Saturday, July 23, 2016

Kiwanis Club to host author of "East Boston: Legendary Locals" on August 2

The Kiwanis Club of East Boston will host guest speaker and East Boston native, Regina Marchi, Ph.D., at the Kiwanis meeting set for Tuesday, August 2, starting at 6 p.m. at Spinelli’s Function Hall, Day Square in East Boston. 

Dr. Marchi will discuss her book “Legendary Locals of East Boston” and take questions from the audience. She was born and raised in East Boston and is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Students at Rutgers University in New Jersey. 

Copies of her book will be available for purchase at the meeting. 

The public is invited to attend by contacting a Kiwanis Club member, including club President Mary Jane Barber at

Dinner is $20 per person, which includes a 50/50 raffle. 

Kiwanis 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. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Something to remember this July Fourth: The Battle of Noddle's Island, Hogg Island and Chelsea Creek

A historical thought on this July 4 from local historian Michael Laurano:

The Fourth of July is a good time to remember another great American misnomer - the oxymoronic term, the so called "Battle of Chelsea Creek" which in all truth was the "Battle of Noddle's Island, Hogg Island and Chelsea".

The series of skirmishes encompassed by that term which took place in late May of 1775 between the Americans and the British was never until the very late 19th century at the very earliest referred to even as the "Battle of Chelsea " nor until 1906 as the "Battle of Chelsea Creek". That was for good reasons. The bellicose actions took place on Noddle's Island (East Boston), Hogg (or Hog) Island (Orient Heights) and Chelsea (today's Beachmont, Revere, Winthrop and Chelsea), in 1775 Sales Farm, Rumney Marsh, Pullin Point and Winnisimmet.

Some of the fighting and the culmination by the burning of a British vessel, The Diana, certainly did place along the shores of the intervening waterway between present day East Boston and Chelsea now known as "Chelsea Creek". That body of water was not however known as "Chelsea Creek" in 1775 nor for a half century afterwards. The term "Chelsea Creek" name was affixed to "Chelsea Reach" in the 1830s by Gen William H. Sumner the principal behind the development into "East Boston" of once bucolic Noddle's Island, an oasis of culture and gracious civility in Boston Harbour burned and rendered barren by the bellicose events of 1775

"The designation "Chelsea Creek" appears on no legitimate contemporaneously drawn map of 1775 and nowhere else until the 1830s. No person actually at Noddle's, Island Hogg Island or Chelsea who participated in the fighting in 1775, American or British, left written recorded reference to the "Battle of Chelsea Creek". 1775 newspaper accounts of the skirmishes which sent an electrifying shock of courage throughout the rebellious American Colonies made reference only to the events "on Noddles Island", or "on Hogg (sometimes spelled "Hog") Island" or "at Chelsea" and never "Chelsea Creek" The American "rebels" who participated as belligerants there so recorded and 1775 British Admiralty records read the same as well.

That said, it is also true that on account of the determined efforts of some folk who have partisanly picked up on what was a mistake (one would like to think it was that, born only of ignorance and not deliberate) first made in 1906 by a New Hampshire magazine writer named Lamb have tenaciously promoted the "Battle of Chelsea Creek" mantra. Though that may be a rightful exercise in American free speech it is however still not the truth. Perhaps the erroneous term was first conceived in a spirit of compromise. In 20th century terms it would be an easy mistake perhaps to make.

In 1775 I shared in the same spirit of comprise at the BiCentennial celebration and referred to the "Battle of Noddle's Island and Chelsea Creek". However, given the 21st century internet's revolutionary access to early maps and documentation from and contemporaneous with 1775 to allow this transgression to continue unchallened would be only be to continue to give license to a wrong. A truthful and accurate account of American history deserves better.

Many recent writers while acknowledging the many indisputable facts of the matter still continue to repeat this grave misnaming error which flies in the face of accuracy and truth.

One such recent writer of American history while accurately attesting to the focus of these events as having happened on Noddle's Island judiciously says (the battle)..."has come to be called the Battle of Chelsea Creek". To that this writer would add with emphasis...The Battle of Noddle's Island, Hogg Island and Chelsea" vs. the "Battle of Chelsea Creek" is not over yet !

On this Fourth of July holiday of 2016 a salvo in this naming battle is issued in the form of the following threefold challenge to anyone who wishes to persist in promoting the misnamning error of the "Battle of Chelsea Creek":

First: Produce a legitimate map of from the 1775 era drawn prior to the 1830s designating the tidal waterway flowing between what is now East Boston and Chelsea as "Chelsea Creek".

