Monday, October 27, 2014

East Boston Visitor Center & Museum Meeting on November 3

This just in from EBVC&M:

The next monthly meeting of the East Boston Visitor Center and Museum will be held on Monday, November 3, 2014, 6:00 P.M. at Maverick Landing Community Room, 31 Liverpool Street,East Boston.

This month we will be joined by Susan E. Schur, an independent museum curator and  publisher/editor of Technology and Conservation of Art, Architecture and Antiquities.  Susan will be sharing her museum and exhibit knowledge with the group, particularly around immigration.

All are welcomed to attend.  Hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

East Boston YMCA offers free community cooking classes

Tuesday Night Classes Focus on Fresh Ingredients & Healthy Cooking on a Budget

The East Boston YMCA Cooking For Life programs offers free community cooking classes every Tuesday evening that teach basic cooking skills and emphasize healthy cooking on a budget. All of the classes are taught by the Y’s Director of Kitchen Services, Chef Meg Tallon.

"These classes are a great way to learn the basics of healthy cooking," said Tallon. "We’ll help you feel more comfortable in the kitchen and expand your cooking repertoire with simple healthy meals that make the most of your food budget.”

The next session of free classes include:

October 28 - Kitchen Basics: Learn how to stock your home pantry with kitchen essentials and master basic cooking techniques like sautéing, braising and roasting. 

November 4 - Make-Ahead Meals - Learn how to prepare sauces and main dishes like Beef Stew that you can prepare days, and even weeks, before you need them. With our make-ahead staples and you’ll be able to enjoy a home-cooked meal every night.

November 11 - Healthy Cooking Basics - Keep the flavors you love while focusing on fresh healthy ingredients. You’ll make over recipes like Chicken and Rice and Lasagna and see just how delicious healthy cooking can be.

November 18 - Tastes of the Season:  Fall Harvest - Cooking with seasonal ingredients ensures maximum freshness and helps you get the most for your food dollars. This class uses the fruits and vegetables of the fall harvest season to create a fall feast on a budget.

Classes are held at the Y Teaching Kitchen at 54 Ashley Street on Tuesday evenings, 6:00-8:00 pm. Free on-site childcare is available to participants. Sign up for one class or for the entire four-week session. Advance registration is required. Please call Meg Tallon at 617-418-7331, ext. 203, to reserve your spot.

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


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Massport Contributes $170K to East Boston Health Programs

2005 DPH survey outlined specific needs in the community

BOSTON  --  The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) today announced a $170,000 contribution to the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center to address early symptoms of childhood asthma and adult COPD in East Boston. The money will help fund the salaries of community health workers and purchase home health asthma kits for families the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has identified at risk. Other communities immediately surrounding Logan Airport and part of the DPH study, including Winthrop and South Boston, will also receive contributions.

State Senator Anthony Petruccelli spoke about the efforts over the years that both he and House Speaker Robert DeLeo had made to get a healthy study done for their communities. “This is the cornerstone of what we were looking for.”

 “With the creation of this program, Massport and the East Boston Health Center are working together to address long standing health issues that affect our communities,” State Representative Carlo Basile said. “I feel positive it will bring results and I want to thank both Massport and the East Boston Health Center for their hard work.” 

 The Logan Health Study was launched in 2000 and released in May 2014. It involved a telephone survey of 6,072 adult residents within 5 miles of Logan in 2005 and also provided information for 2,215 children.  Findings indicated that children in the high exposure area to Logan Airport were estimated to have three to four times the likelihood of probable asthma, although there was no statistical difference in diagnosed asthma. The study also found an elevated likelihood of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in those adults who had lived in the immediate vicinity of Logan for many years.

 “East Boston Neighborhood Health Center is very grateful for the collaboration it enjoys with Massport,” said EBNHC CEO Manny Lopes.  “The vital funding being provided today will significantly help our health center in treating and managing asthma and COPD, illnesses that not only affect residents of our service area, but are leading national health concerns.”

Nurses and health workers at the East Boston Health Center will reach out to East Boston families and identify children in need of asthma services. Nurses will work with families of children diagnosed with asthma and relevant school health care workers on ways that the illness can be treated through:

  • the creation of individual plans,
  • management of medicine
  • distribution of health kits to address environmental asthma triggers in the home

The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers will conduct the evaluation of this program and the impact of this effort to provide more services to children displaying early asthma symptoms in targeted neighboring communities.

“This effort keeps the promise we made to the community to be part of the solution and not the problem,’’ said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. “We are proud to be part of an effort, under the leadership of Speaker DeLeo and Senator Petruccelli, among others, that connects state and local resources to identify these public health issues and then ensure everyone gets the screenings and treatment they need.’’

Massport has made great strides to reduce emissions ever since Speaker DeLeo and Senate leaders first commissioned this study in 2000. Emissions are down 49% since 2000, representing the balance Massport tries to achieve between fulfilling our transportation mission and protecting the quality of life of residents who live next door. Massport continues to promote the various public transportation and HOV options for travelers and employees at Logan Airport.

Inquiries about this program may be directed to the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center at 617-569-5800

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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 $8 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.  

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Pirandello Scholarship Drive hosts Wine Tasting Event Nov. 16

Join  Pirandello Lyceum for it’s first Wine Tasting event to support the Pirandello’s Scholarship Fund.  

President Rosario Cascio is extending an invitation to all members and non members  who like to enjoy good company, good food, good music and good wine.  We have a limited  number of tickets available.

