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Obituary: Michael A. Nazzaro Jr., Former State Representative Credited with Saving the North End

NAZZARO, Hon. Michael A., Jr., A well-respected and prominent member of the North End of Boston, passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2011. He was 85. Born on June 2, 1925 on North Street in Boston’s North End, he was the son of the late Michael and Margaret (Camelio) Nazzaro. He later lived with his Read More…

Food & Drink

BostonZest Contributes Neptune Oyster’s Hot Lobster Roll as Sandwich of the Day on Serious Eats

Photo by Penny Cherubino. BostonZest contributed the Sandwich of the Day on Serious Eats, featuring the Hot Lobster Roll from Neptune Oyster on Salem Street in the North End. “The Lobster Roll at Neptune Oyster in Boston’s North End is a spoiler. It will make you think twice about ordering other versions of this New Read More…


Obituary: Louis Casale of the North End

CASALE Louis, 92, of Boston’s North End, on Wednesday, December15, 2010. Beloved husband of the late Clara (Maraccini), fatherof Ralph Casale and his wife Janice, Ken Casale and his partnerShirley Barry, Lois (Casale) Hanks and her husband Tom, and TomCasale, as well as many loving nieces, nephews, grandchildren andgreat-grandchildren. Louis worked for many years as Read More…


Matt Lauer Visits North End’s Eliot School

Today Show co-host Matt Lauer visited the John Eliot K-8 School on Thursday. Lauer was greeted by Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol R. Johnson and Eliot School Principal Traci Walker-Griffith. Lauer flew to Boston to conduct interviews at the Eliot on the importance of Kindergarten. The segment should air the week of September 27th on Read More…

Arts & Culture

San Giusto – Italian Ship Visits Boston

The prestigious Italian Navy training ship San Giusto docked in Boston this weekend and open to the public. On Saturday, Cardinal Sean O’Malley said a Mass aimed at Boston’s Italian community. The amphibious ship is making a four-day port visit during a training cruise that has taken second-year midshipmen from the Italian Naval Academy to Read More…

Arts & Culture Community Real Estate Transportation

Local Artist Has Ideas For Callahan Tunnel Vent Building

The following post comes from Nathan Swain, a local artist and North End resident, who has some ideas for the Callahan Tunnel vent building as part of the upcoming facade reconstruction. Readers may remember Nate from his work on the Salem St. Powerhouse where he painted large murals on the “windows” of the barren Edison building, making it Read More…

Arts & Culture Community Photos & Videos

Easter Egg Hunt on the Prado [Photos]

In early April 2010, an Easter Egg Hunt was held on the Prado by the North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC). In addition to the egg hunt, activities included face painting, a special piano and a bubble machine. As seen in the photos, the North End kids really enjoyed the event. Thanks to Becca Griffin, Read More…


Surprise Fireworks on Harbor For Liberty Mutual Conference

Who knew that risk managers could make so much noise? The Monday night fireworks caught residents by surprise when the booms starting going off around 9pm. Liberty Mutual (yes, the one receiving $16 million in tax breaks from the city) hired Atlas Fireworks to shoot off a big fireworks show from a barge in Boston Harbor. The event was to Read More…


Easter Weekend Services at St. Leonards & Sacred Heart

From Fr. Antonio Nardoianni: Good Friday, April 2 12 noon – Stations of the Cross – St. Leonard’s 3 p.m. – Saint Leonard’s 6 p.m. – Stations of the Cross – Sacred Heart Church Holy Saturday, April 3 7:30 p.m. – Easter Vigil – St. Leonard’s Easter Sunday, April 4 9 a.m. – Sacred Heart Read More…

Arts & Culture

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…