Second: Produce a legitimate recorded account by any person who was actually there and participated in the skirmishes between the Americans and the British in 1775 that makes reference to "Chelsea Creek".

Third: Produce a legitimate 1775 newspaper account of the events that took place on Noddle's Island, Hogg Island and at Chelsea that made reference to "Chelsea Creek".

Happy Fourth of July to all.
Michael A. Laurano
malauran (at)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Gove Street Citizens Association to meet on Monday, June 27

The Gove Street Citizens Association monthly meeting agenda:

  • Update on current status of GSCA area projects.
  • 161 Cottage St. – Proposal to renovate the existing building, build a new addition at the rear of the building with new handicap access, and change occupancy from 8 to 9 residential units (Penthouse). – Attorney Richard Lynds (1st Appearance / No vote to be taken)
  • 46 Geneva St. – Proposal to erect a 3 story, 3-family residential building, with a roof deck and head house. – Attorney Jeff Drago (1st Appearance / No vote to be taken)
  • Presentation of the Mayor’s Imagine Boston 2030 Initiative to establish the first comprehensive citywide master plan in 50 years.
MEETING DATE: Monday, June 27, 2016 

TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

LOCATION - The Noddle Island Community Room located on the first floor of the Logan Rental Car Center at 15 Transportation Way.                                                                                                                          

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. 

Meetings are held on the last Monday of each month except for Holidays.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Events this month at the East Boston Library

Big Joe the Storyteller on Tuesday, June 14th at 4 p.m.
Big Joe the Storyteller has stories that will delight and amaze his audience.  Some stories are classics that are very familiar, some stories have never been heard, and some were written by Big Joe himself.  No matter what type of stories Big Joe tells, they all have one thing in common; they are fun and exciting.  Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Author Lecture:
Join biologist Nathan H. Lents on Thursday, June 16th at 6 p.m. for a discussion of his book, Not So Different:  Finding  Human Nature in Animals.  Through a mix of colorful reporting and rigorous scientific research, Lents describes the exciting strides scientists have made in decoding animal behavior.  Whether Lents is discussing love, grief, greed or envy, he provides ample evidence that animals have a rich inner life. Following the lecture, Prof. Lents will sign books.  A limited number are available for purchase on-site.

Facebook Workshop:
Join us for Intro to Facebook on Friday, June 17th at 10:00 am. We will go over all of the ins & outs of how to get the most out of your experience on the world's most popular social network. For more information, call (617)569-0271.

Irish Music Concert:
Join us on Saturday, June 18th at 3 p.m. for an hour of Irish folk music performed by Boston’s Erin Og.  The band’s repertoire includes songs of Ireland’s 800 years of oppression as well as a wide range of Irish folk music.

Movie Showing:
The Student Immigrant Movement is presenting Indivisible:  Love Knows No Borders at the East Boston Branch Library on Monday, June 20th at 6 p.m. This documentary is about the fight to reunite families separated by deportation.

Teen Book Discussion and Movie:  The Hobbit
Join us as we discuss J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy novel on Tuesday, June 21 @ 2:30 pm. We will view the film on the next day, June 22nd, @ 2:30 pm. Refreshments will be served with the film on the 22nd. Copies of the book are available for checkout now at the library.

Matt Heaton Concert:
Matt  Heaton joins us for a rollicking children’s concert on Wednesday, June 22nd at 10:30 a.m. .  Mr. Heaton’s  music mixes surf, Amerian roots and Irish traditional.  It is delivered with a sense of humor, and is fun for both kids and adults.  For ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.

Matt Heaton

USCIS Immigration Information Session:
Saturday, June 25th  from 9-1.
A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration officer will be at the branch to answer questions on immigration issues including eligibility requirements; filing procedures; finding knowledgeable, low-cost and safe legal advice and how to avoid scams. This is a cooperative effort of USCIS, BPL and the Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement.

A night with the musicians: June 18

Fun! All for Columbus Day Parade: Disco Diva Night June 25

Friday, June 3, 2016

This just in: Ward 1 Democratic Committee Announcements; May 26 wrap-up

A meeting of the Ward 1 Democratic Committee was held on  Thursday, May 26, 2016  at the Salesian Boys & Girls Club. The committee was joined by guest speakers Representative Adrian Madaro and City Councilor Sal LaMattina. They both provided the committee with legislative updates and discussed ways the committee can be more involved. The dialogue was very informative and productive.