“ This is our first Wine Tasting, “ said President Cascio, “ and it’s certain to be a hit with those who appreciate good  talian wine. “

However, said Cascio, the number of tickets is limited so individuals planning on attending should make reservations early.

The event will be held on November 16, 2014 at Spinelli’s in East Boston, from 4 – 7 P. M. and will feature wines from Friuli ( Pighin Refosco and Sauvignon)   and wines from Piemonte (Ca' Rapulin Barbera d'Asti and Moscato d'Asti). Jean Paul Onofri and Tino Valdesolo will be presenting and describing the wine’s origin and unique characteristics. 

Refreshments and Italian music will make the evening enjoyable.  

There is convenient parking near Spinelli's.

Tickets are $ 40.  Please call Nicolane Domond  at 617-710-8260 for reservations. Checks should be made out to the Pirandello Lyceum, and mailed to P.O. Box 565, Boston, MA 02128.  Any questions should be directed to President Rosario Cascio at :

Spinelli’s is located at 282 Bennington Street (Day Square)  East Boston, MA.

Monday, October 20, 2014

YMCA of Greater Boston’s Teen Director East Boston's J. Gaeta Honored with Community Call’s 2014 Young Leader Award

EAST BOSTON | East Boston resident and the YMCA of Greater Boston’s Association- Wide Director of Teen Programming, Joseph Gaeta, 31, will be awarded with Community Call’s 2014 Young Leader Award.

The award honors a young leader who has made a positive impact and whose civic, social, and community leadership sets an inspiring example to the community. Gaeta was chosen from dozens of candidates for his work helping to keep East Boston High School students in school and on track to graduate on time.

“When a student fails even one credited course their odds go up of not graduating on time, or worse, dropping out altogether,” says Gaeta. “In East Boston, the situation is even worse. More than 100 students are not moving up to the next grade and half of those students are expected to drop out. As someone from the community, who went to East Boston High, it’s important to me to help change the fate for these students.”

In partnership with East Boston High, Gaeta helped to launch a program at the East Boston Y to build a Credit Recovery (CR) Center for high school student on site. Students work at their own pace to recover missed credits they need to graduate. Since the CR Center opened its doors, 73 students participated and successfully completed 97 courses. This allowed fifteen at-risk students to graduate with the class of 2014.

Unlike the school setting where the majority of credit recovery programs are held, the air-conditioned CR Center at the Y is well equipped, comfortable and welcoming. An East Boston High guidance counselor is onsite, able to help students gain access to the online curriculum, problem solve and ensure that the students stay focused.  As an added incentive, a free unrestricted Y membership is provided to students who enroll in the program. A free, healthy snack is available for students as well.

During the summer of 2014, Gaeta also managed a summer program that provided free access to more than 800 activities for more than 10,000 teens across the City of Boston.

“One third of the population in Boston is under the age of 35, and each of these people has the power to make a difference in the community. The Community Call Young Leader Award is an opportunity to recognize someone who is in this group that sets an example of giving back,” said Carolyn Edwards, Executive Director of Community Call. “Joseph exemplifies someone who has taken the time to invest in his community with outstanding results and serves as a wonderful role model to our students.”

J. Gaeta of East Boston

Community Call works to develop critical thinking, confidence and self-empowerment with Boston area at-risk high school students through community event planning. Students of Community Call are inspired to look beyond themselves and collaborate with their peers to identify a social need, develop a plan and produce an event that benefits the broader community. Students learn organizational, business, and life skills influencing all aspects of their lives.

The Community Call 2014 Young Leader Award is presented to provide role models to its students regarding the impact they can have on their community. The award was inspired by the work of community activist Lenny Zakim to help identify young role models. Presenting the award for
a second year is Lenny Zakim’s son, Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim.

The award ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at Pegasystems’ Stand-Up Boston Comedy Challenge at Laugh Boston, 425 Summer Street, in Boston’s Seaport District.

About the YMCA of Greater Boston
The YMCA of Greater Boston is the state’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities.  Every day the Y works with thousands of men, women and children to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. With 13 branches in and around Boston, the Y partners with 250 organizations to meet unique needs of the communities it serves. The Y is committed to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

About Community Call
Community Call's ( mission is to develop critical thinking, confidence, and self-empowerment with Boston area at-risk and opportunity high school students through community event planning. Our students are inspired to look beyond themselves and collaborate with their peers to identify a social need, develop a plan, and produce an event that benefits the broader community. Students learn organizational, business, and life skills influencing all aspects of their lives.  

Our enrichment program produces a variety of entirely student-run community events providing unparalleled opportunities to learn first-hand about business and leadership and giving back to the community. By using their passion, talents, and skills, these students are more likely to believe that they can make a difference in their community while making a difference in their own lives.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

JP Planning and Zoning Meeting slated for 10/22

The next Planning & Zoning Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 22nd at

7pm at the Jeffries Point Yacht Club.

The agenda is as follows:
  • An update on 20-22 Haynes street in preparation of a vote at the November meeting
  • 64-66 Gove Street, a 6 unit Development on a vacant lot
  • 265-267 Sumner Street, re-zoning for rehab
  • Frankfort & Maverick Street, 1st presentation
  • 14-16 Geneva Street, 1st presentation

We hope you will join us.  As a reminder, to vote on a project you must be
present at the meeting a project is voted on, and have attended one MONTHLY
meeting within the previous three months.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Project Oscar and the City of Boston's Pilot Composting Program; Register Now!

