R.U.F.F. September Newsletter

September 17, 2015
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September is here…fall is on the way… One of the best seasons for pups! Cool, crisp and lots of fun. Also a time where many new neighbors move to the North End – help RUFF recruit new members by sharing our email – INFO@RUFFBoston.org and spreading the word about the new dog park. RUFF...

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Free September Events at the Boston Public Market

September 17, 2015
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Bostonians can look forward to welcoming the fall – and all of the seasonal New England food that comes with it – at several free community events during September at the new Boston Public Market.  “The Market is a community hub, offering the opportunity to discover new foods, to meet the people who grew...

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City Receives $350,000 Grant from State for Climate Preparedness

September 17, 2015
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By Phil Orlandella A grant of $350,000 to support climate preparedness in Boston has been funded by the State’s Office of Coastal Zone Management’s Coastal Community Resilience Program. Funding will support the city’s Climate Preparedness Planning initiative, a project led by the City’s Office of Environmental, Energy and Open Spaces in partnership with the...

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Opinion

September 17, 2015
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Boston’s Homes for the Brave charging forward No veteran should have to sleep on the street and Boston is going to change that. This is the battle cry of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and his administration. A commitment to end veterans homelessness has thus far produced 367, possibly more housing since the Mayor launch...

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Downtown View:City Council Blahs

September 17, 2015
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So last Tuesday, I go to vote in the city council preliminary election. I think I’m pretty smart, but not smart enough I guess. There was no election—at least in my precinct. My district city councilor had no opposition. There were not enough candidates running at-large to hold a preliminary election anywhere. “For an...

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Well-Deserved Recognition for the Greenway

September 17, 2015
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Voted by users, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, has been named one of the Top Ten Urban Trails in the country by USA Today and 10 Best! Being named in the top ten is a major honor for the Conservancy and well-deserved. Thousands of visitors and local residents have utilized this fabulous facility, enjoying...

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Ordinance Bans Use and Sale of Synthetic Drugs in Boston

September 17, 2015
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A new Boston law prohibiting the sale and use of synthetic marijuana is on the books. Filed by City Councilor Frank Baker, passed by the City Council and signed by Mayor Martin  Walsh the measure carries a $300 fine for every offense. While the bill will not solve the city’s drug problem, it’s a...

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Obituaries 09-15-2015

September 17, 2015
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Evelyn Capossela Harrington Formerly of the North End and Quincy Evelyn Capossela Harrington formerly of the North End and Quincy, peacefully passed away on August 8 surrounded by her children and grandchildren whom she loved so very much. She was the beloved sister of Marguerite DiMino Buonopane, Josephine Amatucci, and Domenic Capossela. Besides her...

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Volunteer Day

Volunteer Day

A Family Volunteer Day was held by the Greenway Conservancy on August 22. It featured a morning of gardening with kids, families and friends.

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Plaque of Appreciation

Plaque of Appreciation

Peter Bounassaro of the Thacher Street Club North End presented businessman Frank DePasquale with a plaque of appreciation for his continuous support of the neighborhood.

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Eliot School Hosts Innovative Summer Camp

Eliot School Hosts Innovative Summer Camp

C.A.S.IT. Inc. (Centro Attivita’ Scolastiche Italiane) in cooperation with the Eliot K-8 Innovation School and the Office of the Italian Consulate finished the first week of an Italian Immersion Summer Camp.  Maria Gioconda Motta, President of C.A.S.IT. Inc., and Traci Walker Griffith, Principal of the Eliot hosted this innovative camp for the third time....

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Permanent North End Dog Park in the Planning Stages

September 1, 2015
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Now that the successful dog park pilot program at DiFilippo Park is officially over, the well used facility will remain open while Responsible Urbanites For Fido (RUFF) continues to meet with the City of Boston to proceed with plans to build a permanent, official dog park in the current space. RUFF is working to...