The Ward Committee also took action on several items that included: establishing a process to fill  vacant seat on the committee, host a BBQ sponsored by  Representative Madaro, Councilor LaMattina and Senator Boncore, and took a vote to consider endorsing Democratic candidates for state and county offices appearing on the state primary ballot in September.

The Committee voted to consider endorsing democratic candidates seeking state and county offices in the September primary. An endorsement meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 6:00pm at the Salesian Boys and Girls Club, 150 Byron Street, East Boston. All Democrats are welcome to attend the endorsement meeting, but only current Ward committee members can vote on the endorsements. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of committee members present is required in order for a candidate to receive the committee’s endorsement. All Democratic Candidates will be invited and each candidate will  be  allowed to make a  five (5) minute presentation and five (5) minutes to answer questions from Ward committee members.

The BBQ being hosted by the Committee sponsored by Representative Madaro, Councilor LaMattina and Senator Boncore will be held on Saturday, June 25th from 2pm-5pm at the home of Representative Madaro, 140 White Street, East Boston.

A $25 donation to the Ward Committee is suggested. Checks can be made payable to: Ward 1 Democratic Committee. Democratic Candidates for state & county office will be invited as well as State Democratic Party Officials.

In order to fill a vacant seat on the Committee, the committee members would like to request resumes and a statement of interest. The statement of interest should be at least a paragraph in length, but no more the one (1) page. The statement of interest should explain why the applicant would like to serve on the Ward Committee. Resumes and statements of interest can be emailed to

The deadline to submit these documents is June 30th. The Committee will then decide which candidates to invite to meet with the Committee. Following the in person meeting the committee will vote to elect a new member to fill the vacancy.

Again, all Democrats are welcome to attend. However, only current members of the ward committee will be eligible to vote.

Questions? Contact Ward 1 Chairman Michael Sulprizio at  You can also follow the Ward Committee on Twitter @ward1demsEB or “Like” us on Facebook at

Source: Michael Sulprizio 6/3/2016

Sunday, May 29, 2016

June 21: Kiwanis Club holds interclub with guest speaker Robert Lewis

The Kiwanis Club of East Boston will hold their Divisional Interclub on Tuesday June 21st, 2016 at Spinelli’s, 282 Bennington Street, East Boston at 6:00pm. 

The cost is $25/per person ($250 for a table of 10)

Guest Speaker: Robert Lewis, Jr.  Founder + President, the BASE

Please RSVP by June 16th to Marisa at or call 617-650-3442.


Guest Speaker: Robert Lewis, Jr.  Founder + President, the BASE

Robert Lewis, Jr. is a nationally recognized thought leader, public speaker and passionate advocate for urban youth, known as a bridge-builder and catalyst for collaboration between diverse business, civic and public sectors. A 2015 Boston Magazine cover story listed Robert among the city's 50 Most Powerful Leaders, calling him "a tireless advocate for inner-city kids."  Robert was born and raised in East Boston.

Robert Lewis, Founder and President, The BASE

Robert’s impressive career trajectory has included important roles such as Executive Director of the Boston Centers for Youth and Families, President and Executive Director of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), Senior Vice President of City Year’s national operations and Executive Director of City Year Boston, and Vice President for Program at the Boston Foundation where he directed the distribution of $16 million+ in discretionary grants.

Please RSVP  by June 16th to
Marisa Di Pietro
 Or call 617-650-3442

“Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.”

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Massport Approves $15.8 Million for Runway Rehabilitation Project will resurface Runway 4L/22R and recycle old asphalt

BOSTON (May 26, 2016) – The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) Board today voted to approve a $15.8 million budget repave Runway 4L-22R, as well as install centerline lights along the runway for enhanced pilot guidance. The goal of the project is to improve surface condition and drainage characteristics.

When work begins later this year, the 7,864 foot long runway will be repaved with warm mix asphalt. Runway 4L-22R is 150 feet wide.

Logan was the first US airport to use warm mix asphalt on airfield projects. The so-called “green asphalt” is heated to about 75 degrees lower than traditional asphalt and uses about 20 percent less fuel, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent and uses recycled asphalt in its manufacture. All pavement removed from the runway will be transported and recycled offsite for use on a future project.

