Senior Softball League Opens Player Registration for 2020

Fifty-year-olds to 90-year-olds play in the Eastern Massachusetts Senior Softball League and registration is now open for the season starting May 1. “I’m about to begin my fourth season in EMASS and I can’t wait to get started. Once the season begins, there's a definite spring in my step and an easy smile on my face as game-day approaches," said Jamaica Plain resident Michael Mauceri. "The men I play against and alongside are easy friends and peers, gentlemen who are well past feeling that we need to prove something, to make an impression. We’ve been there and done that, and now we just want to play ball."

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What You Need to Know: Use of Hand-Held Devices While Driving Banned Starting Feb. 23

Massachusetts ban on the use of any hand-held devices while driving begins on February 23. And here are things that you should know about the ban. The ban means you will have to voice to text, use speakerphone, use BlueTooth, or another hands-free way to talk or text while driving -- like ask a passenger to do it -- or get a well-trained dog to help out. So you can't scroll, swipe, type, check apps, check in via Facebook, tweet, and all the other things we do with our phones. The new law does allow the use of electronic devices if they are being used in response to an emergency, such as for first responders to do their jobs.

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New Biz: Bakery + Coffee Shop + Record Store = Monumental Market

A unique business venture recently opened on South Street. Monumental Market is a joint venture between three different businesses: Lavender Bee Baking Co., El Colombiano Coffee, and Light of Day Records. The individual businesses are known entities in our area. El Colombiano Coffee and Light of Day Records are both regular vendors at the Egleston Farmers Market. While building their brands, the two businesses traveled to different businesses, including the Wake Up The Earth Festival.

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Jameson & Thompson Picture Framers Moving from Home of 35 Years to Bigger, Better Location

After 35 years of being right off Centre Street, Jameson & Thompson Picture Framers is moving to a new home with more parking, a larger gallery space, and more. Moving from Greenview Avenue to Bartlett Square is a very good thing says owner Alex Jacobson, who had known for awhile he wanted a new spot. "The biggest reason we're moving is accessibility. As Centre Street gets busier, it is harder and harder for our customers, who almost all have to drive to drop off and pickup artwork, both framed and unframed, to find parking near the building," said Jacobson, adding that accessibility has been a constant complaint in the 4-plus years of owning the business. There used to be two dedicated spots behind 632-638 Centre St., but those were taken away five years ago, and a new building is being erected very slowly at that location.

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Korean Popular Music and Deconstruction of ‘Black Panther’ Focus of Loring-Greenough Pop Talks

The Loring-Greenough House is from 1760 but they're hosting Pop Talks that will looking at two very modern topics: Korean popular music and Black Panther. Deconstructing Black Panther: Race and Identity Beyond the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be discussed on Feb. 22. This presentation/discussion will examine the cultural impact of Black Panther. "The phenomenon of racism, colonialism, racial uplift ideology, economic empowerment, and political activism and resistance – themes that have long been relevant to the black experience in America as well as the African diaspora – in addition to comics/graphic novels, fashion, and Afrofuturism are just some of the topics that inform the discourse about this groundbreaking movie," says the eventbrite page for the event.

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