Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday, May 1, 2015

Re-enacting the Battle of Noddle Island: May 25 with Community Boat Parade

This just in:

Dear Neighbors and Friends, 

Join us for The Battle of Noddle Island Regatta and Re-enactment: An East Boston Memorial Day Event (May 25)!

The Battle of Noddle Island Regatta and Re-enactment will commemorate the Battle of Noddle Island, fought on May 27 and 28, 1775 in and around present day East Boston and Chelsea Creek. In this battle, the American forces, acting for the first time under unified command as the Continental Army, clashed with British Marines and naval vessels, unleashing the first live small arms fire, canon fire and causing the first casualties on Boston soil of the American Revolutionary War.

A fun family regatta will retrace the British Naval pursuit of the Continental Army’s 1st New Hampshire Regiment as they raced to remove livestock from Noddle Island (modern-day East Boston) to help break the British Naval Blockade of Boston Harbor.

This historic Revolutionary War battle will play out in a fun interactive re-enactment as American and British forces fought on land and at sea ending in America’s first Naval Victory with the boarding, plundering and destruction of the British armed schooner the HMS Diana. This victory provided desperately needed morale in the Colonies and happened right here in East Boston and on the Chelsea Creek!

Event Highlights:
• Community Boat Parade along the historic East Boston shoreline battle route from a Central Square launch point to the Condor Street Urban Wild (launch time 10 am)
• Historically-based interactive community family re-enactment of the movements and events of the Revolutionary War Battle at the Urban Wild site  including a Grand Union flag-raising
• A Cook out at the Urban Wild
• Music and activities at the Urban Wild
• Free public kayaking on the Chelsea Creek at the Urban Wild

May 4 Agenda of the East Boston Museum Meeting

This just in from S. Brauner:


I. Introductions
II. In The Community 
- Eastie Now Pupusa Event
- Flyers left at Open Studios
III. Board of Directors 
- Members and positions
        - New bylaws will soon be ready for dissemination
- Membership drive will be started
IV. Committees
- List of committees and Board chairs
- Community members interested in joining any?!
V. The Immigrant Groups That Make Up The Community
- Questions we will ask each group.
- Session One: The Arab Community
VI.     Marketing Plan
               Discussion to be lead by Suffolk University students  
VII. Other Business
               Note: Business plan will be completed after consultation with a CPA.
Next Meeting:
Monday, June 1st, 6:00PM, Maverick Landing Community Room

Get Free Information on Getting into, Going to and Paying for College at the East Boston Branch Library

From the EB Branch of the BPL:

SALT is on the move-and bringing its free financial resources to East Boston on Tuesday, May 12th from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Thursday, May 28th from 2-8 p.m. Education Advisors will available for one-on-one sessions to give help with choosing a college and the admissions process, applying for financial aid and scholarships, advice on how to make smart decisions about paying for college and loan counseling to help you understand your repayment options.  For more information, visit

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Reminder EB Shines is May 9

From EBMS:

East Boston Shines: Community Clean Up, Saturday, May 9th at 10:00am

East Boston, MA (April 27, 2015) – Come Volunteer to Beautify and Clean East Boston!  On Saturday, May 9th, East Boston Volunteers will join East Boston Main Streets at 10:00am at Maverick Square to kick of the 13th annual East Boston Shines Community Clean-up Campaign.

East Boston Main Streets is inviting volunteers to help clean up the neighborhood. Volunteers will meet at Maverick Square at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 9th to clean the streets, paint the tree-pit surrounds, spread mulch, and plant flowers. We will then walk to Central Square and do the same.  Come join us – this is a family friendly event.  Brooms, gloves, and T-shirts will be provided.  

For more details or questions please call Max Gruner, Executive Director of East Boston Main Streets at 617-561-1044.

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.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

EB Kiwanis Club to Honor Three Long-time Members: Judge Ferrino, Dennis Lombardo, John Nucci to be feted May 19 at Spinelli’s in East Boston

(EAST BOSTON, April 26, 2015)  – The Kiwanis Club of East Boston will honor three long-time club members – Judge Joseph V. Ferrino Sr. (ret.) of Winthrop, Dennis Lombardo of Randolph and John Nucci of East Boston – for their years of dedication and service to the community of East Boston and to the children of the world.

The Kiwanis Club will present Legion of Honor awards to Judge Ferrino for his 50 years of service to Kiwanis and community, Mr. Lombardo for his 40 years of service and Mr. Nucci for his 30 years of service.

The Legion of Honor ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 starting at 6 p.m. in Spinelli’s Function Hall, 282 Bennington St., Day Square, East Boston.  Dinner tickets are $25 per person, which includes one 50/50 raffle entry.  Dinner tickets are open to the public, but are limited in number.

For more information on tickets or to RSVP, please contact Kiwanis Club President Clark Moulaison at 617-699-7121 or at

The Kiwanis Club of East Boston was founded in 1947, and like Kiwanis International, it is an organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time. 

Find the club on Facebook at “Kiwanis Club of East Boston.” 

