Miracle Cat Survives Nine Story Plunge and a Frigid Night Outside

A beloved pet cat is lucky to be alive after falling from a nine story balcony on Halloween and landing on a concrete patio, shattering his jaw and two of his legs and suffering a host of other serious injuries, according to Jamaica Plain's Angell Animal Medical Center. Simba, who lives with the Jardus family in Brookline, was enjoying a typical quiet Halloween evening with his family when things suddenly took a turn. “My mother was visiting and she inadvertently left him outside on the balcony where, at some point, he fell all the way down to the patio below,” said Victoria Jardus. Critically injured, Simba laid by the side of the building, enduring overnight temperatures that fell into the twenties before he was found the next afternoon. Victoria rushed him to Angell, where doctors worked feverishly to stabilize him.


Jamaica Plain Student Earns Honor Roll at St. Sebastian’s

St. Sebastian's Headmaster Burke announced the Honor Roll recipients for the first quarter of the 2018-2019 school year on Nov. 16 and one Jamaica Plain residents received honors with distinction. Jamaica Plain's Patrick J. Barron, Grade 12, received Honors with Distinction, Effort. Recipients of these academic awards fall into three categories: High Honors, maintains an A- or above in all subjects; Honors with Distinction, maintains a B or above in all subjects; Honors, maintains a B- or above in all subjects; and Effort, for marks of 1 or 2 in all subjects.


Hyde Square Task Force’s Making Change Happen Breakfast on Nov. 30

Hyde Square Task Force will be hosting our annual Making Change Happen Breakfast on November 30. The breakfast will support our mission to amplify the voices of youth, their power and creativity, connecting them to Afro-Latin culture and heritage. The breakfast is from 7:30 to 9 am at WilmerHale (60 State St., 26th Floor, Boston, MA 02109) to celebrate our accomplishments from the past year and look towards the future. We will also be honoring Alberto Vasallo III, President and CEO of El Mundo; and Alexis Agrinsoni, Hyde Square Task Force alumnus and Regional Disaster Relief Manager of Red Cross Los Angeles, and Liberty Mutual Insurance. All proceeds from the Making Change Happen Breakfast will go to support our work with more than 800 children, youth and college students through Afro-Latin arts, education, and civic engagement programming so they can create a diverse, vibrant Latin Quarter and build a just, equitable Boston.


JP’s Sherrill House Ranks Among ‘Best Nursing Homes’ in United States

Sherrill House recently announced it has been recognized on the 2018-19 list of “Best Nursing Homes” in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in health care rankings. Sherrill House, a not-for-profit skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, was given an overall rating of “High Performing” in the annual quality ranking, and was also recognized for its short-stay rehabilitation services. “This recognition is really an acknowledgment of our staff, and the work they do with care and compassion every day,” said Patrick Stapleton, Chief Executive Officer of Sherrill House. “We are grateful for their continued commitment to our patients, residents, and their families, and for their ongoing support of our organization.”

Sherrill House earned its top ranking by U.S. News & World Report through data from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which included health inspection findings, nurse staffing and medical quality measures. The facility consistently gets high marks for quality and overall satisfaction in surveys of residents, patients and families.


Jamaica Plain St. Sebastian’s Student Inducted Into National Honor Society

In a ceremony held on Thursday, October 25, Headmaster Bill Burke, Assistant Headmaster Mike Nerbonne, and National Honor Society moderator Sean Albertson inducted 51 St. Sebastian's students into the Sr. Evelyn C. Barrett, O.P. Chapter of the National Honor Society. Those inducted today from Jamaica Plain include:
Kristian A. Rosario '20