Tree Grants for Non-Profits

Are you a non-profit that wants to plant trees?

The Grow Boston Greener initiative is offering grants of $250 to $2,500 to plant and maintain new trees for non-profit organizations such as community development corporations, school foundations, community health centers and local open space and environmental groups.

Applications must be received or postmarked by Friday, February 12, 2010.  Awardees are encouraged to plant trees of a minimum of 2” caliper.  Trees must be planted by June 1, 2010.  For more information including applications, planting tips, and a list of suggested tree species appropriate for Boston’s climate, please go to

Swim League Seeking Youth Participants


Swim Team Experience Not Necessary

Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF,) the City of Boston’s largest youth and human service agency, is currently enrolling youth participants in a citywide competitive swimming league.

The annual league involves boys and girls ages 6-15. Participants must be able to swim one length of the swimming pool. The league is a developmental league and serves as an introduction to swimming competitively for most young swimmers so experience on a swim team is not necessary. The regular season meets are held on Fridays at 6:00 p.m., beginning on January 8th and the last one is scheduled for March 26th .

To sign up to participate, contact the center directly or call Boston Centers for Youth & Families at 617-635-4920 x2150 and speak with Tony Rosario, Aquatics Manager.

Bake Sale for Head Start Rescheduled to Fri., Dec 11th

Due to the bad weather yesterday, the ABCD North End Head Start Bake Sale has been rescheduled for Friday, December 11th (tomorrow) from 9-12. North...

Hearing to Protect Greenway & Christopher Columbus Park From Tall Building Shadows

Next Tuesday, December 15th at 11:00 am, there is a State hearing to protect certain public parks from the shadows of excessively tall buildings....

Christmas Trolley Tour Stops in North End

The City of Boston's Christmas Trolley Tour stopped in the North End on Sunday, December 6th in front of the Paul Revere Mall (Prado)....

Head Start Holiday Bake Sale – Dec. 9th

North End Head Start HOLIDAY BAKE SALE Wednesday, December 9th, 9 a.m. 12 noon The Prado (Hanover Street entrance) Indulge in favorite holiday treats and cheer from...

North End Branch Library Fundraiser – Save the Date!

*SAVE THE DATE - WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010*** *What: Fundraiser to support our own North End Branch Library *** *Where:    Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel*** *When :...

Plethora of City of Boston Programs

Here is a subset of various City of Boston programs that folks may be interested in:

“Toys for Tickets”: *In keeping with a successful holiday tradition in
Boston, Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced that any driver issued a
non-public safety parking ticket on Boston’s streets on specific dates
in December, has the option of resolving their ticket by providing a toy
of equal or greater value than the fine on the ticket. For exact dates,

*Mayor’s Holiday Special: *Take advantage of the City of Boston’s one
stop holiday planning website and enjoy great discounts this Holiday
season. Over 8,000 half-price show tickets, great parking rates, store
discounts and more.

*Boston Offers Two Hours of Free Metered Parking This Holiday Season:
*In keeping with a popular tradition, the City of Boston is offering two
hours of free metered parking at each of the city’s parking meters on
Saturdays through Dec 27.

*Special State Election for the US Senate: *Do not forget to vote on Dec
8 in the Special Election Primary to fill Senator Kennedy's seat. To
vote in any election, you must send in your voter application form and
have it postmarked 20 days prior to the election. Remember that you must
be 18 years old by Election Day and a U.S. Citizen. To be eligible to
vote in the Special Election Final on Jan 19, you must register to vote
by Dec 30! Obtain a national mail voter registration form at
Our Vote Matters!: *Find the answers to questions asked by young voters.

*Harry Potter at Boston's Museum of Science: *Check out the Harry Potter
exhibit at the museum! It will offer fans a glimpse of costumes, props,
and more than 200 other authentic artifacts from the film sets—including
the Great Hall, Hagrid's hut, and the Gryffindor common room.  Through
Feb 25. Adult tickets $26 and children tickets $23.

*First Night 2010: *Bring in the New Year celebrating art and community
at this day long citywide festival. Perfect for Families! Get a first
night button as your ticket to entertainment! Dec 31, 1pm-12am. <>

Family Volunteer Day at the North End Eliot School

On Saturday, November 21st, families from all over Greater Boston kicked off the holiday season by participating in Boston Cares’ Family Volunteer Day.  Sponsored...

Toys for Tots Drop-off

Toni Gilardi and her staff at Elite Boston Landmark Realty at 350 Commercial Street, North End, are collecting toys for the Toys for Tots program.  Please...

New Stillman St. Tot Lot Opens

After several years of construction, a new North End tot lot playground has opened on Stillman St., near the corner of Salem St. It...