When news broke the other day that Chase Bank would be taking over one of the most prominent and vacant commercial spots on Centre Street, groans of disappointment echoed through Jamaica Plain. To be clear, this isn't about Chase Bank taking over the old Bukhara restaurant storefront at 701 Centre St. This is about any bank taking up residence on the main drag of Centre Street from the Monument to Hyde Square. There are too many banks in that stretch. Chase Bank will be the fifth bank within 100 yards of that section of Centre Street.
Everyone is welcome to join Mayor Marty Walsh in celebrating National Night Out in Jamaica Plain on August 5. Mayor Walsh will be joined by Boston Police Commissioner William Gross, BPD Command Staff -- and there will be free kids activities, food, entertainment, as well awards for Boston's crime watch groups. This is a free event being held at the South Street Apartments (125 South St., Metcalf Court Parking Lot) on Monday, August 5 from 4 to 8 pm. National Night Out started in 1984 by bringing civic groups, community organizations, police, residents and more together. More than 2.5 million people participated in the first National Night Out. Now more than 38 million participate annually.
The recent extreme heat delayed Mayor Marty Walsh touring around Main Street districts highlighting local businesses and volunteers, including several of Jamaica Plain's favorite businesses. Some of the JP part of the tour was rescheduled for July 22, and some of the tour was rescheduled for this weekend. During three separate days, Mayor Walsh will visit nine different locations, honoring 20 Main Street volunteers and numerous businesses. This weekend the PikaloX restaurant and volunteer Eugenia Arroyo, will be honored as part of Egleston Square Main Streets. The Little Dipper restaurant, and volunteer Melvin Tutiven will be honored by the Jamaica Plain Centre South Main Streets program.
The Steering Committee of JP Local First is pleased to announce that they have hired a new Director of Membership and Community Outreach, Cyd Charise Jeyes. You may have met her recently at the Local First Fair, or around the neighborhood, where she is a regular patron of many of our members. Cyd grew up in the Egleston Square area and after traveling and living away from JP for several years, moved back with her family five years ago. Cyd has a wealth of experience ranging from teaching to marketing to event production as well as being an accomplished artist. In addition to her love for the neighborhood and its diversity of locally-owned businesses, she brings Spanish proficiency to the job.
Pretty much, you will barely be able to move in Jamaica Plain this weekend without seeing a JP Porchfest performance! This is the 6th Annual Jamaica Plain Porchfest, and it has never been more popular or robust: 180 bands, and artistic groups -- theater, dance, spoke word, storytelling, and comedy -- will perform on 97 porches. "JP Porchfest is almost like 100 little mini-festivals! And people have repeatedly told us that as they walk or bike around, they feel so much joy percolating in the air!" said Marie Ghitman, who co-founded the festival with Mindy Fried.