Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Massport STEM Expo Promotes Various Transportation Careers

Students from area schools learn the practical importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

BOSTON – More than 1,500 students from 44 Greater Boston schools attended the Aviation and Maritime STEM Education Expo at Boston Logan International Airport today. The Expo is an annual education event where representatives from industry, government, and academia introduce students and educators to the opportunities and experiences offered by the aviation, maritime, and transportation fields.

“It is essential for organizations like Massport that students are exposed to careers in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. “Boston is home to a number of industries including life sciences, technology and innovation. We need our young people to have the interest and motivation to study the STEM disciplines so we can continue to generate the good-paying jobs and economic impact that propel the Commonwealth.”

More than 50 displays and information booths representing various aspects of the industries served as the backdrop for the event at the Delta Hangar. There were 21 aircraft including airplanes, two helicopters, numerous airport operations vehicles, as well as a Massport Fire Rescue airboat. In addition to several Massport departments, exhibitors included The Museum of Science, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Mass Maritime Academy, Massachusetts Air and Space Museum, Massachusetts State Police, Boston MedFlight and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

“Hundreds of careers at our airports were represented today,” said Massport’s Director of Aviation Ed Freni. “We rely on the engineers who design and build the planes, the pilots who fly them, the electricians who keep runways lit and radars working properly, the air traffic controllers who make sure aircraft travel safely in the sky, and many more. Showcasing the various career paths at the STEM Expo will hopefully encourage these young people to one day have a career at Logan.”

Massport employs hundreds of people in STEM fields including electricians, engineers, analysts, and technicians who work in concert to accomplish the authority’s mission of connecting Massachusetts and New England to the world. The STEM Education Expo started as a collaborative effort sponsored by the FAA and Massport in 1994.

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $15 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England. No state tax dollars are used to fund operations or capital improvements at Massport facilities. For more information please visit

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey Update; Fundraiser on tap for April 8

Malden/East Boston Youth hockey is wrapping up their season with three teams entering the playoffs, and each going two rounds each.  With just the championships left to play, they all have found themselves coming up just a bit short, but not for lack of a great season and lots of effort and great play in the playoffs and final weeks.

MEB Mites celebrate their first round playoff victory

Additionally, we celebrated several of our older players competing in the state high school tournament in their respective divisions, and though only one enjoyed championship status heading into the off-season, all held their heads high in competing for their schools.  

We had seven players from MEB on the Revere/Malden varsity squad, six on the Northeast Knights varsity team, and in an unexpected climb for the team with the shortest bench in the playoffs seven players on the East Boston High varsity roster. They played with tremendous effort and heart all the way to the championship game, holding their heads high after an unfortunate loss in the final game.

Part of the team that returned the Super 8 championship title to the Malden Catholic Lancers, MEB alum Ryan Noonan caps the list of our players going into the post-season, with a great year on the varsity squad as a sophomore.

This week, MEB is holding its largest annual fundraiser – the $10K Raffle and Dinner at the Malden Moose club on Friday, April 8, 2016, starting at 7:00 PM. 

Each year, this event provides the league with funding greatly needed to finish off the season and prepare for next season.  With ice rental fees continually increasing, we have used this event to help pay-off rinks and other fees owed at the end of our season.

You are likely thinking, "another fundrasing event?" Yes it is, but it is a very entertaining one. 

The fundraising part is an “elimination raffle” drawing for $10,000*, whose tickets cost $100 each, and include dinner for two at the event. Second, the event part is really quite fun, especially if you like watching people enjoy themselves while witnessing each other’s chances of winning wash away as the evening wears on – a bit of schadenfreude among the youth hockey parents.

Third, it is a chance at winning a few thousand bucks! That of course depends on your luck and the choices of some “finalists” in the process. This is an opportunity to enter an elimination-style raffle, where the total number of tickets sold generates the dollar amount available for winning.

There are also additional chances for winning baskets from each of the teams in the league, other donated goods and services, and some silent auction materials (sports memorabilia) as well.  We'll have a DJ and dancing as the fun all are having at the event is too contagious to deny.

However it turns out in the end, all who attend have fun, and all who buy a ticket have a chance at the final prize. Four friends can  pitch in $25 each, and we see a lot of “group” tickets, which can work with your colleagues at work, friends in your circle, or among family members to spread the investment across a few more people. If you know of others who may be interested, please feel free to pass this information along.

