Know What ‘Okoŋwaŋžidaŋ’ Means? Find Out at New Urbano Project Exhibition Opening Oct. 24

Urbano Project is presenting Artist-in-Residence Erin Genia’s first solo show in Boston, Okoŋwaŋžidaŋ, which means “oneness, being of one mind” in the Dakota language. The exhibit is opening October 24, and is running through December 21, with an opening reception on Thursday, October 24 from 6-8 pm at Urbano’s gallery at the Brewery Complex in Jamaica Plain. Genia (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) is a multidisciplinary Dakota artist with an MS in Art, Culture and Technology from MIT. She works with painting, ceramic, sound, performance, and video installation to create a powerful presence of Indigeneity that invokes an evolution of thought and practice aligned with the cycles of the natural world and the potential of humanity. In Dakota philosophy, all things exist within a continuum of life, and the concept of mitakuye oyasin -- we are all related, extends not only to other people, but to animals, plants, minerals, electricity, air, objects, and everything in existence.


Shortage of Male Volunteers: Jamaica Plain ‘Little’ Looking in Need of a Big Brother

This Hispanic Heritage Month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts is hoping to match Albert with a Big Brother. Albert is one of many Latino and Hispanic Littles who are waiting for a Big Brother due to a shortage of male volunteers. Albert is seven and lives in Jamaica Plain. He’s an active kid and is caring to both his mother and sister at home. He enjoys baseball, swimming, computers and tech, as well as reading and learning new things!


Sherrill House CEO Appointed to State’s Nursing Facility Task Force

Sherrill House, a not-for-profit skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, announced that Chief Executive Officer Patrick Stapleton has been appointed by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to serve on the state’s recently established Nursing Facility Task Force. The 15-member Nursing Facility Task Force is charged with evaluating ways to ensure the financial stability of skilled nursing facilities, to enhance their role within the continuum of elder care services, and to address current workforce challenges. “I am honored to serve with this exceptional group of officials and advocates, all of whom share my commitment to identifying the best strategies to bring financial stability to the nursing home industry in Massachusetts,” said Stapleton. “There will always be a need for skilled nursing facilities and the level of care that only they can provide, particularly as the aging population continues to increase. I look forward to fulfilling the mission as laid out by Governor Baker and the Legislature.”

Stapleton has more than 25 years of experience in the skilled nursing industry and is certified by the American College of Healthcare Administrators.


Jamaica Plain Author Receives Award for Children’s Book about Segregation

Jamaica Plain writer Susan E. Goodman was honored with the 17th Annual Massachusetts Book Award in the Picture Book/Early Reader category for The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial, in a recent State House ceremony. Goodman's book is the true story of a young African American girl who challenged segregation in the public schools of Massachusetts more than a century before Brown v. Board of Education. With hundreds in attendance, including legislators, writers, librarians and the book community, Massachusetts Center for the Book (MCB) presented the 2019 Library of Congress/Massachusetts Literacy Award and the Massachusetts Book Awards on September 17 at a State House ceremony. State Rep. Paul McMurtry, D-11th Norfolk, chairperson of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, and state Rep. Natalie Higgins, D-4th Worcester, house co-chair of the Library Caucus, provided the legislative welcome. The Massachusetts Book Awards presentations commenced with Sharon Shaloo, MCB Executive Director, reminding the audience that this is the largest state book awards program in the country.


High Holy Days at Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue

Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue invites you to join us for the High Holy Days. Rosh Hashanah starts on the evening of September 29th and Yom Kippur starts on the evening of October 8th. We are a small, fully inclusive and egalitarian congregation supported entirely by membership and contributions. We are committed to social justice and the pursuit of peace, while offering a spiritually vibrant, traditionally oriented approach to Jewish life and prayer. You can find out more about us at