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Plethora of City of Boston Programs

Here is a subset of various City of Boston programs that folks may be interested in:

“Toys for Tickets”: *In keeping with a successful holiday tradition in
Boston, Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced that any driver issued a
non-public safety parking ticket on Boston’s streets on specific dates
in December, has the option of resolving their ticket by providing a toy
of equal or greater value than the fine on the ticket. For exact dates,

*Mayor’s Holiday Special: *Take advantage of the City of Boston’s one
stop holiday planning website and enjoy great discounts this Holiday
season. Over 8,000 half-price show tickets, great parking rates, store
discounts and more.

*Boston Offers Two Hours of Free Metered Parking This Holiday Season:
*In keeping with a popular tradition, the City of Boston is offering two
hours of free metered parking at each of the city’s parking meters on
Saturdays through Dec 27.

*Special State Election for the US Senate: *Do not forget to vote on Dec
8 in the Special Election Primary to fill Senator Kennedy’s seat. To
vote in any election, you must send in your voter application form and
have it postmarked 20 days prior to the election. Remember that you must
be 18 years old by Election Day and a U.S. Citizen. To be eligible to
vote in the Special Election Final on Jan 19, you must register to vote
by Dec 30! Obtain a national mail voter registration form at
Our Vote Matters!: *Find the answers to questions asked by young voters.

*Harry Potter at Boston’s Museum of Science: *Check out the Harry Potter
exhibit at the museum! It will offer fans a glimpse of costumes, props,
and more than 200 other authentic artifacts from the film sets—including
the Great Hall, Hagrid’s hut, and the Gryffindor common room.  Through
Feb 25. Adult tickets $26 and children tickets $23.

*First Night 2010: *Bring in the New Year celebrating art and community
at this day long citywide festival. Perfect for Families! Get a first
night button as your ticket to entertainment! Dec 31, 1pm-12am. <>


Family Volunteer Day at the North End Eliot School

On Saturday, November 21st, families from all over Greater Boston kicked off the holiday season by participating in Boston Cares’ Family Volunteer Day.  Sponsored by Disney Parks and Fidelity Investments, this national day of service brought together 50 families from Greater Boston. Volunteers made indoor recess packets for students at the John Eliot School in Read More…

Arts & Culture

“The Night Before Christmas in Boston’s North End” by T. Schiavoni

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS IN BOSTON’S NORTH END ‘Twas Feast of the Fishes in the old neighborhood. Developers were prowling, they were up to no good. With lawyers, contractors, and architects in tow, variances and quick-fixes were falling like snow. The locals were snoozing, overcome with exhaustion from fighting the forces wreacking havoc on Boston. Read More…


Toys for Tots Drop-off

Toni Gilardi and her staff at Elite Boston Landmark Realty at 350 Commercial Street, North End, are collecting toys for the Toys for Tots program.  Please feel free to drop off unwrapped/non-violent toys at the office anytime!  For more information on the program, please visit the site

Health & Environment

Fallout from City Council Rat Hearing

Excerpts from the Boston Globe’s coverage of yesterday’s City Council hearing on the rodent problem with a focus on the North End area. “Rats are wreaking havoc in the North End, burrowing through walls, gnawing through wires, and feasting on the neighborhood’s surfeit of discarded pizza boxes and restaurant garbage, aggrieved residents and the neighborhood’s Read More…

Police & Fire

Weekly North End/Waterfront Police Journal Log

Notable incidents from this week’s Boston Police journal log for the North End/Waterfront area: Larceny 11/20/09          4:30pm-5:15pm Victim reports an unknown person stole her carry-on bag containing jewelry, clothing and cosmetics as she was unloading it into her North St. building. Vandalism 11/21/09          4:00pm-7:45am Victim reports an unknown person broke 2 signs to her Richmond St. Read More…