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

Urban Improv has been given a $50,000 grant to support the non-profit’s growth and sustainability.
Diane M. Simpson was named to the Dean’s List at Bunker Hill Community College for Spring, 2008.
Connor Askins, William Donovan and Sungeun Park were honored by Catholic Memorial School as Student Leaders.
Celia David was named to the Dean’s List at Ithaca College’s School of Humanities and Sciences for Spring, 2008.
Marcia Anderson was awarded the first ever Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Employee of the Year Award. She is the intranet editor in the communications department.
Urban Edge’s Foreclosure Prevention program is one of 25 organizations nationwide to receive $50,000 each in funding from the Citi Office of Homeownership Preservation.
Dimock Community Health Centerreceived $301,543 in grants from the state’s Essential Community Provider Trust Fund to be distributed in early March.
Michael Arroyo, 17, received the Gold Key award at the Boston Globe Scholastic Arts Award Ceremony. He is an honor roll student at Wellesley HIgh School.
State Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez was presented with an award at the Children’s Hospital Boston legislative breakfast for his legislative work championing biomedical research.
Lawrence Academy sophomore Max Ricci received honorable mention from the Independent School league for his achievements on the football team.
William Matczynski was named to the Dean’s List of Macalester College.
Bentley College recently named Melissa Rodriguese DeMoura and Tracy Wu to the Dean’s List.
Amyleigh P. Devito was named to the Dean’s List of Northeastern University.
The Institute of Contemporary Art’s $25,000 Foster Prize has been given to contemporary artist Andrew Witkin.
Lou Casagrande, president and chief executive officer of the Boston Children’s Museum, was recently named the winner of the 2009 Commonwealth Award for Leadership by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Rogerson House, a residential and day program facility for people with memory loss and dementia, has a new executive director, Betsy Ross.
Gaylen Conover was named to the Dean’s List of Quinnipiace Univesity for the Fall 2008 semester.
Urban Edge received a $50,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation to help support the “green” renovation of Jamaica Plain Apartments, specifically a building in Uphams Corner.
Katherine I. Bigham and Tremana D. White were named to the Dean’s List at Connecticut College for the Fall, 2008 semester.
The Dimock Center commemorated the fourth anniversary of Wellness Community at Dimock, a program providing support services to cancer patients in the City of Boston, in December 2008.
Gregory Loukas, a ninth-grader, got Honors at the Belmont Hill School for Fall, 2008.
Liz Petropoulos, a nurse at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, was named a 2008 Chayet Scholarship recipient by BIDMC to help in her advanced studies in the adult health and nurse practitioner program at Boston College.
J.P. Licks donated $1,300, proceeds from a Veterans Day promotion, to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans
Children’s Hospital, the parent of Martha Eliot Health Center, was named as the top pediatric hospital in the country for cardiac and orthopedic care in “Parents” magazine.
Christopher Jones, a student at Boston College High School, was named an AP Scholar by the College Board based on his achievement on the Advanced Placement examinations.
Chameleon Arts Ensemble was honored for the second time in three years by the Chamber Music America and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publihers with an Award for Adverturous Programming in the Chamber Ensembles—Mixed Repertory category.
Stop & Shop’s Jamaica Plain store raised $1,903 for the corporation’s Food for Friends campaign against hunger in December, 2008.
Scott Martin and Nelson Tamayo took part in the Roxbury Latin School’s production of the satirical play “Pravda” last fall.
Toby Oft,trombone principal for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has been appointed to teach at the New England Conservatory beginning in September 2009.
Rogerson Communities’ director of housing management, Heather Orodenker, reently received MassAging’s Ourstanding Mentor Award for her development of Rogerson staff.
Patti McKenna has joined the Greater Boston Division of the American Heart Association as senior vice president.

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