Would you believe that President Joe Biden thinks that a city councilor has the toughest elected job in the country? That's what he told former District 6 City Councilor John Tobin.
Tobin, currently the Vice President of City and Community Relations at Northeastern University, shared the story on his personal Facebook page. (Tobin gave permission to Jamaica Plain News to republish his post.)
Back in 2007, the late, great Larry Rasky hosted a meet and greet for US Senator Joe Biden who was running for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. I was struck by what a relaxed and casual affair it was.
The beauty of Arnold Arboretum is wonderfully captured by Jamaica Plain's Anthony Apesos in an online show available through February 7. All images are republished here with permission by the artist. The exhibit can be viewed on the Arnold Arboretum website. The Forest Hills resident, who can see the arboretum from his windows also teaches at Lesley University. "It is hard to say what inspires me.
Alexandra Oliver-Dávila was elected chairperson of the Boston School Committee. A position she was quickly elected to in November of the former chair resigned. “Growing up as a Latina learning English in Boston, I am intimately familiar with the hurt and pain caused by racist practices and ideologies, and I have experienced the barriers to opportunity that our young people encounter every day,” said Oliver-Dávila. “There is much challenging work ahead to develop our competencies and closely examine our policies to improve outcomes for our students. I thank my fellow members for their support and their unwavering commitment to our students and families.”
Oliver-Dávila is a Roslindale resident and a Boston Public School parent.
The Boston Planning & Redevelopment Agency (BPDA) will be at the next Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) to provide an update on how development projects have contributed to meeting the goals of Plan: JP/Rox. The BPDA will be providing an update, and collecting feedback from the community on the implementation of the plan. The guidelines outlined in Plan: JP/ROX were adopted by the BPDA's Board of Directors on March 2, 2017. The plan provides recommendations and strategies on developing former industrial sites, affordable housing, jobs and businesses, guidelines for urban design, and suggestions for improvements to transportation, connections, open space, sustainability, and the public realm. The plan was created after an intense 2.5 year planning process that engaged the community to plan the area between Forest Hills, Egleston Square, and Jackson Square.
Boston Police recovered 455 grams of cocaine and $260,000 in an investigation that led to a 33-year-old man being arrested. Boston Police District E-13 Drug Control unit officers arrested Osvaldo Medina, 33, of Jamaica Plain, on Jan. 14, on charges of Trafficking Class B Drugs (+200 Grams), Distribution of Class A and B Drugs (2nd and Subsequent) and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs, according to BPDnews.com. The arrest was the result of a lengthy drug investigation in the area of 25 Armstrong Street in Jamaica Plain. Police placed Medina into custody after a brief foot pursuit.