Four new artistic bike racks have been installed in Hyde Square as part of the square's ongoing reconstruction. Four bike racks were installed along Centre Street in mid-December. One was installed in front of JP Laundry Centre near Paul Gore Street, one was installed near Sorella's in Hyde Square, one in front of Centre Liquor in Hyde Square and a fourth installed in front of Rizzo's Pizza at the corner of Westerly Street. Hyde Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) led the project to install the bike racks with funding provided by the city through funds HJSMS receives to do work. The city's Public Works Department installed the bike racks.
The Boston Main Streets Foundation recently named three new board of directors, including Gerald Robbins, the executive director of Hyde Jackson Square Main Street. As executive director of Hyde Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS), Robbins has led their local economic development for five years. Prior to joining HJSMS, Robbins was Director of Quality Enhancement at Victory Programs, an organization offering residential assistance to those struggling with addition and chronic illnesses. Robbins is a proven leader with over 17 years of experience guiding collaborative projects in urban neighborhoods. His proven proficiency at managing service programs and budgets, supervising staff and volunteers, and fostering relationships with neighborhood partners makes him a perfect selection for this new position.
The Hyde Jackson Square Main Street honored 25 businesses at their annual meeting for being in business for 20 years or more. Held on Oct. 24th, the event recognized the businesses "to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our storefront merchants who have successfully owned their stores, restaurants, and service business for 20 years and more." The following businesses and owners were honored:
Alejandro Castillo - Alex's Chimis
Idalia Flores - All Checks Cashed
Robert Amador & Maryanne Oller - Amador & Oller Executive Group
Soranlly Castillo - Angela's Hair Salon
Philip Barron - Barron Chiropractic & Rehabilitation
Ruddy Castillo - Centre Tailor Shop
Cathy Gavriel & Adrian Gaspar - Dunkin' Donuts, Jamaica Plain
Alberto Vasallo III - El Mundo Newspaper
Juan Fernandez - Fernandez Barber Shop
Jorge Gomes & Ana Fernandez Gomes - Fernandez Travel Agency
Do you like hot chocolate? Are you opinionated? Then join one of the neighborhood's business development groups for a stroll through Hyde and Jackson squares to pick the best-decorated holiday windows. Meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Il Panino, 268 Centre St., to warm up with hot chocolate, get your judging sheets and start the walk. For more information, please visit the Hyde Jackson Square Main Street site.
There is a new executive director for the Jamaica Plain Centre/South Main Streets program after 19 months of that position being vacant. "One of my favorite things about JP is the cultural vibrancy and the social economic diversity it has," Johnson told Jamaica Plain News. "I love that you can find an Indian restaurant yards away from a Lebanese restaurant or a Goodwill store feet away from City Feed. JP's residents are smart, active and engaged." He said he plans to put more focus on the South Street portion of the district, "...it seems that South Street has been somewhat neglected over time."