Saturday, February 6, 2016

Friday, January 22, 2016

Feb. 27: East Boston Democrats to elect delegates to state convention

(East Boston, January 22, 2016) Registered Democrats in East Boston will be holding a caucus at the Mario Umana Academy on February 27, 2016 at 10:00am to elect eighteen (18) delegates and three (3) alternates to the 2016 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, where Democrats from across Massachusetts will gather to adopt a new Action Agenda.

The Convention will be held on Saturday, June 4th at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell.

“This is going to be an exciting year as we Massachusetts Democrats work on the presidential election, both here in Massachusetts and across the country,” commented Democratic National Committee Woman, Kate Donaghue. “In addition to the normal proceedings, the June convention is going to focus on training in party building, electoral techniques and issue-based organizing.”

The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in East Boston, and the Democratic Committee welcomes participants. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women, and all ballots will be written and secret.

In the spirit of inclusion, youth, minorities, and people with disabilities who are not elected as delegates or alternates may apply to be “add-on” delegates.

For more information on the caucus or the committee please contact Michael Sulprizio  at msulprizio@comcast.net / 617-438-0952.

Source: Michael Sulprizio

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Boston State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry Endorses Diana Hwang for State Senate

Boston State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry Endorses Diana Hwang for State Senate

Boston, MA – Boston State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry today endorsed Democrat Diana Hwang for State Senate.  Hwang, a local non-profit founder and former State House staffer, is a candidate to replace Anthony Petruccelli in the Democratic primary special election for Massachusetts’ First Suffolk and Middlesex State Senate District.  

“We need leaders in the State Senate who will work to ensure that everyone has a voice in government and has access to critical services that can help them and their families get ahead; Diana Hwang is one of those leaders,” said Senator Forry.  “For 10 years she has worked the halls of power -- from the State House, to City Hall, to major boards and commissions -- to change government to include those who are often left behind. I couldn't be more proud to endorse Diana Hwang for State Senate.”

“Like me, Diana is the child of immigrants who came to this country to build a better life and ensure that their children had opportunities that they didn't have growing up,” Forry continued.  They struggled as many immigrants do – and that experience shaped Diana's core values, her passion, her commitment and connects her to the struggles so many in our communities face. Diana has been and will be a fearless advocate for women, immigrants and working families.  She is exactly the kind of leader that can bridge the communities of the First Suffolk and Middlesex district and will hit the ground running.”

Forry, the State Senator from the neighboring First Suffolk District, has served in the state legislature since 2005 and has been a trail-blazer in Massachusetts, breaking political barriers and building bridges across many of Boston’s diverse communities. 

“I couldn’t be more honored to be endorsed by Senator Linda Dorcena Forry,” Hwang declared.  “Senator Forry has been a great mentor to me and so many other women in our state and her passion for serving on behalf of the people of the Commonwealth is unmatched.  Her leadership on issues like immigrants’ rights, neighborhood development and vitality as well as constituent services are all critical to this district.  Her ability to build relationships and work collaboratively has been an inspiration to me.”

The daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Diana Hwang is the founder of the Asian-American Women’s Political Initiative – the country’s first political leadership organization for young Asian-American women.  She previously served as a legislative aide in the State House and a Chief of Staff in the Boston City Council.  Diana serves as Board member of the UMass Center for Women in Politics, served as co-chair of the Boston Women’s Fund and is a founding member of Mayor Walsh’s Women’s Commission.  Diana currently lives in East Boston and previously lived in Revere.

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Source: Contact:
Cayce McCabe
press@dianaforsenate.com

Sunday, January 17, 2016

January 21: BRA Meeting on 202 Maverick Street Development


Boston Redevelopment Authority Community Meeting:
Maverick Shipyard Apartments at 202 Maverick Street

The proposed project at 202 Maverick Street is a 22,700 gross square foot, 3 story-plus penthouse structure with 23 residential units and 20 parking spaces on 8,050 square feet of land.
   
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016  Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Logan Rental Car Center, 1st floor, Noddle Island Community Room, 15 Transportation Way, East Boston, MA 02128 DRIVING: Free event parking available in front of the building and in the Porter Street parking lot adjacent to the  building. WALKING: Situated at the end of Porter Street, just a 4-minute walk from the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Full press release: Diana Hwang announces candidacy for State Senate

Diana Hwang announces candidacy for State Senate
Advocate and former State House staffer has already raised $50,000 in race to replace Petruccelli

Boston, MA -- Diana Hwang, a resident of East Boston, founder of the Asian-American Women’s Political Initiative, and former State House staffer, announced her candidacy to replace Anthony Petruccelli in the Democratic primary special election for Massachusetts’ First Suffolk and Middlesex State Senate District.

“I’m running for State Senate because a district as diverse as ours needs someone who understands its needs and fights for every community and constituency,” said Hwang.  “As the daughter of immigrants, my story is the story of this district. I’ve  worked for my entire career within the system to change the system and I know first-hand the power government has to improve our lives.”

Ileana Cintron, an East Boston activist and member of the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee, has endorsed Diana Hwang in this race.

"I'm excited and honored to support Diana’s campaign and lifelong mission of increasing access to government and giving voice to those who don't feel heard or represented,” said Cintron, “Diana has built relationships and has the know-how and political savvy to solve problems and get things done.  She will make a strong Senator and bring a new energy and voice for the people of this district.”

