ISD Board to Review North End Requests

By Phil Orlandella Several proposals related to the North End community will be heard by the Boston Inspectional Services (ISD) Department Board of Appeals on Tuesday, November 28 starting at 10:30 a.m. This is a public hearing and comments will be accepted by the Board. Anthony Virglio plans to renovate the existing basement at...

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Nazzaro Center/NEAA Basketball Season Starts

The Nazzaro Center/NEAA basketball program is in full swing now that all 4 components, the Instructional, the Junior Varsity, the Varsity and the Division 1 Leagues (teens) have all tipped off. The Instructional League (ages 4-6ish) the JV (grades 2 through 4) and the Varsity (grades 5-7) all play on Saturdays. The Instructional meet...

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Christopher Columbus Park’s Art Installation 
Chosen for 2018 Boston Greenfest

Christopher Columbus Park’s “Changing Course” art installation has been selected to be part the 10th Annual Boston Greenfest, to be held August 11-13, 2018. The installation was designed and created by Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP) Board member and Art Curator Robyn Reed. “Changing Course” displays almost 2,000 plastic bottle “fish” to raise...

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North End Library Programs

EVENTS FOR ADULTS Friday Films & Discussion Friday December 8       2 pm   It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) Friday December 15      2 pm   Elf (2003) Computer Instruction for Adults by Appointment – ongoing by appointment Receive one-on-one, basic computer instruction for PC computing, laptops, iPads, or tablets. Call 617-227-8135 or stop by to make an...

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Walk the Candlelit Labyrinth at Armenian Heritage Park

By Phil Orlandella Tie a ribbon with your wish on the wishing tree, celebrating an ancient tradition. Enjoy hot chocolate and delicious cookies. Take in a cappella performance by Ladies First from Wellesley College and more at the American Heritage Park on The Greenway at the “Walk the Candlelit Labyrinth” on Sunday, December 17...

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Opinion

By Phil Orlandella Senator Boncore hosts holiday luncheon A terrific Thanksgiving luncheon for North End seniors was sponsored by State Senator Joseph Boncore in the Nazzaro Community Center. Seniors enjoyed turkey and all the trimmings, dessert and beverages. It was a fun time for everyone that attended the turkey day festivities sponsored by Senator...

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Creating Homes, and Giving Thanks

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh During this time of the year, it  is not only a time to gather around the table with family, friends, and loved ones; it’s also a time to reflect on the year past and to consider all the things we have to be grateful for. I know I have...

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Mayor Committed to North End Improvements

Some major improvements will take place in the North End during 2018 and 2019 due to the commitment of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and various City of Boston departments that have been working closely with neighborhood residents and community organizations. Several major projects have already been approved and will begin shortly. North Square...

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Obituaries 11-28-2017

Sandra L. Piccolo Beloved wife, mother, and grandmother Sandra L. (McGonagle) Piccolo, age 77, a resident of Tewksbury for 49 years, and communicant of St. William’s Parish, passed away at the D’Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 after a 6 month courageous battle with cancer. She was the beloved...

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Celebration for Steve Ayres 20th Anniversary at Old North Church

Celebration for Steve Ayres 20th Anniversary at Old North Church

By Matt Conti Old North Church congregation and friends came out to honor Rev. Stephen T. Ayres and his 20th Anniversary as Vicar of the Old North Church in Boston’s North End. Steve also serves as Executive Director of the Old North Foundation, the cultural arm of the historic landmark property. Stories were told,...

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100th Birthday Bash for the Prince Building

100th Birthday Bash for the Prince Building

By Matt Conti In 1917, the Prince Macaroni Company expanded their business in Boston’s North End from Prince Street to Atlantic Avenue. Ever since, 63 Atlantic Avenue has been called The Prince Building. In 1974, it became the the first condominium conversion on the waterfront attracting an involved group of residents from all walks...

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Edwards Wins Close Race Against Passacantilli

East Boston’s Lydia Edwards was elected as the District 1 Boston City Councilor over the North End’s Stephen Passacantilli after a hotly contested race for the seat left vacant by City Councilor Sal LaMattina who did not seek reelection this year. Edwards’s win makes her the first woman of color to ever be elected...

