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Property owners need to make repairs Dear Editor, There has been a problem that I would like to discuss with whomever will listen. What can be done when property owners do not keep up with repairs to their property, namely one problem I’ve noticed is the faulty drain pipes and down spouts.  In the...

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City Sets New Affordable Housing Yearly Record

In the year 2015, Boston has set a new record for creating new units of affordable housing, permitted in a single year with the new number of 1,022 surpassing the old record of 862 and 2004. With 19 percent of its housing units reserved to help house its low and moderate income residents, Boston’s...

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MBTA Needs Fixing Fast

MBTA service has become deplorable and the T budget continues to be inadequate to meet the needs of the public transit system. What else is new? One of the solutions that hopefully will make things better is an increase in fares. Heard that before. There are major repairs needed throughout the system but the...

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Boston Public School to Face a $50 Million Deficit

By John Lynds In a letter to parents last week, Boston Public School Superintendent Tommy Chang said the School Department will face a $50 million deficit. The announcement by Chang has made education one of the focal points of Mayor Martin Walsh’s annual State of the City address to be delivered tonight at Boston...

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NEWNC Supports Four Changes to Full Liquor Licenses

January 22, 2016
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An unprecedented four liquor license changes was the main topic at the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) monthly meeting held in the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street. The city has requested 10 more licenses from the state. Represented by Attorney William Ferullo, Cantina Italiana, 346 Hanover Street, Mare, 3 Mechanic Street, Monica’s...

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Scene Magazine Highlights North End Businesswoman

January 22, 2016
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Scene Magazine Highlights North End Businesswoman

Carla Agrippino-Gomes, owner and general manager of three North End eateries Antico Forno, Terramia (Salem Street) and the Cobblestone (Hanover Street), was highlighted in a feature article in Scene Magazine, has a very successful businesswoman. Born and raised in the North End, Carla’s key to running the restaurant is a hands on owner that...

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NEWRA Opposes Commercial Street Roof Deck Expansion

January 22, 2016
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The first time a request by Allison Bonney to increase the size of the roof deck at 536 Commercial Street from 15o square feet to 367 square feet was presented (Nov.12) to the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA), NEWRA voted to defer a vote to allow time for the applicant and abutters to work...

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Suffolk U and the NEHS to Premiere Documentary Film:Boston’s North End: An Italian American Story

Suffolk University, in partnership with the North End Historical Society, will host the premiere screening of the documentary film, “Boston’s North End: An Italian American Story” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at the Modern Theatre, 525 Washington Street, in Boston’s Theatre District. “As the title indicates, it is not so much a...

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House Passes Substance Addiction Legislation to Enhance Continuum of Care and Prevention Efforts

State Representative Aaron Michlewitz joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives to pass substance addiction legislation that creates a new standard to evaluate and treat patients who present in emergency rooms with an apparent overdose. This new best practice, which will be covered by insurance, is designed to ensure the proper assessment...

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City Councilor Sal LaMattina to Chair the Parks and Recreation and Transportation Committees

By John Lynds Newly sworn in Boston City Council President Michelle Wu has appointed City Councilor Sal LaMattina to chair the Parks and Recreation and Transportation Committees and to serve as vice chair of the Ways and Means Committee. LaMattina, who was sworn in for a fifth term as District 1 City Councilor, had...

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North Washington Street Bridge Construction Slated for 2017

Based on meetings held in collaboration with MassDOT and the Boston Department of Public Works (DPW) the $125 million dollar proposed design and replacement of the 100 year old North Washington Street Bridge (Charlestown Bridge) could start as early as 2017. Construction will actually not commence until eleven permits that are needed to be...

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Second Phase of the Minimum Wage Increase Kicks In

January 22, 2016
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The beginning of 2016, Massachusetts low-wage workers received their second consecutive annual raised when the State’s minimum wage rose from $9 to $10 per hour. A third $1 wage increase will occur in 2017 when the State will have the highest minimum wage in the country at $11 an hour. House Speaker Robert A....

