For more than four years not a month has gone by without a monthly vigil in support of Black Lives Matter in Jamaica Plain. Thursday night's vigil will resonate even stronger due to recent events. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, have led to protests across the country, and heightened the focus on Black Lives Matter again. In Jamaica Plain there has been a monthly Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter since January 2016. JP's vigil has had guest speakers such as Fran Smith of Community Organizer at Community Change; Leon Smith, Executive Director of Citizens for Juvenile Justice; and Charles Wallace-Thomas IV of the Boston Ujima Project.
Eliminating self-serve coffee stations, having no more than four people in an elevator at one time, and other best public health practices are part of the city's recommended strategies to return to places of work. "Our first and foremost priority in making available these guidelines is to empower businesses and employers to act now and put in place safety precautions and protocols before beginning to reopen," said Mayor Marty Walsh. On Thursday the city announced guidance and operational recommendations for businesses, employers and commercial landlords to consider as part of their return-to-work strategies for office workplaces. These are not regulations, but additional considerations to supplement state and federal mandates around building and property management. Areas such as social distancing, hygiene protocols, staffing and operations, and cleaning and disinfecting, are specific to Phase 1 of the Commonwealth's phased reopening plan.
Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang has endorsed Robbie Goldstein in his challenge to unseat Congressman Stephen Lynch D-8th MA
Yang gained popularity as a top candidate for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, and his followers were called the Yang Gang. He suspended his campaign in February and endorsed Joe Biden. Yang retweeted Goldstein's tweet above on May 22. Goldstein will face Lynch in the Democratic primary in September. "My impression of Congressman Lynch comes from my own experience and what I’ve heard from other voters and residents: that he has failed to lead on these and other issues that impact every person in the 8th District in one way or another.
After 24 years of being a local bed and breakfast off Centre Street, the Taylor House announced the business is closing, and that the owners are selling the two houses of the inn. In an email to customers the proprietors Dave Elliott and Daryl Bichel addressed the B&B's closure:
"After years of competition from AirB&B and recent substantial losses due to the pandemic, we have found it necessary to sell our two houses. This was a very difficult decision, as we have many good memories associated with our 24 years in business - friendships, joyous events, concerts, dinners and more. We're grateful for your patronage." Then they asked for possible buyer referrals on the two large houses: 50 Burroughs St., 9 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms; and 3 Agassiz Park, 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms.
Live from the Mermaid's Tavern will be a virtual concert and fundraiser for the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library on May 28. The Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society are hosting the concert that will feature intimate solo performances, creative digital collaborations, clips from the GH&CS YouTube channel, and live commentary celebrating the band's annual reunion. All donations go to benefit the Jamaica Plain Public Library. The event will take place on May 28th at 7:30 pm. The concert is free, but a suggested $5 per person online donation is welcome.