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January 2011 Blog Posts (47)

turtles need new home!

Hello All - Our foster daughter's older sister bought two tiny little cute turtles in Chinatown at the Moon Festival, realized that no, she couldn't take them to college, and sort of dumped them on us.

It turns out that they are red-eared sliders - surprisingly smart and lively pets - but we really don't have room for them. We bought a 10 gallon tank for them, but they have already outgrown it. Full disclosure: these aquatic turtles live for 30 years and grow to be the size of dinner…


Added by Susan Harter on January 31, 2011 at 10:10pm — 3 Comments

Saving your parking spot beyond the 48 hour limit is spreading negative energy.

I totally get the hassle of shoveling out your car, especially with the high levels of snow we have been getting this winter.  That in itself is frustrating.  However, what is more frustrating to me is to take the time to shovel out my spot, and yes save it with a chair for the FIRST 48 HOURS, but then to be respectful of the fact that there are MANY other people in JP who, like me, only have the option of street parking, and therefore no longer HOG a spot with a chair. 

Many folks in…


Added by Jana on January 31, 2011 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Andy Reiner and Stash Wyslouch (of Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers) at Loring-Greenough House 2/5

"High on the mountain

Tell me what you see

Bear tracks, bear tracks

Lookin' back at me."

Andy and Stash are half of Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers. When you come to their concert at the Loring-Greenough House Saturday 2/5, please leave the snow outside!

Watch "Andy Reiner & Trent Freeman Ski @ Whistler to the tune of…


Added by Jeff Boudreau on January 30, 2011 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Snow & Parking Wars

I used to have my own little parking space when I was renting, but now I have to compete for street parking in JP.  I think this is usually no big deal, but it's quickly become a pain with all of the snow.  I had no idea what a pain this could be.


I realize that the official rule for marking your parking space is now 48 hours following the end of a snow emergency.  I think that makes sense... people should be able to use the spot they spent hours shoveling out for a bit of…


Added by Matt on January 30, 2011 at 11:00am — 15 Comments

Help map cell coverage in JP! Plus: how to improve your cell service

Hi neighbors!  I'm something of a GIS nerd, and I discovered that you can download apps for iPhone and Android devices to record and map cell phone signal strength.

I've been using Sensorly on my Android phone for a while now, but I noticed some areas I never travel through in JP haven't been mapped, or don't have a lot of sample data.  I was thinking it'd be a fun nerdly activity for some neighbors to download and install these tools.  Then, among other things, our neighbors can make…


Added by Brett on January 28, 2011 at 7:12pm — No Comments

Snow Emergency and Parking Ban Effective 7pm Tonight!

Mayor Thomas M. Menino has announced that a Snow Emergency and parking ban for the City of Boston will go into effect tonight at 7pm to ensure that city roads are cleared for the morning commute.   Due to the unpredictable nature of this storm and conflicting forecasts, Mayor Menino has issued this snow emergency to allow Public Works crews the best opportunity to treat, plow, and clear the streets as efficiently as possible, particularly after the…


Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 26, 2011 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Your Primary Gift

Have you ever really struggled over finding the best gift possible for someone for whom you care deeply?  It could have been for an important birthday, or maybe it was an engagement ring or a significant celebration.  Finding just the right gift for someone that you really care about is not easy.  It involves understanding and connecting with the likes and desires of the recipient.  And, for the gift… Continue

Added by River of Life Church on January 26, 2011 at 11:05am — No Comments

Mayor Menino, Bloomberg, and 550 other mayors team up to launch



Mayors Launch National Campaign to Collect Missing Records and Close Loopholes to Prevent the Next Mass Shooting and the Killing of 34 People Per Day With Guns


Campaign Launched Online at …


Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 24, 2011 at 1:23pm — No Comments

VOLUNTEER: Be a SnowCrew Dispatcher


Now that Roy and I have got the process figured out, we're inviting others to join us as SnowCrew dispatchers. Dispatching is a fun and challenging role!


