Ward Three Democrats Endorse Menino

News From Ward 3 Chair, Jason Aluia:

Citing his strong record of accomplishment over the past 16 years, the Ward Three Democratic Committee unanimously endorsed Mayor Thomas M. Menino for re-election.

Representing one of the most culturally diverse sections of Boston, Ward Three includes the North End, West End and Waterfront, Beacon Hill and Downtown, Chinatown and the Leather District and parts of the South End.

“The members of the Committee recognize Mayor Menino’s continued commitment to our neighborhoods,” said Ward Three Chairman Jason A. Aluia, “this endorsement acknowledges the progressive vision and positive agenda for the future of our city under his leadership.”

Event Notices Schools

Open House, Open Studios at the North Bennet Street School

Aspiring furniture makers, bookbinders, jewelry makers – or those merely curious about the process of making exquisite things by hand – are invited to a rare, behind-the-scenes look at one of the America’s oldest schools of craftsmanship during a special two-day open house to be held November 6 and 7 at the North Bennet Street School ( in Boston’s North End.

The event will be held on Friday, November 6, 10am to 2pm and Saturday, November 7, 10am to 3pm.  Admission to the event is free.

Event Notices

NEMPAC and NEWMA Halloween Activities

In partnership with NEWMA (North End/Waterfront Mothers Association), NEMPAC (North End Music and Performing Arts Center) is sponsoring neighborhood Trick-or-Treating for the children this year. Businesses participating will place an Orange Ghost in their windows welcoming the children. There will also be a pizza party as described on the flyer below: For more information, contact Read More…

Real Estate

Office Market Down While Residential Sales Perk Up

In the last 2 days, Banker & Tradesman has released two notable real estate reports: Boston Office Vacancies Rise 40 Percent In Q3 Over ’08 Boston’s office vacancy rate rose to 13 percent in the third quarter this year, a 40 percent jump year-over-year from Q3 in 2008, according to a report published today by Read More…

Police & Fire Real Estate

North End Reporter Takes Developer’s Lawsuit to Mass Supreme Court

Several years ago, Steven Fustolo, a developer who has done numerous projects in the North End, sued a North End reporter, Fredda Hollander for articles she wrote in the Regional Review. Many may know her as a founder, editor, and writer for the North End News. The progress of this lawsuit has been a topic Read More…

Health & Environment

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 oyster cages in the harbor and then children distributed 50,000 oysters from boats. Some oyster facts: Each oyster filters 30 gallons of water per day They once were present throughout the Read More…

Arts & Culture

“The Town” Is Done Filming in the North End

Notices went up today around the neighborhood indicating that filming for “The Town” is completed in the North End. Let’s hope the movie turns out great! Here’s the notice: October 25th  2009 Dear Neighbors, We have completed our filming in the North End and we would like to thank you for your patience and cooperation. Read More…

Health & Environment

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 neighborhood, signs are posted indicating the mechanical street sweeping schedules.  The program runs from April 1 through November 30. Your compliance, by moving your car during posted street sweeping times Read More…

Real Estate

ZLC Meeting Agenda: Cross St Sidewalk & Good Neighbor Agreement

Zoning, Licensing and Construction Committee North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association Meeting Agenda Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 7:00 PM The Pilot House, 2 Atlantic Avenue Zoning and Licensing Applications 7:00 PM – 7:20 PM 16 Hull St., Peter McGinnis (owner), has filed an application seeking Board of Appeal approval to change use from 5 residential units to Read More…

Government Health & Environment

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.