Wednesday, October 19, 2016

East Boston Kiwanis Club Kicks-off Holiday Canned Food Drive with Collection Effort at Shaw’s Supermarket on Oct. 24

From the Kiwanis Club

EAST BOSTON (October 17, 2016)– The Kiwanis Club of East Boston will kick off its holiday food drive with a canned food collection effort on Monday, October 24, 2016, from 4-7 p.m. at Shaw’s Supermarket in Liberty Plaza, East Boston. The food drive will benefit the food pantry at the Grace Church Federated and the Meridian House, both in East Boston.

Shaw’s customers are asked to purchase canned foods, pastas, and other dried goods and drop them off at the Kiwanis table that will be set up outside the exit doors at Shaw’s. The Kiwanis will also accept monetary donations, which will be given to the food pantry and used to purchase additional food items. All food items and donated funds go to help those in need in the East Boston community.

Starting on Monday, the East Boston Savings Bank will also support the Kiwanis holiday food drive by setting up canned food boxes at the three EBSB branches in East Boston – Meridian Street, Central Square and Orient Heights – so that donations can also be dropped off at those locations until Christmas. Those donations will also be given to the Grace Church food bank and the Meridian House.

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.

MaryJane Barber 978-421-5441

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Rev. Miroslaw Kowalczyk homily from Monday's Mass praising Boston Police in East Boston

Rev. Miroslaw "Mirek" Kowalczyk, FDP
Pastor, St. Joseph & St. Lazarus Parish, East Boston, MA
Delivered Monday, October 17, 2016

Do you ever think about why you or young children often imagine themselves as being "bigger-than-life" heroes? It could very well be the uniforms, the prestige, or the danger associated with becoming a police officer. These are certainly likely explanations, yet, at the same time, they seem to reflect the more superficial elements of the profession. 

On the other hand, I think that little children imagine themselves to be these 'heroes of the city' because they sense there is something that seems much deeper than these elements, something perhaps intangible, yet very real.

Those deeper, real elements are what make your professions so noble and so enduring. They reflect the human qualities demanded of you —day in and day out. 

Such qualities have been respected and admired for centuries. 

This great outpouring of self in total surrender for the good of others is reflected in all of you gathered here today. For you exemplify these qualities in your public duties. And this is why, I believe, little children look up to you; it is because beneath the uniform they see in you the awesome responsibilities to protect, to give of your selves in public service, and to comfort the afflicted who you encounter in your work.

In similarly blessing your work, God gives you Divine Grace in order that you might bear witness to God's love and mercy through protecting the weak, giving of yourself in service, and comforting the afflicted. 

You have been given a mission, and although at times it may involve you in facing the broken and sinful sides of humanity, you are, nevertheless, called to protect, to give of yourselves, and to offer care and comfort.

To give of yourself for others is central to Jesus' message. The Bible many times underlines this very teaching. Here we listen to Jesus as he tells us the ways in which we can imitate him by the total emptying of ourselves. 

This great outpouring of self is reflected in those who imitate Jesus in their striving for justice in society, and that is certainly what you are called to do. 

Justice is more than merely restoring order, it is contributing to something better, to the building up of the kingdom of God here on earth by serving as a protector, as a generous giver of self, and as a comforting presence.

As we come together today, we commend you as peacemakers, as ambassadors of justice, and as brothers and sisters in Christ. We ask God to bless all of you who wear the uniform in service to your city and community. I also want to ask a special blessing upon your families today, because it's your spouses, children, and parents who daily pray for your safety while you are at work, and who love and support you at the end of the day when your duty is done.

Finally, let us remember all those who have fallen in the line of duty, who never failed in their generous service, even when it meant the giving of their very lives. 

Let us give thanks to God for the witness they left us, a witness of sacrifice, and a witness to the dignity and honor of their vocation of service.

October 22: At the library, Jungle Jim's Ghostbuster Academy

If there's somethin' strange in your library, who ya gonna call?

