Glenn steps down as NEMPAC Instructor

July 20, 2010
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North End Music and Performing Arts Center President John Romano recently announced that after two-years as Personal Music Instructor Coordinator Sarah Glenn has stepped down from this position. "Glenn has more than doubled the program’s capacity in a short time," Romano said. "We are truly grateful for all that Sarah has accomplished for NEMPAC...

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North End Pride Week August 1-8

July 20, 2010
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North End Family Pride Week (Aug. 1 to Aug. 8), eight days of activities, events, games, BBQ, concerts, movies and much more, is the biggest event held in the neighborhood. The 21st annual event will be held in memory of life-long resident and community activist Robert "Bobby D" DeCristoforo. This special community event hosted...

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NEAA Dodgers post 7-1 record

July 20, 2010
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Some sloppy early inning defense saw the NEAA Dodgers give up 6 second inning runs to the Jamaica Plain Angels at Puopolo. Seeking their 6th win of the season, the Dodgers played catch-up and eventually took a 10-8 lead after 4 innings. Starting pitcher Mike Martignetti struggled through the early innings but held the...

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Mayor shows strength with his view prevailing

A developer hoping to place a casino in South Boston along the waterfront was told last week, point blank, by Mayor Menino that such a project and development would never have a chance of being built there as long as he was the mayor – no matter what. This type of unequivocal treatment of...

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Fires lessen the sting after recent string of fires

The 17.5% raise recently granted to the city’s firefighters after tremulous debate becomes less a bone of contention following two serious fires on Beacon Hill and another serious fire in Charlestown. A man jumped from the third floor of a burning Beacon Hill building on Phillips Street and the burning of DeLuca’s Market was...

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Obituaries 07-20-2010

Josephine Strazzullo Of New Hampshire, formerly of the North End Josephine R. Strazzullo of Portsmouth NH, formerly of the North End of Boston, died on July 11. She was the beloved wife of the late Vincent Strazzullo who died on March  20, 2010; devoted mother of Roberta A. Santangelo and her late husband, Raymond...

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Cooling off at the local pool

July 14, 2010
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Cooling off at the local pool

Over 90 degree weather sent hundreds of North End residents directly to the Mirabella Pool on Commercial Street to cool off and get some rays. Open until the end of August, the pool is the most popular and used facility in the neighborhood. The pool offers several swimming lessons and a refreshment stand. Registration...

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NEWRA amends two policies

July 14, 2010
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NEWRA amends two policies

Two policy amendments were voted on and passed at last week’s North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association monthly meeting held at the Nazzaro Community Center. Following a lengthy discussion, NEWRA members, by a vote of 27-4 amended the Association’s Alcohol License and License Transfer Policy, paragraph 13 (b) Hours of Operation by 1, replacing the words...

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“Viva Saint Agrippina” a must see for lovers of the North End

July 14, 2010
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“Viva Saint Agrippina” a must see for lovers of the North End

Christopher DiNunzio’s Viva Saint Agrippina is a compelling documentary which focuses on the stories of those who have felt moved by the saint. It is a documentary detailing how the members of the Saint Agrippina Benefit Society, founded in 1914 in the North End, has been hosting the annual feast given in her name....

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Team Ralph DeMarco Competing in Suburban League

July 14, 2010
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Despite having a 0-3 record in the Suburban League, Coach Al Vilar feels his Team Ralph DeMarco has "been playing fairly well and will come around and begin winning some games." The North End Little Leaguers opened the season against Braintree losing 8-2. Aaron Cronin and Robert Pagliuca led the team offense with 1...

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Fighting the beetles

A groundskeeper at the Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain recently spotted the voracious and vicious Asian long horned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) feasting on a mature shade tree last week. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in fact confirmed the discovery of the longhorned beetle in six red maple...

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Saturday’s rain

When the first rain in weeks finally fell Saturday afternoon, it came in a magnificent torrent. That rain caused the dried up grass, bushes and flowers to rejoice. The streets were swept clean of soot and dust. Everything was soaked and cooled off at the same time. In many neighborhoods there were floods and...

