State Auditor Appoints JP’s Chris Hoeh to Personal Care Attendant Workforce Council

State Auditor Suzanne Bump recently swore-in Jamaica Plain's Chris Hoeh to the Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Workforce Council. Bump selected Hoeh from a slate of nominates provided by the Statewide Independent Living Council to fill a seat on the council left vacant due to a resignation. Hoeh was sworn-in on Wednesday, August 29th, and his term will continue until December 6, 2019. Hoeh, who has been a teacher since 1985, was named the 2015 Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year from the National Council for the Social Studies, and the 2014 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Southern Poverty Law Center. He holds a Master of Education Degree from Wheelock College.


Voya Financial Honors Jamaica Plain Teacher with $2,000 Grant for Innovative Program

Tasha Greenwood, a teacher at Meridian Academy in Jamaica Plain, has received a $2,000 grant as part of the Voya Unsung Heroes initiative. “Our Unsung Heroes program continues to recognize teachers who go above and beyond to inspire today’s students in the classroom,” said Heather Lavallee, president of Tax-Exempt Markets at Voya Financial. “We are proud to honor teachers like Tasha Greenwood whose inspiring program is making a difference in the lives of young people. This commitment and passion for teaching closely aligns with our focus at Voya on helping all Americans prepare for their unique financial futures.”

Greenwood’s innovative teaching idea, “Ocean Drifters,” focuses on enabling students to become the ocean scientists that they have read about, building and deploying their own oceanographic instruments. Students involved in the project will learn about ocean circulation and modeling via flotsam and jetsam and ultimately deploy marine drifters that are equipped with GPS.


Jamaica Plain Musicians Performing in Jazz Along the Charles Concert on Sept. 23

The Celebrity Series of Boston's Jazz Along the Charles: A Walkable Concert will feature
25 jazz ensembles on Sept. 23, and many of them have Jamaica Plain area ties. The concert will be on Sunday, September 23rd along the DCR Charles River Esplanade with the 25 ensembles performing at a series of connected, walkable locations. The groups will interpret the same curated list of Boston-related tunes in one collective free concert. The groups will play two complete sets starting at 2 pm.


‘The Book of Life’ Screening, Part of Latinx Heritage Month on Sept. 22

Come celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with a free screening of "The Book of Life" presented by the Hyde Square Task Force on September 22. The movie follows the journey of a young man, Monolo, through the Land of the Remembered and the Forgotten as he chooses between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. The movie screening will begin at 2 pm, so make a Día de los Muertos sugar skull mask and then grab some popcorn and Mexican candy to enjoy the film. The movie is rated PG so bring the kids. The screening will be at the Hyde Square Task Force (30 Sunnyside Street).

Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, D-Jamaica Plain, represents the Second Suffolk seat.

State Sen. Chang-Díaz’s Aide Holding Office Hours in JP on Sept. 19

State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz's office (D-2nd Suffolk) is holding office hours across the district and in Jamaica Plain on Sept. 19. Her JP hours will be held from 3 to 4 pm at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library (30 South St.). Grab another page turner to check off your reading list and talk about issues in the neighborhood with Legislative Aide Ethan Smith. For a full listing of Sen. Chang-Díaz's office hours, check out her Facebook page.