After six weeks of play, team #3 won first place in the tournament. The winning team was led by Captain Willie Celata along with players: Anthony Antidormi, Natale DeMarco and Mike Romano. As usual, the games were very competitive and challenging. It goes without saying that at times, the competition was not without some confrontational moments. A...

I wanted to highlight this post in the NY Times comments section today. It was a response to an article on Kamala Harris and busing. It mentions the Eliot School and a beloved teacher and North Ender, Sandra De Luca. Here is the post, signed by Sherry: “As an elementary-aged Bostonian in the 70’s, I was bused. As referenced in the article, there wa...

A procession honoring Saint Padre Pio took place on Sunday, June 23, through the streets of Boston’s North End. The procession began at St. Leonard’s Church where devotees hoisted the statue of St. Padre Pio onto their shoulders and proceeded to carry the Saint around the neighborhood. St. Padre Pio was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002. Pius...

The Boston Pizza Festival issued the following press release The Boston Pizza Festival is back for its third year at City Hall Plaza in Boston’s government center. The largest consumer pizza event in New England will take place on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14th from noon to 8 p.m. Famiglia Fornaciari Pizzeria, of Saugus, will be one of the...

The Saint Anthony’s Society held a special gala last weekend to launch this Summer’s festivities in celebration of the 100th St. Anthony’s Feast. Begun in 1919, by Italian immigrants from the small town of Montefalcione in Avellino, Saint Anthony’s Feast has become the largest Italian Religious Festival in New England. The black-tie Centennial gala...

The 73rd Anniversary of the Italian Republic was celebrated at the annual Festa Nazionale della Repubblica Italiana on June 2, 2019, held outdoors with a “Piazza Italia” at Christopher Columbus Park. Kicking off the event was Boston’s Italian Consul General Federica Sereni with local dignitaries. The day long festa featured various exhibits, childr...

The first Sunday of June always brings the first Italian religious procession of the season to Boston’s North End, honoring Santa Maria di Anzano.  The 114 year old society held a Mass in Italian at St. Leonard Church followed by a lunch at St. Joseph’s Hall, the newly renovated function space under the church blessed just last week by the Cardinal...

There’s been a lot of discussion about the building at the corner of Prince and Salem Streets which is owned by Joe and Fred Giangregorio. The building is slated to be demolished and replaced with an attractive, modern apartment building. North Enders refer to it as the “Postale” building because the latest tenant was a popular mail box company, bu...

The ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC) recently celebrated the arrival of spring and Pasquetta. Pasquetta is often translated to “little Easter,” and is a day to relax. It was instituted in the post-war period to create a long weekend, which allows people to have a weekend getaway, or at least a “scampagnata” (jaunt to...