BTU Unafraid Educators Help Undocumented Students Thru Workshops, Scholarships and More

A group of Jamaica Plain educators are part of an organization that is fighting for the rights of undocumented Boston Public School students. Jamaica Plain residents Adriana Costache and Maya Taft-Morales have been working with BTU Unafraid Educators for more than two years, or as Maya Taft-Morales described it -- since Trump was elected. Both fielded questions about their involvement in the organization. Q: What school do you teach in, and what do you teach? Costache: I teach math and science to English learners at Fenway High School.

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Centre Street Bizs Burglarized, Doors Smashed; Security Tips Provided to Commercial Shops

Centre Street businesses J.C. Fruit Shop and When Pigs Fly recently had their front doors shattered, and had cash and items stolen. Both businesses were broken into during the early morning of May 12. J.C. Fruit Shop (606 Centre St.,) and When Pigs Fly (613 Centre St.) have since reopened, according to an email from JP Centre/South Main Streets. JP Centre/South Main Streets sent out the email to area businesses, letting them know about the robberies, and provided tips on how commercial stores can protect themselves:

Empty your cash register each night and DISPLAY your empty cash drawer in full view of the street when closed. Often burglars are looking for cash that is kept in cash drawers overnight.

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JP Progressives First (of Two) At-Large Boston City Council Forum on Thursday at Doyle’s

The first of two candidate forums being hosted by JP Progressives for the four at-large Boston City Council seats is being held at Doyle's Cafe on Thursday. It was not immediately clear which of the many at-large city council candidates would be participating in the forum. The forum is being hosted by JP Progressives, MiJente, and Right to the City Vote. The event starts at 6:30 pm in Doyle's back room. This is a free event open to the public.

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Letter to the Editor: May is Mental Health Awareness Month

In America today, approximately 45-47 million, or 1 out of 5 Americans, is suffering with a mental health issue; and approximately 1 in 25 adults is currently experiencing a serious mental illness that substantially interferes with one or more major life activities. Sadly, the rate of suicide is at a 30-year high. While more individuals are accessing care, an astounding 9 million are struggling with unmet needs.​ These are our friends, colleagues, neighbors and perhaps our own family members. As CEO of the Arbour Hospital, my staff and I have the privilege of serving many members of our community who are experiencing some of the most challenging times of their lives – mental illnesses that are often invisible to the casual observer in ways that physical illnesses are not. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, providing an important opportunity for reflection and collective action to address barriers, including the ongoing stigma and stereotypes preventing many individuals from getting the care they need.

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5 Commercial Spaces Filled at VITA Condominiums: Gym, Bakery, Bank, Dentist and Healthcare

The five commercial spaces at the mixed-use VITA condominium complex on Washington Street have all been filled even though the building won't be completed until September. Located at 3531 Washington St., adjacent to English High School, the five commercial tenants will be Planet Fitness, Third Cliff Bakery & Care, The Cooperative Bank, Pure Dental, and Beth Israel Deaconess Health Care, according to a sponsored post on Curbed.com. There will be 82 condo units in five stories, and 60 percent of the units are already sold, according to Curbed.com. VITA's website touts the building will have an "exclusive roof deck with grills and fire pit," a community room, gardens, and a pet spa. Also, all homes include garage parking.

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