Parent & Child: Intro to Movement for ages ~3-4 on Sundays, 10-11 a.m., to Dec. 8 (Full course: $100 / Drop in: $15); and Pre-Ballet & Modern: Dance Basicsfor ages ~5-6 on Sundays, 11am-12pm, 10/6-12/8 (Full course: $100). Classes held at Spontaneous Celebrations (FYI: no classes December 1 for holidays). Email Caitlin Fisher to register: [email protected]

Kids on Wheels:  Play and learn, every Sunday, 3  to 5 pm – Ferris Wheels Bike Shop helps kids learn and practice safe riding skills while having lots of fun at the South Street Mall and tennis courts! Free helmet adjustments and free bike adjustments available. Heavy rain cancels.  At the tennis courts at South Street and Carolina Avenue. 617-524-2453.

Tuesday & Thursday a.m. bike training rides:  Paceline ride, great for training for charity rides or general conditioning. Leaves from Ferris Wheels Bike Shop, 66 South St. (1/2 mile from Forest Hills) at 7:00 a.m. sharp. Rain cancels. Call 617-524-2453.

The Roberto Clemente 21 Sports program is now accepting applications (boys and girls ages 6-16). Location: The Hennigan Community Center, 200 Heath St., Jamaica Plain. Info: 617-828-9524 or [email protected]

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]

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, 3:30-4:30 p.m., 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, 3:30-5:30 p.m., 2044 Columbus Ave, Roxbury.


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, 8-9 a.m., 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, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Springhouse, 44 Allandale St. Info: Meredith Griffiths, 522-0043/[email protected]

Forest Hills Runners, several weekly group runs, info/schedule:


Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street, Jamaica Plain (617) 524-2053

Monthly Memory Cafe. Please join us for conversations that allow time to share memories, laughter and concerns. Participants experiencing memory lapses are welcome to attend –and anyone requiring special assistance should be accompanied by a caretaker.  We will be working with collages.  Refreshments will be provided by Laurel Ridge Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center.  The Memory Cafe is held the last Monday of every month from 10:30 til noon.

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 1:30-3 p.m. 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, 10 a.m., 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/


Tutor Adults, two hours a week, PM. Jamaica Plain Adult Learning Program seeks volunteer tutors to help students work towards their H.S. Diploma or learn English as a Second Language. Work in innovative student centered program with motivated adults from all over the world. Free Orientation and Training. Contact Eric at [email protected] or 617 635-5201.

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 p.m. 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, 3-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 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 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!  Our Chef Allan McClendon 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 Church office 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 Church OfficePhone: 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.

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