Ticket forms are available on our website at
If you choose to participate – good luck!  If you attend, it really can be quite an entertaining evening.

* The total amount available for the winners is determined by the total number of tickets sold, and is a maximum of $10,000 (our goal).

To register for next season or for more information on Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey, please visit our website at

Monday, April 4, 2016

Hwang Listens to Parents on Schools, Pledges to Be a Strong Voice

State Senate Candidate Concludes Listening Tour on Education Across First Suffolk and Middlesex District
State Senate candidate Diana Hwang completed a listening tour this week across the district, talking with parents from each community about our local schools.  From Winthrop to Cambridge, Boston to Revere, Diana heard from parents about their current concerns and their future hopes for their children’s education.

“Parents recognize the power that quality public schools have to break cycles of poverty and educate all of our children to succeed,” Hwang noted. “The problem in the current charter cap debate is that it’s taking place between two powerful interest groups, one on each side – and parents and their children are caught in the middle. While insiders are arguing about raising charter school caps, parents in every community don’t really want charter schools or district schools, they want good schools and they want them NOW.”

 “I heard from two young families in Jeffries Point, holding babies in their arms that they are already worrying about the lottery – and whether there will be a quality nearby school to send their child to.  A young mother who also serves as a school librarian in Cambridge told me that she and her colleagues fear cuts to the very library programs that are vital to educating the whole child – and teaching every child a love of reading and learning.”

“One mother in the North End remarked that her son was one of only two from the entire neighborhood who had gotten into the high quality Eliot School.  Two mothers from El Salvador who had settled in the district to escape gang violence in their native country but worried that their boys would be swept up in gang violence here because they have no after school programs to divert them.  And a an education advocate and her friends in Revere pointed out that recent budget cuts might impact all extra-curricular activities including sports.”

“As State Senator, I’ll fight for each and every one of these families – and bring their voices to the debate,” Hwang said at the conclusion of her listening tour.  “We have to ensure that ALL schools get the resources they need so that every student can attend a great school.  I support conclusions of the Legislature’s Foundation Budget Commission calling for increased funding and would staunchly support the so-called ‘millionaires tax’ as a way of raising the required revenue.”

Diana Hwang, an East Boston resident, is a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the special election to replace Senator Anthony Petruccelli.  She is the co-founder and executive director of a successful non-profit that mentors young women to become community leaders.  She previously served as a top aide in the state house and a chief-of-staff in Boston’s City Council.  She’s running for State Senate to stand up to powerful insiders and special interests who make decisions behind closed doors that effect our families.  Diana will be a voice for all of our families in the halls of power.


Source: Diana Hwang campaign

Friday, April 1, 2016

Ward 1 Democratic Committee fails to endorse candidate in Special State Senate race; No candidate garnered 10 votes

(EAST BOSTON- April 1, 2016)  An endorsement meeting of the Ward 1 Democratic Committee was held on  Tuesday,  March 29, 2016  at the Salesian Boys & Girls Club. The purpose of this meeting was to consider an endorsement in the First Suffolk & Middlesex Senate race. 

The meeting was attended by fifteen (15) members of the Ward committee and six (6) of the seven (7) democratic candidates. The candidates who addressed the committee included: Joseph Boncore, Lydia Edwards, Diana Hwang, Rep. Jay Livingstone, Paul Rogers and Dan Rizzo. Unfortunately, Steve Morabito was not feeling well and notified the committee that he would be unable to attend. The six candidates each delivered five-minute speeches about their backgrounds, qualifications and their platforms. The candidates presented great information and those in attendance asked some great questions, which spurred a lively and informative discussion. 

 Following the presentations by the candidates the Ward committee took an endorsement vote, with 15 members in attendance a minimum of 10 votes was required for a candidate endorsement. None of the candidates garnered enough votes to receive an endorsement.

Voters in the First Suffolk & Middlesex  District, which includes all of East Boston, head to the polls on April 12,2016 for the primary election. 

