Charlie’s Problem

Charlie Baker has intrigued some of my Democratic friends. They worked with him in government or insurance and admire his management acumen. But he has problems if he expects Democrats to turn tail or Independents to support him. Many of them speak to his character. Let’s name them. Smart enough? In his 2010 gubernatorial...

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Former NEWRA President Jim Salini did a Commendable Job

Outgoing North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) President Jim Salini did an outstanding job coordinating and conducting the monthly meetings. While at the helm, Salini always maintained complete control of the community meetings, running them in a professional manner. As President, he not only kept the meetings orderly but educational. Jim, as President, never injected...

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Society Holds Terrific Halloween Party

Another very successful community Halloween Party was held by the Madonna Della Cava Society on Hanover and Battery Streets. The area was full of families and their children participating in the 63rd annual outdoor neighborhood event. It was a true Halloween Party with games, activities, inflatable games, a bounce, face painting, prizes and a...

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Casino Soap Opera Continues

Casino gambling has become a soap-opera in Massachusetts with a lot of stay-tuned. Chapter One: A series of having a casino in East Boston at Suffolk Downs (Probably where it should have been built in the first place). Residents of Eastie held all the cards and out-drew potential owners. Chapter Two: The Tale of...

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North End Library Providing Numerous Programs

While the year is not over, the North End and Friends of the North End Library have provided many programs, activities, events and especially learning programs. The community has enjoyed holiday events, films, puppet shows, concerts and much more and there is still more to come. It takes a lot of time and energy...

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BRA Approves Canal and India Street Developments

November 1, 2014
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Two of the six new developments the Board of Directors for the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has approved are located adjacent to the North End/Waterfront community. Together, the six projects represent $151.7 million worth of investment and nearly 674,000 square feet of construction, according to the BRA. Reportedly, the development projects are expected to...

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Volunteers Canvass North End for Earned Sick Time

November 1, 2014
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Expressing their support for earned sick time (Question 4) State Representative Aaron Michlewitz joined workers, business owners, community leaders and grass roots volunteers at the North End Community Health Center on Hanover Street to canvass to ensure hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts families can receive this benefit. “Question 4 would guarantee every worker in...

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Artery Ramp Parcel Study Meeting

November 1, 2014
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On Wednesday, October 29 from 6-8pm MassDOT will conduct a public hearing related to the Central Artery Ramp Parcel Study, according to Legislative Liaison John Romano. The meeting will be held at the BRA 9th Floor Board Room, City Hall. Romano noted, “MassDOT is required to consider options for covering the open ramp portions...

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BRA holds Haymarket Hotel Public Meeting

November 1, 2014
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A public meeting regarding the Haymarket Hotel Parcel 9 project was held at City Hall by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) on October 27. Normandy Real Estate Partners and Harbinger Development’s proposal includes approximately 140,000 square feet, and approximately 115,000 square feet, 225 rooms, 10-story and approximately 25,000 square feet of market/retail space in...

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‘Craft in America: Service,’ at North Bennet Street School

Be the first to see this latest episode of the Peabody Award-winning series. “Craft in America: Service” tells the story of craft in the military by documenting the power of the handmade to inspire, motivate, and heal. The episode traces the origins of the Army Arts & Crafts Program, the G.I. Bill and their...

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Leash Law Still Being Abused in Community

North End/Waterfront residents still have their sights set on leash law problems that they claim occurs every day, mostly in public parks. Dogs are running uncontrolled and there appears to be no end in sight because the city doesn’t have the manpower or other resources to respond to these leash law violators. It appears...

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North End Still the Safest Boston Neighborhood

Based on several reports issued by the District A-1 Boston Police Department released at the North End Public Safety monthly meeting the community still ranks as the safest neighborhood in Boston. While police are still struggling to reduce crime of all kinds in many other neighborhoods, the North End crime rate continues to decrease...

