Tuesday, December 7, 2010

LaMattina: Grace Federated Food Pantry needs donations!

Eastboston.com received this letter from District 1 City Councilor Sal LaMattina this evening.
Dear Friends:

The cupboard is almost bare.

East Boston’s Grace Federated Church food pantry supports local families who otherwise would not get enough to eat, but the current economic slowdown is straining the program’s resources. If you are able, please contribute canned goods and other non-perishables by dropping them off at East Boston Main Streets, located at 146 Maverick Street, or at one of the following East Boston Savings Bank locations:

- Maverick Square branch, 10 Meridian Street

- Central Square branch, One Bennington Street

- Orient Heights branch, 856 Bennington Street

- Northshore Mall branch, 67 Prospect Street, Peabody

Let’s do our best to make sure none of our neighbors go to bed hungry during this holiday season.

Sincerely,


Salvatore LaMattina

District 1 City Councilor

TIs the season for giving. Let's all step up to the plate

Press release from EBNHC on plans for new Winthrop Health Center

EBNHC to Present Plans for New Winthrop Community Health Center at Chamber Breakfast

December 7, 2010, East Boston, MA—The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) will present its exciting plans for a new Winthrop Community Health Center at the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce’s Business Breakfast on Tuesday, December 14, 2010, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The breakfast will be held at Winthrop Elks, 191 Washington Avenue, Winthrop, Mass. The public is warmly invited to attend. Tickets for the breakfast are $10 and may be purchased at the door; no rsvp required.

Sited prominently in the heart of Winthrop Center, the new 9,000–square-foot environmentally green LEED-certified facility will be built on Somerset Avenue, replacing a currently vacant building. The health center will house a Family Medicine practice with care management and ancillary services, including an on-site laboratory and ultrasound department. The center’s walk-in "open-access" clinic will enable rapid growth and preventative community outreach. EBNHC’s new Winthrop location is projected to serve 5,000 individuals per year, 70% of whom are expected to be Winthrop residents.

In June 2009, EBNHC created a clinical presence in Winthrop by assuming the private family practice of Dr. Usha Desai. After renovating Dr. Desai’s Washington Avenue facility, EBNHC reopened the practice as the Winthrop Community Health Center, providing services to 880 patients, 550 of whom live in Winthrop. When the French Square facility is completed, the new building will absorb the Washington Street practice.

The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center has been a vital part of its community for 40 years, providing easily accessible, high-quality health care to all who live and work in East Boston and the surrounding communities of Chelsea, Revere, Everett, and Winthrop. EBNHC handles 300,000 patient visits per year—more than any other ambulatory care center in New England.

The Winthrop Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a wide selection of businesspeople working in conjunction with the Town’s elected and appointed officials. Its goal is to foster the economic enhancement of Winthrop’s businesses and business districts so as to maintain long-term economic vitality and growth. Find out more at www.winthropchamber.com.


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FOR MORE INFO CONTACT:
Michael Nicastro
Director of Outreach
East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
617-569-5800
nicastrm@ebnhc.org

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Preserving East Boston's history


A meeting is scheduled
for December 8, to discuss plans and ideas on how to best preserve East Boston's landmarks.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Italia Unita Sponsors Gift Drive for The Italian Home for Children

Italia Unita is once again gathering gifts for children at the Italian Home For Children in Jamaica Plain. Remember all gifts should be unwrapped and they MUST be brand new.

Italia Unita will collect your items on December 11, 2010 at Italia Unita office: 35 Bennington Street, East Boston from 10AM-12 Noon. Refreshments will be served!

Thank you so much for taking part in our drive to make a child's Christmas special!

To learn more about the Italian Home for Children visit www.italianhome.org

Carlo Basile Needs Help With Thanksgiving Dinner

EaEach year State Representative Carlo Basile sponsors a Thanksgiving Dinner for those without a place to go on the holiday. The dinner is held at the Sacred Heart Church and Basile and organizers are looking for contributions to help defray the costs. Details at eastboston.com

Public meeting Dec. 16 on proposed new library for East Boston

Eastboston.com: The city should declare
this building a landmark. But will it
?
William Rawn Architects will make a presentation on plans for a new East Boston library on December 16 at the current library (pictured left) on Meridian Street. Details available at eastboston.com.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The story of the Luongo Fire of 1942

Local historian Michael Laurano recalls the devastating Luongo restaurant fire in Maverick Square that killed five firefighters 68 years ago.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

How East Boston voted: State Election 2010


EastBoston.com has published the latest election results for East Boston (Ward 1) covering most of the statewide competitive races and all three of the ballot questions.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Chelsea Street Bridge to close this weekend; to close nightly for six weeks beginning Nov. 15

From 6:30 a.m .to 5:30 p.m on Saturday and Sunday (November 13 and 14) the Chelsea Street Bridge will be closed for construction.

Next week the closings will become more frequent. Starting on Monday, November 15, the bridge will be closed each night from Monday through Friday, 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM for approximately the next six weeks. Residents are urged to watch for messages on the variable message electronic board next to the bridge for any last minute changes.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Public Health Commission to Host Health Forum in East Boston on Nov. 17

BOSTON – The Boston Public Health Commission, in partnership with the East Boston Adult Education Coalition, the East Boston Neighborhood Against Substance Abuse (EBNASA), and the Boston Alliance for Community Health, is hosting a community dialogue on the health status of East Boston residents.  The meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, November 17 at the Umana Middle School Academy cafeteria, 312 Border Street, East Boston.

The third in a series of 2010 health forums, the meeting is a platform for people living and working in East Boston to discuss health issues specific to their neighborhood.  Participants will learn about the findings of the latest Health of Boston report, and will have the opportunity to discuss two key health issues affecting their neighborhood – substance abuse and obesity.

“This dialogue presents a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together to brainstorm new ways to address health challenges,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission. “Everyone has a role to play in making our neighborhoods healthier.”

The Commission, the East Boston Adult Education Coalition, EBNASA, and the Boston Alliance for Community Health are working collaboratively with residents, businesses, community agencies, faith-based institutions, elected officials, and others to develop creative ideas that will help build a stronger, healthier East Boston.

“The impact these issues have on our community, which are by no means limited to East Boston, cannot be overlooked.  I encourage all East Boston residents to attend this community dialogue to learn about these issues and how we – as a community – can work together to address them and make East Boston a healthier place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Andrew Kenneally, EBNASA coalition coordinator.

The event is free and open to the public. Dinner, childcare, and interpreter services (Spanish and Portuguese) will be provided at no charge. For more information, contact Pam Jones at 617-534-7195 or pjones@bphc.org or Andrew Kenneally at 617-635-5114 or akenneally@ebnasa.org.

Friday, November 5, 2010

How East Boston voted in the Governor's Race 2010

How East Boston voted in the Governor's Race 2010

With help from Mayor Menino, state workers and the Democratic GOTV machine, Patrick sails through with support from East Boston, (Ward 1-Boston).

The results,which include final tallies for Question 1,  are here. Results from other races will be forthcoming.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Kiwanis Club of East Boston launches 2nd Annual Food Drive

Eastboston.com 11/03/2010: Kiwanis Club of East Boston launches 2nd Annual Food Drive

As with last year, the need to help those who help others with the gift of food is greater than ever! They say unemployment is down….but that does not take into account those that have expired their benefits or those whom are now under employed!

The Kiwanis Club of East Boston along with the support of East Boston Savings Bank is running its 2nd Annual Food Drive to benefit the Grace Federated Church and the Fran Rowan Meridian House.

Here are some good examples of what would be most appreciated for donated goods:

1.) Any canned food
2.) Cereal
3.) Powdered Milk
4.) Bagged or Boxed Pasta and/or Rice
5.) Macaroni and Cheese
6.) Pancake Mixes
7.) Condiments
8.) Flour, Corn Meal
9.) Cooking Oils

Any other non-perishable items that you think might come to good use. Note: Please make sure items donated are NOT expired! If you wouldn’t consume it yourself, don’t donate it!