Questions? Contact Ward 1 chairman Michael Sulprizio at You can also follow the Ward Committee on Twitter @ward1demsEB or “Like” us on Facebook at

Source: Michael Sulprizio, Ward Committee Chair, 617-438-0952,

Thursday, March 24, 2016

US Census: Suffolk County was the fastest growing county in Massachusetts

This just in from the US Census:

New Census Bureau Population Estimates Pinpoint Fastest-Growing Counties in Massachusetts

March 24, 2016 ─ The U.S. Census Bureau reported today on where the heaviest population growth in Massachusetts was concentrated last year.
The fastest-growing county in Massachusetts between July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015, was Suffolk county, whose population rose 1.1 percent over the period. Suffolk county was followed by Nantucket (1 percent), Middlesex (0.8 percent), Essex (0.7 percent) and Plymouth (0.7 percent).
With respect to numerical growth, Middlesex county added 12,616 people over the period, more than any other county in the state. It was followed by Suffolk, which grew by 8,312 people, Essex (5,557), Worcester (3,991) and Plymouth (3,343).           
Middlesex is the most populous county in Massachusetts, with 1,585,139 residents, followed by Worcester and Suffolk.
This information is based on annual population estimates for each of the nation’s counties, county equivalents, metropolitan statistical areas, and micropolitan statistical areas since the 2010 Census and up to July 1, 2015. Internet tables are available showing rankings and components of population change (births, deaths, migration).
Link: MA

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

State Senate Candidate Diana Hwang Delivers Over 1,000 Petitions to Save Late Night T Service

(BOSTON- March 23, 2016) State senate candidate Diana Hwang delivered almost 1,100 petitions yesterday to the MBTA’s Fiscal Management Control Board urging them to restore late night T service.  The service’s last night of operation was Friday, even after a decision by the control board to cut the service drew criticism from Federal officials for failing to determine if cutting the service would unfairly impact low income communities and people of color.

Two weeks ago, Hwang, along with State Senators Linda Dorcena Forry and Sonia Chang-Díaz who have endorsed her candidacy, called on the control board to complete their equity analysis before closing the service.  The analysis, which was completed last week, showed exactly what Hwang, Forry and Chang-Díaz suspected – that it will have a disparate impact on low income and minority residents.

“Over a thousand people joined me today in saying ‘enough is enough’ when it comes to decisions being made behind close doors that hurt our communities,” said Diana Hwang.  “There are so many residents in the 1st Suffolk and Middlesex district who rely on the T operating at later hours on the weekend so they can go to and from work.  People feel like they aren’t being listened to, and that they need a voice in the halls of power.  That’s why I’m running for State Senate.”

Delivered with the over one thousand petitions from residents was the following letter:

March 21, 2016

Dear Members of the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board:

The MBTA’s financial difficulties are well-known and documented. We have a history, as a state, of under-investing in public transportation and last year’s deplorable service interruptions brought this issue to a painful head.  I certainly appreciate the difficult work you are doing to rectify the situation and I fully support raising the revenue we need for public transportation by increasing the tax rate on millionaires.

However, I feel strongly that we cannot cut MBTA costs at the expense of the hard working men and women who use late-night service to travel to and from the jobs they desperately need to feed and shelter their families. Your own equity analysis showed that these cuts hurt low-income riders the most. East Boston is ground zero for this concern.  It is physically impossible for late-shift workers who work downtown or in other parts of the city to walk home to East Boston after their shift ends.  And a cab ride can cost them hours of pay.  Late-night service shouldn’t be a luxury. Rather than eliminating it on weekends we should be working towards expanding it to weekdays.

Recently, I urged the MBTA to reconsider and now, more than 1000 individuals have joined me by signing a petition asking you to do the same (see an enclosed list of their names).   I ask that you do whatever you can to accommodate the transportation needs of those who so desperately rely on recently terminated late night service.


Diana Hwang

Candidate for State Senate, 1st Suffolk & Middlesex District

Diana Hwang, a Democrat of East Boston, is a candidate for State Senate for 1st Suffolk and Middlesex representing Chinatown, Downtown, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, parts of Cambridge and North Suffolk County including East Boston, Winthrop and Revere.  The special election democratic primary is on Tuesday, April 12.

