Jamaica Plain’s Robyn Ochs Recognized for Bisexual Advocacy

A Jamaica Plain resident and activist has recently received several national media recognitions for her work on behalf of bisexuals. Robyn Ochs was named one of Teen Vogue's "9 Bisexual Women Who Are Making History." Advocate included her in its "50 States, 50 Heroes" lineup. And Buzzfeed also named her one of its "13 incredible bisexual people you need to follow on Instagram." Jamaica Plain News asked Ochs to discuss the work that has led to these honors.

Spotlight on Longtime Boston Pride Volunteer Henry Paquin of Jamaica Plain

Jamaica Plain resident Henry Paquin has been a longtime volunteer for Boston Pride.  Boston Pride Week 2017 will kick-off with the Pride flag raising on City Hall Plaza on June 2 and continue with events throughout the week, concluding with the annual Boston Pride Parade and Festival on June 10 and the Pride Block Parties on June 11 in the Back Bay and Jamaica Plain. Boston Pride provided a Q&A with Paquin. Q: What is your involvement with Boston Pride? Paquin: I am involved on the committee level. I am currently the chairperson for two events that Boston Pride puts on, PrideDay at Faneuil Hall on June 3rd and our new fundraising event for the Boston Pride Community Fund called the High Heel Dash for Charity, which is also on June 3rd.

Fundraiser Underway for Hospitalized Forest Hills Bartender

A fundraiser is underway for a longtime bartender at Forest Hills' J.J. Foley's Fireside Tavern to help pay for his medical bills and his family's other living expenses. Dave Hickey has been in the hospital since late February, according to the fundraising page, in intensive care and on life support battling pneumonia and heart complications. 'Right now, he needs your help. His wife Carol and daughter Jen would so appreciate any help you can give to go towards groceries and bills. No amount is too small."

Action shot of Tiger jamming

Meet the Roller Derby Women of Jamaica Plain

If you overhear a group of women calling each other names like Hex and Tiger, you might have fallen in with the roller derby chicks. Boston has an active derby scene. Four home teams play against each other from February through October and the travel team is ranked 26th internationally. Four of the skaters — Iris “America” Ayala, Caitlin “Hexoskeleton” Boag, Chloé “Tiger Eye” Mason and Michele “Della Kinetic” Savery — live here in JP. Not Your Mother’s Roller Derby
This is a time of revival for the sport.

Jamaica Plain Residents Performing with Boston Symphony Orchestra

Two Jamaica Plain residents will be singing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra during three nights this week, and performing with the orchestra at Carnegie Hall in March. "We are core members of Lorelei Ensemble and were invited by the BSO (Boston Symphony Orchestra) to perform George Benjamin's 'Dream of the Song' with countertenor Bejun Mehta under Maestro Andris Nelsons," said Christina English of herself and Emily Marvosh. The Lorelei Ensemble is reprising its performance at the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music in July 2016 of the new work by British composer Benjamin. Performances will take place in Boston on Feb. 9-11 at 8pm and in New York City on March 2 at 8 pm.