Jamaica Plain Duo Start Roundhead Brewing After Meeting on Youth Soccer Fields

Jamaica Plain residents Craig Panzer and Luis Espinoza are currently offering community investment opportunities for their new venture Roundhead Brewing. But where the two met is probably the last place they thought they'd meet their future business partner -- the JP Youth Soccer fields. "Our sons joke that we need to frame their youth soccer jerseys for the brewery walls," joked Panzer, who has lived in JP for 15 years. Espinoza has lived in JP for 10 years. They expect Roundhead Brewing to open in Hyde Park later this year in August or September.


JP Resident’s Drones Provide Bird’s Eye View of Neighborhood and Beyond

High above Jamaica Plain's streets Julio Aguilar commands some of the best views of the neighborhood. Julio Aguilar Jr. moved to Jamaica Plain in 2008 after being a wildlife educator at an alligator farm. Aguilar fielded questions from Jamaica Plain News about flying drones and talked about FAA regulations, aerial Christmas photos, his favorite things in Jamaica Plain, and even helping with a wedding proposal via drone. You can see more of Aguilar's work on his website. Q: What have you taken aerial drone photos of in Jamaica Plain?


JP’s Martinson is Concertmaster in Boston Baroque’s New Ensemble X-tet

Boston Baroque's new period string chamber ensemble is starring Jamaica Plain's Grammy Award nominated concertmaster Christina Martinson. A new concert documentary premiering March 12 provides viewers with a look behind the scenes as X-tet, the new string ensemble, great ready for the performance. Martinson is concertmaster and first violin for X-tet. She has been a featured soloist for Boston Baroque, the Handel and Haydn Society, The Bach Ensemble, Tempesta di Mare, the Unicamp Symphony Orchestra in Brazil and the Philharmonisch Orkest Mozart in Amsterdam. The documentary is being filmed and produced by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Nathaniel Hansen.

The film will premiere on March 19th at 7 pm, with an encore presentation on
March 20th at 7 pm.


JP’s Hoeh Receives Award From United Spinal Association

The Greater Boston Chapter (GBC) of United Spinal Association recently held its 2020 Virtual Fundraiser and presented the 2nd annual Elmer
Bartels Leadership Award to Jamaica Plain's Christopher Hoeh. The GBC Honoree of the Year Award was given to Diane and Ron DeRoche of Melrose. Since 1992, the GBC, a Woburn-based nonprofit, has provided peer mentor support and other resources to individuals and their families affected by a
life-altering spinal cord injury or disorder (SCI/D) within the Greater Boston area and beyond. In 2019, the organization, in collaboration with Elmer Bartels' daughter, Joanne Stanway, created the Elmer Bartels Leadership Award to recognize individuals in the SCI/D community who are trailblazers that tackle barriers, work towards the greater good, and demonstrate leadership skills. The award is named in honor of the late Elmer Bartels who served as the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission for more than 30 years.


O’Malley On Not Seeking Re-election, What’s Next, and Sharing Intimate Personal Details

Like Frank Sinatra sang, "I did it my way!” District 6 City Councilor Matt O’Malley is leaving the Boston City Council on his own terms.

O’Malley recently spoke with Jamaica Plain News. The following is an edited version of that conversation. Q: Why did you decide to not seek re-election? O’Malley: I have been so grateful for the people of the district for electing and re-electing me for the last decade. I’m excited to write the next chapter in my book to try to pursue new opportunities to continue to serve the public in any way that I can.