One of the newest businesses in Egleston Square is the independently-owned Bravo Pharmacy, which opened earlier this year and prides itself on its exceptional customer service. Owner Dmitri Limkov explained why he opened up in Egleston Square. "It had to be in JP," said Linkov, of the business nestled between Anique Nicole Hair Salon and Pin Bochince Restaurant at 3158 Washington St. "I see JP as the Liberty Island of Massachusetts. That's where everything started.
Jamaica Plain's Neighborhood Council will be discussing the JP/Rox plan on Wednesday. It will be a special meeting through the council's Housing and Community Development Committee. The public meeting on Wednesday June 22, 2016, at the Farnsworth House (90 South St.) at 7 pm. This meeting is being held in the wake of the June 1 decision by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) to extend the JP/Rox plan process into September. The BRA will not take a vote on the plan until October it said in a letter sent to the 26-member JP/Rox plan advisory group.
Irish step and Latin dancing, percussionists, free ice cream, yoga and more. All of this was jam-packed into the former Jackson Glass garage space this past Sunday as CityPOP Egleston held a grand opening. CityPOP Egleston, is a pop-up art space, created by City Realty, the owner of the property at 3193 Washington St. CityPOP is a collaborative art space to assist emerging artists and CityPOP has more than seven artists-in-residence, who have contracts running through next April. The afternoon kicked off, literally, by the JP Irish dancers led by Jackie O'Reilly with three step dancers Lauren Milford, Samantha Jones and Amanda Kerry, who moved in unison accompanied by a fiddler and squeeze box duo.
In a victory for many in the Egleston Square, Jackson Square and Forest Hills corridor, the Boston Redevelopment Authority has agreed to a 3-month extension of the JP-Rox Plan process after several organizations in the study areas had asked for an extension. On June 1, a joint letter from Brian Golden, director of the BRA and Sheila Dillon, Dir. of Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) was delivered to the 26-member JP-Rox Plan Advisory Committee announcing that decision. The letter said in part:
"After carefully considering the thoughtful feedback that we heard from many groups of community members... we believe it is prudent to extend the Plan JP/Rox by an additional three months."
The Double Edge Theater put on a fantastic Latin American Spectacle show in the soaring vaulted hall of the former Blessed Sacrament Church this past Saturday and Sunday nights during Memorial Day weekend. The show was part three-ring acrobatic circus, part political theater and part High Mass. The ensemble of musicians and dancers from Charlestown Working Theater and the Hyde Square Task Force put on a story-song about a community in change. The audience was part of the performance although the audience weren't quite aware of that during the Sunday evening performance. The program began with a costumed vocalist singing traditional songs with her accompanying guitarist standing on the church steps. Then came two costumed women, mother and daughter, circulating with bunches of long stem flowers that the younger one gave away; Following them was a merchant in dark suit coat and flowered fedora pulling a kiddie wagon with samples of his wares, working the audience with jokes and comments as his assistant gave away watermelon slices saying "eat it quickly" as he warned one tyke "or it'll melt."