North End Entertainer Off to Rio de Janeiro

By Phil Orlandella North End resident and entertainer Joe Nicholson, known as the “Gringo da Viola” has left for Rio de Janeiro to perform in a series of shows. Even though his last performance at the Tropical Café in Framingham was supposed to be his last gig in New England, he was invited to...

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Annual Boston Local Food Festival on the Greenway

By Phil Orlandella More than 40,000 local eaters are expected to attend the 8th annual Boston Food Festival, where over 100 vendors will be featured at New England’s largest Farmers’ Market held on The Greenway. Each year, for one spectacular day, The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts presents the festival, celebrating the joys of...

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West End Library Programs

Music and Movement Story Time with Sherry Eskin – Wednesday, Sept. 13, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Kids join Sherry for a special story time in which every book is a song! Children use their voices to make some music of their own. No registration required. Groups and individuals welcome. STEAM Crafternoons – Thursdays, Sept. 28, November...

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Let’s Dance Boston Coming to Dewey Square Park

By Phil Orlandella Dewey Square Park located in the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway will be in full swing with live music when the Celebrity Series of Boston once again presents “Let’s Dance Boston” a free activity for all. The five-day dance and music extravaganza will feature a different style of dance with expert instructors...

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Mayor Addresses West End Civic Association

By Phil Orlandella A much larger group than expected of West End residents crowded into the Amy Lowell House’s Community Room to listen to Boston Mayor Martin Walsh. The Mayor addressed the West End Civic Association, prior to the is scheduled summer meeting on Monday night, August 14. Over 100 people crowded into the...

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BPS Holds 18th Annual Countdown to Kindergarten

By Phil Orlandella Boston Public Schools (BPS) hosted the 18th Annual Countdown to Kindergarten Celebration at the Boston Children’s Museum.  This free event welcomed first-time kindergarteners and their families from across the city. About 2,800 youngsters marked this important milestone by wearing familiar yellow T-shirts that say, “I’m going to kindergarten!” and took part in...

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Greenway Conservancy Holds Scavenger Hunt

By Phil Orlandella In a time when The Greenway is in the middle of a busy summer of over 400 free public programs, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Park was recently the site of their second scavenger hunt contest and a chance to win over 75 prizes online and some hidden in conspicuous park locations....

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Battle of the Barges Fireworks Light up Boston Harbor

By Phil Orlandella Waterfront, non-profit, Boston Harbor Now, in partnership with the Office of Mayor Martin Walsh and the City of Boston, hosted the 5th Annual “Battle of Barges” fireworks shown over the harbor, where two barges anchored between the North End and the Seaport District,illuminated the Boston skyline for 20 minutes. A synchronized...

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Passacantilli Will Hire Neighborhood Liaisons from Each Community

Stephen Passacantilli, candidate for Boston City Council – District 1, has announced that he will hire a neighborhood liaison for each community in the district if elected to the city council.  Passacantilli is a North End civic leader, Boston Public Schools parent, and former staffer to City Councilor Sal LaMattina. Passacantilli said, “As former constituent services director...

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In Brief

By Phil Orlandella Council Creates Special Committee Boston City Council named members of the Special Committee on the Community Preservation Act. This Special Committee will recommend nominees for the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) to be appointed by the City Council, and will monitor the activities of the CPC to encourage transparency and community input....

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Opinion

By Phil Orlandella Pride Day: A don’t miss community event North End Against Drugs (NEAD) has put together what appears to be another fun filled and entertaining community event-North End Family Pride Day scheduled for Saturday, September 16 from 12 noon until 4 PM. Held at Langone Park on Commercial Street, Pride Day will...

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ABCD Boston Supports Same-Day Voter Registration

By Colneth Smiley Jr Assistant Director of Communications Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. While the Massachusetts Legislature strives to implement a state wide system for voter registration following the Massachusetts Superior Court’s decision to rule the current 20-day voter registration deadline as unconstitutional, Action for Boston Community Development stands with the Boston City Council and the...

