City Councilor Lydia Edwards addressed trash hokies, the Bova’s curb, Hanover Street paving and cell phone antenna boxes at a Committee on Ways & Means meeting last week.

Trash and trash removal is a hot topic in the North End. Councilor Edwards noted at the Committee meeting that six new hokies have been hired and asked if any would be placed in the North End (1:59:07). Michael Brohel, Deputy Commissioner of the Boston Public Works Department confirmed that yes, some would be working in the neighborhood. Brohel also mentioned that one full-time hokie was hired a few months ago for Hanover Street who has received positive feedback from many community members.

Councilor Edwards also asked about hokie program expansion during the winter for snow removal to follow behind the trucks. There has been some discussion about it and the topic will be revisited as the winter months approach.

High curb outside Bova’s

The task of lowering the massive curb outside of Bova’s has been talked about for the past three years, but no action has occurred. Now it is scheduled to be redone when Salem Street is repaved this year. Councilor Edwards stressed the importance of this repair being completed as soon as possible (2:03:29).

In addition, there was mention of the relocation of cell phone antenna boxes that are affecting sidewalk accessibility in the North End (2:04:08), as well as the repaving of Hanover Street, which will ideally be done in June (2:05:06).

Watch the full video from the meeting below. Lydia Edwards addresses District 1 issues from 1:59:03 to 2:07:48.

While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:

*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron*

Print Friendly, PDF & Email


  1. I think they are the folks employed by the city who walk around with barrels and brooms sweeping and picking up trash. Not sure what the origin of the term is, though….

  2. Matt: Thanks for your input. Cannot wrap my head around “hokey” referring to a person. Or, am I aging myself……terms we would not use many, many years ago. Well, that’s my problem, and now I know what a hokey is thanks to your comment !!

Comments are closed.