Diana also announced today that her campaign raised over $50,000 in the last two weeks of 2015, an unusually strong showing for a first-time candidate.

“Diana is one of our  brightest and most committed young progressive leaders. She has almost 10 years’ experience advocating for women, immigrants, and working families and has done so across three very different sectors: state government, city government, and non-profits. And Diana has already shown her commitment to running a strong campaign by raising more than $50,000 during the last two weeks of December. She will have the resources needed to win an incredibly short special election,” said Former Massachusetts State Treasurer Steve Grossman, who will serve on Hwang’s finance committee.

Diana began her career as the sole staff member to the late State Representative Debbie Blumer where she drafted and guided key legislative proposals on immigrants’ rights and affordable health care. After Rep. Blumer’s untimely death, Diana served as Executive Director for the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators, where she promoted legislation on critical issues to women and families such as healthcare, domestic violence and public education.

In 2008, seeing the lack of opportunities for Asian-American women in politics, Diana created the Asian-American Women’s Political Initiative (AAWPI). It was the country’s first leadership initiative specifically focused on getting Asian-American women into politics. Over the last 6 years, nearly 50 young women completed a State House fellowship and mentoring program. Most have gone on to work on political campaigns, in legislative offices, or in other politically active roles.

The daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Diana Hwang has also previously served as chief-of-staff to an At-Large Boston City Councilor.  Outside of work, Diana has been a leading advocate for women in Massachusetts, serving as Board member of the Center for Women in Politics (UMass); as co-chair of the Boston Women’s Fund; and as a founding commissioner for Mayor Marty Walsh’s Women’s Commission.  Diana currently lives in East Boston’s Orient Heights neighborhood and previously lived in Revere.

State Senator Anthony Petruccelli announced last month that he would be leaving the State Senate to take a new job, setting up a special election on May 10.  The Democratic primary will be held on Tuesday April 12.  Massachusetts’ First Suffolk and Middlesex state senate district includes Revere, Winthrop and parts of Cambridge and Boston, including East Boston, Beacon Hill, North End, Chinatown, Bay Village, West End and Waterfront.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Ed Lyons' much anticipated mini-tome on Charlie Baker's first year. A New American Politics

Eastie Chamber Event: January 22, 2016


The individuals receiving this year’s award are among those who have made significant contributions to the economic and cultural prosperity of East Boston.

This year's distinguished honorees include*:

Rodrigo Angulo, La Chiva Restaurant
Cecilia Bardales, CB Tax Consulting/El Mundo
Eddie Contilli, Eddie C's
Michelle Di Fronzo, IMEX Cargo
Phil Giffee, NOAH
Thomas Glynn, Massport
John Kelly, East Boston Social Centers
Vincent Lombardo, Lombardo Companies
Grace Previte Magoon, MP Tax & Financial
John Mastrangelo, Kelley Square Pub
Pat Moscaritolo, Greater Boston Convention Ctr
Michael Nicastro, EBNHC
Steve Roy, Elliot Whittier Insurance
Pat Todisco, Sr., Michael's Auto Body
Joseph Tozza, Marty's Furniture
John & Melissa Tyler, Maverick Marketplace
*And a secret recipient of the Selfless Dedication to the East Boston Community” Award!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Billy Costa to host the 20th Taste of Eastie on Thursday, January 28th, 2016

East Boston, MA (December 14, 2015) – East Boston Main Streets Proudly Presents the 20th Annual Taste of Eastie on Thursday, January 28th, 2016. Billy Costa will serve as the MC for this very special evening highlighting Eastie’s amazing restaurants. 

East Boston Main Streets invites the public to the 20th Annual Taste of Eastie at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport Hotel on Thursday, January 28th 2016 from 6:00-9:00 pm. 

Food and fun highlight this wonderful evening including raffles and auctions. Over thirty local food merchants will showcase their delicious cuisine, including tastes from South and Central America, the Mediterranean, China, the Middle East, and Italy. 

Tickets are $25.00 until 12/24/2015, and can be purchased online at http://tasteofeastie2015.eventbrite.com or in person at at 146 Maverick St. or the Main Streets office at 154 Maverick Street, as well as at the Maverick Market Cafe at 154 Maverick St. 

For more details or questions please contact Max Gruner at mgruner@ebmainstreets.com or at 617-561-1044.

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

Thursday, November 26, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: St. Francis House


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Letter: Gove Street Citizens Association a long established group

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

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

Sincerely.

Mary Ellen Welch

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

November 14: Rally for Jude, diagnosed with breast cancer


Rally for Jude!

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

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

Sunday, November 1, 2015

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


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

Agenda - 


Announcement from Treasurer Matt Barison

Police update

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

Massport expansion of terminal E  - Anthony Guerriero

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Sunday, October 25, 2015

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

Care Dimensions recognizes local citizens for their commitment to veterans

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

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

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



Source: CareDimensions

Friday, October 23, 2015

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


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


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

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

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

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

It will be 60 minutes of pure fun and community engagement. To register visit: http://goo.gl/forms/O58L2MheoM


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Advisory: Healthcare workforce training graduation at EBNHC

This just in:

HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE TRAINING GRADUATION

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

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


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

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

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

October 26: Gove Street Citizens Association Meeting

The Gove Street Citizens Association monthly meeting agenda:

     EDUCATION / PRESENTATION 

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

MEETING DATE: Monday, October 26, 2015 

TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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

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

Source: Jack Scalcione