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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NEWRA Committee Focused on Difilippo Playground

-By Phil Orlandella Topics at the NEWRA Parks and Open Spaces Committee meeting held last week at the Nazzaro Community Center covered a variety of issues including DiFilippo Playground on Prince Street. Reportedly, the Committee did a tour of the playground to prepare for last night’s community meeting with the City of Boston Parks...

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A Taste of What’s to Come

The unusual warmth over the weekend proved to us that the spring will soon be upon us. Those of us who have been around New England for a while – like all our lives – understand something about the end of winter. It almost never ends in March, and certainly not during the first...

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Obituaries 03-08-2011

Richard Pisani Died recently Richard A. Pisani died on February 25. He was the beloved son of the late Luis Pisani and Jenny (Colaninno) Pisani; father of Richard Pisani of Revere, Robert Pisani and Joyce DePippo, both of Winthrop; grandfather of Joseph and Matthew Pisani; long time companion of Nancy Peterman and step-father to Michael,...

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A Look Back

A Look Back

During the 50s, 60s and 70s the West End was a vibrant neighborhood full of businesses and many residents. The community had a unique life style of its own with playgrounds, parks, social agencies and pride. That all changed with development and the clock cannot be turned back, but the West End was preserved with...

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West End Library Activities

By Phil Orlandella The following is a listing of the West End Library, 151 Cambridge Street, activities during the month of March. “Friends and Places” photo exhibit during the month of March. Women’s History Month Film Series, Wednesdays 3-5pm. March 2-Mamma Mia. March 9-Sabrina. March 16-Eat, Pray, Love. March 23-Heiress. March 30-Secretariat. Thursday, March...

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The Saga of the Bunker Hill Day Holiday

Last year, there was a celebration among budget cutting members of the State Legislature when Governor Deval Patrick signed a law requiring government offices in Suffolk County to open on Evacuation Day and Bunker Hill Day. We have our own questions about Evacuation Day remaining as a paid Suffolk County holiday. Forcing the British...

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Obituaries 03-01-2011

Michelena ‘Mickey’ D’Iorio Of Haverhill, formerly of the North End Michelena “Mickey” D’Iorio of Haverhill, a former longtime resident of Boston’s North End, died February 17 at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford. She was 86 years old. The daughter of the late Rosa (Solimine) Lo Russo and the late Saverio Lo Russo, she...

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NEWNC Supports Three Proposals

NEWNC Supports Three Proposals

By Phil Orlandella It was a relatively quick North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council monthly meeting as three proposals were supported unanimously and the fourth request on the agenda was a no show. Esmaell Mahdavi, represented by North End Attorney Daniel Toscano, received the full support (9-0) of the Council to change the legal occupancy at...

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NEWNC Wants Illegal Parking Dealt With

NEWNC Wants Illegal Parking Dealt With

By Phil Orlandella NEWNC Committee on parking is preparing communications relating to parking in the North End during TD Bank Garden events including the Bruins and Celtic games. The same letter will be sent to Captain Bernard O’Rourke, District A-1 Boston Police Commanding Officer to seek some assistance in dealing with the parking problem...

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North End Street Sweeping Begins March 1

By Phil Orlandella In several days, the City of Boston will begin posted Street Sweeping in the North End on Wednesday, March 1. At several community meetings the Public Works Department and Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina announced the expanded program to include the months of December and March in the scheduled program. The...

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Hanover Street, Again

There is general agreement among those who live in the North End and among those, as well, who come to the North End to visit,to deliver goods and services that something soon needs to be done or Hanover Street is going to suffocate on its own success. The lack of parking spaces, confluence of...

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Obituaries 02-22-2011

Carol Settipane-Curran Of Winthrop, formerly of the North End Carol (Chirichiello) Settipane-Curran of Winthrop, formerly of Boston’s North End, died on February 12. She was 60 years old. She was the loving wife of Paul Joseph Curran of Winthrop; cherished daughter of Anna Chirichiello (Puopolo) and the late Rocco Chirichiello; beloved mother of John...

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Hitting the Slopes

Hitting the Slopes

Daniel Agin and Mario Ameno participated in a recent Nazzaro Community Center Ski Trip to Sundown, Connecticut. The next Center Ski Trip is scheduled for Saturday night March 12 to Blue Hills. Call 617-635-5166 for more details.

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