Bins will be set up by this Friday, November 5th at the following locations:

4 East Boston Saving Bank locations: 1.) 10 Meridian Street East Boston, MA 2.) 1 Bennington Street East Boston, MA 3.) 856 Bennington Street East Boston, MA 4.) 67 Prospect Street Peabody , MA

A collection bin will also be set up at the East Boston Main Streets office located at 146 Maverick Street East Boston, MA

Organizers say last year's effort was a great success and with YOUR generosity we helped feed many families and individuals! Let’s do it again!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Local veterans to honor the late Brig. General John White, a "Son of East Boston"

This coming Saturday local veterans and the East Boston community will honor the late Brig. General John F. White at a ceremony at 9 a.m. in Maverick Square. An honor guard from East Boston High School will be in attendance. City Councilor Sal Lamattina will speak and the pastor from the Logan Airport Chapel will offer an invocation. The ITAM on Meridian Street will be hosting a reception. 

(The following was based on material submitted by John White's son, Stephen).

John F. White was a lifetime resident of East Boston. He owned and operated White's News which employed many of the neighborhood's youth including current city councilor Sal LaMattina.

Each year, White organized and officiated at the Memorial Day Services at East Boston’s Central Square He was Past President of the East Boston Little League Association; a Member of the East Boston Chamber of Commerce; The Grand Marshall of East Boston’s Columbus Day Parade in 1980. He was an active member of the East Boston Athletic Board and advocate for the Junior ROTC at the Umana School here in East Boston. For 25 years, he was the Grand Marshall and Master of Ceremonies for the City of Boston’s City Hall Fourth of July Parade. 

His Military accomplishments and associations began when he enlisted in 1944 in the U.S. Army Air Forces, being deployed with the Eight Air Force in Europe as a B-17 Bombardier. From there he joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard’s 102nd Fighter Group at Logan Airport, Commanding its Supply Squadron at the time of his retirement.

Governor Edward King appointed him Brigadier General and Military Aide de Camp to the Governor.

He also served city government as a special assistant to the Commissioner of Veteran Affairs. For the Commonwealth of Massachusetts he was Chairman of the Soldiers Homes in Chelsea and Holyoke.

White graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a four year degree in 1992 and made himself available as a substitute teacher at the Umana Middle School and the East Boston High School.
 
As the United States Air force Academy Liaison Officer for Massachusetts, he encouraged and recruited East Bostonians as viable candidates to enter the academy to become Officers in the United States Air Force.

The following organizations are just a few of the many involvements he dedicated his life to be a part of:
  • Past President of the local ITAMS Post 6, East Boston;
  • Member of the Beachmont Revere VFW
  • Member East Boston’s Vietnam Veterans Post;
  • Founding member for the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans on Court Street in Boston;
  • Patients' advocate at the Veterans Administration Hospitals;
  • Chairman & Board member of the Armed Forces YMCA Constitution Inn, Charlestown Navy Yard;
  • Lifetime member and three-time President of the Massachusetts Air Force Association;
  • And member of the Military Order of World Wars and an advocate for “Gold Star Mothers

John as a family man, an athlete; a dedicated military man; a son of East Boston who always was willing to pitch in to help his Community.

Should you have had the occasion to call his home and he was not there, you would have heard his voice mail say the following: “Hi, I am not available to take your call right now, I am out enjoying Life!!!!!!


And indeed he did! 

Remembering Brig. General John Francis White of Eagle Hill.




Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Police Commissioner Ed Davis to Speak at Main Streets Networking Breakfast

East Boston Main Streets cordially invites you to its Fall Networking Breakfast on Thursday October 14, 2010 from 7:30 am to 9:00 am at Spinelli's, 282 Bennington Street. The guest speaker will be Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis. The event is sponsored by East Boston Savings Bank. Tickets are priced at $20.00 per person or $175.00 for a table of 10. This event usually sells out quickly, so call 617-561-1044 or email ebmainstreets@verizon.net now!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Ernani Dearaujo named to BHA's Monitoring Committee by Mayor Menino

East Boston Neighborhood Coordinator Ernani Dearaujo has been named to the Monitoring Committee of the Boston Housing Authority. The new responsibilities will be in addition to his current duties as coordinator from the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services. The city council is set to confirm Dearaujo on Monday, September 27.

Said Dearaujo: "I am honored to be named to this committee by Mayor Menino and confirmed by the City Council. I will serve as Chairman for a two-year term."

The nine-member, BHA Monitoring Committee is appointed by the Mayor of Boston to periodically review matters relating to the management and performance of the agency, and to report them to the Mayor.

The committee reviews and approves the annual federal and state operating budget; the annual modernization applications; and all property dispositions which would reduce the total number of housing units owned by the housing authority that have not been approved prior to the enactment of an act (Case of Armando Perez v. BHA) by the Massachusetts Superior Court.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

From the U.S. Attorney's Office:

BOSTON, MA—An East Boston man was convicted today (September 21) in federal court of armed bank robbery. United States Attorney Carmen M Ortiz and Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Division, announced today that BRIAN FEBONIO, 41, of East Boston, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge George A O’Toole to armed bank robbery. At today’s plea hearing, the prosecutor told the court that had the case proceeded to trial, the government’s evidence would have prove that on the morning on September 18, 2009, two masked and armed individuals entered the Sovereign Bank in Peabody. One of the robbers, later identified as Febonio, climbed over a teller’s counter and began ransacking cash drawers while displaying a firearm.

While Febonio emptied the cash drawers, the other robber, Michael J Peters pointed his weapon at the other employees and ordered them to the ground. The robbers stuffed the currency into a black nylon bag and fled the scene. A post robbery audit revealed that $26,433 was taken during the robbery The two individuals were observed by a bank employee entering a black sedan and fleeing the area. Video surveillance at the bank captured the robbers during the robbery and as they fled.

The vehicle was eventually recovered and determined to have been purchased by Febonio on the day before the robbery. Febonio was identified by witnesses from the video surveillance, and an arrest warrant was issued resulting in Febonio’s capture a few days later in a New Hampshire motel. Information linking Peters was seized from Febonio’s motel room and an arrest warrant was issued for Peters who was subsequently taken into custody without incident. Judge O’Toole schedule sentencing for December 21, 2010.

Febonio faces up to 25 years in prison, five years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000 and restitution in the amount of $26,433. The co-defendant Michael Peters was sentenced on September 9, 2010, by Judge George A O’Toole, to 108 months in custody to be followed by five years of supervised release and restitution in the amount of $26,433. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Violent Crimes Task Force, the New Hampshire State Police and the Peabody Police. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kenneth G Shine of Ortiz’s Major Crime Unit.

Main Streets to Host Fall Networking Breakfast on October 14


On Thursday October 14, 2010 East Boston Main Streets will hold its Fall Networking Breakfast

East Boston, MA. 20-September-2010 East Boston Main Streets will host a networking breakfast on Thursday October 14, 2010, from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM at Spinelli’s in Day Square. Guest speaker is Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis. This event is sponsored by the East Boston Savings Bank. Tickets are $20.00 each or a table of 10 for $175.00.

This event usually sells out quickly. For tickets call 617.561.1044 or email us at ebmainstreets@verizon.net. For more information about our organization visit www.ebmainstreets.com

Thursday, September 16, 2010

City responds to issues around former Hess site on Condor Street

Ernani DeAraujo of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services responds to a recent article in the Boston Globe detailing a dust-up between City Hall and local residents over the Hess oil farm site on Condor Street.

