In the Eye of the Storm: I Battle The Pandemic’s Impacts

With triple Boston’s rate of COVID-19 infection and six times the rate of Massachusetts as a whole, Chelsea’s 40,000 residents have experienced far more than their fair share of the pandemic. Chelsea is a close-knit community, so everyone knows someone who has gotten sick, and many know someone who has died. I'm a Jamaica Plain resident Stefanie Shull, and I run the CONNECT economic mobility partnership based at The Neighborhood Developers.  CONNECT serves 3,500 people/year, most of whom live in Chelsea, Revere, Everett, Malden, and East Boston. Before the pandemic hit, I was focused on building more robust training and job placement services in the area, to take advantage of the strong economy.  As the U.S. outbreak took hold in early March, it was clear that would need to be set aside. Having worked on post-Katrina recovery in Louisiana for three years, I felt like I had some idea of what was coming.


Two Jamaica Plain Authors’ Books On Massachusetts Book Awards Must Reads

The Massachusetts Center for the Book (MCB) named two Jamaica Plain residents' books to the Must Read lists of the 20th annual Massachusetts Book Awards. The awards recognize works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for adults and young readers written by Massachusetts authors and published during the prior year. Jamaica Plain's Alex Krieger's nonfiction book City on a Hill was named to the nonfiction Must Read list. Krieger, a noted urban planner and scholar, provides a history of American cities and towns and the utopian ideals that shaped them. The book includes rich illustrations and visions for the future.


Two Jamaica Plain Residents Named Boston Artists-in-Residence

Two Jamaica Plain residents were among five Bostonians named as the 2020 Boston Artists-in-Residence. This is the fourth year of the Boston Artists-in-Residence (AIR) program. The artists will work with a "parallel cohort of city partners to explore, critique, and re-imagine city initiatives at the intersection of civil service, social justice, and artistic practice." "We’ve seen great projects and powerful relationships come out of the Boston Artists-in-Residence program,” said Mayor Marty Walsh. “I look forward to seeing this new cohort help us think creatively about how we can enhance our services and programs for all Boston residents.”

The two Jamaica Plain residents are Victor Yang and Golden.


Jamaica Plain Cancer Survivor Will Walk Jimmy Fund Walk with Son

Jamaica Plain resident Katherine Walsh will participate in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk as a way to give back to Dana-Farber for saving her life. In 2010, Walsh was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) when she was a graduate student earning her Ph.D. She was actually working in a research lab at Dana-Farber during this time. After her diagnosis, she took a break from her Ph.D and was treated at Dana-Farber. "When I was sick,” said Walsh. “I really benefited from the resources at Dana-Farber.”

Once she entered remission and finished up her Ph.D program, she knew she wanted to give back to the hospital that saved her life.


Jamaica Plain Geriatrician Describes Work in Face of COVID-19

As a geriatrician of long-term care patients Jamaica Plain resident Julia Siegel Breton is facing the threat of COVID-19 everyday. Breton works at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale, and quickly transitioned from part-time (70%) to more than full-time work, as she also offered to cover weekends. She said there have been two major changes since COVID-19, and both have "heightened the awareness of how crucial these aspects have always been in the care of our frail elders, but now with a greater sense of urgency." Breton has seen the need for companionship and meaningful moments. "It has been a necessary, but heartbreaking measure to not allow families or volunteers to visit," said Breton.