Mailing address:
Kiwanis Club of East Boston, P.O. Box 83, East Boston, MA 02128

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

May 15 Deadline for E.B.L.U.C. Grant Applications; Leonard Florence Mem. Trust and Bulgroup Scholarship Trust

This is from Joe Mason:

(EAST BOSTON, April 22, 2015) The East Boston Land Use Council is accepting applications for the Leonard Florence Memorial Trust and the East Boston Bulgroup Scholarship Trust Fund. Due to the extreme winter, our program was delayed. There are also numerous changes in this year’s program, we strongly advise you to print this notice and save it.

The rules are: 

  1. You must be an East Boston Resident with proof;
  2. We make Vendor payments only; (It is your responsibility to provide exact vendor information with your application);
  3. You must include all information in your application, as there will be no “do-overs.” If incomplete, your request will be DENIED!
The biggest change is in the categories:

There will be:
  •     ten (10) $500.00 dollar Scholarship Grants,
  •     ten (10) $500.00 Senior Citizens Groups Grants, and
  •     ten (10) $500.00 Children’s/Sports Grants.
It is important for us to remember the legacy of Mr. Leonard Florence, and his successor Bulgroup Properties. These trust funds were left to East Boston’s poorest of the poor, and to the neediest. If you do not see your cause, such as a grant to rent a bus listed, it’s because we will no longer be providing those types of grants.

The deadline to file is MAY 15, 2015.

Please mail your requests to:
The East Boston Land Use Council
2 Neptune Road Suite # 352
East Boston, MA 02128

Thank You
Joseph J.Mason President, E.B.L.U.C

Please no email, hand-delivered, or phone applications.
Again, to reiterate, you must provide all information in your request

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

'Hitting the ground running,' Rep. Madaro Files $300,000 in Budget Amendments for East Boston

(East Boston, April 21, 2015)  - State Representative Adrian Madaro filed three crucial budget amendments during his first full week in office. The amendments dedicate nearly $300,000 to East Boston to improve public safety at Constitution Beach, increase resources to address substance abuse in East Boston, and supports Project Bread’s local farming initiative.

The House Budget process is one of the most important opportunities for a State Representative to prioritize funding for his community. Despite being in office for only a week, Representative Madaro capitalized on his years of experience as Chief of Staff to former Representative Carlo Basile to hit the ground running.

“The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center has a 24/7 ER, but has no substance abuse counselors during the nights and weekends” said Representative Madaro.  “The $150k that I included in my budget amendment would enable the Health Center to hire substance abuse counseling during these times when they experience the highest volume of people seeking substance abuse treatment/services.”       

Representative Madaro also proposed $120,000 to support Project Bread and the Massachusetts Farm to School Project, which takes locally grown fruits and vegetables and distributes them to low income families in East Boston and beyond.

Another amendment dedicates $25,000 for State Police to patrol Constitution Beach.

East Boston Shines: Community Clean Up, Saturday, May 9th at 10:00am

East Boston, MA (April 20, 2015) – Come Volunteer to Beautify and Clean East Boston!  On Saturday, May 9th, East Boston Volunteers will join East Boston Main Streets at 10:00am at Maverick Square to kick of the 13th annual East Boston Shines Community Clean-up Campaign.

East Boston Main Streets is inviting volunteers to help clean up the neighborhood. Volunteers will meet at Maverick Square at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 9th to clean the streets, paint the tree-pit surrounds, spread mulch, and plant flowers. We will then walk to Central Square and do the same.  Come join us – this is a family friendly event.  Brooms, gloves, and T-shirts will be provided.  

For more details or questions please call Max Gruner, Executive Director of East Boston Main Streets at 617-561-1044.

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.

Sunday, April 19, 2015


From a press release sent by  Pedro Morales (617) 417-2524    


(Boston, MA April 16, 2015) - A group representing the parents of the 43 students kidnapped in late September in Guerrero, Mexico, will hold a series of events in the Boston area aimed at increasing both public awareness to this issue as well as to make the case the case as to what American audiences should care about their plight. The US has supported the Mexican government with money and military to support the war on drugs but according to these parents the reality on the ground is that the government uses this aid to suppress dissenting voices, like those of the missing students, while mounting reports of corruption and collusion of government forces with drug gangs are more the norm than the exception. “Vivos se los llevaron, Vivos los Queremos” Alive you took them, alive you must return them, This mantra has come to symbolize the outrage and desperation of the family members and of the Mexican society at large who have witness an estimated tens of thousands of forced disappearances and over 100,000 killings in Mexico since 2006.

It is not only students that have been missing or assassinated by police and drug cartel forces which in many parts of the country are virtually indistinguishable form each other, the Catholic Church has already lost three Priests who were known for speaking out against the “Narco-Govierno” phenomenon. “We want the Mexican authorities to honor the demands of affected families and to take measures to ensure transparency and accountability” said Fr. Francisco Anzoategui head of Hispanic Ministry for the Boston Archdiocese and a speaker at this Sunday rally.  Our Savior’s Lutheran Church is proud to stand in solidarity with these parents and we remain fully committed to supporting these parents on their ongoing struggle for justice in their home country” Rev. Don Nastad, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, East Boston.

