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.


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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Michael Nicastro
Director of Outreach
East Boston Neighborhood Health Center