North End Citizen’s Bank Robbery Unsolved

By Phil Orlandella Citizen’s Bank on Hanover Street was robbed at 11 AM on December 24 of $1980 in various denominations. Reportedly, the criminal handed a note to a teller asking for the money. No weapon (s) were involved during the crime. Suspect was described as a white male, 5’9”, age 40s to 50s...

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Mayor Walsh Speaks of Improving Infrastructure and Housing in State of the City Address

By Beth Treffeisen In a packed Symphony Hall, Mayor Martin J. Walsh delivered his third State of the City Address. In his address, Walsh committed to keeping Boston accessible to all residents by investing more money in affordable housing and upgrading infrastructure and transportation options. An effort from the Walsh Administration to create jobs...

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Local Man Arrested for Pulled a Fire Alarm at the Logan Airport Hilton Hotel

Massachusetts State Police early Sunday morning arrested a local man who pulled a fire alarm at the Logan Airport Hilton hotel. Among the guests staying at the hotel at the time were the Pittsburgh Steelers, who were playing the Patriots in Sunday night’s AFC Championship. Evidence suggests that the suspect pulled the alarm as...

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R.U.F.F. News and Notes

Happy 2017 to all of our RUFF Members! Apologies for the late update, RUFF has been very busy with planning and housekeeping this month. We have a couple fun events to announce and hope to see you there. We should be back on schedule with our newsletter in February. Hope to see you at...

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Boston Police Put A Hold on Media Monitoring Software

Boston Police have decided not to go forward with any of the proposals submitted for social media monitoring software which has been opposed by various groups and individuals who believe the system is an invasion of privacy and transparency. Mayor Martin J. Walsh reportedly wants community input before BPD again requests proposals for software...

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North Street Grill Holds Benefit Event for Local Center

By Phil Orlandella ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center recently honored North Street Grill as its partner of the month. Each year, owner Robin Sidell selects a charitable cause to support around the holidays, culminating in a big party at the North End eatery, a popular spot for local residents to dine. The...

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MassDot Highlights New Travel Time Technology for Travelers

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced that a total of 146 “GoTime” signs, which provide real-time traffic travel times, are now activated on highways throughout the Commonwealth and that a new mobile app with GoTime data is now available which will allow drivers to see real-time travel information before they leave their home...

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North End Public Safety Meeting Crime Report

By David Marx Boston Police District A-1 provided an update on recent neighborhood crime incidents, summarized below, at the January 2017 North End Public Safety Meeting. The figures below cover the last 30 days period. 2016 Crime Incident Review -City-wide: Down 12% (larcenies & auto thefts are down). -District A-1: Down 2%. *2,591 Part...

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Finesse Pastries Now Open at the Boston Public Market

Finesse Pastries, a gourmet patisserie based in Manchester, New Hampshire, is now open at the Boston Public Market. The patisserie — located right off the Market Hub — will sell a variety of authentic, handcrafted French macarons and pastries. Finesse Pastries ran a successful pop-up at the Boston Public Market in 2016 and applied...

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Facing Boston’s Gender Wage Gap

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh When I first took office in 2014 I pledged to listen, learn and lead. It quickly became clear that leading on gender equity was essential to our City’s success. Not only is it the right thing to do, it is important to our economy as a whole and businesses’...

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Opinion

By Phil Orlandella Rising water levels threat to city’s Municipal Harbor Plan A recent environmental report given to the City of Boston clearly indicates waterfront high tides will consistently rise creating some serious damage to the North End/Waterfront neighborhood. One city employee told a community organization that eventually water could extend out as far...

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Enforcement Key to Reduce the City’s Speed Limit

Enforcement key to reduce the city’s speed limit Obviously, the new City of Boston ordinance regarding the speed limit on city streets from 30 mph to 25 mph will prevent more accidents, injuries and deaths but only if there is adequate enforcement on a regular basis. Public safety concerns are the main reason a...

