Obituaries 04-05-2011

Rita Lucente Of Revere, formerly of the North End Rita (Napoleone) Lucente of Revere died on March 29 after a long illness. She was 82 years old. A homemaker, born and raised in the North End and East Boston, she lived in Revere for most of her adult life. She was the beloved wife...

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NEWRA Committee Pushes New Broom Clean-Up Campaign

NEWRA Committee Pushes New Broom Clean-Up Campaign

-By Phil Orlandella The next North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association Clean Streets Committee meeting will be important to the success of a new idea, Spazzare! (to clean), geared toward cleaner North End streets. Committee chair David Grant and other members and residents are hoping to draw a large gathering to get the awareness campaign up...

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Armenian Heritage Park Contractor Named by MassDOT

Armenian Heritage Park Contractor Named by MassDOT

-By Phil Orlandella The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced that Barletta Heavy Division has been named General Contractor for the Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Reportedly construction is slated to begin this spring 2011 on the park which is designed to commemorate lives lost during the Armenian Genocide...

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Giant Anteater exhibit at Zoo

Giant Anteater exhibit at Zoo

-By Phil Orlandella A new exhibit featuring a giant Anteater named “Jockamo” a one-year-old will open at the Franklin Park Zoo starting Saturday, April 2 inside the Tropical Forest. Giant anteaters are the largest known species of anteater reaching between 6-8 feet in length and weighing between 60-140 pounds. Anteaters have no teeth and...

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Library Closing Sunday not Befitting of a Great City

The trustees of the Boston Public Library have submitted a budget for the coming year which includes closing the Boston Public Library in Copley Square on Sundays as a money saver. According to the library trustees, it costs $243,000 annually to keep the library open on Sundays. Although the trustees released no statistics, it...

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Spring Cleaning

The city begins its annual post winter street cleaning extravaganza this week. Everyone is reminded to pay close attention to postings and to signage indicating where street cleaning is to occur and at what time. To do any less is to put your automobile and state of mind at risk.

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Radiation from Japan

Forgive us if we are less than buoyed with good feeling by hearing from our public officials who check such things that radiation from the badly damaged Japanese nuclear reactors has been found in rain that has recently fallen in New England. We hear our public officials telling us not to worry, the radiation...

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Obituaries 03-29-2011

Keith Reeves Rodney Insurance executive, public servant and avid sailor. Keith Reeves Rodney of Boston, insurance executive, public servant, and avid sailor, died March 6 at his home in the North End of esophageal cancer. He was 67 years old. An insurance and financial industry expert, in 1975 he was appointed Deputy Insurance Commissioner...

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NE mounts Clean Streets Awareness

NE mounts Clean Streets Awareness

-By Phil Orlandella Spazzare! (to sweep) is a public awareness campaign to draw attention to the need for cleaner streets was announced at NEWRA’s monthly meeting by new committee chair David Grant of Battery Street. The public relations promotion has drawn the attention of several neighborhood residents who turned out for the committee’s monthly...

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NBSS Seeks Move to North Street Site

NBSS Seeks Move to North Street Site

-By Phil Orlandella North Bennet Street School has apparently out-grown its facility and is seeking to play Monty Hall and make a deal with the City of Boston to purchase the defunct printing plant and district 7 police station on North Street for the school which was founded in the North End in 1881....

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Spring is Here? Think Again

-By Joshua Resnek When it began snowing about 1:30 p.m. Monday, thoughts of spring were obliterated. That’s New England for you, shattering dreams of warmth and ease at the end of a long winter. It has been, by all accounts, a very, very long winter. It has been a very expensive winter for fuel....

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New Parking Meters Cause for Rejoicing

How many occasions in a lifetime have we parked our automobiles on a Boston street at a metered space only to find that we did not have quarters to put into the meter? We would stand there searching our pockets and rummaging in our handbags for quarters. Some of us after that futile effort...