Come join Jungle Jim's Ghostbuster Academy on Saturday, October 22 at 3:00 p.m. at the East Boston Library. 

Children will help to build a giant proton pack, “wrap” the Mighty Mummy, and battle the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man! 

Get ready for the big finale as Jungle Jim goes after a 6-foot tall Slimer the Ghost! For ages 3-11.

This program is generously funded by The Friends of the East Boston Library.

Saturday, October 15, 2016


Free exhibition now open, presented by Iron Mountain Incorporated                                                                              
BOSTON – October 14, 2016 – 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, and Boston Public Library honors the Bard’s lasting legacy with its Shakespeare Unauthorized exhibition, opening today in the McKim Exhibition Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the BPL citywide initiative All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare at the Boston Public Library, connecting audiences to theater and the dramatic arts with programs throughout the library system. Boston Public Library holds one of the largest and most comprehensive publicly-held collections of Shakespeare, including the first four folios of his collected works, 45 early quarto editions of individual plays, and thousands of volumes of early source material, commentaries, translations, manuscripts, and more. Visit to view the complete offerings of the initiative.

“At some point in life, everyone has experienced the work of Shakespeare," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "These opportunities at the Boston Public Library give all the chance to learn more about the creative genius of Shakespeare and how his legacy lives on today."

“Shakespeare Unauthorized is sure to engage and inspire people of all ages, and we hope visitors leave with a better understanding of not only Shakespeare’s works, but an appreciation for the world-class Shakespeare holdings of one of Boston’s finest cultural institutions,” said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts & Culture for the City of Boston. “We applaud the Boston Public Library for ensuring these works are accessible to everyone.” 

Shakespeare Unauthorized: Experience the original works of “The Bard”

Shakespeare Unauthorized, a major gallery exhibition on view from October 14, 2016 through March 31, 2017, includes extraordinarily rare first and early editions of familiar and beloved plays like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, and The Merchant of Venice, as well as all four Shakespearean folios, most notably the BPL’s own copy of the world-famous First Folio. Through the pages of these precious books, visitors can experience Shakespeare in his original language and spelling, just as he would have been read by book lovers and theater-goers hundreds of years ago. 

Shakespeare Unauthorized is made possible through the financial support of Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), the global leader in storage and information management services. Based in Boston, Iron Mountain provides charitable grants of funding and in-kind services to cultural and historical preservation projects like Shakespeare Unauthorized through its Living Legacy Initiative.

“We’re proud to help bring this exhibition to life in our home city of Boston,” said Ty Ondatje, senior vice president, Corporate Responsibility and Chief Diversity Officer at Iron Mountain. “Our philanthropic mission is to preserve and create access to our world’s cultural and historical treasures, those ideas and artifacts that make up the human experience, so that they can be shared and enjoyed by everyone. The works and legacy of Shakespeare are the very definition of iconic and timeless treasures, and we’re honored to help present the Library’s impressive collection to the world.”

Shakespeare Unauthorized contains far more than just books of plays: this exhibition features surprising rarities and mysterious objects; scandalous forgeries made by con men and accomplished scholars; books from the luxurious private libraries of early English aristocrats; and memorabilia from four centuries of acting and stagecraft.

“We are indebted to Iron Mountain for their leadership grant to the Boston Public Library Foundation, and for partnering with the BPL to display our extensive collection of Shakespeare materials,” said Boston Public Library President David Leonard. “This exhibition of rare and valuable items promises to provide an inspiring adventure for all who visit. We are also very grateful for the critical funding provided by The Boston Foundation, and the Associates of the Boston Public Library, for curatorial and conservation work that supported this project.”

C&G Partners created the engaging exhibition design that showcases the extraordinary historic material on display in Shakespeare Unauthorized.

“Many know the name Shakespeare, but might not know how to experience something like a rare book, however precious it may be,” said Jonathan Alger, Co-founder of C&G Partners. “So it was very important to us to help that process along for modern visitors. We designed a space that is itself theatrical, intriguing and deliberately ambiguous, veiling what’s to come as any good playwright would.”

