Photo: Books on Shelves at Renovated JP Branch Library!

The renovated Jamaica Plain Branch Library had books on its shelves as of April 28th, 2017. It will be opening very soon. The renovated Jamaica Plain Branch Library is so close to opening you can almost feel the touch of your library card being used to take out books! On Friday, April 28th, Jamaica Plain News took this photo showing the reflection of the adjacent Curtis Hall Community Center in the window panes of the beautifully renovated library. The renovations are pretty much complete and it will be opening in May (a public date has not been provided yet).

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Public Art Project for Renovated Jamaica Plain Library To Be Discussed

Editor's Note: The meeting referenced in this article initially scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 16, has been postponed. A rescheduled date has not yet been set. The original article is below. ~~~

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library currently being renovated has been selected as the first beneficiary of a new city program focused on bringing public art to Boston's neighborhoods.

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Boston Red Sox Foundation to Install Batting Cage at Curtis Hall Community Center

The Boston Red Sox Foundation will install four indoor batting cages this year at Boston Centers for Youth and Families locations, including Curtis Hall in Jamaica Plain. The batting cages are being funded by a grant from the Youth Development Foundation, an organization of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), "...to improve the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the United States and Canada." "Baseball isn't just a sport -- it's a passion for so many Boston residents and children, and this grant will allow young people throughout our city to improve their baseball game in a welcoming, accessible environment," said Mayor Martin Walsh via a press release. "I'm grateful to our Red Sox Foundation partners for providing BCYF centers batting cages that will allow our young athletes to enjoy baseball throughout every month of the year." "On behalf of all players, and especially those who call the Boston area home, we are happy to direct funds from the Youth Development Foundation to help install indoor batting cages throughout the city," said MLBPA Executive Director and former Red Sox Tony Clark.

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Photos: First Responders Ball with JP Youth in Tourney

Boston's first responders and local youth played against each other in a two-day tournament held at Curtis Hall on Jan. 14th and 15th. Curtis Hall Program Supervisor Jeanette Ayala said the tournament is a “great opportunity for the community to see the police, fire and court officers interact with youth.”

The tournament gave the opportunity for area youth to get to know some of the EMS, BPD and BFD personnel through the area. All proceeds from the Meet the Face Behind the Badge Basketball Tournament were to benefit the Summer Camp Scholarship Fund.  

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Meet the Face Behind the Badge Basketball Tourney at Curtis Hall

Boston first responders and local youth are playing each other this weekend at Curtis Hall in a basketball tournament and all proceeds will go to the Summer Camp Scholarship Fund. Curtis Hall Program Supervisor Jeanette Ayala said the tournament is a "great opportunity for the community to see the police, fire and court officers interact with youth." The Meet the Face Behind the Badge Basketball Tournament will be at the Curtis Hall Community Center (20 South St.) on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 10 am to 3 pm and Sunday, Jan. 15 from 1 to 5 pm.

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