Five residents from Jamaica Plain will choose their own route on October 4th for the annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Participants are encouraged to walk wherever they choose: around their neighborhood, a local hiking trail, a treadmill, or anywhere else they are comfortable. Jane Craycroft, John Munson, Stephanie Kreutz, Madeline Polak, and Scott Schreiber, along with thousands of other walkers, will participate in virtual programming during the Walk that aims to recreate the most inspiring elements of Walk day. While the event will not physically bring walkers together along the famed Boston Marathon course, it will unite the community to raise funds to support all forms of adult and pediatric care and cancer research at the nation’s premier cancer center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The event has raised more than $145 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in its 30+ year history.
District 6 Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley and his wife, Kathyrn Niforos, are celebrating the birth of their baby girl who was born on Wednesday. Margot Gillian O’Malley was born at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at 10:44 am. Margot weighed 6 lbs 13 oz. and measured at 18.5 inches. The maternal grandparents are Peter and Suzanne Niforos of Groton, Connecticut.
August 26 is the 100th anniversary of the official certification of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which banned states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens on the basis of sex. Jamaica Plain was an important place in the suffrage movement, where many women's-rights agitators made their home. Judith Winsor Smith, who lived in Jamaica Plain in the latter part of her long life, was a suffragist and abolitionist. When she voted for the first time, in 1920, at the age of 99, she was dubbed "the oldest suffragist of them all." In Jamaica Plain she lived with her daughter, Zilpha Smith, who was a pioneer in the development of the field of family social work in Boston.
Melissa Leaston, who knew at an early age she wanted to become a nurse but had to overcome difficult circumstances to do so, has won the 2020 Whittier Street Health Center President's Award. The honor, the result of a peer nomination process and organization-wide vote, was presented to Leaston at the Health Center's fiscal year-end meeting on July 2. Leaston has wanted to become a nurse since she was 10, a vocation spurred by her appetite for books and science. A single mother, she worked two jobs while putting herself through nursing school, graduating on the Dean's List and with High Honors. After she passed her board exam, Leaston began working at WSHC.
The St. Sebastian’s School graduated 68 students at its 76th Commencement Exercises on July 30, 2020. Jamaica Plain resident Kristian A. Rosario, who will attend Tufts University, was among the graduating students.. He was also a recipient of The St. Sebastian's Scholar Award, presented to the graduates who have received a yearly average of B or higher in every course every year.