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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Mare Opens with Fanfare

February 14, 2012
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Mare Opens with Fanfare

The new Mare Oyster Bar on Richmond Street opened with great fanfare and a large crowd late Friday afternoon. The new Mare replaces the old Mare with a much more pervasive sense of oyster bar than fish restaurant. Mares’ raw bar is perhaps the most exotic and well presented in the city, with a...

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Scams Target Boston Residents

February 14, 2012
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The City of Boston and Mayor Menino have denounced any relationship with a company called GE Security Systems, or Versatile Market Solutions, Inc. of Warwick, RI that are apparently attempting to scam Boston residents especially the elderly. Reportedly, victims are being offered a free prize which includes a large amount of money, a new...

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Highest Paid in Hub an Upside Down Mish Mash

The wages earned and paid to some city employees is an outrage to other city employees and to many residents and taxpayers unable to fathom how a police Lt. can earn $259,000 while Police Commissioner Ed Davis earned only $177,000. The top money earner in the city, School Superintendent Carol Johnson, presides over a...

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Obituaries 02-14-2012

Nunziato Orlando Fought Long and Courageous Battle with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Nunziato Orlando of East Boston died on February 7 after a long and courageous battle with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He was 33 years old. A 1996 graduate of St. Domenic Savio High School and a 1998 graduate of Newbury College, he was the...

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Sandwhich Shop Coming to 139 Richmond Street?

February 7, 2012
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Sandwhich Shop Coming to 139 Richmond Street?

The North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council will discuss and vote on four agenda items at their monthly meeting scheduled for Monday, February 13 at 7pm in the Nazzaro Community Center. Robert Griffin has filed an application with the Zoning Board of Appeal for a zoning variance to expand the first floor unit living space into...

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Bread Made with Passion

February 7, 2012
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Bread Made with Passion

Down a nearly hidden alley off Hanover Street and set back among a host of brick buildings whose walls rise high above it, almost obscuring its entranceway, there is a new bakery. Bricco Panetteria is one of the newest North End incarnations brought to life by Frank DePasquale. However, it is his head baker,...

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Varano’s Famous Deli Files for Wine License

February 7, 2012
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Three agenda items will be discussed and voted on at this Thursday’s North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association monthly meeting will be held at the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street at 7pm. Robert Griffin has filed a zoning variance to expand the first floor unit living space into the basement at 9 Noyes Place....

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Combining Important Resources

If you are a businessman here or are seeking to come to this neighborhood with a plan you presently can expect to wait many, many months before anything meaningful will come of your request. The present structure of early non-binding permitting in this neighborhood forces business owners wishing to change some aspect of their...

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The Patriots

There is no way to describe the sense of loss we all feel having watched the Patriots go down in the Super Bowl. Were the Giants really better than us? We don’t think so. There is no crime in being the runner-up in the National Football League. Just getting there should be enough, we...

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Obituaries 02-07-2012

Jennie ‘Jay’ Montesano Of Everett, formerly of the North End Jennie “Jay” (Navarro) Montesano of Everett, formerly of the North End, died on February 1. She was the beloved wife of the late Nicholas; loving mother of Joseph and his wife, Doreen; sister of the late Margaret DiFillipo, Josephine Fama and Paul Navarro and...

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Matt Conti an Active North End Resident

January 31, 2012
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Matt Conti an Active North End Resident

North End resident and neighborhood activist Matt Conti addressed North End issues in an exclusive interview with the Regional Review. Conti once an elected member of the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council provided the community newspaper a candid point of view regarding several topics relating to the neighborhood. Conti is also very active and supports...

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Public Safety Meeting Feb.2

January 31, 2012
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The North End/Waterfront/Boston Police monthly Public Safety meeting will be held this Thursday, February 2 in the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street. District A-1 Commanding Officer Captain Bernard O’Rourke, Sergeant Tom Lema and/or Officer Ted Boyle will present a 30 day crime up-date for the neighborhood, crime prevention tips and answer questions...

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Shake the Tree Hosts NEMPAC Event Feb. 1

January 31, 2012
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North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) will hold a Wine and Cheese Party, hosted by Shake The Tree, 67 Salem Street. A portion of all sales will go to help build this community program. NEMPAC provides courses in music, drama and Italian language for toddlers, children and adults and hosts a community...

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In Memoriam

Mayor Kevin White’s death is a moment for all of us to remember him and the days when he managed this city with an iron fist. He was above all, a real Bostonian with his early roots in West Roxbury and his adult life spent on Beacon Hill. He loved Boston. He loved downtown...

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Obituaries 01-31-2012

Rocco Balliro North End Resident Rocco A. Balliro of Boston’s North End died January 18. He was 75 years old. The son of the late Angela (Richardi) and Rosario C. Balliro, he was the brother of Mary Tzannos, Francis Bent, Lucille Winship, Rosario (Billy), Bruno Balliro, the late Josephine (Novello), Florence (Monteforte), Rosalie (Foy),...

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City Feast Gives Bostonians a Reason to Eat, Anything

City Feast Gives Bostonians a Reason to Eat, Anything

If you’ve been saying “no” to the bread basket since forming your resolutions for the New Year, here’s a loophole- the North End’s 7th Annual CityFeast. Boston’s favorite Italian neighborhood  is inviting food lovers to dine for a cause at a choice participating restaurant on Sunday, Jan. 29.  The unique event will include a...

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