Lewis Wharf Developer Launches New Plan

Lewis Wharf Developer Launches New Plan

Developer JW Capital Partners has filed a letter of intent for a new 300-room hotel project at Lewis Wharf on Boston’s North End waterfront. The proposal would include two new hotel buildings connected by a glass lobby along with a 54,000 square-foot publicly accessible park replacing the surface parking lot on Atlantic Avenue. Plans...

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Grand Opening:Nick Varano’s New Rina’s Pizzeria & Cafe

Grand Opening:Nick Varano’s New Rina’s Pizzeria & Cafe

 It’s time to fire up the pizza oven for this week’s grand opening of Rina’s Pizzeria & Cafe. Located next to the original Strega North End, Rina’s is the latest creation by Nick Varano and The Varano Group. The address at 371 Hanover Street is right on the Freedom Trail in Boston’s North End....

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When We Get Behind Closed Doors

June 18, 2015
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Behind closed doors, the North End/Waterfront Association Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) elected its officers. Philip Frattaroli was reelected President, Ryan Kenny Vice President, John Pregmon Secretary and Marie Simboli Sergeant At Arms. They also decided, with the doors closed to the public, that they would not fill the Council seat that became open with Maria...

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Opinion

June 18, 2015
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NEWNC totally disregards abutters’ concerns The North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) was elected by residents to represent their interests and concerns, not their personal opinion on each issue that goes before them. Case in point, every abutter to a proposal at 3-5 Quincy Place, that attended the Council’s June public monthly meeting  in one...

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Love in the Lab

Kerfuffle. Brouhaha, contretemps, a wrangle, rumpus, melee, a ruckus, a to-do. It is curious that some of the best words in the English language describe a commotion, a disturbance, a fuss. My big American Heritage dictionary, published in 2000, strangely does not include the word. But the online Oxford English Dictionary traces its origin...

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Head Start Celebrates 50 of Service

Head Start, a program of Action of Boston Community recently celebrated fifty years (1965-2015) of providing low-income children and their families on the path to success in school and life. Head Start has served tens of thousands of children from Boston from disadvantaged families, making hope and opportunity a part of everyday life who...

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St. John School Celebrates 120 Years of Service

Saint John Parochial School in the North End has celebrated 120 years of quality teaching and neighborhood commitment. For well over a century St. John School has provided education and social skills to thousands of students and many out of school events, activities and programs for students, their families, local residents and friends of...

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Columbus High School Graduates Celebrate 70th Anniversary

Columbus High School Graduates Celebrate 70th Anniversary

   The Christopher Columbus High School Class of 1957 sponsored a Commemorative Mass at St. Leonard Church in the North End on Sunday, May 31st. The Mass was followed by an informal gathering in the Church hall with coffee and pastries. Over eighty people attended from various graduating classes of CCHS, Julie Billiart HS,...

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District A-1Boston Police Praised at Community Meeting

June 11, 2015
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District A-1Boston Police Praised at Community Meeting

District A-1 Boston Police Commanding Officer Ken Fong updated residents on the 77 Endicott Street home invasion where a white male from Somerville accidentally shot himself in the foot with a shotgun while leaving the scene. Two local residents that heard the shot took the license plate of the getaway vehicle which was eventually...

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NEMPAC Opera Project To Be Held at Two Venues

June 11, 2015
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North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) 2015 Opera Project will be held at two venues during the month of June. The performances allows NEMPAC to fund their artist, orchestra and children’s chorus. A four night run of Puccini’s La Boheme, sung in Italian with English subtitles will be performed at the Great...

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North End Neighborhood Engagement Walks Findings Released

June 11, 2015
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North End Neighborhood Engagement Walks Findings Released

A comprehensive report conducted by the City of Boston Neighborhood Service Department of the possible needs of every neighborhood has been released, including North End results. Neighborhood Engagement Walks was a cross-department effort with the Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS) representatives working closely with the City’s Inspectional Services Department, Public Works Department, Transportation Department...

