Jessica Heslam, Boston Herald

Jessica Heslam

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Past articles by Jessica:

Rockland sixth-grader pitches in to help coronavirus fighters

We’re all hearing every day about the challenges facing our nurses, doctors and first responders on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. One local 12-year-old is doing his part to make their lives better as they fight for us all → Read More

Time to get creative during coronavirus stay-at-home order

Like many parents, we had to cancel all the fun stuff we had planned for our son’s seventh birthday, a day he’d been eagerly awaiting since Christmas. We scrapped Jackson’s party and a trip to an indoor water park that he’d been talking about for weeks. Birthdays are a big deal to little kids and […] → Read More

Coronavirus quarantine can’t silence the arts

Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music composition major and saxophonist organized a virtual orchestra of 74 fellow students and alumni performing “What the World Needs Now is Love.” → Read More

Teacher helps make masks the 3-D way

On a typical weekday, North Andover High School biology teacher Bennett Ahearn can be found in his classroom. But these aren’t typical times. Now, Ahearn is hard at work at his New Hampshire home helping in the fight against coronavirus. Ahearn, 34, owns four 3-D printers and has been running them around-the-clock since Sunday, making […] → Read More

Stitching together help: Boston-area citizens making masks for coronavirus fighters

Heroism emerges in every crisis. In Boston, some of those heroes are behind sewing machines. As the coronavirus pandemic worsens and hospitals struggle to find protective equipment, local fashion designers, sewists, tailors and other crafters are stepping up and volunteering to make face masks to deliver to nurses, doctors, nursing homes and health care workers. […] → Read More

Parents learning on the fly how to deal with coronavirus impact

It was only Day 3 of home isolation when we broke down and got our 6-year-old son an iPad. Then, we downloaded Facebook Messenger for kids so our son Jackson could FaceTime and text with his friends. His little eyes lit up the first time he sent an emoji to a pal. “Mom,” he said, […] → Read More

Jason Santos loved opening restaurants, struggles with closing them

Boston restaurant owner Jason Santos couldn’t sleep Sunday night, knowing he’d have to tell most of his 150 employees Monday they were going to lose their jobs. → Read More

Life under quarantine

Jason LaForest went to bed feeling “perfectly fine” Monday night but woke up the next morning with a dry cough, mild headache, sore throat and congestion. Now, the 43 year-old father of four teens and vice president of the North Adams City Council is one of 445 people under quarantine in Massachusetts, waiting to find out if they have coronavirus. → Read More

Summer Olympics and dreams at risk due to coronavirus

Competing and winning a silver medal with the U.S. women’s gymnastics team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing is a moment Alicia Sacramone Quinn will never forget. → Read More

College kids urged to skip far-flung spring breaks

Hub college students in need of some fun in the sun should have staycations instead, say health experts and higher-ed brass who are urging co-eds to cancel their party plans because of coronavirus. → Read More

School superintendents set to meet on coronavirus fears

School superintendents in Massachusetts are talking about possibly teaching students at home should they close schools as global coronavirus fears hit home. → Read More

New England Patriots’ fans face the prospect of a future without Tom Brady

Patriots Nation, once giddy over an historic run that’s included six Super Bowl titles, is now on the verge of a meltdown at the prospect that beloved quarterback Tom Brady won’t return to New England this season. → Read More

Walpole mom in the fight against ALS

Tara O’Brien-Pacella’s ALS diagnosis was confirmed in early January. The determined mom vowed to battle the disease with all her might. → Read More

Demise of rock ‘n roll at WAAF leaves DJ spinning

Mistress Carrie feels like she’s lost her best friend. Carrie, the heart and soul of the former Boston rock station WAAF, was at the Brighton studios Monday collecting her belongings after the new Christian music owners abruptly pulled the plug at midnight Saturday, ending a 50-year run. Carrie, who has never revealed her last name, […] → Read More

Dragon boat club cancer survivors looking for new dock

Cancer robbed Erica Bernstein of her career and left her with chronic pain but the 49-year-old doctor has found strength and solace in an ancient Chinese sport. → Read More

Those on front line of ‘rock wars’ set to say goodbye to WAAF

Following in the sad footsteps of WBCN and WFNX, Boston rock mainstay WAAF is flipping to Christian programming Saturday after decades of breaking bands in the Bay State and providing a terrestrial radio hard rock platform for 50-plus years. → Read More

Chinatown, City Hall push back at coronavirus fears

Boston’s Chinatown should be bustling in the midst of the Lunar New Year season, but merchants are struggling as coronavirus fears have decimated the local economy. Lily Le has been closing her hair salon early. Sunshine Travel owner Lorraine Tse says she’s lost hundreds of thousands of dollars as people cancel trips. Restaurants are empty. […] → Read More

Heslam: Newest citizens ready to cast their votes

For nearly 200 new citizens in Boston on Wednesday, getting the right to participate in our democracy is a dream come true. → Read More

College cheating scandal sends ‘horrific’ message to kids

College admissions specialist Pamela Donnelly -- a former actress who once co-starred in a TV soap opera with Lori Loughlin -- said the fake rowing resume prosecutors say Loughlin used to help her daughter cheat her way into college sends a damaging message to kids. → Read More

Inequity of BPS public exam school process exposed

Boston public school officials came under fire this week, accused of misusing test scores and hindering the chances of students of color from getting into exam schools. → Read More