the north end the north end

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Ted Tomasone never forgets his
Once again, the Regional Review
commands former North End resident
Robert "Ted", Tomasone for providing special activities in the community
throughout the year.
He coordinated the annual North
End Christmas luncheon that benefits
needy residents, families and seniors
during the special season which were
total successes.
He also spearheaded the annual
North End Athletic Association (NEAA)
Christmas Parade that attracted hundreds of participants that saw Santa
Claus arrived by helicopter at Puopolo
Ted is also actively involved in many
of the community's endeavors, programs
and activities to numerous to mention.
Ted, the Clerk Magistrate of
Somerville District Court, has never forgotten his North End roots, which are
deeply embedded in the neighborhood.
Kubiak honored by WECA
North End resident David Kubiak
has been named as a life-time honorary member of the West End Civic
Association (WECA) for his achievements encouraging the cooperation
among neighborhood associations to
work towards common goals concerning the environmental and infrastructure.
WECA's gesture was a wise one,
as Kubiak has been extremely active
attempting to get many organizations
and associations on the same page which
directly affects neighborhoods, including
the North End/Waterfront Residents'
Association (NEWRA) of which he is
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By Phil Orlandella
an active member and served on several
Kubiak, has worked hard to protect
the community he resides in, as well as
nearby neighborhoods. The recognition
by WECA was well deserved.
LaMattina favors compensation
Boston City Counselor Sal LaMattina,
whose district includes the North End/
Waterfront, proved his willingness to
support low-income residents, the elderly and those with disabilities when he
voted to double the amount of compensation offered to tenants when their
units become converted to condominiums forcing them to relocate to new
The ordinance, signed by the Mayor,
is the first increase in ten years, bumping
up the stipend from $6,000 to $10,000,
doubling the amount of relocation compensation.
Councilor LaMattina continues to
support the little guy.
A banner year at the N.E.
Numerous successful educational
programs, activities and events have
been available at the North End Library
over the past year.
Local residents of all ages had the
opportunity to participate in many programs of interest and the new year
promises to be even bigger and better, especially with the assistance of
the Friends of the North End Library
who do an outstanding job making the
library a great place to visit.
Mayor unveils new Online Permit Tools
By Phil Orlandella
spring available online as well,"
the Mayor added.
Permit Finder is a new
online tool which will allow
residents, contractors and the
general public to check the
status of permits through the
approval process. The application provides information on
future steps in the approval
process, city staff responsible
for portions of the process, and
timelines for each step in the
process through a simple search
City still has no agreement with Casino
By Phil Orlandella
There is still no apparent
way for the City of Boston to
reach a deal with Wynn Resorts
that would clear the way for the
casino set to be built in Everett
to obtain Boston roadway permits for the $1.6 billion gaming
Although Mayor Martin J.
Walsh's staff have met with the
Wynn Resorts, the deal has a
way to go and the city needs to
get back to the drawing board
before something really happens.
Reportedly, the Mayor has
said, "Right now it's slow and
we still have a way to go before
City improves basic services
By Phil Orlandella
During his first year as
Mayor of Boston, Martin J.
Walsh has accomplished a lot
of things including the use of
the way the city delivers services by using data more than it
has ever done in the past, shat-
tering numbers all over the city
when it comes to basic services.
Some of the repair services
included 4,000 sidewalks, 60
miles of roadway beating the
numbers from last year.
The city also doubled the
number of potholes filled this
year with 18,257 of them
we have any type of an agreement."
Wynn Resorts need permits
from Boston for road alterations and it appears plans will
be submitted to the City's Public
Improvements Commission by
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)
and The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA)
Invite you to attend the fourth public meeting on the
Central Artery Ramp Parcel Study
Thursday, January 8, 2015
6-8 PM at the BRA
(Boston City Hall, 9th Floor, BRA Board Room)
MassDOT is required to consider options for covering the open ramp portions of Central
Artery/Tunnel Parcels 6, 12 and 18 along the Rose Kennedy Greenway, resulting from
environmental commitments made as part of the Central Artery/Tunnel project.
MassDOT and BRA officials are continuing to study options to define potential cover
alternatives. At this next public meeting, staff from MassDOT and the BRA, along with their
consultant team will present refined ramp parcel concepts based on feedback received from
three (3) prior public meetings, including the public workshop that was held on October 29th.
