Government Center Garage Plans Merit Consideration

The development of the Government Center Garage has received an awful lot of attention over the years. Original plans were simply over scaled and they were not accepted by the neighborhoods adjacent to the under used and unsightly parking garage. A new scaled down proposal submitted to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) by HYM...

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Obituaries 07-23-2013

Geraldo ‘Gerry’ DiBenedetto Lifelong North End Resident Geraldo “Gerry” DiBenedetto, a lifelong resident of Boston’s North End, died on Thursday, July 18. He was 44 years old. The cherished son of the late Maria D’Ascoli and Frank DiBenedetto, he was the loving brother of Frank DiBenedetto, Anna Duarte and her husband, Jose, Gilda Nocera,...

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Greenway Supermarket and Garage Projects Discussed at NEWRA Meeting

July 18, 2013
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Greenway Supermarket and Garage Projects Discussed at NEWRA Meeting

While there were no voting items on the agenda at last week’s North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) monthly meeting, the Nazzaro Community Center hall was filled to capacity with residents seeking information on three important issues or proposals that impact the neighborhood. Rose Kennedy Greenway update was presented by NEWRA representative to the Conservancy...

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Deveau to Help Consalvo in Boston Mayor’s Race

Deveau to Help Consalvo in Boston Mayor’s Race

After 13 years in Senator Anthony Petruccelli’s office, Chief of Staff Ed Deveau will leave his post to become mayoral candidate Rob Consalvo’s Deputy Campaign Manager. Deveau, who started out as a summer intern when Petruccelli was a State Representative, followed Petruccelli to the Senate where he has served as chief of staff since...

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Annual Procession

Annual Procession

The statue of Madonna Delle Grazie was presented on Sunday afternoon at the annual procession in Boston’s North End. The society was founded in Boston in 1903 from San Sossio Baronia Avellino. Featuring Saint Alfio’s Band and the Northeast Italian Band, the procession started at St. Leonard’s Church at the corner of Hanover &...

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Our Opinions

West End Pantry cupboards are bare The West End Pantry, located in the West End Library, is seeking donations to continue to service about 120 clients per month. It’s important to keep this valuable program open to help needy people by providing them some food. Reportedly, the pantry’s cupboards are bare, so donations are...

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Downtown View: Boom Times Need Infrastructure

Boston’s economy is back. People want to live in the city rather than commute from far off places. That’s the recipe for new office and residential development. But are Boston and the Massachusetts legislature ready to make it happen without burdening us with grid-lock and frustration? A new proposal is from the HYM Investment...

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Looking at the News: Mayor Menino’s final backyard BBQ a testament to his true legacy

Way down at the furthest tip of Boston on Hyde Park’s Chesterfield Street last Friday, Mayor Tom Menino and 2,000 of his closest friends gathered for the 21st and final backyard BBQ at his home – a backyard BBQ that over the years has become a block party featuring a unique cross between family-friendly...

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Several Development Items on the NEWRA Agenda

July 9, 2013
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Several Development Items on the NEWRA Agenda

Several important updates will be presented at the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) monthly meeting this coming Thursday, July 11 at 7pm in the Nazzaro Community Center. Topics will include the Greenway, an affordable neighborhood supermarket and the Government Center Garage Redevelopment Project. In addition, there will be reports by NEWRA President, the Membership...

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West End Student Selected to Mayor’s Youth Council

July 9, 2013
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West End Student Selected to Mayor’s Youth Council

West End resident Heather Forbes of Hawthorne Place has been selected to serve on Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Youth Council over the next year. The sixteen year old of Boston Latin School will represent the North End and West End communities. Why do I want to be on the MYC 2013-2014? I am...

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North End Stories Hosts “Pop-Up” Italian American Cultural Museum

North End Stories Hosts “Pop-Up” Italian American Cultural Museum

North End Stories hosted a ‘pop-up’ Italian-American Cultural Museum at the gateway to the North End, on Cross Street between Hanover and Salem Streets. Earlier in the day, the group hosted a similar event in Uphams Corner on Dudley Street and Columbia Road. There were multi-media ‘exhibits’ to learn about the history of Italians...

