Health & Environment Real Estate Transportation

Cross St. Sidewalk Walkthrough – Tuesday, Dec 15th

As part of the ongoing consideration for the reconfiguration of the Cross St. sidewalk in front of the former Martignetti’s Liquors site, there will be a walkthrough with public officials and State agencies on Tuesday, December 15th at 11:00 am. State Representative Aaron Michlewitz and City Councilor Sal LaMattina will be participating in the walkthrough Read More…

Arts & Culture Community Event Notices

North End Christmas Parade Photos and Videos

To the delight of neighborhood children (and adults), Santa flew in from the North Pole by helicopter landing on the North End fields at Puopolo & Langone Parks. A festive Christmas Parade followed with marching bands, singers, horses and Santa moving through the neighborhood along Commercial Street, North Street and over to Hanover Street. Click Read More…

Health & Environment

NEWNC Adds Councilor LaMattina to Dec. 14th Agenda to Discuss Rodent Problem

The North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) has revised its agenda for Monday’s 12/14/2009 meeting to add an update by District 1 City Councilor Sal LaMattina on the recent City Council hearing and follow-up regarding the rodent problem. The Councilor’s appearance is under “Reports from the offices of local elected officials.” The full agenda is shown Read More…

Food & Drink Transportation

Cross St. Sidewalk Comment Letter Issued by NEWRA

In response to proposed sidewalk changes on Cross St., the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association has sent a 5 page comment letter to Peter Gori, Sr. Manager at the Boston Redevelopment Authority and William Tuttle, Deputy Director of Real Estate at MassDOT. A few excerpts: “We continue to believe that public safety, especially pedestrian safety, is Read More…

Arts & Culture

Old North Church Christmas Events

These Old North Church’s Christmas events are open to all. Dec. 13, Sunday – 5:00 p.m Trumpets will sound in the North End as the Old North Church holds its annual Christmas concert. The concert will highlight J.S. Bach’s masterpiece, Magnificat. The Old North Chamber Singers and Players will also perform works by Dietrich Buxtehude Read More…

Police & Fire

North End/Waterfront Police Log

Here are some highlights from this week’s incidents on the Boston Police Journal Log for the North End/Waterfront area. Larceny 12/05/09          12:00am-8:00am Victim reports an unknown person stole his 2005 Vespa ET2 scooter which was locked and left in front of his N. Washington St. building. Breaking & Entering – Residential 12/04/09          7:30am-2:00pm Stillman St. resident Read More…

Community Health & Environment

Tree Grants for Non-Profits

Are you a non-profit that wants to plant trees?

The Grow Boston Greener initiative is offering grants of $250 to $2,500 to plant and maintain new trees for non-profit organizations such as community development corporations, school foundations, community health centers and local open space and environmental groups.

Applications must be received or postmarked by Friday, February 12, 2010.  Awardees are encouraged to plant trees of a minimum of 2” caliper.  Trees must be planted by June 1, 2010.  For more information including applications, planting tips, and a list of suggested tree species appropriate for Boston’s climate, please go to www.cityofboston.gov/parks/streettrees/growbostongrants.asp.

Government Real Estate

City Hikes Property Tax Rate by 11.8%

The City of Boston has announced a property tax rate increase for fiscal 2010 with the residential rate going up by 11.8% and the commercial rate up by 8.4%. The tax rate is one of the two factors that will result in total property tax bills. The second factor is the property’s assessed value, which is surveyed every three years. Residents should have received a recent notice of the change in their assessment. Overall, the City’s assessed values went down by 3.5% although certain areas have increased. Anecdotal reports show a mix of increases and decreases in the North End/Waterfront area, although several properties on the waterfront saw their assessments go up substantially.

The rate will increase from $10.63 per $1,000 in assessed value to $11.88. The commercial rate for businesses will also increase from $27.11 per $1,000 of assessed value to $29.38.

The City blamed the increase mostly on a decrease in State aid and said the rate is the first increase in three years. The increase will increase the total tax by $65 million to $1.465 billion. Bills will be sent out in a few weeks with a due date of February 1, 2010.

Below is the press release from the City.