Opinion

December 4, 2014
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NEMPAC forming Band of Volunteers                 A non-profit, community-based organization, North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) is forming a “Band of Volunteers” program to assist with the many programs, events and activities they present each year.                 NEMPAC is also seeking volunteer ideas and areas of interest from the core team that...

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N. Washington St. Bridge to be Replaced Starting in 2016

N. Washington St. Bridge to be Replaced Starting in 2016

After more than 100 years and featured in movies like The Brink’s Job, the North Washington Street Bridge will be replaced starting in 2016 and will bear no resemblance to the current structure. Para Jayasinghe, City Engineer from Boston Public Works Department, appeared before the Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC) on Nov. 6 to show...

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Negative Reaction to North Square Redesign Concept

Negative Reaction to North Square Redesign Concept

At a recent public meeting, North End residents and stakeholders harshly criticized a preliminary design for the reconstruction of North Square. Boston Public Works has budgeted $2 million to make site improvements for historic North Square. Centrally located in Boston’s North End, it is one of the country’s oldest public squares and the founding...

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Annual North End Holiday Shopping Stroll

In the early morning, Lisa Shah, Owner of LIT Boutique, briskly stepped through the door of Shake the Tree with a shiver of relief, thankful for the warmth coming from inside the boutique. Breezing by an array of colorfully patterned scarfs neatly hung on the wall; she opened a box of flyers for the...

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North End Needs a Permanent Dog Park

A temporary dog park to be located in the DiFilippo Playground (Gassy) has gained the support of abutters and the community groups setting the stage for a potential permanent dog park down the road. The three-month pilot program will start on May 1 and run through the end of July due to a long...

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School Pepper Spray Policy Dissipates

Having BPS Officers equipped with pepper spray was not a very good idea, and the Review commends the Boston City Council and School Committee for dissipating the idea hopefully once and for all. Handling the issue of discipline in the school system without providing pepper spray, or/and other kinds of spray, can be done...

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Extreme Books

You have heard people say books are going away, that we’ll all be reading on Kindles, etc. for the foreseeable future. The more extreme prognosticators declare that whole libraries are in demise, and with the cloud, their books are destined for landfill. (They obviously haven’t read the statistics on the increased use of libraries,...

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North End Christmas benefit Luncheon December 11

November 27, 2014
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This year’s North End Christmas Fund Luncheon will benefit needy North End families and senior citizens during the holiday season. Each year, this community event gets bigger and bigger resulting in more services to the community. The event attracts local residents and businessman as well as elected officials. Filippo’s Ristorante, Causeway Street will once...

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North End Christmas Parade December 14

November 27, 2014
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One of the best, if not the best, North End holiday activity is the North End Athletic Association (NEAA) annual North End Christmas Parade through the streets of the community. The event begins with the arrival of Santa Claus by helicopter at Puopolo Park, Commercial Street at 1pm where many local families and visitors...

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NEWNC Supports all Five Agenda Items

NEWNC Supports all Five Agenda Items

Five agenda items were supported by the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) at last week’s public meeting held in the Nazzaro Community Center. Amy Hand and Leslie Horn of RUFF presented plans for a three-month trial program for a three level dog park in Polcari Playground (Gassy) beginning this May, June and July from...

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Noted North End Artist Donates Image to Rosie’s Place Holiday Card

Noted North End Artist Donates Image to Rosie’s Place Holiday Card

Acclaimed New England artist and longtime North End resident Sam Vokey has donated his artwork to be featured on holiday cards from Rosie’s Place, the first women’s shelter in the United States. Sales from the annual holiday card program help underwrite the vital programs and services Rosie’s Place provides for poor and homeless women...

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NEWRA Stands by its No Hanover Street Restaurant Vote

It was standing room only at last week’s North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) monthly meeting in the Nazzaro Community Center. Newly elected President Ford Cavallari presided over his first NEWRA public meeting. He told members and others in attendance that NEWRA and NEWNC will be working together on neighborhood concerns and request. New technology...

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Eliot School NBSS site development meetings Held

Developers, Feingold Alexander and Associates, for the building of a new Eliot Innovation School started the a public meeting off on the wrong foot when residents didn’t like the idea of work being done in the building including asbestos removal without any notification to abutters or other residents. A communications problem, that the firm...

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Harbor Towers Residents Oppose Chiofaro Plan

The residents and owners of Harbor Towers condominiums overwhelmingly oppose the proposal by the Chiofaro Co. and Prudential Real Estate Investments to replace the Harbor Garage with a development consisting of two towers, reaching about 650 feet and 550 feet high, and totaling 1.3 million square feet, Harbor Towers Trustees said. Owners and residents representing 71...

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North End Holiday Stroll a Great Way to Shop

Over the years, the North End Holiday Stroll has attracted many customers to the annual neighborhood event involving twenty boutiques and shops that will stay open late night for holiday shopping directly in the community and take advantage of some great discounts. The stroll is a great way to discover some of the many businesses, have...

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Communications and Cooperation Keys to Eliot School Construction

Design and construction plans for a new Eliot Innovative School at 39 North Bennet Street were revealed last week at a public hearing in the Nazzaro Community Center. The major project will create an inconvenience for the North End for twenty-three months with street closures, the takingof numerous parking spaces and noise. For several years,...

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Joslin Center to Honor Carla Gomes

Former North End residents and local business owner Carla Agrippino Gomes will be honored by the Joslin Diabetes Center recognizing her for her support for the center’s life savings care and research. Carla has been a familiar face around the center for the past 23 years with her son David who was diagnosed with type 1...

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From Our Readers

Holiday Appeal Dear Editor Happy holidays! As you know from reading about our work in the community, many of the 2,400 clients we serve a year in the North End, West End, and surrounding neighborhoods are immigrants, elderly, non-English speaking, homebound, disabled, and alone. The holidays are wonderful, but many of the seniors who...

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Menino Remembered Fondly by North End Community

Menino Remembered Fondly by North End Community

North End leaders are remembering former Mayor Thomas M. Menino as an outstanding supporter of programs in the neighborhood and a kind and personable man who appreciated North End’s history, enjoyed spending time here, and dining at its excellent restaurants. Mr. Menino, the city’s longest-serving mayor, died on October 30, 2014. He was 71....

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Neighborhood Engagement Walks Provide Valuable Information

Neighborhood Engagement Community Walks being held in the North End community have become a great service to residents, especially abutters of proposed projects. These on the spot meetings held by the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services provides the community a firsthand opportunity to see potential projects before they begin and express their point of...

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Marathon Memorial Should Be on the Top of the List

Placing a memorial for the victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing is simply the right thing to do for these innocent people that had to pay a terrible price for being at the wrong place at the wrong time. The mourning and suffering still continues from this uncalled for act of terrorism...

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North End Public Safety Meeting

November 7, 2014
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District A-1 Boston Police will hold its monthly community meeting on Thursday, November 6 at 6:30pm in the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street. Police will provide crime statistics that took place over the past 30 days, compared to the same time period last year. They will also provide other information, address questions...

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Opinions

November 7, 2014
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Support NEBC holiday decorations Each year, the North End Beautification Committee (NEBC) decorates several local streets for the holiday season. The volunteer organization has helped put the community in the holiday spirit with festive decorations. In order to complete this yearly community endeavor, NEBC needs financial support from neighborhood residents and the business community....

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NEMPAC Provide a Great Service to the Neighborhood

North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) was founded in 2001 by a group of local residents seeking musical programming in the community. They have succeeded by leaps and bounds and continue to move forward each year with musical opportunities for the neighborhood. In 2008, the Robert White Foundation donated the use of...

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