JP and Me Blog

Telling the stories of Jamaica Plain

JP and Representative Liz Malia

Liz Malia has been a JP resident since 1970 and for almost 20 years she has served as a Massachusetts State Representative. Today we are talking with Representative Malia about her career in politics, the importance of the Francis Grady Apartments, and the one time she was arrested for a boycott. K: Where are you [...]

By | February 9th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Representative Liz Malia

JP and Tony Sahadeo

Have you seen JPNDC's videos on Youtube? Some of those videos were created by JP resident, photographer and videographer Tony Sahadeo. Today we are chatting with Tony about working with Elle magazine, growing up in The Bronx, and why JPNDC's Family Prosperity Initiative is important.  K: Where are you from originally? When did you move to Jamaica Plain? [...]

By | January 26th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Tony Sahadeo

JP and Susan Lovett

Hands to Heart Center has been making yoga accessible to the people of Boston since 2014. Today we are chatting with Jamaica Plain resident and Hands to Heart Center founder Susan Lovett about practicing trauma-informed yoga, the importance of volunteering and how Hands to Heart Center was created. K: You are very involved in the community. What are [...]

By | January 19th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Susan Lovett

JP and City Councillor Matt O’Malley

Have you heard about the City Councillor who has been encouraging youth to shovel out fire hydrants in exchange for ice cream gift cards? That would be Councillor Matt O'Malley of District 6! Today we are chatting with Councillor O'Malley about his work with JPNDC, the importance of Boston's Latin Quarter, and his sunscreen dispenser's cameo on The [...]

By | January 12th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and City Councillor Matt O’Malley

JP and Leslie & Teronda

Welcoming 39 families to new affordable apartments in Jackson Square is how JPNDC will kick off its 40th anniversary year in 2017! JPNDC Real Estate Director Leslie Bos and Project Manager Teronda Ellis are two of the people who have made this project a reality. Today we’re talking with Leslie and Teronda about JP history, [...]

By | January 5th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Leslie & Teronda

JP and Julia Martin

Julia Martin learned community activism first-hand in the 1960s with other “Mothers for Action” who took on causes from stopping I-95 to fighting addiction. Today her name graces the Julia Martin House, JPNDC’s building in Jackson Square where low-income seniors live independently in a loving, supportive environment. Today we’re talking with Julia about her half-century [...]

By | December 15th, 2016|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Julia Martin

JP and Luis Cotto

Egleston Square is "that great neighborhood where JP and Roxbury shake hands." For 20 years Egleston Square Main Street has been building up the community, strengthening the business district and revitalizing public spaces through partnerships with local merchants, residents and community groups. Today we are chatting with ESMS Executive Director Luis Cotto about discovering his Jamaica Plain family, [...]

By | December 8th, 2016|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Luis Cotto

JP and Tony Williams

Tony Williams grew up in Jamaica Plain in the 1950s and 1960s and returned to start the Tony Williams Dance Center, now one of the JPNDC’s anchor tenants at The Brewery. In between, he traveled the world as a principal dancer for the Boston Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet and other major dance companies. We’re talking [...]

By | November 22nd, 2016|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Tony Williams

JP and Catherine Rosseel

Restaurants in Jamaica Plain tend to be predominantly staffed with local residents. With affordable housing becoming harder and harder to find, more and more people who work in the service industry are unable to live in Jamaica Plain. Today we're talking to hospitality extraordinaire and JP resident Catherine Rosseel about the importance of community in the service industry, the future of affordable housing [...]

By | November 3rd, 2016|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Catherine Rosseel