The rehabilitation project is estimated to generate approximately 61 direct, 36 indirect, and 79 induced FTE positions over the course of 12 months for a total of 179 FTE employees.

“Safety and security are the top priorities for Massport,” said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. “We want to maintain our facilities to ensure the safety everyone who uses them. This project will help keep Logan Airport in great shape.”

The project is set to begin in September and last for 30 days. During that period, the runway will be closed, so flight delays are possible, depending on wind conditions and the runway configuration in use by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Boston Logan, 30 minutes from the intersection of Route 128 and I-90 and 15 minutes from downtown Boston, serves as the gateway to the New England region and offers nonstop service to 76 domestic and 53 international destinations and in 2015 handled 33.4 million passengers. Boston Logan is served by two public transit lines.  The airport generates $13 billion in total economic impact each year.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

May 31: Gove St. Citizens Association meets; Agenda

The Gove Street Citizens Association monthly meeting agenda:

* Update on current status of GSCA area projects.
* 175 Gove St. - Proposal for a 9 Condo Unit Residential Dwelling with 7 interior parking spaces. (3rd Appearance / Vote to be taken) – Attorney Jeffrey Drago
* Presentation by opponents of a proposed Eversource Electric substation on Eagle Street in East Boston. – Attorney Donato Berardi
* Presentation by City of Boston sponsored Renew Boston program designed to help tenants and homeowners save money by saving energy.  – Kit Carroll

MEETING DATE: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

LOCATION - The Noddle Island Community Room located on the first floor of the Logan Rental Car Center at 15 Transportation Way.                                                                                        
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.

Meetings are held on the last Monday of each month except for Holidays.

Lecture May 27: "Grounding the Narrative of the 1775 Battle of Chelsea Creek".

May 26: Greenway ribbon cutting

Please join Mayor Walsh, local elected officials, Massport, state partners and community representatives for the East Boston Greenway ribbon cutting.
The completion of the Narrow Gauge link project represents the final portion of the East Boston Greenway, which will join the East Boston Greenway Connector that Massport completed in 2014 with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation's Constitution Beach. Now that this segment is completed, it is possible for pedestrians and bicyclists to travel from Boston Harbor, through Bremen Street Park and the new East Boston Library, to Wood Island Marsh, and finally to Constitution Beach with only two roadway crossings.

Thursday, May 26th at 12:45 p.m.

East Boston Greenway, Constitution Beach

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Conexions 20th Anniversary Event: June 16

On June 16th 2016 at 6p.m. on Waterside Way, East Boston, North Suffolk Mental Health Association (NSMHA) will host an event to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Conexions Evening, the successful substance misuse program that has saved more than 2,000 lives since its founding in 1996.

Conexions is North Suffolk Mental Health Association’s intensive outpatient addiction use program.  It uses group and individual therapy to help individuals maintain sobriety. Treatment options include medication assistance to block the effects of opioid drugs. 

This “refreshing evening” represents the first community fundraiser North Suffolk has hosted in 5 years, and will be held at one of the most spectacular locations in East Boston: Waterside Way. The outdoor venue will open at 6 PM on June 16th. Live music, outdoor games, ample selection of hors d’oeuvres, refreshing drinks and a breathtaking view will entertain guests while interacting and chilling out on a summer evening.

Tickets can be purchased at and are $35, sponsorship opportunities are also available. Tickets sold will help North Suffolk Mental Health Association maintain the Conexions program. 

Waterfront Way is located at the end of Lewis Wharf, near Maverick Square and offers free on-street parking.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

June 7: EB Museum & Historical Society Launches Speaker Event: Master Storyteller John Christoforo of the Post Gazette to speak

(EAST BOSTON May 12, 2016)--The organizers of the East Boston Museum & Historical Society will launch a Speaker Series from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at the Maverick Meeting House, 31 Liverpool Street, East Boston.

A master storyteller, Christoforo captives audiences weekly throughout the United States with his column, Nanna & Babbononno, which depicts the trials and tribulations of four generations of his family in the United States.

Christoforo will take you on a journey back in time to East Boston in the 1940s and 50s. He will share childhood stories that all ages and backgrounds will enjoy. It is a time of mom and pop stores, the Gem and Seville Theatres, Lombardo’s meat market, Gertie's Lunch, Sabo’s Men’s Store, Fine’s Men’s Shop, the 5 and 10, Goldenberg’s Department Store, Manny’s Men’s Store, John Sava's Market, Benbrock Pharmacy, and so much more!