Source:  Cayce McCabe

Morabito opens up headquarters in Orient Heights

(EAST BOSTON - March 23) On Saturday, March 19th., Steve Morabito, candidate for state senator of the First Suffolk and Middlesex District, opened his campaign headquarters in Orient Heights East Boston at 1002 Bennington St. Surrounded by family, friends and supporters, Steve celebrated this joyous occasion as an important step in his campaign to be elected to the state senate. East Boston is an area where Steve has held signs, knocked on doors, met with members of the business community as well as attended countless community meetings. He has been overwhelmed by the reception he has received from the people of East Boston as well as the people of Cambridge-port, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, the North End, Chinatown, Winthrop and of course, the people of his hometown, Revere.

During this campaign, Steve has listened carefully to the concerns and suggestions of the people throughout the district. From the problem of gangs and violence in East Boston to the horrendous situation with opiates everywhere he has been, he has been able to gather a great deal of information that will be helpful to him when he  serves in the state senate. While many of these issues do not come before the city council, as vice president of that body he has often thought that he could help more people as a state senator. Helping people is the very essence of public service and this is what motivated Councillor Steven Morabito to enter public service.

Steve would like to invite all the citizens of the district to visit his newly opened campaign headquarters in Orient Heights and looks forward to meeting as many people from the First Suffolk and Middlesex District as possible. He asks that anyone with a suggestion, a concern, or an idea to reach out and contact him.

Monday, March 21, 2016

March 28: The Gove Street Citizens Association Meeting

  • Meet & Greet the Democratic Candidates for the First Suffolk and Middlesex District State Senate seat.
  • Update on current status of GSCA area projects.
  • 202 Maverick Street – Proposal for a 23 Multi-Unit Residential Dwelling with 20 parking spaces
  • (2nd appearance and vote) – Attorney Richard Lynds
MEETING DATE: Monday, March 28, 2016

TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

LOCATION - The Noddle Island Community Room located on the first floor of the Logan Rental Car Center at 15 Transportation  Way

DRIVING – Free event parking available in front of the building and in the Porter Street parking lot adjacent to the building

WALKING - Situated at the end of Porter Street, just a 4-minute walk from the Embassy Suites Hotel. 
 Meetings are held on the last Monday of each month at the above location.

New Book: "The Boston Economy" Understanding and Accessing One of the World’s Greatest Job Markets (2016 edition)

(BOSTON, MA- March 21, 2016)  Boston, Mass. — Boston’s strong economy and the opportunities it offers for college students and job seekers is the focus of a new book by George Donnelly, former editor of the Boston Business Journal.

THE BOSTON ECONOMY: Understanding and Accessing One of the World’s Greatest Job Markets explores the makeup and outlook in the Boston region’s various sectors, including startups, biotech, health care, commercial real estate, and professional services. It also provides advice from area executives and recent graduates on gaining a foothold in the Boston economy and examines key economic policy challenges for Boston and Massachusetts.

“Boston has one of the strongest and most balanced economies in the country, but most of its activity is a mystery to its students and recent grads,” Donnelly said. “Boston excels at many things, but not at promoting its own economy to the next-generation workforce living right under its nose. My book is a first-of-its-kind resource for people to better grasp and take advantage of our dynamic and rapidly changing economy.”

Among the topics covered in The Boston Economy:
  • Fascinating local startups and how to join one;
  • Understanding Boston’s changing marketing and media industry;
  • Boston’s growing role as an international business hub;
  • Opportunities and challenges in financial services;
  • Understanding the leading biotechs and the science behind their success;
  • Who’s who in the Boston business scene;
  • Challenges to Boston’s growth: Transportation, housing and workforce development issues.
The Boston Economy is an invaluable resource for exploring both the granular detail and big-picture themes of a vibrant business scene.  Published by Boston Economy Publishing Inc., the book is available via or on Amazon. 

Contact author George Donnelly at or at 781-223-4389.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

April 23-April 24: East Boston Open Studios at Atlantic Works Gallery

(EAST BOSTON- March 20, 2016) The 16th annual East Boston Open Studios will be held on Saturday April 23rd from noon to 6pm and on Sunday April 24th from noon to 6pm. Over 30 artist studios and the Atlantic Works Gallery exhibiting the Boston Biennial, will be open at the Atlantic Works artist building at 80 Border Street.

