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Battle against rising food costs discussed

July 8, 2011
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WEB EXCLUSIVE By Benjamin Colb “Supply stations” for urban gardeners was among several ideas for combating the rising costs of food and fuel suggested at a May 26 forum held by JP’s New Economy Transition (JP NET). About 30 people attended the forum, held at First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist. By a...

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Changing JP, one house meeting at a time

July 8, 2011
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Changing JP, one house meeting at a time

WEB EXCLUSIVE HYDE SQ.—Alison Yoos lives in a house full of graduate students that get together and talk about all sorts of things. Unlike most graduate students, however, Yoos and her housemates then get up and take action. The housemates all study different things—there are students of journalism, public health, social work, philosophy, international...

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Overpass team presents designs

July 8, 2011
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WEB EXCLUSIVE FOREST HILLS—The design team for the Casey Overpass replacement project presented three at-grade design sketches and twin bridges sketch already discussed in previous Working Advisory Group (WAG) meetings at a June 29 community meeting held at English High. Audience suggestions focused on other areas included a pedestrian overpass over Shea Circle at...

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New cops trained on JP bikes

July 8, 2011
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WEB EXCLUSIVE This year’s Boston Police Academy graduates were the first entire class to be trained in bicycle patrols, thanks to an unusual donation that allowed police bikes to be purchased from JP’s Ferris Wheels Bike Shop. “This is truly a milestone class of cadets, as each one is fully trained on the use...

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Girls soccer team wins BAYS cup

July 8, 2011
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WEB EXCLUSIVE By Mary Battenfeld As the Bruins skated to the Stanley Cup last month, a group of Jamaica Plain girls were passing and kicking their way to a Boston Area Youth Soccer (BAYS) Cup. The Girls U-11 Jamaica Plain Tigers ended the season with a division leading record of 7 wins, 2 losses...

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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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