LaMattina/City Officials Inspect Local Parks

January 24, 2012
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Members of the NEWRA Parks and Open Spaces Committee have toured DiFilippo Playground and Paul Revere Mall (Prado) with Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina and representatives from the Boston Parks Department to assess the needs of the public spaces including structural repairs. Committee members Ann Pistorio and David Kubiak pointed out the damaged areas...

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The Patriots Super Bowl Bound

The New England Patriots pulled off a classic victory Sunday at Gillette Stadium. In a skin of their teeth victory following one of the team’s less than stellar performances, they beat the Baltimore Ravens in a thriller that came down to field goal kick the Ravens missed with 11 seconds remaining in the game....

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Mr. DePasquale is Right

Last week, the North End’s single most significant businessman, Frank DePasquale, said that he welcomed the opening of a casino at Suffolk Downs, that it would help business and create new jobs and overall, he was looking forward to it. “I can’t wait for a casino at Suffolk Downs to open,” he told the...

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Obituaries 01-24-2012

Henry Francesconi Retired Salesman Henry J. Francesconi of Wakefield, formerly of Chelmsford and Revere, died on January 18 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center. He was 74 years old. Born in Boston on June 4, 1937, the son of the late Alexander and Mary (Fredericoni) Francesconi, he was a graduate of Christopher Columbus High...

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Last of the Nice Weather

Last of the Nice Weather

What a difference a week makes. Last week, visitors to the North End were shown eating and talking at outdoor tables on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. This week, those tables are absolutely empty and no one has a thought of sitting outside. That’s New England for you!

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Interview: Frank DePasquale

January 17, 2012
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Interview: Frank DePasquale

In the North End of today Frank DePasquale is the neighborhood’s man for all seasons. Among others, he is the North End’s most significant individual restaurateur, Italian artisan bread baker, gelati specialist, real estate developer supreme and above all, an entrepreneur’s entrepreneur. He does it all. He does all of it well. He is...

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NEWNC Supports Beer and Wine with Liqueurs License

January 17, 2012
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NEWNC Supports Beer and Wine with Liqueurs License

A request for conditional use approval, expanded living space and a beer and wine with cordials license, highlighted the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council’s monthly meeting held in the Nazzaro Community Center. One of the largest crowds turned out filling the hall, many of them supporting the requests of Robert DelloRusso and Nick Varano. The...

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Monica’s Hosts Eliot School Fundraiser

January 17, 2012
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The Mendoza family of the North End will for the third consecutive year will host a four-course benefit dinner at one of their local businesses, Vinotesca di Monica on Parmenter Street with all the proceeds going to the Eliot School on Charter Street. The first two dinners raised $20,000 each and the Mendoza family...

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Martin Luther King’s Birthday

Had he not been cut down by an assassin’s bullet in 1968, Martin Luther King would have been 83 this week. For those of us old enough to remember, MLK was in his prime when this nation was racially divided, blacks against whites, gender divided, men against women, age divided, old against young, divided...

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Obituaries 01-17-2012

Lt. Col Joseph Ciampa (Ret.) Air Force Officer and Educator Lt. Col. Joseph J. Ciampa (retired) born in the North End of  Boston on October 24, 1932, died at home surrounded by his family on January 7 after a brief battle with cancer, Col. Ciampa was a Master Navigator in the USAF for 21...

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Shopping for Price and Quality? Both Can Be Found at Haymarket

January 10, 2012
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Shopping for Price and Quality? Both Can Be Found at Haymarket

It does not matter which neighborhood in this city you call home, Haymarket beckons if you are price conscious and want quality. North Enders, Beacon Hill residents, Back Bay folks and residents of this city from just about every neighborhood descended on Haymarket all day Saturday. Taking advantage of the unusual warmth we’ve been...

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Lamattina Heads City Casino Comm.

On January 2, City Councilor Sal LaMattina was sworn in to another term as Ward I City Councilor. After the swearing in it was announced by At-Large City Councilor Stephen Murphy, who was elected to another term as Council President, that LaMattina would head up the city’s new committee to study gaming in Boston....

