Women have a new place to train: JP jiu jitsu studio offers women’s-only class

By Deborah Brancic

Lucy Montgomery demonstrates the four finger grip for her students From left: Jennifer Tisdell, Lucy Montgomery, Maria Santiago, Al Bibeau Photo: Deborah Brancic

Lucy Montgomery demonstrates the four finger grip for her students
From left: Jennifer Tisdell, Lucy Montgomery, Maria Santiago, Al Bibeau
Photo: Deborah Brancic

Women in the martial arts have recently come to the forefront – most notably, when Kayla Harrison, 22, of Ohio, won the U.S. the gold medal in Judo at the summer Olympics last year. For women in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood who wish to explore this world themselves, there is finally a place that is both local and easily accessible, with a focus on educating women. JP has a new Brazilian Jiu Jitsu studio, Mass Bay BJJ on Centre Street, which is working to attract women to the sport.

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Medical release of prisoners may be one solution to MA budgetary problems

By Deborah Brancic

One issue not often discussed is the incarceration of the elderly and the terminally ill. With the baby-boom generation now approaching retirement age, their incarcerated counterparts are consuming thousands of dollars worth of resources, which may put a strain on the Commonwealth. If released, these inmates could qualify for one of many public assistance programs, receive care from hospitals such as Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute or Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and be comforted by loved ones in their final days. Although not much is being done, one MA senator is trying to change this. Continue reading

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Newly stationed local firefighter remains positive after Boston Marathon bombings

By Deborah Brancic

Brian Casey has been stationed at the Longwood fire house since November 2012. Photo: Deborah Brancic

Brian Casey has been stationed at the Longwood firehouse since November 2012.
Photo: Deborah Brancic

On that eventful day in Boston, almost three months ago, many lives were affected. Emergency personnel were deployed to the scene of the Boston Marathon in droves — ambulance crews, doctors, police, and firefighters. One of Longwood’s newest firefighters, though not dispatched to the main site, played a part in stabilizing the situation. While his role in the event itself was ordinary, his job, to the many people he has helped, is extraordinary. Continue reading

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