Psychic: Hyde Sq. future can’t be seen

June 10, 2011
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Will Whole Foods turn Hyde Square into a gentrified wasteland of loft condos and plate-armored baby strollers? Or will it turn Hyde Square residents into organic-powered Popeyes fueled with nutritional, and quite possibly Latino, food? Will members of Whose Foods? and JP for All ever sit down and share a chimi, or at least...

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Peace Planting

June 10, 2011
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(Photo by Jake Giberson) A child uses a shovel made of melted-down guns to plant a tree in the Southwest Corridor Park during the May 7 Wake Up the Earth Festival. The event was part of “Palas por Pistolas” (“Shovels for Guns”), organized by JP’s Urbano Project to memorialize young people killed by guns in JP. The project was conceived by Mexican artist Pedro Reyes and done in partnership with Spontaneous Celebrations, the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Rich Gargiulo Jr. of JP’s Tree Works Earth Design.

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Mayoral Visit

June 10, 2011
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Mayoral Visit

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JPNC report is late; members resign

June 10, 2011
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At least two members of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Ad Hoc Whole Foods Committee resigned this week, following the committee’s failure to meet a May 31 deadline to produce a report on the impact of Whole Foods’ planned move to Hyde Square. Speaking to the Gazette last week, Ad Hoc Committee chair Steve...

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Mayor, Task Force support grocer

June 10, 2011
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Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Hyde Square Task Force head Claudio Martinez both added their voices to the chorus supporting Whole Foods’ planned move to Hyde Square last week. Martinez told the Gazette that the Task Force has also joined the Hyde/Jackson Business Association in opposing the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation’s bid to...

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Landmark laundromat closes

June 10, 2011
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Landmark laundromat closes

HYDE SQ.—A laundromat that has served as a basic community resource and chatting spot for decades washed its last load on May 29 after a reported dispute over a rent increase. The Jamaica Plain Laundry Centre at 410 Centre St. sits across the street from the former Hi-Lo supermarket, where a Whole Foods Market...

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Train track work to run all night

June 10, 2011
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SOUTHWEST CORRIDOR—They’ll be working on the railroad all the live-long day—and all night, too. The track replacement work on the Southwest Corridor—which begins tomorrow and will last three months—will run 24 hours a day on weekends and between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. on weekdays, according to Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad spokesperson Tom Halkin....

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Museum brings youth art to JP

June 10, 2011
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Museum brings youth art to JP

By Rishi Sidhu The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is exhibiting artwork created by Boston area youth in the studios of the Northeastern University affiliated African American Master Artists-in-Residence Program (AAMARP) at 76 Atherton St. through June 27. The exhibit, titled “Community Creations,” is the culmination of the Fenway museum’s Community Partnership Program. The program...

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House plan raises rock-cracking fears

June 10, 2011
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PARKSIDE—A plan to build a house on a rocky lot at the end of Park Lane has neighbors concerned that their foundations or aging retaining walls might crack. The lot’s location atop a high ridge could affect several nearby streets. But the would-be developers of 17 Park Place—Gary Martell and Bob Reissfelder—have promised to...

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Art Lovers

June 10, 2011
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Art Lovers

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No Smoking

June 10, 2011
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No Smoking

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Hello, Kitty

June 10, 2011
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Hello, Kitty

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Beetle Battle

June 10, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) U.S. Department of Agricultural experts inject pesticide into a tree on the grounds of Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Hills on June 6. That was the first day of a three-month pesticide injection plan to battle the invasive, tree-killing Asian longhorned beetle, which was found in hospital trees last year.

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Community to look at Washington St. ‘livability’

June 10, 2011
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Ideas for improving the “livability” of the Washington Street corridor between the Arborway and Green Street will be the subject of a June 11 workshop run by the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) June 11. The Saturday morning workshop will include a walk along the corridor before participants return to Doyle’s Café at...

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IdeAZ: Valedictorians

June 10, 2011
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Estudiante con las mejores notas; el primero  de la promoción; el alumno que da el discurso de despedida al final del curso, son algunas de las descripciones que se dan de la palabra “valedictorian” que es un arcaismo que tiene uso en el sistema escolar para destacar el esfuerzo de nuestros estudiantes por alcanzar...

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Thanks for a great Wake-Up

June 10, 2011
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Thanks for not raining on our parade (at least)…. Thank you to all the sponsors (please support them; see our website for a list at www.spontaneouscelebrations.org), coordinators, volunteers, donors, vendors, talent, nonprofit tablers, paraders and patrons of the 33rd annual Wake Up The Earth Festival and Parade! The rain may have dampened the numbers,...

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Editorial: Whole Foods arrests a bad sign of the times

June 10, 2011
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Everyone has a prediction about what kind of changes Whole Foods will bring to the neighborhood. Well, the first change is here, and it’s a bad one indeed: It is now illegal to display a protest banner in Jamaica Plain. Three JP residents were arrested for unfurling banners at Whole Foods’ first community meeting...

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House proposal is too big

June 10, 2011
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The house at 207 Chestnut Ave. lies within the Glenvale Park Neighborhood Design Overlay district (“House demo plan questioned,” April 15). The overlay district was created in 1948 to protect the historical character of the beautiful Glenvale Park neighborhood. Part of the mandate is stated as follows: “New or rehabbed buildings should reflect and...

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Whole Foods meeting was a success

June 10, 2011
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The Whole Foods meeting was a success, until the police shut it down. It is rare to see such debate happen anymore. We live in a digital age where most dialogue happens behind anonymous user names, Internet chatter and Twitter. At the Curley school last Thursday, we saw open microphone orations both passionate and...

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It’s not hip to revolt against veggies

June 10, 2011
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Wake up people! Gentrification has already arrived in JP. Whole Foods won’t be delivering it. Where was everyone when voters abolished rent control in the ’90s and rents skyrocketed, forcing people of all ethnicities out of JP? Were people so passionate about the arrival of Stop & Shop in Jackson Square? Are people so...

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Support local business

June 10, 2011
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First, I would like to thank the mayor and councilors for offering assistance to the Hi-Lo workers who have lost their jobs and for taking steps to ensure that Whole Foods will be a good neighbor. I share the concerns that many of my neighbors have, that Whole Foods may harm local businesses, and...

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On leaving the Whole Foods debate

June 10, 2011
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The following open letter was sent to the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council: This letter makes official the resignation that I have tried to tender to the JPNC’s ad hoc Whole Foods Committee for two weeks. It conveys, with my regrets, my lack of confidence in the committee’s ability to prepare an unbiased and intellectually...

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Eatery break-in fails

June 10, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—A man hurled a cinder block into a window of the El Oriental de Cuba restaurant early on June 4 in an apparent burglary attempt. But the glass only cracked and the suspect ran away, according to El Oriental owner Nobel Garcia. Garcia said there is no apparent connection with the infamous 2005...

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Sports program still homeless

June 10, 2011
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The Roberto Clemente 21 Sports Program has managed to keep its regular season going, despite having been homeless since the Hispanic Office for Planning and Evaluation (HOPE) closed in April. The youth sports program was sponsored and managed by HOPE and Alfredo Liriano, its coordinator, had his office in the HOPE building before he...

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