Editorials

AirBNB and Other Online Rental Sites a Concern

By Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina I have file for a Hearing regarding AirBNB and other online rental sites that are popping up all over our City.  This has been an issue and concern that I have had for a while. I have heard from my constituents that they have concerns about living next...

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Suicide Prevention Partnership Formed

A partnership between the City of Boston and the Samaritans to create public awareness about suicide prevention and to support services to individuals in crisis will go a long way toward educating the public about existing resources that could help save lives. The partnership will also educate workers that have regular contact with high...

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BWSC North End Project Public Relations Handled Well

Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) has made its way to the North End, presenting Phase II plans to improve its water mains and replacement and rehabilitation of sewer and drainage pipes on 12 community streets. BWSC explained the anticipated impacts that include water service interruptions, noise, traffic, dust and general construction impacts. The...

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Study the Ballot Questions

Q.1 Expanded Slot Machine Gambling This proposed law would allow the state Gaming Commission to issue one additional category 2 license which would permit operation of a gaming establishment with no table games and not more than 1,250 slot machines. The proposed law would authorize the Commission to request applications for additional license to...

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Opinion

By Phil Orlandella   NEMPAC Executive Director honored North End Music and Performing Arts Center Executive Director Sherri Snow has been honored by Saint Joseph Society with the Musical Achievement Award. Sherry has accomplished many things, both personally and with NEMPAC throughout the years and is well deserving of the recognition she received. Her...

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Early Voting is Coming to Boston

Mayor Martin J. Walsh Voting in Boston is about to become more convenient. For the first time, registered voters who reside in the City of Boston will be able to take part in early voting, ahead of the November 8th Presidential election. This exciting new initiative, made possible by the 2014 Elections Reforms Law,...

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Let’s Talk Trash…. Pick-Up That Is

Even though the City of Boston Public Works Department still has two years left on its trash and recycle removal contract, they should be thinking about holding a public meeting in the North End well before the contracts expire. Some residents are expressing concerns about the way the system runs, especially the recycling program,...

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Give BPDA a Fair Chance

A new identity for the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will take place in the upcoming months. The BRA will become the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) with the primary focus on planning and neighborhood engagement. BPDA will be hiring more of its own community planners as the agency moves away from using outside...

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BRA Has Been Moving in the Right Direction

Since Mayor Martin J. Walsh took office, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has steadily become more community friendly despite being cast as a complex and at times uncooperative agency. BRA Director Brian Golden has attempted to work with North End/Waterfront groups to the best of his ability with both positive and negative results but...

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Friends Hold Great Reunions

Both the Friends of the North End and the Girl Friends of the North End have once again held very successful reunions at different locations. Hundreds of North End and former North End residents attended these special events that have become extremely popular over the years. Many volunteers helped coordinate the reunions that bring...

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