Boston Cyberarts’ GoFundMe Raising $ to Make Up for COVID Losses

The nonprofit organization that runs the Boston Cyberarts Gallery at the Green Street MBTA station has turned to GoFundMe to make up for the money its lost due to COVID. Boston Cyberarts operates the free gallery in Jamaica Plain, the Art on the Marquee project at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, and numerous other public art projects. But due to the COVID pandemic, the Art on the Marquee has been suspended, resulting in a projected los of $44,500, according to the organization's GoFundMe page. "We've brought opportunities to the general public to experience the work of thousands of new media artists, without cost.  We also pride ourselves on creating dozens of paid opportunities for MA based artists every year.

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Organizers of Community Fridge Searching for New Location

The organizers of the Jamaica Plain community fridge  are searching for a new location to host their project, but concerns about liability are making businesses hesitant to commit.  
The original fridge was located outside of D’Friends Barbershop in Hyde Square and was destroyed in a shooting on November 6th. It had been put in place in September as a way to combat spiking food insecurity
Like other community fridges that have sprung up across the US in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the JP fridge sought to fight food insecurity through a simple concept -- those passing by its brightly painted exterior could drop off food donations if able, or take food if in need. 
Josiel Gonzalez, a leading JP fridge volunteer, loved watching people peer into the fridge on their way to the nearby Whole Foods, then circle back on their way home to donate freshly purchased goods. According to Gonzalez, organizers already have a replacement refrigerator. D’Friends would be happy to host the new fridge, but Gonzalez explained that the D’Friends location was always temporary.

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Win Restaurant Gift Cards From JP Local First #JPLovesFood Promotion

Jamaica Plain Local First has launched a social media promotion starting Monday that will award gift cards to three restaurants a week through the duration of the promotion. This week customers can win gift cards to Blue Nile, the Joint, and Brassica Kitchen. Two customers who purchase food from a featured restaurant will win a $50 gift card to be “gifted” to a friend or family member. There will be two winners chosen per restaurant. The #JPLovesFood program will run from January 4 to February 28, with three independent Jamaica Plain restaurants featured each week.

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Blue Nile Owner’s Generosity to Refugees Elates Community

Blue Nile restaurant owner Yosef Haile is often seen with a smile, and recently he brought big smiles to a group of young Eritrean refugees due his unexpected generosity. Jamaica Plain resident Lexi Klupchak is the clinical director for the Rediscovery House in Waltham. The home is for boys ages 16 to 21 with complex trauma histories, and most have little to no family, said Klupchak. The long term goal of the home is help get the guys to live independently in the community with meaningful vocations. "Most of our guys are from Boston but we also currently have unaccompanied refugee minors from Eritrea which neighbors Ethiopia and shares the same food," said Klupchak to Jamaica Plain News.

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High End Boutique, Nckls & Dimes, Opening on Centre Street

A high end boutique with its own branded clothing items is opening on Centre Street. Located at 668 Centre St., Nckls & Dimes, the store will be selling men's and women's attire, including sweatsuits, sweatshirts, luxury dress shirts, and more. The store will also be both selling and consigning high end designer labels. A representative for the business said they expect to open just after Christmas.  

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