Community News

81st Birthday-56th Anniversary

Congratulations to North End Richie Longo, owner of Corner Café, recently celebrated his 81st birthday,

In addition, Richie and his wife Mary Ann celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary.

SPARK Applications

Applications for the City of Boston 2021 SPARK program are now open and online for those 20-35 years old, and are due Friday, October 30.

New RUFF Board

RUFF has elected its new Board members: Chairperson Cristhel Lopez, Marketing Madeline Ugarte, Membership Alyssa Nations and Legal Harrison Lebov, Esq.

Election of Officers Delayed

NEWRA has delayed its annual election of officers until April 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced the number of members that can participate.

Office of Arts Grants Available

The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture announced the 2021 applications for Boston Cultural Council organizational grants are now available until November 16.

Grants are available for organizations that benefit the public by offering arts programming in the neighborhood.


NEWRA Meeting

NEWRA will hold its next meeting on Thursday, December 10 at approximately 7pm.

NEWNC Meeting

NEWNC will hold its next monthly meeting on Monday, December 14 at about 7pm.

BHCA Halloween Activities

The magical streets of Beacon Hill will not be closed off for trick or treating due to COVID-19.

The Beacon Hill Civic Association will be hosting some virtual fun activities on Friday afternoon on October30, including a costume contest and scavenger hunt. For more details long on to to participate.

North Square Award Presented

The North Square reconstruction project receives Boston Preservation Alliance Award, recognizing keeping the importance of history alive, especially in the North End that hosts a “Story Vault”.

Get Flu Shot

Health leaders are urging residents to get a flu vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sponsor a Bench or Tree

Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP)have launched its sponsor a bench or an oak tree that lines the Trellis. For details visit FOCCP website:

New FOCCP Officers

Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP) have elected new officers. President Joanne Hayes Rines, Vice-President Ann Babbitt, Clerk Laura Benvenuto, Treasurer Allison Seavey, Directors-At-Large Susanne Lavoie and Patricia Sabbey.

Puppy Training Classes

RUFF well soon begin offering a free series of puppy socialization and training classes in the park located at Prince Street.

Proof of vaccination licensing must be provided. Tune-in to the RUFF social channels for updates and dates.

Dog Barking Problems

The inflex of new dogs and puppies has created an uptick in complaints due to barking in the local dog park.

RUFF asks owners to attempt to curb their dogs barking or remove them from the park.

RUFF Virtual Events

After much discussion, RUFF has decided not to hold any large events in the Dog Park this fall but may conduct virtual events. 

RMV Extends Hours for 75 and Older

Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) has extended its designated Wednesday appointment for customers 75 years or older into October at various locations. Hours may vary at each site. Visit www.Mass.Gov/RMV for more details. 

FOCCP Fall Festival

Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP) are planning their Fall Festival with distanced pop-up events for children.

Plans include fun decorations and music under the center Trellis. Dates and times to be announced.

RFI Release

A Request for Information (RFI) has been released for community organizations and Boston residents to share a vision of a racism-free Boston by the Boston Health Commission. For details email [email protected]

Small Business Help Available

Mayor Walsh has released a request for proposal for next round of technical assistant programs for small businesses. Program runs through Friday, January 31, 2023.

NEMPAC Renovations

NEMPAC has made reservations to the Prado and Hull Street space to embrace creativity in vibrance for all ages and abilities.

New Greenway Initiative

A new initiative that will increase visitor’s engagement with The Greenway through interactive Geo Visualization-Blown Tractor that allows exploring the park online. Learn more by visiting

NEWRA Membership

North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) members can renew their memberships online at

BPL Homework Assistance

Boston Public Library Homework Assistance Program (HAP) has transitioned to online learning offering students free after school support throughout the school year. For details visit

MBTA Service Changes Lowered

MBTA customers Fall 2020 service changes are now being offered. Charlie Tickets and Cash Fare have been lowered to Charlie Card levels. For information visit

NEW Health Operators Virus Testing

COVID-19 testing is being provided by NEW Health on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Nazzaro Community Center parking lot on North Bennet Street. For appointments call 617-643-8000.

Greenway Fitness Program

The 2020 Greenway fitness season, presented by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts includes in-person and virtual offerings from yoga to conditioning every Monday through Thursday and Saturday.

New safety precautions are in place for the park class

NEW Health Provides Food Assistance

Beside the COVID-19 testing NEW Health is providing, in the Nazzaro Community Center parking lot, they are also providing support facing food insecurity.

Residents who are unable to purchase necessary groceries can receive supermarket gift certificates through NEW Health.

Call 617-643-8000 for testing and information on food assistance.

Free Virtual Exercise Classes

Boston Parks and Recreation Department is hosting virtual dance party classes on Monday and Thursday evenings. Contact [email protected]

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