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Five Things to Know Today: Thursday, May 12

Essential daily information at a glance.

1. Not one, but two Whole Foods events today. A group of neighbors plans a about other ways to use 415 Centre St., former home of the Hi-Lo, than the 20-year lease to Whole Foods Market that the property owner has signed. 7-9 pm at the . (Note: Organizers say they are not Whose Foods, the anti-gentrification group, but an ad-hoc group of JP neighbors.)

2. Speaking of ad-hoc groups, the of the that is creating a report about the arrival of Whole Foods meets tonight at . 7 p.m.

3. You might have seen the documentary Olmsted and America's Parks in rotation on PBS. Go a step further and , followed by a panel discussion with park advocates featured in the film. Also at 7 p.m. Choices, choices!

4. Meanwhile, what's billed as the , sings at tonight. When? 7 p.m., of course. It's a double-header of music at the church, as that will be followed by at 8:30 p.m.

5. Got a new game you'd like to try but don't have four-six players? Bring it to the weekly at . 6:30 p.m. every Thursday.

Rick S May 12, 2011 at 11:07 AM
Hi Chris - is there any reason why you are highlighting an event that is being organized by an anonymous group of people? Of course the Whose Community group can say they are not organizing it because they themselves have still not declared who they are. But since there are at least 3 members of Whose Community on the JPNC Whole Foods ad hoc and they are aware of and helped to organize the "visioning forum" I find it hard to believe (see an excerpt from the 4/28 ad hoc meeting minutes below). Am I the only one who wonders why so much credence is given to people and groups that are unable to stand in front of the community and say yes - I'm in charge.
Rick S May 12, 2011 at 11:07 AM
Excerpt from JPNC Whole Foods Ad Hoc Meeting Minutes 4/28 * Alternatives * The group that formed last week to look at alternatives Thursday met * We've decided to have a big grassroots public forum on community recommendations for the space * We'd like to have it be moderated by professionals in the field of economic development * Plan to do a lot of outreach in Hyde Square -- in the area most affected * Really excited about it -- if anybody wants to help with it * Public sponsorship of the JPNC is a question * Whether it's sponsored by the council isn't a hot topic * Who's participating -- two people who live in Hyde Square -- write it up and try to frame it and see if it can be discussed in the executive committee * Jesse W: Could it be totally unaffiliated with the committee? * Steve B: If we want the JPNC's name on it, it should go to the executive committee * Steve L: A clear purpose of this meeting is to craft alternatives for a report of this committee * Dave: I have concern with a public alternatives meeting with a set date without the chair having heard of it yet * Steve L: As of now, this is not something the committee is putting its name on
gretchen van ness May 12, 2011 at 01:49 PM
The lack of transparency at Whose Foods/Whose Community permits the organization to continue to make incredible claims with absolutely no evidence to back them up (that they presented 1,000 signatures to Whole Foods and "hundreds" more signed the petition at Wake Up The Earth), and it permits Ben Mauer to speak on WGBH Radio on Tuesday and claim that he is a JP resident -- and no one calls him on it. Whose Foods/Whose Community, or any "ad hoc group of neighbors" allegedly inspired by them, doesn't have to say who they are, but if they make that choice, it is more than fair for the local media to refuse to report on their activities -- or at least report with more skepticism than we have seen.
EO May 12, 2011 at 04:30 PM
There are some many things wrong with the 'visioning forum" that my reflex is to bang my head on my desk. Please stop posting information on the activities of these people or you will be responsible for injuring many of your readers.
Eric May 12, 2011 at 04:34 PM
Patch, why do you let people take usernames that are already used? This is the second time someone has posted with my username. At this point, anyone could then pretend they were anyone.
Alice Phoenix May 12, 2011 at 05:12 PM
Funny, I think I've seen all those folks in the picture, shopping at Whole Foods.
Rira May 12, 2011 at 06:25 PM
Good points. Chris, I do think you need to demand legitimacy from a group prior to publishing it's activities. Legitimacy = Published mission statement. Publicly available names and addresses of board of directors. Otherwise, a group is merely a social club such as those who get together to play canasta - and do no warrant a headline in a legitimate media outlet. Perhaps a listing in the activities section of "things to do this week" in the paper's calendar section - but certainly not a headline.
Marianna May 13, 2011 at 08:33 AM
Exactly! Why is Patch showcasing an event by an anonymous group of individuals and giving credence to a group that is unable to stand in front of the community and say who they are.

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