Thursday, November 26, 2015

St. Francis House and Mayor Marty Walsh Welcome Hundreds of Poor and Homeless to Thanksgiving Dinner

BOSTON, November 26, 2015 –St. Francis House hosted its XX Annual Thanksgiving Day luncheon meal with support from Boston Bruins Matt Beleskey and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. More than 350 of Boston’s poor and homeless guests enjoyed their meals “restaurant style” with the assistance of more than 45 volunteers.

Boston Bruins Left Wing Matt Beleskey continued the Bruins Annual Thanksgiving Pie Delivery, visiting to deliver over 50 donated Mike’s Pastry pies for the Thanksgiving meal, and assisted in pre-slicing several pies.

Mayor Marty Walsh visited St. Francis House, met with guests and volunteers and assisted in carving turkeys. The Mayor’s annual visit has long been a special highlight for St Francis House guests.

"Thanks to local organizations like St. Francis House, many residents of Boston will receive a Thanksgiving dinner surrounded by family and members of the community," said Mayor Walsh. "When we work together to spread goodwill and service throughout our city, we are making a difference in the lives of others. I thank all the staff members, participants and volunteers at St. Francis House for going above and beyond to lend a helping hand to those in need and ensure that every person in Boston has a happy Thanksgiving."

“I volunteer because it's the way I was raised. My parents volunteered a lot and I guess it rubbed off on me. Plus I am blessed with having time in my life to help others in need.” said volunteer Chris Hobein of East Boston. “Most of my immediate family lives halfway across the country and I work every day this week except Thanksgiving. I couldn't get home to see family so this is a great way to spend Thanksgiving. My family knows that volunteering is an important part of my life so they love to hear that I'll be at St. Francis House on Thanksgiving.”
To feed Thanksgiving dinner to so many of our city’s citizens, it takes:

* 48 turkeys (750 lbs.)
* 150 lbs of mashed potatoes
* 120 lbs of vegetables
* 130 lbs of stuffing
* 750 rolls
* 50 gallons of apple cider
* 75 pies

About St. Francis House
Located in the heart of downtown Boston, St. Francis House is the largest day shelter in the Commonwealth, serving more than 600 poor and homeless men and women a day, 365 days a year. St Francis House provides basic, rehabilitative and housing services that overlap and build on one another to provide guests with continuous and comprehensive care.

Source: St. Francis House

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Letter: Gove Street Citizens Association a long established group

Long time East Boston activist Mary Ellen Welch defends the Gove Street Citizens Association in a letter to the editor.

The GSCA is a strong neighborhood group. 
This letter is sent to correct misinformation in an article in the last issue about the Gove Street Citizens Association.  The article describes the Association as “a sort of splinter group of the Jeffries Pont Neighborhood Association.” This is not true.
The Gove Street Citizens Association operated for 35 years as a strong, effective neighborhood group representing the Mount Carmel area.  The GSCA worked very hard on many issues over the years. It organized residents about the issue of a third harbor tunnel when the route was along the railroad right of way and then at the foot of Jeffries Point through the Jeffries cove. Working with the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association the groups lobbied the Governor and other state officials to have the tunnel surface on the airport.
The Gove Street Association worked for many years   on airport impact issues like noise and air pollution. The group lobbied at City Hall and at the State House to get the airport to implement noise abatement techniques and soundproofing of homes and schools.  All the while the GSCA worked together with other neighborhood groups making the neighborhood voice a stronger one.
Both of these neighborhood groups worked with the City to improve the zoning rules in this end of East Boston.  The idea was to control institutional expansion and allow the kind of development that would enhance the residential quality of the neighborhood. Both areas had historic overlay districts designated in parts of their areas to preserve some of the unique history of the sub neighborhoods.
During the 35 year operation of the GSCA many other ideas and issues were brought up for discussion and action. The Mount Carmel area was very strong and organized around neighborhood issues. They were recognized by all levels of government and earned the respect of all the elected officials and government agencies.
When the City was forced to close the police station and a firehouse because of severe budget cuts the East Boston citizens rallied at the tunnel for 61 days to protest the closings. The GSCA was one of the neighborhood groups to recruit volunteers to march in the protest. To have an active citizen organization to watch over a section of a neighborhood makes the whole neighborhood a stronger one. There is more information able to be circulated among the neighbors on small and large issues. 
An informed citizen is an empowered one.
After 35 years the leadership of the GSCA decided to slow down and work within other organizations to do community work. In recent months with so many new development proposals surfacing in the neighborhood it became evident that more work and citizen involvement was necessary to protect the integrity of the neighborhood. So the old leadership and the newer neighborhood residents decided to revive the GSCA as a mechanism through their voices could be heard on important issues, so, the Association reintroduced themselves to the local and State officials and to developers in the neighborhood.  Of course the intention is to work with all the other neighborhood groups on issues that affect all sections of neighborhood.  Particular attention is to be paid to the local issues in the Mount Carmel area so each voice is heard and opinions are heard and respected by all who want to do business in the area.
The community is made stronger and more effective with more people and opinions involved in decision making for their immediate neighborhood. So, the GSCA is a healthy, invigorated group of residents who only want the best for their neighborhood.
Perhaps the newspaper could reach out to the leadership and membership of the GSNA to better understand the philosophy and ideas of this strong neighborhood group with a proud history.


