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February 2009 Blog Posts (21)

Super fun volunteer ops in Jamaica Plain

Yo Neighbors:

Looking for a super fun and social volunteer opportunity? I've got you covered - be a volunteer at the Neighbors for Neighbors Community Organizing Expo on March 11th at the Milky Way!

Here are the choices:

- Be an exhibitor usher (we need 2) from 5:45 to 7 pm. Role: Check in exhibitors and direct to tables.

- Be a Greeters/Nametaggers (we need 8), One shift of four from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, and another from 8:00 to 9:00 pm. Role: warmly welcome… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on February 28, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Two JP resident selected to be finalist in "Pitch the City" contest


Alexandra Reilinger and I have been selected as top 10 contestant for our Green idea for the City.

Please vote for us:

Here is copy of the press release the city just put out:

Mayor Menino, City of Boston & Down:2:Earth Announce Semi-Finalists in “Pitch the City” Contest

“Turning Beantown into Greentown!”

Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the City of Boston,… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on February 26, 2009 at 7:57pm — No Comments

We need Volunteers for Spontaneous Celebrations' Tropical Fiesta!

Volunteers needed for the Tropical Fiesta

Decorating the building Friday, 2/27 from 6:30-???????

Event vols needed Saturday, 2/28 from 3:30-11:30 to:

Run Blenders

Food Service

Arts and Crafts room

Set up

Clean up

contact to sign up for shift with your hours of availability and preference (if u have one).

SUPER… Continue

Added by Juliet-Community Change Catalyst on February 26, 2009 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Curley Caribbean Night at the Alchemist March 3rd!

Please join us for our 2nd Annual Curley School Silent Auction at The Alchemist Lounge!!

Come warm up with us Island Style at this Caribbean Party with light refreshments, rum punch, great music, and great company

In addition, don't miss your chance to win some of these exciting auction items: three sets of Red Sox tickets, a Tim Wakefield signed baseball, a case of wine, portrait sitting and prints from Portrait Simple, Dining Out sheets, overnight package from the Hyatt… Continue

Added by Colleen Keller on February 26, 2009 at 2:06pm — No Comments

FUNdraiser for Egleston Square Main Streets!

Don't miss the Hot Jazz, Cool Neighborhood Event at the Old Stag on March 25th from 6 - 9 pm.
This fundraiser benefits the work of the Egleston Square Main Streets, featuring the music of Bitches Brew, a Miles Davis jazz band.

Tickets are only $10! For more information,
contact Egleston Square Main Streets at 617-522-7752 or

Have a great weekend! - Colleen

Added by Colleen Keller on February 26, 2009 at 12:16pm — No Comments

5 ways to make a difference right now



Number 1: Participate in the Neighbors for Neighbors Community Organizing Expo on Wed. March 11, 7 to 9 pm at the Milky Way.

Meet neighbors and local organizations that share your interests! Join an existing group or better yet, start your own!

RSVP here:…

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on February 25, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Speak Up for the Youth of the Hyde Square Task Force!

An Open Letter to Our Community

Dear Friends,

Facing a budget shortfall of over $3.1 billion, lawmakers in Massachusetts are seeking to close the gap by raising new revenue and cutting spending for many programs.

As youth, we know that these state dollars fund programs that improve our lives.

Cutting these programs will mean less money to prevent and deal with violence in our communities and fewer opportunities for us to receive the mentoring and academic… Continue

Added by Nate Hinchey on February 24, 2009 at 1:58pm — No Comments

JP Centre South Transportation and Streetscape Action Plan Citizen Advisory Committee Nominations

Please find information below regarding the nomination process for the JP Centre South Transportation and Streetscape Action Plan Citizen Advisory Committee. Nominations are due March 6th! Have a great week! - Colleen

Colleen Keller

JP Neighborhood Coordinator

Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services

City Hall, Room 708

Office: 617-635-4855

Fax: 617-635-3498

Dear Community… Continue

Added by Colleen Keller on February 23, 2009 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Vote for Joseph and The Mug Projects on


A couple of weeks ago I entered the The Mug Project in the "Pitch the city" make Beantown Greentown contest and The Mug Project was selected as one of the top ten contestants!!!

To win I need you help and support. Here is how you can help:

Please go to and join, and support me.

