Sponsors Needed for the NEAD Family Fun Festival

By Phil Orlandella North End Against Drugs (NEAD), for the 28th consecutive year, is attempting to provide numerous free events for all North End residents, families, teenagers, single adults and seniors during the summer months, according to NEAD President John Romano. What started out as North End Family Pride Day has now transformed into...

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Inspectional Services Approves Two Requests

By Phil Orlandella Boston Inspectional Services Department Board of Appeals approved a request by Patrick Maloney to construct a roof-top deck with additional egress on top of existing structure on Causeway Street. The Board also supported a proposal to change the occupancy at 69 Salem Street to include a fitness Center, less than 250...

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Edwards Endorsed by Unions

32BJ SEIU, representing 18,000 property service workers in the Massachusetts, Boston Teachers Union, representing 10,000 education professionals, and SEIU Local 888, representing over 8,000 public service workers and higher education workers in Massachusetts, announced their endorsement of Lydia Edwards for the District 1 seat to represents the North End, Charlestown and East Boston. “Lydia...

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West End Library Schedule

A full schedule of events and activities are scheduled at the West End Library, 151 Cambridge Street. For details call 617-523-3957. And The Oscar Goes to…A Film Series-Wednesdays at 3pm.  Summer Film Series honoring Best Picture winners from 2008-2016.   Sponsored by The Friends of the West End Branch Library. Wednesday July 12      3pm The...

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Opinion

By Phil Orlandella Passacantilli the right choice for District 1 Councilor District 1 Boston City Councilor candidate Stephen Passacantilli, a life-long North End resident, without question has the necessary neighborhood experience that would nake him a viable and reliable elected official to represent the North End, East Boston, Charlestown and part of the Waterfront...

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Native American Mascots Not Disrespectful

State legislation that will prevent Massachusetts from using native American mascots is not a great idea. Mascots are not meant to be a negative way of demeaning native Americans in any way, shape or form. They are simply a name for teams, not an insult, and have been used for many, many years. No...

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Family and Medical Leave Bills Should Move Forward

Several bills relating toward creating a comprehensive paid family and medical leave insurance program is currently at the State Legislature waiting for action to be taken. Members of the Raised-Up Massachusetts coalition of community organizations, religious groups, and labor unions recently expressed their support for these bills at a legislative hearing on June 13....

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Sports 07-11-2017

Cardinals Rule: Capture 2017 NEAA Baseball Championship By Phil Orlandella Posting a 6-4 record in the North End Athletic Association (NEAA) regular baseball season, the Cardinals, the defending 2016 championship team, became the number one seed in the playoffs. The Cards went on to beat both the Cubs and Indians in four consecutive games...

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NEAA Baseball

NEAA Baseball

NEAA Dodgers 14U Baseball Team coached by Mike Martignetti.

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DEP Rules Against the Lewis Wharf Hotel Project

By Phil Orlandella A well-coordinated community endeavor to stop a developer from building out over the water was ended by a ruling by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Residents in the Waterfront area immediately opposed plans by developer JW Capital Partners to build a 277-room hotel on his property and extend the...

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NEWNC Names Officers

By Phil Orlandella At its June monthly meeting the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) announced its officers: President John Pregmon, Vice President Carmine Guarino, Sergeant at Arms Gennaro Riccio, and Secretary Brett Roman. Two informational items were on NEWNC’s agenda. Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP) Vice President Ann Babbit presented upcoming and future...

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Local Performer Draws 300 to Hard Rock Cafe

Local Performer Draws 300 to Hard Rock Cafe

By Phil Orlandella North End resident Joe Nicholson, also known as Gringo da Viola, performed for a sold-out crowd of over 300 patrons at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston on June 10. Joseph showcase some of his favorite renditions of songs in English and Brazilian in the concert he refers to as “Joe...

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NEMPAC/NBSS Both Seeking 128 North Street

By Phil Orlandella Currently, two local agencies have announced their intentions to purchase 6,000 square feet of space at the MassDOT owned building at 128 North Street. North Bennet Street School (NBSS) and the North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) both want the property to expand their respective programs to meet the...

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FOCCP Attempting to Rekindle Boston Harbor Fireworks

By Phil Orlandella Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP) have embarked on a major goal to return fireworks over Boston Harbor on New Year’s Eve 2017 in the North End/Waterfront. For whatever reason, the fireworks were discontinued last New Year’s Eve but FOCCP through fundraising is attempting to bring them back for thousands of...

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Public Safety Meeting/July 6

By Phil Orlandella Crime numbers are rising in the North End/Waterfront by approximately two-percent and there is no apparent reason for the increase in Part 1 crimes. Some residents believe it’s because of the warmer weather but that’s only a theory with no facts to verify this claim. The answer to this and other...

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North End Student Honored as 2017 Red Sox Scholar

The Red Sox Scholars Program presented by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center honored North End student Ana Heredia as one of this year’s Red Sox Scholars in a special ceremony preceding the Red Sox-Tigers game on Sunday, June 11. Ana is a seventh grader at John Eliot School K-8 where she has maintained a...

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NEMPAC Summer Concert Series in the Prado

The North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) is thrilled to announce that their annual Summer Concert Series, in partnership with the City of Boston, will return to the Prado this summer to offer free outdoor concerts each Thursday in July. Main stage concerts will begin at 6:00 p.m. and run until 7:30...

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FOCCP Independence Day Celebration/July 1

By Phil Orlandella Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP) will conduct its annual and traditional Independence Day Celebration this coming Saturday, July 1 starting with a kid’s parade through the park at 11:45 AM and continue until 4 PM. The event is free and will also feature Uncle Sam on stilts, Benjamin the Juggler,...

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Senator Joe Boncore Endorses Edwards for District 1 Boston City Council

By Phil Orlandella State Senator Joe Boncore has endorsed Lydia Edwards’ candidacy for District 1 Boston City Councilor representing the North End, East Boston and Charlestown. The seat became open with the retirement of long-time Councilor Sal LaMattina decision not to seek reelection. Edwards was the Senator’s opponent during the 2016 special election for...

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Low Turnout for the North End Construction Update Meeting

By Phil Orlandella The City of Boston North End Construction Update meeting held in the gymnasium of the Nazzaro Community Center didn’t generate very much attention of local residents. It did however, have a wide range of information with many people available to answer questions relating to most of the construction taking place in...

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New Art Projects in Christopher Columbus Park

The first art project, “Poems in the Park” was installed on May 19.  A container full of printed poems, hung on one of the light posts near the trellis, and a marked off area to stand and read the poems has attracted a number of people who happily participated in the activity of reading...

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Eliot School Groundbreaking Takes Place

A ground breaking ceremony to kick off the $20 million renovation of the John Eliot K-8 Innovation Upper School building that, when completed by the fall of 2019, took place on the school property last week with a large group of residents, teachers and administrators. Boston Mayor Martin J Walsh, public school officers, local...

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RUFF Gains Support/Contractor Selected

By Phil Orlandella Responsible Urbanites For Fido (Ruff) held a successful event at Crudo to gain support for the new dog park coming to DeFilippo Park (Gassy). Many non-dog owners attended the fun filled event and were pleased with the updated plans that were available at the events. Ruff also announced that a contractor,...

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First Ever Pizza Festival at City Hall Plaza

By Phil Orlandella North End resident Giancarlo Natale, has put together the first of its kind, two-Day Boston Pizza Festival at City Hall Plaza on July 8 and 9. “One of the fastest moving pizza scenes in the country, the festival offers pizza lovers a mouth-watering experience of a variety of thirty types of...

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