The event is free and is open to the public.

Establishing a museum that celebrates the rich and diverse history of East Boston has been a dream for residents for years. East Boston’s historical significance ranges from its days as home to master shipbuilder Donald McKay, who built some of the world’s fastest clipper ships to its status as the second-busiest port of entry for immigrants.

While the board of the East Boston Museum project searches for a permanent location, it is looking at several temporary options. However, events such as the Guest Speaker Series allows visitors to see the museum’s potential.

For more information contact:
Theresa Malionek

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Massport STEM Expo Promotes Various Transportation Careers

Students from area schools learn the practical importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

BOSTON – More than 1,500 students from 44 Greater Boston schools attended the Aviation and Maritime STEM Education Expo at Boston Logan International Airport today. The Expo is an annual education event where representatives from industry, government, and academia introduce students and educators to the opportunities and experiences offered by the aviation, maritime, and transportation fields.

“It is essential for organizations like Massport that students are exposed to careers in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. “Boston is home to a number of industries including life sciences, technology and innovation. We need our young people to have the interest and motivation to study the STEM disciplines so we can continue to generate the good-paying jobs and economic impact that propel the Commonwealth.”

More than 50 displays and information booths representing various aspects of the industries served as the backdrop for the event at the Delta Hangar. There were 21 aircraft including airplanes, two helicopters, numerous airport operations vehicles, as well as a Massport Fire Rescue airboat. In addition to several Massport departments, exhibitors included The Museum of Science, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Mass Maritime Academy, Massachusetts Air and Space Museum, Massachusetts State Police, Boston MedFlight and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

“Hundreds of careers at our airports were represented today,” said Massport’s Director of Aviation Ed Freni. “We rely on the engineers who design and build the planes, the pilots who fly them, the electricians who keep runways lit and radars working properly, the air traffic controllers who make sure aircraft travel safely in the sky, and many more. Showcasing the various career paths at the STEM Expo will hopefully encourage these young people to one day have a career at Logan.”

Massport employs hundreds of people in STEM fields including electricians, engineers, analysts, and technicians who work in concert to accomplish the authority’s mission of connecting Massachusetts and New England to the world. The STEM Education Expo started as a collaborative effort sponsored by the FAA and Massport in 1994.

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 $15 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

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey Update; Fundraiser on tap for April 8

Malden/East Boston Youth hockey is wrapping up their season with three teams entering the playoffs, and each going two rounds each.  With just the championships left to play, they all have found themselves coming up just a bit short, but not for lack of a great season and lots of effort and great play in the playoffs and final weeks.

MEB Mites celebrate their first round playoff victory

Additionally, we celebrated several of our older players competing in the state high school tournament in their respective divisions, and though only one enjoyed championship status heading into the off-season, all held their heads high in competing for their schools.  

We had seven players from MEB on the Revere/Malden varsity squad, six on the Northeast Knights varsity team, and in an unexpected climb for the team with the shortest bench in the playoffs seven players on the East Boston High varsity roster. They played with tremendous effort and heart all the way to the championship game, holding their heads high after an unfortunate loss in the final game.

Part of the team that returned the Super 8 championship title to the Malden Catholic Lancers, MEB alum Ryan Noonan caps the list of our players going into the post-season, with a great year on the varsity squad as a sophomore.

This week, MEB is holding its largest annual fundraiser – the $10K Raffle and Dinner at the Malden Moose club on Friday, April 8, 2016, starting at 7:00 PM. 

Each year, this event provides the league with funding greatly needed to finish off the season and prepare for next season.  With ice rental fees continually increasing, we have used this event to help pay-off rinks and other fees owed at the end of our season.

You are likely thinking, "another fundrasing event?" Yes it is, but it is a very entertaining one. 

The fundraising part is an “elimination raffle” drawing for $10,000*, whose tickets cost $100 each, and include dinner for two at the event. Second, the event part is really quite fun, especially if you like watching people enjoy themselves while witnessing each other’s chances of winning wash away as the evening wears on – a bit of schadenfreude among the youth hockey parents.

Third, it is a chance at winning a few thousand bucks! That of course depends on your luck and the choices of some “finalists” in the process. This is an opportunity to enter an elimination-style raffle, where the total number of tickets sold generates the dollar amount available for winning.

