‘Art For Abortion Access’ Show at Vee Vee

Community members looking to support reproductive justice can do so during a collaborative art event between Vee Vee and local artists on August 13. “It’s our job to step up and support access for all to have this essential medical care. That’s why we’re raising funds for The Brigid Alliance, who assists women in need throughout the entire process of receiving abortion care. Every dollar we get at the event will go directly to support their work,” said Jamaica Plain resident Jeremy Fischer of Boston For All, the group behind the event. All art for sale has been donated by the artists themselves because they have chosen to support the cause.

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Check Out These Valentine’s Deals in Jamaica Plain

Special meals, special beers, cookies, pies, locally made chocolates, and flowers -- just a few ways to celebrate Valentine's Day. Here are several deals to celebrate Valentine's Day in Jamaica Plain! Monumental Market is selling four special dessert selections: heart-shaped cookies, chocolate mousse cups, conversation cakes, or a dozen heart-shaped sugar cookies. Order online or in-store for a pickup Thursday through Sunday. The conversation cakes are 4-inch cakes with your choice of vanilla, chocolate, or red velvet with a customer messages (or baker's choice).

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Nine Jamaica Plain Bizs Awarded JPCS Main Streets Grants for Reopening

JP Centre/South Main Streets has awarded grants to nine Jamaica Plain businesses to help them with their reopening expenses and outdoor seating. The grants were given to businesses in the JPCSMS district. Grants of $1000 were awarded to the following businesses:

Casa Verde at 711 Centre St. Jeanie Johnston at 144 South St. JPizle Kitchen at 536 Centre St.

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JP Restaurants Raising $$ for Immigrant Rights During Dining for a Difference Week

Diners in Jamaica Plain have a chance to donate to a great cause while enjoying meals at six fabulous local restaurants during Dining for a Difference Week from November 4 to 9. The fundraiser will support national immigrant rights group Kids in Need of Defense, which in recent months has been working tirelessly on behalf of migrant children separated from their parents. During Dining for a Difference Week, local restaurants Tres Gatos, The Haven, Casa Verde, The Frogmore, Vee Vee and Little Dipper will each donate a portion of proceeds from a night of business. The event is the fifth organized by Boston For All, a grassroots group of local parents inspired by the 2016 election to raise money for civil liberties and civil rights organizations. Thus far, Boston for All has raised more than $25,000 through fun, family-friendly events.

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JP Restaurants Hosting ‘Dining for a Difference’ to Support Immigrant, Refugee Advocacy Coalition March 6-9

This coming week you can eat at some of the best restaurants in Jamaica Plain during the first Dining for a Difference Week, which will support the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. Vee Vee, Tres Gatos, Casa Verde and The Frogmore, will each will donate a portion of proceeds from a night of business from March 6th through March 9th, as part of Dining for a Difference Week. The following is the schedule for Dining for a Difference:
Tuesday, March 6 - Tres Gatos
Wednesday, March 7 - The Frogmore
Thursday, March 8 - Vee Vee
Friday, March 9 - Casa Verde

This is the third event organized by Boston For All, a grassroots group of local neighbors inspired by the 2016 presidential election to raise money for civil liberties and civil rights organizations. Jeremy Fischer founded Boston For All and with other local parents, he organized Run for All, a benefit fun run weeks after the election, raising $6,000 for the Massachusetts ACLU. Months later, Fischer created Rock for All, a rock concert for kids in Jamaica Plain that raised another $8,000 for the ACLU.

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The 10 Best Restaurants in JP, According to TripAdvisor

What do you think is the "best" restaurant in Jamaica Plain according to TripAdvisor? Does your favorite restaurant make the Top 10? If you said Doyle's is ranked #1, then you are correct. According to TripAdvisor.com, Doyle's Cafe is the #1 restaurant in Jamaica Plain out of 79 restaurants in JP rated on the site. Out of 402 reviews, Doyle's received 188 "excellent" ratings.

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Homage to Pretty Things Beer at Vee Vee

Last week the very popular Somerville-based Pretty Things Beer company announced that is was ending production. The announcement was met with great sadness across the craft brewer industry and from beer fans across the region. So is local restaurant Vee Vee providing homage to beer company by putting a Pretty Beer sign above an exit sign in the South Street restaurant? The sign says "Stay Pretty and Drink Real Beer" -- a Pretty Things Beer sign, and is directly above an exit sign. As of Sunday night the restaurant was still serving St. Botolph's Town, which is a Pretty Things Beer. UPDATE: Vee Vee co-owner Kristen Valachovic posted the following message on Jamaica Plain News' Facebook page in response to this piece:

"The 'Stay Pretty Drink Real Beer' sign over our kitchen door is one of many Pretty Things promo images around the restaurant, including one on the wait station, over the draft list, and even one in the bathroom.

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Did Winter Hurt Your JP Business? Snow Loan Program Could Help

If you own a business in JP and have losses because of the punishing series of storms we endured, there's help. A state program is offering loans of $5,000 to $10,000 to help local businesses "regain financial stability and recover from lost storm revenue." Brad Brown of Blue Frog Bakery touted the program at Wednesday's meeting of the JP Business & Professional Association. He said his Green Street business lost $12,000 in February from weather-related closings. The program, which could make as much as $1 million in loans available, would run through May, according to a press release.

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Sedgwick SLOG Group Photo

56 Runners Participate in Fifth Annual Sedgwick SLOG by Vee Vee

The Fifth Annual Sedgwick SLOG, a team running relay race and neighborhood block party organized by the residents of Sedgwick Street, was held on Saturday, September 13. City Councilor Matt O’Malley (who, in addition to being JP’s elected representative, is also a Boston Marathon veteran and general running enthusiast) kicked off the race, together with a police escort from the E-13 precinct. 56 runners took part in the race, each running a three mile loop down Centre Street and around Jamaica Pond. Not only did the winning team of Stefan Lanfer, Sabra Brown, Jeremy Fischer, Carly Grant finish the 12 mile race in an impressive 1 hour, 27 minutes and 10 seconds, it also included JP’s famous joggler, Jeremy Fischer, who juggled during his entire three mile run without dropping a ball. 30 kids ran in the kids race and lego building relay event, and 40 spectators cheered on the teams. The race was sponsored by Vee Vee restaurant on Centre Street.

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Detail from map for the 2013 JP Open Studios

JP Open Studios is This Weekend

Hello neighbors. It's your Monday edition of the Morning Memo for all things JP. JP Open Studios is This Weekend: That rite of fall, JP Open Studios, is Saturday and Sunday. It's your chance to see dozens of local artists and their latest creations. (And, you know, buy some local art.) Here's this year's map.

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