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April 2009 Blog Posts (18)

City of Boston Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program to Launch in JP

The City of Boston’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program trains citizens to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their communities. In May 2009 the Mayor's Office of Emergency Preparedness will launch it's 3rd CERT program in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood and is looking for volunteers interested in taking the free course.

Through CERT, citizens learn skills and concepts that prepare them to assist victims, organize volunteers,… Continue

Added by Paul Holloway on April 29, 2009 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Preparing for Swine Flu


This Swine Flu makes me a bit uneasy as I am sure it does for many of you. Knowledge is power right, so I've gathered some information and have come up with a plan to help us prepare to help each other out if need be.

There are five things I'd like to ask you to do:

1) Read the blog I've posted on the front page called "Swine Flu Facts from Boston Public Heath Commission" which has tons of helpful information and facts on the swine flu -… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on April 29, 2009 at 3:29pm — 1 Comment

Swine Flu Facts from Boston Public Heath Commission


Here is some information I just received that I have been asked to pass on to you.

Info is now available in 6 languages here -

PUBLIC HEALTH FACT SHEET Swine Flu Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 250 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108

What is swine influenza?

Swine influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on April 29, 2009 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Volunteers needed for NFN table at Wake up the Earth


It's that time of the year again for WAKE UP THE EARTH, Saturday, May 2!

NFN would you love your help at our table to hand out flyers and demo our network. We will be setting up along the walking path by the tracks halfway between the T station and the main stage. Look for tall yellow and clear windsurfing sail we call the "friend ship" (corny I know).

Bring clothes for what ever the weather will be, we'll provide water and snacks!

Here are… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on April 29, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

JP Events in May

Thank you to those who participated in cleaning up our neighborhood on Boston Shines.

Here are a few more events happening in JP in the coming weeks.

Wake Up the Earth, Saturday May 2nd

Parade down Centre, ending at Boylston Street and Lamartine Street at 12 noon. Festival all day.

This is the 31st annual Wake Up the Earth Festival. The event features a parade down Centre Street, ending at the corner of Lamartine and Boylston Street around 12 noon, where there… Continue

Added by Colleen Keller on April 27, 2009 at 2:39pm — 1 Comment

Got Dog Friendly Beaches?

Anyone know a good beach/place for dogs to go swimming?? I know the season doesn't open till Memorial Day, but I still would like to hear from someone who's been there, before I go rolling up to the beach with my poodle pup.

Added by Ian Christian on April 25, 2009 at 9:02am — No Comments

Cool video about Jamaica Plain


Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on April 23, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Become a Network Advocate


Are you loving this network and would you like to help make it even better?

There are three roles that would really help make this network more welcoming and powerful.

They are:

1) Welcomers - welcome people when the join the network and offer to help get them familiar with how it works and where to find what they are looking for and so on.

2) Content Generators - post events, share your thoughts about neighborhood happening via blogs,… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on April 23, 2009 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Did your dog bite me?

Hi. I was walking my dog on Paul Gore St this past Sunday and your medium sized, whitish dog with shortish, poodle-like hair bit my leg. I am OK but did have an MD take a look. He would like a copy of the dog's vaccination record so that he knows what type of shots I may need. I can be reached at Thanks, Stacey

Added by stacey on April 20, 2009 at 6:36pm — No Comments

Personal Assistant/ Errand Services

Hi there,

Do you need help? I am offering personal assistant/errand services that will make life easier for you. Services include any errands you need to make, cleaning services, dog walking,house sitting, even cooking! Call me at (617) 501-3279 so we can discuss the prices. I am trustworthy,considerate, helpful, and reliable.

Added by Trisha Daley on April 17, 2009 at 11:36pm — No Comments

Where would I be without Soul Family?

Hi Neighbors!

I wanted to let you know about my latest adventure. Sparks are flying! Amazing people are coming together through a place called One Soul Family. Check it out. - Erin

Join ONE SOUL FAMILY now by clicking here

It is free and open to everyone, takes 30 seconds, and you will RECEIVE-

*An online community dedicated to remembering the… Continue

Added by Erin Dolan on April 17, 2009 at 8:23pm — No Comments

CSA program in JP at Community Servings!

Community Servings is partnering with Heaven's Harvest Farm to bring fresh organic produce to our kitchen and yours. By joining our CSA, not only will you receive fresh local organic produce from Heaven's Harvest Farm for 15 weeks this summer, but you will also be supporting a great local nonprofit. Community Servings will receive 10% of the proceeds and surplus produce to feed our sick clients.

Share prices vary from $225-$600. Deadline to sign up is May 1. Please contact Eileen… Continue

Added by Community Servings on April 14, 2009 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Disabled the Chat Feature


I've disabled the Chat feature as I get getting errors and it was slowing down my browser.

Thanks for your patience as we investigate this further.

Was chat something you've been using?
Did you like it? Why or why not.


Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on April 13, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Introducing Neighborhood Groups for Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Meet your neighbors where you live and communicate about what is happening in YOUR neighborhood here in Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130.

Join your neighborhood group now! To join, click on the shaded area where you live and click on the link to join your neighborhood group!

Some suggestions on how to use the Neighborhood Groups:

1) Coordinate a street yard sale!

2) Organize a street or park clean up for Boston Shines!

3) Host a pot luck!

4) Report a… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on April 9, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Launching Live.Work.Play. MA Website

Last year, Governor Patrick met with 20 young adults (ages 25-39) from across the Commonwealth to discuss their experiences in Massachusetts, including what they liked about the state and what made them consider leaving to make their home somewhere else. At the end, one participant suggested a website to promote young adult retention and to help the Governor communicate with this cohort- and the Governor agreed. As you will see in the video, the Governor is committed to keeping MA talent here… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on April 9, 2009 at 11:40am — 1 Comment

Puddingstone Studio News Spring 2009

Mardi Reed, artist and teacher, is teaching drawing and printmaking workshops at her home studio in Jamaica Plain. After a recent Saturday class in September, drawing in the garden, a participant said, "It was most inspirational and a day well spent. It triggered my creative self." Mardi offers small group activities and individual support in a comfortable and supportive atmosphere. Studio visits by appointment.

Workshop in "Drawing Through Insight"

Saturday April 25th 10:00 to… Continue

Added by Mardi Reed on April 5, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

If you're looking for something cool to do on a Wednesday Night

Hello neighbors and friends,

City Year Alumni Board is hosting an event for anyone willing to join us called the Alumni Family and Friends Fundraiser. Money raised is going to go toward City Year Boston, a program which recruits 16-25 year olds for 10 months of service in the Boston area. We'll have plenty of great foods, beverages and entertainment. In order to ensure the success of the event, we need your support and your attendance! You don't have to be affiliated with the organization… Continue

Added by Chad Baker on April 3, 2009 at 7:10am — No Comments

Street Cleaning Starts TODAY!

The City's Neighborhood Street Cleaning Program runs from April 1 through November 30. In winter months, street cleaning is nighttime only; daytime cleaning and daytime parking restrictions are not in effect.

Enforcement for the seasonal program begins on April 1st. The overnight street cleaning program runs year round and parking restrictions are in effect throughout the year.

For more info and sign up for reminders go to -

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on April 1, 2009 at 8:42am — No Comments

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