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!
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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 athttps://sites.google.com/site/eastboston2020/.  For more information, please contact MailFilterGateway has detected a possible fraud attempt from "mail.google.com" claiming to be east.boston.visioning@gmail.com.

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, 2013http://www.bankerandtradesman.com/news157396.html

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, Eastboston.com

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, CopyAndPrint.com, 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.

Transportation
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":
http://get.uber.com/go/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)

$10 PARKING - PARKING AT HARBORARTS FESTIVAL IS EXTREMELY LIMITED AND CANNOT BE GUARANTEED. PLEASE USE OTHER MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION VIA UBER, WATER TAXI, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, OR WALK/BIKE.

Please contact us at connect@harborarts.org

Links:
www.harborarts.org/festival
Coming to the festival? RSVP here:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/harborarts-festival-2014-tickets-12845929521?aff=PR

facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/315942785220328/
twitter: @harborartsfest, @harborarts, #HarborArtsFest, #HarborArts, #EastYourArtOut
instagram: @harborarts
Want to volunteer? Click here: http://www.harborarts.org/festival/volunteer

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 www.celesteforeastboston.com.

Media inquiries: Steve Holt, 617-447-6519
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Twitter: @celesteboston
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/celesteforEB
Email: campaign@celesteforeastboston.com
[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. http://thehubsterblog.blogspot.com/2007/09/hubster-interview-carlo-basile.html
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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, http://www.efs.cpf.state.ma.us/DisplayReport.aspx?reportId=203888

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

John Sepulveda announces the release of the web site www.suffolkcountyprobate.com for the office of Suffolk County Register of Probate.

John Sepulveda announces the release of the web site www.suffolkcountyprobate.com for the office of Suffolk County Register of Probate. 

“I am proud to announce the launching of the website that the public can now see and use to navigate the complicated process at the registry of probate. “I felt that it was shameful that in the year 2014 the registry of probate did not have a simple website where the public could get information about the office of probate or download the necessary forms.”

“I am running for Register of Probate because I feel that there is a disconnect between the office and the public. The average citizen does not know what happens in Probate, why the office exists, or how to effectively access the services that this office provides.” Mr. Sepulveda said.

“The Registry of Probate does not need a politician receiving a reward for years of service, what it needs is a professional manager to run it properly and assure that the public receives the services they require.”

Mr. Sepulveda feels that a campaign should be about actions and not words and this is why he has launched the website as a candidate and began working for the best interest of the public before being elected.

Mr. Sepulveda has nearly 20 years of experience in community and government relations, community organizing, business planning and marketing, and communications. He is a team-builder, and is skilled in creating connections between the communities and government/business programs. For the past year, he has served as a senior account manager with United Healthcare, working with elders to ensure that prospective members understand all aspects of the Medicare Advantage program, as well as the Medicaid Special Needs Plan program.

The office of the Register of Probate and Family Court manages cases involving divorce, estate, child custody and other family matters. Its mission is to deliver timely justice to the public by providing equal access to a fair, equitable and efficient forum to resolve family and probate legal matters and to assist and protect all individuals, families and children in an impartial and respectful manner
 

 “I will bring the office of the Register of Probate to the public. This office needs to provide better services to the residents of Suffolk County and I will make sure that it does. I am going to establish partnerships with community organizations to hold seminars to inform the public of the services offered by the office, as well as the procedures that are required.”

John Sepulveda was born in Colombia and immigrated to East Boston when he was 11-years-old. He graduated from East Boston High School. He went on to attend the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

After college Mr. Sepulveda returned to East Boston where he served as a primary liaison to the Latin American community for the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH). Later he worked as an aide to Boston City Councilor Sal Lamattina. He also organized four Latin American festivals, managed a Spanish language newspaper, oversaw a youth soccer league, supervised voter registration campaigns, and directed other community-based projects. He is considered a specialist in the cross cultural cross business needs of people.

