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Senate candidates make local stops

September 9, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by David Taber) U.S. Senate candidate Tom Conroy speaks to JP resident Daria Casinelli at J.P. Licks at 659 Centre St. Aug. 30 during a stop on Conroy’s 650-mile walk around the state.

Two Democratic candidates vying to replace Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown spoke to the Gazette last week about strategies for boosting the economy, bringing jobs to the state and repairing crumbling public infrastructure. Newton Mayor Setti Warren was interviewed by the Gazette at the Mission Bar & Grill in Mission Hill Aug. 31, prior...

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District 7 preliminary is Sept. 27

September 9, 2011
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The only preliminary City Council election in Jamaica Plain this year will take place in Egleston Square Sept. 27, where incumbent Tito Jackson is facing three challengers—Althea Garrison, Roy Owens and Sheneal Parker. District 7 mostly covers Roxbury but also includes parts of Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, the Fenway and the South End. “The best...

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The industry that’s eating JP

September 9, 2011
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Local food thrives in area shops For Jamaica Plain residents “local flavor” is more than a reference to the neighborhood’s atmosphere. It describes the food they can find in their stores and restaurants, where locally grown and made food is the new trend, and it is an integral part of the economy. Local farmers,...

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Streetcars may get cameras

September 9, 2011
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Car drivers illegally whizzing past can make stepping off the E Line train directly onto S. Huntington Avenue a treacherous experience, residents at Back of the Hill Apartments say. At an Aug. 25 meeting at the 100 S. Huntington Ave. apartment building—a residence for low-income seniors and people with disabilities—City Councilor Mike Ross said...

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Developers: Walmart would ‘not fit’ Jackson Sq.

September 9, 2011
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JACKSON SQ.—As part of a national push to open more small-scale urban stores, the discount mega-chain Walmart has recently been looking to open a store in Boston and has shown interest in Roxbury. Walmart officials declined to comment on whether they have looked at Jackson Square on the JP/Roxbury border, where a major redevelopment...

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Neighbors for Neighbors head leaves state

September 9, 2011
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The founder and head of Neighbors for Neighbors—a popular nonprofit community-based social networking site launched in Jamaica Plain in 2009—is moving to Washington D.C. and is looking for someone to take over his old gig. “…I’m sad to say it, but I am moving to D.C. tomorrow,” Porcelli said in an Aug. 30 blog...

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Whole Foods to sell local food

September 9, 2011
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When Whole Foods moves to Hyde Square this fall, the store’s staff will include a “local forager” responsible for identifying local products for sale at the Jamaica Plain location. Whole Foods spokesperson Heather McCready told the Gazette that no one has yet been hired for the position, and she did not respond to Gazette...

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Hennigan School to open late

September 9, 2011
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Students attending the Hennigan Elementary School will start school a few days late this year instead of being bused to the now-closed Agassiz School while the Hennigan is being repainted. School will start for Hennigan Elementary and West Zone Early Learning Center students on Sept. 12 instead of Sept. 8. Boston Public Schools officials previously...

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Agenda, 9/9

September 9, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Sept. 20 for the Sept. 23 issue. Send listings to news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Listings with no end date will be run for 3 months, space permitting. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Casey Overpass, Public Information Meeting,...

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Whole Foods debate could affect JPNC election

August 26, 2011
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It has been one of the most controversial issues in Jamaica Plain in recent memory, and it looks like Whole Foods’ planned move to Hyde Square could shape the future of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC). At least two active members of the anti-Whole Foods group Whose Foods? Whose Community? The Coalition for...

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