Concord Museum Exhibits Work From North Bennet Street School Alumni

In a historic collaboration, the Concord Museum and the North End's North Bennet Street School are celebrating the renowned school's 125th anniversary with a juried exhibition of the work of fifty-nine distinguished alumni from ten states across the country. Included in the special exhibition are over sixty examples of furniture, jewelry, musical instruments and bookbindings, as well as illustrations of the work of the preservation carpentry, carpentry and locksmithing programs.

North Bennet Street School President, Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, also an alumnus of the school, said of the collaboration, “We are very pleased to be partnering with the Concord Museum for this exhibition, which will be the opening event and the most public celebration of our 125th anniversary. Some of the objects on view draw their inspiration from craft techniques of the past; others bring a fresh look to classic pieces using today’s innovative technology.  “The Concord Museum has a deep respect for the work of the North Bennet Street School, their students and alumni,” said Désirée Caldwell, Executive Director of the Concord Museum. “This special exhibition creates an exciting visual dialogue between craft traditions of the past and present. Working with contemporary craftspeople brings a welcome new perspective to the historical pieces in our collection and others.”

A Dedication to Craft is on view at the Concord Museum through March 21, 2010 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $10, $8 seniors and students, $5 ages 6-18. Concord Museum, Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Road, Concord. 978-369-9763. More information at

Chamber Supports Morning-Only Trash Disposal

At a lightly attended post-holiday meeting, the North End Chamber of Commerce focused on trash and rat issues in the neighborhood. Members were supportive of a change to a morning-only timeframe for property owners and residents to put out their trash. Restaurant trash is generally picked up 7 days a week at night by private haulers so there will...

Going Bananas Receives Zoning OK For Move on Salem Street

Going Bananas' produce and retail store is moving directly across the street to 64 Salem Street to a larger space with hours from 7am to 9pm. Owner Frank Scire is adding deli take-out service that will be specific to Go Bananas (as it was previously only for Dunkin' Donuts at that location). Otherwise, the business will be the same. See...

Eliot School Box Tops Campaign

To boost fundraising efforts, the Eliot Family Council has initiated a Box Tops collection campaign. You can help the Eliot community by clipping the Box Tops coupons from hundreds of products, including  General Mills,  Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Ziploc,  Pillsbury, and Nature Valley.  For a complete list of products, please check the website at You may send your box tops...

News Round-up of North End Attack Outside Nazzaro Center

The news media is out in force reporting Saturday night's attack outside the Nazzaro Center on N. Bennet Street (Polcari Playground). The latest details of the attack and community alert can be found at this previous post: Nazzaro Center Attack - Jack the Kisser? WBZ-TV has a video report: Click here Universal Hub makes the important point that the description of...

Nazzaro Center Attack – Jack the Kisser?

Boston Police have released more information on Saturday's knife assault on a 39 year-old woman in the area of the Nazzaro Center on N. Bennet Street. (See the community alert posted below.) Officers have statements from a witness and the victim. The attacker is described as a short, Hispanic -looking male (5'5", possibly Black Hispanic) who approached the victim...

Boston Wine Expo January 23-24

The annual Boston Wine Expo is scheduled for January 23-24 at the Seaport World Trade Center. Click for more information at the website. Ticket Prices Prior To Jan. 16, 2010 After Jan. 16, 2010 and Onsite   Saturday One Day Ticket $85.00 $95.00 Sunday One Day Ticket $75.00 $85.00 Two Day Ticket $125.00 $140.00 Grand Cru Wine Lounge $175.00 $195.00

North End Library – This Week’s Events

Boston Public Library - North End 25 Parmenter Street Events for January 3 - 9 Mon Jan 4     11:00 am     Films for Children On Mondays, come and watch children films at the North End library. Please call in advance to verify that this event has not been rescheduled or canceled. Tue Jan 5     10:30 am     Baby Storytime 25 minutes of bounces, rhymes, and...

Why Galileo Is So Important Today

Dr. Carlo Cipollone, the Educational Director of the Italian Consulate, presented the following article, Galileo's Educational Legacy, at a recent symposium at Harvard University. The event was in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the invention of the telescope. Many thanks to the author for his permission to republish it and North End resident, Nancy Caruso, for the submission.

In occasion of the Week of Celebration of the Italian Language in the World, the Consulate General of Italy in Boston in collaboration with Harvard University and the Italian Space Agency present a symposium.
Galileo's Telescope and the Beginning of the Scientific Revolution and Space Exploration

Galileo's Educational Legacy
by Dr. Carlo Cipollone
Educational Director of the Italian Consulate

As an educator, I can confirm that Galileo continues to generate great curiosity today, even among the youngest members of our society. A few days ago I received an email from a nine year-old student. With her mother's help, young Ashley asked to address some simple questions to scientists and experts on Galileo. She also requested to meet with me for a chat about this icon of scientific discovery. While reviewing Ashley's questions I realized that children, in their ingenuity, manage to raise complex topics and queries - challenging most adults to give a suitable answer.

The question that struck me the most was probably the most difficult to answer: "Why is Galileo so important today"?

I hope that I can give an answer to Ashley's question. I will aim to give the best response I can, trying to offer a perspective based on the man behind the telescope, the man who influenced countless disciplines.

Galileo's ideas not only sparked a scientific revolution, they initiated a large-scale revolution in human thinking. He changed the way we see the world and more importantly, how we perceive ourselves within it.

Everything began four hundred years ago...

Report of an Assault in Nazzaro Center Yard

According to a report via the North End/Waterfront Mothers Association (NEWMA) group, there was an attack at approximately 9:15 pm on Saturday night (1/2/10) in the yard at the North End's Nazzaro Community Center at 30 N. Bennet Street. "A woman was assaulted with a knife last night in the Nazarro Center yard. Be careful and do not walk alone...

Yemen LNG Tankers Coming To Boston Harbor

The Globe is reporting that public officials are concerned about the arrival of LNG (liquified natural gas) tankers coming through Boston Harbor from Yemen. "Menino and several other public officials said they would press for the tankers’ cargo - destined for an LNG terminal in Everett as soon as next month - to instead be unloaded away from the...

New Signage Added at TD Garden

The Boston Herald reports that while the Bruins were at Fenway, TD Garden received some new signage on Causeway Street to reflect the name change (from TD North to TD).