Mr. Sepulveda is an active member of the EBHS School Site Council and the EBHS School Parent Council, and has volunteered his time to serve on various committees to benefit the students and families at the high school.
He is married to Marta and has two children: Pamela, who is a junior at EBHS, and Patrick, who is in the 6th grade at the Donald McKay School. “My greatest accomplishment to date is to be happily married to my wife for almost 20 years and to be a positive father figure to my children and be a person who has influenced their lives,” he said.
 

If you need more information about John Sepulveda or wish to volunteer for his campaign, please call (617) 418-7622 email: info@johnsforprobate.net
The primary election will be held September 9, 2014, and the final election is November 4, 2014.

Update: East Boston Main Streets announces 14th annual Countdown to Kindergarten Parade

On Friday, September 5, 2014 East Boston Main Streets will hold the 14th Annual Countdown to Kindergarten Parade at 10:30 am at Central Square in East Boston.

(East Boston, MA 24-August-2014) East Boston Main Streets and Countdown to Kindergarten along with the East Boston Social Center, EBYMCA, Little Folks, Head Start, the Boston Police, and the MBTA will host the 14th Annual Countdown to Kindergarten parade. With the help of many groups and individuals and the generosity of local merchants every child in East Boston who is entering kindergarten will receive school supplies, a brand new backpack, and enjoy a festive day designed to provide a positive experience as they begin their formal education.

This year’s Parade is scheduled for Friday, September 5th at 10:30 am.  Anywhere from 300 to 500 kindergarten-age children will gather at Central Square in East Boston with their parents, guardians, and volunteers from the various local early-education centers.

Before the children step off the curb, East Boston Main Streets will announce a $5,000 college scholarship in the form of a 529 college savings bond generously provided by Airmall Boston.  This scholarship will be tied to impeccable class attendance during the school year and will be awarded to one East Boston kindergartener at the end of the 2014/15 academic year.

During the Parade the children will wear yellow shirts saying “I’m Going to Kindergarten” provided by the City of Boston. Along the walk the children will stop at over 20 participating businesses in the neighborhood to receive small gifts.  At the end of the parade the children will return to the park for pizza donated by a local restaurant.

For more information contact Sonia Gomez-Banrey at 617.635.6816 or the East Boston Main Street office at 617.561.1044.  Also, please visit the Countdown to Kindergarten website at http://www.countdowntokindergarten.org  or visit them on Facebook.


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EBMS is a non-profit corporation. Its mission is to create a more vibrant business district by initiating private and public improvements, promoting commerce, and supporting efforts to improve the quality of life for all who live, work, and do business in East Boston.








Wednesday, August 27, 2014

East Boston APAC Community Hero Mary Cahalane to be honored at ABCD Community Awards on Sept. 16

Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Historic Economic Opportunity Act; Renowned community activists Sarah Ann Shaw, Hubie Jones join ABCD Hall of Fame;  The Supreme’s Mary Wilson to perform!

Action for Boston Community Development rolls out the festivities on September 16 in a gala celebration of 17 outstanding community volunteers who embody the spirit of the landmark Economic Opportunity Act, celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. 

That historic 1964 EOA legislation launched the War on Poverty in America and gave birth to the nation’s community action programs, including ABCD. It spawned an era of opportunity and empowerment that moved millions out of poverty and created ongoing social institutions such as Legal Services, Head Start, Community Health Centers and more.

ABCD East Boston ABCD honors volunteer of the year

“One of the greatest ways you can spread kindness and help is to spend time with the elderly” says Mary Cahalane. 

A life-long East Boston resident and Boston Public School teacher for 32 years, Mary Cahalane has devoted her life to helping the community. As a 30-year member of St. Vincent DePaul Society, Mary served  as the first female president for 16 years and continues to offer person-to-person service to individuals in need. 


Mary Cahalane of East Boston APAC
Mary offers critical support to some of East Boston’s most vulnerable residents as a volunteer. Through her hands-on charitable work she is a vital part of the neighborhood, working to provide food, heating assistance, and emergency support and disaster relief services to help enhance the lives of those around her. 