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Obituaries 07-14-2010

Barbara Piso Of Beverly, formerly of the North End Barbara M. (Morgan) Piso of Beverly, formerly of the North End and East Boston, died on July 3. She was the beloved wife of Peter R. Piso; loving mother of Peter B. Piso of Saugus and Dante C. Piso and his wife, Tina M., Quintiliani...

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NEAA Dodgers split in North Adams Tournament

July 8, 2010
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NEAA Dodgers split in North Adams Tournament

For twenty consecutive years, the North End Athletic Association (NEAA) has taken a 13-15 year old baseball team to compete in a double-header against their counter parts from North Adams. In August, as part of the North End Against Drugs (NEAD) annual North End Family Pride Day, North Adams travels to Boston to play...

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NEAA All Star game draws largest crowd ever

July 8, 2010
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NEAA All Star game draws largest crowd ever

One of the largest crowds ever found their way to last week’s North End Athletic Association’s annual Little league All Star Game played at Langone Park on Commercial Street. The traditional game saw the East All Stars come out swinging enroute to a nine inning 18-5 win over the West All Stars. The popular...

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Year to year crime numbers down in North End

July 8, 2010
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Year to year crime figures are down about three percent in the North End according to Boston Police Area A1 Captain Bernard O’Rourke. O’Rourke also told residents at last week’s NEWNC Public Safety Committee monthly meeting that over the past 30 days there has been no major crime in the area referring to homicides,...

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Everyone is away

The 4th of July holiday was a great success. Hundreds of thousands swarmed for music, food and fireworks and virtually no arrests, no outrageous violence and very little in the way of inconvenience. It was a quintessential American weekend with nearly all of us taking full advantage of the Monday holiday. Monday opened warm...

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Obituaries 07-07-2010

Ida Forte, 86 North End resident Ida (Citroni) Forte of Boston’s North End died on June 28. She was 86 years old. She was the beloved wife of the late Annibale "Chick" Forte; cherished mother of Danny Forte, Kenneth Forte and his wife, Angela, of Wilmington, Mary Forte of the North End, Lawrence Forte...

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Lifetime Achievement – Robert Verrier, AIA

June 29, 2010
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Lifetime Achievement – Robert Verrier, AIA

Robert Verrier, the president and founder of the Architectural Team – one of the leading architectural firms in Boston – turned 70 this week. It is a birthday to note not just because he designed the modern version of Commercial and Battery wharfs, but rather, because his career as an architect has been exemplary...

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Tigers Capture NEAA Majors Baseball Crown

Tigers Capture NEAA Majors Baseball Crown

When it was all said and done, it was the Tigers that won the 2010 NEAA/Nazzaro Center Majors Baseball Championship with a 9-0 shutout of the Indians who led the 2 of 3 series one game to none. The Tigers came out swinging led by a first inning three run home run over the...

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Benevento’s opens in grand fashion

June 29, 2010
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Benevento’s opens in grand fashion

There’s another North End eatery, Benevento’s Original Brick Oven Kitchen and Bar, that officially opened on Salem Street last Wednesday, June 23. Well over 200 invited guests turned out for the grand opening that saw Sen. Anthony Petruccelli, Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina joined owner Joe Bono for the traditional...

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First new dog initiative meeting held in North End

Butting heads with a Councilor Sal LaMattina fundraiser, the opening of a new North End restaurant and a totally beautiful summer evening, the New Dog Initiative meeting at the Nazzaro Community Center still managed to draw over 20 residents. The meeting was the first in a series of a humane educational forum on responsible...

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Two North End Food Vendors Open on Greenway

June 29, 2010
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Two North End businesses were among six food vendors selected to provide distinctive and affordable food options now being offered on the Greenway through the Conservancy’s new pilot program. Boston Pushcart offers a classic menu of hot dogs, Italian sausage, fresh-squeezed lemonade and much more. Joe Bono, owner of North End Restaurants, Al Dente...

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Musings on the coming of the 4th

It is the summer of discontent as we approach the 4th of July holiday. In the 234th year of American Independence, there is a feeling held among Americans that the business life of the land is unnatural, strained, weak, and ineffectual. Government’s best effort to make up for the failings and the excesses of...

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