Neighborhood Council April Reports: Mayor’s Office Updates, Greenway Events, Climate Ready Boston and More

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The North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) began their April meeting with a series of committee reports and local updates. Watch the full video above or skip to points of interest using the timeline below.

NEWNC President John Pregmon opened the meeting with a few reminders:

  • Opening Day for the North End Athletic Association (NEAA) will be Sunday, April 28 at the Commercial street parks.
  • The NEAA scholarship application is now open and is due May 13.
  • The North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council elections are coming up on May 18. Nomination forms can be picked up at the Nazzaro Center and are due by May 6. Candidates’ night will be May 13. Any resident of the North End 18 years of age or older are eligible.

(1:03) Love Your Block grant application for Cutillo Park. Brett Roman from the Council has been coordinating with Kirsten Hoffman of Friends of Cutillo Park to apply for a Love Your Block grant. They are proposing to remove some of the fencing around the park and to add some planters to beautify the park.

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(2:13) Neighborhood Liaison Maria Lanza provides updates from the Mayor’s Office.

  • Mayor Walsh has announced the City will invest $15 million to establish a quality Pre-K fund. Read more in the Mayor’s Column.
  • The Mayor has also announced major transportation investments including $2 million for bike infrastructure, $4 million for the walkable streets program, $8 million to improve the state of good repair on the city’s bridges, roads and sidewalks.
  • Love Your Block spring clean-up day will be Saturday, May 4.
  • North End Community Center Study public meeting will be Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Nazzaro Center.
  • Starting in May, in addition to our two full-time hokeys that the City provides to the North End, we will have four more seasonal hokeys through the fall.
  • The Mayor’s coffee hour will be in June and it will be an opening celebration of the Prado.

(7:21) Michael Bonetti from Councilor Edwards’ Office reminds attendees that they are hiring summer interns.

(7:45) Patrick Bova shares the public safety update. There were three aggravated assaults and five larcenies last month. Two important takeaways: Have your packages sent to your work or one of the kiosk stations at 7-Eleven. Lock your doors even if you are only leaving for 5-10 minutes.

(8:42) Carmine Guarino gives updates from the Greenway. The Conservancy is now recruiting for their Park Ambassador Volunteer Program. Additionally, this is the Greenway’s 10th anniversary and they’ll be having the Gala on the Greenway honoring Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday, June 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

(9:40) Rachel Lake, Marketing and Community Affairs Manager at the Greenway Conservancygives an overview of the Greenway’s upcoming season including fitness classes, food trucks, public arts, and artisan vendors.

(12:38) Brett Roman provides an update from the Harborfront Neighborhood Alliance. Councilor Lydia Edwards will be joining their April meeting and they will be hosting a Chapter 91 meeting and discussion in the near future.

(13:05) Ashley Leo shares news from RUFF. The water in the dog park is back on and they will be doing maintenance on the grass next week. On April 24 from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. there will be a dog licensing night at the Prince Street Park.

(14:00) Jody Faller representing resident parking and traffic reminded attendees that, during off-peak hours, the N. Washington St. bridge inbound right lane is closed.

(14:17) For the community chat portion of the meeting, President John Pregmon relayed information from Climate Ready Boston. Their goal is a long-term vision of sea level rise including flooding prevention and how new projects can help alleviate some of these issues. They are about halfway through their process of seeking information and feedback from residents. Submit your feedback in the survey.

There will be a public meeting with more concepts in June. Watch their presentation from their neighborhood planning meeting as well as Environment Commissioner Chris Cook’s presentation to the Residents’ Association to learn more.

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