Here is what… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on February 20, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Securing our Economic Future, by Gov. Deval Patrick


Today, we announced a plan to end the culture of systemic neglect, and build

a long-term, sustainable transportation system to support job growth

and economic opportunity in Massachusetts.

Our Transportation and Economic Security Plan reforms and

radically simplifies our transportation bureaucracy by:

-abolishing the Turnpike Authority;

-ending special perks in the MBTA pension system;

-increasing transparency and… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on February 20, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

600 Members and on our way!


Over the last four years we struggled to find a suitable online organizing platform to meet our offline efforts here in Jamaica Plain. Good news is I think we've found it!

This evening our 600 member joined. Even more exciting is that many of your are actually using the network. You're creating and joining groups, participating in discussions, registering for the March 11 Expo, and connecting with friends to name a few.

We've worked really hard to get… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on February 17, 2009 at 9:38pm — No Comments

Adventures in JennyLand

My blog is somewhat neglected of late, but you can check it out here.

Added by Jenny on February 16, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

NeighborsTV tour of COLLISION14:pov at Axiom Gallery in Jamaica Plain


Check out the video tour I filmed for NeighborsTV of the recent show COLLISION14:pov at Axiom Gallery on Friday Feb 13.

For more information, visit or call… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on February 15, 2009 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Egleston Square Main Street on BNN Saturday Feb 14th at 10:30pm and Feb 16th at 11AM

Hello all!! So, we all love the local businesses in JP, right? Interested in learning more about them??

Then don't miss Egleston Square Main Street's appearance on BNN's "Making Your Neighborhood Work."

On the show, Egleston Square Main Street's new Executive Director Betsy Cowan will highlight local businesses and the products they offer for Valentine's Day. Egleston Square's merchants have everything you need, from clothing, accessories, make-up and hair products, to food,… Continue

Added by Betsy Cowan on February 13, 2009 at 12:05pm — 1 Comment

Community Expo Planning Meeting - Sunday, Feb. 15th 3 - 4pm

Folks - come on down and rock out with us on the Planning Committee as we create amazing action steps to make this Spring Expo a phenomenal success.

Sunday, February 15th

3pm - 4pm

53 Forbes Street

We will address the steps taken thus far, as well as share what comes next. Depending upon your passion and available time, we will coordinate tasks. We respect each other's time and will keep this meeting brief and to the point.

This is a terrific way to… Continue

Added by Juliet-Community Change Catalyst on February 12, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Community Organizing Expo, March 11 @ the MilkyWay

Be the change you seek

at the Neighbors for Neighbors



Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on February 8, 2009 at 10:23pm — No Comments

Please join us for the Nonprofit Career Fair in Boston! and Boston University are organizing a Nonprofit Career Fair on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 from 11am-3pm.

At the career fair job seekers can:

• Connect with a variety of nonprofit organizations and learn about their programs, open positions, internships and volunteer opportunities.

• Meet face-to-face with employers and distribute resumes

• Attend free information sessions on career search topics

For more information, and to register,… Continue

Added by Joe on February 6, 2009 at 3:06pm — No Comments

826 Boston Writing Program Event in JP this weekend!

Here is a great event happening in our neighborhood this weekend!

826 Boston Writing Program to celebrate their published writers!

In celebration of "Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country" 826 Boston will be hosting a book reading and signing on Saturday, February 7th, 2009 at 11:00 am, in collaboration with the Egleston Square Branch Library. Join us at 2044 Columbus Ave to hear the wisdom of our student writers and pick up your copy of the book!

Friday,… Continue

Added by Colleen Keller on February 5, 2009 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Finalists for We Media “The Power of Us” Challenge


I just received this email from Jenna at Unfortunately, Neighbors for Neighbors, was not selected as a finalist. I am very grateful and honored by your support. In total we received 163 votes and were rate 4.9 out of 5 total stars.

Please do check out the amazing ideas that made the final cut. Here is what she wrote:

Dear Joseph:

I write you today with the list of finalists from We Media “The Power of Us” Challenge. In… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on February 4, 2009 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Mayor's 3rd Annual Green Awards


Here is an opportunity to honor a business or neighbor for their efforts

in helping make Boston a greener city.

See the nomination link below for the Mayor's 3nd Annual Green Business,

Residential, and Bike Awards!

To find more information and to download and submit forms, please go to

the City's website:

Have a great week.

Colleen… Continue

Added by Colleen Keller on February 4, 2009 at 11:51am — No Comments

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