The proprietors of the Rose JP Consignment store announced that they are closing their Centre Street brick and mortar business due to the affects of the Coronavirus. In a the glass is half full attitude Instagram post, co-owners and married couple Carina Lopez and John Peña explained why they are closing their store that just debuted in November 2019. "As you have seen many small businesses and big corporations are closing left and right in our communities..." said Lopez. "But as you all know, people are doing a lot more online shopping than going into a store physically," she said.
The Frogmore's website says it will be serving brunch soon, adding another offering to its takeout and indoor dinner menu. But it appears brunch will not be on the menu, as the restaurant announced it will be closing this weekend. On Sunday, The Frogmore posted a video of a watermelon margarita melon being poured into a cup -- letting customers know that the tasty drinks are baaaaack. Then on Tuesday they posted a farewell message on Instagram saying, "Come say farewell to the Frogmore! Don't be sad, we had 5 great years."
There are countless unsung heroes who are working on the frontlines in the face of the Coronavirus. Here are two Brookside Community Health Center employees who have been putting their lives on the line to help others. For eight weeks, ending July 10, the Brookside Community Health Center was one of Boston's free testing sites. That meant lots and lots of people coming to get tested. Name: Victoria (Tory) Hill
Hometown: Jamaica Plain
I have worked at Brookside Community Health Center for five years in total. I left for a few years to go back to nursing school, and have now been back working as a nurse practitioner for the last three years.
The Hyde Square Task Force will be selling the Blessed Sacrament Church property after two years of being unable to find a partner to redevelop it into a community center. The Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) purchased the property in 2014, and has been carrying $500,000 in debt, and expenses for the building cost more than $100,000 annually, according to a press release. In 2014, HSTF provided a tour of some of the closed-to-the-public areas of the church. "Dedicating our resources, solely, to meet the needs of our youth is the only way we can fulfill our core mission and that is why the HSTF Board of Directors voted to sell the former Blessed Sacrament Church,” said HSTF Executive Director Celina Miranda. The original plan was for a performing arts center with space for community events, but a 2019 request for proposal seeking investors failed to generate interest.
Daily free testing for COVID-19 at the Brookside Community Center ended July 10, but testing is likely to eventually resume there again. Brookside's testing site at 3297 Washington St., was open for eight weeks in collaboration with the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center on Centre Street, and ended on July 10. Brookside provided a statement to Jamaica Plain News about the testing site ending:
"In balancing the importance of COVID-19 testing for our community with the need to serve our patients at each of the health centers, we will likely restart our testing site soon, in a more limited capacity, and will communicate those decision once made." Brookside will also post on updates on its Facebook page. While there are no more free Jamaica Plain testing sites, there are numerous other testing sites in Boston.