Spring Cleaning – For Event by North End Friends of St. Francis House Shelter

Once again the North End Friends of Saint Francis Homeless Shelter will be having our Annual Flea Market and Bake Sale!  We need donations of all kinds of household goodies for our flea market.  So it is time to start your spring cleaning and HELP US HELP THE HOMELESS. We will be looking for: Books, cd’s , dvd’s, knick-knacks, jewelry,...

Weekly North End / Waterfront Police Blotter

This week’s incidents from the Boston Police Journal Log for the North End / Waterfront area:

Disorderly Person
03/05/11    10:59am
Male suspect arrested on Hanover St. after being involved in a previous disturbance inside a restaurant; and then getting into an altercation with responding officers.

Attempted Breaking & Entering
03/05/11    9:30am-9:45pm
Prince St. apartment resident reports an unknown person attempted to gain entry into her apartment, visible damage to front door.

Larceny/Purse
03/05/11    1:30am
Victim reports an unknown person stole her purse from the front porch of her building as she helped a guest bring items into her apt.

Reminder: North End Parking Enforcement for Street Sweeping Starts March 15th

Reminder: After a 2 week warning period, the City will start parking enforcement for the posted street sweeping program in the North End on March 15, 2011. “The Public Works Department wants to ensure that the streets are clean but we don’t want to have to ticket or tow residents of the North End to accomplish it,” said PWD’s...

Poll Results: Harborwalk is Favorite Spot for Spring-Time Walk

This is not a scientific poll. Polls are offered for those readers interested in expressing an opinion. The results are representative only of those self-selected Internet users. This poll is now closed. A new poll is up and running in the right sidebar. Go there now and vote!

Schematic Design Options Presented at March 7th DeFilippo Playground (Gassy) Community Meeting

Shown below are the schematics discussed at this week’s community meeting regarding the renovation of DeFilippo Playground (the “Gassy”), courtesy of Boston Parks and Recreation Department. Also shown are photos of play equipment for different age groups.  The primary contact for the project is Cathy Baker-Eclipse at the Parks Department, Cathy.Baker-Eclipse@cityofboston.gov.

This was the second in a series of community meetings to discuss proposed improvements. The project includes a renovation of the park playground and drainage, which currently includes play equipment with resilient surfacing, fencing, drainage structures, trees, benches and paving. I was not at the meeting but if anyone has some discussion points/issues, feel free to use the comment section. 

The next meeting will be Monday, April 4, 2011, 6:30 p.m. at the Nazzaro Center, 30 N. Bennet St.

Boston “ahts” Festival Call to Visual and Craft Artists

The 2011 (ähts): The Boston Arts Festival Call to Visual and Craft Artists is now available for download (pdf). The festival will be entering its 9th year and will be returning to its original format as a two-day festival. The 2011 festival will be held Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th. There will be a specially built artist village in Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park that will...

Boston Conservation Commission Agenda for March 16

PUBLIC HEARING In accordance with the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, M.G.L. Chapter 131, Section 40, the Boston Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing in Boston City Hall, Room 801 on March 16, 2011 to review the following projects to determine what conditions, if any, the Commission will impose in order to protect the interests of the public and private...

ABCD North End / West End NSC Appeal

A message from the ABCD North End / West End Neighborhood Service Center: Deep cuts to Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding threaten to close Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) and all 13 of its sites, including your neighborhood ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC).  This would wipe out vital programs such as hot meal programs,...

Cold Weather Helps Keep North End Crime Down; Residents Raise Quality of Life Concerns

At the March 2011 North End Public Safety held this week, District A-1 Police reported that year-to-date crime incidents are down over 30% from last year, thanks to a little help from Mother Nature. During the last 30 days in the North End / Waterfront area, there were no homicides, sexual assaults or robberies. There was 1 aggravated assault...

NEBO’s Pallotta Sisters Score The Win Against Bobby Flay on Food Network

NEBO’s Pallotta sisters, Christine and Carla from the North End, won the “Throwdown!” against Chef Bobby Flay with their vegetable lasagna dish on the Food Network show which aired this week. In addition to the Pallottas, there are plenty of North End personalities that appeared for the taping of the show. An excerpt from the episode is shown in...

Robert Camuto Sicilian Book Dinner at Pasta Beach

Pasta Beach is located at 30 Rowes Wharf on Atlantic Ave. in the former location of Rudi’s. Owners Gianni and Susan Ropolo make their home in Torino Italy. They are committed to offering authentic Italian food and feature true Naples Style Pizza -Verace Pizza Napoletana that is baked in an original Italian oven. (Pizza originated in Naples and Pasta...