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May 2009 Blog Posts (29)

JP looses a beloved father, friend, and neighbor

Dear Neighbors,

This Monday, May 25, we lost a beloved father, friend, and neighbor. Bill Conklin, age 42, who lived on Boylston Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, died suddenly from heart related issues. Bill leaves behind, his wife Jenn, daughters Bernadine, Nelli and son Robert.

To learn how you can support the family, to reflect, and for more information please see -… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on May 26, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Map issue resolved

A bug was reported that the links on the navigation map to the neighborhood zone groups were not working.

This is has been resolved.

Props to Jennifer S. for pointing this the issue!

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on May 26, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

New address, same great network!

Good news - we are back online!

Our new address is

Please bookmark it now!

You can still get to the network from - just click on the link for Jamaica Plain.

Please fill the network of lots and lots of neighborly activity!

Thanks for your patience during the transition.

Joseph Porcelli - 857-222-4420 -… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on May 26, 2009 at 11:19am — No Comments

Mayor Menino Proclaims it's Tim Reardon Day

No - I am not kidding.

This morning at the Egleston Square Main Street Annual meeting, Mayor Menino proclaimed that today, Friday, May 22, 2009 is Tim Reardon day in appreciation of all of Tim's contributions to the greater Egleston Square community of Jamaica Plain, MA.

Congrats Tim!

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on May 22, 2009 at 12:56pm — 1 Comment

ACTION ALERT: Vital Funding about to be slashed for youth violence prevention programs


Over the last couple of days many of our non-profit partners who serve youth have been sending desperate emails informing their supporters that 18,051 teens in MA will lose their violence prevention programs if the Senate doesn’t act to fund them. The final vote is happening tomorrow.

Right here in Jamaica Plain, the Hyde Square Task Force receives $200,000 through this State budget line item. The teenagers of this State need our support, this money literally… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on May 19, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

LOST: Cream/Blonde Colored Pomeranian: CASH REWARD

LOST: Cream/Blonde Pomeranian

Cali is part of our family, she needs her medication and our hearts are broken. We will not stop searching until she is found. Upon her safe return, we will gladly send you on your way with a cash reward, NO questions asked.

Cali weighs approx. 6 lbs, is extremely friendly, last seen on 5/14/09 in Dorchester. Poms are not as common as labs or retrievers so if you spot a blonde fluffy dog with a tail that curls up, PLEASE call immediately!… Continue

Added by Mechilia Eng on May 19, 2009 at 1:35pm — 5 Comments

City Year's Serve-a-thon: Full Circle (a testimonial)

Serve-a-thon is City Year Boston’s premiere fundraising and physical service event. Happening on May 30th this year, we will engage 1500 volunteers in one day of powerful and transformative physical service.

Below is a Serve-a-thon testimonial from service leader Cory Lowe, a native of Salt Lake City, Utah. Cory is currently completing his second year in City Year leading a team of corps members on the MFS Investment Management® team serving at the Shaw Elementary School in…

Added by Serve-a-Thon on May 18, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Help Us Find Peace!

Massachusetts House lawmakers eliminated $3.5 million for a youth violence prevention program operated by the Department of Public Health. Our Supreme Court just ruled that illegal gun possession is a 'passive and victimless' crime. It certainly makes it seem like Massachusetts has finally won the war against youth violence in its communities.

Then a shooting... and another. More deaths. And the realization that our state hasn't won, it has surrendered.

But there are young… Continue

Added by Nate Hinchey on May 18, 2009 at 9:32am — 1 Comment

First Ever Boston City Council Meeting in JP, May 20

The Boston City Council is taking to the community. Official Council meetings are traditionally held on Wednesdays mid-day. When he was elected President, Councilor Mike Ross pledged to bring a few of these meetings into the community, as a way of connecting the work of government more directly to residents. The first ever Council meeting in the community will be held on May 20 at 6:30 P.M. at English High School in Jamaica Plain. Prior to that meeting, there will be a “Town Hall… Continue

Added by Reuben Kantor on May 17, 2009 at 9:10am — No Comments

Assaults in the South West Corridor Park. Time to organize!


In today's (May 15, 2009) Jamaica Plain Gazette, there is an in-depth article titled "Stabbing raises park fears."

