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

Raymond Rodriguez, Carlos Diaz, Ramon Rodriguez, Manuel Mena, Higinia Castillo, Cesar Angomas, Elsa Villanueva, Ernesto Santana, R. Gonzalez, Maria Quesada, Ambas R. Soto and Yasmin Jimenez completed a civic Citizen Police Academy sponsored by Oiste? Civic Education.

Urban Edge of Roxbury won a National Award for Smart Growth Achievement, recognizing innovative approaches and actions, given by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Judy Stoia received the Silver Circle Award, presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Simone Auster was appointed as the new President/ Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Boston, a non-profit that provides no-cost major repair and renovation services to low-income home-owners.

Julia Martin House received an Assisted Community of Excellence Award.

Hyde Square Task Force received at $20,000 grant to support its work in decreasing youth violence.

Kevin Handly was named by his peers as one of The Best New Lawyers in America, a peer-review survey.

Liz Malia won an Amigo Award from Oiste? for outstanding work in favor of Latino issues.

Maureen Festa ran the Philadelphia half marathon to raise funds for Back on my Feet.

Keyse Angelo, a jewelry designer, was named one of the 25 Most Stylish Bostonians of 2008.

Action for Boston Community Development won a $5,000 grant from The Children’s Trust Fund to support parents in JP who have special needs children.

Sean Sacks of New Boston Fund has been selected as one of this year’s “Developing Leaders” by the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.

The Dimock Center and Dudley Literacy Center received grants for adult education programs.

Emily Kunzeman has joined the Boston Trinity Academy staff as a French teacher.

Brian LaMacchia was hired as an assistant District Attorney for the Middlesex District’s Attorney Office.

Todd Martin, Heidi Johnson, Rebecca Gavin, Andrea Clardy, Joanne Wolfe, Katie Gulde, Sarah Duggan, Marcy Bouley Eckel, Michele Dechiaro Shin, Timothy Preston, Christopher AhnAllen, Ann Labbe, Karen Labbe, Francheska Cano, Janice Ramsay, Kiera McKendrick, Arnold Shaw, Sara Bryant, Joe Mara, Danyl Collings and Jessica Dzierga participated in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, to raise funds for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Valerie Bassett was named as Working for a Healthy Massachusetts’s new Executive Director.

JP Tree of Life received a grant from the City of Boston for their outreach programs.

Mount Pleasant Home and Blessed Sacrament received funds from a grants from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative to support their “green” developments.

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