In Brief


Mayor Martin J. Walsh has named David J. Elges as the City’s new Chief Information Officer (CIO). In this role, Elges will lead the City’s efforts to enhance online service delivery, empower City employees with effective digital tools, use data to focus resources where they are most needed, and improve access to technology and broadband across all Boston neighborhoods.

Elges brings more than 15 years of information technology experience from both public and private sectors to his new role, where he will oversee the City’s Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT).

“David Elges has the knowledge and expertise to take the great work being done in DoIT to the next level to keep Boston on the cutting edge,” said Mayor Walsh. “I am proud to appoint him to this position, and look forward to working with him to build on Boston’s leadership as a world-class tech city.”



Boston’s North End: An Italian American Story is the first feature length, high definition film to chronicle the vibrant Italian American community that has called the North End of Boston home for more than 100 years. The documentary movie is based on historical records and interviews with Italian American North Enders and their descendants, ranging in age from 7 to 94, from around the Boston area.

Highlights include early political struggles, former World Welterweight Boxing Champion Tony DeMarco, and Stephen Puleo, author of “The Boston Italians,” and “Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919.” It also features original music written especially for the film, home videos, and many photographs.

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh has named Shumeane L. Benford as Boston’s new chief of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM).

As Chief, Benford will have direct oversight of the office’s emergency planning, training, and exercise programs and manage relationships with regional, state, and federal homeland security partners.

“Shumeane has proven over his career that he is a leader who develops a strategic plan, works with the community, and delivers positive results,” said Mayor Walsh. “I am proud he will be leading Boston’s Office of Emergency Management, an office that helps keeps our city safe. I look forward to Shumeane beginning his new role, and leading this important department.”


Holiday Concert held in memory of Mark Frattaroli

North End Music & Performing Arts Center and Boston Landmarks Orchestra co-presented the Annual Holiday Concert of Handel’s “Messiah” Part I. Conducted by Christopher Wilkins, the Concert was held on December 12.

This holiday concert featured the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, One City Choir, NEMPAC Youth Choir, and the following talented Professional Soloists:

Teresa Wakim | Soprano

Emily Marvosh | Contralto

Ethan DePuy | Tenor

Junhan Choi | Bass

This free concert was open to the public and was a special community collaboration of artists and musicians from all over the Boston Community, also celebrating the recent restoration and renovation of the St. Leonard’s Church. This concert was sponsored in part by Lucia Ristorante and the Frattaroli Family in Loving Memory of Mark F. Frattaroli.

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