Downtown View Wishing Charlie Well

Charlie Baker won the gubernatorial race in November fair and square. I do not necessarily believe he won because he was a different candidate than he was four years ago. I do not necessarily believe he won because Martha Coakley was a weak candidate. Maybe she was, but maybe she wasn’t. Conventional wisdom is...

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Opinion

December 24, 2014
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More positive police stories should be published Police behavior continues to dominate the news. Protest, rallies, speeches and violence have and will continue to be covered extensively as they should be. However, there is never any positive stories produced about police action that is covered on a regular basis that reflect the many good...

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Obituaries 12-23-2014

Laura Cantalupo Of Revere Laura L. (Capodilupo) Cantalupo of Revere died on December 9 in her 101st year. The beloved wife of the late Alfred, she was the devoted mother of Patricia Gaeta of Revere and step daughter Mary Ann Murphy and her husband, Donald of Waltham; loving grandmother of Paul Gaeta of Revere,...

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Nazzaro Youth Can Do

Nazzaro Youth Can Do

The Nazzaro Center has just concluded its annual can drive by amassing an astounding 323 cans and other packaged foodstuffs in just a little over three weeks!   This was truly a remarkable exercise in civic enterprise by the 90+ youth members of the center, members who ranged in age from 6-18 years old....

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Nazzaro Community Center Basketball Programs

Nazzaro Community Center Basketball Programs

The Nazzaro Center has just recently begun its basketball programs for all-ages, but there is still plenty of room for anyone wishing to sign up.  They offer basketball from October through February for all levels of boys and girls ages 4-17. The cost is only $25 for the season, free if you are already a...

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It’s Certainly Not Chump Change

Saying he was “troubled” by the findings of a Herald report citing a pattern of apparent bid splitting by the city’s Property Management Development and took issue with the department’s director Michael Galvin’s characterization of the payouts as “chump change” the Mayor has publicly stated he will discuss allegations with the Commissioner. The departments...

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New Licensing Board Should Benefit Neighborhood

Three new members to the City of Boston’s Licensing Board have been appointed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh. The Licensing Board regulates alcohol, food, hotels/inns, lodging houses, fraternities/dormitories, billiards/pool tables/sippio, bowling alleys and fortune teller licenses. The newly-constituted Licensing Board is one of a series of efforts that the Walsh Administration has made to...

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Downtown View

When our children were young, they asked what their father, a lawyer, did at work. I told them, “He gives advice to people.” But that was hardly an adequate explanation. They eventually learned what lawyers do through family discussions, visits to his office, and their expanding notions of the world as they grew older....

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Rink/Restaurant/Lounge Slated for City Hall Plaza

December 23, 2014
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Boston City Hall Plaza, a really barren area, could be converted it into a winter wonderland with an Olympic sized ice skating rink and a large glass restaurant and lounge overlooking the rink. Reportedly, the Frozen Harbor skating ring and a 20,000 square foot Polar Bar will open soon on the Plaza, according to...

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NEWNC Supports Three Requests

December 23, 2014
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During its last monthly meeting of the year, the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) addressed three requests and heard  a presentation on Faneuil Hall Market by Susan Loungo of the Faneuil Hall Market Vendors regarding possible impacts on the North End community. Loungo told the Council that the new owners are already displacing tenants...

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NEWRA/Abutters Trash Battery Street Proposal

December 23, 2014
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A request by the owner of 16-18 Battery Street to change the legal occupancy from nine residential units to ten residential units, construct a one-story addition and a roof deck was opposed by abutters and the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) by a 26 to 3 vote at last week’s monthly meeting held in...

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Opinion

December 23, 2014
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Dom Campochiaro was one of a kind The passing of life-long North End resident Dom “Dom DiMaggio” Campocchiaro, commonly known as “Dom the Electrician” or “Coach Dom” had a devastating effect on his family, friends and the hundreds and hundreds of people he touched during his life. For better then 50 years, Dom has...

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Launch Party of Three Day Rule

Launch Party of Three Day Rule

Kerri Axelrod (RIGHT) of the North End, with Jonathan Jonas, Head of Operations for The Purple Carrot, attended the VIP Launch Party of Three Day Rule, Boston’s newest white-glove matchmaking service at towne stove + spirits on November 19. Three Day Rule’s CEO and co-founder, Talia Goldstein and Boston matchmaker, McKenzie Faucher were on...

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Boston Selected for Prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Grant

Boston has been selected as one of 35 cities from around the world to be invited to join the 100 Resilient Cities Network, a project of the Rockefeller Foundation, according to Mayor Martin J. Walsh. 100RC supplies its member cities with tools, funding, technical expertise, and other resources to build resilience to the challenges...

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Working Together Will Only Benefit the Community

North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) members have elected Ford Cavallari as the neighborhood organization’s new President. One of Cavallari’s first orders of business was a commitment to work closely with the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) on issues and requests that are directly related to the future of the community. Many times, over the...

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Baker Already Wrongly Opposing Legislation

Governor elect Charlie Baker has not even been sworn in to office and he’s already opposing issues on Beacon Hill. His chair isn’t even warm and he’s attempting to railroad legislation that would give House staffers a six-percent pay raise. These employees are probably the lowest paid personnel in the State House and deserves...

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Don’t do Stupid Stuff

Hillary Clinton distanced herself from President Obama’s cautionary guide to international relations. But I thought his motto was good advice for most matters. Not that I’ve always avoided doing stupid stuff, and you can probably think of a few times you’ve not followed that advice either. When individuals do stupid stuff, it’s usually a...

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Obituaries 12-09-2014

Vincent Anthony Paulo Of Revere, Formerly of the North End Vincent Anthony Paulo of Revere, formerly of the North End of Boston, died on December 2. He was 84 years old. A self-employed produce worker, he was the beloved companion of 37 years to Patricia E. Donoghue of Revere; dear brother of Dominic Paulo...

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City Continues to Overhaul Licensing and Permitting

December 23, 2014
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Customer experience that is easy and reliable for citizens that use or will use the City of Boston’s Licensing and Permitting Systems is the next step in the overhaul of a system that issues 60 different types of permits, totaling approximately 86,000 permits annually, according to a press release issued on December 1. The...

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LaMattina Supports Alternative to Cabs

December 23, 2014
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District One Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina let his feelings be fully known at a recent Council meeting related to establishing regulations that will let popular ridesharing services such as Uber X and Lyft stay on Boston roads under rules like those that govern taxis. It appears that the Councilor has had too many...

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Opinion

December 23, 2014
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Don’t remove North Square chains The maritime designed chains in North Square are from the USS Constitution and were placed in North Square around the time of the 1976 Bicentennial and should remained in the public square. Boston Public Works (BPW) needs to reconsider removing the chains in their ongoing design process. Many residents...

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Elevator Inspection Needs Improvement

The up and down issues of inspecting the safety of elevators in the state has increased according to a report prepared by the State Auditor’s Office.                 A backlog of elevator inspections has increased since a 2010 audit, even though the Department of Public Safety has hired more inspectors, the report indicated.                 The...

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Commuter Rail on Time Record Needs Improvement

For the last four months commuter rails have been running late.                 Since a new French transit company took over the service, including its performance in October tying the lowest on-time rate in a single month since 2011.                 While Keolis Commuter Services has been handed $434 in fines, the on-time service has to...

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Mayor Appoints North End Resident to Cultural Council

December 4, 2014
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh has appointed North End resident Ann Moritz to the 15-member Boston Cultural Council which includes representatives from every City Council District and Boston’s wide array of arts and culture disciplines.                 The Council consists of all volunteers that will help the city determine the best way to determine how allocated...

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