Greenway Bill Signed into Law

August 14, 2012
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The Greenway legislation filed by State Representative Aaron Michlewitz is now on the books as law. While the bill left the funding issue alone, it brought the neighborhood into the picture by adding several community groups, changing the composition of the Conservancy Board of Directors. Both the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council and Residents’ Association...

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Parking, Again and Again

Because there will never be a return to yesterday in the North End, there is only the future to pay close attention to while maintaining some of the better aspects of the past. Seeking endless compromise over the set hours of the very few parking spaces on Hanover Street is a hopeless task doomed...

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North End Dodgers Take Home All-star Baseball Senior Championship

The North End Dodgers went into the Lou Tompkins All-Star Baseball Tournament of Champions as the #1 seed. In order to win the championship the Dodgers were going to need to win three games in three days against three stellar opponents. Led by the pitching of Greg Bilikas and Ryan Colbert and the all-around...

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Obituaries 08-14-2012

Theresa Cappello North End Resident Theresa (Pennachio) Cappello of the North End of Boston died on August 3. She was the beloved wife of the late Matthew Cappello, Sr. and loving mother of Matthew Cappello, Jr. and his wife, Patricia C. Cappello of Boston and Terri and her husband, Scott White of Cambridge. She...

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High Gear Jewelry Awarded Best of Boston 2012

High Gear Jewelry Awarded Best of Boston 2012

High Gear Jewelry on Hanover St. was honored once again at the Best Costume Jewelry Shop by Boston Magazine for 2012. Now celebrating 22 years in business in the North End, owner Merille Wolfson continues to adorn her many loyal customers. High Gear is known for it’s impressive and ever changing selection of jewelry...

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Residents Call for Larger Noise Fines

August 7, 2012
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City Councilor Sal LaMattina has prepared an ordinance to increase fines for loud noise in the City of Boston up to $300. On many occasions and at numerous neighborhood meetings residents loudly complained about the outrageous noise stemming from roof-top parties and people passing through the community during late night and early morning hours....

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Councilor Lamattina Files Nuisance Ordinance

August 7, 2012
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Public nuisance problems continue to plague the North End, especially on weekends but things appear to be getting somewhat better as Boston Police have concentrated more patrols in and near hot spots residents have identified. In addition, District One Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina has filed a nuisance control ordinance that if enacted will...

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Shooting Near Greenway Still Under Investigation

August 7, 2012
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Boston Police continue to investigate the shooting death of a man in the Waterfront area near the Boston Harbor Hotel and the New England Aquarium. Shots took place near the Greenway. The victim was taken to Tufts Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. After police responded to a report of shots fired, they...

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Young Couple Create Disturbance in Playground

August 7, 2012
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Two young unidentified people, who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, delayed the monthly Boston Police Public Safety meeting by about forty minutes until police resolved the problem. First they were spotted on a bench in the Polcari Playground acting strangely and a local resident waiting for her children to...

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North End Crime Statistics Down, Again

August 7, 2012
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Sergeant Tom Lema, following a disturbance that delayed this month’s Boston Police Public Safety meeting, presented crime statistics based on the past 30 days. Once again the crime numbers were down in the neighborhood according to a report handed out at the community meeting held at the Nazzaro Community Center on North Bennet Street....

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The Long Hot Summer

The scorching heat of the past weekend and of the week before has left the neighborhood very, very hot. In fact, as all of us are completely aware, this has been a long hot summer – perhaps the hottest in recent memory. In other parts of the nation, states are experiencing drought conditions this...

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Obituaries 08-07-2012

Stephen Summa Of Chelsea, formerly of the North End Stephen R. Summa of Chelsea, formerly of the North End of Boston, died on July 25 after a long illness. He was the son of the late Gaspar and Helen (Forte) Summa of the North End; devoted father of Gina and Steven Summa; loving grandfather...