ABCD Community Awards Dinner

“ABCD is proud to honor our community volunteers and others who go above and beyond to help those in need,” said ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew. “Their spirit and commitment speak to the essence of the EOA 50th anniversary that we celebrate this year. At ABCD, we are proud to persist in our work to achieve that landmark legislation’s mission ‘to eliminate the paradox that is poverty in the midst of plenty in this Nation…’  We look forward to a grand celebration of community and voluntarism!” 

Giving voice to the evening’s enthusiastic retro spirit is Mary Wilson of The Supremes! The flagship Motown girl group helped define the sound of young America in the 1960s with a slew of R&B/soul classics: Stop! In the Name of Love, You Can’t Hurry Love, Where Did our Love Go? and so many more. Today Mary Wilson performs with the same passion as she did then, and the world-renowned celebrity uses her fame and flair to promote humanitarian efforts to end hunger, raise AIDS awareness and encourage world peace.

Sarah Ann Shaw and Hubie Jones, two community icons who have made a difference for hundreds of thousands in Boston and beyond, will be inducted into the ABCD Hall of Fame.

Sarah Ann Shaw was Boston’s first female African-American television reporter and is a renowned community activist who ran ABCD’s neighborhood programs in the organization’s early days. A longtime Dorchester resident, she helped define minority affairs programming and news content and is the recipient of hundreds of journalistic and community awards.

Hubie Jones will be recognized for his vital role in Boston and America’s social justice movement. He has held numerous positions in academia, served in policy and management roles at several community institutions and played a leadership role in the social development of Boston and its people. Reverend Liz Walker, award-winning television journalist, former anchor, WBZ-TV/Channel 4 and ordained minister, will deliver the invocation. Karen Holmes Ward, Director of Public Affairs and Community Services as well as host/executive producer, CityLine, WCVB-TV/Channel 5, is mistress of ceremonies. 


The 17 community volunteers to be recognized for their tireless efforts to address the plight of Boston’s underprivileged residents and communities are: Griselda Polanco, Allston/Brighton NOC, Elyas Harris, Asian American Civic Association, Stephanie Simmons, Dorchester NSC, Mary Cahalane, East Boston APAC, Fran Johnson, Elder Services, Liz Miranda, Elm Hill FSC, Crystal Jones, Head Start & Children Services, Eugenia Smith, Health Services, Pansy Langley, HP/Project Care & Concern, Jane Reitz, John F. Kennedy FSC, Michael Baker, Jamaica Plain APC/Boston Hispanic Center, Audrey Downey, Mattapan FSC, Marian O’Neill, North End/West End NSC, Carmen Pola, Parker Hill/Fenway NSC, Anne Brennan, South Boston APAC, Dareline Jackson, South End NSC and Cynthia Penton-Bell, Women’s Service Club of Boston.

For more information, please contact Amelia at 617-348-6238 or email amelia.auborg@bostonabcd.org.

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 Prevention 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; Food Pantries in several Boston neighborhoods; management of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employees Charitable Campaign (COBECC) and City of Boston Employees Charitable Campaign (COBECC); advocacy and consumer services.

Source: ABCD 8/27                                                                                        ###

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

East Boston Main Streets announces 14th annual Countdown to Kindergarten Parade

On Friday, September 5, 2014 East Boston Main Streets will hold the 14th Annual Countdown to Kindergarten Parade at 10:30 am at Central Square in East Boston.

(East Boston, MA 24-August-2014) East Boston Main Streets and Countdown to Kindergarten along with the East Boston Social Center, EBYMCA, Little Folks, Head Start, the Boston Police, and the MBTA will host the 14th Annual Countdown to Kindergarten parade. With the help of many groups and individuals and the generosity of local merchants every child in East Boston who is entering kindergarten will receive school supplies, a brand new backpack, and enjoy a festive day designed to provide a positive experience as they begin their formal education. 



file photo; EBMS

This year’s Parade is scheduled for Friday, September 5th at 10:30 am. Anywhere from 300 to 500 kindergarten-age children will gather at Central Square in East Boston with their parents, guardians, and volunteers from the various local early-education centers.

