A Shtetl in the City, Part 5 – The Vilna Shul

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This is the fifth installation of Nicholas Dello Russo’s “A Shtetl in the City”, following part one, part two, part three, and part four.

Farewell Letter from Father Antonio Nardoianni, OFM

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Dear Friends: As we approach and prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth during the grace-filled season of Advent,...

Commentary: A Lesson in Common Sense

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When I was a young girl growing up in the neighborhood, the Gassy (DeFillipo Park) as we called it, was a wonderful place to...

A Small Thanksgiving Story

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Yesterday I used the car for the first time since last Saturday nite, when our triplet grandchildren...

Downtown Journal: Trader Mojo’s

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Downtown JournalAn occasional column about city life Earlier this month, my husband Ben...

Life on the Corner: Dinner at Felicia’s

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Everyone has a favorite North End restaurant and there have always been many to choose from. These days I see throngs of...

Life on the Corner: Cadillac Sam

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Back in the 1960s limousines were a rarity in Boston. They were luxurious, elegant, and expensive, you had to be either very...

Letter to the Community: NEW Health Shares Advice About Accidental Needle Pricks

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By Norma Reppucci Accidental needlesticks is a serious issue in the North End and the city of Boston, especially when it happens to a child....

Downtown Journal: Striking Workers at Battery Wharf Hotel

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Downtown JournalAn occasional column about city life Each morning, I am oddly comforted...

Life on the Corner: Only Suckers Buy TV Sets

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The Boston of my youth was a city of well-defined tribes. The Irish in Dorchester, Southie and Charlestown, the Blacks in Roxbury,...

North End’s Lasting Impression

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Like many others in Boston, I made this year’s September 1st move. My new apartment is an oversized studio overlooking the Commonwealth...

Life on the Corner: The Miracle of San Gennaro

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It appears we have a new feast to celebrate in the North End. On September 13th, 14th, and 15th, the second annual...