JP and Me Blog

Telling the stories of Jamaica Plain

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+00:00 April 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 | 2018-04-12T10:56:05+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on JP & Maria Otaño (Español/English)

JP and the Community Preservation Act

A year and a half ago, JPNDC community organizers Giovanny Valencia and Juan Gonzalez encouraged Boston voters to say "yes" to the Community Preservation Act (CPA). TODAY... the CPA is reality, Juan is retired in El Salvador (writing and volunteering), Giovanny is our Community Organizing Director, and on April 3 YOU can speak out about how [...]

By | 2018-03-21T15:48:33+00:00 March 21st, 2018|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and the Community Preservation Act

JP and Michael Spicher

Art runs in the lifeblood of Jamaica Plain and new artists arrive every day! Today we’re speaking with JP resident Michael Spicher, who responded to our open call for interviews (you can too!) and shared his love of Porchfest (he performs), how he uses stories to teach philosophy, and more. K: Where are you from [...]

By | 2018-03-19T15:40:06+00:00 March 7th, 2018|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Michael Spicher

JP and Richard Heath

If you've ever read the Jamaica Plain News or The Bulletin Newspapers, chances are you've read an article by long-time JP resident Richard Heath. Today we're chatting with Richard about his service in Vietnam, the founding of the Franklin Park Coalition, and his work in affordable housing. G: Where are you from originally and where [...]

By | 2018-02-26T11:31:39+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Richard Heath

JP and Donayda Salomon

Did you know that JPNDC provides free bilingual financial education and financial coaching that can help families from all over Boston build assets and advance their careers? Today, we are chatting with Donayda Salomon about her path from Family Prosperity Initiative participant, to JPNDC volunteer, to working full-time as a Financial Counselor. K: Where are you from [...]

By | 2018-02-05T13:48:44+00:00 February 9th, 2018|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Donayda Salomon

JP and Ruddy Rower-Camacho

JP is home to some of the best restaurants and bars in Boston but do you ever wonder if their staff can afford to live here? Today, we are chatting with Ruddy Rower-Camacho, a well-known JP bartender and service industry veteran, about how housing prices are affecting industry workers in JP, how to manage living [...]

By | 2018-01-24T16:25:01+00:00 January 25th, 2018|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Ruddy Rower-Camacho

JP and Juicygreens

Do you know what’s filling the former Harvest Co-op space on South Street? Juicygreens will open this winter with a variety of smoothies, pressed juices, soups, arepas and salads. Today, we are chatting with Juicygreens founder and owner Ammy Lowney about being in the First Cohort for IFundWomen Boston, making the switch from teacher to [...]

By | 2018-01-08T15:39:14+00:00 January 11th, 2018|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Juicygreens

JP and Melissa Rocklen

The JPNDC Brewery Small Business Complex is home to 50 small businesses. Did you know that number includes several artist studios as well? One of those artists is Melissa Rocklen, owner of Rocklen Designs, who creates her beautiful mobiles just steps away from JPNDC’s offices. Today, we are chatting with Melissa about her nature-inspired artwork, [...]

By | 2018-01-08T15:40:08+00:00 December 14th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Melissa Rocklen

JP and Paloma Valenzuela

Have you caught an episode of the award-winning 'The Pineapple Diaries' web series? The show centers around the lives of three best friends who live in Jamaica Plain. Today we are chatting with JP native and show creator, Paloma Valenzuela, about the her production company, La Gringa Loca Productions, her dedication to telling the stories of [...]

By | 2018-01-08T15:41:25+00:00 November 30th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Paloma Valenzuela