Parents are hoping residents and particularly registered voters, will answer their call to have regular people call their representatives in Washington demanding that congress and the Obama administration put more pressure on the Mexican government to solve these cases and impose credible rule of law.  Caravan 43 is visiting several dozens cities nationwide and will culminate in NYC in April 28th with a massive rally at the UN building where the nations of the world will heard the desperate plea for help and justice of these wary parents in a quest for hope. 

Locally, these the following Caravan 43 events are supported and produced by Stand For Democracy (a faith-base organization) and Boston For Ayotzinapa (a joint effort by students from Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University, BU, Northeastern University and Berklee College of Music).
Media and public alike are invited to a series of free-of-charge events as part of the Caravana 43.
Religious Service, Sunday, April 19th from 12PM to 1PM

LOCATION: Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 65 London St, East Boston. The service will be followed by a march from Central Square, East Boston to Maverick Square from 1PM to 2PM.

       Panel Discussion, Monday, April 20th
       LOCATION: Harvard University, LOCATION: TBD, Cambridge

List of Speakers for Rally on Sunday April 19th:
Program starts at 2pm (approx.)

Rev. Britta Carlsen, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Pastor Carlsen focuses on Latino ministries and issues of social justice.

Felipe De la Cruz Sandoval   (Parent/Teacher, of missing student)

Clemente Rodríguez Moreno (Parent of missing student)

Anayeli Guerrero de la Cruz    (Sister of missing student)

Rev. Burns Stanfield, President of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, has been the pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church in South Boston for the past twenty years.

Father Francisco Anzoategui, Director of the Hispanic Apostolate, Archdiocese of Boston.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Logan Runway Intersections to Receive Repairs: Runway closures expected to allow for new pavement

From Massport:

(BOSTON, April 17, 2015) – The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) will complete the Runway 4R-22L rehabilitation project at Boston Logan International Airport by repaving the intersections at 4R-22L and 9-27. This construction project will replace deteriorated asphalt pavement that was last rehabilitated in 2005. This will maintain the functionality and safety of the runways.

The 4R/22L rehabilitation project began last summer with the repaving of Taxiway E to the approach of Runway 22L, but the final two phases, which include the rehabilitation of the intersections at runways 4R-22L and 9-27, could not be completed due to weather.

The final two construction phases will be occur during two simultaneous 40-hour runway closures that will take place over the course of two separate weekends in order to minimize operational impacts. Weather permitting, the work is expected to begin Friday, April 17, 2015 at 10 p.m. and will be suspended on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. and normal operation of the runways will resume. In order for these closures to occur, the winds must be out of the northwest so that Runways 33L, 33R, and 32 can be utilized as an alternative. If the winds are not out of the northwest during the planned construction weekends, the runways will not close and repaving will not occur.

There are some additional nightly closures expected to perform some work on Runway 4R-22L, but those will be scheduled during overnight hours and will not impact the runways’ normal operating hours.

For information on specific changes in runway usage, please call Massport’s Noise Complaint Line at 617-561-3333 during Noise Abatement Office hours of Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Noise Complain Line will continue to be available to receive noise complaints 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For general information on this project, please call Massport’s Office of Government and Community Affairs at 617-568-3711 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Boston Logan, a short distance from the intersection of Route 128 and I-90 and five minutes from downtown Boston, serves as the gateway to the New England region and offers nonstop service to 76 domestic and 44 international destinations and in 2014 handled 31.6 million passengers. Boston Logan is served by two public transit lines and is the Air Line Pilot Association’s Airport of the Year for 2008 because of its commitment to safety.  The airport generates $13 billion in total economic impact each year.


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

Saturday, April 11, 2015

North Shore Animal League America & Boston Medical Center unite to bring comfort and puppy love

MSPCA Boston Will Have Plenty Of Adoptable, Adorable Pets Aboard the League’s Mobile Unit

WHAT: North Shore Animal League America will join forces with Boston Medical Center (BMC) on Tuesday, April 14, to bring smiles and puppy love to the hospital and its surrounding community. Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization, knows first-hand the power of the human-animal bond, and will drive its “shelter on wheels” from Port Washington, NY, to Boston as part of the Tour for Life. This is the third year that North Shore Animal League America has come to BMC, and the annual visit continues to bring comfort to those affected by the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, including hospital staff.

The Mobile Unit will be filled with adorable, adoptable pets from MSPCA Boston, all looking for loving homes.

Tour For Life travels throughout the United States from North to South and East to West in four Mobile Adoption Units helping shelter and rescue groups in 37 cities and 26 states bring awareness to their organizations and find homes for the adorable adoptable animals in their care.

