BRA Modernization System: A Great Leap in the Right Direction

An newly designed online portal web-based system at the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will significantly reduce the current reliance on paper documents as the primary method of receiving letters of intent, project notification forms, notice of project changes and other items that are crucial to the Article 80 development review process. The new modernized...

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NEWRA to Elect Officers at Monthly Meeting

October 8, 2014
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Election of officers will be the featured topic at the Thursday, October 9 monthly meeting of the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) being held in the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street at 7pm. In addition, a representative from the Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) will update residents on the eminent plans...

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Boston Public Market Forms New Partnership

October 8, 2014
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The Trustees of Reservations and the Boston Public Market slated to open at a permanent, indoor location on the Greenway directly above the Haymarket MBTA station in 2015, have announced an important new partnership that will bring the Trustee’s experience and expertise in community programming to the planned public market. An area dedicated to...

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North End’s Superstar Artist Nate Swain Is Transforming the Look of the City

North End’s Superstar Artist Nate Swain Is Transforming the Look of the City

North End resident Nate Swain has been described as a visionary, self-taught artist, professional, a photo muralist, and an inspiration to young artists. But the description now being affixed to his name is: rising superstar on the city’s arts scene. A graduate of Doherty High School in Worcester, Swain received his Associate’s degree in...

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A Dog Park Will Help Resolve Problems

Besides North End dog owners being responsible citizens by picking up after their pets and abiding by the leash law, a dog park is needed in the community which will help resolve some of the so-called problems being generated by neighborhood residents in search of answers. Dog issues in the North End or in...

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MassDOT North End RFPs Public Meeting

North End/Waterfront residents should plan to attend a MassDOT public meeting to discuss Requests For Proposals for state owned properties in the community. MassDOT will be soliciting feedback from the community on the RFPs for Parcel 11A located at the corner of Hanover and Cross Streets, adjacent to the former Mother Anna’s Restaurant and...

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From Our Readers

Let Us Play Bingo! Dear Editor, Ever since last spring. The BHA has been attempting to create a culture of boredom and strife between themselves and the residents of Ausonia Apartments in the North End. They took away our BINGO games, a most vital mode of socialization, relaxation and entertainment for not only the...

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Keep Cabbage On Hand

A Russian proverb, “Having a good wife and rich cabbage soup, seek not other things,” speaks to the importance of cabbage as a mainstay of life in that culture. And, so it was for many ethnic groups where hunger was an issue. Throughout the world, harsh winters meant that the tight heads of cabbage...

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Urban Cantina Serving Mexican Food on Salem St.

October 6, 2014
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Following 28 years of doing business in the North End, the owner of Going Banana’s, Frank Scire has opened a new eatery at 76 Salem Street called Urban Cantina. Specializing in Mexican style meals and brunch, the business is open seven days a week from 8am to 11pm. Only opened a couple of weeks,...

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City to Test Community Composting in North End

October 6, 2014
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One of the site containers for the city’s pilot community compost program is near the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street. Mayor Marty Walsh noted in a press release that this fall, the city will be collecting residential food waste at this site. “Composting is important for Boston’s growing urban agriculture movement and...

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Celebrating The Life of a Friend

September 23, 2014
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Celebrating The Life of a Friend

If you are one of those North Ender’s who played at Shaw House or attended either Wianno Caddy Camp or Oyster Harbors’ Caddy Camp down the Cape in 70′s and 80′s, you are sure to remember a good guy named John Cotillo.  John was the Director of Wianno Caddy Camp and also the Director...

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Director Very Community Minded

September 23, 2014
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s selection of Jeremy Smith as the Director of the City’s Neighborhood Services Department was a solid move for neighborhoods. Smith appears to be a community advocate that is willing to listen to neighborhood requests, concerns and needs. Smith told North End residents that a city audit of Boston streets to...

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Comprehensive Audit of City Streets Underway

September 23, 2014
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Neighborhood Engagement Walks (NEW), a comprehensive audit of every street across Boston began on September 15. Representatives from Mayor Martin Walsh’s Offices of Neighborhood Services (ONS) will begin walking the 850 miles of city streets in an effort to access its neighborhoods with the findings presented in a forward-facing story map. The initiative is...

