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Notable News: Chairing Converse, Rising Waters, Nick Varano, Chef Nightly and Bruins Religion

Taking every story into account from all over the area, below is what’s left after skimming the web and social media outlets for articles, media, and other news posts. Enjoy!

The new global headquarters for Converse, photo courtesy of Converse, at The Boston Harbor Association.
The new global headquarters for Converse, photo courtesy of Converse, at Footwear News .

Chairing Converse: Jim Calhoun Talks New Headquarters, Expansion moves

As the area surrounding the North End continues to see buildings shooting up on every corner, new businesses being opened and proposals for residential towers, it will also be home to the global headquarters of Converse. In mid-April, more than 500 employees will begin working right next to TD Garden, read what type of impact this will have and expectations from the man in charge at Footwear News.

Image courtesy of Living with Water, at
Image courtesy of Living with Water, at

Boston Unveils Finalists in Competition to Retrofit City for Rising Waters

Nine finalists have been chosen from a pool of fifty submissions in the design competition which aims to find a plan that manages the rising water levels that are set to come in the future. With a $20,000 prize at stake, read more on the contest, finalists, and their proposals, at Hyperallergic.

Q & A: A candid conversation with David Ortiz

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz does not shy away from voicing his opinion, and is certainly versed with the culture of Boston. As for Big Papi’s favorite place to eat in Boston? When it comes to Italian food, Ortiz prefers to go straight, “to Strega in the North End and see Nick [Varano].” Read the article at, The Boston Globe.

When a Sandy-Like Storm Hits the Hub, This Building Is Ready

With the Boston waterfront being at high risk for rising sea levels and serious weather storms, many buildings are taking precautions to withstand the conditions. The Atlantic Wharf building features a flood protection system called an AquaFence, which costs several hundred thousand dollars and has been rapidly growing in New York City. Read the article at, WGBH.

Dara Torres: “But We Have the North End”

Dara Torres, arguably the fastest female swimmer in American history now resides just outside of Boston. Originally from California, Torres is not shy about her feel for the city of Boston with this questionnaire. Read The Concierge Questionnaire for more about Torres, who describes Boston as, “a smaller version of New York, but we have the North End.”

Goody Glover’s to Reopen in Boston’s Downtown Crossing

After 11 years at their location along the Greenway which closed several months ago, it appears that Goody Glover’s has found a new home in Downtown Crossing. The rumor for the opening date is said to be this July, read more at Boston restaurant Talk.

Screen shot courtesy of Beta Boston.
Screen shot courtesy of Beta Boston.

Chef Nightly launches a no-brainer app for ordering dinner

In a neighborhood dominated with mostly sit-down restaurants, a new app called Chef Nightly hopes to simplify the way people order dinner on their mobile phone. The app makes suggestions based on your preferences and past ordering habits with a fixed cost of $12 per person, which includes tip and delivery. Continue reading at BetaBoston.

Nick Varano’s Strip by Strega gives Herald a taste before opening

Nick Varano, the Boston restaurateur who brought Strega and Nico to Hanover Street is opening Strip by Strega, a new steakhouse with a “luxurious big-night-out vibe.” To design the menu, Varano bought in executive chef Farouk Bazoune, who worked at Boston Grill 23 & Bar for several years. For more information on the menu and prices, check out The Boston Herald.

Religion rarely on display across the NHL

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is not afraid to admit that he spends his Sundays with a visit to church. McQuaid used to keep it quiet, but he spent time at St. Stephen’s in the North End, St. Joseph’s in the West End, and a few other churches around Boston. Read the article at, The Boston Globe.

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