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Join the SnowCrew Outreach and OperationsTeam!


I've been organizing SnowCrew for 4 years now and the last 2 from Washington DC. It's one of my favorite things to do but also can be really hard and stressful especially since I do this in my free time and I have a full time job.

This year we have made two awesome advancements and will be introducing phase 1 of in a couple of weeks.

What’s new so far this…


Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 4, 2014 at 12:20am — No Comments

Sign up for SnowCrew Updates by Neighborhood and Emergency Updates from the City and State


It's Joseph Porcelli the volunteer organizer and founder of writing to you for the first time from our new awesome digital communication management system powered and donated by GovDelivery (my employer).  

As you know it's snowing like crazy right now and therefore I have activated SnowCrew. If you need shoveling assistance, please add your request on the …


Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 2, 2014 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

SnowCrew has been activated from ME to VA


I have activated SnowCrew from ME to VA. If you or someone you know need assistance shoveling out from the storm, please share this post with them. 

SnowCrew only works when nearby neighbors who can help shovel do. To be notified when a neighbor needs shoveling assistance, please up for email updates for…


Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 2, 2014 at 9:10am — No Comments

Snow Emergency and Parking Ban in Effect TOMORROW, Thursday, January 2 at NOON

Some info from the city of Boston:

Snow Emergency/Parking Ban: Snow Emergency and Parking Ban in Effect TOMORROW, Thursday, January 2 at NOON. Register for

Schools: Normal schedule on Thursday, January 2. Closed Friday, January…


Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 1, 2014 at 6:49pm — No Comments

Sign up for Twitter Alerts!

What are twitter alerts?

Twitter Alerts are Tweets published by select public agencies and emergency organizations during a crisis or emergency that contain up-to-date information relevant to an unfolding event, such as public safety warnings and evacuation instructions.

Alerts will appear highlighted on your home timeline and are instantly sent to your device as a mobile notification.

Where do I sign…


Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on December 31, 2013 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Holiday Drive: Please Support Neighborhood Kids


Please extend your generosity this holiday season to support the great work done by Maura Ramsey and her staff at the South Street Youth Center in Jamaica Plain.

Please join me in making up the $2,000 gap they need to continue to provide life transforming services to neighborhood youth in Jamaica Plain. 

Please help them…


Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on December 21, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

PLEASE HELP: These neighbors are still snowed in!

Good Evening Neighbors,

Welcome to all of our new members! For those of you in the greater Boston area, you've been busy the last few days requesting shoveling assistance or volunteering to help dig out your neighbors. It's been truly…

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on December 19, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments


We've really made a HUGE dent in the fundraising gap!  Already from the support of generous donors and grants we only need to raise $2000 more!  This is fantastic because that means we've raise over $10000 in just over two weeks. This is fantastic! We know that with the help from our neighborhood, we can meet our goal!

Please help us…


Added by South Street Youth Center on December 18, 2013 at 9:17am — No Comments

The list of elders and people with disabilities who need help shoveling from last night's storm

Good Morning Neighbors,

Below is the current list of elders and people with disabilities who need help shoveling out from last night's storm. Please keep an eye on the SnowCrew Page as more request for help will be added as the day progresses. 

Please also forward this email to your neighbors and friends in other…

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on December 18, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

These Seniors in Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale and West Roxbury are Still Snowed In


Last this afternoon I learned that there are a bunch of seniors still snowed in that need help digging out. I know this is a lot to ask, especially given the snow is more difficult to move, but I really concerned about these folks and hope you can help. If you are not in a position to help out, please share this post on facebook and twitter.

Here is who needs help by…

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on December 16, 2013 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Break Ins and Porch Robberies in JP and Roslindale

Just FYI, there have been some recent break-ins and porch robberies in JP and Roslindale. My thoughts on it:

At a  minimum, offer to take your neighbors' packages inside when they aren't there and ask if they'll do the same. Or get a post office box to have packages delivered to.

Use rods or window stops (sold at hardware stores) to make it harder for someone from the outside to open your window while not making it that much harder for you to open the window…


Added by Daniel Verinder on December 8, 2013 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Support Youth Leadership in your neighborhood

Seasons Greetings Friends and Neighbors,

Near Forest Hills T in JP “there exists a small program with big heart and big impact. It is a remarkable place with the ordinary name of the South Street Youth Center— Walk in the door of the Center any Monday through Thursday afternoon during the school year and you’ll find volunteers and staff helping with homework, kids using the computer lab, art projects happening, dancing, singing and lots of life! During the summer, thanks in part to…


Added by South Street Youth Center on December 6, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Snow Removal Efforts for Older Adults

Ethos AgeWell West Roxbury has instituted a Snow Initiative that strives to serve seniors living in West Roxbury with snow removal assistance. Ethos AgeWell program is seeking volunteers and contractors living in the Boston community to pledge their time this winter towards assisting older…


Added by Annie Fletcher on December 2, 2013 at 1:32pm — No Comments

A Quartet of Berklee College of Music String Quartets

Eliot Street Coffeehouse Presents A Quartet of Berklee College of Music String Quartets

A benefit concert for the First Church in Jamaica Plain 

The Anger - Haas - Parks - Jonsson Quartet

The International Gals of Quartetdom

The Four Corners Quartet

The Resurexon Quartet

Saturday, December 7,…


Added by Jeff Boudreau on November 28, 2013 at 8:50pm — No Comments

An Increase of Breaking and Entering Incidents in E-13 Jamaica Plain

The following is message from the Boston Police Department to All Residents of E-13 Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130.



District E-13 has seen an increase of breaking and entering incidents since the beginning of the year.  Arrests have been made in some incidents, while many are still under investigation.  We are asking you to help us prevent further victimization by observing our “Protect Your Home Tips” outlined…


Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on November 22, 2013 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

New Music Series in JP - The Eliot Street Coffeehouse

Jamaica Plain music patrons embrace all genres, from classical to experimental and everything in between. Starting in November residents will have the opportunity to attend two presentations by the new…


Added by Jeff Boudreau on October 7, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Dog walker/sitter

Jenn's Dog walking and sitting for JP, Roslindale, West Roxbury areas

Added by Jenn Hickey on September 19, 2013 at 5:54pm — No Comments

Economic Dignity for Massachusetts Families

There are only a handful times in our lives where we can be a part of something that drastically improves the lives of others. Right now is one of those times. 

In Massachusetts, we are in a huge fight for economic dignity - to raise the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour and get 5 days a year of earned sick time for a million MA workers. As part of the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition, we will be to collecting 100,000 signatures on each of these initiatives to get on the 2014 ballot.…


Added by Greg Johnston on September 12, 2013 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Making Sure Your Child is Prepared for Back to School

A Column from the Boston Public Health Commission

Hot summer days have meant hours of fun for the children of Boston. But, cooler mornings, advertisements for backpack sales, and the winding down of summer camps can mean only one thing: the new school year is upon us. While each student has his or her own list of “must have” school supplies, there are a few things that families can keep in mind to ensure that their student goes back to school as prepared, healthy, and as safe…


Added by Boston Public Health Commission on September 5, 2013 at 11:43am — No Comments

A Message from Boston Police to all Jamaica Plain Residents

August 29, 2013 - We, at District E-13, have discovered a pattern of three young black males, teens, entering through windows during the early to mid evening, sometimes just reaching in and stealing a laptop or other items, in the South Street area. Although, these incidents are under investigation, we are asking you to help us prevent further victimization by observing our “Protect your Home” tips outlined below:

  • Call 911 to report suspicious behavior
  • Always close and…

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on August 29, 2013 at 2:36pm — No Comments

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