City Hall Unveils $2.1M Lobby Renovations

Completion of renovations of Boston City Hall’s third floor lobby has been revealed by Mayor Martin Walsh. The lobby, the main entrance to City Hall, underwent extensive renovations to make City Hall services more assessable, efficient and welcoming to those who use the historic building.      “We’re dedicated to making Boston City Hall a...

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Rachel Revere Park Close to Completion

By Phil Orlandella Following several community meetings relating to the renovation of Rachel Revere Park in North Square, across the street from Paul Revere’s House, completion of the park is ninety-nine percent done with some work that will be finished when the North Square project begins, according to Maria Lanza, Liaison of the City...

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30 Feedback Speed Signs to be Installed

A data challenge, to help determine the locations of 30 new speed feedback signs, that will be installed on local streets where traffic safety issues are a concern, has been announced by the Boston Transportation Department (). The challenge is part of Boston’s commitment to ensure streets are safe, according to Mayor Martin Walsh...

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Four NEMPAC Scholarships Available

By Phil Orlandella The Geraldine Marshall Scholarship Fund Awards for North End children, under the age of 18 with a full-year scholarship for music lessons or participation in one or of the North End Music and Performing Arts (NEMPAC) artistic program. Funds were raised for the scholarships at Representative Aaron Michlewitz’s 2nd North End...

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Passacantilli Earns Major Labor Endorsements

Stephen Passacantilli, a North End civic leader, Boston Public Schools parent, and former staffer to City Councilor Sal LaMattina has been endorsed by prominent local labor unions in his campaign for Boston City Council.  At a rally on Saturday, Passacantilli announced endorsements from UNITE HERE! Local 26, Painters and Allied Trades DC 35, Boston...

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Galvin says New Shadow Law Removes A Layer of Protection for Historic Parks

By Beth Treffeisen Gov. Charlie Baker recently signed a home-rule petition into law that would allow Millennium Partners to move forward with building a 775-foot tower on the site of the city-owned Winthrop Square Garage, bypassing two existing state laws that protect the Boston Common and Public Garden from new shadows. Mayor Martin Walsh...

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Opinion

By Phil Orlandella Sandwich Board regulations won’t work without enforcement Once upon a time, the City of Boston implemented a sandwich board pilot program in the North End, that lasted about two-weeks and the boards were back in much more numbers. The enforcement was terrible, needless to say. Now the city wants to once...

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Bill Protecting Children and Older Students from Sexual Relationships Still in Committee

Potential legislation that would bar teachers and other school employees from having sexual relationships with their students, by raising the age of consent within schools and expanding the number of mandated reporters, has been proposed by police organizations. The potential bill, was heard before the Joint Committee on Education, have the backing of several...

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Sports 08-08-2017

Four NEAA Dodges Traveling Team entered in summer baseball leagues By Phil Orlandella Four North End Athletic Association (NEAA) Dodges baseball teams are participating in 2017 summer baseball programs. “All our teams will play competitive baseball and have solid coaches,” NEAA Baseball Commissioner Ralph Martignetti told the Review. “We enter these leagues each year...

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NEAA at Fenway

NEAA at Fenway

The North End Athletic Association (NEAD) sent 50 members to the Red Sox Game vs the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night July 18.The Red Sox eventually won the game in 15 innings.There will be another Red Sox Game outing in August.

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Split Decision:NEWRA Opposes Basement Renovation Plan

By Phil Orlandella Unlike the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) that voted unanimously for a plan to renovate the basement at 32 Charter Street, the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) did the opposite, voting 22-15 opposing the applicant’s presented plans. Several abutters attended the monthly meeting in the Nazzaro Community Center to express opinions...

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NEWNC Supports Basement Renovation Plan

By Phil Orlandella Although there are several abutters opposed to an application by Christopher Olson to renovate the existing first floor condominium at 32 Charter Street (unit one) the North End/Waterfront Council (NEWNC) voted unanimously to support the request at its July 10 monthly meeting. Abutters were concerned with the final outcome of the...