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Neighborhood Endeavor Saves North End Nursing Home

Neighborhood power, combined with the backing of elected officials, has potentially saved the North End Nursing Home on Fulton Street, that was founded 34 years ago. Spearheaded by Elaine Wilson and numerous other residents strived to have a nursing home in their neighborhood and made it happen. Once it was known the Spalding Rehabilitation...

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Obituaries 01-24-2017

Benjamin “Cyc” Ferrantino, Jr. Of the North End, formerly of East Boston Benjamin L. “Cyc’ Ferrantino, Jr of the North End of Boston, formerly of East Boston, died peacefully on January 13. The dear brother of Philip F. Ferrantinoand his wife, Marie of the North End, he was the cherished uncle of TraceyDiFronzoand her husband,...

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Top Moments on the Greenway

Top Moments on the Greenway

What a terrific year it was on The Greenway. Numerous records were set this year with over 400 free events and the highest number of Carousel riders ever. On top of that, there were dozens of amazing moments from the year that have been whittled down into a Top 20 Moments.

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Running for A Cause:North End Woman to Run Boston Marathon for Saint Jude Hospital

Running for A Cause:North End Woman to Run Boston Marathon for Saint Jude Hospital

By Phil Orlandella North End resident Heather MacLeod is training hard to run in her first Boston Marathon to raise funds for Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital which she said, “does great things for children and their families.” Saint Jude combats childhood cancer, with families never receiving a bill for treatment or accommodations. They...

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North End Nursing Home Sold, Residents Have Option to Remain

By Phil Orlandella There is a feeling of relief for families who have loved ones residing in the North End Nursing Home on Fulton Street since the sale of the facility to Tryco Partners LLC.  Residents now have an option either to remain or be relocated to another facility. Tryko subsidiary Health Services will...

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Cause of Hull Street Fire Undetermined

By Phil Orlandella While there are several rumors circulating throughout the neighborhood relating to the Christmas morning five-alarm fire at 52 Hull Street in the North End, nothing official has been released as of this writing. The blaze engulfed a four-story building located across from Copps Hill Cemetery on the Freedom Trail. Several residents...

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12th Annual North End City Feast Benefits Joslin Diabetes Center’s High Hopes Fund

By Phil Orlandella Six North End eateries will participate in the 12th annual City Feast that will benefit the Joslin Diabetes Center’s High Hopes Fund. Founded in 2005 by Carla Agrippino Gomez, owner of Antico Forno and Terramia restaurants has raised nearly $300,000 for the High Hopes Fund over the years. CityFeast offers a...

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Greenway’s Top Moments of 2016!

2016 was another banner year on The Greenway, as we hosted over 400 free events, and attracted numerous artists and designers to create thoughtful installations throughout the park. All of this is done through the work of the non-profit Greenway Conservancy. As the year winds down, we asked Conservancy staff to offer their picks...

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NEAD Sunday Night Bingo Fundraiser

A 20-game benefit Bingo will be held by North End Against Drugs (NEAD) for adults only  in the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street on Sunday, January 29 from 1-5 PM. The event will include a coverall finale, free coffee, desserts for players, a free door prize and raffles. NEAD is a non-profit...

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MassDOT Encourages Drivers to Give Snow Plows Extra Space

So far, this season, there has been an increase in the number of snowplows and spreaders being struck by vehicles during snow removal, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). “This can be a dangerous situation that threatens the safety of motorist as well as our MassDOT crews and contractors who are working...

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Boston’s Use of Dry Ice for Rodent Control is Placed on Temporary Ban

By Beth Treffeisen A successful new program of using carbon dioxide in the form of dry ice for rodent control was recently put on hold after it came to the attention of the State’s Department of Agricultural Resources that it was unclear as to whether or not dry ice needed to be registered as...

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From Our Readers

Non building security has near fatal consequences Dear Editor, The appalling lack of security measures coupled with an almost toxic apathy on the part of the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) and the Manager at the Ausonia Apartments on Fulton Street in Boston’s North End have finally resulted in  a resident of said building coming...

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