Project Oscar Continues in the North End

By Phil Orlandella Since 2015, Project Oscar has been collecting composted materials and data in the North End at the Polcari Playground next to the Nazzaro Community Center. About 30,000 pounds of food waste has been collected in the neighborhood in the wooded bins placed in the playground, tied with Jamaica Plain which is...

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Friends of the North End Schedule 45th Reunion in Sept

By Phil Orlandella The Sons of Italy Hall in Winthrop will be filled to capacity for the Friends of the North End 45th Reunion this September 16. “Our reunion has become very popular over the years,” said Victor Passacantilli one of the organizers of the special event that draws hundreds of current and former...

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The List of Top 100 Highest Paid Municipal Employees

The Top 100 highest paid employees in the City of Boston show that six are now earning more than $200,000 per year in regular pay and that Supt. of Schools Tommy Chang continues to be the highest paid employee in the City. The numbers reflect base pay from the calendar year 2016 and do...

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Boston Public Library to Gain New Trustees

Beth Treffeisen In an effort to diversify the Boston Public Library leadership and funding sources, the Boston City Council voted to pass a home rule petition proposed by the Mayor to expand the number of BPL Trustees from nine up to 15. At a City Council hearing on Wednesday, July 12, Councilor Michael Flaherty...

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NEMPAC Accepting Applications for the Geraldine Marshall Music Scholarships

The North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) continues to offer the Geraldine Marshall Scholarship, and to preserve the legacy of a woman who loved children and the arts. The Geraldine Marshall Scholarship Fund enters its third year of awarding North End children under the age of 18 with a full-year scholarship for...

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North End Public Safety Meeting August 3

By Phil Orlandella Based on the last two monthly Part One District 11 Boston Police reports, there has been an increase in crime in the North End. Some residents believe it’s due to the warm weather, others feel it’s just a surge in crime, still others believe most of it is due to drugs...

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Sandwich Board Signs Regulations Will Soon Be up for Debate in City

By Beth Treffeisen In bright colored letters across chalkboard signs, witty remarks or inspirational quotes entice a passerby to stop, look in and see what’s inside. These free marketing tools helps many small and larger businesses alike to get shoppers into the stores. In an effort to provide consistent rules across all neighborhoods and...

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Tyler Orlandella Named All-Star and Runner of the Year

Beverly High School student, Tyler Orlandella, granddaughter of former North End residents Mary (McGonagle) and Phil Orlandella, has been named Girls Track All-Star and Runner of the Year. Tyler won the 2006 State all around gymnastic championship and many gymnastic awards and honors before changing over to track and field and other related events....

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Ward 3 Dems Endorse Passacantilli, Kelley for City Council

The Ward 3 Democratic Committee has voted to endorse Stephen Passacantilli for the District One City Council race.  The Committee voted 23 to 1 to endorse Passacantilli, a North End resident and member of the Ward 3 Democratic committee. District One encompasses East Boston, Charlestown and the North End. The committee also voted 20...

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Boston Children’s Museum Receives National Leadership Grant to Directly Support School Readiness Through Partnerships

Grant and Launch of New Website Enhance the Capacity of Museum and Library Educators to Support Children and Families Boston Children’s Museum recently received a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services dedicated for School Readiness through Partnerships: Museums, Libraries and State Early Learning Systems Project. This grant harnesses the...

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NEAD Family Fun Festival-A Week-Long Event

North End Against Drugs (NEAD) will hold its Family Fun Festival, a week-long schedule of activity starting on Tuesday, August 1 with the Emile Pugliano/Bobby D. DeCristoforo neighborhood family boat cruise starting at Long Wharf at 7:30 p.m. Big Joe-Story Teller will be at the North End Library from 11:45 AM to 12:30 p.m....

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NEAD Family Fun Festival Cruise Scheduled for July 31

By Phil Orlandella North End Against Drugs (NEAD) will hold its annual Emily Puglianol/Bobby D. DeCristoforo Boston Harbor Boat Cruise on Monday, July 31 with boarding at 7 PM next door to the Marriott Long Wharf at the Boston Harbor Cruise terminal. The cruise will run from 7:30 PM to 9:30 p.m. and will...

