Whole Foods Opens Its Doors: Customers line up

November 4, 2011
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) Customers line up at the counters inside Whole Foods Market at 413 Centre St. on its opening day, Oct. 31.

With Rebeca Oliveira, Gazette Staff HYDE SQ.–Whole Foods Market opened to brisk business on Oct. 31 at 413 Centre St. after months of controversy about the grocery store chain’s arrival in Jamaica Plain. Whole Foods replaces the shuttered Hi-Lo market in a revamped building. The store will be open daily from 8 a.m. to...

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At-Large candidates talk JP issues

November 4, 2011
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All seven candidates for At-Large Boston City Council seats in the Nov. 8 election talked Jamaica Plain issues in response to written questions from the Gazette. Felix Arroyo, John Connolly, William Dorcena, Michael Flaherty, Stephen Murphy, Ayanna Pressley and Sean Ryan were asked to weigh in on: • Whether the Casey Overpass should be...

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Whole Foods protesters wave signs

November 4, 2011
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) Protesters from the group Whose Foods? Whose Community? picket the opening of Whole Foods Market on Oct. 31.

About 20 protesters—including Ben Day, the newly elected chair of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC)—were at Whole Foods Market at 413 Centre St. on Oct. 31, the first day the store was open, to protest the grocer’s refusal to negotiate a community benefits agreement (CBA). The protest, organized by the group Whose Foods?...

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Adiós Hi-Lo, Hola Whole Foods

November 4, 2011
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“Esto es increíble”: Carlos Martínez, residente de JP. “Yo no pienso entrar nunca”: Martha Rodríguez, nueva integrante del JPNC. “¡Cuánto orden! y ¡cuánta oferta!”, Reina T., residente de JP. “La tienda, que ocupa un area de 13,700 pies cuadrados, emplea un equipo de 104 empleados a tiempo completo”: Heather W. McCready, Public Relations Manager, Whole...

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Ethiopian eatery opens

November 4, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—The Blue Nile Ethiopian restaurant has returned to Jamaica Plain, opening quietly in a new spot at 389 Centre St. Blue Nile closed its original S. Huntington Avenue location in 2006 after 15 years. Now it’s back with more vegetarian options and take-out and delivery as well, owner Ellena Haile told the Gazette....

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Service Award

November 4, 2011
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Service Award

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JP eateries hooked for mislabeled fish

November 4, 2011
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JP restaurant El Oriental de Cuba confirmed selling intentionally mislabeled fish after a Boston Globe investigation was published last month. JP Seafood Café owner Phil Paik told the Gazette it’s a common practice. Doyle’s Café, at 3484 Washington St., and El Oriental de Cuba, at 416 Centre St., were both named as serving a...

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Walking Tall

November 4, 2011
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Walking Tall

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UK reporter tells JP how to end Afghanistan war

November 4, 2011
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UK reporter tells JP how to end Afghanistan war

Jonathan Steele, a reporter for the Guardian newspaper in the U.K. who has been covering Afghanistan for over 30 years, told a small but rapt audience Jamaica Plain audience exactly what to do to end conflict in Kabul. That means not only ending the U.S. war, but also solving the country’s internal conflicts. “If...

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New schools could move into Agassiz

November 4, 2011
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A proposal announced by Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Carol Johnson this week would have a K-8 school and a new two-way bilingual high school moving into the former Agassiz School building at 20 Child St. next year. Under the proposal, the Mission Hill K-8 school—now located on Alleghany Street in Mission Hill, where...

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Arborway Yard grant is denied

November 4, 2011
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Project still on hold The Arborway Yard was not approved for a much-hoped-for federal grant, keeping the project on hold until the MBTA finds the projected $170 million to $220 million needed for construction. The Arborway bus yard, located at Washington Street and the Arborway, was built as a temporary facility eight years ago...

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Overpass team tackles traffic

November 4, 2011
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FOREST HILLS—The Casey Overpass replacement project’s planners said at the last Working Advisory Group (WAG) meeting on Oct. 25 that either replacement option will handle future traffic better than the current configuration. A single-bridge alternative and a surface street-only alternative underwent extensive traffic projections to see how they would each cope with projected 2035...

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Day of the Dead dies as cemetery cuts arts

November 4, 2011
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Another cultural event mainstay at Forest Hills Cemetery has been killed off as the Forest Hills Educational Trust (FHET) continues its mysterious cutbacks. La Piñata’s yearly Day of the Dead celebration, held at Forest Hills Cemetery for almost a decade, is the latest victim of FHET’s suspension of programming, in place since January. “They...

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Cemetery Life

November 4, 2011
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Cemetery Life

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Election Day is Nov. 8

November 4, 2011
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JP residents will go to the polls Nov. 8 to elect four new At-Large City Councilors and new district councilors. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 pm. Voters who normally cast their ballots at Curtis Hall will once again be voting at the Agassiz School building at 20 Childs St....

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Arroyo: The campaign never stops

November 4, 2011
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Arroyo: The campaign never stops

At-Large City Councilor and Jamaica Plain resident Felix Arroyo barely broke stride walking past the E-13 Police Station on Washington Street, Oct. 24. “It never stopped!” he shouted with a wry grin, responding to a police officer in the parking lot who asked how his re-election campaign is going. Elected in 2009, Arroyo is...

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City Council candidates make their stands

November 4, 2011
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Candidates for the At-Large and District 7 City Council seats staked out positions aon many issues at two recent Jamaica Plain forums All seven At-Large candidates—Felix Arroyo, John Connolly, William Dorcena, Michael Flaherty, Stephen Murphy, Ayanna Pressley and Sean Ryan—appeared at a forum hosted by the Wards 10, 11 and 19 Democratic Committees Oct....

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Golf for a Cure

November 4, 2011
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Golf for a Cure

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The Revolution lives on for local re-enactor

November 4, 2011
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The Revolution lives on for local re-enactor

For JP resident Edward Roche, the American Revolution is still alive and well. As a historical re-enactor, he gets to bring moments of 1775 Boston back to life as a member of the Gardner’s Regiment reenactment group. “When you dress up like that and walk down the street, you meet people from all corners,”...

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VA, VFW offer Veterans Day events

November 4, 2011
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JP veterans will have their choice of activities on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Many will be showing their colors at the yearly parade in downtown Boston. The American Legion Post 76 at 280 South St. will welcome any veteran after the parade for an informal get-together. The VA hospital at 150 S. Huntington Ave....

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2 men charged with murder in Feb. killing

November 4, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—Two Mattapan men were charged with murder last month in the February shooting death of Brenda Pawlowski behind 21 Kenney St. Christopher Howard and Larry Pack, both 29, allegedly picked up Pawlowski from her Roxbury home on Feb. 8 and drove her to the Kenney Street address, then shot her once in the...

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Few changes in state redistricting plan

November 4, 2011
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A plan to redraw state legislative districts—including those in Jamaica Plain—was slated to be signed by Gov. Deval Patrick by today, Nov. 4. State Rep. Liz Malia’s 11th Suffolk District stands to pick up a couple of Jamaica Plain precincts from state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez’s  15th Suffolk District, under the redistricting plan released Oct....

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Home, Sweet Home

November 4, 2011
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Home, Sweet Home

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Assault case against youth center head dismissed by judge

November 4, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—A judge dismissed a case of child assault against the former Hennigan Community Center program director in September after the alleged victim and witnesses failed to show up in court, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Robert L. Platt, a longtime Jamaica Plain activist who headed the city community center at...

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