Mary Ellen Welch

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

November 14: Rally for Jude, diagnosed with breast cancer

Rally for Jude!

Saturday November 14, 2015, 5-10PM
Jeffries Point Yacht Club
565 Sumner St, East Boston MA 02128

Jude was diagnosed with breast cancer at only 35 years old. With no sick leave we are coming together as a community to throw a fundraiser to assist with medical and living expenses.
  • Live music by local band We Die Young and DJ John Ciampa
  • Food donated by various local restaurants
  • Door & Raffle Prizes to be given throughout the event
$10 entry & various raffles starting at $5

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association Meeting agenda for November 9th 7pm

Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association
Meeting agenda for November 9th 7:pm
Jeffries Point Yacht Club
565 Sumner st.

Agenda - 

Announcement from Treasurer Matt Barison

Police update

14 Murray ct.  - Vote.  Atty . Richard Lynds
303 Sumner st. - Vote  . Atty .Richard Lynds
289 Marginal st. - Vote .   Atty. Diane Modica
5 Lamson street - Vote
Loftel - Update & Vote.   Jon Serra

Massport expansion of terminal E  - Anthony Guerriero

Composting in East Boston - Jordan Smith
Boston Home Center - Rob Consalvo
Solar Energy - Matt Rosa

Presentations will be posted on line for upcoming votes.  We encourage people to review in advance.

Justin Pasquariello,East Boston Resident Named One of Ten ‘Outstanding Young Leaders’ by Boston Chamber of Commerce

Justin Pasquariello addresses attendees at the Boston Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Awards at the Westin Waterfront Hotel October 29. 
(BOSTON - October 30) Justin Pasquariello, executive director of Children’s HealthWatch, was honored last night as one of the Boston Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Ten Outstanding Young Leaders (TOYL) at the Westin Waterfront Hotel. Pasquariello and the other young leaders were nominated by members of the community and selected by a committee of Chamber members for their talent and various contributions to the region. Children’s HealthWatch, founded at Boston Medical Center, is a nonpartisan network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and children’s health and policy experts committed to improving children’s health in America.

Pasquariello also is the founding executive director of Silver Lining Mentoring and currently serves on the organization’s board. In addition, he serves on the advisory board of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School, and previously worked as a nonprofit consultant with the Bridgespan Group.

Past recipients of the Chamber’s TOYL Award include President John F. Kennedy, conductor Leonard Bernstein, business leader Jack Connors, Jr., and community advocate Carol Fulp.

From left to right: James E. Rooney, president & CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Justin Pasquariello, and Antoinette Antonio, anchor, WCVB-TV and the Emcee of the awards ceremony.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Nov. 10: Care Dimensions recognizes local citizens for their commitment to veterans

Care Dimensions recognizes local citizens for their commitment to veterans

October 20, 2015 — Care Dimensions is pleased to announce that their North Shore We Honor Veterans Award Recipients for 2015 are Kristine Babcock of Danvers and Jacob Burridge of Ipswich. Honorable mentions are also being given to John Crowley of Marblehead, John Doherty of Andover, Rose Mazzuchelli of Winthrop and Myron Stone of Swampscott. These individuals were nominated by members of the community for their commitment to improving the lives of veterans. All recipients will be honored at an awards breakfast on November 10, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott Street in Danvers. The breakfast is generously sponsored by East Boston Savings Bank and the bank’s President Richard Gavegnano will offer opening remarks.

As a Level Four Partner of the We Honor Veterans program, Care Dimensions has joined together with the U.S. Department of the Veterans’ Affairs and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization to empower hospice professionals to meet the unique needs of dying Veterans. The program teaches respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgement – to comfort patients with a history of military service and possibly physical or psychological trauma.

