The North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) held its July 2018 meeting this week, starting with a series of community reports from council members and the offices of local officials. Follow along with this video summary and timeline.

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(00:39) President John Pregmon gives an update on the Starbucks proposal for 198 Hanover Street. Both Citizens Bank and Starbucks were removed from the meeting agenda and deferred indefinitely.

(2:00) Maria Lanza from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services presents the Mayor’s report.

  • Mayor Walsh’s fiscal year 2019 budget was unanimously approved by the City Council.
  • Parking ticket fines increased starting last Monday, July 2.
  • Civic engagement ceremony nominations are now open. You can nominate local groups in five categories. The deadline for nominations is August 10.
  • The rescheduled Mayor’s coffee hour will take place Thursday, July 17 at Christopher Columbus Park.
  • Free fitness classes in Christopher Columbus Park from June 4 to September 29.
  • (5:26) Maria reads the Mayor’s statement encouraging the applicant to withdraw the Starbucks proposal.

(7:26) Brett Roman presents the Harborfront Neighborhood Alliance report.

  • This new alliance works on making sure everyone in Boston’s waterfront neighborhoods has access to the public waterfront space.
  • At their last meeting the alliance met with the Conservation Law Foundation and went over preserving the waterfront and making sure the public will always have access.

(9:04) RUFF Liaison Ashley McCarthy presents updates from RUFF.

  • Reminders about park safety at the Gassy dog park on Prince Street.
  • RUFF will be talking to landlords in the areas where dog waste being left on the street is most frequently an issue.
  • On July 11 there will be a vet talk and ice cream in the dog park.
  • On July 14 there will be a doggy wash fundraiser.
  • The second “Yappy Hour” event will be July 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Living Room.

(11:15) Marie Simboli thanks Damien DiPaola for leading the Stop Starbucks effort. Following this, Sara from Modern Pastry starts a discussion about creating a committee to lead these community efforts so we’re prepared for the future.


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