In summary, there have been 2 assaults in the South West Corridor Park at 135 Carolina Ave on March 13, 2009 and another on April 21, 2009 by Anson street. Please see the Gazette for details. Both assaults appear to be random and unprovoked.

While I worked for the Boston Police Department from Feb 2006 to September 2008 - the following is… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on May 15, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Neighbors for Neighbors Citywide

Dear Neighbors,

I have some really big news. Given the continued growth of our network and increasing usage (we've now surpassed to 1,000 members), we feel compelled to share our technology with fellow neighborhoods across the city. As our city faces shrinking financial resources, we believe it's our duty to help our fellow neighbors leverage their social capital like we do.

Because of this, on Friday, May 22, (if all goes as planned) there will be 18 Neighbors for… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on May 15, 2009 at 2:32pm — 1 Comment

Seeking House Sitting June and August

Let me know if you need me to hold down the fort while you swing from the rafters!

Added by Aria Littlhous on May 13, 2009 at 6:51pm — No Comments

FREE Tennis Clinic

Tennis Clinic | 1:00-3:00pm

Come join the Franklin Park Tennis Association for an instructional tennis clinic.

It’s never too late to learn or improve your game. Tennis can help improve your

flexibility and your overall health. Players of all levels are welcome. All tennis

equipment and light refreshments will be provided.

English High School Tennis Courts (in back of 555 Amory Street building)

144 McBride Street | Jamaica Plain

For more info or cancellation… Continue

Added by Linda Monteiro on May 13, 2009 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Serve-a-thon 2009 is coming - oh man!

Hi Everyone -

We are ramping up for Serve-a-thon 2009 here at City Year Boston, and getting everything ready to engage 1500 volunteers in a powerful day of service!

On Friday, we had a "Prep Day" where our Corps Members sketched 40 plywood panel, and canvas frame murals. These murals are now ready for our volunteers to fill in with bright colors! They will end up hanging at schools, community centers, and parks in JP's Bromley-Heath, Egleston Square, Jackson Square areas,… Continue

Added by Serve-a-Thon on May 12, 2009 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Sign the MA Stand for Children Petition to Save Our Schools!

Dear Friends and Neighbors in Jamaica Plain,

Our public schools and communities are in crisis, but we can take action to help - and it only takes 30 seconds! Will you add your signature to Stand for Children's petition in support of municipal relief legislation to give cities and towns the tools they need to prevent devastating cuts to public education and other services?

These relief measures can keep teachers in classrooms and help protect the state's one million public… Continue

Added by Allison Balter on May 11, 2009 at 1:43pm — No Comments

13th Annual Mothers' Walk for PEACE Slide Show

Neighbors, Mothers, and Mom,

This morning in celebration of you, Kate and I participated in the 13th Annual Mothers' Walk for PEACE.

Below is a slide show of pictures and videos we took.

Enjoy - we love you!

Click the play button to listen to the music for the photo slide show!

The walk was coordinated by The Louis D. Brown PEACE INSTITUTE which is a…

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on May 10, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

1,000 members and growing!

Peep this..

Mike Chen ( is our 1,000 member on Neighbors for Neighbors, JP!

Cool. Very cool. Makes me proud.


Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on May 9, 2009 at 12:44am — No Comments

New Features, Emergency Response Training, and Mothers Peace Walk

Dear Neighbors,

Thank you all for joining and using the network to socialize, organize, and make a difference in JP! I also want to say thank you to Kate, Belle and Brett for helping out at our table at Wake Up the Earth and special thanks to Geoff, a message therapist, ( for doing free chair messages.

Have your noticed our two new features – Birthday and Music? The Music feature allows you to upload and share… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on May 8, 2009 at 9:44am — No Comments

President Obama takes positive first step to reform guns laws


This is super important. Please read:

President’s budget reforms Tiahrt Amendments to provide local law enforcement with access to ATF crime gun trace data; recent incidents highlight need for action

Mayor Thomas M. Menino today acknowledged President Obama’s courageous leadership for taking an important first step at a national level to address the issue of illegal guns and law enforcement access… Continue

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on May 7, 2009 at 2:01pm — No Comments

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