Before the children step off the curb, East Boston Main Streets will announce a $5,000 college scholarship in the form of a 529 college savings bond generously provided by Airmall Boston.  This scholarship will be tied to impeccable class attendance during the school year and will be awarded to one East Boston kindergartener at the end of the 2014/15 academic year.

During the Parade the children will wear yellow shirts saying “I’m Going to Kindergarten” provided by the City of Boston. Along the walk the children will stop at over 20 participating businesses in the neighborhood to receive small gifts.  At the end of the parade the children will return to the park for pizza donated by a local restaurant.

For more information contact Sonia Gomez-Banrey at 617.635.6816 or the East Boston Main Street office at 617.561.1044.  Also, please visit the Countdown to Kindergarten website at http://www.countdowntokindergarten.org  or visit them on Facebook.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bicycle Safety Day at the Aug. 28 Farmers Market in Maverick Sq.

Biking is a great way to get some fresh air and exercise, you can even 
bike to the Farmers Market! 

Bring your bike to the market on Thursday, August 28 to learn bicycle epair skills with volunteers at the Boston Cyclists Union 

Location: East Boston Farmers Market in Lewis Mall Square 

Time : 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM 

Stop by the EBNHC Table for a free child’s helmet 

** Child MUST be present so that staff can measure and choose appropriate helmet ** 

You can also enter to win one of FOUR children’s bicycles 

It’s going to be a great afternoon, we can’t wait to see 
you there! 


Source: EBNHC


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Massport Celebrates Opening of Greenway Connector in East Boston

Bicyclists and pedestrians invited to experience airport in new way

(BOSTON- AUGUST 21) – Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) officials and area residents celebrated the completion of a project to transform a congested wooded area adjacent to Logan International Airport and the MBTA’s Blue Line into a glistening mixed-use bicycle/pedestrian pathway.  

Known as the Boston Greenway Connector (Greenway) for its abundance of plants, trees, shrubbery, and green space, bicyclists and pedestrians in East Boston now have access to a safe and inviting pathway from Piers Park along the Wood Island Bay Marsh to a lookout area near Constitution Beach. The City of Boston, which owns the next parcel of the property, has plans to continue the thruway to Constitution Beach. 

“The new Greenway extension is another addition of open space that is helping make East Boston one of the most desirable urban communities in our state to live in and raise a family,” said State Senator Anthony Petruccelli.  “Our community activists, led by Chris Marchi, have done a remarkable job with this project and I am excited to continue to work with them on future project.”

 “The Greenway Connector is another great example of the staunch activism of the East Boston community as well as the strong partnership between the neighborhood and Massport,” said State Representative Carlo Basile.  “While not yet fully complete, this extension is one more step in connecting one end of East Boston to the other via a beautiful park system. I’m happy to know that East Bostonians will be able to enjoy this wonderful asset for many years to come.”

“We worked very closely with Massport to get this Greenway connector built,” said City Councilor Sal LaMattina, “I would like to thank Massport for all of their hard work but also for their cooperation with the City and the residents of East Boston. They listened carefully to the concerns of the community and took the steps necessary to make sure that they were addressed. The Greenway is truly a jewel in the neighborhood and I couldn’t be more proud of how it turned out.”

Massport began discussions about the project with community members and the city in 2009 before Massport’s Board voted to approve the Greenway project in 2011.  Construction for the project, which cost approximately $7 million, began in July 2013 and was completed in July 2014.  

“At Massport we often say that our parks are our pride, and the Greenway project is a prime example of how community engagement can have beneficial and long-lasting results for our neighbors,” said Massport’s CEO Thomas P. Glynn. “I am proud that we were able to successfully accomplish this project with our community partners and provide this beautiful pathway for East Boston residents to use and enjoy.”

