The following Jamaica Plain individuals, businesses and organizations have received recognition.

Paramedic Juli Nichols was awarded with ALS Provider of the Year and EMTs John Cotter and James McCabe were awarded with BLS Providers of the Year as part of the 10th Annual Metro Boston EMS Council Region IV Awards. The awards are aimed at recognizing individuals who strive to improve the delivery of pre-hospital care and perform meritorious service above and beyond the expectations of the profession.

Mayor Thomas Menino recently received Mass Audubon’s ‘A’ Award for his outstanding commitment to conservation and environmental protection. This award is given annually to just one person or organization throughout the state of Massachusetts.

Christine Poff, Executive Director of the Franklin Park Coalition, has been awarded a fellowship from the Barr Foundation in recognition of her extraordinary work in greenspace and community advocacy.

Matthew Barron achieved academic 2nd honors at the Fessenden School.

Amanda Gorner became vice president of child and family services at the Dimock Center.

John Auerbach was honored as a Hero in Home Healthcare by the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston.

Eugenie Beal was recently honored by the Trustees of Reservations.

Elliot Strassman was named a National Merit Semifinalist and AP Scholar with honor.

Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo was recently appointed instructor of visual arts at Northern Essex Community College.

The Emerald Necklace was designated as one of 10 Great Public Spaces for 2010 by the American Planning Association.

Dr. Lou Casagrande is leading the project team that is planning a state-of-the-art Learning Center in the Bromley-Heath community.

Big Sister Lindsey Getz and her Little Sister Evelyn Ann recently celebrated their one-year anniversary.

Carolyn Royce won first prize in the One City One Story contest.

State Rep. Liz Malia received an award for her leadership and commitment o building a state-wide unified network of services to address mental health and substance abuse treatment from the Association for Behavioral Healthcare.

Kathleen Gaskin Holland, Christine Dwyer and Sherry Dong were honored for their contributions to the community at the Action for BOston Community Development Annual Community Awards Dinner.

John Vines was honored by the Boston Living Center and the American Massage Therapy Association. He won the AMTA’s Massachusetts and National Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Gary O’Neil rode for 165 miles over 2 days to raise funds to build a "bright space" at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s Kids’ Day Program.