We would like to invite interested parties to attend and participate in providing feedback on
these possible solutions. This meeting will be followed by a formal thirty (30)-day comment
period to allow for public feedback to the design team, MassDOT and the BRA.
Visit our project website at
If you have any specific questions, please contact:
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345 Broadway
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John Romano
Legislative Liaison, MassDOT
email: [email protected]
Lauren N. Shurtleff
Senior Planner, BRA
email: [email protected]
This meeting space is accessible to people with disabilities. If you need a reasonable
accommodation (such as American Sign Language Interpreters, assistive listening devices,
handouts in alternate formats, etc.) and/or language assistance to fully participate, please
contact John Romano at MassDOT at 857-368-8905 or [email protected] before
December 30th. Such accommodations will be provided free of charge.
A new online permit tracking tool has been unveiled by
Mayor Martin J. Walsh.
In addition, the city has
launched online applications
for a number of Boston Fire
Department permits and licenses.
Since being elected, these are
a series of steps taken by the
Mayor to streamline the permitting process in the city.
Reportedly, since the city has
concentrated its efforts in this
area, the city has gone through
a huge backlog of complaints
and significantly increased
the number of permits it has
reviewed and processed.
"This is about making the
process more clear and easy,
and letting the applicants and
the public see where we stand
on our performance goals
around permit review," the
Mayor said in a prepared press
"We brought a lot online
and we'll have another large
round of permits later this
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‘A Future Perfect’
SpeakEasy Stage Company presents the world premiere of former
Huntington Playwriting Fellow,
Ken Urban’s one-act, 90-minhute
comedy. “A Future Perfect,” Jan.
9 through Feb. 7, starring award
winners Marianna Bassham and
Nael Nacer, at the Roberts Studio
Theatre, Stanford Calderwood
Pavilion, Boston Center for the
Arts, 527 Tremont St., South End,
Boston. Performances:Wednesday,
Thursday, at 7:30 p.m.;Friday, 8
p.m.; Saturday, 4,8 p.m.; Sunday, 3
p.m.; also Jan. 13 ,at 7:30 p.m.,Feb.
5, at 2 p.m.Tickets start at $25;
discounts for seniors, students, and
ages 25-under. For tickets and/or
more information, call 617-9338600, visit www.SpeakEasyStage.
com or www.BostonTheatreScene.
com. ‘Chalk’
Walt McGough’s intense, science
fiction fable, “Chalk” headlines
Fresh Ink Theatre’s new season,
Jan. 9-24, at Boston Playwrights‘
Theatre, 949 Comm. Ave., Boston.
Performances:Friday, Saturday,
at 8 p.m.; Thursdays, and also
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m.;
Jan. 10 and 24, at 3 p.m. There’s
a post-show social, Jan. 10; date
night, Jan. 21 (buy one ticket,
get one free, and free concessions
package); Playwright’s Night, Jan.
15, 22, with Tootsie Pop talkback.
Admission, $20; 3 p.m. performances online,420 or Pay What You Can
at the door; groups of eight, $5 off.
Visit freshinktheatre.orgo r web. ‘The Best Brothers’
Daniel McIvor’s 90-minute, oneact comedy, “The Best Brothers,”
makes its East Coast premiere Jan
8 through Feb. 1 at Merrimack
Repertory Theatre’s Nancy L.
Donahue Theater, 50 E. Merrimack
St., Lowell, starring Michael
Canavan and Bill Kux. A postshow reception is held Jan. 11.
Tickets, $20-$60; check for senior,
student, military, group and other
discounts, performance times, and
special related events. Visit www. or call 978-654-4678. ‘Orlando’
Catherine LeClair, John Davin,
Woody Gaul and John Kinshert perform with Wellesley College student
Elisabeth Yancey and alumna Vicky
George in Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation
of Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando,” Jan.
8-10,15-17,22-24,29-31, Feb. 2, at
7 p.m.; Jan. 11,18,25, Feb. 1,at 2
and 7 p.m. at the college’s Ruth
Nagel Jones Theatre. Tickets, $20;
students, seniors, 410. Reservations
are required. Call 781-283-2000.
