Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Adrian Madaro Kicks-off Campaign for State Rep with Over 200 Supporters at the Jeffries Yacht Club

(EAST BOSTON, January 19, 2015) Surrounded by over 200 supporters Adrian Madaro, candidate for State Representative, held his official campaign kick-off event at the Jeffries Yacht Club last week.   

Campaign Manager Liana LaMattina, introduced Madaro. “When I think of our next generation of leaders here in East Boston, I think of Adrian. He is a prime example of a product of the environment here in East Boston.” She said. “He is a product of the love and commitment to community that many great leaders in Eastie have taught us in the past. And I know that he will continue that legacy."

Addressing the packed room, Madaro shared his reasons for running and laid out his vision for East Boston.

“I feel blessed to be born and raised in East Boston, whether it was playing little league baseball or pop warner football, learning how to play drums at Zumix, or getting involved in community clean ups with my mom and her civic group.” Adrian said “My family made sure that I was invested in my community and that I loved East Boston. That’s why I am running for State Representative. I want to be the first person you think of calling when you need help and I want to be your advocate on Beacon Hill.”

Madaro went on to thank his family for their support and State Representative Carlo Basile for his mentorship.

“This commitment to public service and community is in my DNA. I learned it from my family and strengthened it these past four years working for Representative Basile as his Chief of Staff.” Adrian continued, “I’m so grateful for Rep Basile’s mentorship as he’s prepared me to be an effective and passionate advocate for East Boston on day one.”

Adrian Madaro is a graduate of Boston Latin School and Tufts University where he also earned a Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning. Adrian is an active member of the East Boston community, serving as a board member of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Vice President of the YMCA, President of the Harborside Community Council, Former Vice President of the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH), and Co-Chair and Founder of the Mario Umana Public Service Fellowship.
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Jan. 24: East Boston Kiwanis Club to Host Winter Classic Half Ball Tournament this Saturday to Raise Funds for Charities

EAST BOSTON – The Kiwanis Club of East Boston will hold its second annual Winter Classic Half Ball Tournament this Saturday, January 24 from 5-8 p.m. at the Marty Pino Community Center, 86 Boardman St. in Orient Heights. Funds raised by the tournament will partially go to “The Eliminate Project” sponsored by Kiwanis International and Unicef and to the Kiwanis Club’s local Community Service activities.

Half Ball teams of four are invited to participate in the tournament for an entry fee of $100. To sign up, contact Kiwanis Club President Clark Moulasion at 617-699-7121 or by e-mail at: carmellasmarket@verizon.net. The tournament will also feature a basketball free-throw shooting contest.

Kiwanis International’s “The Eliminate Project” is raising $110 million to eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus around the world and funds from this tournament will help to save the lives of mothers and their children in many underdeveloped countries. For more information on The Eliminate Project, turn here: http://sites.kiwanis.org/Kiwanis/en/theELIMINATEproject/home.aspx


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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mayor weighs in special state rep race: Endorses Ruggerio

from the Ruggerio Campaign:

Mayor Walsh to endorse Joe Ruggiero for State Rep at Campaign Kickoff

EAST BOSTON January 15, 2015– Tonight, Joe Ruggiero will officially kick off his campaign for State Representative for the First Suffolk District, representing East Boston. Joe will be joined by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who will endorse Joe's candidacy.

WHO:
Joe Ruggiero, candidate for State Representative, First Suffolk District
Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of Boston

WHEN:
TONIGHT, Thursday, January 15
6:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Spinelli's, 284 Bennington Street, East Boston

In December, Joe Ruggiero declared his candidacy for State Representative for the First Suffolk District, representing East Boston. Joe is a lifelong East Boston resident and small business owner. He is an active member of the East Boston Chamber of Commerce and a recent appointee to the Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan Committee. He has been a dedicated volunteer and leader for a number of youth-based organizations within East Boston, including the East Boston YMCA, East Boston Youth Basketball League, East Boston Little League, and the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Youth Organization (CYO). In addition to his roles in youth mentoring and neighborhood business development, Ruggiero is an active member of St. Joseph & Lazarus Parish, and an active organizer of East Boston Substance Abuse Awareness Day and founding organizer of the Mayor's Annual Family Fun Day. To learn more about Joe Ruggiero and his candidacy, visit www.RuggieroforRep.com.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Statement of Ernani DeAraujo in support of the candidacy of Adrian Madaro

From Ernani DeAraujo:

I’m very excited to announce my support for Adrian Madaro to serve as our State Representative and am honored to be his campaign chairman.

Adrian has been my mentee since he was selected to be a John William Ward Fellow as a 17 year old at Boston Latin. He so impressed in his internship at City Hall--where he documented the environmental impacts of Logan on our community--that he was welcomed back to City Hall the next summer. Later, as a sophomore at Tufts University, he was unanimously chosen to receive the Ward Program’s DC fellowship and worked for United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. I recommended Adrian to the Board for the position of summer coordinator for the program--the youngest ever at the time--and he went on to create a summer speaker series for his fellow interns that had them personally meet with over a dozen congressmen, senators, and government officials--the highest number of meetings for the summer program ever.

