A Clean Sweep

A Clean Sweep

On a rainy and cool Saturday morning a staff person from the Pizzeria Regina on Thatcher Street is shown cleaning the sidewalk and curb in front of the popular eatery. Reportedly, the Regina does this every day. Good Neighbor

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Sheer Genius

Sheer Genius

It’s been two months. You’re due for a haircut. You flip through the latest issue of Vogue, debating which model-esque hairstyle you want to emulate, and call to make an appointment with whatever upscale Newbury Street salon you typically go to. But have you ever thought about the person creating that desirable look you...

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Bernard O’Rourke Promoted to Police Headquarters: Replaced by Captain Thomas Lee in District A-1

Bernard O’Rourke Promoted to Police Headquarters: Replaced by Captain Thomas Lee in District A-1

Bernard O’Rourke, longtime Boston Police Captain of District A-1 including the North End, has been promoted to BPD headquarters as Assistant Chief to Superintendent William Evans, in charge of all 2,400 uniformed officers throughout all 11 city districts. Bernie O’Rourke has about 35 years with the Boston Police, 18 years in District A-1 and...

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Commercial Trash Pick-up Times Discussed

March 8, 2012
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While discussions centered around a Home Rule Petition that would regulate commercial trash collection times throughout the City of Boston, no official suggestions were determined at a recent Boston City Council hearing. The Home Rule Petition was filed by Councilors Felix Arroyo and Mike Ross based on numerous complaints by residents, including North End/Waterfront...

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Thirty Local Eateries Participate in Upcoming Restaurant Week

March 8, 2012
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Thirty North End/Waterfront eateries are participating in Restaurant Week Boston, more than last year’s participants. Restaurant Week takes place March 18-23 and March 25-30 and features, prix fixe three course dinners for $33.12, three course lunches for $20.12 and two course lunches for $15.12. Prices are per person and exclude beverages, tax and gratuity....

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The Winter That Wasn’t

The Winter of 2012 is almost history and there has been virtually no snow, no freezing cold for weeks at a time, no parked cars buried in the drifts nor are their mounds of trash buried in the ice that usually collects along the gutters and on the sidewalks. All of this translates into...

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Sal in Rhode Island

Former Speaker of the House Sal DiMasi has requested the court to consider his request to make his recent transfer to a federal facility in Rhode Island a permanent thing. Why not, we wonder? What would be the problem with allowing Sal to be in a Rhode Island lock-up instead of being in a...

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Obituaries 03-06-2012

Father Emery Parillo OFM Franciscan Priest Father Emery Parillo, OFM died on February 16. He was 82 years old. Born in Boston  to the late Jennie (Verderico) and Dominic Parillo on June 20, 1929 as Dominic Parillo, he entered the Franciscan Province of the Immaculate Conception on July 14, 1947.  He made his first...

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Battery Wharf Architect Robert Verrier Elected to AIA College of Fellows

February 29, 2012
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Battery Wharf Architect Robert Verrier Elected to AIA College of Fellows

Robert Verrier, the enigmatic and gifted managing partner of The Architectural Team, who designed Battery Wharf among other projects in the North End, has been elected to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows. For an architect, the award is the equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize for journalists. It is a major honor...

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North Bennet Street School and Eliot Parents Group Are the Only Two Bidders for North and Richmond Street Buildings

North Bennet Street School and Eliot Parents Group Are the Only Two Bidders for North and Richmond Street Buildings

Only two bids were received by the City of Boston for the North and Richmond Street buildings up for sale in the North End, according to multiple sources close to the situation. A property swap plus cash proposal was submitted by the North Bennet Street School and a “public interest” bid by the Eliot...

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Boston Police Public Safety Meeting to Address Crime

February 29, 2012
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Boston Police from District A-1 will hold a public safety meeting on the Thursday March 1, to present crime statistics, information and listen to residents grips and suggestions to deal with issues relating to the North End/Waterfront community. The meeting will be held in the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street on March...

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Restaurant Week a Bonanza for Consumers out to Dinner

February 29, 2012
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March signals the coming of restaurant week. This is the week that makes the winter season worth it if you dine outside of your own kitchen. From March 18 to 23 and March 25 to 30, Boston’s best restaurants will be offering tasty and price conscious menus for lunch and dinner. By every measure,...

