MBTA Completes Government Station Reconstruction on Time and Under Budget

The MBTA recently opened the new Government Center Station after two-years of reconstruction for a fully accessible, safer, modern and a more comfortable facility. Completed on time and under budget, the project represents another step forward as the MBTA works to improve the core system for commuters by connecting City Hall and Government Center....

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Old North Church Secures Community Support for Garden Renovations

Old North Church Secures Community Support for Garden Renovations

By Phil Orlandella Old North Church’s Reverend Stephen Ryres has gained support from community groups and local elected officials for the church to reconfigure the Washington Garden and the adjacent Washington Court Yard on the north side of the church campus. A grant of $46,600 from the Browne Fund is being sought to design...

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241st Lantern Ceremony at Old North Church Set for April 17

241st Lantern Ceremony at  Old North Church Set for April 17

On April 18, 1775, two lanterns were hung from the steeple of the Old North Church, launching what would become the American Revolutionary War. Signaling the departure of British regulars “by sea,” the two lanterns have come to represent the resolve and ingenuity of the American spirit. Every year since 1875, on the eve...

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Voters Head to Polls on Tuesday, April 12

North End voters will head to the polls Tuesday, April 12 (today) for the First Suffolk and Middlesex District State Senate Special Election. Seven Democratic candidates, Joseph Boncore, a Winthrop resident whose family has a law practice in East Boston, State Rep. Jay Livingstone of Beacon Hill, former Revere mayor Dan Rizzo, and current...

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Councillor LaMattina Files Street Performers Permitting Ordinance

By Phil Orlandella Currently, the City of Boston does not regulate or require permits for street performers, but that could change if the City Council passes an ordinance filed by Councillor Sal LaMattina and Bill Linehan. “The purpose of this ordinance is to have reasonable regulations for street performers in the city in order...

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Police Make Nine Arrests in North End

By Phil Orlandella During the month of March, District A-1 Boston Police made nine arrests relating to several crimes including larceny, robbery, breaking and entering, drugs, domestic violence, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. These incidents were widely spread over the community on Sheafe Street, Baldwin Place, Prince Street, Fulton Street, Margaret...

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Mayor’s Urban Renewal Proposal Supported by City Council

By Phil Orlandella A six-year extension for the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) Urban Renewal plan proposed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh has been approved by the Boston City Council. Originally, the Mayor’s proposal was for a ten- year extension which was opposed by several community groups that didn’t want any extension to the BRA...

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Opinion

By Phil Orlandella   City’s small business plan a positive economic move The City of Boston’s first small business plan appears to be a solid guide towards supporting these businesses as they start and grow in Boston. Small businesses are a critical engine of the city’s economy and they warrant support in the best...

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MBTA’s Performance Dashboard a Positive and Useful Tool

MBTA users can now, for the first time, track the daily reliability levels of the four subway lines and all 750 bus routes through the newly created performance dashboard that provides the public the ability to look at the lines or routes for an entire day or just during rush hour periods. The MBTA’s...

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Today is Election Day- Get Out and Vote

Today, Tuesday, April 12 is a State Senate special election with seven candidates seeking to fill the vacancy left open by the retirement of Senator Anthony Petrucelli. Parts of the Senate District includes the North End/Waterfront neighborhood which has been well represented in the past. The Regional Review encourages registered voters in the community...

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Obituaries 04-12-2016

Rose Visconti Of East Boston, formerly of the North End Rose M. (Romano) Visconti of East Boston, formerly of the North End of Boston, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her bedside on Monday night, March 28. She was the beloved wife of the late Angelo Visconti; devoted mother of Pamela Congley...

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Michael and Cynthia Malm Receive NEWRA Good Neighbor Award

Michael and Cynthia Malm Receive NEWRA Good Neighbor Award

By Phil Orlandella Michael and Cynthia Malm have been presented the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) Good Neighbor Award for their stewardship of the Prince Building landscaping and street trees that help make the neighborhood beautiful and clean. Since 2008, they have designed, pruned and weeded the landscape beds around the building for the...

