Community Daily Briefs

Notable News: Devastating Icicles, Lyft Billboard, Kevin Chapman, Steriti Rink is Awesome

Do not worry or stress about always being in “the know” when it comes to the local news buzz. We have you covered with the most recent articles, posts, and videos about the North End / Waterfront, coming from all different types of sources. 

Actor Kevin Chapman, enjoying a cigar in Boston's North End (Photo by Matthew J. Lee, The Boston Globe).
Actor Kevin Chapman, enjoying a cigar in Boston’s North End (Photo by Matthew J. Lee, The Boston Globe).

Kevin Chapman stays true to his roots

Although Hingham is “home” for actor Kevin Chapman who once worked in the office of cultural affairs for Mayor Tom Menino, he loves to indulge on a cigar at Stanza Dei Sigari in Boston’s North End, sometimes even watching a Pats game with Congressman Steven Lynch. Chapman had roles in, “Ladder 49” the Boston based movie, “Mystic River” and the CBS series “Person of Interest.”Read the article at, The Boston Globe

Good riddance to the Mass. film tax credit

Massacusetts is an extremely welcoming state for many reasons, and for the movie industry, filming in Massachusetts is a financial savior. In 2005, Governor Mitt Romney signed a new law making movie and television production companies eligible for sales, income, and corporate excise tax credits, the law was moved further by Governor Deval Patrick. Now, the tax credit faces eleimination under Governor Charlie Baker’s administration, read the full article at, The Boston Globe.

Cars totaled after massive icicle falls from Boston building

Although some take this lightly, the danger of icicles melting and falling is no secret to North End residents, but it gets serious when an icicle falls and totals 4 parked cars. Luckily nobody was in these cars when this giant icicle fell off of the roof parked in the J&O lot, right around the corner from the North End. View the video below or check it out at Channel 7 News.

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Lyft’s North End Billboard Is a Ruthless Power Move

Uber, Lyft, Taxi’s, the T, wherever you look at transportation around Boston there seems to be some type of controversy. In the North End, there is definitely controversy with resident parking. Between the snow taking up tons of space, cars being vandalized, space savers, Lyft put up a billboard targeting the tickets for parking. Read the post at, Bostinno.

Privatized skating rinks freezing out the public

While many skating rinks across the state are offering less and less free skate time to the public, the North End’s Steriti Rink is still offering 35.5 hours of free skate time to the public, coming in second to the rink in Jamaica Plain. In fact, “Privately managed state-owned skating rinks managed by private groups or towns offer significantly less public ice time than their state-run counterparts and less than the minimum of 16 hours a week required by state rules.” Read more at,  The Boston Globe

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Architect’s rendering of proposed tower, in the middle. Courtesy of UniversalHub

Proposed residential tower would rise above the West End

Equity Residential, a Chicage based developer wants to replace an old 650-unit parking garage garage in the West End with a 46-story tower consisting of 482 apartments or condos. The tower will also feature a 842-space underground garage with 150 spaces reserved for residents. Continue reading at, UniversalHub.

What Is Evacuation Day (Saint Patrick’s Day) and What’s Open & Closed & MBTA Schedules?

Although Evacuation Day falls on Tuesday March 17th this year, city and state workers no longer get this day off as a holiday. Most admit that the day itself is just a glorification for St. Patrick’s Day, but there will be several adjustments as well as some MBTA routes in South Boston being changed due to the parade. Read the full article at, Boston Zest.

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Parking meter revenue also suffered through the snow, photo by Getty Images, courtesy of The Boston Globe.

Few braved the snow in February

As the warm weather rolls in and the snow continues to melt, we should expect to hear more about the impact of the unbearable stretch of snow that buried the City. In this article, read how several entities were impacted, such as most serious crime were down 33 percent and a 45 percent drop in parking meter revenue in the month of February. Read the article at, The Boston Globe.

At Gallery Kayafas, Jules Aarons and Bill Yates

13 black-and-white photographs that Jules Aarons took in either the North End or West End in the late ’40s and early ’50s will be on display at Gallery Kayafas through April 4th.  Aarons photos show vintage views of Boston, showing the city from a different era in the art world. Read more at, The Boston Globe. Still interested? Read more at, Gallery Kayafas.

John Green’s View of the Massacre

Most Bostonians know the history of the Boston Massacre or at least know the general concept of the event, but have you heard of John Green’s version of the tragic event? Well, it was the testimony of Green himself that also match statements from other witnesses, helping to form the script of the Boston Massacre story. Read more about the reenactment at, Boston 1775.

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