Mayor’s Coffee Hour at Columbus Park

By Phil Orlandella Tomorrow, May 31 Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh will conduct the annual North End Coffee Hour at Christopher Columbus Park from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM. The Mayor and members of his staff will be available to answer questions and present information related to developments and activities to the North End/Waterfront...

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NSC Seniors Visit Rockport

Seniors at the ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC) enjoyed a gorgeous, fun and sun-filled day out at Rockport on May 16th.  Everyone commented that the group ordered perfect weather, as Mother’s Day was rainy and in the 40s and later in the week temperatures in the 90s are expected.    Nearly...

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Residents Feel Left Out of Moon Street Development Process

By Phil Orlandella North End/Waterfront residents, although the development of 16-18 Moon Street has been classified by the City’s Inspectional Service Department (ISD) as an as-of-right build, means the project would not need any community input to go through. The single-family building would be 54 feet in height, just under the 55-foot zoning requirements....

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Report on Transportation Policy Briefing Series Released

Following up on work to advance comprehensive and sustainable transportation policy for the City of Boston, the City Council’s Committee on Parks, Recreation, and Transportation released a report summarizing findings from a series of policy briefings held over the previous six months. The report includes links to full video of the hearings, graphics addressing...

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West End “Open Canal Street”Celebration

Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced Boston will celebrate “Open Canal Street” on Saturday, July 8, 2017. For the afternoon, the West End’s two-block Canal Street will shut down to vehicles, and open up for pedestrians, who will be able to shop, dine and enjoy the atmosphere of Boston’s West End. “With the success and...

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North End Public Safety Meeting Report

By David Marx Boston Police District A-1 provided an update on recent neighborhood crime incidents, summarized below, at the May 2017 North End Public Safety Meeting. Aggravated Assault / Home Invasion (1) -4/18 @ Fulton Street @ 11:40pm: Three suspects (one male and two females) entered an apartment. The male suspect struck the victim...

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ISD Defers 173 Endicott Street Project

By Phil Orlandella The City of Boston Inspectional Services Department (ISD) acted on two North End requests. A request by the owner of 173 Endicott Street to construct a five-story, nine residential building with some indoor garage parking was deferred until November by the Board. The Board approved a request by Thad Seymour to...

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North End “Girl” Friends Reunion

Fillipo’s Ristorante, 283 Causeway Street, North End will be the location of the 2017 “Girl” Friends grand reception on Saturday, September 30 at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $55 per person, cash bar, parking adjacent to the eatery. Tables of 10 must be reserved. Deadline for purchasing tickets is September 13 made payable to Francine...

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Beverly Street Building Seeking Potential Renters

By Phil Orlandella Developers of the Beverly Building at 101 Beverly Street are claiming the structure located on Parcel 1B in the North End is already for potential residency. Located next to North Station, the Beverly Building will reportedly feature mixed use development. The building will contain 239 affordable and workforce housing units. The...

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Opinion

By Phil Orlandella Tina Natale a wise selection by NEMPAC The North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) continues to add quality members to its Board of Directors. Tina Natale, the newest selection, has all the tools and desire to help NEMPAC continue to grow into a productive and viable community resource. A...

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North End/Waterfront Voters Need to Figure Out the Best Candidate

Now that District 1 Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina has officially stated he will not run for re-election, the North End/Waterfront community must play a huge role in voting for his replacement. Currently, there are three candidates seeking a two-year seat on the Council, two from East Boston and one North Ender. The District...

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Silence Has No Echo

The current drug use and sales in the North End are no secret to residents and the business community. Yet, not too many of them have stood tall when it comes to helping District A1 Boston Police act on the drug issues which are without question the major contributors to neighborhood crimes of all...

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100th Anniversary

100th Anniversary

Saturday, May 13, 2017 was the 100th anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima to three children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta in Portugal. St. Leonard Church in the North End had a beautiful celebration in honor of Our Lady of Fatima. A new statue of Our Lady, pictured here, was dedicated. This...