Shakespeare’s Here and Everywhere 

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, an independent, non-profit institution, features a complementary exhibition, Shakespeare’s Here and Everywhere, which opened on September 3 and runs through February 2017, with associated programming offered. William Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, and histories take place in a number of fascinating and often picturesque locations throughout Europe, Asia and Africa, in eras from classical times to the Renaissance.  In this exhibition of forty maps, images and three-dimensional objects, visitors view these locales by seeing items from Shakespeare’s lifetime, learning about the world in the time of Shakespeare, and understanding the symbolic role that geography held to the dramas.

Kronborg Castle in Denmark, known as Elsinore in Hamlet, is highlighted in the exhibition. A 1629 Dutch map depicting the Danish Kingdom, along with a vignette illustrating “Elsenor,” is on display. Complementing this map is an original print of “Cronenburg” from Samuel von Pufendorf’s 1696 historical atlas. Geographically-significant quotes from the dramas set the stage for the visitors, such as Marcellus’ line from Hamlet, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” (Act 1, scene 4). Visitors also see Heinrich Bünting’s famous “Clover leaf map” from 1581 and Abraham Ortelius’ 1570 edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.

“This is an opportunity for visitors to appreciate Shakespeare in a whole new way, through viewing the cartographic treasures from the collections of the Boston Public Library and our founder Norman B. Leventhal,” said Connie Chin, President of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center.

Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit


Iron Mountain Incorporated® (NYSE: IRM) is the global leader for storage and information management services. Trusted by more than 220,000 organizations around the world, Iron Mountain’s real estate network comprises more than 85 million square feet across more than 1,400 facilities in 45 countries dedicated to protecting and preserving what matters most for its customers. Iron Mountain’s solutions portfolio includes records management, data management, document management, data centers, art storage and logistics, and secure shredding, helping organizations to lower storage costs, comply with regulations, recover from disaster, and better use their information. Founded in 1951, Iron Mountain stores and protects billions of information assets, including critical business documents, electronic information, medical data and cultural and historical artifacts. Visit for more information.


The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center is ranked among the top map centers in the United States for the size of its collection, the significance of its historic (pre-1900) material, and its advanced digitization program. It is unique among the major collections because it also combines these features with exceptional educational and teacher training programs to advance geographic literacy among students in grades K-12 and enhance the teaching of subjects from history to mathematics to language arts. The collection is also the second largest in the country located in a public library, ensuring unlimited access to these invaluable resources for scholars, educators, and the general public. The Leventhal Map Center, created in 2004, is a nonprofit organization established as a public-private partnership between the Boston Public Library and philanthropist Norman Leventhal. Its mission is to use the Boston Public Library’s permanent collection of 200,000 maps and 5,000 atlases and a select group of rare maps collected by Mr. Leventhal for the enjoyment and education of all through exhibitions, educational programs, and a website that includes thousands of digitized maps at The map collection is global in scope, dating from the 15th century to the present, with particular strengths in maps and atlases of the American Revolution, New England, Boston, Massachusetts, world urban centers, and nautical charts.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

October 17: Public Information Meeting: Sumner Tunnel Entrance/Toll Plaza Project

Sumner Tunnel Entrance Reconstruction and Toll Plaza Demolition Project 

Public Information Meeting 

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will begin All Electronic Tolling (AET) in the Sumner Tunnel effective October 28, 2016. 

In preparation for the transition MassDOT will host a public meeting in East Boston to provide information about the proposed design of the tunnel entrance and toll booth elimination which will begin at a later date.  

Within the project overview MassDOT will discuss the design and construction process including: 
  • timeline of the toll booth demolition process, 
  • the alternatives analysis for the design of the Sumner Tunnel entrance, 
  • and construction impacts such as 
traffic and noise,
material disposition and
other project-related issues. 
This meeting will ensure that users of the Sumner Tunnel and neighboring communities are fully informed about the project and design and construction process to minimize any public inconvenience.    

