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Mayor Recommends Five JP Projects to Receive $890K in Community Preservation Act Funds

The city announced the recommendation of more than $25.5 million of Community Preservation Act funds to 67 projects across Boston, including five Jamaica Plain projects. The Community Preservation Committee held a public hearing and vote on Feb. 11 in support of Mayor Marty Walsh's recommendations. The proposed projects have been filed with the Boston City Council for a vote of approval. Projects supported with Community Preservation Act funds need to create or preserve affordable housing, historic sites, or open space and recreation.

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JP Holiday Light Show Now Through Jan. 3

The JP Holiday Light Show is happening on the steeple of the First Baptist Church every night through Jan. 3. "It’s been a long and difficult year, and the need for celebration, hope, and spirit is more important than ever this winter," said Ginger Brown, executive director of JP Centre/South Main Streets. The show will also feature drawings from Jamaica Plain residents! This year's JP Centre/South Main Streets' projection show will be every evening from 4:30 pm to 9 pm.

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What Is a Progressive Position on Housing?

What is a progressive position on housing? That is the question that will be tackled at a JP Progressives community conversation on April 29. "The City of Boston is rapidly becoming more unequal and segregated than at any time in its recent history. Boston is one of the least affordable major housing markets in the world, and Massachusetts is one of the most unequal states in the country. Our community in Jamaica Plain is at the forefront of this crisis," says the description of the event on JP Progressives' Facebook page.

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"Black Lives Matter" sign on the lawn at First Baptist Church in JP. The sign was stolen the week of Oct. 5, 2015.

‘Black Lives Matter’ Sign to be Reinstalled at First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain on Sunday

On Sunday the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain will reinstall its "Black Lives Matter" sign that was vandalized and thrown in the trash in early October. Jamaica Plain’s First Baptist Church, located at 633 Centre St., has been playing a role in the nation-wide “Black Lives Matter” movement. Pastor Ashlee Wiest-Laird and Rev. Osagyefo Sekou have been very involved in the national movement and were among members of the First Baptist community who travelled to Ferguson, Mo. to protest the police killing of Michael Brown. Sekou has since moved on from First Baptist to St.

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