Ethos, a Jamaica Plain-based nonprofit, was recently chosen to be in charge of the Boston Elder Nutrition Program, which is responsible for providing more than 2.1 million meals to Boston senior citizens per year. The meals are subsidized by the federal, state and city governments with the goal of providing healthy and nutritious meals through Meals on Wheels to homebound senior citizens to help them stay living independently, and meals in neighborhood settings called Community Cafes. The Boston Elder Nutrition Program is being made possible through a collaboration between Boston’s Age Strong Commission (formerly the Commission on Affairs of the Elderly), and the elder services non-profits Central Boston Elder Services, Boston Senior Home Care and Ethos, which all working together to bring healthy food to seniors. Meals on Wheels of America, the advocacy group representing elder nutrition providers, reports that seniors make up 22 percent of the state’s population, with more than 27 percent living alone and 12 percent threatened by hunger, according to a press release. “For millions of Americans, Meals on Wheels and Community Café programs are literally the difference between remaining in their own homes and needing to relocate to a nursing facility,” said Dale Mitchell, CEO, Ethos, via press release.
Pedestrian crossing signs aren't often long for this world. They're thrown out onto the streets practically waiting to get hit. So goes the story of a pedestrian crossing sign at Lamartine and Mozart streets. Jamaica Plain resident @pawlbologna tweeted about his personal experience with the intersection, including getting hit in 2017. He shared the challenge of getting the city to put up a new pedestrian crossing sign after a previous sign was hit and unusable.
How can Egleston Square be a more pleasant place? That's a question that will be examined at the next JP/Rox Transportation Action Plan meeting on Oct. 23. At the meeting, the fourth on the topic of Egleston Square, Transportation Department personnel will discuss public feedback they received about two plans the city put forth to make the area safer to walk and travel through. A preview of actions items for the upcoming meeting will also be discussed, as well as priorities for the project.
Adding something new to something old to the Jamaica Plain Branch Library has been a wild success, aside from the Copley Square main branch, it is most used library in Boston. And recently the Boston Preservation Alliance honored the South Street branch for its renovations. "On this, the 40th Anniversary of the Alliance and the 30th year we've awarded projects, an emphasis on neighborhoods which percolated up from our nominees collectively exemplify what is central to Boston's success: historic places working in harmony with new construction throughout the city's neighborhoods," says Boston Preservation Alliance's website about the awards. Renovations of the library originally built in 1911 starting in 2015 and the library reopened May 2017. The Boston Preservation Alliance described how the renovations successfully mixed the new with the old:
The new addition reinstated a prominent entry sequence to the library, but the rest of the building needed a major update as well and this was completed with the utmost sympathy to its history.
Mayor Marty Walsh wrapped up the 22nd Annual Boston Main Street Awards with the annual mayor's trolley tour to a dozen Main Street districts, including stopping off at two Jamaica Plain Main Street districts. Walsh visited the Egleston Square Main Streets district and the Jamaica Plain Centre/South Main Street (JPCSMS) district on July 11th. On South Street Walsh honored Kacy Hughes as the Volunteer of the Year and Fresh Hair Salon as the Business of the Year for JPCSMS.
In Egleston Square Walsh honored Northeastern University AIAS students as the Volunteers of the Year and Sandy Wireless as the Business of the Year. Christine Lau was named the Volunteer of the Year for Hyde/Jackson Square Main Streets, and El Oriental de Cuba Restaurant was named Business of the Year.