When Rep. Basile asked me to refer a candidate to hire as his aide, I immediately reached out to Adrian who was a senior at Tufts and about to enter a Master’s program there in Public Policy and Urban Planning. Carlo offered him the job on the spot and Adrian quickly became the youngest Chief of Staff on Beacon Hill.  

It was as Chief of Staff that Adrian became my mentor. While I served as Mayor Menino’s Liaison to East Boston I worked hand-in-hand with Adrian to meet the needs of our community. As the campaign proceeds I will share with you many of Adrian’s accomplishments for East Boston, but here I want to focus on what he did for the families on Chelsea Street who were displaced by the building collapses. Adrian worked around the clock to help clothe, feed, and house the over 70 individuals who were suddenly homeless. One week into the disaster, temporary housing for 30 individuals was about to expire. I told Adrian earlier in the afternoon to go attend his class while I stay with the families that evening. Once I saw the tension and need of the families that night I became anxious and overwhelmed by the challenge and called Adrian to please come back and help me. The poor guy--who hadn’t slept or eaten well in two weeks--crashed his car passenger door into a pole as he rushed over. He showed up, as he always does, and proceeded to organize shelter for all the families. A week later, we had found housing for every single individual, raised thousands of dollars for the families in a fundraiser he coordinated, and facilitated the City’s emergency response to restore Chelsea Street to livability.

That’s Adrian: determined, brilliant, and selfless. East Boston needs a leader in the State House who cannot only serve the needs of our community--as Adrian has done so ably and at times extraordinarily in the past 4 years--but also someone with the vision and intellect to steer our neighborhood through this present of complexity and dramatic change. I’ve seen Adrian communicate with individuals of all classes, intellects, cultures, and ethnicities; I’ve seen him speak Italian and Spanish, and make himself understood to people speaking Arabic or Vietnamese; he’s designed creative posters for community events and written brilliant memos to argue for a particular policy or legislation.

Folks, our neighborhood is poised for great things. Adrian is the State Representative East Boston deserves. I ask that you not only support his candidacy but join this campaign to make East Boston great. Thank you.

Frank DiBona to serve as Campaign Manager for Joe Ruggiero for State Representative

(EAST BOSTON, January 11, 2015) – Today, Joe Ruggiero announced the hire of Frank DiBona to serve as campaign manager in his effort to run for State Representative for the 1st Suffolk District, representing East Boston.

“I’m thrilled to have Frank DiBona lead our team in this campaign,” said Ruggiero. “I’m impressed with his experience, but what he really brings to the table is an enthusiasm and work ethic that is unmatched. Frank is a strong organizer and an incredibly smart young man. He’ll be an incredible asset to our campaign.”

DiBona has previous campaign experience on the federal and statewide levels. He served as an Organizing Fellow for Ed Markey for U.S. Senate, responsible for volunteer recruitment and training for field efforts, targeting and canvass strategy, and voter identification. DiBona also contributed to field efforts for Elizabeth Warren for U.S. Senate, focused on voter persuasion, volunteer recruitment, and voter registration. In addition, DiBona served as field organizer, scheduler, and social media coordinator for Deborah Goldberg’s successful campaign to Massachusetts State Treasurer.

DiBona previously served as a legislative aide for State Representative Rhonda Nyman, where he managed all office operations in the Massachusetts State House and in the legislative district. In this role, he also: coordinated with state agencies to address constituent outreach; directed legislation and policy development; and created and executed communications strategy and products, including speeches, press releases, and social media and web presence. DiBona also served in an internship role for U.S. Congressman Bill Keating, involved with communications, research, and constituent response.

DiBona earned an Associate’s Degree in Social Sciences from Quincy College. He is also a recent graduate of George Washington University (GWU), where he received his B.A. in Political Science. At GWU, DiBona served as chair of the Phi Kappa Psi Philanthropy Committee, where he focused efforts on raising funds for veterans and their families. DiBona is a former member of the Phi Theta Kappa Academic Honor Society and the Gamma Beta Phi Community Service Society. He served as a volunteer for Teach For America, and a political journalist for Q.C. Voice student newspaper.

Joe Ruggiero declared his candidacy for State Representative for the First Suffolk District in December, representing East Boston. Joe is a lifelong East Boston resident and small business owner. He is an active member of the East Boston Chamber of Commerce and a recent appointee to the Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan Committee. He has been a dedicated volunteer and leader for a number of youth-based organizations within East Boston, including the East Boston YMCA, East Boston Youth Basketball League, East Boston Little League, and the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Youth Organization (CYO). In addition to his roles in youth mentoring and neighborhood business development, Ruggiero is an active member of St. Joseph & Lazarus Parish, and an active organizer of East Boston Substance Abuse Awareness Day and founding organizer of the Mayor's Annual Family Fun Day. To learn more about Joe Ruggiero and his candidacy, visit www.RuggieroforRep.com.

