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Residents Complain of Street Noise Mayhem at Public Safety Meeting; Police Say Call Them


L to R: Area A-1 Boston Police Captain Bernard O’Rourke and Sgt. Thomas Lema at the October North End Public Safety Meeting. (NorthEndWaterfront.com photo)

North End residents showed up at the October Public Safety Meeting to complain about loud parties and street noise. Boston Police Captain Bernard O’Rourke and Sgt. Tom Lema said they recorded 20 noise complaints from calls to 911 and the party line (617-343-5500) so far this semester and 6 in the past month. The reports are split between residences with college students and young professionals.

“I live across from a fraternity house,” said a long-time North End resident referring to 153 Endicott St. “The parties start at 10 pm and go all night with yelling out the windows at 2-3 am.” Another resident reported public urination and noise on N. Margin Street. The area around Prince and Salem intersection, Parmenter St. and Thacher St. were also mentioned by residents.

Police encouraged residents to call 911 or the party line (617-343-5500) so that police can respond and record the incidents in their database. Suffolk University also maintains a loud party car on Thursdays through Saturdays that can respond to students causing problems in the North End. In addition to the immediate response, Officer Teddy Boyle follow-ups the next day to reported addresses with an advisory sheet for residents and landlords. Several residents complimented Boston Police on their quick response to calls, but were troubled by the frequency of incidents. Addresses that have repeated reports will be referred to the Problem Properties Task Force.

During the monthly review of North End crime statistics, larceny theft from motor vehicles took a big jump in the last month to 26 reported incidents, up from 8 last year, according to North End crime statistics. As always, police encourage motorists to never leave valuables visible in their cars. In one September incident, stolen from a car was 900 Euro and Israeli currency along with a laptop and expensive camera.

The increase in larcenies caused overall crime reports to increase, although still down by 13% to 221 year-to-date. There were 5 assaults, 5 burglaries and 3 auto thefts in September. Reported incidents at the meeting have been previously reported on the weekly police blotters. Captain O’Rourke told residents new academy recruits on are on the streets, some on bicycles around the North End.

Boston Police reported that both Bricco and Monica’s restaurants were cited in the past month for various violations, including late open windows and TV’s on past certain time limits. Inspectional services is expected to follow-up.

Captain O’Rourke proudly announced that the Boston Municpal Research Bureau has chosen Sgt. Thomas Lema to be a 2011 Shattuck Public Service Award Recipient after a nomination and community support/letter writing process. Sgt. Lema was particularly noted for his work with the homeless population. An award ceremony is scheduled for October 25th at the Seaport Hotel.

A dedication ceremony was held on the Prado on Saturday, October 8th for Patrolman Cuneo, the first Italian-American Boston Police Officer killed in the line of duty. View ceremony photos and video.

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