St Francis House Flea Market and Bake Sale Set for April 7

North End Friends of St. Francis House will be having its Annual Flea Market and Bake Sale to support the St. Francis House Homeless Shelter.  The event will be on Friday, April 7th from 8am to 6pm and Saturday, April 8th from 9am to 1pm at the Nazzaro Center. So clean out your closets, storage units and cellars and donate...

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Improv Asylum to Host N.E.A.D. Vacation Family Show

The Improv Asylum on Hanover Street will once again host an awesomely funny Family Improv Comedy Show for North End Against Drugs (NEAD) during April School Vacation. This years’ show will be on Wednesday, April 19th at 12 Noon to 2pm.  Pizza will be served from 12 Noon to about 12:45pm. Seating for the...

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North End Library Upgrade Completed

A comprehensive maintenance upgrade has been completed at the North End Library. Maintenance included painting the ceilings and walls, updating interior and exterior lighting, repairing the inside plumbing and the exterior sidewalk masonry. A suggestion box will be added for users to contribute ideas for additional changes and new programs for the Friends of...

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Downtown View:Class Divides?

By Karen Cord Taylor A few weeks ago I took the T over to Prudential Center. I wanted to check out Eataly, since I’d heard so much about it. Was it really a sign that tradition-bound Boston can handle the latest, greatest retail concept? Would it finally make the Pru cool? Would it edge...

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Opinion

By Phil Orlandella Pot holes need to be repaired immediately While the state has a legal law to purchase pot conditionally, the Commonwealth and cities and towns have an obligation to repair potholes and there are plenty of those on the streets and highway roads. It appears it will take potluck to get most...

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How We’re Making Boston’s Streets Safer

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh In January, the busy streets of Boston became safer. As we dig out from this month’s snowstorms and prepare for spring, I want to remind drivers, cyclists and pedestrians about our City’s newest initiative to make our streets safer: reducing the speed limit on streets in Boston from 30...

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City Planning Major Volunteer Cleanup Projects

A new high impact cleaning program “Love Your Block” will begin this April spearheaded by the City of Boston. Formally, “Boston Shines” the spring cleaning program encourages residents to improve their neighborhoods over the course of a weekend in April. Projects will include: community gardens, parks, public schools and sidewalks. The city will provide...

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Review Supports Shot-Term Rental Legislation

Legislation file by State Representative Aaron Michlewitz will go a long way toward resolving regulations dealing with short-term rentals in Massachusetts, especially in each individual neighborhood like the North End/Waterfront. If enacted, measures like public safety, protection for renters and residents, inspections, proper insurance, greater levels of transparency and access to information will be...

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Obituaries 03-07-2017

Rosina Mellace Of Revere, formerly of Boston’s North End Rosina (Squillacioti) Mellace of Revere, formerly of Boston’s North End, died on March 1. She was 95 years old. Rosina came to the United States from Italy in 1962 and settled in Boston’s North End before moving to Revere in the early 1970’s. She was...

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Neighborhood Groups Oppose Winthrop Square Proposal

By Phil Orlandella Opponent after opponent continues trying to halt a proposal by Millennium Partners for a $1 billion 775-foot tower on the city owned garage site at Winthrop Square. Several neighborhood groups and individuals have for some time objected to the project’s violation of a State Shadow Law that limits shadows on new...

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Representative Michlewitz Files Short-Term Rental Legislation

By Phil Orlandella As he promised at neighborhood meetings, State Representative Aaron Michlewitz has filed short-term rental legislation geared toward regulating as well as fostering the growth of the emerging technologies sector in Massachusetts. The Short-Term Rental Industry presents both challenges and opportunities and the legislation works to cover all of the issues while...

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NEWNC Postpones Action on Five-Story Building Request

By Phil Orlandella Urban Core Development will have to wait until next month (March), to receive approval or denial from the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) for plans to build a new five-story, nine-unit residential dwelling at 173 Endicott Street. The construction also includes garage parking on the first floor and a roof deck....

