In case you have some downtime between now and shoveling your sidewalk or car, take a minute to catch up on something outside of this igloo environment. News sources are covering everything related to snow and ice, but there are other things being written about as well!

The 3-pound Giambotta with everything at Regina Pizzeria, Photo by Lane Turner, The Boston Globe.
The 3-pound Giambotta with everything at Regina Pizzeria, Photo by Lane Turner, The Boston Globe.

Boston’s 12 best pizza joints

There are countless pizza restaurants and pizza take-out places in Boston, imagine having 3 of the top 12 of those establishments in one neighborhood of the city? Well, that is the case here in the North End where Ernesto’s Pizza, Galleria Umberto and Regina Pizzeria all made the cut!  The Boston Globe

Mayor of London visits Rose Kennedy Greenway

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, England was in the neighborhood the other day, observing the site of “Boston’s big dig project” which created tunnels for traffic and land for parks and housing. The Mayor had a few locations across the pond in mind, Boston Hospitality Industry has the story.

New Boston Ventures planning 12-story residential tower on Greenway

Development continues along the Rose Kennedy Greenway, this time the plan is to restore the historic Bulfinch building and shoot up a 12-story residential tower located at 110 Broad Street. The project proposed by New Boston Ventures LLC would include 52 residential units, a ground-floor cafe on a site that spans 7,580 square feet stretching from 102-112 Broad Street, read more details at, Boston Business Journal.

City of Boston Hosts First Olympic Community Meeting

Hundreds of residents packed the first of nine planned community meetings which aim to hear comments and feedback from residents about Boston’s 2024 proposed bid for the Summer Olympic games. The chief architect and planner for Boston 2024 placed an emphasis on the environmental sustainability of event venues, chosen because of their close proximity to public transportation, while planning to utilize the waterfront. Read the story at, The Boston Harbor Association.

Chara with his wife, Tatiana, and their daughter Elliz Victoria. Photo by Jim Davis, The Boston Globe.
Chara with his wife, Tatiana, and their daughter Elliz Victoria. Photo by Jim Davis, The Boston Globe.

Zdeno Chara scores a new goal in getting real estate license

Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins captain and North End resident is hosting an open house at a Charlestown condo after the 6 feet 9 inch defensemen was issued his license to sell real estate in Massachusetts. Although Chara signed with the Bruins for three more seasons, he will turn 38 in March says he doesn’t necessarily envision a second career as a full-time real estate agent, but doesn’t rule out the possibility. Read the story at, The Boston Globe.

LaMattina Gets Key Committee Assignments

City Councilor Sal LaMattina has leadership roles that put responsibilities that hit close to home. In addition to his roles as chair of the committee on Economic Development, Planning and Labor, he will serve as vice chair of Neighborhood Services & Veterans Affairs as well as Environment and Parks. As vice chairman, LaMattina will oversee surface, air and water transportation policies of the city, including resident parking program, and planning for the Rose Kennedy Greenway. East Boston Times-Free Press has more!

10 Places to Eat & Drink During Snowstorms

In case you are snowed in but itching to get out for some air and maybe some good food, restaurants are doing their best to remain open in the midst of these storms that have pelted the city. It has gotten to the point where restaurants like Prezza in the North End was offering a “Snow Emergency Special” where a free half Gnocchi Bolognese dish was given to patrons after the purchase of a glass of Chianti wine. View the post at, BostInno.

JESSICA RINALDI/GLOBE STAFF/FILE A pedestrian crosses the Old Northern Avenue Bridge one evening last May.
A pedestrian crosses the Old Northern Avenue Bridge one evening last May. Photo by Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe.

Northern Avenue bridge closure felt by businesses, residents

As the “Charlestown Bridge” is in the design stage, on the other side of the North End lies the Northern Avenue bridge whaich was closed in December after finding that the bridge was no longer safe for pedestrians. Businesses in the booming Innovation District have noticed a difference in business, especially with the decrease in foot traffic. Read the story at, The Boston Globe.

Godiva Chocolatier Closes Its Doors in Faneuil Hall

Godiva Chocolatier has closed its doors at their Faneuil Hall location. Rest assured chocolate lovers, a new 2-story Ghirardelli has opened to fill your chocolate cravings. Did this closing have anything to do with the possible revamping of the retail district? Read the post at, BostInno.

Red Sox’ Mike Napoli feels that he is in a good place

Mike Napoli after just two seasons with the Red Sox, now considers himself a Bostonian, saying that the city has grown on him to the point where, “it’s a part of me now.” Rooting for the Patriots and Bruins, frequently visiting North End Restaurants, and even after growing up in South Florida, even he is accustomed to the freezing weather and snow. Read the article at, The Boston Globe.

DATA by the National Weather Service, Boston,; NOAA, courtesy of the Boston Globe.
DATA by the National Weather Service, Boston,; NOAA, courtesy of The Boston Globe.

City may dump snow into Boston Harbor

The record breaking snowfall in Boston has forced city officials like Mayor Marty Walsh, to think “outside the box” when it comes to desperate snow removal techniques. It has gotten to the point where the US Coast Guard station in the North End has notified the state it needs to dump snow in the ocean. Read the story at, The Boston Globe.

Local aid worker: Increasing peril ‘doesn’t stop us’ 

Dr. Miriam Aschkenasy, deputy director of global disaster response at MGH’s Center for Global Health, has concluded that aid workers are potential soft targets for kidnapping in foreign countries. Dr. Aschkenasy who has done aid work in countries like Ethipoia, tells of how much of an impact it has on your mind: recalling a night when she and her husband were in the North End, and someone set off firecrackers causing Aschkenasy to instantly hit the ground. Read the article at, The Boston Herald.

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