The residents of East Boston can now drop off their food scraps (see information below on what is acceptable to compost) with the City of Boston's Pilot Community Compost Program at the padlocked communal compost container called Project Oscar located at Maverick Square in East Boston by the flag poles/Lewis Mall until November 30, 2014. To participate, East Boston residents, please register here:

Once you register, an email will be sent to you with a code for the padlocked compost bin.  If you have an questions, please email or call the Environment Department at 617-635-3850!

Why compost? There are a ton of environmental and economic benefits to composting. It helps prevent pollution by diverting waste from landfills, helps enrich poor soil, and cleans up contaminated soils by eliminating pesticides and toxins in the ground. It can reduce the need for water, fertilizer and pesticides, and can be sold as a valuable produce to local farms and gardeners. Boston also has a growing urban agriculture movement and composting is an inexpensive and green way to fertilize your crops with your food scraps!

Please share this with your friends, family and neighbors in East Boston!

Source: Maverick Association of Residents

ABCD urges immediate release of federal fuel assistance funds

(BOSTON, October 1, 2014) As cold weather looms and electricity costs spike, Action for Boston Community Development urges the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to release all funding for the Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program now, so that fuel assistance programs in cold northern states can expedite planning and implementation of fuel delivery to millions of low-income families and seniors who depend on the program to survive the bitter winter months.

ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew thanked the many U.S. Senators who have signed on to a Continuing Resolution LIHEAP Release Letter that is being sent to HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell requesting that HHS release LIHEAP funds as quickly and at as high a level as possible under the current Continuing Resolution that is funding the government until December 11.

“We are grateful to our Massachusetts Senators Warren and Markey and to the many others who have signed this letter,” Drew said. “At ABCD we already have more than 10,000 applications for fuel assistance and there are thousands more statewide. Working poor families and seniors are facing the cold with very limited resources as fuel prices rise once again.”

More than one-third of the more than 20,000 fuel applications received last year at ABCD were from seniors or persons with disabilities.

“These are the most vulnerable members of society, facing yet another frigid New England winter,” said Drew. “If HHS can release ALL the LIHEAP funds now, we are able to establish maximum benefits at the beginning of the winter so people have some idea how to budget to meet their needs.”

Drew pointed out that knowing the maximum benefit also gives ABCD and other programs the ability to negotiate payment plans with utilities to get customers whose electricity or gas was cut off during the summer turned back on before the moratorium on utility shut-offs begins. (The “moratorium” means that utilities are not allowed to turn off customers’ gas and electricity during the winter months. However, if a customer was shut off in the summer and doesn’t have the funds to get reinstated, they are left without gas or electric for the winter.)

ABCD is launching its Winter Emergency Campaign to raise funds, gather warm clothing, and carry out a number of initiatives to help people in need survive the cold winter months.

To donate to Fuel Assistance/Winter Emergency Campaign please go to or call (617) 348-6559.

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.

Source: ABCD

October is Italian-American Heritage Month: Kickoff tonight

America in History Landing of Columbus
Designs created & implemented by Constantino Brumidi (1805 - 1880)
the Michelangelo of the United States Capitol

A grand ceremony will kick off a month-long series of Italian-related events and happenings all across the Commonwealth.  

The ceremony will celebrate the impact Italian culture and language have had and continue to have in American society. 

The evening’s master of ceremonies will be Radio Hall of Famer Ron Della Chiesa.  

The evening’s honorees include State Rep. Angelo Scaccia (D-Readville), who serves the Commonwealth since 1973; retired Judge Joseph V. Ferrino, founder of Italian-American Heritage Month; and Pamela Donnaruma, publisher and editor of the Boston Post-Gazette, one of the country’s oldest ethnic newspapers and a recent addition to Washington D.C.’s Newseum. 

An In Memoriam award will be given to the late Gov. Argeo Paul Cellucci and will be accepted on his behalf by his wife Janet Cellucci.

Details about Italian-American Heritage Month can be found here

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Recapping the HarborArts Festival 2014

[Editor's note: Catch's slideshow of the 2014 HarborArts fest here.]

(EAST BOSTON, September 29, 2014) EVENT RECAP: HarborArts Presents: HarborArts Festival 2014 featuring Soul Clap and friends! Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Noon to Midnight at the HarborArts Shipyard Gallery, Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina Presented in association with We Are Music, Soul Clap Records, and Strewnshank Productions

East Your Art Out!  HarborArts Festival 2014, the fourth annual anniversary celebration of the HarborArts Shipyard Gallery, made a huge splash in East Boston!  Over 4,000 people flocked to the docks this past Saturday to enjoy a full day of arts, live music, activism, and delicious food & drink in the historic working shipyard. The last Saturday of summer brought us a postcard-perfect afternoon on the waterfront and festgoers of all ages from East Boston and beyond mingled along the pier with vendors and artists.  After sunset, we danced the night away under the stars before sweeping views of the sparkling Boston skyline.

The most successful HarborArts Festival to date would not have been possible without the generous support of the Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina, and the contributions of our sponsors and friends:

Soul Clap Records, We Are Music, Strewnshank Productions, Narragansett Brewing Co, Lagunitas Brewing Co, Angry Orchard Cider, Yelp, Uber, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, East Boston Main Streets, East Boston Chamber of Commerce, Future Boston Alliance, Spot & Beam Lighting, KC Arts Brokerage, East Boston Savings Bank, Zipcar,, Rhythm Superfoods, Grain Woodshop, Save That Stuff, The Boston Harbor Association, ZUMIX, Greenovate Boston, COOP Power, Harvard Extension Environmental Club, and others.  

