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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Moving On and Up

The North End’s state representative Aaron Michlewitz has shown himself to be a heads up young man on Beacon Hill for this neighborhood. During his time in the House, he has solidified his membership and place in that body by knowing how to position himself on the great and minor issues of the day...

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The Trial of Sal DiMasi

Former House Speaker Sal DiMasi’s trial in Federal Court begins this week. He has already been tried in the court of public opinion where nearly everyone who supported him has left him and where he finds himself almost a man alone as he begins this most treacherous part of his journey through the court...

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NEWNC Denies New Beer and Wine License

NEWNC Denies New Beer and Wine License

-By Phil Orlandella A request for a new beer and wine license with possible cordials for Cafe Lil Italy was soundly defeated by the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) at a public meeting held in the Nazzaro Community Center. The Council, by a 6-1 vote, denied the request by Carla Gomes for the 178...

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General Hospital Soap Opera Stars Visit 102 Year Old Fan

General Hospital Soap Opera Stars Visit 102 Year Old Fan

-by Phil Orlandella After enjoying a special dinner at Janet Gilardi’s home on Fulton Street, the dinner host, her friend Anna Gaeta and three members Dante, Olivier and Ronnie, stars of the Soap Opera General Hospital, made their way to the North End Community Nursing Home to meet one of the stars’ biggest fans,...

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12 Vendors Selected by Greenway Conservancy

-By Phil Orlandella Last year’s Food Vending Program on the Rose Kennedy Greenway has been expanded based on the success of the 2010 successful pilot program according to the Greenway Conservancy the designated steward of the popular park. The Conservancy has announced the finalists’ names and locations of the four food trucks, one trailer,...

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NEWNC Annual Election/May 14

-By Phil Orlandella North End Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) will conduct its 2011 annual election for the Board of Directors at the Nazzaro Community Center on Saturday, May 14 from 10am to 2pm according to President Stephen Passacantilli. Nomination papers for six open seats are available at the Nazzaro Community Center. Candidates must be...

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NEAA Major League Opens with Double-header

-By Phil Orlandella A double-header is scheduled to take place at Langone Field on Commercial Street for the 2011 North End Athletic Association Major League Baseball (Little League) Opening Day. “The festivities will begin with a free BBQ open to all the players, coaches, families and friends who continuously support the NEAA Baseball Program,”...

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Patriots Day 2011

The commemoration of the battles of Lexington and Concord continues another year and frankly the world should be grateful for that. We remain the world’s great shining light of freedom and democracy, even if our national government can’t agree on virtually anything at this point in time. Since April, 1775 and throughout our national...

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The Mayor’s Victory

Mayor Thomas Menino was the first in this state to boldly challenge the right of city and town unions to reject money saving initiatives when it comes to their municipality provided and paid for health insurance policies and premiums. The mayor’s foresight has been given new weight, as his moneysaving initiatives are being included...

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Obituaries 04-18-2011

Angelo Calabrese Led a long and happy life Angelo M. Calabrese, April 28, 1919 – April 12, 2011, died on April 12 after a long and happy life that was centered around his family and friends. He was 91 years and 11½ months old. He was married to Teresa (Tirone) and the couple celebrated...

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Crime Levels Off in North End

Crime Levels Off in North End

by Phil Orlandella Crime in the North End over the past 30 days has leveled off compared to the prior 30 days. There were no major crimes, homicides, sexual assaults or robberies. Breaking and entering (12) and larceny from a motor vehicle(8) increased keeping the crime numbers from being down. Police made nine arrests...

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St. Francis Benefit Falls Short of its Goal

St. Francis Benefit Falls Short of its Goal

-by Phil Orlandella The North End Friends of St. Francis House Annual Fundraiser was another success according to one of the many organizers of the benefit John Romano. The two day event held at the Nazzaro Community Center made as much as last year, but they are trying to raise about $350 more. “If...

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