Thursday, August 10, 2017

32 new affordable apartments for families in East Boston at site of former Salesian Boys and Girls Club



EAST BOSTON (August 9, 2017)–  Mayor Martin J. Walsh today joined the East Boston Community Development Corporation, East Boston residents and local elected officials to celebrate the groundbreaking for Paris Village, a $14 million residential community that features 32 affordable apartments for working families in East Boston. 

The new apartment building will be located on the former Salesian Boys Club site on Paris Street in the heart of East Boston. 

"High quality, affordable housing for working families is the key to opportunity. Creating equitable housing like Paris Village preserves the rich character of Boston's neighborhoods," said Mayor Walsh. "I want to thank our partners for their work to make these homes possible. These are the 2- and 3- bedroom homes working families in Eastie have been calling for, and I'm proud we are continuing Boston's drive to make sure all families can live and work in the City of Boston." 

Paris Village is located in one of Boston's fastest growing neighborhoods, near restaurants and a variety of arts, cultural and outdoor amenities and activities. The development will feature 32 new transit-oriented apartments located close to the MBTA blue line, downtown Boston and Logan International Airport. 

All of the new apartments will be rented to individuals who are earning at or below 60 percent of the area median income (AMI), with four of the families earning 30 percent of AMI or below.

"As we see so much change in East Boston it is important that we create and preserve affordable family housing for all of the hard working residents of East Boston," said Albert Caldarelli, President and Executive Director of the East Boston CDC. "I am grateful that the Mayor Walsh is so committed to that goal. Without that strong leadership a wonderful development like this would not be possible."

When complete, Paris Village will include 22 two-bedroom and 11 three-bedroom family units, an elevator for accessibility, central air, on-site laundry facilities, a large community space for programming for residents on the ground floor, a rear courtyard and playground with a play structure for children. Construction of theParis Village apartments willgenerate approximately 250 new construction jobs. 

"As a long-time resident and tenant of East Boston CDC I am grateful for help we've received from City of Boston. Because of your assistance me and my family have the opportunity to reside in a nice apartment," said East Boston resident Blanca Ayala. "I am also grateful that I was invited to sit on the Board of Directors of EBCDC, Inc. As a Board Member, I have the opportunity to have a say in all of the decisions that affect my tenancy and the close to 1,000 other tenants in our buildings. In my role I also have a chance to work with the CDC and the Mayor of Boston to implement all of the housing initiatives the City supports."

 In accordance with the City of Boston's Green Affordable Housing Program, Paris Village will utilize high efficiency heating and cooling systems fixtures as well as Energy Star rated appliances. The development will employ environmentally friendly design features throughout and earn the distinction of being LEED-Homes "Silver" certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. The development will also meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star standards. 

Paris Village has been made possible in part by a contribution of almost $2 million from the City of Boston, as well as $2.1 million from the State's Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the Affordable Housing Trust.

Today's groundbreaking builds on the recent release of Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030; Boston's latest quarterly housing report, which highlights gains in stabilizing the housing market, accommodating housing growth, improving housing accessibility and increasing affordability. Since 2014, the implementation of the City's housing plan, 13,551 new units of housing have been created. With an additional 8,412 units currently under construction, the City has secured housing for an estimated 25,000 residents, making significant progress in meeting Boston's rapid population growth.

Source: Mayor's Office 8/9/2017

Friday, July 28, 2017

Wanted: New MBTA fuel efficient, enviro-friendly buses for Meridian Street Routes

This just in from Paul Howes of the Friends of Meridian Street
We the residents of Meridian Street of East Boston would sure love to see these new MBTA buses replace the older MBTA buses that run along the Meridian Street route. There are 115 bus trips traveling on Meridian Street through East Boston weekdays Monday through Friday. The fumes from these older buses are a major pollution and health risk to all the residents. 
The Umana and East Boston School children are all effected by this daily. Living on Meridian Street myself the MBTA always seems to have the older MBTA buses running this route. It sure would be a blessing to have the older fleet replaced by these new higher technical, less polluting buses running the 115 routes through Eastie. 
Let's upgrade Eastie and make it a better place to live. MBTA route numbers 114, 116, 117.
Thank you for your help.
Friends of Meridian Street

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mayor Walsh announces 9 organizations selected to receive funding through "My Brother's Keeper Mini Grant Program"

Second round of MBK mini grant funding to support local organizations working to provide opportunities and mentorship to young men of color

Representatives from MBK Boston and the nine selected organizations at the Bolling Building

BOSTON - Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh and My Brother's Keeper Boston, in partnership with The Boston Foundation, yesterday announced the nine organizations in Boston have been selected to receive a combined total of $50,000 in funding through the My Brother's Keeper mini-grant program. 

