Boston Adding Textile Recycling Drop Off Boxes to Neighborhoods, Expanding Yard Waste Options

You don't have to throw out those old clothes, sneakers, or stuffed animals because the city is adding textile recycling drop off boxes across Boston neighborhoods. Not throwing away textiles is better for the environment by not filling up trash dumps, but also it can be reused in many ways. Once sorted, 95 percent of textiles such as old bedding, hats, and jackets are reused (75 percent), upcycled, or recycled (20 percent), according to a press release. The higher grades of recycled textiles are resold to thrift stores throughout North America, and other second hand markets across the globe. The lower grades of textiles are turned into rags for industrial use or other functions like stuffing or insulation.

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Kendra Hicks Receives $31K in First Month of Fundraising for District Council Seat

Boston City Council District 6 candidate Kendra Hicks took in an impressive $31,492 in her first month of fundraising. Hicks announced her candidacy for the district seat in September and had 414 individual donations, according to the campaign's ActBlue account that she shared with Jamaica Plain News. So she collected that total in less than a full month. Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance's (OCPF) website reported she received $24,379. But that difference is due to a lag in reporting because of USPS delays for the checks, said Hicks.

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Oh, Baby! City Councilor Matt O’Malley Welcomes Newest Constituent!

District 6 Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley and his wife, Kathyrn Niforos, are celebrating the birth of their baby girl who was born on Wednesday. Margot Gillian O’Malley was born at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at 10:44 am. Margot weighed 6 lbs 13 oz. and measured at 18.5 inches. The maternal grandparents are Peter and Suzanne Niforos of Groton, Connecticut.

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Kendra Hicks to Challenge O’Malley in Boston City Council Race

Kendra Hicks has been involved in many local JP organizations, including the Hyde Square Task Force, Wake Up The Earth Festival, and Spontaneous Celebrations through her 31 years of life. Combine those experiences with her professional career, and Hicks believes she can knock off a longtime incumbent to be the next District 6 City Councilor. Hicks aims to face incumbent Matt O'Malley in 2021's election cycle. "Kendra is a proud first-generation Black Dominican woman, a mother, a wife, and artist. Kendra’s story is the story of District 6, a story about community, creativity, and collective power.

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JP Centre/South Main Streets Online Zoom Fundraiser Cocktail Hour

Due to COVID-19 and shutdown, we had to delay our Spring fundraiser. BUT through adversity comes innovation, and we have decided to try an ONLINE Wine Tasting as our fundraiser. Click here for tickets

Join us on Zoom as we sample wines from Streetcar Wines in Jamaica Plain and share the finer notes of their wine selection, while you taste along with us at home. Wines will be available from Streetcar PRIOR to the event, and ready for pick-up or delivery. A portion of their sales of these wines will go to JP Centre/South Main Streets.