Friday, January 19, 2018

March 3: Boston Ward 1 Committee to elect delegates to Democratic State Convention



Registered Democrats in Boston Ward 1 will hold a caucus on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the BCYF Paris Street Community Center, 112 Paris Street, to elect delegates and alternates to the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention.

This year’s state convention will be held June 1-2 at the DCU Center in Worcester, where thousands of Democrats from across the state will come together to endorse Democratic candidates for statewide office, including Constitutional Officers and gubernatorial candidates.

The caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Boston Ward 1. Pre-registered Democrats who will be 18 by September 18, 2018 will be allowed to participate and run as a delegate or alternate. Boston Ward 1 can elect 19 delegates and 4 alternates to the Convention.

Youth, minorities, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals who are not elected as a delegate or alternate may apply to be an add-on delegate at the caucus or at www.massdems.org.

Those interested in getting involved with the Ward 1 Democratic Committee should contact Michael Sulprizio at 617-438-0952 or bosward1dems@gmail.com

You can also follow the Ward Committee on Twitter @ward1demsEB or “Like” us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ward1dems/.

Source: 
Michael Sulprizio, Ward 1 Chairman, 
617-438-0952, 
msulprizio@comcast.net

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Gove Street Citizens Association to meet on 1/22

The Gove Street Citizens Association monthly meeting agenda:
  • GSCA Executive Board Election - Any GSCA voting member may nominate themselves, or any other eligible voting member, or members, for election to any of the following Offices for a two-year term:  Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, and Director-At-Large. 
  • Update on status of GSCA area projects.
  • 23 Everett Street - A proposal to change the occupancy from a one-family dwelling to a two-family dwelling. Also, renovate the building by adding a 3rd story addition.  Attorney Jeffrey Drago (2nd presentation / Vote to be taken) 
  • 18 Everett Street – A proposal to demolish the existing structure and erect a 9-unit residential building with 9 parking spaces. Attorney Richard Lynds (2nd presentation / Vote to be taken) 
  • 173-177 Maverick Street (Former DeAngelis Bakery) –  A complete rehabilitation of the existing three buildings into a proposed occupancy of a single retail space (bakery) and 9 dwelling units. Attorney Richard Lynds (1st presentation No vote at this time.)
  • 128 Gove Street / Mt. Carmel –  A proposal to demolish the existing structures on the former Mt. Carmel Church property, with the exception of the church structure, and erect 4 multi-level buildings with 121 Units. The project will consist of fifty percent condos to 50 percent rentals. The project will also include an underground parking facility. Subject to a BPDA Project Review Process. Attorney Jeffrey Drago (2nd presentation / No vote at this time.)

MEETING DATE: Monday, January 22, 2018  

TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

LOCATION - The Noddle Island Community Room located on the first floor of the Logan Airport Rental Car Center situated at the end of Porter Street. Free event parking in front of the building and in the Porter Street parking lot adjacent to the building. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Suffolk County DA: Alleged Assailant Indicted, Apprehended in 2016 Belle Isle Marsh Homicide

BOSTON, Jan. 16, 2018—A man previously convicted of attacking a man in the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation has been charged with an earlier assault in the same location that claimed the life of 83-year-old East Boston resident Daniel Pepe, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The Suffolk County Grand Jury on Dec. 20 returned indictments charging MICHAEL BRUZZESE (D.O.B. 5/26/65) with manslaughter and unarmed robbery of a person over 60 in the May 29, 2016, assault that caused Pepe’s death three days later.  The State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section apprehended Bruzzese this morning in Cambridge and he is expected to be arraigned later today in Suffolk Superior Court.

Bruzzese, who had a temporary residence in Cambridge and formerly lived in Hingham, was previously charged in connection with a separate assault on a 67-year-old Lynn man on June 1, 2016.  The evidence showed that Bruzzese approached this man, struck him, and demanded his car keys. Bruzzese later pleaded guilty in that case and was sentenced to 18 months in a house of correction.  He was released from that sentence approximately two weeks before the recent indictments were returned.

Bruzzese allegedly assaulted Pepe on May 29, 2016, in the same area of the marsh where the assault on the Lynn man later took place.  Pepe was found on a bench suffering trauma to the left side of his face and the back of his head but unable to tell emergency medical technicians what had happened.  While his car was located in the reservation’s parking lot, his keys were missing.  Pepe was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he died on June 1 of blunt force injuries to the head.

