Cristian, 13, lights lanterns for the Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade on Oct. 18.

Jamaica Pond Lantern Parades on Oct. 20 & 21; Lantern Making Workshops All Week

The very popular annual Jamaica Plain Lantern Parades are on Saturday and Sunday. There are also several lantern making workshops this week for kids (and adults). This is the 35th year for the annual tradition presented by Spontaneous Celebrations and the Friends of Jamaica Pond. It truly is one of Jamaica Plain's most beloved events that attracts hundreds of kids, adults and dogs. Before the parade, people gather by the Jamaica Pond Boat House, and hang their lanterns to display for all to enjoy the varied designs.

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Jamaica Plain Buy Nothing Online Group Shut Down by Non-Local Administrators

Update: On Tuesday morning, Buy Nothing co-founder Liesl Clark indicated via a post on Facebook that her organization would be willing to remove itself from the Buy Nothing Jamaica Plain page if a local admin agrees to take control. ~~~~~

A popular Facebook page that enabled Jamaica Plain residents to gift and receive free items and had grown to more than 4,500 members was effectively shut down Sunday afternoon following several days of online protests that spilled over into other JP online groups and IRL conversations around the neighborhood. Last Wednesday, a longtime local administrator of the Buy Nothing Jamaica Plain Facebook page -- affectionately known as BNJP -- posted that the group would imminently "sprout" to comply with Buy Nothing rules. The Buy Nothing project, which was founded in Washington state in 2013, informs groups they must sprout along geographic boundaries when they reach 1,000 members in order to keep the sharing groups hyper-local. Sprouting would mean Moss Hill, Egleston Square, Forest Hills and other JP neighborhoods would have their own local pages. This was not the first time sprouting had been discussed in the JP group, and many members were once again swift to decry the move, stating that dividing the neighborhood by geographic boundaries would most likely segment JP by racial and socioeconomic lines, among other concerns, and noting that JP's small geographic area meant neighbors were in fact sharing items with each other.

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Upcoming Pop-Ups for JP/Rox Transportation Action Plan; Feedback Wanted on Egleston Square Concepts

The city is holding three pop-up sessions this week to solicit feedback about the JP/Rox Transportation Action Plan. If you can't make it to the sessions you can also participate in an online poll, as well as submit feedback by Sept. 15, about two concepts to improve Egleston Square. These are the scheduled dates, times and locations for this week's pop-ups. They are subject to change due to weather.

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