The recent stories in the Globe and East Boston Times about the former Hess site owned by the BRA were incomplete. I hope the following gives a clearer picture of the issues:

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (“BRA”) applied for funds to transform parts of Chelsea Creek into saltwater wetlands. The funds, derived from a legal settlement over oil spilled in the Chelsea Creek by ExxonMobil, are managed under the North American Wildlife Conservation Act (“NAWCA”). The BRA hired a grant writer to apply for the NAWCA funds and hopes to be awarded money to transform 5 acres of City of Boston land along the Creek. The City has experience in saltwater wetland creation from its work at Belle Isle Marsh. Contrary to the concerns of some, wetlands will NOT cause flooding on Condor Street. In fact, they could help water management.

As for the former Hess site, which used to house oil tanks, that parcel is slated for the creation of green technology jobs along with a direct public connection to the waterfront. The BRA originally purchased the site to prevent a heavy industrial, polluting company from buying the land. In January, the Eagle Hill Civic Association will help determine the design and usage of the site.

The BRA is optimistic about attracting a green jobs tenant, as Boston has been nationally recognized for its work on Climate Change and the development of “Clean technology” jobs. A green jobs company will help create new, good paying jobs for East Boston and the City will be able to take advantage of the multi-billion dollar investments of the Green Jobs Act of 2007 and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to create green jobs.

Finally, Eagle Hill residents have clamored to reduce or remove truck traffic and create more pedestrian friendly areas on the hill. Earlier in the year, at the request of residents, the City unanimously rejected a zoning board proposal by a developer seeking to create a new towing company on Condor Street.

Condor street’s future is bright as it was fully repaved this year; is awaiting the implementation of traffic calming measures; and will experience relief from truck traffic once the multi-million dollar Chelsea Street bridge is completed next year.

How East Boston voted on major races - September 2010 Primary

Eastboston.com has the latest results for the competitive Governor's Council, Auditor and Treasurer races. Find out how East Boston voted at the neighborhood's best web site.

Monday, September 13, 2010

James O. Taylor, MD of EBNHC to receive Samuel U. Rogers Achievement Award

An honor well-deserved for one of the "tireless footsoldiers in the Community Health Center Movement," East Boston's Dr. James Taylor. 

Food and Fitness Fun: EBNHC Kicks off East Boston Bike Week with the First Annual Bike to the Farmers Market Event

East Boston, September 13, 2010—Cyclists and locavores, rejoice! The East Boston Farmers Market’s first annual Bike to the Farmers Market is bridging the worlds of local food and active transport in this unique event to take place on the afternoon of Thursday, September 16th.


The farmers market, sponsored by the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center’s Let’s Get Movin’ program, runs from 3:00 to 6:30pm and will feature special bicycle-friendly activities this week. 

Kathy Field, Director of Let’s Get Movin,’ sees this event as a way to highlight the many sides of being healthy and to empower even more East Bostonians to eat well and keep moving.  “This is a great opportunity to get the community involved in the development of a healthier lifestyle through staying physically active and eating healthy,” she says.  “These messages are exactly what Let’s Get Movin’ promotes.”

At the market this Thursday, the Boston Cyclists Union (BCU) will be providing free bike tune-ups and repairs in their third visit to the market this season, and the Boston Public Health Commission and EBNHC are sponsoring a helmet giveaway. Chef Kirk Conrad from Project Bread and the Umana Middle School Academy will also be at the market sampling some of the tasty homemade dishes that he prepares for the East Boston public middle school students.

To add to the festivities, there will be a group bike ride to the market, which will leave from the East Boston YMCA at 4pm (Note: this time has changed; the ride was previously advertised with a 3pm start time). Those who do not own a bicycle may rent one free of charge from Boston Bikes, who will be stationed at the YMCA starting at 3:30. Helmets will be included in the rental. The ride will head down the East Boston Greenway, turn up Sumner Street to Border Street, and will end at the farmers market. There will be a bike corral at the market so that cyclists have a safe place to leave their bikes while they shop.

Everyone who arrives at the market on bike will receive a free $5.00 coupon towards any farmers market items to be purchased that day. In addition, each bicyclist will receive a sticker, which can be presented at participating local restaurants for a discount during “East Boston Bike Week,” a week of restaurant discounts for bicycle riders. East Boston Bike Week runs from Friday, September 17th to Thursday, September 23rd. Participating restaurants include 303 Café, Café Gigú, El Jardín, Meridian Market, Montecristo, Rosticería Cancún, and Sonny Noto’s.

Contact: Alison Smizer, Community Initiatives Coordinator, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, (617) 568-4783, smizera@ebnhc.org

East Boston Main Streets Announces Historic Walking Tour

On Saturday September 25, 2010 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, East Boston Main Streets and the Boston Preservation Alliance will host an interactive walking tour of Maverick and Central Squares with Support from Historic Boston Incorporated and the National Trust for Historic preservation.

Participants will share stories of how East Bostonians have built, worked and played in, preserved and given new life to the neighborhood’s special buildings and places – from the 9 Chelsea Street Sidewalk Clock to the Piers, from Engine 40 Firehouse to the Barnes School. Refreshments will be served. To join the walk, meet at ZUMIX, 260 Sumner Street (Engine 40 Firehouse) 


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This event is FREE, but space is limited. Please contact Clark Moulaison at EB Main Streets to RSVP: 617-561-1044, ebmainstreets@verizon.net

This project is one part of an exciting new historic preservation outreach initiative in Allston and other parts of the city: the Neighborhood Preservation Partnership of Boston. With funding and support from the National Trust for Historic Preservation Partners in the Field Program, two local historic preservation organizations, Historic Boston Incorporated and the Boston Preservation Alliance, are using this initiative to extend historic preservation field services to Boston neighborhoods through workshops, priority planning and one-on-one assistance to property owners, residents, Boston Main Street districts, and community-based organizations.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

East Boston Columbus Day Parade Committee Jail Day 2010

On Friday September 17, 2010 volunteers from East Boston will hold a Jail Day fundraiser.

(East Boston, MA.- September 5, 2010) Volunteers from the East Boston Columbus Day Parade Committee along with officers from the Suffolk County Sheriffs Department and Boston Police will round up local residents and merchants to raise funds for this years’ Columbus Day Parade.

Offenders caught smiling; cleaning up the streets or being good neighbors can be detained at the Central Square Jail on Friday September 17th between 11 am and 3 pm. To obtain a warrant and have someone arrested contact Clark Moulaison at 617.561.1044 or email at ebmainstreets@verizon.net. Warrants are $20.00 made payable to Columbus Day Parade.

This year's Columbus Day Parade will step off from Orient Heights at 1 PM travel down Bennington Street to Chelsea Street to Maverick Square and turn down Meridian Street into Central Square.

Marching bands from all over New England, Military and Civic groups will make this years parade special. Chief Marshall John Cotter along with Civic Chairman Joe Ruggeiro, Parade Chairman Buddy Mangini and Producer Joe Kehone is asking for your help. If you would like to donate to the parade or attend one of the pre-parade events contact Joe Ruggeiro at 617.590.3035.

Other Columbus Day Parade events are here.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Hitchens, religion and the public square: Not a good mix

HITCHENS:
Those who wish that there would be no mosques in America have already lost the argument: Globalization, no less than the promise of American liberty, mandates that the United States will have a Muslim population of some size. The only question, then, is what kind, or rather kinds, of Islam it will follow. There's an excellent chance of a healthy pluralist outcome, but it's very unlikely that this can happen unless, as with their predecessors on these shores, Muslims are compelled to abandon certain presumptions that are exclusive to themselves. The taming and domestication of religion is one of the unceasing chores of civilization. Those who pretend that we can skip this stage in the present case are deluding themselves and asking for trouble not just in the future but in the immediate present.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

617 Taxi Company Community Meeting

Proposal by 617 Taxi Company, McClellan Highway Monday, August 30 at 5:30PM. There will be a community meeting for 617 Taxi at 175 McClellan Highway (next to the Chamber of Commerce).

