First Baptist Continues to Fight Hunger with $100,000 Grant

The First Baptist Church recently received a $100,000 grant from Mass General Brigham to grow its sit down meals and food deliveries service. When COVID hit, First Baptist could no longer provide meals inside its location, said Rev. Ashlee Wiest-Laird. "We said, let's deliver to them. It was two meals a week, which quickly became three meals," said Wiest-Laird. Soon they were providing three meals a week up to 300 households in Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Roslindale, Dorchester, Hyde Park, and more.

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Update: Spontaneous Golf Tournament Moved to Oct. 14 + More Spontaneous News

If you’re new to Jamaica Plain, you might not have experienced the Wake Up The Earth Parade and Festival that blossoms on the first Saturday in May each year in the Southwest Corridor Park, brought to life by Spontaneous Celebrations. There's music galore on three stages, food trucks, artists and clothing vendors, non-profit organizations tabling, face painting, mini golf, stilt walking, and toddler drumming.  In just a few weeks, you’ll have a chance to experience the annual Lantern Parade at Jamaica Pond (Oct. 23 and 24 this year), also orchestrated by Spontaneous Celebrations. On those nights hundreds of homemade lanterns bob along the path around the pond, carried by children in Halloween costumes with their parents, and others who enjoy the spectacle each year.

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Watch: This Guy Juggled While Running The Sedgwick Slog

The Sedgwick Slog started off organically 11 years ago with only 12 runners from Sedgwick Street. Now it's a block party and this year was kicked off with a police escort. Sedgwick Street resident Dan Janis started the slog, and it's turned into a fun neighborhood four-person relay race with each runner starting down Sedgwick Street, going around Jamaica Pond and back to Sedgwick. This year 10 teams participated. Darren Rosebrugh has been running the slog since 2012, the day after he moved onto Sedgwick Street.

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Photos: Rally Denouncing Lawsuits By Local Landlord, Turtle Swamp Brewing

Seniors were joined by Jamaica Plain residents on Saturday to stand up for a proposed low-income senior housing project that is being threatened due to lawsuits by a local landlord and Turtle Swamp Brewing. The rally was led by Mass Senior Action Council and City Life Vida Urbana (CLVU) to denounce the lawsuits filed by landlord Monty Gold and Turtle Swamp Brewing. The project would provide housing to low-income and extremely low-income seniors, as well as a new spot for a longtime neighborhood Latino-owned restaurant. "In short, this development is too big, too close to its neighbors, and does not provide parking or loading areas sufficient to serve the Project," says Turtle Swamp Brewing's lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court. The project at 3371 Washington St. is a joint venture between New Atlantic Development LLC and nonprofit Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), and has already been approved by the Boston Planning & Development Agency Board.

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Spontaneous Celebrations Block Party to Celebrate Reopening of Building on Sept. 11

Community cultural organization Spontaneous Celebrations is holding a block party on Sept. 11 to celebrate the reopening of its building. The renovations are continuing and the organization is inviting the community to come together for a potluck party (bring something to share with your neighbors), and free music. The ongoing renovations include a new front door design by local artist Connie Barbour, all new hardwood floor on the second floor, rebuilding of the stage infrastructure, and removal of the chimney. Kitchen and bar renovations are underway, including a new exhaust, plus new back stairs to the basement.

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