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Jamaica Plain News Has Turned Two. Thank You!

Two years ago this week, we launched a new website covering the neighborhood. More than 900,000 page views later, we'd like to thank everyone who's read us, written for us, talked to us as sources and advertised with us. Readers might not know that the name "Jamaica Plain News" is a nod to the neighborhood’s first newspaper. It was published from 1872 to 1932 by the Jamaica Printing Co., according to the JP Historical Society. A Centre Street storefront was packed two Aprils ago when we held a launch party in the space that's now the home of Hatched.

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David Ertischek Joins Jamaica Plain News

Hi neighbors, this is Chris Helms, publisher of Jamaica Plain News. I have some exciting news to share about this site. My longtime colleague and friend David Ertischek, a well-known Boston journalist who has lived in JP for nearly 15 years, will be running Jamaica Plain News day-to-day. I'll still be involved with Jamaica Plain News, which I founded in April 2014. But I have a 9-to-5 job now in addition to Jamaica Plain News, so I'm bringing in help.

Detail from Google search for "Jamaica Plain" in Google News on Monday, March 16, 2015.

Jamaica Plain News Gains Google Juice

In the not-quite-a-year since we launched Jamaica Plain News as an independent, online news source for the neighborhood, we've made great strides. We passed another milestone recently that makes it easier for readers to find us. On Friday Jamaica Plain News was accepted into Google News. This means it will be easier to find our stories through Internet searches. For our local advertisers, it means more people seeing their messages.


Journalism Panel Fields Sharp Questions from Boston International High School Students

The 10th-grade students of Boston International High School welcomed a panel of local journalist Thursday for a question-and-answer session — followed by pizza. Representatives from Jamaica Plain News, Bostonia Magazine, Teens in Print and a new East Boston radio station fielded questions like "What's one challenge of being a journalist? What's one benefit?" In the small-group lunch that followed the forum, student Merline Matheiu sought help finding a local publication for her essay about homelessness. Nicole Talbot Da Silva, an ESL teacher, organized the session at the Dorchester high school.

Flyer for a Celebration of Service Party for Laura Foner

Celebrate Retirement of Children’s Librarian Laura Foner

Hi neighborhood. I've let it get into the afternoon, but here's your better-late-than-never Morning Memo for all things JP for Monday, June 9. Celebrate Librarian Laura Foner: Monday evening from 6-8 p.m., stop by the Connolly Branch Library to pay tribute to Laura Foner, the well-known children's librarian who is retiring after 18 years of service to the neighborhood. There will be refreshments, music and the presentation of a book of stories, photos and drawings for Foner. 433 Centre St.