MassDOT Schedules 3rd Ramp Parcel Public Meeting

October 23, 2014
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A third public meeting regarding the Central Artery Ramp Parcel Study has been scheduled at City Hall, according to John Romano of MassDOT. The state agency is required to consider options for covering the open ramp portions of the Central Artery/Tunnel Parcels 6, 12 and 18 along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. “The requirement...

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NEWRA Opposes Extended Closing Hours

October 23, 2014
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A request by the Mendoza family to amend the description of the licensed premises at 67-69 Prince Street was supported by the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) at their October monthly meeting held in the Nazzaro Community Center. Modica’s Restaurant plans to change 67 Prince Street from one room on the first floor with...

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Blessing of the Animals in Boston’s North End

Blessing of the Animals in Boston’s North End

Rev. Steve Ayers and Rev. Ellie Terry of the Old North Church, give readings from scripture and prayers at the annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony.

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NEWRA Elects New Slate of Officers

NEWRA Elects New  Slate of Officers

The North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) elected a new slate of officers for the 2014-2015 term at its annual meeting on Thursday, October 9, 2014. President: Ford Cavallari, Battery Street Treasurer: David Goggins, North Street Secretary: Elizabeth Ghiseline, North Square Sergeant at Arms: Robyn Reed, Battery Street Outgoing NEWRA President, Jim Salini,...

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Looking Back: The Queen’s Visit in 1976

Looking Back: The Queen’s Visit in 1976

During the summer of 1976, the nation celebrated its 200th anniversary.  In recognition of this special event, Elizabeth II, Queen of England, agreed to visit Boston and attend the July 4th Sunday morning service at the Old North Church, an event orchestrated by the then Special Assistant to the Vicar, Barry Dawson.  Barry was...

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Council Supports Liquor License Transfer

October 14, 2014
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Between all the protocol, committee reports, elected official updates, guest speakers and three agenda voting items, this month’s North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) meeting contained a wide-range of information pertaining directly to the community. One request by JW Capital Partners, Lincoln Wharf drew enough Waterfront resistance not only to fill the hall but several...

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Greenway Conservancy Hiring the Right People for the Jobs

An important position has been filled at the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, that will hopefully advance initiatives like the Greenway Wall at Dewey Square, ensure rotating programs of high quality art along the mile and a half park and become integral to the 2015 installation and programming around a city scaled aerial sculpture by...

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City Needs Casino Funds to Meet Transportation Needs

Reportedly, a casino in Everett will generate 31,000 new vehicle trips on an average day. That’s more trips that the richest man in the world, Warren Buffett, makes to the bank every day. Several weeks ago, the mayor allegedly sent a letter to the commission saying the city reserves its rights to legally challenge...

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The Bridges of Suffolk County

Everyone knows the Longfellow Bridge is being rebuilt. It is scheduled for completion in late 2016. But other bridges across the Charles and other waterways are also undergoing changes. Here’s an update of what is happening, starting with the bridge farthest away from the downtown and moving east. Prepare yourself for lots of new...

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Boston Barber Tattoo Parlor Opens on Salem Street

Boston Barber Tattoo Parlor Opens on Salem Street

Boston Barber Co. owner, Robert Dello Russo, says one of the most satisfying parts of his job is “seeing his ideas come to life”. Dello Russo’s clients have had a front row view watching his Salem St. business’s back yard transform into the City’s first Barber & Tattoo shop in history. Open less than...

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Public Safety Meeting Addresses Late Night Activity, Crime Stats and Residents Issues

Without much in the way of violent crime reports, October’s Public Safety meeting focused on community involvement with District A-1 Boston Police, including more proactive handling of late night problems in the North End. Leading the meeting were Neighborhood Council Public Safety Committee Chair David Marx, BPD Captain Kenneth Fong, BPD Sergeant James Chin,...

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NEAA Fall Soccer Program

The North End Athletic Association kicked off its’ 44th season of Fall Soccer on Dom Campochiaro Field at Langone Park on Saturday September 13th.  There are 3 divisions ages 4 & 5 year olds, 6 to 8 year olds and 9 to 12 year olds.  All divisions and teams are co-ed  with boys and...

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Investment Fraud can be Prevented

Investment fraud has become a serious undertaking causing hard-working people many financial problems and it continues on a major scale. While all kinds of people get caught up in these scams, it seems senior citizens are most vulnerable to investment fraud. One way to protect against investment fraud is talking to the Secretary of...

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Vote No on Question 2

Changing the state’s Bottle Bill by expanding the beverage container deposit law is not a good idea. Since a reported ninety percent of households currently have access to curbside and community recycling programs, the state should be focusing on what works instead of expanding this totally outdated, insufficient and inconvenient system. The expansion bill...

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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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