Thursday, February 26, 2015

Candidates for State Representative in East Boston Answer Questions from Newly Formed Progressive Group

Source: Jesse Purvis, kollins@gmail.com

EAST BOSTON (February 25, 2015)—A new and diverse coalition of East Boston progressives has inserted itself into the special election for State Representative by issuing a candidate questionnaire to the six individuals vying for the seat vacated by Carlo Basile. Each candidate completed and returned the thorough questionnaire, which addressed in detail issues affecting East Boston: housing and development; transportation; immigration; the Olympics; parks; political transparency; the environment (including airport impacts); healthcare; criminal justice; and education. The East Boston Progressive Network has posted the questionnaire and all candidate responses on its website: https://ebpn.wordpress.com/questionnaire/.

"Our goal in crafting these questions was to put candidates on the record regarding their views and values,” said EBPN co-founder Sandra Nijjar. “Also, we aim to establish differences among the candidates on issues we care about with targeted, specific questions.”

Modeled after groups like the Jamaica Plain Progressives and the Chinese Progressive Association, the East Boston Progressive Network will champion values such as equal opportunity, social and economic justice, consumer and environmental protection, healthcare as a right, equal access to quality public services, respect for all residents, and accountable and transparent government. Founding members include longtime residents, immigrants (documented and not), and young professionals, united by a shared desire to keep candidates and elected officials honest and pursuing the good of all residents.

“We know we’re not all going to agree on every issue every time — and that’s okay,” Nijjar said. “But we do believe there are a certain set of values that we all share that bring us together.”

Monday, February 23, 2015

Adrian Madaro Proposes Job Creation Plan for East Boston Residents

(East Boston - February 23, 2015) - This week candidate for State Representative Adrian Madaro announced several policy initiatives to create good paying jobs for East Boston residents.

“The number one concern I hear from residents is the need for good paying jobs” said Madaro. “I’ll work with the state to declare the Chelsea Creek a marine economic development zone which will attract companies to create jobs along Border, Condor, and McClellan Highway. I’ll also require those companies to participate in vocational training programs for local students.”

“To grow jobs, East Boston needs to capitalize on its access to the water,” said East Boston environmental activist Chris Marchi. “Giving companies low interest loans, tax abatements, and expedited zoning will unlock the potential of our waterfront to produce jobs for East Boston residents--just like South Boston has done with the Seaport.”

Madaro also committed to connecting East Boston residents with the booming Seaport district. “The Seaport district is the biggest job creator in the region producing jobs for low to high skilled workers. East Boston residents need access to these jobs” said Rick Dimino, President of the nonprofit firm A Better City. As Chief of Staff to Representative Carlo Basile, Madaro described how he supported the upcoming connection of Airport Station with South Station via the Silverline; the long awaited connection of the Red and Blue lines; and the expansion of water transportation to and from East Boston. “As your State Representative, I will work to create more job opportunities for East Boston residents by connecting residents with the jobs being created at the Seaport.”

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.


Source:
Liana LaMattina, Madaro Campaign

Monday, February 16, 2015

Adrian Madaro Announces Plan To Alleviate Parking Shortage

(East Boston, February 16, 2015) - This week candidate for State Representative Adrian Madaro announced several policy initiatives to create more parking spaces as East Boston housing development booms.

“East Boston is fortunate that investors are creating much needed housing and jobs in our neighborhood” said Madaro. “With that development, however, comes the challenge of car congestion. South Boston failed to plan for increased car congestion during its growth and East Boston can’t afford to make the same mistake.”

Madaro proposed partially lifting the parking garage ban in East Boston thereby enabling private developers to build garages in presently industrial areas of the neighborhood, such as next to the Chelsea Street bridge. “In exchange for lifting the ban, private developers would have to offer discounted parking spots to East Boston residents and allow residents to use the garages during snow emergencies,” said Madaro. The garages would also be required to have chargers for electric vehicles and bike parking.

“Parking garages would help reduce the lack of parking in East Boston, especially during snow storms,” said East Boston resident Rashaun Martin. “If in the future car usage decreases, then the garages could be converted into other uses like for housing or business.”

Madaro also proposed exploring the redesign of East Boston streets for angled parking. “Striping the streets for angled parking is a more efficient use of space and could increase parking spots by 30%,” said Boston transportation expert and former East Boston resident Bob D’Amico. Madaro further pledged to explore siting smart parking meters in the neighborhood business districts to encourage car turnover. “As your State Representative, I will work to solve the current and anticipated parking problems and will develop creative solutions to benefit the quality of life of our residents.”

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.

Source: Madaro Campaign

Monday, February 9, 2015

Adrian Madaro Focuses on Creating Pathways to Careers through Improved Educational Opportunities, Including Vocational and Technical Programs

(East Boston- February 9, 2015) - This week candidate for State Representative Adrian Madaro announced several policy initiatives to improve educational opportunities for East Boston residents, including new technical and vocational training programs.

