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JP Local First Hires Director of Membership and Community Outreach

The Steering Committee of JP Local First is pleased to announce that they have hired a new Director of Membership and Community Outreach, Cyd Charise Jeyes. You may have met her recently at the Local First Fair, or around the neighborhood, where she is a regular patron of many of our members. Cyd grew up in the Egleston Square area and after traveling and living away from JP for several years, moved back with her family five years ago. Cyd has a wealth of experience ranging from teaching to marketing to event production as well as being an accomplished artist. In addition to her love for the neighborhood and its diversity of locally-owned businesses, she brings Spanish proficiency to the job.

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The History of 3326 Washington Street: The Turnpike School from 1851

From looking at the old J.P. Auto Glass building at 3326 Washington St., one wouldn't think that the building is from the 1850s. A development company has applied to demolish a Washington Street property. But before that happens, let's learn about the history of the building. The following article was first published on Historic Boston Incorporated, and an earlier version was published on the Jamaica Plain Historical Society page. It is being republished on Jamaica Plain News with permission from HBI.

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Community Meeting July 18: Proposed 225 Affordable Unit Apartment Building on Washington St

There will be a community meeting on July 18 to discuss a proposed six-story, 225 affordable units building on Washington Street that would have 140 units designated for supportive housing for individuals served by property owner Pine Street Inn. Pine Street Inn and The Community Builders (TCB) are partnering on the proposal to construct a new six-story, mixed-use building at 3368 Washington St., which is near Green Street and Glen Road. The existing warehouse facility on the site would be razed and the current uses temporarily relocated. Pine Street Inn would have a new office onsite for its case management staff and would provide intensive support services to the 140 supportive housing units. TCB would provide operational management of the property, according to Lydia Scott, TCB development project manager. The plan also includes creating an endowment to assist with providing services to residents in the long-term.

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City Launches Boston Summer Eats Program, Providing Free, Healthy Meals to Youth

The Boston Summer Eats Program, which provides free, healthy meals to youth, was launched by the city on July 10 at the Anna M. Cole Community Center in Jamaica Plain. The program is organized by the Mayor's Office of Food Access, in partnership with Project Bread, the YMCA of Greater Boston, and Boston Children's Hospital. The program is offered at more than 100 locations across Boston while providing free, healthy meals to youth ages 18 and under to "reduce food insecurity and fill the gap that occurs in nutritious food access during the summer months when school is out of session." 

 

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Mayor Walsh: How We’re Working to Ensure BPD Reflects and Serves Our Neighborhoods

Last month, we welcomed the Boston Police Academy's newest recruits. These men and women had spent the last six months learning to serve and protect the people of Boston with the highest standards of excellence and professionalism. As each recruit crossed the stage, they stopped to shake hands with me and Commissioner Gross. It was a powerful experience meeting each and every new member of our city’s police department, which is the oldest — and the best — in the nation. Among these recruits are veterans, former teachers, and youth sports coaches.

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