WHEN:                 Tuesday, April 14,   10 am – 3 pm ET                   

WHO:                   Adoptable dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens

WHERE:               Boston Medical Center; 715 Albany Street (driveway behind BMC’s Executive Offices)  Boston, MA 02118

About Boston Medical Center

Boston Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit, 482-bed, academic medical center that is the primary teaching affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine. It is the largest and busiest provider of trauma and emergency services in New England. Committed to providing high-quality health care to all, the hospital offers a full spectrum of pediatric and adult care services including primary and family medicine and advanced specialty care with an emphasis on community-based care. Boston Medical Center offers specialized care for complex health problems and is a leading research institution, receiving more than $118 million in sponsored research funding in fiscal year 2014. It is the 11th largest recipient of funding in the U.S. from the National Institutes of Health among independent hospitals. In 1997, BMC founded Boston Medical Center Health Plan, Inc., now one of the top ranked Medicaid MCOs in the country, as a non-profit managed care organization. It does business in Massachusetts as BMC HealthNet Plan and as Well Sense Health Plan in New Hampshire, serving more than 315,000 people, collectively. Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine are partners in the Boston HealthNet – 14 community health centers focused on providing exceptional health care to residents of Boston. For more information, please visit

About North Shore Animal League America

Animal League America has saved more than 1,000,000 lives.  As the world’s largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization, we understand that a rescue isn’t complete until each animal is placed into a loving home.  Our innovative programs provide education to reduce animal cruelty and advance standards in animal welfare.  We reach across the country to rescue animals from overcrowded shelters, unwanted litters, puppy mills, natural disasters and other emergencies and find them permanent, loving homes

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Boston Public Market Announces Initial Round of Vendors for Permanent, Year-Round Local Food Market, Including East Boston Business

This just in from Corner Stalk Farm;
30+ Small Businesses to Sell Locally Produced Items Starting in July

BOSTON — The Boston Public Market today announced the first round of small businesses, including one from East Boston, who will sell locally produced goods in the new permanent, year-round market on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway directly above the Haymarket MBTA station. Starting in July, the 28,000-square-foot Market will house over 30 permanent, year-round vendors selling locally produced items such as farm fresh produce; meat and poultry; milk and cheese; fish and shellfish; bread and baked goods; flowers; and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods.

"We've been farming in East Boston for two years now and can't wait to start sharing our fresh local greens and herbs with the people of Boston," said Shawn Cooney, co-owner of Corner Stalk Farm, which grows standard and specialty leafy greens and herbs in recycled shipping containers. The Boston Public market is the perfect place for us to reach as many consumers as possible with the freshest produce in Boston."

The initial vendors announced today include farmers, fisherman, and food producers from Massachusetts and throughout New England, including Corner Stalk Farm in East Boston. The Boston Public Market will be the only locally-sourced market of its kind in the United States. Everything sold at the Market will be produced or originate in New England.

"The Boston Public Market will showcase the best of what Boston's local economy has to offer," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "These vendors represent the small businesses that fuel our economy, and will serve as a tremendous resource for our residents and visitors in downtown Boston."

The Boston Public Market will provide individuals with year-round access to locally produced, fresh food," said Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Matthew Beaton. It is the goal of the Baker-Polito administration and EEA to make fresh produce available to all Commonwealth residents. I am pleased the market will join the ranks of Massachusetts' more than 290 farmers markets, 40 of which are winter farmers markets, and its Community Supported Agriculture farms, farm stands, and pick-your-own operations."

"A year round public market, like BPM, that features farm fresh Massachusetts products will not only strengthen our growing agricultural economy, it will also garner additional consumer demand for nutritious, locally grown and produced food," said Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Commissioner John Lebeaux. "Massachusetts is already a leader in direct market sales, ranked 5th in the U.S. Our farmers and food producers not only provide us with the best possible products all year round, they also preserve over 523,000 acres of open space, employee 28,000 workers and generate $492 million dollars for the Massachusetts economy."

Since 2007 Massachusetts' participation in community supported agriculture (CSA) has nearly doubled and agri-tourism sales have grown 127%. While nationally the U.S. witnessed a decline in agriculture from 2007 to 2012, Massachusetts was one of the few states that experienced growth in both number of farms and acres of farmland.

Our goal is to connect all residents of Boston with the best New England has to offer, and our vendors are at the heart of what we do," said Elizabeth Morningstar, CEO of the Boston Public Market. "These small businesses and food entrepreneurs have incredible experience growing and producing locally, and the multitude of flavors, colors, and stories they bring to the market is simply astounding."

The Market will span the ground floor of 136 Blackstone Street, which also contains the Boston RMV branch, entrances to the Haymarket MBTA station, vent stacks for the Interstate-93 tunnel, and a parking garage. The Market is located in downtown Boston's emerging Market District, next to the Haymarket pushcart vendors and the historic Blackstone Block.

"We're incredibly excited about this first group of vendors," said Tiffani Emig, the Boston Public Market's Market Manager. Some will be familiar to customers who have shopped at our seasonal markets on the Greenway, and some will be brand new. We can't wait for the people of Boston to meet them all."

The Boston Public Market has partnered with several organizations in Boston's growing entrepreneurial food community to help prepare vendors to sell their goods at the market. Several vendors, along with other local small food businesses, participated over the past six months in Interise's award-winning StreetWise 'MBA'" program aimed at growing jobs and creating more revenue. Vendors also received access to hands-on food production training and shared kitchen facilities at Crop Circle Kitchen's Pearl Food Production Small Business Center.

"I've known for a while that I have to change my business model from wholesale grower to farmer-florist," said Barbara Rietscha, owner of Stow Greenhouses in Stow, MA. "The StreetWise 'MBA'" program gave me the knowledge - and the courage - to make the change. Hearing about the real life experiences of both the mentors and my classmates has been invaluable."

