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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Greenway Conservancy

Greenway Conservancy

The Greenway Conservancy is seeking volunteers to help keep the park looking beautiful. Sign up to work with the Horticultural crew in the park or become a park docent helping visitors find their way. Volunteers will meet on Wednesday, July 18 from 9am to 12 noon. For details email info @rosekennedygreenway.org

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Visitor Parking Changes Could Be Made

July 18, 2012
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Reportedly, there are approximately 4,000 North End resident parking permits issued in the North End for an estimated 1,500 residential spaces. In an attempt to increase the number of full time resident spots in the neighborhood, the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council, represented by Ryan Kenny, an elected member of NEWNC has been working with...

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Community Group Opposes Roof Deck

July 18, 2012
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The Nazzaro Community Center was once again filled to capacity for the monthly meeting of the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association. Three agenda items were scheduled for discussion and possible vote. The Association decided not to vote on a request by the Mendoza family because the City of Boston Licensing Board has already approved it....

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Prezza Hit by Fire; Closed for Repairs

Prezza has been a strong restaurant presence in the North End for 11 years, so when the popular eatery was hit by a one-alarm fire early Monday morning, its storied existence came to an abrupt but not complete stop. Boston firefighters responding to the fire, which was trapped somewhere inside the first floor duct...

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Prezza Closed for Repairs; Rapid BFD Saves Da

A one alarm fire as fires go is not a big thing. But when the one alarm fire is on Fleet Street in the North End, the rough equivalent of the army, navy and air force is sent out to take care of the problem lest it should turn into something else entirely. This...

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Obituaries 07-17-2012

Lucia ‘Lucy’ Costello Family formerly owned North End Shoe Factory Lucia “Lucy” (Barbati) Costello, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on July 4 at the Glen Ridge Nursing Care Center in Medford after a brief illness. She was 94 years old. Born and raised in Chelsea, she was a former member of the St....

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Good Places to Eat While Enjoying Free Summer Events

Good Places to Eat While Enjoying Free Summer Events

Around the city, all summer long, free events invite us to grab a picnic and spend a few hours enjoying a concert, movie, play, or festival. As you plan to take advantage of these opportunities, here are a few places around the city where you can find good food near popular venues. Hatch Shell...

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North End Library Honors Three Friends

July 16, 2012
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North End Library Honors Three Friends

Three people were recently named Emeritus Friends of the North End Library at their June meeting. Christine Bergstrom was named President Emeritus, Dorothy Raymond, Treasurer Emeritus and Peter Greene, Secretary Emeritus by the library’s Executive Committee. In this the 20th anniversary year of the Friends of the North End Library the Committee honored the...

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North End Team Faces-off Against Team from Italy

July 16, 2012
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A selected team made up of North End Athletic Association Little Leaguers had the rare opportunity to play a baseball team from another country, Italy, at Langone Field on Commercial Street. The team from Italy has made stops in New Jersey and New York before heading to Boston’s North End to compete against some...

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The Heat, the Humidity, the Dead of Summer; Nothing Keeps Visitors Away from North End

It is for all intents and purposes the dead of summer – that wonderful moment in the New England weather cycle when there is just as much summer in front of us as already behind. In neighborhoods like  the North End,  Beacon Hill and Back Bay, thousands of residents in those storied areas have...

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Naming Public Places in Return for Payment

The T has decided to sell naming rights for its various stations throughout the city in order to bring in more income. It is probably bad public policy to begin naming our public places for a price to virtually any corporation who wishes to pay it. Like everything else having to do with policy,...

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Commentary by Phil Orlandella

Martignetti a Baseball Giant Volunteers make the North End Athletic Association click. They are the heart and soul of the non-profit community organization that has been providing programs for North End residents for over 50 years. One of those volunteers, who works hard in the NEAA Baseball Program, is Prince Street resident Ralph Martignetti...

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Obituaries 07-10-2012

Philip DeMinico North End Resident Philip E. DeMinico of Boston’s North End died on June 27. He was 90 years old. He leaves his loving sister, Edith F. Sorrenti of Medford, many dear nieces and nephews and several loving friends. He was the son of the late Pietro and Josephine (Tedesco) DeMinico; brother of...

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Coffee Hour

Coffee Hour

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is shown giving out free plants to local residents at his Coffee Hour in the North End at DiFilippo Playground.

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