Monthly Archives: February 2015

North End in the Blizzard

North End in the Blizzard

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Short-Term Rental Bill Should Be Passed

Representative Aaron Michlewitz has co-sponsored legislation that would put in place state regulations for short-term residential rentals that would empower cities and towns to inspect these units for safety code violations and mandate that short-term renters pay an excise tax, similar to the state’s hotel tax. The bill makes perfect sense for several reasons,...

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More Water and Sewer Savings for Seniors and Disabled People

Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s announcement that Boston Water and Sewer Commission will increase water service discounts for all senior citizens and disabled homeowners to 30 percent has been praised by many. It was an important decision that adds new protection for low income elderly and persons with disabilities who certainly can use the money....

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Downtown View:More Stupid Stuff

Sometimes as a community we don’t think before we act even though we spend lots of time in the thinking stage. Casinos are one example. This is not a column opposing casinos. Their benefits are probably over-rated, and so are their drawbacks. Everett was chosen over Revere for the casino in the Boston area....

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Mayor Issues 20 Page Report on BRA Performance

February 9, 2015
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A 20 page report that offers an in-depth look at how the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has improved its transparency, accountability and operations in the past year through a series of policy reforms, personnel changes and investments in technology has been released by Mayor Martin Walsh and BRA Director Brian Golden. Many times over...

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NEAD Supports AG’s Drug Task Force

February 9, 2015
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A task force on opioid and prescription drug abuse is being planned by State Attorney General Maura Healy. This is a problem that has been plaguing neighborhoods across the state, including the North End/Waterfront communities. Healey has filed to expand the reach of the State’s Prescription Monitoring Program, address market prescribing and dispensing practices...

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Residents Question Multiple Parking Permits Issued

February 9, 2015
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North End residents were not surprised when they found out that residents had more than one residential parking sticker for one vehicle. They were under the impression that the system called for one sticker per vehicle good for two years. Reportedly, one resident had five stickers. “It’s extremely difficult to find a residential space...

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North End Composting Pilot Program Labeled a Success

February 9, 2015
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A pilot composting program, Project Oscar, held in the North End from September to November was labeled as a success by Leah Bamberger, a member of Greenovate Boston Group. Speaking at last month’s North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) meeting, Bamberger noted the pilot program collected 1,500 pounds of food waste in the neighborhood in...

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Opinion

February 9, 2015
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Mayor forms Boston School Building Authority The North End has benefited from obtaining funding for a new elementary school during the former Mayor Thomas Menino’s Administration. Now that new Mayor Martin J. Walsh has formed a Boston School Building Authority, a city agency charged with the task of securing new funds for a new...

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