Announcements Government

City Council Approves Reforms to Zoning Board of Appeals

From the Office of District 1 City Councilor Lydia Edwards The Boston City Council has approved reforms to the Zoning Board of Appeals filed by City Councilor Lydia Edwards. The changes include: Adding environmental and urban planning experts to the board; Setting term limits for board members; Requiring board members to recuse themselves from projects Read More…

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Councilor Edwards Offers Zoning Board Amendment to Home Rule Petition

City Councilor Lydia Edwards (District 1) offered a revised draft of her home rule petition that was signed as an executive order by Mayor Marty Walsh in February 2020. Although the signed executive order addressed many of Councilor Edwards’ concerns regarding the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), she identified four areas of contention that she Read More…

Commentaries Government

Councilor Edwards on Creating a New Community Response to Nonviolent, Non-Criminal Calls

Progressives too, can back the blue By District One City Councilor Lydia Edwards Thank you. I haven’t said it enough to the men and women in blue that serve our great city. Time and time again they are expected to be at their best when we are at our worst. Whether it was during 9/11, the Read More…

Community Featured Food & Drink

Councilor Edwards: Liquor License Reform Could Help Small Restaurants Recover From Pandemic

City officials met with restaurant and bar owners to discuss the idea of a liquor license purchase/leasing program that would offer immediate financial relief to struggling businesses during a virtual hearing on Wednesday afternoon. The proposal, filed by Councilor Lydia Edwards (District 1), would allow the City of Boston to buy (and leaseback) liquor licenses Read More…

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Elected Officials Provide COVID-19 Updates: State Legislation, Healthcare Needs, Transportation, North End Projects

The North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) and North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) hosted a virtual joint meeting on Monday evening to talk with elected officials about the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. State Representative Aaron Michlewitz provided a brief overview of state legislation that has been passed in response to the public health crisis. He expressed a Read More…

Featured Meetings

Neighborhood Council & Residents’ Association Joint Meeting with Elected Officials May 11

The North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) and North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) will hold a joint neighborhood meeting on Monday, May 11 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Elected officials State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, Senator Joe Boncore, and City Councilor Lydia Edwards will provide updates on legislative initiatives, reopening plans, resources, unemployment, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, Read More…

Featured Government Health & Environment

City Council Discusses Occupational Presumption of COVID-19 for Essential Frontline Workers

While thousands of Bostonians have transitioned to working from home as a safety precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic, essential workers have remained on the frontline to provide critical services to the public. Since the start of the public health crisis in Massachusetts, workers across several crucial industries started to test positive for the coronavirus; namely, Read More…