Sherrill House Celebrates Ongoing Vaccinations of Residents and Staff

All residents of the Sherrill House nursing home are on their way to being vaccinated, followed by all staff. "It has been an exciting two days here with our partner CVS Pharmacy for the first of two shots of the Pfizer vaccine," said Pattyanne Lyons, Director of Development, to Jamaica Plain News. Lyons said that 98 percent of residents, and approximately 55 percent of its staff were vaccinated in the first round, which started Jan. 5. There will be another round of vaccinations in February to offer it to the remaining staff and residents.

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Rep. Elugardo and Boston Housing Authority Launch Community Youth Jobs Program

State Rep. Nika Elugardo, the Boston Housing Authority (BHA), and the Main Street organization teamed up at the end of the year to launch a youth jobs program for BHA residents and other low-income youths

Elugardo (D-15th Suffolk) secured a $500,000 earmark for the program during the state's supplemental June budget. “Historically we’ve found the key to prosperity and public safety at the community level is youth employment,” said Elugardo via press release. “Youth with good jobs bring leadership and vibrancy to their communities." The following businesses and organizations provided youths jobs: Three Squares Main Streets; Home Basix; La Patrona Mexican Grill; Chocolate Hair; Married to the Mop; Break Bread Transportation; Miami Restaurant; Mildred Hailey Youth Center; Tails; City Feed & Supply;
The First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain; 4 Corners Yoga & Wellness; and
JP Centre/South Main Streets. "We’re working with people in the community to make sure the youth who often fall through the cracks are the first in line for these jobs," said Elugardo.

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Biden Nominating Mayor Walsh as Labor Secretary

In a highly expected move, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is being nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to be the secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. Biden and Walsh have strong ties with each other. Biden swore in Walsh for the latter's second term. Walsh has been a strong supporter of unions for a long time, and they have supported him throughout his political career. When he was just 21 years old, he became a member of the Laborers' Union Local 223 in Boston.

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Aviary Gallery Closed; Owner Opening New Gallery in North Carolina

After nine years of being on South Street, the Aviary Gallery closed for good at the end of 2020. Posted by Aviary on Sunday, January 3, 2021

"The gallery has been in the space since December of 2010 and featured over 500 artists, dozens of bands and made thousands of prints and scans for the community," said owner Lindsay Metivier to Jamaica Plain News. "With the pandemic and our second five-year lease ending with an increase for the next one we just can't afford, it was time to close the doors." Metivier said the gallery could no longer afford renting the space at 48 South St. She said she will be opening a gallery with a photo lab, very much like Aviary, but in Carrboro, North Carolina.

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Boston Cyberarts’ GoFundMe Raising $ to Make Up for COVID Losses

The nonprofit organization that runs the Boston Cyberarts Gallery at the Green Street MBTA station has turned to GoFundMe to make up for the money its lost due to COVID. Boston Cyberarts operates the free gallery in Jamaica Plain, the Art on the Marquee project at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, and numerous other public art projects. But due to the COVID pandemic, the Art on the Marquee has been suspended, resulting in a projected los of $44,500, according to the organization's GoFundMe page. "We've brought opportunities to the general public to experience the work of thousands of new media artists, without cost.  We also pride ourselves on creating dozens of paid opportunities for MA based artists every year.

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