Photos: Embracing Beauty of Winter at Arnold Arboretum

I try to keep my voice down when I speak of my love for winter. I’ve learned that almost no one wants to hear it. Yet at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum, I fall in love with this stark but lovely season once again. It’s November on my first visit — everything is shades of brown and the sky is nearly entirely gray. Standing halfway up Peters Hill, the only sound is a nearby rustling in the bushes, then silence, then cawing overhead, then silence.


Eliot School, Kevin Cradock Builders Form Partnership and Youth Scholarship

The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts recently announced a partnership with Kevin Cradock Builders that will help foster the next generation of craftspeople. The Jamaica Plain-based builder has funded the Kevin Cradock Builders Youth Scholarship that will provide a full week of summer camp for one child each summer for 10 years. In addition, Cradock Builders will underwrite several woodworking classes for young people. The class underwriting will be for five terms for Kids Woodworking (ages 9-12) and will cover the administrative costs, which will help absorb costs to put on the class, such as instructor fees. Kevin Cradock Builders has been a past donor of the Eliot School, but this is a higher level of commitment. “The Eliot School is able to put tools and materials in the hands of students, help them forge a small connection with their surroundings, and possibly spark the beginning of a lifetime’s work with their hands.


Yasbo Juice Bar & Cafe Serving Up Delicious Sandwiches, Pressed Juices, Tacos and More

A new healthy fast casual food spot is now open along Centre Street offering freshly pressed juices, quinoa bowls, salmon plates, salads, and more. In November, Yasbo Juice Bar & Cafe transitioned from a convenience store, J.C. Fruit Shop & More, to its current health-focused form, said owner Jay Collado to Jamaica Plain News. "We noticed that what was needed was a healthy spot food-wise. So we made the change," said Collado. "We now have a 100 percent healthy menu.


City Council Sworn In: Mejia’s Moving American Dream Memory, Diversity, and Astrology

Mayor Marty Walsh and the Boston City Council were sworn into office on Monday, and nothing was more moving than At-Large City Councilor Julia Mejia adding to her American Dream. We'll just let Mejia tell it. And to think that Mejia was almost not elected, as she won a recount by one vote against Alexandra St. Guillen. Not only did Mejia make history, but this current Boston City Council also changed Boston history, which was pointed out by many people, including District 4 City Councilor Andrea Campbell.


Full-Service Chilacates Restaurant Replacing Burger Spot

A third Chilacates restaurant is coming to Jamaica Plain. But the new one is going to be a little different. It will have a full-service restaurant, an expanded menu, and libations. Owner Socrates Abreu told Boston Magazine that he is remaking The Joint burger spot, and changing it to Chilacates Cantina. Abreu opened The Joint (605 Centre St.) last year after taking over for Grassfed.