Police Blotter: Shoplifting and Stolen Bike

The following are recent incidents reported by Boston Police District A-1 for the North End / Waterfront area.

Larceny /Shoplifting
03/26/18    11:37am
Male suspect stole multiple hair products from a Hanover St pharmacy. Suspect fled on foot.

Larceny
03/28 – 03/29/18    9:00pm – 5:30pm
Victim reports he locked his neon green (Jamis) bicycle at a community bike area on Salem St. When he returned the next day the bike was stolen.

Neighborhood Photo: Easter Bunny on the Greenway

This Easter Bunny made an appearance over the weekend on the Greenway.

Photo by David Goggins.

“Neighborhood Photo” is a regular feature on NorthEndWaterfront.com. Send in your photos using our Submit a Post form, via email to info@northendwaterfront.com or tag @northend.waterfront on Instagram. Please include a caption or story telling us about your photo.

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Weekly Top Reads: Flooding Hearing, Short-Term Rentals, Hub on Causeway, Greenway Gardens, Lenny the Clam & the Last West End Resident

This week’s top posts on NorthEndWaterfront.com featured city planning, development, reconstructed gardens, historical tales and more! Read on below to see the most popular articles from the past week.

Hearing on Flooding Brings Together City Groups to Discuss Strategies & Solutions

On Monday, Boston City Councilor At-Large and Chair of the Committee on Planning, Development & Transportation Michelle Wu held a hearing on flooding in Boston, focusing on strategies and solutions to combat more frequent and more intense flooding across the city due to climate change and sea level rise. Read more and see photos from recent North End / Waterfront floods here.

Rep. Michlewitz: Passed House Bill on Short-Term Rentals (AirBnb) Brings Safety, Transparency and Revenue

Last week, Boston City Council sent a letter regarding short-term rentals to the Massachusetts House asking the House to preserve local control as the council continues to debate legislation. The House did pass a new tax on short-term rentals on Thursday that gives towns and cities the ability to enact further restrictions. Read more from the bill’s lead sponsor Rep. Michlewitz here.

The Hub on Causeway Phase III Project Change – Increased Office Tower Height and Floor Plates

On Monday, The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) held a meeting to discuss proposed changes to the office tower at the Hub on Causeway. The two key changes to the project would be an increase of the office tower height from 480 feet to 495 feet, and an increase in the floor plate size for the mid-rise portion of the tower. Read more and see renderings here.

Construction Begins for Carolyn Lynch Garden in North End Parks on the Greenway

With funding from The Lynch Foundation, reconstruction has begun for new four-season gardens on the south side of Hanover Street (also known as Parcel 10), across from the Haymarket Hotel site. Read more here.

Life on the Corner: Lenny the Clam

Lifelong North Ender and columnist Nicholas Dello Russo shares a unique and somewhat terrifying story of his encounters with a fellow called “Lenny Quahog” or “Lenny the Clam”. Read the whole story here.

Editor’s Choice

West End’s “Last Resident” Is Irish Heritage Month Honoree

On Tuesday, The West End Museum celebrated Elizabeth Kearney Blood as part of its annual Irish Heritage Night. Elizabeth is famous for refusing to leave the West End in 1960 as the buildings around her were being demolished. Read more here.


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North End Churches Easter 2018 Services

2018 Easter Services – North End Churches

Saint Leonard Parish

St. Leonard Church (320 Hanover St.)
Sacred Heart Church (12 North Square)
St. Stephen’s Church (401 Hanover St.)

March 30 – Good Friday
12:05pm: Stations of the Cross (St. Leonard)
3pm: Liturgy of Christ’s Passion (St. Leonard) 4pm: Confessions (St. Leonard)
7pm: Stations of the Cross (Sacred Heart)

March 31 – Solemn Vigil Mass of Easter 8:00 pm: All Our Parishioners Living and Deceased (St. Leonard)
4:00 p.m. – St. Stephen’s Church Mass

April 1 – Easter Sunday9:00 am: All Our Parishioners, Living and Deceased (Sacred Heart)
10:30 am: Tutti I Nostri Parrocchiani Vivi e Defunti (Italian, St. Leonard)
11:00 am: St. Stephen’s Church – Easter Mass
12 noon: All Our Parishioners Living and Deceased (St. Leonard Church)

Old North Church
193 Salem St.

