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Weekly Top Reads: Columbus Statue Beheaded, Outdoor Dining Begins, Dolce Cafe Liquor License, Peaceful Protests, 311 Reports, Opera in the Streets

This week’s top posts on featured vandalism, restaurants and businesses, continued protests, arts, and more! Read on below to see the most popular articles from this past week.

Christopher Columbus Statue Beheaded In Boston’s North End

The head of Christopher Columbus was torn off overnight Tuesday from the statue in the namesake park on the waterfront. With the likelihood of additional vandalism, Mayor Walsh announced at a press conference that the remaining body will be removed from the foundation and placed in a city warehouse, subject to a public discussion regarding the statue’s future. Read more here.

Outdoor Dining On Existing Patios And Retail Stores Among Phase II Reopenings

Outdoor dining on existing patios, retail stores, childcare facilities and hotels are some of the businesses allowed to reopen as Phase II of Massachusett’s reopening plan, which began June 8. City officials installed “Cafe Zone Starting June 11” signs in front of many restaurants in the North End this past week, and outdoor dining began on Hanover and other streets on Thursday. Read more here.

Dolce Cafe Liquor License Transfer Supported By North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council

Dolce Cafe, owned by DePasquale Ventures, made its case for a liquor license transfer at a virtual North End Waterfront Neighborhood Council meeting on Monday, June 8th. NEWNC was unanimous in its support with the measure passing 11-0. Read more here.

Protesters At City Hall Plaza Speakout For Police Reforms; Small Group On Hanover St.

Protesters at City Hall Plaza had a defined message last Sunday afternoon calling for specific police reforms following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The 1,000+ person demonstration was peaceful with heavy presence by Boston Police and the National Guard. Read more and see photos here.

What’s The 311? Thacher St. Noise Complaints, Public Disturbance On Hanover St., Jackson Ave. Damaged Sign, Tree Trimming Needed At DeFilippo Park

Each week, features 311 posts from the neighborhood that were recently reported. This week’s highlights included noise complaints, public disturbances, signs, and trees. Read more here.

Editor’s Choice

Opera On The Streets Highlights Rossini’s “The Barber Of Seville”

Throughout the pandemic, the North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) hit a chord, literally, with its balcony opera performances on the Tresca 77 balcony. As the neighborhood gradually reopens, the opera singers brought their talents to the streets with “Pop-Up Opera: In the Streets of Boston’s Little Italy” showcasing highlights from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Read more and see photos here.