Q&A: Jamaica Plain Saxophone Quartet, and Catch Them Live This Friday

There aren't a lot of musical groups that only have saxophonists, yet alone that utilize Jamaica Plain in their namesake. This Friday, you can hear such a group, the Jamaica Plain Saxophone Quartet perform live at Turtle Swamp Brewing. The musically adroit foursome are Sean Mix, Andy Wilds, Scott Chamberlin, and David Stevens. The group fielded questions from Jamaica Plain News about what they perform, whether they're all from Jamaica Plain, and more. Q: How long have you been playing together?


Jamaica Plain Pediatrician Honored for Work Fighting HPV-Related Cancers

Jamaica Plain resident Thomas Schuch, MD MPH, a pediatrician with South Boston Community Health Center, was recently given an HPV Vaccine Is Cancer Prevention Champion Award for outstanding efforts to protect adolescents from cancers caused by HPV in Massachusetts. Schuch is recognized for his efforts in helping to achieve an impressive 70 percent HPV vaccination completion rate at South Boston Community Health Center. Led in partnership by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Association of American Cancer Institutes, and the American Cancer Society, the HPV Vaccine Is Cancer Prevention Champion Award Program recognizes clinicians, clinics, practices, groups, and health systems that are going above and beyond to foster HPV vaccination in their community. This year, the award program is honoring champions from 25 states. As SBCHC’s chief information officer, Schuch has programmed customizations to the electronic health records (EHR) at his clinic to study trends in vaccine uptake, as well as create and refine clinical decision support tools to help providers improve childhood and adolescent vaccine completion rates.


Guns2Gardens: Stonybrook Metal Arts Makes Garden Tools Through Gun Buyback Program

The Stonybrook Metal Arts & Sculpture School has given new life to guns handed in through gun buyback programs -- by making them into garden tools. This past August the tools hit the soil during the Egleston Square Association's Peace Garden cleanup. The tools were created through Guns2Gardens Massachusetts organization, co-founded by Jamaica Plain resident and novice blacksmith John Hayden, Director of Stonybrook Fine Arts (StonybrookMASS) Anne Sasser, and Co-Founder of Prospect Hill Forge Carl West. Hayden explained how the guns go from a buyback program and into the hands of blacksmiths.  After a gun owner brings a firearm to a gun buyback event or police station, police then supervise as skilled metalworkers disable the firearm by sawing it and crushing it into scrap. Then the metal and wood scrap is distributed by Guns2Gardens to artisanal blacksmiths and metalworking educators, said Hayden.


Jamaica Plain Resident to Star in ‘Hair’ at New Repertory Theatre

Jamaica Plain resident Marge Dunn will perform in New Repertory Theatre's upcoming production of Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. With Galt MacDermot’s groundbreaking music and the show’s progressive themes, Hair revolutionized musical theater as Broadway’s first rock musical in 1968. Emerging from the hippie counter-culture of the 1960s, James Rado and Gerome Ragni’s story shows a tribe’s journey toward finding their voices in a time of political upheaval, and their use of sex and drugs to evade reality. Featuring the smash hits Aquarius and Let the Sunshine In, this award-winning show is certain to be a nostalgic and groovy experience. Marge Dunn is playing Sheila in her return to New Repertory Theatre after her role as Chris in Cardboard Piano.


Why I’m Running The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge

The Boston Marathon will be here once again before you know! I am beyond proud to be a Jamaica Plain resident, running with the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team (DFMC). One hundred percent of every dollar raised by the DFMC team supports the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. These funds are fueling some of today's most promising basic cancer research and I invite you to consider donating what you can to help me reach my ambitious goal to give back to this group. I'd like to dedicate the 2020 Boston Marathon in memory of a close family friend who passed away in 2016 – an optimistic, strong individual I got to know through my mother – Sherry Blanchette Lapointe.