North End/Waterfront Weekly Police Journal Log – September 25, 2009

Notable incidents from this week's police journal log: Vandalism 09/19/09          12:30am Victim reports unknown person broke the front windshield on his 2004 Chevy Cavalier on Prince Street. Larceny 09/19/09          6:00pm-8:00pm Victim reports he fell asleep in Copps Hill Terrace Park and an unknown person stole his backpack containing personal property. Click to view the entire police journal log.

Bike Race Street Closures – Saturday, Sept 26th

On Saturday, September 26th, the City of Boston will be hosting the Inaugural TD Bank Mayor’s Cup Professional Bike Race and Festival from 3pm until 9pm on and around Government Center. From Boston Police Department: The following roads will be closed from 12 Noon until 8pm: Cambridge, between Court and New Sudbury New Sudbury, between Cambridge and Congress Congress between New...

Preliminary District 1 Election: LaMattina Receives 73% of Vote to Kulikoski’s 15%

Today's preliminary election winnows down the field going into the November 3rd election day for the Mayoral and City Council seats. For Boston's Mayoral election, it's Menino vs Flaherty, eliminating the close 3rd in Yoon and McCrea in 4th. MAYOR THOMAS M. MENINO         41026     50.52% MICHAEL F. FLAHERTY        9459     23.96% SAM YOON               ...

“The Cheeseman” and “The Cheese Shop”

  "Fresh Cheese" from Endicott St. has reopened on Fleet St. as "The Cheese Shop." Carmen DiNunzio, "The Cheeseman", was sentenced for 6 years with 3 years probation. However, the prosecutors' request that he be banned from the North End once he is released was denied by the judge. The full Boston Globe article can be viewed here.

Board of Appeal Approves Barber Shop Expansion and Deck with Conditions

The controversial Barber Shop extension and deck at 113 Salem Street, was “Sustained with Proviso” by the City’s Board of Appeal which roughly translates to “approved with conditions”. After weeks of discourse at neighborhood meetings, the owner, Arthur Caras and abutters at 44 Prince Street came to a last minute compromise agreement before the hearing for a modified extension...

“Street Improvement Team” Hits the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood on October 1st

The City's "Street Improvement Team" is like a swat team that each Saturday attacks a different neighborhood and fixes all the little things, making the place look a bit better. They will bring the labor and materials to the North End/Waterfront on Saturday, October 17th. (Ed: You have to love election years!)

Have a fix-up suggestion for the team? Email nicole.leo@cityofboston.gov to get your request on the list.

Below is the text from the City's press release.

Fortune Teller Receives Permit from Licensing Board after NEWRA Supports and NEWNC Opposes

Faced with conflicting views from the two neighborhood groups, the Boston Licensing Board granted Sophia Anderson a fortune teller permit to operate at 215 Hanover Street. The North End/Waterfront Residents' Association voted 30-16 in favor of a fortune teller permit for Sophia Anderson to operate on the 2nd floor of 215 Hanover Street. The NEWRA vote occurred at their September 10th...

BRA Scenario Shows Large Developments On North End Side of Greenway

In a public meeting at City Hall, the Boston Redevelopment Authority presented scenarios for substantial North End development along the Greenway, filling in most of Cross Street including structures well over the established 55 foot height limit. The slides were released as part of its Greenway District Planning Study. (Click here for a PDF file of the full slide...

Fun Facts From Greenway Conservancy’s Annual Report – Following the Money

Browsing through the pages of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy's Annual Report reveals some interesting facts about how the Conservancy is managing the parks. On the revenue side, State is providing nearly half of the funding being used for the burgeoning Conservancy. But the most surprising element that pops out from the numbers is on the expense side. The Conservancy reported only...

Voter Education – Mayoral Candidate Q&A

Boston Mayoral and City Council Preliminary Election Tuesday, September 22Nine neighborhood associations across Boston joined together as part of a Boston Civic Coalition for Voter Education and submitted to the four Mayoral candidates; Mayor Thomas Menino, Councilor Michael Flaherty, Councilor Sam Yoon and Kevin McCrea, a questionnaire that addressed numerous issues, covering five major topics such as development, taxes, and...

Rowdy College Students on North St (Oh, in 1865)

College students causing havoc in the North End? Some things never change as shown by this find by Harvard Law Librarian, Lesley Schoenfeld. Manuscripts include records from the Wood Detective Agency, where founder James Rodney Wood wrote in 1879 about his former work in 1865 as a Boston Police Officer at Station 1 on Hanover Street. North Street (formerly...

Greenway Conservancy Improves Development Protocols

From the Greenway Conservancy: Revised drafts of the Design Protocols for Capital Improvements within the Greenway Parks and Open Spaces and the Protocols for Reviewing Proposed Development Projects Impacting the Greenway that were discussed at the public hearing on September 1 are now posted on the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy website.  Comments on the original drafts from the hearing participants,...