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Whole Foods nixes JPNC request

September 14, 2011
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Whole Foods Market said it will not agree to the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s request for a “fund for use by JP community groups,” in a statement emailed to the Gazette this morning. The statement indicated that such a fund was part of an un-publicized “good neighbor agreement” that JPNC members proposed to Whole...

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Group calls on Whole Foods to sign agreement

September 13, 2011
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Whose Foods? Whose Community? The Coalition for a Diverse and Affordable JP released a statement today calling on Whole Foods to sign a “good neighbor” agreement presented to the company by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC). In the letter, Whose Foods calls for the agreement to include promises by Whole Foods to pay...

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JPNC chair: Whole Foods deal still possible; agreement to be public

September 12, 2011
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) did not directly ask Whole Foods Market to sign a community benefits agreement in a recent meeting, and a deal is still possible, JPNC chair Andrea Howley told the Gazette. “If we creatively redesign it, we might be able to get it ,” Howley said. “The door’s definitely...

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Hennigan School is aired out, opens

September 12, 2011
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The Hennigan School opened today as planned after being aired out over the weekend amid concerns of paint fumes. The school at 100 Heath St. underwent a troublesome paint job. Boston Public Schools (BPS) delayed the school opening from Sept. 8 after discovering toxic chemicals in old paint that was being removed, as the...

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JPNC: Whole Foods won’t sign agreement

September 9, 2011
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Whole Foods Market is “unwilling” to sign a community benefits agreement and will not offer any benefits unique to Jamaica Plain, according to members of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) who met with the grocer on Sept. 7. Whole Foods officials “were unwilling to enter into any formal agreement at this time,” said...

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Whole Foods meets with JPNC

September 9, 2011
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Whole Foods Market officials met with members of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council on Sept. 7, according to the grocer. It is unclear what was discussed or whether the JPNC presented its proposed community benefits agreement to Whole Foods. Whole Foods and JPNC chair Andrea Howley did not immediately respond to Gazette questions. “We...

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Overpass project threatened by funding loss

September 9, 2011
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Construction of the Casey Overpass replacement could be jeopardized if national transportation funding is not extended this year. The planning study and preliminary design are already funded and would continue regardless, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) spokesperson Michael Verseckes said. Construction currently is scheduled to begin in 2013. “While the Casey Overpass project is...

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Ya viene primera High S. bilingüe

September 9, 2011
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La primera escuela secundaria bilingüe de Boston ya tiene nombre: Margarita Muñiz. Sí, Margarita Muñiz, la mejor directora del sistema escolar; o, si le parece, the Principal of the Rafael Hernández School. Claro, es la Hernandez School de la Calle School en Egleston Square donde las listas de espera se acumulan para alcanzar espacio...

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JPNC deal with Whole Foods stays secret

September 9, 2011
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council is privately drafting what it now calls a “good neighbor agreement” with Whole Foods Market and intends to present it to the grocer in a private meeting sometime this month. The agreement text will remain unpublicized until after the meeting, and is being written in consultation with local nonprofit...

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10 years after 9/11, locals remember

September 9, 2011
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10 years after 9/11, locals remember

Sept. 11, 2001 dawned as a bright, sunny day in Jamaica Plain. For the southern edge of the neighborhood, it was special Election Day in a Congressional race eventually won by Stephen Lynch. For most people, it was just a normal late-summer day. Then came the terrorist airplane attacks on the World Trade Center...

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