Apply for JP Neighborhood Council

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council currently has five vacant seats and all eligible residents are encouraged to attend the next council meeting to apply if they are interested in serving!

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council - which advocates for the neighborhood on issues as diverse as zoning changes, granting restaurant and liquor licenses, maintenance and improvement of open spaces, traffic safety, and affordable housing - currently has five vacant seats and will be appointing interested applicants at its on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m., at Curtis Hall, 20 South Street.

There are currently two vacancies in Area A (Egleston/Hyde/Jackson Squares) and three vacancies in Area B (Eastern JP). Serving on the council is a great way to get involved in your community, and all eligible residents are encouraged to attend the Nov. 29 meeting if they are interested!

To figure out if you are in one of the two areas with open seats, click here to see a map. If you are still uncertain where you fall on the map, or have any questions at all about the Council, don't hesitate to email us at info.jpnc@gmail.com.

All JP residents ages 16 and older are eligible to serve on the neighborhood council (you do not need to be registered to vote here), as are owners of businesses and directors of non-profits located in JP.

Look forward to seeing you at the upcoming Neighborhood Council meeting!

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Rik A. November 03, 2011 at 05:26 PM
Um could you post this announcement on the JPNC web site?
Joshua Muncey November 03, 2011 at 06:46 PM
Cool. Just curious, how come there are 5 vacant spots right after an election?
Michael Christopher November 03, 2011 at 07:27 PM
Pretty interesting that I've e-mailed them twice about the vacant seats and my interest to fill one of them over the past couple weeks and have yet to hear back a peep.
James November 03, 2011 at 07:45 PM
Not enough candidates showed interest, and at least one Whose Fooder decided he was too busy to serve in the post his neighbors elected him to.
Dax November 04, 2011 at 12:33 AM
What is the JPNC?
Marianna November 04, 2011 at 02:07 AM
Who cares.
Bob from JP November 04, 2011 at 03:45 AM
Ditto. Quite possibly the most irrelevant out of touch group in Boston.
Ken Pope November 04, 2011 at 07:56 PM
Did anyone happen to notice the JP Gazette article about protesters in front of WF - one of whom was: Benjamin Day. argh.... it continues....
Chris Helms (Editor) November 04, 2011 at 08:09 PM
Thanks, Ken. Here's a link to the Gazette's story: http://jamaicaplaingazette.com/2011/11/04/protesters-wave-signs/ They also beat me to posting about how the JPNC has kept their Whole Foods committee active http://jamaicaplaingazette.com/2011/11/04/jpnc-revives-whole-foods-committee/
Sarah Lydon November 04, 2011 at 08:50 PM
Sorry, but I don't have much faith in a group whose leadership believes that the most constructive way to "advocate" for the neighborhood is to protest in front of Whole Foods dressed in vampire costumes.
Maura November 05, 2011 at 04:56 AM
Downright childish. And a sad indication of the "leadership" that is to come from Benjamin Day.
Maura November 05, 2011 at 05:02 AM
If Benjamin Day were serious about trying to reframe "the discussion" the first thing he would do is change the language around it. It should no longer be referred to as the "Whole Foods Issue." So far everything he is quoted as saying is disingenuous and conflicting. Same ol' same ol'.
Pat Roberts November 06, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Because almost everyone who lives in JP thinks the Neighborhood Council is a joke--a tiny group of friends who are trying to earn their PC stripes by making all decisions along PC lines. The Neighborhood Council doesn't represent us, and doesn't help JP. Why would anyone normal want to be part of that?
Ken Pope November 07, 2011 at 12:15 AM
Is there a reason why Benjamin Day is not responding to any of the points/concerns voiced here?
JMCurley November 07, 2011 at 12:36 AM
Most of the folks on the JPNC are not from Boston; they are transplants with big opinions but little committment. I would love to see how many are living here in five years. When I read the bios of the members, I think only one person grew up in JP.
Michael Christopher November 08, 2011 at 01:42 AM
Day doesn't respond to questions here, JPNC doesn't respond to e-mails...ridiculous.
Bob from JP November 08, 2011 at 02:01 AM
You wouldn't respond to questions either if you didn't have any intelligible answers. The JPNC is a complete and utter joke - and they all know it.
Maura November 08, 2011 at 04:08 AM
Unfortunately, Bob, I believe the JPNC take themselves quite seriously.
Whit November 08, 2011 at 09:32 PM
Michael Christopher, I am wondering if you can let us know when and if you ever hear from them about your interest in occupying a seat on the JPNC. Today is Nov. 8th. Anything yet?
Michael Christopher November 09, 2011 at 02:22 PM
No Whit, I haven't heard a thing. I e-mailed them before the last meeting (which I was unable to attend because I was out of the country) requesting information on what I needed to do to apply, and a few days after. I sent another asking if they even check the e-mail. Apparently they do not, or are just completely inept. Hmmm....that's a tough one.
Dave Baron November 09, 2011 at 10:46 PM
Michael Christopher: The JPNC by-laws are online and available to everyone at www.jpnc.org. The process for filling vacancies is very straightforward, but you do have to actually come to a meeting to nominate yourself (or at least have someone else come and nominate you) -- you can't do it by email. Once you're nominated, you'll probably be asked to stand up and say a few words about why you'd like to serve on the JPNC and which of the Council's working committees you might be interested in working on -- Parks & Open Space, Public Service, Zoning, Housing and Development, or one of the CACs or ad-hoc committees that are working on issues such as Youth Jobs, the Casey Overpass, Jackson Square, Outreach, etc. The next meeting is November 29th. As for your email, with the changeover from the old Council to the new one, I assume there is just some uncertainty about how to retrieve messages to the general mailbox (or else uncertainty about who should be responding to messages as they come in).
Benjamin Day November 10, 2011 at 01:38 PM
Hi Michael - I will check in with the folks responsible for responding to the NC's email, and make sure you get a response. My apologies you haven't heard back yet!
Michael Christopher November 10, 2011 at 06:32 PM
Thanks for the info Dave, but would have appreciated a response to an e-mail nonetheless, especially when it has been put on the Patch numerous times as the best way to contact the JPNC. I've never tried to nominate myself via e-mail - just requested a human response as opposed to an outdated web page. The site itself is badly in need of updating, clarity as well. Unfortunately, I don't do IT or I would nominate myself to help you guys make that zone smoother and easier to navigate.
wingedearth November 10, 2011 at 09:35 PM
Hey isn't JPNC that group that hates grocery stores?
Cerise Castle November 22, 2012 at 06:09 PM
How often have differing political views caused a problem? Have differences in red and blue beliefs caused an argument with a loved one, or even ended a relationship? As the election season draws to a close, we’re left with the aftermath to clean up hurt feelings and disgruntled neighbors. In a neighborhood as diverse as Jamaica Plain, I am positive that opposing political views ranging from the Presidential election to local issues caused some rifts, and I would love to hear about them. My name is Cerise Castle, and I’m reporting for Emerson College about the detrimental effects of partisan politics has had on our local community. If you have a story to tell, I would love to hear it. Please contact me via e-mail: cerise_castle@emerson.edu if you would like to tell. Thank you!


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