If you are unable to attend a meeting, a copy of the presentation will be available at

Public comments and questions may also be submitted by email

The meeting will be held from 6:30pm – 8:30pm and is scheduled as follows:

Monday, October 17th – East Boston,
East Boston High School Auditorium
86 White Street 

Locations are accessible to people with disabilities.  

MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request (including but not limited to interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, open or closed captioning for videos, assistive listening devices and alternate material formats, such as audio tapes, Braille and large print) as available.  

For accommodation or language assistance, please contact Jim Kersten by phone (857) 368-9041 or by email (  

Requests should be made as soon as possible prior to the meeting. For more difficult to arrange services including sign language, CART or language translation or interpretation, requests should be made at least ten (10) business days before the meeting.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

October 13: North Suffolk to offer Community Education Forum for Families Marijuana’s Effect on the Developing Brain

Chelsea, MA (September 22, 2016)- North Suffolk Mental Health Association, with support from the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center and the East Boston Substance Abuse Coalition will be offering a Community Education Forum for parents and early teens to learn about marijuana and its effects on the developing brain at the Mario Umana Barnes Middle School on Thursday, October 13th from 4:30 to 7:30 PM. 

This completely FREE event will offer dinner, translation services, childcare for children 3-10 and a presentation by Rick Cresta, a social worker from Boston University. This free event is open to everyone in the community.

This forum is in response to the recent MGH Youth Risk Behavior Survey which polled students at the East Boston High School. The survey showed a majority of students had tried marijuana, and a significant number are regular users. Rick Cresta focuses on Marijuana and Adolescent Substance Use. He doesn’t argue with those who say that marijuana causes less harm than other drugs. “That, however, does not mean it’s harmless,”

The schedule for the evening has a resource fair and dinner being served from 4:30 to 6:00 PM in the Umana cafeteria. At 6:00 pm, childcare will start while Rick presents to parents and kids above 10 in the multi-purpose room. Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions directly, and learn about how to talk with their kids about what they have learned.


Margaret Farmer

October 5: Dancing Elotes at East Boston Farmer's Market

New England Foundation for the Arts’ Creative City Program Announces DANCING ELOTES
An Interactive Public Art Installation by Carolyn Lewenberg and Veronica Robles

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | 3-6pm | East Boston Farmer’s Market

Part of Creative City Grant Programs throughout Boston Neighborhoods
Email for interviews, high resolutions, and more information.

[Boston, MA—September 27, 2016] The New England Foundation for the Arts announces Dancing Elotes, a multi-media interactive art experience celebrating traditional Mexican food, art, and dance cocreated by Carolyn Lewenberg and Veronica Robles. Over the summer, the artists have hosted a bicycle cart at East Boston Farmer’s Market on Wednesday afternoons, where they sell elotes (traditionally-prepared Mexican street corn), host poetry readings, and dance sessions. 

Over the weeks, with the artists, visitors have collaboratively helped assemble life-size sculptures from the corn husks and cobs, and on Wednesday, October 5, from 3-6pm, the finished full sculptures will be revealed and on view. 

In addition, the celebration will feature “La Danza del Permiso,” a live traditional Mexican dance, requesting permission from mother earth to work the soil. Each dancer will perform around alters at the bases of the sculptures. 

