Saturday, February 18, 2017

Feb. 23 Meeting: Friends of the East Boston Greenway with the EB Greenway Council

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Anna DeFronzo Center
395 Maverick Street, East Boston
Near the corner of Jeffries Street


1.  Introductions 

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

3.  Greenway Flooding:  Galen’s proposal for elevated walkway; Galen was to discuss with Parks Dept.

4.  Greenway Extension to Belle Isle Marsh and Winthrop
Mark Warren
Gretchen Schneider Rabinkin

5.  New Business / Old Business

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

Upcoming meetings: 2017:
Feb. 23, 
Mar. 23, 
Apr, 27, 
May 25, 
June 22, 
July 27,       
Aug. 24, 
Sept. 28, 
Oct. 26, 
Nov. 16 (note change), 
Dec. TBD

Events at the East Boston Branch Library

Bhangra Dance for Teens and Adults
Join us for our Bhangra dance class Mondays, February 27 and March 6 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Bhangra has traveled around the world in pop culture, films and even electronic music.  Learn how to do bhangra dance, the traditional dance of the Punjab region of India.  We’ll celebrate our last class with traditional Indian refreshments, and students may choose to have their final class dance filmed to take home. 

Learn to Knit!
Learn basic knitting techniques and make your own blanket, hat or headband.  Bring your own needles and yarn - materials will not be provided. Knitting takes place on Mondays, February  28 and March 6th from 6-8. For teens and adults. Stop by the library or email for a list of suggested projects and supplies. 

English Conversation Group
Join us for English language practice with fellow language learners on Thursdays at 6:15 p.m. 

ESL Intermediate English Class
A weekly adult intermediate English class for people with some English experience.  Meets Friday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Mid-Winter  Storytimes at the East Boston Branch Library
Sing Along:  A weekly half hour of everyone’s favorite songs which meets on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.(Runs Feb. 7th-March 28th)   For all ages, accompanied by an adult.

Family Storytime on Tuesdays at 11:15 - This weekly storytime for ages 1-5, accompanied by an adult features books, songs movement, and a craft.  Groups please register in advance. (Runs February 7th-March 28th)

Baby Lapsit on Wednesdays at 10:30- Join us for bounces, rhymes, stories, songs, and activities.  For children under 2, accompanied by an adult. Runs Feb. 8-March 29.

Homework Help
High school students help children in grades K – 8,Monday through Thursday from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. A Boston Public School teacher provides homework help on Mondays and Thursdays from
 4 – 6 p.m.No registration is necessary. 

Yu-Gi-Oh Club
Are you a child or a teen who enjoys Yu-Gi-Oh! cards? Join us for our weekly Yu-Gi-Oh! Gaming sessions on Saturdays at 1 p.m. We ask that individuals come with their own set of cards to play.  No previous knowledge of the game is necessary. For ages 6 and up. 

“Pajama Party on February 21st at 4 p.m.
Enjoy a waffle bar and decorate your own pillowcase. Wear your pajamas! For all ages. Please bring a pair of new pajamas for babies, children, or teens to donate to our pajama drive.

School Vacation Movie
. Join us for our special School Vacation movie, Star Wars:The Force Awakens on Wednesday, February 22nd @ 1:00 pm!!!

All-Ages Snow Bunny Crafternoon
Crafters from ages 5 to 95 can come make a snow bunny to keep or give away on Thursday, February 23rd from 5:00-7:30 p.m.Sew and no-sew versions will be available to make participation easy for everyone.We will provide patterns, fabric (you are welcome to bring your own, too!), a sewing machine, and sundries. Young crafters must be accompanied by a parent to help with craft materials

The Pineapple Project
Please join us on Friday, February 24th at 2:30 p.m. for the Pineapple Project, an original play about gender, creativity, and each child’s freedom to be who they are. “The Pineapple Project was born during a moment of play between actor Mal Malme and her  niece in which her niece said” Boys Can’t be Princesses.!” As a gender non-conforming person and theater artist, Mal couldn’t ignore this statement. This led Mal and colleagues Becca A. Lewis and Renee Farster-Degenhardt to create a theatre piece for children ages 3-8 to broaden the gender conversation and validate each child’s identity.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Jeffries Point Meeting: February 13

Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association
Meeting agenda for Monday Feb. 13th 7pm
Jeffries Point Yacht Club
565 Sumner street.

Agenda -

  • Police - Sgt Martin , Officer Simmons
  • JPNA presentation on Slow Streets
  • Loftel Hotel - New owners meeting residents and give updates

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Ward 1 Democratic Committee Meeting Rescheduled to January 26

The Ward 1 Democratic Committee has rescheduled the meeting previously scheduled for January 12th. The meeting is now scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 2017 to be held at 6:00pm at the Salesian Boys & Girls Club, 150 Byron St., East Boston.

The ward committee will select a date for the caucus to elect delegates to attend the Democratic Convention. 

The convention will take place June 3, 2017 in Lowell. 

The Committee will also be joined by Senator Joe Boncore who will serve as the guest speaker for this meeting. 

All Democrats are welcome to attend the meeting. 

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

Agenda 1/26/2017

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

  • Guest Speaker Senator Joseph Boncore
  • Set date for caucus 
  • Discuss vacancies 

7. comment period
8. adjournment

Saturday, January 21, 2017

"Love Here We Come" by East Boston's Dee Stiletto

Worth a spin! My friend Dee's got a great voice! Feel the passion!