 “Care Dimensions is dedicated to promoting and providing the highest quality end-of-life care for our Veterans and to educating community organizations who also provide services for Veterans,” said Sheryl Meehan, director of volunteer services and chair of the Veterans committee at Care Dimensions. To register for the breakfast, please contact Mark Ledewitz, Care Dimensions Volunteer Coordinator by November 3 at 978-750-9338 or

Source: CareDimensions

Friday, October 23, 2015

Join the Health Center's “The Rhythm of Good Health” on Tuesday, November 24th

Time:  12:00pm to 1:00pm at the Zumix Firehouse  - 260 Sumner Street!

This is a FREE event for all!  Enjoy a delicious and healthy lunch over wonderfully diverse forms of Art.  Join us for a brief live performance from one of Boston's best local musicians and songwriters, Will Dailey.  Wi

ll was awarded with Best Songwriter and Best New Album at the 2014 Boston Music Awards and he is an incredible talent. 

Also enjoy meeting and hearing from Regina Marchi, author of the book “Local Legends of East Boston”. 

And last but certainly not least, enjoy a display of the photographic art collection “Colors” by EBNHC's own Marcela Chacon. 

It will be 60 minutes of pure fun and community engagement. To register visit:

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

EB Kiwanis to hold Halloween "Monster Mash" : October 28

The Kiwanis Club of East Boston will host a Halloween “Monster Mash” costume party on Wednesday, October 28th, from 7-11 p.m. at the Beachmont VFW, 150 Bennington St. in Revere. The party will feature the music of DJ Michael Anthony Gaeta.

Tickets to the Monster Mash are $20 per person, and include light refreshments, raffles, a cash bar and a Halloween Costume Contest with prizes.
The public is invited to attend, and tickets can be obtained from Kiwanis Club members, including club President-elect John Schwagerl at 617-592-6773.
Any funds raised by the club during the Halloween Monster Mash will be used for the club’s charitable activities in East Boston. So please join the club for a ghoulishly good time!
Kiiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time. The East Boston Kiwanis Club meets every first and third Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Spinelli’s in Day Square, East Boston.

Italian American Book Store to open in North End: October 29

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Advisory: Healthcare workforce training graduation at EBNHC

This just in:


"Train To Attain" is a new recruitment, screening, and training model to meet employer’s hiring needs. East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) partnered with JVS to place highly qualified candidates into their patient access call center - entry-level positions, with rigorous hiring requirements, including bi-lingual fluency. The Train To Attain model includes contextualized job training and the support necessary to reduce turn over.  More than half of the graduates are East Boston residents who were trained in East Boston, and will serve East Boston residents. 

WHO: East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, President & CEO, Manny Lopes
             JVS (Jewish Vocational Service) COO Carol Grady
             8 training graduates/EBNHC’s newest employees

WHAT: Train To Attain, a 4-week paid training program for individuals recruited by JVS to work for East Boston Neighborhood Health Center 

WHERE: East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, 20 Maverick Square (4th Floor), East Boston, MA 02128

WHEN: Friday, October 16th, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

October 26: Gove Street Citizens Association Meeting

The Gove Street Citizens Association monthly meeting agenda:


  • Update on current status of GSCA area projects.
  • State Representative Adrian Madaro – Update on Legislative issues.  
  • 80 Everett Street – Proposal to erect a 3 story residential dwelling on a vacant lot. (2nd appearance / Vote to be taken) Atty. Richard Lynds
  • 175 Orleans Street Loftel Boston Hotel - Proposal for a 127-room boutique hotel (Former Picariello and Singer factory building). (2nd appearance / Non-Vote) Senior Vice President Yanni Tsipis

MEETING DATE: Monday, October 26, 2015 

TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

LOCATION: DRIVING - The Noddle Island Community Room is located on the first floor of the Logan Rental Car Center at 15 Transportation Way. Parking available in the Porter Street lot adjacent to the building. WALKING - Situated at the end of Porter Street, just a 4 minute walk from the Embassy Suites Hotel.  

All meetings are held on the last Monday of each month at the above location except for Holidays. Meetings will then be held on the following Tuesday.

