New Director of Neighborhood Services Addresses NEWNC

September 22, 2014
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Jerome Smith, the new Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services was the guest speaker at last week’s North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) monthly meeting. Smith explained some of the new programs established to make things easier for small businesses and certain landlords and an abutters meeting program at the site of requests...

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Tall Ships Returning to Boston in 2017

September 22, 2014
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Boston Harbor and 2017 will be reportedly visited by more than 50 Tall Ships from 28 countries for a free five-day extravaganza. More people than ever before will be able to view the ships up-close and personal, according to the organizers and conventurers operators of Sail Boston. Apparently, the return of the Tall Ships...

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NEAA 20u Dodgers Win

September 11, 2014
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NEAA 20u Dodgers Win

The NEAA 20u Dodgers won the 2014 BASE HITZ Championship by sweeping through the playoffs with a powerful display of pitching, defense and offense. The BASE HITZ league is the brain child of Robert Lewis Jr and pits some of the best teams in the area against each other. Teams from Lawrence, Lowell, South...

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City Appeals Preliminary FEMA Flood Maps

September 11, 2014
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The City of Boston has filed an appeal with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the 2013 Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Boston. This appeal comes after a study, completed by an independent consultant hired by the City, indicated inconsistencies and potential errors in the mapping and...

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Local Politicians Looking Towards November

September 11, 2014
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It’s getting down to the wire with the Tuesday, September 9 State Primary here. Political allegiances are now being set up for the final push to November when a democratic nominee will square off against a republican challenger for governor. On Tuesday, State Senator Anthony Petruccelli threw his support behind democratic hopeful Martha Coakley....

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Review Welcomes New Nempac Board:President

September 11, 2014
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North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) has a new President of its Board of Directors that comes to the neighborhood organization with a wealth of experience in the field of arts and a desire to make NEMPAC bigger and better. Diane Borriello Royle who recently moved to the North End and is...

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Mayor Smiles On Small Businesses

September 11, 2014
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Small business owners and entrepreneurs are now able to successfully start and grow in Boston without the lengthy process it took in the past due to several programs initiated by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. The Mayor is committed to making sure that small businesses throughout Boston are supported from concept to launch, including...

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New NEMPAC Board of Director President

September 11, 2014
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New NEMPAC Board of Director President

North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) has a new President of the Board of Directors. Diane Borriello Royle, formally of the West End, recently moved to the North End where her father was born on Henchmen Street and her daughter Jen lives nearby. She and her late husband Frank, resided in Mansfield...

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Lia Tota Steps Down As Center Executive Director

September 11, 2014
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Lia Tota Steps Down As Center Executive Director

Following 30 years as the Director of ABCD’s North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center, Lia Tota has stepped down from her community position on August 29. However, Tota will stay with the organization on a part-time basis as a community advocate with a focus on the West End neighborhood. “Working part-time will allow me...

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New Salon Coming to Hanover Street

September 11, 2014
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New Salon Coming to Hanover Street

Bow & Arrow, a Beauty Collective will open its first salon in the North End at 215 Hanover Street this month, featuring a creative take on the upscale beauty and wellness industry for men and women. The new salon will exclusively use and sell products made from ingredients safe for the environment, the client,...

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NEWRA Monthly Meeting Sept.11

September 11, 2014
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There will be no voting requests at this Thursday’s September 11 North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) monthly meeting scheduled for 7pm in the Nazzaro Community Center. Presentations will be given on the North Bennet Street School’s (NBSS) interest in the Department of Transportation Building, 128 North Street. NBSS President Miguel Gomez-Ibanez will discuss this...

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The Ones That Didn’t Get Away

The Ones That Didn’t Get Away

Anthony Caturano, owner/chef of Prezza in the North End, snagged a 104 inch, 590 pound tuna at the recent Bluefin Blowout Tournament held in Gloucester. Children’s Floating Hospital at Tuft’s University Medical Center received approximately $11,000 from the benefit tournament. Caturano’s catch earned him3rd place in the tournament. Ten year old Rocco Orlandella, while...

