Weekly Top Reads: Storm Photos, Old North Admission Fee, Climate Change Rally, City Council Debates Short-Term Rentals, Historic Stories and Reunions!

This week’s top posts on of course feature the recent storms and major flooding, and also include updates from Old North, City Council and more! Read on below to see the most popular articles from the past week.

Storm Surge From Nor’Easter Riley Floods Boston’s Waterfront at High Tide [Photos]

Nor’Easter Riley hit Boston last Friday through Saturday, bringing three high tides that caused widespread flooding in Boston and along the north and south shores. See photos from Friday’s high tide here and Saturday’s high tide here.

Old North Church Letter to Community Regarding New Visitor Admission Fee

Steve Ayres, Vicar at the Old North Church and Executive Director of the Old North Foundation shared a letter with the North End / Waterfront community regarding the site’s decision to begin charging admission to most visitors beginning in May. Read their goals and the full letter here.

Climate Change Rally Follows Flooding at Aquarium MBTA Station

Representatives from Boston Climate Action Network and We Are Boston’s Waterfront held a rally on Sunday outside the Aquarium MBTA station. The groups are seeking a moratorium on waterfront development, implementation of Community Choice Energy (CCE) and immediate action to protect against flooding. Read more and watch a video here.

City Council Has Mixed Feelings on “Investor Unit Ban” for Short-Term Rentals (AirBnb)

The City Council is split between caution and urgency in crafting their response to the mayor’s short-term rentals ordinance. The push to ban investor units from Boston’s short-term rental market has raised concerns from councilors representing the city’s outer neighborhoods, which see themselves benefitting from the real estate investment and tourists Airbnb brings. Read more here.

Life on the Corner: Holy Viagra

Nicholas Dello Russo’s latest column shares the history of the loyal parishioners of St. Mary’s Church, and then weaves a humorous tale of St. Francis Xavier’s efforts to spread Catholicism in Far East Asia. Read the whole story here.

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Friends of the North End South 10th Annual Reunion

The Friends of the North End “South” held their 10th annual reunion last Saturday in Boynton Beach, FL at Mama Mia’s Restaurant. Fifty-one North Enders and friends convened to celebrate a tradition that Camille and Louie Gilardi started 10 years ago. It’s great to see the North End community coming together outside of Boston! Read more and see photos here.