Modest Property Taxes Incentive Will Work

A local option for a modest property tax incentive for private developers of workforce housing will most likely be filed by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. The legislation will allow the City to designate workforce housing special tax assessment zones in the areas that present an opportunity for increased development of middle-income housing, something...

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Broader Nomination Papers an Equitable Electoral Process

A special act being filed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh that will modify the city’s nomination paper process for municipal elections allowing more candidates to meet the threshold required to seek elected office is nothing short of a good idea. This change would allow voters broader choices when they enter the voting booth and...

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Local Eatery Hosts Dinner Fundraiser

January 30, 2015
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Former North End resident and local business owner, Carla Gomes has put together the 10th anniversary of City Feast to benefit the Joslin Diabetes Center High Hopes Fund. The Valentine’s Day special event being held at Terramia Ristorante includes a four-course Prix Fixe menu. Tickets $65 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Carla and...

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Eliot School Students Expressed Support for Boston Police

January 30, 2015
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Eliot School Students Expressed Support for Boston Police

Responding to the National Fraternal Order of Police request for community members to designate January 9, as a day to appreciate and thank their local police officers, a group of 40 5th graders from the Eliot Innovation School in the North End visited District A-1 Police Station, 40 New Sudbury Street.                 “The students...

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Education Is Walsh’s Top Priority

Listening to the Mayor Martin Walsh’s State of the City address last Tuesday night, one had to be struck by his emphasis on education for Boston Public School students. More than a quarter of his address was devoted to initiatives that he has committed city resources and his time and effort to. A longer...

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The Calm Month

Lots of people complain about January. It is dark. It is cold. It’s a day longer than some months. The hoopla about the holidays is over. Thank goodness. That is the beauty of January. It is not like autumn, the season in which everyone and every organization are trying to crowd in every event...

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NEWNC Supports Takeout Use at Modica’s Mercato

January 22, 2015
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Mendoza Brothers, LLC, 130-130B Salem Street: Monica’s Mercato received unanimous support (7-0) from the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) to add takeout use to the grocery store for the sale of pizza and prepared foods. Two abutters sent letters of opposition while the Mendoza family secured 400 signatures from residents that supported the change....

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Greenway Has a Successful 2014

January 22, 2015
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Greenway Has a Successful 2014

It’s been an amazing year for the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, which is becoming a world-class park. The popular park, which attracts thousands of residents and visitors each year, provided numerous activities throughout the year. Inspiring artists brought innovative public art to the Greenway. Shinique Smith’s new mural on the Greenway wall, “The...

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North End Part 1 Crimes Still Low

January 22, 2015
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North End Part 1 Crimes Still Low

Captain Kenneth Fong, Commanding Officer District A-1 Boston Police, told residents at last week’s North End Public Safety Committee meeting that “crime in the North End continues to be low.” He reported on Part 1 crime over the past 30 or so days compared to the same period of time in 2013. The only...

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Councilor LaMattina Calls for Airbnb Public Hearing

January 22, 2015
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More attention toward Airbnb a public hearing has been scheduled later this month to determine if any regulations are needed for the fast-growing rental service run by the San Francisco based company. While Mayor Martin Walsh has taken a cautious approach to the issue, Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina wants to take a closer...

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Potential Caddy Camp Reunion

January 22, 2015
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Former North End resident Frank Colvario is seeking participants of the North Bennet Street School Caddy Camp members and friends from 1966 to organize a Reunion/Summit this coming September. Frank is working hard to find members of the Caddy Camp that Maplewood, Lake Tarlton, Clauson’s Oyster Harbor Wianpo. Anyone that would like to be...

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Opinions

January 22, 2015
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Eliot School students show appreciation for Police Thirty-five Eliot Innovative School students visited District A-1 Boston Police presenting them hand written cards recognizing the great job they do each day protecting the community. Students also told police they support them fully, despite some negative stories written about police in general. Their actions are an...

