Editorials

Street cleaning a balancing act

Elected officials and residents are struggling over how to keep the streets clean year round and provide the residents with cars the maximum amount of legal street parking spaces on any day. City officials announced last week that the North End will be the pilot case for year round street cleaning starting on December...

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The endless summer

September 30, 2010
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Saturday the temperature hovered in the mid-80’s. It was so hot some people felt uncomfortable, so uncomfortable they wished it was already fall. Talk about thesis and anti-thesis. Sunday was warm again and then late in the day, the air lost its warmth, open windows came down, long sleeve shirts came out, and many...

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This term a Last Hurrah? Not very likely

September 22, 2010
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Mayor Menino’s future has come front and center, again, following news last week that Chicago’s longtime Mayor Richard Daley announced he will not be seeking re-election. Daley has been mayor of Chicago since 1989 -21 years. Mayor Menino is going on 17 years and will be at 20 when the next election rolls around....

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Man’s inhumanity to man

September 16, 2010
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The murder last week in Boston of a pizza delivery man – a 58 year old father working a second job to better his family – stands out as one of the worst tragedies among a long stream of them recently. He was called to a home on a pretense by two young men...

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Burning the Koran

September 16, 2010
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North Enders have strong opinions on politics, about food, symphony, opera, the Red Sox and on and on. Many of us also have strong opinions about radical Islam, and those who would cut our heads off, blow up our children, plant bombs at a funeral or wedding or maybe even send a 7 year...

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The cleaning up never ends

September 10, 2010
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One season has ended with a bang. Another season is now upon us. The perpetual mess on the sidewalks and streets remain. The cleaning operation so much a part of the city’s business continues but it is not enough. It is never enough. Last weekend’s weather didn’t help the situation, either. The summer tends...

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Forgetting to pay their taxes

September 10, 2010
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There have been a spate of articles recently about politicians who have failed to pay taxes on their political accounts. It is incomprehensible to us that politicians seeking the approval of angry voters would tend to be among the most careful among us when it comes to paying their taxes. Wrong. In fact, the...

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The BRA and the neighborhood

The Boston Redevelopment Authority has come up with new guidelines that limit any Harbor Garage development to 200 feet. Whether or not developer Donald Chiofaro gets the go ahead or not, whomever develops the garage will be bound by the same rules. In addition, the BRA and a local committee made up of residents...

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Fisherman’s Feast at 100; Now on to St. Anthony’s

The 100th Anniversary of the annual Fisherman’s Feast in the North End is something to note and to celebrate. The Society of Madonna Del Soccorso Di Sciacca sponsors the feast, which has its roots in Sicily. Legend has it that 16th Century fishermen asked the Madonna del Soccorso, Our Lady of Help, to protect...

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DiMasi’s pension reinstated

The old adage that an indictment is not a conviction has never been truer following the decision of a Boston Municipal Court judge overturning the state pension authority’s ruling that suspended former Speaker of the House Sal DiMasi’s pension. In other words, DiMasi’s pension has been reinstated – and if you read the judge’s...

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