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Lewis Wharf Hotel is Focus at State Senate Candidates Forum

Lewis Wharf Hotel is Focus at State Senate Candidates Forum

By Matt Conti Waterfront development, specifically the proposed Lewis Wharf hotel project, was the focus of questions at the first State Senate Candidates Forum. Over 100 residents packed the Pilot House on the North End waterfront to attend the forum, held Thursday night, March 3. Candidates are vying to fill the First Suffolk and...

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Part-One Crime Continues to Decrease in North End

Part-One Crime Continues to Decrease in North End

By Phil Orlandella Part-One Crime in the North End/Waterfront continues to decrease according to District A1 Police Commanding Officer Captain William Fong who presented the statistics at the March monthly Public Safety meeting held in the Nazzaro Community Center. He was joined by North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Residence’ Association (NEWRA) Public Safety Chairperson David Marks,...

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NEWRA Supports New Hanover Street License

By Phil Orlandella Three legal occupancy changes and a request for a wine and malt beverages with cordials/liqueurs license were the agenda items at last week’s North End/Waterfront Residents Association (NEWRA) monthly meeting held in the Nazzaro Community Center. NEWRA  supported a request by Realty Trust, 290 North Street to the Board of Appeal...

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“Spring Forward” this March at the Boston Public Market

Shed those winter blues and gear up for spring this March at the Boston Public Market! Feel inspired to try new spring dishes, pick up a handmade treat from our local vendors, or check out promotions and classes happening all month long. See details below about these March happenings and visit bostonpublicmarket.org for more...

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MBTA Reports Progress in Cutting Expenses

Money saved by the MBTA will go to track upgrades, signal improvements and new third rail for the Red Line, according to T reports claiming cuts in expenses. Reportedly, the T expects to cut its projected fiscal 2017 operating deficit by 43 percent, the direct result of continued reductions in overtime spending and other...

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Mayor Accepts Top Leadership Role for International Climate Group

Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) Steering Committee, the governing body that provides strategic direction for the network of cities on the front line of preparing for and helping prevent climate change. He will serve on the steering committee as the representative for all North American C40 cities....

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Ferris Wheel and Winter Skating Proposed for New City Hall Plaza

By Matt Conti The remake of City Hall Plaza took another step forward with a bid awarded to the owners of TD Garden, Delaware North / Boston Garden Development Corporation. Working with city officials, the private group will look to add new programming elements and amenities to the brick plaza. The winning proposal includes...

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Opinion

By Phil Orlandella North End/Waterfront Health offers tips on how to talk to children about drugs and alcohol Many public and private agencies are dealing with drugs and alcohol use throughout the city and state in an effort to curtail the major problem that currently exists. Drug and alcohol abuse involves all ages but...

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Downtown View:Big Pharma? Try Big Fish

Last week the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center hosted Seafood Expo, a showcase of more than 1,200 fishing boat companies, seafood packagers and processors, fish farmers and suppliers to the fish industry. I went over to take a look. I became interested in fish when I visited the Seaport District. Everyone knows about the...

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Stand by Your Guns Commissioner-Fingerprinting is a Public Safety Issue

Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans’ attempt to have all Uber and Lyft drivers provide fingerprints for public safety reasons is completely justified. If the 6,000 Boston cab drivers have to provide fingerprints, there is no reason why other transportation service drivers should do the same. Fingerprints can be used in many ways, especially...

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The T in MBTA Stands for Terrible

Each week there is a negative story regarding the MBTA. If it’s not overtime costs, breakdowns, poor operations, deficit issues or poor service it’s something else and there appears to be no end in sight towards resolving any of the problems. Governor Charlie Baker has vowed to start in motion solutions but he would...

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Slippery Slope

Slippery Slope

The Nazzaro Center, for the  13th consecutive winter, made its annual trip to the  New England Sports Park  in Amesbury for a night of snow tubing. Pictured are three of the members enjoying the evening.

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