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Jan. 23: Gov Street Citizens Association Monthly Meeting

The Gove Street Citizens Association monthly meeting agenda:
  • Update on current status of GSCA area projects.
  • Is ‘Imagine Boston 2030’ climate ready? / New South Boston zoning proposals – Open Discussion
  • 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 (3rd Presentation with project changes/ No vote to be taken)
MEETING DATE: Monday, January 23, 2017

TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

LOCATION - The Noddle Island Community Room located on the first floor of the Logan Airport Rental Car Center situated at the end of Porter Street, 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.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

January 26: 21st Annual Taste of Eastie

East Boston, MA (January 9, 2017) – East Boston Main Streets Proudly Presents the 21st Annual Taste of Eastie on Thursday, January 26th, 2017.

East Boston Main Streets invites the public to the 21st Annual Taste of Eastie at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport Hotel on Thursday, January 26th, 2017 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Food and fun highlight this wonderful evening including raffles and auctions. 

Over 30 local food merchants will showcase their delicious cuisine, including tastes from South and Central America, the Mediterranean, China, the Middle East, and Italy. 

Tickets are $30.00 ($35.00 at the door) and can be purchased online at or in person at MP&CO at 36 Maverick Sq. or the Main Streets office at 154 Maverick Street, as well as at the Maverick Market Cafe at 154 Maverick St.

For more details please contact EBMS at or call 617-561-1044.

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.

Friday, January 13, 2017

January 18: Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association P&Z Agenda

Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association P & Z Agenda
Wednesday January 18, 2017 
at 7 p.m. 

Jeffries Point Yacht Club
565 Sumner street   

Agenda -

296-298 Marginal street - New development , multi unit . Att: Diane Modica

254-256 Everett street - New development ,  multi unit .   Atty Richard Lynds

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Feb. 2: 2017 Chamber Officers and Directors Installation Ceremony

2017 Chamber Officers and Directors Installation Ceremony 
Thursday February 2nd, 2017 
6pm – 9pm 
Hilton Garden Inn, 100 Boardman Street, East Boston 
$40 per person 

President: Albert “Buddy" Mangini, G2 Security 
1st Vice President: Jim Kearney, Boston Public Schools 
2nd Vice President: Kim Altschul, East Boston Savings 
3rd Vice President: Veronica Robles, VROCC 
Treasurer: Marita Palavicini, Vilma’s Boutique 
Secretary: Joanna Cataldo, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center 
Board Chairman: Marisa Di Pietro, Immediate Past President 

New Directors: 
Shirley Fabbo, Massport 
Maggie Lopez, First Class Hair Salon 
Adnai Mendez, East Boston Savings Bank 
Jose Torres, La Cancun Restaurant 
Continuing Directors: 
Vinny Qualtieri, NOAH 
Margaret Farmer, North Suffolk Mental Health 
Lila Kanj, First Priority Credit Union 
Alex Rhalimi, Viridian, Mass Energy 
Paul Scott, GoingClear Interactive 

Please purchase your tickets by January 30th. 
Please make your checks payable to the East Boston Chamber of Commerce 
Tickets may also be purchased through Eventbrite:

Friday, January 6, 2017

January 12: Ward 1 Democratic Committee Meeting

A meeting of the Ward 1 Democratic Committee has been scheduled for Thursday, January 12, 2017 to be held at 6:00 pm at the Salesian Boys & Girls Club, 150 Byron St., East Boston.

The ward caucus will select a date for the caucus to elect delegates to attend the Democratic Convention. The convention will take place June 3, 2017 in Lowell. The Committee will also be joined by Senator Joseph Boncore who will serve as the guest speaker for this meeting. 

All Democrats are welcome to attend the meeting. 

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

Agenda 1/12/2017

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
* Guest Speaker Senator Joseph Boncore
* Set date for caucus 
* Discuss vacancies 
7. comment period
8. adjournment

Source:  January 6,  2016  Contact: Michael Sulprizio, Ward Committee Chair, 617-438-0952,


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Dec. 2: Eastie's Elves Event

December 6: Kiwanis Christmas Party for Special Needs Members and Family

PO Box 83
East Boston, MA 02128

E.B.A.R.C. Christmas Party 
Special Needs members & family

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
Spinelli’s East Boston

Cost: $25 
(Includes raffle ticket for many great items!) 

Please RSVP for dinner 
By Friday December 2nd, 2016

To: Marisa Di Pietro

Saturday, November 26, 2016

November 29: Jeffries Point Meeting with Boston Transportation Department

On November 29, the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association will meet with the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) to discuss: 

  • - Traffic calming measures for Sumner St. from Orleans to Lamson 
  • - Adding "No Airport Access" to the 1A off-ramp from the Sumner Tunnel 

The meeting will take place at  6:30-8:30 p.m. at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center 250 Sumner Street.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Nov. 18: Salesian Boys & Girls Club 10th Annual Pasta Dinner


Friday, November 18, 2016 - 6:00 Am. to 8:00 p.m.
Salesian Boys & Girls Club - 150 Byron Street, East Boston

$10.00 Donation

Food Provided by

Jeveli's Restaurant, Sammy Carlo's Delicatessen & Muffin Town

Join our Salesian Community for a Special Family Night!

Many Raffles Prizes!! - Great Gift Baskets!!

All proceeds to benefit programs for our kids.

For More Information Please Call 617-567-0863


Please make checks payable to: Salesian Boys & Girls Club "THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Salesian Boys 8, Girls Club of East Boston, 150 Byron Street, East Boston, MA 02128 *

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 B√ľnting’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


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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.