You are invited to tour the artist's building and talk to the artists, see them at work and learn about art. Original artwork including jewelry, sculpture, figurative and abstract painting, pottery, drawings and photography will be for sale in all price ranges.

Participating Open Studios artists in the Atlantic Works building include; Cindy Bishop, Domenic Chavez, Chris Chou, Nick Costopoulos, Darlene DeVita, Rick Dorff, Jessica Dungan, Jason Fitz-Gerald, Kevin Frances, Jesse Kahn, Kim Kent, Maureen Kirra, Jaime Min, Diane Modica, Liz Nofzinger, Maureen O'Connor, Moni Oolyonghai, Jane O'Reilly, Juliann Rubijono, June Krinsky Rudder, Sarah Rushford, Anna Salmeron, Carmen Sasso, Loretta Shoemaker, Larry Volk, and Jaye Woodstock.

During Open Studios weekend you can also sample artwork, music and performances at these other neighborhood locations: ZUMIX at 260 Sumner Street, Harbor Arts @ the Shipyard at 256 Marginal Street.

If you have not yet discovered East Boston, you are in for a treat. The Boston Writer blog says "...East Boston is an easy point of access to downtown Boston, a community of vibrant businesses, tasty restaurants, a thriving arts scene, and gorgeous parks". East Boston Open Studios is organized by the East Boston Artists Group, a volunteer organization made up of artists living and working in East Boston. The group sponsors arts events throughout the East Boston neighborhood including an Open House and Holiday Sale in December. The Open Studios event is supported by a grant from the East Boston Foundation with administrative support from ZUMIX. Come see what makes East Boston shine: the art, the people, and the vitality of life on Boston Harbor.

The Atlantic Works building is a quick 5-minute walk from the Maverick Station on the Blue Line. If driving, there is plenty of free on-street parking.

For more information and directions, visit our website at You can email us at and follow us on Facebook @East Boston Artists Group or on Twitter @eastbostonart.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

April 7: East Boston Social Centers Pizza & Comedy Night in Saugus


All proceeds to benefit the East Boston Social Centers’ programs

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 6:30 PM
Please RSVP by April 4th – no tickets sold at door!

Prince Pizzeria, Restaurant & Bar
Route One South, Saugus

Tickets: $30
Purchase online at:
Includes: unlimited cheese pizza, soda,
and a comedy show featuring:

Lenny Clarke

Johnny Pizzi
Artie Januario

Dave Russo
DALSO - Raffle for Gift Cards to Restaurants, Events and Services,
Baskets and many more prizes TBA!
Chances 10 for $20
(Need not be present to win)

(There will also be a 50/50 Raffle at the event)
For Information or Tickets call MARISA at
(617) 569-3221 ext.107 (office) or 617-650-3442 (cell)

Or contact any of our Social Centers Board of Directors!
You may also purchase tickets online at:

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Kiwanis Club to host guest speakers from Pace Elder Service Plan on March 15

The Kiwanis Club of East Boston will host guest speakers from the PACE Elder Service Plan at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center at the Kiwanis meeting set for Tuesday, March 15, starting at 6 p.m. at Spinelli’s Function Hall, Day Square in East Boston.

Trisha Diaz will lead the discussion of the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) network, which enables adults age 55 and over to continue to live full and meaningful lives as their health needs change. PACE helps older adults in East Boston, the North End and surrounding communities stay healthy, active and independent in the place they call home.

The public is invited to attend by contacting a Kiwanis Club member, including club President-elect John Schwagerl at 617-592-6773, club Secretary Ed Coletta at 617-697-6179 or Director Marisa DiPietro at 617-650-3442.
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time. The East Boston Kiwanis Club meets every first and third Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Spinelli’s in Day Square, East Boston.

Source: Ed Coletta

Saturday, March 5, 2016

April 1: Wally Bowe Fundraiser for Salesian B&G Club and EBHS

March 16: Ward 1 Democratic Committee Meeting in East Boston

(EAST BOSTON - March 4, 2016) A meeting of the Ward 1 Democratic Committee has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 16, 2016 to be held at 6:00pm at the Salesian Boys & Girls Club, 150 Byron St., East Boston.

The ward caucus will elect delegates to attend a conference to vote on who will be elected to fill a vacant Male caucus seat on the Democratic State Committee for the First Suffolk & Middlesex Senate District. The conference take place on March 26 at 2:00 PM at a location to be determined.

