Government

Councilor Arroyo Seeks Neighborhood Advocate for Licensing Board Vacancy

Boston City Councilor At-Large Felix G. Arroyo sent a letter to Governor Deval Patrick emphasizing the importance of filling the vacancy on the Boston Licensing Board with an individual that values and recognizes the uniqueness of each of our neighborhoods in the city.  The vacancy occurred upon the retirement of Daniel Pokaski as Chairman of the Licensing Board.  All Boston Licensing Board Commissioners are appointed by the Governor.

As Councilor Arroyo explains, “Boston is a city of neighborhoods and we need whomever is appointed to the Licensing Board to be a person who knows Boston’s neighborhoods and puts them first.”

Government

State Representative Aaron Michlewitz Appointed Vice Chairman of Transportation Committee

State Representative Aaron MichlewitzState Representative Aaron Michlewitz was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Joint Committee on Transportation by Speaker Robert DeLeo for the 2011-2012 Legislative Session. The transportation industry is a major sector of the Commonwealths economic vitality and transportation policies have significant impact throughout the 3rd Suffolk District. “I am truly honored to be named Read More…

Government

State Representative Aaron Michlewitz Interview – Part III

This is the third and final part of an interview with Democratic State Representative Aaron Michlewitz for the Third Suffolk District. In this part, we talk about education and schools, potential new development in the neighborhood, initiatives for Hanover and Cross Streets and his working relationship with Councilor LaMattina and Senator Petruccelli. Use these links Read More…

Government

State Representative Aaron Michlewitz Interview – Part II

Aaron Michlewitz is the Massachusetts State Representative for the Third Suffolk District, the Boston area that includes the North End / Waterfront, South End, Chinatown, Bay Village and parts of Beacon Hill/Downtown. This January, he was inaugurated for his first full term, having already serving for 18 months after winning the 2009 special election to Read More…

Government

Sal LaMattina Named City Council Vice-President

Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy (right) and Vice-President Sal LaMattina. (Photo: Matt Conti)The new President of the City Council, Stephen Murphy, this week named District 1 City Councilor Sal LaMattina to be the new Council Vice-President.

This week’s Eastie Times speculates on whether LaMattina might be President when Murphy’s term ends in two years. LaMattina is also quoted about his neighborhood focus:

“We all want to see neighborhoods that are safe and welcoming, schools that kindle a love of learning and produce good citizens, and streets that are clean and quickly cleared of snow,” said LaMattina. “In order to stay on top of these issues, some of the strategies I’ll be looking at this year include year-round street cleaning, increased commercial recycling, and innovative approaches to rodent control. I will continue to work with the Neighborhood Response Teams to quickly address local issues and the Problem Property Task Forces to hold property owners accountable.”

LaMattina also talks about upcoming development projects:

“Development is, of course, important, but overdevelopment is something we must take steps to avoid. As a result, I will continue to insist that input from the neighborhoods be solicited and included in any and all projects.”

Below is the press release from Councilor LaMattina’s office:

Government

Inauguration Interview with State Representative Aaron Michlewitz – Part I

Aaron Michlewitz is the Massachusetts State Representative for the Third Suffolk District, the Boston area that includes the North End / Waterfront, South End, Chinatown, Bay Village and parts of Beacon Hill/Downtown. In 2009, he won a competitive Democratic primary and special election to fill the seat left vacant by former House Speaker, Sal DiMasi. Read More…

Government

At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley Visits NEWRA

In the middle of her first term, At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley visited the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) at their December monthly meeting. Reviewing her recent activities on the City Council, Councilor Pressley noted that she created a standing committee on Women and Healthy Communities and is also serving as vice-chair of Read More…

Community Government Real Estate

NEWRA’s Year-End Review and Outlook

This week’s North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) meeting included a year-end review of 2010 issues and priorities going into 2011.  President’s Report Celebrating 15 years as a neighborhood group, NEWRA President Stephanie Hogue began with a statement about the goals of the organization. “It is important to preserve this neighborhood as a neighborhood.” Read More…

Community Government

NEWRA New Membership and Renewal Drive

The North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) is holding its annual new membership and renewal drive. Join or renew your NEWRA Membership for 2011. All NEWRA memberships expire on December 31st.   Click here for the NEWRA membership form (pdf). Bring the form to a meeting or mail it to: NEWRA P.O. Box 130319 Read More…

Government Health & Environment

Councilors Arroyo and LaMattina to Hold Hearing on Veterans Services

Boston City Councilors Fight for Services for Veterans — Councilors Arroyo and LaMattina hold hearing as the Nation prepares to commemorate Veterans Day— On Monday, November 8, 2010, Boston City Councilors Felix G. Arroyo and Salvatore LaMattina will hold a hearing to discuss the challenges our veterans are facing as well as the services and Read More…