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Pro-Whole Foods slate to run in JPNC election

July 8, 2011
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Rick Stockwood, founder of the pro-Whole Foods group JP For All, told the Gazette last week that his group is planning to run a slate to unseat the current members of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council in the September election. “Among our supporters, a number of people are interested in running,” Stockwood told the...

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JPNC accepts Whole Foods report

July 8, 2011
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) Ad Hoc Whole Foods Committee submitted its completed report on the potential impact of the grocery store’s planned move to Hyde Square to the neighborhood council June 28. The report includes a number of proposals for a possible community benefits agreement with Whole Foods, including that Whole Foods...

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Whole Foods protesters head to court

July 8, 2011
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Three protesters arrested at a June 2 Whole Foods meeting likely will have their first court hearings late this month, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD), which is pursuing criminal charges. Peter Blailock, Chloe Frankel and Andrew Murray, all of JP, were arrested at a rowdy meeting hosted by Whole Foods at the...

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Council meeting mystery solved

July 8, 2011
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A June 1 item on the City of Boston’s calendar looked like the stuff of conspiracy theory: an apparently private State House meeting between the Boston City Council and Boston state representatives about redistricting—the annual redrawing of electoral districts. The meeting was slated for the “Members Lounge” at the State House, where the state...

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Councilors testify in Open Meeting lawsuit

July 8, 2011
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Face new claims of secrecy Boston City Council President Steve Murphy and two other councilors took the stand in a June 20 court hearing about allegations that the council continues to violate the state Open Meeting Law, the Gazette has learned. The Suffolk County Superior Court hearing marks the final chapter in a six-year-old...

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Grant could fully fund Arborway Yard

July 8, 2011
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The federal grant for which the MBTA is applying in hopes of finally building the Arborway bus yard, located at Washington Street and the Arborway, could provide the $200 million to $220 million necessary to completely fund the project. The announcement on whether the MBTA wins the grant and if so, how much money...

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Thrift shop to close for fix-up

July 8, 2011
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CENTRAL JP—Boomerangs, the popular thrift store at 716 Centre St., will be closed for renovations July 11-21. A reopening will follow on July 22. The work will be mainly cosmetic interior work, according to spokesperson Susan Ryan-Vollmar. The storefront will not change. A discount sale is under way, and donated items are not being...

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Laundromat to reopen

July 8, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—The laundromat at 410 Centre St. whose closure last month sparked concerns of gentrification will reopen soon, according to landlord John Demopoulos, whose own family will operate it. “New machines—everything new,” said Demopoulos on June 22 while standing outside the former Jamaica Plain Laundry Centre, its old washers and dryers gone...

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ATM closes for new storefront

July 8, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—The Boston Private Bank ATM at 403-405 Centre St. is shut down until about July 20 while the building gets a glassy new storefront, according to landlord Mordechai Levin. While the ATM will immediately reopen when work is done, there are still no new tenants for the main building—the former home of the...

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Health Champion

July 8, 2011
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