Monthly Archives: June 2011

IdeAZ: Valedictorians

June 10, 2011
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Estudiante con las mejores notas; el primero  de la promoción; el alumno que da el discurso de despedida al final del curso, son algunas de las descripciones que se dan de la palabra “valedictorian” que es un arcaismo que tiene uso en el sistema escolar para destacar el esfuerzo de nuestros estudiantes por alcanzar...

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Thanks for a great Wake-Up

June 10, 2011
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Thanks for not raining on our parade (at least)…. Thank you to all the sponsors (please support them; see our website for a list at www.spontaneouscelebrations.org), coordinators, volunteers, donors, vendors, talent, nonprofit tablers, paraders and patrons of the 33rd annual Wake Up The Earth Festival and Parade! The rain may have dampened the numbers,...

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Editorial: Whole Foods arrests a bad sign of the times

June 10, 2011
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Everyone has a prediction about what kind of changes Whole Foods will bring to the neighborhood. Well, the first change is here, and it’s a bad one indeed: It is now illegal to display a protest banner in Jamaica Plain. Three JP residents were arrested for unfurling banners at Whole Foods’ first community meeting...

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House proposal is too big

June 10, 2011
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The house at 207 Chestnut Ave. lies within the Glenvale Park Neighborhood Design Overlay district (“House demo plan questioned,” April 15). The overlay district was created in 1948 to protect the historical character of the beautiful Glenvale Park neighborhood. Part of the mandate is stated as follows: “New or rehabbed buildings should reflect and...

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Whole Foods meeting was a success

June 10, 2011
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The Whole Foods meeting was a success, until the police shut it down. It is rare to see such debate happen anymore. We live in a digital age where most dialogue happens behind anonymous user names, Internet chatter and Twitter. At the Curley school last Thursday, we saw open microphone orations both passionate and...

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It’s not hip to revolt against veggies

June 10, 2011
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Wake up people! Gentrification has already arrived in JP. Whole Foods won’t be delivering it. Where was everyone when voters abolished rent control in the ’90s and rents skyrocketed, forcing people of all ethnicities out of JP? Were people so passionate about the arrival of Stop & Shop in Jackson Square? Are people so...

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Support local business

June 10, 2011
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First, I would like to thank the mayor and councilors for offering assistance to the Hi-Lo workers who have lost their jobs and for taking steps to ensure that Whole Foods will be a good neighbor. I share the concerns that many of my neighbors have, that Whole Foods may harm local businesses, and...

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On leaving the Whole Foods debate

June 10, 2011
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The following open letter was sent to the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council: This letter makes official the resignation that I have tried to tender to the JPNC’s ad hoc Whole Foods Committee for two weeks. It conveys, with my regrets, my lack of confidence in the committee’s ability to prepare an unbiased and intellectually...

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Eatery break-in fails

June 10, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—A man hurled a cinder block into a window of the El Oriental de Cuba restaurant early on June 4 in an apparent burglary attempt. But the glass only cracked and the suspect ran away, according to El Oriental owner Nobel Garcia. Garcia said there is no apparent connection with the infamous 2005...

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Sports program still homeless

June 10, 2011
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The Roberto Clemente 21 Sports Program has managed to keep its regular season going, despite having been homeless since the Hispanic Office for Planning and Evaluation (HOPE) closed in April. The youth sports program was sponsored and managed by HOPE and Alfredo Liriano, its coordinator, had his office in the HOPE building before he...

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