El Heraldo Latino launches in East Boston, New Spanish language monthly

The East Boston Ecumenical Community Council (EBECC) and Perfiles Publishing Group have the pleasure of inviting you to a warm reception, in which we will launch El Heraldo Latino, a new independent monthly newspaper targeting the Spanish-speaking communities of East Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop. This monthly newspaper is geared towards informing, educating, motivating, and captivating a large number of Hispanic readers with its informative, serious, responsible, and in-depth coverage of the news and happenings that take place in Suffolk County.

According to various censuses that have taken place since 2000, the Hispanic population in Suffolk County has increased enormously. This demographic increase brings with it a series of benefits for our county, including the integration of a politically active population that is more diverse and productive, which is well-established economically, and contributes richly to the cultural and social wellbeing of the community.

El Heraldo Latino arrives just in time in Suffolk County as the Hispanic newspaper that will provide the best in-depth coverage in Spanish about topics related to the economy, politics, immigration, public health, education, culture, civics and society, not to mention news of government affairs, local businesses, and community issues. Because of this, El Heraldo Latino will be able to easily reach its readers, thus quickly converting it into the best and most unique local vehicle for businesses, government agencies, and other organizations to disseminate their information to the Spanish-speaking population of Suffolk County.

The launch party for El Heraldo Latino took place on Friday, December 12th, at the East Boston Social Centers, which is located at 68 Central Square, East Boston, MA 02128

This will be an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about our newspaper and discover how it can provide better options for your business, government agency, or non-profit organization to reach Suffolk County’s Spanish-language readers via El Heraldo Latino.

Politics: State Rep. Race: Deveau First to Hand in Required Signatures for Ballot

(BOSTON, January 13, 2015)  – Ed Deveau, Chair of the Ward 1 Democratic Committee and former Chief of Staff to Senator Anthony Petruccelli, has handed in the required number of signatures to qualify for the ballot for State Representative in East Boston.

Deveau said, “For more than a decade, I have been working to strengthen our community and make East Boston a better place to live and raise a family.  My experience at the State House and in the community will give me the unique ability to deliver for East Boston.”

Monday morning, Deveau became the first candidate for State Representative to submit the required number of signatures to the Boston Elections Department.  The Democratic primary will take place on Tuesday, March 3, and includes all precincts in East Boston.

Deveau is a lifelong East Boston resident.  For 13 years, he worked for Sen. Anthony Petruccelli as his aide and Chief of Staff.  Deveau has been actively involved in the community, co-founding Eastie’s Elves and an annual East Boston Jimmy Fund event that has raised over $30,000 for cancer research.

Deveau is the former chair of the Constitution Beach Association, past Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Salesian Boys & Girls Club, and has been involved in the East Boston Athletic Board.


RBC Wealth Management contributes to ABCD Winter Emergency Campaign

For the 4th consecutive year RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) Wealth Management participates in “Keep Boston Warm” campaign donating to the ABCD Winter Emergency Campaign

BOSTON— For the fourth year in a row, RBC Wealth Management will participate in the “Keep Boston Warm” Campaign and deliver truckloads of coats, jackets and boots for distribution to poor families and seniors throughout Boston’s neighborhoods.

"On behalf of the employees of RBC Wealth Management in Boston, eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island we are proud to support ABCD through our 4th annual "Keep Boston Warm" winter clothing and fuel assistance drive” explained Paul J. Leyden, Boston Complex Director, RBC Wealth Management. “We know that our efforts are going to a good cause. ABCD does a great job of getting these winter clothing items we collected quickly into the hands of families in Boston that need them the most. We are proud of our connection with ABCD and hope our efforts will motivate other corporate citizens in Boston to think of ABCD during this extraordinary time of need. "

On Thursday, January 15 at 1PM RBC representatives will deliver donations to the ABCD central office located at 178 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02111.

“ABCD is so grateful to RBC Wealth Management for their ongoing support during these frigid New England winters,” said ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew. “The truckloads of warm coats, boots, comforters, and other goods that they are will go to homes where people desperately need help staying warm. The fuel assistance donation is critical in helping us respond to hundreds of emergency calls for oil from customers who have used up their benefits. We thank RBC from the bottom of our hearts.”

About RBC Wealth Management – U.S.:
In the United States, RBC Wealth Management operates as a division of RBC Capital Markets, LLC. Founded in 1909, RBC Capital Markets, LLC. is a member of the New York Stock Exchange, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, and other major securities exchanges.  RBC Wealth Management has more than $281 billion of assets under administration and nearly 2,000 financial advisors operating in 200 locations in 41 states.

