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.

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JP’s McKinney Teaches Student Athletes There’s More to Life Than Basketball

Timmance McKinney grew up in the Bromley Health apartments in Jamaica Plain. He readily admits he got involved with the wrong people in the ultra competitive youth basketball scene. Now at the age of 23, he's back after graduating college, coaching basketball locally, and started his own mentoring program to help student athletes avoid his own pitfalls. McKinney is currently the head coach of the St. Joseph's Preparatory School's junior varsity boys basketball team, and the assistant coach to the varsity squad.

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JP Resident Tells Tale of Income Inequality in ‘Living Between Stories’

Jamaica Plain's Chuck Collins has spent the last three decades examining trends of income and wealth inequality. In the new film, "Living Between Stories," Collins tackles the topic with personal stories while reframing historical analysis. “We are living between stories, as Charles Eisenstein observes. The ‘old story’ of wealth, economic well-being, and deservedness has run its course. This story has brought us to the brink of ecological ruin and violent divisions," said Collins in his book  "Born on Third Base," which inspired the making of the film.

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Luis Cotto, Egleston Square Main Street Director, Honored for Dedication to Community

The director of Egleston Square Main Street was one of 13 Bostonians honored recently for their dedication to the community as part of the first Love Your Block Civic Engagement Ceremony. Luis Cotto was an individual winner for the "Vacant Lot Revitalization Award" for his leadership in transforming two vacant spaces on the border of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. One is the Peace Garden, located on the corner of School Street & Washington Street. The second lot, will be known as Robert Lawson Park, is on the corner of Atherton Street and Columbus Avenue. "I applaud all the award winners on receiving this honor and those who show everyday a commitment to improving the community around them," said Mayor Martin Walsh via press release.

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