The program, which launched last August, is designed to support local organizations and entities who work to help maximize MBK's impact in improving outcomes for young men of color. "We know that our young people need opportunities to thrive, and MBK paves for way for young men of color to succeed. This grant program supports mentorship, creative discussions and activities by nonprofits and organizations," said Mayor Walsh. "I congratulate all of this round's grant recipients, and look forward to our continued partnership to ensure our young men have every opportunity to thrive." 

"MBK Boston is proud to promote a collective action agenda to uplift black and brown boys," said Conan Harris, Executive Director of My Brother's Keeper Boston. "The MBK mini grants will enhance programming, connect grassroot efforts, and disseminate the promising practices of our local on-the-ground partners who know our neighborhoods and young people." 

The following organizations were selected to receive awards: 

1. No Books No Balls Summer Basketball Camp Project (Roxbury): Funding will be used to support the hiring of young adults during the summer to assist with the annual summer basketball camp.

2. Level Ground MMA (Downtown): Funding will be used to support the Student Trainer Certification program, which provides a career pathway for youth into Boston's Fitness Industry. 

3. Latino STEM Alliance (Citywide): Funding will be used to support training for Robotics instruction through a Novel Engineer program, which integrates quality literature with the engineer process.  

4. Freedom House (Dorchester): Partnership with Ambitious Men Engaged in Necessary Dialogue (AMEND) to provide bi-weekly social and emotional sessions to address challenges facing young men and to build self-efficacy and professional development skills. 

5. East Boston High School & Pioneer Charter School of Science Sailing Team (East Boston): Funding will support the East Boston High School Sailing team, one of the only BPS high schools with a sailing team and which is comprised of primarily Latino BPS students; and exposing them to opportunities for sports programming that require a diverse set of skills 

6. Inquilinos Boricuas En Accion (South End): IBA's Youth Development Program prepares teens, ages 14-18, for college and professional careers through an employment-based program that places them in rigorous courses centered on Creative Youth Development.  

7. Caribbean Youth Club (Hyde Park, Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury): Caribbean Boys' Initiative helps Caribbean immigrant boys understand positive masculinity, build tangible life skills and achieve academic success. This group provides structure, discipline, challenges, positive peer bonding and male mentoring. 

8. Project Right (Roxbury, Dorchester): Boys R.I.G.H.T will provide group discussions, individual follow up and mentoring for 40 middle and high school young men of color who are involved with the Grove Hall area of Roxbury and Dorchester. 

9. Brunch and Ball Youth Mentoring Program (Dorchester): Professionals from the Boston area speak to teens from 13-19 years old about various topics of personal growth and self-development, with a focus on graduating high school and going on to college or post-secondary education. Athletic interaction with the teens is utilized to teach them to practice sportsmanship in the face of adversity, while lectures and workshops on professionalism and academic achievement are designed to equip them with life skills. 

"We are pleased to continue our partnership with Mayor Walsh in the My Brother's Keeper Initiative," said Orlando Watkins, Vice President of Programs for the Boston Foundation. "This roster of grantees again demonstrates the creative and diverse ways that community organizations are working to expand opportunities for young men of color in the city - and we commit our continued support."

 "Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC) received a mini grant from the City of Boston's MBK initiative," said Abrigal Forrester, Director of Communication Action, MPDC, which received a grant through the previous cycle. "This funding has provided additional support for MPDC's efforts to serve black and brown boys participating in our youth workforce programs. 

Through this funding we conducted focus groups and feedback sessions with young males, which is guiding the program deliverables for MPDC's Youth Empowerment & Advancement Mentoring (YEAM) program going forward." 

