Friday, February 25, 2011

Eagle Hill Civic Association launches "East Boston: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," with noted historian

amazon coverNext Wednesday, March 2nd,2011the Eagle Hill Civic Association lifts off "East Boston: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" with Anthony Sammarco speaking on the history of East Boston. Everyone, from all parts of East Boston, is encouraged to come. 7 pm @ East Boston High School in the Lecture Hall. The purpose of this series is to promote community pride and to clean up this town! Bring your friends, family and neighbors. (Source EHCA email)



Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Community Food Workshops kick off growing season in Eastie!

EAST BOSTON: Aching for a summer tomato and a friendly farmers’ market sort of conversation? A series of workshops focused on East Boston’s community involvement with local food and related health issues might do the trick!

Held on the first Thursday night of each month at Harborside Adult Education Center, the Community Food Workshop Series will be an opportunity for discussion about food system issues relating directly to East Boston and will provide opportunities for participants to get involved in urban gardening and public health initiatives. Topics include “The Power of Local”, “Food Justice 101”, and “Container Gardening”. 

Led by community members, the workshops are open to all and promise to be an engaging mix of hands-on education and fun! The series will also be linked to a Stir a Memory event, happening on April 7 at the Harborside School, which will engage participants in artistically expressing a favorite food-related memory and explore the cultural link between food and good health. “Food is such an important part of community, and East Boston is no exception,” said Cait Van Damm, co-coordinator of the Community Food Workshop Series. “We hope these events will be allow us all to come together, be inspired and learn something new – and yummy!”

The series is sponsored by Healthy on the Block/Saludable en tu tienda, an East Boston Neighborhood Health Center and Boston Public Health Commission initiative to increase access to fresh produce and whole grains in corner stores. For more information regarding the Healthy on the Block/Saludable en tu tienda project or the Community Food Workshop Series, contact Cait Van Damm at 617-568-4028 or vandammc@ebnhc.org.

Dates and workshop descriptions are listed below:
•    March 3 – The Power of Local: East Boston fair food advocates will discuss the global and local food systems, explain why local gives us more options and is better for our community, and share ways you can get involved in their diverse projects.
•    April 7 – Stir a Memory: explore the artistic and emotional connection between culture, health, and food! Local artist Krina Patel will be facilitating a public recipe art project. Cooking demonstrations and games will also add to the fun!
•    Food Justice 101 and more: explore how different social circumstances often dictate health through food, and fun ways to help fix this problem!
•    April 25 – Container Gardening and Seed Starting!: community leaders will delve into the basics of how to get growing in your own backyard and provide a source of food, community, health and fun!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Egyptian Revolt's Unlikely Fuse

The Daily Beast:
There are many roots of the Egyptian revolution. But one of the most unlikely goes back to an East Boston rowhouse, where an 83-year-old named Gene Sharp runs a shoestring operation called the Albert Einstein Institute—and arguably just changed the course of history.
Read the whole article.

Monday, February 14, 2011

ABCD: Fight the Obama fuel aid cuts now! Call the White House!

"The Obama Administration has proposed devastating cuts and changes to Community Action. Anti-poverty agencies nationwide will be hit hard if these changes go through. More important, critical services for low-income families will be lost."
Call the White House today 1-202-456-1111.

Maverick Square comes alive with 2011 Chinese New Year Celebration

(East Boston, MA. 12-February-2011- EBMainstreets) On Saturday February 12th the owners of Hong Kong Harbor Chinese Restaurant welcomed in the year of the rabbit. The annual celebration is an important event on the Chinese calendar. Read more at eastboston.com.



EBNASA Unveils Community Champion Award

First Recipient Is Boston Police District A-7 for Their Work on Tobacco

Boston, MA - East Boston Neighborhood Against Substance Abuse (EBNASA) awarded their first Community Champion Award to Boston Police Captain Frank Mancini and his officers at District A-7 for stopping the illegal sale of tobacco products to youth at a local East Boston convenience store through education and enforcement.
While it is prohibited to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18 in the United States, some store owners are either not informed or ignoring the law. What make this so dangerous, says the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, is that those who start smoking young are more likely to have a long-term addiction to nicotine than people who start smoking later in life. Read more at eastboston.com

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Pioneer Institute's 20th annual Better Government Competition

Pioneer Institute invites you to enter its 20th annual Better Government Competition (BGC). This year's competition is focused exclusively on the issue of budget-busters - those programs that are growing unsustainably and in need of dramatic change. We believe that this is the central issue, at present, for state and local governments as they struggle with lower tax revenue and built-in structural costs, and adopt new accounting standards that require them to declare and fund liabilities for health care and pensions.

Pioneer seeks entries from concerned citizens, businesses, public policy makers, and academics, anyone who wants a chance to help state and local government weather the current fiscal crisis and emerge with a more effective overall budget strategy. Submitters to the competition are asked to describe proven programs that have recently delivered measurable benefits, or draft innovative ideas to reform existing budgetary policy.

The winning entrant will receive a $10,000 prize and each runner-up will receive a $1000 prize. The BGC Awards Dinner, to be held in June, will announce the winners and celebrate their efforts.

To learn more about the Better Government Competition, please visit: http://www.pioneerinstitute.org/programs_bgc.php. You can reach Shawni Littlehale slittlehale@pioneerinstitute.org, or by calling 617-723-2277 x 207.

Emergency Snow Removal Operations Continue Throughout Boston Through the Weekend

(BOSTON - February 4, 2011) Residents are reminded to adhere to Temporary Parking Restrictions and avoid parking in areas that could impede traffic flow.

Boston Public Works, Transportation and Police continue to conduct Emergency Snow Removal activities throughout the city today and through the weekend.