Commentaries Meetings Police & Fire

Commentary: Noise Problem – North End Residents Fed Up

The following letter to Boston City Hall Mayor’s Office and City Council officials is re-published here with permission of the author as a commentary follow-up to last week’s North End Public Safety meeting. I am emailing you in the hope that you finally realize how fed up both the deep rooted and longstanding residents of Read More…

Community Government Photos & Videos Real Estate

Video: City Chief James Hunt Speaks to NEWRA on Environmental and Energy Issues

Conversation with James Hunt, City of Boston Chief of Environmental and Energy Services The city’s chief spoke to the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) regarding a wide range of issues relating to the environment and energy use, including groundwater and recycling. Mr. Hunt oversees the Inspectional Services Department and the Environment Department, serves Read More…

Business Food & Drink Health & Environment

Councilors Arroyo and Ross Move to Prevent Noisy Nighttime Trash Pickup

News from the offices of City Councilors Arroyo and Ross:

— Home Rule Petition will Regulate Commercial Trash Collection Timing—

The Boston City Council is considering a measure to restrict noisy trucks from collecting trash in the middle of the night.  In response to complaints from residents, City Councilor At-Large Felix G. Arroyo and District City Councilor Michael Ross introduced a home rule petition to give the City of Boston authority to regulate commercial trash collection timing.

Meetings Police & Fire

Noise Flyers Being Distributed in North End by Boston Police District A-1

Boston Police District A-1 are distributing flyers and cards for the new “Be Courteous to Your Neighbors” campaign. Officers on patrol will have the cards to hand out to people on the streets, initially targeting groups of individuals gathering at common spots where there are noise complaints. Officers will also use the flyers in their Read More…

Community Meetings Police & Fire

“Keep the Noise Down” Cards to be Handed Out in the North End by Boston Police

Boston Police at District A-1 are printing “Keep the Noise Down” cards to hand out to North End visitors in an effort to reduce frequent noise complaints by residents. The noise issue is a regular “quality of life” topic at the North End public safety meetings. Residents complain that loud groups of people “disturb the Read More…

Community Government Transportation

LaMattina Stirs Up NEWRA Meeting: “There is No Plan for One-Way on Hanover Street”

District 1 City Councilor Sal LaMattina took center stage at this week’s meeting of the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) regarding the City’s plan for Hanover Street. Councilor LaMattina took questions from residents and the impromptu discussion evolved into a public debate on the issues of late-night noise and congestion in the neighborhood. “There is Read More…

Arts & Culture Commentaries Real Estate

Guest Commentary: Room 801, Losing Sleep Over Boston’s Board of Appeals

The following is a commentary that appeared in condensed form in the January 22, 2010 edition of the Boston Business Journal. The full version is reproduced below. Room 801: Losing Sleep Over Boston’s Board of Appeals It’s a nondescript room with the ambience of a missile silo on the 8th floor of Boston City Hall. Read More…


City Council Unanimously Passes Resolution Preserving USS Constitution Gun Salutes & Playing National Anthem

The following resolution was unanimously passed today by the Boston City Council, offered by Councilor Salvatore LaMattina and Councilor Steven Murphy. RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE PRESERVATION OF THE USS CONTITUTION’S HERITAGE AND TIME-HONORED TRADITIONS OF DAILY GUN SALUTES AND PLAYING OF THE NATIONAL ANTHEM IN BOSTON’S CHARLESTOWN NAVY YARD WHEREAS,      The USS Constitution is one of Read More…

Food & Drink Police & Fire Real Estate

Chamber of Commerce President Responds to Globe Article

In a letter to the Boston Globe, North End Chamber of Commerce (NECC) President, Joanne Prevost Anzalone, responded to the recent Globe article, “A Culture Clash in the North End,” republished here with the author’s permission. Let’s work together in the North End, October 9, 2009 Re: “A Culture Clash in North End” by Jenna Read More…

Commentaries Police & Fire

Guest Commentary on Public Safety Meeting

I was gratified to see a standing-room-only turnout at the recent NEWNC Public Safety Committee meeting. State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, City Councilman Sal LaMattina, Neighborhood Coordinator Nicole Leo and John Nucci from Suffolk University were among those who attended to engage with the neighborhood over concerns of late-night noise raised by recent Boston Globe coverage. Read More…

Community Food & Drink Police & Fire

Globe Highlights “Culture Clash” in North End

In a front page article, the Boston Globe highlights the changes happening in the neighborhood. (“Culture Clash in the North End” by Jenna Russell, September 29, 2009). The reporter presents the various sides of the issues relating to late-night revelry and how it is conflicting with the interests of North End residents. Your humble editor Read More…