5 REGIONAL REVIEW J A N U A RY 6 , 2 0 1 5 Opinion Ted Tomasone never forgets his roots 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 Park. 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 PA G E 5 By Phil Orlandella an active member and served on several committees. 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 increase 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 housing. 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. Library 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 interface. 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 facility. 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 patched. 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 February. 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 http://tiny.cc/RampParcelStudy If you have any specific questions, please contact: WE BUY GOLD + COINS #1 we pay the most Jewelry Box 345 Broadway Revere, MA 781-286-CASH ADVERTISE IN THE REGIONAL REVIEW Call 781-485-0588 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. Black 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 release. "We brought a lot online and we'll have another large round of permits later this 8 REGIONAL REVIEW PA G E 8 A R O U N D ‘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’ Black 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. obationtix.com/trs/pr/941621. ‘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. mrt.org 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 T H E J A N U A RY 6 , 2 0 1 5 C I T Y show reception with the actors in the Gallery. Tickets:$25 at the door; advance tickets, $20; students, $15. Call 617-887-2336 or visit www. apollinairetheatre.com. Live Nation concerts Live Nation’s latest line-up includes Adore Delano, performing Jan.7, at Brighton Music Hall, Allston, followed at the hall by Expanding Man/Loveless/Senor Happy, Jan. 8, and Kawehi, Jan. 9; Aerosmith Tribute Band, Draw the Line, Jan. 10. The Devil Makes Three performs Jan. 10 and A$AP Ferg & YG, Jan. 12, at House of Blues, Boston; and WALE’s at Paradise Rock Club, on Jan. 11. For more information, visit LiveNation.com. 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 cluboberon.com. 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 visit www.firehouse.org. 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 mos.org/hours) 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 mos.org. 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. Engel and Allison Engel’s “ Red Hot Comic Brad Mastrangelo headlines information, call 781-279-2200, or Patriot, the Kick-Ass Wit of Molly ‘Morality Play’ the Kowloon Komedy Club, Route visit stonehamtheatre.org. 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, Performances:Wednesday,Thursday, Watson 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 www.kowloonrestaurant.com, or Unsworth’s best-selling novel, 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 a provocative comedy, set in 1361 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 www.gammtheatre.org. 24,25,at 1 and 3 p.m.;Jan. 19, at portmusic.org. 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. Market Square, Downtown ersjazz.com. 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 The Huntington Theatre ushWinnisimmet St., Chelsea. Brooks place.org. p.m. Tickets, adults, $12; members, ers in the new year now through Reeves and Courtland Jones star. seniors, students, $9. Call 978-462Feb. 1, with Tony Award-winning Showtimes: Friday, Saturday, at 8 7336 or visit www.firehouse.org. Broadway comedy, “Vanya and p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. There’s a post- 9 REGIONAL REVIEW J A N U A RY 6 , 2 0 1 5 A R O U N D T H E PA G E 9 C I T Y AcousticaElectronica 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 americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/acousticaelectronica. Tickets, $18-$25. Visit cluboberon.com. 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 www.pem.org. ‘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 newrep.org. as Art,” in the museum’s Art and Nature Center. Call 866-745-1876 or visit www.pem.org. 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 exhibit 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. pem.org. 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 visit improvboston.com. Fruitlands Museum events New exhibitions, “The Changing Landscape:Fruitlands’ Living 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 www.mos.org/ 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 web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/941817 or call 866-811-4111. Black 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 visit www.pem.org.
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