Rose Art Museum Names JP’s Kate McBride Ass. Dir. of Communications

Jamaica Plain resident Kate McBride has been named Assistant Director of Communications for the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. McBride comes to the Rose from the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) where she was the Social Media and Digital Content Manager. In that role she was instrumental in developing the ICA's brand voice and expanding museum attendance by creating a robust social media presence, integrating new initiatives, and implementing successful methods of audience engagement. McBride previously worked in business development with Marriott International. She is a graduate of New York University with a concentration on modern and contemporary art, women’s studies, and publishing.


Sociologists for Women in Society Name JP’s Fried as Feminist Activism Award Winner

The Sociologists for Women in Society Feminist Activism Award is presented annually to a member who has notably and consistently used sociology to improve conditions for women in society. The 2018 Feminist Activism Award Winner is Jamaica Plain's Mindy Fried. The following is from the Sociologists for Women in Society:

The award honors outstanding feminist advocacy efforts that embody the goal of service to women and that have identifiably improved women’s lives. Fried, M.S.W., Ph.D. is an applied sociologist with over 25 years of experience conducting research, teaching, and policy analysis on work and organizational issues. As Co-Principal of Arbor Consulting Partners, Mindy works collaboratively with nonprofit organizations and foundations to help them build their capacity and strengthen their programs and policies.


Jamaica Plain Author Susan E. Goodman Wins Massachusetts Book Award

Celebrated Jamaica Plain children’s author Susan E. Goodman recently won the best Picture Book/Early Reader Award in the 17th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards. “The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial,” illustrated by E.B. Lewis, tells the story of Sarah Roberts, the brave girl who fought to desegregate Boston’s public schools in the 1800s. Although her family lost its case against the city, the case laid important groundwork for the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case that desegregated American schools. “Winning any award is an honor, but acknowledgement from your home state is a real thrill, especially since we have so many great writers here,” said Goodman, a professor of creative writing at Lesley University in Cambridge. The 2017 Massachusetts Book Awards were announced last week, marking the most recent accolade for Goodman’s “The First Step.” Her book also won a Jane Addams Peace Award, a 2017 Orbis Pictus Honor Book from the National Council of Teachers of English, a 2017 Carter G. Woodson Honor Book from the National Council of Social Studies and “Kids Best of the Best Book” from Chicago Public Library.


JP’s Skare, Founder of Boston Latvian Chorus, Led Group at Song and Dance Festival in Riga

Jamaica Plain resident Krisīte Skare recently led the Boston Latvian Chorus in Riga in the 26th Song and Dance Festival. Skare, a talented, award-winning choral director of two choral groups, founded the choir in 2015. Krisīte Skare holds a Masters of Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a Masters of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She leads the Boston Latvian Chorus and the Neighborhood Rocks Choir. The choir is comprised of 41 members, most of Latvian descent. Singers are extremely dedicated, traveling to participate from all over Massachusetts, as near as Roslindale and as far as Millis.


Letter to the Editor: Thank You to Volunteers for Cleaning Up Arborway Hillside

Thank you to all who helped with the Arborway Hillside Volunteer Woodland Care Day on July 14. We had a great turnout and cleared a large amount of invasive plants from the path and trees (two truckloads!). We met new neighbors and volunteers from JP and beyond, distributed Arborway Coalition reusable bags and enjoyed "BYO Bag" cupcakes! Special thanks to:

Arnold Arboretum & Sue Pfeiffer;
Emerald Necklace Conservancy,  Ellen Arnstein & Richard Stroshane;
Our Arborway Hillside steering committee, who handled logistics and outreach: Ann & Jim Stillman, Clay Harper, Sue Pfeiffer
Celeste Walker for help with outreach
Everyone who helped: many hands truly made light work. The Arborway Hillside is across the main Arborway from the Arnold Arboretum, between the main parkway and the residential road, with entrances to a footpath across from St.