The 5th Annual Jamaica Plain Porchfest this Saturday will be more awesome than the previous four as it will include music, theater, dance, spoken word, storytelling, comedy, circus arts and a politicians' porch. "We have 90 generous porch hosts this year – that is, folks who offer their porches to performers. In some cases, people perform on their own porches, but they often welcome others," said Mindy Fried, co-organizer with Marie Ghitman and Eli Pabon. "And in many cases, porch hosts simply offer their porches to whomever we assign to their porches, of course taking into consideration their available space, and if they have any special requests." Click on the map of porches to see a description of all of the performances (courtesy JP Porchfest).
Celebrate Hyde and Jackson Squares as a destination for food and shopping at the 4th annual Inside Out Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, May 19 from 12:00 - 3:00 pm. Food from 5 continents and diverse shopping from 45 business that will move their products from the inside of their stores to the outside will be mixed in with live outdoor music and street artists. More information and updates to participating businesses can be found at https://bit.ly/2r3YbUM
UPDATE: The sidewalk sale has been postponed until September 8th due to project inclement weather. More than 45 businesses will turn their stores and restaurants inside out for you to stroll, shop and eat during the 4th Annual Inside Out Sidewalk Sale along Centre Street on May 19. The sale will be along Centre Street from Jackson Square to Hyde Square and beyond during the sidewalk sale being presented by Hyde Jackson Square Main Street. You'll have the chance to enjoy food from neighborhood restaurants from five continents (sorry Australia and Antarctica), great shopping with sale items, a balloon artist, a juggler and outdoor live music all to celebrate the diversity and vibrancy of Hyde and Jackson Squares, also known as Boston's Latin Quarter. Click here for an updated list of participating businesses.
A Dorchester man accused of shooting and killing two innocent bystanders on May 4th was arraigned on Monday and held without bail. Wilvin Guity, 28, was charged with two counts of murder and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm at Roxbury Municipal Court on Monday. Guity was allegedly recorded minutes before the shooting via surveillance cameras exiting the rear passenger's door of a white Ford Fusion near Chestnut Avenue while wearing a gray hoodie and distinctive patterned sneakers, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office. Boston Police homicide detectives would later identify Guity, and he was captured on video walking into the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments by 277 Centre St., and open fire on a group of approximately 15 people in a Centre Street park, said prosecutors. He allegedly then ran back towards Chestnut Avenue and got back into the Ford Fusion.
The Boston Transportation Department is holding a meeting on May 14 to discuss the redesigning of Centre and South streets streetscape. At the meeting the city would like to hear the community's "streetscape improvement priorities" for Jackson Square to Forest Hills along Centre and South streets. Boston Transportation Department officials will discuss the upcoming design process based on the Centre and South Streets Streetscape and Transportation Action Plain. This meeting is open to the public and will be on Monday, May 14 from 6 to 8 pm at the Curtis Hall Community Center (20 South St.).