JP Residents Start Donkey Beach Gear Selling Sunglasses and Clothing

Donkey Beach Gear is a new business created by Jamaica Plain residents Mike and Jamie Steinfeld -- and naturally there is one question to start -- why is the business called Donkey Beach Gear? Jamie answered questions from Jamaica Plain News about Donkey Beach, sunglasses and the company's launch party. Q: Why is your company called Donkey Beach Gear? Are there donkeys on Donkey Beach? Steinfeld: We named our company after a beach we found in St.


Nobel Prize, Silver Screen and Timeless Music: JP’s Radosta Pens Book About Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan's influence on American music and culture is far-ranging and started many decades ago. His voice is distinct, influential and led him to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. In his new book, Jamaica Plain resident John Radosta dives into Dylan's music, cultural impact and acting career. Radosta answered questions from Jamaica Plain News about his new book Bob Dylan in Performance: Song, Stage, and Screen. Q: Why did you want to write this book?


BTU Unafraid Educators Help Undocumented Students Thru Workshops, Scholarships and More

A group of Jamaica Plain educators are part of an organization that is fighting for the rights of undocumented Boston Public School students. Jamaica Plain residents Adriana Costache and Maya Taft-Morales have been working with BTU Unafraid Educators for more than two years, or as Maya Taft-Morales described it -- since Trump was elected. Both fielded questions about their involvement in the organization. Q: What school do you teach in, and what do you teach? Costache: I teach math and science to English learners at Fenway High School.


JP’s Robert Santiago is Boston’s First Puerto Rican, LGBTQ Veterans Commissioner

Boston's new Commissioner of Veterans’ Services will be the first-ever Puerto Rican to hold the position, as well as the first LGBTQ person, and he's a Jamaica Plain resident. "I am grateful to Mayor Walsh for this opportunity to serve the veterans of Boston," said Robert Santiago. "I remain dedicated to promoting the Mayor’s agenda to serving all veterans no matter the zip code, status, or orientation.”

Santiago started working for the city as the deputy commissioner at the Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Services in 2016. Before working for the city, Santiago served 20 years in the military, including duty on four warships, with overseas tours in Belgium, Puerto Rico, Panama, and Japan. Santiago was in Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Eastern Exit, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.


Jamaica Plain Resident Named Boston’s First-Ever Chief Information Security Officer

Jamaica Plain's Gregory McCarthy was recently named Boston's first-ever Chief Information Security Officer, and will lead the city's cybersecurity team. "I'm proud to welcome Gregory to a leadership position in our Department of Innovation and Technology, which works to utilize technology in the best and smartest ways possible to make residents lives better," said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh via press release. McCarthy's appointment elevates his previous role to protect Boston's technology platforms and data from from cyber threats. Since joining the city's cybersecurity team in 2010, McCarthy has managed the implementation of numerous information security solutions and helped develop Boston's first Cybersecurity Awareness Program for employees. In his new role, McCarthy will continue to lead efforts to strengthen the cybersecurity capabilities across Boston and further the team's mission through modernizing technology, partnerships, and regular training. "Cybersecurity is something we clearly have to take seriously, and there are always new challenges ahead; a humbling reminder that our work in this field is never done," said McCarthy via press release.