Theme: A Jamaica Plain Resident Created JP Improv…

Around the neighborhood you may have seen flyers advertising JP Improv. Wanting to know more, Jamaica Plain News asked Jamaica Plain resident Myles McDonough scripted questions in which he provided prepared answers. Q: Why did you want to create JP Improv? McDonough: I'd previously taught improv while at graduate school in Knoxville, TN, and I missed the community that grew up around that troupe. In addition, I saw that there weren't many nearby opportunities for people to try improv, and wanted to fix that.

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MBTA Orange Line Suspended Between North Station and Ruggles This Weekend

MBTA Orange Line service will be suspended between North Station and Ruggles this weekend. The work is geared to elimination slow zones that were supposed to be eliminated during the month-long shutdown of the Orange Line last year, reported The Boston Globe. Shuttle service will be available from Forest Hills to Back Bay. https://twitter.com/MBTA/status/1617900169445400577

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Get Your Tix Now for Galentine’s Wine & Chocolate Tour

Celebrate Valentine's Day a little early with JP Centre/South Main Streets' Galentine’s Wine & Chocolate Tour on Feb. 9. The event is back after a 2-year hiatus, and will be evening of wine and chocolate, combined with self-love and lots of shopping. Attendees will receive red feather boas and a customized map, which leads them to some of JP's finest shops in the JP Centre/South Main Streets district. Each shop will feature a different type of chocolate and wine to sample.

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Jamaica Plain’s Hutzler Stars in CCT’s ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!’

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Jamaica Plain resident Jay Hutzler is starring in the Curtain Call Theatre's I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!. The musical comedy is about ",,,everything you’ve ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives, and in-laws, but were afraid to admit." The musical stars and is being led by locals. Dorchester's David Costa (Dorchester) is directing and choreographing, and music directed by Roslindale's Dan Moore. This production stars actors Chinatown's Bowen Huang, Malden's Stephanie Charlton, Hutzler, and Needham's Michael Herschberg. 
Book and lyrics are by Joe DiPietro and music by Jimmy Roberts, will be performed February 10-19.

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5 Proposed Design Concepts To Be Revealed During Arnold Arboretum Entrance Improvement Meeting on Jan. 21

The Arnold Arboretum will display five proposed concepts for its entrance improvement project at a Jan. 21 meeting. The Arnold Arboretum is hosting an open house for the project on Jan. 21 from noon to 3 pm at the Weld Hill Research Building (1300 Centre St., Roslindale). Landscape design firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates will be present to discuss the project, and the five proposed concepts for five entrances, and provide feedback on the designs.

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What Do You Want to See In This Empty Centre Street Storefront?

Centre Street commercial spots don't stay empty for long. But this one at 753 Centre St., has been empty for almost three years. Optical Designs moved from the location in February 2020, and no other business has moved into this commercial location located across from Dunkin' at the corner of Centre and Thomas streets. So what would you like to see go in this location? If it's a restaurant, renovations would need to be made to create a kitchen.

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Next Flaherty Playground Renovations Plan to Include Dog Area at Feb. 7 Meeting

So far the plans to renovate the Flaherty Playground have not included a dog area. But after hearing from residents through an online survey and public meetings, it has been made clear to Boston Parks and Recreation personnel that a dog area is desired. With that in mind, a single plan that incorporates that feedback heard thus far, particularly with a dog area, which hadn't been incorporated into designs before, will be presented at the next community meeting about the playground's renovations. The meeting will be held on Feb. 7 at 6 pm and can be attended via Zoom at this link bit.ly/Flaherty4.

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Heath Street Water Main Break Collapses Road, Floods Streets

Crews are repairing parts of Heath Street on Monday after a huge water main break on Saturday morning flooded the street and surrounding streets, displacing more than a dozen people, and collapsing part of the road. The main broke early Saturday morning and water quickly spread through the neighborhood. It was so severe Boston Fire Department brought in its High Water Rescue Vehicle to check houses to evacuate affected residents. https://twitter.com/BostonFire/status/1614238718822420483

The water buckled part of the street. The steps of the Hennigan School became a cascading waterfall from the flooding.

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Jamaica Plain Realtors Provide Their Market Outlook for 2023

The biggest question for the real estate market across the country is how will the historic jump in interest rates affect home sales for 2023? 

Several veteran local real estate agents answered that question, and provided their outlook of the JP market. Before diving into numbers, one thing remains true. “Jamaica Plain remains a desirable Boston neighborhood,” said Constance Cervone of Cervone + Deegan and Associates at Coldwell Banker. But the market is shifting due to the economic outlook, interest rates, and COVID remains an issue, said Cervone. 

The big thing to look at, is indeed the effect of the interest rate. Interest rates doubled in 2022, going from the low 3% range in January for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, and peaking in October to the low 7% range.

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