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Next Level Fitness Opens on Endicott Street

Next Level Fitness a 2 time Boston’s A List top 5 Personal Training company acquired Astrid Bengtson’s Body Talk Factory at 133 Endicott Street in the North End neighborhood. Next Level Fitness owner Micah Logan believes that his company will continue the high level training Astrid started three years ago when she founded Body...

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Unfilled Private Details Should Go to Retired Boston Police

Allowing retired Boston Police Offices to become Special Police Officers and work private business details throughout the city will handle some of the unfilled details that occur. City officials advise that requests from private vendors, construction, utility companies and entertainment venues have increased and apparently the police department does not have enough manpower to...

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BNN Celebrates 30 Years of Service

Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN) is celebrating 30 years of being a nationally recognized, award-winning community center which acts as a public forum for all Boston residents, non-profit and community-based organizations and educational institutions. BNN has provided these organizations with affordable training and access to emerging media technologies on a regular basis. The training of...

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The Sounds of August

Karen is taking her first break since beginning to write in this space. She is offering some of her most remarked-upon columns for you to enjoy again. (first published in August, 2010)August is the melancholy month, and I’m glad it’s over. It’s all about ends. The end of the tomatoes, fresh home-grown basil, and...

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Coakley Is the Best Bet for Governor

Martha Coakley still appears to be the front runner in the September 9th Democratic Gubernatorial Primary election. A low turnout of voters will most likely put the current Attorney General (AG) over the top and a head to head contest versus a Republic opponent in the Final November election. Coakley has done an outstanding...

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Get Out and Vote on September 9

Many political experts are claiming that Tuesday, September 9 Primary Day will have a low turnout. This may be the case but not if registered voters find a little time to go to the polls and cast ballots. Democrats, Republicans and Independent voters have an opportunity to elect a new Governor, a Lieutenant Governor,...

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Spend Some Time on the Greenway/Columbus Park

While the weather continues to be beautiful, a visit to the Rose Fitzgerald Greenway and/or Christopher Columbus Park is in order. Take advantage of a terrific waterfront view, restaurants, a tot lot, a carousel and much more. The parks are a good place to have a picnic, a gathering of families or a nice...

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Support Keogh for Suffolk County Register of Probate

Attorney Martin J. Keogh, candidate for Suffolk County Register of Probate, seems to be the right person for the job based on his determination to reform the public office by transition to a user-friendly system. He has presented a 10 point plan that makes sense and should be adopted. • Oversee the transition to...

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Mohegan Sun Points Program Includes North End

September 3, 2014
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North End businesses along with more than 400 Greater Boston businesses will benefit from a Mohegan Sun Casino points program. The Connecticut-based casino will allow customers to use points earned from spending money at the slots or tables to dine out in the North End and other restaurants that sign-up for the program. Points...

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Councilor Lamattina Wants Rental Websites Hearing

September 3, 2014
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A close look at the practices of several short-term rental websites will be discussed at a possible public hearing being called for by Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina. The Councilor apparently has heard many complaints on this subject ranging from loud parties to home and apartments where tenants cycled through like revolving doors. Dealing...

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Council Approves Trust Act/mayor:Signs Bill

September 3, 2014
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By a unanimous vote, the Boston City Council has approved an ordinance that will stop police from holding illegal immigrants for Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents unless they have a criminal warrant. Supporters believe, “The Trust Act will not only protect immigrants but all residents of the City of Boston.” The measure, proposed by...

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Three Request on NEWNC Agenda

September 3, 2014
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Besides the usual protocol and committee reports, the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) agenda will include three possible voting items. The requests include: a capacity change, a restaurant expansion and a fitness center. There will be an update on the North Bennet Street School. Boston City Councilor at Large Ayanna Presley will be a...

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