The Boston Public Market will feature a diverse offering of programs designed to highlight regional culinary traditions and local food production, as well as inspire healthy eating and creative cooking among families and individuals. The Trustees of Reservations is the lead programming partner and will manage and staff a teaching kitchen in the heart of the market, working with other non-profit organizations and for-profit partners to offer exciting classes, demonstrations, and other programs.

The initial round of vendors can be found at Additional vendors will be announced over the coming months.

The Boston Public Market will be a 28,000 square foot permanent, year-round, self-sustaining market that provides fresh local food to consumers from all income levels and nourishes our community. It will be a civic resource, educating the public about food sources, nutrition, and preparation.

At the market, farmers, fishermen, and food producers from Massachusetts and throughout New England will offer the public a year-round source of fresh local food and an opportunity to taste, buy, and understand what our region has to offer. The market will house over 40 vendors selling locally produced items such as farm-fresh produce, meat and poultry, eggs, milk and cheese, fish and shellfish, bread and baked goods, flowers, and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods. The Boston Public Market will be the only locally-sourced market of its kind in the United States.

For more information and to follow the progress of the market, visit us at

Monday, March 30, 2015

East Boston Main Streets to Host Second Monthly Merchants’ Meeting

This just in from Max Gruner at EBMS:

(EASTBOSTON, MA; MARCH 30, 2015) – East Boston Main Streets invites the East Boston small and micro business community, residents, as well as public employees and city officials to our second monthly Merchants’ Meeting on Tuesday April 8th from 11:00am-12:30 at the Market Place at 154 Maverick St. on the 4th floor.

Meet your peers, share ideas about how to make this summer the best yet for our small business community, discuss challenges and solutions to problems we all face in the community, and hear from our elected officials and the officers from the Boston Police about all that is going on in our neighborhood. 

We are proud to introduce Jose Luis “Pepe” Rojas from the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation as our guest speaker to discuss financial resources available to businesses especially hard hit by this winter’s never ending blizzards.
Coffee and snacks provided.

For more details or ques tions please contact Max Gruner at or Antonio Arevalo at or call the EBMS office at 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.

In memory: The life of Bill Bagley recalled at funeral: "Drink the Good Wine First”

Submitted by Michael Laurano

“Bill” Bagley, Jr. Memorial Service Held Saturday 3/21/15 -    Standing Room Only -

The immense Romanesque  Church of St. Anthony of Padua in Revere Massachusetts once aptly described as a veritable “basilica” by the late Boston Cardinal William O’Connell is the largest church building in its vicinity. The church was filled beyond full seating capacity on Saturday morning, March 21st, for a memorial Mass celebrated “in loving memory” of East Boston native and retired pharmacist, William Morgan (“Bill”) Bagley, Jr.

Scores of persons, many recalling and speaking of Bill’s kindnesses during the years he practiced pharmacy in East Boston and Winthrop, others coming from out of State, some from Europe and Asia, arriving by car, bus, and taxi  began to fill the church parking lot an hour before the service began at 11:00 AM. The celebrant and homilist Rev. Brian McHugh of Somerville, Mass. said that upon arrival he had difficulty in finding a parking space. Streaming in to the piping of a lone kilted bagpiper on the front plaza later arrivals found “standing room only” inside the cavernous ornate edifice for which construction began in 1926 as an Italian “national parish” church. Artistically restored in recent years it is now the impressive house of worship for an area comprising three former Roman Catholic parishes.

The Processional Hymn was the traditional Irish melody, “Morning Has Broken”.  The first reading, Ecclesiastes 3:1-11, was by Bill’s Niece, Cheryl Kiernan. The second reading, 2 Corinthians 4:13-5-1, was by Bill’s brother, Robert Bagley. The Offertory Hymn sung in Latin was “Ave Maria” during which the Presentation of the Gifts of Bread and Wine was made by Caroline Kiernan and Elizabeth Kiernan, Bill’s Grandnieces, and Will Goodwin, Bill’s Grandnephew. The Communion Song was “Taste and See”. The Commendation meditation tune was “I Have Loved You”. The Recessional Hymn was from the 1994 film The Lion King “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” composed by Elton John.

At the outset of the service “Bill” was eulogized by his Wife of 43 years, Carol Vahey. She spoke of Bill’s pleasant nature which never failed and the good humor he maintained during his long confrontation with life threatening kidney disease beginning in 1987 later requiring a kidney transplant. Carol recounted Bill’s boundless and irrepressible generosity relating stories from their adventuresome worldwide travels together during her work years posted in London and Hong Kong and Bill’s retirement with Bill soon learning how to say “keep the change” in Mandarin Chinese. Carol confirmed Bill’s limitless love for his family and his friends relating that in this regard “Nothing was left unsaid.” 