September 11 is Salvation Army Awareness Day

The Salvation Army Chelsea/Revere/East Boston Corps is holding a Salvation Army Awareness Day at the Chelsea Market Basket parking lot on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Area families are invited to attend this free event and learn more about the Salvation Army’s services. Families can also view the Salvation Army’s emergency disaster services canteen, a Cataldo ambulance, and more. Give-aways will be available. More on eastboston.com

Friday, August 20, 2010

From the war against gangs, some good news

This is good news. Technically it is illegal to be illegal when you commit crimes on American soil. 
Federal immigration officials say a three-month operation in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut and Rhode Island has led to the arrest 47 of people suspected of being gang members or having ties to gangs.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Harold Ort said on Friday that many of the suspects had histories of violent crimes including attempted murder, car jacking, assault and battery with dangerous weapons, assault to rape and possession of firearms.
Needless to say not all immigrants are not criminals nor gangbangers but the few that are cause a lot of havoc in places like East Boston.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

What the moonbats and Deval have wraught: The death of dog racing

The Massachusetts elite has always proven not to be a friend of the working man and woman in Massachusetts. Sure the Governor is always about bring jobs to the elite like those subsidies for biotech that are dubious to begin with. He and the moonbats who abolished dog racing could care less about the livelihood of hundreds of working class folks in East Boston and Revere who showed up to toil at Wonderland. Gambling is fool's gold as its the pursuit of family style resort oriented casinos but House Speaker DeLeo had a point about saving the tracks in his backyard. It was he who was willing to compromise.  Only the deluded can call Patrick's stand principled. Wonderland is now legend. It was here now it's not. 
he track posted signs on its front doors this morning announcing the track has closed and that tickets and couchers may be redeemed starting next Monday.

Leslie DeLand, a track worker of 15 years, peered through the windows of the track's main building at 9:50 a.m.

"I just want to thank the governor for helping us lose our jobs," she said, placing blame on the failure to pass an expended gambling bill on Governor Deval Patrick.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wonderland faces no future

When the Governor and the legislature talk beyond each other nothing that matters to working people really matter.

Like the state’s three other tracks, Wonderland Park, the former greyhound racing facility, is facing an uphill climb in the weeks after expanded gambling talks faltered on Beacon Hill.
The Revere track, a simulcast wagering parlor since a voter-approved dog racing ban took effect Jan. 1, 2010, was a loser in last month’s gambling bill drama, missing out on a chance to bid for a slot machine license or a chance to partner with nearby Suffolk Downs in an effort to launch a casino.

Gov. Deval Patrick has blamed lawmakers for sending him a gambling bill he had indicated he would not support and urged the Legislature to reconvene and pass casino-only legislation. Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein (D-Revere), a former Wonderland employee, said that in Revere, residents are still shocked that Patrick didn’t go along with legislation allowing two of the four racetracks to add slot machines.

“Around here, people here they just can’t believe that the governor did it,” she said. “He’s playing a game with all these peoples’ lives. It’s very sad. It’s disappointing. These are real people.”

Richard Fields' big gamble

Banking on the Massachusetts state legislature is a risky bet.
The move to pare back the season’s total purse to $8 million – the minimum that Suffolk is required by the state to offer – from $9.8 million in 2009 is a sign that co-owner Richard Fields may be looking to cut his losses. Fields, as you may remember, placed a big bet on Suffolk – and on the future of the casino industry in the state – when he made a huge investment in Suffolk in 2007. He doubled down with his partners at the track when the ownership team obtained a right to acquire the nearby Wonderland dog track in Revere and a mortgage on that track’s property.
The big question will be: When will Richard Fields be ready to fold his hand?

East Boston fuel storage victimized by scam

If gasoline in 55 gallon barrels can be transported this easily by a regular run-of-the-mill van and transported through the Sumner Tunnel, then we are really in for big trouble.
Douglas Noble and his wife, Amy, are accused of a scam in which Douglas allegedly stole gasoline from an East Boston fuel storage depot where he worked and the couple sold it from their home on Beaver Street. A joint state and local investigation broke up the operation.


According to police, one of the Nobles’ customers was Dana Olson, a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Department of Public Works, according to the town website. Police said that she and another woman, Ann Goodreau of Brockton, were seen on video buying fuel in the Nobles’ driveway, and they have been charged with receiving stolen property.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Eastie Pride Day 2010 is Saturday, August 21

Mark the date: Saturday, August 21 is Eastie Pride Day.

GOP Senate Candidate Frank Addivinola Blasts "National Popular Vote" Move

GOP State Senate candidate Frank Addivinola criticizes the legislature's approval of the so-called "National Popular Vote" Measure Intended to run around the Electoral College.

Beacon Hill lawmakers that supported this new bill suggest that this system is fairer than the current Electoral College system and would ensure that each individual vote across the country will be of equal importance. In fact, this law tells Massachusetts voters that regardless of which candidate the majority of the state supports, all electoral votes of this state will go to the candidate that had the most support in other states. This means that if Massachusetts citizens vote differently than the rest of the country, this law literally nullifies our votes.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The myth of the "Battle of Chelsea Creek"

That battle everyone keeps referring to as "The Battle of Chelsea Creek" actually should be known as an the "The Battle of Noddle's Island, Winnisimmit and Rumney Marsh"

In an exclusive for eastboston.com, local historian local historian Michael Laurano writes:
To misplace by misnaming an important American Revolutionary War historical event simply to feed local vanities constitutes historical revisionism and is plainly wrong.

Mark the date: July 29, East Boston Main Streets' Fitness Walk

It's time, as always to get in shape.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

East Boston Farmer's Market to Open Thursday, July 15!



Bigger and Better: East Boston Farmers Market Begins 2010 Season
East Boston, July 12, 2010—The East Boston Farmers Market returns to Central Square in East Boston on Thursday, July 15. Sponsored by the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC), the market will provide fresh, locally grown produce every Thursday from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. through October 7.

Alison Smizer, Community Initiatives Coordinator at EBNHC, has led the effort to establish the market in East Boston over the past three years. “We began with just two vendors in 2008,” she says. “In 2010, thanks to the efforts of Eleanor Chandler, market manager, the market will triple in size to six vendors. Families in East Boston will find even more of their favorite fruit, vegetables, and herbs at the market this year.”

The East Boston Farmers Market began when organizers at the health center’s Let’s Get Movin’ program asked, “How can we help families in our community increase the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables in their diets?” The market brings produce picked that day at Massachusetts farms to East Boston. The selection changes throughout the season, from lettuce and greens in early summer to apples and squashes in the fall.

At the East Boston Farmers Market, vendors feature produce important to the many cultures represented by the community. Dave Dumanesq, also known as Farmer Dave and one of the original vendors at the market, tailors his offerings to the requests of his customers. “We bring chiplin to East Boston because it is an important flavoring in many Salvadorean and other South American dishes. We also sell a lot of yierba mora, cranberry beans, and papalo. Whenever I have jilo, a kind of eggplant, my Brazilian customers often say they haven’t seen it since they left Brazil.” With the arrival of new farmers to the market, including Pamuzinda Farm of Littleton, vegetables and herbs of Southeast Asia and Africa will be offered, including amaranth and collard greens. As the harvest continues, customers will also find tomatoes, corn, peppers, peaches, apples, cilantro, and basil, among other familiar crops.

Shopping at the Farmers Market is affordable. Families that qualify can use a range of vouchers and coupons to make fresh fruits and vegetables even easier to purchase. SNAP/EBT participants can use their cards at the market and receive 50% off purchases up to $20, thanks to the Boston Bounty Bucks program sponsored by the Food Project and the City of Boston. WIC participants can save in two ways with the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program and with WIC Fruit & Vegetable vouchers. The East Boston Farmers Market is the only market in the city of Boston participating in this new nutrition voucher program.

