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Police & Fire

Boston Police Expand Into “Virtual Community”

Boston Police Crusier With has been expanded to incorporate the full menu of police tools open to the community. The new features include:

*  – This crime-mapping tool allows community members to visit a user-friendly website and quickly access public safety information specific to the selected neighborhood. (Note: Click the “Crime” option on the menu at the top of this page to see this tool relevant to the North End/Waterfront.)

  * Citizenobserver
– This community e-alert system allows residents
    to sign up to receive texts and emails from their local district
    on important public safety information and alerts distributed by
    their district Community Service Officer.

  * Neighbors for
– This is a local neighborhood-based
    social networking site for people to connect and organize around
    common interests. has a group on this site which you can join here.

  * Twitter – The BPD is one of the first police departments in the
    country to make use of the latest social media sensation, Twitter.
    Here community members can sign up to receive frequent tweets on
    important public safety information ranging from road closures to
    motor vehicle accidents and much more.

  * Text-A-Tip – The Boston Police is the first police department in
    the country to utilize text messaging to allow community members
    to send information anonymously to our CrimeStoppers Unit.

  * Call The Cops – This is the department’s weekly cable show where
    we strive to use that time to offer community members safety tips
    and a recap of weekly events. We also try to use this opportunity
    to personalize a specific unit within the department for people at
    home. In other words, we might do a “Meet the Harbor Patrol”
    segment or something on a K-9 officer – what it takes and how you
    become one, etc.

The new BPDNews is our effort to bring all of these groundbreaking Virtual Community initiatives together in one place. In the days and months ahead you will see changes to the site that will reflect our commitment to using technology to inform the citizens of Boston, to enhance communication at the District and neighborhood level and to extend our efforts to use new technology to promote and implement our mission of community policing.

*– The Boston Police Department’s Virtual Community*

Community Meetings

GLC Meeting Next Week – Yes, Another One!

The Greenway Leadership Council (GLC) represents the public’s interest in advising the Greenway Conservancy. The GLC is having their second meeting in two weeks on Tuesday, October 20th. The details and agenda are shown below. The meeting is open to the public. Rose Kennedy Greenway Leadership Council Meeting October 20, 2009 4:00 – 6:00 pm Read More…


Greenway Leadership Council Reviews Financials & Conflicts of Interest

The Greenway Leadership Council (GLC) met this week to review several Conservancy issues, including financial statements and a conflict of interest policy. There also was discussion about how the GLC should interact with constituents.  The GLC is the advisory committee that was set up by legislation to consult on the activities of the Conservancy, the Read More…

Police & Fire

Weekly North End Police Log

Selected incidents from this week’s Boston Police North End Journal Log: Fire 10/10/09    4:50am B.F.D. on scene of a building fire on Hanover St. All tenants evacuated, no injuries reported at this time, estimate of damage $300,000. B&E Non-Residential 10/13/09    7:00pm-7:00am Commercial St. business reports an unknown person broke the front glass door and removed Read More…

Police & Fire Schools

Children’s H1N1 Flu Clinic at North End Community Center

The North End Community Health Center is running a Children’s Flu Clinic to administer the H1N1 (Swine) Flu Vaccine.
Please call 617-643-8100 for an appointment.
The Center is also administering regular (seasonal) flu vaccines.
For more general information on the flu: or the CDC site.

If your child is a patient of the North End Health Community Health Center, please consider taking advantage of the H1N1 Children’s Flu Clinic.

Details below:

Business Event Notices Food & Drink

Trick or Treating & Pizza Party on the Prado

Halloween is right around the corner!!!  For the second year, NEMPAC has decided to sponsor the ever-popular “Pizza Party on the Prado” following Trick-or-Treating. This was a huge success last year, and the kids had a ball!  Thank you, Becca, for all you do to promote fun in our neighborhood! Halloween is a Saturday this Read More…


Red Line/Blue Line Connector – Public Meeting

 The Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation announces a Public Meeting to discuss the Red Line/Blue Line Connector Project. We hope you will join us at a public meeting to discuss the Red Line/Blue Line Connector project. The proposed Red Line/Blue Line Connector is a project of the MA Executive Office of Transportation & Public Works Read More…

Community Event Notices

Greenway Programming Update

The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy issued the following reminder of its seasonal and ongoing programming activities on the parks. Boston Public Farmers Market In addition to fresh produce, farmers sell eggs, cheeses, meats, breads, baked goods and other wholesome products grown or made in Massachusetts. When: Tuesdays and Thursdays through October 27th, 11:30 am-6:30 Read More…

Event Notices

NEWNC Agenda for October 19th Meeting

NEWNC AGENDA October 19, 2009 7:00PM –  Nazzaro Center (30 N. Bennet Street) 1.    Call to order – Stephen Passacantilli 2.    Roll call – Stephen Passacantilli 3.    Meeting Protocol – Marie Simboli 4.    Update from the Office of Neighborhood Services — Nicole Leo 5.    Report from the offices of local elected officials 6.    Committee reports Read More…

Real Estate

NEWNC Sends Letter on Parcel 9

William Tuttle – Deputy Director of Real Estate Massachusetts Turnpike Authority State Transportation Building 10 Park Plaza, Suite 4160 Boston, MA 02116 Re: MassPike Parcel 9 On behalf of the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council, I am writing to strongly urge the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority to designate a developer as soon as possible to develop the Read More…

Arts & Culture Schools

NEMPAC Children’s Italian Starts October 20th

From NEMPAC: Holy Cannoli!  😉  NEMPAC’s offering of Children’s Italian is a go – it will begin Tuesday, 10/20: Children’s Italian Using an immersion technique children learn Italian by listening and repeating words and phrases as they engage in craft projects and sing along activities. Tuesdays 4:00 – 4:45 pm, ages 4 – 7 Location:  Read More…


Nazzaro Center Open Playgroup Reminder

With the weather getting colder, it is a good time for a reminder of the indoor morning open playgroup at the Nazzaro Center for the school year 2009-2010. Tuesdays 9:00-12:00 Thursdays 9:00-12:00 Fridays 9:00-12:00 Nazzaro Community Center 30 North Bennet Street Register at the front desk, or call 617-635-5611. $10/year for families Open to all Read More…