All Democrats are welcome to attend the meeting, but only those registered as Democrats at an address within the ward as of January 31, 2016, will be eligible to be elected a delegate or to be nominated as a delegate.

This will also be an organizational meeting and will be used to elect officers for the ward committee. 

Again, all Democrats are welcome to attend. 

However, only current members of the ward committee can seek leadership positions and will be eligible to vote for officers. Those interested in becoming new members of the ward and city committees are encouraged to attend. 

Questions? Contact Ward 1 chairman Michael Sulprizio at You can also follow the Ward Committee on Twitter @wardldemsEB or "Like" us on Facebook at 

Agenda 3/16/2016

  1. calling the roll of members
  2. reading the minutes of the previous meeting
  3. report of the Treasurer
  4. report of other officers and of committees or sub-committees
  5. reading of communications
  6. unfinished business - new business
  •  Election of conference delegates
  •  Election of officers
  •  Vote on by-laws
  •  First Suffolk Middlesex Senate Seat endorsement
  •  Endorsement rules
    7. comment period
     8. adjournment

Contact: Michael Sulprizio, Ward Committee Chair, 617-438-0952,

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

State Senate Forum March 14, 2016 at JPNA

New England Regional Council of Carpenters Endorses Diana Hwang for State Senate

Source: Hwang Campaign

(Boston, MA 3/2/2016)– The New England Regional Council of Carpenters today endorsed Democrat Diana Hwang for State Senate.  Hwang, a local non-profit founder and former State House staffer, is a candidate to replace Anthony Petruccelli in the Democratic primary special election for Massachusetts’ First Suffolk and Middlesex State Senate District.

“We're proud to endorse Dianna because she understands and cares about the issues in our industry and in our members' day-to-day lives. The construction trades have traditionally provided career options with good pay and good benefits for those who aren't able or willing to follow the college path. Unfortunately, we've seen industry standards eroded as too many vulnerable workers have been the victims of contractors and an underground economy that thrives on wage theft, misclassification and dangerous worksites,” said Mark Erlich, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, New England Regional Council of Carpenters. “We're confident that Diana's knowledge and experience will help us in our fight to provide justice, safety, training and jobs with good wages and benefits for all of the workers in our industry, whether they belong to a union or not.”

“I’m a candidate for State Senate because I will be a voice for working families, which is why I’m proud to have the Carpenters by my side in this race,” Hwang remarked. “The Carpenters have been fighting for living wages, health care, quality jobs, safe working conditions and other critically important issues for many years. I have spent my career working within the system to change the system so that families like the ones represented by the Carpenters have a voice on Beacon Hill. If elected I will work as a full partner with the Carpenters on issues I know are important to both of us – and to the people of the First Suffolk & Middlesex District.”

The NERCC represents over 20,000 carpenters, pile drivers, shop & millmen, and floorcoverers working in the New England States, including all across Massachusetts. NERCC is part of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, one of North America’s largest building trades unions, with nearly a half-million members in the construction and wood-products industries.

The daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Diana Hwang is the founder of the Asian-American Women’s Political Initiative – the country’s first political leadership organization for young Asian-American women.  She previously served as a legislative aide in the State House and a Chief of Staff in the Boston City Council.  Diana serves as Board member of the UMass Center for Women in Politics, served as co-chair of the Boston Women’s Fund and is a founding member of Mayor Walsh’s Women’s Commission.  Diana currently lives in East Boston and previously lived in Revere.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Former Lt. Governor candidate Mike Lake endorses Steve Morabito for State Senate