Edwards twins
Edwards twins
Edward return
Anthony and
to Stoneham
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show reception with the actors in
the Gallery. Tickets:$25 at the door;
advance tickets, $20; students, $15.
Call 617-887-2336 or visit www.
Live Nation concerts
Live Nation’s latest line-up includes
Adore Delano, performing Jan.7,
at Brighton Music Hall, Allston,
followed at the hall by Expanding
Man/Loveless/Senor Happy, Jan. 8,
and Kawehi, Jan. 9; Aerosmith
Tribute Band, Draw the Line, Jan.
10. The Devil Makes Three performs Jan. 10 and A$AP Ferg &
YG, Jan. 12, at House of Blues,
Boston; and WALE’s at Paradise
Rock Club, on Jan. 11. For more
information, visit
Museum of Science
At Boston’s Museum of Science
(1 Science Park), board the Polar
Express in the 4-D Theater’s new,
Oberon events. Oberon artist-in-residence Speakeasy Circus performs Jan. 7,8,14-17, at the 2 Arrow St.,
15-minute animated film. Sky and
Harvard Square, Cambridge club. There are acrobats, jugglers, burlesque dancers and aerialists performing
stargazers will enjoy the world preto electroswing and jazz music in this all-new version of the club’s hit show. Tickets, start at $25. Prime Cut
miere of the Planetarium staff and
Production presents “Pulp Friction: A Quentin TaranTEASEno Burlesque, Jan. 11 and 23, at 9 p.m. (tickets
NASA’s, “From Dream to Discovery:
from $10); followed by the club’s monthly The Big Quiz Thing, Jan. 12 and Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. Admission is
Inside NASA Engineering,” a
free of charge. For tickets and/or more information, visit
35-minute film that reveals scientists and engineers‘ latest technology
in space, but encourages youngsters
Sonia and Masha and Spike,” at the to dare to dream and be part of
Theatre (395 Main St., Stoneham), Comedy Night
264 Huntington Ave., Boston the- that frontier, showing in the Charles
Jan. 8-11, (Thursday at 7:30 p.m.;
It’s Comedy Night at the Firehouse
ater. Showtimes: Fridays, at 8 p.m.; Hayden Planetarium. Tickets, $10;
Friday, Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday,
Center for the Arts at Market
at 8 p.m.; Jan. 6,8,13,15,20,27, also seniors, $9; children ages 3-11, $8;
at 6 p.m.) with the Fancy Dancers,
Square, Downtown Newburyport,
Jan. 21,22,29, at 7:30 p.m.; Jan.7, And don’t miss new exhibition,
performing their Las Vegas-style
featuring headlining stand-up comat 7 p.m.; Jan. 14,28, at 2 and 7:30 “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed”.
show, and featuring their spot-on,
ics Tony V, Doug Blay and Jeff
p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 10,17,24,31, at Admission to exhibit halls, $23;
uncanny impersonations of mega
Keon, Friday, Jan. 9, at 8 p.m. All
2 and 8 p.m.; Jan. 11,18,25, at 2 seniors, $21; children, 3-11, $20.
stars Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler,
seats $20. Call 978-462-7336 or
and 7 p.m.; Feb. 1, at 2 p.m. Days Combination tickets available.
Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, Ray
and times vary. Check also for relat- Museum open Saturday-Thursday,
Charles, Andrea Bocelli, and counted events. Tickets start at $25; dis- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 9
less others. VIP seats, $60; premi- ‘Red Hot Patriot’
count rates for seniors, subscribers, p.m. (visit For more
um, $50; standard, $45. Popular
motivational speaker Loretta Lyric Stage Company of Boston pres- BU community, students, military information, call 617-723-2500 or
LaRoche also headlines, Jan. 9-11, ents multi-award winning Boston with valid ID, and 35 Below. Call visit at 2 p.m. ($60/$50/$45). For per- actress Karen MacDonald, assist- 617-266-0800 or visit huntingtonKowloon Komedy
formance times, tickets and more ed by Jacob Athyal, in Margaret theatreorg.
Comic Brad Mastrangelo headlines
information, call 781-279-2200, or
Patriot, the Kick-Ass Wit of Molly ‘Morality Play’ the Kowloon Komedy Club, Route
Ivins,” through Jan. 31, at the
The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre 1N, 948 Broadway, Saugus, Jan.
