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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19 North End/Waterfront Eateries Participate in Dine Out Boston

February 12, 2015
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Nineteen North End/Waterfront eateries will participate in the second Dine Out Boston (DOB) hosted by the Greater Boston Convention + Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) this coming March 1-6 and March 8-13.                 Dine Out Boston is a new approach for the former Restaurant Week Boston that debuted for the first time in 2014.                  It...

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BRA Changes Benefit Communities

Big changes and positive initiatives have taken place at the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and his administration over the past year.                 These major changes have already made a significant difference for Boston’s neighborhoods, especially in urban planning and economic development, according to information provided by the Mayor’s office....

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Mayor on Right Education Track

Data recently released showed the Boston Public School graduation rate has hit a historic milestone, the highest level in recorded history.                 The School Department of Elementary and Secondary Education indicated a 66.7 percent of graduate rate and upward trend since 2006, from 65.9 percent in 2013.                 The data also showed the districts...

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North End in the Blizzard

North End in the Blizzard

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Short-Term Rental Bill Should Be Passed

Representative Aaron Michlewitz has co-sponsored legislation that would put in place state regulations for short-term residential rentals that would empower cities and towns to inspect these units for safety code violations and mandate that short-term renters pay an excise tax, similar to the state’s hotel tax. The bill makes perfect sense for several reasons,...

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More Water and Sewer Savings for Seniors and Disabled People

Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s announcement that Boston Water and Sewer Commission will increase water service discounts for all senior citizens and disabled homeowners to 30 percent has been praised by many. It was an important decision that adds new protection for low income elderly and persons with disabilities who certainly can use the money....

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Downtown View:More Stupid Stuff

Sometimes as a community we don’t think before we act even though we spend lots of time in the thinking stage. Casinos are one example. This is not a column opposing casinos. Their benefits are probably over-rated, and so are their drawbacks. Everett was chosen over Revere for the casino in the Boston area....

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Mayor Issues 20 Page Report on BRA Performance

February 9, 2015
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A 20 page report that offers an in-depth look at how the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has improved its transparency, accountability and operations in the past year through a series of policy reforms, personnel changes and investments in technology has been released by Mayor Martin Walsh and BRA Director Brian Golden. Many times over...

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NEAD Supports AG’s Drug Task Force

February 9, 2015
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A task force on opioid and prescription drug abuse is being planned by State Attorney General Maura Healy. This is a problem that has been plaguing neighborhoods across the state, including the North End/Waterfront communities. Healey has filed to expand the reach of the State’s Prescription Monitoring Program, address market prescribing and dispensing practices...

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Residents Question Multiple Parking Permits Issued

February 9, 2015
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North End residents were not surprised when they found out that residents had more than one residential parking sticker for one vehicle. They were under the impression that the system called for one sticker per vehicle good for two years. Reportedly, one resident had five stickers. “It’s extremely difficult to find a residential space...

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North End Composting Pilot Program Labeled a Success

February 9, 2015
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A pilot composting program, Project Oscar, held in the North End from September to November was labeled as a success by Leah Bamberger, a member of Greenovate Boston Group. Speaking at last month’s North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) meeting, Bamberger noted the pilot program collected 1,500 pounds of food waste in the neighborhood in...

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Opinion

February 9, 2015
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Mayor forms Boston School Building Authority The North End has benefited from obtaining funding for a new elementary school during the former Mayor Thomas Menino’s Administration. Now that new Mayor Martin J. Walsh has formed a Boston School Building Authority, a city agency charged with the task of securing new funds for a new...

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North End Sites Nominated to National Register of Historic Places

Secretary of the Commonwealth William F.Galvin has announced that the Massachusetts Historical Commission approved the Boston Police Station Number One/Traffic Tunnel Administration Building and the Boston Printing Department Building in Boston in the North End for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places at its December10, 2014, meeting.                  The nomination will be...

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State Legislators Aim to Crack Down on AirBnb Short-Term Rentals

A new bill by State Representatives Aaron Michlewitz and RoseLee Vincent would introduce the strictest regulations in the country for short-term rentals by companies such as AirBnb, Homeaway and Flipkey. Both Democrats, Michlewitz represents the North End, South End and parts of downtown Boston while Vincent hails from Revere. The legislation, if passed, would...

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Modest Property Taxes Incentive Will Work

A local option for a modest property tax incentive for private developers of workforce housing will most likely be filed by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. The legislation will allow the City to designate workforce housing special tax assessment zones in the areas that present an opportunity for increased development of middle-income housing, something...

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Broader Nomination Papers an Equitable Electoral Process

A special act being filed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh that will modify the city’s nomination paper process for municipal elections allowing more candidates to meet the threshold required to seek elected office is nothing short of a good idea. This change would allow voters broader choices when they enter the voting booth and...

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Local Eatery Hosts Dinner Fundraiser

January 30, 2015
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Former North End resident and local business owner, Carla Gomes has put together the 10th anniversary of City Feast to benefit the Joslin Diabetes Center High Hopes Fund. The Valentine’s Day special event being held at Terramia Ristorante includes a four-course Prix Fixe menu. Tickets $65 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Carla and...

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Eliot School Students Expressed Support for Boston Police

January 30, 2015
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Eliot School Students Expressed Support for Boston Police

Responding to the National Fraternal Order of Police request for community members to designate January 9, as a day to appreciate and thank their local police officers, a group of 40 5th graders from the Eliot Innovation School in the North End visited District A-1 Police Station, 40 New Sudbury Street.                 “The students...

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Education Is Walsh’s Top Priority

Listening to the Mayor Martin Walsh’s State of the City address last Tuesday night, one had to be struck by his emphasis on education for Boston Public School students. More than a quarter of his address was devoted to initiatives that he has committed city resources and his time and effort to. A longer...

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The Calm Month

Lots of people complain about January. It is dark. It is cold. It’s a day longer than some months. The hoopla about the holidays is over. Thank goodness. That is the beauty of January. It is not like autumn, the season in which everyone and every organization are trying to crowd in every event...

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NEWNC Supports Takeout Use at Modica’s Mercato

January 22, 2015
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Mendoza Brothers, LLC, 130-130B Salem Street: Monica’s Mercato received unanimous support (7-0) from the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) to add takeout use to the grocery store for the sale of pizza and prepared foods. Two abutters sent letters of opposition while the Mendoza family secured 400 signatures from residents that supported the change....

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Greenway Has a Successful 2014

January 22, 2015
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Greenway Has a Successful 2014

It’s been an amazing year for the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, which is becoming a world-class park. The popular park, which attracts thousands of residents and visitors each year, provided numerous activities throughout the year. Inspiring artists brought innovative public art to the Greenway. Shinique Smith’s new mural on the Greenway wall, “The...

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