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Weekly Top Reads: Last Little Italy Video, Parking Ticket Fines, Fake Monks, Eliot School Asst. Principal Retires, NEAA All-Star Game, Tea & Tranquility

This week’s top posts on featured real estate, parking, schools, sports, culture and more. Read on below to see the most popular articles from the past week.

Video: “The Last Little Italy” Fights Proposed Starbucks in North End

“The Last Little Italy” is a video created by Rocco Capano featuring many of the North End caffes and business owners who oppose the proposed Starbucks store on the corner of Hanover and Cross Streets, at the gateway to the North End. Read more and watch the video here.

Boston Parking Ticket Fines Increase Monday, July 2

The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) has announced fines will be increased effective Monday, July 2, for parking in violation of eleven City parking regulations. The revenue from the increased fines will go toward transportation projects prioritized in Go Boston 2030. Read more here.

Unwelcome Fake Monks Return to the North End

As in previous years, fake monks dressed as panhandlers, also known as the Fake Monk Mafia, have returned for the summer, asking tourists and other passersby for money, pretending to raise funds for religious causes. Read more and see photos here.

Eliot School Asst. Principal Lydia Torres Retiring After 40 Years With Boston Public Schools

Eliot School Asst. Principal Lydia Torres is retiring after 40 years with Boston Public Schools. Students, faculty and staff recognized Ms. Torres as part of their End of Year Celebration Assembly at Faneuil Hall to wish her the very best. Read more and see photos here.

NEAA All-Star Game Fills the Stands

It was a great day for baseball last Saturday at Langone Field for the annual North End Athletic Association (NEAA) All Star Game between the James Gannon and Anthony Repucci All-Star teams. Read more and see photos here.

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Armenian Heritage Park’s First “Tea and Tranquility” of 2018

City Councilor Lydia Edwards with Victor Bronga and Don Tellalian, designer of the Armenian Heritage Park

The first Tea and Tranquility event of Summer 2018 was held at the Armenian Heritage Park last week. Tea and sweets were available, and visitors were invited to walk the Labyrinth for an evening cool down meditation. Read more and see photos here.