ISD Approves Two Requests Denies Another

By Phil Orlandella Boston’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD) Board of Appeals has proved two and denied one request relating to the North End. All applicants appeared at both neighborhood organizations and were supported. ISD approved a request by the owner of 290 North Street to convert the bed and breakfast and one residential unit...

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Downtown View:Chain Store Sorrows

by Karen Cord Taylor Local businesses or chain stores. Which is best for Boston neighborhoods and such shopping attractions as Faneuil Hall Marketplace? The tension has resurfaced recently with a local merchant at Faneuil Hall threatened with eviction, two San Francisco chain stores opening on Charles Street on Beacon Hill and fear by North...

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Mayor’s Coffee Hour at Columbus Park

By Phil Orlandella North End/Waterfront residents will have an opportunity to rub elbows with Boston Mayor Martin Walsh on Wednesday, June 8 at Christopher Columbus Park on Atlantic Avenue from 9:30-10:30am. This is a rain or shine event. Hosted by Boston Parks and Recreation Department along with the 18th annual coffee hour series will...

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Louis Cavagnaro Honored at NEAA Baseball Opening Day Ceremony

The Junior Baseball League opened up the North End Athletic Association (NEAA) 2016 season with an 11am game at Langone Field on Commercial Street. The four team program is made up of future Little League players. Both teams played well and many fans filled the stands during a warm Saturday morning. During a break...

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North Square/Washington Street Bridge Additional Funding Included in Fiscal 2017 City Budget

By Phil Orlandella In response to residents needs identified through Boston 311 and Go Boston 2030, Mayor Martin Walsh has increased the city’s Fiscal 2017 budget to deliver more basic services, including two major projects in the North End. North Square and the North Washington Street Bridge have been scheduled for capital improvements and...

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Opinion

By Phil Orlandella Tagliaferro not seeking NEWNC reelection Following serving 20 consecutive years on the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) Anne Devlin Tagliaferro has decided not to seek reelection to the volunteer community advisory board. An extremely active member of the North End/Waterfront neighborhood, Anne represented the community in a professional and caring manner....

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Street Performers Permitting is Needed

While street performers provide a great source of entertainment to visitors and Boston residents, they can also be a problem. At times they are a public safety issue, extremely loud, interfere with business access, pedestrian access and problems vying for space. Most of this, if not all of this, can be resolved by generating...

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Residents Should Vote in NEWNC Community Election

This coming Saturday, May 14, the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) will be conducting its annual Board of Directors election from 10am to 2pm in the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street. All North End/Waterfront residents are eligible to go to the polls and vote. Proper identification is required. NEWNC is an all-volunteer-non-profit...

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Get Ready for Duckling Day,Sunday May 8

Get Ready for Duckling Day,Sunday May 8

A photo of the participants of last year’s Duckling Day marching through the Boston Common.

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NEWRA Supports License Transfer and Occupancy Change

NEWRA Supports License Transfer and Occupancy Change

by Phil Orlandella Boston City Counselor Sal LaMattina was the guest speaker at the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association monthly meeting held in the Nazzaro Community Center. Counselor LaMattina, who has served on the Boston City Council since 2006, provided updates on city affairs and local projects. He is currently the Chair of Parks and...

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Burroughs Wharf and NEMPAC Board Member Honored

Burroughs Wharf and NEMPAC Board Member Honored

North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) Board member Andrea Waldstein was recently honored by Project Kesher (PK). The Burroughs Wharf resident is one of the earliest supporters an d founding PK Board member. She has recruited for and traveled on PK trips to the Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. Andrea fostered a Boston-wide...

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Cooper Street Resident Receives NEWRA Good Neighbor Award

Cooper Street Resident Receives NEWRA Good Neighbor Award

by Phil Orlandella Lorraine Renda LaColla of Cooper Street was recently named recipient of the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) Good Neighbor Award for her efforts in helping to keep the community clean by removing debris from in front of her home on a regular basis. “She takes care of her corner of the...

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NEWNC Supports 3 Agenda Requests

by Phil Orlandella Two occupancy changes and a transfer of an existing North End CV-7 Day malt and wine with cordials license were supported by the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) at their May monthly meeting held in the Nazzaro Community Center. All the votes were unanimous 9-0. Tuyet Tran is seeking zone relief...

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Boncore Captures Senate Seat

By Phil Orlandella Showing strength across the First Suffolk and Middlesex District which includes the North End/Waterfront community, attorney Joseph Boncore was elected State Senator in the April 12 special election. Boncore will succeed former State Senator Anthony Petrucelli, who has taken a job in the private sector. He led in his hometown of...

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Mayor Walsh Set to begin Boston Shines

As part of an annual effort to beautify the streets of Boston in time for the spring season, Mayor Martin J. Walsh has asked for Boston residents’ to participate in Boston Shines, a citywide initiative to clean the neighborhoods across the city. Boston Shines will bring together thousands of volunteers, including businesses, community groups...

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North End Resident Crosses the Boston Marathon Finish Line

by Phil Orlandella Running in the Boston Marathon for the first time and finishing the international race that attracts thousands of participants is really something to brag about. While winning is the lifelong ultimate goal, for North End resident Michael LoPriore (53 years old) it was a great start and a terrific accomplishment.   ...

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Design Revealed for Eliot School Renovation

By Conor Finley The City of Boston Planning and Facilities Department hosted a meeting to cover the design concept and plans for the rebuild set to take place at the Eliot Innovation School, located at 585 Commercial Street in Boston’s North End.  The presentation went into depth about the goal to convert the current...

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Boston Marathon Creates Millions in Revenue

By Phil Orlandella An estimated $188.8 million dollars was generated by the 120th Boston Marathon-related events throughout the Greater Boston region according to Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) President and CEO Patrick Moscaritolo. This year’s marathon had just over 30,000 official participants including more than 6,400 runners from 98 countries. More than...

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NEAA Baseball Opening Day

By Ralph Martignetti Boys and girls ages 4-21 have broken out the gloves, bats and cleats and begun practicing as they eagerly await the NEAA Baseball Opening Day of April 30th. This year the North End Program, run by Commissioner Ralph Martignetti and Sports Coordinator John Romano will have approximately 250 children as part...

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The Boston Foundation Funds Gun Violence Pilot Program

A new gun violence program, a multi-city pilot in New England to develop customized law enforcement-led projects to focus on preventing the flow and use of illegal guns through a $25,000 grant from the Boston Foundation has been announced at the third New England Regional Gun Violence meeting. Mayor Martin J Walsh and Commissioner...

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Boston is Going Fiber

By Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh This week I announced something that will change Boston’s future: working closely with the City over the next six years, Verizon will rewire the entire city with an advanced fiber-optic network. Replacing our outdated copper-based telecom infrastructure with state-of-the-art fiber will dramatically improve internet connection speeds for both...

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We Need A Transportation Transformation

by Michelle Wu,                         Boston City Council President As a new mom, I think often about the world that my one-year-old son will grow up in. Twenty years from now, what will Boston look like? As excited as I am about the future of our city, one worry looms large: the increasing threat to our...

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Opinion

By Phil Orlandella Taste of the North End benefits many neighborhood programs Many of the neighborhood’s best restaurants will get together at the 23rd annual Taste of the North End scheduled for Friday, April 29 at the Steriti Memorial Rink on Commercial Street to celebrate culture and to give back to local organizations providing...

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Redevelopment Authority Mission Overhaul on Target

In response and feedback from the community over the past two-years Mayor Martin J Walsh has embarked on a mission to overhaul the organizational identity of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). His goal is to provide better services to the people of Boston and to inspire greater trust and confidence in the city’s planning...

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