Thank You Event for Jeffrey Sánchez Includes New Play About Olmsted on Dec. 13

An event to honor state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez's 16 years at the State House will feature a special a special play about Frederick Law Olmsted and announcements from neighborhood organizations about local park initiatives. The Dec. 13th event is inspired by Sánchez's "...devoted service to preserving Jamaica Plain’s greatest jewels – its parks, its people and its conservation." Thus there will be a new play about Frederick Law Olmsted depicting his life at ages 26 and 76, which will be performed by Gerry Wright and Manganelli. There will also be announcements by Olmsted 2022, the A.R.T. Institute and the Friends of Jamaica Pond about two the preservation of Hellenic Hill by Jamaica Pond and tree planting in the neighborhood.

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What You Need to Know: Boston’s Plastic Bag Ordinance Goes Into Effect on Dec. 14.

Boston is taking a big step this week to be more environmentally friendly as the city's plastic bag ordinance goes into effect on Dec. 14. The ordinance is intended to lessen the use of disposable checkout bags by retail stores. The ordinance requires any bag provided by a retail business to a customer must be either a reusable bag, a recyclable paper bag or a compostable plastic bag. The retail business that provides the bag for no less than five cents per bag will keep the the money generated by the fee.

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Sheroes at Doyle’s: Ayanna, Rollins, Nika, Malia, Chang-Diaz on Dec. 12

The JP Progressives are hosting their annual fundraiser on Dec. 12 and it's going to feature several newly elected sheroes. "Our work this year was extensive, and we are proud of both the results that we helped achieve and the effort we put forward. We gathered signatures for ballot questions and candidates. We organized phone and text banks to elect progressive candidates to state and federal offices across the nation.

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Boston Bruin Zdeno Chara Visits Italian Home for Children; All Kids Receive Free New Balance Sneakers

Not only did 120 Italian Home for Children students meet Boston Bruin Zdeno Chara, but they also received a new pair of New Balance sneakers. Chara and Bruins mascot Blades visited the Home on Nov. 28. After greeting the students, he answered questions at the Home's Pallotta Educational Center. Along with the free New Balance sneakers, all of the children of the Italian Home's residential and educational programs received a Boston Bruins Winter Classic hat.

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English High Students Team with Pepper the Robot to Kickoff Computer Science Week

English High School students have a new partner who's probably not going to be late to class -- Pepper the Robot. On Monday, students from English's award-winning robotics team showed how the 4-foot tall robot interacts with humans to kickoff Computer Science Education Week for Boston Public Schools (BPS). English High is one of 10 high schools in Boston with computer science programs that have started to use Pepper robots in the classroom. At English, students are learning how to use Pepper to recognize human movements and commands to lead Pepper to respond with a fist-bump, bow its head, open its hand or do a 360-degree spin. Pepper was donated by SoftBank Robotics America, which is donating 100 Peppers in public schools in Boston, San Francisco and British Columbia in Canada.

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