JP Neighbors Protest Foreclosure Auction

A neighborhood organization and a local nonprofit recently protested at the foreclosure auction of a Jamaica Plain home to prevent bidding on the property for which the owners were working toward a sale agreement but had not yet completed the deal. “We have a neighbor who has lived in our community for 18 years who, because of a health emergency, is being forced to sell his home,” said Chuck Collins, a neighbor and  member of the Asticou Martinwood South Street Neighborhood Association. Collins told Jamaica Plain News the intent of the picket outside the South Street condo was to "urge investors to back off" as they were calling on the bank to allow the sale to go forward. Collins said the potential buyers had already completed a home inspection and a purchase-and-sale agreement was being finalized. The sale would have covered the owners' financial obligations to lenders. Asked about the foreclosure auction, Rushmore Loan Management Services provided the following statement to Jamaica Plain News:

"Rushmore strives to meet the needs of all of its borrowers, including those experiencing short- or long-term issues or concerns.

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Food Pantry at First Church Seeing Rise in Demand Due to Government Shutdown, Donations Needed

The food pantry at Jamaica Plain's First Church is in need of donations as it has seen a rise in demand due to the federal government shutdown. The food pantry regularly serves about 120 people per month, according to the First Church in Jamaica Plain's website. Spontaneous Celebrations sent out an email asking for donations:
If you have any of the following items you are able to contribute to the food pantry they would greatly appreciate it! We will put a bin by our front desk. Unexpired staples such as: soups with protein, pasta sauce, peanut butter, tuna and sardines, cereal, canned vegetables and fruits, toothpaste & dish soap.

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Celebrate Three Kings Day with Parade and Parranda in Hyde Square on Jan. 5

Join Hyde Square Task Force to celebrate Three Kings Day on January 5, 2019. We will start at 11 am at the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library to decorate crowns, read a book about Three Kings Day and learn a traditional parranda song. At 12 pm, we will parade and sing down Centre Street with Fabiola Mendez and her band to Hyde Square Task Force. Refreshments will be provided and each child attending the event will receive a free book. For more information, please contact Sarah at sarah@hydesquare.org or 617-318-6610.

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Councilor O’Malley Loves Girl Scout Cookies

Question: What is District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley's favorite Girl Scout Cookie? Jamaica Plain's Daisy Troop 67633 recently learned the answer to that very important question at the troop's first-ever Girl Scout Cookie Booth at the Curley K-8 School. O'Malley purchased several boxes of cookies, including Tagalongs, Thin Mints and his favorite -- Peanut Butter Patties -- on Dec. 20 from his local cookie entrepreneurs. Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ Cookie Program runs through early March and you can locate Girl Scout Cookies by zip code at girlscoutcookies.org.

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