You'll need to have:

  • Flexibility during the day to spend about 4 hour in total per snow storm day on SnowCrew
  • Event, project, volunteer and team management experiences
  • Proficiency with online tools including google maps, text messaging - we'll teach you…

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 24, 2011 at 12:31pm — No Comments

JPNDC: Action Alert - Tell the MBTA to fulfill its promise!


Added by Sally Swenson on January 24, 2011 at 9:49am — No Comments

UPDATED: Community Guideline (1/21/2011)

The following Community Guideline is designed to ensure a valuable, productive, and respectful experience for all members. NFN moderates this network in support of these Guidelines.

Below are the actions we take and the spirit in which we take them!

Traditions: The actions we regularly take
  • We thoughtfully contribute and…

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 21, 2011 at 8:41pm — No Comments

A Special Meeting to Assist Hi-Lo Employees - Friday January 28th – help spread the word

With the rapid closing of the Hi-Lo market the City is making every effort to reach all employees who are losing their jobs.  If you know an employee who worked there, please make sure they’ve heard about this important meeting.

The Mayor’s Office, partnering with the State, has organized a special meeting to…


Added by Conny Doty on January 21, 2011 at 6:10pm — 4 Comments

Shovel as if your heart matters

If you're a 20-something or a 30-something or a physically fit any-something, shoveling out your car and clearing snow from your walk shouldn't be a problem. But when you're of an AARP age, like me, shoveling can be a bit hazardous. In fact, it's a known trigger for heart attack, especially for folks with heart disease or those who don't usually get any exercise.

For my day job, I write about health for…


Added by Pat Skerrett on January 21, 2011 at 5:33pm — 1 Comment

Snow Emergency Effective 9 PM Tonight!

From the City Hall Press Office at 5:36 PM 1/20/2011

Mayor calls for parking ban to clear major arteries and roadways before deep freeze and more snow forecasted for early next week


With a forecast expected to dump heavy snow during tomorrow morning’s commute Mayor Thomas M. Menino has announced that a Snow Emergency and parking ban for the City of Boston will go into effect tonight at 9 PM and Boston Public Schools will be…


Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 20, 2011 at 5:52pm — No Comments


neighbors -


I was just walking my dog up Boylston St when I was approached by a man with a large, (aprox 70-80 pound) chocolate lab that he had found on Clive Street.  The dog had no tags.  The man was on his way to take the dog to Angell.  Please put the word out, and make sure your dogs tags are secure, and their microchips are up to date.



Added by Jordan W on January 20, 2011 at 10:31am — 6 Comments


Because of the nfn network a cat missing for one month from its new home is back with its family, including its littermate!

Added by Nica Faulkner on January 20, 2011 at 10:29am — 2 Comments

Faithfulness & Fruitfulness

Did you know that God wants you to have a full and fruitful life?  It's true.  Jesus said He came that we might have life, and have it to the full.  (John 10:10)  He came to give us access to and experience of abundant life.  Jesus also told His disciples that they did not choose Him, He chose them and appointed them - to go and bear fruit that would last. (John 15:16)  He wants us to live…


Added by River of Life Church on January 19, 2011 at 5:43pm — No Comments

Whole Foods official announces it's opening a store in Jamaica Plain


According to the Boston Globe, it's official, Whole Foods announced toda that it plans to open a store in Jamaica Plain in the building currently occupied by Hi-Lo. Here are some quotes from the Globe Article:

“Whole Foods Market has been keenly interested in developing a Jamaica Plain location. We are now eager to become active members of such a…

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 19, 2011 at 4:00pm — 75 Comments

We just got hit by a spammer - "Vivianbabys" - I need help moderating members please!


We just got hit by a spammer who posted crap on members walls. Do not click on any links, send an email, or comply with any requests what so ever. The spammer has been removed from the network.


What is a spammer and what do they want?

  • On the Ning platform, which powers this network, spammers are typically automated spam bots that leave comments on members walls. Their hopes are to get your email address and…

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 19, 2011 at 1:09pm — 3 Comments

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