Centre Street Bizs Burglarized, Doors Smashed; Security Tips Provided to Commercial Shops

Centre Street businesses J.C. Fruit Shop and When Pigs Fly recently had their front doors shattered, and had cash and items stolen. Both businesses were broken into during the early morning of May 12. J.C. Fruit Shop (606 Centre St.,) and When Pigs Fly (613 Centre St.) have since reopened, according to an email from JP Centre/South Main Streets. JP Centre/South Main Streets sent out the email to area businesses, letting them know about the robberies, and provided tips on how commercial stores can protect themselves:

Empty your cash register each night and DISPLAY your empty cash drawer in full view of the street when closed. Often burglars are looking for cash that is kept in cash drawers overnight.

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5 Commercial Spaces Filled at VITA Condominiums: Gym, Bakery, Bank, Dentist and Healthcare

The five commercial spaces at the mixed-use VITA condominium complex on Washington Street have all been filled even though the building won't be completed until September. Located at 3531 Washington St., adjacent to English High School, the five commercial tenants will be Planet Fitness, Third Cliff Bakery & Care, The Cooperative Bank, Pure Dental, and Beth Israel Deaconess Health Care, according to a sponsored post on Curbed.com. There will be 82 condo units in five stories, and 60 percent of the units are already sold, according to Curbed.com. VITA's website touts the building will have an "exclusive roof deck with grills and fire pit," a community room, gardens, and a pet spa. Also, all homes include garage parking.

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MSPCA-Angell President Carter Luke Retiring After 42 Years of Service to Animals

Forty-two years ago Carter Luke, then aged 29, was scooping cat boxes and stretching every available dime to avoid exceeding the $75,000 annual budget at the Coulee Region Humane Society in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, where his unparalleled career in animal welfare started. Luke announced on May 1 at a town hall-style meeting for employees his retirement as president of the MSPCA-Angell, an organization to which he has devoted the last 34 years of his career. Luke’s last day will be Dec. 31, 2019. A search for a new president is being led by the organization’s Board of Directors.

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Sherrill House Names New Director of Expressive Therapy & Recreation, Promotes Local Nurses

Sherrill House, a Jamaica Plain not-for-profit skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, recently announced the appointment of Kshitij Rawal as Director of Expressive Therapy and Recreation, and also promoted several nurses. Rawal is a professional musician and full-time music and expressive therapist at Sherrill House. He is responsible for overseeing the program led by two board-certified music therapists who regularly provide comfort, a sense of community and psychosocial and emotional support for residents through music. “Rawal brings an impressive background and admirable dedication to our residents and community,” said Patrick Stapleton, CEO of Sherrill House, via press release. Born and raised in New Delhi, India, Rawal is the first musician in his family.

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Videos: Stop & Shop Closed as Employees Strike Outside Store

Like the majority of Stop & Shop supermarkets across New England, Jackson Square's Stop & Shop is closed due to a company-wide employee strike. While the store is closed, employees and supporters are picketing outside of the store, chanting, cheering and standing in solidarity with their fellow union members. On Sunday afternoon, about 25 employees, union leaders and supporters, were outside of the store demanding, among several requests, higher wages. The parking lot was rather empty, but some drivers did pull into the lot, see the striking employees -- who would chant louder to let the drivers know why they are striking -- and then drive off. Several would be shoppers got out of their cars, only to see the store was closed and then went on their way to find another store to purchase food.

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