The East Boston Farmers Market is located at the Lewis Mall, behind the Maverick MBTA Station, at 209 Sumner Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

September 26: Gove Street Citizens Association Meets

The Gove Street Citizens Association monthly meeting agenda:
  • Update on current status of GSCA area projects
  • 157 Cottage St. – Proposal to increase living space by combining 1st floor with basement. – Brian Scagliola (3rd Appearance / Vote to be taken)
  • 10-16 Everett St. (Ani’s Auto Body) – Proposal to erect a five-story, residential building, with 20 market-rate condominium and 21 parking spaces located on the ground floor. (Article 80 Small Project Review Process) – Attorney Jeffrey Drago (3rd Appearance with proposed project changes / No vote to be taken)
  • 114 Orleans St. (Rick’s Auto) - Proposal to erect a six-story, with setback, residential building, with 28 market-rate condominiums and 15 parking spaces located on the ground floor. (Article 80 Small Project Review Process) – Attorney Jeffrey Drago (1st Introductory Presentation / No vote to be taken)
MEETING DATE: Monday, September 26, 2016  

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, just a 4-minute walk from the Embassy Suites Hotel.          

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

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Gove Street Citizens Association monthly meeting: August 29

The Gove Street Citizens Association monthly meeting agenda:
  • Update on current status of GSCA area projects.
  • 161 Cottage St. – Proposal to renovate the existing building, build a new addition at the rear of the building with new handicap access, and change occupancy from 8 to 9 residential units (Penthouse). – Attorney Richard Lynds (3rd Appearance / Vote to be taken)
  • 46 Geneva St. – Proposal to erect a 3 story, 3-family residential building, with a roof deck and head house. – Attorney Jeffrey Drago (3rd Appearance / Vote to be taken)
  • 157 Cottage St. – Proposal to increase living space by combining 1st floor with basement. – Brian Scagliola (2nd Appearance / No vote to be taken)
  • 10-16 Everett St. (Ani’s Auto Body) – Proposal to erect a five-story, residential building, with 20 market-rate condominium and 18-20 parking spaces, located on the ground floor. (Article 80 Small Project Review Process) – Attorney Jeffrey Drago (2nd Appearance / No vote to be taken)

MEETING DATE: Monday, August 29, 2016 
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, just a 4-minute walk from the Embassy Suites Hotel.          DRIVING – Free event parking in front of the building and in the Porter Street parking lot adjacent to the building.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Massport Awards Annual Rauseo Memorial Scholarship; EB resident awarded $5,000 for college

L-R: Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn, Stephen Morash (Donna’s brother), Carolyn Searles and Massport’s Director of Government and Community Affairs Jose Masso.

(BOSTON- August 11, 2016)  – The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) today announced the recipient of the annual scholarship honoring the memory of longtime employee Donna Rauseo. The 2016 Donna Rauseo Memorial Scholarship was awarded to East Boston resident Carolyn Searles.

“We are very pleased to award Carolyn with the Donna Rauseo Scholarship. She has shown a commitment to following in Donna’s footsteps with her community service and we wish her the best of luck. Her commitment to the community as a volunteer epitomizes what we were looking for when we established the scholarship in memory of our friend and colleague Donna Rauseo,” said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn.

The $5,000 Donna Rauseo Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a female student who resides in East Boston. Ms. Rauseo was a graduate of East Boston High School and for more than 20 years was the executive assistant to Thomas J. Kinton, Jr. when he served as Aviation Director of Logan Airport and later as CEO and Executive Director for Massport.

Searles is a graduate of Boston Latin School. In the past, she volunteered with the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Elder Service Plan and currently volunteers at her church. In her essay, Searles credited her volunteer work because it, “shaped my perspective on being around different groups of people... Through my education I hope to learn about and discover more ways in which to positively influence and impact people’s lives.” Searles will be attending Gordon College and is considering studying social work.

“Carolyn was a wonderful asset to the day program. Carolyn had a humble attitude while engaging with this population and was willing to do whatever was asked of her as a volunteer,” said Pat Bellone, Recreation Therapist for the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.

To be considered for the Donna Rauseo Memorial Scholarship, students are required to have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and submit an essay of 1,000 words describing their career interests or how their community service has affected their outlook on life. Scholarship essays are judged by a committee made up of Massport employees and a representative of the Rauseo family. 

Students interested in applying for the 2017 scholarship should visit for eligibility requirements.