The East Boston Farmers Market is more than a source for healthy food. It is also a gathering place for the East Boston community. Many residents come to shop but also to see neighbors and friends. Musical and educational events planned for the market this summer will attract more people from a wider area, and will be listed on the East Boston Farmers Market web page (www.ebnhc.org/FarmersMarket.php), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/EBNHC) and on Twitter (www.twitter.com/EBNHC). 

 
The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center has been a vital part of the East Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Winthrop, and Revere communities for 40 years. EBNHC provides easily accessible, high-quality health care to all who live and work in East Boston and the surrounding communities, without regard to age, income, insurance status, language, culture, or social circumstances. For more information contact: Eleanor Chandler, Market Manager, chandlee@ebnhc.org
(617) 568-4028

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

New EB Neighborhood Health Center medical building to break ground on June 14

EBNHC Maverick Square Groundbreaking Ceremony: Public Invited

EAST BOSTON, MA, June 8, 2010—The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center is thrilled to announce that we will break ground on a new medical building at 20 Maverick Square, East Boston, on Monday, June 14, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.

Governor Patrick and local officials will attend the groundbreaking and dedication ceremony. The public is warmly invited to join us.

Our new 49,000 square-foot ambulatory care facility will include clinical space for primary care, vision services, and dental care, as well as increased administrative offices. The beautiful new facility will anchor a revitalized Maverick Square and is expected to generate new investment in the area. The “green” building will be LEED certified, fully energy efficient, and has been designed to complement existing architecture.

The Maverick Square medical building project is funded in part by a $12M grant under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Facility Investment Program. The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center is deeply committed to realizing the intent of this grant: increasing health care access to those who need it desperately, creating jobs in the short and long term, and revitalizing a depressed area of East Boston.

The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) has been a vital part of the community for 40 years, providing easily accessible, high-quality health care to all who live and work in East Boston, Chelsea, Revere, Everett, and Winthrop, without regard to age, income, insurance status, language, culture, or social circumstances. EBNHC is among the largest community health centers in the country, providing 300,000 patient visits per year—more than any other ambulatory care center in the Northeast. From day one, the health center has operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Today we are the only health center in New England, and one of the few in the country, to provide continuous care. We deliver 1,000 babies annually at Boston Medical Center and our Pediatrics Department cares for almost every child living in East Boston.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Chelsea Street Bridge work continues through evenings, early mornings and all weekend

The Chelsea Street Bridge is shutting down, shutting down! But only temporarily, as anyone who's been using the bridge recently knows.  According to the Eagle Hill Civic Association, "for the remainder of this week the bridge nighttime closures will continue for the usual times, 8 PM through 5 AM.

For the upcoming weekend, June 12th and 13th, the bridge will be closed for both days on a 24 hour basis to complete some important structural installations."

Jeffries Point Meeting to hear from Museum about the Nantucket Lightship

Bob Mannino, President of the United States Lightship Museum will talk about the Nantucket Lightship  her history and future in a presentation before the JPNA at its next meeting on Monday, June 14.

(Photo courtesy Robert Strelitz.)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Summer Recycle Fair at Harborside Community Center: June 10

Fundraiser for Harborside Programs
  
Come to the Summer Recycle Fair on June 10, Thursday 5-8PM

East Boston Harborside Community Center 312 Border St.
 
Old fashion fun. Demonstrations, Pasta making, diaper cake, craft, terrarium, compost, recycle. 
 
Food, jewelry crafts and more. 
 
Participate in the Cupcake contest. 
 
Submit 12 summer cupcakes by 5 PM or be a vendor. Call 617 635 5114 and ask for Elaine for more details. 

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Boston Typewriter Orchestra to perform on June 12

Boston Typewriter Orchestra

On June 12, 2010, the Boston Typewriter Orchestra is pleased to present “Type-In, the Boston Typewriter Orchestra’s 5th Anniversary show. The show will be held at 80 Border Street Cultural Exchange Center in East Boston.

The festivities will begin at 7:30 PM with an open practice for anyone who would like to play a tune with BTO. Audience participants are welcome to bring their own typewriter or share a BTO typewriter.
At 8PM, Jess and Keith from Mellow Bravo will be performing acoustic blues rock; to be followed by the Boston Typewriter Orchestra kicking out the Qwerty jams. DJ Jim Barnes, who will hoof it up from the New York office, will entertain throughout the evening on the decks with his unique vinyl sensibility. Cake and refreshments will be served after the show. For advance ticket purchase, go to http://typein.eventbrite.com/.

BTO began playing small parties in Cambridge and Somerville, but was able to achieve significant recognition as a result of a featured appearance at Somerville Art Beat in July, 2006. BTO has been featured on television several times including NBC Weekend Today and Chronicle. BTO has also been featured on NPR Radio and has performed live on WMBR. The group recently completed a successful run, opening for Le Cabaret Grimm at the Boston Center for the Arts.

Contact Boston Typewriter Orchestra at bto (-at-)bostontypewriterorchestra.com

Monday, May 31, 2010

Fire on 180 Chelsea Street, East Boston

The Boston Fire Department's Twitter reports that the Red Cross has been called in to help victims of a fire at 180 Chelsea Street. Thus far, no injuries have been reported.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Salesian Breakfast to honor the late Wally Bowe on June 24

Here's the press release sent to eastboston.com from the Salesian Boys & Girls Club:

Hosted by Club Alumnus State Representative Carlo Basile presenting the Don Bosco Award Club Alumnus Posthumously to Walter “Wally” Bowe

Thursday, June 24, 2010
Registration 7:30 AM
Breakfast and Program 8:00 9:30 AM
Suffolk Downs
111 Waldemar Avenue
East Boston, MA
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For many of our community’s children and families, Salesian Boys & Girls Club of East Boston is a Beacon of Hope, a place where young people are free to explore, encouraged to learn, and kept safe from a world that too often places obstacles in their pathway to becoming good citizens and productive members of society.

You can help guarantee that this Beacon will continue to shine on them by supporting our largest fundraising event of the year, the Annual Community Breakfast hosted by Representative Carlo Basile, himself a proud alumnus of the Club. Like so many others, Basile credits the Club with playing a major role in his formative years while helping instill in him a strong sense of “giving back.” It is in this spirit of giving that we ask for your support.

As part of our network of generous benefactors, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that hundreds of children and teens will stand a little taller, feel more confident about themselves, and experience successes that will impact them for a lifetime. All because Salesian Boys & Girls Club is there for them, as it has been for over 60 years.

Please join us as we proudly present the Don Bosco Award to the late Walter "Wally" Bowe, a true hero of the Boys & Girls Club and the entire East Boston community.

For more information, contact Fr. John Nazzaro at 617‐567‐6626 Event Sponsor or e‐mail Ed Hoell, ehoell -- at -- bgcb.org

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Community Meeting on Entertainment License on Maverick Street

Community Meeting Tuesday May 18th at 6PM to discuss Zoning Application for Tacomex Restaurant at 65-67 Maverick Street. Tacomex wants to have live music entertainment until their 11PM closing time.

The meeting will take place inside the restaurant. Any questions, please contact Ernani DeAraujo at 617 635 3485.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

He remembers the stacks at the Orient Heights Library


Former East Boston resident Brian Winston McCarthy, who now resides in San Diego, remembers his days checking out books at the Orient Heights library. He recalls the small branch library as the the place that introduced him to the joys of literature and a life of the mind.  Recently, McCarthy dropped us a note at eastboston.com:
The closing of the Orient Heights Library saddens me.  It was in its stacks that I found that reading could be fun.  I came across a series of novels (by an author whose name I've long forgotten) which told sea story adventures for young boys.  Each book was taken home (739 Bennington) and read faster than the ink could dry on the librarian's stamp showing return date.  And this would lead to Yeats, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Joseph Conrad, to name a few.
 
The memories are rich.  And thanx to all those nameless library workers, whose work and positive attitudes, made a young boy's reading experiences joyous.
 
