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Five Things to Know: Friday, Oct. 28

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This morning it's a special Halloween Planning Five Things:

1. Halloween starts in earnest tonight with the through the wilds of . Bring your costume but leave the flashlight at home. 7 p.m.

2. Teens: Yes, I'm a little annoyed when you show up at our door late on trick-or-treat night without a costume. Let me suggest instead attending the at the . It's on Sunday starting at 4 p.m.

3. The annual along Centre runs from 3-6 p.m. on Monday.

4. Mayor Menino has declared "official trick-or-treat hours" to be 5-8 p.m. on Monday.

5. Whose Foods, which has been fighting Whole Foods Market coming to JP, plans a "" protest on Halloween in front of the 415 Centre St. grocery store. 6-8 p.m. on Monday.

Guy Pondside October 28, 2011 at 01:10 PM
Stay classy, JP Patch! The "Whose Foods?" posting and the accompanying photo of the Whole Foods CEO dressed up as a blood-sucking vampire is regrettable. Instead of helping to heal the community, you ope to rub more salt in the wounds. It'd be nice if we had at least ONE media outlet that remained unbiased, but I suppose liberal guilt and questions of identity in our community trump unbiased reporting.
gretchen van ness October 28, 2011 at 01:32 PM
I hope families go out and enjoy Halloween and boycott this silly and embarassing demonstration in front of a grocery store that hasn't even opened yet. At this point, all that Whose Foods/Whose Community is accomplishing is making our neighbors who will be working at the market feel bad about it, and that's very sad.
Raphael October 28, 2011 at 02:05 PM
I agree with Gretchen. I think dragging the neighborhood kids into a fight over socio-economic issues on what should be a nothing-but-fun evening shows Whose Fooders are clueless. They better watch out or their houses will be filled with recycled seventh generation toilet paper and their windows covered in free-range eggs.
James October 28, 2011 at 02:14 PM
I know that the Patch enjoys just posting Whose Foods' press releases wholesale without any journalistic content, and for some reason a lot of people don't mind that, but putting up a piece of their propaganda as the front-page photo is pushing it WAY too far. Hey, if I get six people together to put on a puppet show to protest the Patch, and submit a picture of Chris Helms as a mindless hungry zombie, will that make it up there as well? As far as this latest stage of the Whosers' sad descent into oblivion goes, I intend to treat it as a haunted-house exhibit for my kids. "Look over there, guys. That's what happens when you lose all sense of proportion." Oh, and I hope whatever treats they give out (they ARE going to give out treats to neighborhood kids who want them, right?) are locally sourced!
Sarah Lydon October 28, 2011 at 02:21 PM
Post the listing if you feel you must, but to include the doctored photo is plain shoddy journalism. If you were covering a Lyndon Larouche event, you wouldn't illustrate it with one of their doctored photos of Obama as Hitler or the Joker, would you? Count me too as one of those who's tired of the coverage of a fringe group with no substantive or convincing argument for their cause. They're clearly not interested in listening to how the majority of the community feels or moving forward--they just want to beat a dead horse and it's gotten awfully boring.
L.J. Hummel October 28, 2011 at 02:25 PM
Chris - In my opinion it is inappropriate for the Patch to publish one group's flyer and use the Patch media outlet to promote that group's views exclusively. It also unnecessarily stirs the tempest in a teapot that this issue really is.
Chris Helms (Editor) October 28, 2011 at 02:41 PM
Thanks, everyone. I hear what you're saying. I had, on purpose, not written a story about the protest, just posted an event listing and mentioned it here in the Halloween happenings edition of Five Things to Know. I still get accused of bias on this issue from many different sides, which I think is a good sign. BTW, as you'll see, the new crop of JPNC councilors includes many who aim to keep this issue alive. I'm working on a report from their Tuesday meeting, hope to post it later today.
Sarah Lydon October 28, 2011 at 03:13 PM
Thanks for responding, Chris. I don't actually feel that you've been biased on this issue, but I still find the use of a doctored caricature photo, presumably taken from a Whose Foods flyer or something, with only the caption provided on the flyer itself rather than "a poster distributed by ---" irresponsible and inaccurate.
