North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council Meeting
November 8, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
- All eleven NEWNC members were present. The meeting was held at the Pilot House, 2 Atlantic Ave. to avoid a conflict at the Nazzaro Center.
- Nicole Leo from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services announced that the Mayor’s Holiday Trolley Tour will stop in the North End on December 5th at 2:30 pm. The trolley will stop on Hanover St. in front of the tree on the Prado.
- NEWNC member Donna Freni announced a community forum is being sponsored by the Greenway Leadership Council on Wednesday, November 10th, 6:30 pm at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel.
- NEWNC member Anne Devlin Tagliaferro announced this is the last week to purchase tickets for the gala to support the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park. The gala will be held on Friday, November 19th, 7:00 p.m. at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel. Ticket information can be found at www.FOCCP.org.
- NEWNC member Jorge Mendoza announced tickets are for sale for a fundraiser to support the Eliot School Family Council by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The dinner will be held on November 16th, 6:30 p.m. at Vinoteca di Monica at 143 Richmond Street. Read more.
- Joanne Massaro, Commissioner of the Department of Public Works, presented a compromise plan to the council for expanded street sweeping in the coming winter. The previously announced pilot program will be modified to run through December 2010, but not in January or February 2011. Street sweeping will resume in March 2011, a month earlier than usual. This compromise is a significant change from the previous year-round plan to run continuously through the entire winter. Residents opposed the original plan due to the inconvenience of having to move their cars in the winter. Some council members and residents in the audience continued to voice opposition to the way the pilot program is being introduced in the North End.
- Frank DePasquale, owner of Bricco Restaurant, and Attorney William Ferrullo presented plans to increase capacity in the restaurant from 120 to 173 persons (47 additional seats plus space for service personnel). The plan will include 12 new bar seats. Council questions centered around trash disposal, valet parking and the menu. Members and audience participants complimented Mr. DePasquale on his contributions to the neighborhood. The council unanimously voted to support the expansion plans.
- Laz Parking, 588 Commercial St. – Todd Gilbert presented plans to make improvements to the existing parking lot on the corner of Hull and Commercial Streets. The company did not pull the proper permits before starting work. A new parking shed and vestibule will be built as well as general cleaning up of the space. The council unanimously voted to support the improvements.
- 34 Commercial Wharf, Henia Beauty Salon/Day Spa, did not show up for an application to change occupancy of a 1st floor unit to include a residential partition. The council did not take up the issue.
Upcoming posts will have more information on the specific presentations. More information on the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council can be found at www.NEWNCBoston.org.