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Marquis Health Services Assumes Management of NE Nursing Home

Marquis Health Services, the healthcare affiliate of Tryko Partners, LLC, has assumed operational management of North End Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Fulton Street, North End.  The organization will begin a $5 million renovation at the skilled nursing facility – formerly known as Spaulding Nursing and Therapy Center – in early 2018. Tryko Partners purchased...

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NEWRA Supports Endicott Street/Jerusalem Place Proposals

By Phil Orlandella Just before members of the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) enjoyed their fall party, the non-profit group discussed and voted on two agenda items related to Endicott Street and Jerusalem Place. The Council voted to support a request by the owner or 180 Endicott Street to change the occupancy from three...

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Multiple Arrests Reported at November Public Safety Meeting

By David Marx Boston Police District A-1 provided an update on recent neighborhood crime incidents, summarized below, at the November 2017 North End Public Safety Meeting. Arrests -Vandalism / Trespassing: 10/8/17 @ 10:37pm @ 232 Hanover St.: Four males from Winchester, MA were arrested after arriving at a residence where they believed a house...

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Joi Salon and Spa Escape Unveils Rebrand

Joi Salon and Spa Escape, a well-known Boston salon for the past 16 years, announced they are rebranding to Joi Salon and will become a full-service hair salon moving forward. Located in the heart of the North End, Joi Salon will renovate their current spa space to accommodate additional hair stations. Work on the...

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Local Bingo Benefits Hurricane Relief Fund

By Phil Orlandella A Bingo fundraiser for the Hurricane Relief Fund was conducted by the Nazzaro Community Center, which was sold out. Some of the many prizes given out were gift cards, handmade baskets, tickets to a sporting event or concert, coffee baskets, scratch ticket baskets, restaurant gift cards or an evening on the...

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Mayor Walsh to Light Columbus Park Trellis November 20

Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will host the 15th annual lighting of the park’s signature trellis on Monday, November 20, beginning at 5 p.m. Located at 110 Atlantic Avenue on Boston’s historic waterfront, Christopher Columbus Park is transformed into a holiday wonderland...

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NSC Benefit Raises $50,000

By Phil Orlandella Nearly $50,000 was raised at the North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center’s fundraiser Buona Sera: An Evening with Friends. The event is held to aid low-income and elderly North End and West End residents who turn to the Center for assistance. This is the fifth year in a row that Ron...

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R.U.F.F. News and Notes

Responsible Urbanites For Fido (R.U.F.F.) wanted to reach out and give all our members and residents an update on the park and construction progress. We have made some significant strides at the park site and hope members are following along with our social media accounts for pictures. Or just walk past the park and...

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NEMPAC Presenting a Performance of Handel’s Messiah in North End

The North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) brings Bostonians and music-lovers to Boston’s Little Italy for much more than pasta and pastries! For their third consecutive year, NEMPAC collaborates the Eureka Musicians Ensemble and The Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s One City Choir to perform Handel’s Messiah Part I on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. Conductor, Kristo Kondakçi...

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Enchanted Trolley Tour/Tree Lighting Coming to North End

By Phil Orlandella Paul Revere Mall (Prado) will once again be the site of Mayor Martin Walsh’s enchanted trolley tour and tree lighting tradition that officially opens the holiday season for the City of Boston by lighting trees throughout the city. This is the 22 year of this special holiday festivity of lighting holiday...

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North Square Oyster Rated Highly in Boston Magazine

By Phil Orlandella Boston Magazine’s annual “Top 25 New Restaurants” issue hit newsstands and a North End restaurant was named among the City’s “Top 25 New Restaurants 2017”. For the past several months, the magazine spent their time tasting Boston’s newest restaurants (open before September 1) to find the latest and greatest. Included on...

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“Boston Winter” Tradition Returns to City Hall Plaza

By Phil Orlandella Last year, at its Boston debut, “Boston Winter” on City Hall Plaza, more than 300,000 residents and visitors enjoyed this new family-friendly holiday tradition that begins on Friday, November 24, open to the public seven days a week. Presented by Berkshire Bank, Boston Winter will feature a mix of winter activities...

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