JP and Me Blog

Telling the stories of Jamaica Plain

A Report from JPNDC Executive Director Richard Thal

This week JP & Me features something a little different—a report from JPNDC Executive Director Richard Thal that connects our work here at home with what’s happening in Washington, DC and the rest of our country.   Dear JPNDC friends, As we get ready for JPNDC’s 40th anniversary “Bash” on June 17, I want to [...]

By | 2017-06-07T08:58:43+00:00 June 8th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on A Report from JPNDC Executive Director Richard Thal

JP and Tara Rousseau

JPNDC is proud to have community members on our Board of Directors who have backgrounds in activism and grassroots organizing. Today we are talking with board member Tara Rousseau about her lifetime of volunteerism, how she learned about JPNDC, and why small businesses make JP so unique. K: Where are you from originally? Where do you live [...]

By | 2017-06-01T10:06:44+00:00 June 1st, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Tara Rousseau

JP and City Councilor Michelle Wu

Did you know that one of the Boston City Councilors used to own a tea house? Today we are chatting with the President of the City Council, Michelle Wu, about her experience as a small business owner, the importance of local businesses being able to host acoustic live music and how easy it can be [...]

By | 2017-05-25T08:16:09+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on JP and City Councilor Michelle Wu

JP and Latisha Scott

Did you know JPNDC offers Small Business technical assistance? Today we are chatting with Latisha Scott, owner of Alluring Beauty in JP, about her journey to becoming a salon owner and how her small business has succeeded with the help of JPNDC. K: Where are you from originally and where do you live now? L: I am [...]

By | 2017-05-18T09:42:28+00:00 May 18th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Latisha Scott

JP and Carol Miranda

Did you know the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments (MCHA) has its own boutique? Today we are chatting with Carol Miranda about creating The Family Exchange Boutique, her work with local mothers and the success stories she has seen while working at the MCHA. S: Where are you from originally and where do you live now? C: I was [...]

By | 2017-05-11T17:28:42+00:00 May 11th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Carol Miranda

JP and Linda DeMarco

Did you know half a million pretzels are made in Jamaica Plain every year? Today we are chatting with Linda DeMarco, owner of Boston Pretzel Bakery, which is located in The Brewery Small Business Complex. You can check out the bakery and try one of Linda's delicious pretzels at Bash at The Brewery on Saturday, [...]

By | 2017-05-04T11:08:56+00:00 May 4th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Linda DeMarco

JP and Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz

Did you know Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz is the first Latina ever elected to the Massachusetts Senate and a resident of JP? Today we are chatting with Senator Chang-Díaz about how two high school students helped her win an election, why it's important to hold elected officials accountable, and how she believes we can bend the gentrification curve. K: Where [...]

By | 2017-04-27T09:17:37+00:00 April 27th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz

JP and Alexandra Valdez

Did you know the City of Boston's Neighborhood Services Department has 17 Neighborhood Liaisons? The Liaisons attend community meetings, assist residents with city services and share important information directly with neighborhoods. Today, we are talking with the Jamaica Plain and Latino Liaison Alexandra Valdez about her favorite things about JP, her dedication to helping the neighborhood [...]

By | 2017-04-20T09:27:39+00:00 April 20th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Alexandra Valdez

JP and Charles Hills

JPNDC board member Charles Hills knows what it's like to be displaced--the I95 highway planners bulldozed the apartment building where he lived in the 1960s. Today we're talking with Charlie about growing up in JP, how getting involved with JPNDC changed the course of his life, and his commitment to giving back. S: Can you tell me a [...]

By | 2017-04-10T10:05:14+00:00 April 13th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Charles Hills

JP and Brian Holland

JPNDC has volunteers from all over Boston and we wouldn't be able to accomplish our goals without them. Today we are chatting with Brian Holland, one of our dedicated volunteers, about how he became involved with JPNDC, why volunteering is rewarding and why YOU should join us on April 13th for our Friendraiser! K: Tell me about [...]

By | 2017-04-06T08:55:52+00:00 April 6th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Brian Holland