About ABCD:
ABCD serves more than 100,000 low-income Boston-area residents through its central offices and a decentralized network of Neighborhood Service Centers (NSCs), Head Start centers, Family Planning sites and Foster Grandparent sites. Programs and affiliations include Fuel Assistance; Head Start; Child Care Services; Child Care Choices of Boston; Education; Career Development; Housing and Homelessness Services; Health Services; Family Planning; Urban College of Boston; University High – an Alternative High School; Ostiguy High School for high school students in recovery; Weatherization; Foster Grandparents; Elder Services; Intergenerational Programs; management of the Combined Federal Campaign, Commonwealth of Massachusetts and City of Boston employee giving campaigns; advocacy and consumer services.

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East Boston Main Streets Receives Commendation from Boston House of Representatives

East Boston, MA (January 08, 2015) – On Thursday, January 8, East Boston Main Streets was presented with a Commendation by the House of Representatives at the State House.  As one of his final acts, outgoing representative Carlo Basile presented Max Gruner, Executive Director of EBMS, with a Commendation signed by House Speaker DeLeo for the organizations continued work on behalf of the businesses and people of East Boston.

“It is a wonderful honor to be recognized for our work in East Boston and throughout the City,” said Max Gruner.  “I want to thank Speaker DeLeo and Representative Basile and, in particular, I want to thank my Board of Directors and staff for their tireless efforts in bringing innovative programming to East Boston and for working tirelessly to promote and support our remarkable diversity in the neighborhood.”

“This is a truly deserving organization,” said representative Basile.  “We wish Max and East Boston Main Streets all best in the future and I look forward to seeing East Boston continue to flourish.”

For more details or questions, please contact Max Gruner at mgruner@ebmainstreets.com or at 617-561-1044.

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EBMS is a non-profit corporation. Its mission is to create a more vibrant business district by initiating private and public improvements, promoting commerce, and supporting efforts to improve the quality of life for all who live, work, and do business in East Boston.







Monday, January 12, 2015

Malden/East Boston Mites outplay Dorchester, winning 4-2 and Mayor's Cup

Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey Update

With two teams in the 2014 Boston Mayor’s Cup tournament on Sunday, January 4, Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey (MEB) was busy preparing after the holiday.  Our Pee Wee team played a tough-fought shootout with Dorchester, falling 2-1 in a classic goalie’s duel.  The MEB Mites were victorious earlier in the day, also playing Dorchester, winning 4-2.  Both games were played “on the big ice” at Boston College.  Congratulations to the Mites for the Championship win and to all teams who participated!




In regular games this past weekend, we saw a variety of games played and a lot of success from the MEB squads.  Beginning on Friday night at the Valley Forum Rink in Haverhill, the Bantam team took a 4-1 victory over Concord.  They continue to push ahead, playing around the middle of the division in standings.




Our youngest competitors on the Mite B team suffered a tough 2-11 loss to S&S in Revere, in the only game we had on the calendar for MEB on Saturday this weekend.  On Sunday, three other teams played, each scoring a ‘W’ in those contests.

Starting with the Mite A team on Sunday morning at the Malden Valley Forum, we won 8-2 against Melrose.  Another morning game was played in at the Devine Rink in Dorchester featuring the MEB Squirts versus Needham, with MEB coming out on top 4-2.  The Squirts are playing ion a new division with new results and a positive outlook for the rest of the season.  Finally, the Pee Wees played to a 4-2 win over NH East at the Valley Forum in Haverhill.  Fighting for top spot in their division, they continue to have fun and compete at a high level.


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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Renew Boston Workshop: January 13 at Social Centers

Renew Boston, a partnership of the City of Boston, NStar, National Grid, community non-profits and Mass Save-approved contractors will be holding a workshop on Energy-Efficiency on Tuesday, January 13 at the East Boston Social Center, 68 Central Square. 

 Join neighbors for a presentation in Spanish at 5:30 pm, in English at 6:15 pm and at 7:00 pm for residents and owners of buildings with more than 4 units. Free and open to the public. 
Children welcome. Light refreshments will be served. 

 Please share this notice with your all family, friends and neighbors and let's learn together what we can do save now with energy-saving products and services!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association Meeting Set for Jan.12

The next meeting for the JPNA is scheduled for Monday January 12th at 7pm at the Jeffries Point Yacht Club, located at 565 Sumner Street.  

The agenda is as follows:
  • Police update
  • Corinne Petraglia from the Mayor's office
  • 101 Cottage Street, Extension of current living space, Richard Lynds. VOTING 
  • 10-18, 20-22 Haynes St.  10-18 Haynes is new construction of 6 units with parking on the bottom, 20-22 is renovation of an existing building and would be 4 units. Richard Lynds is representative. VOTING*
  • 64-66 Gove Street New construction of 6 condo units. Richard Lynds is representative, VOTING 
  • Future Automotive Site, 31 Orleans St.  New construction of 15 units with parking on the bottom floor. Rodney Sinclair is representative, VOTING 
  • City Councilor Sal LaMattina is speaking
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Holiday Tournament News for Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey

From MEB

Over the Christmas and New Year’s break, we  Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey (MEB) teams are participating in the favorite 2014 Boston Mayor’s Cup tournament.  

