North End Family Pride Week Has Something for Everyone

During the week of Monday, August 4 to Sunday, August 10 North End Against Drugs (NEAD) will conduct its 25th annual North End Family Pride Week at various venues throughout the North End, cumulating with the North End Family Pride Day on Sunday, August 10 at Langone Field. The seven day community event has...

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BWSC Major North End Project Needs Community Cooperation

Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) is planning major repairs and improvements on numerous North End streets in the near future. Like the mechanics street cleaning program imposed by the city, residents will need to pay attention to dates, times and locations of these projects before they occur and be prepared to move vehicles...

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Downtown View: Citizen Bob

You’ll soon realize I like this man very much so I’ll say it up front. I first met Bob O’Brien, the retiring executive director of the Downtown North Association, when he showed up, uninvited, in 1990, to a meeting of the what we called the Cambridge Street Study Committee—“study” because we didn’t want anyone...

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Madonna Delle Grazie

Madonna Delle Grazie

The statue of Madonna Delle Grazie was presented on Sunday July 13th at the annual procession in Boston’s North End.

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BWSC Planning Major Repairs in North End

July 25, 2014
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BWSC Planning Major Repairs in North End

A major sewer and drain improvement project is being planned in the North End by the Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC), according to Irene F. McSweeny, P.E. Director of Construction. She outlined the three phase project at the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) monthly meeting and will do the same at the North...

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NEWNC Opposes Hanover Street Restaurant Relocation

July 25, 2014
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NEWNC Opposes Hanover Street Restaurant Relocation

A request by Charles Berry, manager of 204 Hanover Street LLC, to change the occupancy at 204 Hanover Street from one apartment, one office and one store, to two apartments and one restaurant, with basement use was opposed by the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) at last week’s monthly meeting held in the Nazzaro...

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City Officials/police to Cleanup Gassy

July 25, 2014
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After several visits to the DeFilippo Playground (Gassy), Boston Police and the Parks Department have indicated both physical changes and removing undesirables from the public space are needed, according to Nicole Leo of the Mayor’s Office. She also claimed that Mayor Walsh has been briefed and has requested something be done. For some time,...

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Two Apps Available to Make Parking Easier

July 25, 2014
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Finding a parking spot in the North End could get a bit easier now that a company called Haystack has launched a mobile app that lets Apple iOS and Android users buy and sell street parking spaces in real time. The system offers new hope for motorist looking for hard to find parking on...

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City Should Control Licensing Board

Legislation that would place the currently State Licensing Board under the control of the City of Boston should be passed. Under the present board’s reign the North End/Waterfront neighborhood has been on the short stick, basically losing every decision. Recently, both North End civic groups voted overwhelming not to change a liquor license for...

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More and More Requests for Expansion in North End

It appears that there is no slow down of additional requests that directly affect the North End community and there appears to be no relief in sight, all in the name of progress. A first floor/basement request on Hanover Street, an official increase of capacity on Commercial Street, a new restaurant on Hanover Street,...

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A New Trail to Follow

I love it when one person decides to do a good deed for the rest of us just because he or she is interested in a topic. Vincent Licenziato, 64, of Phillips Street on Beacon Hill, decided to celebrate art, social justice and education by calling attention to the many statues and memorials around...

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Showing Support

Showing Support

State Senator Anthony Petruccelli (whose district includes the North End) is shown surrounded by a number of supporting elected officials, many domestic workers and Governor Deval Patrick signing the Labor and Enforcement bill. The bill was sponsored by Senator Petruccelli.

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NEWRA Opposes Restaurant Location Change

July 21, 2014
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NEWRA Opposes  Restaurant Location Change

An occupancy change, an entertainment addition and a presentation on recycling were part of the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) monthly meeting agenda. The public community meeting was well attended and numerous NEWRA Committee reports and updates from local officials were presented. Both State Representative Aaron Michlewitz and Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina spoke...

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Representative Michlewitz Stops 4am Closure License Bil

July 21, 2014
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North End State Representative Aaron Michlewitz has opposed extending the late-night drinking hours bill passed in the Senate. While the House turned down the 4am closure bill, the Senate quickly proposed an amendment in its Economic Development Bill. According to Representative Michlewitz the House has already put in place it’s economic development bill and...

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North End Parking Made Much Easier?

July 21, 2014
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Like many other North End residents Alex Shvartz owns a car and constantly struggles with street parking, so he has come up with an idea to make street parking in the neighborhood much easier, so he claims. Alex has apparently developed a mobile application (Android, iPhone) that does the following: Shows the map with...

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North End/west End Center Seeks Volunteers

July 21, 2014
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Two volunteers are being sought by the North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center, 1 Michelangelo Street to assist with several duties and responsibilities on Mondays and/or Fridays from 9am to 2pm. However hours could be flexible. The Center provides a multitude of services and programs to low-income residents of the North End, West End...

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Representative Michlewitz Opposes 4am Closure Policy

Mayor Martin Walsh’s attempt to have a 4am closure license for restaurants and bars in certain areas of Boston was supported in the Senate but defeated in the House. State Representative Aaron Michlewitz along with some colleagues stopped the bill in its track. He also noted that future discussions on this issue was needed....

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State Officials Make Correct Decision

State official’s decision to move the Fourth of July activities at the Hatch Shell to July 3 based on the potential dangers from Hurricane Arthur was a wise choice based on the weather forecast. It was a public safety issue and it was handled the correct way. While the rescheduled date saw the Pops...

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The Scared Americans?

As I was reading about the Supreme Court’s decision to allow family-owned businesses to deny contraception to women, I began to wonder—what kind of a person decides he knows better than his employees what is right and what is wrong for them? Mr. Hobby Lobby is characterized as a Christian. But he doesn’t seem...

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USS Constitution Goes Underway on July 4th for Last Turnaround Before Dry Dock

USS Constitution Goes Underway on July 4th for Last Turnaround Before Dry Dock

At 216 years old, the USS Constitution was still as majestic as ever during her July 4th turnaround in Boston Harbor. This is the last time Old Ironsides will be underway until 2018 as she goes into drydock later this year for restorations. The drizzly weather from the approaching Tropical Storm Arthur did not...

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Casino Gambling Now a State-wide Ballot Question

July 11, 2014
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Although the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has already awarded a slot parlor in Plainville and a casino in Springfield, the state’s highest court has ruled in favor of a ballot question to repeal the law in November. Major campaigns by advocates and opponents are expected to take place in the media and neighborhood across the...

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Soccer Stadium in Boston?

July 11, 2014
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An article published in the Boston Business Journal and repeated in other media sources claims that Mayor Martin Walsh is open to the possibility of building a $130 million soccer stadium in the city to house the New England Revolution which currently plays at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. “It’s about the growth of Boston....

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Councilor LaMattina Wants Discussions on TD Garden Incident

July 11, 2014
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A crackdown on rave shows like the recent one at the TD Garden appears to be on the minds on the Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Councilor Sal LaMattina and Tito Jackson. The Swedish DJ Avil attracted thousands of fans which apparently sent 36 intoxicated concertgoers to the hospital with several arrests being made. Elected...

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North End Mother and Daughter Walk to Benefit Cancer Society

North End resident Marie Parker Orlandi and her daughter Karen Parker Meyers, for the fifth consecutive year, walked with their Relay for Life Team “Miles of Memories” to benefit the American Cancer Society. The benefit walk took place at the Burlington High School Track. “We do this in memory of those we love and...

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