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The Tunnel is Closing…. the Tunnel is Closing

North End residents and the business community need to prepare for the full closure of the Callahan Tunnel 24/7 for three and a half months. MassDOT will be engaging in major repairs in the tunnel and has recommended alternative routes to get to other cities and towns on the other side of the tunnel....

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Take a Real Good Look at Mayoral Candidates Before Voting

The direction the City of Boston will take over the next four years will be in the hands of one of the many candidates seeking to fill Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s seat at City Hall. Whoever emerges as the winner will obviously play a key role in keeping Boston “A World Class City” while...

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Obituaries 07-09-2013

Ralph Polci Of Boston’s North End Ralph J. Polci of Boston North End, died on Saturday, June 29. He was 72 years old. He was the cherished son of the late Cornelia (Venti) and Aurelio Polci; loving brother of Guy “Butch” Polci and his wife, Lydia and the late Christopher and Aurelio Polci, Jr.;...

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Third Annual Saint Padre Pio Procession in North End

Third Annual Saint Padre Pio Procession in North End

On Sunday, June 23, 2013, devotees of Saint Padre Pio held an Italian Mass and car­ried his statue from Saint Leonard Church throughout the streets of Boston’s North End. Accompanied by the North End Marching Band, this is the third year for the procession of Saint Pio, a relatively new saint can­onized by Pope...

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Community Group Seeks Final Plans for Hanover Street Development

July 2, 2013
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Community Group Seeks Final Plans for Hanover Street Development

Reportedly, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) lead architect, is reviewing the plans for a new six-story, 55-foot building proposal at 244-246R Hanover Street, formerly the site of the VFW Post #144, located between Ristorante Fiore and Spagnuolo Restaurant. Apparently, the developer has met with the BRA and the architect to modify the plans. The...

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Nazzaro Center Youth Program Honored

July 2, 2013
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Nazzaro Center Youth Program Honored

The North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) recently presented its “Good Neighbor” Award to the Nazzaro Community Center Youth Program for their outstanding efforts in cleaning up several parks and playgrounds. The teams participated in the recent Boston SHINES Clean-Up project on the Friday before the clean-up. Close to forty youths were involved in cleaning...

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NEWRA Committee Tracking Major Development Projects

July 2, 2013
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Several major redevelopment projects with heights of up to 600 feet, millions of square feet of residential, office and commercial space and thousands of residential units are planned in the North Station, Bulfinch and Government Center areas, according to David Kubiak, co-chair of the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association Zoning, Licensing and Construction Committee. “The...

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Landlords Need to Control Trash Disposal

One way to stop the horrendous household trash problem, that currently exists in the North End, is for landlords to take more responsibility for tenants that are the culprits for the blatant mess that plagues North End streets and sidewalks. While city policy requires landlords to control this problem, it’s obvious that many of...

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Community Support Lacking at Public Hearings

Many North End/Waterfront residents get upset when the two local community groups take a stand in opposition regarding various proposals slated to occur in their neighborhood, only to have things overturned when they get to City Hall or other agencies. Residents need to remember that NEWRA and NEWNC only act as advisory groups. The...

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NEAA Dodgers Update

The NEAA Senior Dodgers (21u) of the Tompkins All-Star Baseball League ran their record to 4-0 throttling an overmatched Acton team by a score of 13-0. Vin Lopriore ran his record to 2-0 throwing 5 innings of one hit baseball while striking out 9. The Dodgers got offense from up and down their line-up...

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Ernesto’s Pizzeria

Ernesto’s Pizzeria

A mural of Frank Sinatra is shown on the security grate of Ernesto’s Pizzeria on Salem Street.

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DPW Has Re-surfaced Most of the Sidewalks on Salem Street

DPW Has Re-surfaced Most of the Sidewalks on Salem Street

City of Boston Department of Public Works (DPW) has re-surfaced most of the sidewalks on Salem Street. Reportedly, some new lighting is possible for the street in the near future.

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Public Comment Period Hearing for Government Center Project

June 26, 2013
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An extremely important public hearing was held by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) regarding the potential development of the Government Center Garage by Bulfinch Congress Holdings, LLC. The meeting was held to discuss the Project Notification Form (PNF) filed with the BRA for the proposed development of the Government Center Garage located at One...

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