With teams competing from all throughout Boston neighborhoods, we have some great competition and lots of opportunities to shine.  

Three teams are participating, one each at Mite, Squirt, and Pee Wee level. These players ranging in age from 8 to 12 years old have already encountered many challenges and victories over the past three months, but this tournament is a favorite for many reasons.

In years past, we have seen more than one of our MEB teams come away with the Championship in their division, and this year looks to be another contender for that thrilling feeling. With the Mites and the Pee Wees both scheduled to play in championship games at Boston College on Sunday, January 4, our chances look good.

The MEB Mites have won three games, dispensing of Hyde Park and two different Parkway teams, all with shutouts. Goal scorers from across the team have combined for 21 pucks in the net over the three preliminary games leading to the championship.

Our next oldest athletes, the Squirts, also fared well in one of their preliminary games, beating Allston by shutout 11-0, but falling to Dorchester and Hyde Park, they are out of contention for the championship.

The MEB Pee Wee team, playing a weekday game on Tuesday, December 30, also completed three preliminary contests with wins, and will appear in the big game on Sunday, January 4. The Pee Wees opened their tournament with a crushing defeat dealt to Hyde Park, wining 11-0. The second game was almost as devastating, winning 8-0. 

Tuesday’s 4-1 win against Dorchester gives them a seat at the championship game on Sunday. Stars of the Pee Wee team include Curtis, Birnbaum, Summers, Rufo, and Bocchino in goal turning away all but one in three games.

The players are all excited to play on Sunday at the home of the BC Eagles, the Kelley Rink at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill.  The Mites are scheduled to play at 1:00 PM and the Pee Wees at 7:00 PM.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Friends of Meridian Street outraged at Canton Eatery's request for extended hours

The following is from Paul Howes:
 
It has just come to our attention that there is a meeting at 7pm, Dec.9, 2014 at the Canton Eatery, 339 Meridian Street, East Boston. It says "Abutter Meeting".

This is outrageous that even a consideration of extended hours at this business is considered. Since this business has opened we have lost count of the violations cited by the Boston Licensing Board, Boston Police Department, MBTA Transit Police and the Boston Board of Health Inspectional Services. The owner of the Canton Eatery has been closed down by the Licensing Commission for multiple violations. He has been cited multiple times by the EBPD for noise, parking and problems with late night fights of patrons coming to this establishment after the bars close at 2am. At a hearing at the Licensing Board to cut back the hours of the Canton because of the multiple violations, his representing lawyer stated that he has installed registers that would not accept orders after 1:30am (which is on record) and this never happened. Again there are no women's or men's toilets in the Canton Eatery and there are reports to the EBPD and Licensing Board of patrons using the alleyway next to the Canton to urinate. This will obviously become even a bigger health and safety problem for our families living next to this business in a residential area. The hundreds of complaints and citations written to the Canton Eatery for dangerous double parking, blocking the bike lane used by our children, causing the MBTA buses to pull around into oncoming traffic and causing constant vehicle horn honking and people screaming. The owner has completely ignored the citations and warnings from the EBPD and MBTA Transit Police and Boston Licensing Board. Extending hours is only going to make these problems worse! Review the EBPD reports, the Boston Licensing Board citations and complaints, Boston Parking violations and complaints, MBTA Transit Police violations and complaints and the multiple health code violations. The owner of the Canton Eatery has been a chronic violator of the licensing, parking, trash and health laws since opening. Not to mention that on a daily, nightly basis the front of the Canton Eatery, on the public sidewalk if full of bagged trash bags, empty boxes and pails. Up to 30 bags at a time. Polite letters were sent to the owner of the Canton Eatery requesting the trash be put out after 2am closing so our families, children (a school bus stop right next to the trash) do not have to live in these conditions of large amounts of trash on our public sidewalk. He did not respond and ignored these requests showing again he has no respect of the families and residents of Meridian Street in East Boston. 

THE RESIDENTS OF MERIDIAN STREET, EAST BOSTON STRONGLY OPPOSE ANY EXTENTION OF HOURS FOR THE CANTON EATERY AND AFTER YOUR CLOSE EXAMINATION OF ALL THE VIOLATIONS YOU WILL NOT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN. Leave the politics out of this and do the correct judgment for our families safety and quality of living here in East Boston.

Friends of Meridian Street

Friday, December 5, 2014

East Boston APAC Fuel Assistance Program is now underway: Apply now!