Source: Jack Scalcione

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Oct. 13: Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association Meeting

Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association Meeting
Tuesday October 13th 7pm 

at the Jeffries Point Yacht Club 565 Sumner Street

Agenda -
  • Police JPNA Updates
  • Downeast Cider House
  • Annissa Essaibi George, City Council Candidate, At-Large
  • 294 Sumner street - Long term use. Reviewing and voting on proposals for the site. 
  • Senator Anthony Petrucelli, State Rep Adrian Madaro, City Councilor Sal Lamattina  (Giving legislative updates and taking questions.)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

hey Jesus - Stiletto (An East Boston talent!)

Local artists to present at Friends of EB Library event: October 29

This just in from the Friends of the East Boston Library:


We have planned a spectacular evening.  You are all invited.    

Marie Diogardi a lifelong resident will be sharing her passion for Swedish Weaving.  Marie will be showing her pieces and explain how she became interested in this folk art medium and why.  

David Riley also a lifelong resident will be sharing his passion for art.  David will be showing his work and explain how he became interested in art and why.

A Touch of Class, The Bremen Street YMCA Women’s Chorus lead by Ed Meradith, Music Director will entertain us with the lovely autumn repertoire.

Marie and David have donated a piece of their art to be auctioned silently this evening.  Cash or Check will be accepted.  Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Library.

On this special evening we are introducing the new President of the Friends of the Library.  The future is bright and the mission of the Friends of the Library will continue under her competent leadership.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Sept. 28: Gove Street Citizens Association Meets

The Gove Street Citizens Association monthly meeting agenda:


  • Update on current status of GSCA area projects.
  • Boston Water & Sewer Commission – Presentation on conditions that contributed to the two Cottage Street sinkholes. 
  • 80 Everett Street – Proposal to erect a 3 story residential dwelling on a vacant lot. (1st appearance / Non-Vote) Atty. Richard Lynds
MEETING DATE: Monday, September 28, 2015

TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


DRIVING - The Noddle Island Community Room is located on the first floor of the Logan Rental Car Center at 15 Transportation Way. Parking available in the Porter Street lot adjacent to the building.

WALKING - Situated at the end of Porter Street, just a 4 minute walk from the Embassy Suites Hotel. 

All meetings are held on the last Monday of each month at the above location except for Holidays that are on Monday when the meeting will be held on the following Tuesday.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

9/14: Dog Park to Open in Eastie: More than 22,000 fenced in square feet for your dog to play at Bremen Street Park

The Massachusetts Port Authority officially opens the Bremen Street Dog Park offering a 17,000 square-foot fenced in area for large dog and a 5,500 square-foot fenced in area for small dogs to play, socialize, and exercise. (Total: 22,655 square-foot dog park divided for large and small dogs) The park’s features include five pieces of dog agility equipment, pet waste stations, and water fountains for dogs.

WHERE:       Corner of Bremen Street and Porter Street, East Boston, MA (by the Bremen Street Park)

WHEN:         Monday, September 14, 2015 at 10 a.m.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sept. 12: FMC ICE Sports & Porrazzo Arena invite you to our open house, come join the fun




SEPTEMBER 12TH, 12:20PM-1:00PM

For beginners ages 5 and older. Participants receive a $10 off coupon towards a future program registration. Skaters should wear long pants and sleeves, gloves or mittens. Helmets, such as a bike helmet or HECC helmet are required. Space is limited and registration may not be available at the door.


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Ribeiros: They have talent and onstage too; Giana, EBCCS student, at the American Rep!

This message arrived from Auntie Celeste yesterday.
I hope this message finds you well.  Just thought I'd share some fun information for East  My niece, John's youngest, is performing in a professional American Repertory Theater production of 'Waitress', a musical scored by Sara Bareilles

Giana is 9 years old and a student at East Boston Central Catholic School.
This is awesome!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Volunteers needed for after-school tutoring at McKay School

The College Success Academy offers rigorous, tuition-free programs to Boston Public Schools students seeking to succeed in high school and pursue a college education. In pursuit of this mission, CSA offers after-school tutoring to middle school Scholars at two of our partner schools: the Edison K-8 School in Brighton and the McKay K-8 School in East Boston. 

The East Boston neighborhood is new to us, and we are looking for dedicated young adults (high school to mid-20's) to work as volunteer tutors in our after-school program during the upcoming academic year.

Volunteer tutors will work at the McKay site on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 m to 5:30 pm from mid-September to mid-May.

If you are passionate about education, working with kids, or making sure that everyone has a chance to go to college, please e-mail Program Assistant Enya O’Riordan ( and include “Volunteer Tutor” in the subject line.