There will be 11 residents from Jamaica Plain walking in this September's Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, which raises the most money of any single day walk in the country. Carl Kelley, Scott Schreiber, Walter Erwin, Michael O’Connor, Julia Russell, Maureen Loftus, Megan Anderson, Finn Kelley, Fiona Kelley, Madeline Polak and one other Jamaica Plain resident will join 9,000 expected participants in the annual event, which takes place September 22. Money raised from the Jimmy Fund Walk will support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at the nation’s premier cancer center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The event has raised more than $135 million over 30 years. “The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk...
Board members are needed for Jamaica Plain Centre/South Main Streets and one of the board's initiatives will be addressing the coming Chase Bank. Board members are volunteer positions and provide a great opportunity to get involved with Jamaica Plain's central commercial district. "We recently learned that JP Morgan Chase will be opening a branch in the district. We have heard from residents that they would like to get more involved with addressing this new addition. This work will be part of our Economic Vitality committee and we need your involvement!"
Aging and sex. Those two things don't seem to go together. Jamaica Plain resident gender and sexuality sociologist Dr. Elizabeth Anne Wood feels otherwise. Wood's new book "Bound: A Daughter, a Domme, and an End-of-Life Story" looks at BDSM and sexuality, and how it gives "chronically ill people agency and control over their bodies at a time when it can feel like doctors and family are taking those things away." Wood answered questions about her new book, her unique relationship with her mother and more.
Jamaica Plain's Sandy Gonzales recently participated in the Columbia Threadneedle Boston Triathlon while raising funds for Team BMC. Gonzales is one of 89 members of Team BMC all raising money for Boston Medical Center's Vision 2030, which is a new initiative to make Boston the healthiest urban population in the world through better medical care, eating habits and addiction treatment. Gonzales answered questions from Jamaica Plain News about her work at Boston Medical Center, training for her first triathlon, and what she'll be thinking about while she's running/swimming/biking. Q: What made you want to help people with substance use disorders? Gonzales: I am empathetic by nature and I was also raised to value the importance of helping people and making a positive impact in my community.
Members of the Jamaica Plain chapter of Mothers Out Front recently came together at a large natural gas leak to protest the dangerousness of gas leaks and the ineptness of gas company, National Grid. "National Grid agreed to address large volume leaks but aren't keeping their promise, on our health, our dime and our kids' future," said Claire Humphrey. The mothers started off at the Curtis Hall Community Center on July 25, and then went to a large gas leak across from the Pine Village Preschool on South Street. The organization called on National Grid to honor their 2017 commitment to fix large gas leaks as part of the company's shared action plan with Columbia Gas, Eversource, Home Energy Efficiency Team, and more. Since then, National Grid has not fulfilled their commitment, said Mothers Out Front.