Community Daily Briefs

Notable News: Lunch Rush Seating, Short-Term Rental Tax, Mike’s Pastry in Somerville?

This weekly roundup of articles was scavenged from countless news sources and boiled down into one convenient post!

Seats at the Boston Public Market are tough to find during lunchtime, photo by John Tlumacki, The Boston Globe.
Seats at the Boston Public Market are tough to find during lunchtime, photo by John Tlumacki, The Boston Globe.

Boston Public Market debates whether to go all-in on lunch

Boston Public Market, the local farmers market that features 39 locally-run vendors has continued to thrive since it opened last July. With so much traffic during the lunch hour, there is talk of increasing the number of tables, chairs, and seating to better encourage the lunchtime crowd, continue reading at

11 Celeb-Approved Dishes in Boston

When celebrities are in the area, where are their desired places to eat? For Jennifer Lawrence, her spot is Bricco, where she was spotted eating wood-fired whole branzino with a seafood tomato panzanella and creamed artichokes. Melissa McCarthy dined at Mare Oyster Bar, where she ordered oysters on the half shell, salmon and the halibut. Read the full article at, Zagat.

FiOS rollout in Boston could take up to 6 years

Planning to start this summer, Verizon Wireless will begin a $300 million investment to bring their high-speed fiber optic service to Boston. Beginning in select neighborhoods, the entire roll out is expected to take six years, even with Boston agreeing to speed up permitting for the infrastructure upgrade, continue reading at The Boston Globe.

Phantom Gourmet: Spaghetti Spots In Massachusetts

Taking pasta dishes into account, the North End is the place to be if you are looking for a carbo-loading pasta meal, view the Phantom Gourmet segment and read more at, CBS Boston.

Hotel tax to be extended to short-term rentals

Boston City Councilor Salvatore LaMattina and other legislators in Massachusetts are supporting a bill that would bring the state’s hotel tax to short-term rentals, like those on Airbnb. Surprisingly, Airbnb supports the regulation bill, hoping it will add legitimacy to the company, continue reading at, The Huntington News.

Boston for History Buffs

With so much history in Boston, the North End was boasted as Boston’s first and oldest neighborhood, with a history of varying immigrant cultures. Not to mention, you can grab some hearty Italian-American cuisine after touring Paul Revere’s home, read the article Where Traveler.

Photo by David L. Ryan, The Boston Globe.
Photo by David L. Ryan, The Boston Globe.

Mike’s Pastry will open at Somerville’s Assembly Row in 2017

The North End’s world famous Mike’s Pastry is going to open their third branch at Somerville’s Assembly Row in 2017. Hoping to keep everything similar to the North End, the long lines can be expected for their highly sought after cannoli’s, continue reading at The Boston Globe.

6 date ideas to carry you into spring, in Boston and beyond

With weather warming up around the city, the North End neighborhood was cited as a good place to go on a date walking around and enjoying a nice meal.  The historic North End does not require much planning, simply “walk around the cobblestone streets and duck into a corner store for classic Italian cookies or some limoncello.” Read the article at,

Boston Harbor, once dirtiest, now clean, agency tells judge

After coming across bits of raw sewage in the sand, Quincy city Solicitor William Golden sued the Metropolitan District Commission and other agencies over discharges of untreated waste, eventually leading to a multibillion-dollar harbor cleanup and the creation of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. Read the story at, New Boston Post.

Aquarium News and Updates

The debut of the brand new Olympic Coast exhibit, featuring the giant Pacific octopus, has been a long time coming. Read more of the latest news from the New England Aquarium.