North End Public Safety Update:2 Arrests,1 Robbery, 3 Larcenies

By David Marx Boston Police District A-1 provided an update on recent neighborhood crime incidents, summarized below, at the February 2016 North End Public Safety Meeting. 2 arrests: -1/12/16 @ 1.30am: Burglary / B&E – Officer Pasciuto arrested a guy with a jimmy bar and whom had possession of credit cards and checkbooks with...

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Three North End Legal Occupancy Changes Requested

By Phil Orlandella Three meetings were held by the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services relating to two request regarding legal occupancy changes in the North End. Maria Lanza, Liaison for Neighborhood Services conducted the meeting at which abutters have the opportunity to express opinions on the applications. A legal change of legal occupancy at...

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Crudo Receives NEWNC Support for All-Alcohol License

By Matt Conti The North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) voted 5-2 in support of an all-alcohol license upgrade for Crudo North End LLC. Crudo is a sushi and Japanese fusion restaurant located at 78 Salem Street that opened in the Summer 2015. Representing Crudo manager Nicholas Leo, Attorney Daniel Toscano presented to...

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DPW Resumes North End Street Sweeping

The Boston Public Works Department (PWD)  announced that efforts are underway to clean the streets following this winter’s snow and ice, overnight posted street sweeping has resumed and posted residential street sweeping will resume in the North End March 1. Snow and ice no longer pose an issue for street cleaning on these routes...

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ZipCar Discusses Pilot Program at NEWNC Meeting

By Matt Conti At this month’s meeting of the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC), General Manager of ZipCar Boston, Jeremy Pomp, discussed the company’s involvement in the City of Boston’s 3-month old pilot “Drive Boston” car share program recently implemented in the North End. ZipCar is using two on-street spots on Cross...

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Mayor Launches ‘Neat Streets’ to Target Cigarette Butts

Mayor Martin J. Walsh launched ‘Neat Streets,’ an interactive public space installation, which aims to deter littering behaviors among residents and visitors who smoke cigarettes. “Boston is a beautiful city, but to keep it that way we must all do our part to keep our streets clean,” said Mayor Walsh in a press release....

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Teenagers March for More Funding for State/Non-Profit Jobs

Several hundred students took advantage of February school vacation to march through Boston streets calling for more state funding for youth employment. The group stopped traffic on their way to the State House to lobby legislators and the governor to increase funding for Youth Works, a state program that pays to place low-income teenagers...

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Johnny “Shoes” Cammarata will be Missed

By Phil Orlandella Life-long North End resident Johnny “Shoes” Cammarata will be missed by his family and many friends who will always remember him for his dedicated commitment to the neighborhood he loved and advocated for. Outspoken, Johnny was a respected member of the community who helped to grow and maintain on a continuous...

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Second Public Space Invitational Launched

Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the launch of the second Public Space Invitational, a civic design competition that aims to reimagine our public spaces in Boston. “This competition serves as a great opportunity for Boston’s talented and creative community to show us how we can use pilot projects to improve the functionality and attraction...

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Council to Accept $4M for N Washington St Bridge

By Seth Daniel The Boston City Council was presented with a request from Mayor Martin Walsh at its Wednesday meeting, Feb. 24, to vote to accept a $4 million reimbursement from the state for the design of the North Washington Street Bridge. The state had promised to reimburse the City for its design efforts...

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Mayor Encourages Partnership with City to Improve Traffic Safety on Boston’s Streets

Citing an increase in traffic-related fatalities and severe injuries, Mayor Martin J. Walsh urged people who drive, walk and bicycle in the City of Boston to stay safe by paying attention to the rules of the road and being aware of others who are also traveling on local streets. “With a recent uptick in...

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Opinion

Boston selected to participate in Focus Cities Program Boston has been chosen as one of ten cities selected by the National Vision Zero Network to participate in their new Focus Cities Program. Based on the effort that the city has put into working toward the goals of Vision Zero and the progress that has...

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Downtown View:The World Will End

One of the entertaining aspects of living in downtown Boston is to watch the doomsayers. Whenever a new development or a large undertaking is proposed, someone claims it will ruin Boston forever. Back in the 1990s, it was the structure that later acquired that clunky name, “The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge.” A...

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Clearing up School Lot Parking Problems Will Only Work with Enforcement

A parking plan to balance the needs of school staff as well as parents has been devised by the City of Boston Public Schools (BPS) and it’s about time. For too long the Charter Street lot has been filled to the brim with residential parking not only taking up needed spaces but creating a...

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Driving Bill Will Save Lives and Injuries

House and Senate elected officials have a chance to pass a solid public safety bill that would put the brakes on Massachusetts drivers using hand-held mobile electrical devices while on the road. The bill would make it illegal to use cell-phones while driving and prohibit drivers from entering information by hand to a GPS...

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Nazzaro Center Basketball League Holds National Championship Game

The Nazzaro Center Small Fry Basketball League, in its 44th consecutive season, held its final games of the 2016 season Friday February 19 and although the tournament is usually billed as the “Final Four” or the “Big Dance”, this year it had to be called  the “3/4 Time Waltz”.  That’s because the vacation week schedule of so many families...

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Dressed in White

Dressed in White

After the storm photo of the Prado.

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Developer Proposes Height Increase for Haymarket Hotel

February 18, 2016
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Since being awarded the right to build the Haymarket Hotel at 111 North Street in the North End with a height of 83 feet, with a gross square foot print of 140,000 feet, the developer Harbinger Development has changed the height of the structure to 103 feet, raising concerns from local residents. Some of...

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Twenty-Six North End/Waterfront Restaurants Participating in Dine out Boston Promotion

February 18, 2016
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Twenty-six North End/Waterfront eateries will participate in Dine Out Boston (formally Restaurant Week) which is celebrating its fifteenth year in 2016. The biannual restaurant promotion, sponsored by the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) in conjunction with American Express will take place March 6-11 and March 13-18, providing diners an opportunity to enjoy...

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Three North End Eateries Granted Full Liquor Licenses

February 18, 2016
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Three North End restaurants represented by Attorney William Ferullo have been awarded full liquor licenses by the Licensing Board for the City of Boston. About a month or so ago, the City of Boston announced the availability of ten new full liquor licenses with many North End eateries applying for. Cantina Italiana, 346 Hanover...

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Lights to be Installed to Restore Boston City Hall

Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that architectural lighting will be installed at City Hall to highlight and enhance the building’s original design, building on the Walsh Administration’s goals to liven up City Hall Plaza and create a safer area for pedestrians. “We are committed to creating a welcoming, lively City Hall Plaza, and installing...

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Opinion

February 18, 2016
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Time to sign up for 2016 baseball season Coming off a great 2015 season, the North End Athletic Association (NEAA) has begun registration for their 2016 baseball programs. Baseball Commissioner Ralph Martignetti is urging parents to register their children as early as possible because the programs fill up quickly and usually a waiting list...

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Downtown View:Jaywalking is Safest

It gladdened my heart last week to read that state Senator Harriette Chandler, a Democrat from Worcester and the Senate Majority Leader, proposed raising the fine for jaywalking from $1 to $25 for a first offense up to $75 for third offenses and more. She thinks this will save lives. I was delighted for...

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Communications Key to Bridge Construction Project

Plans for the rehabilitation of the North Washington Bridge (Charlestown Bridge) have been properly presented to the North End and other neighborhoods and to their credit the Massachusetts DOT Highway Department and Boston Public Works have placed everything on the table for comments. The latest designs of the proposed $125 million development of the...

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