ABOUT MBK BOSTON Mayor Martin J. Walsh launched MBK Boston in September 2014, accepting President Barack Obama's MBK Community Challenge as part of the White House My Brother's Keeper (MBK) initiative to create positive pathways for youth, especially boys and young men of color. Over the past two years, Mayor Walsh established the MBK Boston Advisory Committee which led engagement within the community and developed a set of guiding recommendations to support milestones across education, employment, public safety and second chances. To learn more about MBK Boston or to get involved, visit boston.gov/mbk.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July 29: The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston Hosts FREE Family Play Date in Seaport & East Boston

WHEN and WHERE:

Saturday, July 29
12–3 PM in Piers Park (95 Marginal St) and 10 AM–4 PM at the ICA (25 Harbor Shore Dr). 
All activities are free for all, with free water transportation across the harbor.

WHAT:

In anticipation of the ICA’s expansion to East Boston in 2018, ICA Play Dates—the museum’s monthly program for families—will take place on both sides of Boston Harbor for one Saturday in July.

Activities kick off at the ICA at 10 AM. From NOON to 3 PM families can board a boat and head over to East Boston’s Piers Park, where the fun includes a special concert and art activities.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

SAIL THE HARBOR WITH PIERS PARK SAILING CENTER | 12–2:30 PM

Check in at the Sailing Center for timed tickets. Space is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Life jackets provided.

ART-MAKING | 12–3 PM

Decorate binoculars or make message stones in activities led by our staff and educators.

LIVE MUSIC | 1–3 PM

Enjoy performances by DiverCity and Odaiko New England.


WATER TRANSPORTATION:

Water taxis will travel from Fan Pier (right in front of the ICA) to Piers Park every 15 minutes from noon to 3:30. Questions about accessibility? Call 617-478-3103.


NOTES:

Admission is FREE for up to 2 adults per family when accompanied by children ages 12 and under. Youth 17 and under are always admitted free to the ICA. All ages welcome; programs best-suited for ages 6 and older.

Learn more about the ICA’s family programs at icaboston.org

Play Dates are sponsored by Vivien and Alan Hassenfeld and the Hassenfeld Family Foundation, and Holly and David Bruce.

Monday, July 17, 2017

July 24: Gove Street Citizens Association to meet

The Gove Street Citizens Association monthly meeting agenda:
  • Update on current status of GSCA area projects.
  • Legislative Update – Senator Joseph Boncore and Representative Adrian Madaro.
  • 90-94 Cottage Street – A preliminary presentation to erect a 4-floor, 7 unit condo ownership building with one handicapped unit and 6 on-site parking spaces. Owner Marc Savatsky (No vote to be taken) 
  • 67 Lubec Street – A proposal to erect a 4-floor, 7 residential condo unit building with 6 parking spaces in the rear of the building. - Attorney Jeffrey Drago, Developer Thomas Falcucci. (1st presentation / No vote to be taken.) 
  • 287 -293 Maverick St. (Pickle Factory)- A proposal to demolish an existing vacant industrial building and erect a 5 story (with setback) mixed-use development of 37 multifamily residential units and cafĂ©/restaurant at ground level with 31 on-site parking spaces. This project is subject to a BPDA Article 80E-2 small project review. - Attorney Richard Lynds (2nd presentation / No vote to be taken.)
MEETING DATE: Monday, July 24, 2017  

TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

LOCATION - The Noddle Island Community Room located on the first floor of the Logan Airport Rental Car Center situated at the end of Porter Street. Free event parking in front of the building and in the Porter Street parking lot adjacent to the building. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Political News: Local Resident to Run Passacantilli Campaign


NORTH END – Stephen Passacantilli, a North End civic leader, Boston Public Schools parent, and former staffer to City Councilor Sal LaMattina has hired lifelong North End resident Haley Renda to run his campaign for Boston City Council.  Passacantilli is running for District 1 City Councilor, which includes East Boston, Charlestown, and the North End.


Haley Renda grew up in the North End and is a graduate of Boston Latin School and Tulane University.  Prior to being hired to run the Passacantilli campaign, Renda worked with non-profits in Boston and New Orleans.  She spent time working on issues of substance abuse and recovery at the Gavin Foundation in South Boston and fighting human trafficking at the Eden House.  Renda was also an active volunteer with the Women's Action Group.


Passacantilli said, "I'm excited to have Haley Renda running my campaign for Boston City Council.  Haley has done incredible things in her life, and I'm looking forward to working with her to talk about our shared vision for District 1.  From increasing access to parks, open space, and the waterfront, to expanding the ability to attend great schools close to home, and standing up for our seniors, I know that we are going tobe able to get things done for District 1 by working together."

