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Residents who are being disturbed by airplane noise are encouraged to call the MassPort Noise Hotline 24 hours a day. The phone number is (617) 561-3333.



On January 31, 2018, volunteers will gather at City Hall to help the city better quantify homelessness in Boston. From there, volunteers, along with Mayor Martin Walsh, will go out through all the neighborhoods of Boston to survey and offer shelter and services to people staying on the street.

To end chronic homelessness, the city needs to understand the scope of the problem. To do that, each year the City of Boston conducts a Homeless Census, where the city tally’s the number of people living on the street, in shelters, or in living situations other than permanent housing.

The data helps the city understand who they are serving and what gaps there are in the services they provide. Census results also inform federal funding, and help measure progress in the city’s efforts to prevent and end homelessness.

To register to volunteer visit:



Boston Public Library’s top borrowed adult titles of 2017 feature a range of acclaimed, prize-winning, and bestselling works by talented writers.

“Bostonians continue to value staying up to date with popular media and culture; three of our top ten books were recently adapted to film or television, while Hillbilly Elegy addresses current political and social issues,” said Jessica Tackett MacDonald, Collection Development Librarian. “Cardholders also love a good Pulitzer Prize winner. The Underground Railroad, All the Light We Cannot See, and The Goldfinch were all given this honor.”


Top Borrowed Adult Titles:

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman

Truly madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

The Girls by Emma Cline

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

In 2017, the BPL added 82,911 new library card holders, loaned more than 4.9 million items, and had 1.6 million downloads of e-books and audiobooks.


Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association (JPNA) will hold a meeting on  January 9 .at 7 p.m. at Jeffries Point Yacht Club  565 Sumner st

Agenda –

Police updates – Sgt Martin , Off. Simon

375  Maverick st .   Demo of existing 2 family to construct 3 family Abdel Krikib. VOTE

81  Webster st .   Add living space and expand rear , also add parking to rear.

Mark Miller .   VOTE

331 Sumner st.    –   The Quiet Few ,   Josh Weinstein .   Atty Kristen Scanlon

Mike Manning/Erik Bankey: Friends of Boston Harborwalk, East Boston Harborwalk Cleanups

Liz Weaver: Friends of Boston Harborwalk, East Boston Harborwalk Interpretive Signage



Harbor View Neighborhood Association(HVNA) will hold a meetin on January 8 at 7pm (doors open at 6:30)
East Boston Yacht Club
1 Rice Street.

The following is the agenda:

Welcome/Introduction (5 min)

Station 7 Update Sgt. Martin, Officer Simons (10 min)

Announcements (5 min)

Poetry Streets Volunteers

Arborist, Steven Kendall, Boston Parks & Recreation

Street Captain Update

East Boston Neighborhood Associations Joint Board meeting

Annual financial update from HVNA Treasurer

Suffolk Downs IAG meeting



55-57 Chaucer Street (20min) VOTE (Must have attended at least one of last three meetings (Oct/Nov/Dec ’17) or be an abutter to be eligible)

Owner R. Sferrazza to subdivide parcel, no work on #55: renovate & expand #57 as a single family


181 Cowper Street Second Presentation Jeff Drago, Esq. (25min)

No vote, redesign with reduced unit count


181-183 Coleridge St. 1st Presentation Dennis Quilty, Esq. (25 min)

Owner Ryan Acone, Rock Development

Proposal to build 3 story building with 22 units, 22 parking spaces

No vote



Feb 2/5/18

Possible vote on 656 Saratoga St.

New project:  116 Moore St.


March 3/5/18

BTD and public works improvements planning session

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