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Bread + Butter Cafe Closed: Latest Shop to Close on North Ends Cross Street

Bread + Butter Cafe Closed: Latest Shop to Close on North Ends Cross Street

After 20 months in operation, Bread + Butter Cafe has closed its retail operations at 64 Cross Street, on the corner of Salem Street facing the North End Greenway parks. A sign on the window indicates that catering services will still be available, but only out of the Back Bay. The closing is the...

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Boston Files Legal Action Against Gaming Commission

 Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that the City of Boston has filed a civil complaint against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in connection with the Commission’s award of a Category 1 gaming license to Wynn for the development of a resort-casino in Everett. The City has been working diligently with Wynn to negotiate a fair...

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Mayor Prepared City for Deep Freeze

Last week’s bitter cold weather was managed well by the City of Boston as Mayor Martin J. Walsh did everything possible to make things safe for residents during the cold blast of zero to four degrees weather.                 He encouraged the elderly, homeless and others to take precautions with the cold weather and wind...

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Governor Baker Must Resolve RMV Schemes

One of the major issues Governor Charlie Baker must tackle as soon as possible is a Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) bribery and corruption charges now that he is officially seated in the big chair at the State House.                 A federal probe of the department has apparently uncovered a case of bribery of...

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From Our Readers:My Six Month Experience

As an individual requiring door to door transportation service during the work week, I will share with you my six month Uber experience with that of Top/City Cab, Boston Cab and Metro Cab. 1)      An Uber X vehicle is a comparable model to that of a taxi cab, but that is the only comparison....

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Gaeta Receives Good Neighbor Award

January 14, 2015
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Gaeta Receives Good Neighbor Award

Anthony Gaeta, has always helped keep the community clean for 40+ years while residing at the corner of Fulton and Richmond Streets according to Janet Gilardi a member of the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA). Gaeta was recently presented the association’s Good Neighbor Award for his efforts on behalf of the communi “Anthony has...

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NEWRA Supports Monica’s Mercato Takeout Service

January 14, 2015
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NEWRA Supports Monica’s Mercato Takeout Service

Cold weather didn’t stop residents from attending last week’s North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) monthly meeting in the Nazzaro Community Center as the hall was filled to capacity.                 While the agenda included only one voting items, there were three speakers, Councilor Sal LaMattina, Parks Commissioner Christopher Cook and Leah Bamberger of Greenovate Boston....

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Boston Welcomes 2015

Boston Welcomes 2015

As part of First Night celebrations, the city commissioned ice sculptures, which were on display in Copley Square. In the above photo The 2015 First Night “Ice Dragon” created by Donald Chapelle.

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January Community Meetings

The following is a listing of community meetings during the month of January. Thursday, January 15 at 6:30pm North End Boston Police Public Safety Committee in the Nazzaro Community Center. Monday, January 12 at 7pm North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) in the Nazzaro Community Center. Tuesday, January 13 at 6:30pm Friends of Christopher Columbus...

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Area A-1 Sees Rise in Part One Crime Stats

Area A-1 had experienced an approximately 7–percent spike in violent and property crimes as 2014 drew to a close, compared to the previous year, according to police. Between Jan. 1 and Nov. 16, 2014 (the most-recent crime statistics available on the Boston Police Web site), 2,718 incidents of Part One crime were reported in...

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Protesters Distanced Themselves from N.Y. Police Assassinations

It’s incredible that police officers have become the target of anger over the justice system that did not indict cops involved with the deaths of teens Mike Brown and Eric Garner. Public citizens made those decisions, not the police. Assassinating two police officers in New York did nothing to resolve the impact of the...

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Police Are the Cavalry

Sometimes things happen in a controversial way when it comes to police crime fighting. However, police have a difficult job to do and hard decisions have to be made under dire situations that really have nothing to do with the color of someone’s skin. Police put their lives on the line every day to...

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