Friday, March 15, 2013
NSTAR and crowd-sourced websites offer tips and locations for charging electric cars.
Drivers who are considering a switch to electric vehicles or current vehicle owners looking for a place nearby to charge their rides have a couple of places to find their outlet. Jamaica Plain has one car charging station at the Whole Foods, 413 Centre St., according to crowd-sourced website carstations.com. Carstations allows users to upload new car charging locations to a Google map and (when applicable) provides details on the station. According to the site's About section, "This website is designed to encourage participation and welcomes user interaction in the form of comments, updates and user generated content." There are also more official sites providing electric car charging information. This week, NSTAR launched a new hotline …
Friday, October 26, 2012
As Johnnie's Foodmaster in Charlestown shuts down to make way for a new Whole Foods, the neighborhood will be without a grocery store for a year.
I've read as much as anyone and written more than most about Whole Foods coming to Jamaica Plain. Our neighborhood has settled down after the initial firestorm — so much so that the JP Gazette recently published a pro-Whole Foods editorial. Back in the day when the debate over Whole Foods and gentrification was roiling JP, some residents developed lists of things the upscale grocer should do for the community to ameliorate any negative effects the store might bring. Whole Foods never accepted a formal "Community Benefits" agreement, though they do a lot for charity here. I rehearse this recent history because Charlestown is seeing an affordable grocery store, Johnnie's Foodmaster, close to make way for a Whole Foods. In the interim, the …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Soup labeled as Roasted Garlic and Eggplant Soup is actually Lobster Bisque.
Whole Foods Market is recalling soup sold in six states, including Massachusetts, because of mislabeling. Whole Foods Market Kitchens soup in question was labeled as Roasted Garlic and Eggplant Soup, but is actually Lobster Bisque. This soup could cause serious or life-threatening allergic reactions to those allergic to shellfish or milk, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The soup was sold in 24-ounce cans in Whole Foods in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey between Sept. 29-Oct. 2 this year. The sell-by date is Oct. 4, 2012. Customers can get a full refund by contacting their local Whole Foods or calling 617-492-5500 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Friday, September 28, 2012
The victim of a brief kidnapping, who suffered a superficial knife wound, was put in the situation because he trusted one of the perps — his former supervisor at the Dedham Whole Foods Market.
UPDATE, Monday, Oct. 1: Police are searching for another suspect in this case, Matthew Carey. Here is a link to his photo and the number to call if you have information. ~~~~~ A man who put his trust in his former boss at Whole Foods Dedham was kidnapped, cut and robbed on Lamartine Street. According to police reports, the victim's former supervisor lured him into the situation by offering to pose as a middle man in the sale of the victim's cell phone. The men worked together for eight months and bonded by smoking pot together, the victim told police. Here's what happened, according to police reports: The men met at Stop & Shop in Jackson Square on Saturday, Sept. 15 and walked down Centre to Lamartine. Then the trap was sprung. A vehicle …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
We price tested seven supermarkets in the eight Boston neighborhoods Patch serves. The result? Trader Joe's is cheapest (though you won't find rotisserie chicken there.)
Supermarkets — they're big news in Boston. Of course, we in JP were at the epicenter of controversy when a Whole Foods replaced Hi-Lo. This year, Charlestown is embroiled in a debate about Whole Foods taking over Johnnie's Foodmaster. At the heart of these discussions is whether we, as Bostonians, will have access to affordable food. To test prices, the Boston Patch editors each went out to various supermarkets in our respective neighborhoods on Thursday, Sept. 6. Here's our shopping list: In some cases, prices had to be approximated due to some stores not carrying a specific item (in the case of Macintosh apples) or because some stores sold certain goods by the pound while other sold it by the piece. To keep it apples-to-apples, we sought…
Monday, September 10, 2012
Some community members had argued against the grocer adding seats, saying it would put pressure on locally-owned restaurants nearby.