BIG UPS to the musicians who delighted us with their amazing talents:Soul Clap, Tigerman WOAH!, DJ Bruno, Max Pela & CRUZZ (UNITY), Randy Deshaies, BOSQ, Cloud Factory Band, The Frotations, John Hanifin Band, DJ Ryan Brown, General Motor, DiverCity, and Mass Jammin Commission.

Immense gratitude for this year’s featured installations and artists:

Connected By Sea  
Liz LaManche, 2014.  
The world’s largest tattoo

Brian Kane, 2014.  
Boston’s HarborHeart

Circus for Construction  
Ann Lok Lui, Craig Reschke, Larisa Ovalles, and Benjamin Widger
Traveling event space for exhibiting and experiencing works of art + architecture

Arts on the Harbor
KC Arts Brokerage
Pop-up warehouse gallery

Larry Stearns, 2014.
Life-size interactive chess set

And last but certainly not least, A GIANT HUG to our committed HarborArts Crew of over 70 volunteers.

East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library Awarded Prestigious LEED® Green Building Certification

East Boston Branch Library, Bremen St. (Photograph Frank Conte for

(BOSTON, September 30, 2014)  – Today Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that the East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library earned LEED Gold certification.   Established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is the world's foremost certification program for the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of green buildings.

“The City of Boston is committed to green design practices and eco-friendly development,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “By earning LEED Gold certification, the state-of-the art East Boston branch demonstrates how a successful architectural addition to a community can also be a sustainable one.”

The East Boston Branch, a 15,000 square foot building at 365 Bremen Street designed by William Rawn Associates Architects, Inc., opened in November 2013. The library building earned LEED certification for green design and construction in the areas of energy use, lighting, water, and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. The City of Boston’s Property and Construction Management department managed this capital project. The East Boston Branch was funded by the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
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The East Boston Branch features an open floor plan with dedicated areas for children, teens, and adults. The library overlooks scenic Bremen Street Park, complete with views of the Boston skyline from the library’s reading porch. The diversity of East Boston is signified and celebrated by stone pavers on the exterior of the Branch that show the name and distance to the capital cities of the top 21 countries of origin of the residents of East Boston. As part of the sustainable design of the library site, storm water from the roof and site is directed to three "learning gardens" along the side of the East Boston Branch. At each garden is an interpretive panel which tells visitors about the sustainable aspects of the Branch and the gardens.

“Learning starts the moment you step onto the library property in East Boston,” said Amy E. Ryan, President of the Boston Public Library. “From the beginning, this project strived to be an environmentally responsible community gathering place. It’s rewarding to have achieved LEED Gold certification for what is already such a cherished asset in the neighborhood.”

LEED certification of the East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include: water conservation through storm water management, rainwater collection, underground recharge tanks, and low-flow bathroom fixtures; sustainably harvested and certified wood; underfloor ventilation and conditioning; a reflective roof; high-performance glass; daylight harvesting/dimming and occupancy sensors; 75 percent of construction waste was recycled; and use of low emitting materials and materials with recycled content.

“This building will not only have a long lasting impact on learning, but also on the City of Boston’s environmental footprint,” said Brian Swett, Chief of Environment, Energy and Open space. “Developing new municipal buildings in a sustainable way demonstrates the City’s commitment to building healthier buildings for our citizens and to reaching our goal of reducing municipal greenhouse gases 25 percent by 2020.”


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Sept. 30: State Representative Candidate Forum "Our Community, Our Future"

You are cordially invited:
State Representative Candidate Forum "Our Community, Our Future" 

Date:  Tuesday, September 30
Time:  5:30-7:30 pm
Location:  Maverick Landing Community Room
31 Liverpool Street, East Boston

Simultaneous translation English to Spanish available, light refreshments will be served at 5:30 pm.  Children friendly environment, all are welcome.

This is a non-partisan candidate forum co-sponsored by Neighbors United for a Better East Boston (NUBE), Mass VOTE, Right to the City Boston, East Boston Ecumencial Council (EBECC) and Maverick Association of Residents (MAR).
For more info, please contact NUBE, 617-981-4010 or

Thank you,
Maverick Association of Residents (M.A.R.)
31 Liverpool Street, East Boston, MA 02128
617-569-5100/ fax 617-567-2420
Twitter:  @MAREastBoston
Office Hours:  10am-1pm, Tuesday & Thursdays

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Harvard Professors and Clergy to Address the Media on Question 3 on Monday 9/22

(Cambridge, MA Sept. 20, 2014) Harvard University Professors and clergy in conjunction with Stand For Democracy will be gathering on the steps of Memorial Church at Harvard Yard at 11 AM Monday, September 22 to address the media on the religious and academic involvement behind repealing Question 3. This will be the first time that Catholic Clergy will be speaking publicly since Cardinal O’Malley and three other Bishops penned a letter backing the casino repeal effort.

Professor David Carrasco, the Neil L. Rudenstine Professor at Harvard characterized expanded gambling in Massachusetts as a systematic exploitation of the poor. Father Francisco Anzoategui of the Archdiocese of Boston said he is working around Question 3 to “stand for the poor”. Anzoategui, who oversees over 40 parishes throughout the greater Boston area has pledged to mobilize his parishes to educate his congregants on the societal ills of expanded gaming.

