Jamaica Plain Native to Run Boston Marathon for Fiancé

Running brought Megan Bunnell together with Eric Schlobohm, her boyfriend of eight years, and now she is running her first ever marathon to support an organization that is close to both of their hearts. 

As a member of Team Joslin for the Boston Marathon, Bunnell is helping to raise money for Joslin Diabetes Center, where Schlobohm has been a Type 1 diabetes patient for years, as they search for a cure for diabetes and continue top-notch research and care. As a fourth year medical school student at Dartmouth, Bunnell understands the basics of diabetes, but she says her challenge is “balancing the medical knowledge while still being Schlobohm’s support system first.” Bunnell says the nurses and doctors at Joslin have been incredibly helpful in answering all her questions while being respectful of Schlobohm as the patient. Bunnell wants to raise money for Joslin for everything they have done for Schlobohm, but she also has an appreciation for the center through her father. Her dad is a general pediatrician down the street from Joslin and relies on them as an organization. “Some of his patients have diabetes, and it’s a big deal knowing he can send them to Joslin for excellent care,” said Bunnell.


New Computer Lab Donated to Italian Home for Children by City Kids

City Kids, a youth education nonprofit program developed by City Realty,  recently donated a full computer lab to the Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain. The Italian Home for Children provides an integrated network of powerful and effective programs to help children and families with emotional, behavioral and educational challenges thrive in their communities. The kids will use the new computer lab to aid in school work and research. City Realty Managing Partner Steve Whalen discovered the need for new computer equipment during a recent visit to the facility. Whalen worked with City Realty’s Chief Technology Officer Jerry Wycoco to select the desktops, design the space and install the entire telecommunications infrastructure.


GoFundMe Page Raising Money for Sorella’s Employees

A GoFundMe page is raising funds to help Sorella's employees who are losing their jobs due to the restaurant closing at the end of March. The GoFundMe page is scheduled to close on March 31. "As you probably heard Sorella’s is closing. I started a GoFundMe page for employees to help them as they look for new jobs," said Ken Sazama of Sazama Real Estate. "My extended family has gone here for years, Sorella's employees have always been very nice to us, have watched our children grow," wrote Sazama on the GoFundMe page.


Jamaica Pond Parkrun is More Than Just a Run in the Park

The Jamaica Pond Parkrun will celebrate its one-year anniversary this Saturday -- with what else -- a run around Jamaica Pond. Jamaica Pond Parkrun is a free, weekly, 5K timed run. Everyone is welcome to take part as a runner, walker, volunteer or spectator. Obviously, Jamaica Pond had quite a history before the Jamaica Pond Parkrun ever came to it. Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted made the glacier-carved land into one of the jewels of the Emerald Necklace, a string of heartbreakingly beautiful green spaces in Boston.


Free Doc About Dominican Republic Traditions, Culture at Connolly Library on April 1

There will be a free screening of the documentary "Hay un país en el mundo" at the Jamaica Plain Connolly Branch Library on April 1. José Pintor directed this documentary, which takes its name from the famous Dominican poem by Pedro Mir. It is a walk through the natural landscape of the Dominican Republic, describing the country’s historic, cultural and social values as explained by experts in specific areas of interest. It is a project that was made by a collaboration by historians, anthropologists, folklorist and journalists of the Dominican Republic. It also gives a musical tour of the country and utilizes music from more than a dozen musicians from different times in the history of merengue and bachata.