Over a dozen tried and true community volunteers came out in the damp to plant flower beds, dig holes for shrubs at the "Stonehenge" sitting park at Washington and Atherton streets, and to clean up the Peace Park at School and Washington streets on Saturday during the annual Boston Shines in Egleston Square. Organized by Egleston Square Main Streets (ESMS) led by Luis Cotto, the planting at "Stonehenge" was funded by a $2,500 Love Your Block grant awarded to ESMS in January. Around 80 plants and shrubs were delivered by ESMS volunteers in the morning during spotty drizzling rain. Earlier City Soil had dropped off a truck load of top soil for the volunteers. For the next three hours volunteers got their hands (and clothes) dirty as they dug, planted and worked the soil.
Cleaning up Jamaica Street. Credit: Richard Heath
For thirty years Michael Reiskind and Bob McDonnell have organized Boston Shines in Jamaica Plain. That's three mayors', five governors' and five presidents' worth of neighborhood cleanups. And of course, they've had lots of help. For the past several Boston Shines, City Hall's liaison to JP, Jullieanne Doherty, has been the Energizer Bunny of cleanup organization.
Good morning, JP! Here's your morning memo for Wednesday, April 9. It's a big day for the JP Branch Library. As I hope you've already heard, the civic stars appear finally to be aligned for the busy branch, last renovated in 1962, to get a much-needed makeover. Wednesday at 6 p.m. the architect invites the neighborhood to a consultation about the design.