Moreover, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has pledged to mobilize more than 150 congregations throughout the region. The ELCA had previously played a major role in defeating the proposed Suffolk Downs proposal last November, as its parish in East Boston, Our Saviour’s, served as the nerve center for anti-casino activists and strategists. Clergy from the ELCA will be discussing their plans to further support Question 3.

This press conference comes at a time of uncertainty for the repeal camp. “We understand that our friends throughout the repeal camp have amassed a large amount of legal debt courageously fighting a predatory Goliath. However, we, Stand For Democracy and our religious affiliates are here to assure those in support of Question 3, MGM, Penn National, and Steve Wynn that the religious communities in Massachusetts have never been stronger and on a more united front with regards to a social issue than with Question 3”, said Sunha Kim of Stand For Democracy. “Keep in mind that East Boston was outspent nearly 100-1, yet the anti-casino campaign still prevailed. Ultimately, nobody is praying for a casino”, Kim continued.

Professor Harvey Cox, the Hollis Research Professor at Harvard will re-affirm his call for a one thousand minister anti-casino conference to be held at Harvard. Professor Cox is a world renowned theologian and academic who has spent the greater part of his life working on social justice and civil rights issues. “I am here, in part because this is my expression of my religious commitment, and I have been formed in my attitudes by a couple of people, one of them being Martin Luther King and more recently, Pope Francis ” Cox said. An official date for the conference will be released Monday at the press conference.

Latest News Round-up from the Friends of the East Boston Greenway: Next meeting set for 9/25

Friends of East Boston Greenway Meeting
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
East Boston YMCA, 215 Bremen Street

Announcements & Things Happening In the NeighborhoodWood Island Vista
Photo Slideshow of East Boston Greenway Connector
See beautiful pictures of the new trail and opening celebration from the end of summer. Thanks to Janet Knott, the Chief of Staff to Councilor Sal LaMattina, for her wonderful pictures and slideshow. Share this virtual tour with family and friends to show what the community has accomplished!
Slideshow posted to YouTube here:

Zumix Run to the Beat 5K - Race on the Greenway!
Sunday, Septmber 21, 2014 - Race at 9am, Registration starts 8am

Meet at Piers Park, Marginal Street, East Boston
Massport and East Boston Neighborhood Health Center present ZUMIX's RUN 2 the BEAT, Boston’s most scenic, musical, and fun 5K! Starting in Piers Park with incredible skyline views, our flat and fast race course takes you through Eastie’s incredible green spaces with live music along the route to help you push your pace and have fun! We invite you to run in costume, dressed as your favorite musical icon – either as a soloist or in a SUPERGROUP of four or more runners! You’ll be joined by over 400 runners of all ages and fitness levels. Together, we’ll raise over $25,000 to support ZUMIX’s work empowering youth and building community through music and the arts. Check in begins at 8am, race starts at 9am. After the race, join us for a post-run celebration, with performances from ZUMIX youth, food, games, and more! Prizes awarded to the fastest runners and best costumes! This year, we're improving our race timing by using chip timing so that you can be sure your time is 100% accurate! Low registration fee of $35 for solo adults, and $30 for adults in supergroups. Youth (under 18) are only $15! Register here: For more information visit

Watercolor Painting Workshop at Belle Isle Urban Wild
Sunday, September 21, 2014 12:00 - 2:00pm

And also Sunday, September 28, 2014 12:00 - 2:00pm
12:00 - 2:00pm Belle Isle Urban Wild, 1150 Saratoga Street, East Boston (Behind CVS & Excel Academy)
The watercolor painting workshops enable artist of all skill levels to create their own green-space inspired masterpiece. Learn how to capture Boston's landscape with tips and techniques provided by local artists. Materials provided. Presented by Boston Parks and recreation. 617-961.3051 Flyer Attached.

Belle Isle Harvest Festival
Sunday October 5, 2014 1:00 - 3:00pm
Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, 1298 Bennington Street, East Boston
The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh present this annual family friendly event complete with horse-drawn hayrides, live music, arts, animals, pumpkin decorating and information tables representing local environmental advocacy organizations.

NEW East Boston Open Space Map & Guide Available!  
A brand new edition of the East Boston Open Space Map & Guide, produced by Boston Natural Areas Network is now available! This popular map was last issued several years ago, and since then a number of new parks, gardens and pathways have been added to East Boston's landscape- including the new Greenway Connector. Maps will be available at the Greenway meeting Thursday night, and soon at public locations throughout the neighborhood as well as online download. Maps are available in both English and Spanish. Volunteers are needed to help with map distribution. Please contact if you are available to help deliver maps to public places and organizations. Thank you to those who made this second printing possible: The East Boston Foundation, Councilor Sal LaMattina, Representative Carlo Basile, The Boston Foundation - East Boston/Chelsea Environmental Fund and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation.

East Boston Farmers Market
Thursdays 3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. through October 16 (Rain or shine)
Lewis Mall, behind the Maverick T station on Sumner Street
Every Thursday afternoon during the summer and fall, the Farmers Market brings together farmers and neighbors to shop, enjoy performances by local musicians, and find information on healthy eating. The Farmers Market is the place to see friends, meet your neighbors, and celebrate being a member of our diverse and vibrant community. For more information visit or contact Sam or Katie at 617-568-4028 at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.

East Boston Visitor Center & Museum Newsletter #5

This just in from Susan Brauner:

Project Site Location Update
This month members of the committee made a presentation to the Piers Park Project Advisory Committee (PAC) regarding placing the project on Piers Park I or II.  Architects Lyle Bradley and designer Gabriela Dumitrescu donated their time and considerable talents to devise excellent project boards.  The result of the meeting was not encouraging.  Following consultation with several sources, however, we will request another time on a PAC meeting agenda for further discussion.