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NEWRA Supports Occupancy Change

September 1, 2015
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A request by Chris Young to change the occupancy at 27-29 Fleet Street from four to five apartments was supported by the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) at their August monthly meeting. Plans call for the renovation of the building which is located in a Multifamily Residential Subdistrict of the North End. Boston’s new...

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Neighborhood Public Safety Meeting on Sept 3

September 1, 2015
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This coming Thursday, September 3 at 6pm District A-1 Boston Police will hold the North End Public Safety monthly meeting in the Nazzaro Community Center.  Part One Crime in the North End/Waterfront community has decreased on a regular basis, according to Commanding Officer Captain Ken Fong. Besides reporting the latest statistics, the Captain and...

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City Establishes New 311 Hotline

Bostonians are the eyes and ears of their communities. That’s why, in every neighborhood, I’m always asking residents what we can do better. I count on your responses to make our city services the best they can be. But I can’t take every request myself. That’s why the Mayor’s 24-hour Hotline is one of...

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Opinion

September 1, 2015
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Councilor LaMattina running unopposed District One Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina, whose district includes the North End and waterfront areas, will be unopposed in the 2015 municipal race. Serving on the Boston City Council, the Councilor has made his mark in the neighborhoods he represents, as an elected official who gets things done with...

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Downtown View:More Children Downtown. Now What?

Karen is taking a break. This column from January 2012 still has relevance three years later. New mayor, but same problem, and a new school in the North End and an expanded school in the North End is not enough for downtown families. Mayor Menino has once again focused on the schools, and we...

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Can the Drug Epidemic be Stopped?

A heroin epidemic is running rapid  throughout every neighborhood in the City of Boston. It’s cheap enough and readily available at the drop of a hat. While police are faced with a monumental task of taking drugs off the streets their efforts continue because most of the time the usual suspects are released by...

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DCF Needs a Complete Overhaul

Governor Charlie Baker has publicly stated that the embattled Department of Children and Families (DCF) still needs to improve but he feels DCF is heading in the right direction. What direction? North, South, East, West or the usual merry-go-round circling approach. In fairness, his administration has inherited the problems facing DCF. That certainly does...

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Friends of the North End Bocce Match

Friends of the North End Bocce Match

On Sunday morning THE FRIENDS OF THE NORTH END staged a bocce match featuring the ”Duffel Bags” against the Red Team. The Red Team made up of Gus Pesaturo, Vito Aluia, Sam Viscione, Joe Testa and Victor Passacantilli soundly defeated The ”Duffel Bags and claimed the championship for this summer’s day  tournament. The consolation...

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Madonna Della Cava Society Annual Feast

Madonna Della Cava Society Annual Feast

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh marched with members of the Madonna Della Cava Society at its annual feast on Sunday, Aug. 9, in the North End. City Councilor Salvatore LaMattina also joined in the festivities with members of the organization and carried the saint as part of the procession. It’s the first time in more...

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Crime Statistics Level in the North End

August 21, 2015
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Part One Crime statistics remained the same during the month of June 2015 as they did during June 2014 according to a report issued by District A-1 Boston Police. The only change was an additional increase from 1 to 2 in the category of aggravated assault. A victim was pushed in front of a...

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290 North Street Occupancy Change Withdrawn

August 21, 2015
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According to Boston Neighborhood Service Liaison Maria Lanza, a North End resident, the request by Patricia Muse and Leonardo Caruso to change the legal occupancy at 290 North Street from a single unit to five residential units, renovate and expand into the basement was withdrawn by the applicant reportedly due to opposition from abutters....

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Pizzeria Regina Recognized for Community Support

August 21, 2015
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Last week, the Pizzeria Regina received special recognition from the city and state for their community support over 10 years for the North End Movie Nights held in DiFilippo Park (Gassy) on Friday evenings. The extremely popular North End eatery was applauded for the countless pizzas donated to community summer activity as well as...

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