While a new fire station is built on Columbus Avenue to replace an old one, there will be temporary fire house sited on Amory Street starting by June. The plan is still being worked on, but the hope is to have the firefighters of companies Engine 42 Rescue 2 and District 9 out of the old house at 1870 Columbus Ave., Roxbury, by June, said Brian Alkins, Public Information Officer for the Boston Fire Department, to Jamaica Plain News. Once out of the current firehouse, there will be a two-month bidding process for the new building to be sited at the current location. The construction process is expected to last from 16 to 18 months. The cost of the overall project is expected to be $23.5 million.
Banning plastic bags, protecting wetlands, fighting gas leaks, water-filling stations, sidewalk composting and net zero carbon buildings. There isn’t a Boston City Councilor who can lay claim to as many environmental legislative accomplishments and initiatives as Matt O’Malley. O’Malley’s environmentally friendly legislation started during his first year on the council when he literally went after paychecks. “Every other week I would get a pay stub even though I had direct pay,” said O’Malley, District 6’s City Councilor, who was first elected in 2010. “I hate paper and I hate clutter and I was raised as an environmentalist.
The Friends of the Connolly Branch Library are hosting an event on April 8 for people to learn more about the Friends, the library and meet the new library staff. Meeting attendees will be provided information about how to become more involved with Friends of the Connolly Library, which is sponsoring the event. The meeting will be on Monday, April 8 at 6:30 pm at the Connolly Branch Library (433 Centre St.). Light refreshments will be served. This meeting is free and open to the public.
Boston City Hall now has a public lactation room available to anyone looking for privacy to breastfeed or pump while at City Hall. The free lactation room is in the main lobby on the third floor, adjacent to the south elevators. It is open for use during regular business hours. "At Boston City Hall and throughout our city, we need to ensure there are resources and support for parents, and I'm proud this new resource will be available to all at City Hall," said Mayor Marty Walsh via press release. "We look forward to continuing our work supporting parents and children throughout Boston, building resource for those who are raising the next generation of Bostonians."
Jamaica Plain has lost our neighborhood coordinator for the city in Alexandra Valdez. But the good news is that the city has gained a new director of engagement for its Economic Mobility Lab. "It has been my absolute pleasure serving as the Mayor’s Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Coordinator and the citywide Latina Liason for the past three years," said Valdez to Jamaica Plain News. "From attending community meetings about local issues, to helping new businesses open, I have learned so much from our neighborhood and how government is here to help its constituents. I have also learned a great deal from the many residents and activists who put in tireless hours engaging in our government to improve our neighborhood."