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. For more information please visit

Source: Massport Press Office

August 17: East Boston's Jeffries Point Neighborhood Planning and Zoning Meeting

The August Planning & Zoning Subcommittee Meeting will take place on 8/17 starting at 7 p.m.  The meeting will be held at EB Neighborhood Health Center, 250 Sumner Street, Room 108

Agenda will be as follows:

  •     7-13 Haynes Street – Erect multifamily dwelling – 2nd P&Z meeting
  •     10-16 Everett Street – (Ani’s Auto Body) – Proposal to erect a five-story, residential building, with 20 market-rate condominium and parking – 1st P&Z Meeting (also presented to Gove Street Civic Association in late July)
  •     214 Marginal – New construction on vacant lot – 2nd P&Z meeting

Source: JNPA

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

East Boston All-Star team wins Mayor's Cup

by John LaPlaca

Just a few short weeks ago, these 10 year old little league all-stars from East Boston were hardly taken serious enough to compete in the Mayor’s Cup Baseball Tournament. Their entry into the series came at the last minute, when one of the parents insisted they sign up… But that was a few weeks ago.

Today they are celebrating victory!

Their Cinderella story became real last Saturday afternoon when East Boston defeated the highly touted Parkway team, 4-3, to capture the entire Mayor’s Cup challenge. In fact, they finished the season as the only undefeated team in the city, winning most of their other games in overwhelming numbers:

vs. Savin Hill, 12-2
vs. Parkway II, 12-2
vs. South Boston, 9-7
vs. North End, 9-2
vs. Parkway, 4-3

Lead by manager Jason DaSilva and coaches Eldon Thomas, Nick Salerno, and Nick & Mike Mosca, the boys made it look easy.
Through regular and mandatory practice these caring East Boston parents/ coaches were able too keep these allstar players as sharp as they were during their regular season.
And the hard work paid off.

Behind the dazzling pitching of Jason DaSilva Jr, John Quinton, Jaden Marshall and Yonaxi Alcantara came some powerful and consistent hitting by players like Sal Vigliotta, Chris Testa, and Nick Mustacchio Jr. whose amazing performances were often complimented by the aggressive base running of Johanix Amparo.

“I have never seen a more dedicated and enthused group of young baseball players”, said Nick Mustacchio and his wife Lisa, who together, hosted a backyard barbecue and pool party for the boys last Sunday at their home.
“It was a real pleasure attending their games. These kids and their coaches deserve recognition for their time and proud representation of East Boston”.

Parents all agree.

The defensive, near perfect infield held together by catchers Ryan Thomas and Chase Whiteknact and quick shortstop plays by Ruben DeLeon was without flaw. Outfield cooperation by Stephen Smith and others left onlookers stunned.

The team went on to participate and compete in the recent Jimmy Fund Tournament, but was eliminated in a narrow defeat last weekend, ending a very spine-tingling summer.

Pictured from left to right
Front Row:
John Quinton, Sal Vigliotta, Chase Whiteknact, Christopher Testa, Stephen Smith, Nicholas Mustacchio Jr.
Back Row:
Coach Eldon Thomas, Jason DaSilva Jr., Ryan Thomas, Jaden Marshall, Johanix Amparo, Manager Jason DaSilva, Coach Nick Salerno
Missing from photo:
Yonaxi Alcantara, Ruben (Neal) DeLeon Jr., Coach Nick Mosca, Coach Mike Mosca

Photo by John LaPlaca (Contributing writer) can be reached at
Phone 617.201.1800

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Kiwanis Club to host author of "East Boston: Legendary Locals" on August 2

The Kiwanis Club of East Boston will host guest speaker and East Boston native, Regina Marchi, Ph.D., at the Kiwanis meeting set for Tuesday, August 2, starting at 6 p.m. at Spinelli’s Function Hall, Day Square in East Boston. 

Dr. Marchi will discuss her book “Legendary Locals of East Boston” and take questions from the audience. She was born and raised in East Boston and is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Students at Rutgers University in New Jersey. 

