Tagging and Towing Vehicles Once a Street Has Been Cleared Is Crazy

Continuing mechanical street cleaning in the North End is a must, but tagging and towing vehicles after the cleaning vehicle has already done the job is ridiculous and uncalled for. Residents typically have a four hour window to move their vehicles before the street cleaning begins or risk getting ticketed ($40) towed ($35) plus...

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Support Gun Offender Registration Bill

Legislation has been filed by Representative Aaron Michlewitz that would create a statewide gun offender registry list that would require defendants convicted of specific gun crimes to register their addresses with the police and verify them every six months. In addition, they must notify the police if they change their addresses for a period...

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Rep Aaron Michlewitz Files Gun Control Measure

State Representative Aaron Michlewitz has filed legislation that would create a statewide gun offender registry list that would be accessible to the public. The legislation is modeled on similar systems in Baltimore and New York that require defendants convicted of specified gun crimes to register their addresses with the police, verify them every six...

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City Council Activities

The Boston City Council met and discussed a variety of issues. Mayor Marty Walsh sent notice of new members for the Animal Control Commission and the Residency Policy Commission. Grants were passed that would benefit the Department of Innovation and Technology as well as the Boston Traffic Management Center.  Councilor LaMattina signed out to...

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NEWNC Supports Full Liquor License Transfer for Hotel

March 4, 2015
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NEWNC Supports Full Liquor License Transfer for Hotel

A request by Battery Wharf Hotel, 3 Battery Wharf to transfer a full liquor license to replace the one currently being used was supported (6-0) by the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) at last week’s monthly meeting held in the Nazzaro Community Center. Representatives from the new owner told residents, other than the license...

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Conservancy Presents Plans for North End Parks

March 4, 2015
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Conservancy Presents Plans for North End Parks

Greenway Conservancy Executive Director Jessie Brackenbury and his staff presented plans for the 2015 scheduled improvements and repairs for North End parks. The community meeting was the third to discuss plans and to seek community import. Brackenbury confirmed that the Conservancy has received a $400,000 grant from the Mass Culture Council, to make the...

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Park Improvements

Park Improvements

A community meeting regarding improvements to the North End parks will be held by the Greenway Conservancy on Wednesday, February 25 at 6:30pm in the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street. Information will also be provided on programs being offered in the parks in 2015 and a briefing on six parcels of land...

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Watch for Falling Ice

Watch for Falling Ice

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Greenway Holds Public Art Community Meeting February 24

The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in partnership with the Wharf District will hold a public community meeting, tonight, Tuesday, February 24 from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf. Preview renderings of Boston’s most ambitious public art project ever and have questions answered by the Greenway Conservancy staff and...

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March Activities at West End Library

March will be a busy month at the West End library, 151 Cambridge Street. The library has scheduled films, a lecture, a book discussion, a concert and many ongoing programs. For details call 617-523-3957. Irish Heritage Month  Film Series –. Sponsored by the Friends of the West End Branch Library. March 4th   Run &...

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BLC Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) is celebrating its 40th anniversary of working to safeguard the character of the City of Boston from iconic downtown buildings to vibrant neighborhoods. BLC was established in 1975 to identify and protect historic buildings, structures, areas, and sites, review development and demolition activities affecting old properties, provide public information and...

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Residents and Community Groups Should Support Short-Term Rental Legislation

North End/Waterfront residents and community groups are apparently getting on the bandwagon, supporting their State Representative Bill that would put in place regulations for short-term residential rentals.  The legislation would empower cities and towns to inspect potential short-term residential units for safety code violations, instruct the Department of Housing and Community Development to keep...

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Obituaries 02-24-2015

Mary Ania North End resident Mary C. (D’Ippolito) Ania of Boston’s North End died on February 9. The beloved wife of the late Francesco Ania, she was the loving sister of the late Marion, Vivian, Domenic, Peter and Father Donald O.F.M. She is survived by  two nieces, Daria Bartolucci of Boston and Mary Sturzo...

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North End Public Safety Committee Meeting on March 5

February 25, 2015
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Boston Police District A-1 and the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) will hold their next North End Public Safety meeting to report on Part 1 crimes over the past 30 days. Crime numbers will be a comparison of the numbers reported during the same frame as last year. The public meeting offers residents and...

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NEWRA Parks and Open Space Committee to Discuss Cutillo Park

February 25, 2015
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Several issues relating to the North End will be discussed at the next North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) Parks and Open Spaces Committee monthly meeting. Some of the topics will include the status of Paul Revere Mall (Prado) and what plans does the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department have to tackle the...

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Boston Landmarks 40th Anniversary Events

February 23, 2015
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Boston Landmarks 40th Anniversary Events

A series of free events will be scheduled throughout 2015 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC), according to the City of Boston. The series will feature four seasonal programs celebrating the city’s historic places and the progress made during the past four decades to protect and enhance Boston’s unique...

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NEWRA Supports Full Liquor License Transfer on Battery Wharf

February 23, 2015
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NEWRA Supports Full Liquor License Transfer on Battery Wharf

There was only one voting agenda item at last week’s North End/Waterfront Residents Association (NEWRA) monthly meeting held in the Nazzaro Community Center. A request by 3 Battery Wharf, Sweet Basil, Inc. d/b/a The Cactus Club to transfer its Common Victualler 7-Day All Alcohol License with a 2am closing to Boston Beverage Services, Inc....

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Uber Driver Charged with Assault

February 23, 2015
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Indecent assault and battery charges have been levied on an Uber driver, according to Boston Police reports. Uber driver Abderrahim Dakiri, 36. Boston has been allegedly charged by a 30-year-old woman when the two were alone in the North End after she called for a ride. Reportedly, the victim told police that during this...

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Is It Possible for Boston to Host the Summer Olympics

People who support the possibility of the 2024 Summer Olympics being held in Boston and in part of Greater Boston as well as those who do not favor the idea of hosting the world games are certainly expressing their opinions loud and clear. Obviously, Boston has not been selected to host the Olympic Games...

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Snow… Snow. Go Away!

The past four weeks have not been ideal conditions for the state, cities and towns as snow has fallen at a ridiculous pace, making it difficult to remove and place. Parking spaces could not be cleared fast enough, side and small streets could not get much attention. Mounds were so high they looked like...

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City Provides Residents Relief in the Face of Rising Electricity Costs

Boston faces some of the highest electricity prices in the nation, and in January, rates increased by 29 percent. This puts many Boston residents in a very tough spot, in particular, those residents who heat with electricity.  While the City does not have control over these prices, we are using every lever we can...

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Literary Landscapes

Literary Landscapes

The exhibition Literary Landscapes: Maps from Fiction  has opened at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library  and runs through October 25. The exhibition, curated by Stephanie Cyr and Lauren Chen, examines the many types of maps that accompany works of fiction and features items from the 16th century to...

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Historical Commission says Parcel 9 Project ‘Haymarket Hotel’ Too High for Blackstone Block

Historical Commission says Parcel 9 Project ‘Haymarket Hotel’ Too High for Blackstone Block

The Massachusetts Historical Commission has taken issue with the proposed height and massing of the Haymarket Hotel proposal for Parcel 9 by Normandy Real Estate Partners and Harbinger Development. In a January 26, 2015 letter, the MHC noted the proposed height far exceeds the 55 feet zoning limit that was set to protect the...

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Winter Helps Keep Crime Incidents Low

If there is a silver lining to the snow and cold, it could be that crime incidents are down 40% in the district, according to A-1 Captain Ken Fong at Thursday night’s North End Public Safety Meeting. Specifically in the North End / Waterfront area, overall crime is at very low levels. Police noted...

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