Rockland Trust Launches 2020 College Scholarship Program, Expands Program

Rockland Trust launched its 2020 Rockland Trust Scholarship Program for high school students entering their freshman year of college this coming fall. Rockland Trust will be offering 11 $2,500 scholarships to students based on their academic accomplishments and commitment to community service. Students attending high school in Rockland Trust servicing areas, including Boston, South Shore, South Coast, Metro North, Metro West, Cape Cod and the Islands, are eligible to participate in the program. There is a Rockland Trust at 725 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain.

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Native American Artist Rachel Allen’s airplay Opens at Urbano Project

Urbano Project invites the community to celebrate the opening of airplay, a site-specific interactive installation by artist Rachel Allen (Nez Perce) on January 23. This is the culmination of her fall 2019 artist residency, Allen's airplay will be on view at Urbano's Jamaica Plain gallery from January 23 through March 14, 2020 with an opening reception on Jan. 23 from 6 to 8 pm. Allen aims to unsettle the air we breathe and otherwise manipulate. If we think about our experience through the air-the ubiquitous material we are suspended in-then we can contemplate what decolonization requires.

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YouthHarbors Brings Support of Homeless & At-Risk Students to English High School

YouthHarbors recently announced the expansion of its services to English High School  to support students who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, with the support of a two-year grant from The Stone Foundation. YouthHarbors will soon have a full-time case manager at the Jamaica Plain high school to provide students with support in the areas of housing, education, employment, health and independent living skill development. The case manager will work closely with the school’s student support team to identify the needs of students and assess any barriers that may prevent a student from graduating. Support from the case manager will be offered both in and outside of the classroom for 35 or more students and their families. The case manager will spend five days a week at English High meeting one-on-one with students, and developing a service plan to measure progress toward achieving their individual goals.

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Jamaica Plain Pediatrician Honored for Work Fighting HPV-Related Cancers

Jamaica Plain resident Thomas Schuch, MD MPH, a pediatrician with South Boston Community Health Center, was recently given an HPV Vaccine Is Cancer Prevention Champion Award for outstanding efforts to protect adolescents from cancers caused by HPV in Massachusetts. Schuch is recognized for his efforts in helping to achieve an impressive 70 percent HPV vaccination completion rate at South Boston Community Health Center. Led in partnership by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Association of American Cancer Institutes, and the American Cancer Society, the HPV Vaccine Is Cancer Prevention Champion Award Program recognizes clinicians, clinics, practices, groups, and health systems that are going above and beyond to foster HPV vaccination in their community. This year, the award program is honoring champions from 25 states. As SBCHC’s chief information officer, Schuch has programmed customizations to the electronic health records (EHR) at his clinic to study trends in vaccine uptake, as well as create and refine clinical decision support tools to help providers improve childhood and adolescent vaccine completion rates.

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Jamaica Plain Resident to Star in ‘Hair’ at New Repertory Theatre

Jamaica Plain resident Marge Dunn will perform in New Repertory Theatre's upcoming production of Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. With Galt MacDermot’s groundbreaking music and the show’s progressive themes, Hair revolutionized musical theater as Broadway’s first rock musical in 1968. Emerging from the hippie counter-culture of the 1960s, James Rado and Gerome Ragni’s story shows a tribe’s journey toward finding their voices in a time of political upheaval, and their use of sex and drugs to evade reality. Featuring the smash hits Aquarius and Let the Sunshine In, this award-winning show is certain to be a nostalgic and groovy experience. Marge Dunn is playing Sheila in her return to New Repertory Theatre after her role as Chris in Cardboard Piano.

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