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Downtown View:Boston As Seen From the Water

September 23, 2014
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If you’re a traveler and an architecture enthusiast, you may have been on the Chicago River architectural boat tour. It is splendid, with good stories about the Windy City’s fine buildings. You may be surprised to learn that Boston also has an architectural river (and harbor) trip. You’ll also be surprised to find that...

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Our Opinions

September 23, 2014
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Make Coakley our next Governor There is no question that Martha Coakley has the experience and know-how to handle the job as Governor of Massachusetts. Her outstanding record as Attorney General proves her ability and willingness to make Massachusetts a better place to work and live with opportunities for every resident speaks for itself....

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Peterlin Family Receives Good Neighbor Award

September 23, 2014
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Peterlin Family Receives Good Neighbor Award

Doug and Barbara Peterlin of Clark Street, along with their children were the recipients of the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) Good Neighbor Award  for their consistent efforts to help keep the North End clean.             “They have been taking good care of their property since they moved to Clark Street,” NEWRA member Janet...

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Central Artery Ramp Parcel Study Meeting

September 23, 2014
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Resulting from environmental commitments made as part of the Central Artery Tunnel project, MassDOT and the BRA is required to consider options for covering the open ramp portion on the Artery/Tunnel Parcels 6, 12 and 18 along the Rose Kennedy Greenway, according to MassDOT Legislative Liaison John Romano. Agency officials have initiated a study...

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Interactive Landscape

September 22, 2014
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Interactive Landscape

North End resident Leanna Olbinsky (Left) along with Carly Tobin (Bottom) and Rosa Estrella (Right) attended the grand opening of The Lawn on D (www.lawnond.com) on Friday, August 15, 2014. An experimental event space and Boston’s first-of-its-kind outdoor interactive landscape in the epicenter of the Innovation District and South Boston neighborhood, The Lawn on...

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NEWNC Supports New Juicery/Fitness Center

September 22, 2014
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NEWNC Supports New Juicery/Fitness Center

A request by Melina DiPaola to open a Juicery/Fitness Center with takeout at 420 Commercial Street was supported by the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) at the community elected group’s monthly meeting held in the Nazzaro Community Center. The new fitness center will be sound-proofed with interior activity only. No customer parking in lot...

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Tony DeMarco Exhibit Opens at W.E. Museum

September 22, 2014
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The Flaming Fury of Fleet Street, Tony DeMarco, Welterweight Champion of the World (April 1955) will have his many fights at the old Boston Garden displayed at the West End Museum Members Gallery located at 150 Staniford Street. Featuring photos of the boxing champ’s matches, the exhibit is free and open to the public...

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Guest Speakers Dominate NEWRA Monthly Meeting

September 22, 2014
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Last week’s North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) monthly meeting did not have any voting requests on the agenda. Instead the agenda had three guest speakers. North Bennet Street School President Miguel Gomez-Ibanez discuss the school’s interest in the Department of Transportation Building at 128 North Street. MassDOT has announced that they will be conducting...

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NBSS Seeks 128 North Street for Expansion

September 22, 2014
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MassDOT is planning a public meeting in October to discuss the Request For Proposals (RFP) for 128 North Street, North End, the Summer Tunnel Administrative Building. One potential organization seeking to purchase the property that is comprised of slightly more than 6,500 total square feet on four levels including a basement is the North...

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Police Make 15 Arrests in the North End During August

September 22, 2014
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District A-1 Boston Police made 15 arrests during the month of August in the North End. This is apparently the highest number of arrests made in the community over a 30 day period that anyone can remember. Arrests included drug possession and sales, receiving stolen property, affray (fights on the streets), larceny over $200,...

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Our Opinions

September 22, 2014
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Tall Ships sailing into Boston Harbor, a real treat Bringing the Tall Ships back to Boston Harbor in 2017 will help bolster the City of Boston’s economical status with millions of dollars flowing in from the many visitors that will visit different venues over the weeklong event. While there is still much to do...

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