"I've known Stephen Passacantilli since I was a kid, and I've seen how much he's done for our community and Boston as a whole," said Renda.  "When Stephen reached out to me, I was excited to work with someone so committed to helping people and a proven record of success."


Many know Passacantilli from his years of public service across Boston. He is a lifelong resident of the North End where he has been deeply involved as past president of his local civic association and through local charities and community organizations like North End Against Drugs (NEAD) and the North End Beautification Committee. Passacantilli is also an active Boston Public Schools parent and serves on the Board of the Gavin Foundation.


Passacantilli and his wife, Renee, are raising their two children, Grace and Evan, just around the corner where he grew up in the North End.

Source: Passacantilli campaign 7/10/2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

East Boston Savings Bank's Richard J. Gavegnano Named 2017 EV Entrepreneur of the Year® in New England

Mr. Gavegnano joins three decades of groundbreaking entrepreneurs

Boston, June 29 - East Boston Savings Bank's Chairman, CEO and President, Richard J. Gavegnano was presented the prestigious EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in New England. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Mr. Gavegnano was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Marriott Copley

"I am deeply honored to be awarded this recognition by EY. I share this award with the entire EBSB community, the Board of Directors, senior management and employees," said Mr. Gavegnano. "It is through their dedication, hard work and shared the vision that has allowed the Bank to grow to $4.6 billion in assets and flourish with an 18% Compounded Annual Growth Rate since 2007. We will continue to operate with the belief that it is our responsibility to foster economic growth in our communities that help to stimulate growth by providing local jobs and banking services to help businesses and individuals thrive."

As a New England award winner, Mr. Gavegnano is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the  Entrepreneur  of the Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur of the Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18,
2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum™, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

About EBSB

East Boston Savings Bank, a Massachusetts-chartered stock savings bank founded in 1848, operates 31 full-service locations in the greater Boston metropolitan area. East Boston Savings Bank offers a variety of deposit and loan products to individuals and businesses located in its primary market, which consists of Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk Counties, Massachusetts. For additional  information, visit www.ebsb.com.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EV, is the world's most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries. Ey.com/eoy

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Eastie Week: July 12 - July 22


The Farmers Market Is Back! Healthy Summer Food and Fun at EBNHC

This just in from the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center:

Summer is officially here! What better way to celebrate warmer weather than enjoying delicious food with friends and neighbors? The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center makes eating healthy easy and fun with our food access programs!

Food is a basic necessity. The World Health Organization and the United Nations deem access to safe and nutritious food a basic individual right, but many of our community members may face barriers to accessing healthy and affordable food. As a proud member of this community, we work to overcome food access issues. Here's how!


East Boston Farmers Market: It's that time of year again: The East Boston Farmers Market returns July 5! The Let's Get Movin' program at EBNHC runs a bustling farmers market through the summer and early fall. Come have fun while you shop for fresh produce and other healthy foods!

Hours: Wednesdays, 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Dates: July 5 through October 18
Location: Lewis Mall, behind the Maverick T station
Payments accepted: Cash, credit, debit, WIC Coupons, Senior Coupons, SNAP/food stamps
Learn more about the Farmers Market!

EBNHC Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA): Our CSA connects community members interested in supporting local agriculture with Farmer Dave's, a farm located in Dracut, MA. Members of the CSA purchase a "share," or part of the farm's harvest, and receive convenient weekly shipments of healthy, affordable produce that change with the growing season! The program began June 15, but we accept applications on a rolling basis. Please join us! Learn more about our CSA!


Healthy Incentives Program: The East Boston Farmers Market and CSA are proud to participate in the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP). HIP is a statewide program that provides SNAP recipients with a 100 percent incentive -- a dollar-for-dollar match -- for each SNAP dollar spent on fruits and vegetables purchased at farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and CSA programs. By increasing access to locally grown fruits and vegetables for SNAP clients, the program seeks to benefit family and community health, and support farms and the local economy. Learn more about the Healthy Incentives Program!

