Daily Briefs

Wednesday’s Brief: Book Discussion, Short-Term Rental Tax, City Councilor Updates and More

Here’s what you need to know for Wednesday!

Events for Wednesday, September 20th:

6:30pm: Adult Book Discussion at North End LibraryJoin us to discuss Lucy Knisley’s forthright, thoughtful, and funny 2013 memoir Relish: My Life in the Kitchen. Copies of the book are available at the library’s circulation desk, 25 Parmenter Street.

Harbor Scenes:


Notable News Found Elsewhere:

Lawmakers revisit plan to tax short-term rentals

The short-term rental battle continues! Lawmakers are revisiting a stalled plan to tax and regulate short-term rental units such as AirBnB and Homeaway, with a legislative panel recommending a 5 percent levy on overnight stays of 31 days or less. The Eagle-Tribune has the full story.

Boston’s 10 most walkable neighborhoods, explained

According to Walk Score, a real estate listings service that measures walkability (and bikability), the North End falls among the top four most pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods in Boston! Read more and see how other neighborhoods ranked on Curbed Boston.

We Interviewed More Than 25 Boston City Council Candidates About Schools

Dig Boston sat down with 27 candidates running for city council and asked them about Boston Public Schools. Each response was captured in a short video clip. Hear what the candidates had to say.

Shrouded in Clouds:


Plan Your Events with the Community Calendar:

Thursday, September 21:

2:00pm: New Citizens Welcome Reception at Armenian Heritage Park. After the Naturalization Ceremony concludes, the Riverboat Stompers Dixieland Band will lead a parade through Quincy Market to the Heritage Park, with greeters lining the route with balloons. Once at the Park, the celebration continues! See the full agenda.

5:30pm: Boston Workplace Fitness on the Greenway. Cresa Boston is bringing together employees in nearby offices to The Greenway to participate in a fitness program promoting wellness in the workplace. 5:30 – 6:30pm at Milk Street & Atlantic Avenue.

6:00pm: Autumn Jazz Soirée benefit for NEMPACThe North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) invites art lovers to their Autum Jazz Soirée | Welcome Back Party on the Prado fundraiser from 6 to 9 pm. A ticket to the event includes appetizers, an open bar serving wine and beer and live music provided by our music faculty and friends. See event details.

Friday, September 22:

Paving of Commercial Street. There will be paving of the cycle track from Union Wharf (328 Commercial Street) to Commercial Wharf. No parking on water side of the street from 6am – 5pm. See full construction notice.

11:00am: Boston Harbor Islands Regatta at Spectacle Island. The Boston Harbor Islands Regatta is the final points-earning race in the Mass Bay Pursuit Series and attracts close to 100 boats in 10 fleets, with classes from high performance boats to family day sailors. More info here.

1:00pm: Film “Thomas Crown Affair” at North End Library, 25 Parmenter St. Join us every Friday in September for old-school films set in Boston, and stay for discussion and treats! This week’s film: Thomas Crown Affair.

5:30pm: Truffle Making at Boston Public Market. Truffle Making Workshop with Taza Chocolate from 5:30-7pm. Chocolate and wine – the ultimate pairing! Taste the most popular Taza Chocolate flavors paired expertly with Massachusetts wines. You’ll make decadent dark chocolate truffles by hand and sip on local wines while you work. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.

6:30pm: Masterpiece Fridays at Faneuil Hall Marketplace West End: “Planes, Trains & Automobiles”. A free movie series every Friday in September at Faneuil Hall! Movies begin at dusk, between 6:30pm – 7pm. See the full lineup.

North End Shadows:


From the Community:

East Boston’s Ward 1 Democratic Committee Endorses Stephen Passacantilli for City Council

Stephen Passacantilli has earned the endorsements of prominent local organizations, including the Charlestown-based Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen Local 3, East Boston’s Ward 1 Democratic Committee, and AFSCME Council 93. Read more here.

Edwards Releases Housing and Development Policy

Lydia Edwards, candidate for Boston City Council, released a comprehensive development and housing policy platform today outlining her plan to mitigate over development, protect the character of our neighborhoods, and ensure that city government fights to keep middle class families in Boston. Read more here.

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