It was a busy week for water transportation on Boston Harbor with news of multiple new ferry routes coming this summer for residents, commuters and tourists. The always popular police blotter made this top weekly list as did news out of both North End / Waterfront neighborhood groups on development and and the selection of new members for the Neighborhood Council. View here the most popular articles from the past week.
Plans are in the works for new ferry routes in the inner Boston Harbor connecting the Downtown/North End at Long Wharf to Fan Pier (Seaport) and Lewis Mall (East Boston), in addition to the current ferry to the Navy Yard (Charlestown). Read more here about the plan from Boston Harbor Now. In addition, Encore will start operating a water shuttle service in June that will go from the casino to the Seaport and Long Wharf.
Boston Police report on a smashed front door on Hanover Street and a break-in at a Commercial Street restaurant. Officers also engaged a reported vandalism on Charter Street. Read more here.
At their monthly meeting, North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) rescinded a close vote from a prior meeting withdraw their support of the 149 Salem St. / 71 Prince St. project and request a new letter from the Inspectional Services Department. See the details here.
Six candidates for Neighborhood Council were elevated to the six open spots on the council this week. There are five returning incumbents (Damien DiPaola, Tania Green, Carmine Guarino, Ashley Leo, Tina Natale) and one new councilor, Mike Salvati. With no other challengers, the scheduled May 18th election has been cancelled. Learn more here.
The Save the Nazzaro coalition presented updates about the Nazzaro Center building, including the pending application at the Boston Landmarks Commission. Advocates are encouraging city officials to start planning for the future of the current Nazzaro building in the near term, before a new community center is built on the designated waterfront site. View the video here.
The historic bell tower at Saint Stephen’s Church on Hanover Street received $125,000 for its much needed repair in State funding allocated by State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz. The earmark is included in the proposed fiscal 2020 budget and follows recent allocations for North End parks. North End neighbors and supporters of the church are also helping to fund the remaining balance for the restoration. A fundraiser event is coming up. Read more about the Bulfinch bell tower at St. Stephen’s.