Protesters claim local roots

June 24, 2011
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Suggestions that anti-Whole Foods activists are agitators from outside the community are false, members of the group Whose Foods? Whose Community? The Coalition for an Affordable and Diverse JP told the Gazette. In an email, Whose Foods member Helen Matthews told the Gazette that 92 percent of the 40 people active in the group...

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How whole are those foods?

June 24, 2011
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In an what she says was an accidental piece of topical marketing, Faulkner Hospital nutritionist Nancy Oliveira is advertising her June 30 workshop “Be Supermarket Savvy,” with a nod to the most-talked-about grocery store chain in Jamaica Plain. “What are the pros and cons of shopping at Shaw’s versus Whole Foods?” says the workshop...

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Ad Hoc Committee to finish report

June 24, 2011
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Ad Hoc Whole Foods Committee planned at a June 22 meeting to put the finishing touches on a report about the potential effects of Whole Foods Market’s planned move to Hyde Square. The final report is scheduled to be reviewed at the June 28 meeting of the JPNC. The...

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Ready to Roll

June 24, 2011
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Ready to Roll

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Housing Success

June 24, 2011
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Housing Success

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JP Shopping Spree returns

June 24, 2011
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The JP Shopping Spree, a local shopping fest that debuted in April, was so successful that it is returning as a five-day event July 6-10. “So many folks, business owners and participants alike, asked for it to be longer,” said Betsy Cowan, executive director of Egleston Square Main Streets, one of the fest’s organizers....

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Treating eyes of seeing-eye dogs

June 24, 2011
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Treating eyes of seeing-eye dogs

What good would a blind seeing-eye dog do? Veterinary ophthalmologists—eye doctors—at the Angell Animal Medical Center examined 22 dogs, free of charge, during the month of May as part of a nationwide effort to treat service animals. “Service dogs are pivotal in assisting people throughout the world,” said Dr. Daniel Biros, one of the...

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Porch collapse on Nira Ave. injures 16

June 24, 2011
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A porch collapsed during a party at 3 Nira Ave. on June 19, sending 16 people to the hospital and displacing tenants, according to city officials. A couple of the injuries were “serious but not life-threatening,” said Boston Fire Department spokesperson Steve MacDonald. “Citations are coming soon” against the property owner, according to Lisa...

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Big Bird

June 24, 2011
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Big Bird

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Twin bridges could replace overpass

June 24, 2011
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Busway reviewed Twin bridges could replace the Casey Overpass in a proposal made to the Working Advisory Group (WAG) on June 14 at English High School. The meeting also covered possibilities for the South and Asticou streets corridor, next to the Forest Hills MBTA station, a stretch of road identified early on as one...

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Chip on the Old Block

June 24, 2011
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Chip on the Old Block

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School honored for fitness

June 24, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—The John F. Kennedy Elementary School was among 275 schools nationwide honored last week for creating a program to combat childhood obesity. The Kennedy School’s Fitness Club, which offers such prizes as water bottles and book bags to students who engage in active exercise, won a Bronze Award from the Alliance for a...

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Band’s songwriting is documented

June 24, 2011
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Band’s songwriting is documented

By Benjamin Colb A camera crew packed into a Forest Hills apartment on May 23 to document a local indie-rock group making beautiful music together. The band, Aloud, was one of five ensembles selected to take part in the Banded/PULSE program, established to give Berklee City Music students a close look at the creative...

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Fire Fight

June 24, 2011
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Fire Fight

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New President

June 24, 2011
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New President

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In the Line of Duty

June 24, 2011
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In the Line of Duty

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Affordable housing campaign launches

June 24, 2011
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An “educational campaign” about the benefits of affordable housing was slated to be launched this week in Jamaica Plain by the Boston Tenant Coalition (BTC) and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC). “The Faces and Places of Affordable Housing” will use “research, advertising, public relations and organizing” to boost public and government awareness...

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School art programs get boost

June 24, 2011
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Eight Boston schools—including JP’s English High and John F. Kennedy Elementary—will add art and music programs next year thanks to $81,500 in grants through the BPS Arts Expansion Initiative. The grants, announced on June 15, also will allow JP’s Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts to continue and expand its arts partnership with...

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Suciedad y tickets

June 24, 2011
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Cuidado con las multas en parqueos del MBTA: Subirán dos mil por ciento; eso quiere decir que si les debia un dólar, apenas entre en vigencia la nueva medida les deberá $21. Se pusieron muy duros  y los tickets tendrán que ser pagados SI O SI, porque tienen amenazas contra la licencia de conductor...

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Read and Dine

June 24, 2011
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Read and Dine

 

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Bromley Grown

June 24, 2011
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Bromley Grown

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Congratulations!

June 24, 2011
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) HEAD OF THE CLASS: Fatoumata Bah, valedictorian of English High School’s Class of 2011, celebrates graduation on June 11 at Boston University.

The following Jamaica Plain residents, businesses and organizations have received recognition in education: Tremana White was graduated from Connecticut College. Welbis Ortiz graduated from the Noble and Greenough School. William Matczynski graduated cum laude from Macalester College in Minnesota. Fernando A. Avila, Christopher Caulfield, Manoucheka Charlessaint, Katherine De la Cruz, Shynna Maliik Jackson-Pilet, Jaime...

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JP should reunite around youths

June 24, 2011
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Jamaica Plain has been weakened and divided against itself by the direction that the Whole Foods controversy has taken. “Haves” rail against “have-nots” online. (“They should learn to eat right!”) Conservative yuppies make public their indifference to the needs of ethnic food shoppers and financially struggling Hyde Square residents, and Whose Foods backers shout down opposing opinions. So I want to...

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Whole Foods as gathering spot

June 24, 2011
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There is one aspect of community life that seems to have been overlooked in the discussions around the new Whole Foods store. The area in front of the Hi-Lo seemed to serve as a de facto gathering space for some Latino men from the neighborhood. Almost every time I visited Hi-Lo, there would be a group...

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