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Khaddafi and Libya

Col. Khaddafi is a monster tyrant, the king of his people is a fool, a lunatic babbling on and on and kept in power by brute force. His kingdom’s military installations are now being systematically destroyed and any hopes that he held for carrying on have been made more difficult. Finally, there is retribution...

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Small Fry Basketball Season Ends

-By Phil Orlandella While March Madness has taken over the basketball spotlight for the next month or so, a little bit of March Madness Basketball was played at the Nazzaro Community Center’s Small Fry Basketball League with its version of the final-four. “A one game playoff for first place needed to be held before...

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Obituaries 03-22-2011

W. Davis Lackey, Jr. His Passion was Politics and Communication W. Davis Lackey Jr., died on February 15 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He was 46 years old. Born March 26, 1964 in New Rochelle, NY, he moved to Cumberland Foreside, ME, at age 13. He was educated at the Rippowam...

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DeFilippo Playground Plans Move Forward

DeFilippo Playground Plans Move Forward

-By Phil Orlandella The second of three scheduled meetings to plan for the rehabilitation of DeFilippo Playground was recently held by the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the consulting firm of Crosby Schlessinger Smallbridge. A good size group of North End residents attended to listen to proposed plans and options based...

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NEWRA Nixes 2am Closure Requests

NEWRA Nixes 2am Closure Requests

-By Phil Orlandella A request by Nasser Buisier seeking to change the zoning at 357 Commercial Street by enclosing two existing outdoor patios to create additional living space was approved 49-9 by NEWRA at last week’s monthly meeting held in the Nazzaro Community Center. The Association also approved by a vote of 26-17 a...

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Chamber Proposes Delivery Time Change

-By Phil Orlandella A formal letter was sent out by the North End Chamber of Commerce to their prevayers asking that North End deliveries be completed by 12 noon, according to Chamber President Frank DePasquale who owns and operates several neighborhood businesses. “Several years ago, the 12 noon delivery policy was taken seriously by...

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City Attempting to Control Health Insurance Costs

-By Phil Orlandella Meredith Weenick of the City of Boston Health Insurance Agency was the guest speaker at NEWRA’s monthly meeting held in the Nazzaro Center last week. Meredith spoke on controlling dramatically escalating health insurance costs for city employees and retirees which is one of the most urgent budgetary issues facing municipalities across...

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Helping Out the Japanese to Overcome the Tragedy

The ongoing disaster in Japan brings home to all of us the fragile nature of everything we build and create for ourselves as a society and how quickly all of it can be reduced to a pile of rubble. The 8.9 Richter scale earthquake, followed by the 23 foot tsunami, followed by extraordinary and...

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Obituaries 03-15-2011

Ginni LaColla North End resident Ginni (Tenore) LaColla of Boston’s North End died on March 8. She was the beloved wife of the late Vito; devoted mother of Gaspar LaColla and his wife, Joanne, of Medford, Mary Garofalo and her husband, Robert, of Florida and Rita Casamassima and her husband, Lorenzo, of Wakefield; loving...

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North End Crime Down 30%

North End Crime Down 30%

-By Phil Orlandella Boston Police, at a NEWNC Public Safety meeting, said that crime in the North End/Waterfront has decreased thirty percent according to year to year figures. With the exception of larceny of motor vehicles all other crime categories have also decreased the past thirty days to the tune of twenty-eight percent. During...

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Snow Tubing Field Trip Draws over 100 Participants

Snow Tubing Field Trip Draws over 100 Participants

-By Phil Orlandella Temperatures near zero with a wind chill factor well below, the bus was 45 minutes late leaving 50 plus people waiting on Commercial Street all bundled up, did not deter the annual Nazzaro Community Center’s February vacation field trip from taking place. The field trip to Amesbury Sports Park for three...

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Three Voting Items on NEWRA Agenda

-By Phil Orlandella Three agenda voting items will be discussed at the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association monthly meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 10 at 7pm in the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street. A special presentation will be made by Davis Grant on a new project to be undertaken by NEWRA Clean Streets...

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