November 1 was the first day for New Applicants

You need to provide the following documents in order to apply:
* Proof of income for the past 30 days for everyone in the household over the age of 18 (4 consecutive pay stubs or 2 if paid bi weekly).
* If you receive any of the following: SSI, Social Security benefits, pension, Child support, TANF. Please provide a letter from the issuing agency or a copy of the check.

* Copy of Lease
* Most recent heating bill.
* Electric bill.
* Picture ID.

* Social security cards for everyone that lives with you.
Renter/Heat included in the rent; If your heat is included in the rent, you need to bring the following:

* A copy of your lease or a "tenant/landlord agreement", which is provided by us, stating that "Heat is included in rent"
Homeowners, you must provide the following documents in addition to the income documents mentioned above:
* Mortgage statement
* Property Tax
* Property Insurance
* Water Bill
* Interest on your mortgage
* If you have tenants, please submit a letter written by each of your tenants stating how much they pay.

If you have any questions please feel free to call APAC at 617-567-8857.
APAC is open Mondays 11am and Tuesdays-Fridays  from 9am to 5pm.

"Don’t be left out in the cold" Apply Fuel Assistance!
Call to schedule an appointment, 617-567-8857 this program helps both tenants and homeowners, who qualify.
Assistance is available to Gas, Electric, and Oil Customers.
In some cases, those who have Heat Included in the Rent, may also apply.
Household Size Maximum Income for eligibility.

1 $32,751
2 $40,654
3 $49,675
4 $59,137

FUEL ASSISTANCE helps by paying a portion of your heating costs during the winter months, call us at (617) 567-8857 with questions about eligibility and office hours.

Thank you!





Source: ABCD,APAC


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Italia Unita's Christmas Toy Drive for the Italian Home for Children and Crossroads Family Shelter. Drop your toy off today!

The following message is from the group Italia Unita.

It's that time of year!

It has been a tradition for many years that Italia Unita has participated in supporting the Italian Home For Children. We have been very successful in the past and will continue to support this worthy organization.

This year we have decided to expand our efforts and also support a local organization called Crossroads located in East Boston.  Their mission  is to “support families as they transition from homelessness to independent living and self-sufficiency”. 

Below, you will find a list of desired items along with an "Individual Child Wish List" (linked at eastboston.com) that was sent to us by the Italian Home For Children.

For Crossroads we will collect: Non perishable food item, new toys for children, Women's clothing and as a nice gesture, gifts for a women to receive for Christmas.

Please drop off your items office on December 13th from 9:30AM - 11:30AM at 35 Bennington Street, East Boston  and join us for some Christmas Cheer, light refreshments and lively conversation!

We thank you in advance for your generosity and wish you a very happy holiday season!

Italian Home for Children
www.italianhome.org


2014 Holiday Wish List
   
Toys Needed Most
Action Figures (Non-Violent)   
Arts & Crafts Kits
Art Supplies (including yarn and gimp)
Books (ages 4 – 14)
CDs (No “Parental Advisories”)
CD Boom boxes
Game boy Advance SP, Dual Screen or Micro
Game boy Games    
Headphones, Ear Buds
Jewelry & Bead Kits (for older children)
Moon Sand
Lego’s
Matchbox Cars and Trucks
Personal CD/MP3 Players
Play station 2, X-Box or Game Cube and games
Puzzles
Stress balls
Yoga Balls
Other Toys
Model Magic
Clay for Sculpting
Crossword Puzzles/Word Searches
Children’s DVDs (G & PG only)
Disposable Cameras
Dolls (All Ethnic Groups)
Handheld Games (Tetris, Yatzee, etc.)
Musical Instruments (any kind)
Nerf Over the door basketball hoop
Remote Control Cars and Trucks
Small “Goody Bag” Toys
Dodge Balls
Volley balls,
Basketballs
Soccer balls,
Coloring books
Stickers
Kid’s trivia cards
Helmets 

Batteries...Batteries...Batteries...Batteries...Batteries...Batteries...Batteries!
(All kinds needed, but especially AA and 9-Volt for toys, remotes, etc.)

GAMES
Aggravation, Boggle, Cadoo, Checkers, Chess, Clue, Connect Four, Don’t Break the Ice, Educational Games, Mancala, Memory, Mousetrap, Pictionary for Kids, Playing Cards, Sorry, Uno, Uno Attack, Scrabble Slam, SpongeBob Kid Cranium, The Best of Charades for Kids.

DORM NEEDS
Bakeware, Bean Bag Chairs, Birthday Party Supplies, Cooking & Serving Utensils, Decorative Pillows & Blankets, DVD Players, Microwave Ovens, Plastic Tablecloths & Utensils, Posters (Kid Art, action figures, Disney characters, sports players), Pots & Pans, Storage Bins, Toasters, Toy Chests, Tupperware, TVs, Wrapping Paper, Tape and Ribbon, VCR’s, Ear Buds.

