Jamaica Plain Resident Directing ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill’ at New Repertory Theatre

Jamaica Plain resident Summer L. Williams is set to direct New Repertory Theatre's upcoming production of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar and Grill is a biographical play with iconic music by Lanie Robertson. The show runs from March 28 through April 19, 2020. It’s 1959 in a bar in South Philadelphia for one of Billie Holiday’s final performances before her untimely death. At an intimate evening with Billie and her pianist, Holiday’s most famous songs are interlaced with reminiscences from her life, told with her unique, salty humor.


Community Servings Expands ‘Teaching Kitchen’ Job Training Program with $300,000 Grant from The Boston Foundation

Community Servings, a nonprofit provider in Jamaica Plain of medically tailored meals and nutrition services to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses, recently announced the expansion of its programs with the support of a $300,000 grant from The Boston Foundation. The Teaching Kitchen program will now hold six 12-week courses for up to 72 trainees per year, an increase from four sessions per year. The free, hands-on training takes place in Community Servings’ new Learning Kitchen, created as part of the organization’s recently completed $25 million renovation and expansion project. As they learn food preparation and cooking skills, trainees also help Community Servings’ culinary staff prepare medically tailored meals that are delivered daily to clients. “When our 45th Teaching Kitchen class graduates in February, we’ll have trained more than 400 individuals who turned to Community Servings because they were interested in careers in the food service industry but faced barriers to full-time employment,” said David B. Waters, CEO of Community Servings.


Jamaica Plain Students Receive Honor Roll at St. Sebastian’s School

St. Sebastian's School and Headmaster Burke is proud to announce the following students from Jamaica Plain who were named to the Second Quarter and First Semester Honor Rolls. Students receive honors under the following categories: High Honors: A- or above in all subjects; Honors with Distinction: B or above in all subjects; Honors: B- or above in all subjects; Effort: Marks of 1 or 2 in all subjects (2nd quarter only); Superior Effort: Marks of 1 in all subjects. The following students are from Jamaica Plain
Maxim D. Kalinichenko, Grade 7, Honors with Distinction, Effort
Michael J. Kalinichenko, Grade 9, High Honors, Effort
Kristian A. Rosario, Grade 12, Honors with Distinction, Effort
Luis E. Sosa Espinal, Grade 7, Honors with Distinction, Effort



Jamaica Plain’s Laura Perille Joins Greater Boston Food Bank’s Board of Directors

The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), the largest hunger-relief organization in New England, recently added several new members to their Board of Directors including Jamaica Plain resident Laura Perille. Perille is President and CEO of Nurtury, based in Jamaica Plain, which is a $20 million childcare non-profit that services more than 1,200 children. She recently served as the interim superintendent of Boston Public Schools during 2018-19 and is the former President and CEO of EdVestors, a non-profit school improvement organization in Boston. Earlier in her career, the Brown University alum served as Director of Programs at GBFB from 1989 to 1994. “We are so fortunate to have the support and guidance of one of most respected education leaders in Eastern Massachusetts,” said Catherine D’Amato, GBFB’s president and CEO, via press release.


‘All for Australia’ Fundraiser at Franklin Park Zoo on Feb. 13

In response to the catastrophic bushfires in Australia, Zoo New England will host All for Australia, an evening ticketed fundraiser inside Franklin Park Zoo’s Tropical Forest Pavilion on Feb. 13. Franklin Park Zoo is home to a number of animals native to Australia including red kangaroo, emu, Gouldian finch, black swan, tawny frogmouth, laughing kookaburra, Australian walking stick, blue-tongued skink, sulphur crested cockatoo, budgerigar, palm cockatoo, and more. All event proceeds will benefit Zoos Victoria’s Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund, which is supporting the critical care and long-term recovery of Australian wildlife. Tickets are $30 and include hors d'oeuvres, animal encounters, and musical performances by The Bag Family Band.