JP Resident Named Massachusetts Elementary Principal of the Year

Jamaica Plain's Craig Martin has been named the Thomas C. Passios Elementary Principal of the Year from the Massachusetts School Administrators’ Association. Martin has been the principal of the Michael J. Perkins School in South Boston since the 2013-14 school year, will also represent the Commonwealth in the National Distinguished Principal Program, sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals, in Washington, D.C., in October. “I am greatly honored and humbled to be named Massachusetts Elementary Principal of the Year,” said Martin via a press release. “The students at the Perkins School have made tremendous strides, and it could not have happened without the growth of positive relationships and teamwork between the students, teachers, families, and administration.”

Leadership reflects attitude and Martin's attitude has filtered into Perkins' students, as they have demonstrated steady gains in performance during Martin’s leadership. One example is that Latino students and English Learners at the school surpassed the state average for these groups in English language arts and mathematics in this year MCAS.


JP Residents Prepare for Dedham Choral Society Concert at Jordan Hall on April 29th

Under the musical direction of Jamaica Plain resident Jonathan Barnhart, the Dedham Choral Society concludes its 2017-18 season with a concert entitled “Haydn and Mozart in Salzburg” at Jordan Hall on April 29th. The concert is featuring soloists, including soprano Susan Consoli, mezzo-soprano Thea Lobo, tenor Jesse Darden, and baritone Ulysses Thomas, a full orchestra and an 80-member community chorus on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 3 pm at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall (30 Gainsborough Street, Boston). The full program consists of the Vesperae solennes de Confessore by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Michael Haydn’s Missa in honorem Sanctae Ursulae. Jamaica Plain residents David McGaffin and Andrea Vandeven also are singing in this concert. “(The concert) is majestic and serene: adjectives describing both the architecture of Salzburg and the music of its most famous native son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. For the Salzburg cathedral, Mozart composed one of his most beautiful works for the soprano voice, Laudate Dominum from the Solemn Vespers for the Confessor, frequently performed separately and incorporated into quite a few film soundtracks,” said Barnhart

Inspired by the vocal and instrumental gifts of Sister Maria Sebastiana, a Benedictine nun, baptized Ursula Anna Josepha Oswald, Michel Haydn composed a mass setting featuring prominent writing for both the soprano soloist and the orchestral violins.


Q&A: JP’s Mindy Fried’s Starting Podcast to Complement Memoir About Caregiving

Jamaica Plain resident Mindy Fried's book "Caring for Red: A Daughter's Memoir" has led her to creating a podcast to discuss her caregiving experiences. Fried answered questions from Jamaica Plain News about the book, the podcast and more. Q:  You've been touring with your book "Caring for Red: A Daughter's Memoir" for more than a year. Where has the tour taken you? Fried: Yes, indeed, I’ve been traveling all over the country, giving talks and facilitating conversations about caregiving.


Help Family Displaced By Fire, Home Daycare Destroyed and Dog Died

Tragedy struck Tuesday morning when a three-alarm fire destroyed the Andujar's home, in-house daycare and also killing their family dog. Neighbors quickly jumped and created a gofundme page to help the family start over, find temporary housing and overcome the loss of income from the daycare. Margarita Acevedo (Andujar) was able to get out of the home safely and evacuated five children. Her family is all safe and no people were hurt from the fire. But sadly, their family dog of seven years was unable to make it out of the home.


Jamaica Plain Pair Honored by Celtics as Heroes Among Us

One of the most popular in-house Boston Celtics interludes is Heroes Among Us, which honors individuals who have made exceptional and lasting contributions to the community. Recently, a Jamaica Plain duo were honored during the Jan. 16th home game against the New Orleans Pelicans.  

After graduating college and landing a full-time job, Jamaica Plain native Noah McKenna decided to be a mentor with Partners for Youth with Disabilities. McKenna was matched with an energetic 10-year old named Tavis and their relationship quickly grew into a unique bond through cheering for the Celtics at the Garden, cooking, gardening, attending social justice rallies together and more.