Brian Winston McCarthy
San Diego
It's a shame that the Mayor is closing a branch library in East Boston. Soon, after all the deliberations, no one will be able to borrow books from the stacks in Orient Heights. But the memories will remain -- all the way to San Diego. 



Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Senator Petruccelli Approves Overhaul of State Economic Development Agencies

From the Senator's Office:

BOSTON (April 12, 2010) – Senator Anthony Petruccelli and the Senate, with a 37-0 vote last Thursday, passed a major overhaul of the state’s network of agencies charged with developing business interests and economic activity in Massachusetts. The legislation creates a streamlined, cohesive model with built-in oversight and transparency measures to reduce redundancy and waste, and promote a more business-friendly environment that will ultimately help stimulate job growth in the Commonwealth.

“It is critical that we grow jobs in the Commonwealth,” said Senator Petruccelli (D-East Boston).  “Measures were taken, in this bill, to ensure that our state’s business support system is fine-tuned, effective and, most important, putting people to work.” 

“It’s time to tighten up this model and get a real sense of direction in terms of business development here in Massachusetts,” Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) said. “Most of our agencies do a great job, but the current model isn’t working. We need to get lean, improve communication, and start growing businesses, creating jobs and building a stronger Commonwealth. That’s what this legislation does. We’re proud of it.”

The legislation creates a ‘one-stop shop’ for businesses seeking to expand or locate in Massachusetts by requiring the existing Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD) to contract with regionally-based economic development organizations.

These private organizations would act as the primary contact for businesses seeking assistance from the state and perform business prospect management services on behalf of the Commonwealth. MOBD would oversee the efforts of these organizations, provide leads, and share information about state programs and services.

The goal is to increase competition among regions for new business to ensure businesses find the best fit in Massachusetts. With MOBD and the regional organizations providing clear direction for accessing economic development services, there will be less confusion about how to access technical assistance, grant and loan programs, and expansion support.

The legislation also increases accountability, communication and oversight of state agencies, quasi-publics and state contracts with private organizations engaged in economic development activities. It requires every governor to publish a written economic development policy by December 31 of the year he or she is elected to help the Commonwealth strategically assess economic development goals over the long-term.

The bill further requires the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development to act as chair of the boards of all state authorities engaged in economic development and business assistance activities. Those authorities will also be subject to performance management reviews that take into account both output measures, such as the average length of time to return a call, and outcome measures, such as the number of jobs retained.

All organizations involved in economic development activities, including quasi-public authorities, will be required to submit annual reports to the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development and publish audited financial statements.

The legislation merges organizations tasked with marketing the state nationally and internationally, including the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, into the newly-created Massachusetts Marketing Partnership.

The Partnership will serve as a central marketing organization for the entire state and will be charged with increasing the Commonwealth’s efforts in the areas of tourism and international trade. The Massachusetts Film Office and the Massachusetts Sports Partnership will also be included in the Partnership.

Through the creation of the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, a larger number of small businesses will gain access to working capital so that they can continue to grow even in times of tight credit. For those small companies that receive financial assistance from the state, finance and management consulting will be mandatory to help keep companies afloat and prevent job losses.

The legislation also consolidates the Economic Stabilization Trust, which provides financial assistance and consulting to struggling businesses, with the existing Community Development Finance Corporation, further streamlining state assistance to small businesses.

The legislation also requires an economic impact statement to be filed by administrative agencies planning to adopt new regulations that details the cost of the proposed regulations to small businesses before public hearings on those regulations. Additionally, it requires a rolling review of regulations to identify and modify those which prove too costly.

The bill expands the state pension fund’s investment authority by creating a $25-50 million credit program to support lending to fast-growing small businesses in Massachusetts. It also promotes beneficial competition for the issuance of tax-exempt bonds by non-profit institutions by providing parallel authorization to both MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Health Educational Facilities Authority.

Further streamlining the state’s approach to economic development, the Department of Business Development is eliminated within the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, allowing MOBD a direct reporting line to the Secretary.

Several other agencies, including the independent Massachusetts Sports and Entertainment Commission and the Massachusetts Industrial Development Authority, are eliminated, with an estimated savings to taxpayers of $1 million a year.

Finally, to ensure that all state agencies and authorities in the Commonwealth stay true to their stated mission and goals, and to avoid waste and ineffectiveness in the future, the bill establishes a Sunset Commission to conduct regular reviews and analysis – a measure supported by the Associated Industries of Massachusetts.

The commission would consider the continuing need for agencies and authorities in state government, based on their performance, and assign “sunset” dates, or elimination, for any that are found to be unnecessary.

Other provisions of the bill include:
•    Prohibiting the use of state funds to pay for registered lobbyists;
•    Stopping agency executive salaries from exceeding the amount of the Governor’s salary;
•    Improving low-cost access to small claims courts by raising the limit on filings from $2,000, where it has been for many years, to $7,000;
•    Providing a three-year permit extension for development projects struggling with tight credit conditions; and,
•    Calling for a study of business energy costs, as well as a study to determine the feasibility of a state-owned bank.

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives.
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Friday, April 9, 2010

It's official: BPL to close Orient Heights Branch Library in East Boston

A shameful day in the cultural life of East Boston; Orient Heights Library to Close. People of Boston urge Mayor to reject BPL Trustees move.

From the BPL press office:
Boston – April 9, 2010 – The Boston Public Library Board of Trustees today approved a proposed $38.9 million budget for the upcoming 2011 fiscal year. The plan keeps twenty-two branches of the Boston Public Library open with their current hours. It also closes four branch buildings: Faneuil (Brighton), Lower Mills (Dorchester), Orient Heights (East Boston), and Washington Village (South Boston).

“After much study, the board has come to what I deeply believe to be a judicious and prudent decision for the Boston Public Library in a difficult time,” said Jeffrey B. Rudman, Chairman of the Trustees. “We are very grateful to President Ryan and her team for the rigor, fairness, and wisdom they have brought to this budgetary process.”

The Trustees further voted that the Boston Public Library would establish as the first priority in its capital projects expenditures the construction of a brand new branch library in East Boston. Earlier this week, the Trustees announced that the City of Boston would fund the library at the same level as the current fiscal year, adding nearly $300,000 to help close what had been a $3.6 million gap. The Boston Public Library Board of Trustees also approved the submittal of the library’s budget recommendation to Mayor Thomas M. Menino to be included in the total City of Boston budget to the Boston City Council. Funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will be finalized in the coming months.

Boston Public Library President Amy E. Ryan expressed her confidence that FY11 budget would begin to move the library forward. “While we understand the natural attachment that people have to the branch with which they are familiar, all of the efficiencies in this plan will lead to a more robust, sustainable, and modern library system,” said Ryan.

At the morning meeting, Ryan reiterated that the BPL’s FY11 budget also includes significant reductions at the Central Library in Copley Square and in administrative services and support. Two-thirds of the library’s budget gap is being closed by cutting back in these areas, including the reduction of up to 69 positions. Non-personnel reductions and efficiencies identified in the FY11 budget range from reducing the library’s leased vehicle fleet by one-third to cutting back on maintenance contracts. In the branches, up to 25 positions are expected to be eliminated.

Even as the library sees a decrease in overall revenues, the demand for books and programs is on the rise. In the last three years, the number of books, CDs, DVDs borrowed from the library is up 31%. “Today, half of Boston residents use their Boston Public Library card,” Ryan noted. “With our resources aligned properly, we can reach even more. The plan approved today is a significant step forward in making the library the reliable and responsive institution that the people of Boston deserve.”

In the months since her preliminary budget presentation in January, President Ryan and the Boston Public Library staff hosted multiple community and Trustee meetings, and solicited feedback about the proposed budget. More than 1,000 email messages and letters were sent to the Boston Public Library, and more than 100 community members spoke at Trustee meetings at the Central Library and community meetings in the neighborhoods.