There are also additional chances for winning baskets from each of the teams in the league, other donated goods and services, and some silent auction materials (sports memorabilia) as well.  We'll have a DJ and dancing as the fun all are having at the event is too contagious to deny.

However it turns out in the end, all who attend have fun, and all who buy a ticket have a chance at the final prize. Four friends can  pitch in $25 each, and we see a lot of “group” tickets, which can work with your colleagues at work, friends in your circle, or among family members to spread the investment across a few more people. If you know of others who may be interested, please feel free to pass this information along.

Ticket forms are available on our website at
If you choose to participate – good luck!  If you attend, it really can be quite an entertaining evening.

* The total amount available for the winners is determined by the total number of tickets sold, and is a maximum of $10,000 (our goal).

To register for next season or for more information on Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey, please visit our website at

Monday, April 4, 2016

Hwang Listens to Parents on Schools, Pledges to Be a Strong Voice

State Senate Candidate Concludes Listening Tour on Education Across First Suffolk and Middlesex District
State Senate candidate Diana Hwang completed a listening tour this week across the district, talking with parents from each community about our local schools.  From Winthrop to Cambridge, Boston to Revere, Diana heard from parents about their current concerns and their future hopes for their children’s education.

“Parents recognize the power that quality public schools have to break cycles of poverty and educate all of our children to succeed,” Hwang noted. “The problem in the current charter cap debate is that it’s taking place between two powerful interest groups, one on each side – and parents and their children are caught in the middle. While insiders are arguing about raising charter school caps, parents in every community don’t really want charter schools or district schools, they want good schools and they want them NOW.”

 “I heard from two young families in Jeffries Point, holding babies in their arms that they are already worrying about the lottery – and whether there will be a quality nearby school to send their child to.  A young mother who also serves as a school librarian in Cambridge told me that she and her colleagues fear cuts to the very library programs that are vital to educating the whole child – and teaching every child a love of reading and learning.”

“One mother in the North End remarked that her son was one of only two from the entire neighborhood who had gotten into the high quality Eliot School.  Two mothers from El Salvador who had settled in the district to escape gang violence in their native country but worried that their boys would be swept up in gang violence here because they have no after school programs to divert them.  And a an education advocate and her friends in Revere pointed out that recent budget cuts might impact all extra-curricular activities including sports.”

“As State Senator, I’ll fight for each and every one of these families – and bring their voices to the debate,” Hwang said at the conclusion of her listening tour.  “We have to ensure that ALL schools get the resources they need so that every student can attend a great school.  I support conclusions of the Legislature’s Foundation Budget Commission calling for increased funding and would staunchly support the so-called ‘millionaires tax’ as a way of raising the required revenue.”

Diana Hwang, an East Boston resident, is a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the special election to replace Senator Anthony Petruccelli.  She is the co-founder and executive director of a successful non-profit that mentors young women to become community leaders.  She previously served as a top aide in the state house and a chief-of-staff in Boston’s City Council.  She’s running for State Senate to stand up to powerful insiders and special interests who make decisions behind closed doors that effect our families.  Diana will be a voice for all of our families in the halls of power.


Source: Diana Hwang campaign

Friday, April 1, 2016

Ward 1 Democratic Committee fails to endorse candidate in Special State Senate race; No candidate garnered 10 votes

(EAST BOSTON- April 1, 2016)  An endorsement meeting of the Ward 1 Democratic Committee was held on  Tuesday,  March 29, 2016  at the Salesian Boys & Girls Club. The purpose of this meeting was to consider an endorsement in the First Suffolk & Middlesex Senate race. 

The meeting was attended by fifteen (15) members of the Ward committee and six (6) of the seven (7) democratic candidates. The candidates who addressed the committee included: Joseph Boncore, Lydia Edwards, Diana Hwang, Rep. Jay Livingstone, Paul Rogers and Dan Rizzo. Unfortunately, Steve Morabito was not feeling well and notified the committee that he would be unable to attend. The six candidates each delivered five-minute speeches about their backgrounds, qualifications and their platforms. The candidates presented great information and those in attendance asked some great questions, which spurred a lively and informative discussion. 

 Following the presentations by the candidates the Ward committee took an endorsement vote, with 15 members in attendance a minimum of 10 votes was required for a candidate endorsement. None of the candidates garnered enough votes to receive an endorsement.

