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AN ILLEGAL DECK: No Peace at the Peace Garden

(An illegal deck, installed a few feet above the statues and flowers of the Peace Garden at Saint Leonard Church on Hanover Street, has eradicated the serenity of a sanctuary cherished by North Enders and visitors from around the world.) If asked to identify a special place in the neighborhood where one can momentarily escape Read More…

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Copp’s Hill Moment: Guess Who’s Coming for Breakfast?

(Some people worry about government surveillance and loss of privacy. But, one North End family is literally facing a more imminent threat.) Renato Climaco holds the distinction of being the earliest riser among his neighbors on Copp’s Hill. From a Hull Street apartment, he greets the sunrise through his living room window overlooking the ancient Read More…

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COPP’S HILL MOMENT: All Hallows’ Eve – Saints Among Us

(The celebration of Halloween evokes childhood memories, both fun-filled and fearful, and provides a commercial warm-up to the approach of the winter holidays. In this mad rush, the religious significance lies trampled and forgotten along with the saints we fail to recognize in our midst.) It was Halloween night in Boston’s North End. In the Read More…

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Follow-up: Longtime Vegetable Stand Returns to North End

The homegrown vegetable stand at the corner of Salem & Cooper Streets is back in business! A recent column by Tom Schiavoni brought attention to the code enforcement closure, that was quickly rectified by City Hall to get the needed authorizations for the stand. The operation has been run for over 45 years by the Tammaro family who Read More…

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NORTH END MOMENT: Code Enforcement Overkill

(A cherished mom-and-pop vegetable stand was targeted for closure this by city code enforcement officials.) It was Saturday morning of Labor Day weekend, and something was out of place at the intersection of Salem and Cooper Streets. To the untrained eye, there were three potted plants discarded along the sidewalk on the corner. On closer Read More…