Founder of NorthEndWaterfront.com, hyperlocal community "news & views" serving Boston's North End, Waterfront and Downtown. Also, photographer at MattConti.com and editor of NorthEndBoston.com.
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Boston’s Relief Fund Distributes Grants to Neighborhood Businesses

The City of Boston announced the distribution of $4 million last week to support small businesses impacted by closures, policies, or general loss of revenue due to the coronavirus. Small businesses were defined as having fewer than 35 employees and less than $1.5 million in revenue. Grants varied from $2,500 up to $10,000, depending on Read More…

Business Featured Food & Drink

Frustrated North End Restaurant Owners Rally for Support [Video]

North End restauranteurs listened closely to details of Gov. Baker’s four-phase reopening plan and were frustrated to learn that it would be at least until mid-June before indoor dining would be allowed. Even then, only partial occupancy, perhaps 25-50%, would be permitted with the likely addition of strict new guidelines, including social distancing of 6-feet Read More…

Arts & Culture Featured Photos & Videos

Opera From the Balcony in Boston’s North End [Video]

Taking a cue from when they sang opera from balconies during the COVID-19 quarantine in Italy, the North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) joined with Tresca to bring opera from Ray Bourque’s Table 77 balcony in Boston’s North End. Performing on Sunday, Mother’s Day, were soprano Carina DiGianfilippo who sings internationally and tenor Fran Rogers Read More…

Arts & Culture Community Event Notices Featured Food & Drink

Summer 2020 North End Italian Feasts & Processions Canceled for COVID-19 Concerns

With no large public gatherings in the City of Boston being permitted this summer, city officials have consulted with the North End feast societies to cancel scheduled 2020 feasts and processions through Labor Day. St. Anthony’s Society, Madonna Del Soccorso Society (Fisherman’s Feast) and St. Agrippina Society, have issued cancellations today regarding their feasts scheduled Read More…

Featured Government People

John Romano Takes Post as North End / Waterfront & West End Liaison for Mayor’s Office

John Romano has accepted the position as the North End, Waterfront, and West End Liaison for Mayor Martin J. Walsh in the Office of Neighborhood Services. He replaces Maria Lanza, who left the post in January after serving for four years. “I couldn’t be happier to serve the community that raised me and help my Read More…

Photos & Videos

Jigsaw Picture Puzzle: Blooming Dogwood Tree at St. Leonard’s

Spring has come to Hanover Street and the large dogwood trees are blooming at the St. Leonard’s Church Peace Garden. Enjoy this jigsaw picture puzzle with sixty pieces! How to play: Move and drag the pieces around just like a regular jigsaw puzzle. When two pieces are connected, they will click together. If you are “missing” Read More…

Featured Government Real Estate

COVID-19 Eviction / Foreclosure Moratorium Bill Becomes Law

Gov. Charlie Baker signed the H.4647 bill into law this week, halting most Massachusetts evictions and foreclosures during the coronavirus pandemic. Passed unanimously by the House, a final version was negotiated with the Senate late last week. Under the new law, all eviction proceedings will stop for four months or until 45 days after the Read More…

Arts & Culture Featured

Aquarium Announces Downsizing Moves

The New England Aquarium announced a series of budget cuts to preserve resources it believes will help the waterfront institution survive the shutdown caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. “This was a heartbreaking decision, as it included staff layoffs and furloughs, and every member of our team is fiercely committed to the Aquarium and its mission,” Read More…