Community Daily Briefs

Notable News: Street Sweeping, Easter Egg Hunt, Greenway Cleanup, Rent Increase Maps, and More!

Why spend your time searching for news, scanning the web looking for local stories with the Notable News post? Every week, we compile articles, media, and other posts into one simple and convenient post to give you a one-stop-shop for the local buzz. 

Giuseppe Giangregorio: The Italian “Ambassador” Behind Green Cross Pharmacy’s Counter

Giuseppe Giangregorio and his brother Fernando, have owned the Green Cross Pharmacy on Hanover street for the last fifty years.  Both brothers got college degrees in pharmaceutical science and bought the North End location in 1964, but integration for the Giangregorio brothers was not an easy task. “In the mid-1950s, we were basically the first Italians in the North End – at least the first ones ‘off the boat’,”continue reading at, Bostoniano.

Special Meals, Zoo Deals, and a 5-Day Egg Hunt: Easter Events Around Boston

With Easter weekend on the horizon, be sure to partake in the festivities being held in the North End neighborhood. A classic easter event: Easter egg hunting. Hidden throughout the North End neighborhood are 10 colored eggs, filled with gift cards to Pauli’s restaurant on Salem Street. Read the story and view more events at,

Staff and volunteers cleaned up the Greenway Wednesday in anticipation of spring. Photo by David L. Ryan, The Boston Globe.

After long winter, spring cleanup begins on Kennedy Greenway

Volunteers have joined workers to help with some “spring cleaning” on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. In addition to city streets and sidewalks, many plants on the Greenway took a beating from the snow, leaving more to clean up than in the past few winters.  The Boston Globe has more on the effort and a Greenway calendar of cleanup days for volunteers to take note.

A quick guide to eating, drinking and touring in Boston

When it comes to tourism in the North End, most would tend to think about history and food. This blog post about a guide of where to stay, shop, eat and more while in Boston, cited the North End for the famous Freedom Trail running through numerous historical sites, it also names a few local establishments for food. Read which ones at, The Daily Telegraph.

Revere youth brings Carnevale to Boston

Pascal Gangi has been continuing the Carnevale tradition that comes from his hometown Sciacca, in Sicily. As part of non-profit group “A Little Taste of Sicily,” Gangi will once again prepare a traditional Carnevale float for this year’s Columbus Day Parade. This is not Gangi’s “first rodeo,” he holds a degree in Electrical-Mechanical Engineering and his work has been featured on floats at the East Boston, Revere and North End Columbus Day parades, as well as the North End’s Fisherman’s Feast. Read the article at, Bostoniano.

Maps of average Boston rent prices (1990, 2000, and 2010) courtesy of BostInno.

These Maps Show How Boston’s Average Rent Increased Over 20 Years

It is no secret that rent and the overall real estate market in Boston has been booming in recent years. This is shown through color coded maps that illustrate how much rent has increased in certain areas of the city. View the maps that show how it, “took two decades for Boston rents to climb into the unaffordable range,” at, BostInno.

A long and winding road

Written by Jesse Brackenbury, the Executive Director of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, to inform of several impressive statistics that the park can be sure to brag about. Facts and statistics like the Greenway hosting 300 free events a year, and their success in adding attractions like the carousel, food trucks, fountains, public art, and gardens and more. Read the article at, Architectural Boston.

A First Look at Select Oyster Bar

Michael Serpa, the former executive chef for the North End’s Neptune Oyster, is opening a new Back Bay restaurant that is not your, “neighborhoods clam shack.” Serpa is not the only local chef in on this new Oyster Bar, he is joined by Sebastian Martinez, formerly of Volle Nolle and the new Koy restaurant near Faneuil Hall. Read more about Select Oyster Bar, which will feature, “French classics, caviar service, and one of the coolest patios in the city,” at

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