Boston Landmarks 40th Anniversary Events

February 23, 2015
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Boston Landmarks 40th Anniversary Events

A series of free events will be scheduled throughout 2015 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC), according to the City of Boston. The series will feature four seasonal programs celebrating the city’s historic places and the progress made during the past four decades to protect and enhance Boston’s unique...

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NEWRA Supports Full Liquor License Transfer on Battery Wharf

February 23, 2015
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NEWRA Supports Full Liquor License Transfer on Battery Wharf

There was only one voting agenda item at last week’s North End/Waterfront Residents Association (NEWRA) monthly meeting held in the Nazzaro Community Center. A request by 3 Battery Wharf, Sweet Basil, Inc. d/b/a The Cactus Club to transfer its Common Victualler 7-Day All Alcohol License with a 2am closing to Boston Beverage Services, Inc....

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Uber Driver Charged with Assault

February 23, 2015
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Indecent assault and battery charges have been levied on an Uber driver, according to Boston Police reports. Uber driver Abderrahim Dakiri, 36. Boston has been allegedly charged by a 30-year-old woman when the two were alone in the North End after she called for a ride. Reportedly, the victim told police that during this...

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Is It Possible for Boston to Host the Summer Olympics

People who support the possibility of the 2024 Summer Olympics being held in Boston and in part of Greater Boston as well as those who do not favor the idea of hosting the world games are certainly expressing their opinions loud and clear. Obviously, Boston has not been selected to host the Olympic Games...

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Snow… Snow. Go Away!

The past four weeks have not been ideal conditions for the state, cities and towns as snow has fallen at a ridiculous pace, making it difficult to remove and place. Parking spaces could not be cleared fast enough, side and small streets could not get much attention. Mounds were so high they looked like...

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City Provides Residents Relief in the Face of Rising Electricity Costs

Boston faces some of the highest electricity prices in the nation, and in January, rates increased by 29 percent. This puts many Boston residents in a very tough spot, in particular, those residents who heat with electricity.  While the City does not have control over these prices, we are using every lever we can...

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Literary Landscapes

Literary Landscapes

The exhibition Literary Landscapes: Maps from Fiction  has opened at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library  and runs through October 25. The exhibition, curated by Stephanie Cyr and Lauren Chen, examines the many types of maps that accompany works of fiction and features items from the 16th century to...

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Historical Commission says Parcel 9 Project ‘Haymarket Hotel’ Too High for Blackstone Block

Historical Commission says Parcel 9 Project ‘Haymarket Hotel’ Too High for Blackstone Block

The Massachusetts Historical Commission has taken issue with the proposed height and massing of the Haymarket Hotel proposal for Parcel 9 by Normandy Real Estate Partners and Harbinger Development. In a January 26, 2015 letter, the MHC noted the proposed height far exceeds the 55 feet zoning limit that was set to protect the...

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Winter Helps Keep Crime Incidents Low

If there is a silver lining to the snow and cold, it could be that crime incidents are down 40% in the district, according to A-1 Captain Ken Fong at Thursday night’s North End Public Safety Meeting. Specifically in the North End / Waterfront area, overall crime is at very low levels. Police noted...

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19 North End/Waterfront Eateries Participate in Dine Out Boston

February 12, 2015
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Nineteen North End/Waterfront eateries will participate in the second Dine Out Boston (DOB) hosted by the Greater Boston Convention + Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) this coming March 1-6 and March 8-13.                 Dine Out Boston is a new approach for the former Restaurant Week Boston that debuted for the first time in 2014.                  It...

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BRA Changes Benefit Communities

Big changes and positive initiatives have taken place at the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and his administration over the past year.                 These major changes have already made a significant difference for Boston’s neighborhoods, especially in urban planning and economic development, according to information provided by the Mayor’s office....

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Mayor on Right Education Track

Data recently released showed the Boston Public School graduation rate has hit a historic milestone, the highest level in recorded history.                 The School Department of Elementary and Secondary Education indicated a 66.7 percent of graduate rate and upward trend since 2006, from 65.9 percent in 2013.                 The data also showed the districts...

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North End in the Blizzard

North End in the Blizzard

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Short-Term Rental Bill Should Be Passed

Representative Aaron Michlewitz has co-sponsored legislation that would put in place state regulations for short-term residential rentals that would empower cities and towns to inspect these units for safety code violations and mandate that short-term renters pay an excise tax, similar to the state’s hotel tax. The bill makes perfect sense for several reasons,...

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More Water and Sewer Savings for Seniors and Disabled People

Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s announcement that Boston Water and Sewer Commission will increase water service discounts for all senior citizens and disabled homeowners to 30 percent has been praised by many. It was an important decision that adds new protection for low income elderly and persons with disabilities who certainly can use the money....

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Downtown View:More Stupid Stuff

Sometimes as a community we don’t think before we act even though we spend lots of time in the thinking stage. Casinos are one example. This is not a column opposing casinos. Their benefits are probably over-rated, and so are their drawbacks. Everett was chosen over Revere for the casino in the Boston area....

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Mayor Issues 20 Page Report on BRA Performance

February 9, 2015
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A 20 page report that offers an in-depth look at how the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has improved its transparency, accountability and operations in the past year through a series of policy reforms, personnel changes and investments in technology has been released by Mayor Martin Walsh and BRA Director Brian Golden. Many times over...

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NEAD Supports AG’s Drug Task Force

February 9, 2015
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A task force on opioid and prescription drug abuse is being planned by State Attorney General Maura Healy. This is a problem that has been plaguing neighborhoods across the state, including the North End/Waterfront communities. Healey has filed to expand the reach of the State’s Prescription Monitoring Program, address market prescribing and dispensing practices...

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Residents Question Multiple Parking Permits Issued

February 9, 2015
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North End residents were not surprised when they found out that residents had more than one residential parking sticker for one vehicle. They were under the impression that the system called for one sticker per vehicle good for two years. Reportedly, one resident had five stickers. “It’s extremely difficult to find a residential space...

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North End Composting Pilot Program Labeled a Success

February 9, 2015
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A pilot composting program, Project Oscar, held in the North End from September to November was labeled as a success by Leah Bamberger, a member of Greenovate Boston Group. Speaking at last month’s North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) meeting, Bamberger noted the pilot program collected 1,500 pounds of food waste in the neighborhood in...

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Opinion

February 9, 2015
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Mayor forms Boston School Building Authority The North End has benefited from obtaining funding for a new elementary school during the former Mayor Thomas Menino’s Administration. Now that new Mayor Martin J. Walsh has formed a Boston School Building Authority, a city agency charged with the task of securing new funds for a new...

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North End Sites Nominated to National Register of Historic Places

Secretary of the Commonwealth William F.Galvin has announced that the Massachusetts Historical Commission approved the Boston Police Station Number One/Traffic Tunnel Administration Building and the Boston Printing Department Building in Boston in the North End for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places at its December10, 2014, meeting.                  The nomination will be...

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State Legislators Aim to Crack Down on AirBnb Short-Term Rentals

A new bill by State Representatives Aaron Michlewitz and RoseLee Vincent would introduce the strictest regulations in the country for short-term rentals by companies such as AirBnb, Homeaway and Flipkey. Both Democrats, Michlewitz represents the North End, South End and parts of downtown Boston while Vincent hails from Revere. The legislation, if passed, would...

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Modest Property Taxes Incentive Will Work

A local option for a modest property tax incentive for private developers of workforce housing will most likely be filed by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. The legislation will allow the City to designate workforce housing special tax assessment zones in the areas that present an opportunity for increased development of middle-income housing, something...

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