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Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter

The April Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter will be held on Thursday, April 7, from 5:30-6:30pm on the lawn of the First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain, 633 Centre St.  We are pleased to have as our speaker, Celina Miranda, Executive Director of Hyde Square Task Force.  Following her remarks, participants will stand out  for 20 minutes in silent vigil, to witness against white supremacy and for racial justice and human rights.  Everyone is welcome.

For further  information,  please contact Mary Lenihan at (617)834-8938 or at [email protected]; or Penny Wells at (617)640-3557 or [email protected].

Local artists in area exhibit

Art Exhibit and opening reception of paintings and photography by Jamie Kendrioski and Pradit Sakkara at PD Gallery, 606 Centre Street in JP.

Exhibit Dates: April 1- May 31, 2022

Opening Reception: Friday April 1, 2022 from 6-9pm

JP resident and artist Jamie Kendrioski is partnering with Pradit Sakkara, photographer and owner of PD Gallery, for a joint exhibition of paintings and photography.  The exhibit will run April 1- May 31, 2022 at PD Gallery, 606 Centre Street in JP.

The community is invited to attend an Opening Reception on Friday April 1, 2022 from 6-9pm

The opening reception will feature live music performed by singer/songwriter Ralph Haddad, originally from Beirut, Lebanon and now a resident of Brookline.

Since the opening of PD Gallery’s JP location in May 2021, Sakkara’s photographs have been the main draw. This joint exhibit reflects Sakkara’s desire to support and create a platform for other local artists. Both Kendrioski and Sakkara are members of the JP Artists Association.

Learn more about:

• PD Gallery and Pradit Sakkara:,

• Jamie Kendrioski:,

•  JP Artists Association:

Supreme Judicial Court Issues Order Relaxing Mask Mandate in State Courthouses

The Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) issued a new order on Monday regarding access to Massachusetts state courthouses, which relaxes the requirements with respect to the wearing of masks, effective March 23, 2022.

The order continues to encourage the wearing of masks inside courthouses to protect against the transmission of COVID-19, especially by those who are at increased risk for severe disease or are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations. Masks are no longer required, however, except under certain identified circumstances.

The order also continues to prohibit entry into courthouses by persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the previous 5 days, have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, are not up to date on vaccinations and have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 within the last 5 days, are awaiting test results after experiencing symptoms, or should be in isolation or quarantine.

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