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Ben Knappmiller Resigns from JP Neighborhood Council

The one-term member has a new job that will take him to New York. Also, Council Member Dave Demerjian says he will not seek a second term.

Ben Knappmiller, a one-term member of the , is stepping down to take a job in New York.

"My wife and I are very sad to leave Jamaica Plain," Knappmiller said in an email to Patch. "It has been such a wonderful place to live and we leave with very fond memories of the incredibly friendly and caring people we've met here."

While on the Neighborhood Council, Knappmiller was especially active in revamping the council's public communications, including improving the board's website.

"He's done an incredible amount of work," said Andrew Howley, chairperson of the elected, volunteer advisory board. "He will be missed."

Knappmiller announced his resignation at Tuesday's .

He is not the only board member who won't be standing for re-election come Sept. 24. Council Member Dave Demerjian also told Patch he will not seek a second term.

The Neighborhood Council advises city boards on a wide variety of issues like restaurant permits, zoning and how to improve city services. Recently, the board has garnered attention for its handling of Whole Foods' decision to come to Jamaica Plain. In a , Knappmiller and Demerjian were on opposite sides. The council narrowly voted to approve a statement that Whole Foods is "not a good fit" for Hyde Square. Knappmiller supported the statement and Demerjian voted against it.

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Bill July 22, 2011 at 08:07 PM
BTW, all this has nothing to do with Knapenhiemer or whatever his tedious name may be -- yes, I'm being sarcastic, again. Nyah, nyah, nyah! It'd be worthwhile to give some of these tangents separate space rather than scroll through a dozen or more posts to reach the new topic it's become. Old Knappy got lost about fifteen posts ago...
Pat Roberts July 22, 2011 at 09:06 PM
Michael, if Wocket is gay, then to publish his or her address, partner's name and employer's name is a very serious and negative thing. Some people who are gay have not shared that information with their employer, with their family, or with their landlord. I'm guessing if Wocket is very concerned about that information being posted on the internet, it's because it's a serious breach of his or her privacy, and one that could have very negative consequences for his or her employment, or living situation, or family relationships. It may not seem like much to you, but it could be a very big problem for Wocket.
Em July 23, 2011 at 04:26 AM
I don't see how being gay is relevant. Straight people also like their privacy. This entire conversation has gotten silly. Leave us French fries, movies characters named Bill, and pretty unicorns alone... We can post as whoever we want anonymously.
Bill July 23, 2011 at 02:19 PM
From Knaphuaser to anonymous posting to Gay all in one convoluted trail of thoughts. Whew. Sorry, sorry, this has become too silly indeed. Let's move along, folks! Far, far too silly! (Monty Python)
Chris Helms July 23, 2011 at 07:23 PM
Hi all, Deselby's original post was automatically deleted. We have a mechanism that when a post is "flagged" three or more times the system automatically takes it down. I've restored it. And thanks, everyone, for the good discussion about commenting.

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