A Week of Rain is Forecast

The weekend was about gray skies and rain. Monday came up gray and rainy. The weathermen and women on Boston’s major television stations are all predicting a week of gray and rain at a time when all of us want to be wearing short sleeve shirts and shorts, and taking long walks by the...

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NEAA Majors Weekly Results

-By Phil Orlandella Cardinals 3 – Cubs 3 The Cardinals and Cubs battled to a 3-3 tie in an exciting 7 inning contest that could have gone either way. A first inning threat went by the board as the Cardinals had a 2nd and 3rd situation with no outs. Cubs pitcher Fernando Soto retired...

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Obituaries 05-17-2011

Christine Franzese Attorney Atty. Christine M. Franzese, a lifetime resident of Winthrop, died at the Marist Hill Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Waltham on Sunday, May 8, after a long illness. She was 54 years old. Born in Boston, the beloved daughter of  Rita (Langone) and the late William P. Franzese, she was a 1974 graduate of...

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Fire guts Law Offices at Commercial Wharf

Fire guts Law Offices at Commercial Wharf

-By Joshua Resnek The law offices of Klieman and Lyons were greatly damaged by a fast moving fire last Wednesday that caused severe damage to a two story building sitting on pilings at 95 Commercial Wharf. Boston firefighters responded to reports of heavy smoke and flames pouring from the rear of the structure shortly...

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Crime in the North End Drops 23 Percent

Crime in the North End Drops 23 Percent

-By Phil Orlandella Crime has apparently dropped 23 percent in the North End/Waterfront over the past 30 days, March through April according to Boston Police Sergeant Tom Lema. The lower numbers stem from a reduction in larceny from a motor vehicle which dropped considerably from 17 to 1. The one larceny took place on...

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House Passes Balanced FY ’12 Budget

-By Phil Orlandella Joining his colleagues in the Massachusetts House, State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz helped pass a balanced FY ’12 budget aimed at increasing government efficiency, cutting costs and preserving essential services throughout the state. The budget, which passed with bipartisan support, closes a projected $1.9 billion budget gap through cuts to state spending...

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NEWRA Committee Discusses Several Park Issues

-By Phil Orlandella NEWRA Parks and Open Spaces Committee monthly meeting topics included dog issues, the new Snow Hill wall, DeFilippo Playground and the trash issue between the playground and the Brinks Garage wall. It seems no one can confirm just who owns the area between this wall which is full of trash and...

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Long Wharf Restaurant Opposition ill advised

Ten residents including prominent members of the North End Waterfront Residents’ Association should take a much closer look at the Doc’s Long Wharf restaurant development proposal. Being against it for the sake of being against it doesn’t satisfy the type of scrutiny that is deserved, needed and expected of NEWRA members and North End...

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NEAA Baseball Season off to a Great Start

-by Phil Orlandella It was a great start for the 2011 North End Athletic Association Baseball season at Langone Park on Commercial Street. Opening Day began with a Majors double-header, a free barbecue and a dedication ceremony in memory of Tony Iudiciani an active participant in several NEAA programs who lost his life at...

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Obituaries 05-10-2011

Eleanor Mongiello Medford resident Eleanor H. (Maglione) Mongiello of Medford, formerly of the North End, died on May 4. Born and raised in the North End, she was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Mongiello; devoted mother of Joseph Mongiello and his wife, Roberta, of Medford and the late James Mongiello; loving grandmother...

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Greenway Reform Bill Filed by Representative Michlewitz

Greenway Reform Bill Filed by Representative Michlewitz

-by Phil Orlandella A Greenway Reform (H 1803) Bill has been filed by State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, whose district includes the North End/Waterfront neighborhood, relative to the Rose Fitzgerald Greenway that will change some of the ways the Conservancy operates. “The bill will renew the state’s commitment to fund the Greenway for another five...

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Spazzare! Attracts Numerous Residents

Spazzare! Attracts Numerous Residents

-by Phil Orlandella The North End’s own neighborhood Street Cleaning Awareness Campaign Spazzare! kicked-off at the Paul Revere Mall (Prado) last weekend. The campaign is in part supported by North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association’s Clean Street Committee and the idea of the group’s chairperson General Dave Grant who took  the challenge head on. Grant thanked...