Copies of her book will be available for purchase at the meeting. 

The public is invited to attend by contacting a Kiwanis Club member, including club President Mary Jane Barber at

Dinner is $20 per person, which includes a 50/50 raffle. 

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. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Something to remember this July Fourth: The Battle of Noddle's Island, Hogg Island and Chelsea Creek

A historical thought on this July 4 from local historian Michael Laurano:

The Fourth of July is a good time to remember another great American misnomer - the oxymoronic term, the so called "Battle of Chelsea Creek" which in all truth was the "Battle of Noddle's Island, Hogg Island and Chelsea".

The series of skirmishes encompassed by that term which took place in late May of 1775 between the Americans and the British was never until the very late 19th century at the very earliest referred to even as the "Battle of Chelsea " nor until 1906 as the "Battle of Chelsea Creek". That was for good reasons. The bellicose actions took place on Noddle's Island (East Boston), Hogg (or Hog) Island (Orient Heights) and Chelsea (today's Beachmont, Revere, Winthrop and Chelsea), in 1775 Sales Farm, Rumney Marsh, Pullin Point and Winnisimmet.

Some of the fighting and the culmination by the burning of a British vessel, The Diana, certainly did place along the shores of the intervening waterway between present day East Boston and Chelsea now known as "Chelsea Creek". That body of water was not however known as "Chelsea Creek" in 1775 nor for a half century afterwards. The term "Chelsea Creek" name was affixed to "Chelsea Reach" in the 1830s by Gen William H. Sumner the principal behind the development into "East Boston" of once bucolic Noddle's Island, an oasis of culture and gracious civility in Boston Harbour burned and rendered barren by the bellicose events of 1775

"The designation "Chelsea Creek" appears on no legitimate contemporaneously drawn map of 1775 and nowhere else until the 1830s. No person actually at Noddle's, Island Hogg Island or Chelsea who participated in the fighting in 1775, American or British, left written recorded reference to the "Battle of Chelsea Creek". 1775 newspaper accounts of the skirmishes which sent an electrifying shock of courage throughout the rebellious American Colonies made reference only to the events "on Noddles Island", or "on Hogg (sometimes spelled "Hog") Island" or "at Chelsea" and never "Chelsea Creek" The American "rebels" who participated as belligerants there so recorded and 1775 British Admiralty records read the same as well.

That said, it is also true that on account of the determined efforts of some folk who have partisanly picked up on what was a mistake (one would like to think it was that, born only of ignorance and not deliberate) first made in 1906 by a New Hampshire magazine writer named Lamb have tenaciously promoted the "Battle of Chelsea Creek" mantra. Though that may be a rightful exercise in American free speech it is however still not the truth. Perhaps the erroneous term was first conceived in a spirit of compromise. In 20th century terms it would be an easy mistake perhaps to make.

In 1775 I shared in the same spirit of comprise at the BiCentennial celebration and referred to the "Battle of Noddle's Island and Chelsea Creek". However, given the 21st century internet's revolutionary access to early maps and documentation from and contemporaneous with 1775 to allow this transgression to continue unchallened would be only be to continue to give license to a wrong. A truthful and accurate account of American history deserves better.

Many recent writers while acknowledging the many indisputable facts of the matter still continue to repeat this grave misnaming error which flies in the face of accuracy and truth.

One such recent writer of American history while accurately attesting to the focus of these events as having happened on Noddle's Island judiciously says (the battle)..."has come to be called the Battle of Chelsea Creek". To that this writer would add with emphasis...The Battle of Noddle's Island, Hogg Island and Chelsea" vs. the "Battle of Chelsea Creek" is not over yet !

On this Fourth of July holiday of 2016 a salvo in this naming battle is issued in the form of the following threefold challenge to anyone who wishes to persist in promoting the misnamning error of the "Battle of Chelsea Creek":

First: Produce a legitimate map of from the 1775 era drawn prior to the 1830s designating the tidal waterway flowing between what is now East Boston and Chelsea as "Chelsea Creek".

