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Notable News: Bridge Dismantling, DiMasi’s Pension, ‘Boston in Flux,’ Restaurant Fireplaces, and More!

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‘Boston in Flux’ blends modern Boston with city of old

The City of Boston has been in heavy transition over the past several decades, especially in the North End where the surrounding landscape has evolved as much as the residents living in the neighborhood. This short film uses recent color video of Boston and blends it with footage from the 1920s and 1940s, showing how much the city has transformed and how much it has stayed the same. Read more on the short film at, The Boston Globe.

Beniamino Martignetti, 87; helped others live American dream

Beniamino Martignetti passed away at the age of 87, certainly leaving his mark in Boston and touching many lives along the way. In 1956, Martignetti left Italy to go to Montreal, Canada before coming to Boston later that year to meet up with his Uncle, Antonio Martignetti, the founder of Martignetti Liquors. Beniamino would later settle in an apartment on Endicott Street in Boston’s North End, starting his construction company from the kitchen table, continue reading the story at, The Boston Globe.

Boston’s Lost Landmarks: The Golden Teapot

The history throughout Boston is everywhere you look, from walking the Freedom Trail to Paul Revere’s house and Old North Church. The teapot above the Starbucks in Government Center dates back to 1871, in an area of Boston known as Scollay Square. With all the changes in that area, the only way to experience a similar environment is to, “go to the North End and experience the narrow streets and the brick buildings and the bustle of a small urban environment.” See the historic photos and read more at, CBS Boston.

Workers removed a section of a steel pedestrian walkway that spanned the old Northern Avenue Bridge in 1999. Photo by John Tlumacki, The Boston Globe.
The old Northern Avenue Bridge in 1999. Photo by John Tlumacki, The Boston Globe.

Historic Seaport bridge to come down

This coming March, the Northern Avenue Bridge will be taken down after the Coast Guard warned it could collapse into Fort Point Channel. The bridge has been deteriorating for since 1997 when the city closed it to vehicles, serving as a pedestrian bridge until 2014 when it was completely shut down for safety reasons, continue reading at, The Boston Globe.

Salvatore DiMasi’s lawyer to seek 
‘wrongly withheld’ pension

Former House Speaker Salvatore 
DiMasi is not only battling cancer, but is also owed more than $127,000 in pension payments that were “wrongfully withheld,” according to his attorney. DiMasi’s health is currently classified as a Level 4, known as “the highest grade of concern” for an inmate’s health and will not attend his state Supreme Judicial Court hearing on February 9th. Read the full article at, The Boston Herald.

Cozy up to one of these Boston bars with fireplaces

As Boston enters the coldest weather months of the year, few restaurants and bars have the perk of a working fireplace to “cozy” up the atmosphere. Antico Forno on Salem Street in the North End has a fireplace to accompany some of the “best Italian in the city,” continue reading the article at, Metro Boston.