Coakley Is the Best Bet for Governor

Martha Coakley still appears to be the front runner in the September 9th Democratic Gubernatorial Primary election. A low turnout of voters will most likely put the current Attorney General (AG) over the top and a head to head contest versus a Republic opponent in the Final November election. Coakley has done an outstanding...

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Get Out and Vote on September 9

Many political experts are claiming that Tuesday, September 9 Primary Day will have a low turnout. This may be the case but not if registered voters find a little time to go to the polls and cast ballots. Democrats, Republicans and Independent voters have an opportunity to elect a new Governor, a Lieutenant Governor,...

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Spend Some Time on the Greenway/Columbus Park

While the weather continues to be beautiful, a visit to the Rose Fitzgerald Greenway and/or Christopher Columbus Park is in order. Take advantage of a terrific waterfront view, restaurants, a tot lot, a carousel and much more. The parks are a good place to have a picnic, a gathering of families or a nice...

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Support Keogh for Suffolk County Register of Probate

Attorney Martin J. Keogh, candidate for Suffolk County Register of Probate, seems to be the right person for the job based on his determination to reform the public office by transition to a user-friendly system. He has presented a 10 point plan that makes sense and should be adopted. • Oversee the transition to...

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Mohegan Sun Points Program Includes North End

September 3, 2014
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North End businesses along with more than 400 Greater Boston businesses will benefit from a Mohegan Sun Casino points program. The Connecticut-based casino will allow customers to use points earned from spending money at the slots or tables to dine out in the North End and other restaurants that sign-up for the program. Points...

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Councilor Lamattina Wants Rental Websites Hearing

September 3, 2014
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A close look at the practices of several short-term rental websites will be discussed at a possible public hearing being called for by Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina. The Councilor apparently has heard many complaints on this subject ranging from loud parties to home and apartments where tenants cycled through like revolving doors. Dealing...

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Council Approves Trust Act/mayor:Signs Bill

September 3, 2014
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By a unanimous vote, the Boston City Council has approved an ordinance that will stop police from holding illegal immigrants for Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents unless they have a criminal warrant. Supporters believe, “The Trust Act will not only protect immigrants but all residents of the City of Boston.” The measure, proposed by...

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Three Request on NEWNC Agenda

September 3, 2014
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Besides the usual protocol and committee reports, the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) agenda will include three possible voting items. The requests include: a capacity change, a restaurant expansion and a fitness center. There will be an update on the North Bennet Street School. Boston City Councilor at Large Ayanna Presley will be a...

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A Beautiful North End

A Beautiful North End

North End Beautification Committee recently had the tree pits weeded and spread mulch, also NEBC signs were put up in a few of the tree pits.

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City Councilor LaMattina Endorses Tolman for Attorney General

City Councilor LaMattina Endorses Tolman for Attorney General

During a visit to the Nazzaro Community Center, District 1 City Councilor Sal LaMattina announced his endorsement of Warren Tolman to be the next Massachusetts Attorney General. LaMattina joined Tolman at community center in the North End, where the two met with voters and seniors during Tolman’s three-day Boston Tour. “I am supporting Warren...

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City Takes Control of Licensing Board

August 27, 2014
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Legislation that allows the City of Boston to establish its own Licensing Board has been signed by Governor Deval Patrick. Since 1906, governors have appointed members to a state-controlled board. The bill eliminates that board, allowing Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh to nominate members to serve on the board. The City Council has the...

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Harbor Towers Residences Engage Architect as Advisor

Harbor Towers, the 43-year-old pair of Boston waterfront buildings with more than 1,100 residents, has engaged George Thrush, Professor and Director of the School of Architecture at Northeastern University, for advice on proposed redevelopment plans for the Harbor Garage. Thrush and a team of architects and urban planners was invited this month by the...

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Mayor Forms Streamlined ZBA Committee to Speed up System

August 27, 2014
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A streamline City of Boston Zoning Board of Appeal (ZBA) has been formed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh that is intended to cut waiting times for relatively minor variances needed to open a small business or to perform home renovations to 1-2 family owner-occupied residential applications. A subcommittee of the Zoning Board of Appeal...

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Our Opinions

BRA under intense scrutiny and it should be The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) is currently under intense scrutiny following the release of an independent audit which apparently uncovered several structural components that are in need of reform. Reportedly, among the problems identified were the lack of integration between the BRA and Economic Development Industrial...

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Downtown View: How High Is Our Status

Karen is taking her first break since beginning to write in this space. She is offering some of her most remarked-upon columns for you to enjoy again. (first published in May, 2011) Recently, in another part of the country, I found myself in an unusual conversation. One person told us about buying his Rolex,...

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Opinion

Volunteers needed for Greenway major cleanup National Public Parks Day will be celebrated on the Greenway with a major cleanup program with as many volunteers as possible. The Conservancy is seeking groups or individuals to help with projects along the popular park. Projects will include, weeding, planting and cleanup tasks from 9am to 12noon....

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North End Family Pride Day

North End Family Pride Day

North End Family Pride Day concluded a weeklong series of events, programs and activities held at numerous venues throughout the neighborhood as part of North End Against Drugs (NEAD) North End Family Pride Week. Held at Langone Field on Commercial Street, hundreds of people attended the neighborhood endeavor which took place from 12 noon...

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Dr. Campo Receives NEWRA Good Neighbor Award

August 25, 2014
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Dr. Campo Receives NEWRA Good Neighbor Award

Doctor Frank Campo of North End Foot, 260 North Street has been named the recipient of the August 2014 North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association “Good Neighbor” Award for helping to keep the neighborhood clean by clearing trash and debris on a regular basis in front of his business. For many years NEWRA has presented this...

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Geraldine Celeste Marshall

Geraldine Celeste Marshall

Geraldine (Dina) Marshall, a longtime North End resident, dancer, painter, scholar and mother of Representative Aaron Michlewitz, has died. Marshall, who has lived here since 1968, died after a courageous battle against lung cancer. A life-long Bostonian, Marshall was born in Dorchester to the late Kenneth and Eleanor Marshall. Before her recent battle with...

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City Details for Retired Cops Proposed by Council

August 25, 2014
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A resolution offered by Boston City Councilor Michael Flaherty, allowing retired Boston police offices to become Special Police Offices and work private business details throughout the city has been approved by the Boston City Council. While the bill found its way through the Council, it still requires Mayor Martin Walsh’s signature and be approved...

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How Did DPW Driver Get Hired in the First Place

An arrest of a City of Boston Department of Public Works (DPW) employee accused of selling heroin out of his work truck has sparked a lot of controversy. Somehow, the driver was hired with his record showing his license had been suspended numerous times and served two long stints in prison for dealing drugs...

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Witness Protection Program Needs More Funding

Cutting the Suffolk County District Attorney’s witness protection budget handicaps the process of capturing and prosecuting criminals, especially major crimes including homicides both unsolved or future crimes. For the third consecutive year, lawmakers put aside only level funding for a program to protect witnesses that provide crucial information to help resolve murders and some...

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Witnesses/911 Calls Will Help Resolve Unsolved Homicides

Unsolved homicides in Boston has certainly caught the eye of the general public and an outcry to resolve them can be heard throughout the City of Boston. Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office needs witnesses to come forward or call 911 in order to arrest and prosecute the people responsible for these...

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Boston Is Entitled to Casino Funds

Excluding Boston status as a surrounding community with the $1.6 billion Winn Casino project in Everett by the state Gaming Commission has Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh fuming, and rightly so. The Mayor called the move “a sham” and a snub of all the city taxpayers. We agree. As Walsh stated, “It just shows...

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