Second: Produce a legitimate recorded account by any person who was actually there and participated in the skirmishes between the Americans and the British in 1775 that makes reference to "Chelsea Creek".

Third: Produce a legitimate 1775 newspaper account of the events that took place on Noddle's Island, Hogg Island and at Chelsea that made reference to "Chelsea Creek".

Happy Fourth of July to all.
Michael A. Laurano
malauran (at)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Gove Street Citizens Association to meet on Monday, June 27

The Gove Street Citizens Association monthly meeting agenda:

  • Update on current status of GSCA area projects.
  • 161 Cottage St. – Proposal to renovate the existing building, build a new addition at the rear of the building with new handicap access, and change occupancy from 8 to 9 residential units (Penthouse). – Attorney Richard Lynds (1st Appearance / No vote to be taken)
  • 46 Geneva St. – Proposal to erect a 3 story, 3-family residential building, with a roof deck and head house. – Attorney Jeff Drago (1st Appearance / No vote to be taken)
  • Presentation of the Mayor’s Imagine Boston 2030 Initiative to establish the first comprehensive citywide master plan in 50 years.
MEETING DATE: Monday, June 27, 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 except for Holidays.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Events this month at the East Boston Library

Big Joe the Storyteller on Tuesday, June 14th at 4 p.m.
Big Joe the Storyteller has stories that will delight and amaze his audience.  Some stories are classics that are very familiar, some stories have never been heard, and some were written by Big Joe himself.  No matter what type of stories Big Joe tells, they all have one thing in common; they are fun and exciting.  Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Author Lecture:
Join biologist Nathan H. Lents on Thursday, June 16th at 6 p.m. for a discussion of his book, Not So Different:  Finding  Human Nature in Animals.  Through a mix of colorful reporting and rigorous scientific research, Lents describes the exciting strides scientists have made in decoding animal behavior.  Whether Lents is discussing love, grief, greed or envy, he provides ample evidence that animals have a rich inner life. Following the lecture, Prof. Lents will sign books.  A limited number are available for purchase on-site.

Facebook Workshop:
Join us for Intro to Facebook on Friday, June 17th at 10:00 am. We will go over all of the ins & outs of how to get the most out of your experience on the world's most popular social network. For more information, call (617)569-0271.

Irish Music Concert:
Join us on Saturday, June 18th at 3 p.m. for an hour of Irish folk music performed by Boston’s Erin Og.  The band’s repertoire includes songs of Ireland’s 800 years of oppression as well as a wide range of Irish folk music.

Movie Showing:
The Student Immigrant Movement is presenting Indivisible:  Love Knows No Borders at the East Boston Branch Library on Monday, June 20th at 6 p.m. This documentary is about the fight to reunite families separated by deportation.

Teen Book Discussion and Movie:  The Hobbit
Join us as we discuss J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy novel on Tuesday, June 21 @ 2:30 pm. We will view the film on the next day, June 22nd, @ 2:30 pm. Refreshments will be served with the film on the 22nd. Copies of the book are available for checkout now at the library.

Matt Heaton Concert:
Matt  Heaton joins us for a rollicking children’s concert on Wednesday, June 22nd at 10:30 a.m. .  Mr. Heaton’s  music mixes surf, Amerian roots and Irish traditional.  It is delivered with a sense of humor, and is fun for both kids and adults.  For ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.

Matt Heaton

USCIS Immigration Information Session:
Saturday, June 25th  from 9-1.
A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration officer will be at the branch to answer questions on immigration issues including eligibility requirements; filing procedures; finding knowledgeable, low-cost and safe legal advice and how to avoid scams. This is a cooperative effort of USCIS, BPL and the Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement.

A night with the musicians: June 18

Fun! All for Columbus Day Parade: Disco Diva Night June 25