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Friends Raise $18,000 for St. Francis House

-by Phil Orlandella North End Friends of Saint Francis House have delivered $18,000 to help support their homeless shelter by conducting a Flea Market/Bake Sale and a generous donation by an anonymous donor. The event actually raised $8,257.37 but the donor rounded the figure to $9,000 and matched it with another $9,000. “The Friends...

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A Sunday to Remember

By all accounts, Sunday was a lovely spring day. A bit cool with a sea breeze all day – but a fabulous day to be alive and, it turns out, to be an American. Boston was resonant with colors bursting everywhere and gardens coming to life with the color green appearing extremely brilliant in...

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NEAA Majors Opening Day Draws a Large Crowd

-by Phil Orlandella A double-header was part of the North End Athletic Association’s 2011 Opening Day Baseball Program. This year’s season will be played in memory of Tony Iudiciani a life-long resident who passed away at the young age of 19. Representatives from the Iudiciani family tossed out the traditional first pitch. North Street...

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Obituaries 05-03-2011

Robert Colleameno Hair Stylist and North End community service volunteer Robert C. Colleameno of Boston’s North End died on April 26. He was 87 years old. A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a hairstylist at his own salon for more than 38 years. He was also committed to volunteer work...

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Spazzare! Campaign Begins on April 30

Spazzare! Campaign Begins on April 30

-By Phil Orlandella As expected, discussions at the NEWRA Clean Streets Committee meeting, centered around this Saturday’s (April 30) Spazzare! Community Awareness Campaign to keep the neighborhood clear of trash and debris. The committee plans to officially open the campaign at the Prado at 8:45am and participate in Boston Shines annual North End clean-up...

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Hanover Street Issues Being Addressed

Hanover Street Issues Being Addressed

-By Phil Orlandella Hanover Street vehicle and pedestrian traffic has once again become a major issue in the North End. Deliveries, valet parking, street furniture, sidewalk congestion and double parking on Hanover Street has gotten out of hand residents told Councilor Sal LaMattina and Representative Aaron Michlewitz at a neighborhood meeting. Residents told elected...

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NEWRA ZLC Committee Meets Tonight April 26

-By Phil Orlandella There are many agenda items scheduled for discussion at tonight’s (April 26) NEWRA Zoning, Licensing and Construction meeting starting at 7pm in the Pilot House, 2 Atlantic Avenue. Volle Nolle, 351 Hanover Street is seeking a 7-Day C.V. Malt and Wine License with a closing hour of 11pm, seven days. Cafe...

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City Plans to Release Cargo Truck Route Study

-By Phil Orlandella Reportedly, a draft report will be issued this May by the Boston Transportation Department regarding a promised study of alternative hazardous cargo trucks route through the North End/Waterfront community, according to Nicole Leo of the Mayor’s Office. Originally the study was scheduled to be available in August 2010, that date was...

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Taste of the North End Benefits Community Programs

-By Phil Orlandella Donato Frattarolli and the Taste of the North End have over the years supported North End non-profit agencies. “Donato is one of the more generous people in the neighborhood along with many other business owners,” North End Against Drugs President John Romano said. The Taste of the North End has also...

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North End Clean-Up Campaign Starts April 30

-by Phil Orlandella One of the most unique North End clean streets campaign “Spazzare!” will kick-off this Saturday, April 30 at 8:45am at the Paul Revere Mall (Prado) across from St. Stephen Church. The campaign for cleaner streets is the idea of Dave Grant, a Battery Street resident and Chair of the North End/Waterfront...

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NEWRA Committee Calls for Public Meeting on Roadway Proposal

-by Phil Orlandella NEWRA Zoning, Licensing and Construction Committee will ask the Boston Transportation Department and elected officials to hold a public meeting in the North End/Waterfront community regarding plans for the Rutherford Avenue Corridor Renewal Project and access to I-93. “The committee is requesting a meeting so residents can understand the proposed roadway...

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Representative Michlewitz Files Seven Bills

-By Phil Orlandella State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, has not only been busy addressing issues and concerns relating to constituents of his district, he has been very busy filing legislation on Beacon Hill for the 2011-2012 Session. Currently, Michlewitz whose district includes the North End/Waterfront neighborhood, has filed seven bills which he believes should find...

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