Jamaica Plain’s Mohammed Omar Receives ACE Program of Greater Boston Scholarship!

With development in Boston at an all-time high, the need for professionals in the architecture, construction, and engineering fields is bigger than ever. A young Jamaica Plain resident received a scholarship that will help him get involved with the development industry. ACE Mentor Program of Greater Boston, the non-profit organization which introduces high school students to the architecture, construction, and engineering industries, is at the helm of helping develop future talent in those industries. ACE Mentor Program held its 8th annual networking event on May 16 at The Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts. It’s the primary fundraising event for the organization.


Nurtury Announces $255,000 in New Grants, Celebrates 140 Years of Serving Children in Boston Area

Nurtury, New England’s first early childhood care center and preschool in New England, is celebrating its 140th anniversary with the announcement of $255,000 in new grants. Funds will be disseminated to numerous Nurtury programs, including its JP location at 33 Bickford St. The grants have been awarded by The Mabel Louise Riley Foundation, The Liberty Mutual Foundation, Life Science Cares, American Tower and The Family Nurturing Center and the Boston Family Engagement Network and will support the following programs:

• The Mabel Louise Riley Foundation: a $100,000 grant will support Nurtury’s flagship center – the Nurtury Learning Lab. • The Liberty Mutual Foundation: an $80,000 grant will support the Family Engagement for School Success program. • Life Science Cares: a $10,000 grant will help purchase laptops for each of Nurtury’s 18 preschool classrooms to give students access to STEM education.


Letter to the Editor: Keep Young People Safe, Pass the Healthy Youth Act

Every young person in Massachusetts deserves to know how to stay healthy and safe. Comprehensive sex education empowers youth by teaching them communication skills, consent, respect, and autonomy, while also relaying critically important information about pregnancy prevention and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In Jamaica Plain we are lucky to have strong and thoughtful leaders like state Rep. Liz Malia, a co-sponsor of An Act Relative to Healthy Youth, or the “Healthy Youth Act.” This legislation would make comprehensive sex education that is medically accurate, age-appropriate, and LGBTQ-inclusive, a reality for all public school students in Massachusetts. As a public health professional, health educator, and young person, I know how important it is to empower students and give them tools to make healthy decisions. I did not learn about safer sex practices at home or at school; I depended on information passed down to me by friends and their siblings.


Crown Castle Employees Remove Invasive Species and More at Nira Rock

More than 32 Boston Crown Castle employees spent a recent day at Nira Rock in Jamaica Plain removing invasive species, weeding and cleaned up adjacent to the playground. On May 9th, Crown Castle hosted a day of service as part of its Connected by Good community parks initiative. Doubling its efforts from last year, Crown Castle identified 22 parks in 20 of the company’s largest markets. Employees spent the day planting, building, painting and improving public spaces. The company-wide program focuses on improving and enhancing parks across the country.


Rosie’s Place Names JP’s Mari Pérez-Alers to Board of Directors

Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women, recently named Jamaica Plain resident Mari Pérez-Alers, DPT to its board of directors. Pérez-Alers is a senior project manager for PACE, a national organization whose mission is to allow adults with chronic ailments, age 55 and older to remain living safely, and as independently as possible in the community. Trained as a physical therapist, she has more than 20 years of strategic management and leadership experience in community-based health care. With her husband, David Doyle, she co-owns three Jamaica Plain restaurants: Tres Gatos, Casa Verde and Centre Street Cafe. Mari Pérez-Alers serves as the vice-chair of the Rosie’s Place board and also sits on the Strategic Planning committee.