Good Friday, March 30, 1pm.

Family Easter Service and Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, March 31, 3:30pm.

Easter Sunday, April 1. Festive services with brass and choir, 9am & 11am.

North End Against Drugs Easter Party

North End Against Drugs (NEAD) invites you to our annual Easter Party on Saturday, March 31st from 10am to 12 noon at the Nazzaro Center.

The event is free to all. We will have Easter egg coloring, photos with the Easter Bunny (bring your own phone or camera), face painting and free giveaways for all children in attendance from 10am to 11am. At 11am, we will have Big Joe the Storyteller to entertain the children.

The event is sponsored by Michael Giannasoli in memory of his mother, Florence.  Big Joe is sponsored by City Councilor Lydia Edwards. Thank you to the Nazzaro Center for hosting us.

Neighborhood Photo: Turkey Heading In For a Slice at Regina’s

This turkey knows what he wants for lunch.

Submitted by Denise Clancey.

“Neighborhood Photo” is a regular feature on NorthEndWaterfront.com. Submit your interesting photos using our Submit a Post form or tag @northend.waterfronton Instagram. Please include a caption or story telling us about your photo.

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Weekend Brief: Easter Weekend, Egg Hunt, Passover Begins, North End Coffee

Things to know for Friday

Today is Good Friday, March 29 and the temperatures are starting to rise just in time for Easter weekend. Don’t let the start of April showers fool you…the Easter Egg Hunt in Christopher Columbus park is still on for this morning! 

Here’s what else you need to know for the holiday weekend… 

Passover begins at sundown – The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated from March 30-April 7, 2018. The first Seder will be on March 30 after nightfall, and the second Seder will be on March 31 after nightfall.

10:00AM North End / Waterfront Easter Egg Hunt. Join the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, The Living Room and Boston Community Collaborative for an Easter Egg Hunt in Christopher Columbus Park, see additional details and weather updates here.

2:00PM Friday Film Series: Marty. Join the North End Library at 25 Parmenter Street for their Friday film series featuring Marty, see additional details here.

Notable News:

The Man Who Keeps The North End’s Coffee Jewel Grinding

The charming, vintage Hanover Street coffee shop called Caffe Vittoria has been serving up authentic Italian cappuccinos, cannolis and more for nearly 90 years. The man keeping alive the popular designation for locals, tourists and celebrities is El Salvador native, Armando Reyes, read more on WGBH.

You can’t have a rainbow without a little rain:

You can’t have a rainbow without a little rain ☔

A post shared by Raquel De Souza (@quequelx0) on

Plan your events with the Community Calendar:

Saturday, March 31

10:00AM North End Against Drugs Easter Party. Join the North End Against Drugs at the Nazzaro Community Center at 30 N Bennet Street for their annual Easter party, see additional details here.

1:00PM One April in Boston Book Signing. Stop by the Paul Revere House at 19 N Square as Ben Edwards signs copies of his recently re-released book, One April in Boston. Learn about his special connection to the Revere family and more about his research and excerpts from the book.

Sunday, April 1

Easter Sunday

This Day in History: North End Legend, Tony Demarco Wins World’s Welterweight Title in 1955. 

From the Community:

Women’s Health at Mid-Life: A Free Community Event at MGH

The Mass General Midlife Women’s Health Center invites both the MGH clinical community and the general public to attend a free educational event focused on the health of women at menopause and beyond, continue reading.

Senator Boncore Leads Passage of Housing Bond Bill to Support Affordable Housing

Senator Boncore led the Massachusetts Senate in its passage of the Housing Bond Bill – An act financing the production and preservation of housing for low and moderate income residents, continue reading.

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

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Senator Boncore Leads Passage of Housing Bond Bill to Support Affordable Housing

(Photo from The General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts)
Senator Joe Boncore

Senator Boncore led the Massachusetts Senate in its passage of the Housing Bond Bill – An act financing the production and preservation of housing for low and moderate income residents.

The bill is a result of a session-long negotiation that included Boncore, the chair of the Housing Committee, leadership in the Senate and the House.

