JP and Me Blog

Telling the stories of Jamaica Plain

JP & Michael Carnes

“Being able to turn around and look at what you’ve done. It really puts punctuation on your work day. It’s very rewarding.” In 2017, JPNDC provided over 88 hours of free classes for small business assistance and improvement. In this post, we’re speaking with course participant and small business owner, Michael Carnes of Five Seasons Garden [...]

By |2018-10-25T12:37:41+00:00October 25th, 2018|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP & Michael Carnes

JP & Arnold Johnson

“It’s not just banging nails. It’s engineering. It’s architecture. We need young people to realize they can make a good living.” Boston is in a building boom. Did you know most of the workers on the city’s construction sites today are neither Boston residents nor people of color (who make up at least 53% of [...]

By |2018-09-10T15:14:59+00:00September 10th, 2018|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP & Arnold Johnson

JP & Michael Mulcahy

Michael Mulcahy, 1928-2018 In this post we celebrate the life of Michael Mulcahy, a pillar of the neighborhood for more than 50 years. First, in a 2007 interview, Michael reminisces about JP in the 1960s, living two blocks from the Haffenreffer Brewery, and facing down some bigots who opposed JPNDC in the early days. Michael would [...]

By |2018-08-20T13:44:20+00:00August 10th, 2018|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP & Michael Mulcahy

JP & Coco Verde Vegan

“You won't believe you're eating something that's vegan.” Vegan Dominican food? That’s right, and it’s being made here in JP. Today we’re speaking with Cecilia Flores and Ivannoe Rodriguez Sierra, owners of the brand-new catering business Coco Verde Vegan (, about creating delicious recipes based on traditional dishes (and new ones), helping people get healthier, [...]

By |2018-08-20T13:44:20+00:00July 18th, 2018|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP & Coco Verde Vegan

JP & Joe Vallely

“Serving on the board has been so fulfilling and has given me a wonderful opportunity to serve people seeking decent, affordable housing and jobs that pay a respectable wage.” JP resident and activist Joe Vallely joined the JPNDC board in 1993 and served for 25 years. At our Annual Meeting on June 7, we were [...]

By |2018-08-20T13:44:20+00:00June 13th, 2018|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP & Joe Vallely

JP & Gabriela Mendoza, Esq.

“My mom says I decided to become a lawyer because I’m always arguing,” says Gabriela Mendoza. “But I argue because I’m defending other people! And because I want to make a difference and help people.” On June 7th, because of her work helping local businesses avoid displacement, Gabriela will be one of the individuals and [...]

By |2018-08-20T13:44:20+00:00May 22nd, 2018|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP & Gabriela Mendoza, Esq.

JP & City Life/Vida Urbana

Did you know that a JP organization is a national leader in the anti-displacement movement? City Life/Vida Urbana is celebrating its 45th anniversary on May 19 with a party and multi-media art exhibit that will shine a light on victories by working-class people to stay in their homes and advance racial, social and economic justice. [...]

By |2018-08-20T13:44:20+00:00May 3rd, 2018|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP & City Life/Vida Urbana

JP and Genevieve Shattow

Did you know JPNDC has generations of volunteers? Today, we are chatting with Jamaica Plain native Genevieve Shattow, whose father helped get JPNDC started in the '70s. She shares about growing up in JP, why she also volunteers with JPNDC, and why you should join us at the 3rd Annual Friendrasier on April 19th! K: You were [...]

By |2018-04-19T09:16:08+00:00April 19th, 2018|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Genevieve Shattow

JP & Maria Otaño (Español/English)

Scroll down for English! ¿Qué hacen los graduados de los entrenamientos de liderazgo de JPNDC? En el caso de María Otaño, decidió salvar vidas. Estamos conversando hoy con María—campeona dominicana de atletismo (1,500 metros planos), maestra, miembro de la junta de JPNDC, y fundadora de "Acciones que Salvan Vidas."  Chequea nuestro Calendario para las próximas [...]

By |2018-08-20T13:44:20+00:00April 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on JP & Maria Otaño (Español/English)