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Greenway Announces ‘Playful Perspectives’- Curatorial Theme & Public Art Installations

Greenway Announces ‘Playful Perspectives’- Curatorial Theme & Public Art Installations

The Greenway Conservancy (rosekennedygreenway.org) announced three artists who will install works as part of a park-wide curatorial theme of “Playful Perspectives.” The Greenway’s award-winning public art program has commissioned Meredith James, Mark Reigelman, and Aakash Nihalani to install new works over the next 3 months. Installation on two of the works began two days ago. Playful Perspectives is...

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New Fitness Center Supported by NEWRA

By Phil Orlandella By a vote of 30-4 the North End/Waterfront Neighbor-hood Residents’ Association (NEWRA) supported a request to change the occupancy at 89 Salem Street, (the old True Value Hardware Store) to include a fitness center (KO North End). The fitness center will focus on boxing skills and exercise and will be open...

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NEHS Hosts Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photojournalist Essdras Suarez

The North End Historical Society will host Essdras Suarez, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photojournalist, for a an hour lecture and presentation entitled “Through the Eyes of the Photojournalist” on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., at the Mariners House, 11 North Square, Boston, MA 02113. In addition, Suarez will be offering two Street-Photography Workshops in...

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Farmer Enters Council Race:Sinatra Withdraws

By John Lynds East Boston resident and chair of the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association Margaret Farmer pulled papers last week for the City Council seat being vacated by Sal LaMattina. Farmer said as a Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association’s leader she has dealt with and understands housing, land use, and development issues at ground level...

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NEWNC Supports Salem Street Fitness Studio

By Phil Orlandella A request by Melina DiPaola, the owner and operator of the RIDE, 120 Commercial Street, to open a second fitness studio at 89 Salem Street was unanimously supported by the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) at its monthly meeting held on Monday, May 8 in the Nazzaro Community Center. The fitness...

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Mirabella Pool Registration Underway at Nazzaro Center

Registration for the 2017 Mirabella Pool season is underway at the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street. (Tentative opening day Saturday, June 17) Hours of registration are Monday-Friday 9 AM to 8:30 PM and Saturdays 9 AM to 4:40 PM. Adult rate (20-61) is $20. Children (6-19) and seniors (62 and up) $5....

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Old North Church Washington Garden Redesign Public Hearing Set for May 15

The Old North Church Foundation will be hosting a public hearing to discuss plans for the redesign of its Washington Garden and Courtyard as an outdoor education and art space interpreting Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s infamous poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.” The free event will take place at the Old North Church at 6:30pm on Thursday,...

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Suffolk University and Boston Debate League Support Student Debaters

Suffolk University and the Boston Debate League announced a partnership that will bring hundreds of Boston middle and high school students to Suffolk’s downtown campus for debate tournaments and a two-week summer debate camp. The non-profit Boston Debate League brings competitive debate into the Boston Public Schools, cultivating transformative critical thinking and communications skills...

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R.U.F.F. News and Notes

Excited for good weather, new doggie friends and park time. Great turn out for the neighborhood clean up. Thanks to all who participated!! We want to encourage that moving forward into the Spring. If you see a new doggie face, please share the RUFF group information: INFO@RUFFBoston.org, on Instagram (ruffnorthend) and Facebook (RUFF North End...

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Boston Police Crackdown on Sex Trafficking

By Phil Orlandella The Boston Police Departments (BPD) has sent a clear message that they are stepping up its campaign targeting online sex trade customers with Facebook ads using an increased grant from advocacy groups. Cambridge-based DeMand Abolition will award the Boston Police Departments a grant of $41,000 to fight the sex trade. Last...

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BWSC May and June North End Work Schedule

By Phil Orlandella Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) has completed some of the liner work and relay work contracted in the North End and will continue the remaining work during the months of May, June, July and August. BWSC is notifying residents before construction begins and are hiring police details for traffic control....

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