Madaro praised the existing schools in East Boston, citing innovators like the co-op model of the Harbor City preschool, Boston’s only public elementary Montessori school, the Dante Alighieri as well as two of the top performing charter schools in the state, Brooke and Excel Academy.  However, he said more Pre-K seats, advanced work classes, and vocational training programs would further strengthen opportunities for East Boston’s youth.

“Not every youth in East Boston will follow a traditional academic path” said Madaro. “Creating technical and vocational training programs in East Boston will prepare our young people for well-paying careers and future jobs”.

Madaro went on to emphasize the importance of internships, job training and continuing education for residents of all ages.

“I am proud of my role as Board President of the Harborside Community Council, the largest provider of adult education and ESL classes in East Boston” said Madaro.  “As State Representative, I will strongly advocate for these, and other continuing education programs so that all East Bostonians – newcomers and longtime residents alike – have the educational opportunities they need to succeed in their careers of choice.”

Madaro knows firsthand the role that internships can play in creating a pathway to careers. Throughout high school and college, he interned for several government entities in Boston and Washington D.C., eventually ending in Representative Carlo Basile’s office. After college, he went on to found the Mario Umana Fellowship Program, which provides paid internships to East Boston High School students interested in careers in public service.

“Adrian is someone who affected my life personally in the greatest way possible” said Thomas Travers, a recipient of the Mario Umana Fellowship Program and senior at East Boston High School. “Throughout the internship, Adrian served as an enormous mentor to me. Because of Adrian, I was able to gain a great insight into what it truly means to serve your neighborhood.”

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

Register of Probate Felix D. Arroyo endorses Joe Ruggiero for State Representative

(EAST BOSTON, February 9, 2015) – Felix D. Arroyo, Suffolk Register of Probate, has formally endorsed Joe Ruggiero for State Representative for the First Suffolk District. The endorsement announcement took place at the Ruggiero for Representative Maverick Square Headquarters yesterday, where Arroyo helped kick off a day of canvassing and business visits for volunteers and the candidate.

“I had the opportunity to get to know Felix following the Mayoral preliminary election, during our work to elect Mayor Walsh,” said Ruggiero. “He and I share the same values of community, opportunity and equality, and his contributions to the City have been considerable. I’m honored to have his support.”

“Joe is a smart and hard-working young man who approaches his community work with great passion,” said Arroyo. “I know that he is the best candidate in this race, and will work tirelessly to advocate for East Boston, supporting stronger schools, better access to health care, and safer streets. He has my full support.”

A native of Puerto Rico, Felix D. Arroyo has been an activist and elected official in Boston for decades. Arroyo served as the Latin American Affairs Director for former U.S. Senator John Kerry, and in the cabinet of former Mayor Raymond L. Flynn before resigning to become a member of the Boston School Committee. He went on to serve as Vice President and President of the School Committee. He served as Boston City Councilor At-Large from 2003 to 2008, and was most recently elected as Register of Probate for Suffolk County. He has been a leader in peace movements, advocating for antiviolence and social justice causes.

Arroyo is the latest in a series of strong endorsements from community leaders and labor unions, including:

    Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh (see video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeIWE48WsSI)
    Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen Union Local 3
    Construction & General Laborers’ Union Local 223
    International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators & Asbestos Workers Local #6
    International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 103
    International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2222
    International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 35
    Laborers' International Union of North America Local 22
    Pipefitters Association Local Union 537
    Service Employees International Union Local 509
    Service Employees International Union 32BJ - New England 615
    Service Employees International Union Local 888
    Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local Union No. 17
    Sprinkler Fitters Local #550
    UNITE HERE Local 26

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.


Source: Kate Norton, 617-838-6083, knorton@ckstrategies.com

Monday, January 26, 2015

Candidate Adrian Madaro Proposes Plan to Lower Taxes and Expand Soundproofing for East Boston Residents Affected by Logan Airport


(East Boston, January 26, 2015) - This week candidate for State Representative Adrian Madaro announced several proposals to mitigate the impact of Logan Airport on the residents and businesses of East Boston, including a new tax abatement for properties negatively affected by noise pollution from the airport as well as expanding subsidies to sound proof windows.

Citing residents near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport who won tax appeals after arguing their properties lost value due to noise pollution, Madaro said a similar measure should be enacted in East Boston.

“The people of East Boston should receive a tax abatement for the loss of property value caused by this noise pollution.” Madaro continued. “Residents in Chicago saw up to a 12% reduction in their taxes. Those savings would make a big difference for many families here.”

“In addition to this tax break, it’s my belief that every single household in East Boston should be eligible for sound proof windows.” said Madaro. “and I will work with the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to expand the noise contour map to cover our entire community.”

To cover costs of these proposals, Madaro suggested that a portion of the roughly $18 million that Massport currently pays annually to the City of Boston as a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) be dedicated to lowering the property taxes of affected East Boston residents. Currently those funds are not specifically dedicated to East Boston and can be spent throughout the City.

“The payments that Massport makes to the City should be spent here in East Boston” said Madaro. “We are the ones that are most affected by the air and noise pollution and I will work with Massport and through the legislative process at the State House to ensure that these funds are used to specifically help Eastie residents.”

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.
Source: Madaro Campaign

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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