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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Residents Urged to Get Involved

City Councilors Ayanna Pressley, Michelle Wu, Andrea Campbell, and Annissa Essaibi George are to be congratulated for starting a series of meetings on the issues of early childhood education and childcare in Boston. The fear that Boston is a city not welcoming to families is becoming a real possibility. Whether one looks at the...

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Non-Residents Invading Boston School System

Boston-at-Large City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George is speaking out regarding the enforcement of the School Residency policy for the city. She believes work still has to be done to make sure only Boston residents are reaping the benefits of Boston taxes and programs. The Review can’t agree more with the Councilor on her assessment of...

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Greenway Raises $10,000 in Membership Gifts

Greenway Raises $10,000 in Membership Gifts

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy reached its goal ($10,000) in membership gifts at the end of last year and met its match. Member and donor support helped make 2016 such a wonderful  year and the Conservancy has a lot more fun planned for 2017. It’s  not too late to sign-up.

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NEWNC Host Public Meeting with New Owners of Nursing Home

By Phil Orlandella In the near future, the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) possibly in March, will hold a public meeting to discuss the finalization of the potential sale of the North End Nursing Home by Spalding. Following a lengthily community endeavor to keep the Fulton Street home from closing and other residents transferred...

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Younger Seniors Elect New President

By Phil Orlandella The North End Younger Seniors social group that meets two days a week in the Nazzaro Center has said farewell to former President Ida DePasquale who has decided to retire to enjoy the golden years. Ida has provided many years of dedicated service to the North End seniors and she was...

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North End Demolition Community Meeting Set for Tonight (Feb. 7)

By Phil Orlandella Maria Lanza, North End liaison, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, reminds residents that an Article 85 Demolition Delay community meeting will be held tonight, Tuesday, February 7 at 7 p.m. in the Nazzaro Community Center. “The application calls for the proposed demolition of the buildings at 198 Hanover, 60 Cross and...

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NEWRA Claims Winthrop Square Development Violates Shadow Law

By Phil Orlandella A letter commenting on the development of 115 Winthrop Square as proposed by Millennium Partners, in response to the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) has been sent to the BPDA highlighting many issues and concerns relating to the proposed project. NEWRA at their January 12 monthly meeting voted to join...

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Board of Appeals Approves Two North End Proposals

By Phil Orlandella A proposal by Alpine Advisory Services to change the legal occupancy at 406-418 Commercial Street to include wireless telecommunications equipment, installed within 8- foot fiberglass chimney behind an existing 21” brick parapet four antennas and erect a roof platform to mount two equipment cabinets and GPS antennas thereon with cable runs...

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Cupids Come to Christopher Columbus Park

The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP) will celebrate Valentine’s Day by making one of the City’s most kissable places even more romantic. Illuminated heart-holding cupids will grace the north and south ends of the trellis in Christopher Columbus Park during mid-February. FOCCP invites you to the park to see the new red and...

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Mayor Walsh Leads 37th Annual Homeless Census

Mayor Martin J. Walsh led a group of 400 volunteers, including City of Boston cabinet and department heads, State officials, community and civic leaders, and homeless providers in conducting the street count for the City’s 37th annual homeless census. The street count is part of a larger census of homeless adults and families in...

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Roosters Rule at Greenway’s Chinatown Park

In honor of the Chinese Year of the Rooster, the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, has commissioned a temporary installation of over 2,000 3D printer roosters in conjunction with New America Public Art (NAPA) and artist Chris Templeman who is also an engineer and educator. In roughly three to four-hour printing period over the course...

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Indoor Batting Cage to be Installed in the Nazzaro Center

By Phil Orlandella The Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street will be one of four sites that the Boston Red Sox Foundation will install indoor batting cages. Batting cage installation is made possible by a grant from the Youth Development Foundation, an organization set up in 2015 by Major League Baseball (MLB) and...

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