Arrived today from the Morabito campaign:
I am proud to announce my endorsement of Steve Morabito as the Democratic nominee for State Senator for the First Suffolk and Middlesex district of Massachusetts. I have come across many public servants and politicians from my tenure at the White House to my campaign for Lt. Governor of Massachusetts, but Steve truly stands out for his passion, commitment to community, energy and the breadth and depth of his ideas. He has the commonsense leadership and experience that will make him the type of State Senator the people of the district deserve. 
Frankly, beyond his obvious qualifications, the reason I am supporting Steve and ask the residents of the First Suffolk and Middlesex district to do the same is because Steve understands the importance of standing up for others, taking action, being accountable and being loyal to the community that you serve. We need more leaders just like Steve Morabito to emerge from this new generation.
I have known Steve for years and we both agree that tackling the opioid crisis statewide must be controlled with preventive education, cracking down on the overprescribing of powerful prescription drugs and making sure mental health care is easily accessible for addicts. We also agree that we must properly support our public schools to ensure a brighter future for our state and the children who trust us to provide them the best education so that they may succeed in the 21st century.  
Steve's perspective on how we must be the number one state in providing support to our Veterans as well as his progressive approach on increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour, fair wage equality, affordable housing, and his great interest in our senior citizens and his opposition to increasing fares on the MBTA makes him the ideal candidate for the Senate Seat.
I ask you to join me in supporting Steven Morabito for State Senator for the First Suffolk and Middlesex district. His understanding of the issues in the district and his commitment to public service will make him the strong and affective leader you need and deserve.
Michael LakeFormer CandidateLt. Governor of Massachusetts President/CEO at Leading Cities

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Party leaders endorse Laura Rigas for Republican State Committee for Suffolk and Middlesex District

REVERE — Today, Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr endorsed Laura Rigas for Republican State Committee for the First Suffolk and Middlesex District. The district includes Revere, Winthrop, East Cambridge, as well as Boston's Beacon Hill, Chinatown, North End, and East Boston.

Rigas has already been endorsed by Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, and Revere City Councillor Anthony Zambuto.

“I am honored to be endorsed by Minority Leader Bruce Tarr in my campaign for Republican State Committee” Laura Rigas said. "Senator Tarr has led the fight for reform in the Massachusetts Legislature, is a strong leader among grassroots activists, and I've been proud to stand by him and help elect strong Republican leaders in the Commonwealth."

"We need leaders like Laura Rigas who can help us build a stronger Republican Party so we can build a stronger Massachusetts," said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, a favorite among grassroots advocates.

Bruce E. Tarr is the minority leader of the Massachusetts Senate. He has been a member of the Senate since 1995, representing the 1st Essex and Middlesex District. He is a member of the United States Republican Party and a former member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

L-R: Revere City Councillor Anthony Zambuto, Laura Rigas, Senator Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, and Governor Charlie Baker. Photo Credit: Friends of Laura Rigas.

Laura Rigas, who lives and works in the district, is the Communications Director for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education in Boston. Prior to this, she worked as Vice President for Strategic Communications at Wise Public Affairs and National Communications Director for the American Conservative Union in Washington, D.C., which hosts the largest political gathering of conservatives in the nation, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). 

She served in several appointed leadership positions in the administration of President George W. Bush, at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Justice, and at the White House. She earned a Masters of Public Administration at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts at the College of William & Mary, where she was student body president and the first student member of the Board of Visitors.

She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Boston. She has assisted in numerous statewide and local Republican campaigns in Massachusetts and is an instructor at the Leadership Institute, where she helped found its first grassroots and campaign training for women by women. She and her husband, Michael J. Rigas, live in Revere.

For more information about Laura Rigas and her campaign, please visit

Source:  Laura Rigas

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Gove Street Citizens Association to meet on Feb. 29

The Gove Street Citizens Association monthly meeting agenda:

MEETING DATE: Monday, February 29, 2016 

TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

LOCATION - The Noddle Island Community Room located on the first floor of the Logan Rental Car Center at 15 Transportation Way.                                                                                                       
  • Meet & Greet the Democratic Candidates for the First Suffolk and Middlesex District State Senate seat.
  • Update on current status of GSCA area projects.
  • 202 Maverick Street – Proposal for a 23 Multi-Unit Residential Dwelling with 20 parking spaces
  • (2nd appearance and vote) – Attorney Richard Lynds 
Driving - Free event parking available in front of the building and in the Porter Street parking lot adjacent to the building.  Walking Situated at the end of Porter Street, just a 4-minute walk from the Embassy Suites Hotel.  

All meetings are held on the last Monday of each month at the above location except for Holidays. Meetings will then be held on the following Tuesday.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Senate Candidate Dan Rizzo visits Donna's in Orient Heights

Senate candidate and former Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo stopped by Donna's Restaurant in Orient Heights yesterday.