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Boston Sets Affordable Housing Record

Boston has surpassed the 1,000 new units of affordable housing units permitted in a single year (2015) dating back 20 years of record-keeping, according to information released by City Hall. Last year 1,022 new housing units were created breaking the 2004 record of 862 units, according to a press release issued by the Mayor’s...

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Gun Violence Has No Place in Our Neighborhoods

By Mayor Martin Walsh I traveled to Washington D.C. and stood with President Obama as he took measures to make our communities safer. Requiring all gun purchases to include a background check is a common sense, simple step, which will make it harder for criminals and those who intend to commit crimes to access...

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Opinion

January 22, 2016
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News on Gaming Commission Attorney General Maura Healey’s investigation revealed that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has been violating the State’s Open Meeting Law by conducting public business during closed-door member lunches on a regular basis. Healey’s report clearly stated “Discussion of matters related to the operation of the Commission appears to have become a...

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Downtown View:Up to the Job?

January is a good time to visit the World Trade Center site in New York City. The crowds are smaller than in July. El Niño makes it warm enough for the water to cascade freely over the edges of the two square, black sunken fountains marking the locations of the destroyed towers. Calatrava’s soaring...

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New Drug Abuse Prevention Ideas Needed

Drugs is not a four-letter word but it should be. Single-handedly, drug usage is destroying neighborhoods at an alarming pace and there seems to be no real answer to controlling the major problem that will simply not go away. City, State and Federal programs do not appear to be working as they are intended...

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Governor’s Economic Plan Heading Down the Right Track

The State’s economic development plan laying the foundation for Governor Charlie Baker’s administration legislative initiatives have the Governor’s John Hancock. “This economic development plan is an important statement of our administration’s priorities and values,” Baker said in a statement. The plan which received unanimous backing of the Economic Development Planning Council was put together...

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Winter Lights

Winter Lights

Every evening, hundreds of North End/Waterfront residents and numerous visitors are enjoying the beautiful Winter Lights spread throughout The Greenway. Shown above is one of the favorite Winter Lights photo.

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North End Business Owner Named a Finalist for Female Entrepreneur

North End Business Owner Named a Finalist for Female Entrepreneur

The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE), a nationally-renowned nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering women in business, announced that North End business woman Kathleen Doyle, the owner of FireFlower Alternative Energy, was named one of the top five finalists of its Women-Owned Business Challenge, a competition  to promote female entrepreneurship and the advancement of...

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North End Exempt from BYOB Policy

A Bring Your Own Bottle (BYOB) ordinance that would allow diners to take their own liquor into eateries in several community restaurants has been passed in the Boston City Council. “Because the North End has so many restaurants and licenses, the new measure will not apply in that neighborhood,” according to City Councilor Sal...

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MassDOT Responds to Fulton Street Tunnel Noise Issues

January 7, 2016
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Numerous North End residents turned out for a Callahan Tunnel Trench Noise Remediation meeting with MassDOT and other local city and state representatives. The topic was loud noise created after the tunnel renovations were completed. Those that attended the meeting with MassDOT felt it was a productive discussion with potential solutions to the problem....

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Free-Standing Sidewalk Signs Pilot Program Underway

January 7, 2016
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An ordinance filed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and brought to light by Boston City Councilor At Large, Chairman of the Committee on Government Operations Michael J. Flaherty to create a pilot program regarding free-standing sidewalk signs. Passed by the Council the bill will examine how city regulates free-standing signs in order to establish...

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Boston’s Vision Zero Action Plan Ready to Go

January 7, 2016
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A plan that outlines the City of Boston’s commitment to providing safer streets is off the drawing board and set to go as soon as possible. The Action Plan focuses on four core areas, implementing street design changes, tackling the issue of distraction and impaired driving. Highlights of the major plan include: Emphasis will...

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