SCHOOL NEEDS
Books, Drawing Paper, Educational Children’s DVDs, Glue, Laminating Paper, Paint Brushes, Paints, Playground Balls, Poster board

CLOTHING
Sizes: Girls sizes 6-20, Women’s 12-22, Boys 8-20, Men 30-38 inch waist, S-XXL including Husky sizes, Athletic wear, Baseball Caps, Bathing Suits, Bathrobes (Boys & Girls), Belts (Boys & Girls), Boots, Casual Shirts, Dress Shirts, Dresses, Flip Flops, Gloves/Mittens (winter), Hats (winter), Jackets (winter and spring), Jeans, Pajamas, Shoes, Shorts, Socks, Slacks, Slippers, Sneakers, Snowsuits, Sports Team jerseys, Sweaters, T-Shirts, Underwear

HYGIENE ITEMS

Bath & Shower Gels (for boys and girls), Body Lotion, Brushes, Combs & Picks, Deodorant, Hair Care Products (for all ethnicities), Plastic Soap Holders, Shower Caps, Shampoo, Toothbrushes, Toothbrush Holders, Wave Caps/Head Wraps

GIFT CARDS
AC Moore, AMC Movie Theatres, Best Buy, Blockbuster, Gap, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Macy’s, Michaels, Old Navy, Sears, Showcase Movie Theatres, Target, T.J. Maxx, Toys-R-Us, Wal-Mart, B.J’s, Build a Bear, Plaster Fun Time, Chuck E. Cheese.

Batteries...Batteries...Batteries...Batteries...Batteries...Batteries...Batteries!
(All kinds needed, but especially AA and 9-Volt for toys, remotes, etc.)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Annual East Boston Winter Market - Saturday, December 6

(East Boston, MA) Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. East Boston Main Streets, Maverick Marketplace, East Boston Kitchen, Atlantic Works, and the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center look forward to initiating an East Boston Winter Shopping Day in and around Maverick Sq. 

Local artists and artisans will be showing their work. Four locations total: 
  • Build your own grits from 9-12 and then peruse locally made art/crafts/baked goods from 12-6pm.  ZUMIX Carolers will be on hand from 12-1pm at East Boston Kitchen - 331 Sumner St.
     
  • Warm apple cider, cookies, and local artist welcome you at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center from 12-6pm - 20 Maverick Sq.
     
  • Over 10 locally owned retailers, entertainment and warm drinks at 154 Maverick Marketplace from 10-5pm – 154 Maverick St.
     
  • Join us for the 1st East Boston Artists Group “Open House/Holiday Sale” at the Atlantic Works Artist Building, 80 Border St. Friday, December 5, 6-8pm, Saturday, December 6, 12-6pm and Sunday, December 7, 12-4pm.
Support your local artist community – Shop Local! 

EBMS is a non-profit corporation. Our mission is to create a more vibrant business district by initiating private and public improvements, promoting commerce, and supporting efforts to improve the quality of life for all who live, work and do business in East Boston.

Friday, November 21, 2014

ABCD rolls out Fuel Assistance Program: Thousands of children, families and seniors helped

(BOSTON, November 21, 2014) —Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. is grateful to announce the beginning of the fuel assistance program as part of the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The program helps thousands of low-income children, families and seniors lead lives of dignity - helping them afford climbing cost of basic utilities as they work toward financial independence and self-sufficiency. Already 14,000 applications have been received, only 2 weeks into the program. New and past participants are encouraged to apply.

Families who qualify for heating assistance also can benefit from the ABCD weatherization programs and qualify for repair or replacement of faulty heating systems. ABCD also helps clients reduce energy usage.

ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew explained how thousands of Boston’s most vulnerable residents benefit from the program, which keeps children, seniors and working families warm. “It is a way to help low-income residents afford basic needs as they work toward reaching their own economic independence.” said Drew. He noted that he is concerned that the 30 to 40 percent hike in electric rates will put a strain on families and that the cost of heating with oil and gas is also out of reach for those who juggle bills and try to manage on very low incomes.

“There are increasingly more families living in poverty in Massachusetts and winter puts harsh demands on the budgets of those struggling to survive,” he said. “Right now, in Massachusetts, the maximum fuel assistance benefit for the poorest families is $1,025 with oil at $3.37 per gallon, which gives a household only a little more than one tank of oil. Those who applied in November will use up their benefits right in the midst of the holiday season.”

Drew continued, “We are grateful to our New England congressional delegation for their efforts to advocate for full funding.”  ABCD urges the President and the entire congressional delegation to restore LIHEAP funding to the fiscal year 2009 level.  “The LIHEAP budget has gone from $5.1 billion authorized by Congress in 2009 to $3.4 billion this year,” Drew said.

 You Can Help!

ABCD Winter Emergency Campaign

Children’s wishes, toy drives, snow boots and comforters, warm coats and turkey dinners; there are hundreds of ways your help can directly make the holidays and the winter months a more hopeful and affordable season for those in need.

