Mayor’s Weekly Column

From the Desk of Thomas M. Menino

There has been a lot of focus over the last several months on the troubling increase in gang-related youth violence in our neighborhoods. While gang violence is certainly not a new issue, the nature of gang activity among youth has evolved and we have had to adapt our strategy accordingly. In collaboration with state and federal government agencies and community partners, the City of Boston has launched a targeted, community-based strategy to more effectively suppress violence in Boston’s neighborhoods and support the families and residents in those communities. Reducing violence is a job that no single agency can do alone, but it’s one we all can do if we act together.

Food & Drink

Pizzeria Regina Tops Santarpio’s

The North End’s Pizzeria Regina won the trophy in a showdown against East Boston’s Santarpio’s on the Food Network’s “Food Feuds.” The segment was taped last week at Faneuil Hall and is expected to air in an upcoming episode. The contest was broken down by pizza composition: Crust: Regina Wins Sauce: Santarpio’s Wins Cheese: Tied Read More…

Food & Drink Health & Environment

Spagnuolo’s Restaurant Wins Clean Streets Committee Good Neighbor Recognition Award

NEWRA’s Clean Streets Committee members Michael Bloomer and Janet Gilardi presented Claudia Spagnuolo of Spagnuolo’s Restaurant with the July 2010 Good Neighbor Recognition Award. Spagnuolo’s Restaurant is located at 240 Hanover Street (617-523-9709). The Clean Streets Committee of the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) is recognizing businesses and property owners in our neighborhood who are Read More…

Community Government

State Demands Greater Accountability From Greenway Conservancy

In a scathing letter to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, the State’s transportation department, MassDOT, has imposed strict conditions on the public funding it provides to the private, non-profit organization. The State will fund $2.2 million out of the $5.2 million Fiscal Year 2011 budget for the Greenway Conservancy. The Conservancy has not been Read More…

Business Community

Greenway Gets Free Wi-Fi Internet Access

Free Wi-Fi internet access is now available on the Greenway parks from the North End to Chinatown. Look for the “Greenway” wireless network on your laptop, phone or other device. A 7-person, Watertown-based company, Anaptyx, was paid $100,000 by the Greenway Conservancy to set up the system, which consists of 16 radios. The firm donated Read More…

Health & Environment Police & Fire Transportation

Boston Magazine Reports on LNG Tankers in Boston Harbor

Boston Magazine presents an in-depth piece in its July issue on LNG tankers in Boston Harbor. “LNG tankers have been controversial ever since they started steaming through Boston Harbor to port in Everett in 1971, but became even more so after 9/11. If terrorists caused even 10 percent of the typical LNG tanker’s payload to Read More…

Arts & Culture Community Event Notices

Greenway Conservancy Celebrates Rose F. Kennedy’s Birthday

Note: The Rolling Teapot and Party will be at the Greenway North End Parks at 3:00 pm on Thursday, July 22nd. Below is the full schedule. Happy Birthday Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy! On Thursday July 22nd, 2010 join the Greenway Conservancy in celebrating the legacy of Rose F. Kennedy’s with a Birthday Celebration themed after the Read More…


Friends of Christopher Columbus Park Sees the Fruits of Their Labor

Highlights and news from the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP) meeting on July 13th meeting: Membership – The organization reports 187 members in good standing after its latest membership campaign. The Horticulture Committee reported that the roses in the park are suffering with the heat, but otherwise the park is looking great. The group Read More…


Obituary: Phyllis Charlton of the North End

CHARLTON, Phyllis 77, of Boston’s North End, on Wednesday July 7, 2010. She is survived by her three children, Cathi Charlton of Norton, David Charlton of MD, and Victoria (Charlton) Finn of CT. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the Berkeley Residence, 40 Read More…