Two Apps Available to Make Parking Easier

July 25, 2014
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Finding a parking spot in the North End could get a bit easier now that a company called Haystack has launched a mobile app that lets Apple iOS and Android users buy and sell street parking spaces in real time. The system offers new hope for motorist looking for hard to find parking on...

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City Should Control Licensing Board

Legislation that would place the currently State Licensing Board under the control of the City of Boston should be passed. Under the present board’s reign the North End/Waterfront neighborhood has been on the short stick, basically losing every decision. Recently, both North End civic groups voted overwhelming not to change a liquor license for...

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More and More Requests for Expansion in North End

It appears that there is no slow down of additional requests that directly affect the North End community and there appears to be no relief in sight, all in the name of progress. A first floor/basement request on Hanover Street, an official increase of capacity on Commercial Street, a new restaurant on Hanover Street,...

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A New Trail to Follow

I love it when one person decides to do a good deed for the rest of us just because he or she is interested in a topic. Vincent Licenziato, 64, of Phillips Street on Beacon Hill, decided to celebrate art, social justice and education by calling attention to the many statues and memorials around...

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Showing Support

Showing Support

State Senator Anthony Petruccelli (whose district includes the North End) is shown surrounded by a number of supporting elected officials, many domestic workers and Governor Deval Patrick signing the Labor and Enforcement bill. The bill was sponsored by Senator Petruccelli.

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NEWRA Opposes Restaurant Location Change

July 21, 2014
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NEWRA Opposes  Restaurant Location Change

An occupancy change, an entertainment addition and a presentation on recycling were part of the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) monthly meeting agenda. The public community meeting was well attended and numerous NEWRA Committee reports and updates from local officials were presented. Both State Representative Aaron Michlewitz and Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina spoke...

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Representative Michlewitz Stops 4am Closure License Bil

July 21, 2014
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North End State Representative Aaron Michlewitz has opposed extending the late-night drinking hours bill passed in the Senate. While the House turned down the 4am closure bill, the Senate quickly proposed an amendment in its Economic Development Bill. According to Representative Michlewitz the House has already put in place it’s economic development bill and...

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North End Parking Made Much Easier?

July 21, 2014
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Like many other North End residents Alex Shvartz owns a car and constantly struggles with street parking, so he has come up with an idea to make street parking in the neighborhood much easier, so he claims. Alex has apparently developed a mobile application (Android, iPhone) that does the following: Shows the map with...

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North End/west End Center Seeks Volunteers

July 21, 2014
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Two volunteers are being sought by the North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center, 1 Michelangelo Street to assist with several duties and responsibilities on Mondays and/or Fridays from 9am to 2pm. However hours could be flexible. The Center provides a multitude of services and programs to low-income residents of the North End, West End...

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Representative Michlewitz Opposes 4am Closure Policy

Mayor Martin Walsh’s attempt to have a 4am closure license for restaurants and bars in certain areas of Boston was supported in the Senate but defeated in the House. State Representative Aaron Michlewitz along with some colleagues stopped the bill in its track. He also noted that future discussions on this issue was needed....

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State Officials Make Correct Decision

State official’s decision to move the Fourth of July activities at the Hatch Shell to July 3 based on the potential dangers from Hurricane Arthur was a wise choice based on the weather forecast. It was a public safety issue and it was handled the correct way. While the rescheduled date saw the Pops...

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The Scared Americans?

As I was reading about the Supreme Court’s decision to allow family-owned businesses to deny contraception to women, I began to wonder—what kind of a person decides he knows better than his employees what is right and what is wrong for them? Mr. Hobby Lobby is characterized as a Christian. But he doesn’t seem...

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USS Constitution Goes Underway on July 4th for Last Turnaround Before Dry Dock

USS Constitution Goes Underway on July 4th for Last Turnaround Before Dry Dock

At 216 years old, the USS Constitution was still as majestic as ever during her July 4th turnaround in Boston Harbor. This is the last time Old Ironsides will be underway until 2018 as she goes into drydock later this year for restorations. The drizzly weather from the approaching Tropical Storm Arthur did not...

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Casino Gambling Now a State-wide Ballot Question

July 11, 2014
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Although the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has already awarded a slot parlor in Plainville and a casino in Springfield, the state’s highest court has ruled in favor of a ballot question to repeal the law in November. Major campaigns by advocates and opponents are expected to take place in the media and neighborhood across the...

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Soccer Stadium in Boston?

July 11, 2014
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An article published in the Boston Business Journal and repeated in other media sources claims that Mayor Martin Walsh is open to the possibility of building a $130 million soccer stadium in the city to house the New England Revolution which currently plays at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. “It’s about the growth of Boston....

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Councilor LaMattina Wants Discussions on TD Garden Incident

July 11, 2014
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A crackdown on rave shows like the recent one at the TD Garden appears to be on the minds on the Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Councilor Sal LaMattina and Tito Jackson. The Swedish DJ Avil attracted thousands of fans which apparently sent 36 intoxicated concertgoers to the hospital with several arrests being made. Elected...

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North End Mother and Daughter Walk to Benefit Cancer Society

North End resident Marie Parker Orlandi and her daughter Karen Parker Meyers, for the fifth consecutive year, walked with their Relay for Life Team “Miles of Memories” to benefit the American Cancer Society. The benefit walk took place at the Burlington High School Track. “We do this in memory of those we love and...

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Residents Must Express Opinions at Community Meetings

After the fact. Monday night quarterback. These are a few of the sayings that related to North End/Waterfront residents who don’t attend neighborhood meetings and complain when it’s too late or not meaningful. The last NEWRA and NEWNC monthly meetings had standing room only crowds. Only because there was a major issue on the...

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Most People Don’t Know Who the Candidates Are

Massachusetts will elect another governor soon and if asked the question “Do you know who the gubernatorial candidates are?” Mostly, the response from people will be Ah! Of course some people will know one, possibly two candidates, maybe? In a few months, the state will be electing its number one official on Beacon Hill,...

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Downtown View: The Welcome Mat Is Yanked for Banks

What’s so bad about a bank? They seem pretty benign. Then why do ten Boston neighborhood shopping districts, including those in the North End and Charlestown, make them or any professional office a conditional or forbidden use on the first or basement floors? Why did the Boston City Council recently vote to make banks...

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South End Wins North2South Series

In what turned into a 13-12 slugfest, the South End Little League team capture the second game of the North2South two-game baseball series, 2-0. The North End team made a comeback but they fell one run short at tying the game 1-1. Representative Aaron Michlewitz sponsored this series between the two teams for the...

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FOCCP Independence Day Celebration

FOCCP Independence Day Celebration

FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines welcomes everyone to the Independence Day Celebration.

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Junkies Reportedly Taking over Gassy’s Second-level

July 3, 2014
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Junkies Reportedly Taking over Gassy’s Second-level

Not only has the second flight of DeFilippo Park (Gassy) become a favorite place for drug uses to stick needles in their arms but is also fast becoming an ignored cleanup place, according to a resident. “There are needles and other debris like beer cans all over the place,” the concerned resident noted. “The...

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Saint Padre Pio Procession

Saint Padre Pio Procession

The fourth annual procession in honor of Saint Padre Pio was held on Sunday, June 22nd in the North End.

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