We are also reviewing other harbor locations.

Financial Analysis
In preparation for the PAC meeting we have a complete project cost/revenue analysis with gracious input from Deputy Director Maria Muller of the MFA, and  museum consultants.  Please let us know if you would like to review the package.

Real Money!!
This month we were awarded a $1,000 mini-grant from the East Boston Foundation, although it has not been received.  The East Boston Community Development Corporation will administer the funds for us.  The money will be used for filing required legal paper work with the Secretary of State and Attorney General, paying the fees for the web site domain registration, and presentation material.

Our First Collection Item
The Mercandetti family of Andover was kind enough to give us a 1864 carte-de-visite.  During the 1860s the exchange of photographs with family and friends was quite popular.  Our gift is a lovely tooled leather album filled with photographs of attractive strangers.  On the reverse side on most of the pictures  it states they were taken at various commercial photographers in Maverick Square.  The contents were digitized by an historical society which we will be given.  We think it might be fun to put some of the photos on the web site and see if the people can be identified.  If not, we could get some great captions!  The album is being held by the head branch librarian at the BPL East Boston branch.

Community Group Handouts
Some committee members are fairly regularly asked to speak to groups.  We have found it a helpful tool to have a one-page hand out of the project available.  We have them in both English and Spanish.  

Reporter Fred Thys from the National Public Radio/WBUR  will be doing a story on the project in the near future.  We will advise you when it will air as well as where to find it after airing.  While we cannot yet legally raise money, i.e., until after we receive a Certificate of Solicitation from the Attorney General’s office, we thought it would be helpful, given the demographics of the audience, for the listeners to learn about the project.

New Officers
Debra Cave is not able to serve as Secretary. Fortunately, Bob Schmidt has agreed to act as both Secretary and Treasurer for the time being.  Also, AJ Castilla was no longer able to participate as Director of Communications and Marketing.  We are pleased that Theresa Malionek was able to fill this position.  We thank Debra and AJ for their service.  

We are also pleased that Neenah Estella Luna has agreed to act as our historical research coordinator.

Next Meeting
Monday, October 6th, 6:00PM, Maverick Landing Community Meeting Room, Liverpool Street.  Please attend, and feel free to bring other interested parties.  The more minds working on this the better, of course.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

14th Countdown to Kindergarten Parade Wrap-up

(East Boston, MA; September 15, 2014)....On Friday, September 5, 2013, East Boston Main Streets in association with Countdown to Kindergarten, local partners, and 25 local businesses held the 14th Countdown to Kindergarten Parade in East Boston. 

For the first time, East Boston Main Streets announced a $5,000 college scholarship in the form of a 529 college savings account.  This scholarship was made possible through the generous contribution of AirMall Boston.  This scholarship will be tied to perfect attendance during this coming school year.  EBMS and AirMall, in partnership with BPS will announce those Kindergarteners with exemplary attendance on a quarterly basis.  The winner will be announced at next year’s Parade.

With over 600 total participants, this year’s event was the largest Countdown Parade yet.  Just shy of 450 rising kindergarteners accompanied by parents, siblings, and care-givers marched down Meridian Street from Central Square to Maverick Square.  Along the way volunteers from 25 local businesses graciously filled the children’s’ backpacks with school supplies.  The children then returned to Central Square to special activities ranging from fingerprinting with the Sheriff’s department to face-painting, from hearing stories read by our librarian to special experiments from the science museum.  Lunch was graciously donated by Carlo’s Market and Deli and the music was provided by DJ Regalio Castro.

East Boston Main Streets and its partners would like to thank all the volunteers!

The East Boston Countdown to Kindergarten Parade is brought to you by: Countdown to Kindergarten, East Boston Main Streets, East Boston Family Engagement Network 

Special Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor: Airmall 

Thank You to our Sponsors: Councilor Sal Lamattina, Stae Representative Carlo Basile, State Senator Anthony Petruccelli, Councilor Ayanna Pressley, Councilor Michelle Wu, Councilor Stephen Murphy, Councilor Michael Flaherty, East Boston Kiwanis, East East Boston Foundation, Boston Rotary, Webster First FCU, First Priority CU, East Boston Savings Bank, Santander Bank, Mass Port, Suffolk Downs, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, East Boston Chamber of Commerce, East Boston Social Centers, East Boston YMCA, Logan Chiropractic, Stop & Shop

Thank You to all Business Participants: APAC, Balloon City, Bellino Insurance, Boston Fire Department, Carlos Deli, Boston Public Schools, Cradles to Crayons, District 7 Police Station, Taste of Eastie, DJ Rogelio, Omar & Oscar, Blanco & Negro, East Boston Dental Associates, Savers, East Boston Savings Bank, Logan Beauty Salon, East Boston District Court, East Boston Headstart, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, East Boston Thrive in Five, East Boston YMCA, Museum of Science, East Boston Social Centers, El Paisa Central Square, Michael’s Beauty Salon, Kool Smiles, El Poder Musical, Little Folks Day Care Center, Suffolk Downs, Manuel Macias Law Office, East Boston Family Dental, MBTA, MP&CO, McDonalds, Michael D’Avolio Law Office, Prime Lending Group, Shaws, Santander Bank, Stop & Shop, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Dept., United States Postal Service, Walgreens and many others!