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Greenway News and Notes

As usual, the Greenway Conservancy has scheduled numerous events, activities and programs for the general public to enjoy individually or with friends and families. The Greenway has put together many things to do including celebrations through July. Get a taste of different cultures at Brazil on The Greenway, My Caribbean Expo and the African...

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Opinion

By Phil Orlandella Sen. Boncore/Rep. Michlewitz help create Greenway partnership Senator Joseph Boncore and Representative Aaron Michlewitz, whose districts include the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, took part in the formation of a sustainable and equitable public-private partnership that will support the extremely popular open space that attracts thousands of people each year. The partnership...

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From Our Readers

Fake Monks Harassing People for Donations Dear Editor My long time friend and North End condo owner, Matt Ackley, never gets mad. In fact, when piles of trash are left outside of his condo on non-trash collection days, I get madder than Matt. No, Matt simply picks up the disgusting remnants of disrespectful neighbors...

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Imagine Boston 2030: Lifting Everyone Up

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh “We will listen. We will learn. We will lead.” That is a promise that I made to Bostonians after being sworn in as the 54th Mayor of the City of Boston. Now, almost four years later, we have put forth Boston’s first citywide plan in over 50 years —...

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Our Opinions

Endeavor to rekindle New Year’s Eve firework display Bringing back Boston Harbor New Year’s Eve fireworks display would be a terrific achievement especially for North End/Waterfront residents, the business community and the thousands of others that a fireworks display will attract to Boston Harbor. An endeavor, by Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP), Boston...

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Mayor Signs $3.15 Billion City Budget

Mayor Signs $3.15 Billion City Budget

Mayor Martin J. Walsh signed the City’s $3.15 billion Fiscal Year 2018 budget, which through strong fiscal management and strategic savings initiatives allows for further investment in quality City services in neighborhoods across Boston, and builds on the success of existing City programs. During a signing ceremony hosted outside of a building marked by...

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Partnership Formed

Partnership Formed

By Phil Orlandella A highly welcomed private-public partnership to provide financial support for the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway that draws thousands of visitors and residents from abutting neighborhoods in the general area has been officially announced. One of the most popular places to be in the City, The Greenway, has something good going on...

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Legendary Restaurant Supplier is Moving:Eastern Bakers Supply Holds Relocation Sale

Legendary Restaurant Supplier is Moving:Eastern Bakers Supply Holds Relocation Sale

By Cary Shuman Robert “Bobby” Kalustian knows restaurants. And if you own or have owned a restaurant in the region, you know Robert Kalustian. For 71 consecutive years, Kalustian’s family has been providing equipment to restaurants large and small, bakeries, submarine shops, pizza places, college cafeterias – and more recently, food trucks. Setrak Kalustian,...

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North End/Waterfront Health Center Funding in the State Budget

State Representative Aaron Michlewitz and Senator Joe Boncore joined their colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature in approving the state’s $40.2 billion budget. Among the many spending priorities highlighted in the budget, local initiatives were prioritized, including the North End/Waterfront Health Center, which received $125,000 to assist in its ongoing efforts to combat substance abuse....

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Boston Harbor Ferry Study Now Underway

By Phil Orlandella Traffic congestion in the City and up and down the North and South Shores has created a high rate of volume over the past several years. During most of the day it’s virtually impossible not to get stuck in traffic that causes major delays. Residents are increasingly calling for some sort...

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Greenway News and Notes

The Greenway Conservancy reached a landmark new agreement with MassDOT, the City of Boston and A Better City (on behalf of over 20 Greenway-abutting private properties) to establish a public-private partnership to financially support The Greenway well into the future. This includes a new 10-year lease from MassDOT for the non-profit organization to manage...

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North End Public Safety Metting

By David Marx Boston Police District A-1 provided an update on recent neighborhood crime incidents, summarized below, at the July 2017 North End Public Safety Meeting. Aggravated Assaults (2) -6/3 @ Stillman St. @ 12.53pm: Male and female victims reported that they got into an argument with the male operator of a gold VW...

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