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Thank you, Sal

The North End’s Boston City Councillor Sal LaMattina has been earning big points lately with a variety of initiatives that impact the residents of this neighborhood and the other neighborhoods he represents. Earlier this week the Boston Globe’s lead editorial praised LaMattina for his efforts to rid the city of unsightly satellite dishes saying...

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Is He Running?

Well known and popular North End advocate and lifelong resident – former owner of Dello Russo’s Funeral Home – Robert Dello Russo is apparently set to make the announcement that he is running for the Suffolk County Clerk of Courts seat presently held by Maura Hennigan. Dello Russo has been engaging neighbors and friends...

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Obituaries 02-28-2012

Sarah DelloRusso North End Resident Sarah DelloRusso of Boston’s North End died on February 17. She was 87 years old. The loving wife of the late Walter DelloRusso and cherished daughter of the late Joseph and Antoinetta (Labrante) Galante, she leaves beloved children: Elaine DiGangi of Nahant and Walter DelloRusso of Martha’s Vineyard, cherished...

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EFSC Proposes to Move the Small Eliot K-8 School to Larger Locations

EFSC Proposes to Move the Small Eliot K-8 School to Larger Locations

The Eliot School Family Council (ESFC), a non-profit group that funds improvements and administrative leadership initiatives at the John Eliot K-8 School in the North End, voted last week to submit a proposal to the Boston Public Schools (BPS) to expand the school from its current cramped location to two other locations in the...

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Will He Talk or Not?

February 21, 2012
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Will He Talk or Not?

Ex-speaker Sal DiMasi is in Rhode Island. He’s been on a tour that began in Kentucky, where he’s been serving out his sentence in a lock-up there. From Kentucky he was driven by bus in handcuffs and chains to Brooklyn and then from Brooklyn to Rhode Island, where he very likely testified before a...

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Northeastern’s North End Proposal

Northeastern’s North End Proposal

The closely layered streets and infrastructure of Boston’s North End were not built for cars. They were not built to hold 100 restaurants, or almost 10,000 residences. In the earliest decades of a budding nation, immigrants for Europe could not have imagined any of the hardships the commonwealth’s first neighborhood would face with the...

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Hanover Street Design Project to Take Place

February 21, 2012
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Northeastern University Senior Civil Engineering students are working on a Capstone Design Project, a required course for seniors, which is a culmination of their academic and co-operative experience. For their project the seniors have chosen Hanover Street, which includes evaluating, analyzing and re-designing the street to satisfy the needs of all potential users while...

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Fares are Rising

The MBTA is telling all of us that services will remain intact, entirely without cuts, if fares can go up by 25%. At first blush, this sounds much better than Draconian cuts that would have affected all public transit users in Boston’s neighborhoods and the cities and towns served by the MBTA in the...

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The US Postal Service

Many of you who use the post office, heard last week that the US Postal Service is suggesting a .50 cent stamp as the standard cost for mailing a letter. We don’t suppose this shocks anyone as the US Postal Service is heading for bankruptcy. Its estimated loss this year is predicted at $13...

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NEAA’s Youth Baseball and Soccer Banquet

Over 175 people filled the Nazzaro Cetner Gym to celebrate the NEAA’s Youth Baseball and Soccer Programs.  Awards were given to T-Ball, Minor League Baseball, 4/5 Year Old Soccer, 6 to 8 year old soccer and 9/10 year old soccer.  Over 150 awards in all. Special Thanks to Minor League Baseball Comissioner Steven Siciliano,...

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Obituaries 02-21-2012

Edward Hakim North End Resident Edward G. Hakim  of Boston’s North End died on February 8. He was 97 years old. The beloved son of the late Rose (Nassin) and Thomas Hakim, he was the loving husband for 65 years of Madeline (Etienne) Hakim; cherished father of Leona Morella and her husband, Anthony, Simone...

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Joseph Gallo Brings Boston’s Public Art to Life

Joseph Gallo Brings Boston’s Public Art to Life

Strolling through Boston, it’s easy to spot the sculptures that tourists congregate around and snap pictures of during the summer months. But what people don’t see when looking at the bronze or stone pieces is the story behind them, and what they represent. Joseph Gallo, author of  “Boston Bronze and Stone Speak to Us”...

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