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Weekly Top Reads: Chase Bank, Nazzaro Center Landmarks Petition, Stay-Away Order for Church Burglar, Rep. Michlewitz Discusses New Bills, February Crime Report, & Boston Harbor’s Working Ports

This week’s top reads on featured possible new businesses, historic buildings, crimes and convictions, government updates and more! Read on below to see the most popular articles from the past week.

Chase Bank Supported by Neighborhood Council for the Corner of Cross & Salem Streets

The North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) voted unanimously to support Chase Bank’s proposal for a retail bank at 50 Salem Street. While the Council echoed what community members have previously said about wanting a local business at this highly-contested corner, they agreed with the proponents on the need for stability. Read more and watch the video here.

City Commission Votes to Study Nazzaro Center as a Boston Landmark

The Nazzaro Center building took a big step toward becoming a Boston Landmark, protecting its exterior from future change. After a stirring hearing, the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) voted unanimously to take up a study that will likely recommend guidelines for the building be protected as a landmark. Read more and watch the video here.

Conviction and Stay-Away Order Issued for Serial Thief of North End Churches

The office of the District Attorney of Suffolk County has announced the entry of a guilty plea, conviction and sentencing of serial thief Richard Shiner by the Boston Municipal Court (BMC) on multiple counts of trespass, larceny and vandalism in local houses of worship, including St. Leonard and Sacred Heart Churches in the North End. Learn more about the crimes and stay-away order here.

State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz Discusses Re-Precincting, Traffic Violations, Commercial Wharf, and Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing

State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, representing the Third Suffolk District which includes the North End and Waterfront, spoke at the February North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) meeting regarding the bills he has filed for the new legislative calendar. Read about the different topics and watch the video here.

Crime Report: Glass Bottles Over Head, Salem St. Fight Suspects Charged, Break-ins, Seven Arrests

Boston Police District A-1 provide North End / Waterfront residents an update on recent neighborhood crime incidents on the first Thursday of each month. The February report included two incidents of glass bottle assaults, an update on the Salem Street fight, and more. Read the full report here.

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Boston Harbor Now’s “Waterfront Wednesdays” Episode Three: Where Stuff Comes From

Boston Harbor Now’s Director of Policy Jill Valdes Horwood and Director of Planning Alice Brown host a bi-weekly video blog covering topics related to the harbor. Their latest episode explains the complex system of working ports in Boston Harbor. Read more and watch the vlog here.