Making It Easier to Carry Mace… That Is the Question

Channel 7 recently conducted a survey asking the question, “Should it be easier for Massachusetts residents to get licenses for mace?” The question was raised based on several alleged sexual assaults widely publicize by the media. Changing how to be able to carry mace, laws need to be dealt with by the state legislature...

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Casinos Will Bolster the Economy

Anti Casino groups have filed a request to place a referendum on the 2014 ballot prohibiting gambling in Massachusetts. The Secretary of State has approved the request that will pose the casino question on a statewide level. Opponents have managed to get several religious organizations on their bandwagon preaching no casinos. Unless we’ve missed...

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State Hearings to Begin on Long Wharf

State Hearings to Begin on Long Wharf

When we last left the legal wrangling over the open space at the end of Long Wharf, the “North End Ten” group of residents notched a win in December 2013 when Superior Court Judge Fahey remanded the case back to the State’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). By vacating the Chapter 91 permit, this...

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Sexual Assault Reported on Unity Street

Sexual Assault Reported on Unity Street

Boston Police are reporting that a woman in her early 20′s was sexually assaulted around 1:11 am on February 15th on Unity Street in Boston’s North End. The victim said the man pushed his way into her foyer as she was entering her building. The suspect sexually assaulted her and then used his cell...

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Police Investigate North End Alleged Sexual Assault

February 24, 2014
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The main topic at the upcoming District A-1 Boston Police North End Public Safety meeting will be without question the alleged sexual assault on a 20-year-old woman that took place on Saturday, February 15 at around 11 on Unity Street. Although the unusual sexual assault in the North End occurred over a week ago,...

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Councilor LaMattina Schedules Trash Public Hearing March 3

February 24, 2014
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Trash collection contracts have been put out to bid by the City of Boston that is looking for ways to improve its trash collection services, especially in the downtown neighborhoods, including the North End/Waterfront. Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina at the request of close to 1,000 residents, (a petition)  through the Committee on City,...

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Licensing Board Should Notify Community Groups of Applications

A complaint, by the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association, has been sent to the Licensing Board for the City of Boston for approving applications before the community group has had the opportunity to review them at their Zoning, Licensing and Construction Committee and/or at their monthly public meeting held in the Nazzaro Community Center the...

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Residents Have to Be Involved Before Final Decisions Are Made

It was nice for city planners to attend neighborhood meetings to advise residents of their  plans to make the neighborhood a bike route. The problem is, the plans were basically cast in stone before they were revealed to residents. Many residents did not like the bike plans asking “who said we want this in...

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Obituaries 02-25-2014

Albina Citro Lifelong North End Resident Albina Citro,  a lifelong resident of the North End, passed away on February 20. She was 97 years old. She was the daughter of the late Michele and Christina (Petrosino) Citro; dear sister of the late Anthony Citro; dear cousin of Albina “Tina” Giardiello of Boston, Prisco F....

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Council Supports Frattaroli’s Plans for Commercial Street Eatery

February 18, 2014
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Council Supports Frattaroli’s Plans for Commercial Street Eatery

Discussion on the potential new ownership of Davide Restaurant at 326-328 Commercial Street and his requested changes became a little hot and heavy between abutters and other Commercial Street residents and possible owner Donato Frattaroli and his Attorney William Ferullo. Who said or didn’t say something, or who did or didn’t do whatever, was...

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NEWRA/BHCA/WECA Comment on Government Center Garage Project

February 18, 2014
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NEWRA/BHCA/WECA Comment on Government Center Garage Project

It came as no surprise that the North End/Waterfront Association, the Beacon Hill Civic Association and the West End Civic Association jointly send a letter to Sec. Richard K. Sullivan, Jr., Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs commenting on the Expanded Environmental Notification Form for the redevelopment of the Government Center Derived, submitted...

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NEWNC President Passacantilli Resigns

February 18, 2014
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NEWNC President Passacantilli Resigns

Stephen Passacantilli has resigned his position as president and his elected seat on the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council to work at his new job at City Hall. Stephen was presented a plaque by his colleagues for his many years of service on the Council. He has been a member for seven years and president...