Here is to the class of 2030!
East Boston Main Streets is a public/private partnership initiative of Boston Main Streets, which was established by Mayor Thomas M. Menino. The program has been operating in East Boston since 1995 to create a 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.  East Boston Gateway, Inc. is a Non-Profit Organization Recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code

Source; East Boston Main Streets Max Gruner
September 15, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

After the MGC vote: Community group offers five guiding principles for development of Suffolk Downs

Former Secretary of Transportation and Local Urban Development Experts Announce New Vision for Future Planning of the Suffolk Downs Site

Community group offers five guiding principles for development
(BOSTON, Mass., September 17, 2014) -- Led by former Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Jim Aloisi, a largely East Boston-based group of urban planners, architects, public infrastructure experts, and representatives of various community groups propose an alternative vision to a casino at Suffolk Downs.

This group, formed after the November 5, 2013, election in which East Boston voters rejected a casino at Suffolk Downs, has been working toward offering a new vision for the development of the 161 acre site. The group is releasing this document in light of Sterling Suffolk LLC's decision Tuesday to close track operations next year.

The group’s two-page vision statement, titled “Overarching Principles For Development in East Boston,” outlines five principles by which all future significant development proposals in East Boston – and Suffolk Downs in particular – should be measured. The principles, including job creation, community inclusion and a transparent process, environmental impact, transit-oriented development, and economic feasibility, present a framework to ensure that this critical and unique site is developed in a way that enhances quality of life, job creation and return on investment for all residents of Boston and surrounding communities.

“Although Suffolk Downs is privately owned, it is supported by a highway and transit system owned and operated by the state and paid for by the taxpayers of Massachusetts,” said Aloisi, a native of East Boston. “It is only fair and just that any major development on its grounds be thoroughly vetted by local citizenry and surrounding communities. We hope these principles, which express a positive and forward-looking vision for the future of this site and community, will be embraced by a broad spectrum of state and local decision makers.”

As many real estate and other investment experts contend, the Suffolk Downs site offers a wealth of development possibilities beyond a casino. For example, Banker and Tradesman recently noted that "At a time when home and condo prices are soaring out of reach for middle class families in Boston, Suffolk's 110 or so Boston acres are a huge potential asset, ground zero for the Hub's next big mixed-use neighborhood of shops and homes." (1)

Desirable factors such as quick access to downtown Boston, Logan Airport and the emerging Innovation District in South Boston via the Blue Line and soon the Silver Line, as well as a shared economic center for the communities of East Boston, Revere and Winthrop make Suffolk Downs an exceptional candidate for a mix of housing and commercial development opportunities, according to the group. Also, the adjacent Belle Isle Marsh provides abundant green space and offers potential connections to the East Boston Greenway.

A full version of the  “Overarching Principles For Development in East Boston” can be found at  For more information, please contact MailFilterGateway has detected a possible fraud attempt from "" claiming to be

Visioning group members include:

Jim Aloisi
Lyle Bradley
Joel Bryce
Ernani Jose DeAraujo
Antonio Di Mambro
Neenah Estrella-Luna, MPH, PhD
Brian Gregory
Steve Holt
Giordana Mecagni
Sandra Nijjar
Mike Russo
Trent Sheppard
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(1) Banker and Tradesman, "Forget Gambling: Suffolk Downs Has Mixed-Use Development Potential" Sunday, November 17, 2013

Thursday, September 11, 2014

HarborArts Festival 2014 featuring Soul Clap and friends!

HarborArts Presents: Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Noon to Midnight at the HarborArts Shipyard Gallery, Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina Presented in association with We Are Music and Soul Clap Records

Photographs from the 2013 Harbor Arts Festival by Frank Conte,

East Your Art Out!  HarborArts Festival 2014 is the fourth annual anniversary celebration of the HarborArts Shipyard Gallery. Under the bright sun, HarborArts welcomes people of all ages from East Boston and all over the region for live music, pop-up galleries, installations, and activities the whole family can enjoy. As the sun sets, we'll dance the night away under the stars, with sweeping views of the Boston Skyline! Featuring performances by Soul Clap, TIGERMAN WOAH!, DJ Bruno, Max Pela & CRUZZ (UNITY), Randy Deshaies, BOSQ, Cloud Factory Band, The Frotations, John Hanifin Band, Age of Soul, DiverCity, and Mass Jammin Commission, with DJ Ryan Brown and General Motor spinning set-breaks from 12-7pm! 

Sponsored by: Soul Clap Records, We Are Music, Narragansett Brewing Co, Lagunitas Brewing Co, Angry Orchard Cider, Yelp, Uber, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina, East Boston Main Streets, East Boston Chamber of Commerce, Future Boston Alliance, KC Arts Brokerage, East Boston Savings Bank,, Rhythm Superfoods, Grain Woodshop, The Boston Harbor Association, ZUMIX and others. 

HarborArts Mission: As a non-profit public art institution, we are dedicated to fostering cultural engagement through visual, literary, and performing arts. We embrace the unique challenge of transforming Boston’s historic, working shipyard into a meaningful space for creativity, discovery, inspiration, and education within East Boston’s diverse economic and ethnic community. HarborArts is a platform for dialogue, setting the stage for global impact through accessible collaboration and environmental stewardship.

HarborArts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

UBER: Sign up with UBER today and enter discount code "HarborArts" for a FREE RIDE to HarborArts Festival! On top of that, UBER will donate $5, count em, $5 to HarborArts, for every new user that signs up using our link! This is an awesome way to get safe and reliable transportation, and you'll be supporting public art in Boston at the same time!  You're free ride is good any time once you sign up!

