The Greater Boston Chapter (GBC) of United Spinal Association recently held its 2020 Virtual Fundraiser and presented the 2nd annual Elmer
Bartels Leadership Award to Jamaica Plain's Christopher Hoeh. The GBC Honoree of the Year Award was given to Diane and Ron DeRoche of Melrose. Since 1992, the GBC, a Woburn-based nonprofit, has provided peer mentor support and other resources to individuals and their families affected by a
life-altering spinal cord injury or disorder (SCI/D) within the Greater Boston area and beyond. In 2019, the organization, in collaboration with Elmer Bartels' daughter, Joanne Stanway, created the Elmer Bartels Leadership Award to recognize individuals in the SCI/D community who are trailblazers that tackle barriers, work towards the greater good, and demonstrate leadership skills. The award is named in honor of the late Elmer Bartels who served as the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission for more than 30 years.
Like Frank Sinatra sang, "I did it my way!” District 6 City Councilor Matt O’Malley is leaving the Boston City Council on his own terms.
O’Malley recently spoke with Jamaica Plain News. The following is an edited version of that conversation. Q: Why did you decide to not seek re-election? O’Malley: I have been so grateful for the people of the district for electing and re-electing me for the last decade. I’m excited to write the next chapter in my book to try to pursue new opportunities to continue to serve the public in any way that I can.
We've heard a lot, A LOT, about the electoral college, and that electors actually choose the president. Jamaica Plain's Wayne Yeh is one of 11 state electors for Massachusetts. Yeh, a 26 year old LGBTQ+ son of Chinese Laotian refugees, moved to Boston for college. As a community organizer he says he's committed to achieving justice for working class and immigrant communities of color, particularly through the electoral process. On Dec. 14 he will be casting his vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris at the Massachusetts State House during a ceremony that is closed to the public.
National Braille Press (NBP) announced it has promoted Chris Milmore from Development Associate to Grant Manager. In his new role, Milmore will be responsible for writing grants and implementing fundraising plans as they pertain to foundations and corporations. The position heads a program that raises more than $300,000 annually to contribute to the overall fundraising strategy of NBP. “We are excited to have Chris as our new Grant Manager here at NBP,” said Brian MacDonald, President of NBP. “Throughout his time at NBP, Chris has established an accord with our readers and individual donors.
How good are you at Jamaica Plain trivia? Good enough to beat the assumed JP trivia champ? Sign up for the virtual Jamaica Plain Trivia Battle Royale on Nov. 12, and you'll see how much trivia you know. The evening will be full of facts, celebrity clues, historical info, and commercials from JP's local businesses.