Chris Helms (Editor) October 28, 2011 at 03:20 PM
Thanks, Sarah. If you click on the image you'll see a caption that indicates just that.
James October 28, 2011 at 04:27 PM
That's great, but why hide the truth behind a mouse click?
gretchen van ness October 28, 2011 at 05:27 PM
Here's a great community-building, pro-JP family alternative Halloween event tonight, sponsored by Bikes Not Bombs: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=302651799752187
gretchen van ness October 28, 2011 at 05:29 PM
Oh, and there's a great graphic, if you want to use it, Chris!
Chris Helms (Editor) October 28, 2011 at 05:37 PM
Thanks, Gretchen! I've added it to the JP Patch calendar too — families get cracking because the event starts in just over two hours! http://patch.com/E-jq4x
gretchen van ness October 28, 2011 at 06:02 PM
If you miss the BNB event today, the Franklin Park Zoo Howl is going on this weekend, with lots of activities during the day -- and "enrichment" pumpkins for the animals donated by Whole Foods! http://www.zoonewengland.org/page.aspx?pid=330
gretchen van ness October 28, 2011 at 06:19 PM
On Monday the Connolly Branch Library in Hyde Square is also hosting their free annual Halloween Party and Parade. The festivities start at 3:30 pm! http://www.bpl.org/branches/cn_calendar.htm
Derryl October 28, 2011 at 08:45 PM
Isn't Patch owned by AOL and isn't it beneficial to get as many hits as possible on a website?
Chris Helms (Editor) October 28, 2011 at 09:01 PM
Yes, Derryl, true on both counts. However, it isn't just about "hits" -- if I don't provide a true service to residents, the site won't prosper.
Derryl October 28, 2011 at 09:57 PM
The National Enquirer provides a service too, doesn't it?
Marc near the Park October 29, 2011 at 12:33 AM
haha, wow, for all the Patch haters, if you don't agree with how they do things, don't browse the site.
Bill October 29, 2011 at 01:24 AM
Yeah, the Enquirer provides something, I guess, for those foolish enough to buy and read it. Why is it you seem so familiar with it's contents, eh? If one really wants to indulge in the idea that UFOs control Newt Gingrich and Darryl Hannah was impregnated by ET, it's the place to read all about it. See, D-Rock, I'm not the editor and not constrained to politely indulge miscreants and posers like yourself. If ya don't like what you read here, don't read here, buddy rough. Burn rubber, make tracks, hit the Enquirer site and have a ball. You want hardcore facts, read the Wall Street Journal and the NY Times or the New World Order Manifesto (just translate Mien Kampf into English). Don't let the cyber door hit your arse on the way out.
Steve Garfield October 29, 2011 at 02:47 AM
I flagged that photo as inappropriate.
Em October 29, 2011 at 04:43 AM
I agree with Bill. The Patch and all the hard work from Chris has been an awesome addition to our community. It's a picture. Don't make a huge deal over it (as whose foods does over every little thing).
Maura October 29, 2011 at 01:08 PM
Generally speaking I like the Patch and am happy it exists in our community. I agree with James... I do think that the continued wholesale posting of Whose Foods announcements is a bit irresponsible at this point. And to those of you who portray this kind of dissent as Patch Hating...well, really, that's just silly. We are allowed to dislike parts of something that for the most part we like.
rhea becker October 29, 2011 at 01:12 PM
More importantly, isn't the DOG PARADE happening today?
Sarah Lydon October 29, 2011 at 03:12 PM
Agreed. I like the Patch--I just thought this picture was misused. A little constructive criticism never hurt anyone!
Bill October 29, 2011 at 03:52 PM
Yeah, 'constructive criticism' is swell when one is on giving end, but it's worth bearing in mind that those on the receiving end may not think so. I also sense a few frustrated journalism majors hiding in the woodwork here, whipping out phrases about 'journalistic integrity and accuracy' while pursuing some other career entirely. Cheer up, reporters, there's always snarky blog comments.
Deb Nam-Krane October 29, 2011 at 05:09 PM
Wait, the mayor declared official Trick or Treating hours? Really?
Chris Helms (Editor) October 29, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Yes, he does that every year. Sometimes Halloween falls on a day of the week that makes it unclear when the actual trick-or-treating should be done.

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