140 Clarendon St., Boston theater. Guy Fishman and Ian
at 172 Exchange St.,Pawtucket, RI, 9, at 8:30 p.m. ($20) and Jan. 10,
presents “Morality Play,” Tony at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. ($20). For
at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.;
tickets or more information, visit
Handel & Haydn’s principal cellist Saturday, 3,8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.; Estrella’s stage adaption of Barry, or
Guy Fishman and fortepianist Ian Wednesday matinees, Jan, 7 and 28,
call 781-233-0077. Watson perform Beethoven’s cello at 2 p.m. Check for related post- through Feb. 1, 2015. the play is
sonatas for fortepiano and violon- show events. Tickets start at $25;
Puppet Showplace
cello, variations, and a piano sona- senior, student group, student rush, New England, when a mute girl is Theater
ta, Sunday, Jan. 11, at 3 p.m. at the group discounts. Call the box Office sentenced to be hanged for the murmagnificent Shalin Liu Performance at 617-585-5678 or visit lyricstage. der of a little boy; and an itinerant Puppet Showplace Theater presgroup of actors weave the murder ents CactusHead Puppets performCenter, 35 Main St., Rockport. Dr. com.
into their morality play, attempting ing previews of “the Pied Piper of
Teresa Neff leads a pre-concert
to solve the crime. For more infor- Hamelin,” Jan. 10 and 11, at 1 and
talk at 2 p.m., free of charge, to Scullers
ticketholders. Tickets,$19-$34.Call Kellylee Evans performs Jan. 8 mation and tickets, call 401-723- 3 p.m.; opening night and reception, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m.; Jan. 17,18,
978-546-7391 or visit www.rock- and Linda Eder, Jan. 9 and 10, at 4266 visit
24,25,at 1 and 3 p.m.;Jan. 19, at
Scullers jazz club, Doubletree Suites ‘Midsummer’
10:30 a,.m. and 1 p.m admission,
by Hilton Boston-Cambridge, 400
No Turning Back
Apollinaire Theatre Company kicks $12; members, $8. Brenda Huggins
Soldiers Field Road, Boston. Call
Firehouse Center for the Arts at 617-562-4111 or visit www.scull- off its new season with David Greig and Phil Berman offer a free puppet
and Gordon MacIntyre’s 95-minute, playtime winter open house, Jan.
one-act, two-person romantic come- 14, at 10:30 a.m., free of charge.
Newburyport, presents Warren
dy play with songs, “Midsummer,” Because of limited space, RSVPs
Miller Entertainment’s latest ‘Vanya and Sonia and
performed through Jan. 11, at are required. Call 617-731-6400,
ski-snowboard film, “No Turning Masha and Spike’
Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Ext. 101, or visit www.puppetshowBack,” Saturday, Jan. 10, at 3 and 7
ushWinnisimmet St., Chelsea. Brooks p.m. Tickets, adults, $12; members,
Reeves and Courtland Jones star.
seniors, students, $9. Call 978-462Feb. 1, with Tony Award-winning Showtimes: Friday, Saturday, at 8
7336 or visit
Broadway comedy, “Vanya and p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. There’s a post-
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Club Oberon (2 Arrow St., Harvard
Square, Cambridge), presents The
WIG, internationally touring, New
York-based electro-percussionist,
DJ, and producer, headlining their
hit show, AcousticaElectronica, Jan.
9. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets
start at $25. Visit Tickets, $18-$25. Visit
PEM exhibitions
The Art of the Brick
Artist Nathan Sawaya takes LEGO
to new heights in the largest artistic
display of LEGOs ever assembled,
on display in its Boston debut at
Quincy Marketplace’s second-floor
11,000 square-foot museum at
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, until Jan
11. The museum is open seven days
a week. Tickets for children ages
3-12, students, military personnel,
$15.50; adults, $23.50; seniors,
$17.50. Visit www.bostonbricks.