Fair Foods: On the first and third Friday of every month beginning at 2:30 pm, community members can purchase mixed bags of fresh produce for $2 per bag. Fair Foods is open to all and aims to increase access to fresh, affordable, healthy food in Boston communities. Learn more about Fair Foods



EBNHC Wellness Garden: Our Wellness Garden is a collaborative project throughout which participants share in the maintenance and products of the garden, including healthful and affordable fresh fruits and vegetables while building gardening skills, engaging in physical activity, skill building, and creating green space. Learn more about our Wellness Garden >>

Our community initiatives coordinator, Gabrielle Witham, is deeply connected to these programs. "It feels very meaningful to be able to help people gain access to healthy, fresh, affordable foods," Gabrielle says.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Self-defense class at Station A-7 in East Boston

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The class is taught by Boston Police District A-7 Community Service Officers who have been certified to teach the program. The R.A.D. System of Self-Defense is the official self-defense training program of the National Academy of Defense Education. The (RAD) Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques specifically designed for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that focuses on risk awareness, reduction, recognition and avoidance. While the program exposes participants to the basics of hands-on defense training, R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. The program is open to both women and men. For more information on R.A.D., check out: http://www.rad-systems.com/index.html

Monday, June 12, 2017

N.E. Patriots Super Bowl Trophy coming to June 20 East Boston Kiwanis Club Meeting thanks to Local Author, NFL Player Agent

(EAST BOSTON, June 12) – One of the Super Bowl trophies won by the New England Patriots will be coming to East Boston next week and featured at the Tuesday, June 20 meeting of the East Boston Kiwanis Club. Sean Stellato, an NFL player agent who will be the guest speaker at the club’s meeting, will bring the trophy with him and make it available for photos.

The public is invited to attend the Kiwanis meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. in Spinelli’s Function Hall in Day Square, but tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets are $25 each and must be reserved by Friday, June 16 by contacting Marisa DiPietro at 617-650-3442 or at mdipietro@ebsoc.org.

Mr. Stellato played several seasons in the Arena Football League and today serves as a sports agent for a number of NFL players, including Patriots’ team members Nate Eber and Ryan Allen. Stellato is also the author of “No Backing Down,” an inspirational story about the 1994 Salem High School football team. His book chronicles the 11-day teachers strike and highlights the coach’s controversial decision to continue to coach the team despite a cease-and-desist order. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

The Kiwanis Club of East Boston is an organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time through community service. The Kiwanis Club meets every first and third Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Spinelli’s.

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Ed Coletta 617-697-6179

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

What's happening at the East Boston Branch of the Public Library this month

JUNE LIBRARY HAPPENINGS


Lecture:  Self Defense Basics:  Monday, June 12th at 6:30 p.m.
Interested in staying safe?  Want to learn methods and techniques to recognize aggression and threatening body language?  Join Kristin Ann, founder of D.Y.A.T.A., for a lector on ways to stay aware, safe, and empowered.




Animal World Experience:  Wednesday, June 14th at 4 p.m.
Meet a variety of exotic animals from around the world.  Children get to truly “experience” mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates like never before.  For ages 4 and up, accompanied by an adult.

Family Yoga: Thursday, June 15th from 6:30-7:30
Join us on the third Thursday of the month from June through August for free yoga on the greenway. Instructor Theresa Okokon will show patrons of all ages how to stretch and move for better health. Bring a mat or towel and water. Don’t have a mat?  Borrow ours!  In inclement weather, we’ll adjourn inside.

Guest Speaker:  Douglas Chavez and Volunteer Fair:  Friday, June 16th from 2-4 p.m.
Join community leader and activist, Douglas Chavez for a conversation about how you can help your community in these challenging times.  RSVP to Margaret Kelly at the East Boston Library, (617) 569-0271The event is sponsored by Encore Boston Network.  “Every child deserves a fair chance. And every older person has something to give.”



Beau Kenyon and the Arneis Quartet: Saturday, June 17th at 1;30 p.m.
Join us for an exciting array of music with Beau Kenyon, BPL’s first Composer-in-Residence, and the Arneis Quartet. The Arneis Quartet will perform an original work by Kenyon as well as selections from the standard classical repertoire.  There will also be an opportunity for students and adults to experiment with stringed instruments in an “Instrument Petting Zoo”  setting supervised by members of the quartet, thanks to the generous support of Johnson String Instruments.



