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By adamg - 10/14/21 - 9:53 pm
New Coast Guard cutter

One of the new cutters, well away from a dock. Photo by USCG.

The Coast Guard goes before the Boston Conservation Commission next week for permission to replace two piers and install new floating docks at its base off Hanover and Commercial streets to allow it to dock six new larger cutters currently under construction in Louisiana. Read more.

By adamg - 10/12/21 - 1:02 pm
DeMarco statue with memorial wreath

DeMarco statue with memorial wreath today. Photo by Audrey.

The Ring reports the death on Monday of Tony DeMarco, "the wild-swinging Boston brawler who won the world welterweight championship in 1955" - at the Garden, no less. Read more.

By adamg - 10/11/21 - 2:58 pm
Base of former Christopher Columbus statue in his epnonymous North End park

A concerned citizen filed a 311 complaint about the protest graffiti on the base where Christopher Columbus used to stand in the North End until he was decapitated last year.

With no statue left to deface or knock down, the protester could only spray paint messages on the base and on the sign that tells you the name of the park.

By adamg - 10/8/21 - 10:05 am

City Councilor and state-senate candidate Lydia Edwards yesterday apologized for her comments on Wednesday, which many took as a defense in support of Columbus in her current and possible future districts, which have significant Italian-American populations. Read more.

By adamg - 10/6/21 - 12:36 am
Gala

Rolando Gala's robbery attire has come down a bit over the past decade, police say: Where once he was dubbed the "Backstreet Bandit" for robbing banks clad in a fedora and button-down shirts, like the Back Street Boys, he robbed two banks on Hanover Street in the North End last month wearing nothing on his head, two untucked T-shirts, a pair of ill fitting jeans and sneakers. Read more.

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By adamg - 9/17/21 - 9:16 pm
Bank robbery suspect

At least Affleck wore a nun mask. Boston Police are looking for an unmasked bearded guy with a plastic CVS bag for this morning's holdups of two Hanover Street bank branches - 11 years to the day after the release of "The Town," which focused on an armored-car robbery on Salem Street. Read more.

By adamg - 9/17/21 - 9:49 am
Century Bank after robbery

In North End, life goes on as police, news crews set up. Photo by Adam Castiglioni.

The Century Bank branch at 275 Hanover St. and the Citizens Bank branch at 315 Hanover St. were both held up shortly after 9 a.m.

By adamg - 9/7/21 - 12:03 pm
Buddy Spagnuolo

Family and friends of Robert "Buddy" Spagnuolo gathered at St Leonard's Church on Hanover Street this morning for a funeral mass to celebrate the life of the 90-year-old North End resident, who died on Aug. 30. And then, before they left for his burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden, they further celebrated his life with an unusual daytime fireworks display above the North End: Read more.

By adamg - 9/2/21 - 8:56 am
Flooded bocce courts in the North End

North End bocce courts turned into reflecting pools. Photo by Nathaniel Stinnett.

The Boston area remains under a flood warning until 1 p.m. as Ida moves out. Read more.

By adamg - 8/29/21 - 11:04 pm

Tonight we learned, via the city's answers to separate 311 complaints, that it might be best to wait until dog waste left by inconsiderate dog owners has turned kind of solid before contacting 311. Read more.

By adamg - 8/28/21 - 1:26 pm

Massimo Tiberi, owner of Arya Trattoria on Hanover Street, posts Instagram photos of celebrities posing with him. So when Kim Janey walked in last night, he had a pic snapped and posted it - and then fairly quickly took it down because neither of them had a mask on, which proved a tad embarrassing given that Boston's indoor mask mandate, which Janey herself announced, went into effect Friday morning. Read more.

By adamg - 8/20/21 - 11:47 am
Detritus from late-night slobs

A disgusted citizen files a 311 report about the morning conditions at the new playground at Langone Park: Read more.

By adamg - 8/19/21 - 11:51 am

City Councilor Lydia Edwards (East Boston, Charlestown, North End) made it official today: If, as expected, Joe Boncore leaves the state Senate to become head of a life-sciences trade group, she will run for his seat. Read more.

By adamg - 8/13/21 - 8:46 pm
Sumner storrowing

Kevin the roving UHub photographer was forced to stop roving due to an 18-wheeler that ground to a halt after entering the Sumner Tunnel this evening. State Police reported one lane was shut around 6:30 p.m., but that the truck was removed and the lane re-opened shortly before 9 p.m.

By adamg - 8/10/21 - 8:50 am

The spite house of Hull Street in the North End can be yours for $1.2 million.

H/t Cara.

By adamg - 8/3/21 - 11:38 am

A North End resident who had been regular at Lucca, 226 Hanover St., will have to find some place else to get a late-night drink after repeatedly uttering racial epithets at two Black men who were also at the bar on June 11, the restaurant's lawyer told the Boston Licensing Board today. Read more.

By adamg - 7/11/21 - 6:44 pm
People celebrate Italy UEFA win on Hanover Street

One look at Hanover Street will tell you. Adam Castligioni shows us the scene on Hanover and Prince streets. He reports Hanover is now a pedestrian plaza. Read more.

By adamg - 7/10/21 - 1:20 pm
Locks open at Charles River Dam

DCR was ready when you are, Gridley, and opened the locks at the Charles River Dam at low tide to let the water piling up in the Basin flow into the Harbor yesterday, as Ari Ofsevit shows us.

By adamg - 7/9/21 - 11:39 am
Menacing gopher

A concerned citizen files a 311 complaint about a havoc-wreaking gopher at DeFilippo Park in the North End: Read more.

By adamg - 7/7/21 - 11:35 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that the state can decide whether to force the owners of condos at Commercial Wharf to abandon the wharf space they now use for parking, because they never received a formal state license to use the waterfront land for stowing cars. Read more.

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