Aquarium: Water Rescue & Ice Sculptures

There is plenty of activity over at the New England Aquarium. The Fire Department tweeted about a search for a person in the water Wednesday afternoon. Less alarming, there are lots of folks braving the cold outside the Aquarium to see one of three ice sculpture displays in the city. Other displays are at Copley Square and on Boston Common...

Free H1N1 Shots in North End

Free H1N1 Flu Vaccination Clinic Tuesday, January 5th 5-7 p.m Hanover Street (corner North Bennet St.) You do not need to be insured or a patient at the North End Community Heath Center. (I went in mid-December to this clinic and there was no line!) Related post: H1N1 on the Decline But Health Commission Still Urges Vaccine

North End/Waterfront Weekly Police Log

Selected incidents from this week's Boston Police Journal Log: Robbery- Knife 12/26/09          5:05pm Male suspect brandished a knife threatening the store clerk of a Hanover St. convenience store, 7-Eleven, at the corner of Commercial St. The suspect demanded money and fled on foot with the stores cash draw. Breaking & Entering - Residential 12/28/09          12:12am Victim reports his flat screen TV was stolen from his...

NEWRA ZLC Committee to Hear Two Zoning Applications

North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association Zoning, Licensing & Construction Committee Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 7:00 PM The Pilot House, 2 Atlantic Avenue Meeting Agenda 133 Salem Street - Add a fourth floor and change the legal occupancy to retail and 3 or 4 residential units, with roof deck.  First floor will remain retail (currently Sheldon’s); 2nd floor will have 2 or 3 one-bedroom units; and...

BostonZest on New Year’s and Regina’s

BostonZest posts their reliable rundown of "what's open" for New Year's Day in Boston: What is open in Boston for New Year's and MBTA schedules Penny & Ed also review their first visit to the North End's Pizzeria Regina: The Original Pizzeria Regina- Our First Visit

Christmas Tree Collection: January 4-15

The Department of Public Works will collect Christmas trees for two weeks beginning January 4th. "I hope that every Boston resident will give the environment a present this year by properly disposing their Christmas trees and used wrapping paper," said Mayor Menino. "Our crews will recycle the trees by composting them, which is part of our efforts to turn Beantown...

Globe Reports on Court Filing in DiMasi Case

The Globe summarizes a new court filing by prosecutors in the case against former House speaker and North End resident, Sal DiMasi. Prosecutors say DiMasi “used his official position as speaker of the House to arrange for the passage of legislation in order to obtain financial benefits for himself and his co-conspirators.’’ The article notes that, "prosecutors for the first...

A Proper Bostonian’s Christmas Eve in the North End

A Proper Bostonian recounts a North End tradition: "It's been our tradition to spend the afternoon of Christmas Eve in the North End, doing some last-minute shopping for food (Pace's, Mike's, Salumeria Italiana) and gifts (torrone and pistachios for my dad, turtles and chocolate-covered cherries from the late, lamented Dairy Fresh). Then we split a large pizza from Regina's." Read the...

“Knight & Day” Trailer

A trailer has been released for the "Made in Boston" movie, "Knight & Day" staring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. The clip highlights several Boston locales in the movie formerly known as "Wichita." Unlike "The Town," the movie did not film in the North End although there were several traffic detours impacting the neighborhood as a result of shooting...

First Night 2010

It is time to make your First Night plans! In the North End/Waterfront area, the biggest event will be the midnight fireworks on Boston Harbor. Christopher Columbus Park is generally the largest gathering point for the fireworks, although almost anywhere on that side of the Harborwalk will have a good view (the barge is already out there sitting in the harbor). The Boston Harbor Association has also arranged for multiple activities:
Ring in the New Year on Boston Harbor!

In the North End, Paul Revere House, New England Aquarium, the Improv Asylum and the Fairmont Hotel also have specials highlighted in the brochure. Faneuil Hall is also a designated site for First Night. The Examiner highlights several nightlife spots having special New Year's Eve events in and around Faneuil Hall.

See the website and download the First Night 2010 Program.

Here is the official First Night 2010 information:


First Night 2010 is our 34th celebration of the arts and community in Boston. Since 1976, this signature event has served our great city by attracting audiences from near and far to enjoy and take part in a spectacular festival that inspires creativity as it begins a new year filled with promise.

First Night is proud to present an amazing group of performers and visual artists who truly represent the richness of Boston’s cultural landscape. Our celebration features longtime audience favorites like the interactive FedEx Family Festival, colossal ice sculptures, the Mardi Gras style Metro Grand Procession, the Boston 4 Productions Family Fireworks and the Frank Ward and Cape Dairy Midnight Fireworks, along with new and exciting performances and exhibitions. To enjoy the festivities you just need to purchase a button which are $18 each at any of our button retailers.

MBTA New Year’s Information

The MBTA is providing extra transit services on New Year's Eve including FREE service after 8:00 p.m.   Extra MBTA Police will patrol the system to assist with crowd control and safety.  Visit the MBTA website for more information.

City Hosting Inauguration Weekend Events

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                 For More Information Contact: Press Office, 617-635-4461

City to host fun, free events for residents during Inauguration 2010 Weekend

Free public skating at Frog Pond in addition to family open houses, book giveaways, & live performances at libraries

Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced today that the City of Boston will sponsor a series of free public events in honor of the City’s 2010 Inaugural events.  In the weekend leading up to the Inauguration of Mayor Menino and City Councilors, residents will have the chance to take advantage of free public skating at both the Frog Pond and Fenway Park in addition to a number of events, including open houses, book giveaways, and live performances, at branches of the Boston Public Library.  Mayor Menino and City Councilors will be sworn into office during a ceremony on Monday, January 4 at Faneuil Hall.