JP’s Lorena Lopera Named to Boston School Committee

Acting Mayor Kim Janey named two new Boston School Committee members, including Jamaica Plain resident Lorena Lopera. Along with Lopera, Polanco Garcia of South Boston was also named to the School Committee. Lopera is a Boston Public Schools parent and Executive Director of Latinos for Education, New England, which is a national organization dedicated to creating leadership pathways for Latinos in education. She is currently co-chair of the Hurley K-8 School Site Council. She has been very involved with organizations focused on expanding educational access for Latinx youth and students of color, including Roxbury-based Sociedad Latina, La Vida, Inc., and Building Excellent Schools, plus national organizations such as City Year and the Posse Foundation, according to a press release.

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Photos: This Car Needs To Be Towed

An unregistered banana yellow Chevrolet Cobalt has been parked on Weld Hill Street in a resident parking spot since December and hasn't been towed yet. There are several City of Boston parking tickets on the dashboard. Not so pleased neighbors have put a toy tiger head on top of the vehicle, and written several messages on the vehicle, including: "Tow me" "Here since December" and "Gone Please." People have posted about the vehicle on social media, reported it to the city, but the vehicle is still sitting on Weld Hill Street. Should we take votes on when the vehicle will be removed??

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Off Into Space: Little Dipper JP Shuts Down Operations

Jamaica Plain will no longer have a space themed diner after Little Dipper JP announced it will no longer be serving brunch on weekends. The diner, which had model rockets hanging from its ceiling, had been open for weekend brunch, but in a Facebook post on its page, they said they'll be stopping serving on the weekends due to staffing and other challenges. The diner opened July 2018, taking over for the popular Centre Street Cafe. The restaurant has cajun, southern and southwestern influence, and menu items include the Thor, a breakfast sandwich with an over-easy egg, aioli, served on a house-made English muffin. There will still be food served out of the spot as two pop-ups currently operating out of Little Dipper -- Comfort Kitchen and Be Okay Bagels., will continue that as they plan on opening up their own brick-and mortar restaurants.

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Customers Fill Up Ula Cafe ‘Pay It Forward’ Wall With Kindness

The new owners of Ula Cafe know one of the main tenets of Jamaica Plain -- giving back to others. With that in mind they created their own Pay It Forward wall, and it's been a huge success. Last month Kelly Fernandes, Marvin Mathelier, and Beth Santos took over as co-owners of the popular neighborhood cafe. On Ula's Facebook page, they explained the wall. "Here's the concept: If you have extra cash, buy something for a neighbor and we'll post it on the Pay It Forward wall.

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Discuss Community Public Safety, Policing at Virtual JPNC Meeting

Residents are invited to hear from each other about public safety and policing in our community at the JPNC Public Safety Subcommittee on Police and Police Procedures on July 19. "Since convening, the Police Procedures Subcommittee has recommended a number of names to the [Office of Police Accountability and Transparency] Civilian Review Board, is working to create a neighborhood-wide Statement of Values for Public Safety, and has invited speakers to better understand legislation and proposals related to policing as part of our work. Events like this Listening Session will help us make sure our work benefits the entire JP community," said Paige Sparks, a member of the subcommittee. Boston Police District E-13 personnel have been attending the bi-weekly meetings of the subcommittee, but will not be participating in the event. "This is meant to be a community conversation, and therefore [Boston Police District] E-13 officers have expressed support in sitting this one out," said Sparks.

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