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Yes on Question Two

Fenway Park filled to the brim with plastic bottles. That dramatic image conveys the volume of bottle litter we throw away in Massachusetts each year. Most of it gets deposited in landfills. Some litter lingers in our gutters, along the roads, across the beaches and on the sidewalks. It’s pretty gross. It is irresponsible...

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Boston City Councilors Deserve Pay Raise

Boston City Councilors are entitled to a pay raise. They worked very hard to attempt to make the city a great place to live and work. Being an elected member of the Council is a 24-7 job that requires much attention to requests and suggestions from Bostonians made on a daily basis. A lot...

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Waterfront Residents Oppose Lewis Wharf Proposal

An informational meeting with the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) to discuss a potential proposal to develop a boutique hotel and approximately 30-50 residential units on the existing pilings of Lewis Wharf, a throng of Waterfront residents opposed the idea. They actually filled the Nazzaro Center Hall, the hallways and were picketing outside of...

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FOCCP a Super Good Neighbor

The neighborhood has several non-profit organizations that make the community a terrific place to live, work and play. One of these, all volunteer groups is the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP)  which is compromised North End/Waterfront residents and the business community. FOCCP’s goal and purpose is to further the restoration, protection, preservation, care,...

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Madonna Della Cava Annual Halloween Party October 25

October 23, 2014
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One of the best, if not the best community outdoor Halloween Party will be presented by the Madonna Della Cava Society on Hanover and Battery Streets, starting with a fabulous costume parade. The 63rd annual neighborhood popular event will include: DJ Amo, games, activities, inflatable’s and other games, a bounce, face painting and tickets...

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Police Arrest Suspect in North End Alleged Indecent Assault

October 23, 2014
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Boston Police responded immediately to a 911 call from a female alleging she was the victim of an indecent assault early Saturday morning at 2:45am in the quite area of Tileston and Wiggin Streets in the North End. The victim was apparently walking home when she noticed an unknown individual who she described to...

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MassDOT Schedules 3rd Ramp Parcel Public Meeting

October 23, 2014
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A third public meeting regarding the Central Artery Ramp Parcel Study has been scheduled at City Hall, according to John Romano of MassDOT. The state agency is required to consider options for covering the open ramp portions of the Central Artery/Tunnel Parcels 6, 12 and 18 along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. “The requirement...

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NEWRA Opposes Extended Closing Hours

October 23, 2014
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A request by the Mendoza family to amend the description of the licensed premises at 67-69 Prince Street was supported by the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) at their October monthly meeting held in the Nazzaro Community Center. Modica’s Restaurant plans to change 67 Prince Street from one room on the first floor with...

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Blessing of the Animals in Boston’s North End

Blessing of the Animals in Boston’s North End

Rev. Steve Ayers and Rev. Ellie Terry of the Old North Church, give readings from scripture and prayers at the annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony.

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NEWRA Elects New Slate of Officers

NEWRA Elects New  Slate of Officers

The North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) elected a new slate of officers for the 2014-2015 term at its annual meeting on Thursday, October 9, 2014. President: Ford Cavallari, Battery Street Treasurer: David Goggins, North Street Secretary: Elizabeth Ghiseline, North Square Sergeant at Arms: Robyn Reed, Battery Street Outgoing NEWRA President, Jim Salini,...

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Looking Back: The Queen’s Visit in 1976

Looking Back: The Queen’s Visit in 1976

During the summer of 1976, the nation celebrated its 200th anniversary.  In recognition of this special event, Elizabeth II, Queen of England, agreed to visit Boston and attend the July 4th Sunday morning service at the Old North Church, an event orchestrated by the then Special Assistant to the Vicar, Barry Dawson.  Barry was...

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Council Supports Liquor License Transfer

October 14, 2014
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Between all the protocol, committee reports, elected official updates, guest speakers and three agenda voting items, this month’s North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) meeting contained a wide-range of information pertaining directly to the community. One request by JW Capital Partners, Lincoln Wharf drew enough Waterfront resistance not only to fill the hall but several...

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