The Greenway is a well landscaped, multi-use pedestrian and bicycle path that is approximately 2,750 feet (approximately ½ mile) in length, with a paved path that is 12 feet wide.  The project included the removal of a dilapidated pedestrian structure over the MBTA Blue Line and the demolition of an abandoned brick MWRA combined sewer outflow building at Wood Island Marsh.  Due to the proximity to the MBTA tracks and the MBTA Wood Island station, close coordination between Massport and the MBTA was necessary to ensure that the construction did not disrupt normal operations.  The overall area of the project is approximately 5.22 acres.

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About Massport:
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. For more information please visit www.massport.com.   

Source: Massport: Jennifer Mehigan

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Do you ESL?

ESL Conversation Groups
Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30–7:45 p.m.
Come practice speaking English with our conversation group. These groups are free and open to the public. No registration needed
East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library, 365 Bremen Street  617.569.0271

Save the date! Greenway Celebration, August 21

Save the Date!
East Boston Greenway Connector
Community Celebration
Thursday, August 21, 2014
5:30 p.m
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Science at the EB-BPL on Bremen Street

Science at the Library

Bringing biotechnology to you!

CityLab is bringing our lab on wheels to the library! Join us to solve medical mysteries and do real science!

  • Program runs from August 19-21
  • East Boston branch- 365 Bremen St
  • Free!
  • 12-3pm
  • Open to ages 10-14
  • Sign up at the library or email citylabboston@gmail.com
www.bumc.bu.edu/citylab

Monday, August 11, 2014

East Boston and Revere Casino Opponents to Boycott Final Commission Hearing, Calling it an 'Illegitimate Sham,' and will Throw Full Energy Into Repeal

PRESS RELEASE

(East Boston, MA August 11, 2014) --A coalition of groups opposing Greater Boston casinos -- including No Eastie Casino, Don't Gamble on Revere, Friends of East Boston and Friends of Revere -- announced today they have called an official boycott of the Monday, August 11, Massachusetts Gaming Commission Host Community Meeting in Revere, MA. 

"After months of trying to fight through an illegitimate, illegal process that has denied the people of East Boston the rule of law by denying our vote, our core groups are throwing our full weight behind the work to Repeal the Casino Deal across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts," said No Eastie Casino spokesman Matt Cameron. "We are boycotting the corrupt, illegitimate sham of a hearing at the Mass Gaming Commission on August 11."

According to the Massachusetts gaming statute passed by our legislature and signed by Governor Deval Patrick, if a proposed casino is located in two communities, both communities must vote to allow the development of that casino to enable that proposal to move forward.  On November 5, 2013, 56 percent of East Boston residents voted no to a proposed casino at Suffolk Downs. That proposed casino was to be built completely in East Boston on Suffolk Downs' property -- two-thirds of which is in East Boston.  The people of Revere also voted on this proposal because the land was in both towns, and people recognized that Revere offered amenities which are statutorily considered part of a casino for the purposes of designating host community status. 

Legally, the casino proposal at Suffolk Downs should then have died.  However, in furtherance of a corrupt process, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission allowed Mohegan Sun to collude with Suffolk Downs to create the illusion that a proposed casino along the Revere-East Boston line does not require an East Boston vote.  The Massachusetts Gaming Commission joined and promoted that collusion-even extending their deadline; even now, their decision will be based on incomplete information due to the failure of the Mohegan Sun-Suffolk Downs entity to file all the necessary, updated, accurate paperwork in a timely fashion. Together, this colluding group willfully withheld information for months that the Gaming Commission later agreed would likely have proven East Boston to be a host community; they called this information--a critical clause in a lease -- "a trade secret."  When the City of Boston's attorneys pursued this information, the Gaming Commission -- both supposed watch dog and enabler -- communicated with Mohegan Sun, and somehow, the questionable "trade secret" lease clause was removed from the lease. This happened five months after the Gaming Commission had said Revere could have another vote, but East Boston would not have one. 

As a result of this and other demonstrated irregularities in this Region A decision process, a complaint and request for investigation of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has been filed with the Commonwealth Inspector General's office.   

