City Council Supports Revised Bottle Bill

Bottle bills are laws that require a minimum refundable deposit on beverage containers in order to ensure a high rate of recycling or reuse. The current law was passed in 1983 and does not include many popular “new-age” drinks such as bottled waters, sports drinks, and juices. Currently the only beverages covered are carbonated soda, beer, and malt beverages.

Councillors Salvatore LaMattina and John Connolly sponsored the City Council Resolution in order to demonstrate to state lawmakers that the Boston City Council wants the Bill updated.
About a dozen bills related to the Beverage Container Recovery Law, including House Bill 3057 filed by Rep. Basile on behalf of Mayor Menino, are before state lawmakers this legislative session.

The Council approved the Resolution at its weekly meeting on Oct. 21.

Green Ticket Bill Needs Support

NEWRA’s Clean Streets Committee is asking residents and merchants to send in the following letter in support of the Green Ticket Bill to our State representatives. The Green Ticket Bill is an important step in improving the trash problem in the neighborhood.
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Here is a summary of the House Bill #3588 (Green Ticket Bill) and testimony from the City’s Inspectional Service Department (ISD) that explains why the bill is so important. House Bill #3588 is anticipated to be favorably voted out of Committee but still has a bit to go. 

North End NSC ESOL Program Visit the MA State House and Representative Michlewitz

The English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes from the North End visited the state house to meet with Representative Aaron Michlewitz and to...

Last Day to Register to Vote

Today, October 14th, is the last day you can register to vote in the city’s Nov. 3 election for mayor and City Council. City...

New Indictment In DiMasi Case

Federal prosecutors added a new count of extortion to previous charges against Sal DiMasi, former Massachusetts House Speaker. The new indictment came today in...

City Council Hearing on Styrofoam Containers

The Boston City Council’s Committee on Government Operations will hold a public hearing on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 2:00 PM.  The hearing will be held in the Christopher A. Iannella Chamber on the Fifth Floor of Boston City Hall.  The subject of the hearing is

Docket #1083, An Ordinance Prohibiting the Use of Non-Recyclable and Expanded Polystyrene Food Service Containers

This matter was sponsored by Councilor Stephen Murphy and was referred to the Committee on Government Operations on Wednesday, August 26, 2009.

Members of the public are cordially invited to attend and testify. 

North End Rats on the Political Scene

The Globe highlighted the North End’s problem with rats in its Columbus Day article which discussed the Mayorial candidates view of the issue. “Flaherty said...

Neighborhood Reps Choke at Bocce Game

The Herald is reporting that the home town bocce crew was beat by a group of outsiders today, in a benefit game for the...

Boston City Council Weekly Programming Schedule

Weekly Programming Schedule   10/12 – 10/23 2009

Rat Hearing, i.e., A Hearing About Rats


Head Start Pictures with the Mayor

Mayor Menino was invited to read books with the children at the North End Head Start. Here are some pictures of neighborhood kids with...

Mayor to Visit North End Head Start

On Tuesday, October 6th, Mayor Menino will tour the North End Head Start school and visit with some of the children. The mayor will...