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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Obituaries 10-06-2010

Josephine Helen Battista Lifelong North End resident Josephine Helen (Monaco) Battista, a lifelong resident of Boston’s North End, died on September 28. She was in her 94th year. A member of the Christian Mothers’ Society and several senior groups, she was the beloved wife of the late Gaetano Battista; loving and devoted mother of...

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Reporting rat sightings ASAP gets quick responses

September 30, 2010
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Reporting rat sightings ASAP gets quick responses

On Friday morning, September 17 local resident Janet Gilardi was informed by a friend and advised that a rat was walking around near his business on Fleet Street acting like he belonged there. Gilardi, like residents are consistently asked to do, called the Mayor’s Hot Line and reported the up-close and personal encounter with...

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Year round Mechanical Street cleaning meeting October 4

September 30, 2010
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One of the most discussed topics at North End/Waterfront neighborhood meetings is the possibility of implementing year-round mechanical street cleaning, something the City of Boston Department of Public Works (DPW) feels will make a big difference in keeping the neighborhood cleaner. If enacted on the scheduled date of Wednesday, December 1, DPW plans to...

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Chiofaro downsizes harbor garage towers plan

September 30, 2010
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Don Chiofaro has again cut back the size of his Aquarium Place project by 200,000 square feet but more importantly has trimmed the height of the twin towers he is hoping to build to 615 feet and 471 feet respectively. Chiofaro, the well known president of the company which bears his family name, said...

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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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Obituaries 09-30-2010

September 30, 2010
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Emilio ‘Nemo’ Ciampa Of Medford, formerly of the North End Emilio “Nemo” Ciampa of Medford, formerly of the North End of Boston, died on September 20. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary (Rossi); devoted father of Joanna Ciampa and Phyllis Ciampa, both of Medford; brother of the late Albina Ruggieri, Clara...

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NEWRA Clean Streets Committee addresses many issues at meeting

September 22, 2010
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NEWRA Clean Streets Committee addresses many issues at meeting

As usual, NEWRA’s Clean Streets Committee attracted many concerned residents to its monthly meeting despite a change of revenue due to Tuesday’s Primary Elections. Discussions at the community meeting took on several topics including Code Enforcement, year round Mechanical Street Cleaning, several progress reports and the selection of the committee’s Good Neighbor Recognition Award....

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History of North End unfolding

September 22, 2010
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History of North End unfolding

Established in 2009, the North End Historical Society, a legally incorporated non-profit Massachusetts organization, has a clear mission to collect and preserve the historical record and material culture of Boston’s North End, to preserve, catalog and present these resources in service of the wider community through publications, lectures, educational programs and exhibits, according to...

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NEWNC supports Salem Street development plans

September 22, 2010
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For the second time during the past several months, David Crocini a resident of Salem Street, found himself before the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council presenting plans to develop the property at 133 Salem Street. The site an unoccupied building was formerly the site of Sheldon’s Bargain Basement for many years. The structure was built...

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Corner Cafe regains softball crown

September 22, 2010
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Dominant pitching by Steve "Donuts" Passatempo and an air tight team defense played key roles in re-capturing the North End Men’s Softball League Championship by Corner Cafe over Waterfront Cafe. Corner Cafe wrapped up their season finishing in first place in the divisional season and went on to capture still another championship with scores...

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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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Obituaries 09-22-2010

September 22, 2010
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Josephine Sylvester Of Lynnfield, formerly of the North End Josephine C. (Guarnacci) Sylvester of Lynnfield, formerly of the North End of Boston, died on September 14. She was 93 years old. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward L. Sylvester; loving mother of Joanne Ripley of Lynnfield and the late Edward G....

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Good Neighbor Recognition Award

September 16, 2010
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Good Neighbor Recognition Award

NEWRA Clean Streets Committee members Janet Gilardi (2nd from right) and Professor Nancy Caruso (left) are shown presenting North Bennet Street School with the August Good Neighbor Recognition Award for helping to keep the community clean by continuously cleaning the sidewalk and gutter in front of the school. Accepting the Award is NBSS President...

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A beautiful mix

September 16, 2010
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A friend in from Sweden – a young man 22 years old from a small town outside of Malmo – made the grand tour of Boston last weekend. It began in the North End last Saturday about noon-time. Actually, it began with trying to find a parking space, which we found near the Lindemann...

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Suspect sought in three North End incidents

September 16, 2010
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Boston Police are still aggressively investigating a reported case of assault and battery on a North End woman in the early morning hours on Saturday, August 21 on the upper part of Salem Street, near Charter Street. Police have flooded the neighborhood with flyers containing a composite drawing and a description of the suspect....

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Crime down over the past 30 days

September 16, 2010
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Boston Police Area A-1 Commanding Officer Captain Bernard O’Rourke told several North End residents at a NEWNC Public Safety Committee meeting that over the past 30 days crime in the area has flattened out. The big drop came in the number of breaking and entering crimes which soared the previous month. O’Rourke reported that...

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Greenway activities should be made public, beforehand

September 16, 2010
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Making the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway work for everyone is a full-time job that needs some serious input from the neighborhood and the business community. Everything that takes place on the Greenway has a direct affect on residents that live in the area and merchants that operate there. Reportedly, some residents feel that events...

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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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Obituaries 09-16-2010

September 16, 2010
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Phyllis Daly, 89 North End resident Phyllis M. Daly of Boston’s North End died on September 7. She was 89 years old. The loving daughter of the late Francesca (Didio) and Salvatore Baglio Sr., she was the cherished wife of the late William P. Daly; beloved sister of Joseph Baglio and his wife, Mary,...

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New N.E. Boutique

September 10, 2010
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New N.E. Boutique

Autumn Driscoll manager of Clutch the North Ends newest exclusive designer boutique located at the corner of Cooper and Endicott Street.The new boutique features high end accessories including Fendi, Louis, Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Tods, Burberry and Valentino.

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North End novel now available in local stores

September 10, 2010
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The Virgin Knows, a novel published in 1995, when the North End during the 70s was mostly Italian and hundreds of people were moving into the neighborhood because it was recognized as a safe place to live, is now out in paperback and for sale in the North End. The novel has two women...

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NEWRA To Elect Officers

September 10, 2010
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The names of North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association members that will be nominated to serve as officers for one-year terms will be presented at the community group’s September 16 monthly meeting at the Nazzaro Community Center at 7pm. Nominations for the five positions, President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Sgt. at-arms will also be accepted...

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