Somerville Porchfest 2012

Porchfest Is Coming to a JP Stoop Near You

Good morning, neighborhood. Here's your morning memo for Monday, April 21. What's Open, Closed for Patriots' Day: Of course today is a holiday in Boston and Massachusetts. You know the Marathon is being run this morning and the Sox play at home before lunch. Here are the other details like how much your trash and recycling pickup will be delayed and whether the packie will be open.

Launch party for Jamaica Plain News, Thursday, April 3, 2014.

Packed House Celebrates Launch of Jamaica Plain News

We launched the neighborhood's newest news source, Jamaica Plain News, with a party during the spring's inaugural First Thursday Art Walk. Dozens of residents stopped by to give their best wishes to the new project. My wife, Jane, and I are deeply appreciative of the warm welcome back to the neighborhood. The launch party took place during a celebration of First Thursday. Mayor Marty Walsh attended and spoke of the link between the arts scene and a healthy neighborhood economy.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

Meet Mayor Walsh During First Thursday Art Walk

Mayor Marty Walsh will be attending the Jamaica Plain News launch party on Thursday during his visit to First Thursday throughout Centre/South — please stop by and meet him. We're hosting the launch party with JP Centre/South Main Streets as the business development organization relaunches the First Thursday Art Walk. All along the Centre/South corridor there'll be music, food and drink tastings and lots of art in the various businesses and offices. The party is from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at 668 Centre St. That's the old Verizon store, between City Feed and the Smoke Shop.

Chris Helms, founder of Jamaica Plain News

Coming April 3: Fresh News For the Neighborhood You Love

Hello, neighbors. This is Chris Helms, publisher of the site you're reading, the Jamaica Plain News. If that name rings a bell, it may be because you knew me as the founding editor of Jamaica Plain Patch. Or maybe you were a dog walking buddy when I lived in Forest Hills. My wife Jane and I are starting this online news and community site for the neighborhood we all love.