Sherrill House Hires Two Nursing Leaders

Sherrill House, a not-for-profit skilled nursing and rehabilitation center recently announced the hiring of two nursing leaders. • Dawn Collins, RN, Assistant Director of Nursing
• Eileen Carr, RN, MDS Nurse for Clinical Reimbursement
“The two new additions to our organization have deep experience in nursing and long-term care, and they share a passion for providing quality care for older adults,” said Patrick J. Stapleton, Chief Executive Officer of Sherrill House. “We are thrilled to welcome Dawn Collins and Eileen Carr as important parts of our committed team who focus on upholding an exceptional standard of care and services to those we serve.”

Dawn Collins brings 22 years of experience as a nurse leader in long-term care centers in Massachusetts and Florida. Prior to her position at Sherrill House, Collins held various nursing leadership roles, including director of nursing, in skilled nursing facilities and rehabilitation centers in the Boston region. She received an associate degree in nursing from Quincy College, a bachelor's degree in nursing from University of Phoenix, and a Master of Education degree in health and wellness from American College of Education.


Community Servings Completes $25 Million Renovation and Expansion Project

Community Servings, a nonprofit provider of medically tailored meals and nutrition services to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses, celebrated the completion of a $25 million kitchen expansion and three-story addition project at its longtime home in Jamaica Plain.  

With the opening of a 31,000-square-foot food campus, Community Servings plans to double the number of people involved in its volunteer programs and triple production of its scratch-made meals. The nonprofit is now well-positioned to expand its service footprint statewide and will soon begin feeding even more critically and chronically ill individuals and their families across Massachusetts. Community Servings is now prepared to meet new demand from a state-led initiative that will provide health-related nutrition supports to certain patients beginning in January 2020. “For 30 years, we’ve been focused on bringing nutritious, scratch-made, medically tailored meals to our neighbors in need.


Fresh Hair Salon Closing After 37 Years of Cutting Hair

Longtime South Street business Fresh Hair will be closing its doors for the last time in the next week after being open for 37 years in Jamaica Plain. Salon ownership announced the closure this past fall through its customer newsletter. "It has been a wonderful time, and we are ready to move on to other adventures," said the brief explanation of the closure. Services will be offered through Dec. 21st, and there will be an open house on Dec.


Chase Bank Complies with Protestors’ Preferred Renovation Designs

A group of protesting residents will get their desired and proposed renovation details for Chase's new branch on Centre Street after the bank agreed with the city to the community's demands. The group protested during Saturday's dreary rain outside of the new business at 701 Centre Street. Previously, Jamaica Plain residents, business owners and neighborhood associations came together questioning the process that allowed Chase Bank to make unpermitted renovations to its new location. On Dec. 13, Chase Bank representatives met with community members, staff from the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), Inspectional Services Department (ISD) and District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley's office, to find a resolution to issues that have been raised and understand the next steps.


Papercuts Bookstore Moving in 2020

The Papercuts bookstore is on the go, but unlike its Orange Line-themed logo, it can take the bus to its new location on South Street. "I'm absolutely delighted to announce that this morning, I signed a new lease and will be relocating Papercuts in early 2020 to 60 South Street where Fresh Hair has been woman-owned and operated for the last 37 years. I'm honored to carry the torch of woman-owned small businesses high!" wrote Kate Layte, founder/owner/manager of Papercuts J.P. in an email newsletter. Layte founded the neighborhood bookstore in 2014, offering great customer service, holding author readings, and more.