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Briefs

Casino Traffic Flow/Tax Money Still Not Clearly Defined Plans to open a $1.7 billion Wynn Casino in Everett is still pending on the need for a state sign-off to address environmental concerns related to increase traffic that the mega-resort will generate. Officials told the State’s Gaming Commission they plan to make their Massachusetts Environmental...

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Opinion

June 11, 2015
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Boston 2024 Olympic Report will answer tax question Having the 2024 Summer Olympics with Boston as a host city without using taxpayer’s money is the real question on just about everyone’s mind, especially the Governor and Mayor. Boston 2024 will apparently make public, this month, a revamped bid book that will spell out what...

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Not Your Father’s Oldsmobile

The world has changed. Our cars are more efficient and safer than they were a couple of decades ago. We used to be concerned about the Soviet Union. Now it is Russia. At one time women stayed home and took care of children. Now almost 70 percent of mothers with young children work at...

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Are Drug Prevention Programs Really Working

Drug related problems have been in existence since cavemen started eating roots and shrubs that made them touch the sky. Thousands of years have passed since mankind started to walk upright and there is still a  drug problem that needs to be addressed but not in the same old, same old way, that has...

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What about the Economic Burdens on Small Businesses

Boston’s small businesses have taken a few economic left hooks this winter, dropping sales with each punch. Only a series of standing eight counts have allowed them a little time to remain on their feet, preventing the knockout blow. Now, between rounds, the Boston City Council has delivered an over-hand right, in the form...

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Obituaries 06-09-2015

Josette Scapicchio Member of St. Lucy’s Society of the North End Josette B. (Kaladjian) Scapicchio of Boston’s North End passed away at home with her family on May 17  after a long illness. Josette was a member of St. Lucy’s Society of the North End. Born in France, she was the beloved wife of...

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Inked

Inked

Bruin Milan Lucic visited the Boston Barber and Tattoo Company on Salem Street and got three tattoos in one night.

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Another Public Hearing Set for Council Small Business Tax Bill

June 4, 2015
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A two-percent increase on the sale of liquor has city business owners concerned about their customers going to other cities and towns to make purchases, crippling their sales. A Boston City Council meeting was held last week on the proposal that owners feel is going to hurt them. Counselors, President William Linehan and Frank...

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Quest to Save North End Trees Underway

June 4, 2015
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Quest to Save North End Trees Underway

North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) President Ford Cavallari has asked the membership to take some sort of action and discuss possible measures they could undertake with the city to try and safeguard the neighborhood trees from being cut down by contractors, which he personally witnessed. Cavallari has been working with the Boston Redevelopment Authority...

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Home Invasion Suspect Arrested after Shooting Himself in the Foot

A violent home invasion and armed robbery occurred on Endicott Street in Boston’s North End May 23 around midnight. There were four men – one with a sawed-off shotgun and two with knives – according to police reports from a female victim who was staying with her boyfriend at the apartment. She reported that...

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Drug Addiction/Recovery Report Issued

A collaboration between the City of Boston and the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation was formed last year to produce a study on the capacity of addiction and recovery services with demonstrated best practices. Last week, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Foundation released a report on the current status relating to the...

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Obituaries 06-02-2015

Robert Louis Caprio Successful Florida restaurant and night club business owner;  formerly of Revere Robert Louis Caprio of Coral Springs, Florida, formerly of Revere, passed away suddenly in the Dominican Republic on January 1. He was 55 years old. Robert was a 1977 graduate of Christopher Columbus High School in Boston. He attended Central...

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Some Sort of “T” Reform Must Occur

Some sort of a major reform to the Massachusetts Public Transportation Authority relating to the outrageous way the system works and it’s overwhelming cost to do so is needed. Governor Charlie Baker has proposed some action to possibly help out this nasty issue that without question needs to be fixed, sooner than later. However,...

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