Boston Landmarks Commission Celebrating 40 Years of Service

The Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) is celebrating its 40th year of serving the city and its residents effectively. Established in 1975 to identify and protect Boston’s historic buildings, structures, the area and sites, BLC is the city’s preservation planning agency. It reviews development and demolition activities affecting older properties, delivers public information and assistance...

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NEAA Baseball Runs on Sponsorships

The North End Athletic Association (NEAA) Baseball Program is a well organized league that provides much needed recreational activities to over 150 local players. The program includes: Majors and Minor League teams and a T-Ball program. Players have a full regular-season, playoffs, and All Star Game, participation in several tournaments in other parts of...

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Downtown View:Curiouser and Curiouser

In the last three weeks, one vehicle on my block was not towed on street cleaning days. This has never happened in the last decade. The debris under those cars sat there for two weeks. A South End resident said a car on her street last week was not towed. Again, the cigarette butts,...

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Sports 05-05-2015

NEAA U21 Dodgers playing big roles in college sports  The NEAA U21 Dodgers have several players doing big things for their college teams. Two lifelong North End men, who have played in the NEAA baseball program since age eight, are getting ready to wrap up their seasons and return to the Dodgers for summer...

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Eliot School Students’ Model Now on Display at City Hall

May 7, 2015
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Eliot School Students’ Model Now on Display at City Hall

Boston Public Schools kindergarteners, included the Eliot School in the North End, created models demonstrating how to make Boston a more accessible, vibrant and engaging place, which will be on display at City Hall until May 1. The Our Boston exhibit is part o f the 21st Annual Youth Arts Month, a citywide showcase...

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Baseball Opening Day Ceremony a Grand Slam

May 7, 2015
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Baseball Opening Day Ceremony a Grand Slam

Needless to say, this season’s North End Athletic Association (NEAA) Baseball Opening Day was another huge success. A Grand Slam at that. Hundreds of family, friends and neighbors turned out for the all day schedule of games, two Majors and three Minor League games. A free barbecue was enjoying and a terrific raffle with...

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Dog Park Preparations and Opening Scheduled for May 1

May 7, 2015
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RUFF will host the opening of the North End dog park at the DiFilippo Park (Gassy) on Friday, May 1 along with the City of Boston Parks Department. Free pizza will be served. The community group is very excited to see the dog park come to fruition and hopes lots of people will stop...

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Greenway Improvement Project Starts

May 7, 2015
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The Greenway’s North End improvement project is underway with the initial removal of the boxwoods and the beginning of the fallow period in the boxwoods beds has occurred. Construction began on April 6. Some restoration work and updates made to the pergola on both Parcel 8, the Northerly Park, and Parcel 10, the Southerly...

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New Time Set for Public Safety Meeting

May 7, 2015
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The next District A-1 Boston Police North End Public Safety meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. not the usual 6:30 p.m. on a trial basis on May 7. The Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street will still be the location. District A-1 Commanding Officer Ken Fong and his staff will be available...

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Notifying Police of Crimes Is Valuable Information

While Boston Police say every bit of information is crucial in the fight against crime, a recent study indicates that the Crime Stopper’s Hotline that allows anonymous callers and text messages to police has only led to a handful of arrests between 2012 and 2014. Over the past ten years, Boston Police have been...

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Ruff’s Endeavor for a Dog Park Becomes a Reality

The opening of a pilot dog park in DiFilippo Park (Gassy) on Prince Street is a giant step forward toward keeping the North End clean and healthy. This long-standing endeavor’s positive results is due to the endless work of Responsible Urbanites For Fido (RUFF), a non-profit volunteer group of people that reside in the...

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Downtown View:Big Question

Do San Diego residents experience joy? I don’t know the answer and I’m not sure I would believe a SanDiegoan if they told me. I’m talking about the sublime feeling, the rush, the pure happiness we Bostonians feel when the sun comes out and the temperature rises to 65 degrees. We take a walk....

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NEWNC Supports Ban on Street Savers

NEWNC Supports Ban on Street Savers

A vote to add its support to join the Alliance for the Downtown Civic Organizations’ endeavor to ban space savers was passed 6-3 by North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) at last week’s meeting. The Council voted 9-0 to support a request by Anna DiBenedetto for zoning relief at 47 Charter Street to renovate the...

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Edward Jones to Host Open House in New North End Office

Edward Jones to Host Open House in New North End Office

Financial services firm Edward Jones announced plans to hold an open house April 30 in its newly-established Boston office as a way of introducing the firm to the community.  The open house at 77 North Washington Street, Suite 100, is scheduled for 4-7 p.m., with a ribbon-cutting at 5 p.m. and refreshments available during...

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City’s Officials Launch New Initiative, Boston Creates

April 24, 2015
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Boston’s cultural planning process has been launched that will create a blueprint for arts and culture in the city, according to Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Boston Creates will encourage residents, visitors and stakeholders to help local government identified cultural needs, opportunities, resources and to think about how these resources can help the community to...

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Nomination Papers for NEWNC Election

April 24, 2015
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A community wide public election has been scheduled for Saturday, May 16 from 10am to 2pm in the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street to elect or re-elect six members to serve two-year terms on the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) board. In order to become a candidate on the all volunteer advisory...

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A Ban on Space Savers Should Be Implemented

A ban on space savers is being supported by many community groups including the North End/Waterfront Residents Association (NEWRA) and the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC). While there is no ordinance that allows space savers in the city of Boston, the Mayor actually makes the decision for it to happen and when it must...

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Who Is Minding the Store?

There are many reasons to completely revamp the MBTA besides its horrible service and its terrible winter disaster. The news of the loss of federal funding of over $22 billion in capital fund over the last five years is the most recent reason to make some drastic changes. Reportedly, in the past ten years,...

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Picture L.A.

Picture the skyline of Los Angeles. How about Minneapolis, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Phoenix, even Chicago? You can’t? Oh, well. Now picture Washington D. C., Seattle, Toronto or New York. You know those skylines, don’t you? There might be a gimmick—Seattle’s Space Needle; Toronto’s CN Tower with the scary glass floor. Or there might be...

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Opinion

Boston Police Officer a real hero Off-duty Boston Police Officer Shana Cottone became a real-life hero when she risked her own safety entering a burning building on Stillman Place in the North End. When she arrived on the scene there was a good-size fire going on the top two floors, but that didn’t stop...

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In Brief

April 24, 2015
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Mayor Releases First Ever Workforce Report  Mayor Martin J. Walsh released the City of Boston’s first ever Workforce Profile Report to transparently examine the racial and gender makeup of Boston’s municipal employee base. The report was led by Shaun Blugh, the City’s first-ever Chief Diversity Officer and Deputy Chief Diversity Officer, Freda Brasfield. The...

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Columbus Park Easter Egg Hunt

Columbus Park Easter Egg Hunt

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$400,000 North End Park Improvement Project Underway

$400,000 North End Park Improvement Project Underway

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy (rosekennedygreenway.org) has begun a $400,000 improvement project in the North End Park on the Greenway. This project, driven by significant community input, will include upgrading the garden, replacing benches with “porch swings”, and fixing lights on the Freedom Trail. The new project is generously supported with funding from the...

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Haymarket Hotel Receives Elected Officials Support

Haymarket Hotel Receives Elected Officials Support

Jockeying continues around the long-debated development project at Parcel 9 along the Greenway, currently undergoing regulatory review. The Haymarket Hotel proposal by developer Normandy Partners/Harbinger has been designated by land owner MassDOT and has most recently received support from the North End’s three primary elected officials: State Senator Anthony Petruccelli, State Representative Aaron Michlewitz...

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