Food Pantry at First Church Seeing Rise in Demand Due to Government Shutdown, Donations Needed

The food pantry at Jamaica Plain's First Church is in need of donations as it has seen a rise in demand due to the federal government shutdown. The food pantry regularly serves about 120 people per month, according to the First Church in Jamaica Plain's website. Spontaneous Celebrations sent out an email asking for donations:
If you have any of the following items you are able to contribute to the food pantry they would greatly appreciate it! We will put a bin by our front desk. Unexpired staples such as: soups with protein, pasta sauce, peanut butter, tuna and sardines, cereal, canned vegetables and fruits, toothpaste & dish soap.


‘Local Scenes’ is JP Library’s First Art Exhibition for ’19

Maybe you'll recognize some of the watercolors in the Jamaica Plain Branch Library's first art exhibition for the year because it's "Local Scenes" by Kevin Gillespie. The Jamaica Plain resident's work is often done en plein air, as he illustrates his neighborhood's natural scenes like the shadows of tree branches, water ripples, the four seasons of New England and more. This is the first of six art exhibitions at the library branch due to a partnership between the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library and the Uforge Gallery. The exhibition will be on view from Jan. 4 through Feb.


Serenity Apartments Sells for $123 Million on South Huntington Avenue

A high-end luxury apartment building on South Huntington Avenue, which has drawn the ire of local neighborhood organizations, has been sold for $123 million. Oxford Properties Group has bought Serenity Apartments at 101 South Huntington Ave. for $123.35 million, according to The apartment building has 195 units, 15-stories and 2,100 sq. ft.