Celebrating the Tall Ships:  Monday, June 19th at 5:30
Join the Friends of the East Boston Branch Library for a packed program celebrating the arrival of the tall ships. The evening's events will include a performance from A Touch of Class, a dramatic reading of Sea Fever by actress Kathleen Monteleone, the unveiling of the restored painting, " The Flying Cloud" and a lecture on the Maritime History of East Boston by local historian, Roberta Marchi. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the East Boston Branch Library.

Inspect Your Gadgets:  Tuesdays, June 20th and 27th from 11a.m.-12 p.m. 
Do you have a smartphone, laptop, or tablet?  Want to get to know your tech better?  Join us for a casual drop-in session to learn about apps, sites and tips you can use to enhance using your devices. Whether you’re a computer whiz or just learning how to use technology, you’ll be able to take home useful information!

Resume Clinic:  Wednesday, June 21st at 4 p.m.
Make a resume or workshop the resume you have, get interview tips, learn how to tie a tie, and discover library resources that will help you prep for exams, master new software, write a cover letter and lots more.

Summer Reading Kick-off Party:  Monday, June 26th starting at 5 p.m.
Come celebrate the start of our Summer Reading program.  We will have ice cream starting at 5 p.m. Then at 7 p.m. the Museum  of Science is bringing live reptiles!  

Nail Art Party:  Thursday, June 29th at 4 p.m.
Get your nails ready for summer.  We’ll provide the supplies. You provide the creativity. Recommended for ages 6 and up. 

Gardening Days;  Thursday from 4-5:30
Thursday afternoons are for gardening in our community plot.  Help us plan, pull weeds, and keep our garden plots green this season.  For gardeners of all ages!

Yu-Gi-Oh Club - Saturdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Are you a teen who enjoys Yu-Gi-Oh! cards? Want to play with other like-minded individuals in the library?  Join us for weekly playing sessions.   No previous knowledge of the game is necessary. . 

Preschool Movies:   Tuesdays from June 20th-August 29th at 10:30a.m.
Join us on for short films featuring some favorite characters.  For all ages, accompanied by an adult.
No movies July 4

Family Storytime: Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. from June 20th  to August 29th
This weekly storytime features books, songs, movement and a craft.  For ages 1-5, accompanied by an adult.  Groups please register in advance.  No storytime on July 4.

Baby Lapsit on Wednesdays at 10:30 from June 21st-August 30th.
Join us for bounces, rhymes, stories, songs, and activities.  For children under 2, accompanied by an adult.

For more information

East Boston Branch Library
365 Bremen Street
East Boston, MA 02128
(6170569-0271

Monday, June 5, 2017

Stephen Passacantilli to Formally Kick Off Campaign for Boston City Council in East Boston

This just in from the Passacantilli campaign:

EAST BOSTON – Stephen Passacantilli, a North End civic leader, Boston Public Schools parent, and former staffer to City Councilor Sal LaMattina will formally launch his campaign for Boston City Council (District 1) in East Boston this week.  Passacantilli's East Boston Kickoff is this Wednesday, June 7 from 6-8pm at the Orient Heights Yacht Club on Bayswater Street.

Passacantilli said, "I'm excited to officially launch my campaign for Boston City Council here in East Boston. I am running for City Council because I want to ensure that all residents of East Boston, Charlestown, and the North End have access to great schools close to home, safe streets, accessible transportation, and top-notch services for our seniors."

He continued, "I have been out knocking on doors, attending community events, and calling East Boston voters, and the response has been incredible. I know how important it is for East Boston to have a real voice in government. I will be a bold, independent voice for our communities, and I will always put you first."

Many know Passacantilli from his years of public service across Boston. He is a lifelong resident of the North End where he has been deeply involved as past president of his local civic association and through local charities and community organizations like North End Against Drugs (NEAD) and the North End Beautification Committee. Passacantilli is also an active Boston Public Schools parent and a member of the Ward 3 Democratic Committee.



Passacantilli and his wife, Renee, are raising their two children, Grace and Evan, just around the corner where he grew up in the North End.

Source:
Contact: Adam Webster
c: (617) 733-3751
e: webster@castlepointpartners.com

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

This just in: Boston East Now Accepting Applications for Artist Live-Work-Sell Apartments

Boston, MA (May 30, 2017) – Trinity Financial and the East Boston CDC announced today that applications are now available for BPDA-certified artists interested in affordable live-work-sell units at the Boston East development.

