I have lived in JP for more than 10 years and know a lot of people who are really excited about the opening of Whole Foods. It’s a shame you didn’t cover that point of view in your article. I also think it’s ironic that people make Whole Foods out to be the enemy when Hi-Lo should be truly ashamed of the way they treated their employees: no severance, no notice that the store was being sold. I welcome Whole Foods, the money they give to programs in the community, the benefits they provide their employees and the healthy food they sell.
I live in Quincy and hope one day a Whole Foods will open there. Having it located in JP will allow me to go there. Hello! I am excited about its opening! I’m sure Whole Foods will have jobs for some that live in the community.
I live in the area and can’t wait for Whole Foods to arrive. I’m tired of driving to the Brookline Whole Foods. JP was gentrified a long time ago. Whole Foods didn’t create the situation — they just have a good eye for recognizing neighborhoods that are on the upswing. Hi-Lo was a dump. And if you don’t want to shop at the new JP Whole Foods, there’s a Stop and Shop right up the street.
The ABCD Head Start program has been there to help many families like myself. All of my children have come through the program and have done very well in their schooling (high school and college). I am always proud to say that my children and I had our start in Head Start.
Families that are low-income don’t have many options for childcare; the cost is usually very high. The quality of childcare at ABCD is excellent. These services not only help and prepare the child, but they help the parents. We are learning so many new skills that will help prepare us for the world of work and beyond. I hope every past parent, child, grandmother and father take the time to write and call. Make some noise because we cannot lose this program and the many services it provides for many of the families.
Thank you ABCD!
Past Head Start and
Parent Child Center parent