Today in Massachusetts, 1.2 million workers risk losing employment if they take time off work to care for a new child or to address a family medical emergency. Too many people are working every hour they can but still cannot get ahead, and a family emergency can quickly turn into a financial disaster.
The Boston Transportation Department is holding the second public meeting to discuss the JP/Rox Transportation Action Plan on March 22nd. You can also provide your concerns through an online interactive map.
Another piece for the eventual Jackson Square Recreation Center fell into place last week after the city conveyed a 5,970 sq. ft. vacant parcel on Richie Street to Urban Edge to be used for the project.
The Boston Cultural Council recently handed out more than $32,000 in Opportunity Fund grants with 33 artists and organizations receiving individual $1,000 grants. Local artist MAR, who leads Black Books Sessions -- a safe space for graffiti artists -- is often held at Spontaneous Celebrations in JP, was a recipient of a grant.
One thing that Jamaica Plain has been known for is its independent businesses. One of the great independent businesses on Centre Street is Hatched. The owner of Hatched, Liz Vittori Koch, spoke with Jamaica Plain News about being an independent brick and mortar business, kid toys and how she makes sure she's working with ethical companies.