Round ball soaring at Nazzaro Center
Once again, the Nazzaro Community Center’s Small Fry Basketball Program has proven to be one of, if not the best basketball leagues in the neighborhood.
Under the direction of Manuel Montrond, the league is running smoothly for over the 100 participants in the three-division program, ages range from 4 to 16.
Manuel has many volunteer coaches that contribute to the success of the league.
Black Dog Realty sponsors North End Soccer
Black Dog Realty Estate Group for the past three years has picked up the tab for the North End Athletic Association (NEAA) soccer program at Puopolo Field.
Each Year, at least 100 local young people are able to participate in what has become a major recreational program that is extremely popular sport activity that continues to grow.
Having local business owners like Dhiren Thakker sponsor quality recreational programs make it much easier for local organizations like the NEAA provide top-notch programs for the youth of the community.
North End NSC is a great part of the neighborhood
The North End Neighborhood Service Center (NSC), 1 Michelangelo Street continues to provide many activities and programs for residents and others year in and year out.
NSC coordinates field trips, educational and recreational activities, holiday events and hot meals on a regular basis along with civic and social activities.
Staff and volunteers do a great job at the center and deserve recognition for making the center a great part of the neighborhood.
North Street Grille supports community programs
North Street Grille has once again sponsored a fundraiser to help support the North End Athletic Association (NEAA) and the ABCD North End Neighborhood Service Center (NSC).
On certain Thursdays, the Grill has committed 30% of their profits to these community organizations.
A nice gesture by another neighborhood business to participate and assist local organizations in their quest to provide quality programs, events and activities for all ages in the neighborhood.
Community Center relocation choice must be made
Residents will be making a decision on a relocation site selection for a new community center to replace the existing Nazzaro Center located on North Bennet Street abutting Polcari Playground.
Currently, there are three new locations on the table and the possibility to renovate the existing building and expanded out into public space which would close the center for two years.
Renovations and expansion seem to be not to popular.
Each area has its pros and cons but unless any other location can be proposed, one of those three sites has to be selected.
A new center built from the ground up will provide plenty of space for programs, functions, activities and indoor pool and a new regulation size gym.
Everyone agrees that the Nazzaro Center has outgrown its capacity to accept new members or provide new or expanded programming for all ages.
It’s going to be a hard decision, either site has merit.
However, based on what all the facts turn out to be, a choice must be made by residents working with the city.
It is not going to be easy.