com or call 866-276-9458. Jo Ractcliffe
Peabody Essex Museum (East
India Square, downtown Salem)
presents the US debut exhibition
of “Someone Else’s Country,” 50
photographs of South African photographer Jo Ractcliffe, on view
through springtime 2015. Museum
hours, Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to
5 p.m.; admission: $18; seniors,
$15;students, $10; museum members and youths 17-under, free of
charge. Call 866-745-1876 or visit ‘Muckrakers’
Bridget Kathleen O’Leary directs Zayd Dohrn’s new play, “Muckrakers,” starring Lewis D. Wheeler and Esme Allen, Jan. 10 through Feb. 1,
at the Arsenal Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. Preview performances, Jan.10, at 8 p.m., Jan. 11,at 4 p.m.,
includes symposium; all other performances, Jan. 12,15,18,21,22, at 7:30 p.m.;Jan.16,17,23,30, at 8 p.m.; Jan. 18,29, at 2,7:30 p.m.; Jan. 24,31,
at 3,8 p.m.; Jan.25, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m. only.Talkbacks Jan. 25,29, Feb. 1, after the 2 p.m. matinee. Tickets, $36; senior, student, group discounts.
Call the Box Office at 617-923-8487 or visit
as Art,” in the museum’s Art and
Nature Center. Call 866-745-1876
or visit Kina Zore’
Every Tuesday night at 9 is
African Music Night, with host
Mozambican Afro-Pop group, Kina
Zore‘ featuring other African music
groups, at the Lizard Lounge, 1667
Mass. Ave., Cambridge. This is a
21+-year-old event. Admission, $10. PEM photographic
The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM)
at East India Square, Salem, presents a 20-piece exhibition of Chester
and Davida Herwitz Collection’s
“Figuring the Abstract in Indian
Art,” 20th century modernist paintings and 19th century devotional Hindu sculptures, on display
through mid-2015. Museum hours,
Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
admission: $18; seniors, $15;students, $10; museum members and
youths 17-under, free of charge.
Call 866-745-1876 or visit www. Jonathan Katz
Veteran comedian Jonathan Katz,
a.k.a. Dr. Katz, professional therapist, will perform his one-man
show, “Hey, We’re Back with
Jonathan Katz,” Sundays at 8 p.m.
at ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St.,
Cambridge. For tickets and/or more
information, call 617-576-1253 or
Fruitlands Museum
New exhibitions, “The Changing
Collection,” and the Ehrenkranz
Basket Collection,” are at the
Fruitlands Museum,102 Prospect
Hill Road, Harvard, Mass. Also
visit the museum’s new centennial
celebration, featuring 100 objects,
100 stories, 100 years. Museum
hours Monday, Wednesday-Friday,
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekends and hol-
idays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission,
$12; seniors,students, $10; children
ages 5-13, $5; members, children
under 5, free. Visit www.fruitlands.
org or call 978-456-3924, Ext. 292.
Hall of Human Life
The Boston Museum of Science at 1
Science Park, Boston, presents interactive, permanent exhibition “Hall
of Human Life”. Museum hours:
Saturday through Thursday, 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Admission to Exhibit Halls: $23;
children, 3-11, $20; seniors 60+
years old, $21. Visit
visitor_info/admission or call 617723-2500. PEM exhibit
The Peabody Essex Museum at East
India Square, Salem, is exhibiting
Robert Weingarten’s Photographic
Meditations on the California
Skyline, through May. Museum
hours, Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to
5 p.m.; admission: $18; seniors,
$15;students, $10; museum members and youths 17-under, free
of charge. Also check out newest exhibit, “Branching Out: Trees
One-Minute Play Festival. Boston Public Works Theater Company and Boston Playwrights Theatre’s annual Boston One-Minute Play Festival ends
Jan. 6, at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm. Ave., Boston. At least 50 Greater Boston established and emerging playwrights penned plays for
this event. Series B, runs Jan. 6, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 per series. Visit or call 866-811-4111.
The Peabody Essex Museum
Major Nathaniel Gould exhibition,“In Plain Sight: Discovering
the Furniture of Nathaniel Gould,”
18th century Salem cabinet maker
extraordinaire, is at the East India
Square, downtown Salem museum.
While visiting the museum, check
out exhibition Branching Out:
Trees as Art, on display through
September 2015 in the Art and
Nature Center; and Strandbeest, the
Dream Machines of Theo Jansen,
honoring acclaimed photographer
Lena Herzog’s new book. General
museum hours, Tuesday-Sunday, 10
a.m. to 5 p.m.; admission: $18;
seniors, $15;students, $10; museum
members and youths 17-under, free
of charge. Call 866-745-1876 or