This bill authorizes up to $1.8 billion in bonds for the rehabilitation, modernization and production of housing across Massachusetts. It also extends and expands critical tax credits dedicated to incentivizing the development and modernization of the State’s housing stock.

“Our affordable housing shortage has placed the Commonwealth’s financial health at risk. The Housing Bond bill is the first step toward ensuring Massachusetts develops enough affordable housing to support both its workforce and its economic future.” – Housing Committee Chairman Joseph Boncore

The current housing shortage has placed Massachusetts in the bottom tier of housing affordability and rents have risen to third highest in the nation.

“This bond bill will support the development of affordable housing for low and moderate-income residents across the Commonwealth. As long as one family remains unable to afford adequate housing, our communities suffer,” said Senate President Harriette L. Chandler.

Critical authorizations of the bill include:

  • $600M for the modernization and redevelopment of the State’s public housing stock
  • $400M for the development and preservation of affordable and mixed income housing
  • $125M for the preservation and improvement of existing and expiring use affordable housing
  • $100M for the preservation and development of workforce housing
  • $65M for community based housing for individuals living with mental illness or disabilities
  • $60M for home modification for elderly residents and those living with severe disabilities
  • $50M to incentivize smart growth production and transit oriented developments
  • $45M for the capital investments in early education and out of school programs for low income residents

The bill will now be reconciled with a version passed by the House of Representatives.

What’s The 311? Cooper Street Repaving Plea, Hanover Street Lights Out, & Loud Night Work on Fulton Street

Welcome back to our weekly update that highlights some of the cases appearing on 311 in the North End/Waterfront neighborhoods. All 311 cases are public information and can be found at 311.boston.gov.

Cooper Street Repaving Plea

“For the love of all that is decent in this world, PLEASE repave Cooper Street, this year. We’ve been waiting for decades, and the North End water main project does NOT come down here.”

Photo submitted by 311 user. Cooper Street is seen to have many potholes, most of which are filled, but are nonetheless surrounded by cracks in the pavement.
Photo submitted by 311. Photo taken from opposite end of street with the message “case resolved” attached.

The original 311 post can be found here. This case was submitted and opened on March 26th, 2018. It was closed on March 27th, 2018 with the following message: “Closed with status: Case Resolved.”

Hanover Street Lights Out

“Two Street lights out, next to each other on Hanover Street.”

The original 311 post can be found here. This case was submitted and opened on March 28th, 2018. As of March 29th, 2018 the case is still open.

Street lamps are out on Hanover Street

Loud Work on Fulton and Richmond Street

“Verizon doing work along Fulton St. at corner of Richmond St. There was excessive noise until 2:30AM which included drilling & bulldozer. Multiple trucks lining street.”

The original 311 posts can be found here. This case was submitted and opened on March 27th, 2018. As of March 29th, 2018 the case is still open.

Remember, to report a claim with 311, you can call 311, go to the 311 websitetweet at 311, or download the app. What do you think about these 311 cases? Follow our “What’s The 311?” tag to see past week’s postings!


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Women’s Health at Mid-Life: A Free Community Event at MGH

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Midlife Women: Staying Healthy and Well
A Free Educational Program for the Community

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
4pm – 6:30pm
O’Keeffe Auditorium, MGH

The Mass General Midlife Women’s Health Center invites both the MGH clinical community and the general public to attend a free educational event focused on the health of women at menopause and beyond.

A multidisciplinary group of experts from MGH will present on topics of interest to women at midlife, including weight challenges, mood issues, pelvic floor health and rejuvenating plastic surgery.

To register for this free program, send your name and email address to Emilia O’Brien at eobrien11@partners.org. More information is available at: http://www.massgeneral.org/obgyn/news/event.aspx?id=2836

Historic Neighborhood Photo: Vendors at the Corner of Prince Street

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

As the warm weather approaches, you may start to see local vendors set up on street corners in the North End – maybe you even bought fresh vegetables or flowers from them in previous years!

Well, some things never seem to change. This old photo of a couple selling vegetables on the corner of Prince Street and Salem Street dates all the way back to 1935. What was a good spot for business back then, might still be true today.

