North End/west End Center Seeks Volunteers

July 21, 2014
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Two volunteers are being sought by the North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center, 1 Michelangelo Street to assist with several duties and responsibilities on Mondays and/or Fridays from 9am to 2pm. However hours could be flexible. The Center provides a multitude of services and programs to low-income residents of the North End, West End...

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Representative Michlewitz Opposes 4am Closure Policy

Mayor Martin Walsh’s attempt to have a 4am closure license for restaurants and bars in certain areas of Boston was supported in the Senate but defeated in the House. State Representative Aaron Michlewitz along with some colleagues stopped the bill in its track. He also noted that future discussions on this issue was needed....

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State Officials Make Correct Decision

State official’s decision to move the Fourth of July activities at the Hatch Shell to July 3 based on the potential dangers from Hurricane Arthur was a wise choice based on the weather forecast. It was a public safety issue and it was handled the correct way. While the rescheduled date saw the Pops...

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The Scared Americans?

As I was reading about the Supreme Court’s decision to allow family-owned businesses to deny contraception to women, I began to wonder—what kind of a person decides he knows better than his employees what is right and what is wrong for them? Mr. Hobby Lobby is characterized as a Christian. But he doesn’t seem...

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USS Constitution Goes Underway on July 4th for Last Turnaround Before Dry Dock

USS Constitution Goes Underway on July 4th for Last Turnaround Before Dry Dock

At 216 years old, the USS Constitution was still as majestic as ever during her July 4th turnaround in Boston Harbor. This is the last time Old Ironsides will be underway until 2018 as she goes into drydock later this year for restorations. The drizzly weather from the approaching Tropical Storm Arthur did not...

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Casino Gambling Now a State-wide Ballot Question

July 11, 2014
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Although the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has already awarded a slot parlor in Plainville and a casino in Springfield, the state’s highest court has ruled in favor of a ballot question to repeal the law in November. Major campaigns by advocates and opponents are expected to take place in the media and neighborhood across the...

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Soccer Stadium in Boston?

July 11, 2014
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An article published in the Boston Business Journal and repeated in other media sources claims that Mayor Martin Walsh is open to the possibility of building a $130 million soccer stadium in the city to house the New England Revolution which currently plays at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. “It’s about the growth of Boston....

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Councilor LaMattina Wants Discussions on TD Garden Incident

July 11, 2014
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A crackdown on rave shows like the recent one at the TD Garden appears to be on the minds on the Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Councilor Sal LaMattina and Tito Jackson. The Swedish DJ Avil attracted thousands of fans which apparently sent 36 intoxicated concertgoers to the hospital with several arrests being made. Elected...

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North End Mother and Daughter Walk to Benefit Cancer Society

North End resident Marie Parker Orlandi and her daughter Karen Parker Meyers, for the fifth consecutive year, walked with their Relay for Life Team “Miles of Memories” to benefit the American Cancer Society. The benefit walk took place at the Burlington High School Track. “We do this in memory of those we love and...

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Residents Must Express Opinions at Community Meetings

After the fact. Monday night quarterback. These are a few of the sayings that related to North End/Waterfront residents who don’t attend neighborhood meetings and complain when it’s too late or not meaningful. The last NEWRA and NEWNC monthly meetings had standing room only crowds. Only because there was a major issue on the...

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Most People Don’t Know Who the Candidates Are

Massachusetts will elect another governor soon and if asked the question “Do you know who the gubernatorial candidates are?” Mostly, the response from people will be Ah! Of course some people will know one, possibly two candidates, maybe? In a few months, the state will be electing its number one official on Beacon Hill,...

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Downtown View: The Welcome Mat Is Yanked for Banks

What’s so bad about a bank? They seem pretty benign. Then why do ten Boston neighborhood shopping districts, including those in the North End and Charlestown, make them or any professional office a conditional or forbidden use on the first or basement floors? Why did the Boston City Council recently vote to make banks...

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South End Wins North2South Series

In what turned into a 13-12 slugfest, the South End Little League team capture the second game of the North2South two-game baseball series, 2-0. The North End team made a comeback but they fell one run short at tying the game 1-1. Representative Aaron Michlewitz sponsored this series between the two teams for the...

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FOCCP Independence Day Celebration

FOCCP Independence Day Celebration

FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines welcomes everyone to the Independence Day Celebration.

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Junkies Reportedly Taking over Gassy’s Second-level

July 3, 2014
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Junkies Reportedly Taking over Gassy’s Second-level

Not only has the second flight of DeFilippo Park (Gassy) become a favorite place for drug uses to stick needles in their arms but is also fast becoming an ignored cleanup place, according to a resident. “There are needles and other debris like beer cans all over the place,” the concerned resident noted. “The...

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Saint Padre Pio Procession

Saint Padre Pio Procession

The fourth annual procession in honor of Saint Padre Pio was held on Sunday, June 22nd in the North End.

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Collecting for a Worthy Cause

July 3, 2014
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Life-long North End residents Barbara Maldero, is a advocate for the Pennies from Heaven program initiated for the defense of the unborn raising $1,100, one penny at a time. For years, Maldero has worked hard for this humanitarian purpose and she is already begun collecting pennies for next year’s drive. Maldero is well known...

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North End Restaurant Hosts Luncheon for Eliot School Staff

July 3, 2014
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Vinoteca di Monica, as they have done for several years now, held a special luncheon for all the teachers and staff from the Eliot School to celebrate another banner educational experience at the very popular school. “It’s an end of the year get together to say thank you to the staff at the school...

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NEWRA Sends “No Objection” Letter

July 3, 2014
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A letter of no objection was sent to the City of Boston Zoning Board of Appeal by the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) for a request to open a juicery store at 66A Cross Street. The Juicery, will be located at the former site of DePasquale Pasta Shop and will only serve orders to...

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Our Opinions

PWD clearly gets the trash message out to the community Information regarding the new household trash change from three to two days per week has made its way through the North End/Waterfront in many ways, shapes and forms. Boston Public Works Department (PWD) held several neighborhood meetings explaining everything from A to Z relating...

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Downtown View: Fear All Around

It is surprising that Bostonians are such a fearful lot. West Enders have so effectively communicated their fears about crossing on foot at Leverett Circle to their local politicians that we’re going to waste millions of taxpayer dollars building a pedestrian overpass that will, unless you hit every don’t walk sign, take longer to...

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Little League Update

South End Little League wins 7-1 The first of the North2South two-game tournament was won by the South End Little League team 7-1 over the North End Little League team. The game, sponsored by Representative Aaron Michlewitz was held at Langone Field in the North End. The second game will be held in the...

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New Owners at Endicott Street Ice Cream Shop

June 24, 2014
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New Owners at Endicott Street Ice Cream Shop

Students from Saint John School visited Rizzutto’s Dip It Sweet Ice Cream Shop on Endicott Street and really enjoyed themselves. Gary and Lisa Rizzutto own the ice cream shop which also serves lunch, hot dogs, burgers, grilled cheese and other selections of food. “They have a clean and friendly shop and keep the area...

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Old North Church Restoration in Planning Stages

Old North Church Restoration in Planning Stages

The last major restoration of the church was in 1912. All of the systems in the church: heat, electric, sprinklers, alarm, light, sound, and ventilation are functional, but significantly out of date and not up to current building codes.  The masonry in the crypt needs significant repairs and the crypt should be dehumidified.  Old...

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