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Weekly Top Reads: San Gennaro Feast, Nico’s Violin, Polcari’s Coffee, Coastal Flood Designs, Workers’ Strike, and Local Food Festival

This week’s top posts on featured feast photos, local people and history, climate change planning, businesses, food and more! Read on below to see the most popular articles from this past week.

San Gennaro Feast Returns to Boston’s North End [Photos]

The second annual feast of San Gennaro, the patron saint of Naples, took place in Boston’s North End on September 13-15, 2019. The feast, a festival to benefit autism hosted by the San Gennaro Foundation, included a celebratory mass on Sunday at Saint Leonard’s Church followed by a procession through the streets. Read more and see photos here.

Homeless Musician Nico Receives Replacement Violin After Being Robbed

Locals, music lovers, and good samaritans responded to the story of Nico, the homeless musician, who was robbed at knifepoint of his 125 year-old violin, given to him by his late mother. After weeks of organizing, a group of benefactors was able to gift Nico with a replacement violin, his sole source of income. Read more here.

Boston Planning and Development Agency Releases Coastal Flood Resilience Design Guidelines

The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) Board of Directors recently approved adoption of the Coastal Flood Resilience Design Guidelines, intended to raise awareness of future coastal flood risk, offer strategies to reduce damage and disruption, and provide consistent standards for review of projects. Read more here.

Polcari’s Coffee Featured on OnlyGood TV [Video]

Polcari’s Coffee on the corner of Salem and Parmenter Streets in the North End was recently featured on the YouTube channel OnlyGood TV. Shop owner Bobby Eustace narrates this 8 minute video where he talks about the history of the 87-year-old shop. Read more and watch the video here.

City Council Supports Striking Union Workers at Battery Wharf Hotel

UNITE HERE Local 26 workers filled the city council chambers last week calling on Boston officials and residents to avoid the Battery Wharf Hotel until this labor dispute is resolved with a contract that they believe respects working people, women, immigrants and African-Americans. Read more here.

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10th Annual Boston Local Food Festival Returned to the Greenway

The 10th Annual Boston Local Food Festival, promoting healthy local food for all, attracted thousands of visitors to the Greenway last weekend. The large farmer’s market brought together local farmers, fishers, restaurants, food trucks, food producers, and organizations who are all focused on healthy food and fitness. Read more and see photos here.