North End/Waterfront Police Blotter: Rape Report and Arrest for Breaking & Entering

Rape - Female - Attempted Force 08/08/10 Female left Sanctuary Bar in the Financial District and returned to her North End apartment with a known male. In morning, female awoke with male and reports she was raped. As with all rape cases, details remain classified. Vandalism 08/06/10          8:30pm-11:00pm Victim reports on Hanover St. that his 2009 Hyundai Sonata was damaged, slashed front tires and...

City Report: Boston Is Healthier

    Mayor Menino Releases 2010 Health of Boston Report
  Mortality rates continue to decline, fewer drug and alcohol deaths

Fewer Boston residents are dying of cancer, heart disease, injuries, and stroke, four of the five leading causes of death in the city, and Asian residents in Boston have the highest average life expectancy of any racial or ethnic group, according to the new Health of Boston report released today by Mayor Menino.
 
The 399-page report prepared by the Boston Public Health Commission contained plenty of good news about the health of Boston residents: Fewer substance abuse deaths, high rates of cancer screening, fewer teen pregnancies, fewer adults smokers and salmonella cases, and the near- disappearance of children in Boston with elevated lead levels.
 
But serious challenges remain. The report found that Boston’s black and Latino residents continue to experience higher levels of chronic disease, mortality, and poorer health outcomes compared to white residents. In 2008, the asthma hospitalization rate for black and Latino children was more than three times the rate for Asian children and four times the rate for white children.  That same year, the diabetes hospitalization rate for black and Latino residents was about four times the rate for Asians and whites.  For Boston’s black residents the health inequities begin early in life and persist throughout the individual’s lifespan: In 2008, the black infant mortality rate was more than four times the white infant mortality rate, and black residents had the shortest average life expectancy.

“Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles” Perform at Christopher Columbus Park

On Tuesday, August 10, 2010, “Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles” entertained an outdoor crowd at Christopher Columbus Park as part of the Waterfront Performing Arts Series. Also performing was “New Collisions.” Click here to see more photos. Michael Marotta of the Phoenix captures some video of “New Collisions.” Click here to see more photos from the concert. More on Sarah Borges...

American Girl to Visit the North End Parks on the Greenway

Follow the outdoor adventures of American Girl’s 2010 Girl of the Year, Lanie Holland, on the Greenway! American Girl is partnering with ReadBoston for a terrific Story Hour on Friday, August 13th.  In addition to a special reading of Lanie’s Real Adventures, there will be nature-inspired arts & crafts and other fun activities and discussion around the story. The event is...

Fisherman’s Feast Schedule August 12-15

Schedule Addition: NEMPAC Play - Saturday & Sunday at 1:30pm This play gives a historical account of the feast and how it came to the North End. The Gloucester statue of St. Peter — the patron saint of fishermen, and a centerpiece for the annual St. Peters’s Fiesta each June — will be hitting the road for a special appearance in...

Keeping Up With the Parcel 7 Public Food Market

Are you keeping up with the Parcel 7 public market debate? Parcel 7 is the 5-story building over the Haymarket T station with 310 parking spaces in a garage, an unoccupied ground floor and unused office space. Let’s review. Sitting empty for years alongside the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Parcel 7 was designated a few years ago by State and City...

Obituary: Gaetano “Sonny” DeLeo of the North End

DeLeo, Gaetano A. “Sonny DeLeo” Of the North End of Boston, August 8. Beloved son of the late Leo and Santa (Marino) DeLeo. Brother of Frank of the North End, Frances of the North End, John of Arlington and the late Leo DeLeo. Also survived by 5 nieces and 2 nephews. Funeral from The DeVito-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 1145 Mass Avenue, ARLINGTON, Thursday at 8:00AM...

Grand Finale Weekend for Highland Street Foundation

You may remember the post of Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays at the Boston Harbor Islands earlier this summer. This Labor Day Weekend, the Highland Street Foundation is opening up venues on Friday September 3rd, and Saturday, September 4th too! (A total of 16 venues over the course of the weekend.) A full list of the venues is shown...

Mayor’s Weekly Column

From the Desk of Thomas M. Menino

8/9/10 As the Massachusetts legislature concluded its 2009-2010 Formal Session, more than 25 important initiatives from my legislative package were sent to Governor Patrick to be signed into law. While I am proud of all of these legislative accomplishments, I want to highlight a few initiatives that will have a significant impact on our city and our residents. Working with the legislature, we successfully advocated for bills that will reform our CORI system, prevent foreclosures, reduce prescription drug abuse and fraud, and improve insurance coverage for autism. I congratulate the Governor and legislature on a successful session and thank them for their dedication to these important issues.

NEWRA Meeting Agenda – Cafe Nuovo & Public Works Commissioner Massaro

NORTH END/WATERFRONT RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION  Date: Thursday, August 12, 2010 Time: 7:00 PM Location:  Nazzaro Center 30 North Bennet Street August Meeting Agenda Reports   7:00 PM – 7:20 PM •       President’s Report •       Reports from City Hall: -  Nicole Leo, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services -  Kathy Carangelo-McIsaac, Councilor Sal LaMattina’s Office •       Membership Committee •       Clean Streets...

Obituary: Francesco LaCivita of the North End

LACIVITA-Francesco, 85, of Boston’s North End, on Friday August 6, 2010. Francesco immigrated from Sulmona, Italy in 1966 and settled in Boston’s North End where he made a living as a Masonry Laborer, belonging to Local 22. Cherished son of the late Rocco and Assunta (DiCenso) LaCivita. Loving husband of Maria (Serafini) LaCivita. Beloved father of Rocco LaCivita and...

Weekly North End Branch Library Events

More event information at the online NE Library calendar.