Click here to download the app and enter the code "HarborArts":

By boat!: Take the water taxi from Long Wharf and get dropped off right at the festival!

By T: Take the Blue Line to the Maverick T-stop and follow the fish to HarborArts! (About a 10 minute walk)


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Monday, September 8, 2014

State Rep. Candidate Celeste Ribeiro Myers Blasts Opponent For Pledging to Defend East Boston Casino Vote, Then Accepting Thousands from Casino Lobbyists

[This just in from the Celeste Ribeiro Myers campaign]

(EAST BOSTON September 8, 2014)—On July 8, candidate Celeste Ribeiro Myers took the “People’s Pledge” to run a clean campaign, committing to voters that she would refuse any contributions from lobbyists, political action committees and other special interests. In a letter, she challenged incumbent Carlo Basile to do the same.[1]

The Basile campaign never responded to Myers’ invitation.

Now we may know why: Basile’s latest campaign finance report, the first since the start of the campaign, features a donor list that reads like a who’s who of casino lobbyists, Massport and various airport-based businesses, and numerous other special interest groups. With an astounding 47 percent of contributions coming from outside East Boston, the list of donors includes more than 25 lobbyists representing the casino industry – totaling more than $4,000 in contributions since January – including monetary support from a current Mohegan Sun lobbyist and a maximum contribution allowed by law from the Raynham Race Track, a former applicant for the state’s only slots parlor. (see the full list below)

These donations do not square with the image candidate Carlo Basile ran on in 2007, when he said he’d “be beholden to the people of East Boston, and not to anyone else.”[2]

Basile’s best opportunity to date to keep that campaign promise came on Nov. 5, 2013, when East Boston overwhelmingly rejected a casino proposal for Suffolk Downs. Within a few days, a proposal by Suffolk Downs to push the project a few feet across the town line into Revere was brought before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Basile opposed the new project in a letter to the Commission on Nov. 20 and promised his East Boston constituents that he would defend their “no” votes.

But campaign finance records show that Basile would accept more than $4,000 from more than 25 casino lobbyists over the next several months, including a donation in April from a Mohegan Sun lobbyist. Myers was quick to point out that taking campaign contributions from the casino industry not only disrespects the vote of the residents of East Boston, but clearly shows that Basile is beholden to special interests — not the people.

“It’s an obvious conflict of interest,” Myers said. “How can an elected official protect his neighborhood from outside corporations when he’s taking their money?”

Basile has also paid more than $20,000 in campaign consulting fees to Sage Systems, a Peabody-based consulting firm that represents the casino industry, including Mohegan Sun.

The only certain way to defend East Boston’s “no” vote and prevent a casino from being built at Suffolk Downs is to repeal the existing gambling law, which is on the ballot this November 4. Basile has repeatedly refused to support the repeal efforts. His campaign finance records show why.

Myers said she will reform the office of State Representative. Her robust platform includes plans to give residents more say in how Eastie develops; transportation improvements; job creation and economic development; health; and equality and inclusion for all. Most importantly, she said she will listen to her constituents over and above the special interests who will seek to influence her come January.

“The people of East Boston deserve better and have an important choice to make come this November,” she said.

Check out Celeste’s entire platform at

Media inquiries: Steve Holt, 617-447-6519
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Twitter: @celesteboston
[1] "Myers Refuses Donations From Special Interests," East Boston Times-Free Press, July 21, 2014.
[2] “Hubster Interview: Carlo Basile,” Hubster Blog, Sept. 12, 2007.
Since January, Carlo Basile has raked in more than $4,000 from known casino lobbyists[1]:

    George Atanasov, ML Strategies (represents Wynn Massachusetts LLC.) - $100
    John Bartley - $200
    William Cass – The Suffolk Group - $200
    Julie Cox, ML Strategies - $100
    Mark Delaney, Delaney & Associates - $100
    William Delaney, Delaney & Associates - $100
    Roger Donoghue, Donoghue, Barrett & Singal (represents the American Gaming Association) - $200
    Paul Donovan, Kearney, Donovan & McGee - $200
    Martin Fisher, Serlin Haley - $200
    Charles Flaherty, Capitol Consulting - $200 (currently lobbies for Mohegan Sun)
    Maureen Glynn, Murphy Donoghue - $200
    Dennis Kearney, Kearney, Donovan & McGee - $100
    Richard Lynds, fmr. attorney representing Suffolk Downs - $250
    William Malloy, The Malloy Group - $125
    John and Diane McGlynn, McGlynn and McGlynn - $300
    Kevin Mulvey, Dewey Square Group (PR for Friends of Suffolk Downs) - $100
    Martin Nastasia, Brown Rudnick - $200
    Nixon Peabody Attorneys at Law - $200
    Paul Pezzella, Dewey Square Group - $100
    Joseph Ricca, Dewey Square Group - $150
    Charlene Rideout, Kearney, Donovan & McGee - $100
    Robert Rodophele, Ferriter, Scobbo and Rodophele - $125
    Paul Scapicchio, Sage Systems - $200
    Patricia White, Robert F. White Associates - $300
    Robert White, Robert F. White Associates - $200
    W. Paul White, Robert F. White Associates - $100

[1] 2014 Pre-Primary Report for Carlo Basile (1/1/14-8/22/14), Massachusetts Office of Campaign Finance,