Porchfest will Bring Music, Dance, and Community to the Streets of Jamaica Plain

On Saturday, the streets of Jamaica Plain will be filled with the sights and sounds of music and dance, as thousands of attendees comb the sidewalks for the JP's second annual celebration of art and community, Porchfest. Porchfest co-producer Mindy Fried--who, along with coproducer Marie Ghitman and a handful of additional volunteers, organized the festival--described it as "six hours of art", a free event during which multi-genre performances will emanate from over 72 porches, driveways, community centers and green spaces. Ghitman said JP is one of the 23 cities and neighborhoods to have organized their own Porchfests. The ideas was first conceived in Ithaca, New York in 2007 as a music festival held directly on community members' front doorsteps. Jamaica Plain, said Fried, was "ripe for this kind of event," which has expanded from last year to include not only music, but dance, storytelling, spoken word, theater and more.

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Boston 2024 Meeting in Jamaica Plain Draws Passionate Crowd

A Tuesday Boston 2024 community meeting went off-script and off-agenda when activists opposed to the games demanded their grievances be heard by city and Olympic officials. By 6 p.m. activists had gathered outside English High School in Jamaica Plain with signs reading “Don’t Play With JP.”

'Why Can't We Just Do Projects That Will Help?' One protester, member of No Boston Olympics Claire Blechman, of Somerville, said she thinks the Olympics would invariably overrun its budget, destabilize Boston communities, and lead to increased police presence. Blechman also said she wished the city of Boston would commit to making improvements to its infrastructure without the glitz and glam of the Olympic games as its sole motivator. “Why can’t we just do projects that will help?

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William Morales (far right) looks at photos of the late Father Jack Roussin

Egleston Square Gathers to Remember ‘Father Jack’

Members of the Egleston Square community gathered for a special Wednesday night Mass in remembrance of local community leader Father Jack Roussin. Known to his parishioners as "Father Jack," the late pastor began his tenure at the historic St. Mary's of the Angels in Egleston in the mid 1970's, where he worked until moving to a shantytown outside Lima, Peru in the early 1990s. From the outset, Roussin was a force within the community, working to help unify a neighborhood that was gripped by drugs and violence. "He walked as our brother, he walked as our father, he walked as our Shepherd," said the Rev. Wayne Belschner, who was mentored by Roussin.

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Rough map of JP sites for Boston 2024 in the 2.0 plan released Monday, June 29, 2015.

Boston 2024 Releases Olympic Proposal 2.0, Including Plans for Franklin Park

Boston 2024, a private group spearheading the city's bid to host the summer Olympics, unveiled an updated proposal Monday morning. One major change affecting JP would be that a pool is no longer being envisioned for Franklin Park. Looking at the new proposal from a city-wide perspective, the ambitious plan calls for the construction of two entirely new Boston neighborhoods. The proposal, dubbed 2.0, outlined plans for a temporary Olympic stadium that would seat 69,000, and would be completely repurposed or recycled after the games. Adjacent to the stadium, in "Midtown," are plans for 4,000 permanent units of housing, including 500 affordable units.

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