The Phoenix Focuses on Rats

The Phoenix takes an in-depth look at Boston's rat infestation, with several references to the North End. "Residents say that if you jam a leaf...

City Rolls Out Citizens Connect iPhone App

The Citizens Connect iPhone app is part of Mayor Menino's and the City of Boston's strategy for Citizen-to-City transactions called Citizens Connect. The iPhone App...

Boston Flu Cases Start to Rise

The City of Boston continues to operate at a Level 1 status; however, over the past week we have seen an increase in the...

Boston Still at Minimal “Level 1” Flu Alert

The City of Boston continues to operate at Level 1 status with small numbers of cases of H1N1 or influenza like illness in the...

Oysters Reintroduced to Boston Harbor

Oysters were reintroduced this morning into Boston Harbor from 601 Commercial Street in the North End by the Massachusetts Oyster Project. Initially, divers placed...

North End Cleanliness Tips

The Department of Public Works has updated its tip sheet for neighborhood cleanliness. Click here for 1-page PDF document. Neighborhood Street Sweeping Program Throughout the...

City Council Supports Revised Bottle Bill

Bottle bills are laws that require a minimum refundable deposit on beverage containers in order to ensure a high rate of recycling or reuse. The current law was passed in 1983 and does not include many popular “new-age” drinks such as bottled waters, sports drinks, and juices. Currently the only beverages covered are carbonated soda, beer, and malt beverages.

Councillors Salvatore LaMattina and John Connolly sponsored the City Council Resolution in order to demonstrate to state lawmakers that the Boston City Council wants the Bill updated.
About a dozen bills related to the Beverage Container Recovery Law, including House Bill 3057 filed by Rep. Basile on behalf of Mayor Menino, are before state lawmakers this legislative session.

The Council approved the Resolution at its weekly meeting on Oct. 21.

Toilet Trash on Freedom Trail

Tom Schiavoni sends in this picture and comment: COPP’S HILL MOMENT: A Clean Street Initiative Down the Tubes Since October 20, this illegally-discarded toilet bowel has...

Trash Compactors to be Installed on Parcel 9

At the October 19th Neighborhood Council meeting, Peter Gori of the Boston Redevelopment Authority announced that trash compactors would soon be installed on Parcel...

NEWNC “Tables” Confusing Plan for Cross Street Sidewalk Area

The North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) had a perplexing discussion at its October meeting regarding the proposed sidewalk plan in front of the former...

Green Ticket Bill Needs Support

NEWRA’s Clean Streets Committee is asking residents and merchants to send in the following letter in support of the Green Ticket Bill to our State representatives. The Green Ticket Bill is an important step in improving the trash problem in the neighborhood.
 
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Here is a summary of the House Bill #3588 (Green Ticket Bill) and testimony from the City’s Inspectional Service Department (ISD) that explains why the bill is so important. House Bill #3588 is anticipated to be favorably voted out of Committee but still has a bit to go. 

Globe Highlights Boston’s Harborwalk

The Boston Globe treks the Harborwalk, starting with the 4.5 miles from the Long Wharf through the North End to Charlestown. "Intimate gardens provide...
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