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School is about to Reopen: Drive Carefully

September means it’s back to school and drivers need to pay close attention to school areas, crosswalks and school buses. In today’s world, too many drivers are talking or texting on their cell phones causing distraction and possibly creating an accident that they could regret after it’s too late.             Students and their parents...

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More Involvement by North End Businesses Would Result in Cleaner Streets

The North End business community should put together a neighborhood street cleaning crew, especially on Hanover and Salem Streets, where most of the clutter usually piles up during June, July and August. Hiring two or three local high school students for three or five days a week to get the job accomplished and provide...

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Greenway Stroll

Greenway Stroll

New plant guides available for your next Greenway stroll. Greenway volunteers recently completed a two-year effort of making a  series of plant identification sheets  that show the names (common and scientific) and photographs of most plants on The Greenway! The series breaks down The Greenway’s plant inventory by park section. Browse our plant lists...

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Police Make Numerous Arrests in North End

Police Make Numerous Arrests in North End

By David Marx Boston Police made several arrests on Friday night in the North End, including neighborhood parks and playgrounds used as gathering places for teenagers. Initial reports by police for just the one night were 21 arrests in total, 19 of which were juveniles and two others for an unrelated incident. Charges included...

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Police Presence at Feasts to Increase

By Phil Orlandella District 1 Boston Police Captain Kenneth Fong, told residents at a community meeting, that he has increased police presence at local feasts because of recent incidents at the neighborhood events. Apparently, the reason was also due to hundreds of teenagers congregating in the feasts and surrounding area, in pocket groups. The...

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City Employee Helps Woman to Safety in Wharf Condo Fire

By Phil Orlandella A 19-year veteran of the city’s Transportation Department, Jay Richards was “Johnny on the Spot” while on duty in the North End, when a fire broke out on the 6th floor of a Burroughs Wharf condo. The assistant parking enforcement supervisor ran down Battery Street, where he was knocking on doors,...

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Public Safety Meeting Addresses Local Crime

By Phil Orlandella District 1 Boston Police will conduct its monthly Public Safety meeting to advise residents, local organizations and the business community of Part 1 Crimes that took place during the month of August, starting at 6 PM in the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street. The September 7 meeting, chaired by...

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North End Family Pride Day A Terrific Community Event

By Phil Orlandella North End Family Pride Day is just around the corner, being held at Langone Park on Commercial Street from 12 noon to 4:30 PM on Saturday, September 16. The community event offers many things to do for all ages including a bocce tournament, entertainment, games, face painting, an art contest, balloon...

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NSC News and Notes

By Phil Orlandella The North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NSC) has been very active lately. Director Maria Stella Gulla met with Boston Mayor Martin Walsh at the Blackstone Apartments to discuss Boston 2030 initiatives including, the need for affordable housing and transportation options for aging seniors. Many residents turned out to listen to...

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Joi of Summer Event Raises Money for N.E.A.D. Programs

On Thursday August 10, Joi Salon and Spa at 2 Atlantic Ave held their 4th Annual Joi of Summer fundraising event. For the second year in a row North End Against Drugs (NEAD) was the recipient of the funds collected. There were great appetizers donated by The Living Room and an awesome raffle with...

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City Seeks Poll Workers for Upcoming Elections

By Phil Orlandella There are 255 precincts in the City of Boston and plenty of voters who may need some help with procedures and/or information on election day, according to Maria Lanza, Liaison for the Neighborhood Services Department. “The city is looking to hire people, poll workers, for one day only and full shifts...

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Old North Outreach Mission Underway

By Phil Orlandella The Old North Church’s third-quarter outreach mission “Room to Grow” is underway accepting items suitable for children under the age of three in excellent condition only. The church is seeking clothing, to size 5T, shoes to size 13, toys, books, baby carriers, slings, baby monitors, baby proofing items, baby room accessories,...

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