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New Tot Lot Gets Lots of Usage

August 1, 2012
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New Tot Lot Gets Lots of Usage

The newly renovated Tot Lot at DiFilippo Playground on Prince Street gets a lot of use by local residents. Boston Parks and Recreation Department worked with local residents and held several neighborhood meetings to obtain information and suggestions from the neighborhood. Commonly known as the Gassy the playground is a place for residents to...

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No Concrete Decision on Parcel 9 Development

August 1, 2012
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It’s been sometime since four proposals have been submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for the potential development of the Central Artery Parcel 9. There has been no recent news regarding MassDOT making any concrete decision on a developer selection for the land located between the North End Parcel 10 and the section...

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Salem Street Construction Delayed

August 1, 2012
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It appears that the owner of 92-96 Salem Street (aka 1 Wiget Street) attempted to have plans passed by the City of Boston Board of Appeal, last week, for a zoning variance related to the proposed demolition of a one-story structure on the back portion of the parcel along Wiget Street and construction of...

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Harbor Plan Design Consultant Sought

August 1, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has advertised a request for proposal for a planning and design consultant to develop the Downtown Municipal Harbor Plan to codify into zoning and the use and development guidelines for the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway District, according to a North End/Waterfront Resident’ Zoning Licensing and Construction Committee report issued...

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Bicycling Boston; Becoming the Green and Healthy Thing to Do

The announcement last week by Mayor Menino that the city is allowing the addition of another 400 Hubway bicycles at an additional number of stops in more than several neighborhoods. The additional bicycles and stands will make it easier and easier for tourists and residents and for visitors to Boston who want to bike...

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The Mayor on Chick-fil-A

It comes as no surprise to those of us who understand politics and personalities that the mayor was posturing more than being serious when he said he would stop a fried chicken outlet from operating in Boston because of anti-gay marriage comments made by the chain owner. The mayor cannot usurp the First Amendment...

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Obituaries 07-31-2012

Judean Elizabeth Langone Poet and North End Resident Judean Elizabeth Langone of Boston’s North End died peacefully in Watertown after a battle with cancer on July 20. The daughter of Joseph A. Langone III, sister of Madelene, Maria, Diane, Clementina and Joseph (Lonnie), she was a daughter, sister, auntie and beloved friend. First and...

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Girl Friends of the North End Annual Bash

July 24, 2012
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Girl Friends of the North End Annual Bash

It was such a great time last year that the second annual Girl Friends of the North End bash will take place again this year. Hundreds of North End and former North End girls got together to discuss old times and generally socialize and enjoy a dinner and some beverages. This year’s activities will...

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A Supermarket is Coming: Officials Hold Firm on Commitment

A Supermarket is Coming: Officials Hold Firm on Commitment

A supermarket is in … no, it’s out … it’s Stop & Shop, … maybe not. More than a decade in the works, the long-anticipated affordable supermarket for the North End, West End and Beacon Hill is on-track to break ground in the Spring of 2013 as part of the One Canal project in...

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North End Baseball Team Squares-off Versus Japan

July 24, 2012
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Coming off a 13-12 Little League victory over Italy, the North End Athletic Association has entered an older team 13-15 in the upcoming annual Japan-Boston Baseball Exchange sponsored by the Red Sox Foundation. “Playing against elite teams from International countries is a terrific opportunity for NEAA teams and coaches,” Baseball Coordinator John Romano said....

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The Summer of 2012

The tragedy in Colorado has touched Americans in different ways everywhere during this otherwise lovely summer of 2012. The mass murder and shooting of so many innocents last week at a movie-plex in Aurora goes to prove once again how chance and fate often mix and with the worst possible results. However, it is...

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Obituaries 07-24-2012

Margaret (Caprio) Penta Stoneham resident Margaret (Caprio) Penta of Stoneham, formerly of Somerville & Boston’s North End, July 19, 2012 at age 102. Devoted wife of the late Michael Penta. Beloved mother of Carmella Dello Iacona of Revere & her late husband Joseph, Mary Piazza of Boxford & her late husband Dominic & Anna...

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