Malia’s cookout to feature Whole Foods turkey dogs

June 22, 2011
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Providing what staffers from state Rep. Liz Malia’s office described as a “healthy spin” on a long-standing tradition, Whole Foods Market will be serving up turkey dogs at this years Summer Hot Dog Nights on South Street. Malia has been sponsoring cookouts for South Street housing development residents and neighbors for 15 years. “In...

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Whole Foods issues community letter

June 21, 2011
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Whole Foods Market today released the following letter (in English and Spanish) to the Jamaica Plain community. For more on Whole Foods and the neighborhood, see the June 24 Gazette.   Dear Jamaica Plain Residents, I want to thank you for being so engaged in the discussion around our new Jamaica Plain Whole Foods...

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‘SoMo': A South St. nickname is born

June 10, 2011
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“SoMo”—short for “south of the Monument”—is a new name for South Street’s burgeoning business district being pitched to early success by the local McCormack & Scanlan Real Estate office. “As a lifelong JP resident, kind of faded into the background,” said Karen McCormack, the real estate firm’s co-owner. “SoMo” came out...

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Three arrested at Whole Foods meeting

June 10, 2011
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(Photo by Vered Meir) A protest banner hangs over the June 2 Whole Foods meeting. Police took it down minutes later and arrested two people who hung it.

Three protesters were arrested at Whole Food’s first face-to-face conversation with Jamaica Plain residents June 2. The meeting was abruptly ended by police after an action-packed hour, filled with protest chants, impassioned comments and a banner-drop. The meeting at the Curley School at 493 Centre St. was attended by over 200 people, many of...

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Grocer gives some answers

June 10, 2011
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Before a Whole Foods-hosted community meeting was cut short by police June 2, officials from the grocery store chain managed to deliver some news about parking, hiring and products at the new store set to move into Hyde Square. The meeting, Whole Foods’ first face-to-face with the community, comes six months after the Gazette...

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Food trucks roll into JP

June 10, 2011
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Food trucks roll into JP

CENTRAL JP—Like pioneer wagons—only full of cupcakes, fancy burritos and Vietnamese delicacies—food trucks have come to JP and circled in the Loring-Greenough House parking lot. These are not construction-site sandwich-slingers or blaring ice-cream trucks. They are part of a new movement where restaurant-quality food is sold by budding entrepreneurs out of mobile kitchens. “It’s...

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No hay Pre en Ediles locales

June 10, 2011
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No habrá elecciones preliminares para los puestos de consejales at-large, al igual que en los distritos 6 y 8 que corresponden a Jamaica Plain. Mission Hill Las oficinas del Departamento de Elecciones de Boston pudieron darnos en adelanto el que están confirmados los concejales que tienen los cargos at-large porque presentaron, cada uno, 1,800...

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Young ‘witches’ conjure up restaurant

June 10, 2011
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Young ‘witches’ conjure up restaurant

“Vampire’s Meals” served up by witches was on the menu of Sandwitch, a one-day restaurant operated by five JP home-schoolers. The girls—Iris Schellenberg, 12; Violet Maxfield, 11; Colette Schien, 11; and Lucie and Annie Tremblay, 11— picked out the recipes, created the menus, sewed the servers’ aprons, cooked the food, decorated the dining room...

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O’Malley still pushing for Arborway Yard

June 10, 2011
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City Councilor Matt O’Malley will host a City Council hearing on June 13 to assess the environmental impact of the current temporary Arborway Yard bus facility on Washington Street and to discuss the MBTA’s decision to not fund a planned new permanent facility. “We want a definitive timeframe and to hold the powers that...

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BPL plans for reduced budget

June 10, 2011
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The Boston Public Library (BPL) asked Jamaica Plain residents to rank goals for its “Compass” strategic plan at its roundtable discussion at the Connolly Library on June 6. The BPL Compass plan is “designed to serve as the roadmap for the future of the library,” said BPL spokesperson Gina Perille. Work and service plans,...

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Bus stop changes now slated for fall

June 10, 2011
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Changes to the MBTA’s Route 39 bus stops originally slated for this summer—including much wider sidewalks and the elimination of some stops—are now pegged for sometime this fall, according to the MBTA’s website. MBTA and City of Boston officials did not respond to Gazette requests for updates on the long-delayed project. “Design engineering work...

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Remembrance

June 10, 2011
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Bromley-Heath assault claim ‘resolved’

June 10, 2011
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The Bromley-Heath Tenant Management Corporation (TMC) has “resolved” an alleged assault case where one TMC employee allegedly hit another employee during a meeting with a prospective tenant, Jeffrey Denner, attorney for the alleged victim told the Gazette. According to a police report, TMC employee Ines Delvalle-Nelson claims that on Feb. 10, TMC Property Manager...

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Overpass team tackles street design

June 10, 2011
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FOREST HILLS—The design team for the Casey Overpass replacement project started evaluating alternatives for at-grade traffic patterns, the first of many options to be explored in the redesign of the area. At-grade, or street-level, traffic patterns will dictate what the new overpass will look like or even if one will be included in the...

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Fighting Hunger

June 10, 2011
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(Photo by Dale Yarborough) JP resident Michelle Whiting pauses on Boston Common on May 1 while participating in the Walk for Hunger, a fund-raiser for Project Bread. Whiting was among 42,000 participants who raised $3.6 million for nearly 450 emergency food programs statewide.

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No gold-buying for check-casher

June 10, 2011
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JACKSON SQ.—Because of crime concerns, All Checks Cashed will not be allowed to start buying gold at its 282 Centre St. location following a city zoning Board of Appeal rejection May 24. The rejection was supported by Mayor Thomas Menino’s office and by state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, All Checks Cashed proprietor Idalia Flores and...

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JPNC sets election date

June 10, 2011
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) set Sept. 24 as the date for its 2011 election at its May 31 meeting at the First Baptist Church at 633 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain. The election will be held on Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Polling places will be set up at...

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Courageous

June 10, 2011
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(Photo by Roger Farrington) Tao Robinson, a sixth-grader at JP’s Curley K-8 School, receives a medal from Stephanie Warburg, founder of the Max Warburg Courage Curriculum, at a May 13 ceremony at Northeastern University. The Curriculum is a language arts and character development program for students. Robinson was one of 45 Boston-area students to be named a Max Warburg Fellow and to have their essays about courage published in the 20th annual “The Courage of Boston’s Children” publication.

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New police captain takes charge

June 10, 2011
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Boston Police Capt. Paul Russell took over as commander of Jamaica Plain’s E-13 police district June 2, after Capt. John Greland was reassigned to another district in mid-May. “I am looking forward to getting back into a district,” Russell said in an interview with the Gazette. “I am happy to be here.” The switch...

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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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