The Latest & Greatest Brings a Tragedy, Commercial, Bike Lanes and Flood Insurance

As we look back on some of the articles over the past week, the North End lost a friend and many found out they are now in a flood zone. In case you don’t watch a lot of TV, check out the Wild Duck commercial. See what a stabbing suspect said and check out some of the other stuff you may have missed.

Top Posts This Week:

November 2013 FEMA Flood Map for North End
November 2013 FEMA Flood Map for North End

Many North End Waterfront Property Owners Will Need Flood Insurance Under New FEMA Maps

New preliminary flood zone maps have been published by FEMA and the flood line for the Boston’s North End / Waterfront goes much further inland than the previous risk assessment. If the maps released on November 15, 2013 go into effect as planned, property owners within the 1% chance flood line (i.e., the 100-year flood) will be required to purchase expensive flood insurance. For more details and a view of the FEMA Map, Click here to read the post

Stabbing Suspect: “I’m not one of these local punks, I’m from the North End”

Read what suburbanite Peter D’Amelio said before stabbing a bouncer at Coogan’s Bluff in downtown Boston. D’Amelio tried to get in the bar using the perceived credibility of being from the North End. Read more 

Salem Street Tailor, Vittorio Recupero, Killed by Drunk Driver on I-95

Longtime North End tailor, Vittorio Recupero, was identified by State Police as the victim of an I-95 car accident on Tuesday night about 8:30 pm. Recupero’s shop was located at 121 Salem Street.  A 71-year-old Wakefield resident, Recupero reportedly pulled over his Hyundai Tucson in the breakdown lane on Interstate I-95 in the Reading area. State Police reports show he was standing near his car when he was allegedly struck by a Toyota Scion driven by 32-year-old female, Mary Grigoriadis who had reportedly been drinking. Click here to read more

Also see: Remembering Vittorio Recupero – Salem Street Memorial, Obituary & Mass at St. Leonard Church

A shot from the Wild Duck Commercial
A shot from the Wild Duck Commercial

North End Scenes Featured in “Wild Duck” Commercial Video

If you have not yet seen, be sure to watch: “The Wild Duck” filmed this “Made in the North End” commercial that is now airing on TV. It features several North End scenes and at least one familiar face with Robert Dello Russo, the owner of Boston Barber Company on Salem Street, coming out of the store with a case in his hands.  Click here to check out the video and read more

Friends of Christopher Columbus Park Fundraiser Brings Together Community and Key Sponsorship for the Urban Oasis Project [Party Photos]

The annual fundraiser for Friends of Christopher Columbus Park is always a huge success and this year was no exception with a sold-out Monte Carlo night at the Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel. A highlight of the event was recognizing Antonia Pollak, Commissioner of Boston Parks and Recreation. “Our partnership with the City had made Christopher Columbus Park a special place for neighbors and visitors. We have Mayor Menino and Toni Pollak to thank for always helping to guide us as we improve the park,” said Joanne Hayes-Rines, FOCCP President. Click here to read the post 

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Monica’s “Evening of Education” Raises Over $100,000 for a New Eliot School Book Room

The Mendoza Family and staff of Monica’s exceeded all expectations by raising over $100,000 at the 5th Annual “Evening for Education” for the North End’s Eliot K-8 Innovation School. Jorge Mendoza from the public school’s governing council announced the news at this week’s Neighborhood Council meeting. Click here to read the post 

Proposed Cycle Track to Bring Bike Lanes up to Sidewalk Level in North End / Waterfront [Video]

The North End “cycle track” proposal was presented this week to move the current bike lanes along Commercial Street and Atlantic Avenue off the road and elevate them to be flush with the pedestrian sidewalks. The existing bike lanes will be removed and replaced with a 10-foot wide, 2-way colored pathway along the waterfront side of the street. The return of the cycle track plan is supported by $23 million in new funding secured through the Connect Historic Boston initiative, of which $15 million is coming from the Federal Highway Administration in a TIGER grant. Initial design plans are due in December 2013 in order to meet grant milestones with construction starting in late 2014. Click here to read the post