Eliot Schoolyard Live Concert Series on Sundays Starting June 6

Live music returns to a delightful outdoor space all summer long as three disparate curators will bring a wide variety of artistry to the Eliot School yard, from jazz to hip hop, harp to steel drums.

Opening June 6 with jazz trio Man on Land and closing September 26 with singer/songwriter Tarciso Alves, the series runs every Sunday at 4 pm (except July 4 & Labor Day weekend). Among others, local star Miranda Rae will perform; DJ WhySham, Dzidzor, and Prateek will bring their energy and artistry; Brian Friedland’s piano joins jazz favorites Giuseppe Paradiso, Josh Rosen, Charles Overton, and David Eure; and an eclectic mix rounds out the series, including Tempo International Rhythm Section, 40 Million Feet, The Eduardo Project, and others. Curators are Oompa and The Record Co., which just opened its expanded community recording facilities this spring; Hoopla Productions, which produced Jamaica Plain Porchfest for the past several years; and jazz composer/pianist Brian Friedland, who initiated concerts in the Eliot Schoolyard last fall. Each set of curators programmed five Sundays, drawing upon Boston’s wealth of musical talent and energy. Admission is free, and all are welcome, with advance registration highly recommended at eliotschool.org/EliotSchoolyardConcerts.


JP’s Zuhaly Ramón Joins MORE Advertising as Account Executive & Latinx Coordinator

MORE Advertising, minority women-led marketing and advertising agency in Watertown recently announced that Jamaica Plain resident Zuhaly Ramón has joined the agency as Account Executive and Latinx Coordinator. In her new role, Ramón, will be responsible for managing and overseeing deliverables for the agency’s clients – with an emphasis on projects designed to reach the Latinx community. She’ll lead the cultural adaptation process for Latinx-focused campaigns and support English- and Spanish-language research. “MORE has long understood the value of ensuring that communications targeted to diverse populations are thorough, authentic, and respectful,” said Donna Latson Gittens, CEO & Founder of MORE Advertising. “We are excited to have Zuhaly join the agency and help us continue to be at the forefront of effectively communicating with communities of color.”

“Zuhaly has made an immediate impact with our clients while demonstrating her keen marketing instincts and genuine ability to speak to diverse audiences,” said Judi Haber, Managing Partner & President of MORE Advertising.


JP Couple’s New Children’s Book Incorporates Face Masks for Kids to Learn Social-Emotional Skills

Two Boston moms are trying to make masks fun again. In a pandemic-inspired Kickstarter campaign, Jamaica Plain locals Ricki and Orly Bartour designed a lift-the-flap board book for young children. The twist? The flaps are colorful masks covering images of children’s faces, and lifting them reveals the wearer’s emotion. The project is currently featured as a staff-pick Project We Love on Kickstarter.


Letter: To Hyde Square Task Force About Community Process for Sale of Church

The following is a letter sent to the Hyde Square Task Force from the Friends of the Blessed Sacrament Church requesting an open, transparent community process during the selection of a developer for the church. We were pleased to hear that the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) has received several formal offers to purchase the Blessed Sacrament Church building, and that there is interest in the property beyond condo developers. We are also encouraged by recent statements that HSTF will prioritize a buyer that appreciates the significance of the church building to the Boston Latin Quarter and that HSTF will be considering community benefit as well as financial benefit and make sure any future buyer listens to the voices and concerns of the Latin Quarter community. As you consider proposals to develop the church, Friends of Blessed Sacrament requests that HSTF create a process where the community gets a chance to meet potential developers and give input and feedback before HSTF makes a final decision. Specifically, we request that before taking a board vote to select a developer, the HSTF hold one or more public meetings where the community can hear from potential developers and give their feedback and comments.


Chang-Díaz and Mayoral Candidates Help JP’s VOAMASS Pack 200 Bags for Senior Mothers

Jamaica Plain's state senator and mayoral candidates teamed up together to pack gift bags for seniors in celebration of Mothers Day to help a local nonprofit. Volunteers of America of Massachusetts (VOAMASS), a nonprofit that creates opportunities for individuals through residential and outpatient behavioral health treatment, re-entry for justice-involved individuals, veteran services and senior living, hosted the 26th Annual I Remember Mama on May 8, 2021. The event is a signature fundraiser that supports VOAMASS’s substance use recovery programs.

While the event traditionally includes a hotel ballroom brunch for roughly 200 senior mothers living in public housing throughout Boston, because of COVID-19 restrictions, VOAMASS packaged and delivered 200 gift bags to the women as a reminder of how much the community cherishes them. Two mayoral candidates John Barros and state Rep. Jon Santiago, joined state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz to help VOAMASS assemble the bags at Shiloh House, a residential recovery center for women with co-occurring behavioral health and substance use disorders in Jamaica Plain.