Because the assault that resulted in Pepe’s death occurred on Department of Conservation and Recreation property within the City of Boston, it was investigated by the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit with the assistance of Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police.

Assistant District Attorney Lynn Feigenbaum led the grand jury investigation resulting in Bruzzese’s indictment.  Elise McConnell is the DA’s assigned victim-witness advocate. 

Source: DA's office

Thursday, January 11, 2018

City Hall: Boston receives $26.3 million HUD grant for homelessness

BOSTON - Thursday, January 11, 2018 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced today that the City of Boston has received more than $26.3 million in federal funding in support of Boston's homelessness programs. Boston was awarded the funding as the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the results of its annual McKinney Homeless Continuum of Care funding competition, which awarded $2 billion in grants nationally.

"Having weathered record-breaking cold weather these past few weeks, we are reminded just how critical these funds are to our work on the issue of homelessness," said Mayor Walsh. "We have made significant progress in so many areas, but our work is not done. These funds from HUD are critical to continuing this work, and I want to thank HUD and the entire Massachusetts delegation for their continued support on this issue."

"This funding is critical to local Massachusetts programs that are on the front lines of helping those who might otherwise be living on our streets," said David Tille, HUD New England Regional Administrator. "Investments in these programs that find a stable home for our homeless neighbors not only saves money but quite literally saves lives."

The HUD funding will be applied to programs that support Boston's Way Home, the City's plan to end chronic and veteran homelessness. Through the efforts of Boston's Way Home, Boston has ended chronic veteran homelessness, and has housed nearly 1,300 formerly homeless people.

The programs funded cover a range of services and supports, including housing search, the creation of housing for chronically homeless people, rapid re-housing funds, and stabilization services to allow newly housed chronically homeless individuals to receive the supports they need to succeed.  

During Mayor Walsh's inauguration earlier this month, he announced the launch of Boston's Way Home Fund, which has a goal of raising over $10 million over the course of four years to create 200 new units of supportive, sustainable, long-term housing for chronically homeless men and women.

The Continuum of Care is a federal program designed to end homelessness by supporting community-wide systems of care, providing funding not only to state and local partners, but also to nonprofit providers who are part of the Continuum. This approach creates a more strategic use of resources, while improving coordination and integration between programs. It has also been found to improve data collection and performance measurement; and has the benefit of allowing communities to tailor programs to the particular resources, organizations, and challenges of that community.

The application for the 2017 Continuum of Care competition was submitted by the Supportive Housing Division of the City of Boston's Department of Neighborhood Development, in partnership with all of the organizations that make up Boston's Continuum of Care. The application consisted of hundreds of data points and narratives about Boston's system and programs, along with 41 individual project applications to support thousands of the most vulnerable Bostonians on a path to permanent, sustainable supportive housing. In 2016, Boston was awarded over $24 million in HUD grants, and in 2015 Boston was awarded over $23 million in funding.

Organizations funded include Bay Cove, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Casa Myrna, FamilyAid, Heading Home, HomeStart, Kit Clark Senior Services, Project Home, Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, Metro Housing Boston, New England Center and Home for Veterans, Pine Street Inn, St. Francis House, and Victory Programs.

For more information on Boston's plan to end homelessness in Boston, please visit here.

ART BASIL: a cutting-edge group show at Atlantic Works Gallery on Border Street

ART BASIL: a cutting-edge group show at Atlantic Works Gallery
January 12-27, 2018
Opening Reception, Thursday, January 18, 6-9pm

(EAST BOSTON, January 3, 2018) Atlantic Works Gallery has a history of staging offbeat group shows to satisfy the personalities and talents of our eclectic artist members...

...so, this past summer, when one of our members climbed up a ladder to get basil from his rooftop garden only to fall off the ladder and bust his face up but good, we joked that the portrait he took of himself after returning from the hospital should be titled, Art Basil.

And then it hit us--our first 2018 group show must be Art Basil! What better way to play off the whole ART BASEL thing and its attendant hoopla and, at the same time, challenge ourselves to create amazing new work for the new year.

Another of our extraordinary members had the idea for an Art Basil cookbook that showcases AWG art and basil recipes, which we promptly got to work on. It is available at the gallery.