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Project Oscar Continues in the North End

By Phil Orlandella Since 2015, Project Oscar has been collecting composted materials and data in the North End at the Polcari Playground next to the Nazzaro Community Center. About 30,000 pounds of food waste has been collected in the neighborhood in the wooded bins placed in the playground, tied with Jamaica Plain which is...

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Friends of the North End Schedule 45th Reunion in Sept

By Phil Orlandella The Sons of Italy Hall in Winthrop will be filled to capacity for the Friends of the North End 45th Reunion this September 16. “Our reunion has become very popular over the years,” said Victor Passacantilli one of the organizers of the special event that draws hundreds of current and former...

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The List of Top 100 Highest Paid Municipal Employees

The Top 100 highest paid employees in the City of Boston show that six are now earning more than $200,000 per year in regular pay and that Supt. of Schools Tommy Chang continues to be the highest paid employee in the City. The numbers reflect base pay from the calendar year 2016 and do...

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Boston Public Library to Gain New Trustees

Beth Treffeisen In an effort to diversify the Boston Public Library leadership and funding sources, the Boston City Council voted to pass a home rule petition proposed by the Mayor to expand the number of BPL Trustees from nine up to 15. At a City Council hearing on Wednesday, July 12, Councilor Michael Flaherty...

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NEMPAC Accepting Applications for the Geraldine Marshall Music Scholarships

The North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) continues to offer the Geraldine Marshall Scholarship, and to preserve the legacy of a woman who loved children and the arts. The Geraldine Marshall Scholarship Fund enters its third year of awarding North End children under the age of 18 with a full-year scholarship for...

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North End Public Safety Meeting August 3

By Phil Orlandella Based on the last two monthly Part One District 11 Boston Police reports, there has been an increase in crime in the North End. Some residents believe it’s due to the warm weather, others feel it’s just a surge in crime, still others believe most of it is due to drugs...

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Sandwich Board Signs Regulations Will Soon Be up for Debate in City

By Beth Treffeisen In bright colored letters across chalkboard signs, witty remarks or inspirational quotes entice a passerby to stop, look in and see what’s inside. These free marketing tools helps many small and larger businesses alike to get shoppers into the stores. In an effort to provide consistent rules across all neighborhoods and...

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Tyler Orlandella Named All-Star and Runner of the Year

Beverly High School student, Tyler Orlandella, granddaughter of former North End residents Mary (McGonagle) and Phil Orlandella, has been named Girls Track All-Star and Runner of the Year. Tyler won the 2006 State all around gymnastic championship and many gymnastic awards and honors before changing over to track and field and other related events....

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Ward 3 Dems Endorse Passacantilli, Kelley for City Council

The Ward 3 Democratic Committee has voted to endorse Stephen Passacantilli for the District One City Council race.  The Committee voted 23 to 1 to endorse Passacantilli, a North End resident and member of the Ward 3 Democratic committee. District One encompasses East Boston, Charlestown and the North End. The committee also voted 20...

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Boston Children’s Museum Receives National Leadership Grant to Directly Support School Readiness Through Partnerships

Grant and Launch of New Website Enhance the Capacity of Museum and Library Educators to Support Children and Families Boston Children’s Museum recently received a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services dedicated for School Readiness through Partnerships: Museums, Libraries and State Early Learning Systems Project. This grant harnesses the...

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NEAD Family Fun Festival-A Week-Long Event

North End Against Drugs (NEAD) will hold its Family Fun Festival, a week-long schedule of activity starting on Tuesday, August 1 with the Emile Pugliano/Bobby D. DeCristoforo neighborhood family boat cruise starting at Long Wharf at 7:30 p.m. Big Joe-Story Teller will be at the North End Library from 11:45 AM to 12:30 p.m....

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NEAD Family Fun Festival Cruise Scheduled for July 31

By Phil Orlandella North End Against Drugs (NEAD) will hold its annual Emily Puglianol/Bobby D. DeCristoforo Boston Harbor Boat Cruise on Monday, July 31 with boarding at 7 PM next door to the Marriott Long Wharf at the Boston Harbor Cruise terminal. The cruise will run from 7:30 PM to 9:30 p.m. and will...

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