Mulch-ca-pade & Centre Street Beautification

Have fun and work along other volunteers to ensure that street trees between Jackson Square and Canary Square get the love they need, public spaces are beautiful and ready for spring, and steel bollards are removed of rust and painted. A free community lunch will follow your dedication. We'll meet at Mozart Park at 10 Mozart Street at 9:00 am.

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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Video: Marty the Robot Working at Stop & Shop in Jackson Square

Have you met the new employee at Jackson Square's Stop & Shop? Its name is Marty. Marty is a robot. Stop & Shop's parent company, Ahold Delhaize USA, announced in January that it would be deploying around 500 robots to Giant Food Stores, Martin's and Stop & Shops, according to Supermarket News. Marty is actually not cleaning the store, as some people may think.

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Restaurant Alert: Jamaica Mi Hungry to Open in Jackson Square

Jamaica Plain has an amazing array of cuisines and soon it'll have a new type as the Boston area Jamaica Mi Hungry food truck is planning on opening a brick and mortar store in Jackson Square. Jamaica Mi Hungry, which has a brick and mortar store in New Hampshire, would be opening its first Boston area storefront at 225 Centre St. That location had been the home to Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes, which closed in November, after only being open since June 2017. Jamaica Mi Hungry is the creation of chef Ernie Campbell, who grew up in Jamaica, and honed his culinary skills at country clubs, hotels and schools. He decided that Boston was missing the cooking that he grew up with and decided to start his own food truck.

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New Playground Proposed for Jackson Square, Would Use Community Preservation Funds

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and the Community Preservation Committee has proposed building a new playground in the Jackson Square neighborhood. The proposed new playground would cost an estimated $498,000 and be adjacent to the Martha Eliot Health Center, Mildred C. Hailey Apartments and near Jackson Square businesses, according to a city press release. The project was one of 56 across the city, totaling more than $34 million, that would use Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding. The committee voted in support of the 56 projects on Feb. 11, and the Boston City Council is expected to approve the proposals in March.

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