Tune in on Thursday’s to view our featured neighborhood photo from back in the day! Submit your historical photos using our Submit a Post form or tag @northend.waterfront on Instagram. Please include a caption or story telling about your photo.

See past historic neighborhood photo posts.


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The Hub on Causeway Phase III Project Change – Increased Office Tower Height and Floor Plates

On Monday, March 26, The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) held a joint impact advisory group and public meeting to discuss proposed changes to the office tower at the Hub on Causeway at North Station.

The two key changes to the project would be an increase of the office tower height from 480 feet to 495 feet, and an increase in the floor plate size for the mid-rise portion of the tower. The floor plate size for floors 8 – 14 would increase from just over 27,500 sq. ft. up to 35,500 sq. ft. The floor plate size for the high-rise portion (floors 15-31) would remain the same at 27,500 square feet.

Below is a diagram with the new project heights. Note the residential tower was approved to be 600 feet, but will be 466 feet. Similarly, the hotel was going to be 200,000 square feet, but has been lowered to 100,000 square feet. Overall, the square footage of the office tower has decreased from the originally approved 668,000 sq. ft. to 651,500 sq. ft.

The increased height of the office tower would allow for three floors to have 20-ft ceilings. These larger rooms would be used as “maker spaces” or all-hands gathering space. The rest of the floors would also increase in height from 12′ 10″ to 13′ 6″.

A roof deck has been added to plans, which would be a tenant amenity. This open air space would be covered and have a railing. The mechanicals for the tower would be within this top floor, so they are included in the 495-foot total height.

The proposed changes would affect the impact assessment of the building as follows:

Wind: By expanding the mid-rise floor plates and also creating the bump-out balconies seen in the rendering below, the wind impact improved in five areas along Causeway Street, including at the corner of Medford Street and the corner of Beverly Street. The wind impact did not worsen in any areas.

Shadow: With the new, additional 30 feet of height, the shadow increased slightly, mostly over train tracks, the highway ramp, and other areas already in shadow.

Traffic: The proposed design eliminates 16,500 sq. ft. of planned office space, thus decreasing the overall density of the building. This would be a benefit for traffic.

The Impact Advisory Group and public attendees raised additional questions:

Parking: There are currently 1200 parking spaces in the five-floor garage under TD Garden and 546 new spaces will be added with the new three-floor underground garage. Right now there are no reserved spaces in the new garage. Giuliana DiMambro from Boston Properties emphasized that the hotel going into the building does not have parking at any of its locations, as its clientele don’t often travel by car. There was also a suggestion for car sharing spaces. The Boston Transportation Department determines the percentage of overall spots that should be designated for car sharing.

Signage and traffic flow: Options for signage have been submitted to the BPDA to be reviewed by the design staff. These new options are smaller than the 50-ft marquee in the original design. During construction, Causeway Street will remain open, with most of the work happening on-site, not from the street. The cycle track will be fully operational end of spring, and the sidewalk will reopen this year.

Impact & Mitigation: One IAG member suggested now is an opportune time to set a program for maintaining this high density area. There are a lot of people coming and going from events, which leads to trash and higher use of public amenities, such as benches. One suggestion was of resources funded by the developer, such as streetscapes, to clean sidewalks and keep the area looking nice. Another person proposed a business improvement district, similar to the recently petitioned Greenway BID.

Community Room: As seen in the floor plan below, there will be a community room near the residential tower. This 1500 sq. ft. space is modeled after the Fort Point room at Atlantic Wharf. A few attendees asked if this could be a dedicated space for the West End Community Center. The response was that this will not be an exclusive space, but will be available to all community groups and maintained by Boston Properties.

Project Timeline

  • The East and West podiums will be finished the end of this year. This includes “The Hub” – the new entrance to the TD Garden and orange / green line service.
  • Mid next year the grocery store will open. This is going to be a 50-60,000 sq. ft. Star market. Also opening in 2019 will be the movie theater, food hall, sports bar & steak house, and live music venue on the 2nd floor.
  • The hotel will open at the end of 2019.
  • The residential tower will be done in phases – the first phase should be complete by the end of 2019 and subsequent phases in 2020.

The public comment period is open now through April 2nd. Submit your comments here. You can also read the complete notice of change here.