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A January Quite Unlike Any Other in Recent Times

Saturday afternoon, the temperature rose into the 50’s, the sun shined brightly and it was genuinely warm – for the first week of January. Thousands toured the North End over the weekend without snow or ice or Arctic cold getting in the way of a good times. The restaurants and bakeries, cafes and shoppes...

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The Patriots

Many of the national sports mavens and experts do not give the Patriots much of a chance to make it to the Super Bowl. For the record, if the Pats don’t make it to the Superbowl this year, their stellar season will have meant absolutely nothing. After last year’s horrendous gaffe with the Giants,...

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Obituaries 01-10-2012

Margaret Prato Of Revere, formerly of the North End Margaret (Bentivegna) Prato of Revere, formerly of Boston’s North End, died on December 3. She was in her 92nd year. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Prato; loving mother of Anthony Prato of Salem and Paul Prato and his wife, Cynthia of...

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A Food Resolution

A Food Resolution

Editor’s note: Recently Chef Raymond Gillespie brought Salumeria Italiana (151 Richmond Street) to a cooking class at Boston Center for Adult Education. In a lively, interactive, hands-on class, Chef Raymond and the students made Polenta with Cacciatore Sauce, Asparagus Risotto, Orecchiete with Roast Cauliflower and Sundried Tomatoes, and Asparagus Risotto Cakes drizzled with Truffle...

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NEAD Fundraiser Set for Sterite Rink, January 29

January 3, 2012
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North End Against Drugs (NEAD) is putting together a fundraiser at the Sterite Skating Rink on Commercial Street which will include a good old fashion Bocce Tournament at the cost of $10 per player. Each player will receive a NEAD t-shirt and winners will receive trophies. Teams will be made up of four players...

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Crime Statistics Down for 2011

Area A-1, which includes Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown North End and downtown, saw an approximately 13-percent reduction in violent and property crimes by year’s end as compared to 2010, according to Boston Police. Between Jan. 1 and Dec. 26 of 2011, 2,843 incidents of Part One crime were reported, compared with 3,254 during the...

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Development Will Continue

The North End is poised for another solid year of development and investment. There remains in this neighborhood a great number of older properties owned by longtime North End families which have not yet been rehabbed. In addition, the number of vibrant restaurant, cafe and small specialty stores that dot the neighborhood will not...

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Filene’s Basement

The final death knell for Filene’s basement last weekend is like a stab in the heart for those of us who grew-up with parents who considered Filene’s Basement every bit as good as brand name stores with the most expensive and high quality clothing and accessory items. If you are over 45, most likely...

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Obituaries 01-03-2012

Emilio ‘Red’ Marchionne Recipient of the Carnegie Medal for Bravery Emilio J. “Red” Marchionne of East Boston, formerly of Boston’s North End, died in Revere on December 26. A retiree of the Boston Naval Shipyard and a US Navy veteran of World War II, he was a  member of the National Association of the...

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NEAA Basketball at the Nazzaro Center

NEAA Basketball at the Nazzaro Center

Who needs the NBA!  The Nazzaro Center and the North End Athletic Association have teamed up once again to provide the neighborhood with one of the best in-house basketball programs in the city.  Bigger and better than previous years, the Small Fry League, as it is generally called, provides basketball for all age of...

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The French Cultural Center’s “A Taste of Bordeaux” Dinner

The French Cultural Center’s  “A Taste of Bordeaux” Dinner

The French Cultural Center (located at 53 Marlborough Street) hosted “Le Tour De France Viticole 2011”, A Taste of Bordeaux on Monday, November 21st , for 130 guests at The Chilton Club. The sold-out  benefit raised funds for the Center’s “Accent on Success” after-school program, providing French language instruction at the elementary level for...

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NEWRA Committee to Address 4 Requests

December 23, 2011
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Four items of request are scheduled for discussion at the next NEWRA Zoning, Licensing and Construction Committee meeting, according to co-chair David Kubiak. In addition, the committee will present brief updates on five matters of concern. The agenda will include the following: Laz Parking is seeking renewal of its condition use permit at the...

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