Meanwhile People of Boston is urging the mayor to reject BPL trustee's budget move.

For Immediate Release
Press Release

Contact Information:
Brandon Abbs
617-942-1692
peopleofboston@gmail.com
http://peopleofboston.org

April 9, 2010

People of Boston Branches Calls on Boston Mayor to REJECT the Boston Public Library Budget Recommendation

Boston - Today the Trustees of the Boston Public Library authorized President Amy Ryan to submit a budget to the city that includes in its plans to layoff 90 workers and the closure of 4 branch libraries: Lower Mills in the Dorchester neighborhood, Washington Village in the Old Colony Housing Project in South Boston, Faneuil in the Brighton/Oak Square neighborhood, and Orient Heights in East Boston.  An amendment to delay a vote on the Orient Heights closure until September 2011 failed on a 3-3 tie.  Both votes come as no surprise to people who have been following this process closely, but are a failure of the democratic process.  The vote was 5-0-1 in favor of closure, with one abstention from Trustee Paul LaCamera due to the failure of his amendment.  Trustee Jeff Rudman was visibly upset at LaCamera for the proposal.

Not one voice from one person who has spoken up about these plans has called for the closure of these libraries.  No public official who is honestly representing their constituents concerns has said to close these branches or lay off workers.  The decision by the Trustees is unilateral and should be rejected by Mayor Thomas Menino for not representing the voice of the people.

The people elected Mayor Menino so that he could appoint Trustees that would represent them in their decisions.  Today they failed in representing the public and now Mayor Menino must reject their budget and give the library the democratic choice.  It is clear that the democratic choice is for Option 1: reduced hours in the branch libraries.

A candlelight vigil will be held at Faneuil Branch library tonight at 5:30 P.M.  The Faneuil Branch is located at 419 Faneuil Street in Brighton, MA 02135.  The phone number for this branch is 617-782-6705 and the branch librarian is Dorothy Keller.  Maria Rodrigues is organizing the event mrodrigu@holycross.edu.  Councillor Mark Ciommo represents this district and is chairman of the Ways & Means committee, which will hold a hearing on the city budget's funding of the library sometime after April 14, 2010. ---
"Today is not THE END"
http://peopleofboston.org
www.twitter.com/peopleofboston
Phone: 617-942-1692

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association to hold monthly meeting on April 12.

Residents of the Jeffries Point /East Boston Community are cordially invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association on Monday, April 12 the meeting will start at promptly 7:00 PM.

The meeting will take place at the Jeffries Yacht Club.

AGENDA:
Senator Anthony Petruccelli and State Representative Carlo Basile will attend to discuss what is happening on Beacon Hill and what is on the minds of their friends and neighbors.

Updates: 
Election update for Jeffries Point Neighbor Association
Incorporation of Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association
Historical Museum and Information Center for East Boston
City of Boston Library Cut backs-closings
Satellite dishes in our community
City of Boston Neighborhood clean up April

Friday, April 2, 2010

Community Meeting set for April 21 on $90 million New Street project

A community meeting to discuss the $90 Million New Street Development Project will be held on Wednesday, April 21 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Maverick Landing Community Center, 31 Liverpool Street, East Boston.

All members of the public are welcome to hear about the next stages of the development of New Street near Central Square.

Please contact Ernani DeAraujo at 617-635-3485 with any questions.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

New business registrations for East Boston

Local Economic News: Twenty-one (21) new businesses in East Boston were registered with the Office of the City Clerk.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Petruccelli and Basile to hold series of Community Forums in East Boston

SENATOR PETRUCCELLI & REPRESENTIVE BASILE ANNOUNCE SERIES OF COMMUNITY FORUMS BEFORE CIVIC GROUPS IN EAST BOSTON.
State Senator Anthony Petruccelli and State Representative Carlo Basile announced that they will attend a series of community forums and visit neighborhood groups in East Boston to discuss state issues, legislation and to listen to the concerns of residents.

“This is something I do throughout my entire district,” said Senator Petruccelli. “I want to keep my constituents apprised of what is going on in the state legislature and to hear their concerns. There are several big issues affecting East Boston and I think it is important to get out to the neighborhood meetings and have a frank discussion about them.”

Senator Petruccelli and Representative Basile will visit:

  • The Eagle Hill Civic Association on Wednesday, March 31, at East Boston High School; 
  • The Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association on Monday, April 12, at the Jeffries Point Yacht Club; 
  • and the Orient Heights Neighborhood Association on Monday, April 26, at the Don Orione. 

All meetings will begin at 7:00 PM.

“Last year, Senator Petruccelli and I hosted a town hall forum at East Boston High School, and this year we thought it would be beneficial to visit each of the neighborhood groups individually. We hope to have a more intimate and open conversation about what is happening on Beacon Hill and what is on the minds of our friends and neighbors” said Representative Basile.

Source: Ed Deveau 617-722-1634

Thursday, March 25, 2010

MS Support Group forming in East Boston

Additional information on MS-Support group enclosed from a press release to eastboston.com

NEW LOCAL SUPPORT GROUP FOR PEOPLE WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS


EAST BOSTON- Individuals who have multiple sclerosis have a new local support group. The East Boston MS Self-Help Group meets the second Wednesday of every month, from 6:30 – 8:30 P.M. at the East Boston Social Center, located at 68 Central Square in East Boston. The group’s first meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 14th. Formally affiliated with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Central New England Chapter, the group is free and welcomes individuals who have MS, and their family members and caregivers. Group Leader Annette Puccino is available by telephone, 617-561-5850, to talk with anyone who is interested in attending.

"It’s a great way for me to deal with the frustrations of having this disease. Everyone in the group understands what it’s like. We just talk and it’s okay," is a common sentiment by group members.

MS self-help group leaders are volunteers, who have MS and are trained by the National MS Society to provide opportunities for people living with multiple sclerosis, their family members, and their friends to meet with others who are affected by the disease. The group meeting is a safe setting to share common experiences and concerns, to give and receive emotional support, and to obtain MS-related information from peers and from guest professional speakers.

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, sometimes disabling neurologic disease that affects the central nervous system, causing unpredictable and possibly severe symptoms, including fatigue, blurred vision, and loss of mobility. Commonly diagnosed between ages 20 and 50, about two-thirds of the 400,000 people in the US who have MS are women.

Studies show that early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can reduce future disease activity and improve quality of life for many people with multiple sclerosis. The National MS Society’s medical advisors recommend that people with MS talk with their health care professionals about using these medications and about effective strategies and treatments to manage symptoms. If you or someone you know has MS, please contact the National MS Society at www.nationalmssociety.org or 1-800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867) to learn more.

The Central New England Chapter provides help for today, and hope for tomorrow to 17,000 individuals who have MS in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, using 85 percent of Chapter contributions to fund MS education, support, advocacy, and research. If you have questions about MS, please call 1 800 344-4867, or visit www.MSnewengland.org.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

East Boston MS Self-Help Group Forming; First Meeting April 14

First Meeting
Wed. April 14
East Boston Social Center
6:30pm - 8:00pm

MS Self-Help Groups are for people with MS, run by people with MS. Group members share common experiences and concerns, provide and receive emotional support, and obtain information on living and coping with MS. If you are interested in meeting and talking with other people who are living with MS, this is the place for you.
For more information on this group, please contact Annette at 617-561-5850.

A Hub of Cyber-crime

Boston is ranked number 2 in the ability of black hats to commit cyber-crimes. Imagine that! Tech-savvy Boston is ranked second U.S. city for cyber crime according to a dispatch from Mass High Tech. Why?
According to Symantec’s report, Boston’s problems come from an especially high concentration of “spam zombies” — computers taken over by outside hackers to send out spam.

Another factor is the Hub’s many unsecured WiFi hotspots — 53.6 per 100,000 residents – where cyber criminals may lurk, trolling for unwitting users. While high-profile or widespread computer attacks are relatively rare, small-scale attacks like these threaten even savvy computer users, the report noted.