The printed program for the order of service bore a likeness of “Bill” with the inscription “Drink the Good Wine First”. After the church service attendees were invited to join the family “to toast Bill” at the Hyatt Harborside Hotel at Logan Airport, East Boston. The hotel parking lot also quickly filled to capacity. Inside in the Hyatt’s 2nd floor large reception area it was again “standing room only”.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Boston Fed report finds large disparities in assets and debts among subpopulations in the greater Boston area

Source: Boston Federal Reserve Bank
(BOSTON, MA - March 26, 2015) In a new analysis of the economic well-being of several specific racial and ethnic groups by country of origin, a Boston Fed report
finds large disparities in wealth by race and ethnicity for the Boston metropolitan statistical area. The Color of Wealth in Boston report, released as part of a partnership between the Boston Fed, the Ford Foundation, and the Duke University's Consortium on Social Equity, is part of the National Asset Scorecard in Communities of Color (NASCC) initiative—a pilot survey conducted in targeted metropolitan areas to gain insights about the asset and debt positions of different
racial and ethnic groups.

The Color of Wealth in Boston provides an analysis of assets and debts focused on whites and nonwhites including U.S. born blacks, Caribbean blacks, Cape Verdeans, Puerto Ricans, and Dominicans, a detailed demographic breakdown that is not available in other surveys of income and wealth.

"The wide racial wealth gap we see in Boston is a worrisome sign that many families do not have sufficient assets to offer better opportunities for future generations," said Ana Patricia Muñoz, Director of Community Development Research at the Boston Fed and the  project manager of the Boston NASCC research effort. 

"We are releasing The Color of Wealth in Boston with the goal of encouraging discussions around potential changes in policy and practice at the state and local level that can help tackle the wealth gap, shown to be divergent between whites and nonwhites."

At the release of The Color of Wealth in Boston report on Thursday, a panel of practitioners, funders, and policymakers reacted  to the report's findings. They discussed how a multidimensional and cross-sectorial approach could help address wealth and income inequality at both the municipal and state levels. 

The panel included Massachusetts State Sen. James Eldridge; John Barros, City of Boston Chief of Economic Development; Angela Brown, Director of Programs at the Hyams Foundation; and Tom Shapiro, Director of the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University.

The release of this report builds on the Boston Fed's longstanding concern with the economic well-being of all Americans by providing aggregate data on the assets and debts of communities of color, and encouraging a policy discussion around potential solutions.

About the National Asset Scorecard in Communities of Color (NASCC)
The NASCC initiative has involved the design and implementation of a survey in targeted metropolitan areas (Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, Tulsa, and Washington,
D.C.) to gain insights about the asset and debt positions of racial and ethnic groups at the detailed country-of-origin level. The survey also ascertains unconventional financial information, such as families' use of payday lending and remittances. The NASCC principal investigators are William Darity Jr. (Duke University) and Darrick Hamilton (The New School).

Monday, March 23, 2015

Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey: Help Us Reach Our Goal:

Today’s Top 10: Annual MEB 10K Raffle

As we watch our teams wrap up regular season play in preparation for playoffs (yeah, baby!), we are reminded that the foundation of our league continues to be our youngest players – like those pictured here in the Learn-to-Skate program.  These kids are the reason for many of our biggest fundraising activities, and why the feature of this week’s update is on our big event this Friday – the Annual 10K raffle.

Are you busy this Friday night, March 27, 2015? No, have we got a deal for you!!! Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey (MEB) is holding its largest annual fundraiser – the $10K Raffle and Dinner. For the past several years, this event has provided the league with funding greatly needed to finish off the season and prepare for next season. With ice rental fees continually increasing, we have used this event to help pay-off rinks and other fees owed at the end of our season. Admit it, you are thinking, “Why should I get involved in another fundraising event?" Here are 10 reasons (think of the David Letterman show as you read these aloud):

Top 10 reasons for buying a ticket for the Malden East Boston Youth Hockey (MEB) 10K raffle:

10.  You or a friend or family member have or have had kids in youth hockey in the last 10 years (so you know how expensive ice time is!)

9.  You are or have a friend or family member are from or live in East Boston or Malden (or have in the last 10 years)

8.  MEB has kept their annual tuition price virtually the same (or lowered it!) for players for the past 7 years through fundraising efforts like this

7.  You operate a business in Malden or East Boston, or one of several other surrounding communities, and enjoy supporting youth sports programs with a tax deductible donation

6.  The MEB 10K is an “elimination-style” raffle, where half of the fun is watching as your co-investors are “knocked out” of the running for the big prize

5.  You are a current MEB youth hockey parent and have at least three other friends to defray the cost of another chance at the jackpot

4.  MEB is an example of a great merger of two town teams, with drive and competitiveness resulting in multiple tournament and league championships over the past 7 years

3.  Your child is one of the 30+ current and former MEB players who for the 2014-15 school year were accepted onto their high school hockey programs

2.  The math is simple: 4 friends + you = 20 bucks a head for a ticket; heck, make it 9 friends (come on, you have more than 4, right?) and it’s only 10 bucks each for a chance at a share of TEN GRAND

1.  What else are you going to do this Friday night – KARAOKE? This is way more fun than embarrassing yourselves in front of your friends – err, scratch that – it’s about the same, but for a much better cause than your weekend-warrior, artificially induced delusions of fame and that crazy dream of making it on THE VOICE!

