Nomination Papers for Neighborhood Council Now Available; Community Updates

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The North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) started their March meeting with a series of committee reports and neighborhood updates. Watch all the reports in the video above or use the timeline below to jump to points of interest.

NEWNC President John Pregmon opened the meeting with a reminder that NEWNC moved up the distribution of election nomination papers from April to March. The papers are now available at the Nazzaro Center. North End residents age 18 and older interested in running for the Council must collect 40 neighborhood signatures of support by May 6. The election will be Saturday, May 18.

(1:57) Ashley Leo gave an update from the RUFF neighborhood dog group. On March 20 there’ll be a small event at Loft & Vine with apps and shopping to benefit RUFF. There will be more updates soon on spring clean-ups in the dog parks.

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(2:26) Jody Faller provided updates on parking and traffic. A reminder that street sweeping has resumed as of March 1. The N. Washington Street bridge construction is also well underway. The sidewalk on the Charles River side is closed and construction will be ongoing from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will also be utility installation occurring during off-peak hours when outbound traffic will be reduced to one lane.

(4:49) Maria Lanza presented updates from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services. Last week Mayor Walsh highlighted new transportation initiatives. One is to lower the city speed limit from 25 m.p.h. to 20 m.p.h. Another is a new dedicated bus lane on N. Washington Street that will replace the current metered spots.

There is going to be a ride share drop-off, pick-up designated zone pilot in the Boylston Street Fenway area. This is the first pilot for a designated space for Ubers, Lyfts, etc. If you’d like to see this tried in the North End, you can email Maria at maria.lanza@boston.gov and she’ll pass it along to the Boston Transportation Department (BTD).

Youth city summer jobs for the SuccessLink are now posted and applications are due Friday, April 12. You must be age 15 – 18 and a full-time resident of the City of Boston in order to apply. The city is also hosting a youth jobs and resources fair on Saturday, March 30.

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