Monday, March 22, 2010

McKay School sets up Census Questionnaire Assistance Center in East Boston

The McKay School in East Boston is undertaking a community education and awareness project regarding the 2010 US Census.

In order to help the community fill out the Census form, The McKay School has partnered with the 2010 Census Staff of Boston to host a Questionnaire Assistance Center at the school, where families and residents can come with questions and receive help from trained census professionals or receive extra forms in other languages.

All information related to the Census will remain entirely confidential, regardless of citizenship, residency, or other documentation. The Questionnaire Assistance Center that the McKay is hosting is one piece of an education project directed at all students, K-8, about what the Census is and the benefits that increased representation has for their community.

Additional Information:

What: Census Assistance Center

When: March 19 – April 19, 2010, 4:30pm - 7:30pm

Who: 2010 Census Staff of Boston, McKay School, Boston Teacher Residency

Where: Mc Kay K-8 School, Parking Lot/Cafeteria Entrance, 122 Cottage Street

East Boston, MA 02128

Contact: Veronique Lapaix 781-346-3487

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Help the City Clean East Boston Streets This Spring

Help Make East Boston Shine - Saturday Clean Ups

In the lead up to our annual Boston Shines events the weekend of April 23 & 24, we will be doing clean ups in East Boston each Saturday.

We are committing one hour at each clean up. Just bring comfortable clothes and enthusiasm and we'll provide brooms, gloves, and bags. We are targeting the streets that need the most help, but we encourage everyone to participate wherever they choose--just let me know in advance and we'll provide the tools.

When possible, our efforts will be supplemented by the City's new Green Machine street sweeper that can get around cars.

March 20th at 10AM (Sumner St. - meet at the corner of Sumner and Maverick)

March 27th at 10AM (Cottage St. - meet at the corner of Cottage and Marginal)

April 3 at 10AM (Brooks St. - meet at the corner of Brooks and White)

April 10 at 10AM (Princeton St. - meet at the corner of Princeton and Shelby)

April 17 at 10AM (Saratoga St. - meet at the corner of Saratoga and Shelby)

Please contact Ernani DeAraujo at 617 635 3485 or ernani.dearaujo (at) cityofboston.gov

Hey East Boston! Make yourself count!

Join Mayor Thomas M. Menino at the "Now's the Time, Make Yourself Count!" Census 2010 press conference on Wed. March 17 at 10 a.m. at the East Boston Harborside Community Center auditorium.

Representatives from a variety of community, labor, and immigration organizations will be in attendance to promote the Census.

Please call 617-635-3485 for more information.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A real low-life maggot pleads not guilty

The face of evil. A maggot. A turd. Lock him up and throw away the key.

NH man pleads not guilty to Mount Vernon murder
NASHUA, N.H. — Eighteen-year-old William Marks of Amherst has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges in connection with the Mont Vernon home invasion that left a mother dead and her 11-year-old daughter severely wounded.

Marks was in the Nashua courthouse Wednesday, but he did not appear before a judge. His lawyer entered the not guilty pleas in documents filed with the court.

Marks was initially charged with burglary and robbery in the attack at the randomly-selected home.
Apparently a couple of worms are turning.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

 

From Death of a Ferry by photographer Jules Aaron from an exhibit at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square. The exhibit, Man in the Street: Jules Aarons Photographs Boston, 1947-1976 is on display in the Wiggin Gallery at the Central Library in Copley Square through June 4.

Details are available at EastBoston.com.


 


Monday, March 1, 2010

East Boston Main Streets to Hold Elections

For Immediate Release:

Contact
Clark Moulaison
East Boston Main Streets
617.561.1044
ebmainstreets@verizon.net
www.ebmainstreets.com

East Boston Main Streets requests nominations to board of directors

On Tuesday March 30, 2010 East Boston Main Streets will hold its annual elections for board of directors.

East Boston, MA. 3-March-2010 East Boston Main Streets will hold annual elections for the Main Street board of directors on Tuesday March 30, 2010 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at 146 Maverick Street 2nd floor. All members are encouraged to vote which includes any East Boston resident, employee, business owner or property owner who has attended at least 3 Main Street meetings or events in the last year. East Boston Main Streets is accepting nominations to the board of directors. This position is a volunteer position which requires 2 to 4 hours per month of service to East Boston. Any East Boston resident, employee, business owner or property owner who has attended at least 3 Main Street meetings or events is eligible to serve on the East Boston Main Street board. For more information or to make a nomination please contact the Main Street office at 617.561.1044 or ebmainstreets@verizon.net. Also visit www.ebmainstreets.com for more information about our organization.


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

Central Square Re-design Meeting set for March 9

The East Boston community will see $4 million spent on re-designing Central Square. The community input process begins March 9th at 6PM at the East Boston Social Center, 68 Central Square.

The Boston Transportation Department wants your input on creating a new design for the streets and sidewalks. The initial plan is to extend the sidewalks to increase pedestrian safety and allow for outdoor seating for restaurants; expand the park and green space in the square; and rationalize (the currently irrational) traffic patterns.

Please contact Charlotte Fleetwood, Transportation Planner at 617-635-2462 with any questions (or Ernani DeAraujo at 617-635-3485).

Friday, February 26, 2010

An East Boston eulogy for Abraham Lincoln

Now online at eastboston.com a eulogy on file at the Lincoln Room of University of Illinois. The eulogy, delivered on Elbow Street in 1865, was brought to my attention by East Boston historian, Michael Laurano.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Why is Fitch's downgrading Massport's bonds for BosFuel Project?

Don't know much about the bond market. But shouldn't Massport's ratings be better given the revenues it generates?
The rating downgrade reflects the absence of a highly rated reserve surety policy or liquid cash reserves within the project's debt service reserve fund (DSRF). The only asset held in the debt service reserve, with a required funding level of maximum annual debt service, consists of the original reserve surety policy with Financial Guaranty Insurance Company (FGIC, unrated). Fitch believes a fully funded DSRF is essential to the rating level of airport fuel facilities revenue bonds given the narrow revenue stream securing the bondholders, the availability of only sum-sufficient coverage with no additional dedicated bond reserves, and the potential risk for cashflow disruptions caused by delinquencies or bankruptcy from either Bosfuel or member carriers. Bosfuel has recently indicated that it does not believe it is legally obligated to replace the existing reserve surety with a highly rated provider or to cash fund the $6.9 million required level from member carrier payments. At this time, no actions towards a reserve replenishment has taken place. Other available liquidity to the project is derived from member carrier security deposits equal to two months of Bosfuel's total facilities cost. The balance is expected to be slightly under $4 million for fiscal 2010. The security deposits are also used for working capital but do provide just a moderate level of protection for carrier payment deficiencies.
As history demonstrates to many East Boston residents, it's always wise to know how Massport's doing.

Eagle Hill Civic Association to meet Feb. 24

The EHCA will present a packed agenda for the next Eagle Hill meeting on Wednesday (2/24). Due to the many items on the agenda, the chair will try to make things move along quickly and would appreciate your support in moving things along. MORE.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The March Meeting of the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association has been cancelled

The March 8, 2010 meeting of the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond the control of the civic group. The monthly meetings will resume in April, 2010.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Public Meetings Scheduled to Discuss, Review Health Center Plans for Maverick Sq.

The East Boston Neighobrhood Health Center is planning to build a new facility in Maverick Square. The public process is already underway. The entire set of EBNHC-Application and Notification Documents outlining the project are available on Eastboston.com. (PDF Format).

Meeting dates are as follows  Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm at Maverick Landing to discuss the proposed project of East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. 

The matter is scheduled to go before the BRA Board on Tuesday, March 16, 2010. 

The matter is scheduled to go before the Zoning Board on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. 
Time and Location information for the last two meetings are forthcoming.