The details (our lawyer appreciates us including these):

The fundraising part is an “elimination raffle” drawing for $10,000*, whose tickets cost $100 each, and include dinner for two at the event, which takes place from 7:00 PM to midnight this Friday, March 27, at the Loyal Order of Moose Club, Broadway, Malden. A buffet dinner is served and families donate desserts, there are additional chances for winning baskets from each of the teams in the league, other donated goods and services, and a great silent auction of sports memorabilia is available as well. We'll have a DJ, and several participants will likely resort to dancing either as a result of their tickets being eliminated from the remaining eligible or just from the contagious fun all are having at the event.

Really, the event is truly quite fun, especially if you like watching people enjoy themselves while witnessing each other’s chances of winning wash away as the evening wears on – a bit of schadenfreude among the youth hockey parents. Remember, this is a chance at winning a few thousand bucks! That of course depends on your luck and the choices of some “finalists” in the process. Let me explain – this is an opportunity to enter an elimination-style raffle, where the total number of tickets sold generates the dollar amount available for winning. In this case, the tickets cost $100 each, and the goal is to sell 200 of them, so that the organization generates $10,000 and the winner receives $10,000 (or is split among winners). In the case of fewer tickets sold, the pot is slightly smaller, but the concept remains the same.

However it turns out, all who attend have fun, and all who buy a ticket start out with a chance at the final prize. This is a great opportunity to support one of our growing sports organizations, and a chance at winning. If you find you are not interested in buying a ticket individually, the concept of four friends pitching in $25 each works very well. Also, we see a lot of “group” tickets, which can work with your colleagues at work, friends in your circle, or among family members to spread the investment across a few more people. If you know of others who may be interested, please feel free to pass this information along.

One raffle ticket includes dinner admission for two, but you do not need to attend the event to win. You can choose to have a representative at the event if you cannot attend in person. If you are interested in either a single ticket or a group ticket, please contact us ASAP, as the event is this week, and we are stretching to reach our goal.

Ticket forms are available from one of our coaches or Board members, or on our website at

Thank you for your consideration, and if you choose to participate – good luck! If you attend, it really can be quite an entertaining evening and a great way to keep these little ones on the ice for a few more years.

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

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Discover East Boston at the 15th Annual Open Studios Weekend: April 25 & 26

(EAST BOSTON, March 20, 2015) The fifteenth annual East Boston Open Studios will be held on Saturday April 25th from noon to 6pm and on Sunday April 26th from noon to 4pm. Over thirty artist studios and the Atlantic Works Gallery exhibit entitled “Metaphors & Metamorphoses”, featuring artwork by Leigh Hall and Suzanne Mercury, will be open at the Atlantic Works artist building at 80 Border Street.

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

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

During Open Studios weekend you can also sample artwork, music and performances at these other neighborhood locations:  ZUMIX at 260 Sumner Street, Harbor Arts @ the Shipyard at 256 Marginal Street and Papusa Mania at 30 Bremen Street (open Sunday only).

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

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

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

Monday, March 16, 2015

R.I.P. Bill Bagley, Jr. January 8, 1944 - March 13, 2015; A portrait of a friend by Michael Laurano

A Portrait of the Young Man
January 8, 1944 – March 13, 2015

Bill Bagley, Jr. was by every measure and account an extraordinary person, well known and extremely well liked throughout East Boston, Winthrop and far beyond. As an adult his kindnesses and benefactions to others as a practicing pharmacist in East Boston and Winthrop, but not only as that, were many and most often known only to him and the recipients. I write now of the lesser known, the very young Bill Bagley, Jr. , the “Billy” I knew best.

After The War in 1949 when available housing for returned veterans and their new families was still hard to come by my family moved from a rented flat at 29 Wordsworth Street a mile or so away to the more comfortable 2 family house at 719 Bennington Street which somehow they succeeded in purchasing. In that move I left behind all my former childhood friends. The distance of that mile was a long way for a 6 year old. 

One lonely day playing in the field out in back of Bennington Street, now a lone John Cheverus public school kid in a virtual completely St. Mary’s parochial school neighborhood , I chanced to encounter another kid who lived several houses up the same block. A year younger than I he was the older son and namesake of a highly respected lawyer my Father knew. His name was William Morgan Bagley, Jr. and he was that day with his younger brother, Bobby. This new kid informed me that he was descended on his Grandmother side from William Morgan, a pirate. Duly impressed by that information as a 6 year old would be I did not then know that after a separation imposed by his parents, Bill and Grace, buying and moving their young family then of 3 children, Dotty, Billy and Bobby,  later to become six with the addition of Freddie, Tommy and Patty, to their own new home at number 670 down and across wide and even then heavily trafficked Bennington Street that he and I would at a later time become even better acquainted and then constant boyhood companions. It was a most fortunate meeting for me for I could not have been better befriended or better influenced during my childhood leading into young adulthood. Life as it usually will later presented different pathways to different places in the world for both of us. Billy eventually went afar from there. I for a long time at least stayed near. However, neither Billy or I ever forgot the strong bonds forged during those years.

