Enrique Pepen is Jamaica Plain’s New Neighborhood Coordinator

Jamaica Plain's new neighborhood service coordinator is Enrique Pepen, who started the job in March. In his role Pepen works as the primary contact for constituents and businesses while working with the Mayor's Office, and helps provide city services to residents and businesses. So if you have a broken streetlight, broken sidewalk, or other issue, Pepen can be a good resource to help get those things fixed. "I am very honored to be appointed to this position by Mayor Walsh," said Pepen via press release. "The mayor has worked very hard to keep Jamaica Plain the special and diverse neighborhood it’s always been and I am very excited to continue his vision for the neighborhood."

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Needle Take Back Day and Drug Take Back Day are Thursday and Saturday

Got any needles hanging around that you need to get rid of? How about any prescription drugs? This week you can drop off both of those items at different sites around the city, and in Jamaica Plain. Thursday will be Boston's first-ever needle take back day, which was organized by At-Large City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George, chair of the Committee on Homelessness, Mental Health, and Recovery and the Committee on Education. Numerous organizations have teamed up to initiate the day, including the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, Boston University School of Public Health Activist Lab, the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services, the Boston Public Health Commission, and the Grayken Center for Addiction at the Boston Medical Center.

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Matt O’Malley is Boston’s Environmental City Councilor

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.

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Learn How to Get Involved with Friends of the Connolly Branch Library April 8

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.

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