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Summer Offers Wide Range of Programs for Local Kids

While winter is still upon us, it’s already time for parents to look past the current school year and begin considering summer alternatives for their children. Boston-area kids can choose from a wide selection of offerings this year, including some half- and extended-day options, but enrollment for the unique programs described below is limited....

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Boston Police Investigate Sexual Assault in the Area of Unity Street in the North End

At about 1:11am, on Saturday, February 15, 2014, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a report of a sexual assault in the area of Unity Street in the North End, according to a press release from the Boston Police Department. Upon arrival, detectives spoke with a female victim in her twenties who reported...

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Proponents of Household Trash Time Change Need to Express Support

Now that Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina has established (as requested by residents) a public hearing at City Hall (Monday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m.) to discuss the possibility of changing the time when household trash can be placed out for pickup, supporters of this change need to be on hand to speak in...

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Some of the Problem Is Within the Neighborhood

It’s one thing to have quality of life issues raised but on the other hand for the most part the community in general has supported all of these requests that are mainly responsible for the loud noise problem. The issue is not only people coming from the Waterfront, North Station or other businesses adjacent...

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Obituaries 02-18-2014

Guy Cappello, Jr. Popular Master Hair Stylist Guy Cappello, Jr. of Lynnfield, formerly of Boston’s North End, died on February 14 at the Lahey Clinic in Peabody. He was 92 years old. Mr. Cappello was born and raised in the North End and was educated in Boston Schools. He entered the U.S. Army in...

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St. Leonard’s Church Embarks on Major Renovation

St. Leonard’s Church Embarks on Major Renovation

In a letter to parishioners, Fr. Antonio Nardoianni, announced the most extensive, and expensive, renovation of the Saint Leonard’s Church since it was built in the late 1800′s. The preliminary estimate for repairs is “in the order of seven figures,” according to the parish. “The restoration is made urgent by the continuous deterioration of...

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Street trash piling up in North End

February 11, 2014
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Street trash piling up in North End

The gutters in the North End are full of trash and other debris and it’s unsightly to say the least. Local residents, business owners and elected member of the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council, Toni Gilardi has expressed her opinion claiming this is a direct result of… “Trash allowed on the streets overnight. Absentee landlords...

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North End Crime Statistics Remain Stable

February 11, 2014
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North End Crime Statistics Remain Stable

Based on a report handed out at last week’s District A-1 Boston Police North End Public Safety monthly meeting, Part 1 crime statistics, overall were about the same from the previous 30 days. Commanding Officer Captain Jim Hasson and Sergeant Tom Lema conducted the meeting that was attended by 30 plus residents. The only...

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Greenway Names Jesse Brackenbury Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the non-profit Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy has named Jesse Brackenbury as the Conservancy’s Executive Director. Brackenbury joined the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy as Chief Operating Officer in December 2009 and assumed the role of acting Executive Director following the January 2013 departure of founding Executive Director Nancy Brennan. Prior...

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Full Liquor License Transfer on NEWRA Agenda

February 11, 2014
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Only one voting item is on this month’s North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association community meeting which will be held this Thursday, February 13 at 7pm in the Nazzaro Community Center. Donato Frattaroli, new owner all of Davide Restaurant, 326 Commercial Street, has applied to the Licensing Board for the City of Boston for approval of...

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Police Need Better Equipment to Control Life Threatening Situations

Plans to arm some Boston Police with military style rifles continues to be a controversial issue but could be resolved in some manner by Mayor Marty Walsh and police Commissioner William Evans. The Commissioner is still seeking the green light from the Mayor to purchase 33 AR-15 rifles at a cost of $2500 each...

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Support Pilot Program for Dogs

A request to have a dog park pilot program on the North End Parcel 12 site is currently ongoing but much more support is needed to possibly accomplish this endeavor being spearheaded by Responsible Urbanites For Fido (RUFF). The non-profit organization already does so much to help keep the neighborhood clean by advising other...

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