Ways to Stay Cool and Beat the Heat in Jamaica Plain

Not everyone has their own backyard pool, kiddie pool or air conditioning to beat this August heat. And because the city declared a heat emergency through Saturday, it's important to know how and where you can cool off in Jamaica Plain. As part of the heat emergency, all Boston Centers for Youth & Families are open as cooling centers for anyone to visit. Click here for a full list of all BCYF centers in Boston. One of the best options to cool off and get wet is the Johnson Playground on Green Street, seen below.

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632-638 Centre St. (left) is next to Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, Monday, March 9, 2015.

What Future Do You See for Centre/South?

JP Centre/South Main Streets and the Jamaica Pond Association are hosting a series of meetings to discuss what vision the community has for land use along the corridor. How many stories should most buildings be on the stretch from Eliot to Pond? These issues will be front and center at a community meeting on Monday, 7 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St. On Thursday, the JP Centre/South Main Streets Spring Business Breakfast will tackle the same concerns. Here's how organizers describe Thursday's meeting:

"Do you own, manage, or work at a business in the JP Centre/South Main Streets district?

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March 23 Election J.P. BCYF

The J.P. Board of Directors for Boston Centers for Youth and Families is having an election on Monday, March 23rd. It would be nice if the meetings were well publicized and that minutes were available. [Editor's note: Any JP resident 18 or older can vote in Monday's election, which runs 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. at both JP community centers. For more information, call 617-635-5195.]

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Community Centers Open for Warming During Arctic Blast

With the National Weather Service warning that wind chills could hit 24 below, the city is offering tips on how to stay safe during the deep freeze. City Hall sent out an advisory on Wednesday morning encouraging people to help vulnerable residents. For instance, if you see someone who looks like they're in trouble from the cold, the city says to call 911 for help. For further information on how to prepare for winter weather, please visit:

The city announced that Boston Centers for Youth & Families will remain open as warm centers throughout this cold period, during normal business hours. Jamaica Plain's community centers are: Curtis Hall, 20 South St.

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Spring Comes to Curtis Hall

Each weekday we post a random image from around the neighborhood. I like the visual rhythm of this shot by JP's William Brokhof of Curtis Hall. The columns of the building, the person walking, even the trees and branches give it a gentle left-to-right motion. Thanks for sharing it, Will! If you have a photo that screams (or even whispers) "Jamaica Plain," here are four ways to nominate it as our "Photo of the Day":

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