JP and Me Blog

Telling the stories of Jamaica Plain

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

JP and Mayor Marty Walsh

Mayor Marty Walsh grew up right next door to Jamaica Plain in Dorchester. Today we are chatting with Mayor Walsh about what he'd like to see for the future of Jamaica Plain, protecting undocumented immigrants and his role in the equal marriage movement. K: What inspired you to begin a career in politics? Was becoming the Mayor [...]

By | 2017-03-30T10:59:57+00:00 March 30th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Mayor Marty Walsh

JP and State Representative Jeffrey Sánchez

Did you know State Representative Jeffrey Sánchez grew up hanging out in Jamaica Plain? Prior to being a State Rep. he was Mayor Menino's JP Coordinator and the Latino Liaison for the City of Boston. Today we are chatting with Representative Sánchez about his path to the State House, his passion for the residents of the [...]

By | 2017-03-24T11:11:04+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and State Representative Jeffrey Sánchez

JP & Captain Alfredo Andres

Did you know JP's police captain grew up right in the neighborhood? Today we are chatting with E-13's Commanding Officer Captain Alfredo Andres about being a Cuban immigrant, becoming a police officer and how JP residents can help reduce crime. GV: You grew up in Jamaica Plain. Could you tell us a bit about your origins? AA: I’m Cuban and [...]

By | 2017-03-23T10:52:14+00:00 March 16th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP & Captain Alfredo Andres

JP and Silja Kallenbach

Did you know JPNDC is governed by 19 community residents? We'll be interviewing them throughout the year on 'JP and Me' so that you can get to know them. Today we’re talking with Silja Kallenbach, JPNDC board member and longtime advocate for free, high-quality and accessible adult education. SS: Where are you from originally, and how did [...]

By | 2017-03-23T10:02:35+00:00 March 9th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Silja Kallenbach

JP and City Councilor At-Large Annissa Essaibi George

Did you know that Boston has four At-Large City Councilors and three of them are women? Today we're chatting with the newest City Councilor At-Large Annissa Essaibi-George about her experience as a Boston Public School teacher, her passion for supporting small businesses and the importance of making your voice heard. K: Where are you from originally? [...]

By | 2017-03-23T10:04:17+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and City Councilor At-Large Annissa Essaibi George

JP and Bob Maloney

For 30 years the signage on the bricks of the former Haffenreffer Brewery smokestack had been missing the first three letters of its name. Late last year,  the missing letters were restored with a cage-like crown displaying ‘HAF.’ Today we are chatting with local artist Bob Maloney about his inspiration and process for the smokestack restoration. Join us on Thursday, March 2, 2017 for [...]

By | 2017-03-23T10:57:22+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Bob Maloney