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Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor)'s Blog – January 2011 Archive (20)

Snow Emergency and Parking Ban Effective 7pm Tonight!

Mayor Thomas M. Menino has announced that a Snow Emergency and parking ban for the City of Boston will go into effect tonight at 7pm to ensure that city roads are cleared for the morning commute.   Due to the unpredictable nature of this storm and conflicting forecasts, Mayor Menino has issued this snow emergency to allow Public Works crews the best opportunity to treat, plow, and clear the streets as efficiently as possible, particularly after the…

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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 26, 2011 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Mayor Menino, Bloomberg, and 550 other mayors team up to launch www.fixgunchecks.org

MAYORS, MARTIN LUTHER KING III AND FAMILY MEMBERS OF GUN VIOLENCE VICTIMS URGE CONGRESS TO FULFILL INTENT OF HISTORIC 1968 GUN LAW AND FIX NATION’S BROKEN BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM

 

Mayors Launch National Campaign to Collect Missing Records and Close Loopholes to Prevent the Next Mass Shooting and the Killing of 34 People Per Day With Guns

 

Campaign Launched Online at …

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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 24, 2011 at 1:23pm — No Comments

VOLUNTEER: Be a SnowCrew Dispatcher



Neighbors,

Now that Roy and I have got the process figured out, we're inviting others to join us as SnowCrew dispatchers. Dispatching is a fun and challenging role!

 

You'll need to have:

  • Flexibility during the day to spend about 4 hour in total per snow storm day on SnowCrew
  • Event, project, volunteer and team management experiences
  • Proficiency with online tools including google maps, text messaging - we'll teach you…
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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 24, 2011 at 12:31pm — No Comments

UPDATED: Community Guideline (1/21/2011)

The following Community Guideline is designed to ensure a valuable, productive, and respectful experience for all members. NFN moderates this network in support of these Guidelines.


Below are the actions we take and the spirit in which we take them!


Traditions: The actions we regularly take
  • We thoughtfully contribute and…
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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 21, 2011 at 8:41pm — No Comments

Snow Emergency Effective 9 PM Tonight!

From the City Hall Press Office at 5:36 PM 1/20/2011

Mayor calls for parking ban to clear major arteries and roadways before deep freeze and more snow forecasted for early next week

 

With a forecast expected to dump heavy snow during tomorrow morning’s commute Mayor Thomas M. Menino has announced that a Snow Emergency and parking ban for the City of Boston will go into effect tonight at 9 PM and Boston Public Schools will be…

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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 20, 2011 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Whole Foods official announces it's opening a store in Jamaica Plain

Neighbors,



According to the Boston Globe, it's official, Whole Foods announced toda that it plans to open a store in Jamaica Plain in the building currently occupied by Hi-Lo. Here are some quotes from the Globe Article:

“Whole Foods Market has been keenly interested in developing a Jamaica Plain location. We are now eager to become active members of such a…
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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 19, 2011 at 4:00pm — 75 Comments

We just got hit by a spammer - "Vivianbabys" - I need help moderating members please!

Neighbors,

We just got hit by a spammer who posted crap on members walls. Do not click on any links, send an email, or comply with any requests what so ever. The spammer has been removed from the network.

 

What is a spammer and what do they want?

  • On the Ning platform, which powers this network, spammers are typically automated spam bots that leave comments on members walls. Their hopes are to get your email address and…
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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 19, 2011 at 1:09pm — 3 Comments

What impacts should be considered and what should the community process look like if Whole Foods is really planning to move into JP?

As you know, the Jamaica Plain Gazette and JP Patch are reporting that Whole Foods will be moving into the building currently owned by Hi-Lo Foods - even…

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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 16, 2011 at 4:30pm — 39 Comments

An inside and transparent look into the economics and values of City Feed and Supply

This evening I invited David Warner from City Feed and Supply to join me for a coversation about the economics their business. I was inspired to do so after seeing many statements by members about "how pricey" City Feed is in the dialogue concurrently happening about Whole Foods coming to…

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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 15, 2011 at 6:00pm — 15 Comments

Thank you Jim Doyle (Arbor), Milton Trimitsis (Wood Worker), and Jesse Valente (Neighbor)

Earlier today, we held an emergency park clean up at Beecher Park to clean up the huge tree that fell during the storm this past week. 

After putting out the call for help last night,…

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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 15, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Whole Foods or Trader Joe's: We have voice, let it be heard!!

Neighbors,

I just blogged about Hi-Lo closing.

I'm curious, which would you rather, Whole Food or Trader Joe's or what alternatives would you suggest?

How would this benefit our community and who would it hurt?

If we feel strongly about this, we can weigh in. Before we do, we need to carefully take into who our who really represents - and work to…

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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 14, 2011 at 5:00pm — 114 Comments

Hi-Lo to close: Whole Food to move in

I just got an alert from JP Patch, that the Jamaica Plain Gazette has reported that Hi-Lo will close and Whole Foods will move in. 

While many like myself appreciate Whole Foods, I know that Hi-Lo has served this community for many years and provided affordable…

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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 14, 2011 at 4:28pm — 27 Comments

SnowCrew: Report back

Dear Neighbors,

Yesterday we did a pilot test of our new program - SnowCrew. SnowCrew is a group of neighbors who volunteer to coordinate and help shovel out neighbors in need after snow storms.

Leveraging the GroundCrew.us people logistics platform, volunteer "dispatchers" send volunteer "shovelers" on missions to shovel out neighbors who…

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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 13, 2011 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Mayor urges people to stay iside during storm - trees and power lines falling



Mayor Menino Reminds People to Stay Indoors Through Duration of Snow Event…

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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 12, 2011 at 10:56am — No Comments

8 Things you need to know right now about the Blizzard in Jamaica Plain

Please forward this to your email lists and share on twitter and facebook!



  • Trees and utility lines are down. …
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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 12, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Report trees and utility lines that are down and roads that are block here

Neighbors,

  • Add comments with your reports of trees and utility lines that are down and roads that are blocked here on this post. 
  • Make sure you cal 911 to reports utility lines that are down and the 24 hour mayors hotline 617-635-4500 for non-emergencies.

Also:…

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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 12, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

What to do when you see a trees or utility lines down

Neighbors,

There are reports of trees and utility lines down all over Jamaica Plain already this morning. 

For emergencies like If you see a utility line down call 911 - it could be live and kill you or someone else.

For non-emergencies call the Mayor's 24 hour hotline at 617-635-4500.

Joseph

 

Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 12, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

JP Patch: Winter Biking Tips

As snow begins to fall, many start packing their bikes away for the winter. However, some say there's no need to stop riding simply because the weather is frightful. Two of those people, John Partridge, Service Manager at …
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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 12, 2011 at 6:56am — No Comments

Introducing SnowCrew: Dig a neighbor in need out!

Neighbors,

We've got an exciting new project we’ll be testing out this Wednesday during the snow storm - we are expecting well over a foot of snow!

We are going to be using a super cool new technology called GroundCrew to coordinate those of your who are willing to help shovel out neighbors in…

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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 10, 2011 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Our 5 community values: What do you think?

Today at 11 am, I stopped working for a few minutes to participate in the Moment of Silence for the victims in Tucson Arizona.


As I paused, I thought about the millions of people around our nation who were also participating. I got the chills. 


I wondered who the other people were, where they lived, how they were effected by the tragedy, and what values we have in common.


This experience made me think it would be helpful that as a…
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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on January 10, 2011 at 5:30pm — 15 Comments

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