The ABCD Winter Emergency Campaign reaches some of Boston’s most vulnerable families in a time where even winter coats and boots are an expense many families struggle to afford.  Through the campaign, individuals and corporate donors contribute gifts of school supplies and toys for children, winter clothing, holiday meals, as well as funds to help those in need.  Additionally the ABCD Adopt-A-Family program matches donors with some of Boston’s most vulnerable and impoverished families – helping fulfill wish lists with items of basic need and holiday gifts for children.

For more information on the ABCD Winter Emergency Campaign and the ABCD Fuel Assistance Program please visit www.bostonabcd.org.

The ABCD Fuel Assistance program serves Boston, Brookline and Newton.  Applications for fuel assistance and information on all our energy programs are available at ABCD’s downtown office and at neighborhood sites or by calling the ABCD Fuel Assistance Hotline at 1-617-357-6012.

For a list of ABCD neighborhood locations please visit:  http://www.bostonabcd.org/service-centers.aspx

About ABCD:
ABCD serves more than 100,000 low-income Boston-area residents annually through its central offices and a decentralized network of Neighborhood Service Centers (NSCs), Head Start centers, Family Planning sites and Foster Grandparent sites. Programs and affiliations include Fuel Assistance; Head Start; Child Care Services; Child Care Choices of Boston; Education; Career Development; Housing and Homelessness Services; Health Services; Family Planning; Urban College of Boston; University High – an Alternative High School; Ostiguy High School for high school students in recovery; Weatherization; Foster Grandparents; Elder Services; Intergenerational Programs; management of the Combined Federal Campaign, Commonwealth of Massachusetts and City of Boston employee giving campaigns; advocacy and consumer services.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Eastboston.com: 2014 Basile Thanksgiving Dinner at Sacred Heart

Details at eastboston.com.


Friends of East Boston Greenway Meeting Nov 20; Plus lots of related news

Reminder: Friends of East Boston Greenway Meeting
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
East Boston YMCA, 215 Bremen Street
Meeting is the 3rd Thursday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Agenda attached.
Please plan to attend. A developer planning a new large building at 135 Bremen Street abutting the Greenway will be presenting the project and seeking feedback regarding its interface with the Greenway path.

East Boston Programs of Interest

Birds of Belle Isle Marsh Presentation
Monday, November 17, 7:00 p.m.
Orient Heights Yacht Club 61 Bayswater St., East Boston 
Soheil Zendeh is a founding member of The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh. He is a lifelong birder and nature enthusiast. His passion and knowledge have long been an inspiration. Free and Open to the Public. Sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.

Tastes of the Season:  Fall Harvest Cooking Class
Tuesday, November 18, 6:00 - 8:00pm
East Boston YMCA, Teaching Kitchen at 54 Ashley Street
The East Boston YMCA Cooking For Life programs is wrapping up is free fall community cooking classes on Tuesdays that teach basic cooking skills and emphasize healthy cooking on a budget. All of the classes are taught by the Y’s Director of Kitchen Services, Chef Meg Tallon. November 18 is the last free Tuesday this fall. Cooking with seasonal ingredients ensures maximum freshness and helps you get the most for your food dollars. This class uses the fruits and vegetables of the fall harvest season to create a fall feast on a budget. Classes are held at the Y Teaching Kitchen at 54 Ashley Street on Tuesday evenings, 6:00-8:00 pm. Free on-site childcare is available to participants. Advance registration is required. Please call Meg Tallon at 617-418-7331, ext. 203, to reserve your spot.

In addition to the free community cooking classes, the East Boston Y also offers a wide array of cooking master classes --- including Decadent Desserts, Easy Italian and Extreme Holiday Meal Makeovers. Master classes are $40 for members and $50 for non-members. The proceeds from the master classes support the Y’s free community cooking and nutritional education programming. To find out more about the master classes, visit www.ymcaboston.org/eastboston/kitchen.

Zumix Jazz at the Firehouse
ZUMIX is pleased to present the Winter Jazz at the Firehouse Concert Series, featuring two nights of incredible jazz music in ZUMIX’s beautifully renovated Firehouse, just a couple blocks from East Boston’s Maverick Square. All proceeds support ZUMIX’s award-winning work using music as a tool to empower youth and build community. Each evening will open with emerging artists from ZUMIX youth programs. Beer, wine, and light refreshments available for sale. Visit www.zumix.org/community/events or call 617-568-9777 for more information.Tickets $15.
• November 23, 5pm: Nick Grondin Group, Opening Act: ZUMIX’s Jazz Ensemble
• December 7, 3pm: Jim Porcella & Steve Marvin (Vocals) featuring Jim Rice (Piano), Guest MC: Ed Gardella, Radio Host of WICN's Jazz Matinee

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Candice Cook
Program Manager
Boston Natural Areas Network 
617-542-7696 x16
ccook@ttor.org *Note new email
www.bostonnatural.org