Multiple East Boston residents have repeatedly attempted to speak in front of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Meanwhile, the Gaming Commission has given first preference in testimony to elected officials.  Unfortunately, although 56 percent of East Boston residents voted NO, the great majority of elected officials who have spoken at hearings have been pro-casino officials from other communities.  The Gaming Commission has repeatedly willfully ignored the valid legal concerns of Mayor Marty Walsh.  Mohegan Sun and Suffolk Downs have literally fed and bused in supporters to create the false semblance of much greater support for this proposal than exists on the ground.  As grassroots organizations, No Eastie Casino and Don't Gamble on Revere do not have the resources to feed or bus in our supporters; furthermore, many of our supporters have jobs and families and are not able to leave work to attend meetings. Many casino supporters, on the other hand, are paid by Suffolk Downs or the City of Revere to show up at hearings as part of their work.  

Multiple East Boston residents have repeatedly attempted to speak in front of the Mass Gaming Commission.  Meanwhile, the Mass Gaming Commission has given first preference in testimony to elected officials.  Unfortunately, although 56% of East Boston residents voted NO, the great majority of elected officials who have spoken at hearings have been pro-casino officials from other communities.  The Gaming Commission has repeatedly willfully ignored the valid legal concerns of Mayor Marty Walsh.  Mohegan Sun and Suffolk Downs have literally fed and bused in supporters to create the false semblance of much greater support for this proposal than exists on the ground.  As a grassroots organization, No Eastie Casino does not have the resources to feed or bus in our supporters; furthermore, many of our supporters have jobs and families and are not able to leave work to attend meetings (many casino supporters are paid by Suffolk Downs or the City of Revere to show up at hearings as part of their work).  

"The people of East Boston stand firm in the belief that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has allowed this illegal violation of the rule of law because the corrupt casino industry has spent millions of dollars to encourage just this outcome," Cameron said. "We also strongly believe this flagrant violation of our vote would not be happening in a wealthier community. We also strongly believe that this Commonwealth was founded on principals of justice, fairness and sharing of the common wealth. We strongly believe this is not yet an aristocracy, but retains at least some semblance of democracy -- and will continue to do so if we continue to fight for it. We believe our fellow citizens, once duly educated about this corrupt and unfair process, will stand with us in voting to repeal this flawed legislation and restore a greater measure of democracy and fairness to this Commonwealth. This state has been a leader in recognizing the rights of many -- and we know, likewise, this state's good people will recognize the right of the people of East Boston to have a vote, to vote NO, and to have that vote carry the same weight as the vote of any other commonwealth community." 

On August 11, 2014, the core group members from Don't Gamble on Revere, Friends of East Boston, Friends of Revere and No Eastie Casino will be working diligently to advance the campaign to repeal this law. Should you have any questions, please contact us at the Repeal the Casino Deal headquarters in East Boston. Our work there will serve as our protest of the Mass Gaming Commission's sham hearing.

Source for this Press Release: Repeal the Casino Deal, 617-981-4177

Monday, August 4, 2014

Basile campaign issues response to Ribeiro Myers debate invite

This just in from the Basile campaign's Kevin Franck

Below is the Basile campaign's response to Celeste Ribeiro Myers' invitation to debate the issues and challenges facing the people of East Boston. Please let me know if you need anything else.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Carlo Basile
Date: Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 7:27 PM
Subject: East Boston Public Debates
To: campaign@celesteforeastboston.com


August 4, 2014

Dear Steve Holt:

Thank you for your invitation to debate the issues and challenges facing the people of East Boston. The Basile Campaign would be more than willing to join you and anyone else who would like to participate in this discussion. 

In the coming days, let's get together to work out the details and the logistics. We look forward to a healthy and civil discussion of the issues facing the 1st Suffolk district Rep. Basile represents. 