Now you have it: an invitation to the ART BASIL show, featuring ‘a garden of work’ that includes color-on-canvas by Carmen Sasso, suicide monoprints by Christine Palamidessi, an off-beat sculpture by Rachel Shatil, quivering mandalas by Marjorie Kaye, creepy digital-refuse insects by Leigh Hall, remarkable Paul Wiener photographs...and more tantalizing--and may we say it: delicious--art.

(While you are here you can check out the remarkable transformation happening on the East Boston Waterfront, too, of which AWG is prime art player.)

FOR MORE INFO, or to request an Art Basil cookbook or a private viewing, contact Anna Salmeron at annasalmeron@comcast.net or 617.913.1871, or Christine Palamidessi at christine@palamidessi.com or 617.460.0550.


Winter Gallery hours: Fridays and Saturdays 2-6pm, or by appointment*

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

City Councilor Edwards announces Snow Angel Community Service Program

BOSTON (10 January 2018) - Newly-inaugurated Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards announced a district-wide initiative aimed to serve our most vulnerable neighbors during the winter months and connect residents through community service. 

The “Snow Angels” program will connect elderly and disabled residents unable to shovel in front of their homes to on-call, neighborhood volunteers ready to alleviate the burden shoveling can impose. 

“If Thursday’s snowstorm is any indication, there are many people in our neighborhoods who need assistance beyond what the City can provide for them. The beautiful thing about our district is that there are good-hearted individuals ready and willing to step up to the plate and help,” said Councilor Edwards. “The Snow Angels program will aim to coordinate and connect both communities.”

Councilor Edwards outlined that, depending on the amount of the volunteers, the program hopes to match neighbors in need to a Snow Angel within 500 feet of their home during each snowstorm. 

Edwards noted that she’s received the support of District One’s delegation such as Rep. Adrian Madaro of East Boston, Rep. Aaron Michlewitz of the North End, and Rep. Daniel Ryan of Charlestown. She is also actively looking for community sponsors to cover costs of shovels, snow melt, etc. 

What else does Councilor Edwards hope to achieve besides clear sidewalks? 

“Community connection,” Edwards said. “I hope that this will provide a vehicle for residents to engage and invest in their neighborhood but also cultivate long-lasting relationships between neighbors for generations to come.” 

Snow Angels must be 18-years-old and up, reside in the district, and are volunteering at their own risk. 

In order to be eligible for the service, you or someone you know must be an elderly or disabled resident of Charlestown, East Boston, or the North End. Snow Angel services are for residential properties only. 

To sign-up for the service or to become a Snow Angel, please call (617) 635-3200 or e-mail gabriela.coletta@boston.gov with your name, age, address, and telephone number. 

Source: Office of City Councilor Lydia Edwards 

Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association P&Z Agenda: Jan. 17

Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association P&Z Agenda 
Wednesday January 17, 2018, @  7pm 
Jeffries Point Yacht Club
565 Sumner Street 

Agenda:

30 Orleans Street - Construct new 4 family. 
Owner Ricardo Andres Robiglio Giannitrapani, Joy Street Design

238 Webster Street.  Demolish existing residence to erect 15 units with 10 parking spaces.   
Atty Drago.

228 Webster Street.   To propose to rehab construct additional 3 units to residential and occupancy to 5 unit residential dwelling.    
Atty R. Lynds

177-173 Maverick St - Proposal to rehab existing building, upgrade and change occupancy from 6 dwelling units to 3 retail and 9 residential units.
Atty. Lynds 

Update and further discussion on the 4 Narrow Gauge Parcels.
Atty R. Lynds.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Universal Hub: Grocery store robbed

Anthony's Market on Meridian Street. Read more at Universal Hub

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

CBS Boston: 4th Person Charged In Drug Robbery That Left 1 Dead

Eighteen-year-old Elijah Charles was arraigned Tuesday in East Boston Municipal Court on charges of armed robbery and armed assault. Read more at CBS Boston.
 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Porrazzo Rink presents a Decade Public Skate event: January 14

EAST BOSTON, MA- On Sunday, January 14th, FMC Ice Sports will be hosting a special Decade Public Skate event at Porrazzo Rink in East Boston, MA. Come to the rink in your grooviest outfit and celebrate our favorite decades for a chance to win prizes and giveaways. The time for the themed skate is listed below:

SUNDAY, January 14th – 1:10PM – 3:00PM

General admission is $5 per person and rental skates are available for an additional $5 on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on this and other upcoming events, please visit the rink’s official website, www.fmcicesports.com or call 1-888-74-SKATE.

