Luis Cotto, Egleston Square Main Street Director, Honored for Dedication to Community

The director of Egleston Square Main Street was one of 13 Bostonians honored recently for their dedication to the community as part of the first Love Your Block Civic Engagement Ceremony. Luis Cotto was an individual winner for the "Vacant Lot Revitalization Award" for his leadership in transforming two vacant spaces on the border of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. One is the Peace Garden, located on the corner of School Street & Washington Street. The second lot, will be known as Robert Lawson Park, is on the corner of Atherton Street and Columbus Avenue. "I applaud all the award winners on receiving this honor and those who show everyday a commitment to improving the community around them," said Mayor Martin Walsh via press release.

JP Resident Appointed Budget Director for City of Boston

A Jamaica Plain resident, who most recently served as the budget director for the the Massachusetts House Committee on Ways and Means, is now the budget director for the city of Boston. Justin Sterritt has more than six years of experience in government finance, administration and policy, and spent the last three years working in the House Committee on Ways and Means. As budget director for the committee, Sterritt directed a staff that reviewed, analyzed and recommended funding for $40 billion in state spending and revenue. "I am thrilled to be joining the Walsh Administration and the tremendous budget team that's in place," said Sterritt via press release. "It is an honor to be a part of an administration with a proven track record for bold new ideas, innovation in government, and fiscal responsibility.

Egleston Square Main Street Director Bringing Donations to Puerto Rico to Help Family, Citizens

Luis Edgardo Cotto is going to Puerto Rico to help in relief efforts and bringing items to assist with longterm necessities such as clean water and electricity. Cotto, the executive director of Egleston Square Main Street, has opened up its office at the Egleston Square YMCA to receive donations. He has also created an online fundraising page. "My plan is to go to Puerto Rico to personally deliver (and install) solar lanterns, water filtration systems and 50w solar kits in the town of Cidra, Barrio of Montellano, Sector of La Bloquera," said Cotto to Jamaica Plain News. A sector is to Cidra what Egleston Square is to Boston -- a neighborhood.

File photo: Christine Poff, right, enjoys Franklin Park with a Franklin Park Coalition board member.

JP’s Poff Named Boston’s Director of Community Preservation Committee

For 15 years Christine Poff led the Franklin Park Coalition and started the Boston Park Advocates to helping bring attention to the city's open spaces. So it is very fitting that she was selected to be the director of the Community Preservation Committee. The newly established committee will lead Boston's use of funds provided by the Community Preservation Act (CPA). Last November Boston voters approved the adoption of Massachusetts CPS, which will generate millions of dollars to be used for the creation and acquisition of affordable housing, historic preservation, open space and recreation. “I am incredibly pleased to welcome Christine to this new role as director of the Community Preservation Committee, which will have an important role in ensuring that the funding captured through the CPA is re-invested in our communities,” said Mayor Martin Walsh via press release.