This week’s top posts on featured people, schools, events, history, tree lightings and more! Read on below to see the most popular articles from this past week.

Farewell Letter from Father Antonio Nardoianni, OFM

After over 15 years, Father Antonio Nardoianni is leaving Saint Leonard’s parish. In doing so he has shared a letter expressing thanks and appreciation to fellow priests, friars, parishoners, community members and the Saint Joseph Society. Read more here.

Boston’s Tallest Tree Lighting Brightens Up Faneuil Hall

Faneuil Hall Marketplace was overtaken by a crowd of Santa hats on Tuesday evening as spectators gathered to watch Boston’s largest tree lighting. The event was also the kick-off for this season’s Blink! Holiday Light and Sound Show. Read more and see photos here

Eliot Principal Traci Walker Griffith Receives Eduitalia Award

Eliot School Principal Traci Walker Griffith has been awarded the Eduitalia Award for her passion and energy for the Italian language and culture. The award was presented by Italian Consul General Federica Serini at a ceremony last week. Read more and see photos here.

A Shtetl in the City, Part 5 – The Vilna Shul

Lifelong North Ender and columnist Nick Dello Russo shares the fifth installation in his series “A Shtetl in the City.” The collection focuses on the Jewish culture and lifestyle that was once prevalent in the North End, as well as the story of Jewish immigrants who came to the United States to start a new life. Read about the Vilna Shul, located on present-day Phillips Street here.

Winter Wonderland Opens With Tree Lighting at Nazzaro Center [Photos]

The Nazzaro Center hosted the 2nd Annual Winter Wonderland and Tree Lighting, transforming the courtyard with a Christmas tree donated by George Hadaya and all the lights by Steven Virgilio. Read more and see photos here.

Editor’s Choice

Donations Support “Back on My Feet” Holiday Event

Thanks to the generosity of several North Enders and North End agencies, $1,150 in donations was secured to help with the holiday celebration for Back on My Feet to combat homelessness. This organization works with people who are homeless or in recovery. Read more here.

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