Community Daily Briefs

Notable News: End of Boston Courant, Frank Valenti, “Sprawling North Station,” Nazzaro Skiing, Old North Renovation!

This compilation of all notable news about the neighborhood comes from scanning dozens of news outlets throughout the week!

Boston Business Journal
“The Hub on Causeway will anchor the northern gateway to Boston,” photo from the Boston Business Journal.

Boston Properties wins key approval for sprawling North Station project

Ground has already broken on the fully approved plans for a mixed-use residential, hotel and office project coined, “the Hub on Causeway.” The site of the old Boston Garden will soon be home to a Star Market grocery store, entertainment venue, and a movie theater. Read the article at the Boston Business Journal.

Local newspaper’s famous refusal to put up a Web site has driven it out of business

Covering several downtown neighborhoods, including the waterfront, the Boston Courant announced that it will no longer continue publishing after losing a wrongful-termination lawsuit that pushed heavy legal fees and a large settlement on the publication, continue reading at, UniversalHub.

Baker says North End project a win for Boston

Governor Charlie Baker called the $230 million, 14-story mixed-use development at Causeway and Beverly streets an “ultimate win” for Boston. The development will bring 220-space garage, 10,000 square feet of retail space and a Courtyard Marriott, read more from the State House News Service at, New Boston Post.

Old North Church is getting some "TLC" from , photo by Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe.
Old North Church is getting an extensive facelift, photo by Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe.

Old North Church preps for $8 million makeover

The $8 million renovation that will bring Old North Church up to code includes a “stressful” process of uncovering paper-thin layers of paint and plaster to find the church’s original skin. The cosmetic makeover will be completed in time for the church’s tricentennial in 2023, The Boston Globe has more on the project that will be a “mess.”

Here are Yelp’s Top 50 Restaurants in Boston Proper

Yelp took a look at reviews or review updates written in 2015 about restaurants and eateries in order to make the list of top 50 restaurants. The North End had several of the top 50, from eateries like Pauli’s and Tenoch Mexican, to Carmelina’s, Regina Pizzeria, and more! Read the full list at, BostInno.

Nick Varano — A Cut Above

Nick Varano now has five award winning restaurants and one café in and around Boston, but the success of this restaurateur did not happen over night. After purchasing his first restaurant in 2003, Varano has been “seared, broiled, and filleted.” The Huffington Post has more on Varano’s story and what it takes to become a success in the restaurant industry.

The late Freddy Valenti, photo courtesy of, The Boston Herald.

Fitzgerald: Farewell to a Boston legend

The late Freddy Valenti of Boston’s North End passed away at the age of 93 leaving a long legacy as a promoter. Friend’s remember Valenti’s vivid recollection of the 1955 night when Tony DeMarco became the Welterweight Champ, setting the North End in an uproar, read more at, The Boston Herald.

Nazzaro Center Skis Waterville

Waterville Valley was the destination for the 2nd ski trip of the Nazzaro Center’s ski program. The sunny weather and great snow lead to an enjoyable, “fun-filled day.” Read more on the activity courtesy of, The Nazzaro Center.

Trattoria il Panino

This blog post profiled the North End restaurant “Trattoria il Panino,” which proved to be a perfect match for when you want a good hearty meal. The cramped atmosphere added to the authentic feel as several dishes were served, continue reading at, Chow Down USA.

Seen in the North End: Benjamin Walker of ‘The Choice’

Benjamin Walker is starring in the new film of the Nicholas Sparks adaptation “The Choice,” and was in Boston this past week promoting the film at the Ritz-Carlton. The Boston Globe reports that Walker dined at Bricco in the North End.