All the Best,

Catt Chaput
Campaign Manager

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Carlo Basile for State Representative
Representing East Boston since 2007
Vote November 4, 2014
Find your Polling Location at www.wheredoivotema.com

Thursday, July 31, 2014

State Representative Candidate Celeste Ribeiro Myers Calls for Three Public Debates in East Boston

(EAST BOSTON, MA July 31, 2014) —Celeste Ribeiro Myers, candidate for Suffolk County’s State Representative seat in the First District, today invited her opponent, Rep. Carlo Basile, to participate in three public debates or forums leading up to the Nov. 4 election. In a letter to the Basile campaign Thursday, the Myers campaign called for three public debates: one focusing on development in East Boston, another chosen by the Basile campaign, and a third debate covering a variety of topics.

“Voters should know where we come down on issues affecting East Boston and have the opportunity to hear our respective visions for this community, which no doubt differ in many ways,” the letter states.

The letter also requests a meeting between representatives of each campaign to finalize debate topics and discuss possible sponsors, venues and formats, and asks the Basile campaign to respond by next Wednesday.

Myers, a lifelong East Boston resident, is known for leading the ballot question campaign group No Eastie Casino, which successfully defeated a proposal to site a casino at Suffolk Downs in East Boston on Nov. 5, 2013. (Basile opposed an area casino as a candidate in 2007 but vigorously supported casino plans in the run-up to the vote).

Earlier this month, Myers asked Basile to join her in rejecting campaign contributions from special interest groups, including lobbyists. The Basile campaign has not yet responded to the request to take the “people’s pledge.”

Myers’ 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. Check out her entire platform at www.celesteforeastboston.com.

Source: Steve Holt, 617-447-6519

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Festival Italia set for August 22 and August 23 in Wakefield

(WAKEFIELD, MA, July 30, 2014) Festival Italia, a two-day community-wide event, will be held on Friday evening August 22 and Saturday afternoon August 23, 2014. 

Friday, August 22nd 6:00 pm at the Sheraton Colonial North Hotel located on Audubon Road in Wakefield: You will experience an evening of fine cuisine provided by top area restaurants along with a cash bar, dessert table, music, dancing, raffles and a door prize.  This is 21+ event, and tickets can be purchased at the Wakefield Daily Item (Mon – Fri) and Smith’s Drug (Mon – Sat).  This event was sold out last year.

Saturday August 23rd 2:00-8:00 pm in downtown Wakefield (portions of Main St. and Albion St. will be closed to traffic):  Downtown Wakefield will become Little Italy.  The Event Planning Committee (EPC), organizers of this annual event, promises the vibe of an authentic Italian neighborhood street festival without having to leave Wakefield.  There will be food from local eateries, street vendors, entertainment, four live bands, beer garden, wine vineyard, meatball contest, shopping, and a host of children’s activities. 
Go to www.wakefieldepc.com to view updates on the event. 

Wakefield Festival Italia

Fire on Webster Street in Jeffries Point section of East Boston

Globe: Fire rips through three buildings in East Boston



Firefighter walks back from fire scene on Sumner St. (7/30/14) Photo credits Eastboston.com



Monday, July 28, 2014

Stand For Democracy and Don Berwick for Governor Campaigns Agree to Work Collaboratively in the Fight Against Casinos


Leaders from both Stand For Democracy and Don Berwick for Governor campaigns met last week to discuss the repeal of the 2011 Expanded Gaming Act. Both organizations have agreed to work collaboratively towards repealing the commonwealth’s casino law and promoting Berwick’s stance as the only candidate opposed to casinos and supporting the repeal. “We have taken a close look at all of the gubernatorial candidates and their stance on casinos in Massachusetts. Don Berwick’s position against casinos is the only one in line with that of Stand For Democracy”, said Pedro Morales, one of the founders of Stand For Democracy.

Stand For Democracy is an organization that emanates from the successful 2013 anti-casino campaign in East Boston. “Don was inspired by the ability of grassroots activists to take on powerful corporate interests in the East Boston casino referendum. It is exciting to collaborate with some of the leaders of that movement, and we look forward to working together to promote Don’s position on this crucial issue around the state,” said David Marsh of the Berwick campaign. A schedule of joint events will be released shortly.