Located directly on the waterfront in the heart of East Boston, Boston East is a $71 million boutique, mid-rise residential community that features 200 units, including 20 affordable units and six artist live-work-sell units that will be made affordable to individuals and families earning up to 70 percent of Area Median Income. Boston East also features a large, first floor gallery that overlooks the harbor and will showcase work from local and regional artists.

“We’re excited to announce that we now have applications available for artist live-work-sell units at Boston East – a space that provides artists with the opportunity to live in a welcoming environment that fosters creativity, community and the arts,” said Abby Goldenfarb, vice president at Trinity Financial. “Because of its outstanding amenities, eclectic design and ideal location, Boston East is the perfect complement to the thriving arts scene in East Boston.” 

The six artist live-work-sell units will be located on the first floor of Boston East, and they are designed to meet the unique needs of artists through highly-amenitized, spacious apartments, flexible floor plans, and an abundance of natural light. Apartments feature the latest amenities, including GE slate appliances, plank flooring, quartz countertops and custom walk-in closets by Elfa. Artists will also have access to a community gallery and outdoor patio spaces attached to their units where they can sell their work.

For an opportunity to live in this exciting artist community, BPDA-certified artists must submit their completed applications by June 16, 2017. Income restrictions and artist form review apply. Applications are available at 31 Liverpool Street, East Boston, MA or by emailing BostonEastMgr@trinitymanagementcompany.com.

“East Boston is one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in the City, and the arts community is just one of the reasons why it is such a great place to live,” said Goldenfarb. “From local galleries and arts organizations to the ICA’s planned expansion, East Boston offers aspiring artists a rich cultural experience and an inspiring community of collaboration.”

Boston East, which is designed by Boston-based ICON Architecture, is ideally located next door to the Atlantic Works Gallery and the East Boston Artist Group studios at 80 Border Street. It features an acre of open space that includes a number of community outdoor spaces – including multiple decks and a large rooftop lounge. Boston East will also actively engage the waterfront through a harbor walk trail that extends around and past the development. Residents will also have access to onsite paddle boarding, a kayak launch, an indoor gym and a dog washing station.

The interior of Boston East will also feature designs by Los Angeles-based husband and wife duo Robert and Cortney Novogratz, who are known for their eclectic taste and unique style that has been shown on HGTV and in the collaboration with companies such as CB2. In this project, residents can expect the interior to reflect influences from Boston’s rich history and the nearby marinas and shipyards in a non-traditional way.

Trinity Financial is utilizing its vast experience in creating successful market rate luxury living spaces to develop a unique and desirable residential community at Boston East. Among the luxury communities Trinity Financial has developed or has currently in development include One Canal and Avenir, the Carruth and Treadmark buildings in Boston, 66 Summer Street and Vela on the Park in Stamford, CT and Foundry Square in Newburyport.


About Boston East

Located directly on the waterfront, steps from Maverick Square and Central Square, Boston East is a $71 million boutique mid-rise residential community that features 174 market-rate and 26 affordable units, including six artist live-work units. Boston East will allow residents to engage the waterfront through a kayak and paddle board launch and experience uniquely designed apartments and amenity spaces with striking water views. For more information, please visit www.bostoneast.com


Source: 
Laura Wareck
O’Neill and Associates
Vice President
Office: 617-646-1037 
Cell: 978-660-9587

Monday, May 29, 2017

Press release: June 19 EB Public Library event on the Tall Ships


(EAST BOSTON, May 29, 2017) Sail into history on Monday, June 19 with the Friends of the East Boston Branch Library as they present a special program in conjunction with the arrival of the Tall Ships.

The celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. with “A Touch of Class Singers” led by Ed Meridith, followed by 6 p.m. by a reading by actress Kathleen Monteleone of John Masefield’s ‘Sea Fever” accompanied on keyboard by Ed Meridith.

From 6:15-6:30 the restored painting  ‘The Flying Cloud’ will be unveiled.  Art restorer Peter Tysver from the Oliver Brothers firm will describe the process.    

From 6:30 -  7:45 local historian Roberta Marchi will speak on the maritime history of East Boston.

