Weekly Top Reads: Christmas Parade, Maurizio’s Closing, King Tides, Fundraising for Saint Leonard’s, Holiday Event Photos & Iconic Signs

The top posts from this past week focused on holiday celebrations, local fundraising efforts, flooding from the king tides and more! Read on below to see the most popular articles of the week.

North End Christmas Parade Canceled as Organizer Abruptly Retires

The North End Christmas Parade will take a year off in 2017 as a leader of the organizing group, North End Athletic Association (NEAA), was named in reports for the misuse of state resources. NEAA officials said there was not enough time for someone else to take over this year’s North End Christmas Parade. Read more here.

Breaking! Fortunately, recent news indicates Santa will still make his annual helicopter ride on Sunday, 12/17!

Maurizio’s Ristorante Italiano Closing Its Doors on Christmas Eve

After 25 years in business, Maurizio’s Ristorante Italiano at 364 Hanover Street is closing. The last meal at Maurizio’s will be served, and glass of Prosecco raised, on Christmas Eve, December 24th. Read more here.

King Tide Brings Flooding to North End / Waterfront Sites

“King Tide,” the recurring high tides coincident with supermoons once again brought flooding on Sunday to waterfront paths behind the tennis courts, Langone Park and the Eliot School (under construction) on Commercial Street. See photos here.

Benefactor Issues Fundraising Challenge for Saint Leonard Church Restoration With $1 Million Match

Major benefactor, Nick Ferreri, has issued a challenge for the businesses and citizens of Boston to step up for the restoration of Saint Leonard Church, located in the heart of the North End. Ferreri will match all donations up to $1 million dollars. A few local societies have already stepped up to the challenge! Read more here.

Festivities Draw Crowd at Christmas Tree Event by North End Beautification Committee [Photos]

Dozens of locals came out for holiday festivities by the North End Beautification Committee featuring the lighting the Christmas tree at the corner of Cross and Hanover Streets. Many guests then participated in the 11th annual North End Holiday Stroll, which brought crowds of people pouring into the small businesses located in the neighborhood. See photos from the Christmas tree lighting and the holiday stroll.

Editor’s Choice

Boston Artist Ed Sokoloff Creates Montage of Iconic Signs

Local artist, Ed Sokoloff, shares his new historic sign montage featuring companies that are no longer in business. Local readers will appreciate the signs for the European (Boston’s North End est.1920), Anthony’s Pier Four (est.1929), Brigham’s Ice Cream (est.1914), and more. How many do you recognize? Read more here.


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