Letter to the Editor: Lift the Cap on Kids

The Massachusetts Legislature is poised to Lift the Cap on Kids (i.e., repeal the welfare family cap) through a provision in the FY19 budget – thanks in no small part to the leadership of Jamaica Plain’s own state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means. The family cap denies welfare assistance to 8,700 children across the state simply because they were conceived after their families got assistance. Without the $100/month increment they would otherwise have gotten for these children, families struggle to provide basic necessities like diapers, clothes, and healthy food. As a social worker working with low-income Boston families since 1995 – the same year Massachusetts adopted the family cap rule – I have seen the harm to children caused by this type of deprivation. I am grateful to state Rep. Sanchez -- as well as to state Rep. Liz Malia -- for taking action to end this cruel law.

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Photos: BPD Catch & Release Fishing Derby for Kids

The 2nd Annual Catch & Release Fishing Derby with the Boston Police was recently held at Jamaica Pond. Held on June 30th, more than 300 kids enjoyed hours of fishing, games, prizes, food, cold drinks, music, shows -- and a special guest appearance from Charlie Moore, The Mad Fisherman, from NESN! The Boston Police would like to thank all of the BPD volunteers, staff, and community sponsors who made this beautiful day of family fun a reality.

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Viva el Latin Quarter Summer Series Concert on July 11th

Enjoy the summer in Boston’s Latin Quarter with an evening of live music on July 11th. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a fun evening of live Latin music by local artists Fabiola Mendez and Herencia Criolla at 6 pm on the Blessed Sacrament Church Plaza (361 Centre Street). There will be games, activities and free ice cream provided by JP Licks! This event is part of Hyde Square Task Force’s Viva el Latin Quarter Summer Series. For more information, please contact Sarah at sarah@hydesquare.org.

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Volunteers Wanted: Teatro en el Parque in Mozart Park on July 19-21

Volunteers are wanted for the 6th Annual Teatro en el Parque in Mozart Park happening on three consecutive days starting July 19th. This year’s performance by Escena Latina Teatro (ELT), a volunteer-run community theater group, will perform "Cumbia de me Corazón" by Toby Campion. It is being directed by Inés de la Cruz. Volunteers are needed to help setup, staff the event, and breakdown the information tables, between 4 pm and 9 pm on all three nights. If you're interested in volunteering please contact Erica Cannon at 617-477-9406 or email erica@hydejacksonsquare.org.

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