The program takes place at the East Boston Branch Library at 365 Bremen Street.  It is free and open to the public.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information call Susan Brauner at (617) 569-1749.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

In letter to DOT, Rep. Madaro expresses frustration and disappointment in new Sumner Tunnel traffic design.

The following is a letter sent by state Representative Adrian Madaro to the Department of Transportation.


May 23, 2017


Secretary Stephanie Pollack
Massachusetts Department of Transportation
10 Park Plaza, Suite 4160
Boston, MA 02116

Dear Secretary Pollack:

I write to express my extreme frustration and disappointment with the implementation of the new traffic patterns at the Sumner Toll Plaza. This has become a major quality of life issue for East Boston residents who are now dealing with a significant increase in traffic on neighborhood streets causing much longer commutes as well as elevated levels of pollution. The results have been unacceptable and the inequity for East Boston residents must be addressed swiftly.

During the planning of the redesign, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) officials ensured the East Boston community that the new traffic patterns would result in a safer, smoother, and more efficient commute through the tunnel. Instead of improving traffic flow, the new design has created traffic backups unseen in East Boston since the pre-Ted Williams Tunnel days. In fact, the current traffic is even worse. Beyond the impact on commuters, this increase in neighborhood and tunnel traffic has dangerous implications for emergency vehicles that cannot get through the gridlock. 

In the redesign, traffic impacts to the community were not fully considered. On a daily basis, residential streets in East Boston are entirely congested, including streets that never experienced traffic before. While the transition to all-electronic tolls appears to have improved traffic flow in other areas throughout the State, this particular redesign has resulted in a tremendous step backwards. Simply put, East Boston residents deserve better. 

I recognize the ongoing efforts of MassDOT and the Boston Transportation Department to address this issue. However, it has now been over two weeks since the new traffic patterns went into effect and there has been no improvement. In fact, it seems that traffic gets worse by the day. I know that countless engineers from both the City and State are closely monitoring the situation and actively looking for modifications that will improve the flow of traffic. I strongly urge these changes to be put into place immediately. Any such changes must prioritize East Boston residents who deal with the full brunt of the congestion from North Shore drivers trying to get into Downtown Boston, particularly during the morning commute. 

East Boston residents face a number of transportation equity issues due, in part, to our geographic separation from the rest of the City. The Sumner Tunnel serves as a vital connection between our neighborhood, Downtown, Storrow Drive, and I-93 North. MassDOT must acknowledge the deficiencies of the current pattern and utilize the significant resources at its disposal to fix this issue expeditiously.  

Respectfully,


Adrian C. Madaro
State Representative

Monday, May 22, 2017

Boston Globe names city council candidate Lydia Edwards "2017 Game Changer"

District 1 City Council Candidate Lydia Edwards

(BOSTON, MA May 22, 2017) – Lydia Edwards, East Boston resident and candidate for district 1 Boston City Councilor, was named a 2017 Game Changer by the Boston Globe as part of their series highlighting innovation and leadership in the metro Boston area.

The Globe praised Edwards ability to build relationships and conversations among “three constituencies that often can feel as if they’re speaking completely different languages”: tenants, landlords, and city hall to come up with solutions for gentrification and displacement. 

"We have to come up with a way we can talk and have all of us feel like part of the solution," Edwards says. “I am honored to receive this distinction from the Boston Globe and to shed light on this issue.”

Edwards campaign kickoff is taking place in East Boston on Wednesday, May 24th at 5:30PM at La Hacienda located at 150 Meridian Street. All are welcomed to attend. 

Link to Boston Globe article.

Source: Edwards Campaign

May 25: Friends of the East Boston Greenway and the Greenway Council meet

Thursday, May 25, 2017
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Anna DeFronzo Center
395 Maverick Street, East Boston
Near the corner of Jeffries Street


AGENDA

1.  Introductions 

2.  Greenway Safety and Security Update 
Boston Police Dept. District A-7
 Community Services Sergeant Martin and Officer Simons

3.  Greenway Murals
Heidi Schork, The Mayor’s Mural Crew

4.  Climate Ready East Boston
Workshop held May 23

5.  New Business / Old Business


CALENDAR OF MEETINGS
All meetings on 4th Thurs at 6:30 PM

Upcoming meetings: 2017: May 25, June 22, July 27, Aug. 24, Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 16 (note change), Dec. TBD