Free-Standing Sidewalk Signs Pilot Program Underway

January 7, 2016
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An ordinance filed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and brought to light by Boston City Councilor At Large, Chairman of the Committee on Government Operations Michael J. Flaherty to create a pilot program regarding free-standing sidewalk signs. Passed by the Council the bill will examine how city regulates free-standing signs in order to establish...

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Boston’s Vision Zero Action Plan Ready to Go

January 7, 2016
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A plan that outlines the City of Boston’s commitment to providing safer streets is off the drawing board and set to go as soon as possible. The Action Plan focuses on four core areas, implementing street design changes, tackling the issue of distraction and impaired driving. Highlights of the major plan include: Emphasis will...

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MBTA Parking Lot Payment Instructions

With the end of the antiquated ‘honor box’ payment system at MBTA parking lots last July, the T would like to remind customers about proper procedures for using the easier, more convenient PayByPhone, or simply receiving a monthly invoice in the mail. PayByPhone allows customers to pay parking fees by using any phone or...

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Opinion

January 7, 2016
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Community involvement a good New Year’s resolution A great way to begin the New Year is to make an honest attempt to get involved up close and personal with the North End/Waterfront neighborhood and give something back to the community which is a terrific place to live, work and enjoy. Volunteering sometime will go...

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Downtown View:Curiouser and Curiouser

by Karen Cord Taylor City Hall Plaza is maligned, disparaged, abhorred and then used whenever we have a citywide celebration—think World Series. The place has been poorly maintained for almost 50 years while serving as a staging area, a site for the Big Apple Circus and concerts and a parking lot for unidentified cars....

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Vision Zero Action Plan A 10

Once in place, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Vision Zero Action Plan will help save lives and injuries by focusing on implementing street design changes that should make a great difference. Motor vehicles and other transportation-related crashes are a leading cause of death in Boston. The Mayor’s plan is geared toward reducing this number....

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Street Sidewalk Signage Pilot Program Established

Free-standing sidewalk signs in the North End are on just about every street in the community and in many cases the signs interfere with pedestrian passage, especially impeding handicap access. Some of the local sidewalks are so narrow they are barely passable when the signs are in place. While some businesses realize the problem...

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NEAA Parade

NEAA Parade

   Santa Clause led the North End Athletic Association Parade through the community streets in a Fire Engine.

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Rep Michlewitz Not Seeking State Senate Seat in Upcoming Election

Rep Michlewitz Not Seeking State Senate Seat in Upcoming Election

Massachusetts State Representative Aaron Michlewitz ended speculation that he would seek the open State Senate seat vacated by Massachusetts State Senator Anthony Petruccelli, who recently announced he would be stepping down to pursue other career opportunities. Many had thought that Michlewitz, the popular North End Democrat, would enter the race, in what will be...

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NEWNC Supports Salem St Legal Occupancy Change

By Phil Orlandella While the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) had opposed a request by Nicholas D’Amore to change the legal occupancy at 92-94 Salem Street at a prior monthly meeting. The community elected Council reversed its decision at its December monthly meeting voting 5-1 in favor. Plans call for changing the property to...

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From Our Readers

Something has to be done Dear Editor, I do vehemently agree that something must be done to deal with the problem of prescription pain killer abuse. One death is far too many, let alone the much higher number quoted in the article I read. Unfortunately while limiting the amount of pills allowed in a...

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Downtown View:North Station Transportation Troubles

Consider North Station. The Boston Redevelopment Authority has defined its area as extending from the river to New Sudbury Street and from Cambridge Street to North Washington Street. Parts of that area, especially around the terminal itself, used to offer cheap office rents and, except in the West End, not much housing. Some streets...

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New Tobacco Ordinance Effect of April 1 No Fooling

 An ordinance signed by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh to prohibit the use of smokeless tobacco and other tobacco products at professional sporting events, collegiate, high school and amateur sporting events will officially go into effect on April 1. No Fooling. In addition, the measure includes: baseball, softball, football, basketball, hockey, track and field,...

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Boston’s Public Health Successes Highlighted in the Report

A report that recognized a snapshot of health outcomes across 26 major cities has named Boston for its remarkable strides in improving public health for city residents. Big Cities Health Coalition in its 6th edition of Big Cities Health Inventory, also noted decreases in the city’s diabetes mortality rate, heart disease mortality and cancer...

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Trellis Lighting At Christopher Columbus Park

Trellis Lighting At Christopher Columbus Park

The 13th annual lighting of the Christopher Columbus Park trellis brought out hundreds on a chilly Monday night.

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North End Parcel 11A RFPs Available

Request For Proposals for the sale of real property, Parcel 11A in the North End are now being accepted by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). Proposals for the fee simple sale of approximately two, 9500 square feet of land located at the corner of Hanover and Cross Streets. Terms and conditions for the...

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Mangia,Mangia Ready to Celebrate 29th Anniversary

December 10, 2015
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Mangia,Mangia Ready to Celebrate 29th Anniversary

Mangia, Mangia Restaurant on Endicott Street, across from Saint Mary’s Chapel has been serving breakfast and lunch for 29 years as of December 19, 1986. The eatery has been a popular spot to dine all these years and they continue to serve many local and other customers. Owner John Pagliuca in addition to running...

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BRA and BTD to Create North Station Area Transportation Action Plan

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and Boston Transportation Department (BTD) will begin working on a transportation action plan for the area around North Station before the end of the year. The plan, which will also cover the West End, Bullfinch Triangle, and Government Center, will provide a comprehensive analysis of the existing transportation network...

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Firicano’s Barber Shop Receives NEWRA Good Neighbor Award

December 10, 2015
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Firicano’s Barber Shop Receives NEWRA Good Neighbor Award

Firicano’s Barber Shop on North Street is the recent recipient of the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) Good Neighbor Award. The award is given to a North End business or residents that helps keep the community clean on a regular basis by sweeping debris from sidewalks and curbs in front of their place of...

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City Takes First Steps to Raise Age on All Tobacco Purchases to 21

December 10, 2015
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First steps were taken at a public hearing to raise the age to purchase all tobacco and nicotine products, including e- cigarettes in the City of Boston to 21. Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined public health officials, advocates and local youth in support of making changes to the City’s tobacco regulations. “It is our...

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Senator Petruccelli to Resign in January

By John Lynds Senator Anthony Petruccelli, who served first in the Massachusetts House and later the Senate, announced he will resign from his Senate seat effective sometime in January to take a job in the private sector. Petruccelli, who is currently the Senate’s Majority Whip, will go to work for Kearney, Donovan and McGee...

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Report Highlights Public Health Successes in Boston

Big Cities Health Coalition released the 6th edition of the Big Cities Health Inventory, a report that provides a snapshot of health outcomes across 26 major cities. This year, the Inventory recognized Boston for its remarkable strides in improving public health outcomes for city residents. In addition to notable decreases in Boston’s diabetes mortality...

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R.U.F.F. December Newsletter

Its the holiday season! Despite the busy schedules and falling temperatures,RUFF wishes all its members a fun and safe holiday season! Please keep sharing our email INFO@RUFFBoston.org and spreading the word about the new dog park. RUFF needs your help trying to get automatic locks installed on the gates of the new dog park....

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Skaters Rejoice at Opening of Lynch Family Skatepark

By Matt Conti Boston and Cambridge finally have a public skatepark. After 15 years of planning and construction, the Lynch Family Skatepark opened on Saturday, November 14th with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. The unique location of the long-awaited $3 million Charles River skatepark is next to the North Point Park under ramps for the Zakim...

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