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Downtown View:Snow Fear in Boston

By Karen Cord Taylor Are we Bostonians pusillanimous, spineless milquetoasts? It’s easy to conclude that we are, given our recent behavior over snowstorms. The weather forecasters announce ominously that a snowstorm is on the way. The newscasters lament snow in the same way they’d view a plague of locusts. Suburbanites rush to the grocery...

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Life of a Swiss Guard: A Private View

By Matt Conti Now open in Boston is a new photography exhibition, Life of a Swiss Guard: A Private View. As part of an international tour, the display of the Pontifical Swiss Guard comes from the Vatican Museum. The free exhibit is open to the public, 9-3 daily, through March 25, 2017 at Faneuil...

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N.E.A.D. Bingo A Huge Success

North End Against Drugs, Inc held its’ annual Adult Bingo Fundraiser on Sunday January 29th at the Nazzaro Center. Close to 60 people attended, the largest crowd in several years. The event is held each year on the Sunday before the Superbowl when there is no NFL football playoffs to help maximize turnout. “We...

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LexRx,An Aesthetic Practice Now on Newbury Street

By Marianne Salza There are plenty of med-spas in Boston that offer an array of services from Botox and fillers to laser treatments and body contouring; but friends, Alexa Nicholls Costa and Alexandra L. Rogers aspired to go further and become specialists. The 28-year-old entrepreneurs founded LexRx, an exclusive boutique that focuses on non-invasive...

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North End Public Safety Meeting

By David Marx Boston Police District A-1 provided an update on recent neighborhood crime incidents, summarized below, at the February 2017 North End Public Safety Meeting. The figures below cover the last 30 days period. Robberies (1) -Sat. 1/21/17 @ 1.30am @ 357 Commercial St.: Woman was standing outside a building, smoking a cigarette....

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RUM Launches Legislative Campaign

As anticipated, Raised Up Massachusetts (RUM) has launched legislative campaigns that they feel would help build an economy that works for all people in Massachusetts. A coalition of community organizations, religious groups and labor unions, the group hopes to place several bills on the books that call for paid family and medical leave, a...

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Snow Storm Cancels NEWRA February Meeting

By Phil Orlandella Inclement weather, a blizzard, caused the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) to cancel its February 9 monthly meeting held in the Nazzaro Community Center. NEWRA has not rescheduled this community meeting but will most likely add the February agenda items and requests to their Thursday, March 9 public meeting at 7...

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Boston Recognized as National Leader in Public Health

The Boston Public Health Commission, the country’s oldest health department, an independent public agency, has rated Boston the highest ranking in a two-year analysis of US cities and the health policies in place to help communities thrive and residents live healthier lives. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded based on the number and...

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NEAA Charity Hockey Game vs Bruins Alumni

By John Romano The North End Athletic Association (NEAA) will be holding a benefit hockey game at the Steriti Rink against the Boston Bruins Alumni. See Bruins greats like : Ray Bourque, Rick Middleton, Bob Sweeney, Al Pederson and Terry O’Reilly! Proceeds will benefit the Boston Children’s Hospital and the NEAA. The game will...

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NEAA Major League Coaches Announced

North End Athletic Association (NEAA) Baseball Commissioner Ralph Martignetti has announced the coaches for the 2017 Major League teams (Little League) Majors Age 10-12 as of 4/30/2016 Indians Head Coach Michael Martignetti, mikemart05@aol.com Indians Assistant John Pregmon, pregmon@gmail.com Indians Assistant Brendan Graf, brendan.graf@gmail.com Cardinals Head Coach Ralph Martignetti, rjmartig5@gmail.com Cardinals Assistant Vincent Sablone, vsab5@icloud.com...

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Ward 3 Democrats to Hold Caucus

Registered Democrats in Ward 3 of Boston will hold a caucus at the Nazzaro Community Center, (30 North Bennett Street) on Saturday February 25th, 2017 at 10:30 AM to elect delegates to the 2017 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Registration will begin at 10:00 AM. Ward 3 consists of the following communities: North End/Waterfront, West End,...

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Opinion

By Phil Orlandella North End will continue to change Is the North End what it used to be? In name, only. When a piece of property becomes available, it usually becomes a restaurant or high price condominiums, changing the cultural flavor of the North End from strong Italian occupancy. Development, after development, after development,...

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