Editorials

Ringing in 2011

New Year’s Eve was a big win for restaurant, café and shop owners of every kind in the North End. The North End was host to large and boisterous crowds as the New Year’s Eve partying got underway. Overall, North End retailers said it was a very good year in 2010. If the hearty...

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Resolutions

During this, the first week of the New Year, many of us will attempt to keep resolutions made in the heat of the moment shortly before the clock struck midnight over the weekend. Resolutions, as we have come to understand them in practice and reality, are much harder to keep than to make. New...

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Out with the Old, in with the New

Another year of our lives is coming to a close. The year is ending not with a bang, but rather, with a whimper, as TS Eliot might have written of it. It was the best of years. It was the worst of years as Charles Dickens might have put it. Mark Twain wrote that...

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Christmas 2010

Christmas 2010 will go down in history as a great holiday celebration. Peace on earth. Good will to men. It is, indeed, all about that. If there was no Internet, evening news, radio talk shows or morning newspapers, and if we paid closer attention to our own psychic lives, Christmas 2010 would be pristine....

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Thirty days and counting

The Boston Police Department has noted that during the past 30 days, there were no major incidences in the North End. This comes as good news during the extremely busy Christmas shopping season when the North End is crowded with thousands of tourists and residents. As happy a time Christmas tends to be, it...

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The Greenway in the spring

The Rose Kennedy Greenway will explode with new business in the spring, which is the result of the Conservancy running the Greenway putting RFP’s (Requests for Proposals) for high-quality food and beverage vendors wishing to do business on the Greenway. The Conservancy is right to be monitoring carefully the type of vendors who will...

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Robbing the church

The alleged robber who stole money and items of value from local churches, including two in this neighborhood, has been arrested by Boston police and is now living behind bars where he ought to be. It is believed by police that the thief now residing in jail, broke into Saint Stephen’s and St. Leonard’s...

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Receiving what he deserved

The Boston City Council’s vote to expel their colleague Chuck Turner last week was the right thing to do. The 11-1 vote showed the resolve of the council, despite many of its members fretting that Turner was their friend and it was a difficult vote to make considering all he had done for his...

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Dr. Johnson’s dilemma

Boston School Superintendent Carol Johnson is attempting to close down 13 Boston Public Schools and to combine five others in order to cut a more than $50 million deficit the Boston School Department is facing. Dr. Johnson’s gambit – to close schools that can no longer sustain themselves – is a step in the...

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December 7, 1941

More than 60% of the nation was born after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. President Franklin Roosevelt called the attack despicable – a day that would live in infamy. As it turns out, the Japanese made a fatal mistake challenging the arsenal of democracy on that day 69 years...

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