Voters in the First Suffolk & Middlesex  District, which includes all of East Boston, head to the polls on April 12,2016 for the primary election. 

Questions? Contact Ward 1 chairman Michael Sulprizio at You can also follow the Ward Committee on Twitter @ward1demsEB or “Like” us on Facebook at

Source: Michael Sulprizio, Ward Committee Chair, 617-438-0952,

Thursday, March 24, 2016

US Census: Suffolk County was the fastest growing county in Massachusetts

This just in from the US Census:

New Census Bureau Population Estimates Pinpoint Fastest-Growing Counties in Massachusetts

March 24, 2016 ─ The U.S. Census Bureau reported today on where the heaviest population growth in Massachusetts was concentrated last year.
The fastest-growing county in Massachusetts between July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015, was Suffolk county, whose population rose 1.1 percent over the period. Suffolk county was followed by Nantucket (1 percent), Middlesex (0.8 percent), Essex (0.7 percent) and Plymouth (0.7 percent).
With respect to numerical growth, Middlesex county added 12,616 people over the period, more than any other county in the state. It was followed by Suffolk, which grew by 8,312 people, Essex (5,557), Worcester (3,991) and Plymouth (3,343).           
Middlesex is the most populous county in Massachusetts, with 1,585,139 residents, followed by Worcester and Suffolk.
This information is based on annual population estimates for each of the nation’s counties, county equivalents, metropolitan statistical areas, and micropolitan statistical areas since the 2010 Census and up to July 1, 2015. Internet tables are available showing rankings and components of population change (births, deaths, migration).
Link: MA

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

State Senate Candidate Diana Hwang Delivers Over 1,000 Petitions to Save Late Night T Service

(BOSTON- March 23, 2016) State senate candidate Diana Hwang delivered almost 1,100 petitions yesterday to the MBTA’s Fiscal Management Control Board urging them to restore late night T service.  The service’s last night of operation was Friday, even after a decision by the control board to cut the service drew criticism from Federal officials for failing to determine if cutting the service would unfairly impact low income communities and people of color.

Two weeks ago, Hwang, along with State Senators Linda Dorcena Forry and Sonia Chang-Díaz who have endorsed her candidacy, called on the control board to complete their equity analysis before closing the service.  The analysis, which was completed last week, showed exactly what Hwang, Forry and Chang-Díaz suspected – that it will have a disparate impact on low income and minority residents.

“Over a thousand people joined me today in saying ‘enough is enough’ when it comes to decisions being made behind close doors that hurt our communities,” said Diana Hwang.  “There are so many residents in the 1st Suffolk and Middlesex district who rely on the T operating at later hours on the weekend so they can go to and from work.  People feel like they aren’t being listened to, and that they need a voice in the halls of power.  That’s why I’m running for State Senate.”

Delivered with the over one thousand petitions from residents was the following letter:

March 21, 2016

Dear Members of the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board:

The MBTA’s financial difficulties are well-known and documented. We have a history, as a state, of under-investing in public transportation and last year’s deplorable service interruptions brought this issue to a painful head.  I certainly appreciate the difficult work you are doing to rectify the situation and I fully support raising the revenue we need for public transportation by increasing the tax rate on millionaires.

However, I feel strongly that we cannot cut MBTA costs at the expense of the hard working men and women who use late-night service to travel to and from the jobs they desperately need to feed and shelter their families. Your own equity analysis showed that these cuts hurt low-income riders the most. East Boston is ground zero for this concern.  It is physically impossible for late-shift workers who work downtown or in other parts of the city to walk home to East Boston after their shift ends.  And a cab ride can cost them hours of pay.  Late-night service shouldn’t be a luxury. Rather than eliminating it on weekends we should be working towards expanding it to weekdays.

Recently, I urged the MBTA to reconsider and now, more than 1000 individuals have joined me by signing a petition asking you to do the same (see an enclosed list of their names).   I ask that you do whatever you can to accommodate the transportation needs of those who so desperately rely on recently terminated late night service.


Diana Hwang

Candidate for State Senate, 1st Suffolk & Middlesex District

Diana Hwang, a Democrat of East Boston, is a candidate for State Senate for 1st Suffolk and Middlesex representing Chinatown, Downtown, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, parts of Cambridge and North Suffolk County including East Boston, Winthrop and Revere.  The special election democratic primary is on Tuesday, April 12.

Source:  Cayce McCabe