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3 Things for Thursday: NEAD Fundraiser at Joi Salon, Scavenger Hunt, Digging Old North, Urban Renewal

Three Things to Know Today for Thursday, August 11th!

1. Archaeologists are still digging around Old North, pictured here is a Unity Court Tenement:

2. Notable News Found Elsewhere:

Food Truck Gift Cards Are Hidden Along the GreenwayLasting through Saturday, the caretakers of the public park are dropping social media hints about where to find gift certificates to food trucks. Hidden along its turf, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy launched a Greenway Scavenger Hunt, comprised of dozens of gift cards for local food trucks, and tickets to the Greenway’s carousel. The hunt spans the entire Greenway, from Chinatown Park to the North End Park. Read the full article at, Boston Magazine.

Will Urban Renewal Ever End?The BRA’s campaign for an urban-renewal extension got a rough reception in the neighborhoods, which were scarred by eminent domain 50 years ago. Ford Cavallari, President of the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association weighs in on the impact of urban renewal in the North End, continue reading the article at Next City.

3. Today’s agenda of events:

9:00am 9am-12pm ParkARTS Children’s Workshop at Christopher Columbus Park. The Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s annual ParkARTS program, children ages three to ten can enjoy painting, mask and jewelry making, treasure creations, and more at the Artists in Residence Workshops. Participation is free and all materials are provided, but young children must be accompanied by an adult.

11:00am Rosalita’s Puppets Marionette Performances at Christopher Columbus Park. See Boston’s parks come alive with these whimsical puppet shows that will delight the child in everyone. Experience the unique charm of Rosalita’s Puppets featuring marionettes made by professional actor-puppeteer Charlotte Anne Dore.

5:00pm Joi of Summer Fundraiser for NEAD at Joi Salon, 2 Atlantic Ave. Join in with Joi of Summer to raise money for North End Against Drugs.

6:00pm Restorative Yoga at Christopher Columbus Park. Free Restorative Yoga: The theme of the classes is “Relax, Restore and Recharge. “The beauty of this class is that it can be taken by anyone even without prior yoga experience,” says instructor Barbara Dummermuth of Laughing Buddha Boston.

6:30pm Get Lit After Work at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. ‘Get Lit After Work’ with the Boston Literary Cultural District, open-air readings by seven of Boston’s finest writers. This week poet Regie Gibson is backed by a three-piece band at our “literary biergarten.”

7:00pm NEWRA Monthly Meeting. The North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) will hold their monthly meeting, view the meeting agenda, Located at the Nazzaro Center, 30 North Bennet Street.

Keep up with what’s happening on the Events Calendar.

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2 Replies to “3 Things for Thursday: NEAD Fundraiser at Joi Salon, Scavenger Hunt, Digging Old North, Urban Renewal

  1. Regarding the BRA and its powers of eminent domain, what you see happening with the North End nursing home is a recapitulation of what happened to the West End but on a much smaller scale.
    The nursing home is a small neighborhood of elderly, disabled, poor and vulnerable people. People who don’t have a voice and little influence, not dissimilar from the West End of the 1950’s
    When the nursing home was built the BRA entered into a land disposition agreement with the neighborhood and provided a much needed neighborhood service. Now, the land the nursing home occupies has become enormously valuable, much more valuable than the patients who live there. That parcel is prime real estate and if developed into high end condos or a hotel could generate a lot of tax revenue for the city.
    But what about the people who live there? Spaulding has promised to relocate them to other facilities which are inconvenient for North End families, just like the promises the BRA made to West Enders.
    The same sad story keeps repeating itself, the poor get shoved aside to make room for the rich.
    It’s been sixty years since the West End was demolished and I remember it well. The BRA apologized for the West End and I appreciate that but what are they doing to the North End?

  2. Nick. Very interesting post. You reminded me of greed for a piece of prime real estate. That just occurred on Broad Street. A great little building, brought to the ground for condos. I have confidence that the nursing home will hold on. It will.

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