[Editor's note: This report is being reproduced in English by kind arrangement with El Mundo Newspaper, where it originally appeared.]
Business owners in two of Boston’s most Latino neighborhoods, Hyde and Jackson squares in Jamaica Plain, aim to work together to bring in more customers. In two recent sessions hosted by Hyde Jackson Square Main Street and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp., a total of more than 30 business owners strategized on how to improve the business environment. Business owners at the first meeting, held May 13 at the Julia Martin House, focused on safety, parking and cleanliness, said Rafael Mejia, owner of Evelyn’s Market and president of the Hyde Jackson Square Merchants Association. Mejia said business owners want to give people more reasons to go into Hyde and Jackson squares. “A lot of people don’t know what’s in the neighborhood,” Mejia said.
Jamaica Plain-based El Mundo has put together the first "Latin Night" with the Boston Celtics. The evening includes live Latin music, with Alexander Faria greeting fans as they enter TD Garden and a halftime performance from Rumba y Timbal. Tickets for the March 5 event, during which the Celtics play the Utah Jazz, range from $20 for the balcony to $50 for VIP seats that include a pre-game mixer. For more information, please visit El Mundo's Web site. [Disclosure: Chris Helms, publisher of Jamaica Plain News, also writes occasional articles for El Mundo.]
Jamaica Plain put its stamp on a major statewide political event as a crowd heard all five candidates for governor tackle the issues Latinos want to hear about before Tuesday’s election. JP's Pablo Calderón, president of the Egleston Square Neighborhood Assoc. and one of the core organizers of Friday’s event, introduced Gov. Deval Patrick, who accepted an award from JP-based El Mundo Boston. The media company co-sponsored the Latino Town Hall with Northeastern University. More than 350 people attended the event, which took place at Blackman Auditorium on that school's campus.
Hello neighbors. Here's your Morning Memo for all things Jamaica Plain for Friday, Aug. 29. RIP, Ángel Alberto Amy Moreno: Jamaica Plain lost a cultural giant last week as Ángel Alberto Amy Moreno, 69, died of cancer. Amy's photography, writing and scholarship celebrated his Puerto Rican and Spanish roots.