Childhood play stopped and work seriously began the day we obtained our sequential respective social security numbers. Billy then gave up his occasional work on the clamming flats off of Harbor View where Dorgan’s boats set out each day as tides allowed. On his initiative we shared a more intensive and regular pre-dawn job on a Hood Milk delivery truck at the Heights Projects. Then came another pre-dawn job, a Sunday morning paper route. In the heat of summer, the bitter cold of winter and in all elements in between for several years we trundled a heavy wood cart with huge iron wheels up and down the hilly streets and vales of Harbor View and the Star of the Sea and Grace Church neighborhood . That trundle cart, reminiscent of something out of Charles Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities, was gratuitously made for us by Billy’s neighbor, Mike Santamaria. He was a musically talented barber who sometimes taught and as often played exquisite violin, mandolin and guitar in between administering haircuts in his first floor shop next door to Billy’s home. We sold the remaining Sunday newspapers standing outside of Star of the Sea Church and in doing tried to stay out of their way as emerging parishioners rushed out of Father Magennis or Father Leonard’s early Mass in a stampede for still warm jelly, plain and raised donuts and crullers across the street at the Bakery. Billy was an altar boy often serving weddings and funerals replete in white and black ironed surplice so the priests let us keep inside the mysteriously dark, holy and beautiful lower Church a huge wooden “paper box” Bob Shephard the long-time church sexton and parish Boy Scout leader had sympathetically constructed for us. It had the approximate dimensions of an oversized coffin. With the appropriate genuflections Billy and I solemnly carried “our paper-box” weekly out of an unused room at the rear of the church and set up shop near the steps outside. Before electrification that chamber hidden behind the pipes had housed the hand pumped bellows for the deeply toned wailing organ often played by one of the black robed and in every way wonderful Sisters of Mercy who taught at St Mary’s School where Billy and I were then both enrolled in Sister Bonaventure’s class.

Beginning in 1959 and for several years, again entirely on his initiative, Billy and I together working shifts alternately staffed the soda fountain counter at an Orient Heights pharmacy, “Byron at the Heights” operated by Louis Doodlesack. It was there and then, somewhere between mixing “frappes”, dishing hot fudge sundaes, and delivering prescriptions, at first by foot, later by car when we each learned to drive on the standard shift store car., Encouraged by Louie who suggested that path to both of us, Billy decided to pursue a career in pharmacy while I decided to go off in a different direction, the Law. Billy’s Dad helped me in that at every turn.

In between and through all of those years from mid 50s through the late 60s whenever he and I were not on duty working somewhere Billy and I in curiosity wandered together in all seasons the long streets, the then empty fields and marshes, the shore and the environs of our East Boston neighborhood. Later carried us even further away by Rapid Transit to his schoolmate Thaddeus Gontarski’s apartment in the Charlestown Housing Project where Thaddeus wildly played spirited Polish polkas on his accordion. Then, however shyly, off to co-ed dances at Dorchester’s B.C. High where Billy attended and graduated.

As wings spread wider we took flight by various means visiting many other curious places of an entirely different sort in the wider world beyond. Among those were weekly Greek dances at Gloucester Harbor with his N.E. College of Pharmacy classmate, friend, and later to be business associate, Harry Ofilos, a  boisterous German Rathskeller on the Bowery of New York,  noisy sing-alongs in a Yankee road house on the Turnpike to Newbury, and much more all now from a vanished time and place away. There were visits to the U.S. Capitol and House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. and homage paid at J.F.K.’s grave with Billy’s youngest brother, Tommy.  From our high school years onward Billy and I were frequently joined in our excursions and escapades by our respective classmates Jerry Viscione and Ralph Vertuccio, Jr.

When higher education for us both was finally finished our paths then diverged and we went our ways. Some few years back Billy, by then a citizen of the world, in conversation acknowledged that by reason of many present factors and realities that past life though fondly remembered, even if wished otherwise, could not be replicated. Billy volunteered, however, that whenever he rode the Blue Line through our former haunts of once empty fields, steep hills and glistening shoreline, in looking out of the rattling subway car windows he never failed to fondly recall that East Boston neighborhood, those houses, the people who had lived in them, those streets, the fields, marshes and hills, that shore, those experiences, the associations. I had to then and do now admit that whenever I ride the Blue Line in passing through that area I too turn in my seat and do the same. Always have and always will.

Time relentlessly moves on. It is now 2015 and even if 1955 seems more like last year to me the fact is that 1955 was sixty years ago. 

The sad news came late on Friday the 13th that after a very long period of serious illness during which he was sustained constantly by the devotion of his loving Wife, Carol, Billy had passed in Florida. It is now then time to write in truth and in gratitude and in tribute to his memory that the adult Bill Bagley, Jr. widely known and beloved as a treasured friend to so many in East Boston, Winthrop and the wider world beyond, was the same person when he was a boy, when he was the Billy that I was privileged to have as my boyhood companion now long ago. As the twig was bent, so the tree grew. Billy, the boy of many years ago became Bill, Jr. the man, a man of fine character, the man that Bill Bagley, Jr. was, a man above all willing to befriend and to help all.

May our friend, Bill Bagley, Jr. now be at peace and at rest in God's eternal embrace in the everlasting company of those dear to him. May the Precious Lord in whom he deeply believed and throughout his life emulated in a living faith by his own boundless charity toward others have as night drew near, taken Billy’s hand and gently led my boyhood companion, the cherished friend of many, home.

Mike Laurano

Michael Laurano, Bill Bagley, Ralph Vertuccio & Jerry Viscione