Porrazzo Rink is located at 199 Coleridge Street in East Boston, MA and is a Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) ice skating facility managed by FMC Ice Sports.

About FMC Ice Sports:
Facility Management Corporation is an innovative leader of public recreational facility management, specializing in ice arena operations. FMC has been operating community ice arenas since its inception in 1992. The primary focus of the company is the development and expansion of affordable skating opportunities and the extension of the operating season at the ice arenas, providing year-round programming to local skating enthusiasts. For more information, please go to www.fmcicesports.com or call 1-888-74-SKATE.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Boston 25: Surveillance camera catches two hit-and-run incidents in East Boston

EAST BOSTON - A surveillance camera above Lolley's Bakery in East Boston registered two hit-and-run incidents within the span of 72 hours this week. Read more at Boston 25.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Frisco Fastball: How Many Meridian Bancorp, Inc. Analysts Are Bullish?

"Investors sentiment decreased to 1.27 in 2017 Q2. Its down 0.22, from 1.49 in 2017Q1. It is negative, as 8 investors sold Meridian Bancorp, Inc. shares while 36 reduced holdings. 19 funds opened positions while 37 raised stakes. 34.14 million shares or 1.16% less from 34.54 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported." Read more at Frisco Fastball

No Gove Street Citizens Association Meeting on Monday! It's Christmas Day

The Gove Street Citizens Association will not be having a Monthly Meeting on Monday, December 25, Christmas Day.

Our next Monthly Meeting will be on Monday, January 22, 2018.

GSCA wishes a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

State and local leaders join workers to demand wage theft protections and missing pay

(BOSTON, MA December 19, 2017) – In a lunchtime rally, members of the Chinese Progressive Association and state and local leaders joined together in support of the Massachusetts wage theft bill (S 999 / H 1033) and to demand missing pay for workers. 

"Our workers center has been around for 30 years. Wage theft is the most common problem that we have seen among workers. These builders are making huge profits from renovations but are paying their workers nothing. We have to stand up to stop wage theft," said Karen Y. Chen, Executive Director of the Chinese Progressive Association, while addressing the energized crowd.

Calling for worker protections against wage theft

The legislation, that passed the Senate last session and was reintroduced in January, seeks to prevent wage law violations by granting additional power to the Attorney General to hold employers and contractors accountable.

"House Bill 1033 would be a great step to get the Attorney General what she needs to help workers. We have over 140 sponsors, which shows that this is a problem, not just in Boston, but in all of Massachusetts. We need to get this bill passed to stop this from happening to Massachusetts' workers," said Representative Michlewitz, who introduced the bill in January this year. 

"I stand with workers in our community to stop wage theft. This is a serious problem in my district and in the state," said Boston City Councilor-Elect Ed Flynn, who also attended the event in Downtown Boston. 



Boston City Councilor-Elect Kim Janey also marched with attendees lending her support for wage theft legislation.

The rally was also attended by workers from the Chinese community who contend they fell prey to predatory contractors involved in wage theft, which frequently impacts immigrant workers, particularly in the construction industry. 

"We have to use worker and community power to stop wage theft. People need to be paid for the work they do. When people don't get paid, they can't support their families or live a healthy life," said Wei Min Zheng, a Quincy resident and a victim of wage theft.

Wage theft has been a chronic problem in Massachusetts and around the country, where few remedies are currently available for victims, particularly vulnerable workers in immigrant communities. For more information about wage theft, and the push for legislation in Massachusetts, please visit http://www.stopmasswagetheft.org.

 The rallying wage theft victims are working with the Chinese Progressive Association, a grassroots community organization which works for full equality and empowerment of the Chinese community in the Greater Boston area and beyond. Their activities seek to improve the living and working conditions of Chinese Americans and to involve community members in making decisions that affect their communities. For more information on the Chinese Progressive Association please visit http://www.cpaboston.org.

Meridian Bancorp Receives Regulatory Approvals for Acquisition of Meetinghouse Bancorp


BOSTON, Dec. 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Meridian Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:EBSB), the holding company for East Boston Savings Bank, announced today that it has received the requisite regulatory approvals and waivers from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Massachusetts Division of Banks necessary to complete the acquisition of Meetinghouse Bancorp, Inc. and the related merger of Meetinghouse Bank with and into East Boston Savings Bank. Read more at CityBizList.