The Vermont Specialty Food Association is sponsoring two workshops on meeting the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 in Colchester (Hampton Inn) on October 4, 2011 and Rutland (Franklin Conference Center) on November 3, 2011. Known as FSMA 2011, the law will result in some of the most sweeping changes in decades to our food safety and regulatory system. Brian Norder of Vermont Food Consulting Services and Bob Weybright of Weybright and Associates, Inc. will guide participants through key provisions of the law, and, through hands-on exercises, how to write a food safety plan to comply with the law and private food safety audits. Special emphasis will be placed on differences in requirements for small and large producers. This project is funded in part by a USDA Rural Development Grant (USDA-RBEG.). More information of the sessions can be found at www.vtspecialtyfoods.org(link is external). The Vermont Specialty Food Association is a statewide organization representing over 100 food producers and 20 suppliers to the industry. It is one of the nation’s premier statewide associations for the specialty food trade, celebrating 26 years of service to the industry. A complete list of members is available at www.vtspecialtyfoods.org(link is external).
Election Day – Tuesday, September 26thGet out and vote! On election day, polls are open 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.Today is the preliminary election. The top two vote getters today will face off on the general municipal election ballot on November 7th, 2017. In addition to the Mayor’s Race, both District 1 and District 2 have competitive elections.*Advertisement* Currently Article of Interest:Ed Sheeran dines at StregaEd Sheeran stopped by Strega North End over the weekend for a post-concert feast. The group dined on pasta and meatballs, and Sheeran supposedly got into an arm wrestling match with owner Nick Varano (Ed won). More in the Globe.A View of North Square Plan ahead with the Community Calendar: Wednesday, September 276:00pm Intro to Beacon Hill Village: Aging’s New Frontier at North End Library, 25 Parmenter St. Over 50? Live in downtown Boston? Learn how Beacon Hill Village, a non-profit, member-driven organization, can help provide you with resources and opportunities to live a vibrant, active and healthy life in your community, view the events post.Thursday, September 283:30 p.m. STEAM Crafternoons at West End Library – Thursdays, September 28, November 2, and December 7, 3:30-5 p.m. Imagine what you could make with all the supplies in the library’s craft closet! Each STEAM Crafternoon, kids will have access to an abundance of supplies. We’ll also give instructions for two suggested projects, one science-related and one a craft. Ideal for children of all ages. Groups and individuals welcome. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-register.5:30 p.m. Boston Workplace Fitness on the Greenway – Cresa Boston is bringing together employees in nearby offices to The Greenway to participate in a fitness program promoting wellness in the workplace. It’s all about networking, wellness and being outside on the beautiful Greenway!6:00 p.m. Author Talk: Daniel Ford (Sid Sanford Lives!) at I AM Books, 189 North St. Riffing on noir and told in a series of vignettes, Sid Sanford Lives! douses humanistic themes—love, loss, and family—in bourbon, shoves them in the barrel of a gun, and shoots. This emotionally-charged debut is sure to keep readers up late into the night to find out who is left standing. Ultimately up to Sid whether his destiny fulfills his potential or drowns in the bottom of a bottle. Daniel Ford is an author and journalist. He also co-hosts Writer’s Bone, a literary podcast dedicated to championing aspiring authors and screenwriters. Ford lives with his fiancée Stephanie in Boston’s North End, surrounded by bourbon and books. Sid Sanford Lives! is his first novel. https://www.facebook.com/event s/1553310621387055/Through the Window at Scopa From the Community:Act of Generosity by North End FriendFriends of the North End celebrated its 45th annual reunion. [See this post for photos.] A 50/50 drawing was held with proceeds going equally to worthy North End organizations i.e. North End Against Drugs, North End Athletic Association, Nazzaro Center, North End Music and Performing Arts Center and St. Leonard’s Church Restoration. Anthony Federico held the winning ticket. He has instructed the Friends of the North End to double its donations to those organizations by including his share in the memory of his brother, Liberatore “Libby” Federico, a dearly remembered Friend of the North End. Anthony is a proud former North Ender who has not forgotten his roots. View the post.Need to submit a post? Great, start here!Keep up with what’s happening on the Events Calendar.Weather Forecast: These are the polling locations serving most NorthEnd/Waterfront residents:Christopher Columbus Apartments, 145 Commercial Street (Precinct 1)Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennett Street (Precincts 2 & 3)Casa Maria Apartments, 130 Endicott St. (Precinct 4, formerly was 41 N. Margin St. – KoC)Harbor Towers / Rowes Wharf / Downtown (Precinct 6) votes at City HallFor the open district seats on the Boston City Council:District 1 includes the North End, Charlestown and East Boston. Candidates include Lydia Edwards, Margaret Farmer and Stephen Passacantilli. See all our coverage of the District 1 race here.District 2 includes Downtown, South Boston, and the South End. Candidates running for District 2 City Council include: Michael Kelley, Ed Flynn, Corey Dinopoulos, Peter Lin-Marcus, and Joseph Kebartas. See our coverage of the District 2 race.Mayor of Boston: Incumbent mayor Marty Walsh is being challenged by city councilman Tito Jackson, Robert Cappucci and by Joseph Wiley.More information at: www.cityofboston.gov/electionsAlso Happening Tuesday, September 26Paving of Commercial Street. On Tuesday, September 26, there will be paving of the roadway on Commercial Street from Battery Street to Commercial Wharf. During this time there will be traffic delays and parking restrictions. For more details, including diagrams of work areas, see the complete construction notice.11:00am Aquarium Touch Tank at Boston Public Market. Join educators from the New England Aquarium to learn more about seafood! Engage with live ocean animals while learning how our seafood is caught or farmed. Come with questions and leave being a little more informed about how you can play a part in a healthier ocean!5:30pm Greenway Artist Lecture at NBSS, 150 North St. Please join The Greenway in partnership with the North Bennet Street School for an evening of presentations by Meredith James and Mark Reigelman, whose artworks are currently featured on The Greenway as part of the Playful Perspectives exhibition. Register here.6:00pm Zoning, Licensing & Construction Committee Meeting at Mariner’s House, 11 North Sq., 2nd Floor. Note, this meeting starts at 6pm! See the agenda here.Summer’s Over, Until Next Year Did we miss something? Add it to the comments below. Follow @northend.waterfront on Instagram and tag #northend or #bostonwaterfront to have your photo featured!While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading NorthEndWaterfront.com but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. 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