Whole Foods on Monday added long-awaited seating to their Hyde Square grocery store. "Our most asked for community request has been answered... Our seating is here!" Tweeted Jennifer Licht, marketing team leader and community liaison for the 413 Centre St. store. That means that patrons are now able to eat prepared foods at tables inside and outside the store. Some in the community had opposed the move, testifying to the License Board that it might hurt locally-owned restaurants by causing competition. But Whole Foods and its supporters said the grocer was responding to customer demand — and that consuming take-out items from a grocery store wouldn't compete with nearby eateries. "We don't think we'll be competing," Whole Foods' attorney, …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Jose Baez, 40, of Dorchester, pleaded guilty to four counts of arson in federal court on Tuesday. His fire-setting spree spanned JP, Cambridge, Back Bay and Roslindale.
A Dorchester man admitted his guilt in four arsons Tuesday — including one that torched Jamaica Plain Auto Body. Jose L. Baez, 40, pleaded guilty in federal court. Prosecutors said if the case had gone to trial, they'd have proven that Baez engaged in a spree of arsons from 2008 to 2010 that spanned JP, Cambridge, Back Bay and Roslindale. Here's how prosecutors say Baez committed the crimes. He set fire to JP Auto Body, at 12-18 Rock Hill Road, early on April 29, 2009. He used gasoline, tires and old clothes to spark flames in three separate places. Baez used gasoline and a 30-foot wick made out of old clothes to torch the Whole Foods Market on Alewife Brook Parkway in Cambridge early on Dec. 26, 2008. He set fire to a Back Bay brownstone …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The new 50,000 square foot supermarket to be built on Harrison Avenue will be the largest Whole Foods store in Boston, and the first full-sized grocery store in the South End neighborhood.
The South End is finally getting its own full-sized grocery store. The largest Whole Foods store in Boston will be built on Harrison Avenue in the South End, with a projected opening date of sometime in 2014, according to the Boston Business Journal. The 50,000 square foot organic supermarket will be the largest retailer of a $200 million mixed use residential and commercial development project known as "Ink Block," the site of the former Boston Herald building. By contrast, the chain's Jamaica Plain store is a tiny 13,700 square feet. If you've ever been to the Dedham Whole Foods, it clocks in at 60,000 square feet. The South End Whole Foods store will include an outdoor sidewalk café with seating on Harrison Avenue, a wine store and a …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Whole Foods won the city's approval to add 38 seats to its Hyde Square location. Patrons will be able to eat prepared foods bought at the store.
The city's Licensing Board has granted Whole Foods a license to add seating to their Hyde Square grocery store. That means that patrons will, once the seats are put in place, be able to eat prepared foods at tables inside and outside the store. Some in the community had opposed the move, testifying to the License Board that it might hurt locally-owned restaurants by causing competition. But Whole Foods and its supporters said the grocer was responding to customer demand — and that consuming take-out items from a grocery store wouldn't compete with nearby eateries. "We don't think we'll be competing," Whole Foods' attorney, Mike Scott, told the License Board on Wednesday. He noted that the store has put up a board displaying where local …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
A decision is expected Thursday from the Licensing Board, which heard from Whole Foods and both supporters as well as detractors of their plan to add 38 seats to their Hyde Square store.
UPDATE, 4:35 Thursday: The city has granted Whole Foods' license to add seating. Here's an updated post. ~~~~~ The city's Licensing Board heard evidence for and against Whole Foods' bid to add seating to their Hyde Square grocery store. In a very positive sign for those backing Whole Foods' plans, the city's Office of Neighborhood services came out in favor of the move. Representatives of Whole Foods Market JP told the Licensing Board that customers are clamoring for seating where they can eat prepared foods bought at the store. The grocer's lawyer, Mike Scott, said JP already has examples of similar businesses that have such seating — citing City Feed and Harvest Co-op. Further, he said there is ample parking. Scott laid out what Whole …